Sunny Saturday


Welcome to Linda's Lunacy Sunny Saturday!

Sunny Saturday is a fun way to find new friends and followers for your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and Networked Blog.

Joining Sunny Saturday is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Follow me, Linda's Lunacy, your hostess.

2. Leave a comment, letting me know your a new follower, and I will follow you back.

3. Include the Sunny Saturday button in a post, and link that post in the linky below. Also link up your blog's Facebook page, Twitter and Networked Blog in the linkys below.

Have fun, and please help spread the word about Linda's Lunacy Sunny Saturday!






Saturday Hops I'm participating in:

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Sunday Blog Hops I'm participating in:

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Celebrating the Sabbath

This year, we started celebrating the Sabbath on Friday nights. Friday night to Saturday night is the Sabbath as the Bible describes. We don't know any one else in real life that celebrates the Sabbath on Friday night. We do feel that God has lead us to this, and called us to celebrate the Sabbath on Friday night/Saturday.

This has been a process for us. We started out with just my lighting the candles and saying the blessing. We now take communion as part of our Sabbath meal. In this picture from tonights meal, you can see our little wooden communion cups.

You can also see the beautiful loaf of challah bread my daughter made. I started out making the challah earlier this year, but she has taken over. She has learned how to make 6 braided challah. Beautiful and tastes great. We use pieces of challah for the communion bread, and grape juice in our cups.

We also have a tzedakah container. Tzedakah is commonly translated as charity. At some point during our Sabbath meal, we try to put money into the tzedakah container. So far, we have taken the money out once to buy food for the food pantry.

Even though we eat supper together as a family every night, this is different. It just feels different. It's hard to describe. We are more relaxed, we talk more over the meal, and linger longer at the table. It's not just dinner, it's an event. One the whole family looks forward to.

So far, we haven't had any one over for our Sabbath meal on Friday night, but I do see us sharing this with others at some point.

Our Sabbath isn't perfect. There are still some things I would like to work on. For example, I still haven't memorized the candle lighting blessing. And I would like to learn to say it in Hebrew, also.

Celebrating the Sabbath on Friday night has been great experience for our family. It has brought us closer together as a family. It is really awesome to honor God together as a family.

I very highly recommend starting the Sabbath with a family meal on Friday night.

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The Year in Review - 2010

I started out in January making Blog Goals for the first time. Then quickly posted Amended Blog Goals before the month was out. lol

February found me have having another birthday. Wait until you see what I have planned for my birthday this year!

In March, my daughter gave me a Makeover and Photo Session. I still use one of the pictures as my profile picture!

April found me starting the Saturday on the Farm Carnival. Saturday on the Farm will be re-starting in March. So remember when you start working in your gardens to come back for a visit!

In May, I shared how we make Acne Soap. This soap really works great for my kids, and everyone that we've shared it with.

In June, I got a new laptop! ah....I could spend more time blogging without hogging the family computer! My family thanked me for letting them have their computer back. lol

July found me starting The Bible in 90 Days Challenge. There's a new session starting on January 3rd. Come join me in reading the Bible!

In August, my OpenSky Shop opened! I was so excited. lol I still love having my own OpenSky Shop!

My favorite post from September, is a Wordless Wednesday picture of my daughter. I love it!

In October, I completed The Bible in 90 Days Challenge!  I shared The Country Woman and Her Gun. There's a reason I named my blog Linda's Lunacy. lol  I started a new blog hop called Sunny Saturday, and I've been having so much fun with it.

November found me sharing about Our Thanksgiving and Our Advent Season. I shared lots of our family traditions. This month, I also have a great time participating in the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop. I had so much fun participating and giving away great gifts. I even won a couple! I'm participating in another awesome hop, The Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway Hop, in February.

In December, I shared some more of our family traditions with Our Chanukah, and Our Christmas.

According to my stats, here are the.....

Top 10 Linda's Lunacy Posts of 2010

Crock Pot Cheeseburgers
Snow Candy
Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop
Brownies For a Crowd
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
Freezer Cooking Session
How to Make a Housecleaning List
The World's Easiest Candy
Chocolate Marble Loaf
S'more Parfaits

I find it interesting that 8 out of the 10 are for food! lol

May God Bless you and keep you in 2011!

Please visit:
2010 Blog Recap Carnival
2010 In Pictures and Posts


The Bible in 90 Days Reading Challenge


I participated in The Bible in 90 Days reading challenge last fall, and completed it! I posted  weekly updates for the Bible in 90 Days Challenge, that you can read if you want to see how I did.

I found the challenge very rewarding. It is quite the challenge, though. Every days reading is 12 pages long. Which may not sound too bad and most days it isn't. Reading the genealogies was the hardest part for me.

