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Seeing as Christ Sees

It has been a while since my last post, but in this new year, I am vowing to get in shape both physically and spiritually in my relationship with God. And, as I commit to make the most out of 2013, in my quiet time this morning, I came across a quote from Marcel Proust, a French novelist –

The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.

The contentment in our journeys is truly not about seeking earthly happiness, the peace and joy of our journeys truly comes from seeing our days through new eyes, the eyes of Christ.

For some of us this may mean that today, we simply ask God to reopen our eyes to Him, to His ways. For others, this may mean that we need to take the first step into a relationship with Christ.

No matter the case, we cannot find true contentment and peace without looking with Christ-like eyes.

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Posted in Around the House, Proverbs 31 Wife

The Christmas Countdown

In my house, we begin planning for Christmas when August rolls around. I already have my list ready to go with the names of our gift recipients tagged with gifts that we would like to purchase. We really enjoy Christmas shopping!

A friend of mine is much more organized than me when it comes to Christmas. She will be finished by November, and when I say finished, I not only mean with shopping, but with wrapping, as well!  It’s a pretty smart idea – she wraps as she buys. I’m not that good.

This Christmas, as you plan a countdown for your kiddos, plan a countdown for your hubby (or your wife), too. I saw this on Pinterest tonight, and it looks like fun! I always enjoy cool gifts.

Speaking of cool gifts, comment below with cool gift ideas. Some of our recent cool gifts to give have been:

  • Discovery Flights – Midwest Aviation in West Paducah, KY offers flights over the area. In the past 2 years, we have given our fathers gift certificates to enjoy this. My dad loved it so much, he mentioned that he would like to do it again. It’s around $100 and has to be used within 90 days.
  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Junie B. Jones for my sweet Reading Pal

Christmas is so much fun we are just as excited to give as to receive!

Share your coolest gift ideas!

Posted in Recipes

Baked Spaghetti

This recipe has been a favorite of mine since it was first introduced to me by an amazing lady that became second family to Nathan & I during our tenure in Fulton, Missouri. I will forever remember the first time I had the fabulous dish – we were moving into our first home when Donna stopped by with the special delivery. I never think about sending dinner during moving time, but it was a great treat.

I love sharing this dish with friends when they bring home a new baby, so I recently shared it with Cory & Aleshia Edwards. I felt really super cool when Aleisha said that Cory would love to have the Baked Spaghetti that I made for them when their first son, Cole was born. There are very few people in this world that actually request a dish from me, so that must mean that this recipe is fabulous.

 

Actually, I can only think of one other thing that ever gets requested – Chex Mix (a request from dad and the only thing that I can actually make better than mom).

Baked Spaghetti

1 medium chopped onion (I only use 1/4 to 1/2)         ½ teaspoon pepper

2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained                     ½ teaspoon garlic salt

2 Tablespoons butter                                                   12 oz angel hair spaghetti, cooked and drained

1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes                                    2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (8oz) can drained sliced mushrooms                        2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese

1 can drained sliced ripe olives (black)                        1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

2 teaspoons dried oregano                                           ¼ cup water

1 teaspoon salt                                                              ½ cup parmesan cheese (I use fresh)

1 large chopped green pepper (I only use 1/4 to 1/2)

In a large skillet, sauté onion and green pepper in butter until tender. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, oregano, salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Add cooked beef. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

Place half the spaghetti in a buttered 9×13 (or larger is better) baking dish. Top with half of the beef/veggie mixture. Sprinkle with half of chesse mixtures. Repeat layers. Of course, the more cheese, the better. This last time, I actually used the nacho taco mix of cheese instead of just monterey jack.

Mix soup and water until smooth. Pour over the casserole. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.

Bake uncovered at 350 for 45 minutes or until bubble around the edges. It makes A LOT, so it would be a great idea to bake half and freeze the rest for another day.

Freezes great! Just bake for 1 hour instead of 45 min! Enjoy! =)

Special thanks to Amanda Roselius for sending me this recipe!

Posted in Recipes

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

If you know my husband, you know that he is hard to please in the kitchen. He is always grateful and is truly happy with just a bowl of cereal or a pop tart for dinner, but he is not one to branch out, so when he came home tonight to hear me say that I was trying out a new recipe, he was not excited. Being that my last two Pinterest recipes were epic failures, he definitely was not looking forward to yet another one! And, honestly I was a bit worried that the third time would not be the charm.

