Fall Family Camping: Great Ideas & Tips


I must say – I LOVE FALL!  There is not a single thing I don’t like about fall. I have already expressed my love for fall and pumpkins but now let’s talk camping. Our family has always talked about going camping in the fall but never really accomplish that.  Now that we are a homeschooling family we feel we have the freedom to vacation when others don’t.  We are embarking on a 6 day/5 night camping trip to Kentucky.  I know glamorous, right?  We are headed to Big Bone Lick Historic State Park. Preparations have begun with the stocking of the camper.  I have cleaned the inside from top to bottom and now am putting in all the goodies we … [Read more...]

Sane Simple Celebrations


October 21st has always been a special day in my family. Growing up, it was my younger brother’s birthday. Now, it is not only his birthday but also my second-born child’s birthday. This year, we get to celebrate a 44th birthday and a 14th birthday. With this date upon us, I thought I’d share some of the things that our family does to celebrate birthdays while keeping them simple and focused on the event, the person, and the purpose of a birthday. Personalized Cakes When I was growing up, my mom did her best to make birthdays special. One of my favorite memories is of her making a special cake for us on our birthdays. She spent a lot of … [Read more...]

Are You “Being Real” or Just “Being Rude”?


The other day I happened upon a forum that boasted itself as a Christian support group online. I browsed through the conversations and came upon a plea from a woman who was looking for prayers for a family member who was having a bit of spiritual trouble. The woman was desperate and in great need of prayer and support. I saw that there had been over 100 responses to her post and decided to browse through and see what kind of wisdom was given to her, what kind of prayers were lifted up, what words of encouragement were lovingly placed to ease her troubled mind. My heart grew heavier and heavier as I read through the comments that … [Read more...]

When Your Child Grows Up


I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that we have an adult child. When did this happen? Wasn’t it just yesterday he was learning to tie his shoes, ride a bike, relieving himself in the parking lot of a car dealership because he’d just spent a week with his grandparents in the country and “they said it was ok”? (Oh, the stories we have.) Yet, here I am. I look across the dinner table at this tall man with a full beard. I listen to his stories, his point of view, his crazy ideas on music and fashion and I think, wow. I was never one to try and be friends with my children.  From day one I wanted them to see their dad and I as … [Read more...]

Measuring Up: The “Perfect Mom” Does Not Exist


Some days I stink as a mom and a wife. I am impatient with my kids, disrespectful to my husband and more often than not my house is a bit of a mess. But guess what? I bet you feel that way sometimes, too. And sometimes I compare myself to other moms, those women who seem to have it all together. Their homes are organized, their schedules adhered to, their clothes wrinkle free and not plucked from the bottom of a week-old pile of unfolded laundry. I once met a mom who, no joke, told me she ironed her kids’ jeans. Say what? My iron weeps with joy when it is called up for service. I mean seriously, that’s what the steam-cycle on my … [Read more...]

15 Pumpkin Recipes Sure to Impress this Fall

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I saw a picture not that long ago that stated, "Fall is here--Get ready for Pumpkin EVERYTHING!" It is that season. I love the sights and smells of Fall. Burning wood, dry leaves, cool weather that finally brings out the sweaters... and then there is the baking. All the spicy, decadent desserts that help us make our New Year's resolutions. They are timeless traditions in our homes, memories me make with our families, and are the stuff of legends to our friends. So, how about we make some new memories this year? Get ready for pumpkin EVERYTHING!  Pumpkin Spice Cake with Chocolate Snickers Ganache by Frugal Mom Eh! Streusel-Topped … [Read more...]

Being Courageous: Andouille Sausage, Beans, and Rice Recipe


We discuss courage, and the act of being courageous, extensively in our home.  Between our Faith, our daughter being a grateful participant in the Beads of Courage, and my love of cooking and trying new ingredients on my family, we use that word often. Joshua 1:9 says, “Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Don't be afraid, neither be dismayed: for Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.” I admit; being courageous as a person of Faith and a “frequent flyer”at Children’s are not on the same level as being courageous when Mom springs a new ingredient on you, but courage you must have! On many a foodie TV show … [Read more...]