Category Archives: The Kitchen

Teaching Kids to Cook: 4 Moms

Welcome to this weeks edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage.  This week the 4 Moms are talking about teaching children to cook. For how we incorporate teaching our kids to cook from the time they are preschoolers and lots more information about teaching kids to cook be sure to read…

The Christian Philosophy of Food {Giveaway}

Does God care what we eat? Should the Bible effect a Christian’s choices about food and nourishment? How do we apply biblical principles to food, one of our most basic daily needs? Our family has been specifically asking these questions for the past 6-7 months. We’ve always made an effort to feed our family whole…

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is super simple to make at home and it’s more economical to make than to purchase at the store. This is all you need: Homemade Vanilla Extract Ingredients: 6-12 high quality vanilla beans (We purchased our from saffron.com) Bottle of vodka Simply split the vanilla beans in half length wise Place them in…

Cooking with Leftovers : 4 Moms {Linky}

Leftovers? What leftovers? While it’s true that our family rarely has leftovers, it does occasionally happen, and being the incredibly creative cook that I am (go ahead and laugh), I do one of four things with our family’s leftovers. If there is enough leftover from one meal to feed our family another full meal I:…

Composting Trash Can Tutorial

My brother-in-law gave us the idea for this simple DIY compost bin in a trash can. Since we had just put our house on the market, and since the compost pile out back was less than desirable, this contained option seemed like a good solution. The trash can keeps the compost contained and “neighbor friendly”. …

Feed Your Family for $0.50 a Person: 4 Moms

Feeding a large family on one income certainly adds interest to menu planning. This week the 4 Moms are challenging ourselves (and you) to feed your family for $.50 per person. Our normal budget for the evening meal is $1 per person, but we have several meal options that are less than this (and lots…

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

We enjoy hot chocolate, especially during the winter months. Every Sunday morning we get up and gather in the family room to read our Bibles while sipping a cup of hot cocoa. {Bella (1) does not sip, she gulps and beware the person who tries to help her hold her cup when she pauses for…

Upside-Down Cranberry Crunch Recipe & Favorite Desserts

This week the 4 Moms are sharing some favorite dessert recipes. Be sure to visit the other 4 Moms: KimC at Life in a Shoe Connie at Smockity Frocks Headmistress at The Common Room Upside-Down Cranberry Crunch This recipe is one of my favorite, non-chocolate desserts. It is best when served warm with homemade whipped…

Homemade Hot Wings and Other Snacks for a Crowd: 4 Moms Link Up

This week the 4 Moms are sharing some of our ideas for appetizers and snacks for a crowd and asking you to join in by linking up some of your favorite recipes. We often have last minute company or company that stays beyond one meal, so most often our snacks for a crowd are super…

Peppermint Meringues: Holiday Recipe Link-Up

It’s time for the 4 Moms  to share some favorite holiday recipes and we’re inviting you to link-up and share yours too. Our family has a variety of recipes that we traditionally make this time of year, most of them involve chocolate. The recipe that I’m sharing with you today is not chocolate, but they…

Freezer Recipes for Once a Month Cooking: Part 3 (Winter Menu)

Here are some more recipes that our bulk cooking group has used. (click link for a how-to on once-a-month-cooking with a group) These recipes feed about 6-8. White Chili 3 can northern beans 30 oz chicken broth 2 lb chicken cooked and chopped 1 can rotel 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp garlic powder 1  fresh…

Large Family Food Storage : 4 Moms

Last day to enter to win two flexi-clips from Lilla Rose. This week the  4 Moms or  35 Kids are sharing how we store food for our large families. Be sure to visit the other 4 Moms to see what they have to say about food storage: Headmistress at The Common Room KimC at Life…