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If you’re a homeschooler, you’ll want to pay attention to this post! I started using Teaching Textbooks last school year and my daughter really enjoys it. I mentioned this and a free math program in a previous post.

I saw this giveaway today for the Teaching Textbooks program and there are 3 winners. Check out the giveaway here. If you want to enter, you better hurry cause it ends on Jan 13th by end of day!


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Wishing You a Merry Christmas!



I wanted to write a quick note to say Merry Christmas!!
My husband and I started a tradition of buying (or making) a cake, and put Happy Birthday Jesus on it when we started having kids.

We wanted to make sure our kids know fully why we celebrate Christmas and to remind them that it’s all about Jesus and why He was born.

It was always funny when the person behind the bakery counter at Publix (no Publix here in the Bahamas so I have to make one or find a good bakery here) gives me such a strange look when I make request Happy Birthday Jesus on the cake.

Merry Christmas to all of you that celebrate it!

iPad and $500 of Beauteque Products Giveaway

I’ve only recently been exposed to the world of subscription boxes this past year and so, have become familiar with companies like Beauteque. I haven’t subscribed to them yet but their Mask Maven and Beauty bags is on my wishlist.

They do have an awesome giveaway happening right now til the end of the year. The prize is an iPad and $500 worth of Beauteque products!! How awesome is that?

The giveaway is on their site here.

Amish Tuna Salad

Over the past year, I’ve gotten hooked on reading Amish Fiction. It all started from wanting something to read when visiting my hubby’s grandmother. I would load up some free books from Kindle when I was able to get wi-fi. Ever since then, I can’t count how many books I’ve read since then, after decades of reading only a handful of books. Ninety percent of the fiction I’m reading is Amish related.

Anyhow, I found this recipe in The Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage Cookbook. I normally make tuna salad with mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, salt & pepper and sometimes paprika. When I saw this recipe, I had to try it cause it sounded really tasty.

This is my tweaked recipe.


  • 2 cans tuna (5oz or 142 g)
  • 5 hard-boiled eggs, mashed (I cooked them in the rice cooker – see my post about different uses for the rice cooker)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery (I don’t actually measure it – I put in about 2 stalks)
  • mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper
  • paprika

Mix it all together with the amount of mayonnaise to your liking along with salt, pepper, and paprika to taste.

The recipe states to mix it and scoop some onto lettuce to make lettuce cups. I still make a sandwich with it with lettuce and when I feel like I’ve eaten too much bread, I’ll eat it in a romaine lettuce wrap.

I added one additional can of tuna, added salt & pepper, and subtracted on egg from the original recipe.

How do you make tuna salad?



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7 Things You Can Cook With a Rice Cooker

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It has been just a little over a here since we took a huge leap of faith and moved from Brandon (Tampa), FL to Nassau, Bahamas to follow the call of God. It hasn’t been an easy year for us, but it has been a year of huge spiritual growth for us (more so for me, I think). My faith in Him has increased so much since seeing His hand at work in us in regards to the area of financial needs. My husband hasn’t worked a job but has been ministering to people the past year and we have NEVER gone to bed without having something to eat.

We’ve had to improvise a LOT since living here. At first, it was because we weren’t able to get our kitchen items shipped over here for several months. Now we had to do it again because we had to move to his grandmother’s unfinished apartment that is attached to her house. And by unfinished, I mean it was nothing but 4 walls and several windows. We moved in in Sept with just framing all inside and drywall only on the inside of our bedroom. I won’t go into why we ended up moving into this unfinished apartment. Let’s just say it was a blessing to have a roof over our heads.

Anyway, since there was no kitchen or bathroom for us to use, we had to constantly go to his Grammy’s house to use the bathroom and cook. Just recently, we stopped going over to the house cause we didn’t want to bother her and also because of the fact that we don’t have the keys. We decided to start using our toaster oven, rice cooker, and crockpot to cook food. I’ll be very happy once the stove gets hooked up, but until then, I’m very thankful for the trusty 3 small appliances we have.

It was my husband’s idea to start cooking things in the rice cooker. And he got the idea because he met a guy here that had lived in China for several years and said he used a rice cooker to cook everything.

The rice cooker has really come in quite handy. The 7 things you can cook with a rice cooker (because we’ve actually done it) are:

  1. Macaroni and cheese – we cooked the pasta first, emptied any remaining water, then added milk and cream, cooked a few more minutes, then added the cheese and mixed it all up with the pasta and voila, mac & cheese!
  2. Grits – so much easier in the rice cooker since I fill it with water and grits and wait for the cooker to ding! and then add a little more water if necessary and stir!
  3. Farina (cream of wheat) – just like grits, fill with water and farina and set it and forget it! 🙂
  4. Pasta – just like mac and cheese, I cook the pasta, drain it and put in whatever I want it mixed with which was frozen veggies and sausage and let it sit in the cooker until the veggies and sausage are heated up. Then I served it with pasta sauce.
  5. Boiled sweet potatoes – Many times I will cook sweet potatoes just for a snack and it’s super quick and easy to just clean the sweet potatoes and plop them in the pot of water and let it cook!
  6. Steamed sweet potatoes – When I’m not so tired or in a rush to eat, I’ll cut it up or just slice it down the middle lengthwise and put it in the steamer insert and fill the bottom pot with water and steam the sweet potatoes.
  7. Boiled water – it may seem silly to add this to my list but some may not think of something as simple as boiling water in the cooker. Since we don’t have a stove to use at the moment, this has worked quite well in having hot water for tea (or instant coffee) to drink! 🙂

Haven’t done it yet, but also plan to use it for boiling eggs, and oatmeal. Like I mentioned in the list, my rice cooker comes with a steamer insert so I can add steamed veggies and even make steamed scrambled eggs (my mom made that a lot with some ground meat mixed in). And I just remembered I can make steamed buns. I much prefer steamed buns over regular bread rolls.

There’s so much more I can think of now that I can do with the rice cooker. Anything you normally boil in water on the stove can be done in this cooker. The awesome thing is you don’t have to worry about over boiling the pot dry like I’ve done in the past where I forgot I had something on the stove and all the water was boiled away.

I’ve read that you can make chocolate lava cake (and other cakes) in a crockpot and I’m thinking you can probably do the same with this cooker. In fact, I found this list of what else a rice cooker can be used to make and chocolate lava cake is one of them, in addition to other cakes and yummy food!

Do you have a rice cooker? Have you made anything else besides rice in your?

If you don’t, would you want one now that you know it can be a multi-purpose appliance?

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