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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls & one boy. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King.ย Chicken and goat raiser.
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When You Do Things …

… things get done!

 

{Little “Lazer” – as he is nicknamed – is getting so big and just enjoying this lovely summer of ours.}


 

I read that statement somewhere last night and thought – aha! Amen and amen! So boldly practical and so true!

I also recall hearing lovely advice from a mother of nine a few years ago – when I had four children or so. I asked her how she handles everything, gets everything done.

 

Her reply …

“If you see something that needs to be done, just do it.”

 

If a drawer is messy and needs cleaning, make time to clean it.
Pick up the stray toy before you step on it.
Keep floors clean.
Weedy pathways don’t weed themselves, nor do garden beds.
Help or instruct your child to clean under the bed when you find out they have been stuffing their (clean) laundry there for the past week.
Put laundry away as soon as it is cleaned.
Prep or make dinner in the morning.
Get stuff done.

 

Now as a mom of soon-to-be-eight, I think that is wonderful advice!

Just do things. Everyday.

Granted, there are times when you can’t just stop life and clean out the junk drawer or throw aside your schedule to tackle the untidy basement. And there are days your children desperately need you to put aside that to-do list and focus on their needs at hand. But many times, these projects can be accomplished together – mother and child or as a family.
If something needs doing, and it bugs you enough, you’ll get it done.

When you do things, things get done.

There are some pesky projects on my to-do list before baby arrives. Projects that are not as enjoyable as, let’s say, canning. ๐Ÿ™‚ {Yes, canning is enjoyable!}

It always seems to be the same list before a baby shows up – tidy up the pantry, clean up the Provision Room, organize the two closets we have in our house (I am so glad we don’t have more for the simple reason of organizing them constantly!) two bedrooms that need fresh painting, and yes, Lord willing, tidying up the basement … oh, and let’s not forget homeschool planning and cleaning up the school room with new markers, paints, glue sticks, etc. {but who am I kidding? That part is fun indeed!}. There’s more to do but I am keeping my goals low as I don’t have much time left before baby arrives.

The garden is starting to pick up a bit now so there is the canning and produce to preserve, as well. August will certainly fly by.

{See this lovely stove picture below? My father in law spotted it for sale locally for a great deal and told my husband about it. Abby promptly purchased the used propane stove which was an answer to prayers! As you know, I cook with wood only so it can be quite, well, HOT, for the summer months of cooking. This propane stove answered my prayers! Abby set it up just outside my kitchen door on our back patio (my summer kitchen) and I can cook and bake and can away all while being outside. What a treat!}

This morning, before the girls came for breakfast, I was able to hang out the laundry and clean out one kitchen cupboard that has generally been very untidy and unorganized for quite a while. Later, I was able to clean out all my dresser drawers, fill a bag with clothes for the thrift store and tidy up my closet.

The girls and I also picked two bushels of green and yellows beans this morning before the rain fell and we worked together on our peach canning.

 

Peaches, of course, take priority as they ripen ever so quickly.

And this was a quieter day. It was good to listen to the rain fall, the stillness of the animals before the storm, to just sit and wipe down the many amber jars of peaches that are ready for the Provision Room for another year.

It’s challenging, indeed, to stay on top of everything – gardening, cleaning, organizing, home school preparations, meal cooking and canning, parenting… There are definitely some projects that fall to the wayside and areas of the house that really need a good clean up. I will get to them – as I get to them. I’m doing things, things are getting done and that is good, I think. Progress.

If we do one or two things per day on our list, it won’t take long to cross most of the projects out.

On to canning peaches … I have heard from some of you you have started your peaches. I am grateful for the girls’ help. Sometimes it is faster and quieter to do it myself, but I do want them to learn how to can and put up and help out in the kitchen. Thankfully, we do all our work in our outdoor summer kitchen – we listen to stories on CD while we work and that helps with the children’s willing attitude.

 

We made peach jam, canned peach slices and made peach pie filling.

{And may I tell you a secret? We do not peel our peaches. It saves a lot of time and energy. My mom does not either. When you can them, the skin just slides off anyways… so if you are not fussy … you can save a big step in the canning process …}

 

Here is the recipe for the peach pie filling – it is from Canning Granny:

16-20ย  approximate cups of sliced peaches

4-6 cups of sugar (I always just taste and see how sweet the filling is – canning recipes call for a lot of sugar – you be the judge in this one)

1 Tbsp. Nutmeg (Optional)

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon (Optional)

5-6 cups Water

ย 2 cups Lemon Juice

3 cups ClearJel

If desired, blanch and peel peaches. Quarter and remove pits from peaches.
Combine water, spices, sugar and ClearJel in a large, heavy pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring continuously until it begins to thicken.

