Free Book Friday Winner | Our Best Carrot Cake

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Win­ner of Free Book Fri­day The win­ner of Free Book Fri­day is… Tina C.! Con­grat­u­la­tions, Tina! Thank you all for par­tic­i­pat­ing in Free Book Fri­day! Our next Free Book Fri­day give­away event will be on April 25th. And now, a recipe… I made this cake the other day for my Mother-in-law’s birth­day. I was happy to […]

Ways to Make Yourself Miserable


It’s hard to main­tain joy if you focus on cir­cum­stances, things of the world, media, or too much of the news. Your heart becomes rest­less, depressed and you become unpro­duc­tive. “Set your affec­tion on things above, not on things on the earth.”  Colos­sians 3:2 One thing that has dis­rupted my joy lately is see­ing other Chris­tians […]

Cinnamon Roll Cake

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I have had a crav­ing for cin­na­mon rolls for the last few days, I thought I would make some this morn­ing, but then remem­bered that I’m out of yeast. So, when soft, gooey home­made cin­na­mon rolls can’t be made… you make a cof­feecake. My house smells so good. This cake is a snap to stir together, […]

Free Book Friday — Nature! | Watercolor with Children

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Free Book Fri­day! Today is our Free Book Fri­day Give­away! We are feel­ing a twing of spring and can’t wait for all the lit­tle crit­ters to start creep­ing about, so we chose from some of our favorite nature guides! Cater­pil­lars, Bugs and But­ter­flies explores the world of insects, cater­pil­lars, and but­ter­flies includ­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion infor­ma­tion, edu­ca­tional […]

Doughnut Muffins

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Dough­nut Muffins Who doesn’t love a treat that tastes like a dough­nut? I made these yes­ter­day after­noon, and they came out so good! They taste like glazed cake dough­nuts. I love the yummy glaze! I’m going to make these again with apples or fresh blue­ber­ries. Think blue­berry cake dough­nuts and apple frit­ters…   The Recipe […]

How to Sew a Band on a Sleeve & Blog Hop Wednesday

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Mak­ing dresses! Some­times things are obvi­ous, and some­times pat­terns just assume you know a lot. This tuto­r­ial may be use­ful for some­one who is hav­ing trou­ble putting a band on a sleeve where the direc­tions don’t really tell you how to. This is usu­ally done when you gather the bot­tom of the sleeve, and you […]

Free Book Friday Winner! | Homemaking Blog Hop Wednesday

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The Win­ner of Free Book Fri­day is… Priscilla S. Con­grat­u­la­tions Priscilla! and… The Win­ter issue of Sea­sons at Home is ship­ping! We are so excited to get these out, thank you for your patience. Some snip­pets from the new issue…  Be on the look­out for your issue! Home­mak­ing Blog Hop Wednes­day! Share away! Top­ics can include… craft­ing, home­mak­ing, encour­age­ment, […]

Free Book Friday — Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales

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Wel­come to Free Book Fri­day! Free Book Fri­day is today! Free Book Fri­day is a twice-a-month children’s book give­away here on Joy­ous Notions. We come across so many won­der­ful books for home­school lit­er­a­ture and cur­ricu­lum, that we decided to start a give­away. Each give­away will fea­ture one of our favorites, and you will have a chance to win!  It’s easy to […]

Quivering As the Trees? Homemaking Blog Hop Wednesday!

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Quiv­er­ing As the Trees? plus  Home­mak­ing Blog Hop Wednes­day Quiv­er­ing As the Trees? With the week’s respon­si­bil­i­ties and tri­als, it’s easy to get weighed down and some­times fret­ful. Have you been there? All of sud­den the list of things to do comes rush­ing at you like waves out of con­trol. I don’t know about you, but […]

Ribbon and Cake! All Things Valentines Link Up!

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Project 1 — Whole Wheat Valentine’s Cup­cakes Pre­heat oven to 350 degrees — Makes 12–15 lit­tle cakes This is our favorite white whole wheat cake recipe. It really turns out well. Try some cute cup­cakes with it! Ingre­di­ents: 1/3 c. short­en­ing 1 large egg 1 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 tsp. bak­ing pow­der 1/2 […]

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