Archive | January, 2013

Wedding Genealogy Decor

30 Jan

“Till death do us part” is a common promise given at every wedding ceremony I have ever attended. However, divorce rates are no secret, so we all know that this doesn’t always happen. In Gary Thomas’ book Sacred Marriage  he explains that we live in a nation of quitters. Employees quit their jobs as soon as the going gets tough, employers quit on their employees as soon as profits dip a quarter of a percentage point. People routinely quit on their church and join another congregation at the slightest provocation. It is becoming especially common to give up and quit on marriages. 


Sadly, when issues arise, the easiest response is to end the marriage, instead of working hard to maintain it.  Divorce is becoming more common, while marriage strengthening practices are nearly becoming obsolete.

Thomas shares that in order to truly love your spouse and be the companion that God designed, it is essential to begin the practices of conflict resolution, compromise and forgiveness. We allow marriage to point beyond itself when we accept two central missions: becoming the people God created us to be, and doing the work God has given us to do.


If we embrace – not just accept, but actively embrace – these two missions, we will have a full life, a rich life, and a meaningful life. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book!


Inspired by Mark 10:9- “therefore what God has joined, let no man separate” my sister -in-law made these beautiful crafts. After spray painting the verse onto wooden boards, she painted picture frames and inserted wedding pictures from their parents, grandparents, etc. What a lovely and meaningful wedding craft!



Snickers Surprise Cookies

28 Jan

I do not like surprises. In 7th grade, my parents threw me a surprise birthday party.  They sent me to the garage to get something and out popped 15 of my close friends.

I started to cry. Strange reaction, I know. I guess I was just in shock. The party ended up being very fun and I really appreciated the great lengths my parents went to in order to make me feel special.  However, I kindly asked them never to throw me a surprise party again.

Although I usually don’t like being caught off guard,  I can handle cookie surprises. : ) photo(2)This chocolate, caramel, peanut surprise is perfect.

Snickers Surprise Cookies

Yields 2 dozen cookies

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White Chocolate Mousse

24 Jan

“Hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows” Psalm 130:7

Nothing can separate us from God’s love. How incredible is that?

Rest in that truth today and enjoy this rich, decadent and irresistible white chocolate mousse recipe.


White Chocolate Mousse

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Sweet Love – Wedding Dessert Table Decor

23 Jan

I love when couples personalize their wedding with homemade crafts. Some times I wish I had been more crafty with my own wedding details. I blame it on pinterest not being popular yet. ; )


My incredibly talented sister-in-law created this beautiful wedding dessert table. I love the burlap and lace table cloth, hanging hearts (cut out from old books) and adorable white lanterns. It truly is sweet love!


Cream Cheese Pound Cake

22 Jan

Long weekends are the best. My husband and I had big plans to tackle several “house projects” together, however, instead we found ourselves sleeping in, relaxing by the fire, and watching football. We never did get around to any of our projects, but that’s OK. I’m glad we were able to just relax and spend quality time together.

One morning we slept especially late, stayed in our pajamas all day, drank tea and ate some pound cake. Successful day in my opinion. ; )  But really – this cream cheese pound cake is amazing. I was so pleased with the results. It is so moist and delicious.  You can eat it for breakfast or dessert. It is really easy to make and great for entertaining company!


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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

21 Jan

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:28-29

This morning I am thankful for long weekends, still winter mornings, fuzzy slippers and lemon poppy seed pancakes.

These pancakes are moist, thick and delicious.


Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes 

Yields 12 large pancakes; recipe from pickycook

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Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

17 Jan
         I didn’t make any healthy eating resolutions. My husband and I have always tried to eat healthy meals, but if you think we’re giving up sweets, you are crazy! For those of you who did make this resolution and are still going strong, I apologize for this temptation. : )
       Last night as my husband and I were watching Law and Order, I was overcome by an intense cookie craving. These “cookie cravings” are not unusual and occur daily, but last night I decided not to ignore them anymore. Jon even offered to help bake the cookies with me….which I later discovered meant help eat the cookie dough, while I made the cookies. Luckily, he did come through on the clean up. He is an all-star dish washer.
        I loved the oats, chocolate and peanut butter combination. These cookies really hit the spot.
Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 30 cookies; recipe from “Baking, From My Home to Yours” by Dorie Greenspan
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