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Pressure Cooker Vegan Monkey Bread

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No pics this time. The family loved it that much!

I used the Farberware 7 in 1 pressure cooker for this recipe. It would be the same for an instant pot; just substitute the “soup” setting for a “time cook high heat”.

This recipe is fairly basic, but i could see adding other grains to the dough(maybe wheat berries, chia seeds, or sunflower seeds?)or you could add ingredients to your cinnamon mixture (perhaps some apples, raisins, or pecans?).

Pressure Cooker Vegan Monkey Bread


4 cups All Purpose Flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup+ 4 tablespoons cold water
6 tablespoons cold coconut broken into thinner pieces

INGREDIENTS for Cinnamon Mixture:
3/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 generous teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Cup white sugar

Mix dough ingredients in order listed. Then knead the dough until…

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Phonics and Spelling Improv

We’ve been in transition mode. This means not that home schooling has stopped, but that it has changed and adapted to the current needs of our life. I’ve improvised in many areas of my children’s education. I plan on sharing more with you, but the following is just one example of such improvising.

We have a variety of flashcards ready to grab whenever we feel the itch. More on how I organize it all on our boat is soon to come.

Raspberry Bug picked the letter tiles up so I gave her the special blend flashcards from A Becka. I believe these go all the way up to a third grade reading level. Though we aren’t doing the full ABecka curriculum for first or third grade, the flashcards are still being used regularly.

We began by sorting the letters so we could find them easier than in a baggy.

I gave her a tray to work on ( my fancy broiler pan to be precise).

She drew a card and proceeded to sound out the word. Then she spelled the word in tile form.

Blueberry ball took interest soon after. He was able to make sentences with the words he drew.

This was a great way to review! It was even great for Raspberry Bug to learn some new blends.

What do you do when your children are in transition? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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DIY on a Dime: Cloth Diapers

I feel so blessed to be able to use exclusively cloth diapers with baby number three. It may sound silly to some, but I love the fact that I don’t have to add disposable diapers and wipes to our regular shopping list! We’ve saved so much money already. Not to mention elimination communication goes way smoother with cloth! We keep a mini potty (see it there in the left hand corner?) right by the changing table and I rarely have to change a stinky diaper. I prefer to catch it!


With Raspberry Bug we used cloth training pants and cheap vinyl covers after she learned to walk, but I love that I actually have a “cloth diaper stash” with my new little guy. Most of the diaper stash I started with was given to me by either my sister in law one of my friends from church. The only exception is the Chinese cheapies I got from Ali Express (Qianqunui). I definitely love the one size pocket diapers. They are easier to customize, wash, and dry. One size means that I don’t have to keep buying them.

I was able to make some of my own using the Rita’s Rump Pocket Diaper Pattern.

There are many different types of diaper patterns you can find for free or cheap online, but I never found a need to try another one. I can customize this one however I need to. I made a couple of flannel ones first, which were surprisingly absorbent.  I also made some out of the prefold diapers I was given at my baby shower:

These work well with the Thirsties covers my sister in law gave me:

Then I took the same pattern and made a waterproof version with this cute sailboat fabric I had in my stash. I made a waterproof pocket diaper and a waterproof cover:


I made them entirely out of materials I already had. My husband purchased the snap setter for my birthday, and I mimicked the Fuzzi Bunz snaps, because I like them the best. It’s not a separate rise, but a set of three snaps on each size. This way, I can adjust the waist and the leg holes all at the same time.

The waterproof material came from a crib mattress protector that was starting to tear around the edges.

I used the waterproof part for the diaper itself and then I converted the pillow top layer into extra inserts. I also saved the elastic for later projects, so the only thing I didn’t end up using was the thin layer around the sides.

I like that I was able to repurpose something I already had. And I knew it was safe for baby, because it was designed to be used in baby’s bed anyway.


