6 Months to Peace of Mind

Take the 6 Month Challenge to get your family documents in order and safely stored. Then enjoy the peace of mind that comes for being prepared.Family Document Challenge Wrap-up

We’ve come a long way in the past six months. Although I have a very impressive filing cabinet and hordes of documents, there was no simple way for another person to navigate through them. In addition, should there be a flood or fire, those precious papers could be destroyed leaving a confusing hunt for insurance and account information.

Finally, I had not updated my Will, Power of Attorney, or information regarding guardianship of my child since getting remarried. My new husband had never made a Will and had no Power of Attorney. Should anything happen to either or both of us, we were completely unprepared.

I was determined to remedy the situation and came up with a 6-Month Family Document Challenge to get everything in order. We set the plan in place and committed to gathering the necessary information, meeting with professionals, and having talks with loved ones. We can now be confident that we have anticipated, and handled in advance, a variety of circumstances to the best of our ability. This is an important part of acting as responsible adults, and particularly important for parents of minors.
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Feeling Overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed can be crippling when you are trying to reach a goal. Aligning process with goal can help you push through the feeling and move forward.This past week I felt overwhelmed, and it paralyzed me. I looked at all I needed to do and just stopped. I couldn’t figure out where to begin, so I just avoided, retreated, and sunk into some place inside where I go when I get too tired to deal with everything.

It was not a good place to be, but I learned from it. I also got my head together before wasting any more time there, or spiraling down into self-destructive behavior. The latter was how I “escaped” from feeling overwhelmed in the past. Today, I am a stronger person and know I need to get back into “doing” something rather than avoiding.

But how do you take the necessary steps forward when you are feeling overwhelmed? [Read more...]

Excalibur 9-tray Dehydrator Giveaway



Letters from Sunnybrook is participating in our first ever Giveaway!

In conjunction with other Members of the Homestead Bloggers Network, we are offering our readers the opportunity to win a great product. We each paid toward the cost of the product (you know it must be good if I was willing to cough up the money for something I don’t even get to have.) It is a really amazing product — a top of the line dehydrator with all the bells and whistles to ensure correct drying times, even air circulation and plenty of trays to work though your entire harvest. [Read more...]

{Almost} Guilt-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Moist, delectable chocolate cupcakes that are low in sugar, cholesterol and carbs? Yes, please. Also egg free, soy free, and corn free? You got it!I’ve had a very tough week. I can’t even begin to tell you how many cupcakes I have eaten trying to get this recipe just right. Yeah, I know, poor me.

I will say that I am not yet sick of them and am really enjoying the fact that I even CAN have a cupcake, with all my food allergies. I had not had one in several years, so I’ll just consider it making up for lost time.

Trying to bake anything when allergic to eggs, corn and soy is very challenging. Add to that trying to get the texture of the cupcake to be spongy, having them not stick completely to the wrappers, and having icing that will go on soft and then harden.

Oh, and then I also want them to be made with healthier ingredients, and as little sugar as possible. I was appalled when I saw that most recipes use a whopping 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar just to make the icing for a dozen cupcakes. I think reading that made my blood sugar rise.

So I tried different ingredients, and yeah, I ate a lot of cupcakes. I am very pleased with the result, however, and hope others will now be able to enjoy them too. [Read more...]

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

When was the last time you stepped out of your Comfort Zone to try doing something new? A mixed up message led me on an adventure with a new friend.I’ve been in a bit of a down mood lately. It’s not depressed, lonely, or bored. After a lot of self-analysis (probably way, way too much), I think I just felt stuck in a rut and a bit housebound. In my efforts to protect my health, and also not spend too much money, I keep myself from going out much.

When I started noticing that my longest ‘in person’ conversations were with the cashier at the pharmacy, and I considered going to the library to return books “socializing,” then there was a problem. I am an introvert and love my quiet sanctuary of a home. However, I still seem to need to be around people sometimes. In particular, I like to be doing something where I can be around others while doing something fun or useful. I suffer from social anxiety and am uncomfortable just standing around in groups of people. When we are involved in an activity, I can get lost in it and forget my nervousness.

So, a strange thing happened the other week, while I was pondering my ho-hum mood. [Read more...]

White Chicken Chili with Corn

A simple, inexpensive meal you can cook on the stove top or using a crock pot (slow cooker), this White Chicken Chili is packed with flavor.Inexpensive, filling and packed with flavor — just what you need after a day out in the woods or a long day of work. Make this White Chicken Chili in the crock pot, or simmer away on the stove.

Most of the ingredients are things you can purchase when you see a sale and keep on hand. Beans are usually cheapest when you buy them dry and in bulk, but canned beans are easier and faster to cook.

Beans are a great way to really stretch your budget, and come in a variety of types that change the taste, texture and color of the meal. For this White Chicken Chili recipe, you can use any white bean, although I suggest either Great Northern or Cannellini. Only one chicken breast is needed to make the recipe, although you may choose to use more.
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