Thursday, July 20, 2017

Grace at Home No. 258


Hello, friends, and welcome to this week's Grace at Home party. I'm so glad you're here to join in celebrating all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

Here are some links from last week's party I thought you'd enjoy.

Paula from Sweet Pea designed and built this porch swing out of 2x4's, and she shares her process step by step. What a great summertime addition to a home!


Shelley from Calypso in the Country shared seven ways to update your outdoor space for entertaining. Lots of practical tips here.


Barb from Sparkles in the Everyday shared a recipe for making delicious vanilla bean ice cream—no ice cream maker required!


Amy from Wasteland to Graceland is starting a series about grasping the depth of God's love. What a wonderful subject to ponder deeply!


As for me, I shared the story of my grandmother's angel food cake—and shared the scrumptious recipe as well! I'd love for you to check it out.


A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!


Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!





Monday, July 17, 2017

A dessert from heaven: Angel Food Cake


Here we are, smack dab in the middle of summertime. Around here, that means we're in the middle of a heat wave. So when I want a special dessert, I crave something light and refreshing.

Cue the angels singing; it's time for their favorite dessert.

LIght and refreshing, angel food cake is a dessert straight out of heaven

This is not just any old angel food cake, mind you: it's my grandmother's homemade angel food. Some of my fondest childhood memories were made in my grandmother's kitchen. Grandma was regionally famous for her angel food cakes, and for good reason: this is the most delightful angel food I've ever eater, hands down.

True story: my grandmother always beat her angel food batter by hand (can you believe that?!). A couple of days before my wedding in 1985, she challenged me to an arm-wrestling competition.  She was 68 years old; I was 21. She beat me without blinking an eye.

This is her recipe. Angel food cake is made from just a few simple ingredients.


I don't mix mine by hand, but my trusty KitchenAid is a pretty fair substitute for my grandmother's muscle power.

There are two secrets to making a delicious angel food cake. One is to avoid any kind of grease or oil. Be sure that your mixer, bowl, and cake pan are completely clean. The other is to use the right flavorings: pure vanilla extract plus just a little pure almond extract. That flavor combination can't be beat.

This is the best angel food cake you'll eat this side of heaven, I promise.

Grandma's Angel Food Cake

1 cup + 2 Tablespoons cake flour
1 1/2 cup sugar, divided
12 egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Sift the cake flour with 1/2 cup sugar 10 times; set aside.

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar and salt until still enough to form soft peaks, but still moist and glossy. Beat in remaining cup of sugar.

Sift one-fourth of the flour mixture over egg whites and fold in gently. Repeat, folding in remaining flour by fourths. Then fold in the vanilla and almond extracts.

Spoon batter gently into a clean (UNgreased) tube pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and invert cake pan onto a glass bottle to cool. When thoroughly cool, run a thin knife around the edges of the pan to loosen cake, then tap cake out onto cake plate.

Cut slices with a serrated knife. Serve plain or with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Click here for a printable copy.

Simple recipe for the best angel food cake

Do you have a favorite recipe passed down from your grandmother? I'd love to hear!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Grace at Home No. 257


Hello, friends, and welcome to this week's Grace at Home party! I'm so grateful you're here.

Here in North Carolina we're well into the hot-hot-hot part of summer. This week I've been working hard at a secret project--but completely indoors! It's too hot to do much of anything outside. What's it like in your neck of the woods?

Here are some features from last week's party:

Lindsey from Repurpose and Upcycle made the most of her living room with just a few farmhouse touches, including curtains made from dropcloths. You'll want to check out her post: these are the easiest-to-make curtains I've ever seen!


I was really interested in this post: Meg from Hello Farmhouse has never used the air conditioning system in her house. Now, she doesn't live in North Carolina, but she does live in an area with hot summers. I was inspired by her post to come up with some ways to reduce my own A/C bill!


Looking for a small project to work on these hot days? Check out this cute farmhouse sign made by Cathy from Vintage, Paint and More. I'd like to try something like this!


If you're like me, you're looking for cool dinner options these days. Pattie from Olla-Podrida shares a recipe for Thai Chicken Salad that looks amazing!


Have you found yourself held back by fears? You'll be inspired by this post from Michelle Bengtson: Five Truths to Defeat Fear.


A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!


Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!





Thursday, July 6, 2017

Grace at Home No. 256


Hello, friends! Welcome to the Grace at Home party, where we share the ways we make our homes places of grace.

"Home" is one place I've hardly seen in the past couple of weeks, but that's okay with me; instead, I've been in two of my other favorite places.  First I was in the Rocky Mountains:


And now I'm in the Blue Ridge Mountains!


Many times I've talked with people about where they like to get away from it all. It seems that some folks are "beach people" and some are "mountain people." I definitely fall into the latter category!

The time away has been refreshing for my soul, but now I'm eager to see what you've been up to!

A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!


Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grace at Home No. 255



Today is June 22, and I'm so glad to welcome you to this week's Grace at Home party.

I don't know what's going on in your life today, but June 22 is a special day for me. Today is my 32nd wedding anniversary!


Obviously, we were only 12 years old when we got married {wink}.

As you can imagine, I'll be spending some time today reflecting on the way God has blessed us over the years. So I'm glad that today is the day for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate the ways we make our homes places of grace.

Here are some links from last week's party I thought you might enjoy.

If you're looking for garden inspiration, you should visit with Rita from Panoply! She shares photos of her spring/early summer garden that will have you wanting to create your own beautiful outdoor spaces.

Alicia from A Brighter Destiny recommends books for read-aloud time around the campfire. There are some great recommendations here.


Pattie from Olla-Podrida shared a recipe for Caramel Pound Cake with Salted Toffee Glaze. Doesn't this photo make your mouth water?


Sheila Qualls learned an important lesson about overcoming shame when she received a letter from a concerned friend advising her to lose weight. 


A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!


Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Grace at Home No. 254


Hello, friends! Welcome to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace and beauty.

Here are some posts from last week's party I thought you might enjoy:

Pamela from Home on the Corner showed us her front porch all dressed up for summertime's patriotic holidays.

Lindsey from Repurpose and Upcycle shared her technique for creating this beautiful chippy paint finish:

Danielle from A Sprinkle of Joy gave us  her recipe for making turtle parfaits. Doesn't this look delicious?
Tehila from Women Abiding shared five spiritual lessons she learned from a recent house renovation. Great inspiration here!


As for me, I wrote about a distorted picture of God I've struggled with. I'd love to know if this is something that has troubled you as well. 


A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!


Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!