Posted on 10-10-2016
Filed Under (Family & Friends) by Charla

I think we all like to be around an encouraging person. They uplift us and motivate us. They help keep us focused on our goals or priorities in life. We need those types of people in our lives.

If you read my last post and notice the date, you’ll see that it’s been four months since then.  I truly meant to post and have an updated look.  A friend of mine, who is an encourager, noticed that I’m not posting anything on my blog and is motivating me to write.  He has mentioned it two or three times, and I know Ryan will continue to do so in a caring and uplifting way.

How does he encourage me?  How can we be encouragers?  These are some ways we can  uplift and be a blessing to others:

  • Take the time to do it.  In this busy world, most people are in a time crunch. Just say something uplifting in conversation, in an email or text message, or add it to their “to do list” and surprise them.
  • Show genuine care and concern.
  • Do it more than once.  Follow up on your encouragement and see how things are going.

So what about my new theme?  It hasn’t happened yet.  Not yet anyway.  My daughter and son are going to help me whenever we can all find the time to get together and work on it.  But I’m not going to wait on the theme update anymore.  The content is what’s more important…and having an encouraging friend to keep me accountable on my goal to blog again.

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Posted on 06-04-2016
Filed Under (Day to Day) by Charla

Hi! I haven’t posted in a long time and hardly anything since September 2013.  Sometimes our lives are turned completely upside down and our hearts are completely broken.  But after the healing, we can look back with hearts full of sweet memories and get on with our life.

Just want you to know that I’m back again and Healthy Home Blog will hopefully have a new look this month.  My blog is about home, happiness in life, and healthy habits for body, mind, and spirit.  I’d love to share my experiences with you in this journey we’re all making together.  I’d love for you to share your experiences with me, too.

I would be honored if you would subscribe to my blog so we can share the journey!  The Subscribe box is on my home page.  Also, check out my updated About page.  Thanks!

Hope you have a day that is blessed with sweet memories in the making.

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Posted on 02-24-2014
Filed Under (Household Ideas) by Charla

Potpourri can be made from fresh flowers and can be especially meaningful if the flowers were from something that touched your heart.  Just let the flowers dry for several days and then place in a pretty bowl, maybe a crystal bowl.  If you have a bowl that you really like, maybe one that was your mother’s or your grandmother’s, then that is perfect for displaying your potpourri in a doubly meaningful way.

The dried flowers pictured below are special to me, given to us when I lost my husband.  The bowl is special, too, given to me by my son-in-law’s mother on my 50th birthday.  So when I look at this, I remember my husband.  I remember my surprise 50th birthday party which was such a happy time, and the flowers remind me of all the love and support that was shown to me when I lost my husband.  Lots of sweet memories!

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Posted on 01-31-2014
Filed Under (Health & Nutrition) by Charla

Have you been to a Mediterranean Restaurant?  I went with two teacher friends this past week, and one friend and I had no idea what to order.   I don’t know much about Mediterranean foods except for the fact that it’s very healthy and that hummus and olive oil are a part of it, but our other friend knew what’s really good.  We ended up ordering soup & salad:  Fatoush Salad & Fasoolia Bean Soup, and they were sooo good!

We also shared a large appetizer tray which had things like hummus (which I’ve already had many times), and baba ganoush, falafel, feta cheese with olive oil, and a couple of dips.  We had a lot of fun trying everything, and I don’t think there was anything we didn’t like.  I give it a thumbs up! I must admit I brought home one of their paper menus so I could tell people what I had eaten.  Otherwise, I would’ve just said, “Mediterranean food.”  Now, I want to research how to incorporate more of this healthy diet into our meal plan.

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Posted on 01-25-2014
Filed Under (Music/Movies/Books) by Charla

We went to see Gimme Shelter last night, and my friends and I really, really liked it! Well, maybe they just really liked it but I really, really liked it.  It’s a story that can’t help but touch your heart about a 16 year old girl who finds herself expecting a baby, has an abusive mother, and decides to run away from home.  She finds shelter in a home for young girls who are expecting babies.  I won’t give any more details for those of you who plan to see the movie, but it’s a story of healing and reconciliation.  If you like that type of movie then I highly recommend it.  It’s a good family movie for families with older teens.

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Posted on 12-09-2013
Filed Under (Recipes &Cooking) by Charla

This is delicious served warm on a cold, winter’s day!


  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 or 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I use 1/4 cup sugar & Stevia equivalent for nearly 1/2 cup sugar – 7 KAL spoonfuls)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix ingredients together.  Pour in a greased baking dish.  Bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes and then at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Let cool for 10-20 minutes and then eat while warm.

Good served with frozen vanilla yogurt or whipped cream.

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