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Celebrating Easter – What’s On The Menu?

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Easter Menu Plans

Looking for a little inspiration for your Easter menu?  Why not try a couple of these fun ideas?

I’ve (Kristina here) decided to change things up a bit and serve Easter brunch right after church.  Most everything will be prepped before service and ready to dig in once we get home.  The rest of the day will be spent relaxing with family and friends just the way I like it!

Here’s my plan:

  • Cinnamon Baked French Toast
  • Mini Frittatas – Use your muffin tin to make miniature omelets with egg, chives, avocado, and cheese.
  • Bacon & Sausage
  • Fruit Salad
  • Muffins
  • Porto’s Potato Balls (If you live in Southern California, you have to try Porto’s Cuban Bakery at least once!)
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Orange juice for the kids and mimosas for the adults

Daja here. We always have the same breakfast for every Easter. It’s a Ta-da! type moment. Because we spend all weekend in a lot of silence and fasting. So Easter breakfast is a real treat! This year it will be more “Brunch” because won’t have it until after we get home from the early Mass.

  • Cherry Coffee Cake
  • Sausage and Eggs
  • Strawberries
  • Hot chocolate with whipped cream (for the kids)
  • Mimosas for the adults

Because I’m married to this Mongolian guy, we have to have meat on holidays—or it’s just not a holiday. So, after brunch I will put a brisket in the oven, that I will have marinated the night before. My 13 year old daughter will take care of the Challah and the dessert. And we’ll have some Greens Gratin (recipe in our cookbook. It is not to be missed!) and a fruit salad, too. Easy peasy. But, so delicious!

Have a blessed Easter everyone! HE IS RISEN!!!

Easter Menu Plans

Looking for a little inspiration for your Easter menu?  Why not try a couple of these fun ideas? I’ve (Kristina here) decided to change things up a bit and serve Easter brunch right after church.  Most everything will be prepped before service and ready to dig in once we get home.  The rest of the […]

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40 Things To Clean Up During Lent

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We know that Lent is still a few weeks out.  However, it’s not too early to think about what you might do this year.  What can you offer up to the Lord?  It’s a good time to think about Spring Cleaning–of both heart and home.  The tangible things we do during Lent–giving up meat or coffee or wine, or spending more time in prayer or going to church more often, or fasting Facebook, or whatever it might be–is a prophetic act.  It is to serve as a reminder to us of what should be happening in our souls.  Making space, cleaning out, hanging onto the good and letting go of things less virtuous.

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40 Things To Clean Up During Lent

We know that Lent is still a few weeks out.  However, it’s not too early to think about what you might do this year.  What can you offer up to the Lord?  It’s a good time to think about Spring Cleaning–of both heart and home.  The tangible things we do during Lent–giving up meat or […]

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April Goals

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We have many new readers in The Provision Room!  So, let’s start by explaining our philosophy: BABY STEPS!
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So many blogs about preparedness and homemaking are OVERWHELMING!  At least for us.  There is so much to think about that we are just about paralyzed and do nothing.  So, we take our preparedness in BABY STEPS.  Every month we set small, manageable goals.  There’s no chance for failure with our plan.  The steps to preparedness are so little that they can easily be done in a month.  We can tell you from experience, in the last year we’ve gone from barely prepared for a brief power-outage to prepared with abundant pantries, safes, generators, gardens thriving and so much more.  Everything in BABY STEPS.  And everything WITHIN BUDGET!  (*high fives with our husbands!*)

And we always set one “BIG GIRL” step each month.  One larger project that needs our attention.  We share all these goals with you at the beginning of the month, 1) to keep ourselves accountable and 2) to hopefully inspire you to join us on the road to being READY FOR LIFE’S HAPPENINGS!

APRIL’S BABY STEPS:

1. Take our cooking vacation.  This is the little break we give ourselves every three months and we eat from our stored meals.

2. Continue doubling meals twice a week to stock the freezer.

3. Investigate a local canning kitchen before the Spring and Summer produce is in full swing.

APRIL’S BIG GIRL STEP:

Have our Spring Gardens fully put in!  This is the time of year we amend our soil if needed, put in the seedlings we’ve started indoors, the direct sow seeds and any plants we’ve picked up.  Check out Kristina’s ebook on raised bed gardening here: Three Easy Steps To Raised Beds.  If you are a novice gardener, this is a no-nonsense approach that is so easy, I bet your kids could handle it as a school project on their own!

