Sample Saturday

Merry Christmas! Wow, December completely got away from me in terms of keeping the blog up to date. Here’s the roundup of my favorites posts from the past few weeks.

Kisses and Kiddos

Observe and Note – A great practical suggestion from The Generous Wife for making the holiday season even better next year.

50 Ways to Have a More Old Fashioned Family Christmas – A fun list with lots of doable ideas from the Old Fashioned Families Blog

God Can’t be Kept Out – The best Christian response to the Sandy Hook tragedy that I’ve read so far. No politics, no pandering, just a great reminder of the truth of Christ. (from Rachel Held Evans)

12 Steps to Avoid Disappointment this Christmas – Becoming Minimalist’s encouraging post is full of good reminders without being preachy.

Peace be With You – A challenging post from The Daily Stumbler about proactively seeking peace instead of passively “playing nice.”

20 Favorite Christmas Books for Kids – A nice, diverse list of Christmas books for kids of all ages from Simple Homeschool.

Yumminess

Coq au Vin Blanc – This hearty dish from Add a Pinch looks like a perfect winter dinner.

Cranberry Orange & Pecan Coffee Cake – I love the cranberry/orange flavor combination and this coffee cake from Joy the Baker looks like a great breakfast treat.

Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crumble Topping – I made this Annie’s Eats recipe  the day it showed up in my RSS feed and it was fantastic! One of the best dinners I’ve made in a while and definitely on my “make again” list.

Roasted Sweet Potato Risotto – Risotto always seems really hard to make, but it is one of the things I would like to master. This version from How Sweet It Is includes bacon, so that’s one more motivation for me to get over the fear and try cooking it.

Gingerbread Hobbit Hole – You NEED to see this masterpiece from Sprinkle Bakes. It’s amazing.

Homemade Eggnog – Honestly, eggnog isn’t really my thing, but I know a lot of people enjoy it this time of year. Here’s how to make it from scratch, from The Tasty Kitchen Blog.

Peppermint Yule Log – In case you need even more cuteness than the gingerbread hobbit hole, you can click over to Bakingdom for this adorable (and pink!) Buche de Noel.

Just for Fun and Giggles

Slights of the Season – Christmas CakeWrecks!

Giving Open Flames to Kids on Christmas Eve – A classic post from Stuff Christians Like

The “Grumpy Cat” meme is pretty funny, and this is one of my favorites:

Grumpy Cat

Enjoy your Christmas!

Sample Saturday

Good Afternoon! There was a lot of bloggy goodness this week, so here’s the post roundup.

Kisses and Kiddos

For Tired Moms – The Generous Wife has a whole page of ideas for helping tired mommies survive and thrive even in the days of busyness and sheer exhaustion. This is a great resource to keep bookmarked and the comments are open for you to add your own experience and wisdom as well!

The Tasks we Give Our Mates – A thought-provoking post on chores and priorities from the Assume Love blog.

The House Our Marriage Built Part 1, Part 2 – I really love this marriage-as-a-house analogy from The Romantic Vineyard. There’s a lot of inspiration and food for thought in this series.

What if Your Child Could Only Learn One Lesson? – I love this reminder of what is truly important when it comes to teaching our children. I just recently found this blog (Simple Homeschool) and I am loving the articles and ideas; it’s a great resource for any parents, not just homeschoolers.

Holy Time: Observing Advent instead of Fighting Santa – While we are not Catholic, I still enjoyed the theme of this article and the practical ideas it offered on intentionally celebrating Christmas with Jesus as the focus. (from Carrots for Michaelmas)

Yumminess

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup – In case you don’t have your Thanksgiving menu planned yet, here are some recipe collections from great blog: Cook Like a Champion, The Pioneer Woman, and Shutterbean.

Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars – Joy the Baker presents a new twist on the classic pumpkin pie.

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are all dressed up with maple cinnamon butter and bacon in this recipe from the Foodie Bride.

Pork Chops with Cranberry-Maple Pan Sauce – I can’t wait to try this one-pan dinner from Pick Parsley.

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls – Because who doesn’t need a red velvet cinnamon roll? From The Food Pusher

Just for Fun and Giggles

Reindeer Silhouettes – A fun Christmas craft from The Remodeled Life.

The Holiest Font Ever – Or: how your church can distinguish itself from all those lukewarm churches that use Times New Roman (from Stuff Christians Like)

31 Kids Who are Too Clever for Their Own Good – Funny, and in some cases a little scary (from buzzfeed)

And this is just cute:

via *Very Clean* Funny Pics

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! Here’s this week’s Sample Saturday, on time for once!

Kisses and Kiddos

Learning from Failure – I really enjoyed this guest post on the Hopeful Future blog. Lori from Everyday Truth has some solid practical advice on good and healthy ways to handle failure.

We Need the Family More Than Ever – This post from To Love, Honor and Vacuum was the absolute best “post-election” Christian article I read this week.

Managing Meltdowns – The Confident Mom shares a few different strategies for dealing with temper tantrums.

Yumminess

Turkey Tester Throwdown – If you are wondering how to cook your turkey for Thanksgiving, The Foodie Bride has already done the work of comparing two popular methods and their results! Check out her post for all the details, and some drool-worthy turkey photos.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake – The classic “cookie-in-a-pie-plate” recipe, perfectly sized down by Christina at Dessert for Two.

Pizza Nachos – Pizza plus nachos; what more needs to be said? (From Tasty Kitchen)

No-Rise Banana Nut Sticky Buns- Is it bad that I’m purposely letting some bananas get overly ripe just to make this breakfast treat from Bakingdom? I don’t think so. :)

Just for Fun and Giggles

Dear IT, I owe you an apology – Yes, you can add me to the list of people who have lied to IT, just like Jon from Stuff Christians Like.

The big news of Disney buying Star Wars spawned thousands of fun mash-up comics this past week. Here are a couple of my favorites:

from *Very Clean* Funny pics

from Austin Madison via GeekTyrant

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning and Happy November! Here’s this week’s (belated) post roundup.

Kisses and Kiddos

Joy: Transforming a Fumbling Faith – I really enjoyed this post from The Daily Stumbler. It is a great look at Biblical joy while still being full of honesty and practical experience.

60 Lessons I Learned from My Parents – An inspirational list from the Becoming Minimalist blog.

Entering the Quiet: A Limited Curiosity – This is a challenging perspective on being good stewards of our thoughts, especially in this time when it is so easy to find information about anything and everything. (From The Romantic Vineyard)

Yumminess

Pumpkin Fritters with Cinnamon Glaze – I made these fantastic treats the very same day I saw the post at Vanilla Sugar. And then Big Man and I ate them all. They are amazing. Seriously.

Chicken and Chilies White Cream Soup – This hearty soup from Shugary Sweets looks like a perfect dinner for a cold autumn night.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes – The classic flavor combo in a cute little cupcake package, from Two Peas & Their Pod.

Sweet Potato Biscuits with Chorizo Gravy – An interesting take on the traditional breakfast from Cook Like a Champion. Bonus points for using sweet potato in a wold filled with pumpkin recipes!

Just for Fun and Giggles

Fact-Checking the Pastor – A fun guest post over at Stuff Christians Like.

And there’s this (poor dinosaurs):

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! Here’s this week’s post roundup.

Kisses and Kiddos

10 Energy Chargers for Moms – A good list pf practical and simple tips from The Confident Mom

Flat Chests, Body Issues, and Feeling Sexy – The most balanced, practical, and honest discussion about this “hot button” issue that I’ve ever seen from a Christian source. This Hot, Holy, and Humorous post is well worth the read.

I’m Grateful – A great reminder from The Generous Wife to be intentionally thankful.

Yumminess

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Bread Bowls – I really like these cute personal-sized pizza bowls. A great way to jazz up pizza night from The Foodie Bride.

Mini Apple Pie Cheesecakes – And you can continue the “mini” theme with these cute little desserts from Shutterbean.

Killer Artichoke Bread – That tasty artichoke dip in bread form. Thank you, Girl Who Ate Everything, for this awsomeness.

Coffee and Doughnuts Milkshake – Pure decadence from How Sweet It Is.

