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Monday, March 23, 2015

A Place to Write

It's been a very interesting year. One of those with HUGE highs and some really low "lows."  And with a family our size, there seemed to be no moment in which one or BOTH were happening.

So some of my hopes for this year have been shelved in favor of the more pressing issues that presented themselves. And I'm okay with that.  I'm a wife first, and then a mom, and everything else either can wait or isn't important enough to worry about.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Introducing. . .The Practical Pioneer

For those of you who've followed the evolution of our blog on My Little Prairie Home, you've probably noticed that I write about anything from homemaking tips to kid stuff to what's in the news to whatever else seems relevant to me at the moment.  Not a whole lot of focus.  A whole lot of fun, mind you, but a little all over the place.

One of the things that's become quite apparent as we've gone along in the last year or so since launching is that, though we have the most wonderfully varied demographic spending time with us here, there is definitely one growing subset of folks that come to our site. . .the homesteader/pioneery kind.  And they've asked (politely, of course) to have a more focused place to get the specific kind of info they are after. . .recipes, pioneer skills, tips on being frugal and home made products, etc.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Beauty of Tree Change Dolls (and other similar endeavors!)

A Bevy Of Barbies
I've known about them for awhile.  When I first heard about them, I thought 'Where were these dolls when my girls were younger?"  If they'd been around, I would have bought them. 

Instead, they had vintage Sunshine Family Dolls harvested from Ebay whenever I found them for a good price.  No Barbies.  No Bratz.  Not vampiry looking things.  I just couldn't make myself buy them.  And it wasn't merely because of their unrealistic body shapes.  Or their seemingly endless hunger for ball gowns, convertibles, and multilevel town homes. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Home Made Corned Beef!

Corned beef is yummy.  And, frankly, it's good all year long in sandwiches, wraps, and as the lovely roast we typically think of.  Though I should make a disclaimer:  I'm NOT talking about that store bought stuff. I'm talking about the REAL yumminess:  Home Made Corned Beef!!

Oh. My. Gosh!  If you have never corned your own beef brisket in the past, you are SOOOO in for a treat!  It's so easy to do and, though it does have to brine for about 4-5 days, the actual "doing something to the beef" part is very quick.  And once you've tasted the difference between home made and store bought, you are never going back!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


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Sunday, March 08, 2015

TBRI: Trust Based Relational Intervention

Dr. Karen Purvis in L.A.
I think it's safe to say that, typically, I am not a starstruck kind of gal.  I've randomly met or worked with a number of notables over the years, but, while I can deeply appreciate their skill or talent or achievements, I just don't get too excited about individuals.  They're just people after all.

But, I have to confess that little pattern of behavior is at an end.  I'm officially a groupie.  Not of a rock star or actor or Hollywood type, mind you.  This mega star is a doctor.  And she's well worth my adoration.

Who is she?  Dr. Karyn Purvis.

As I mentioned in this post, Dr. Purvis heads a team out of Texas Christian University and she's doing some AMAZING work with "Kids from Hard Places."  She and her team have developed something called "TBRI," which stands for Trust Based Resolution Intervention.

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