Add lemon juice and then fold in peaches and bring up to simmer.

Simmer for 5- 10 minutes until peaches begin to soften and then can immediately.

Can using hot pack method with 1″ of headspace. Processing with a water bath boiling for 30 minutes for quart jars.

 

 

 

 

What would you like to get done this week?

August 12, 2017 - 5:03 pm

Chipmunk - I gave up canning peaches a few years ago because it was so difficult and time consuming to get the peels off. I believe I’ll try it your way!
Your comment to just do a couple of things on the list daily, and to accomplish things as you see them is so encouraging. Since I’ve retired a year ago, my goal has been to get to the place of “keep up, don’t have to catch up.” There is 12 – 15 years of catching up to do, so it’s been a challenge.
Your new stove is an awesome blessing!

August 9, 2017 - 10:09 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Again, love all of the canning!! I was wondering if you could send me info on the place you took your children a few years ago with the Aboriginal longhouses? My daughter has shown some interest in Aboriginal teachings/culture. My email is jenheemskerk@gmail.com
thanks

August 9, 2017 - 6:53 pm

Gigi - Hi Stacy, thank you for your encouragement. I hope your canning is going well!
I have not posted a home tour – it is challenging to do with so many people living in our home. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not sure it is as wonderful as some would imagine. Maybe it would be a good winter project …

August 9, 2017 - 6:39 pm

Stacy - Hello!!! Love your posts. We are new to canning this year. I love finding inspiration even among the children to care for. Have you ever posted a home tour? I love your style.

August 9, 2017 - 5:37 pm

Gigi - Oh, what a shame! The website says they do not ship to Canada. ๐Ÿ™

August 9, 2017 - 5:31 pm

Gigi - Thank you! I have looked at those magazines online but was not sure if they were printed format or ebooks. I will check it again! Thank you for the reminder and great suggestion!

August 9, 2017 - 4:40 pm

Audrey Gleason - Gigi, I keep meaning to post this but my abundance of little ones has kept my mind elsewhere lately. I wanted to recommend The Girlhood Home Companion by Remembrance Press for you and your girls. It’s such a lovely magazine and they have several books I’m sure you would enjoy. Growing up, I spent many hours pouring over these. Your girls remind me so much of myself from years gone by!
Audrey Gleason

August 9, 2017 - 11:08 am

Gigi - Bobbie, you’re so sweet. Glad the recipe will help you out! ๐Ÿ™‚
Homeschooling is a whole different story. We do official school from 9-noon from fall to spring. I tried to do summer school (it would be a blessing to spread things out!) but it is too challenging with all our outside projects on the go. CM is our way to school, as well. We use Teaching Textbooks for Math and an online French program but that’s it for online/computer work {for now}. I suppose I should post more about homeschooling – it is such a large subject to cover!

August 9, 2017 - 11:01 am

Our Home of Many Blessings - We are so similar it’s like were the same person!! I want to know more about your homeschooling time!When during the day do you fit this in and how long.Do you break it up during the day?Are you guys doing work online or textbooks?We are Charlotte Mason homeschoolers for sure!Just curious during your day when you fit that in.Do you take a summer break time at all also?Thanks so much for the peach recipe!! If been waiting to find something like this.Please don’t ever stop posting!!I love them!

August 8, 2017 - 10:41 pm

Gigi - Danessa, it is busy, yes, but we do not go out and about often. I limit my errands and my outings that require me to leave the home – so that leaves my entire day at home. If I have to do an errand, I try to do it before the children need me (ie. grocery shopping at 7 a.m. and back by 8 a.m.). That makes a huge difference. I aim to get up at 5 a.m. – in the winter months, it was earlier but I am sure with a baby coming, I will enjoy snuggling him/her in the cozy mornings and not rush to get out of bed too quickly. I think 5 a.m. is a good time for moms of children – it gives enough time to read the Bible, pray, have a cup of tea/coffee and start the laundry before everyone else is up and needing your attention. ๐Ÿ™‚ I try to take a break in the afternoon during nap time, before husband arrives home, so I am not depleted and exhausted. It is my time for tea/reading/blogging and putting my feet up for a bit!
Hope that helps!

