Monthly Archives: March 2013

happy easter!


So many thoughts bounced around my mind of what to post about Easter. I did make sugar cookies to give to our neighbors, but they weren’t Easter-themed and I didn’t have time to write a long post for today. I also had a ton of Easter-themed songs pop into my head, but I decided to just share one of my favorite hymns that is appropriate at Easter and year-round.

In Christ Alone
Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.


I also came across this image, and I really like it.

cross image - he was despised{picture source: unknown}

You can read all of Isaiah 53 here.

I suppose, though, that that image is more appropriate for Good Friday because the Good News of Easter is that, though Christ died for our sins, He is no longer dead! He is alive! And His resurrection is why I have eternal life today!

Now that you know one of my most favorite Easter (and year-round) hymns, I’d love to hear your favorite part of celebrating Easter.




kitchen tip: how to easily measure out honey


I discovered this tip a few months ago. I probably found it on Pinterest or a blog I read, but I can’t remember which one. It’s super simple and one of those “*smack your forehead* why didn’t I think of that?” ideas.


Here’s what you need:

honey tip  I  frozen pizza, again?appropriate-sized measuring cup, honey, and non-stick cooking spray

Simply spray the inside of your measuring cup first then measure out the right amount of honey. Pour the honey into your recipe and now most of it should pour out of the cup without needing to be scraped. (This would also work for other sticky ingredients, such as molasses, peanut butter, or syrup, or even non-sticky substances, such as ketchup.)


This is all that was left in my measuring cup after I poured out the honey. And this little bit was super easy to scrape out because of the non-stick spray.

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Now you can use this tip when you make the Parmesan Pork Roast recipe I posted.




tiger tuesday


Today is a special edition of Tiger Tuesday! It contains a video and TWO cute kitties!

First up – Tiger made a new friend the other weekend when Russell and I kept a church member’s kitten while she was out of town. Meet Buzz, as in Lightyear.
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Russell and I coined the term “Buzzed” during his short stay with us. He liked to run by one of us, grab our leg with his paws, and then keep on going. Our response was “Woah! I’ve been Buzzed!”

Tiger wasn’t sure about a new kitty in his house.
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And he definitely wanted Buzz to know who was boss. (Don’t worry. Even though Buzz is half Tiger’s size, he held his own just fine the many times they wrestled.)
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Next up – Tiger the Bulldozer vs. the tissue box tower. Click here to see the video. (I apologize for the poor quality.)

At the end of the video I ask Tiger if he is proud of himself. The answer to that question is “Yes! Tiger LOVES to bulldoze!”




parmesan pork roast


Two weeks since my last post! Yikes! We had family in town last week, so that and other things kept me from posting about my latest domestic experiments. But I tried something new in the kitchen during my absence, and not just a new recipe, a new skill – baking bread! Super proud of myself for that one! (Also super proud of my co-baker, who just happens to be my brother’s fiancée, Sharon!)

But until I have that recipe typed up, please enjoy this yummy recipe for pork roast in a slow cooker. [That recipe can be found here.] I served this with a side of potatoes, and the gravy was awesome on both the pork and the potatoes!


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The potatoes are supposed to look smashed up like that. You can find that recipe here.

I also discovered during my absence from the blogosphere that my blog has a way cooler regular font than I originally thought. You see, I thought it used Arial, which is okay but sometimes hard to read. I downloaded a new font, Helvetica Neue, and suddenly my blog is no longer using Arial! Score! If you are reading this post in Arial you should download Helvetica Neue and experience this way cooler font with me. 🙂

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Parmesan Pork Roast
From the kitchen of: It’s a Keeper

Prep Time: 10 mins + 5 ½ hours
Servings: 8-10

1 (4-5 lb) whole, boneless pork loin roast
⅔ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup honey {Check out my tip on how to easily measure out honey}
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp dried basil (I only used 1.5 tbsp basil to prevent it from being overpowering)
2 Tbsp minced garlic (I used garlic powder)
2 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup cold water

Cut roast in half. Transfer to a slow cooker. (The original recipe called for a 3 qt slow cooker, but a 5 lb roast fit perfectly in my 5 qt slow cooker.)

In a small bowl combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, garlic, oil, and salt (the sauce will be thick); pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 5 ½ to 6 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.

Remove meat to a serving platter, and keep warm.

