Hurry! The DIY Bundle is Almost Gone!

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There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and crafting! But do you look at that bare wall in the den and that tatty tablecloth on the kitchen table, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself … [Read more...]

It’s hard being the baby of the family.

It's hard being the "baby" of the family. @ AVirtuousWoman.org

I have five kids of my own. They range in ages - nicely spaced, if I do say so - as of right now, my son is 24, and my girls are 20, 18, 14, and 11. I am so thankful they all get along pretty well and seem to have a close relationship with each other. We love to play games together, go hiking together, and camping together. In fact, we do most things together. Well, my two oldest are gone from home most of the time these days, but we still love doing things together. Since we have … [Read more...]

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Mini Caprese Salad Bites @ AVirtuousWoman.org

This is a light and refreshing dish - perfect for a luncheon, appetizer, or light supper. Mini Caprese Salad Bites Mini Mozzarella balls Cherry Tomatoes Salt Pepper Italian Seasoning EVOO Fresh Basil Season your mozzarella and tomatoes separately with all the ingredients above to your liking. Let it sit in the bowl for about 10 minutes so it can marinate. You'll notice that your dish will have a bit of that leftover liquid on the bottom, don't throw that … [Read more...]

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes - or Muffins! Yum! @ AVirtuousWoman.org

These cupcakes are not as sweet as most cupcakes, so without the frosting, or even with just a dusting of powdered sugar, these Chocolate Banana Cupcakes are perfect for a healthy snack or breakfast. You could even serve these for a birthday party or for spring dessert. Chocolate Banana Cupcakes {or Muffins} Ingredients 1 egg 1/3 cup of applesauce 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup mashed bananas {about 2 large bananas} 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking … [Read more...]

The Big List of Ideas for Gardening with Kids

The Big List of Ideas for Gardening with Kids @ AVirtuousWoman.org

I've never had a spectacular garden. But I work at it every year. And some years the garden has looked wonderful! Despite the fact that I'm not a master gardener and I still have a lot to learn, I still love working with my kids in the garden. My kids are getting older. The youngest is 11 years old already! This week, now that the snow has melted away and the ground has warmed up a bit, we started preparing our raised beds for seeds, starting with Alaska Peas. It's an exciting time and my … [Read more...]