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  • Make Your Own Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

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Oh, Mother’s Day

by GettingFreedom on May 9, 2014

I know its been awhile since I’ve last posted here. There are a lot of reasons for that, many of which are hard to put into words. Even though you’ve not seen me on the front end of things, I do still monitor comments and emails regularly.


Mother’s Day week has been very hard for me for the last few years. Holidays of any kind were always an excuse for me to celebrate with family and friends and lots of food. As a teenager I used to use these holidays to my advantage so I could have parties, which my mom would plan and execute so perfectly for me every time.

I’ve struggled within a lot this week. So many things in my everyday life remind me of my mom. Especially this week when the hostas that I got from her house before we had to sell it, came back! I just knew that I had (somehow) killed them last year and I was incredibly upset. After a tough day and a quick walk around my yard, I seen them and instantly smiled from ear to ear.

Flower Garden

The above picture is of my flower garden she helped me clean out when we first bought this house — and she got stung by a bee (which she was allergic to!), but wouldn’t let that stop her from helping me (after a quick shot from the Epi -Pen).

The woman who I loved to hate, hated to love and yet, loved so deeply.

Oh, Mother’s Day. Its just not the same.

Family - Ponca Arkansas

I’m well aware that I have 4 children who call me Mom.

Even on days that I feel that I belong in an insane asylum, I know that they love me and appreciate me.

I’m able to hug them, kiss them and tuck them in at night. Something that I know some mother’s can’t say.

But, my mom isn’t here. I cannot hug her, I cannot kiss her and I can’t tell her I love her.

Mother’s Day hurts.

There, I said it.

It just plain hurts..

It doesn’t just hurt me, either, but other people who’ve lost their moms, women who struggle week after week to conceive, and even those who struggle with their relationship with their mom.

Its the day I love to hate, hate to love and yet, it comes every year. And my kids? They love it — so I’ll pretend I love it, too.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God upon every remembrance of you. ~Philippians 1:2-3

Speaking of monitoring comments, this week I received a spam comment on a post that I had forgotten all about. It was nice to be reminded of it — and was a little gift from above. If you didn’t catch it the first time I posted it, here is my daughter’s Letter to Jesus.


Dehydrating Strawberries

by GettingFreedom on May 6, 2014

This fall I finally replaced my dehydrator that died in the middle of gardening season a few years ago, while full with hot peppers.  A dehydrator is a great tool to have in any frugal kitchen, as it allows you to preserve foods {everything you can imagine!} with little effort.  A dehydrator is especially perfect for those that are afraid of home canning, yet want to preserve their garden harvests or be able to take advantage of good sales and have limited freezer space.

Last week I came across a steal of a deal on strawberries at our local discount grocer, and I knew I needed to cash in.  With an investment of $24, I came home with 24 overflowing pints of gorgeous, juicy strawberries.  My children were convinced that they were experiencing heaven in the middle of winter!

While my kids can pack away strawberries faster than any person I’ve ever seen, I knew that there was no way all 24 of those pints would be eaten before they spoiled.  In order to allow us to enjoy them longer, I decided I would pop them in the dehydrator so we could enjoy them in our cereal, granola, and in our oatmeal.  Maybe I should make up a batch of Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream!

Strawberries, as well as most dried fruits, are super easy to dehydrate and they’ll last for about a year if stored in an airtight container.

How to Dehydrate Strawberries

First gently wash and hull your strawberries.

Using a sharp knife, or egg slicer, slice strawberries in thin slices as uniformly as possible.  If the slices vary too much in width, some will be dried far earlier than others.

Place strawberry slices in a single layer on dehydrator racks and dry for 8-12 hours (I did mine overnight) at 135°.

If you do not have a dehydrator, you can dry your strawberries by placing strawberry slices in a single layer on baking sheets in an oven placed on it’s lowest setting.  Be sure to check slices every hour or so and remove any that are completely dried.

Your dehydrated strawberry slices are finished when they are crisp.  When you break them in half, no moisture should be present.

Store in an air tight container, such as a glass jar.  If you seen any condensation forming on the glass, place your strawberry slices back on the dehydrator rack and dry until no moisture remains.


Printable Coupon Roundup {December 20th}

December 20, 2013

  *TIP* If you shop at Dillons or Kroger a lot and you have a plus card, be sure to load their electronic coupons to your card. The coupons come off automatically AND almost every Friday afternoon they add a coupon for a FREE item. You can load the coupons to your plus card through […]

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Freebie Roundup ~ Teen Vogue Magazine, Aquafina Flavor Splash and more! {December 20th}

December 20, 2013

Here are this week’s list of free samples. But act fast – these freebies won’t last long. TIP: It’s always a good idea to create a separate email account for freebies and e-clubs like those listed below that require an email address. That way you aren’t bombarded by emails in your personal or business email […]

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FREE Halloween Printables

October 8, 2013

How is it already October?!  Holidays do not have to be expensive, especially when you choose to do a DIY Holiday.  Halloween is no exception to that. Take advantage of these FREE Halloween Printables to do crafts with your kids or spoof up your home. 6 Free Frameable Printables Printable 3D Jack’O’Lantern Free Printable ‘Don’t […]

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Favado Grocery App

October 8, 2013

I’ve been waiting not-so patiently to tell y’all about a very exciting new grocery app that will change the way you shop (and save money!).  The best part? It’s free! So, while you may already be saving money on your groceries every month, the brand new Favado App will help you to find the unadvertised […]

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Crock pot Italian Chicken {September 22nd}

September 22, 2013

Chicken is one of those foods that is so versitile when it comes to crock pot cooking. There are a ton of recipes that call for chicken and it’s probably my most go to base item when using my crock pot. This Italian Chicken recipe is very delicious and even though I served it over […]

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Crock pot Dump Cake {September 15th}

September 15, 2013

For this week’s crock pot recipe, I wanted to show that you can make more than dinner in your crock pot. You can make desserts too.  I was going to show you that you can make a box cake mix in the crock pot and then post the recipe for a raspberry glaze. I was […]

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Whole Chicken in a Crockpot

September 9, 2013

Easy  meals are my favorite.  Which make crockpot meals rank pretty high on my list of go-to recipes. One of my absolute favorites is a whole chicken in a crockpot.  During our busy sports seasons and the fall and winter months I make a whole chicken in a crockpot a couple of times a month. […]

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Another Milestone

September 4, 2013

I sit here today mind blown over just how fast time flies. It seems that this happens every time one of my children have a birthday. But really?  Thirteen years old?!  Already? Say it ain’t so! I had great plans of writing a captivating post.  But the reality is, I’m speechless. The first photo from […]

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