Posts Posts by: "Simply TJ"

Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s August 2017 issue. Never miss an issue, check out SFM’s digital editions, here!  article by TJ Wierenga Summer sure does seem to get shorter every year, and the end of August seems to be racing towards us faster than the pool at the end…(Read More)

Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s March 2017 issue. Never miss an issue, check out SFM’s digital editions, here!  article and photos by TJ Wierenga Team Moms and Dads, those dedicated volunteers who give forth effort on a weekly and sometimes daily basis to take care of people issues and…(Read More)

You can’t spend one minute on Pinterest or five minutes talking with friends without uncovering one fact: the Instant Pot device is the absolute FAVORITE of everyone who has tried it, and even for Very Busy Moms, it can make a marvelous supper with a minimum of effort and time. Combination slow-cooker and…(Read More)

Typically the Super Bowl rivals Thanksgiving Day itself as a high-calorie, high-intake day… which is only compounded if your team doesn’t win! #NotMySuperBowl Let’s face it, nobody is going to buy into Zucchini Fries or Lettuce Wrapped White Beans when the testosterone is flowing and cheering is wild and unrestrained. So…(Read More)

Winters like this one, snowy and cold, tend to result in one of two reactions. Parents groan, thinking about shoveling out driveways and sidewalks, and kids are overjoyed with the prospect of Heavy Sledding Ahead! Billings is home to several good sledding hills, and sleds fly off the shelves of hardware, feed, and “big box…(Read More)

DIY Ravioli: A Family Experience originally appeared in SFM’s September 2016 issue, get that recipe, here. Following are Candi’s recipes for Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage, Homemade All-Purpose Italian Egg Noodles, and Gluten-free Egg Noodles. Spending time in the kitchen with Mom and Grandma used to be a rite of passage…(Read More)

pulled from the pages of the July 2016 issue of Simply Family Magazine. Check out the digital edition, here! photos by jana graham photography Broncs snorting, bulls bellowing, calves bawling… or was that a child laughing? When it comes to rodeos, Montana is world class. When it comes to backyard parties, we rank right up…(Read More)

DIY Bird Feeder


This quick and easy bird feeder uses stale bread (in this case, a sourdough English muffin), nut butter (here I use Birdalicious Bark Butter ®), bird seed blend, and twisty ties! Nothing could be simpler, and your fine feathered friends will appreciate the nutritious snack! Keep scrolling to the end for a schedule of local…(Read More)

These fantastic vegetables are super easy to plant and grow; even your children can grow a successful garden! They are practically guaranteed to turn even “black thumbs” green! 5 easiest edibles to start from seed:  #5 Lettuce – Far more than the ubiquitous, watery iceberg balls found in the grocery store, home-grown lettuces include butterheads…(Read More)

In late October of 2015, my family made a radical decision. Some people scoffed at our naiveté, some approved, and some thought the whole thing ridiculous. The journey was challenging, and the results shocked us. Sunday mornings, our family is at church, and the solid friendships, good conversation, and faith building that happens during that…(Read More)