If Kisses Were Snowflakes (& More Fun Stuff)

If Kisses Were Snowflakes Poster
[scroll to the bottom of this post to download your free “If Kisses Were Snowflakes” poster]

We made it back to Tyler Sunday after a two-week road trip to Florida. Truly, there is no place like home! And we were all so grateful to pull into our own driveway.

Getting locked out of our house

Unfortunately, we had to stand outside for about 45 minutes when we first got back, because our son had locked all the deadbolts before he left for church, and we didn’t have a key. So we looked wistfully through the windows. And danced in place, wishing for a restroom. Were we ever glad when he made it home and we could finally go inside!

There's no place like home

Sorting through the pile of mail

There was a ton of mail waiting for us on Dad’s desk. Including — my favorite — a box full of books.

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Resolving to shed the extra pounds

One of the first things I did when I got home (besides sorting through the mail) was to weigh myself. I had not stepped on a scale in over two weeks, and I was afraid I might have gained back all eleven of the pounds I lost last month, and then some. That wouldn’t be good, since I’m hoping to lose 50 before my son gets married in May.

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Wonder of wonders, I was less than two pounds heavier than when we left town! That’s a win in my book, especially considering the fact I’d gone 16 days without weighing or counting calories. But that’s all about to change, as I’m definitely back on the healthy-eating wagon now.

Cooking quick meals in my pressure cooker

Fortunately, the big box of My Reader Rewards books was not the only package waiting just inside the front door for me. This little beauty also arrived while we were out of town:

my new pressure cooker

I’ve been thinking about getting a pressure cooker for a long time and finally decided to splurge and buy this one. It has an 8-quart capacity, which means I can easily prepare enough to feed all nine of the family members still living at home.

I used it for the first time to prepare dinner last night. It cooked a huge batch of garlicky lentil soup in six minutes flat. Now I’m wondering why I didn’t invest in this game-changer years ago!

Since pressure cooking is totally new to me, I also got a couple of cookbooks: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot and Vegan Pressure Cooking. They’re both full of delicious-looking recipes I can cook in a fraction of the time it would take me to prepare them on the stovetop.

Recapping our recent road trip

Our family had a lot of fun in Florida, but we also enjoyed some educational stops. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting pictures and reviews of some of the things we did while we were gone, including:

I’ll also share some tips on saving time and money at Disney Parks and answering a reader’s question about how we handle housing on road trips when so many of us are traveling.

But all those posts will have to wait awhile longer, because now it’s time for me and the kids to get back to school. We’ve been trying out some new curriculum this year — I’ll continue to share our impression of those products in my Timberdoodle reviews each Thursday.

Sharing a new “If Kisses Were Snowflakes” poster

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’ll be publishing more free Valentine printables this week, too, such as this one (based on a graphic I designed and published on my Love Your Husband Facebook page while we were away). It reads, “If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.”

"If kisses were snowflakes, I'd send you a blizzard." -- free printable from www.flandersfamily.info
[click on image to print full color copy of this poster]

And, last but not least, I haven’t forgotten my promise to give you a virtual tour of our new house. Let me finish unpacking from our trip and hang a few more pictures on the wall, then I’ll publish that post, too!

UPDATE: Now this “If Kisses Were Snowflakes” design is available in a set of smaller snowy valentine cards, too:

Be My Snowy Valentine Cards

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  1. While looking for a simple printable of Flanders Fields I came across your site. I am SO very blessed to read of your love for one another, your children, and most of all for your Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus is the most IMPORTANT part of my life also, and I am always so very touched and blessed when He reveals yet another brother and sister in Christ! I am looking forward to exploring your website. And pray you will continue to have inspiration by His Holy Spirit for future posts. God bless!!

    1. It was so nice to find your sweet message in my inbox this morning. I love meeting new sisters in Christ, too. Thanks for taking the time to write!

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