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Blogging Update: Goals In Action

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Hello hello! Just wanted to drop in and write a quick post to update for you all, dear readers.

I’ve made a few updates here on the blog. Ever since I answered Sharon’s question about blogging goals (on my Liebster ward post) I’ve really been thinking about ways that I can improve the blog.

So today I bit the bullet and purchased my domain name. It’s official. My site is now thebuttercuplamb.com! Yay!

I also am changing the looks of the blog a bit. The header image is updated. Some of the titles of my posts have been changed for clarity. I’m adding bits here and there to improve readability and navigation.

I’m working on narrowing my focus as well. I want to narrow down my categories to food, books, motherhood & reflections, nature and caturday. That’s still 5 categories but whatever. I’m happy with it. I may add another category or two later this year about diys and sewing and maybe natural skin care as well. We shall see.

And as I mentioned in my last blogging update post, there is still so much to learn about blogging. But I’m getting there 🙂 And I’ve learned so much already.

A big thank-you to all of my readers for liking, following along, for your support & encouragement. It is very much appreciated. (And I’ve enjoyed following your stories & posts as well, thank-you for sharing them!)

~Rachel

Books, Children's Books

Toddler Favorite Reads: Year 3

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Ah me how time flies. One minute I’m collecting board books to read to my babbling baby boy. The next he’s ready to waltz off to preschool.

I wave people off when they tell me those oft repeated words…

“They grow up so fast.”

But it’s true. So desperately true. And here I am, thinking of year 3. The last year before school. The year that ended only recently. The little yellow brick road of sunshine (ok there were tears and frustrations too) that comes to a halt oh so soon.

Preschool. Can you believe it?

I find it hard to believe still. Ooh boy. If you have any tips on the toddler to preschool transition, I’m all ears!

Moving on.

Here are my son J’s favorite books from year 3. Most he still asks for today 🙂

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1. My Peekaboo Fun: Shapes, Colors and Opposites, by YoYo Books

This one is a lot of fun. There are lots of flaps to look behind. The adult reads the question on each page and the answer is found under the flap.

-This one was given to us.

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2. Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Book), by Gertrude Crampton

A true classic. This one is such a good one for little boys who love to go out adventuring. The artwork is lovely and the text not so long as to completely lose my son’s interest. Scuffy is an ambitious little tug boat who discovers where he is truly meant to be.

-One of my relatives found this book for cheap at an Antique Mall.

3. Truck Stop, by Anne Rockwell

Truck Stop is all about the comings and goings of a family owned truck stop “right beside the main highway heading north and south”. It goes through the motions of morning routine and describes the personalities and vehicles of all the regulars. And there is a mystery to be solved…where is Green Gus?

J loves this book because of the trucks (of course) but also because of the emphasis on the mom-dad-son relationship that I think makes J feel special.

-Free from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

4. Max and the Tag-Along Moon, by Floyd Cooper

Here is one of J’s favorite bedtime books. He loooovves his Grandpa and this book helps him shift his focus from missing Grandpa to seeing the moon as a symbol of Grandpa’s love and drawing comfort from its constancy.

-Also free from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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5. Shark Attack! (DC Super Friends), by Billy Wrecks

Batman and sharks. Need I say more? We are currently in the midst of a superhero craze. And honestly who doesn’t love Batman? The storyline moves fast yet is simple enough for J to follow. Suspenseful and fun.

-A library book.

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6. The Wild West (Disney Pixar Toy Story)

This one was difficult to find a link for. I bought it at Dollar Tree. But there are a few listed on eBay currently. My kids go crazy for this book and as you can see it is well loved.

This book is based on a scene from the Toy Story movie #3 (I think). A very fast paced adventure. Can Woody and Jesse outsmart One-Eyed Bart? Who will save the orphans? And how will they escape the army of monkeys so they can defeat the Evil Dr. Porkchop??

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Thus ends my series of favorite toddler books. If you want to check out year 1 and year 2, you can read about those lists here and here.

Happy reading! And at the risk of sounding like one of those annoying older moms…hold onto those babies. They do grow up so fast 😢

~Rachel

Food

Cuppa Chocolate Mint & Nettle Tea

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I started to blog about french toast today. And while french toast is all very well and good, I wasn’t into it. At the moment I was sipping a cup of chocolate mint and nettle tea. Bing bing! Yes. Yes I will blog about that.