A new session is starting next week, on Monday, January 3rd.  I highly recommend the challenge for everyone. In fact, my two teenagers are going to join me in the challenge! Visit Mom's Toolbox to sign up.

I'm really looking forward to reading through the Bible in 90 Days again! Won't you join me?

Ring in 2011 Blog Hop

Welcome to Ring In 2011 Blog hop hosted by
Melissa at Day 2 Day Living and 
Heather In The Land of Mom.
This is our first annual end of the year blog hop. 
What a better way to ring in 2011 by making great new friends here 
in Bloggy Land and finding lots of great new blogs. 

So what do you need to do?
Just grab our button

Ring In 2011 Blog Hop

Follow both of the hostesses, link up and follow as many blogs as you want.
Let them know you found them through the blog hop. You can also grab the code from the linky to add to your own blog hop post!
Easy peasy!

So hop your way into 2011! 
Linky will be open from December 30th until Sunday January 2, 2011

Thursday's Giveaways


I love entering giveaways, and have even won a few things. I really love hosting giveaways on Linda's Lunacy. It's so much fun to give stuff away!

So I thought I'd start a giveaway linky to make it easier to find lots of giveaways.

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The posting of my button is not required, but help in spreading the word that Linda's Lunacy has a giveaway linky is greatly appreciated! So thank you!

Adding your giveaway to Linda's Lunacy Thursday's Giveaways is very easy! Just use this format, please.

Blog name - name of item being given away - ending date

See? Easy!

Please, only link family friendly giveaways. My kids read here, and anything not family friendly, will be promptly deleted. Sorry, but it's for my kids. :)

Have fun, and I hope you win something!

Breast Cancer Awareness Christmas Tree

My Mother is a breast cancer survivor, and this was her Christmas Tree this year. The bow on the top, and the ribbon coming down the tree have pink ribbons.

For more pictures, visit Wordless Wednesday,
Wordless Wednesday at 5 Minutes for Mom ,
Say "Cheese" at It's a Blog Party
A Beautiful Mess,
Live and Love Outloud,
Attic Girl
Shibley Smiles
Angelica's Awesome Adventures
The Florida Hogans
The Life of Rylie & Bryce, too
Mama to 4 Blessings
Wordy or Not So Wordy Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

Banana Bread

We love banana bread. We like to eat it for breakfast and for snacks. A loaf of banana bread doesn't last long in my house. That's why I like this recipe that I have used for a long time that makes 2 loaves. One for now, and one to put in the freezer for a quick breakfast or snack later.

Banana Bread

3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
2 cups mashed bananas (5-6 medium)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil

Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of 2 8x4 loaf pans.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

In another bowl, mash the bananas, and add the eggs and oil, stirring well. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

Divide into the 2 prepared pans.

Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.

Bread can be frozen, whole or sliced, in a freezer bag, or wrapped in foil.

I also baked the batter in a mini muffin pan. I added chocolate chips to the top before baking. These are nice little snacks for the kids. These, also, can be frozen.

Kitchen Tip - I always have a problem with the bottoms of the banana bread sticking to the pan. So much so, that when I remove the bread, part of the bottom stays in the pan. Event though I'm using no stick pans, and greasing the pan well. So now I grease, then flour only the bottom of the pan. Even though every quick bread recipe I have seen calls only for greasing the pan, I have found the flour solves my problem, and my banana breads are intact. Which makes me smile when I serve it. :)

Top of one loaf on the left, and bottom of the other loaf on the right

For more tips and recipes, visit:

Saturday Sweet Shots.



What's For Dinner?

Saturday - pizza night - Christmas Dinner at in-laws

Sunday - soup & sandwich day - Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggies

Monday - chicken - Baked Rigatoni, broccoli

Tuesday - beef - Hamburgers on english muffins, oven fries, carrot sticks

Wednesday - super simple - hot dogs, brats, carrot sticks

Thursday - chicken - turkey casserole with mixed veggies and stuffing topping

Friday - Friday Night Fire/Beef - Roast,potatoes, carrots in crockpot, challah bread

For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit I'm an Organizing Junkie.

This Week's Blog Hops

These are the blog hops I'm participating in this week. Blog hops, as well as Twitter & Facebook hops are a lot of fun, and a great way to find new blogs. It's also a great way to increase your followers on your blog.

If your visiting Linda's Lunacy for the first time, Welcome. I hope you can stay and visit for awhile!

Please come back on Saturday, for my new blog hop, Sunny Saturday! You can link up your blog, Twitter, Facebook, Networked blog and your shop! Hope to see you on Saturday!


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