August 8, 2017 - 9:38 pm

Danessa - Just curious, you seem to get so much done, and must be so busy with 7 kids, what time do you get up in the morning and start in? And by the way, I LOVE your post on canning:)

Garlic Harvest

It was a warm sunny August day – time to harvest our garlic from the garden!

We invested in a good lot of bulbs last fall and were delighted to see the results. This fall, we will plant double and hopefully have a larger harvest for next year.

 

Here is a video of the girls and their dad taking the garlic to back barn to cure for two weeks. They found a creative way to move the garlic with ease … Lovelyn followed along on her bike to spot for any stray garlic that fell off the tarp. It will cure for two weeks and then we will braid it for storage and save some for planting back into the garden. Abby says if he could be a farmer, he’d do bees and garlic. He seems to like both harvests the most. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

August 18, 2017 - 4:57 pm

Gigi - Nikki, for curing, it is similar to a potato – laid out in a dark dry spot for two weeks. I am going to see about preserving some in oil, as I’m sure that is possible. If not, dried and braided it shall be!

August 18, 2017 - 10:03 am

Nikki - I’ve never thought of growing garlic! That’s such a good idea! How do you cure it so it doesn’t go bad? Could you preserve it another way as well?

August 8, 2017 - 6:49 am

Our Home of Many Blessings - Iv never done garlic before but would love to!…The girls enjoy seeing these little clips of their writing buddies!

August 7, 2017 - 9:30 pm

Gigi - We have worked on green beans this weekend, too. Peaches, yum!
Garlic is quite easy to grow. You should try it!

August 7, 2017 - 9:14 pm

Katy - Cute idea to transport the garlic! I Have never grown garlic before! I’m so glad yours is doing so well for you! I have been busy canning green beans from our garden. I also did some peaches. ๐Ÿ™‚

Canning up Blueberries

Our family went to our annual camping trip last week -but now we are back now into real life. It was a wonderful relaxing week away – the children had a great time connecting with camp friends. Abby and I truly enjoyed coffee and tea around the campfire, reading books, sitting and chatting and watching the girls play at the beach.ย  This was our 10th year at the same Christian campground – so thankful for a great week away.


When we returned home very late in the evening, my heart filled with joy as I quietly walked through the still home on my way to my nice comfy bed. The house smelled clean and fresh and, of course, it felt so large after being in a camper all week long! Even though I loved being away, I love returning home {even if it means the relaxing week is over …}


Right away, we started back into life during our busy summer season, beginning with a thousand loads of laundry, weeding the garden {still not fully accomplished!}, pulling up the garlic and picking the lovely beans that are ready. My head is full of ideas and projects and to-dos before the baby arrives, as well {why does that happen we I’m pregnant and not truly able to accomplish all these great ideas?!}.

Everything is coming along well with baby-in-tummy – and now it is really is time to get canning and prepping for baby, as we are now at 30 weeks. By Monday, the laundry was finished and I could progress to the next to do on the list.ย  I checked the local flyers and noticed blueberries were on sale. Comparing them to a local u-pick, it was actually thriftier to buy them from the grocery store (and, yes, they were still grown in Ontario).

 

So I bought 50ย  pints on my way to my midwife appointment this morning. The weeding has since paused while I resume some canning impulses. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This afternoon, the girls and I made blueberry jam and canned whole blueberries (a very simple project, if you are new to canning – this one is super easy and tasty). Raw packing blueberries makes a great addition to oatmeal in the cold winter, homemade muffins, over ice cream, in crisps, and more.

And, the jam is just so tasty!

 



ย Pectin Free Blueberry Jam
6 cups of blueberries
2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of lemon juice

Wash the berries and place them in a large pot. Mash them down as much as possible (we used a potato masher and a pastry cutter).ย  Add your sugar and lemon juice and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
Hire a trusty taste tester to ensure beautiful success.

Bring to a boil for about 15 minutes, stirring non stop.ย  I actually used our immersion blender to break up the blueberries as I am not a fan of super-chunky jam.
Using the metal spoon in the freezer test, you can check to see if your jam is ready at any time.
[Here’s how: place a metal spoon or plate into the freezer. Once it is cold, drop a bit of your warm jam on the spoon and run your finger through it. It is stays separated, it is jam! It it runs back together, you need to cook for a bit longer.]

