Family Joy Blog Link-up #41

Family Joy Blog Link-up #41

Welcome back to Family Joy Blog Link-up! Thanks for joining again! I’ve had some stuff going on this week, and haven’t kept up with blog stuff as much. I don’t have an extra feature from the readers who comment this week. But hopefully I will again next week. So please comment and let me know what number you are in the link-up!   Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog Cristina @ Ava’s…

Our First Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Our First Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Christmas is my favorite holiday! And this year, we added a new family tradition. We are extending the love, and cheer, and excitement of receiving gifts to some children in need! You may remember a post I wrote back in September called Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas. In it, I explained how the Operation Christmas Child program works. Well, now I decided it was time for our family to fill our first shoeboxes! So last Friday, we all went out shopping together as a family. I had a few little…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #40

Family Joy Blog Link-up #40

Hello again! Glad to have you join our link-up party! Hope you can find some helpful new tips or maybe a delicious recipe to try. Invite a blogger friend to come add their posts too. I would love to hear from you in the comments. Tell me the number you are in the link-up so I can be sure to pay you a visit! This week I’m going to go with my son on a class field trip for the first time. I’m also doing some sewing lately. Not my…

Improving Our Pantry Storage Space

Improving Our Pantry Storage Space

One of the disadvantages of living in a smaller house is the lack of storage. It also makes it harder to organize items as well. Throw in the lack of a basement too, and it makes it even harder to store home-canned produce, or buy food items in bulk. When we lived in a single-wide mobile home, I stored some food items in our bedroom closet! Currently we live in a double-wide, so our space has improved. But our pantry storage space only had a dismal three flimsy shelves. It really did not…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #39

Family Joy Blog Link-up #39

The cooler weather is showing up around here, and the posts were even cooler last week at Family Joy Blog Link-up Party! All 224 of them to be exact! Hopefully your family is getting to enjoy some fun fall activities together. Our family is busy, well particularly my husband anyhow. He’s working on his required 130 hours of clinical time, in addition to his job and online class stuff. Not the most fun for all of us. We will all be so glad when he is finished with his bachelors’…

Making Popcorn The Old-Fashioned Way

Making Popcorn The Old-Fashioned Way

How do you make popcorn? In a bag in the microwave? With a popcorn popper? What if I told you that you could make popcorn the old-fashioned way with just a pot and some oil? In fact, I’ve never used a popcorn popper in my home. If you learn to make it on the stove top, it will mean one less piece of kitchen equipment for you to store. We do make microwave popcorn also. But when you make popcorn the old-fashioned way, it might even be less expensive too. Popcorn…

Easy Basic Bread Making for Beginners

Easy Basic Bread Making for Beginners

Bread making is a skill that is often absent from our general American culture. This is sad. No one should miss the experience of biting into a  slice of too-warm bread slathered in butter, because you couldn’t wait till it cooled. Or maybe a couple pieces. It’s best when it first comes fresh out of the oven, so why wait till later? Today, I have basic bread making broken down for those who may never have made bread before. Don’t be afraid of working with yeast. You can do it!…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #38

Family Joy Blog Link-up #38

  Hello Everyone! I welcome you back to the latest party with Family Joy Blog Link-up! In turn, please welcome our latest co-host from Keys To Inspiration. Christene is our 8th cohost. Please reach out to her to say hi, and follow her on social media. Now your posts will be shared on 8 blogs! Awesome! Invite some others to help us continue to grow if you would! Thanks to all those who left me a comment at the link-up party last week. As I have been doing lately, I have…

Fall Wreath-Making Fun At A Michaels Craft Class

Fall Wreath-Making Fun At A Michaels Craft Class

Have you ever considered taking a class at Michaels craft store? Maybe you haven’t tried it because you weren’t sure if it was worth your time. Or maybe you didn’t know if you would enjoy it.  Well, please reconsider! Recently a friend and I had a lot of fun taking a free class at Michaels craft store. And we got to take home some pretty new decor to brighten up the front door! We learned how to construct our own fall wreath. It was a first-time experience for both of…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #37

Family Joy Blog Link-up #37

  Wow. There were a lot of really good posts at last weeks’ Family Joy Blog Link-up. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Fall might just have the best recipes and inspiration! I can’t wait to see what everyone will bring to us this week. I am still working on canning. I think this year I am going to can pear sauce instead of pear halves. Anyone else do pear sauce? Also I tried something new and fun for myself this week! A friend and I signed…