Here’s a little encouragement, especially for our readers from Vicki West of Homestead Blessings!  You can do it!

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We have many new readers in The Provision Room!  So, let’s start by explaining our philosophy: BABY STEPS! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncFCdCjBqcE?rel=0] So many blogs about preparedness and homemaking are OVERWHELMING!  At least for us.  There is so much to think about that we are just about paralyzed and do nothing.  So, we take our preparedness in […]

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Spring Cleaning: Tiny Things That Make a BIG Difference

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The tradition of Spring Cleaning finds its roots in the Jewish tradition of Bedikat Chametz.  This is the deep cleaning a house receives before the observance of Passover.  The house is practically turned upside down to ferret out any leaven.  In a Jewish household every cupboard is emptied, ever cushion checked under, every piece of furniture moved for a thorough cleaning.  Over time this found its way into the greater culture as “Spring Cleaning.”  And what better time for a deep clean anyway?!  We’ve been spending a lot of time indoors over the winter and concentrating on various projects and so many different holidays.  Spring is a perfect time for making all things new and freshening up!  That way you can rest in the knowledge that the house is deeply cleaned and decluttered, freeing you to really enjoy the sunny outdoor months!  More time for gardening, grilling out, taking walks, and all that is lovely about Spring and Summer.

For a busy household like ours we are often in maintenance mode.  We get the bathrooms cleaned, sheets changed, floors mopped weekly, right?  But there are those other jobs we hardly ever find time for.  They are little things, but they make a huge difference!

This doesn’t need to be a burden on the homemaker.  Everyone can get in on the Spring Cleaning action–from the oldest to the youngest!  Here are a collection of jobs appropriate for even the little members of your household!

1. Clean out the silverware drawer.  It’s amazing where crumbs hide!

2. Dust (and clear off if that ends up being a place you stash stuff) the top of the refrigerator.

3. Disinfect door knobs and light switches.

4. Carry all the houseplants outside and fertilize them with some fish emulsions.  (You really do want to do this job OUTSIDE.)

5. Organize the cupboard or drawer where you keep the reusable plastic containers (aka Tupperware).  How does that place get disorganized so quickly?!

6. When the kids aren’t looking sort through all their “art work” and school papers.  Keep what’s sentimental and toss the rest.  Just don’t let them see you do it!

How Daja keeps her seven kids' masterpieces contained.

How Daja keeps her seven kids’ masterpieces contained.

7. Deodorize all the drains (bathtubs and sinks).  Here’s how I do it:

  1. Put one cup of baking soda in the drain.
  2. Add one cup vinegar.  Let set for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour boiling water in the sink until it is all rinsed away!

8. Match all the unmatched socks.  Am I the only one who has tons of socks in a basket “to be matched”?  Match all of them.  Any left over?  THROW THEM AWAY or add them to the rag bin.  (Save the cute ones so the little kids can make sock puppets.)

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Daja and her endless supply of socks. Nine people times two feet times seven days in a week. You do the math. That’s a lot of socks in the week’s laundry!

9. Empty the crumb tray in the toaster.  Let your little kids feed the crumbs to the birds!

10. Dust the baseboards.  Good job for little people who don’t have to bed down quite so far.

11. Go through the spice cabinet and toss everything that is expired or has sat there so long it no longer has flavor.

12. Vacuum under the couch cushions.  Whatever lose change you find is yours!  Finders keepers!

13. Change everyone’s toothbrushes.

14. Clean all the brushes and combs.  Fill a sink with hot soapy water and a few drops of tea tree oil.  Let them soak for about 30 minutes.  Then, using a comb, scrape them all clean of fuzz and hair.  Dry on a towel.

15. Clean out under everyone’s bed.  Might find some long-lost treasures.  At the very least you can sweep or vacuum up all those dust bunnies!