Once the jam is ready, skim off the foam (and save it for your children because they love to eat the fun, purple foam!) and ladle into clean mason jars. Process in water bath for 25 minutes.

 

 

I also have two bushels of peaches on order from the local Mennonite store and 200 cobs of corn coming from the local organic farm around the corner. If they all happen to be ready at the same time, that would be very interesting. Let’s hope the corn waits until the peaches are safely put up for the winter.

Our green and yellow beans are also ready for canning from the garden. I am waiting for one more day so I can make sure my canner is full before I process them.

Have you been canning lately? What is on your canning to-do list? Have you ever canned corn? Last year, I froze it but I think I will try canning it this year. I prefer to see my jars lined up rather than have the produce stuffed into the freezer. It feels more organized, requires less hydro and is easier to use in a pinch.

Personally, I also think it tastes better!

 

 

 

 

 

August 3, 2017 - 6:28 am

Gigi - Caitlin, thank you for your encouragement! Well done with your first canning round! Watch out – it’s addictive. But why not invest money and time into a way to feed your family and build up tradition? It is a great way to have the children involved, as well. Many hands make light work. I’m so happy to hear about your peaches. Well done!

August 2, 2017 - 11:00 pm

Caitlin - I love your canning posts! Actually, I was inspired by your last canning post, and we just did our first canning ever. We went to a local farm and picked peaches. I adapted your canning recipe for strawberries and just used peaches instead- it turned out to be delicious! My husband can’t wait for us to do more, as he insisted it was better than store bought!
I have to say, I just love the pictures of your children. They are so sweet and wholesome, and it’s nice to see. My husband and I are hoping to be able to move to a more rural setting to have our own garden and more room for the children to spend time outdoors. I’m very inspired by your home and all you do!

August 2, 2017 - 9:41 pm

Gigi - Danessa, you will need a pressure canner for the corn. You slice the corn off the cob, fill jars and process in the pressure canner (not a a pressure cooker). Sometimes you can cook the corn sightly before canning, or you can choose to raw pack (fill the jars without cooking). Here is a link for you with detailed instructions: http://www.simplycanning.com/canning-corn.html

August 2, 2017 - 9:23 pm

Danessa stride - I was wondering how do you can or bottle your corn?

August 2, 2017 - 8:22 pm

Gigi - Katy, you have been busy! It is a great feeling to see all those jars, isn’t it? I don’t think we planted enough beans this year. I may have to get some more. I underestimated our growing family’s needs.

August 2, 2017 - 8:21 pm

Gigi - Sarah, glad to hear that canned corn is the way to go. Do you have a recipe to share? ๐Ÿ™‚

August 2, 2017 - 8:20 pm

Gigi - Oh Jen, congratulations on moving! Did you find that farmhouse of your dreams? ๐Ÿ™‚
Blueberries are fun to can – easy and something the children can help with. We are starting our peaches tomorrow. I do so enjoy canning! It is a good pastime to fill up that provision room!

August 2, 2017 - 5:26 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Love love love all these canning posts. So far we have managed to do rhubarb relish and strawberry jam. I want to do blueberries so this was just a perfectly timed post! We are moving, so I may have to wait- as I dont think my hubby will appreciate moving tons of canning supplies- but I love the idea of having a provision in our new place!!

August 2, 2017 - 8:05 am

Sarah - Your blueberries look lovely! We purchased a crate of peaches last night, but they need a couple days to ripen fully. I am planning to can pickles today, since we have had an abundance of cucumbers in our garden this year. Here in NY the local corn has been delicious! We hope to can corn too. I think it is easier than freezing corn since you don’t have to cook the corn first. The pictures of you little ones helping are precious! : )

August 2, 2017 - 6:44 am

Katy - I have been canning as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ The green beans have been growing in abundance in our gardens! Yesterday, I canned all day! I still have another canner full to do today as well! Such a blessing! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I will be doing peaches soon too!

Glad you enjoyed a time of camping with your family and friends! It’s always nice to have some time to relax for a bit!

{Not} Getting with the Times

“What is the name at that dentist we need to book with?”

