Feb 11, 2017

Weekend Links & Updates

In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Deuteronomy 31:6

It's been very windy. Our large, main living windows often flex in the wind. A little scary! So sometimes I put tape across them...just in case.

* Happily, my blood sugar is now regularly in the 80s and 90s - normal. And I've lost 18 lbs. since going on this super-low carb keto diet right before Christmas. Yay!

* Another pet food recall.

* Have you seen Ball's new spiral canning jars? Pretty! I think they'd be great for gifts.

* Do You Truly Cherish Your Husband?

* Dealing with Sibling Fighting and Rudeness. 

* The Link Between Gut Bacteria and Your Child's Behavior Just Got Stronger.

* How to Adopt for (Almost) Free.

* How to prepare a home inventory, in case of fire or other disaster.

* Want to make your own natural cleaning products? Here's a great resource for getting started.

* Spring is nearly here, and with spring, come nettles - a natural, free superfood. 

* How tending a garden is good for your health. 

* How to prune blueberries for a larger harvest.  

* Have you seen the crazy news story about feeding cattle Skittles? It's true! And they've been doing it for years. Poor qualify feed = poor quality meat. 

* First GMO apple going on sale.

Oldies But Goodies

* How to tell if old seeds are still good.

* How to lead your children to Christ - with a free lesson plan.

* Keeping your marriage spark on Valentine's Day and every day.

* Make your own seasoning mixes to save money and eat more healthy.


  1. Congrats on the good blood sugar levels! Those are excellent! The weight loss is a great bonus, too, huh?! :) Do you feel hungry on the keto? I liked how I felt while doing low carb, but I felt like I was ALWAYS cooking. There was never just an easy food to grab. I know that cooking things myself is much better, but when you are homeschooling 4 kids and keeping up with a home and being a pastor's wife, life sometimes doesn't allow for cooking and washing so many dishes. :-/ I'd be interested in blog posts that talk about things you eat and how you deal with having food on hand, etc. I did see what you posted the other day that had some of this info, by the way. Again, congrats!

  2. Staci, what I love most about keto is I rarely feel hungry! I've done low carb diets before, and they work pretty well, but I was hungry a lot. (And when my blood sugar was high, I didn't loose weight.) With keto, the addition of fat makes a huge difference. In fact, I rarely eat lunch, because I'm usually not hungry. There are lots of easy, quick snacks though: I mostly do a handful of walnuts, a piece of cheese, or maybe a hard boiled egg. I also make cheese "crackers" by cutting cheese super thin, putting on parchment paper, and melting in the oven. They are crisp and taste a lot like a cheese cracker. I will consider posting on this topic!