Simplicity ~

Today, I was reading through a cookbook I have: Simple Pleasures by Jenny Craig. In the front of the cookbook she has written a few pages of encouragement on simplifying your life and reducing stress. I thought this page was encouraging to me and I thought I would share a sample of the page with you. If you are interested in your own copy
ISBN # 0-8487-1838-0 Simple Pleasures

Blessings to you ~

Simplicity ~
Balance isn’t about saving the best until last. It’s about building your day around the things that matter the most. When you do not have time to do everything on your schedule, just be sure to do the things that energize and fulfill you. The rest will fall into place.
What do you need right now? Maybe a bite to eat, a sip of water, a short nap, or a leisurely stroll. When you indulge in a simple 5-10 minute act of self-care, you nurture your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that once you take the time to do these things, you’ll have more energy and hopefully a brighter outlook on your day.

Tips to Simplify ~

…at work
* reduce weekend and late evening hours
* limit important task to five or less
* clear your desk of extra papers and add a single photo
* pare down your wardrobe with stress-free neutrals
* delegate, delegate, delegate

…at home
* combine shopping and errand in one trip
* limit social engagements and make them memorable
* combine physical activities with family time
* reduce magazine subscriptions to just a few
* give back-of-closet clothes to charity

…in the kitchen
* make one-dish weekday meals
* prepare a recipe using just its key ingredients
* clean behind yourself as you go
* simplify entertaining to potlucks
* finish off the meal with a simple fruit or a sorbet

When it comes to decorating, home management, office organization, or even cooking, the trend is toward minimalism. Everyone is looking to reduce clutter – at work, at home, and in the kitchen. The payoff: more time to indulge in healthy pleasures ~

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Teresa’s Chili recipe~

Teresa’s Easy Homemade Chili Recipe ~


* 1 pound ground beef ( I use fresh ground turkey)
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
* 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
* 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
* 1 1/2 cups water
* 1 pinch chili powder
* 1 pinch garlic powder
* salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the beef or (turkey) and onion and saute until meat is browned and onion is tender. Add the stewed tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, beans and water.
2. Season with the chili powder, garlic powder, salt and ground black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

This recipe is perfect for cool nights or weekends. I serve it over corn chips or serve it with saltine crackers on the side with grated cheddar cheese on top. So yummy and easy. I double this recipe if I expect to eat it the next day for lunch~

Here’s to a healthy homemade meal !!

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31

Published in: on October 23, 2010 at 3:28 am  Comments (3)  

Let thine eyes ~

My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. Proverbs 23:26

I know when our children were growing up it was so important to make eye contact with them when I was giving instruction or counsel. It is tempting to holler across the room or shout out at a child. But the best teaching method I have found is to stop what you are doing and get close to the child and get them to look into your eyes and gently get their undivided attention and then proceed with your correction or instruction. I find that you are much calmer and in control if you are looking into the child’s face versus their backs. It is difficult sometimes to take the time to discipline correctly but I promise the time is so worth it in the end. The relationship with the child will be so much sweeter and brighter. And your children will learn the value of looking a person in the face when being spoken to as they mature and grow up. I know our children are young adults and they still want us to look at them in their eyes when they are talking to us and wanting to share what is on their hearts. Precious moments to remember…….

Be encouraged today ~
Teresa A. Haley

Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm  Comments (7)  

Rearing Young People~

Rearing Godly Young People ~

Well, I have been thinking on this matter lately and decided to write about it. There are so many good books with materials on raising young children and then there seems to be a shortage on materials when the children reaches 13 and older. I have been so blessed to have discovered several nuggets for the older years of rearing young people/adults. We have 19-year-old boy/girl twins and that is all the children the Lord has blessed us with so we have had to learn everything the first time around. I can see what a benefit it would be to have a house full of children to practice and perfect your parenting skills on. But, in our case we have only one shot. It has been a learning journey.

Today, as I was working on my housework I thought about potential suitors or opposite sex friendships. Our children have had several friends through the years. But, as they age they look at these friendships in a different light. Which is a good thing actually. We now try to think of how these friendships might develop into future mates. So as young people begin to age you have to use extra caution with who they are developing friendships with.

