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Our Daily Blessings! (:

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Hello and happy Friday everyone! It’s hard to believe that March is already here. But that means so many good things. So, let’s dive right in to this week’s blessings.

1) Spring like weather

I don’t know about your neck of the woods but here in Southwest Ohio Spring is arriving! It’s still getting cold at night and we’re still using our fireplace but Spring is in the air! It’s getting warmer out, the sun is shining and we’ve had some rainy days. I’m looking forward to most things that we have coming up in our busy season. And some new things that we’re going to be adding here soon. Someone say something about planting a salsa/salad garden and getting some chickens?!? I’m also looking forward to this weekend as well. We’re planning on getting outside and cutting some wood. Hopefully we’ll be able to cut, move, and stack those towering stacks of skids by the driveway.

2) New recipes and new cookbooks

This year we as a family have decided to continue and expand on a change that we made last year. We’re trying to eat more healthy and natural foods. Less artificial colors and flavors and more of the real thing. We know that we most likely won’t ever be able to eliminate all of the artificial things from our diets but we can make healthier choices. One of the ways that we’ve been doing this is by expanding our recipe collection. We’ve gotten several cookbooks out at the library and have begun trying new recipes. We’ve found several that have become new family favorites.

Here’s some of our favorite cookbooks. We personally own many of them and the ones that we don’t we’ll be getting sooner rather than later.

—  “The Ultimate Soup Cookbook”. 

— “Farmhouse Christmas”

“The Harvest Table”

— “Best Church Supper” 

3) A taste of the “Little House”

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Several years ago we purchased the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder on Audio CD. We LOVED them. We’d listen to them at night before bed and most of us would fall asleep to her stories a time or two. Although we did learn a very valuable lesson: It’s not a very wise idea to listen to “The Long Winter” during the Winter. We did that and it took us hours to get warm–even under a down blanket.  

I’ve always been a “fan” of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I still remember those early Summer mornings waking Mom up between 6 and 6:30 AM begging her to watch “The Walton’s” or “Little House on the Prairie”. Over time we ended up finding a cookbook that has several of the recipes that Laura talks about in her books. Our family’s Bean Soup recipe is based heavily on the one in the cookbook.

A  few weeks ago now we decided to do a “Little House Day”. We lit the lanterns in our dining room, and we made Bean Soup and ate it listening to a CD of the songs that Laura talks about in her books.

I hope that this reminds you that you don’t always need to do BIG things to make memories. Sometimes it’s often the small things that make the most impact…What are some of the blessings that you’ve noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below.

Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue