Welcome to Cooking Up Faith

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Cooking Up Faith is a collection of devotionals and recipes for women. Within our devotionals you will find encouragement and wisdom straight from God’s Word on how to be the best mother, wife, and homemaker you can be.

The idea of our encouragement is not perfection, but focusing on the things we can control in our lives. Despite any circumstances we’re given, we can control our own personal faith. Despite other people’s actions towards us, we can control our own actions. What can’t we control? Pretty much everything else. So why bother trying?

God’s Word is full of guidance on helping us with those two areas we can control – our own personal faith and our actions. Cooking Up Faith is a ministry designed to break those two areas into specific every day topics and give detailed wisdom and guidance. These topics include parenting boys, parenting girls, dealing with difficult in-laws, handling stress and boredom, difficulties in marriage, and much more.

Heritage Schoolhouse graciously provides us with delicious recipes. Be sure to check these out too!

Posts by Topic:
Motherhood:

12 Personality Traits Every Wife and Mother Should Have

6 Ways to Avoid Getting Burnt Out in Motherhood

A Back to School Devotional

A Daughter’s Struggles

A Discipline Guide for Specific Childhood Behaviors

A Letter to Mothers

A Mother’s Influence to Her Children

A Prayer for the Holidays

A Praying Mother

Biblical Advice on Marriage and Motherhood

Encouragement for Exhausted Mothers

Helping Your Daughter’s Faith Grow

How Discipline Brings Peace

Keeping Faith During Illness

Purpose in Motherhood

Raising Boys

Staying Gentle with Your Children

The Most Important Thing You Can Give Your Children

The Responsibility of Parenthood

To Weary Mothers

Turning Your Child’s Difficulties into Goodness

When a Mother Worries

When You’re Bored in Motherhood

Why a Perfect Mother Won’t Create a Perfect Motherhood

Marriage:

A Blessed Marriage

Beauty for Your Husband

Benefits of Praying for Your Husband

Biblical Advice on Marriage

Help and Healing for Your Husband

How to Have More Contentment in Marriage

Intimacy in Marriage

Staying Gentle with Your Husband

Staying in Love with Your Husband

Staying Kind When You’re Irritated with Your Husband

Staying Kind with Your In-Laws

When You Don’t Agree with Your Husband’s Decisions

When You’re Bored in Your Marriage

Why Some Marriages Fail

Homemaking:

Recipes

A Simple Management Plan for the Home

Changing Your Attitude and Your Home

The Key to Peace in Your Home

3 Things Every Home Needs

What Love Looks Like in a Home

When You Need Balance in Your Home

When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Housework

If you have any questions or comments about the ministry of Cooking Up Faith, please contact us at cookingupfaith@gmail.com.

Veggie Lunch

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to share with us here recipe for a light and healthy Veggie Lunch.

Ingredients:

For one serving, you will need –

fresh green beans
grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1-2 garlic gloves, minced
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook beans until tender.
Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in oil.
Add lemon juice, cooked beans, tomatoes, cheese, and seasonings.
Toss to coat and enjoy!

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You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.

When You Need to Know What Love Looks Like in a Home

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No matter what we have given in a day, it always seems there is more we could have done. We expect so much of ourselves…maybe our husbands and children expect too much of us too. After all, we are imperfect women giving the best of what our imperfections can possibly give. And somehow, that is not even enough…for ourselves…for others.

What is enough to God?

A man asked Jesus this same question once…what is enough to God? What one rule should overrule any other rule I follow?

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

Everything that is enough to God hangs on these two guidelines: Love God and love others.

At the end of every day something probably could have gone better than it did. You could have said more…you should have said less. You could have had more energy…you should have felt less run down. You could have been there more for your husband…you should have been less cranky.

But we’re not talking about perfection. We’re talking about enough. And love, simply loving, is enough.