I asked my husband this question while visiting him at work a few weeks ago. We had discussed the idea of braces for two of our children and needed to make an appointment. He pulled out a heavy barely-used phone book from the shelf near their office phone and skimmed the listings quickly for the dentist number.

His younger brother, who was nearby, scoffed, pulled out his iphone and quickly tapped the screen, saying, “Get with the times, guys.”
He handed over his phone and showed us the number we were looking for – all in the same amount of time it took for my husband to locate the dentist’s number in the actual phone book.

 

 

What does it really mean to get with the times? There is something inside me that balks at this idea of having every modern conveniences at our fingertips.

Recently, a friend and I were headed to a homeschool book sale located a few hours from our homes. We were relying on her husband’s GPS to get us to the location. Of course, to make the night interesting, the GPS battery died and we were left scrambling at a map and stopping at local gas stations for directions. We were late, but we made it eventually.

I cannot help but notice how glued society is to their screens of choice – young and old alike. It is disturbing. I really hope there is a wake up soon among my own generation and those younger on how addictive these screens are – and how they are not always as beneficial as one thinks.

Studies prove that children have more anxiety and developmental issues in this modern way to raise a child. A true childhood – free from screens and digital advancements – is hard to find. And one attached to the technology world is not nearly as lovely or helpful as you might imagine.

Perhaps, if we relied less on the modern technology, we would not stumble so much when it fails.

 

 

I’m okay with being behind the times – in more ways than not wanting to own a cell phone.

 

P.S. Yes, I am writing this from my very ancient, out dated 11 year old laptop – which keys missing on the keyboard, not to mention the non-ability to use it for printing, downloading, etc. It does a good job of helping me edit photos (when it wants to) and I can access my blog but that is about it.

 

 

July 30, 2017 - 12:49 pm

Gigi - Megan, message me at gillianclairgauthier@gmail.com. My email has not been working properly!

July 29, 2017 - 6:43 am

Maike - How refreshing to read the same that goes through my mind every day. Already seeing others being infront of their screens drives me crazy. The modern pimp machines that completely make your meal and you just add in ingredients. The coffee machines, ipads, smartphones, … I really don’t think it does any good. My family is addicted to all of these. They think I’m crazy in my thinking. And yes, sometimes I think a working cellphone, or google maps, or a quicker camera than my professional big one would be better. My laptop dying every couple of minutes sometimes is driving me crazy. Some things seem practical, but whenever I’m not surrounded by high tech people, I don’t really care. It leaves me more calm, peaceful, satisfied. I remember as child it was fun to find destinations and follow the old school road map. I honestly couldn’t be without my laptop, but everything else I don’t need. I love to use a whisk or fork for stirring dough together, it brings fullfilling joy to do it myself, trying to use herbs instead of pills, healing myself and listening. I always scribble down paths I need to walk and tell a time when to meet where. It works fine and worked fine back in time, just for the “uptodate” people these simple things are not working anymore. But it would make everyone feel so much better.

July 27, 2017 - 2:48 am

Megan - Hi Gillian,
Can you email me at the above address? I am posting & sending emails but I might be using the wrong email because I am not hearing anything back. I can pick up the childrens reference bible from abbey in town if that is easier:) i am really wanting to start using it with the kids this summer. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

French Bread Recipe & the {Coziness} of Being Home

Today was a day for running a few errands … there was a quick visit to a hospital for a blood product needed for the pregnancy, a midwife appointment, a few stops in between … a drop off of the younger children at grandma’s and a pick up … it did not take long to have all the errands finished but it was exhausting, nonetheless. It seemed that everywhere I drove while in town, there were lineups and traffic and summer construction on the roads … people were impatient and bustling about, it was busy and rushed.


And it was only errands in a small town! I cannot imagine the noise of a big city or the stress of commuting on highways to work every day. Finally pulling into our gravel driveway later this afternoon, with the children sleepy eyed and yawning in their car seats, we were all happy to get out of the car and stretch our legs. I said a quick thankful prayer that we were home.

Ahhh, home. The best place to be.

Don’t you love coming home? I think our children, and yes, especially our husbands, should love coming home. Yes, there will always be chores and to-do-lists and things to work on around the home, but that is okay. When you work around your home, cleaning, scrubbing, mowing the lawns, weeding gardens, organizing cupboards, cooking healthy meals, these are all ways to bless the home and the members within. Home should be a haven from the outside craziness and the busy world that keeps on going and going.

