Vienna sausage dumplings and a mother’s love

I once read a story of a mother from the Great Depression and how she put a special meal on her table for her family at Thanksgiving. The mother of this particular family was very poor. Her husband had died and things had gotten very bad for her and her children. She had managed to secure some Vienna sausages for her family and she had plans for them for Thanksgiving.

Feeding our family in times of deprivation

Feeding our family in times of deprivation can be so hard. It’s made far harder when we don’t know how to use the limited ingredients we might have on hand. There’s nothing worse as a mama and wife than not knowing how to take care of your family. I’ve faced many times of deprivation through the years but God prepared me to be able to keep on feeding my family because I learned how to make do with little and make it taste good. I was raised by a mother who was raised in the Great Depression. When I was …

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A frugal homemaker: stewardship in the kitchen

When hard times hit your family, even if you have never been a frugal homemaker and cook before, chances are you quickly become one. The question of the day is this: does having to be frugal as a homemaker make you grumpy and, because of your grumpiness, make your family miserable or do you see the chance to be frugal as a chance to exercise the gifts and talents God has given you and thus, as a way to bless your family (thus helping them to relax)? As Christians, we must strive to be grateful and joyful no matter what our circumstances. …

The wise ways of a frugal woman

Are you a frugal woman? Many of us no longer have any idea how to be frugal. Bombarded as we are with choices, styles, and fashions, we have difficulty choosing. Why have one pair of dressy shoes, a comfortable work pair, and maybe some sandals, when you can have five different pairs of cute sandals–and then all the others? That’s what everyone else does–right? Well, that’s what we think everyone else does because that’s what we’re told. We’re encouraged by foolish friends, driven by advertisements, and propelled by our own desires towards more, more, more. But is more really what …