Sample Saturday

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! Here’s this week’s post roundup.

Kisses and Kiddos

Does you Spouse Do His/Her Fair Share - There is a lot of wisdom in this Assume Love post about measuring your spouse’s contribution. It really is a no-win game to play.

Teaching Children to Pray - This post from The Confident Mom is full of practical advice and lots of encouragement. I love listening to Little Man pray before bed, as he thanks God for everything he can think of.

How to Preserve a Husband- Check out this cute poem posted on the Victory Homemaking blog.

Yumminess

Crumb Cake Muffins with Creamy Espresso Filling - You really can’t go wrong with crumb topping and coffee flavor, and these muffins from the vanilla sugar blog look perfect.

Artichoke Bruschetta - The Girl Who Ate Everything shares a recipe for this simple appetizer. I think it looks like a perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine for an at home date with Big Man.

Quinoa Salad with Watermelon and Feta - I love the watermelon and feta combination, so even though I’m a little scared of quinoa, this dish from Annie’s Eats might get me to reconsider.

Homemade Fudgesicles - This recipe from AlaskaMom looks yummy and super simple. It sounds like a great project for this weekend, as the weather here is getting hot.

Just for Fun and Giggles

Bubble Wrap Bracelet- I didn’t know bubble wrap could be used for anything other than shipping and stress release, but this craft from EPBOT is really cool.

Rainbow Bubble Snakes – Honestly, a lot of those “Crafts to do with your kids” are way beyond my skill level. But this one from Housing a Forest looks simple enough even for me, and it uses regular household items! Win.

And just for giggles, there’s this:

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

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

Kisses and Kiddos

We Are Far Too Easily Pleased - Yet another inspiring and challenging post from Becoming Minimalist.

The 1 Lie The Devil Always Tells - I don’t link to theology posts that often but this one from Stuff Christians Like (this one is a serious post) was so excellent I had to include it. This is Biblical truth in a down-to-earth post that really spoke to me.

The 5 Disciplines of a Successful Vacation- Great list from The Romantic Vineyard, and very timely as we move into summer vacation season.

Yumminess

Fig, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza - When it comes to pizza, I’m usually a cheese-and-pepperoni girl, but sometimes I like something a little more adventurous, and this pizza from My life as a Mrs. sounds fantastic.

Grilled Pineapple Guacamole - Grilled pineapple and avocados? I’m afraid to make this dip from Annie’s Eats because I know if I do I will probably eat all of it in a day.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte - Big Man loves the chocolate-peanut butter combo, and I know once he sees a picture of this dessert from Cook Like a Champion, it will be on the “Please make soon” list. That’s OK, I like peanut butter and chocolate too!

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiris - Check out this beautiful mocktail from the ladies of That’s What We Said.

Just for Fun and Giggles

Fathers Day Ideas- The ladies of The Letter 4 have this great roundup of non-girly crafts the kids can help make and give Dad for Father’s Day.

Six Ways to Show Dad You Care - And if you aren’t up to making any of those crafts, you can just buy Dad a cake. Just make sure it doesn’t look like any of these Wrecks.

And a geeky funny. This is so true!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! Are you enjoying the start of summer? Bring on the barbecues, lemonade, and water slides! Here are some great blog posts from this week.

Kisses and Kiddos

Praying for Your Children - This post from The Confident Mom is both encouraging and challenging. It is amazing the blessing and responsibility God gives us parents to pray for our children.

What Does it Mean to be Feminine? - I really liked this Hot, Holy and Humorous post about what Biblical femininity looks like, and how we can learn from those examples.

Why be Married? For the Wednesday Walk to Breakfast- This Assume Love post talks about the importance of those special traditions held just between spouses and how they strengthen the marriage.

Letting Go – This post from adoptingjames discusses the Christian themes, especially regarding adoption, in the Pixar movie Up! (which is one of the greatest movies ever made, in my not-very-humble opinion)

Yumminess

Confetti Cookie Dough Bites - These little treats from Bake Your Day look  delicious and they include sprinkles!