“Home is the nicest word there is.”
-Laura Ingalls

There are many nights that my husband cannot come home from work until very late. It is unforunate, but that is the way it is in the funeral business. Tonight, he is working late and I feel badly for him. Our husbands don’t always have the blessings of enjoying “being home” when they are the main financial provider. Many jobs are demanding – I know my husband’s line of work is way more intense than I ever realized. Therefore, his time at home should be comforting, even if he still has his daddy-hubby chores that need tending.
Although I have no idea if my husband notices, the girls and I always do a 5:30 p.m. clean up of the house and outside so that daddy can come home to a clean environment on the nights he is here for dinner. I have learned from wiser, older woman that it is a good thing to have the home somewhat clean and orderly when your husband returns home, to have dinner ready, to have the home smelling scrumptious and inviting. Sometimes, I must admit,ย  I even plan my bread baking upon my husband’s arrival because, truly, would that not be a welcoming smell to come home to? Who can resist the delicicous aroma of homemade bread wafting through the home?

 

 

So now with that confession made, may I share a lovely bread recipe with you?
It is similar to the older recipe I posted but even more simple. I call it a French Bread recipe, simply because I shape it as a French loaf for our dinner meals.

4 teaspoons of yeast – poured into 2 cups of warm water – stir and let it rest for 8 minutes or so.
Next, measure out 6 1/2 cups of flour – I vary my flour. You may use what suits your family best.
some salt for flavour
Once the water/yeast combination is frothy, mix this into your flour in a large bowl. I use a spatula to mix these ingredients.
After it is all mixed, I leave it to rest for 10 minutes.
Upon returning, I will add my salt and start kneading until the dough is soft and stretchy – roughly, 100 kneads.
Shape into the bread style you desire and let it rise until doubled in size. Slash the tops if you wish.
This recipe will make two loaves of bread.

This is a lovely dough. You can add cinnamon and make it a cinnamon loaf for breakfast.
Or add a dash of garlic salt, parlsey, oregano and basil for a loaf that is scrumptious with spaghetti.
You can also brush with egg yolk and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top for variety. You can add a dash of sugar and make it a sweeter loaf of bread, as well.

Bake at 350 until golden brown or until the loaf sounds hollow when you tap the sides.
Sit back and enjoy that delicious, homey smell of homemade bread … when the bread has cooled, you may slice and serve it up to your family.

Do Do you see the lovely glass dish the loaf is sitting on? A dear friend of my mom’s knew that I would love this plate when she saw it at a store. With a generous spirit, she purchased it and sent it along to my family through my mom. Well, YES, indeed, I loved the plate the first time I saw it – it is a faint pink and oh so pretty! …Can you see it is etched beautifully with the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread”? It is a very pretty vintage plate.

 



When I showed my girls this lovely plate, Lacey, my eldest, spotted it quickly. This was an identicalย  replica of the plate from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home! Isn’t that just spectacular?! You can read more about the story of Laura’s bread plate here. The bread plate now holds a very special place in our home and is only used for *very* special occasions. It is a very special plate to us, indeed. {Thank you so much, Mrs. Simpson!}

 

July 22, 2017 - 9:55 am

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - Great blog, Gillian. I remember we always cleaned and had the house ready for dad too, I liked to vacuum and bake right before he came home. I learned that from wiser woman too! I also remember Dorothy Pleadwell said to sautee onions, even in a separate pan, as it created an amazing WELCOME home smell for hard working daddys!! PS I just saw Kathy yesterday, she will be blessed that you are enjoying the plate. Love how God works His “magic”. xoxo

July 21, 2017 - 6:58 pm

Gigi - ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoping we can catch up soon, Lauren.

July 21, 2017 - 6:58 pm

Gigi - Thanks! And amen to being the favorite place!

July 21, 2017 - 6:57 pm

Gigi - Stacy, thank you for the kind words of encouragement. Enjoy your family!

July 21, 2017 - 3:47 pm

Stacy - I love reading your blog. It is so reassuring that I am right where God intended me to be and that is home. Keep writing

July 21, 2017 - 12:11 pm

Lauren A - Nice plaaaate!!!!!!!! So special!

July 21, 2017 - 7:17 am

Katy - I love to be home. It is definitely my favorite place to be! ๐Ÿ™‚

The bread looks wonderful!