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Debra

About Debra

Hey Y'all, I'm Debra, Southern but not a Charmer - A little bit opinionated, a little bit stubborn, a little bit strong willed, and a little bit witty. Homemaker & Homeschooler - Enjoys Cooking and Crafting but not Cleaning - Never enough time to do it all - Gotta have Coffee, Chocolate, Good Books, Flipflops, and the occasional Sweet Tea- Runner Wannabe - Finding and claiming balance between healthier options for home and body, but not being a slave to those choices. Lover and Follower of Jesus, it's a relationship not a religion.

Fresh Peach Smoothie Like a Milkshake

Pin ItShare Have a Peach Smoothie and Fool Your Taste Buds into thinking you are having a¬†Peach Milkshake. Peach season is here and I love homemade peach ice cream or¬†a good ol’ peach milkshake. What I don’t like is 800 … Continue reading

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Lemonade like Chick-fil-A

Pin ItShare Full disclosure here before I go rattling off the lemonade recipe. ¬†I have spent¬†9 years working in marketing¬†for Chick-fil-A. ¬†I know the¬†exact recipe, made in large amounts. ¬†However the division to make just one gallon at home doesn’t … Continue reading

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Glittered Treasure Chest – Crafting With the Lil’ Ones

Pin ItShareGlittered Treasure Chest Anytime Craft Crafting With the Lil’ Ones  

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Spring / Summer Flower 2

Pin ItShareSpring / Summer Flower 2 Crafting With the Lil’ Ones This same package of flowers was used last year for Mother’s Day and we used a pen instead of the plastic straw that comes in the kit.¬† The kiddos … Continue reading

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The Real Deal Homemade Pico de Gallo

Pin ItShare  ¬†Pico de Gallo, or what some¬†might call Fresh Salsa or Salsa¬†Fresh is one of my absolute favorite lite snacks.¬†I have some Hispanic friends¬†who taught me how to make this quick and easy snack. Pico de Gallo¬†is different¬†from the … Continue reading

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Easy as Pie, Ice Cream Cake

Pin ItShare Easy As Pie Ice Cream Cake This simple solution to a homemade ice cream cake is not only delicious, but also easy to make.  It can be a little time consuming, but it's well worth the time it takes to make it.

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Liebster Award Nomination

Pin ItShareExciting news to share right here, NC Born has¬† been nominated for a Liebster Award! Now, how cool is that? The Liebster award is found only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers.¬† It is … Continue reading

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How to Cook Ground Turkey or Ground Beef into a Fine Texture

Pin ItShareCooking¬†Ground Turkey or Ground Beef into a Fine Texture When making tacos, chili, lasagna or spaghetti, I like the texture of the meat to be small, itzy bitzy, fine pieces.¬† I truly dislike¬†having large chunks of meat in a … Continue reading

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How to make REAL Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Pin ItShare Do you want to make REAL Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer? Hubby enjoys French Vanilla Creamer in his coffee. Being the frugal one that I am, of course, I want to see if I can make a good … Continue reading
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How to Make Your Own ‚ÄĒ French Salad Dressing

Pin ItShare Make your own¬† — Homemade French Salad Dressing

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How to Make your Own — Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing

Pin ItShare Make your own Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing: Go ahead and mark Thousand Island Salad Dressing off of your grocery list, because it’s so easy to make your own.

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Healthy Choices can equal Unhealthy Stress and Confusion

Pin ItShare¬†Are You Stressed and Confused over Healthy Choices? Are you just starting out on a healthy food and healthy home journey, or have you struggled around with it for years trying to figure out what¬†works for you and your … Continue reading

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How to Make your Own — Homemade Vanilla Extract

Pin ItShare How to Make your Own — Homemade Vanilla Extract Never Buy Vanilla Extract Again¬† and make it Gluten Free if you¬†choose Everything you need to make your own Vanilla Extract is in the picture. Except a little bit … Continue reading

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NC Senate Bill 346 = Eliminating your Choice

Pin ItShare NC Senate Bill 346 — Your rights as a parent to¬† make a choice for your children is being challenged, yet again.   First off, to be clear, this post is not in support of vaccines or against … Continue reading

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Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Pin ItShare¬† Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Lately I have been reminiscing of recipes that my Granny often made.¬† Of course, I remember the desserts most often¬†(oh, that sweet tooth).¬† Granny often made a dessert that she called Ooey Gooey Butter … Continue reading

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Pin ItShareCoconut Oil and Butter Mixed together – Good and good for you.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† How often¬†is it that¬†something that taste really good is also¬†really good for you? I know controversy abounds around coconut oil and butter, but I am a firm … Continue reading

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Hey Daddy, You Are Not A Glass Maker

Pin ItShareYes I did say “Kids on Shoulders, How Rude!” What happens if you are nice and leave a little room between you and the people in front of you.¬† This is what happens.

