Wordless Wednesday - Marshmallow Fight

Can you see the marshmallows flying?

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A Beautiful Mess,
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The Florida Hogans
The Life of Rylie & Bryce, too
Mama to 4 Blessings
Wordy or Not So Wordy Wednesday
Frugality is Free
Dear Crissy
Baba's Farm Life
Resourceful Mommy
Mrs. Mama Hen

Black Bean Brownies

This brownie recipe was the first recipe I tried with beans after going gluten free. They are so delicious! At first, I was just making them for me. I let the kids try them once, and they all like them. In fact, last week, my 12 year old told me she likes these brownies better than regular brownies. So much for having my "special brownies" all to my self. lol Since these brownies are healthier than regular brownies, I don't really mind. :)

These brownies don't taste exactly like regular brownies, but you can't really taste the beans. They are so fudgey. And yummy! The recipe calls for sprinkling the chocolate chips on top before baking. One time, I remembered that was I was pulling the brownies out of the oven. So I sprinkled them on then, and once they melted, I spread the chocolate around. It made a candy like coating on top of the brownies.  They're good both ways!

2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 can, rinsed and drained)
3 eggs
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor bowl or blender, combine the black beans, eggs, melted butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sugar. Pulse or blend until smooth (or as smooth as possible).

Grease an 8x8-inch glass baking dish. Pour the batter into the greased dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts (if using) over the top and use a spatula to push them down into the batter just a little (but not too much; they will sink some while the brownies bake).
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until brownies are set in the middle. Watch the edges for excess browning if you're not sure they're done. (Mine seem to take a full 50 minutes, and are still chewy but not gooey.)
Cool and then chill before serving! Store in fridge.
*I have frozen them, too. They defrost great.

You should go check out all of Tammy's GREAT recipes. We use her Challah Bread recipe all the time, too. Also visit Tammy's Recipes Kitchen Tip Tuesday, where you can link up your kitchen tips, and check out others great tips.

For more tips and recipes, visit:

Garden and Kitchen Call Monday

The Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom
Frugal Food Thursday

Friday Food

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Making a Home


Where we share all aspects of Making a Home. Share your posts about homemaking ideas, recipes, crafts, decorating, cleaning tips, basically anything that has to do with caring for a home and family.

Making a home for my family is very important to me and I'm always looking for tips and ideas.

So, link up your posts, and let's all support each other in making our homes better for our families.

Please provide a link back to me. A text link is fine. Of course, family friendly posts only.

What's For Dinner?

Saturday - Sabbath- Make ahead meals-  Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Hot Dogs, Left over hamburgers

Sunday - soup & sandwich day - Egg Salad sandwiches, carrots

Monday - beef - Memorial Day Cook-out Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Macaroni SaladHomemade Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Watermelon, S'mores

Tuesday - pizza - Homemade Pizza, carrot sticks,

Wednesday - super simple - leftovers, salad

Thursday - chicken - Baked Chicken, rice, corn, salad

Friday - Friday Night Fire/Beef -  Steak, broccoli, challah bread

Having a cook-out for Memorial Day? Need help? Let me help you prepare for a large cook-out!

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

Spring Follower Giveaway Tour Is Coming!

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Each quarter, the hosts and partnering bloggers contribute $50 towards a cash prize – the total prize is determined by the number of bloggers. This quarter, we’ve added a sponsor, Joe Shopping, who donated an iPad 2.

The first entry will be earned by following us with google friend connect and/or joining Joe Shopping. That's it - simple, easy, and "WOW", what a prize! Keep reading, there will be more opportunities to enter as the giveaway continues.

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Bring Him Home~A Song For Sunday


This is a song that I’ve sung with our Box Elder Symphonic Choir. We’ve sung it in lots of patriotic concerts. I wanted to share it with you for Memorial Day. I like it best sung my Colm Wilkinson.

What a song. What a singer. From reverence and trust and faith, to passion, boldness, meekness, nostalgia and regret, pity,  courage,  the most utter desperation; to selfless love and through it all, the most exquisite and gentlest tenderness. Amazing. Colm Wilkinson has passion and incredible emotion in the way he does this song. He's begging God to help and offering himself up in exchange.

Bring Him Home Lyrics, from Les Miserables

(Valjean is standing over Marius at the barricade)

God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always been there
He is young
He's afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

He's like the son I might have known
If God had granted me a son.
The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.

Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young
He is only a boy

You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live
If I die, let me die
Let him live
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

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God's Promised Land

Saturday On The Farm

It's been such a rainy week that we didn't get much done outside. During a rare moment of sunshine, the rooster decided he liked my rocking chair on the front porch.

The other night, everything outside looked pink. Living in our little valley, we don't get to see the sun set. Here is my view of the red sunset over the top of the house.

The Daylily's started blooming. I was only able to get a night shot of the first one because of the rain.

 Here's a planter that my husband assembled. He and the kids planted it with flower seeds. It's sitting under the big butterfly bush in our front yard.

Last weeks flower that I asked about was a Celosia.  Thanks everyone for your help! It is an annual, so I will definitely be saving the seeds. 

Here are a couple of garden tips:

1. Using cardboard for mulch in your garden is very helpful. Not only does it keep the weeds out, but it breaks down into a protein that attracts worms. I heard this on a garden show. I called my extension office to verify, but he didn't know about the protein part. He did say that placing cardboard in the garden does attract worms. So less weeds and more worms sounds like a win - win situation to me!

2. On tomato plants, every where little "hair" on the stem will grow into a root. So when you plant your tomato plants, plant them deep.

Here are a few links I found helpful this week:

Home Remedies for House Leeks
How to Dehydrate Chives
Making Violet Salve
Planting a Tea Garden
Growing and Using Mullein
White Muscle Disease
Homemade Organic Weed Killers

Grab The Saturday on the Farm Button!

Saturday on the Farm is a blog carnival that lets us share links to our blog post. It's fun to visit each others farms.

To participate in Saturday on the Farm:

  • Write a post about your homestead, farm, farmette, or the tomato plant on your deck. Your cows, goats, chicken, or your favorite kitty cat. 
  • Add the link to your post (not your main page) below. 
  • Please link back to me so others can join the fun, too.

For more Farm & Garden posts, please visit:
Homestead Barn Hop
Bloomin' Tuesday
Frugal Gardening 101
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers



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