Sample Saturday

Good Morning! Here’s this week’s Sample Saturday of my favorite posts from the last couple weeks.

Kisses and Kiddos

Love Changes Everything – A beautiful perspective in this Becoming Minimalist post.

On Raising Little Women (or Men) – A great post about the parenting and teaching lessons to be learned from Marmee, of Little Women. (post from Simple Homeschool)

Make a Homekeeping Mission Statement – A really cool idea from Home Sanctuary.  I’m still working on my mission statement, and I’ll be sure to share once it is complete.

Beyond Movie Night – A great list of fun and inexpensive at home dates from Beauty Through Imperfection.

Parenting 001 – I actually said “Amen” out loud when I finished reading this fantastic post at The Gospel Coalition


Espresso-Biscoff Heart Cake – I was all prepared to have a healthy, no dessert weekend until I saw this awesomeness from Sprinkle Bakes and decided I need to make it now.

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas – I like the idea of Mexican flavors in the slow cooker. This dish from the Foodie Bride looks like a great change from the usual pot roast.

French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – I actually made these last week and oh boy, were they good! Big Man loved them too. This Tasty Kitchen post has a nice set of step-by-step photos.

Cinnamon Streusel Chocolate Bread– Streusel and chocolate in the same recipe. Thank you, Bakingdom!

Just for Fun and Giggles

Paperman – This cute Disney short film has been floating around the internet for the last few days, and it is totally worth a look.  Does anyone else think the guy looks like Jim from The Office?

And finally, I found this on Pinterest and just couldn’t stop laughing.

Unless you’re a rhino who wants to be a unicorn. That’s not giving up, that’s refusing to bend to the pressure the media puts on rhinos to be more mythical.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Here’s this week’s roundup of my favorite blog posts. Enjoy!

Kisses and Kiddos

You Can Never Ask Too Much – This post from the Desiring God Blog is full of encouragement and hope grounded in Biblical promises.

31 Days to Becoming a Frugalista – The Confident Mom is doing a series this whole month on saving money and running a home on an efficient and frugal budget.  It’s a great series and I’m learning a lot from each new post (the link above is for the kick-off overview post)

Household Organization, Part 2, Part 3 – Another great series is this one from Home Sanctuary.  I’m always looking for ways to run the house better, and I like they way this system is really easy to tailor to individual homes and priorities.


Cookie Butter Cream Cheese NY Style Crumb Cake – This just sounds absolutely amazing. (from the Vanilla Sugar Blog)

Creamy Crock Pot Mac ‘n’ Cheese – I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my slow cooker recently, and I’ll be trying this dish from Pennies on a Platter soon.

Soups to Warm the Soul – It’s soup season and this post from Picky Palate has a whole bunch of soups that look perfectly warm and satisfying.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella, Brown Butter, & Sea Salt – Is it possible to have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes? I think not. (from Annie’s Eats)

Just for Fun and Giggles

And now, a real-life Angry Bird:

via *Very Clean* Funny Pics, Facebook

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Here’s this week’s roundup of my favorite blog posts. Enjoy!

Kisses and Kiddos

How to Write a Love Letter – This post at Hot, Holy and Humorous includes some great examples and inspiration for writing a love letter to your spouse.

Our Quick Fix Society – A hard look at our culture’s fascination with “success” and instant gratification instead of the rewards of hard work. (From To Love, Honor, and Vacuum)

29 Days to a Better You – I’d never heard of the 29 Day Experiment method before reading this Becoming Minimalist post, but I really like the concept. It’s a lot less daunting to commit to something for 29 days than to try and keep a “resolution” for an entire year.

9 Prayer Tips for 2013 – A lighthearted post from Stuff Christians Like, with a lot of truth and some great comments as well.


Baked Breakfast Taquitos – I love all things breakfast, and I really like this spin on breakfast burritos from Pink Parsley.

Pepperoni Pizza Mac ‘n’ Cheese – There are so many variations on mac ‘n’ cheese and while I enjoy the fancy gourmet type, I’m very partial to “kid food.” I bet my Little Ones will love this dish from Picky Palate.

Maple Bacon Biscuits – The title pretty much says it all. Yum. (From Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Gooey Butter Cake – I’ve made gooey butter cake before, but the recipes I’ve found always start with a box mix, so I’m looking forward to trying this “from scratch” version from Annie’s Eats.

Just for Fun and Giggles

And finally, because this is just so cute:

Enjoy your weekend!

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.


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)


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.


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)


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!