Homemade Popcorn is a quick, easy snack and around here Kaitlyn is the resident popcorn maker. Why homemade? I’m calling it homemade rather than microwave or already popped and bought in a bag from the store. This bag of Jolly Time Popcorn costs less than $2 at our local grocery store and depending on how… Read More Buttery Homemade Popcorn
It’s No Spend November so what to do, what to do? We’re listing 100 things you can do for FREE or at the very least super inexpensive. Have additional ideas? Let us know! Finish those books you’ve started Pull out some old cookbooks and see what recipes you can find and try Take some free… Read More 100 Free Or Cheap Things to Do this Month! #NoSpendNovember
At least once per year our family takes on a No Spend season. Often it’s in January or February, but that’s not set in stone. This year it’s now-November. After a very full, fun summer and fall November just seemed like a perfect time to refocus, slow down a bit and gather ourselves together. Starting… Read More 10 Reasons You Should Have A No-Spend Season (and a How To Guide)
Beginning in a just a couple of days The Smallwood Parsonage is embarking on a No Spend November! Please join us as we share ideas, thoughts, budgeting tips and other ideas for simple living. Suggestions or questions or ideas you’d like to learn more about? Please leave them in the comments!
These little tomato beauties are growing just outside our front door. Literally, we don’t even have to go off of our steps to pick them. They’re slow to ripen this year, but mighty sweet. We love a good Bruschetta, or our cold Tomato Mozzarella Salad, which is a must this time of year when the… Read More Tomato Black Pepper Mozzarella Appetizer
When life hands you zucchini…. …you make zucchini pancakes! We were given two ginormous zucchini this week. Most of it will be frozen for breads and muffins throughout the year, but some of it will be eaten and some of it WAS eaten during lunch today. Lunch today consisted of Fresh Roasted Tomatoes with Black… Read More Savory Zucchini Pancakes-Gluten Free
Yay for us that cherry trees were discovered on our property line this summer! The trunks and half the tree is on the neighbor’s yard, while the other half hangs over our church/house property. Our neighbor was incredibly generous in letting us pick however many cherries we wanted this summer. We picked and pitted and… Read More Cherry Habanero Jam-Recipe
There was some landscaping done recently on the property and we were able to rescue some thin birch trees of various lengths from the fire pit pile. I’ve seen these types of candle holders on Pinterest but I haven’t wanted to cut down the birch just for the sake of a candle holder. When they… Read More DIY Candle Log
Today we found mulberry trees on our property. Jams and jellies and pastries to come. Today we picked cherries from the cherry tree we heard rumored was on our property but couldn’t find. Fresh eating from the tree as juice trailed down our chins. Today we worked alongside church family. Sunny, laughing, working family. Today… Read More Simple Blessings
I’m not saying this note is about me. I’m sure there are other moms who at this very moment are dreaming of a month at the beach, a maid, and a full-time chef, but that’s not me. Not. at. all. It’s for all the other Moms out there. Who may or may not be me.… Read More When Mom is Stressed. There Are Options.