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February 9, 2012

Upside-Down Cranberry Crunch Recipe & Favorite Desserts


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 This week the 4 Moms are sharing some favorite dessert recipes.

Be sure to visit the other 4 Moms:

KimC at Life in a Shoe
Connie at Smockity Frocks
Headmistress at The Common Room

Here are some of the fun desserts that have been featured on Raising Olives.

Best Peanut Butter Pie (Our favorite make-ahead company dessert)

Cranberry Pie

Chocolate Chip Brownie Cheesecake (favorite family dessert)

Nanaimo Bars

And just for fun, some ‘fancy’ cupcake tutorials:

Cowboy and Horse Cupcakes

Hamburger and Ant Cupcake

Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes

For lots more fun cupcake ideas and tutorials, check out Hoosier Homemade.

Upside-Down Cranberry Crunch

This recipe is one of my favorite, non-chocolate desserts. It is best when served warm with homemade whipped topping. 


3 cups fresh cranberries (or thawed frozen cranberries)
1 3/4 cup sugar (divided)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup flour


Grease an 8 inch square baking dish. Layer in cranberries then sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the sugar and the pecans. In a mixing bowl beat remaining ingredients (including the remaining sugar) until smooth. Spread over cranberries, sugar and pecans.

Bake at 325 for 1 hour or until done. Loosen sides of crunch with a knife and immediately invert onto a serving plate.

Best served warm with homemade whipped topping.

Visit the other 4 Moms for more desserts:

The Common Room

Smockity Frocks

Life in a Shoe


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February 7, 2012

Some Notes About Pregnancy #11

Before this pregnancy I had big plans: I wanted to do a series on health and natural living. I wanted to share our journey into making kefir, moving to all sourdough, using more natural cleaners and eating only whole foods traditionally prepared. For now I’ll point you to the site that gave us the oomph…

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February 2, 2012

Encouraging Verses for Homeschooling: 4 Moms of Many

This week the 4 Moms of Many are sharing some verses or stories that have encouraged us in our homeschooling journey. The passage that explains both why we chose to home educate and dictates how we home educate is Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall…

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January 31, 2012

Coming August 2012

We are delighted to announce that God has blessed us with another precious gift. Baby #11 is due in August. We’d love prayers for our family during this time. I’ve been struggling with dehydration over the past several weeks and have required multiple rounds of IV fluids. Thanks for rejoicing and praying with us. You…

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January 26, 2012

4 Moms Q & A: Only Littles, Bible Reading Attitudes and Read Aloud Interuptions

Today the 4 Moms of Many are answering your questions. Brianah asked this question on FB. It’s one that gets asked  frequently so probably deserves some more publicity,  “What did your day look like when you had all littles?“ Our first 8 children are all between 14 and 18 months apart, so by the time…

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January 19, 2012

Managing Clothes for a Large Family: 4 Moms

This week the 4 Moms of Many  are talking about organizing, shopping for and managing all those clothes. Managing clothing is one of my least favorite tasks. It seems that no sooner do all the children have a sufficient number of nice outfits that 7 of them will put holes in the knees of their ‘going-out’…

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January 12, 2012

Homemade Hot Wings and Other Snacks for a Crowd: 4 Moms Link Up

This week the 4 Moms are sharing some of our ideas for appetizers and snacks for a crowd and asking you to join in by linking up some of your favorite recipes. We often have last minute company or company that stays beyond one meal, so most often our snacks for a crowd are super…

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January 5, 2012

4 Moms Teach Writing Part 1: Grammar

This week the  4 Mom of Many  are talking about teaching writing specifically teaching grammar. In our family we’ve taken a laid back, whole language approach to teaching grammar. Our plan goes like something like this. Read aloud to child Have the child narrate Teach the child to read Teach the child proper letter formation…

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January 1, 2012

Bible Reading in 2012

Our purpose in homeschooling is to fulfill our God-given responsibility to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. One vital aspect of this training is for our children to know the Word of God. One way we accomplish this is that we spend time every day reading the Word of God….

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December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Praise God that He saw fit to send His Son to live and die on this earth for His rebellious creation. Christ was born, oh holy night. May you and your family have a blessed day worshiping and celebrating the birth of our Savior. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

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