Cherry Rosemary Sea Salt Foccacia - This appetizer from A Cozy Kitchen is beautiful and the combination of flavors sounds very fresh and summery.

Hot & Cheesy Corn Dip - I love fresh corn in the summer and am always looking for new ways to eat it. Here’s a unique dip from How Sweet It Is.

Nutella S’Mores Bars - Want. Now. (from Sugarcrafter)

Just for Fun and Giggles

A Primer on the Shotgun- Yes, really. Even if you are not so much into owning or using firearms, this Art of Manliness post is detailed and fascinating.

12 Signs you Attend Church in the Suburbs - As someone who has attended quite a few suburban churches, I found this Stuff Christians Like list hilarious and spot-on.

Quick Paper Crafts – If you are a crafty-type person, or just someone who appreciates cool crafts from afar (like me), you’ll appreciate the inspiration in this EPBOT post (complete with lots of pictures).

And just for giggles, there’s this:

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! Here are some great blog posts from this week.

Kisses and Kiddos

4 Statements I Never Could Have Made 4 Years Ago - Joshua of Becoming Minimalist shares some inspiring ways his outlook has changed in the 4 years since he started the minimalist journey.

Make a Jesus Habit - A good reminder and encouragement from The Generous Wife about making an active relationship with Jesus a priority.

Black Crayons and White Doors- I love the beautiful spirit displayed in this post about one of “those moments” from mamacravings.

Yumminess

Huevos Rancheros in Tortilla Cups - Big Man loves Huevos Rancheros, and I like how this recipe from The Curvy Carrot makes cute individual servings. I plan to try it out soon.

Pasta Carbonara - I really enjoy Carbonara pasta, but I’ve never been brave enough to try making it. This Pioneer Woman recipe includes step-by-step photos, so I’m thinking I might just have to overcome my fear and attempt it.

Strawberry Mug Pies - Strawberries + Sugar + Puff Pastry = Happiness. This How Sweet It Is recipe looks delicious, and all I have to do now is find a way to convince myself I’m allowed to make it for breakfast.

Bacon-Hazelnut Buttermilk Cupcakes - Dude, seriously. Bacon, Hazelnut, Buttermilk Waffles, Amaretto-Maple Buttercream, and Bourbon Caramel in the same dessert? This Bakingdom treat looks insane, in a totally good way.

Just for Fun and Giggles

The Day my Mixer Died- Maybe it is because I am a food nerd or because I like parody songs, but the Ode to the Mixer in this post from The Romantic Vineyard cracked me up.

Bragging About Your Good Deeds Via Social Media (from SCL) - I mean, isn’t that the point of having a social media profile? That and sharing “Like this status to end world hunger and make the angels happy and jump to the front of the blessings line” posts.

And just for giggles, there’s this:

And because the grammar-geek in me couldn’t resist:

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! Please spend a few minutes this Memorial Day weekend to remember and honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom.

Here are some great blog posts from this week.

Kisses and Kiddos

Forming a Baby-Sitting Co-Op - To Love, Honor, and Vacuum shares a great idea for swapping baby-sitting nights with other young families. There’s even a link to another online resource for finding “official” co-ops.

Right and Wrong Reasons to Want a Healthy Marriage - This post from The Romantic Vineyard is very challenging. Striving for a healthy marriage is good, but the motivation is important as well.

The Importance of Prayer- A powerful reminder from The Confident Mom of the blessing and responsibility we have to pray for our families.

Yumminess

Homemade Ranch Dressing - In my opinion, ranch dressing is the only thing that stands a chance of making vegetables remotely edible, and this recipe from Joy the Baker looks fabulous.

Blackberry Lemonade - Lemonade is one of the best things about summer, and this homemade version from Pink Parsley would be perfect at any barbecue.

Cheeseburger Quesadillas – Add a Pinch has this interesting take on the classic cheeseburger-and-special-sauce routine.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream- Tasty Kitchen shares this recipe for another summer treat: homemade ice cream. I love the chocolate graham cracker mix-in.

