In Which I Fail at Margin {and Giveaway a Cookbook!}

So I spent six weeks writing reflectively on how I need to have more margin in my life.  And some days I thought I had found it.  Then there were some days when I knew I hadn’t and felt I never would.

Then school started back and holy moly, so did everything else.  Suddenly my search for margin has become a craving that’s not going to be satisfied until I learn a little two letter word.

N-O. No.

Yeah, still working on that.  In the meantime MOPS is gearing up, church activities are in full swing, and tonight I’ll finish casting one of my biggest projects ever: a community theater production of A Christmas Carol.

Did I mention that in October Joshua and I will attend three different conferences in two different timezones during the same two week period?

It. Is. Insane.  Or incredible.  I’m still deciding.

Anyway….so I’m going to have to find ways to build some more margin back into our lives.

Which is why I’ve got a new kitchen resource to share!

Remember, facebook fans, how I promised that when I had 100 likes, I’d host some giveaways?  Here’s the first of several, though I’ve got to be honest and tell you that while I’m ecstatic to share this with you, I’m selfishly giddy there’s copy for me on my ipad.

My online friend Jaimie over at Living in the Light (she guest posted here last month) wrote a cookbook! She teamed up with some other women who share her passion for homemaking and simply real food and together they have developed this incredible resource that’s more than just a cookbook.

It’s a life book.

The first few chapters aren’t even recipes, they’re glimpses into the very real, very personal lives of these young women who are striving to start their families on the path to healthy living, long before they get caught up in the whirlwind of McDonald’s or Hamburger Helper.  So while the recipes are great too (Cheeseburger Macaroni, anyone? Perfect Pancakes?  You know I need that.), it’s really a book that shares a simple philosophy on “real food”.

There’s the difference between butter and margerine.  A take on why you might want to jump on the coconut oil bandwagon.  An explanation of why gluten and carbs are not intended by nature to be bad for you, but rather to provide nutrients our bodies need.

But unlike some places that have always made me feel guilty for serving pasta or baking with white flour, Jaime and the girls don’t do that.  They are quick to admit that some baking recipes are going to need white flour if you want a desired lightness, but they pair those alongside recipes that are just as delicious and use way less refined products.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the team that’s helping launch this book and can’t wait to share it with one of you! There are so many ways to gain entries into this giveaway and so many wonderful things to tell you about this cookbook and these women, that I’ll be talking about it all week.

Tomorrow I’m going to share the Behind the Scenes of my recently refinished kitchen table and also divulge my absolute favorite feature of Real Food for Real Homemakers.

Until then, enter away!

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