If you like checklists and if it helps to see what love looks like, maybe these guidelines for a loving home would help:

Rules for Love in a Home:
~ Watch and listen to decent t.v., movies, and music

~ Keep the home and ourselves clean and organized

~ Limit electronics

~ Spend money wisely

~ Treat each other with kindness and respect. Show appreciation for each other

~ Avoid quarrels, teasing, or gossip

~ Encourage each other with genuine support and motivation

~ Work hard at home, school, and activities

~ Relax with family and friends and enjoy each others company

~ Trust God. Children trust also parents

~ from Matthew 22

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*Joining Women Living Well. We’re reading through the Bible together ~ stop by WLW to join a group of sisters reading God’s Word together.

Aunt J’s Spicy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

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Finding a great spaghetti sauce recipe is hard work! Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to help us out with her Aunt J’s Spicy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce recipe!

Aunt J’s Spicy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce
8 servings

1 pound spicy sausage (or ground beef)
1 pound regular sausage (or ground beef)
3 onions, chopped
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 14.5 ounce cans tomato sauce
1 12 ounce can tomato paste
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Cook sausage, onions, mushrooms and garlic over medium heat for 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover; cook on low 8 to 9 hours. Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy!

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You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.

Determination for a Good Marriage

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You have gotten the kids to a million places today. Coordinated play dates, dr. appointments, and school activities through text and e-mail all day long. Your husband called, and yes, you remembered to pay that bill. He has to leave on another business trip so you’re making sure his clothes are washed and put away before he leaves. A quick kiss hello and an even quicker kiss goodbye, and he’s off to work again.

And in all the rush and noise you forget that you are one with your husband. That when you said “I do” you were really saying “I do commit to letting go of the idea of “me” and “yes” to the idea of “us”. Because together we are one now, so as he works and provides and as I nurture and manage the home and the children we are still connected…we are still one…as long as I remember this little truth: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”

The beauty of this most intimate union of marriage is not that your flesh must always be close, because sometimes it simply can’t. Bills have to be paid, and work has to be done. No, the beauty isn’t in the flesh, but in the two hearts beating with determination to selflessly love the other heart…to care for that other heart…to nurture that other heart…to understand that other heart.

The very first man and wife made mistakes. They broke away from the blessed and right path. Together they walked where they should not have gone. Yet, God covered their shame, and they stayed…joined…together.

If God can do this for the marriage in sin, how much more can He do for the marriage determined to get it right as much as possible.

Be patient. Don’t nag. Stop complaining. Smile more. Give when you don’t want to give. Forgive. Emphasize with his struggles. Accept.

This is love. This is a heart determined to selflessly love. This is a woman testifying to the permanence God designed for this most intimate union.

Let anyone accept this who can.

~ from Matthew 19

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*Joining Women Living Well. We’re reading through the Bible together ~ stop by WLW to join a group of sisters reading God’s Word together.

Sugarplum Hand Cream

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Usually Mrs. H brings us a delicious new recipe, but this weekend she’s bringing us a different kind of recipe ~ Sugarplum Hand Cream! Makes a great gift or something fun for yourself.

Sugarplum Hand Cream
8 ounces of vitamin E cream
8 ounces of petroleum jelly
16 ounces of Johnson’s vanilla oatmeal baby lotion
1 drop of red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a mixer until combined.
Fill 4 ounce jars.

Recipe makes eight 4 ounce jars of lotion.
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You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.

Casa Ole’ Green Dip

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is with us this weekend to share her Casa Ole’ Green Dip with us!

Ingredients:

4 avocados
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 (4 oz) can green chilis
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 oz cream cheese

Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth using a blender or food processor.
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You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.

The Responsibility of Parenthood

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So, we all know the obvious ~ teach and model Christ to children. But kids, especially pre-teens and teenagers, have a mind set on being cool, fitting in, pop music, and wearing all the “right” name brand clothes. When you’re raising a young adult with raging hormones and obsessions with clothes, music, and friends it can seem like a constant battle to “win them over” to have an attitude of Christ.

