Favorite Squash Casserole

Hump Daayy!  I have to confess, it still feels like Christmas break around here.  Schools were closed yesterday due to the frigid wind chills (Yes, go ahead and make fun!) and a shortage of natural gas in the Atlanta area to heat the schools.  Craziness... but it was delightful to be able to watch the entire National Championship Game without worrying about getting up and going to work this morning!  Especially since we had to watch until the … [Read more...]

5 Easy Christmas Projects

First of all -- WE DID IT!  We've fully funded the second home for Mercy House Kenya!!   I have been humbled over and over by the amazing generosity of the online community through this project.  What a gift to participate in some small way.  And THANK YOU for your prayers, encouragement, and any and every contribution to the cause.  We are -- with God's help -- changing lives and futures, y'all!! We were on the go last week for the … [Read more...]

Quick Start Chicken Soup

Are y'all running like me?  I don't know why I'm surprised every year by how busy we get once Halloween is in our rear view mirror.  Maybe I block it out so that as November approaches I'm not paralyzed by angst about getting it all done.  Thank you, Lord, for that! :) Anyhow, I have to admit I come up short in the meal department during the great build up to Thanksgiving Day as I'm furiously making lists, beginning Christmas prep in the midst … [Read more...]

Tasty Tailgate Treat: Baked Artichoke Dip

First of all, Y'ALL ROCK. SERIOUSLY. Our (in)Mercy Classroom Addition was fully funded by 3:30 yesterday afternoon.   God is good and His mercy showed through each and every one of you that contributed in some way to this project. Look at these faces... these girls who will have opportunities anew now.   I'm seriously in awe and so humbled to have shared the need and the story!  There is more work to do for Mercy House … [Read more...]

The BEST Banana Bread

Good Monday, everyone and Happy Fall at last!  We had a cooler weekend and it finally feels a little "fall-like" outside.  Good thing since I spent a rainy Saturday (after soccer was cancelled) finishing up some fall crafts and trying my hand at a little watercoloring.  Do you ever paint with watercolors?  My class of Littles painted last Thursday and I was inspired to dig mine out and try a couple... very therapeutic! Sunday morning I made a … [Read more...]

Chicken with Lemon-Cucumber Relish {a new favorite recipe}

Thank goodness it's Friday!  First of all, thank you for your kind comments and encouraging words on Wednesday.  I so appreciate the supportive community here and am buoyed by your thoughts and prayers.  I'm looking forward to a weekend at home to rest, regroup, tick a few things off my To Do List, and take in the first two of our fall soccer games.  While summer is over, I'll still be wearing shorts and sunscreen on the sidelines... and then … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It (July)

This is just shameful.  Past the mid-point of August and I'm just now reviewing July???  Welcome to my chaos, friends! :-)  I have to confess, though, that the past weeks of back-to-school nuttiness has me pondering a new project here on the blog.  Details to come soon!  Thank you for all the kind comments about my daughter's "new" furniture, too -- always love a good furniture redemption! Anyway, I looked back at July and it was full of good … [Read more...]

Blueberry – Cucumber Slaw

Our Fourth of July may have been rained out, but I pressed on with trying a new recipe to go with our brats... and it was a fresh summertime winner that's only fueled my desire for a kitchen garden. :)  I spotted this recipe in my June issue of BHG and dog-earred the page to try it out.  So glad I did and now you can, too. This was simple to prepare and soooo tasty! Sorry for the bright light in the photos -- it was, of course, … [Read more...]

Lemon-Cucumber Refresher

Hello and Happy Monday!  We had a great weekend getting the kids back home, lounging by the pool and hanging out with friends.  Saturday night I had such a great time dining with these sweet ladies! Thanks, Cassie, for letting me swipe this off FB... lots of creative blogging brains in this group: Michelle, Lisa, Kelly, Cassie, and Kathleen.  Always enjoy a fun GNO! We also celebrated a certain young man's 15th birthday... How … [Read more...]

Easy Valentine Treat

Oh, rain, rain, go away... I am in serious need of some sunshine, even if it's of the COLD variety!  We've had so many gray, rainy days lately, it's taking a toll on me.  I live in the South, for heaven's sake, not the Pacific Northwest! Last weekend, I caught up on some Valentine treat-making, so I thought I'd share it here today, to chase those rainy day blues away!  Anyone else cheered by a sweet and salty treat?? This is as easy as … [Read more...]