Future Plans For This Blog

The plan at WordPress I signed up for is coming to an end in about a week. By the end of February the domain name will need to be renewed again, too. Due to its price but especially due to the fact that I don’t need all of the offered features of my current plan I wanted to save some money and downgrade to another plan. However, I could only renew the plan or upgrade to the next level, but downgrading was never given as an option by WordPress. So I decided to let the plan expire and sign up for a new one later on. Since that day, though, I have discovered another few disappointments on this platform.

The last few days I have been checking out a few other hosts. I began creating a new website with one of them. Hubby and I discussed a couple of options and plans and today he has made a decision and so I went ahead and bought a new plan and domain there.

As for now, I will keep this blog going. I wouldn’t find it fair toward my readers just to shut it down and disappear. However, I’m not exactly sure how the changes, e.g. of its address (domain name), will affect the internal links and readability. So if you do run into broken links, please bear with me. I’m trying to stay on top of it as good as I can.

I’m eager to start blogging at my new website soon while sharing the posts here with you. I will post excerpts and links to the original one. Depending on how things are working out here and there, I will leave this blog active for readers to come back to. Hopefully I don’t have to shut it down in the future. No matter what, I will keep you updated on my plans, of course.

Thank you for reading and caring!

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Happy New Year

Seven days into the new year, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Did you plan to read through God’s Word this year? How is it going? Or are you still in need of a good reading plan?

A few months into 2018 we’ve started using The Legacy Reading Plan and we are loving it! I love the Psalms and find them so encouraging, so healing, so powerful. So I wanted to read them more often. In most of the plans we had been going through, though, I had always missed that. Yes, each plan will arrive at the Psalms at some stage. However, I wanted to read them all year long. This reading plan will help you to read through the Bible in one year while it’s still flexible enough for you to read more or less each day.

You might also want to check out last year’s post called Reading the Bible and Devotionals. It will give you a few more suggestions on reading plans and more or less famous books on devotions which I have found quite helpful over the years. In it I have mentioned Spurgeon’s devotional called Morning and Evening. It is currently (January 2019) available to download for free at Christianaudio.com

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The Homemaker‘s Kitchen — Part 2

In Friday’s post I’ve told you a little about my struggles of rearranging and organizing my kitchen. If you have read The Homemaker’s Kitchen — Part 1 you will know that I’m very pleased by the outcome. It was worth all the pain 😉

I worked my way through the lesson about Effecient Kitchen Organization which suggests to divide the kitchen into several areas. Here is what I have come up with:

Baking Area

The storage area for dry food and the refridgerator are to the left. In this area I keep everything I need to prepare bread, cakes and meals: measuring tools, mixer and its attachments, bowls, wooden spoons, baking pans, cupcake liners, dry ingredients like flour, sugar, seeds, recipes and cookbooks.

The workbook of the home economic course says to use a round tray for storing spices. However, I’m using a small box for salt, pepper, herbs, etc. (see on the countertop) and a small tin box that contains baking powder, soda, cinnamon, vanilla and so on (see right-hand side of top shelf inside the cupboard).

Cooking Area

Here is where I store the frying pans and cooking utensils (hanging on hooks to the right), pots and colander and slow cookers (in the cupboard below), and where I’m baking and cooking (see the double oven with built in stove to the left).

Washing Up Area

There is a dishwasher on the right-hand side but I’m actually washing my dishes by hand. I find this more efficient and hygienic.

Dishes and Cutlery Area

I keep coffee, tea, bread and oats in the cupboard above and the coffeemaker, foodslicer, etc. on the countertop so I’m also calling this the Breakfast area.

I stack the plates that I use daily in the front and the others in the back. Cutlery, towels, cling film, aluminum foil and bags are found in the drawers.

I’m very happy that I was able to arrange all of the areas right next to each other and that I can continually work my way from left to right.

You might doubt at first that dividing your kitchen into these specific areas will change anything. I did, too. I can tell you now, thought, that this does make such a big difference. Give it a try and you will see!

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