Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grace at Home No. 114


Welcome, friends!  I hope this Thursday finds you doing well!  Thank you for coming to the Grace at Home party!

Here are a few of my favorite links from last week's party:

Martina at Northern Nesting showed us the beautiful water feature by her backyard pool.  Don't you wish she were your next-door neighbor?



Jenise from Do-It-Yourself Fun Ideas explains how to make tall concrete tea light candlesticks.  So cool!


I've been deeply touched by reading about the difficult but hopeful journey toward having a child written by Lisa at Amateur Nester.  If you or someone you love struggles with infertility, you'll be blessed by Lisa's blog.  Right now is a hopeful time as she's just experienced embryo transfer!




Kaylene from Faithful Feat shared 5 Ways to Experience God's Presence.  A lovely, helpful post!


These are just a few of my favorites.  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!




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Soul Care


These are the words of John the apostle, who spent years with Jesus in the flesh and then years walking with Jesus after Jesus had ascended to heaven:

"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin" (I John 1:5-7).


May the knowledge of God's goodness fill your heart today!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grace at Home No. 113


Welcome to the Grace at Home party!  Each week we pause to ponder God's grace given so freely to us and to celebrate the ways we make our homes reflections of that grace.

Last week's party included some wonderful links.  Here are some that caught my eye.

Debi from Surroundings by Debi showed us how to make a "lemon vase"--perfect for summertime flower arrangements, and so easy to do!


Patti from Old Things New recently re-did her kitchen, and she shared a complete explanation of how she created a high-end look on a bare-bones budget.


Theresa from Shoestring Elegance showed how to make your own butter.  I'm going to try this!


I've seen some creative ways to display a house number, but none so cute as this pillow created by Moni at Zuhaus at Home!


I have traveling on my mind this week, so I really liked the DIY kids' luggage tags created by Heidi from Haven Help Us.  A great idea to help kids locate their bags!


Leslie from Gwen Moss shared some thoughts on soulmates, apologies, and real love.  A beautiful post--well worth the read!


These are just a few of my favorites.  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!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Old-Fashioned Pan-Fried Okra


"In the good old summertime, in the good old summertime. . . "

Fried okra


To be honest, although that song runs through my head a lot this time of year, summer is not really my favorite season.  I sorta melt in the extreme heat.

One thing I do love about summertime, though, is the abundance of fresh produce.  We're not growing any of our own produce this summer, but a Saturday morning trip to the Farmers' Market yields a great bounty.  One of our favorite summertime veggies?  Okra.  Because FRIED OKRA is hard to beat.

You can get deep-fried okra at lots of restaurants around here, but it's not my favorite.  What I love is old-fashioned pan fried okra, the kind that people in my family have been eating for generations.  And it's so easy to make it yourself!

Besides the okra, here's the most important ingredient:


If you've never bought this product before, you have a treat in store for you.  There are a number of good brands; this is just what I happened to have on hand.  The most important thing is to get corn meal MIX, not just corn meal.  (If you can't find this handy product, you can mix 3/4 cup yellow corn meal with 1/4 cup all-purpose flour.)

Old Fashioned Pan-Fried Okra

1 pound okra, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 cup yellow corn meal mix
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying (I use canola)

Wash okra in a colander; drain. You can use fresh okra or frozen okra that's been thawed.

Combine corn meal mix, salt, and pepper in a gallon-size ziptop bag.  Add okra to bag.  Seal and toss to coat each piece thoroughly.

Heat a little oil (approximately 1/4 cup or so) in a skillet over medium-high heat.  For best results, use an iron skillet.  When oil is good and hot, add about one fourth of the okra to the skillet.  Fry, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.  Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.  Sprinkle with additional salt if needed.

Fry all the okra in small batches, adding a little more oil to skillet if needed.  Be sure the oil is good and hot before adding each new batch of okra.

Serve immediately.

Fried okra

Have you ever made fried okra?  How about fried green tomatoes?  Or fried squash?  What's your favorite garden vegetable?

I'm joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday and
Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading.

Monday, July 14, 2014

An exciting week


I know a lot of y'all are lovers of all things French, so I should start by saying Happy Bastille Day!



One of our favorite rooms in this home is at the very front of our house, where you see the stone fireplace.  It's my husband's study, a very masculine room.  Here's how it looked last fall:


 If you were to peek into the room today, here's what you'd see.


Take a look at the titles of the books on the ottoman:


This is most of our books about D-Day.  The D-Day books are just part of our collection of books about World War II.  The World War II books are just part of our collection of books about military history.  Yes, we're history nerds.

Lord willing, this week will bring the fulfillment of one of our long-time dreams.  We're going to Normandy!

My husband was a history major in college, and he has wanted to visit Normandy, especially, the D-Day landing sites, ever since I've known him.  I was a history minor, so I share his interest.  And our children have inherited our love of history.

So this week the five of us will set off on the trip of our dreams.  We'll be spending a week in Normandy, followed by five days in Paris, all of us together.  It'll be the first big trip we've all made together since 2008.  To say that we're excited is a bit of an understatement!

Have you ever traveled with young kids?  Have you ever visited France?  Aside from Paris, we've never really spent any time in France, so we have lots of questions.  Any tips to share?  I'm all ears!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Grace at Home No. 112


Welcome to Grace at Home!  I am grateful for this party, a place to reflect upon the grace God pours into our lives and a celebration of the ways we make our homes places of grace.

Here are some highlights from last week's party:

Kendra at Joy in Our Home transformed a thrift store cabinet door into a darling chalkboard.  What a great idea!


Jenise from Do-It-Yourself Fun Ideas created a wonderful wall hanging featuring some of her favorite song lyrics.  Love this idea!



Darielle from D.D.'s Cottage and Design did a great job of painting an old chest of drawers; now she has a beautiful piece of furniture.


Gretchen from Willow Hill Farmgirl offered 10 tips for deep-cleaning the house with older kids.  Brilliant!


Amy from Wasteland to Graceland offered some valuable, godly advice for when you think you've been foolish.  Wise and poignant.



These are just a few of my favorites.  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!