From Outside The Frame

by adustyframe ~ December 18th, 2014


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Easy homemade candy treats  I like this crockpot candy idea~ easy!


Old fashioned Christmas Decorations



Paleo Christmas treats


12 ways to repurpose a sweater into a Christmas gift







by adustyframe ~ December 18th, 2014




We live in an old house with three enclosed porches. One porch has stairs which have been very slippery and caused quite a few “skating down the stairs” incidents.

When Handi-Treads asked if I’d like to review their product, I said “of course!”

For some reason, I thought they were going to be stick on rubbery things. I guess I’ve seen those at home improvement stores and figured it would be the same thing!

I should have read their description!

“Make any hazardous walkway safer instantly with Handi-Treads! Handi-Treads can change almost any exterior staircase, ramp or other pathway into a non-slip surface in minutes.

The Handi-Tread solution is fast, permanent and maintenance-free. No other non-skid product works as well or lasts as long.”

We opened the box and said, “WOW!” These are heavy duty very sturdy aluminum treads. They are not simple stick on appliques at all.

They were super easy to install. James did it himself in about 1/2 hour.

They’ve been really nice for peace of mind. Many times, I’m carrying things down the stairs to take to the basement and I’ve felt like I was going to slip more than once.

We’re happy to have a great safety feature in an area that caused lots of problems before. I think it’s great that they are so sturdy but were so easy to install.

We’re looking forward to lots of years of safety!!

Check out Handi-Treads FAQ to see if they would be a good fit for a set of slippery stairs in your home.

Disclaimer~ I received a free set of Handi-Treads in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.

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Holidays Can Be Rough

by adustyframe ~ December 16th, 2014


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Before this time in our lives, I never thought about how hard holidays can be for people. I didn’t mean to be insensitive or uncaring, I just simply always saw the holidays as a wonderful time of the year.

When Lee was gone, there were 100′s of little ways the holidays hurt. Nothing could be changed about it and I didn’t begrudge anyone else their holiday happiness. It was just hard.

I’ve read a few articles lately I’ll share. I don’t agree 100% with everything and to tell you the truth some of it sounds a bit harsh and unkind. However, as someone who has written in her pain, I can understand where they’re coming from even if I don’t necessarily agree with all of it.

It’s always always always good to think about the shoes someone else is walking in and find a way to show compassion and kindness.

Kay Warren says “Stop sending cheery Christmas cards”

Heartbreaking truths singles face

I’ve shared ideas to help single moms–Christmas is a great time to think of them!!

Prisoner’s families need love and support at Christmas. I’ve shared a lot about our Angel Tree experiences. Please read it—I’m actually not sure I can read it tonight. It still makes me cry when I read the things I wrote in the past.

Take time PLEASE to find someone this Christmas season to reach out to. You may never know the difference you may make in their life.


FCC Looking Into Prison Telephone Calls

by adustyframe ~ December 13th, 2014

The expensive phone calls from prison were one of the very hard things we dealt with.

It was hard to want to talk to Lee as much as possible and not be able to afford it.

It was hard to tell him not to call because I couldn’t put money on the phone.

It was hard to pay them several dollars just to take my payment to put money on the account.

15 minute phone calls a couple of times a week were all we had to hold onto and I could barely afford them. I know that a phone call doesn’t cost that much….not even a call from across the country.

I know lots of people have no sympathy for the incarcerated individual and that’s ok. But their families who are trying to keep things together are the ones who have to pay for the calls.

It was insult to injury.

I am glad they’re looking into it! I hope they do something about it too. Read more here.

My posts about the phone calls



Love Without End~Book Review by Robin Lee Hatcher

by adustyframe ~ December 11th, 2014

Love-without-end-252x378   Robin Lee Hatcher is one of my favorite authors so I always enjoy reviewing her new books! The baby loved the cover. Every time he saw, it he’d say, “Neigh neigh”. Robin is an excellent author and I enjoy how her characters and writing are always engaging and believable. This story is no exception. I have to admit that I’m not quite finished! We had a little book mishap. I was looking everywhere for it and couldn’t find it. I thought perhaps baby nabbed it and had it somewhere. Then my friend was over the other day and I was sitting on the couch talking to her and noticed the book on the shelf….right where it belonged! So, I need to finish it and find out what happens! But so far, I’m enjoying the story. About the book: Love Without End || A King’s Meadow Romance (Thomas Nelson, November 2014) Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again? Chet Leonard’s life was forever changed when his 17-year-old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men. Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious 15-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King’s Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of becoming involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man. When octogenarian Anna McKenna returns to King’s Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet may discover that true love has no end. About the Author: RHatcher-179 Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels. To learn more about Robin, visit her website. Disclaimer~ I received a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.

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Christmas Preparations

by adustyframe ~ December 9th, 2014

It’s taking us forever to get the house decorated for Christmas. We had issues with the tree but it’s finally up. I had to decide what ornaments we’d put on it or not since little guy is into checking out everything.