I love tea. Even in the summer. I usually drink it warm or iced in the warmer months though.

A favorite lately is combining a 50/50 ratio of dried chocolate mint and nettle.

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Nettle (L) and mint leaves.

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My nettle I purchased in a 1 lb package through iherb. There was a ton. Like 3+ quart jars. I bought it 2 years ago and there’s still lots.

Nettle is awesome because of the nutrients it has. Lots of calcium, magnesium and iron.

It’s really good for joint health, fatigue, seasonal allergies and menstrual cramps among other things (the list is long).

The leaves are safe to use once dried. It will not sting your insides 🙂

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Stinging nettle. Source: pixabay

Mint is also good for many things, although most people are familiar with its ability to soothe the stomach and nix bad breath. I’ve been reading Rosalee de la Forêt’s book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal and learned that peppermint not only soothes and refreshes but it gives you energy too. So its no suprise that it makes a nice pairing with nettle.

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Chocolate mint in my garden. If it wasn’t in a bucket it would be all over the place!
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Tea steeping in a quart jar, my favorite mug and my chocolate mint stash.
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Yummy cuppa tea.

Is saying “cuppa tea” just a British thing? I really like the phrase 🙂

How about you? What is your favorite tea (or beverage in general)? I would love to know! I’m always looking for new teas and beverages to try.

~Rachel

Caturday

“Save me, Mom”.

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I love sitting with you Mom.

 

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But I think I hear the kids coming…

 

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Save me, Mom!

 

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Noooo why? Mom you did not save me!

 

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Totally ignoring you now.

 

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Maybe if I just lay my ears back a little bit everyone will get the picture.

 

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Nope I’m too nervous here. I think I’ll go seek out another hidey spot. Thanks anyways Mom.

This process happens more times in a day than I can count. Brave Stella.

~Rachel

Food, Snacks

Favorite Toddler Snacks #2 (All Healthy and Well-Loved)

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Toddler snacks are not glamorous. They are messy, sometimes strange and maddeningly frequent. I feel like I give out a million snacks a day. And usually my kids want the same things over and over.

But I’m putting a halt to the easy things. (Like pretzels.) And I’m cutting down on the snacks. Too many snacks=too full for supper. No supper and bedtime schedule is thrown off.

I need to focus on healthy snacking.

I thought I would go over our favorite healthy snacks again and share the ones L loves. Her tastes are different than J’s. She will eat everything from snack list #1 and more. It makes me happy she is such a good eater. Hopefully it will continue!

Here are 14 of her favorites. They are all healthy and approved by my 1-year-old’s tastebuds.

 

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    She loves her frozen peas! And they are awesome for helping with teething.
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    Frozen berries…we’ve been loving Bing cherries lately.
  3. Watermelon slices.
  4. Red grapes, cut in 1/2 or 4ths.
  5. Almonds or cashews, sliced
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    These snack bars from nature’s bakery. (Dairy free!)
  7. Freeze dried strawberries
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    Part of a freshly baked whole wheat bagel (from the grocery store bakery).
  9. Corn chips and guacamole.
  10. Homemade graham crackers.
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    Fruit smoothies. I use 2ish cups almond milk, 1-2 frozen bananas and 1/4-1/2 cup frozen berries. Then cinnamon and sometimes spinach leaves or (quick 1-minute) rolled oats to add more fiber and balance out the sweetness.
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    Dried berries. We made dried cherries using our dehydrator.
  13. “Peanut butter bread” as J likes to say. (It’s just natural peanut butter on whole wheat bread).
  14. These teething buscuits. I admit I haven’t made them in awhile but I remember L loved them. I love that they have zero sugar and use up that powdered baby cereal that I could never manage to use up otherwise.

And that wraps up toddler snack list #2! It was fun to look at all the different things that L likes. The pickiness factor is not as strong. I’m thinking it’s either because she was breastfed or just because I’m more determined to keep offering her things. Probably both.

I was tempted to add “crayons” to the list because apparently they are delicious. She was gnawing on one as I was finishing up this post. *Throws hands in the air* Ah me. The lure of the tasty crayon is not so easily overcome.

