Holiday Hospitality

Our houses get “decked out” at this time of year, don’t they?  What better time than the holidays to invite folks over?  If you need a couple reasons why it’s a great time to show hospitality, read on.

1. When you’ve gone to so much trouble to get everything sparkling and gleaming with decorations, you’ve already taken care of getting the house ready for guests!

2.  There are usually enough snacks and treats in our kitchens to fill the neighborhood – so go ahead – fill up the neighborhood!  Invite your neighbors over for a cup of coffee and treat! Invite them over for cheese and crackers and fresh fruit. Look what you have in abundance and share it! If you need a delicious and easy sweet popcorn, this Almond Toffee Popcorn is a favorite of mine.

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memories · Thanksgiving

Love Them With Written Words

Life is fragile, they say. Yes, it is fragile, like a Cone Flower. Once full of vigor and beauty, after a frost the ground is littered with the soft remains of petals. The tall stem bends and bows low. Life is the same. In Joshua 13:1 we read,

 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the Lord said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years

Joshua knew he was old, and then God reminded him of that truth! We all know that with age comes infirmities. Some are debilitating. Some rob people of the ability to move, while other illnesses rob people of the ability to think clearly or to speak. We don’t know how our lives will play out, and while none of us wish to be “Old and stricken,” we just don’t know what the Lord will allow in our lives, nor how our lives will end.

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How To Respond To Unfulfilled Longings

It’s easy to feel frustrated when we’ve prayed about a longing in our heart, yet it seems that God is not listening, or that He is never going to answer. How should we respond at times like this? Today’s podcast gives four responses that will keep our hearts tender and help us move forward.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Can you relate to this kind of frustration? Which of the four suggestions is most difficult for you?

If this podcast was encouraging, how about thinking of someone else who might benefit from it and sending it their way?

Refresh the way you respond to unfulfilled expectations.

cakes · dessert

Chocolate Cake Rolls

My husband has a friend who LOVES Little Debbie cakes! He just can’t get enough of all the seasonal flavors. From Pumpkin Spice Rolls to Chocolate Cake rolls, Little Debbie has it all. I won’t shame our friend for loving them, but if you ever taste a real cake roll, I don’t think there’s any going back! Swiss Cake Rolls are a favorite for many because of the chocolate and the cream inside!

Years ago I made homemade Chocolate Cake rolls and I had linked them to the original source, which was Southern Living. The recipe is no longer there, and a kind reader notified me and asked me for the link. It’s nowhere to be found. So, I thought I’d fix the problem by simply sharing my printed version of this super good and super easy Chocolate Cake Roll with Chocolate Mint Sauce.

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home · Home making · refreshment at home

Practical Steps Towards Having a Heart for Home

I was blessed to have a mother who was home most all of my growing up years. I remember her presence in our home and what a warmth and security it created for me. When she wasn’t there, things just weren’t right. She created the cozy atmosphere, set the tone, kept things running smoothly and made it lovely.

A woman that has to work outside the home can do all those things; it will just take much more energy and effort. Some who ARE home struggle with loving it. It seems more like a cruel taskmaster that is breathing down their necks. Indeed, there is always something that needs our attention! But how do we deal with those responsibilities with joy, rather than dread?

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