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Fifty Shades…. I Wasn’t Interested, Until Now.

Pin ItShare     Fifty Shades……….. How do you go from, not even interested, to what’s all the hype about? It only takes a few dozen well-meaning posts from social media friends to get the wheels turning, and maybe in … Continue reading

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Rainbow Grove Sticker Craft

Pin ItShareRainbow Grove Sticker Craft Crafting With the Lil’ Ones All kids love stickers.¬† These stickers were purchased at our local craft store from a clearance basket for $1 per package.¬† The brand is Rainbow Grove and they have several … Continue reading

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Glittered Star – Crafting With the Lil Ones

Pin ItShare  ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Glittered Star Crafting With the Lil’ Ones ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star ¬†Are you looking for a quick and easy craft to go along with a story such as¬† Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars, or How to Catch … Continue reading

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Trash on Racks

Pin ItShare Trash on Racks While shopping recently with my girls, we came across these items. These were ON…THE…RACK, TO…BE…SOLD, and they carried a hefty price tag too.   Are you kidding me, we are out shopping to get some … Continue reading

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Book Review – Peace in the Pressure Cooker

Pin ItShare Patti Davis Peace in the Pressure Cooker by Patti Davis Oh, what a great book.¬† This is an easy read.¬† With a cup of coffee and a quiet house you can read this lil’ keeper in just a … Continue reading

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2013 Christmas Puzzle

Pin ItShareThis year’s puzzle, a nice little Thomas Kincaid picture.¬†¬†This is one that we will have to frame. ¬†             Several years ago we bought a puzzle to work on during Christmas, little did we … Continue reading

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The Broken Candy Cane

Pin ItShare The Broken Candy Cane While in a local restaurant recently, I observed children visiting with Santa.¬† The kiddos with their faces all aglow having breakfast and telling Santa the desires of the heart.¬† Awww, how sweet it was … Continue reading

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2013 Triangle Walk to Cure Diabetes

Pin ItShareOn November 2,¬†Krista and Adam Vick will be participating in the JDRF 2013 Triangle‚Äôs Walk to Cure Diabetes.¬† This walk is to raise awareness and funds for research and development for the millions of people who live with Type … Continue reading

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Marine Praying with His Bride Before Their Wedding

Pin ItShare Marine and His Bride Praying Before Their Wedding http://thepowerofprayer.tumblr.com/post/40525128644/powerofprayer I don’t personally know these people, I am simply reblogging the post titled Power of Prayer on tumblr.¬†¬†I stumbled across this post while¬†looking at some¬†other sites.¬†¬†I have to say … Continue reading

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A Cry From Egypt – Book Review

Pin ItShareI just finished the book A Cry From Egypt by the very talented author, Hope Auer. ¬† The book is written for young¬†teens, maybe even older teens, but can certainly be enjoyed by all ages.¬† I know many moms … Continue reading

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Our Second Homeschooled Graduate

Pin ItShare Our Second Homeschooled Graduate Pomp and Circumstance is playing for Homeschoolers in every state across our nation. We are proud to once again have a graduate of our homeschool walk across the stage to get that piece of … Continue reading

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Fair Trade Coffee

Pin ItShareFair Trade Coffee, or not; is it important? Why should we even care?¬† Is it important? There’s a lot of hype going around about Fair Trade coffee, what’s good, what’s not, and why.¬†If you really enjoy a good cup … Continue reading

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Homemade Spaghetti / Lasagna Sauce

Pin ItShare Homemade Spaghetti / Lasagna Sauce Do you often wish you had your own Spaghetti or Lasagna Sauce in the cabinet or freezer?¬† I know you don’t want to buy sauce for 2 reasons, the price¬†and the hidden ingredients. … Continue reading

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Dump Starbucks or Not? UPDATED

Pin ItShare Dump Starbucks or Not? UPDATED, read to the end We got the word that Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, said that if you support traditional marriage that they don‚Äôt want your business.¬† http://joemiller.us/2013/03/starbucks-ceo-no-tolerance-for-traditional-marriage-supporters/#ixzz2OkHVeHJP Oh my word!!!! I already knew … Continue reading

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Stomp on Jesus

Pin ItShare“Stomp on Jesus” is what the students were told to do, says one student from Florida Atlantic University. You have got to be kidding me. One student, Ryan Rotela, says it happened like this; the students were told to¬†write … Continue reading

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NutriBullet vs Juicer

Pin ItShare NutriBullet vs Juicer Yesterday I made my Orange Blush Juice using my Jack Lalanne Juicer, which I love. Today, I made the Orange Blush using my new¬†¬† NutriBullet, which I am getting used to. update: I have¬†come to … Continue reading
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Orange Blush Juice

