Sprouted Strawberry Shortcake

Sprouted Strawberry Shortcake- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Who doesn’t love fresh strawberries — vibrant red and bursting with flavor? They’re one of my favorite foods to eat in the spring! Although I’ve meant to plant my own strawberries for several years now, that still hasn’t happened. For now, I’m happily enjoying them from a roadside stand.

Strawberries are perfect on their own, but I love adding them to a lightly sweetened dessert (like… shortcake!) for a spring treat. When I was little, my family would sprinkle a biscuit with cinnamon and sugar, and top it with whipped cream and strawberries.

I’m sharing my shortcake recipe at Traditional Cooking School, so if you want to learn how to make this tasty treat yourself be sure to head over there!

Sprouted Strawberry Shortcake- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Grab Your Ultimate Homemaking Bundle While You Can!


Dear Homemaker,

Are the inmates running the asylum?

I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.

When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home.

I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage.

I wanted to make a special place that was a magical mash-up of:

  • a school,
  • a playground,
  • a refuge,
  • a boo-boo “fix it” station,
  • a “you can do it” pep rally, and
  • a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth.

And then real life happened…

I moved to Mexico becoming a laundry lady and a dorm mama for 16 deaf girls…learning a couple new languages, 500 miles from home, dying a teenage boys pants pink when I mixed colors while washing….cooking for 100, teaching 5 year olds to tie their shoes, learning new traditions, 10 kids and two dorm mama’s with high fevers, headaches…sniffles, tears, lots of love…a move back to the US, “empty nester” in my late 20s, new dreams…and hopes of running my own business from home.

And that’s why Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… because as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

To help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.

It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

Let me tell you these authors are the real deal. I’ve gotten to read many of the ebooks in this sale. Some of the ladies I’ve know for years, they are trusted friends and fellow bloggers that I love and know what they are talking about.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Here they are:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

… a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

As a gift to my readers, anyone who buys through my link and emails me at nourishingsimplicity@gmail.com will get a free copy of my ebook Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats as a thank you. 

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AND…. the first two people to buy through my link and forward me your proof of purchase will get a $20 gift card to Amazon as well!!!  

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

Let me ask you a question.

Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?

Of course not!

Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”

But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.

Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?

So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

If you are single gal waiting for the hope of marriage and children some day, if you are single gal 100% fine with being single this bundle is still for you. I’ve been blessed by so many resources in the past couple homemaking bundle.

Since this is a “buffet” of books it’s okay to pass on the ones that don’t apply to you and dig in to the ones that do.

Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

In a word… yes!

To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.

They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.

And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

And They Were Delighted to Help…

The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs

…99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)

That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to customerservice@Ultimate-Bundles.com and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”

The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.

But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

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After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.

Act now!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

 

Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

 

 

On Life, Dishes, and the Frog in My Sink

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So, I had a frog sitting in my sink one day. The next day there was three…thankfully there weren’t five the following day. Lovely sight when you go to wash the dishes that have been sitting in the sink all day don’t you think?

There are few things that gross my out but tiny frogs in my sink did the trick, that and the crocodile lizard that was chilling on the counter a different day. I just LOVE reptiles and amphibians in my kitchen sink said no one ever, unless they were prepping frog legs I guess but who really does that at home?

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In my old home the kitchen was in the lean-to/mud room, which meant critters loved to find their way in. If you want a tour of my old kitchen be sure to check out this video.

The solution would have been to stay on top of the dishes and my friends would only be hanging out in an empty sink. Back then I was a dorm mama for many and sometimes dishes didn’t get done when they should have.

Now I try to stay on top of things and either wash the dishes after each meal or put them in the dish washer. Thank the Lord for that invention! You can totally live without one, I did for 10 years but it is a thing of beauty, especially when you have a full plate and really what woman doesn’t?

Focusing on your kitchen sink being empty after every meal (or snack) leaves your kitchen clean(er) and allows your sink to receive the dishes from the next meal. Another great thing to try to do is clean as you prep a meal. That is the #1 tip my mom taught us growing up. That way you are not left overwhelmed by the overflowing sink once dinner is over.

