How To Filter Water (During a Boil Advisory)

Late Monday night I decided it was finally time to get ready for bed and I went downstairs to my bathroom to brush my teeth. Nothing came out of the faucet. I found out the next morning (after suffering through a night with dirty teeth.. ick) that there was a 6″ water main break nearby and most of our private neighborhood was without water. We went an entire day without water, but after they fixed the break we were put under a voluntary boil advisory. For those who have never experienced this, it’s simply a notice to advise everyone to boil their water before use.

When a water main breaks all kinds of nasty deposits enter the water. When they are fixing the break, even more gross stuff gets in there. So after the break is fixed and you finally get water pressure back all that stuff ends up in your glass and looks like this:

How To Filter Water (During a Boil Advisory)

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Red Velvet Oreo Brownies!

Red Velvet Oreo Brownies!

Even though they’re made from a boxed cake mix this sinfully delicious treat has the buttery texture of a to-die-for brownie. Whatever you want to call them they are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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Vegan Baked Apples Recipe

Vegan Baked Apples Recipe

My sister is a hardcore vegan. In fact, she just finished a fast where she drank nothing but salt water to detox her system. Even though her diet may come off as complicated, as an ex-vegetarian I completely understand where she is coming from and I find inspiration in her diet restrictions to make creative dishes our whole family can enjoy. This one, however, was a delicious snack my husband came up with!

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Once a Month Meals- Crockpot Cranberry Chicken

Once a Month Meals: Crockpot Cranberry Chicken Recipe

One of our other favorite meals from Take One of our Once a Month Meal try was this Cranberry Chicken. At first I was a little wary of putting this together because there were only five ingredients and one of them was Catalina dressing! I mean, who would have thought to put that on chicken? But whoever came up with that was smart because this turned out awesome! Continue reading

Family Chore Chart-Printable

Family Chore Chart-Printable

Living with 9 other people can be just a little crazy. Just a little. A few days will go by and before we know it we’re bickering at each other about who took the trash out last and whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher. And when you live with this many people arguing just isn’t an option.

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Easy Coffee Filter Stained Glass Window

Easy Coffee Filter Stained Glass Window Craft

Part of our new family schedule includes a time set aside specifically for crafting. If the kids aren’t in the mood for a craft, they can opt to color or read instead, but most days they are very ready to get creative! Yesterday I decided to introduce a new medium to the kids that they hadn’t used yet-watercolors! I was surprised it had taken us so long to use them!

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The Family Schedule-Free Printable Template

Free Printable Family Schedule Template

“I’m not busy… a woman with three children under the age of 10 wouldn’t think my schedule looked so busy.” -Garrison Keillor

I have found that with four children it has become harder and harder every day to keep track of who had a bath last, when the next Den Meeting is or what time Mini Monster is supposed to eat. And although my husband may think creating a family schedule is pointless for us because it is bound to change on a day-t0-day basis I cannot express how happy putting this together made me! It was wonderful to see it all laid out (does that make me weird?)

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Spicy Cheddar Dip

Heart Shaped Soft Pretzels with Himalayan Pink Salt

I made this spicy cheddar dip to go along with our Soft Pretzels. It has a bit of a spice to it because of the Creole seasoning, but you can always omit that from the recipe. If you do, you may need to salt to taste. This dip is also really good on sandwiches, eggs, potatoes and other yummy foods!

Spicy Cheddar Cheese Dip

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2-3  cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 to 2 tsp Creole Seasoning

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and stir until blended, and butter has turned a light, golden brown. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened. Stir in cheeses until smooth and all of the cheese has melted. Season and serve.

Heart Shaped Soft Pretzels with Himalayan Pink Salt and Cheese Dip Recipe