Sample Saturday

Good Morning. Today is an extra-special Saturday because tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday! I hope you and your family enjoy celebrating.

Kisses and Kiddos

The Origin of a Spouse Date Night – The Romantic Vineyard shares this very creative idea for a date centered around your spouse’s hometown. What a fun alternative to dinner and a movie!

Surprise Him! – Straight to the point advice from The Generous Wife.

I Crave A Successful Birthday Party for My Son – This beautiful post over at mamacravings has some fun party ideas and a great reminder about prioritizing the things that really matter.

Yumminess

Peanut Butter and Jelly Coffee Cake – This breakfast treat from Two Peas & Their Pod might just be the perfect blend of peanut butter, jelly, and streusel topping.

Italian Easter Bread – I’ve always wondered how to make one of those beautiful braided loaves with the dyed eggs on top, and now I can thanks to this post over at Pennies on a Platter.

Grapefruit and Avocado Guacamole - This dip over at The Curvy Carrot sounds really interesting, and the color combination is beautiful!

Just for Fun and Giggles

Geeky Easter Eggs – Here’s a fun collection of geek-inspired Easter Eggs compiled by Jen over at Epbot. You can also click here to see her own awesome, Portal-inspired Easter Eggs.

The 10 Commandments of Chick-Fil-A – Stuff Christians Like has the perfect list of unwritten rules for enjoying Chick-Fil-A. I’m surprised “Eat More Chicken” isn’t one of them.

And for those of you who wonder what happened to the dinosaurs, there is this:

This is how the dinosaurs really went extinct...

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! Here’s this week’s roundup of my favorite posts.

Kisses and Kiddos

Be 3D – The Generous Wife reminds us that the key to a woman being a good wife and mother is being secure in who she is and confident in the talents God gave her.

On Remembering What’s Most Important – Seeking a simple, fulfilling life begins with knowing the true desires and values of your heart, as described in this Becoming Minimalist post.

The Importance of One on One Time – I posted this week about how I’ve been proactively enjoying individual time with my Little Man and The Confident Mom also had a great post about making sure to have one-on-one time with every child.

Yumminess

Cheese Blintzes with Berry Sauce – These stuffed crepes from The Curvy Carrot look perfect for a Spring breakfast or even Easter Brunch.

Chicken Cheesesteaks with Mustard – The Foodie Bride showcases this recipe for a savory sandwich with a special mustard sauce.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Devil’s Food Cake Cheesecake - If you are looking for a serious, decadent, show-stopping dessert, check out this amazing cake over at Sprinkle Bakes.

Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn – Dude. Popcorn and sprinkles. Click on over to The Tasty Kitchen Blog for a step-by-step method for this amazing and festive snack.

Just for Fun and Giggles

April Fool’s Day Prank Apology – Stuff Christians Like has a hyper-organized, color-coded system to help you decide what level of apology is needed for pulling an April Fool’s Day prank.

Remember, Easter Sunday is just around the corner!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! I hope you get a few minutes to relax with a hot cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this weeks sampling of blog-y goodness. And yes, “blog-y” is a word. I know by the absence of a squiggly red line underneath.

Kisses and Kiddos

Best Friends – The Generous Wife talks about how important the friendship part of marriage is. A great reminder to cultivate friendship with your spouse.

Realistic Homekeeping Expectations – Not to be all self-absorbed or anything, but I’m pretty much convinced that this post from The Confident Mom was written specifically for me. The grace and reality check in this article were so refreshing, and there are a couple links in there to similar posts.

Be All There – I get easily distracted, especially by trying to plan out every detail of the future, so this reminder from The Romantic Vineyard was really helpful to me.

Yumminess

Jordan Almond Bluebirds – Sugarbelle takes us on a Sweet Adventure with a step-by-step tutorial for creating these perfectly adorable little birdies.

Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Peas – The Pioneer Woman gives her take on this classic comfort food meal, complete with beautiful photos.

Meyer Lemon Curd-Swirled Cheesecake Bars - Citrus-y, spring-y, cheesecake-y goodness in bar form. Sugarcrafter’s recipe for these treats look delicious.

