`1.) Basketball. Can’t beat it. It’s in full swing for all four kids. Thankfully half of our kids play on the same team and it will be that way for 3 years. How sweet is that?
And finally we took advantage of last year’s Christmas gift and got Landon some personalized basketball shoes. They are supposed to arrive December 22nd. What I wouldn’t give for him to forget about them so I could wrap them up and put them underneath the tree for him this Christmas. Think that will work?
2.) The tribe surrounding my girls continues to bless them weekly. Last week, it was supporting all three of them at the musical The Music Man. Speaking of musicals, I loved it. If I could watch a musical every weekend for the rest of my life, I would be ok with that.
4.) Nothing quite as satisfying as having your dinner cooking away first thing in the morning. And this crock pot? I am in love with this appliance. I polish it. I’m not kidding. It is a workhorse in my kitchen and will continue to be through these winter months.
s5.) So these Mary & Martha square cups have been a favorite ever since they were first introduced this fall. But I had never baked in them. Until this week. They are PERFECT for cornbread muffins. And I have the PERFECT cornbread recipe. It’s one of those recipes that I have in my head and my “go to” for cornbread. It’s about 30% cornbread and 70% pure dessert. And all you need is a yellow cake mix, jiffy cornbread mixes, eggs, oil, water and the Mary & Martha square baking cups. I am linking this recipe to the Weekend Potluck because it’s just a great basic recipe.
Yellow Cake Mix
2 Jiffy Cornbread Mixes
1 cup water
2/3 cup milk
4 TBSP vegetable oil
Mix all together until just combined. Fill your Mary & Martha square baking cups 2/3 full. Place cups directly on baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes or until middle of muffin cup is set.
Serve with butter, honey, or white corn syrup. But honestly, they are good and perfectly sweet just on their own!
6.) Mary & Martha has been a favorite this month for me and my hostesses. The lanterns have been so much fun to decorate for fall and now Christmas. And I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE to see this come across my facebook page…
You can’t beat that testimony.
***Linking up with Andrea and friends!!
Yesterday, I gave in and devoted the whole day to getting my home ready for Christmas. The more I got into it, the more I realized–it’s all about the light for me. The warmth it brings. The comfort it provides in your home. I realized it wasn’t the Christmas stockings or my wreaths or my pillows—although I love all of those things too. But more often than not, I tried to figure out how to incorporate more light.
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
John 1:5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes.
Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Perhaps the reason I am looking to add more light whenever I can is the simple fact that Jesus is Light. Perhaps the simple reason I keep looking for more ways to light up this home, is that very same desire to bring Jesus into it. The way light warms my heart and home is the way Jesus wants to warm our heart and home.
It’s all about the LIGHT.
Isn’t it great when a super deal comes along? We are excited for our FLASH SALE that begins TODAY at 10:00 am CST.
What are the things YOU are celebrating in your life right now? Besides Christmas cards and pictures soon to be coming your way, what are other ways you can use this Celebrate Cardholder?
Check out this darling idea displayed at a baby shower…
And my all time favorite way is to use as a blessing for teachers as a class gift—each student writing a note of appreciation. How cute is that?! Sunday school teachers, coaches, a coworker’s promotion, the possibilities are endless!!
Our FLAsH SALE is just that. It’s here and gone in a flash—quantities are limited!! My first order is going in at the earliest possible time. And we cross our fingers from there!! Let us help you finish up your Christmas shopping with a meaningful gift for only $20!! (Local customers—I’m saving you shipping!)
Link to purchase your own is in comments—-remember—begins at 10:00 am CST today!
Unless of course you are the mom and don’t have to get out in frigid temps!! But we are going to have to see a bit more promptness I’m afraid if this is ever to happen again for Landon.
Sometimes I get glimpses of her dad in her. And it makes me laugh…
Guessing there wasn’t a “goodbye, Landon–have a great day. I love you” for him this morning at the drop off. What do you think?
Doesn’t this picture just say it all? If it doesn’t say it to you, let me just tell you. This Apple Cider Nog is the best drink to have ever touched my lips. I am not kidding you. It is so delicious. And I will be the first to declare that you “don’t drink your calories”. But with this drink?
I. didn’t. care.
Aspen Mulling Spices
Half and Half
you know it’s gotta be good.
I changed this recipe up just a very little bit by adding a couple of tablespoons of these mulling spices that are my absolute favorite for apple cider. And, a bit of vanilla–because it sounded good.
I will say—MIX YOUR INGREDIENTS WITH A WHISK BEFORE PUTTING ON THE STOVE AND KEEP ON VERY LOW HEAT WHILE CONTINUALLY STIRRING.
If you don’t, you will get a curdled mess. It happened to me and I figured it out on my third attempt.
But, it was so worth it.
This is a PERFECT holiday drink. And if you want to add rum, you can do that as well. Sharing today at the weekend potluck party!!
This is absolutely delicious.
I haven’t had recipes I have felt compelled to share at Tonya’s Weekend Potluck for awhile now. But this week has changed that. Oh my.
Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Sweet Vidalia Onion
Thick Cut Bacon of your choice
Seasoning of your choice
Cut onion into half inch rings and season with seasoning of your choice. Garlic powder, seasoning salt, cajun seasoning, pepper, anything goes!!
Next wrap bacon all the way around your onion. You can use a toothpick to keep in place if needed.
Lay directly on your grill and grill until onions are soft and bacon is crispy.
Enjoy as a side to any meat you are grilling. OR, take your burger to the next level as an addition to your burger toppings.
Seriously, these are awesome.
This Friday fave edition is loooonnnggg. In fact, I am not going to be putting my recipes in here, because of that very fact! I could not round up this edition without raving about my Mary & Martha hostesses this week. It’s Mary & Martha Marathon week over here. I LOVE how these hostesses are using the beautiful Praise Tray and mugs. One of our favorite products, this hostess knew what she was doing. These guests were spoiled. It was hospitality at it’s finest. The apple bar pictured above was so much fun. And the Apple Cider Nog I will be telling you about was to die for.
While the girls and I were away this past weekend, Steve and Landon had a bit of fun in the kitchen and kept sending us pics of what they were making on the new Green Mountain Grill. These Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings were pretty amazing, I’ve got to admit. Imagine this on your next burger? Talk about taking it to the next level!! Click HERE to read all about them!
Basketball has started for one little boy over here, with the girls soon to begin. New uniforms this year with the theme Work Hard, Play Hard. They are super cool. And even cooler that they match is black eye.
And a little throwback to a couple of years ago when this team first started. First games are tomorrow and we can not wait!
Our theme song at church as we begin our campus wide Ignite Initiative. God is up to some big, big things at Journey with a new building in progress for our campus specifically. And it is exciting to be a part of! The song Burnin’ In My Soul can be heard in our house multiple times a day. Sometimes sung along with this version. Sometimes in casual conversation. Sometimes we can not get it out of our heads. And I can’t wait for our all campus celebration on Sunday. I have a feeling that song is going to totally rock. Click HERE to listen and get it stuck in your head too!
And to stick with the burning thing I’ve got going on here, the sub-freezing temps means our fireplace is going!! I’m not sure there’s anything more comforting than a warm fire?