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Our New Little One

7 pounds 14 ounces. 21 inches long. Healthy, calm, quiet, and easy all describe our new addition well. He’s growing well, sleeping well, and has hit every milestone that’s come his way with stride.

I can’t wait to see the many beautiful ways he transforms our family and what God has in store for his future.

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Expectations for the Near Future

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Proverbs 16:3

The Lord has brought our family through very unique circumstances and living situations in the past decade. I would be outright lying to say that it has all been easy sunshine and roses. We have had our fair share of trials. We have struggled in ways that the average middle-class American has not had to deal with. We’ve struggled through difficult living situations, problems with family members and so-called friends, outright poverty, and more. However, I wouldn’t have changed a bit of it given the choice.

 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4

Each trial, each challenge, journey, and chapter in our lives has brought us to where we are today. And, most importantly, they have brought us to who we are in Christ.


Divine circumstances beyond our control had led us to living on our 29′ sailing vessel in Hawaii. I had a strange contentment about this sudden and drastic change in our lives. From the outside looking in, no one was able to understand. God had led us through enough in our married life together for me to have an assuring certainty of God’s sovereign will over our lives.


As it turned out, He used that time in our lives to yet again draw closer to Him. Furthermore, He used that time to help us to grow closer together as a family and to minister to those in need around us (both physically and spiritually). We were able to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and show the love of Christ through prayer, Bible studies, and fellowship. God used that time in our lives as a way to teach us how to become more powerful disciples for His glory. It seemed that when we didn’t know how we would take care of our own family, the inexplicable answer was to feed His sheep first. The more we poured out to others, the more poured into that tiny vessel.

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Which brings me to my main point: our plans for the future. My husband and I firmly believe that we were brought through that unique time in our lives to prepare us for what is to come. The idea came to him quite some time ago and has slowly been forming into solid plans as God opens doors and introduces us to friends who love the Lord and even more unique possibilities.

The concept is simple:

The Only Seaborne Frontier Missions Organization in the World

God has given us a passion for the sea. And our passion is His passion.

  • There are many persecuted Christians throughout the world who could benefit from a sailing vessel that could transport them to safety.
  • There are many countries who could benefit from transportation of goods across waters to provide relief from natural disasters.
  • There are various places where Bibles are illegal, but docking a boat would not require a customs search.

This is where Mission Fleet comes in. Our goal is to sell all we have and move on a missionary vessel within the next six months or so and join a small fleet of 1-2 other sail boats in a cause for Christ. Our family desires to live for God and to follow the words of Jesus:

“…go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

Mark 10:21


Until then, we will be doing all we can to help those in need where we are.

If you want to keep up with the latest on the Mission Fleet:

If you would like to follow us in this unique journey God is calling us toward, my husband and I will be coauthors on

The Family Sailboat Blog

I cant wait to see what God brings about in the next chapter!


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Urgent: Relief Needed in South Texas


My husband I have been in contact with some friends in Liberty County, Texas that are in need of immediate supplies.  We are so grateful Houston is getting help but there are so many more places around that are in need, and it appears Red Cross can not reach them all.  The local churches are housing persons that are displaced.
They are in need of:- blankets
– all types of bedding
– Food
– Water
– toiletry items
– laundry soap
– baby items (formula, diapers etc.).

My husband will be transporting these items today and several other weekends, to Liberty County, Texas. We have spent much of our free time this week and all of yesterday preparing. Please consider donating funds so we can purchase as many items possible.  And please, even if you can’t make a donation at this time, never underestimate the power of prayer!

* ALL funds will go entirely towards these items which will be distributed to those in need in Liberty County.

Help spread the word!


Operations will be conducted by local Texans from the DFW and surrounding areas. Members of the Mission Fleet organization will be participating by assisting in logistics and much more. The Mission Fleet is an international seaborne missions organization which utilizes experienced seamen and mariners to provide aid and support to existing missions, with an emphasis on evangelism and soul winning in the context of meeting the needs of others in relief efforts. For more information, check out the Mission Fleet website at: