Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Info About the Real Food eBook Bundle

BundleoftheWeek.com, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Sourdough lovers, real food lovers, and sticking-to-a-budget lovers, this great little resource is for you. :)

Want to serve real foods to your family, but how do you do it without breaking the budget or sacrificing taste? This Real Food eBook bundle includes the resources you need to eat delicious, whole foods on a budget. Packed full of recipes and tips, it's sure to be a go-to resource in your kitchen.

And for this week only, you can get all 5 ebooks listed below for just $7.40 (a savings of almost 90%)!

Monday, February 25, 2013

5 Great E-Books for CHEAP!!!

BundleoftheWeek.com, 5 eBooks for $7.40!Earlier today, I was mentioning the great book "Sourdough from A-Z" that I just got from Wardeh Harmon of Gnowfglins.  This book normally sells for $20.  But now through Monday, March 4th, you can get it with four other great books for ONLY $7.40!  

-Real Food on a Real Budget by Stephanie Langford
-Real Food...Real Easy by various authors
-Real {Fast} Food by Trina Holden
-Sourdough A to Z from GNOWFGLINS
-Treat Yourself by Kate Tietje

If you take advantage of this great offer, please just click on the link on this page or in the sidebar.  Again, your purchase helps to support our blog.  Thanks in advance!

Menu Monday, February 25

Active Sourdough Starter
Last week, I received two wonderful e-books from Wardeh of Gnowfglins.  One is a fabulous book about sourdough called, "Sourdough A to Z".  It is a great resource for those who don't know the first thing about sourdough, for those who know just enough to be dangerous (like me) or even the accomplished sourdough baker.  And if you are a visual learner, she's got a bunch of video classes you can take, too.    

By the way, if you do purchase anything from Gnowfglins, I would be ever so appreciative if you used one of the links or sidebar advertisements here on Victory to get thereWardeh is kind enough to give me a little kick-back to help support our blog when you purchase anything from her...so thanks in advance!

To do: Sour batter for muffins; soak beans; make shredded Mexican beef 
B: Oatmeal with blueberries, almonds & yogurt 
D: Crustless salmon quiche; Caesar salad; baked pears with chocolate 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tropical Traditions Free Shipping Offer!

FREE ShippingI love Tropical Traditions expeller-pressed coconut oil!  Coconut oil is soooo good for you.  I use it in baked goods like cookies,muffins, breads, and cakes; pancakes and waffles; to fry fish, chicken, and potatoes; and so much more.  I even use it as a moisturizer.  (Okay...I know that was a bit of a leap from cooking to skin care!)

Image of Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil - Non-Certified - 5 gallon. Tropical Traditions expeller pressed coconut oil in bulk packaging available at huge discounts.All stocked up on coconut oil?  Well, Tropical Traditions has so much more available than just coconut oil!  And now is a great time to try them out because through midnight, February 25th, Tropical Traditions is offering FREE SHIPPING!  Just place an order of $16 or more and whammo!  They ship it to you for free.

Don't forget to use the special code, though:  25213

How do you like them coconuts?

Small Print Stuff:

Through midnight EST, Monday, February 25th, all Tropical Traditions Ground shipments within the lower 48 United States will be FREE with the use of our FREE Shipping coupon! This special offer does not apply to refrigerated or frozen items, products shipped directly from our farms in WI (Eggs, Produce, Lady Finger Popcorn, Heirloom Dry Shell Bean Mix, Heirloom Cornmeal, and Heirloom Whole Kernel Corn), or to rebounders, which are shipped by the manufacturer. It also does not apply to 3 day, 2nd day air, or overnight shipments. Coupon does not apply to Healthy Buyer's Club discounted items. A minimum order of $16 dollars is required.

NOTE: To take advantage of this special, you MUST enter coupon code 25213 in your cart before checking out, and choose either Ground or SmartPost from the drop down list of shipping options! FREE shipping is NOT applied automatically. Orders placed before today cannot be refunded for shipping charges.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kefir Smoothies ~ Master Recipe

Berry kefir smoothies are by far our favorite.  They are so good for you and sooo easy...especially if you have an immersion blender like this one

Below is my master recipe.  It makes about 1-1/2 C of smoothie which is a great size for one, but it is even better enjoyed with a friend.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nut Butter Cacao Kefir Smoothie

Chocolate & Peanut Butter...yum!
Okay.  Who, besides me, looooooves Reeses Peanut Butter Cups?