Cheddar Popovers – I always thought you needed a special pan to make popovers, but this recipe from So Tasty, So Yummy uses a muffin tin. These look so great, I can’t wait to try them.

Funfetti Gooey Butter Cake – The Cookbook Queen has discovered the only thing that could possibly improve a decadent gooey butter cake: Sprinkles.

Just for Fun and Giggles

DIY Butterfly Mobile – My crafting skills are pretty much non-existant but this project showcased over at the Epbot blog is gorgeous. And the detailed instructions make me think I could actually succeed at making my own. Or maybe I could succeed at finding someone with crafting talent to make one for me. Either way, I want (read: MUST HAVE) one of these for Little Lady’s room.

And yes, I realize this final giggle is excessively geeky, but who could resist a Calvin-and-Hobbes/Firefly mash-up? Not me:

Calvin & Hobbes cosplay Firefly!

Picture found on Pinterest, original source Geek Art Gallery

 

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Why not celebrate with some (green food coloring added) homemade pancakes and syrup? And if you need extra inspiration, you’re in luck! This week’s blog roundup includes some more Irish-themed posts.

Kisses and Kiddos

Showing Honor – This post from The Romantic Vineyard has some great advice about speaking well of your spouse, both in private and in public. It’s a great tie into this next post. . .

What’s Grace Like? – . . .which is a list Pastor Mark Driscoll made about the good qualities of his wife, Grace. I love this idea, and I plan on making a similar list about Big Man. I think such a project will be a blessing for both of us.

Sex after Kids: 17 Ways to Make it Happen – An excellent set of honest, practical tips from Sheila over at To Love, Honor and Vacuum.

8 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse – It’s sad that the world is such that this article is needed, but this list from The Resurgence is absolutely important for every parent.

Yumminess

Chocolate Oatmeal Moon Pies – Annie’s Eats has this recipe for a decadent homemade version of the classic convenience store treat.

Hidden Gold Rainbow Cupcakes – These beautiful and totally creative cupcakes from The Cookbook Queen are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Homemade Irish Cream - Irish Cream liquer is pretty much a requirement for St. Patrick’s Day and Alaska Mom has a recipe for making your own!

Mint Chocolate Chip Bailey’s Milkshake – And you can use that homemade Irish Cream to make this grown up and green shake from the ladies over at That’s What We Said.

Crispy Gnocchi with Basil Pesto – Finally, if you want something green that isn’t a dessert, you can try this yummy-looking pasta dish over at Two Peas & Their Pod

Just for Fun and Giggles

Things Kids Say in Church – This little story over at Stuff Christians Like is funny, sweet, and beautiful all at once. I’m looking forward to having “what my kids said in church” stories of my own when my Little Ones get a bit older.

A Striped Silhouette - The Remodeled Life has a step-by-step instructions for a really cool, Pinterest-inspired DIY art project.

And here’s a final bit of humor for y’all:

St. Patrick had quite a day

Enjoy your weekend, and have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Sample Saturday

It’s Saturday morning! And it’s finally starting to feel like Spring (around here, at least). Celebrate the weekend with some chocolate chip muffins and enjoy this week’s blog-y roundup.

Kisses and Kiddos

Defeat Overspending, From the Inside Out – Becoming Minimalist’s post makes some excellent points to consider in the fight against rampant consumerism and overspending.

Make it Your Own “Super Tuesday” – This is a really fun idea from The Romantic Vineyard for an at home “date night.” Even though Super Tuesday has already passed, you can still use the ideas here for a great time with your spouse.

Storing your Sexy Stuff – This post from Hot, Holy and Humorous is a perfect mix of practical suggestions and hilarious writing.

Treat Your Husband Like a Guinea Pig – Great advice from The Generous Wife (as usual) plus a cute picture of a guinea pig. Win and Win.

Yumminess

Four-Cheese Cheese Burgers – I love cheese (read: turn me loose in a fancy cheese shop and I could easily spend my life savings) so these burgers over at Pink Parsley look awesome.

Biscoff Monkey Bread – So, I must not be a very good foodie blogger because I haven’t yet tried Biscoff Spread which is apparently THE THING right now in the food-blog-world. But I just might have to cave and try it because this recipe from Sugarcrafter looks amazing.

