Peace in the Kitchen: Avoid Toxins

I hate to stress about chemicals flying around my kitchen; it is an extra thing to worry about and plain unnecessary. Having my counter tops covered in chemicals and breathing in toxic fumes while I clean, is a long way from peace and joy for me. Harsh, toxic chemicals can easily be avoided by making your own cleaners.  Don’t roll your eyes at me.  I’m serious now.  It will take about the same time as it does to decide what to buy and throw it in the shopping cart.  Let me show you…. The recipe in the video above is...
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Peace in the Kitchen: Use A Timer!

Ah, the kitchen timer.  So simple, yet so effective! Be warned: this post is going to reveal my highly distractible nature 🙂 A few days ago I woke up to the faint smell of bread in the air.  I lay there for a minute trying to figure out where this aroma was coming from.  Then it hit me…“My sourdough!” I had worked on it the day before and had two loaves sitting under a dishtowel to rise.  I had planned to bake them in the evening, but got busy with other things, then eventually tired out and went to bed....
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Peace in the Kitchen: Write In Your Cookbooks!

Have you ever made a meal only to find out it was the same recipe you used last year that no one liked?  Or is it just me who does that? The recipe pictured was one of those occasions.  I was so happy to have dinner prepared when my husband came home, the house smelled good,  the dishes were out.  I took a taste and…crunch! The rice was still hard! I put it back in the oven for a while, and it still didn't soften.  I can't remember what we ate for dinner that night, but it wasn't Texas One...
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Kamut Oatmeal Cookies

Kamut Oatmeal Cookies | aDelightfulHome.com
New grains are fun to try.  They are less scary and intimidating than other new foods, but just as intriguing.  At least for this ex-vegetarian anyway. Kamut is actually the brand name of a variety of wheat called khorosan.  It is often tolerated well by those with wheat allergies and is frequently substituted for wheat flour in equal amounts.  For more information about his ancient grain, visit kamut.com. These cookies were our first try with Kamut, and we loved them.  Obviously it is only one ingredient among many, but we are happy and will try it out in other dishes. ...
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My Go-to Recipes From Around The Web

  Since the kitchen is often the hub of the home, and also happens to be one of my favorite places, I'd like to dedicate the next few days to sharing a few tips on creating and maintaining a peaceful kitchen! Let's kick things off with some link-love to my favorite recipes from around the web.  I'm only including the ones I use often and really like.  They are family friendly, nutritious and delicious 🙂 Without further ado… Breakfasts Dutch Puff – from Large Family Logistics.  This link will take you to a post titled, Beyond Cold Cereal, it contains...
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Spicing Up Leftover Pasta

Spicing Up Leftover Pasta | aDelightfulHome.com
Cold, leftover pasta is often not very appetizing.  And unless there is a lot of sauce, it doesn't reheat very well. Thankfully, a recent botched recipe led to a delicious discovery.  Don't you love it when that happens?  Now I'm happy to have leftover pasta! I make this all the time. Baked Pasta This will work with most pasta shapes or sauces.   Even though the following reads as a recipe, with measurements and timing, it is very flexible.  Feel free to tweak it to suit your tastes and also to use the ingredients you have on hand. If you think...
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Visiting Earthbound Farm

A few years ago I was able to visit Earthbound Farm in Carmel Valley, California.  It was fun to go to the farm since I have purchased a number of Earthbound products over the years.  I was recently able to go back and had a lovely time yet again! Spending some time with my family, outside, among fresh, happy plants, is a finer thing! My favorite part was the organic herb garden.  I didn't realize that so many herbs had multiple varieties. And every herb has a nice little sign so they can easily be identified. It was very educational...
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Send them flowers…

Image from stock.xchng My husband is preaching a funeral tomorrow.  He is working very hard to consider all things and do a good job. I love him for that. I expect there will be flowers and tears from those who cared for this lady.  Laughter may mingle with heartache as her loved ones recall the good times. Regret may hover over some who left important things unsaid. I once heard the question asked, “Why do we wait until the funeral to send someone flowers?” Why do we?  Because life is busy?  Because we assume we will have more time?  Because...
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This blog in a few words….

I am currently taking part in a blogging challenge with the hope of making Delighting in the Days a better and more useful blog.  I want it to be more than my thoughts and ideas, I want it to actually be helpful to you as a wife and mother, because you ladies are doing important work (and I love you for it)! Today we were challenged to write an elevator pitch in which we define our blog succinctly.  The idea is to provide a clear overview of our website in a few words. I think I have been fairly clear...
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