Thankfulness Day 9

Today I am thankful for the internet. I know it sounds cheesy, but I am. I’m thankful for the many blogs I read that inspire me in my marriage, my mommyhood, and my cooking. I’m thankful for things like email and Facebook that make it so easy to stay in touch with friends and family. Pinterest is just fun. And Big Man and I really enjoy our Netflix subscription. I know there’s a lot of bad stuff out there on the internet, but there are good things too, and I’m very thankful for all those good parts of the internet.

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!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! It’s Saturday again, which means an excuse to sleep in a little late, enjoy a yummy breakfast, and relax while reading this week’s post roundup.

Kisses and Kiddos

The Dreaded Proverbs 31 Woman, Part 2, Part 3- This three-part series from The Generous Wife focuses on how the truth of the “Proverbs 31 Woman.” If you are like me and have felt like you could never measure up to her, this series will give you a lot of grace and hope.

Date Night and Love Languages – Practical tips on planning date nights that speak to your spouse’s love language from Assume Love.

Nap Time for All- I love this idea from The Confident Mom about having a planned “quiet” time every day for every member of the family.

Yumminess

Strawberry Jam – I’m working up the courage to try my hand at making and canning jam this summer, and this strawberry jam from So Tasty, So Yummy is a great inspiration.

Village Fries – Honestly, I’ve never found a homemade french fry recipe that lived up to my expectations, but this one from Cook Like a Champion looks so good that I’m definitely going to try it out.

Brownie Pudding- The Girl Who Ate Everything shares a recipe for this tasty-looking chocolate treat with a crisp top and gooey center.

Potato, Gouda, and Candied Bacon Pizza – If you’re looking to switch up your homemade pizza from the cheese-and-pepperoni routine, try out this idea from Pennies on a Platter.

Just for Fun and Giggles

When Worship Songs go Blank – For a while I was one of the volunteers who ran the Power Point slides during church, and I remember that feeling of panic when the slides got out of order, or the computer crashed. Stuff Christians Like gives some humorous tips on how to make it through when a slide failure happens during worship time.

And for anyone out there with a Pinterest addiction hobby (like me), here’s a cartoon for you :)

Not sure whether to pin this in my advice/ jokes or recipes :-)

 

 

Enjoy your weekend!

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!