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Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever
Seriously, I can NOT tell you how much we love our Instant Pot! Pulled pork in 90 minutes instead of two days. Soup in minutes instead of hours. You guys need this thing. This is the one we have. It's big enough to cook for all of us. You can do soup, slow cooking, meats,…
Retreat Hymns
For The Beauty of the Earth For the beauty of the earth For the glory of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies. Refrain Lord of all, to Thee we raise,* This our hymn of grateful praise. For the beauty of each hour, Of the day and of…
California Blend Soup in the Instant Pot® (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrot, and Cheddar)
We've become enamored of rich, thick soups in the Instant Pot®. It's just so easy! A creamy, heavy soup on the stove would require a lot of attention and stirring to keep it from burning on the bottom. In the Instant Pot®, you load it, set it, and forget it. I love that! I thought an…
The Power of Pressing On Anyway
One of our sons called home from college and mentioned an introductory course he was taking in a foreign language. He had gone to the professor and asked him to call on him more often in class, because his spoken language wasn't very good yet and he wanted to get better. It's a refreshing thing to…
Celebrate Independence Day!
Are you worried about our country? Lots of us are. Last year on our podcast, Making Family Life Practical we gave an answer to our friends posting on social media that they are so worried about our country that they don't really feel like celebrating the Fourth of July. Scroll down for our Independence Day gift…
101 Great Answers for “I’m Bored” This Summer
Kids these days are so over-programmed it's ridiculous. They go to this camp and that one, moms run them to classes and clubs. When we were kids we made our own fun and it really was fun! Here are some of the things we used to do that you can suggest to your children when…
Q&A: My Son is Stealing Food…
A Facebook reader asks, "How do you deal with sneaking and stealing food and then lying about it? My son (18) has been sneaking and stealing food for YEARS. If it's there, he will take it. If I make cookies or brownies, he will help himself with no regard for others. If my husband gives…
A Homeschool Dad Test Drives The New Tesla
Davis Carman is a friend of ours (and the owner of Apologia Educational Ministries). He's also a mechanical engineer and a car buff. Recently he got to test drive the new Tesla Model 3, and his initial response was so enthusiastic we asked him to give us the full story.  Is It Ludicrous to Test Drive…
It’s a Shame…
We've all seen them: the viral videos of parents smashing their kids' computers or sharing their stupid mistakes. Some of them are pretty funny and most of us have been tempted to do something outrageous some time or another, but is this really a good idea? Public shame has been a form of punishment throughout…