Baked Lemon Risotto - I never knew you could make risotto in a way that doesn’t require 45 minutes of stirring a pan on a hot stove. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe from Joy the Baker.

Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, and Spinach – This grain salad over at Two Peas & Their Pod seems fresh and light and perfect for springtime.

Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Brown Sugar Frosting – And finally, you can balance out those light spring flavors and green veggies with these decadent and sugary treats from How Sweet It Is.

Just for Fun and Giggles

Now That’s a Bad Day – Yep, another Cake Wrecks post, this time with cakes for all those less-than-celebratory occasions. Trust me, you’ve never seen cakes like this before.

DIY Tie Dye Crayons - The ladies over at That’s What We Said have this great tutorial for giving new life to the well-worn and/or broken down crayons.

And if you have ever had your phone’s auto-correct feature change your text message into something you didn’t mean to say, you’ll appreciate this comic:

mobile phone texting autocorrect - Get Behind Me, Auto Correct

P.S. I keep forgetting to tell y’all that I’ve given in to the addiction that is Pinterest. You can follow my food-y, home-y, girl-y, and geek-y pinning with the button the side bar, or by clicking here.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Happy Saturday! Hope you enjoy this set of posts from around the blogosphere!

Kisses and Kiddos

3 Ways to Make Your Husband Easier to Love – Assume Love’s article contains a lot of wisdom and good advice, and a challenge for wives.

Small and Absolutely Amazing – This discussion of spiritual gifts and how to use yours for God’s glory comes from The Generous Wife.

De-Nagnitize Yourself – The Confident Mom shares some smart, practical tips on how to parent without nagging.

Yumminess

Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce – This chicken dish from The Pioneer Woman looks perfectly delicious with its brandy-and-cream pan sauce.

Vanilla Cream Pie – The Tasty Kitchen Blog has a beautifully photographed step-by-step recipe for this “Snickerdoodle cookie in pie form.” Sign me up!

White Corn Muffins with Goat Cheese and Green Onions – The Foodie Bride shares this recipe for savory muffins with one of the best ingredients ever: goat cheese.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls with Nutella Ganache – Really, with that title, what else do I need to say to sell you on this recipe from Bakingdom?

Just for Fun and Giggles

Rose in a Mason Jar – This great idea from the ladies over at the letter 4 is such a beautiful and different way to display flowers.

Digital Fasts – This classic post over at Stuff Christians Like contains the seven (hilariously ironic) steps you need to follow to go on a digital fast.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

Sample Saturday

Happy Saturday! I hope you get a little time to relax, savor some good food, and enjoy this set of top-notch posts.

Kisses and Kiddos

Soul Mate or Sole Mate? – Hot, Holy and Humorous’ excellent post on the myth of “soul mates” and the truth of “sole mates.”

A Mom’s #1 Stress Buster – The Confident Mom shares this wonderful reminder about why daily time with God is so important.

Backwards Date Night – The Romantic Vineyard’s fun idea for a unique date night.

Yumminess

Chocolate Orange Sour Cream Pound Cake – The Curvy Carrot shares a recipe and some awesome photography for this beautiful loaf cake.

Creamy Italian Stove Top Mac ‘n’ Cheese – Pink Parsley’s easy, cheesy pasta dish that combines Italian flavors and three different cheeses with shell pasta (the best pasta shape out there!)

Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins – I love all things breakfast, so as soon as I saw these yummy-looking muffins over at Two Peas & Their Pod, I knew they were going on my “to bake” list.

Frito Snack Mix – Sugar. Covered. Fritos. Seriously. You need to see this guest post from cookies & cups’ Shelly over at RecipeGirl (just don’t tell your dentist!)

Just for Fun and Giggles

Buzzkill – Replicating cartoon characters in cake and frosting should be left to the professionals. I mean, the real professionals, not the grocery-store bakery.

And for all of you out there who are tired of grammatically-impaired, cheeseburger-loving felines, I give you this non-LOLCats poster.

funny pictures - Frank looked out over the majestic rocky coast bathed in the grandeur of the setting sun...

Enjoy your weekend!