~Rachel

Nature

Summer Nature Walk (Learning to Rest and Gearing Up for Foraging)

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This weekend I went for a walk. Is that odd? No! But I was blessedly alone. Which is odd. I am never alone.

I’m learning that I do need alone time and relax time to thrive. To be better at well, everything. I’m learning to take charge and implement more time for quiet and reflection. I need more of it in my life.

What better way to spend a blissful cloudy afternoon than on a stroll through nature?

I’m currently reading a good book on foraging by Lisa M. Rose called Midwest Foraging: 115 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Burdock to Wild Peach. So I thought it would be good practice to look over the area where I live and see what plants I could find and name and if they were edible or not.

I didn’t harvest any of these plants. Most of them were near the road (not especially good to harvest from) but others I believe were on private property. So I admired from a distance 🙂 It’s very important to respect private property when foraging.

Below are some pictures of 10 plants I came across along with their name, family, habitat and whether and what parts are edible. Ready? Lets go!

 

Habitat: Yard

 

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Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis dillenii)

Yellow Wood-sorrel is a member of the wood sorrel family and is related to the Wood-shamrock and Pink Wood-sorrel. It is a very common, delicate looking plant.

Edible: leaves, flowers, immature seed pods

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Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

Elderberry is a member of the honeysuckle family. There isn’t a whole lot of it in our yard but I’ve enjoyed watching this one flower and bloom. It appears the birds are loving it so I just let it be.

Edible: flowers and ripe berries only (no stems). The berries are usually cooked and sweetened as they are rather bitter.

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Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Sheep Sorrel is from the buckwheat family. This was the first plant I came across..right underneath my toes on the porch step.

Edible: leaves (tart) and seeds

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Habitat: Roadside/Woods

 

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Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)

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This plant is from the Touch-me-not family.

Note: this plant is not edible but the crushed roots make a nice poiltuce of sorts will help relieve itchy skin. I tested this out once and it did indeed soothe my skin.

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Wingstem or Yelow Ironweed (Verbesina alternifolia)

Wingstem is from the sunflower family.  (Asteraceae). This shouldn’t suprise me as the plant was very tall. Finding the name of this plant was tough. It wasn’t in any of my books. Finally I was able to find some websites with information. This was definitely one of my favorites.

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Sulfer Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

These beautiful cream/yellowish flowers hail from the rose family (Rosaceae). It wasn’t very widespread and it was difficult to get a picture of. Next time I’ll bring my better camera.

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Bird’s-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

This common plant is a member of the legume (Leguminosae) family and pea subfamily. I’ve always thought it was a cheery little plant and the name is fun to say as it rolls off the tongue.

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Habitat: Damp/Wet Soil, Visible from Roadside

 

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Joe-pye-weed (Eupatoriam purpureum)

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Joe-pye-weed is from the Composite family, Thoroughwort tribe (Eupatorieae). It is very tall and has pretty purplish-pink flowers that were just beginning to open up.

Some of the plants further away appeared to be very popular with the butterflies as I spotted at least 2 yellow Tiger Swallowtail butterflies congregating on the flowers. You can just barely see one in the 3rd photo.

Edible: most parts classified as edible by ediblewildfood.com.

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Common Cat-Tail (Typha latifoia)

From the cat-tail family. Aren’t you shocked?? This is a very familiar plant that usually is found in ditches and on the outskirts of lakes, creeks, etc.

Edible: certain parts are edible in springtime.

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Towards the end of my walk, I spotted this wild apple tree peeking out from the edge of the woods.

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Tasty looking apples! No idea what kind but I was suprised to see them.

Do you enjoy going for nature walks? Have you seen anything interesting lately?

~Rachel

All photos were taken by me.

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Resources:

1. A Guide to Field Identification: Wildflowers of North America (1984), by Frank D. Venning

2. http://www.ediblewildfood.com

3. http://www.dpughphoto.com

4.https://www.prairiemoon.com/actinomeris-alternifolia-wingstem-prairie-moon-nursery.html

Nominations

One Lovely Blog Award & Liebster Award

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I was nominated for 2 blogging awards and I’m finally getting around to accepting. Sorry it took me so long guys!

