#39 Surviving Winter through Creative Endeavors

#39 Surviving Winter through Creative Endeavors

#39 Surviving Winter through Creative Outlets

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Anne and Jolene named their favorite brainless meals in the feature for this episode. Here’s the link to the previous episode which is all about brainless meals and includes links to several favorite recipes.

Writing is a creative outlet for both Anne and Jolene, though their writing processes are quite different. This winter, they are applying their complementary skills through their book services businesses called Literary Midwives. If you love to write, hey invite you to visit their brand new website for inspiration and information about their Big Stones First free podcast.  You can also find writing tips and ideas at the Literary Midwives Facebook group. Click the “join” button so either Anne or Jolene can admit you.

#38 Brainless Meals

#38 Brainless Meals

#38 Brainless Meals

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

The idea for brainless meals originally came from The Lazy Genius who calls them brainless crowd pleasers or brainless workhorses. Anne and Jolene encourage Home Again listeners to check out The Lazy Genius website and subscribe to her podcast. It’s wonderful!

Now for the brainless meal episode’s deliciousness…links to recipes for our brainless meals, at least the ones with links on Jolene’s old website.

Jolene’s brainless meals:

Anne’s brainless meals:

#37 Christmas Decorations for All Generations

#37 Christmas Decorations for All Generations

#37 Christmas Decorations for All Generations

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

In the feature for this episode, Anne and Jolene talked about some favorite Christmas decorations. Anne chose the Hallmark Carousel her Grandma Elsie sent for her first Christmas. When hung on the tree (something we aren’t doing until the baby fence arrives to keep the tree safe from Lewella) and connected to a light, the carousel rotates. The ornaments Jolene chose were ones she made during the first Christmases she and Hiram were married.

The pictures below show how the older generations adapted Christmas decorations so everyone can enjoy them. We put out the wooden sled made by Jolene’s childhood neighbor because its safe for kids. So is the granny square Christmas tree skirt made by Jolene’s grandmother. Finally, all the ornaments the kids can reach on the tree are kid safe. The ones that aren’t kid safe were hung high.

 

Do you see the vertical garland in the left of the picture? It was originally lower down, but Lewella’s daddy looped it up and out of reach as it was irresistable to the baby. It will be rearranged once the baby fence arrives. Maybe we should call it a tree fence as it will go around the tree to keep the baby out. Only then will presents be put under the tree!

Some day we may have a tree with gorgeous, delicate ornaments. But this year, Christmas is about kids who won’t be little for long. We want them to enjoy what they see instead of hearing, “Don’t touch!” and “Be careful!” whenever they admire the beauty of the season.

#36 Christmas Activities and Traditions

#36 Christmas Activities and Traditions

#36 Christmas Activities and Traditions

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Our feature mentioned the nativity set Tad likes to play with. Note Hiram the fisherman to the right of Joseph. Tad adds some excitement to the early life of Baby Jesus by offering spins around the living room in the toy fire truck. A good time is had by all.

Tad’s big into Christmas crafts with Grammy. To the right is a counting chart we made with nativity stickers from Hobby Lobby. To the far right is the nativity scene we will do sometime between now and Christmas. He has already asked if he can keep the counting chart forever.

Anne and Jolene talked about the holiday baking they plan to do. Here are links to the recipes posted on the website.

  • Caramel rolls (Dairy-free version) Use the same dough recipe for cinnamon rolls. Instead of putting the sugar/corn syrup/pecan mixture in the bottom of the pan, make the dough and frost them with butter cream frosting that has a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon added.
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Biscotti We make the recipe dairy-free by substituting half lard and half Earth Balance buttery sticks for the butter.
  • Sugar Cookies Anne will use a different recipe for cut out sugar cookies with Tad. But this recipe is delicious…so good we never make it because we can’t stop at one…or two… or three…

Finally, here are pictures of the amazing paper house, first flat, and then open and photographed from every angle. The last few pictures give an idea of what can be seen through the tiny windows.

#35 Living with the In Laws

#35 Living with the In Laws

#35 Living with the In Laws

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Kailen and Anne talk about how they met and what i’s like for Kailen to live with the in laws. There aren’t any links for this episodes. So you’ll have to settle for a few photos.

 

  • The first photo is Kailen and Anne when they were dating.
  • The second picture is of the DeWitt Performing Arts building at Northwestern College where they met.
  • The final photo is of the in laws Kailen has to put up with. Poor guy!