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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…
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…
Hope When You Feel Like a Homemaking Failure
Maybe I'm just a fail-sore (as my kids say), but there are days I don't want to think about homemaking. Days I don't want to even be at home in my house. I remember reading The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer (Francis Schaeffer's wife - and if you don't know who he is,…
The Worst Christmas Ever, Part 4
All Things. The Scriptures talk about the value of a word in season. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver,” wrote Solomon in Proverbs 25:11. Sometimes a particular conversation or note, a phone call or email, will make a radical change in a situation. I experienced this while the…
What’s a Good Gift for My Son?
One of the top questions we get this time of year is "Can you give me some ideas for presents for my boys?" We've written posts on this before, but this time we've taken it a step further. We've included gifts for young boys, older boys, teens, and even adult sons. Check it out and…
Strategic Shopping Giveaway!
Last night on our podcast, Making Biblical Family Life Practical, we interviewed Candy Foote of Strategic Shopping. She gave us a ton of great ideas for Saving Money at Christmas and she also offered to sponsor a giveaway!     Strategic Shopping - In this 143 page eBook, Candy takes shoppers step by step through…