Sunday, October 23, 2011

Zucchini Crisps

Finding veggie side dishes is hard at my house.  This is a different one that went over pretty well.  I ate the leftovers for lunch and they were delish.  I will definitely serve these next time I have guests.

Gather these ingredients:

Cut the zucchini into quarter inch slices.

Put them in a single layer on a greased baking sheet.

Drizzle each and every one with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle each zucchini slice with a generous pinch of panko bread crumbs.
Then top each one with a generous pinch of parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  The zucchini doesn't get crisp but the topping does.

A fresh idea for a veggie side dish.

Blessings to you,

Candy Bar Bark

No doubt you've seen this yummy idea on Pinterest! I had to try it out!

Gather these ingredients:
1/2 bag of peanut M & M's (preferably oranges and yellows)
8 Reese's Cups
8 snack size Butterfinger
8 snack size Heath bars
2 boxes of Baker's semi-sweet chocolate
1 bag of white chocolate chips

Melt the Baker's chocolate using a double broiler or a put it in a pyrex bowl and sit it on a pot of boiling water.  Stir it constantly as it melts.

Coarsely chop up the candy bars. Be careful when you chop up the M & M's.  I almost chopped off my finger more than once.

Line a cookie sheet with foil.  I sprayed it with Pam also.  Spread the melted chocolate on the foil.  Evenly distribute the candy on top of the chocolate.  Gently press the candy down into the chocolate.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until set.

Then, melt the white chocolate using the same method as the semi-sweet chocolate. I added a tablespoon of vegetable oil to make it creamier.
Drizzle the white chocolate on top of the candy.  I put the white chocolate in a baggie and snipped one of the corners.  Refrigerate another 30 minutes.

When it comes out it looks like this.  Gently break it into pieces.   Try to not to eat it all yourself.
I put some of mine in this little bucket I got for $1 at Target. I took it as a hostess gift to a friend's who had us over for dinner last night.  Yummy treat!!

Blessings to you,

Sunday, October 16, 2011

31 Day Fall Challenge: Making Your Home a Haven

(So, I totally skipped week #2.  I didn't skip the challenge, just didn't blog about it!)

Here’s week #3′s Challenge: 
List a few of the spots in your home that make you visually stressed.  Work on cleaning up clutter. Throw things away.
While you’re at it – clean up some clutter in your spiritual life. What gets in the way of your peace spiritually?

Home Clutter:

I have two main areas in my home that make me clutter-crazy!
This is the big one:

These dishes are all clean, but they're sitting there waiting to be put away!
When we did our kitchen remodel, I made the decision to go without the dishwasher to have an extra cabinet.  While I don't regret the decision, it does require me to be more on top of dish duty.  I do have a secret, though.  My wonderful husband has been a-maz-ing at washing dishes for me.  But on Thursday, he fractured four fingers and had to get stitches-so the dishes have been all up to me!  There's really only one way for me to de-clutter this area. I just have to wash and put away more often!

My second area of clutter-craziness is the basket at the bottom of the steps.

It's always full.  I will try this week to empty it and then keep it empty!

Spiritual Clutter:

The Lord has brought to my attention, through several different avenues this week, the need to get away and just pray.   Jesus set the example for us by the way he always retreated to pray.

Matthew 26:36  Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”

Mark 1:35  Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Luke 5:16  But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Luke 9:18  Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

Whether we're a stay at home mom or we work outside the home, getting away to pray throughout the day is crucial.  It helps me to be a better wife, mom, teacher, friend and disciple.  I will be working on getting away to pray this week!

What's your main area of home clutter? spiritual clutter?

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Organization Eye Candy

My sister in law, Vanessa, is very organized. I peeked (I had permission!)in her bathroom cabinets the other day and loved her organization skills.
I love how she used baskets to tame these beautiful big drawers.

How genius was it to use the sock organizer to organize her nail polishes?

I couldn't help but stick my head in her walk in closet as I passed by it.

