#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!

#34 Epic Successes, 2018

#34 Epic Successes, 2018

#34 Epic Successes, 2018

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Before looking back at Home Again epic successes for 2018, Anne and Jolene talked about what they’re looking forward to this fall.

 

  • Anne’s excited because of some upcoming, new offerings through Literary Midwives book coaching . You can soon take a look at what they offer at the Literary Midwives website (be patient as it is presently under construction) and their Facebook page, which is also under construction.
  • Jolene’s excited because the Love Languages for Special Needs Families book she’s co-writing with Dr. Gary Chapman is in the home stretch. She’s also happy because the latest revision of her mystery novel See Jane Run! is almost ready for a second round of pitching by her agent.

Here’s the 2018 list of epic successes. We’re amazed by the progress being made! To get Anne and Jolene’s take on the secrets of their successes, you’ll have to listen to the podcast.

  • Jolene’s Love Languages book contract
  • Kailen and Anne, with help from Hiram, moved a basement wall before Baby arrived.
  • Lewella’s January birth was uneventful and her soy allergy was discovered quickly!
  • A new front porch was poured in early spring.
  • Hiram and Jolene rejuvinated the front flower bed.
  • Anne and Hiram got the fruit trees pruned.
  • Jolene’s foot healed and she was back to morning walks by spring.
  • Anne’s garden produced some food
  • The Literary Midwives book coaching business grew quickly.
  • Tad is potty trained, sleeps through the night sometimes, and isn’t allergic to soy anymore.
  • Kailen got his first audiobook recording gig.
  • Tad has a sandbox now.
  • Kailen’s week of treatment for PTSD was healing and empowering.
  • Hiram replaced a yucky basement window with cement block.
  • The roasting of our second goose worked.
  • Hiram finished the floor of the barn and waterproofed the doors and windows as its transformation into a workshop continues. (See the floor pictures below.)
  • Hiram’s recovery from hip replacement surgery in mid-September has been speedy and without compications.

 

#33 Epic Failures, 2018

#33 Epic Failures, 2018

#33 Epic Failures, 2018

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

To make the recounting of 2018’s epic failures more palatable, Anne and Jolene start the podcast with a list of favorite finds this fall. They included:

 

  • A new series from Netflix called The Good Cop.
  • Quilter Studio, a shop in Massachusetts that sells kitchen toweling by the yard. Type “kitchen toweling” in the site’s search bar to see what they have in stock.
  • Iowa Coffee Roasters where we order decaf espresso and other decaf varieties
  • The coat from the lost and found at the cafe where Anne used to work. She repaired a rip, and Tad has a is set for fall!

Here’s a run down of Home Again’s Epic Failures for 2018.

 

  • Jolene’s broken foot
  • Downstairs color scheme
  • First attempt at roasting goose
  • Too many weeds in the garden and nothing to can
  • Failure to thrive in the new lilac hedge
  • New almond trees died
  • Grandma Dorothy’s discontent and general health decline
  • Mowing and mower issues
  • Undiagnosed leak in power steering line of Kailen & Anne’s van
  • Waterlogged sandbox
  • Lack of final answers regarding Tad’s allergies
  • Flecks all falling ill the  day Hiram came home after hip replacement surgery
  • Pear and apple harvest didn’t happen
  • Keeping Lewella from eating leaves this fall