How to Declutter: The Junk Drawer

By Rachel Jones | 07/25/2012

This is what my junk drawer looks like. Admission: Before becoming a minimalist I had two junk drawers that were so full of stuff it was breaking the drawers!   I can’t NOT have a junk drawer. (Because it’s way easier to say “Junk drawer” than it is to say “The garage door opener drawer”) How…

Kefir Pops- Perfect for Summer Weather!

By Rachel Jones | 07/24/2012

Looks like a nice creamsicle, doesn’t it?! And Kefir is excellent for controlling seasonal allergies! No guilty feelings about sugar or food coloring! Kefir Pops Ingredients: 4 cups milk kefir 1 cup fruit 2 tablespoons honey Directions: Blend all together and pour into popsicle molds. Set in the freezer and after a couple hours, pull…

How to Declutter: Bathroom Towels

By Rachel Jones | 07/23/2012

Color coded towels. Each person in our family has their own towel color. That’s all we ever use. We have 7 people in our family so we have 7 different colored towels. I keep 2 extras in the cabinet for when we have company from out of town. Colored coded towels save time and loads…

Grilled Hake with Cilantro and Lime Butter

By Rachel Jones | 07/21/2012

I’m always trying new takes on grilled meat over the summer… Well, anything on the grill is good in my book! Grilled Hake with Cilantro and Lime Butter Ingredients: 4 Hake fillets 1/2 cup butter 2 limes, juiced 1 bunch cilantro, chopped Directions: Melt butter, mix in lime and cilantro. Spread over hake fillets and marinate 1-2 hours.…

The Enemy of Minimalism: Sentimental Feelings.

By Rachel Jones | 07/20/2012

Oh Sentimental feelings… The quilt that Great-great-grandma made… The coffee cup one of the boys painted for me in school… but I can’t use because he painted the inside and it wasn’t non-toxic paint… The antique doll stroller that was my moms and probably my grandma’s… Oh and I heard an interesting one today: The…

The Best Shrimp Scampi. Ever.

By Rachel Jones | 07/19/2012

Can there be a better main dish?! Being in land-locked Montana has some benefits: I can get awesome grass fed beef and locally grown grains. But I would love to shop in a fresh seafood market on the coast… Just to make this: The Best Shrimp Scampi. Ever.   Ingredients: 1 lb cooked/frozen diveined shrimp…

Grain Free [Gluten Free] Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Rachel Jones | 07/19/2012

This is an awesome snack food! Lots of protein and a little bit of sweetness. Leave out the chocolate chips and let the kids have cookies and milk for breakfast! Yeah, you can be that awesome mom! Grain Free [Gluten Free] Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup natural peanut butter 4 eggs 1/2 cup honey…

Grilled Sausage and Pineapple

By Rachel Jones | 07/19/2012

Needing a simple summer dinner that looks and smells fabulous? This will have everyone running to the table in anticipation! Grilled Sausage and Pineapple Ingredients: Polish Sausage (sugar and nitrate free) Fresh or frozen pineapple (I used frozen) Coconut oil Directions: Preheat grill to 400 degree F. Drizzle pineapple with oil, place large pieces directly on grill or…

Minimal Toys

By Rachel Jones | 07/17/2012

Wooden blocks have been wonderful with a couple of wooden cars and plain wooden people.  16 years worth of parenting and we have gone through a ridiculous amount of toys. All those wonderful educational toys… that never got played with. We had birthday gatherings and all the family members would bring incredible new toys for the kids to…

Cabbage, Apple and Raisin Salad

By Rachel Jones | 07/17/2012

This simple salad is quick and easy to put together and tastes delicious! It’s perfect with friends during these warm summer months! Cabbage, Apple & Raisin Salad Ingredients:1 small head of cabbage, chopped1 large red apple, chopped1/4 c. raisins (more or less to taste)1/4 c. mayonnaise (Just enough to moisten the salad) Directions:Mix all together, chill…

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  1. Nance Duncan on 12/08/2022 at 5:46 pm

    I just finished watching today’s video about your family getting together to make the snowflakes for your tree. I’ll be making some too. The ending was emotional for me. Hearing “O Holy Night” in the background while everyone was putting their snowflakes on the tree……. well, I shed a few tears. It was beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing your family moments with us.

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