16. If your house is anything like ours DVDs and CDs are chronically in the wrong case or worse in no case at all.  This is a good job for a child.  Return all the discs to the correct cases.  Then place neatly back on their shelf or drawer.

17. Clean out your purse, wallet and make-up bag.

18. Launder and put away all the winter blankets, coats, hats, etc.  (Assuming Spring has actually come to your neck of the woods!  If not, review our tips for staying warm!)

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19. Launder all the bed pillows.  Or if it can be worked into the budget, it may be time to replace them with fresh pillows.

20. Sort through the children’s books.  Consider donating the books they have outgrown to the local library or another family with young children.

HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!!!

HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!!!

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HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!!!

The tradition of Spring Cleaning finds its roots in the Jewish tradition of Bedikat Chametz.  This is the deep cleaning a house receives before the observance of Passover.  The house is practically turned upside down to ferret out any leaven.  In a Jewish household every cupboard is emptied, ever cushion checked under, every piece of […]

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“Radiant! Inside & Out” an ebook for your children!

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Easter and Passover are just around the corner!  Are you ready?

Parents, are you constantly looking for ways to make holidays more meaningful for your family?  Things that lift the spirit from just bunnies, eggs, and chocolate to the glory and beauty at the root of our Holy Days?  Things that plant our focus on the Lord and His Redemptive plan for the whole world?

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(Get the ebook here!) Easter and Passover are just around the corner!  Are you ready? Parents, are you constantly looking for ways to make holidays more meaningful for your family?  Things that lift the spirit from just bunnies, eggs, and chocolate to the glory and beauty at the root of our Holy Days?  Things that […]

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March Goals!

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We have so many new friends here at The Provision Room!  If you’re just joining us, WELCOME!  We are all about prepping without panicking.  We are preparing our kitchen, pantries and gardens for “Life Happenings”–be that a natural disaster, sudden illness in the family, loss of work, new babies, unexpected company, etc.  We begin each month by posting our goals for the month.  We hope you’ll join us!  We’re all about baby steps.  Slow and steady wins the race, y’all!

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BABY STEPS FOR MARCH:

1. DOUBLE MEALS.  Approximately twice a week we will double what we make for dinner.  The extra meal will be tucked away in the freezer, recorded on our inventory sheet, and be there ready for a rainy day.  We won’t touch these meals because of lack of planning.  But we will use them for “Life’s Happenings”–if someone gets ill, if a neighbor needs a meal because of a death in the family or a new baby, if we get hit in our budgets and grocery shopping isn’t possible.  And every three months we’ll take a cooking vacation to eat up some of those meals so that our stash is always fresh!

2. Update our documents in the safe.  Last year about this time we made sure that we made copies of all important documents and put the originals in a safe and copies in the filing cabinet.  It’s tax season, so you likely have a lot of your documents out and in use.  This is a great time to make fresh copies and make sure you have everything you need safely stored.  If you haven’t purchased a lock box or safe, it would be a great use of your tax refund. Here are some documents to make sure you have stored:

  • Passports
  • Social Security Cards
  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Wills and Power of Attorney
  • Bank Statement
  • Insurance cards and policies for home, car, health and life
  • Most recent three tax returns
  • Information for your house and/or car loans
  • Retirement (IRA/401K, etc.) and investment accounts

3. Start your seedlings indoors.  Most places in the country are now in that window of six weeks or so until the last freeze.  So, now is the time to start your seeds so that when the ground is ready you can hit the ground running!

Seeds planted on my sunny kitchen windowsill.  Just makes me happy!

BIG GIRL STEP:

SPRING CLEANING!  Do those words strike fear into your heart?  Or do they make you feel hopeful and ready for a new season?  Now is the time to look ahead to the busy sunny months.  It’s time to get the home looking fresh and deep cleaned so that come summer, we can kick back and relax!  This needn’t be a frenzied thing or a great burden to you, Mommy!  It’s a family thing!  Get everyone involved!  Assign jobs for everyone–including your husband and children!  Then everyone can take pride in your home together.  This month we’ll have some fun ideas to include your family in your Spring Cleaning, as well ideas for lifting it out of just the mundane and using it as truly spiritual exercise.