Skim fat from cooking juices, then transfer juices to a medium saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil.

Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Slice roast, and serve with gravy.

Kitchen Tip
I suggest either using a slow cooker liner or spraying the crock with non-stick cooking spray to make clean-up easier. If you use a liner: after you remove the meat and skim off the fat, lift the liner out of the crock, snip off a corner, and empty the juice straight into a saucepan. Way faster than ladling the juice from the crock to a saucepan!

*UPDATE 6/9/13* I froze half of the roast and half the gravy for a later meal. To reheat I placed both items into my slow cooker still frozen and set the heat on low. They were thawed after a couple of hours, so I stirred the gravy and spooned it on top of the roast to keep it from drying out. I left them in the slow cooker on warm until dinnertime.




no more yellow armpit stains!


I did not intend for this blog to be just for food recipes, though you wouldn’t know that from my posts. My intention was/is to post about the new things I’ve tried as I am learning to be a housewife. Lately, the only new things have pretty much been recipes, but I finally tried something new in the field of laundry.

The underarms of Russell’s undershirts were yellow from years of doing sweaty, manly things. They didn’t bother me that much because 1. the stains didn’t seem to bother him and
2. no one sees his undershirts, but I was curious about a new cleaner I saw on Pinterest and I do get tired of his shirts looking dirty even though they are clean. So I gathered several of his most used undershirts (that just so happened to also be dirty) and set out to try this new stain remover.

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Armpit Stain Remover
From the Laundry Room of: One Good Thing by Jillee

1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid (the original blue kind)
2 parts hydrogen peroxide
a little bit of baking soda
1 laundry scrub brush (I used an all-purpose scrub brush, and it worked just fine.)

Mix up the ingredients in a small bowl. Take the scrub brush, dab a bit of the cleaner on the spot, and scrub away. Let the shirt sit for about an hour, and then launder as usual.

This stain remover should not be mixed in large quantities and saved for later use. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) breaks down when exposed to light and turns into regular H2O (which is why it is always sold in a brown bottle).


I took before and after shots so you can see the difference. When Russell saw me taking pictures of his undershirts, he asked if I was going to share them with the internet and seemed quite amused when I said “yes.” So here now for all the internet to see are Russell’s undershirts, freshly washed and relieved of their yellowness (mostly*).


Before & After:
(Click photos to enlarge)
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*The lighter stained shirts came clean on the first try. The darker stained ones (including the one pictured above) did lighten up significantly but did not come completely clean. I was disappointed, but upon closer inspection I think I figured out why: I discovered that the inside of the shirt, which I had scrubbed, had indeed come clean and the yellowness that remains is only on the outside, which I had not scrubbed. The stain remover had, in fact, done its job, but I just had not realized that the shirts needed to be scrubbed on both sides.

So, in conclusion this stain remover is super awesome and actually makes me a little bit excited about doing laundry!



pineapple fluff cake


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This recipe comes from my grandmother. She made it while Russell and I were visiting over the Christmas holiday. I’m not sure where she got the recipe, but it’s a relatively new addition to her recipe book.

I was hesitant about trying the cake because of the mandarin oranges (I absolutely cannot stand oranges!), but I’m glad that I did. For those who dislike oranges as much as I do, you cannot taste them at all. They are very finely shredded and just add a bit of sweetness and tang to the cake, no citrus or orangey flavor at all.

Russell does not like pineapple, but he did like this cake. He did request, though, that I decrease the amount of pineapple in the icing the next time I make it.

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[I know these pictures are not super awesome, but I forgot to take pictures before we dug in.]

Pineapple Fluff Cake
From the Kitchen of: my grandmother

1 box Duncan Hines Butter Recipe cake mix (can substitute yellow cake mix)
½ cup canola or vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges

Put eggs in mixing bowl first, then pour in cake mix. Add oil then oranges with juice. Mix/beat for 2 minutes.

Grease and flour (or spray with non-stick baking spray) a 9×13 cake pan. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350° until done (about 30 – 35 minutes).

8 oz cream cheese, softened (I used American Neufchâtel cheese)
1 box vanilla instant pudding mix
½ cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, softened
1 large can crushed pineapple

Cream softened cream cheese with mixer.  Add softened margarine and mix. Add crushed pineapple with juice and pudding mix.  Whip.  Spread on cake.




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