It's been years since I had one but I used to absolutely adore them.  I stay away from them for obvious reasons, including the last time I had one I became a crazy Reeses Peanut Butter Cup junkie and couldn't control myself.  I hope if I ever do lose my sanity and put one into my mouth that I think they are awful.  Just like how my childhood love affair with Twinkies ended.  I still shudder thinking about just how nasty those things were...

Monday, February 18, 2013

Victory Homemaking is 2!

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Victory Homemaking's 2nd Anniversary is today...President's Day!  Thanks so much for hanging out with me!  

I can't believe how much I've learned in the past couple years and am looking forward to continuing our quest to having healthier, more rewarding lives...together.

Are there topics that you would like me to cover or things you'd like more information on?  Let me know!

Live in Victory!

Menu Monday, February 18

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We are well into February and one of my "goals" this year has been to be more careful what I commit myself to.  I want to do so much!  But, I also have to remember that everytime I say "yes" to something, I'm saying "no" to something else.

So this week I am re-evaluating my commitments.  It's not going to be fun because I don't want to let anyone down

It's hard being a grown-up, isn't it?

B: Oatmeal with peaches & yogurt
D: Sourdough Margherita pizza with chicken; Caesar salad; mock frozen yogurt 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Book Review: Clouds

Do you like Christian romance novels?  Well, "Clouds" by Robin Jones Gunn is a warm, feel-good book that will make you glad you picked it up.  Although the ending may be a little predictable in some ways, the journey through the book certainly has some interesting and unexpected twists.  My daughter is a huge fan of Robin Jones Gunn and I can see why.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Count Your Blessings

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Count Your Blessings
Author Unknown

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Happy Valentine's Day, my friend.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Please Don't Call Me Names Because I Disagree With You

I'm at a loss.

When did we become a culture that says we value the freedom of speech, but hurls the most awful names at each other when we disagree?

Finding Your Plant Hardiness Zone

If you are relatively new to gardening or have moved to a new area, something you will need to know before you start seeds indoors or out is when your last frost date is.  Nothing could be worse than planting seedlings outside to only have them die because they got too cold.  This has happened to me.  We had a few nice days... I started planting outside before I should have... and I was sad after that.

Click on the map for your Plant Hardiness Zone

Monday, February 11, 2013

Menu Monday, February 11

What is that thing in the sky?
Yesterday was beautiful up here in the Pacific Northwest.  It was good to see the sun.  During the winter, we never know if it's still up there.  I feel better now, knowing that it is.

Valentine's Day is this week.  We are going to celebrate on Friday with a nice dinner, and am trying to decide what to do for the little gems on the 14th.  Last year I did this and they absolutely loved it.

Got any good ideas you'd like to share?  If you do, maybe you should be the blogger.

B: Oatmeal with bananas & yogurt

D: Chicken & spinach sprouted flour crepes; gratin dauphinois (from Julia Child's Mastering...); green salad; fresh pears with cinnamon

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Book Review: Unexpected Love

In most cultures throughout history and some still today, women have been treated as second class citizens.  So how did Jesus feel about women?  In Julie Zine Coleman's book "Unexpected Love", the author dives into just that topic.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Book Review: Humble Bumble's Humble Heart

I recently had the chance to review a children's book titled "Humble Bumble's Humble Heart: A Book of Virtues" written and illustrated by Amy Meyer Allen.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Menu Monday, February 4

Vintage Seed Packets

Don't forget!  Today is the last day to enter Baker Creek Heirloom Seed's giveaway!!!  CLICK HERE to enter!

I'm looking forward to starting some seeds this week...indoors.  I am sooo ready for spring!!!

B: Oatmeal with strawberries & yogurt

D: Taco salads with Mexican shredded beef; refried beans; pears

Friday, February 1, 2013

22 Years Ago

22 years ago, I met the man who would become my husband.

I don't know anyone that has frustrated me so, yet makes my heart sing the way he does.  I've enjoyed our years together, and God-willing, will enjoy many, many more.  They seem to have gone by so quickly.

The best part?  He not only loves me, he really likes me.  And I'd rather be with him than any other person on this earth.

I wish each of you the joy of living life with your soul-mate.

I am so blessed.