I have a book list I highly recommend for rearing young people that I can post at another time if you are interested. But, right now I want to share about two books that came this week that I ordered from Sandi Queen. The tiles are:
1. Courtship (Why?, When?, How?) By Sandi Queen
2. Questions for Potential Suitors By Keith and Sandi Queen

These booklets are short, sweet, straight to the point. Which is my favorite, btw. I read both of them in 30 minutes. They are about 15 pages each. I liked them both. The Questions booklet was my favorite. Wow, some very serious questions for potential interested young adults.

Also, today as I was going about my housework I thought of an idea that I would love to get together on this subject. Here it is. Well, first take a 3 ring binder (thin) 1/2 inch or smaller and put plastic page protector sheets in it and label the front something like.
The Haley Book of Convictions and Particulars for Potential Suitors.
Kind of like a handbook thingy. One page on personal beliefs and maybe a page on why we don’t have a TV in the home, why we do not put up a Christmas tree, our birth control beliefs, why we don’t hunt Easter eggs, why we don’t wear pants or trim our hair, our beliefs on divorce/remarriage,why we don’t care for slang word usage, etc…… and add an article or short summary of our family beliefs and practices on each of the big ideas that a potential suitor would really need to know before moving too much further into pursuing one of our children.

This would take several days to compile but it would be a priceless tool. I am thinking about making two, one to keep as a mastercopy and the other to loan out as needed to interested individuals that may be pursuing our children.

Well, wish me l the best on getting this job done. And maybe someday I will be selling these at Homeschool conventions or on a website or something…..

Bless you as you are rearing your precious young people who God has intrusted you with to get them safely to the marriage altar. It is a very overwhelming responsibility and can only be done successfully with the Holy Spirit’s perfect guidance.

Love you all ~
Teresa Haley

Published in: on October 16, 2010 at 12:48 am  Comments (1)  

Cooking together ~

I know sometimes the idea of cooking with children can be a daunting one. They don’t work as quickly (or as neatly) as we would like them to. It can be messy; they ask a gazillion questions; they lick their fingers. Please don’t let the mess deter you from cooking with your children, though. Cooking with your children offers you the amazing opportunity to do something together that you can sit down and eat when the cooking is done! And the list of benefits, to both you and your children, far outweighs any small aggravation that might occur.

Here’s the thing: if you can relax, allow plenty of time, and not be concerned about the mess, you will be able to enjoy spending some true quality time with your children. Especially these days, our lives seem so over-scheduled. What with ballet, soccer practice, band practice, doctors’ appointments and shopping, rarely family members get to spend time together just focusing on being together.

When you cook with your children, you see this daily task through fresh eyes-through the eyes of a child. The act of teaching them will not only reinforce your family connection, but it can also help you preserve, and create, family traditions. Teaching your child the secret of Great Aunt Edna’s buttermilk biscuits has the effect of bringing generations together. Make a new recipe today with your family 🙂

Published in: on October 9, 2010 at 12:18 am  Comments (6)  

Rocking the cradle~

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
Is the Hand the Rules the World ~

by William Ross Wallace ( 1819- 1881)

Blessings on the hand of women!
Angels guard its strength and grace,
In the palace, cottage, hovel,
Oh, no matter where the place;
Would never storms assailed it,
Rainbows ever gently curled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Infancy’s the tender fountain,
Power may with beauty flow,
Mother’s first to guide the streamlets,
From the souls unresting grow.
Grow on for the good or evil,
Sunshine streamed or evil hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Women, how divine your mission
Here upon our natal sod!
Keep, oh, keep the young heart open
Always to the breath of God !!
All true trophies of the ages,
Are from mother-love impearled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Blessings on the hand of women!
Father, sons, and daughters cry,
And the sacred song is mingled
With the worship in the sky,
Mingles where no tempest darkens,
Rainbows evermore are hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Published in: on October 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm  Comments (3)