I know some people advocate decorating as normal and then training them not to touch but that honestly feels like sapping the joy out of Christmas for the whole house to me.

We put only fabric ornaments at the bottom and I didn’t put all my red glass bulbs since they break so easily. I did have a bunch of shatterproof bulbs that look like peppermint candy so we put those on. I’m going to see if the craft store has some red shatterproof bulbs just because I LOVE my red bulbs on the tree.

We probably won’t do tinsel either. I know some people think it’s tacky but I like a little bit all over the tree to help it sparkle more.

So our tree looks a bit different this year. I haven’t put up my nativity or my snowmen yet….they’re still in storage! Maybe tomorrow!

Baby is loving James’ Fisher Price nativity. He sits and plays with it for quite awhile.

I got the Christmas music out today so it will start sounding jolly around here soon!

We’re not making treats yet. If we start now, I’ll gain way too much weight and I already have more than plenty to lose!

How is your Christmas prep coming along?


From Outside The Frame

by adustyframe ~ December 5th, 2014

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I haven’t posted  one of these in a long time. To be honest, I just don’t have as much time to be on the computer looking at cool stuff these days.

A great post to help you figure out what to use as egg substitutes.

A yummy low carb pizza crust

How to make homemade Greek Yogurt

Most of my pregnancy until about 6 weeks ago, I had horrible hip problems. Here’s a stretch that helped me out.

So, this isn’t a super exciting round up of posts but at least I finally posted one!

What about you? I’d love to see your roundup posts or any great links you’ve found lately.


This & That Chat

by adustyframe ~ December 2nd, 2014

*I’ve been struggling with fatigue for the past several months. I’m not really sure what it’s from but I’m working on ways to support my system. I’m feeling better. I had a 2 month fog where I felt like I wasn’t surviving!

*We had a nice Thanksgiving with family. We enjoyed Lee being home for almost a week.

*Baby boy is walking and talking. He’s a really funny little guy. He’s still nursing and for that I’m very thankful.

*Winter is setting in. I did the first “donut” on the ice today…..well almost. Thankfully, we didn’t go in the ditch. I detest winter driving. Can we just hibernate til April or May?

*I need to get the Christmas décor out soon or at least before much more of December gets away from us.

*I’m feeling a bit blah lately. Not depressed. Not yucky. Just “eh”. This could be related to winter or the exhaustion I was dealing with. Or maybe it’s something else. I don’t know.

*Someone from church asked what I learned in 2014. I can’t even think of what I learned. I need to think on that some more.

*I’ve been getting back into knitting again. Yeah. I don’t get much done but I surely enjoy it.

What about you? Anything going on?



by adustyframe ~ November 26th, 2014
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
We have so much to be thankful for each and every day.
We have health and our needs are met.
We have a home and comforts.
We have food and necessities.
We have two precious sons.
We have friends and family.
We have freedom.
We have a God who loves us so very much.
No matter what other things are on my thankful list, I’m so thankful to know that God loves me and that He is always always always  good.

Pound Foolish Dave & Neta Jackson~ Book Review

by adustyframe ~ November 26th, 2014




About the book: Pound Foolish | Book Four in the Windy City Neighbors series (Castle Rock Creative, October 2014)

Greg Singer coordinates consumer sports shows for powerboats, four wheelers, snowmobiles, and jet skis—macho toys for outdoor men like himself. But the job puts tremendous stress on his marriage with Nicole, who for the first time notices the handsome lawyer at the end of the block. “Greener pastures?” When the recession hits Greg’s industry, he thinks the crisis is merely an opportunity for God to bless him with unmatched prosperity, a promise he hears preached each Sunday, and he steps out in bold faith . . . But is he being “pound foolish”?

The fourth in the Windy City Neighbors series, Pound Foolish explores the economic upheaval and uncertainties challenging every family. Intersecting with Penny Wise (book three), the Jacksons employ the innovating storytelling technique of “parallel novels.” Though each book follows its own drama and story arc, the characters’ lives become intertwined and affect one another. Pound Foolish returns us to Beecham Street—a typical American neighborhood . . . where a growing friendship brings new meaning to prosperity.


About the authors: Dave and Neta Jackson are award-winning authors living in the Chicago area where their parallel novels from the Yada Yada House of Hope and Harry Bentley series are set. As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books.

My thoughts:

I really have enjoyed the Yada Yada Prayer Group books and the spin off books. I enjoyed the first two books in this Windy City Neighbors but these last two not so much. To me they just feel stressful.

I don’t typically go for “fluff” reading but day to day stresses and details are plenty in my own house. I don’t need to read about them.

I like the idea of the parallel novels but I just don’t really like this spin off series.

See other reviews here.

Disclaimer~I received a free e-book version of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.