Cooking beans in the slow cooker without soaking- the no soak method

Cooking beans in the slow cooker without soaking- the no soak method

It is no secret that beans are a frugal pantry staple. They are loaded with protein and fiber. And it's no secret that dry beans are far cheaper than canned beans. Not to mention healthier. 

But if you're busy the last thing you have time for is an extra step in the cooking process, or multiple steps like soaking, boiling and cooking. 

So today I wanted to share with you how I cook dry beans in my slow cooker without presoaking them. This requires minimal effort and little hands on time. So it's a busy mama's DREAM!

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Dealing with stress (and a small give away)

Dealing with stress (and a small give away)

Life has been a little stressful these past few months. 

Jason has been traveling a lot for work and he has been gone pretty much every other week since New Years. 

And while I love being at home with my boys it has not been without its challenges. I am going to be honest, raising two little boys age three and under and trying to run a business from home as well as care for 17 (count em 17!) chickens, it gets stressful. 

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How do I talk to my spouse about budgeting?

How do I talk to my spouse about budgeting?

Marriage can be tough. Just ask any married person. If you're straddling to communicate with your spouse about money it can make things more difficult, more tense, more troubling. 

I get this question a lot: How do I get my husband to budget? Or how do I get on the same page with my spouse? 

Recently I sat down and talked to Jason about his thoughts on getting a couple to think in sync when it comes to finances. 

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8 tips to save on major appliances

8 tips to save on major appliances

Let's face it, major appliances can be a major expense. Our family has purchased three large appliances in the past 12 months and without a preparation, planning and thought there is no way we could have pulled off those purchases.

Because we are a cash only family we paid for each of these appliances using our own savings. Today I will share some tips on how we save the MOST money.

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