Dishes are just one of many things that leave the homemaker (or single gal) feeling overwhelmed. Other things like laundry and what is the world are you going to fix for dinner while the kiddos are trying to climb up your legs or ask a “Mommy, can I?” question for the one millionth time in the last hour can leave you frazzled as well.

If you are stressed-out homemaker there is no need to stay feeling overwhelmed! 

Check out this free eCourse: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking!

4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking

Are you tired of getting behind on laundry?

Do you struggle to keep your kitchen clean?

Does the dinner hour have you harried?

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If so, you cannot miss a FREE 4-part mini eCourse that is available for a limited time: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking!

In this eCourse, you will learn:

  • how to never get behind on laundry again,
  • how to wake up each day to a sparkling clean kitchen,
  • how to avoid the 5 ‘o’clock scramble with a super simple meal planning method, and
  • how to set yourself up for success with a quick nighttime routine.

Control My Spin’s Holly Dvorak, a popular speaker and home management coach, and her long-time homemaking mentee, Erin Odom, of The Humbled Homemaker, have put together this eCourse to help curb homemaking overwhelm and give you the tools you need to run your home like a well-oiled machine.

4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking will not take you long to complete, but what you learn through it can totally revolutionize your home.

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What comes with this eCourse?

  • 4 videos: These videos are all less than 10 minutes long, so it won’t take up a lot of time to watch them. But they each pack a punch!
  • 4 printable worksheets: We don’t want to just leave you with the teaching; we want you to brainstorm ways to implement it in your life!
  • FREE REWARDS by sharing this FREE eCourse with your friends as well!

What rewards can you earn?

  • Share this FREE eCourse with 1 friend to get $5 off the 2015 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! This year’s sale starts next Monday, April 20!
  • Share this FREE eCourse with 5 friends to get a FREE 1-year magazine subscription!
  • Share this FREE eCourse with 10 friends to get the 2015 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for absolutely FREE!

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We let a sampling of bloggers get a sneak peek at this course, and this is what they had to say about it:

Kayse Pratt

“I absolutely loved the course! It was so encouraging for me to hear someone else’s homemaking struggles, and the tips I learned are so practical, I can implement them immediately! Each video is less than 10 minutes, and well worth your time. I’m recommending it to all of my friends!” ~Kayse Pratt, blogger at Kaysepratt and author of Worth the Fight

Angi Schneider

“I was really encouraged by the videos to really think about the little things that make my day go smoother when I do them. Thank you!” ~Angi Schneider, blogger at Schneiderpeeps and author of Hope: Thriving While Unemployed

Jill York

“I cannot tell you how much this simple free course has helped me already! I’ve watched them with my oldest daughter, and we are putting them to action! The motivation it provides can be life-changing! It made me really look forward to digging into the rest of what’s in the bundle.” ~Jill York, blogger at Jill’s Home Remedies and co-author of Homeschooling Day-by-Day

Kristen Smith

“The four mini lessons taught in this eCourse aren’t overwhelming, won’t load you with guilt, and are really doable. There’s also room to tweak the lessons for your family’s unique needs, which I appreciate as a homeschooling mom of give younger children. Instead of feeling like a failure by watching it, you feel motivated to make the small changes that Holly explains.” ~Kristen Smith, blogger at Smithspirations and author of Strengthening the Heart of a Homemaker

Don’t miss out on this FREE eCourse that can help take the stress out of homemaking! Get immediate access by signing up here, now! Don’t forget to check out the preview too!

Click here for immediate access!

 

Satuday Bargains

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It’s been a quite day here. I savored the rain and cleaned house while Sarah and her family went camping in the freezing weather with some friends. Despite the cold I think it sounded fun. It’s been WAY too long since I last went camping.

Enjoy these Saturday bargain deals. Remember these are affiliate links and the prices are subject to change at anytime, so always double-check the prices.

emma

This sweet movie is only $5.69 right now. I remeber watching this with friends back in high school,  I still love it today!

spiralizer This spiralizer is a quick and easy way to turn vegetables into noodles. Or to make your salad really fancy. Either way it’s 64% off right now!dear mr knightleyThis Kindle book maybe one of my top favourite fiction books of the year. Hat tip to Emily Gardner for sharing it with me. It is only $2.99 right now. That’s 81% off.
blendtecCostco has a great deal on the Blendtec Total Blender Classic with Wildside Jar and Twister Jar. Through tomorrow (11/23/2014), it’s only $359.99. It usually retails at $799.99. I bought this same model (in red why? because it’s so fun) from Costco last winter. I LOVE it!! It is worth the investment. I eyed it for about 4 years before taking the plundge.strawsI have these straws and love using them. I also love how it reduces the amount of plastic my family is exposed to. Right now they are 73% off.

mayflowerOnly $5.38 right now. Take a historical look with your kids at what it would have been like to sail on the Mayflower.
nourishing traditionsThis book is a must read. It completely changed the way I view fat and really helped propel me into the world of real food. It is much more than a cook book. Right now it’s 32% off. It was my first “big step” into nourishing foods. It is definitely a book that is handy to have around at all times to use as a reference.

ina may I have never read this book, but it is definitely one that is on my list. It’s 28% off right now at only $12.99.vanilla steviaThis vanilla stevia is made with real vanilla and a glycerine tincture of the Stevia herb (not the processed powdered stuff). It’s 48% off for a pack of two. Remember, a little bit goes a looooooong way. I LOVE using it in my Americanos.

pilgrimsThis looks like a fun way to learn about the pilgrims with your kids. Only $3.99.

thanksgivingThis one is also only $3.99.

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We have this book and my children LOVE it. They love the pictures and the rhyme, even though they aren’t familiar with the original Twas the Night Before Christmas poem. It’s also only $3.99.lodgeWe never would have survived our camping trip if it wasn’t for our cast iron. I won’t divulge just how much bacon and eggs we cooked over the camp fire, but our cast iron never lets us down. This set is currently 57% off. krupsThis espresso maker is 68% off. You can never have too much espresso. Yes you can. No you can’t. (This is the conversation I have in my head everyday.)address Right now Zulily is having a sale on a bunch of really fun and trendy address stamps. They are $19.99 each which is discounted from the original $50 price (although who would really spend $50 on a stamp?! Not this lady!). I think these would make a fun stocking stuffer for family and it would definitely reduce the amount of time it takes me to address Christmas cards! The way Zulilly works is you have to make an account with your email address to look at the deals. Don’t worry, they won’t spam you. Once you’re in just type stamps in the search bar on the top right and they should pop up. After you create an account, if you share it with your friends, you can get a $15 credit if your friends buy something. That would practically pay for the stamp! Here’s my link: http://www.zulily.com/invite/kstanley602

Saturday Bargains Christmas Edition

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The Advent and Christmas season is one of my favourite times of year. I love the time to focus on intentionally celebrating Jesus, the hope we have in him, family and friends. Over the past few years Advent has been a beautiful and meaningful time for my family of girls in Mexico.

We always welcomed the Christmas season with decorating the house, putting out our Advent wreath, Advent “Calender” and reading our Jesse Tree Devotional. Even though I was in a house of deaf girls I enjoyed blasting my Christmas music none stop. 🙂 When I was packing to move back to the States one of the things two of the girls asked me to leave was the Advent wreath. We never know the impact our intentional traditions will have on our children.

In light of this Sarah and I thought it would be fun to search out Christmas deals, so this is the Christmas edition of Saturday Bargains. Please remember that these are affiliate links and the prices are all subject to change at any time, so always double check the price before purchasing.

