23 February 2015

What's For Dinner {Feb 23rd}

What a week this past week has been!  We've had 'Snowmeggedon' here in Western Kentucky!  About a foot of snow total, plus some ice.  That means we've been inside.  A lot.

And that means lots of cooking.  And cleaning up the kitchen.  :)

Why is it when you truly need to cook and don't have other options, that's when you least want to do it?  I have felt like that a lot this past week...ha.  Mostly because I was tired of being at home constantly.  We did have some good meals though!  And I tried several new recipes: homemade granola bars, roasted cauliflower soup, and even homemade dog biscuits for our dog!

So I'm looking forward to getting out more this week but I have some yummy meals planned, too.

Here's what's cooking this week: 

Monday:  Cajun Turkey Breast (slow cooker), Red Beans & Rice, Crispy Brussels Sprouts w/Bacon & Garlic

Tuesday:  Fajita Stuffed Peppers (Vince & me), Grilled Ham & Cheeses (for the kiddos)

Wednesday:  BBQ Turkey Sandwiches

Thursday:  Pinto Beans (slow cooker), Fried Potatoes, Cornbread

Friday:  {out}

Saturday:  {out}

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

18 February 2015

Snapshots of a Snow Day

Here's a quick look at our last couple of days.  
We've been enjoying a beautiful snow!
It's an unusually big one for Kentucky and we are loving it:)

How about you?  Do you have snow where you live?

15 February 2015

Reading With My Daughter

Quite a while ago a good friend recommend The Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick to me and my daughter.  She and her daughter had just finished it up and had really enjoyed it.  After checking it out a bit, I thought it might be just the thing to read with The Princess.

The series kicks off with four 6th grade girls and their moms forming a book club and it follows the lives of the girls--their friendships, their trials, their triumphs--over the course of that school year.  This first book has the girls reading Little Women and throughout it you will find fun facts about Louisa May Alcott, a discussion guide, recipes, and even a great goal-setting exercise.

Admittedly, I am selective about what my daughter reads and consequently shun much of modern juvenile fiction, but there are definitely good new books being written and I think this is a worthy series.  It does include some middle school drama and while we escape quite a bit of that being homeschoolers there will always be some drama with girls in middle school no matter what, so the books are definitely relate-able.  Plus some of that girl-drama gave my daughter and me some good opportunities to talk and discuss things of that nature.

The best part of starting this series, of course, is reading Little Women!  My daughter is really loving it and I am, too!  I hadn't read it in years--and I think it was just a short abbreviated version then.  However, there were some spoilers in the book club book, so for the next one I will make sure we read the classic first then the corresponding book club installment.

There are a total of six books in this series.  The classics the book club girls read are: Anne of Green Gables, Daddy Long-Legs, Pride and Prejudice, the Betsy-Tacy series, and Jane Eyre.

Since we'll be reading the classics as well as the books in this series, I anticipate it taking us a while.  And that's okay!  This has been a great experience for me and my daughter so far.  I look forward to making some yummy recipes, watching movies of the classics, and having lots and lots of great conversations!


What about you?  Have you or your daughter read this series?  What did you think about it?

23 January 2015

*Vanishing Grace* {a book review}

Award-winning writer Philip Yancey's latest book, Vanishing Grace, is my first non-fiction read of the new year.  And, wow.  What a read.

His subtitle was what drew me in, wanting to find out more about this book: what ever happened to the Good News?

In this book, Yancey explores why the Christian Church stirs up such negative feelings these days.  That's a question that I've often wondered myself and I was very interested to see what his research revealed.

In reading this book I have certainly been convicted.  Not necessarily because I have personally done things that "turn non-believers off from the Gospel", but because I am guilty by association with others who also claim my same beliefs and who have been very offensive at times.

I don't like that evangelical Christians are mostly known for that they are "against" rather than what they are "for".  It frustrates me that American Christians especially will get all up in arms about some Christian "celebrity" being "persecuted" in our media but the same do nothing to help share the Good News to a dying world.  We will often be happy to sign a petition to keep an offensive show off the air and share all about it on Facebook but when faced with the responsibility of feeding the hungry in our own community we turn a blind eye.  No wonder unbelievers are often turned off by our words.  They can seem contradictory and even meaningless in light of our lack of action to move beyond our own personal comfort zone.

This book explores all of that and much, much more.  Yancey looks at how believers can become dispensers of grace and how evangelical Christians can reinvent that title, making it into something that is true to it's name: "glad tidings" or "good news"

This book is certainly challenging and, like I mentioned before, convicting.  Especially when it talks about Christians and politics.

 I for one want to effective as a Christ-follower.  I want to share God's grace with everyone I come into contact with, to share living water with a thirsty world.

So I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and put this book on your 2015 reading list.

You can find this book at your local bookstores or on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.  No other compensation was received.  

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05 January 2015

What's For Dinner... {January 5th}

It's a new year and it's time to get back into the swing of routine with my weekly dinner plans.


I love getting back into routine after the craziness of the holidays and I'm keeping things fairly simple around here this week.  

Here's what's cooking this week:

Monday:  Baked Potato Bar with Salad

Tuesday:  Chicken & Dumplings

Wednesday:  Tostadas

Thursday:  Beef & Noodles

Friday:  {date night}

Saturday:  Snacks/Leftovers

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

01 January 2015

A Great Way to Start a New Year!

Happy New Year to you!!

I hope you have a wonderful first day of the first month of this fresh slate we're blessed with each year.

While any time is a good time to read the Bible, January 1st is an obvious choice to begin to read the Bible through in a year.  And a great way to do that is by using the You Version app on your smart phone, tablet, or computer!

I used this reading plan for the first time last year and loved it!  I could pick up my phone anywhere and have my reading plan at my fingertips.  And as a person who loves to see progress on my 'to do' lists, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the little graph each day showing me my reading progress for the year:)

Another benefit to this app is that you can choose different styles of reading plans.  Last year I chose the chronological plan and absolutely loved it.  It was so interesting to see exactly where all of those prophets fit into the timeline of the Old Testament!  You can also choose different translations to read.  This year I have decided to read with the Amplified version since I have never read that version through.

Of course, there is always the traditional way of reading your Bible through--with a hard copy and a reading plan chart (or by simply reading about 6 chapters a day).  Reading it is the important thing!

Happy reading!

23 December 2014

Christmas Open House 2014

Welcome!  Come on in!

I've enjoyed decorating this year~more so than some years.  
Not that I had new decor--I've used my old faves--but I've felt a little
more relaxed about it this year and that's made things much more 
enjoyable for me.  

Thanks for dropping by for this virtual home tour!  
I wish I could actually share some cookies with you :) 

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!