Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.
Food: One of the Most Unifying Tools in the Hands of Homemaker
Every family has their own food culture. Favorite recipes and traditions passed down through generations, foods from an ethnic heritage, as well as lifestyle foods based on health, convenience, and economics all make up the circumference of foods a family regularly enjoys. Certain foods in each family are also traditional for certain holidays, and occasions.
I love being a homemaker! Creating a peaceful, cozy place for my family to live and for guests to enjoy is something that comes almost naturally for me. But as much as I love it, I still have to fight the enemies of homemaking. What are the enemies of homemaking? The Daily Connoisseur recently discussed […]
From Sarah : I love this blog. It has everything imaginable (or close to it) pertaining to Housework And Homemaking 101. Even the name says it all. This blog has a whole series on Getting Ready For The Holidays.
Stress Free Holidays: 13 Week Series To Make Your Holidays Fun And Not Stressful
Making Your Home a Haven Annual Challenge : Revisiting Past Challenges Including Rest And Release
From Sarah: Whenever I do this series I always go deep. I search past posts and videos. I search other bloggers for similar posts.
Check out the past posts for this series here. There are many to choose from.
Revisiting past Making Your Home Challenges.
In 2010 I began a fall challenge that encouraged women all over the world to bless their homes as a start to the fall season.
I didn’t know it at the time but the Making Your Home a Haven Challenge would become a hallmark Women Living Well challenge that women look forward to every year.
And since then, 2017 is the only year I didn’t offer the Making Your Home a Haven challenge. Instead I offered Rest and Release.
The Making Your Home a Haven Challenge is a 4-week challenge.
Each week I give you a homework assignment paired with a blog post, encouraging you to make your home a beautiful and peaceful haven for your family.
Depending on what month you start, There are either 4 weeks or 5.
The Making Your Home a Haven Challenge looks like this:
Week 1 –Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home.
Week 2 – Play soft music everyday in your home. Choose worship, classical or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships. Remind your family to avoid seething anger, tattling, criticism or back talk. As the wife/mother, work on gentleness this week.
Week 3 – List a few of the spots in your home that make you visually stressed because of all the clutter. Now go buy something for that spot – like a basket to put it all in! Work on cleaning up clutter – throw things away and encourage the children and your hubby to do the same in their bedrooms or offices or work areas this week. While you’re at it – clean up some clutter in your spiritual life. What gets in the way of your peace spiritually?
Week 4 –Keep the candle going, the music playing, and add some tender moments with your family. Have a pillow party in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids or your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening of hot cider and caramel corn. Give a 5 minute back rub to every single person in your house…and for a double challenge- try to give one every day to each family member! During your tender moment with the family, ask them how they feel about this challenge. Are they enjoying it? Is it helpful? Is there anything they would change. Give your family listening ears. I think you will be blessed by the positive feedback you will receive!
Week 5 – Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home. Cook things with pleasant aromas. Pick a meal the family can cook together – include everyone in a task and take pictures so everyone can remember moments in the kitchen together – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remove discontentment with your home or family and give thanks to God for the home God has given you to in which to create a haven for your family.
2016 Making Your Home a Haven Challenge Blog Posts
HOW TO COOK A FROZEN TURKEY By A Modern Homestead
From Sarah :
I have to admit, I don’t worry about cooking a turkey or fixing a huge Thanksgiving Or Christmas Dinner. I never have.
I will admit that I always make sure that I defrost the turkey before I cook it. So, I have never cooked it this way before.
It’s so simple, I don’t know why it’s not more common.
Learning how to cook a frozen turkey is a must have skill for any chef. You never know when you’re going to forget (or run out of time) to thaw the turkey before dinner. With this easy recipe, you will be able to cook a frozen turkey to perfection in no time at all!
I’ll be honest, since I discovered how to cook a frozen chicken, I don’t even bother thawing my fowl before cooking it! That goes for the big turkey too!
Since I’m the one who normally makes Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, this is a great recipe for me as it allows me to save counter and fridge space for other holiday recipes, instead of requiring me to thaw the turkey for days in advance.
With this recipe for how to cook a frozen turkey, I can simply take the turkey out of the freezer and have it straight into the oven within just a few minutes!’
Podcast Episode 47: Simple Ideas for a Christ-Centered Thanksgiving
by Marci Ferrell From Thankful Homemaker.
From Sarah: The following brief quote is from Marci’s about me section of her blog. This is one of my favorite blogs to read all year. Christian homemaking at it’s best.
Grab a warm beverage and sit with me a moment.
You know there is more to being a homemaker than cooking, cleaning, and feeling you’re just surviving every day. You desire to see the purpose in what you’re doing, that you’re making a difference in the lives of your loved ones. You don’t want to get caught up in comparing yourself to others or grumbling about the work set before you. ”
Please check out her wonderful and uplifting blog if you haven’t already. Now onto the holiday post.
“I want you to be able to keep your family’s and your focus on Christ and not get caught up in all the things on your seemingly long to do list. Thanksgiving should be a time of feasting on the abundant grace of God.
I’m sharing below my simple planning for one of my favorite family traditions to celebrate together along with some bits of help at the end to keep the focus of the meal on Christ and Who we are truly giving thanks to. My hope always is to spark ideas in ways you can make much of Christ during your time together.
“Take a little time to make ordinary things extraordinary.”
“I used to be a big believer in setting SMART goals—the specific, measurable, actionable kind. (e.g., decrease my mile time from 9:30 to 9:10 by July 1, 2016.)
But a few years ago I made a startling discovery. After that I mostly quit making SMART goals, and instead began tracking my participation in certain areas—health, fitness, writing, reading. I committed to take certain steps every day, with zero regard for the results.
I found that when I began simply tracking these activities—holding myself accountable to doing these small and medium tasks everyday—the results took care of themselves. And I enjoyed the process so much more.
Now when I set goals, I focus on the process (which I can control), not the outcome (which I can’t).”
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“I’m an Evangelical Christian whose number one priority is to serve Jesus Christ in every area of my life.
My husband Michael and I live in Manitoba Canada. Married 25 years, we have four children (three still at home), a bird and two pugs who are everyone’s babies, especially mine! Our lives are basically surrounded with three things: our faith, music and everything books.
I’m an award winning and New York Times best-selling author who is nothing without the grace of God.”
“Welcome to Today’s Marriage Prayer
This blog, like the book, is an invitation to draw close to each other and closer to God. It’s a dare to fight for your marriage. It’s a challenge to pray with, and for each other every day.”
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to be a part of each other’s life, and to be present in the moments we share.
Some days we’re so caught up in our own thing that we forget to slow down and truly connect.
It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of every day life. We spend time together without really being together—maybe we’re surfing the net, maybe we’re distracted with something else, or perhaps we’re glued to the TV…
There’s a time and place for everything, but we must also make time for each other.”
“Good house keeping starts with a good cleaning schedule, and there’s nothing like walking into a house that smells as good as it looks. When floors are washed, beds are made and dishes are put away, the family gains a sense of comfort in knowing that their surroundings are under control. Being clean and organized saves you both time and money. When all things are put in proper order you don’t have to spend minutes or hours looking for lost items. And when supplies are carefully organized, you can easily find them instead of replenishing stock. That’s where a schedule like this comes in handy!”