Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.
I am thrilled to have Betsy from Gathering Around to share with us 4 Reasons for Dating Your Spouse!
We often enter relationships on cloud 9 with constant smiles on our faces, thinking of ways to connect with this significant other. But when we marry sometimes dating takes a backseat to everything else. We get busy and distracted.
Declutter with Purpose! Join our Clean Out with Love Challenge!
Feeling inspired to clean out your house as we head into a new year? Great! But we’re here to encourage you to declutter with purpose. Instead of simply getting rid of “stuff” from our homes, we’re going to focus on ways we can bless others. Let’s Clean Out with Love! Join our brand new 30-day challenge!
There are declutter challenges and printables all over the internet right now. After all, most of us have had a marvelous holiday season are we’re ready to settle down and get our homes organized!
I’m right there with you – and it was my search for helpful decluttering lists that inspired this Clean Out with Love Challenge.
Gooey Butter Cookies are a Christmas cookie twist on the favorite St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. These melt in your mouth cookies are soft and totally irresistible! Roll them in Christmas sprinkles and they are ready for Santa! We love to make gooey butter cookies any time of year. Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cookies and…
Originally posted on Stella’s Place: Planning for Thanksgiving? I have already ordered a free-range fresh turkey that will be delivered on the Tuesday before the big day, and I plan to roast it in pieces after an overnight dry brine. Here’s the process and recipe I will use: I have NEVER cooked a turkey…
Making Your Home a Haven Annual Challenge : Revisiting Past Challenges Including Rest And Release
From Sarah: Whenever I do this series I always go deep. I search past posts and videos. I search other bloggers for similar posts.
Check out the past posts for this series here. There are many to choose from.
Revisiting past Making Your Home Challenges.
In 2010 I began a fall challenge that encouraged women all over the world to bless their homes as a start to the fall season.
I didn’t know it at the time but the Making Your Home a Haven Challenge would become a hallmark Women Living Well challenge that women look forward to every year.
And since then, 2017 is the only year I didn’t offer the Making Your Home a Haven challenge. Instead I offered Rest and Release.
The Making Your Home a Haven Challenge is a 4-week challenge.
Each week I give you a homework assignment paired with a blog post, encouraging you to make your home a beautiful and peaceful haven for your family.
Depending on what month you start, There are either 4 weeks or 5.
The Making Your Home a Haven Challenge looks like this:
Week 1 –Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home.
Week 2 – Play soft music everyday in your home. Choose worship, classical or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships. Remind your family to avoid seething anger, tattling, criticism or back talk. As the wife/mother, work on gentleness this week.
Week 3 – List a few of the spots in your home that make you visually stressed because of all the clutter. Now go buy something for that spot – like a basket to put it all in! Work on cleaning up clutter – throw things away and encourage the children and your hubby to do the same in their bedrooms or offices or work areas this week. While you’re at it – clean up some clutter in your spiritual life. What gets in the way of your peace spiritually?
Week 4 –Keep the candle going, the music playing, and add some tender moments with your family. Have a pillow party in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids or your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening of hot cider and caramel corn. Give a 5 minute back rub to every single person in your house…and for a double challenge- try to give one every day to each family member! During your tender moment with the family, ask them how they feel about this challenge. Are they enjoying it? Is it helpful? Is there anything they would change. Give your family listening ears. I think you will be blessed by the positive feedback you will receive!
Week 5 – Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home. Cook things with pleasant aromas. Pick a meal the family can cook together – include everyone in a task and take pictures so everyone can remember moments in the kitchen together – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remove discontentment with your home or family and give thanks to God for the home God has given you to in which to create a haven for your family.
2016 Making Your Home a Haven Challenge Blog Posts
Thanksgiving Dinner For Two By Homemade In The Kitchen
From Sarah : I have only recently discovered tis blog. It’s not a new one, just new to me.
Hi there! I’m Carla, a 30-some single woman learning how to adult alone. No kids, no boyfriend/husband/boy toy. Just me. Which means I can eat what I want (like leftover Chinese food for breakfast) and never have to share my food.
You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about recipes for two. Truth is I’m lazy and eat the leftovers for lunch the next day #keepingitreal. Currently I live in Pittsburgh where I was born and raised. Follow me on @citylifeadventures to get a better look at the city I call home.
Not hosting a huge Thanksgiving this year? You’re in luck because here is your ultimate guide to Thanksgiving Dinner For Two! Menu includes recipes for two and small batch recipes of your favorite Thanksgiving dish.
Everyone deserves a plate of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy for the holidays.
I got you. I’ve been scaling down recipes for years. And it’s about time I put it all together as a comprehensive menu for cooking Thanksgiving For Two.
This isn’t meant to be a full menu; rather, I’m giving you choices to pick and choose. It’s like one of those build your own adventures books but with food!
Thanksgiving dinner is practically synonymous with turkey, but when it’s only two of you, roasting a whole turkey is way too much food; the smallest whole turkey is about 10 pounds if you’re lucky.
However you can still have your turkey and eat it too by serving smaller pieces, such as turkey breast, turkey legs, or even turkey wings.
Love the presentation of roasting a whole bird complete with stuffing? Cook a Cornish hen, which are much smaller. One hen is plenty for two people, although if you have your heart set on leftover chicken salad, you can always roast two.
The kids’ table can feel like an afterthought for a lot of people because you might think the kids don’t care. However, my kids always love when I make something a little more special for them and my daughter has even started looking forward to it on holidays and birthdays. I love seeing the delight in their eyes when I take a little more time to do something for them with all the chaos the holiday season brings.
I, very easily, get caught up in the details of cooking and all the food preparation. But at the end of the day, I’m most thankful for my family and the gift of motherhood these children have given me. Taking a few extra minutes to make something more special for them during these big celebrations is the least I can do in return.
From Sarah :
This Thanksgiving, Let’s remember the “Children”..
It’s often the “Little Things” that make a huge difference
Love And Hugs