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The first award is from the talented T.R. Noble, of Inside Cup. T.R. and I are blogger friends and real life friends as well. Her blog tagline is “Getting to know God from the inside out.” It so fits her blog. Her blog, her ministry has been a blessing in my life as it makes me think and has helped me grow as a believer. I most recently enjoyed her post Prayer, What To Pray, which is about developing a deeper prayer life and saying no to the things that hinder a closer walk with Christ.

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Rules:

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post!
  2. They must include the rules & add the blog award as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves.
  4. Nominate 15 people for the award (Or however many you want!)

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  1. When I was a small girl, I wanted to be a ballerina when I grew up.
  2. I’m really into foraging and learning all I can about the beautiful green world around me.
  3. I’m quite drawn to the color orange. A lot of the flowers in my garden are orange or yellow.
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the books I am currently reading. So far I love it.
  5. I like to read a minimum of 2-3 books at a time.
  6. I dislike it when people, however well-meaningly stated, tease me about my slenderness. Ain’t nothing I can change about it and trust me, I’ve tried! I am me and this means embracing the body God has given me.
  7. Before I was a blogger, I was a poet. I wrote tons of poetry, the bulk of it in my last 2 years of high school. I want to get back to writing poetry. I’m going to start integrating purposeful moments where I can sit and reflect to further this goal 🙂

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Nominations:

I nominate these two blogs (should they choose to accept) for The One Lovely Blog Award:

Look for the Good -a blog about striving for positivity in the midst of difficulty. She also blogs about travel and book reviews. I love her different approach!

Deep in the Heart of Textiles – all about textiles (beautiful antique quilts, woven items and others) and picturesque nature photography.


 

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Thank-you Sharon from Leadership2Mommyship! This post was completely unexpected but I am grateful that you thought of me  🙂 What I love best about Sharon’s blog is that it pushes me to envision my goals and go after them wholeheartedly. I was blessed by her post Crave the Day: Have Goals? Get Uncomfortable. I totally needed to hear what she had to say! Goals are so important and I need to focus more in this area of my life.

 

Sharon’s Questions: 

  1.  Why do you blog? I blog for two reasons: for myself and for others. I want to improve my writing skills, connect with other like minded people and share my thoughts. But mainly when I started my blog we had just been through a very trying time period financially. I knew there were thrify tips out there and I found them on other blogs. Reading all that knowledge and encouragement..I realized I wanted to add to that beauty.
  2.  How did your blog name come about? The Buttercup Lamb is a mix of one of my favorite flowers and an animal I’ve always been fond of. My name Rachel actually means “like a lamb” so that is where that part comes into play. Lambs are gentle creatures, and a gentle approach is what I seek to convey in my posts. The two words together speak of all things outdoorsy and natural which is another focus of my blog.
  3.  What goals do you have for your writing/blog? Wow tough question! For my writing I want to continue adding posts to my core categories (food, books, toddler activities). Becoming a better writer and blogger is an ongoing process. I know I have much to learn but I also have a few dreams for the blog. First, I’d like to make it to 50 posts which should be between now and the beginning of October.
  4. What do you like most about blogging? That feeling I get after I put a lot of effort into a post and people tell me they love it/were blessed by it.
  5.  What do you like least about blogging? Trying to balance time with my family with time to blog. Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing it right! Oh and spam comments. Bleh.
  6.  What causes are you passionate about? Carry the Future is an organization that gives aide and baby carriers to refugees, especially those in the Middle East. I need to gather some things to send in I keep putting it off! I also am very passionate about any cause that focuses on rescuing human trafficking victims. I applaud Joel and Luke of the band For King & Country for the awareness they have brought to the issue through their music and the movie “Priceless”.
  7. If you could pack your bags tomorrow and visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Undoubtedly to the UK to see all the places where Jane Austen lived. I so want to go!
  8. What skill are you trying to acquire/improve upon at the moment? Hmm. Currently I am reading up on knitting because I would like to learn. I like sewing and cross stitch but I’d like to begin knitting too.
  9. What is your favorite motivation quote? “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” -Jim Elliot
  10. If you could be a fairy tale character, which would you choose? Good question! I guess throughout my childhood I’ve always loved Pocahontas. Is she a fairy tale character? If not, Rapunzel. She has sweet hair.
  11. Which of your posts are you most proud of?  Please share a link. Breastfeeding vs. Formula: The Good, the Bad and Everything in Between about my feeding experiences with my children and how you should not feel guilty about your choice. It was in my brain for a long time before I wrote it and at least 2 women told me they were very blessed by it. Also my Friendship (Is Greater Than) Politics post about the characters from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series and how they had full friendships in spite of political differences. It was an interesting and fun post to write.

