festivals and fair days

Our local fair comes into town every January. When I was a kid, my mom would tell the school that my sister and I had a dental appointment, and pull us out early. In our lunch boxes on “fair day” she would place a tiny note, with a happy face and a ferris wheel picture… and we would excitedly wait in class for the school secretary to come pull us from our class, for our “dental appointment”. As I grew up,  the days of going to the fair with my mom and sister ceased, and I began to prefer the […]

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#reclaiminghappiness

  There are days where it is a battle to maintain an outlook beyond what I can see. There are days when the glimmer of hope in the future is nothing but an ember smoldering on a candle on a birthday cake. A tiny orange hued speck representing the past years, slowly fading away with the stream of smoke vanishing before me. There are days when I am drawn away into the nothingness that the years seemed to have become. Vanishing. I have days when I am lost in the dark, and I struggle to blow it off, much like […]

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NEW look

Recently, I have gotten  a shiny new look here, and over at The Domestic Mama, I hope you enjoy.You may also see that I have changes the name from “The Domestic Mama & The Village Cook” to “The Domestic Kitchen”. But, don’t worry, it’s just the name that’s changing! Comments are welcome 🙂

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homemade chocolates and control freaks

I admit it. I am a control freak. Not to the point where it’s my-way-or-the-highway, but to the point where if my husband asks me where the ketchup is; I just go get it. Or, how to do something… I just do it. Then he says, “You could have just told me.” There are numerous occasions where I could have just told, but instead I just did. WHY?! I have no idea. Is it to avoid frustration of explanation? I know the ketchup is in the fridge, but I don’t know exactly where, but I know I can find it […]

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Vacations…and other reasons to travel

 It’s almost officially spring which means warmer days, and with that comes longing for vacations and getaways…. and one of the most  perfect tropical getaways I know of is The Keys.  The Florida Keys is home to five districts, each with their own personality and attractions that make visitors feel like they are a world away. I’m lucky enough to live 90 minutes from the first key in the chain, Key Largo.  Key Largo is home to a plethora of things to do and food to eat, and it’s tropical vibe takes away the stress and hustle of the mainland. […]

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January Days

 NOTE:  Although this primarily is a food blog, on occasion I share my daily thoughts. This is a daily thought post. Most daily thought posts are found here: The Domestic Mama, however, with this post in particular I felt led to publish it here.  There will be food tomorrow. 🙂 It’s halfway through January, and  we are  in our second week of  our homeschooling schedule. There is something about order and routine that brings security, comfort and contentment. After a winter break that consisted of random trips to the hospital to visit my dad, trips to his apartment to feed […]

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pre holiday planner

It’s that time of year. You know what I’m talking about: We coast along, munch on our kids’ Halloween candy and then, bam! Christmas is knocking on your door before you’ve even taken your jack o lantern down.  I know, hearing songs about angels and Jesus in the stores while the shelves are adorned with witches and ghouls seems somewhat “off”, but it does remind us that there is goodness to come.  Sparkling lights, white angels and Jesus are on the way. In the midst of the dark skulls and goblins marking the shelves of our stores… and, our world. […]

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You can’t buy Christmas

Life lately has been full of promise. Promises once  forgotten, and promises fulfilled . Hope for the future and excitement glittering in the background, despite a darkening world. And, as dark as this world can be, it’s necessary to look for the bright spots that are still there, flickering quietly. Christmas is different this year. My gift list has gotten smaller, and the moments are getting bigger. Because this year is not about stuff, it’s not about fighting for a good deal, it’s not about getting the perfect gift to somehow attempt to win over those distant relatives  that really […]

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stepping out, stepping in

I’ve been gone for a while, I’ve been in a season of decision making, prayer and probably too much thinking. Situations happened that catapulted me out of my norm, and shifted me back to a hope that had dissipated years ago. That hope, soon became a reality and stepping into the reality of a hope can be scary and intimidating, no matter how you perceive it. Stepping out of the norm of routine, familiarity and ease, and into something different requires much more than walking away, signing a paper and ordering some books.  It’s times like these, when I make […]

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10,000 steps and other journeys

   I try to take 10,000 steps a day.  there are days when it’s an easy task. Then, there are other days where each step is a journey. Days when my patience is tested, I grow weary and weak from the challenges and obstacles that lay in the path of life. You see, it’s not only in the physical steps that we move forward. It’s in the spiritual steps that we really get somewhere. The days when you realize how you have moved beyond periods of life, or the days when you realize that you haven’t. I have crushing days, […]

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The New Spring

I use every Springtime as a sort of “do over” for New Years. A time to clear out, not only excess clutter form my home, but also my life and my mind.   Every year, I cut out processed foods, meats, dairy, and sugars. In addition, I cut out processed society, too. I eliminate the endless chatter of newsfeeds and social media sites. The first few days are always a challenge. You don’t realize how much of a habit it is to just pick up your device and do a quick scroll. That quick scroll usually ends up several minutes. […]

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Sunday school 101

For a while now, I have been the director of Children’s ministry at a small local church…  which basically means  I’m a Sunday school teacher and jr youth group leader, and I get to write my own curriculum, and lessons. Of course, I could always use a pre written curriculum, but developing my own has not only helped the children grow spiritually. but it has also helped me to see scripture on their level as well.  Sometimes, opening our eyes with childlike faith is all we need to see the true glory of God. I had pondered sharing some of it […]

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2014 flashback

Here is a slight recap of a few events of the past year, I say slight because I took close to 8,000 photographs. A majority were for work, but on occasion I had my DSLR out for family and fun. This year, it’s going to be less work and more play for my camera. Better yet, more work and more play. The best play is work, and the best work is play. Enjoy the moments before they become memories. The picture above was somehow taken by me, and  I am pretty sure it was taken with my  iPhone. Because I […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!   I haven’t missed one day of posting all year. I’m starting off with a good start, eh? Every year I intend to post more, write more, photograph more, and offer more giveaways. And, then… life starts to happen. You know, laundry, clutter, jobs, weeds, kids, husbands,(wait. make that singular husband. I only have one) dogs, birds, chickens… ahhh life. 🙂 I’m also pretty sure every year I say I’m going to post here more .. well, this year I’m not going to say that. I’m going to do that. So, in accordance with the calendar flipping […]

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