Last year we were awaiting the arrival of Karis Joy, so I shamelessly did close to nothing for Advent (except for my Mary Monologue at a couple of holiday events. I loved putting myself in her shoes while I was pregnant with my own Christmas baby…)
But it dawned on me a week before Thanksgiving that I was without excuse this year. Since Advent calendars seem to be narrowing their themes to Santa and chocolate, I dared to go on Pinterest to look for a simple, yet significant way to make an Advent countdown for our family. Continue reading
I’m feeling nostalgic for the East Coast during these fall days. Santa Barbara is undeniably beautiful, but we are longing for the seasons.
Crisp air and colorful leaves (or not), Thanksgiving declares Autumn like nothing else. Obviously the fall foods play a big role, but it’s more than that. There is something special about the timing of reminding ourselves to be grateful, just as we head into a season of longer nights, barren landscapes, and dormant life. (Not to mention all the commercial Christmas nonsense…) Continue reading
I make simple desserts. I like to eat complicated desserts when someone else (like my gourmet sister-in-law) makes them. (Gluten-free tiramisu for my birthday last year. Yeah, she’s amazing like that.) But I try to keep it simple at home. Despite all the unhealthy additives in the store-bought kind, ice cream was once a simple dessert to make.
As mentioned in my Summer Fun list, we got a new-to-us ice cream maker off of Freecycle and are determined to use it regularly this summer! So far, we’ve made chocolate with mini chocolate chips, lemon (with fresh zest and juice), and then back to chocolate again, because you can’t go wrong with chocolate. And my son has requested pineapple with mint from our yard for our next experiment. Creative, no? We watch a lot of cooking shows…
From miss vu Flickr photostream
(Actually, I don’t. And I won’t know what we’re doing until we’ve done it, ’cause that’s how Miss Flexy Freestyle rolls. I also don’t watch horror movies, but I love a good pop culture reference for a blog title.)
As I’ve explained before, I like to make lists. Because I like to brainstorm, rather than come up with manageable, organized lists (like Kat’s at Inspired to Action), I rarely get everything checked off. So rather than giving me a sense of accomplishment, it serves more of a “get all these great ideas that keep coming up recorded somewhere or else I may never think of them again” purpose.
About a month ago, I started keeping a list of ideas for how to spend our summer well. Continue reading
- “This is the one I esteem: He who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2b
Women’s Bible Study Group 2012-2013
Along with a group of lovely women, I just completed a year’s study on the book of Isaiah. (For a summary on this interesting book go here.)
Initially I was both intrigued and anxious about digging into such a deep, complex book of Scripture. And it has proven to be just that and more. It is an intense proclamation of judgment on the wicked, and yet full of promises of compassion and joy for the humble and righteous. And there are SO many reminders of God’s heart of justice for the oppressed and our responsibility to care for them. (1:16b-17, 25:4-5, 58:6-12)
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I just went to a women’s spring luncheon (Thank you, Amy!) where the theme was “Beauty.” The fun beauty stations they had set up reminded me of all the inexpensive homemade beauty recipes that I’d been bookmarking over the years. They include many simple ingredients that most of us probably already have.
Chocolate Cereal from Tanya Dawn Flickr photostream
Many of us have cereal memories.
Perhaps you were the poor kid who had to break your teeth on Grape Nuts (AKA Gravel Nuts) and only got the pleasure that is Honey Nut Cheerios on special occasions. Or maybe you were the one who had to make the painful decision between Cookie Crisp, Cap’N Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, et. al. – ultimately deciding based on the color the milk would turn.
Well, I was the first kid, but I had plenty of the second in my neighborhood. =) I was that child who would stare longingly into my friends’ candied pantries and ask if we could PLEASE eat something before we played.
And now I am raising those children. But that’s for another post…
In the meantime, our family has come up with a new alternative to boxed breakfast cereals that everyone seems to be happy with. (Except for the hubs, whose price-love and desire for TJ’s Honey Oat O’s has yet to be broken…)