 

Nominations:

I nominate these three blogs for the Liebster Award:

Boo Wholefoods-Rebecca blogs about how to eat well on a budget and discusses how emotions, excercise and diet are all intertwined. Her posts are encouraging and good reminders for me.

Sarah Emsley-is a writer and editor from Novia Scotia and Alberta who writes about authors like Jane Austen (my fav!) L.M. Montgomery, and Edith Wharton. She posts beautiful photos and helpful information about a variety of topics mainly related to these 3 authors.

Inside Cup-A fascinating blog by T.R. Noble. She shares her thoughts and scriptures that work to edify the spiritual walk of belivers in Christ. T.R. is also working on a Christian Fantasy book series which I look forward to reading upon its completion. Thank-you for blessing me with the nominations T.R.! I’m happy to take this opportunity to pass along the blessing 🙂

My questions, should these bloggers choose to accept this nomination:

  1. What is the most exotic/weird food you have ever eaten?
  2. What is a food that you like specific to the region or country that you are from?
  3. What is your favorite childhood book?
  4. What book(s) are you currently reading?
  5. Do you have a garden or houseplants? (If so, what are you growing?)
  6. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
  7. What is your favorite motivational quote?
  8. If time travel was an option, would you do it?
  9. In one sentence, what is your core reason for blogging?
  10. What do you like most about blogging?
  11. What posts are you most proud of? Please share a link.

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This post is getting lengthy but I wanted to add that if you want to find out more about The Liebster Award…the origin, meaning and rules they are here.

~Rachel

Caturday

Stella the Sunbeam Kitty

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Happy Caturday from Stella! This photo was taken a few weeks ago. She loves her sunbeam perch and sometimes she’s nice enough to share it with me. I think she just likes to sit by me so I’ll protect her from the kids. One day they’ll learn consistent gentleness but until then…sunbeam on, Stella the patient one.

~Rachel

Books

Book Review: The Homemade Housewife

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Introduction

This e-book was written and published this May by Mrs. Kate Singh. Because I loved it and found it to be a valuable resource I wanted to post a review on my blog. I will share a summary, things I loved, a small critique, and little tidbits from my favorite chapters.

Summary

This book is a marvelous collection of thrifty tips and wholesome advice. The chapters cover topics like decorating, cleaning, self-care for the mama, urban farming, parenting resources, homeschooling and ideas for free fun.

About the Author

Kate Singh writes both motivational and fictional books to inspire and entertain. She currently resides in California with her family.

Visit the author’s blog here.

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Review

What I Loved…

The reasons I really enjoyed this e-book are similar to the reasons I loved 2 other books of Kate’s. (I read The Lazy and Cheap Housewife and The Funky and Frugal Housewife previously.) From the first, I saw that this book was relatable. Kate is honest about the fact that she is no Martha Stewart and doesn’t want to be. I breathed a sigh of relief. Me too.

I loved her encouraging tone that was coupled with her unique and fun style. I love things that have a different slant and this book definitely falls into that category.

But what I loved most? Her books are built around this tiny seed of an idea. This belief that I could live a full and happy life while practicing frugality. This intrigued me.

Not So Much…

I can only think of two areas for constructive criticism. They are minor things but I feel that 1) a bit less repetition and 2) a bit more organization would improve readability. The repetition increased the length of the book, which was 3,368 pages on my kindle. I loved the huge collection of all things thrifty but there was quite a bit to go through. The chapters and headings were good but sometimes there were parts that were hard to follow because of a change of topic.

My Favorite Chapters

My favorites were chapters 6 (care for the mama) and 8 (about gardening). But I also enjoyed parts of chapters 3 (food), 5 (cleaning), 9 (kids) and 10 (free fun). This book is a compilation of tips from all of Kate’s previous books so some things I had read already. But regardless of this and the fact that I’ve been practicing frugal living for 5+ years I still found quite a few new things to put into practice.