Nativities

willow tree nativity

This is the nativity set that Sarah owns and loves. I think the Willow Tree characters are so simple and beautiful. This set is 31% off right now. I also almost bought it myself. nativity fabric calendarIsn’t this the cutest thing? I love the pockets and the advent style of this nativity. It’s 49% off right now. I could easily see this being a great conversation starter with kids each day as you talk about the different parts of the nativity all culminating in the birth of Jesus.little people nativityThis nativity set by Little People is 46% off. It’s a #1 best seller. I know my kids would love to have this. I could see them reenacting the nativity story for many years to come.nativityHere is another one for the kids. It’s 33% off with great Amazon reviews.

Books

christmas carolThis Christmas classic is FREE on Amazon right now. These free books don’t last long.

joy of giving berenstein bears

The Berenstain Bears are very popular at our house. This book on the Joy of Giving is only $3.03 right now.

humphrey's first christmas

I have never read this book before, but after reading the review and comments I really want to. It’s a story about a camel named Humphrey who is upset that his blanket is missing. He later finds out the very special reason his blanket is missing, and it has to do with a baby. Only $4.63 on Amazon right now.

legend of st nicholas

Here’s a fun resource for teaching your children about the history of Saint Nicholas. 22% off right now.

legend of christmas tree

Why do we decorate Christmas trees? This book explains the legend. 23% off.
legend of christmas stocking

Ever wonder why we stuff stockings at Christmas? This book gives a beautiful story that will help your children focus on God this season. 24% off.legend of candy cane

Noticing a theme here? Here’s a great story that we actually reference in our Christmas devotional that gives a fun explanation for the stripes on a candy cane. 25% off.crippled lamb

This story is absolutely beautiful. Sarah and Scott reference it in their Christmas devotional and it is part of their giveaway right now. It is part of my personal collection and it’s one of the best Christmas books out there, in my opinion. 27% off. Years ago I helped write and direct a play based off the story so it holds and even more special place in my heart.

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Robin Joes Gunn is one of my favourite authors. You may remember me mentioning the lesson in grace that I learned from her. These two delightful books are each 60% off. A couple meaningful lessons from these books have stayed with me since I first read the books.advent storybook

This advent storybook with beautiful illustrations is 30% off.

the best christmas pageant

If you have children old enough to read chapter books, this is a must-read. It’s 38% off right now and sure to be a hit. My mom read it to us almost every year growing up!

greatest gift

This devotional has all 5 star reviews and is written by the same author as the highly popular book 1,000 Gifts. It’s currently 37% off. It’s on my wish list this year!

MTAH Giveaway Bundle

Right now you can enter this giveaway to win a copy of Sarah’s  Christmas devotional and three children’s books that go along with it. This giveaway ends today, 11/15/2014 and has low entries. Enter here.

Movies

nativity movie

This beautiful portrayal of the nativity story is a tradition in many households. Right now it’s 50% off at just $7.49.It’s favourite of my girls that made an appearance throughout the year.

the christmas candle

This sweet movie by Max Lucado is 47% off.

charlie brown christmasThis movie needs no explanation, except that it’s 55% off right now.

christmas classics

I grew up watching these classics and I know a lot of you did too. Right now they are 40% off. This was my Karen’s favourite movie until she turned 12!

Decorations

jessie tree

This is a wooden Jesse tree and can be used along with the Jesse tree devotional. It’s only $3.75 plus shipping.

frontier

Right now on Vitacost, all Frontier items are an extra 15% off. Stock up on spices and flours for your Thanksgiving and Christmas baking. I used this discount to order a bunch of organic herbs for making our own vitamins. You seriously can’t beat this deal. If you have never used VitaCost before, you can sign up through my link and get a $10 off a $30 coupon which makes the deal even sweeter. Once you log in, click on the deals link on the top right hand corner and then scroll down until you see the Frontier deal.

Music

wow

Listen to your favorite Christmas songs from the top Christian artists. Only $8.15
rudolph

So nostalgic. Only $4.99.josh groban

Beautiful Christmas songs, only $8.48.