Refreshment in marriage · The Scenic Route

Travels on the Scenic Route

Taking the Scenic Route in marriage is not just going the long way to get somewhere, it’s being intentional about spending time together as a couple. It’s about doing something on a whim. It’s about being two, but one…talking, sharing time, making a memory and adding to the blessing of your marriage, all while perhaps also taking a long or new path to get to your destination.

We’ve had lots of home scenic route journies during the Coronavirus, but what a blessing to be able to make a quick trip to Kentucky this week to visit my parents and also take the scenic route! My husband and I wanted to go see my parents, but didn’t want to stay “with” them, due to Covid 19. Though it was odd to just go up for the day, I was thankful to get to be with them in their home for lunch, and then have the blessing of taking them on a country drive!

My husband has a sixth sense about directions. He just took a back road and got us exactly where we needed to end up! He’s pretty amazing! My parents live near Lexington, Ky in the beautiful rolling hills. Our drive took us past some lovely horse farms and acreage.

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When we finished our visit and left my parent’s home, we headed to Berea. We could have stayed at a chain hotel, but taking the Scenic Route led us to stay at the historic Boone Tavern. It’s so quaint and lovely. It was quiet (well after the protesters were sent home) and we enjoyed our stay!

Outside Boone Tavern

We could have gone to Cracker Barrel and had breakfast, but taking the Scenic Route led us to eat at the Tavern. It was so delicious – albeit, quite different, due to the Coronavirus’ restrictions. The food was still superb and the service top-notch!

Pardon the funny expression on my husband’s face, I think I caught him between words! Dale was reading some Scripture to me while we enjoyed our coffee and waited for our food.

When we left Berea, Dale decided to hit the scenic route and drive over Clinch Mountain instead of our normal route. He had heard about its beauty, and also a quaint place we could get a late lunch in an article in Blue Ridge Magazine.
The Clinch Mountain Lookout Restaurant was obviously right in front of the mountain views! The Scenic Route led us to eat our delicious hamburger outside where we could enjoy the scenery!

This was our view from our outside table!

It took a little while for our meal to be prepared, but that’s one thing about the Scenic Route – you have to take time to slow down. While we waited, we sat in the porch swing overlooking the mountains and the lake below. We certainly couldn’t complain about that!

The burger was worth waiting for…

We always split a meal – and half of this lunch was plenty! We had a Dr. Pepper Burger. It had pepper bacon on it and a coffee rub. Wow!

We made some good memories, we got to slow down, we found a new restaurant to eat in, and we learned a new route we’d love to travel again! These are all perks of taking the Scenic Route!

This weekend when you and your spouse head out, why take the straight path to your destination when you could have taken the Scenic Route? You’ll be glad you made the effort!

If you enjoyed this post, you can see other Scenic Route trips here, here, and here for starters!

Responding to trials · trials

What To Do When You Feel Helpless

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During the Coronavirus time, did you feel helpless?  You may have looked at your own abilities or your influence and wondered what you could do. 

During this time of violence and hatred in our country, do you wonder how you could make a difference?

God gives us a beautiful picture of someone in the Bible who could have felt unqualified to do anything about the hard circumstances in which he found himself. That person was Elijah. 

Elijah was living at a time when King Ahab ruled.  Let me remind you that Ahab’s wife was Jezebel.  They made a wicked team.  I Kings 16: 33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

Why didn’t someone just go let King Ahab have it?  It seems much of the nation of Israel had turned from God to Baal. Ahab might have been thinking he was doing pretty good running things the way he liked them.  This went on for 22 years!  Then we turn to Chapter 17 and everything begins to change! Continue reading “What To Do When You Feel Helpless”

Cooking for Two · dessert · Fast dessert

Mocha Pudding Cakes for Two!

I love it when I can find a dessert that just enough for my husband and me. I don’t like making a whole cake or pie when it’s just the two of us. It will just go to waste. But then there are little gem recipes that only make two servings and are fast and super-yummy, like these Mocha Pudding Cakes from Taste of Home.