Pin ItShare Orange Blush Grapefruit/Orange/Carrot This is a quick and easy juice.¬† It takes just a couple of minutes to peel 1 grapefruit and 1 large or 2 small oranges.¬† Use one or 2 carrots.¬†¬†Run those through the juicer, and … Continue reading

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Kick Start Green Fruity – Detox Smoothie

Pin ItShare Kick Start your Day with a Nutrient Packed Good Morning Blended¬†Green Fruity/Smoothie.¬†¬†I like to call this one a “Fruity” instead of a smoothie.¬† Smoothie makes me think yogurt, creamy, hot summer day, or snack.¬† This one is more … Continue reading

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Very Extra Large Egg

Pin ItShare HUGE Egg Extra –¬†Extra Large WOW!!!! Egg Picking up eggs this morning was just like any other day.¬† Getting the eggs while the girls are all around my feet wanting a treat is the usual thing.¬† Not until … Continue reading

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Just a little thought for today.

Pin ItShare Yes, Girls, before planning to marry a guy know that he has a job. Look for signs of stewardship, frugalness, and wisdom. Know that he is filled with Godliness, self-control, moral character, and gentleness. Just a thought for today.

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Ultimate made from scratch Chocolate Meringue Pie

Pin ItShare Ultimate from Scratch Chocolate Meringue Pie You can make a homemade pie ‚Äď quick and easy ‚Äď from scratch.

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Homemade Laundry Soap that Really Works

Pin ItShare Frugal Homemade Laundry Soap that really works. Make 5 gallons of Laundry Detergent/Soap.¬†It’s so easy and FRUGAL to make your own laundry soap with just a few ingredients and a little bit of time. I have tried dozens … Continue reading

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Panko Crusted Oven “Fried” Chicken

Pin ItShare¬†Panko Crusted Oven “Fried” Chicken Who doesn’t love good ol’ Fried Chicken?¬† Believe me, I know there is no true substitute, but for the Fried Chicken lover who wants to cut out most of the “fried” part of fried … Continue reading

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The Daily Juice

Pin ItShare Juice for lunch¬† — Make your own juice — fresh and ready for a quick and easy lunch. Today’s lunch was a quick juice. Just 1 mango, 1 kiwi, 1 apple, 1 orange, and 2 small carrots. Throw … Continue reading

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FREE Kindle book: How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any

Pin ItShareHow to Manage Your Money When You Don’t have Any by Erik Wecks Free kindle download. I stumbled across this free kindle download today.¬† I’m sure this is a keeper.¬† I have not taken the time to look at … Continue reading

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Pin ItShare ¬†Are you craving a little treat?¬† Try this recipe. The recipe only makes a few, they are light and easy to make. Best Ever – Quick and Easy Coconut Macaroons   ¬†¬† Ingredients: 14 oz. flaked coconut 1 … Continue reading

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Homemade Vegetable Soup and Homemade Bread

Pin ItShare Homemade Vegetable Soup¬†in your crockpot and Homemade Bread It’s a cold rainy day here in NC, so what better to have cooking in the kitchen than a good pot of soup and loaves¬†homemade bread. I have decided that … Continue reading

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Detox Smoothies

Pin ItShareI have been “pinteresting” again.¬† It’s amazing how 15 minutes can turn into 2 hours once I pull up pinterest. Today I ran across a real jewel.¬† You know I love coffee, I enjoy smoothies, and juicing, so this … Continue reading

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Breadless Breakfast Casserole

Pin ItShareBreakfast Casserole Makeover. ¬†For years we have had that same old breakfast casserole, you know that usual breakfast casserole with eggs, bread, and sausage? No sausage¬†for ours but you know the casserole that I’m talking about. 6 slices of … Continue reading

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Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Pin ItShare Chocolate Peanut Clusters 28 ounces of lightly salted peanuts (dry roasted works well for this recipe) you can use 2 jars of lightly salted or one jar salted and one jar unsalted. 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate … Continue reading

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Fudgy Bon-Bons

Pin ItShare Another recipe from my friend Elise Johnson.¬† For more wonderful recipes from Elise go to www.cookingwithelise.com.¬† Her cookbook is a keeper too, don’t miss out, order yours today.   Fudgy Bon-Bons 1- 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate … Continue reading

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Elise’s Best Biscotti

Pin ItShareThis recipe is from my good friend and talented chef Elise Johnson.¬† My daughter took a cooking class with Elise a few years ago and she has been baking and perfecting her cooking skills ever since (my daughter, not … Continue reading

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Christmas Baking

Pin ItShareChristmas Baking makes the house smell so sweet that¬†I think I gain a couple of pounds just from the aroma.¬† This year we are cutting back¬†and baking just some of our favorites.¬† One of my girls¬†loves baking, thankfully she … Continue reading

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