• A {Cookie} Recipe For Connection

    Cookies and connection go way back.   Throughout the generations, apron-covered grandmothers, relying on their superb homemaking skills, spent one afternoon after another baking cookies in their old-fashioned kitchens. Why? For the sole purpose of warming their loved-ones hearts with a plate of fresh cookies and a tall glass of cold milk. Sitting down at the table next to you, Grandmother would ask, “So how was your day?” Food binds us together in ways that little else can. In the Bible, Jesus was often found sharing food with others; filling stomachs and filling hearts was always part of His ministry. It’s been said that Jesus ate and drank His way through the Gospels. He ate and drank with sinners, fed the 5,000,…

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    Self-Care: Daily Downtime and Self-Reflection

    Self-care is crucial to living an authentic life.   We must take time to be still, to reflect upon our lives, our goals, our dreams, our strengths and our weaknesses, and reassess, if needed, how we’d like to proceed in the future. Ideally, this downtime should take place daily, if only for a few minutes. Personalize your downtime by incorporating some of these ideas: Record your thoughts in your journal Review past goals and set new ones Read from an inspirational book Turn on some soft music Soak in the tub Light a candle Go for a walk   Often times, my downtime will include a healthy snack or sweet treat. One of my favorites is this Chia Berry Smoothie…

  • The Connecting Power of Food

    The Connecting Power Of Food

    Food. It requires much of our time and effort.   We prepare it. We eat it. We clean up the mess.   Was all that effort wasted, or was it time well spent?   The preparation and eating of food—and even the cleaning up of the mess—has the power to connect us in ways that nothing else can.   We can choose to put love into our meal preparations and invite others to join us in that space. Natalie from www.everydaynatalie.com shares a special memory she has of food and family HERE. She even includes a recipe!   The memories that are created as family and friends gather in a kitchen to prepare a meal together are priceless.   Conversation.…

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    31 Days To An Authentic Life

    Welcome to 31 Days to an Authentic Life!   Authenticity. We crave it. We long for relationships that are authentic–genuine, real, true– but are often unsure how to go about creating them.   How does one actually LIVE an authentic life on a day-to-day basis with the people in their lives? How can one create a close, abiding relationship with God? How can we connect with family members in powerful, lasting ways? How can we be strengthened through friendships? How might we connect with neighbors and strangers in convicting ways? How can we be true to ourselves?   These questions and more will be addressed in my posts this month. I hope you’ll join me in creating a more authentic…

  • Fall Round Up: Recipes, Activities, Home Decor, and More

      Check out these fun and fab fall ideas from a variety of creative bloggers, and let the MAGIC of the holiday seasons infiltrate your home beginning TODAY!   RECIPES: How To Feed Your Fall Apple Addiction Frosted Maple Cookies A Healthier Apple Crisp 5 Fun Fall Food Ideas For Kids Jumping Into The Fall Mood Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins (Photo Credit: justasimplehome.com) Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes Apple Harvest Muffins Caramel Apple Cider Homemade Pumpkin Pie    ACTIVITIES: How To Make A Nature Press For Everything There Is A Season {Bible Journaling} 15 Ways To Enjoy Nature During The Fall Season How To Plan A Spirited Football Party (On A Budget) 50 Ideas To Make This Your Best Fall…

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    5 Fun Fall Food Ideas For Kids

    Listen. I know what it’s like to have picky kids at the dinner table. Not. Fun. Do yourself a favor and check out these five fun fall food ideas that will have even the pickiest of kids asking for more! Owl Veggie Tray Pull out a large cutting board and let the kids put together a vegetable owl. They are bound to eat some veggies in the process! Fill ramekins or cups with vegetable dip, fresh pesto, or salad dressing. A nibble here, a nibble there, and the veggies will be gone before you know it. (I’ve seen it work with my own eyes!)   Fun and Colorful Ramekins 2. Don’t just serve up cobbler in fun ramekins. Try serving soup…

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    Guest Post: The Connection Between Food and Family (Recipe included)

    The Comfort of Risotto So grateful to Natalie from www.everydaynatalie.com for sharing this guest post about the connection between family and food. What is the first food that comes to mind when you think of family? What is your signature dish? Have you thought about recording those memories and that recipe here for your posterity to enjoy? What better way to connect with future generations than by sharing special memories of food and family? Thanks, Natalie, for sharing a great memory and recipe with us! Risotto is defined as a northern Italian rice dish cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency, but I define it as comfort. In my home, risotto means the comfort of my family gathered around…