homemade croutons

Making Something Delicious Out of Nothing (How to Make Your Own Croutons From Random Bread Scraps)

Lately I’ve been inspired to do some serious decluttering. That topic, in itself, could be another whole series of blog posts (of which I am not yet the expert). But for today, I am going to share with you an easy little recipe that will help you to declutter your freezer. Did you know that […]

the struggle between flesh and spirit

The Fight

  OK….I admit it. I did it again. And it seems I keep on doing it. Do I have your attention now? Maybe you’ve done it, too. Actually, it is probably more accurate to speak of what I have not done. Oh, it’s not some horrible crime or obvious neglect. It’s just that daily struggle to […]

Jessica Smith yoga exercise dvd

Let’s Eat an Elephant – another New Year (mini-) challenge

Well, we’re three weeks in to the new year…..and how are those “resolutions” going? According to this interesting article (written in 2013), although an impressive 40 % of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only 8% actually achieve them. But here’s an idea that’s a little more encouraging, from the American Psychological Association : “Setting small, attainable goals […]

junk pile

Junk Piles

  Have you ever looked out of a window and had to deal with a view filled with junk? I have. It’s not a good feeling. In fact, it almost feels like a violation, to have your view accosted by garbage. Recently I had such a window view. It gave me such an unpleasant feeling, […]

Layered Hot Cocoa Gift Jars

Layered Hot Cocoa Gift Jars

Just in time for (next?) Christmas 😉 Work with me here, folks. I know it’s a little late to share a Christmas gift jar idea, but I just launched my blog, it’s taking me a little bit to learn the ropes and get into the swing of it, and my head was overflowing with so […]

Psalms 84:11

What Are You Lacking?

What are you lacking? I often feel I am lacking something. Too often, I compare what I don’t have to what someone else has. Many times I have found myself feeling sorry for myself, when the Bible says, “The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” (Psalms 84:11) How […]

Buster the cat in donation box.

Make Goals – Not Resolutions (And a Declutter challenge.)

  Have you recovered yet from all those pesky and guilt-provoking thoughts about New Year’s resolutions? Although we’re almost far enough into January to be in the “safe zone”, if you’re like me, you really DO want to make changes in your life. As scary as it may seem, it is the only way to […]

Isaiah 43:19

Embrace the New

    On New Year’s Day, this is the Verse of the Day that popped up on my YouVersion app. I think it may just become my Verse Of the Year. You see, now that it’s a new year, many people are talking about resolutions. Some are also sharing that they’ve chosen a special word […]

enjoy the little things

Make Do With What You Have (It’s not about the bacon.)

Happy New Year to you! As I was throwing together a somewhat special breakfast on New Year’s Day morning (or shall I admit it may have been after noon?), I once again commented on how much I NEED a new, larger cookie sheet with sides. We have been cooking our bacon lately in the oven; […]

My Imperfect Christmas

Do you dream of the perfect Christmas? Yes, the one in which the presents are all bought and wrapped early, hand-made Christmas cards have been sent to loved ones, every cherished family cookie recipe has been lovingly baked to enjoy and share, and holiday meals are picture-perfect and stress-free.  Furthermore, everyone is happy, healthy and […]