What to do when...you don't agree

I stared blankly at her across the table, my ears hearing what she was saying, but my mind racing a hundred different directions. How could we look at the same situation, but see it so differently? I really, really wanted her to see my side – to agree that my ...

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A Teacher's Prayer

One of my friends recently started teaching at our local high school, and several dear friends teach at my kids' elementary school.  I am crazy about these teachers - just crazy about them!  And a side benefit is that they can spy on my kids all day long {wink} I wanted ...

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10 Favorite Things for Busy Moms

Are you a busy mom? You may find these helpful....

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How to Host a Holiday Pinterest Party

Gather fun ideas for the holidays be hosting a pinterest party!

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3 Secrets to Making Love Last

Today is my parent's 50th wedding anniversary.  50 YEARS! Yesterday my sister and I snuck into the lake-view hotel room where they are staying for the weekend and decorated it.  We had so much fun dreaming up a few small touches to make it special for them.  Look at them in this picture... in their early Read More

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Homemade Truvia {a natural sugar substitute}

I've been off sugar for a long time - years even.  Sure, I don't always stick to that - especially when it comes to my favorite tiramisu.  But overall, on a day to day basis, this is what I use.   The biggest reason I use homemade truvia is because it is a natural sweetener Read More

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Healthy Homemade Hummus

  People are always impressed when the homemade hummus is brought to the snack table, even though it is one of the easiest foods to make.  Just dump everything into the blender and voila! It doesn't even compare to the store-bought.  It is SO MUCH BETTER. I've talked about my best childhood friend, Katie, before.  Her Read More

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What to do when…you don’t agree

I stared blankly at her across the table, my ears hearing what she was saying, but my mind racing a hundred different directions. How could we look at the same situation, but see it so differently? I really, really wanted her to see my side – to agree that my insights were correct and that Read More

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Fab. Valentine’s Day Box Ideas for Kids

        An amazing teacher at our elementary school hosts a homemade Valentine's box competition every year in his classroom.  It is so much fun to see what the kids come up with and how excited they get over their creations.   I love it because it brings the homemade spirit back to the Read More

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Big Game Day Spirit Ideas

When my daughter joined the Varsity team at her school this year, there were a few BIG games, especially because they went to the state play-offs and made it to the semi-finals.  I wanted to come up with something that would encourage the team - to let them know how excited we were to be Read More

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Blue Ribbon Crumble Top Apple Pie

This is part of our Apple Day tradition.  Since my husband doesn't like pie crust, we use a crumble top.  It's way better than crust for the top anyway. We think you'll find it to be a fav too! Blue Ribbon Apple Crumble Pie Recipe Type: Dessert Cuisine: All American Author: Krista Gilbert Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour Read More

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A Progressive Kids Party

My son recently graduated from 5th grade. We wanted to do something fun for the kids without it being too formal or too much work since it is such a busy time of year. I wasn't satisfied with the options I was coming up with, so I kept thinking-thinking-thinking! Finally, it dawned on me - Read More

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The House that Built Me

    It was bridge night and Grandma’s lucky streak continued.  She was known for it at the Bingo Hall, too.  'Lucky Gertie'  they would call her. Talk mingled with shuffles and deals. 'We’ve got some property we’re selling at Priest Lake.' One of her bridge partners chimed. 'How much?' Grandma asked. ' 5,000 dollars Read More

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A Marriage Prayer

This prayer is taken from Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul.  I loved it so much I made a printable to keep in our bedroom Read More

Smashin’ Summer BBQ Ribs

Smashin' Summer BBQ Ribs Recipe Type: Ribs, beef Author: Krista Gilbert Ingredients 1 Rack Ribs of choice [u][b]BBQ Sauce:[/b][/u] 2 c. catsup 1 1/2 c. wine vinegar 1/2 c. worcestershire sauce 1 c. brown sugar 1 Tbsp. dry mustard 1 can 14 oz. pineapple, crushed 3 cloves garlic 2 Tbsp. honey 2 tsp. pepper 1 Read More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak with Parmesan-Garlic Marinara

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak with Parmesan-Garlic Marinara Recipe Type: Beef Author: Krista Gilbert Serves: 6 Ingredients 2 Flank Steaks 4 tsp. dried marjoram 1/2 lb. salami, thinly sliced 1 c. sliced red onion 1 c. mozzarella cheese 2 c. parmesan cheese 3 tbsp. cream cheese 2 cups red wine Pepper 1 jar marinara 4 cloves Read More

Best Ever Chicken BBQ Sandwiches

Best Ever Chicken BBQ Sandwiches Author: Krista Gilbert Serves: 6 Ingredients 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 6 hamburger buns [b][u]BBQ Sauce:[/u][/b] 1 1/2 onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 c. water 1/2 c. vinegar 1/4 c. butter juice of 1 lemon 3 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. prepared mustard 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp Read More

Grilled Brown Sugar-Paprika Salmon

Grilled Brown Sugar-Paprika Salmon Recipe Type: Fish Author: Krista Gilbert Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 Salmon Fillet 1/4 c. packed brown sugar 2 Tbsp. paprika 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 Tbsp. butter, melted 1 tsp.Kosher Salt Instructions Mix the brown sugar, paprika, and salt together. Place fillet skin side down on a work surface and rub Read More

Honey Mustard Chicken Drumsticks

Honey Mustard Chicken Drumsticks Recipe Type: Chicken Author: Krista Gilbert Ingredients 1/3 c. honey 1/4 c. dijon mustard 1/4 c. soy sauce juice of 2 lemons 12 cloves garlic 2 tsp. pepper 18 drumsticks salt Instructions Combine the honey, dijon, soy, lemon, garlic, and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Cut several slits into each drumstick (all Read More