I'm lovin' these pretty brown baskets from The Container Store.
What I would give for this shoe storage...

Thanks for the inspiration, Aunt Nessa (as my kids call her)!

- Blessings to you,
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Earring Organization

Every since I organized my necklaces, I've been brewing over a way to organize my earrings.  I used to store them like this.

It wasn't working and it was ugly.  So I picked up a few things from Target.

I put each pair of earrings in their own compartment.

I stacked them (I used 4 trays) and put them in the pretty brown container.

Mission Organization accomplished!

Blessings to you,

Sunday, October 2, 2011

31 Day Fall Challenge, Week 1

I am joining the 31 Day Fall Challenge. And I'm so excited!  Every week Courtney will give us a challenge with the goal of making our homes a haven. 
This week's challenge is this:

I love the scenarios that Courtney shared:

Let’s compare two women and see which home you live in.
Home #1
1. The woman of the home is distant. She is pulled into her computer, television, books, or text messages and it’s hard for the family to connect with her. She wonders why no one seems to listen to her? The children don’t obey her and her husband is insensitive.
2. The woman of the home is distracted. Her calendar is very full and her daily demands are so high it’s hard for her to focus and live in the moment with her husband and children. She is often late and rushing everyone and feeling guilty about being distracted but stuck in this rut of feeling overwhelmed and too busy.
3. The woman of the home is crabby. She is short on sleep, she hasn’t had a minute alone since the 1990′s and she really can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel to get a break. She is hopeless.
4. The woman of the home is discontent. She doesn’t like her home. She doesn’t like her husband. She doesn’t like one or all of her kids. She doesn’t like her church. She doesn’t like her neighbors. Truthfully, she doesn’t even like herself.
5. The woman of the home doesn’t pray. It’s counter cultural. She’s never lived in a home with a mom who prays. She doesn’t know other moms who pray. She wants to try praying but doesn’t know where to begin so she never begins.
Home #2
1. The woman of the home is engaged. She is aware of what everyone is doing right in that moment. If a child needs help or correction – she is right there to give it. If her husband needs a hug, an encouraging word or a helping hand she is right there to care. She is playful and makes time to tickle, dance, play checkers or Wii with her family. This is a woman whose family praises her (Prov. 31:28).
2. The woman of the home is wise with her time management. She guards her family from getting so busy that they lose their connection with each other. She dissects her calendar and eliminates things that are unnecessary. She is prepared when it is time to go somewhere to alleviate the stress that comes from late minute rushing. She and her family enjoy the slow paced life she has created in her home.
3. The woman of the home has a pleasant demeanor. She does not stay up late watching television, reading, surfing the web or working. She goes to sleep at a reasonable hour so she can wake cheerfully for her family. She knows that some seasons of life are harder than others so she is patient with her season of life and is confident that she will reap what she has sown. She works diligently trusting God with the results of her labor.
4. The woman of the home is content. She knows that no home, husband, child, church or neighborhood is perfect. So she chooses to be content with what God has given her for today.
5. The woman of the home prays. She knows that she is weak but God is strong and that she cannot fulfil the role of wife, mother, homemaker and sometimes employee, on her own strength. She is completely dependent on God and practices this dependence by daily praying for all of these things.

I have been very conscious to create Home #2.  I fail-Alot.  But my goals always remain the same.  

#2 (Time Management) is my strength.  I have worked very hard to create a slow paced life in my home.  I know it's not popular.  The going thing is to "enroll those kids in any activity they want" or we'll have deprived kids on our hands.  Or, "say yes to every social event we're invited to".  I've done just the opposite and purposely.

#1(Being engaged) is my weakness.  I need to be more engaged.  I love to play games with my family.  But it's not always what they want to do.  So, I need to be more flexible and do what is meaningful to them, which may mean throwing a football, or playing fashion show-which may not necessarily be my choice!

Please, Please join this challenge! We can never have too much peace and tranquility in our homes!

Blessings to you,


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