Just for Fun and Giggles

I’d Rather be Short- I found this set of funny cartoons celebrating short-ness over at Chipper Things. As a short person myself, I loved this set of doodles.

Making Sure Everyone Knows Your Fiance Isn’t Living with You – Stuff Christians Like talks about some of the crazy things Christians say to make sure others know they aren’t “living in sin.” It’s been a while since Big Man and I were engaged, but I think we used a few of these, especially around people we met at church functions.

And here’s a final giggle for you.

Enjoy your long weekend!

Sample Saturday

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

Kisses and Kiddos

Are Boys Growing up Without Men? – To Love, Honor, and Vacuum takes a look at how an increasingly female-dominated society can be harmful to boys. There’s also some great commenting on this post and a couple links to additional posts on the subject.

Finding Time for Mom - I love this idea from The Confident Mom to have a go-to list of relaxing things to do and how to carve out a little mommy downtime during the day.

What Would it Take?- The Generous Wife has a really thought-provoking post about how to work through the more difficult parts of the marriage relationship.

Yumminess

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Onions - This recipe from Add a Pinch looks like a great twist on the usual mayo-based side dish. Plus, it has bacon!

Peanut Butter Fudge Cake - I’m generally a bake-from-scratch girl, but sometimes I enjoy a “dressed up mix” recipe. This treat from The Cookbook Queen looks delicious.

French Onion Soup Sandwiches- Joy the Baker has taken this classic soup and turned it into a beautiful sandwich, a perfect recipe for a rainy spring day.

Milkshake Roundup - Check out That’s What We Said for this great list of yummy shakes and smoothies. The S’Mores Shake looks soooo good!

Just for Fun and Giggles

How to Paint a Faux Copper Patina- This is a really cool step-by-step lesson from EPBOT for all you crafty types out there on how to take an ordinary figurine and make it look all aged and interesting.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Movie Music – The God, Guts, and Glory blog has a fun and geeky list of cool music from sci-fi and fantasy movies. It includes some of the all-time great scores (like LOTR) and also some individual tracks, which is nice if you are looking to round-out your playlist with sometime a little bit different.

And here’s a final giggle for you.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning, and Happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope you have some fun things planned for your weekend (Big Man and I get to see Avengers today!). There was lots of bloggy goodness this week. (Yes, “bloggy” is a word. I added it to my dictionary to get rid of the squiggly red line.)   Here are some of my favorites.

Kisses and Kiddos

Lessons from Photography: See Beauty Differently- This lovely post is from a new-to-me blog, Lattes and Love. I really appreciated the reminder to seek out beauty in the everyday things and find a different way to view the world around me.

You Might be a Fundamentalist If – This is a “heavier” post than I usually include in Sample Saturday, but it was really challenging to me and covers an important subject. I definitely struggle with being a fundamentalist and this post was a good reminder to be more concerned with loving like Jesus did and less concerned with being right.

The Four F’s of Summer Parenting- The Confident Mom shares some practical tips for summer parenting when your kids are off school.

Changing Yourself – Excellent food for thought over at Assume Love about the right way to encourage your spouse to change.

Yumminess

Huevos Rancheros - Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this classic breakfast treat, and check out the recipe and beautiful photos over at Annie’s Eats.

Bacon-Chipotle Guacamole - Bacon + Avocados + Chips = Snacktime WIN! Thanks to Pink Parsley for this amazing recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Whoopie Pies - Cookies & Cups takes traditional whoopie pies to a whole new level with cookie dough filling.

Blackberry Sparklers - Check out this sweet, summery mocktail over at That’s What We Said.

Just for Fun and Giggles

Art Smiles - There’s a fun (and geeky) gallery of cool artwork over at the EPBOT blog.

The Judgment Olympics – What better way to prepare for this year’s summer games than to see a list of the medal-worthy events in the sport of judging people? This post is classic SCL: hilarious, but with a good bite of honest satire.

For those of you who enjoy reading flow-charts (I do), here’s one that is incredibly efficient

Source: Little White Lion, via Pinterest

And here’s a bonus funny, just because!

Enjoy your weekend!