Fall · home accessories · hospitality · Refreshment in marriage

Tips & Tricks That Refreshed Us!

We’ve been home bound this week due to my husband’s eye surgery, but we’ve had some wonderfully refreshing blessings that have truly refreshed us!

  • Did you know you can plant your Mums and possibly get them to come back next year? I’ve enjoyed these flowers so much!

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Chicken · grilling

Greek Chicken Kabobs

 

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Chicken – we love it any way it comes, but I especially love it when it is grilled!  All those charred bits of goodness on the edges….Mmmm!

My go-to grilled chicken has been just barbecued because I haven’t had much success with chicken marinades UNTIL I found this recipe!!  This Greek yogurt marinade really sticks to and absorbs into the chicken.  It all makes these kabobs so flavorful!

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Greek Chicken Kabobs
Ingredients
For the marinade:
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (use full fat yogurt for best results)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoons dried
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
For the skewers:
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces for skewers – You can use boneless thighs, if you prefer.
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6-8 skewers (if using wooden skewers soak in water for 30-minutes before grilling)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Seal and massage the bag to combine all the ingredients.
  2. Add the chicken to the bag turning to coat. Marinate for 4-24 hours. Turn the bag a few times while marinating.
  3. Preheat gas grill to 400F.
  4. Pour the marinated chicken pieces into a large strainer to remove the excess marinade. Thread chicken pieces onto the skewers alternating with peppers and onions. Grill until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.

Note:  You don’t have to make kabobs; you can marinade and grill larger pieces of chicken, just adjust your cooking time.

These are delicious served alongside this pita bread.  We filled our pita bread with the kabob meat and veggies!  Yum!!

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Grilled chicken is unbelievably delicious! You will want this recipe on repeat, I promise!

With love from my country kitchen,

denise a

 

 

Fall · refreshment at home · seasonal decor

Touches of Fall Decor

Call it age, call it lazy, but I’m changing my game this year with my fall decor.  Instead of spreading fall leaves, pumpkins and corn stalks everywhere (well I never have spread corn stalks everywhere,  but for the sake of making my point I’ll add them!), I’m choosing to make a few groupings.

Here’s a peek ~

The living room touches:

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A little touch in the kitchen.  Remember my Dollar Tree box I made using the two signs?

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I set the dining room table in fall decor for a luncheon I had a few weeks ago ~

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I love the turquoise and gold together on the table!

Look how it sets off the food so beautifully…

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Then outside at my mailbox ~

This mum came back from last year.  It’s a whopper, isn’t it?  I’m loving it! It’s going to be stunning in a few days! I may add some real pumpkins in a week or so, but for now I think the flowers speak for themselves!

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I had the blessing of being in upstate New York last weekend where the colors were just beginning to turn.  It made me excited for fall to come to the south!

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I’m still changing what you see here.  Simplicity is what I’m longing for and maybe you saw a book here that is inspiring me in that direction?  I’ll keep you posted on how that turns out!

Do you decorate your home for fall?  If so, do you go all out or do you add only a few touches?

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Miniature “Cutie Pies”

The only thing better than a big pie is a personal one! As in, it’s ALL yours!

That might sound excessive, but it really isn’t because it’s a miniature one, made in the lid of a canning jar. Not only are they adorable in their miniature state, they’re also practical and can be suited to each person’s taste.

For our last Apples of Gold class, we rolled these mini pies out! It was so much fun, and a delicious ending to our six weeks’ discipleship!

(I’m posting this from a place that has no cell service, so if the photos aren’t posting check back later!)

We made up a recipe for a regular two crust pie, and gave 11 or 12 of these mini pies. Placing them in a canning jar lid makes it very easy to pop them out, as though they were in a springform pan. After they’re baked, you simply push up on the ring and they come out so easily!

We made Kentucky Derby Pie and Blueberry Pie. We simply divided the filling. They take the same amount of time to bake as a large pie.

It was as much fun to decorate them as it was to eat them… well almost! 😉

Ready for the oven.

The bakers, getting ready to enjoy the fruit of their labor…

With Thanksgiving around the corner, this might be an idea for you to tuck away for your dessert buffet!

Happy (mini) baking!

Denise

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His ways are higher

What a blessing it is to watch God direct and redirect our steps! I got to see him do that even last weekend.

On Monday I got a phone call from a dear pastor’s wife. She had planned a Ladies event for Saturday and learned only days before that the speaker was sick!

Could I come and speak?

My husband and I prayed about it and we watched God clear the way and open every door for me to be able to attend.

My dear sweet friend who has traveled with me many times also cleared her schedule so she could travel with me.

The ladies at Kerwin Baptist church in Kernersville, North Carolina did an awesome job carrying the theme of, His Ways are Higher in every area of the event. From the decorations to the music, we were reminded that God’s ways that are better than our own. Yes, the theme was being lived out even in the change of their plans and mine.

This sweet pastor’s wife took care of every detail for me and the other ladies. She had a host of helpers that did a fantastic job! God was glorified in every moment.

We may never understand until eternity why God changed their plans and my own. One thing is clear, we can always trust God for the surprises that he brings. My definition of God’s surprises is,

Situations in which we have no control, so that God will get the greatest glory.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my Ways your Ways saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8,9

Whatever surprises have touched your life today, know that you can trust the Lord for the outcome. He is at work doing things that are higher and greater than you could have ever imagined!

Refresh yourself by preaching in God’s house this Sunday! My husband and I are boarding planes to head out to serve the Lord this weekend. We look forward to seeing how He will be glorified in what he has planned!