Just for Fun and Giggles

Steampunk Pumpkins! – A fun roundup of gears and metal and clockwork and robot pumpkins. (from EPBOT)

The Ultimate Zombie Preparation Guide – So, I’m not really into the whole “prepare for the zombie apocalypse” thing, but some people *cough* Big Man *cough* are and if you know people like that you can share this with them. The guide is funny and entertaining regardless of your level of zombie “appreciation.” (from GeekTyrant)

In preparation for Halloween:

from *Very Clean* Funny Pics

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! I know I’ve missed the last couple Saturdays, so here’s a roundup of my favorite posts from the last couple weeks.

Kisses and Kiddos

Household Schedules for Pathetic Schedulers – I really love this encouraging and practical advice from the Home Sanctuary blog.

We are All Minimizing Something – A straight-talk, thought-provoking post from the Becoming Minimalist blog.

I Smile When your Kid Misbehaves – I’m a big fan of the honesty, encouragement, and grace consistently displayed at the Hopeful Future blog.

Create Your Own Storybook – A fun and romantic idea in this Guest Post on the Happy Wives Club blog.

The Myth of Doing it All – A great reality check about time management from The Confident Mom. (This is part of a whole series Susan is doing on time management for moms)

How We Want to Come Home – A good message about grace in this “Serious Wednesday” post from Stuff Christians Like.

Deal with Yourself – A very challenging post from The Generous Wife (part of Lori’s 13-day series on marriage lessons she has learned).

Yumminess

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Parmesan and Sage – Yes, the internet is overflowing with zillions of pumpkin recipes right now, but there aren’t many savory pumpkin dishes out there. This pasta from Bake Your Day looks easy and tasty.

Apple Cider Waffles – I love waffles, and this version from Add a Pinch looks like the perfect start to a weekend morning.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Pink Parsley’s recipe for this classic soup is a slow-cooker version, and sounds like the perfect dinner for a cool autumn evening.

Coffee BBQ Sauce – The Tasty Kitchen Blog has a step-by-step recipe for this unique homemade condiment.

Apple Fritter Cake – The Cookies & Cups blog features all the flavors of the breakfast pastry in cake form (and no deep-frying!)

Orange Margarita – I don’t think it’s possible to have too many different flavors of homemade fruity cocktails and this drink from the Foodie Bride looks like a great one to add to the list.

Chocolate Cream Filled Vanilla Sugar Doughnuts – WOW. Joy the Baker is awesome.

Spiked S’Mores Pie – A stunningly beautiful dessert from Sprinkle Bakes

Just for Fun and Giggles

Why do People Think Christians are Crazy Online? – Just. Stop. Please. (post from SCL)

11 Essential DIY Pumpkin-Carving Hacks – Some of these are pretty clever. (via Buzzfeed)

And, for your weekly overdose of cuteness:

via *Very Clean* Funny Pics

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! Here’s this week’s post roundup.

Kisses and Kiddos

Why I Don’t Use the Words “Help Meet” – A “rant” from The Generous Wife on the common “Christian misapplications” of a woman’s role.

Budget is The New Black – This post from The Meat and Potatoes of Life talks about style, minivans, budgeting, and SUVs with a great sense of humor and honesty.

Measuring Marriage Maturity – A short-and-sweet post from The Romantic Vineyard with a very interesting perspective on marriage maturity.

Should You Limit your Child’s Reading Choices? – A thought-provoking post and a whole comment section full of good discussion from Carrots for Michaelmas.

Yumminess

Fried Guacamole – There really are no words for the awesomeness that is this Joy the Baker recipe.

Apple Crisp Pizza – This dessert pizza from The Girl Who Ate Everything looks like a perfect fall treat.

Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce – A light and fresh seafood dish from Add a Pinch.

How to Make Puff Pastry – Yet another kitchen staple I can now DIY instead of purchase, thanks to Annie’s Eats!

Just for Fun and Giggles

What Would you Spray Paint on this Dumpster? – Classic Stuff Christians Like. The post is funny (seriously, what kind of church does this?), and then there’s even more humor in the comments. Enjoy!

And, you’ll never think of it that same way again. . .

from *Very Clean* Funny Pics

Enjoy your weekend!