Low Cost Fall Snacks: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

IMG_20151026_062623736These pumpkins seeds turned out so yummy.  It tasted much like popcorn in your mouth.  The buttery flavor was awesome and think of the nutrition gained from eating them.

Directions

We used 1 medium pumpkin and gained  about 200 seeds.

Preheat your oven at 325 degrees.

Place the seeds in a colander and rinse off the pulp.

Place the seeds in boiling salt water for ten minutes.  This causes them to cook evenly.

Butter up your baking sheet. Place the seeds on the pan and spread them out.

Shake some salt on those seeds.

Bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven.  Let them cool for five minutes before popping them into your mouth!!

Have a great snack!!  Your littles will love chewing on these.

Charlotte

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Eleven uses for Empty BeechNut Baby Food Jars

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Photo Credit- The2Dragonflies (Etsy Shop)

There are so many great uses for these cute little glass jars. 

After the yummy stuff is gone, you can use these little jars for many different things. You can also undo the labels so that you don’t see them.

Store counting objects for your little learner inside the jars.

  • dried macaroni,
  • pennies,
  • pom poms,
  • cheerios,
  • beads

Pour the last bit of liquid medicine in this jar for an easier time to suck up into a medicine dropper.

Store items for your sewing………like buttons, patches, thread etc.

Use the tops of the jars to help your child draw circles on paper.

Turn the tops of the jars into alphabet or number magnets.

Use the jars to store dried herbs.

Organize your office supplies like paper clips, push pins, stamps, etc.

Create cute baby shower vases with flowers.

Create a festive basket gift by storing varying flavored coffees and tea bags in the jars as a surprise to a friend.

Use the tops of jars for photo magnets for your family or friends as gifts.

Create a jar to store paid chore ideas……….have the child take out a piece of paper with the written paid chore on it.

Charlotte

Parttime Jobs: K12

If you are a currently certified teacher in any U.S. state, you may want to look into K12.  They have part-time teaching positions as well as full-time teaching positions through online public schools.  Browse search jobs and there are listings for teachers throughout the U.S.  Click on the about page to learn more about K12.

There are just too many positions to list……….K12 uses teachers in different capacities—-for example, some teachers are hired to teach through online public schools…….others are utilized to develop K12 curriculum. Whatever the case, if you are currently certified, there may be a position for you.

Charlotte

What is taking up your time?: The Husband Journal Entry 26

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There are so many things that can take up our time………………yes, I am guilty of the social media front.  If I am not careful, I can get on facebook too many times throughout the day. And then my mind is clogged with what is going on with others than what is happening with my own household.

The Lord told us  in the Bible to live out our lives wisely making the most of every opportunity.

Ephesians 5:15-17

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

When our minds are clogged with things that have nothing to do with our families, reexamine yourself and priorities.  Your first priority is your relationship with the Lord.  Your second priority is your relationship with your husband.  If either one of these relationships are suffering because your thoughts are things like what’s going on on the social media front, then stop getting your mind clogged up with social media.

Stay focused on the Lord, your husband, and your family.  Those are your priorities.

Charlotte

Is it too late?: The Husband Journal Number 25

Water liliesI am afraid that some of us (followers of Jesus) have allowed the world to snuff out our light or dreams.

I remember a few years back talking with a christian lady about adoption.  I told her that my husband and I still wanted to adopt children.  She let me know that there was no adoption agency that would be willing to give me a newborn child.  She told me that I could forget about adopting a newborn. I kind of took it to heart.

Well I can’t wait to see her now.  My husband and I are trying to adopt an infant that came into our foster care home in May.  She was at the time three days old.  As the months pass by, it seems like we are getting closer to our goal.

God has a future for you. It says so in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

People do not know the plans God has for you.  They can talk all they want.  It is God who holds your future in His hands.  Take hold of the dreams God has put in your heart and remain steadfast for His glory.

Charlotte

Simon from Cyrene: The Husband Journal Entry Number 24

blog pics 005Mark 14:21  A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.

Just picture this scene where Simon helps Jesus carry the cross.  I often think of that as a picture of what marriage is supposed to be like.

When one spouse is down and out, the other has the strength to carry through the day.

At times we may feel beaten to a pulp.  Then just simply ask your spouse to help carry the weight on your shoulders.  If God had Simon to help Jesus in Jesus’ worst moment of his earthly life, God will strengthen your spouse to carry your cross.

I have at times come to a point of tears after a day of exhaustion.  I simply ask my husband to take over the bed time routine for the kids because I need help.  That’s my cross………..caring for my children.

Be strong in the Lord,

Charlotte

Infertility Part 2: The Husband Journal Entry 23

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I talked in my last post about things I have learned through my spiritual walk in my infertility journey with my husband.  I am hoping this encourages someone.

Please read The Husband Journal Entry 22 for the first post.

Just to remind you of yesterday’s post.  I talked about three things that I learned.  1. Pray for grace.  2.  Don’t become bitter  3. You are blessed.

Here are a few more things.

  1. God is in control.  No matter how many times I prayed to the Lord for a child……….it is God and God alone that gives a child to you.  You can’t make yourself pregnant no matter what you do.  He is the one that makes the child in the womb.
  2. Your husband hurts as well.  You are not alone.  Your husband is just as disappointed and upset as you are.  The infertility journey is a lot of ups and downs, but mostly downs for both you and your husband. Believe me when I say that your husband is upset too.  He really is.
  3. God does not disappoint.  I have seen couples who believe in Jesus struggle with infertility……..some are eventually blessed with their own child………some adopt and are blessed………and a couple or two comes to terms with childlessness and are glad that they didn’t have children after all.  Whatever the case, the Lord does not disappoint and his timing is perfect.  We have been childless for fourteen years and finally we are in the process of adopting a baby this year.
  4. Hold on to your dream. My husband held onto the dream of having a family with children.  I had given up and thought that we were going to remain childless. But the idea of having no children in our home never set well with me.  I ached for children.  While I pushed children out of my head, my husband moved forward and we began fostering.  When the children came into the home, it was then when I realized we were going to realize our dream of having children in our home through adoption.

That’s pretty much what I have to say. My hope is that by sharing what I learned that someone else will be blessed.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.

Have a blessed day!!