I made these during the time of our quarantine. It made the perfect sweet ending to a meal and there were no temptations leftovers!

Mocha Pudding Cake…makes two single servings!

Here’s the recipe…

Mocha Pudding Cakes for Two

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons hot brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • Whipped topping, optional

Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla until smooth. Spoon into two 4-oz. ramekins coated with cooking spray.
  • Combine brown sugar and cocoa; sprinkle over batter. Combine coffee and water; pour over topping. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature, with whipped topping or ice cream, if desired.
Gooey and delicious!

When you make this you’re going to have two really happy people in your kitchen – you and the one with whom you’ll share it! Pin it and then make it soon!

With love from my country kitchen,

Family life · Refreshment · womanhood

The Blessing of a Sister Retreat

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There were never such devoted sisters…

I had the joy of going on a four-day Sister Retreat  last week!  This is the third time my two sisters and I have had the chance to get away together.  We started these “retreats” eleven years ago and have had three totally different kinds of events each time.

The first retreat was  a trip to New York City!  We made a long weekend of it and did all the highlights of the city!  The next time we retreated, we went to a special place – Fairhaven Ministries, near my home and stayed in a little chalet.  We walked the trails, we cooked, we prayed.

This year’s retreat was also fairly near my home.  My sisters traveled from Kentucky to Tennessee and we drove less than an hour to go to a lovely cottage on a lake.  The setting Continue reading “The Blessing of a Sister Retreat”

Favorites

Friday Favorites

During the Coronavirus, I began keeping a daily log of blessings.  It’s so easy to focus on the negatives and forget the joys of each day, isn’t it?!  Looking back in my pictures on my phone is a good way to make my list.  Here are some of this week’s favorites.

A Saturday bread delivery.  I’ve continued to bake Sour Dough each week and then my husband and I go out together to drop off a little loaf to folks in our church family.  What a joy to see our friends and give them something to enjoy.

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I have permission to share photos of my  sweet grandsons, so I get to tell you about our Jeep picnic to Chick-Fil-A!  We pulled into a parking lot, opened the back door and I sat between them and we ate our lunch while Pappa stood in front of us.  They LOVED that!  It was a good thing just to get out and do something outside of the house!  Of course these two make it even more fun!

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Another day, I got to stay with one of the boys while the other had an appointment.  I pray about being intentional in my time with them, and decided to teach him a Bible lesson about Peter preaching to the people and telling them Jesus loved them.  After our lesson, we used this “phone” to tell each other, “Jesus loves you!”  He was so surprised that he could hear me whisper when he was all the way on the other side of the room!  It was some old fashioned fun and a sweet reminder that we need to share the Gospel message with others!

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I found this black frame in a closet and decided to make a “wreath out of it.  Crafting is always a bright spot in my day!

I was so happy to have some warm temperatures this week!  I got to sit on the porch and eat my lunch.  What a special blessing…especially because we have more rain in the forecast!

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Next week I’m going to have a little get-away with my sisters!  We’re so excited about the chance to be together and also have a change of scenery!  You won’t see me here on the blog, but I’ll be back the next week!

What was the highlight of your week?

Refresh yourself with some things that make you smile!

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communication · Dates · Marriage · Refreshment in marriage

Don’t Let the (Marriage) Well Go Dry, Part 2

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I watched the sweetest couple get married last weekend.  It was precious to observe.  I saw heads bowed together, hands clasped, endearing looks and tears at the vows shared.  One word you couldn’t use to describe the wedding would be dry.  No way!  It was flowing with love!

No one gets engaged with the thought, “I wonder if my wedding day will be dry and boring?”  But how many couples end up eventually looking at one another and sensing a dryness?  Too many.  Sometimes it comes in spells.  Sadly Continue reading “Don’t Let the (Marriage) Well Go Dry, Part 2”