Archive | March, 2013

Waffles

26 Mar

We don’t have church until 11:15 on Sunday mornings.  During the week we are always rushing off to work, so Sunday morning is usually when we have our breakfast treats. The waffles are made with a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose flour. They are light, fluffy and very delicious!

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We like to top the waffles with powdered sugar, sliced strawberries and whipped cream. And if you happen to have extra waffles leftover, place them in a freezer bag. They freeze wonderfully! Just pop them in the toaster when you are ready for a waffle fix.

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Wedding Invitations and Programs

20 Mar

During our engagement, Jon and I read Gary Chapman’s book, Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married. This book expressed that people do not get married with the intentions of later divorcing. Divorce is the result of a lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working as teammates in an intimate relationship.

The failure to prepare for marriage is one of the major reasons why they so often fail. It is ironic that we recognize the need for education in all other pursuits of life and fail to recognize that need when it comes to marriage.

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Sadly, a lot of people spend more time preparing for their vocation than they do preparing for their marriage. Therefore, it really should not come as a shock when they are more successful in their vocational pursuits than they are in reaching the goal of marital happiness.

Deciding to get married is a decision that will impact one’s life more intensely than almost any other decision in life. Yet people still rush into marriage with little or no preparation for making a marriage successful.

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In fact, many couples give more attention to making plans for the wedding than making plans for marriage. Although, I absolutely love weddings and I know planning one takes a lot of time and work, having a healthy and successful marriage takes even MORE time and work. The wedding festivities last only a few hours, while the marriage is meant to last a lifetime.

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My very talented sister-in-law made these wedding invitations and programs. For the invitations she used scrapbook paper, embossing border punch and ribbon to make these homemade wedding invitations look elegant and unique. The guests especially appreciated the programs/fans for the hot, summer wedding!

 

Banana Bread

15 Mar

I have to be honest. I do not like bananas. It’s to the point where eating a banana is almost a phobia of mine. The smell, the texture – I’m feeling a little nauseous just talking about them. Growing up my parents even tried to get me to eat sliced bananas by putting sprinkles on them. Sorry Dad, it didn’t work.

Unfortunately my husband’s ONLY flaw is that he LOVES bananas. ; ) So despite my hatred for bananas, our home is usually filled with them. However, last week my husband was really sick and didn’t have an appetite. As a result, his precious bananas became overly ripe. Since I hate wasting food even more than I hate bananas, I knew I couldn’t just throw them  away. I had no choice but to make banana bread.

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Let me tell you, I was blown away by the results. I must confess, I really like bananas when they are baked in bread! The crumb topping was an especially incredible surprise on the taste buds.  What a revelation! My husband couldn’t be happier and this is definitely a huge turning point in our marriage. : )

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Simple Desk Makeover

13 Mar

This desk holds a lot of memories. My dad received it as a gift on his 7th birthday.  Years later it was passed on to me. Through out my life it has served many different purposes. It started off as my home school “classroom” desk, which later turned into my “vanity” in high school and it is now used to hold my cosmetology materials. Although, it’s been a very loyal desk,  it was in desperate need of a makeover.

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This makeover only took me 30 minutes. However, I also used all leftover materials I already had at home. I simply repainted it white, added new knobs, stuck gray adhesive shelf liner to the top and covered it with a sheet of glass. This desk definitely has the simple, clean look that I was aiming for. I love it! I hope it will serve me many more years to come. : )

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Feta Chicken

11 Mar

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end;they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23

I love the meditations of this scripture. In the midst of sorrows and disappointments, these words bring me comfort and hope. It is the steadfast, unending, unfailing love of the Lord that gives strength each and every day. After days that I feel I’ve “exhausted” God’s mercy, I get another chance to experience the depths of that mercy when the sun rises again. His faithfulness truly is great.

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This recipe is super easy to make, which makes it perfect for weeknight dinners. It is so simple, yet the flavor is fantastic. If you are looking for a good “go to” chicken meal, give this one a try.

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Lemon Raspberry Muffins

6 Mar
Despite the snow storm, I have spring fever. I am more than ready to welcome in spring weather and of course, recipes. I have been very excited to share this recipe with you – these muffins are oh so delicious! The sweet raspberries and tangy lemon zest are an incredible combination. I hope you love these muffins as much as I do!
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Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Wedding String Chandelier

4 Mar

Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. – Mark 10:43

In Mark and Grace Driscoll’s book Real Marriage they discuss the importance of humility in marriage. Pride is the default mode of the human heart and it is the biggest barrier to truly embracing our roles as humble servants. To most of us, humility does not come naturally and we must willfully, earnestly and continually humble ourselves.

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We must consider our spouse’s needs and desires above our own. The pattern of selfishness is so deeply ingrained in our lives that it takes years of marriage to even begin to deal with the problem. My prayer is that I can continue to shift from “me” to “we”. How can you humble yourself to be a servant to your spouse?

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The wedding craft that I am featuring on this post is a gorgeous string chandelier made by my incredible sister-in-law. This blog gives great step by step instructions.

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