Chapter 6 is mostly about self care, which I found to be so relevant and helpful. Kate titled this chapter “Beauty for the Lady of the House and Ways to Avoid Burn Out”. There are many helpful ideas about exercise, primping, investment in hobbies, me-time breaks and ways to make homemaking easier.

I loved reading about boredom busters and ways to reduce burnout. There were ideas for staying emotionally and physically healthy and many ways to improve one’s image with little cash.

The part about self-love and pride went straight to my heart as I remembered that yes, I can still dress up and look nice even though I don’t go much of anywhere. This quote also spoke to me:

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All things gardening was covered in chapter 8. I found this particularly helpful as I had just planted my garden when I read this book in early June. I loved the tips about where to find free gardening supplies, re-growing plants and how to make compost without fancy equipment. I love gardening and saving money in this area makes me so happy. I’m learning how to get the most of my plants by dividing and regrowing them. It’s a lot of fun 🙂

And here are a few things I loved about chapters 3, 5, 9 and 10.

Chapter 3 is all about food and the kitchen. I made a mental note of the snacking tips, ways to make meals healthier and reminders of cheap and healthy ingredients. I was suprised to learn I could save money on cat food without compromising too much on quality.

Chapter 5 pertains to cleaning. It’s a challenge for me to make cleaning fun but Kate inspired me anew. I was (and am still) going through a decluttering process here at home. Kate had a lot to say about this and helped me to see it as an easier job instead of a never endingly difficult one.

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Chapter 9 reminded me of what kids really need for health and happiness. There is a lot in this chapter. Minimalist baby care and food, homeschooling help, fun kids activities, preschool ideas, help establishing a first aide kit, preventative care and ways to make birthday parties cheap and fun are all included here. Sometimes I forget how little kids really need. How much they love simple things. And how I’m killing it as a mother even though most of the time I don’t see it. 

Lastly, chapter 10 was full of great suggestions for places to go and have fun without spending much $. There were so many activities…some that we do now (like the library) and others that I hadn’t thought about in awhile (such as a picnic at the park). Some of these ideas are for the family and others are more geared towards just the mama.

Conclusion

This book is full of so much goodness. It was motivating and encouraging to read. An excellent resource for any homemaker practicing or seeking out ideas for frugal living 🙂

Check out The Homemade Housewife along with Kate’s other helpful books here. All of her books are $0.99, which I love!

~Rachel

Desserts, Food

Accidental Hot Fudge

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A few days ago I accidentally made hot fudge. Want to know how? It goes like this…

My son J demanded wanted no bake cookies. I thought that was a good idea because I love them too.

Out came the recipe and I began making them. Butter, sugar, cocoa…oh and almond milk. But then it looked strangely soupy. Oh no I added 1 cup of almond milk instead of 1/2 cup. I didn’t want it to go to waste so…

I added double the amount of butter, sugar and cocoa. Let it boil for 1 minute as usual. Then poured it into a glass measuring cup. It was about 2 cups so I poured out half back in the pan and made the cookies like normal.

Except now I realise that I had a double recipe’s worth of milk and varying degrees of the others. The butter, sugar and cocoa were at the same level but the peanut butter and oats were still at the half-batch amount.

No wonder they looked like pancakes. Oh well. They still tasted fine.

What to do with the rest of the liquid? Well it certainly looked like chocolate syrup. I wondered what would happen when I froze it.

So I poured it into a cake pan and popped it in the freezer. I forgot about it until the next day when I brought home a pint of frozen custard.

When I pulled off the plastic wrap from the cake pan, the chocolate sauce had all the appearance of “hot” fudge.

I put it on my frozen custard and it was divine. A bit heavy on the butter but totally delicious.

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Accidental Hot Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter (can sub non-dairy butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other dairy or non-dairy milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small saucepan as the butter melts. Boil for 1 minute.
  2. Pour into a metal cakepan to cool. Cover with plastic wrap (press it to the surface of the syrup) and freeze overnight.
  3. Spoon or drizzle hot or cold over your favorite dairy or non-dairy ice cream/frozen yogurt/custard 😊

Cost:

$1.24. Yeah. Cheap. If I divided the chocolate sauce and my pint of chocolate frozen custard into 4 servings it would only be $1.31 a serving. Even for 1 cup servings it would be $2.62. That’s about a dollar cheaper than the ones I order ready made.

Yay for frugal wins!

~Rachel