Thursday, August 27, 2015

Grace at Home No. 169


Welcome to the weekly Grace at Home party!  I'm so glad you're here.

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for Autumn to get here.  So here are some posts from last week's party that caught my eye.

Liz from The Tuscan Home has already decorated her house for Fall.  So much inspiration!


Marty from A Stroll Thru Life showed us how to change a summertime vignette into a Fall decoration.  Great advice!


And Cheryl from Of Ruffles and Rifles shared some wonderful thoughts about how God works in our lives in her post, "Making Alterations."


Those are just a few of my favorites.  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 (the code is right over in my sidebar).  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.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Grace at Home No. 168


Hello, friends!  I'm so glad you're here for the weekly Grace at Home party.

I've been absent from the blogging world lately, I know, so I'm grateful to be able to share these lovely highlights from last week's party.

Tara from Lehman Lane shared a tour of her family's farmhouse with lots of before and after photos. You'll love this!


Paula from Sweet Pea explains thoroughly how to make a specialty sign using wood and a jigsaw. Paula's a great teacher, and her directions are very clear!


Joanna from Everyday Made Fresh shared a recipe for Skillet Lasagna that looks absolutely delicious!

And Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable shared a wonderful life lesson about kindness.


Those are just a few of my favorites.  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 (the code is right over in my sidebar).  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.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Grace at Home No. 167


It's Thursday, and time for our weekly Grace at Home party! I'm so glad you're here.

Here are some the posts from the last couple of parties that caught my eye.

Roxanne from The Honeycomb Home remodeled her small half bath--and you won't believe the difference in this room!


Coletta Kay from Colletta's Kitchen Sink shared a recipe for Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake.  We love Texas Sheet Cake and we love peanut butter, so I'm thinking this will be a winner at our house!


Amy from Wasteland to Graceland inspired us with one thing sure to strengthen and comfort.


Those are just a few of my favorites.  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 (the code is right over in my sidebar).  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.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Grace at Home No. 166


Welcome, welcome!  I'm so glad you're here for the Grace at Home party!

I've been out of town all week with limited access to my computer, so I haven't had a chance to choose features from last week yet.  Next week I'll do a double feature.


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.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

High protein snacking: a review and a giveaway


One thing I prize about my life is having three sons.  I loved having little boys, and I love having big boys.  Nothing makes me happier than having them and a bunch of their friends in my home.

Over the years I've learned there's one thing that's absolutely true about a household that includes three boys: a lot of food is consumed.  A whole lot.

That's fine with me.  I like to cook, and my house includes this nice big kitchen:


But honestly, I can't cook enough to keep up with the all the eating needs of a busy family.  Now, I know there are some of you who never use convenience foods, and my hat is off to you.  I just can't do it.  I do a lot of cooking from scratch, and my husband and sons cook, too.  But in our busy household, I've always appreciated some convenience foods, particularly snack foods.

One of the problems with most snack foods, though, is that they're awfully shy on protein.  My guys can eat chips and crackers and cookies with the best of them, but those foods won't keep an active kid going for very long.  Most snack foods provide mostly carbohydrates, which is great for providing quick energy but is burned up pretty quickly.

Through the years we've come up with some creative ways to include more protein with our snack foods. When my boys were small, I cut pieces of cheese into fun shapes with cookie cutters. One of the boys went through a stage of eating beef jerky every day. Particularly memorable was a snack one of them created by stacking a cheddar cracker, a piece of Hormel turkey pepperoni, and a small square of cheese.  That was actually a pretty tasty concoction!

Finding convenient, easy-to-grab-and-go snacks that included a lot of protein has always been a challenge, though--until now.  I was tickled to get to try a new product made by the same company that makes that turkey pepperoni we've enjoyed for years: HORMEL®.  HORMEL® REV® Wraps are made with real meat and cheese, come in several different varieties, and each one contains at least 12 grams of protein!  Packaged in airtight but easy-to-open sleeves, they're super convenient.  They can be heated, but my boys actually preferred them straight out of the fridge--they're truly a grab-and-go food, but they provide the sustainable energy active young people need.


One of my boys is currently undergoing a pretty tough physical training regimen.  In addition to meals, he also makes himself protein shakes on a regular basis.  Last week, though, he was pressed for time and needed something that he could pick up on his way out the door.  I was so glad that I had HORMEL® REV® Wraps in the fridge!  He grabbed a wrap and a bottle of water and was on his way.

Honestly, sometimes I feel that teenagers today are too busy.  My boys are older now, and I see that their younger friends are getting busier all the time!  Between school, extra-curricular activities, part-time jobs, and all the rest, it seems that teenagers are on the go an awful lot.  But at least with high-protein snacks such as REV®  Wraps, teens can get the energy they need in order to go the distance.

Which REV® Wrap would you like to try while you are on the go? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Mighty mountains


Today I'm heading to the mountains.  I can't wait to reach their rugged beauty, their splendor, and especially their cool temperatures!

We took this photo in the Alps several years ago.
I began my mountain love affair when I was a little girl.  I'll never forget the first time I saw The Sound of Music.  I was absolutely riveted by the scene in which Maria talks with the Reverend Mother of the Abbey and the Reverend Mother says to her, "Remember: 'I will up mine eyes unto the hills; from whence cometh my help."

At the time, I thought the Reverend Mother was telling Maria that help would be coming from the mountains.  Of course, the Reverend Mother would have known better.  She would have known the next verse.

"My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."  (Psalm 121)

Although I love the poetry of the old King James Version, I like the straight talk of The Message for these verses:

I lift up my eyes to the hills
  From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
  who made heaven and earth.

All too often I'm prone to think that my help will come from different scenery, cooler weather, or the beauty of my surroundings.  But of course then I'm following the age-old tendency to worship the creation rather than the Creator.



This trip, I'm hoping to keep my mind on the One who made the majestic mountains--the One who is the real source of my help.

How about you?  Is there a part of God's creation that especially reminds you of His loving care?