The answer is to create a bubble. Don’t let your kids socialize with any other kids their age. Take away all t.v., music, and technology. Make them stare at the wall and recite scripture.

Just kidding.

The “world” is everywhere. You literally can’t even take your child out to get ice cream without hearing a song about all kinds of things you don’t want your child to hear about playing at the ice cream shop.

Here are a few suggestions on how to teach and model Christ to a child:

Guard yourself ~ Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves. (Deut. 4:9)

~ Guard yourself. Daily self-assess your thoughts and motives. Give yourself “heart checks.”

~ Listen to the Holy Spirit’s convictions. Are you too obsessed with clothes? Are you determined to socialize with the adult “popular” crowd at work on in the neighborhood? Do you fake nice and then tear people apart behind their backs? Pay attention to where the Holy Spirit is convicting and guiding you.

~ Check your motives and actions through your husband or a friend. So many times we think we’ve come up with a great decision or plan, but after running it through a trusted person we realize it wasn’t such a great idea after all.

Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23

Tell them stories…so that you don’t forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don’t slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren (Deut. 4:9)

~ Moses was telling the Israelites not to forget what they had seen God do for them when He rescued them from slavery. He told them to always tell their children and grandchildren their story.

You were once enslaved to something before Christ came into your heart and set you free. In fact, there are probably many areas where you were once enslaved but are now free. We too should always tell our stories to our children and grandchildren about what the Lord has done for us.

In order to tell our stories we must be vulnerable, open, and relate with our children. These stories of yours will stick more than a forced lesson. As your child tells you about an issue she’s struggling with, relate to her. Tell her how God helped you overcome a similar struggle you faced.

Watch for teachable moments. Don’t preach all the time. Simply share your stories and how God has helped you.

Assemble around God’s Word ~ The day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people before Me, and I will let them hear My words, so that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth and may instruct their children.’ (Deut. 4:10)

~ Assemble your children around God’s Word so they will hear His Words and learn to fear Him.

Take them to church and church activities.

Give back in your community together.

Have family time at night. Read the Bible together and pray as a family.

Occasionally give your child an index card with an uplifting scripture on it. Lay it on his/her desk or pillow for him/her to find.

Your children’s friends most likely won’t assemble them around God’s Word. The television won’t assemble your children around God’s Word. Even your pastor or youth minister can’t consistently assemble your children around His Word. It is the parent’s job to daily assemble their children around God’s Word.

Listen, my son. Accept my words,
and you will live many years.
I am teaching you the way of wisdom;
I am guiding you on straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction; don’t let go.
Guard it, for it is your life.

Proverbs 4:10-13

*What ways do you teach and model Christ to your children?

Farmhouse Hamburger Soup

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is with us this weekend to share her Farmhouse Hamburger Soup recipe, which is just about the perfect recipe right now since winter doesn’t seem to want to go away!

Farmhouse Hamburger Soup
8 servings

oil
½ onion, chopped fine
1 pound ground beef
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
1 can corn, drained
1 can green beans, drained
1 can baby peas, drained
2 potatoes, chopped
1 cup baby carrots
1 small can tomato sauce
2 cups chicken stock
salt to taste
lots of freshly ground black pepper
cheddar cheese, grated
sour cream
tobasco sauce

Cook onions in oil until tender; add ground beef and cook until beef is done. Place onions and beef in a large stock pot (or crock pot). Add tomatoes, corn, green beans, peas, potatoes, carrots, tomato sauce, chicken stock, and seasonings. Simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender. Cook in crock pot on high for 4 hrs. Top with cheese, sour cream and tabasco sauce to taste. Serve with cornbread and enjoy!
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You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.

Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to share her Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread recipe with us this weekend!

Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread

1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon vinegar with milk added to make one cup)
1/4 cup oil
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped or 3 jar jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine first six ingredients; set aside. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk and oil. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Stir in jalapenos and cheese. Pour into a greased 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 400° for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cut into squares or wedges. Serve warm with butter and enjoy!

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You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.