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I’ve finished my Christmas shopping. Yes, it’s true. I, the procrastinator of procrastinators, has finished her shopping and, get this…the presents are all WRAPPED! Yep. I’m pretty proud of myself. I could now relax and enjoy the season. Taking in all of the beautiful lights, breathing in the cool, crisp, winter air and watching the excitement and wonder in the eyes of children are all things I enjoy doing.

But…not this year. I am down with *something*. I can’t breath, my head hurts, I can’t quit coughing…right now, Nyquil is my best friend.

Good night, dear friends. My warm bed, ~tasty~ nyquil and tissues await…


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For quite a long time now, I’ve wanted to get out and see the world from a little class C RV. I want to be able to just decide I want to see something or some place and go do it.

We’re working on it, and I’m trying to save the money for it. My children are still young enough to enjoy it, but old enough to help. We homeschool, so it will be a wonderful learning experience for them.

We have found some RV’s, and have decided that we can make do with a used RV valued at around $7,000-$8,000. The only problem is being able to save that money without touching our necessary savings. Any suggestions from anyone out there?!

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A lot has been going on in our lives lately. Since October we have had a couple of illnesses, 6 deaths of friends and relatives, 2 of our cats died, a windstorm messed up our roof and took out our lights and cable for two weeks not to mention it caused a large limb to fall on my sons car.

This has kept me away from almost everything on the internet, including my wonderful blog! :-( Won’t happen again if I can help it!

About my sons car, did you know that most homeowners won’t cover a limb falling on your own car?! They say that falls under your auto insurance.

Too bad we had only liability…that little car was nice. :-(


I absolutely hate moving. Having to go through everything, make sure you’re only packing things you really want to keep. It’s even worse if you’re downsizing … going in to a much smaller home than you had before. This is what we have done.

Our old house was about 3800 square feet, our new is about 1400 square feet.
Our old house had a very large pole barn, the new house doesn’t.
Why would we do this? Because the old house was too big. Too much to keep up with. With four busy kids, homeschooling and a husband who works a lot, it is so much easier to keep a smaller house clean.

The kids are happier, I’m happier…

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My daughters and I are vegetarian. We won’t eat any meat. (and yes, that includes fish. Fish are animals, too, therefore if we ate them we wouldn’t be vegetarians. You’d be surprised how many people, upon finding out we’re vegetarians, ask us if we eat fish.) We don’t have any problem getting the vitamins and nutrients we need and protein can be found in many other things, it isn’t exclusively found in meat. We’re asked quite often where we get our protein….we just smile and say, “The same place a cow gets it.” That usually quiets the person.

Because of this, when I include recipes here, they will almost always be vegetarian. They will, however, have been fully tested on meat eaters.

Veggie Goulash – goulash was originally Hungarian…but Americanized goulash has taken on many forms. I’ve tasted it many different ways with varied ingredients. I think the word goulash, for us in America, just means a mixture of foods, usually containing some sort of ground beef. Here is our quick and easy Veggie Goulash:


Boca crumbles – 1 bag

Spaghetti Sauce

Cheese – your favorite flavor, but American is best broken in to small crumbles – use as much as you would like. This is a taste thing. Be careful, though, not to use too much as to take away from the spaghetti sauce.

1 medium onion- diced

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Egg Noodles

Prepare noodles as normal (boil), drain then place back in pan. Pour spaghetti sauce over noodles and return to medium heat.

In skillet, heat about 3 tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once hot, saute diced onion until brown. Place boca crumbles into skillet and cook until lightly browned. Pour in to noodle mixture.

Add cheese to noodle/boca mixture. Stir until melted and mixed well.

You can use any spices you’d like to use with this. Sometimes we add no spices, sometimes we go all out. It just depends on what you’re in the mood for. :-) You can also add cooked veggies (squash, carrots, celery, etc.). Be sure to make the pieces tiny, though, so the kids will eat it!

Have a wonderful day!

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