We sat down for dinner, I only gave him 3 puffs, everyone was eating, and Nathan returned for more! Ding, ding!!! It was a success, an easy success at that! You should try the recipe:

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs adapted fromEveryday with Rachael Ray and Cassie Craves

Posted in D.I.Y., Inspiration, Proverbs 31 Wife

God HAS Equipped Us

Last weekend, I enjoyed an overnight getaway with girls from my Sunday School class. I am so thankful for this group of ladies. The last time I enjoyed true fellowship with a group of girls was during college (thanks Cathy, Joy & Angela). Through spending time in God’s Word, praying for one another, shopping, eating and laughing together, those girls became some of my greatest friends. As we all went our separate ways, I never found a group of girls that I could get together with in such a way as that. (I’m taking my lifelong girlfriends out of this mix because we have a unique relationship in itself.) So, all of that to say, I’m really thankful for a group of gals – some old friends, some recent friends and some brand new – to be able to grow with as I walk this journey.

After spending an evening eating, acting like teenagers on a scavenger hunt and creating our own Pinterest Prayer Journals, we took a few moments for a devotion to end the evening.

As you all know, God has been teaching me a lot about being a Proverbs 31 Wife, and my husband would quickly tell you that I still have A LOT to learn! This may be my lifelong journey.

I hope that God used me that night to share with the other gals their value. Perhaps, you are searching for your value, as well. In case, let me share what we shared that night.

As a wife and mom, what is your biggest struggle? What are your anxieties? What are your insecurities? What are your frustrations?

For me, my biggest struggle is taking care of my home. I’m terrible at managing the laundry (just committed my teenage cousin to helping me with it weekly) and keeping a tidy house.

As women, we sure do beat ourselves up a lot! We question and second-guess ourselves all the time. We compare ourselves to other moms and other families.

Psalm 86:15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, 
   slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

  • If we want to follow God’s example, and He is slow to anger and rich in faithful love, why are we not compassionate with ourselves? Why do we get angry with ourselves? Why do we give up on ourselves?

Moms, we need to take time to focus on what we do right. God has blessed us with great skills and talents and qualities as wives and moms. God chose us to be the moms of our children!

So, what are 3 qualities or talents you have as a wife or mom? Share these by commenting below. 

For me, I am a planner. I am easy going. I am frugal. And, as my best friend talked about her strength, I must steal it for me, as well – I always think of Nathan and the kids before I make any decision. In my planning, I think of them from the moment I wake up until the moment I lay down at night. And, I would imagine that most of us moms share this strength.

As you share these qualities, do not feel as if you are boasting. This is a tangible way, to say out loud, how God has equipped us.

I challenged myself and the girls that evening to jot their strengths down in their prayer journals and to make notes during the week of times that they used their strengths. I challenge each of you to do the same.

Posted in D.I.Y.

Frugal Girl – Finally Tried the Fabric Softener

So, after learning about the Fabric Softener concoction on Sunday, I re-washed the load yesterday and forgot to even put in the Fabric Softener, so I opted for the third try tonight. On the third try, I didn’t make it in the rinse cycle, so I didn’t figure it really counted. On the 4th try, I correctly added the homemade softener into the rinse cycle, immediately transported to the dryer after the wash was complete, and it was . . .

okay, just okay.

Our Fabulous Envelope System

All of that trying, only to discover that it is adequate when the Dave envelope is empty, but I still really prefer a great recommendation that came to me from my girlfriend, Niki – half a lid of my Snuggle filled to the rim with vinegar makes it go further, gets the clothes cleaner and aids in keeping the washer clean.

Did any of you ladies have a different opinion? Post if you tried the homemade softener. Do you like it, hate it or have another D.I.Y to make our laundry fresh and budget friendly?

Posted in D.I.Y., For My Book

Frugal Girl (to be continued)

This is the first post to reveal I’m not super fabulous. There will be many more post like this to follow in the coming days and weeks. I always say that I need to write a book about the life of a “real” mom with 3 kids ages 4 and under.

WHOOPS!

I told you that I would let you know how the DIY Fabric Softener worked . . . well, I don’t know – I never got around to trying it today. That load of laundry that I was prepping for the new creation is still sitting in the washer, and yes, I know, this means that if I don’t get up now to unload the dryer and transfer the load from the washer into the dryer, I will have to rewash the load tomorrow because it won’t smell so pleasant.

This is the first installment of my transparency – I am terrible at keeping up with laundry! My dream would be to have someone do our laundry, iron it and put it away for me. I am even more certain that this is my husband’s dream. Hopefully, as I strive to be more of a Proverbs 31 Wife, I will be a better laundry attendant, as well. If that doesn’t work, we are

“living like no one else so that one day we will be able to live like no one else” (Dave Ramsey)

If I get around to trying out the new concoction tomorrow, I will post. In the meantime, let me know if you are first to try out our new product.