What’s that you say?  Spring Cleaning has spiritual implications?

Did you know Spring Cleaning has it’s roots in the Jewish tradition of Bedikat Chametz?   This is where the home needs to be thoroughly cleansed before Passover.  Houses are practically turned inside out in order to remove all leaven.  Furniture is moved and swept under.  The vacuum must tackle all the couch cushions.  All the cupboards are wiped clean.  This removing of all the leaven–including crumbs that hide, is a symbol of  removing sin–even the sin that hides–from our lives.

Along with the desire to fling open the windows of my physical home, there is a deeper connection and desire to fling open the windows of my heart.  Time for the Holy Spirit to shine the light of revelation on anything that is hidden, time to get rid of old things that are weighing me down, time for things to be fresh and clean and new!  Although, Spring Cleaning, be it of the house or the heart, is a daunting thing and is tough work, there is joy in it.

Will you join us?

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We have so many new friends here at The Provision Room!  If you’re just joining us, WELCOME!  We are all about prepping without panicking.  We are preparing our kitchen, pantries and gardens for “Life Happenings”–be that a natural disaster, sudden illness in the family, loss of work, new babies, unexpected company, etc.  We begin each […]

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May Goals

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“The world’s favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.”
–  Edwin Way Teale

April was a whirlwind.  We feel sincerely tired.  We started with a three day home revival meeting with Daja’s dad, then Passover and Easter.  We had a camping trip shortly after.  And then the kids took their yearly standardized state achievement tests.  Kristina’s daughter made the swim team and Daja’s son made brown sash in Kung Fu.  In the middle of all that we got a short bout of colds.  Yet, we shouldered on!  We got our gardens planted and that makes us happy.  We also have made our fermented foods (kefir, kombucha, sourdough and yogurt) a way of life.  They’ve now become part of our regular homemaking routines!  And that feels great! Read More

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“The world’s favorite season is the spring.  All things seem possible in May.” –  Edwin Way Teale April was a whirlwind.  We feel sincerely tired.  We started with a three day home revival meeting with Daja’s dad, then Passover and Easter.  We had a camping trip shortly after.  And then the kids took their yearly standardized state achievement tests. […]

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Prayer for the Week of April 9 – Spring

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“Everything is new in the spring…. Springs themselves are always so new, too.  No spring is ever just like any other spring.  It always has something of its own to be its own peculiar sweetness.”
The Anne of Green Gables Treasury of Days

Passover.

Easter.

New beginnings.

Spring.

I think our Heavenly Father specially designed this time of year for those of us who get lost in the dark.  Read More

“Everything is new in the spring…. Springs themselves are always so new, too.  No spring is ever just like any other spring.  It always has something of its own to be its own peculiar sweetness.” The Anne of Green Gables Treasury of Days Passover. Easter. New beginnings. Spring. I think our Heavenly Father specially designed […]

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April’s Goals

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MEAL TALLY:

Since the beginning of February Daja has put up 20 meals in the freezer AND two batches of high protein energy crackers in the pantry!

Since the beginning of February Kristina has put 24 meals in the freezer and 12 quarts of black beans and two batches of high protein energy crackers in the pantry! Read More

We are taking a cooking vacation!

MEAL TALLY: Since the beginning of February Daja has put up 20 meals in the freezer AND two batches of high protein energy crackers in the pantry! Since the beginning of February Kristina has put 24 meals in the freezer and 12 quarts of black beans and two batches of high protein energy crackers in […]

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Prayer For Week of March 26 – Spring Cleaning!

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I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the Spring.  Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?  ~Edward Giobbi

Is anyone else looking out the window at the drizzly Spring day, seeing a few budding flowers and feeling as if the world is sort of holding its breath, waiting for the Spring?  From somewhere deep inside me has come the desire to Spring Clean!  Perhaps it is the fact that Passover is just around the corner with Easter following just a few days later.  I feel as if I should open up all the windows, air out all the bedding and tackle that pesky cobweb in the upper corner of the living room ceiling.  I feel as if my physical house wants a breath of fresh air. Read More

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the Spring.  Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?  ~Edward Giobbi Is anyone else looking out the window at the drizzly Spring day, seeing a […]