Simple Homemade Toffee

Simple Homemade Toffee Recipe My Aunt Kathie makes THE BEST toffee. I remember looking forward to it every Christmas season, when she would bring a tray for the Family Christmas Party, and send a container of it home with each of her siblings. When I became a young wife and mom at age 20, I wanted to make it for my new family. It was one of those things that I wanted to make sure I knew how to do.  Thankfully, Aunt Kathie isn’t stingy with her recipes. And now I’m so glad I know how to make it. I moved 850 miles away from my family, but can still …

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Family Games at Thanksgiving

How to Make the Holiday More Fun: Thanksgiving Games Check out my list of Family Games at Thanksgiving! Here’s why I created them… I love Thanksgiving. But in the past, it’s basically just been a really long meal prep culminating in a dinner that’s devoured in less than an hour, and then nobody knows what to do after they’re more stuffed than the turkey was. Last year when we hosted Thanksgiving at our house for the first time, I started to think of ways to make the day about more than just the meal. So much preparation goes into a high-profile holiday like Thanksgiving— shouldn’t it be more memorable than …

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Christian Hospitality

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When my family moved from Illinois to Georgia last summer, one thing I vowed to focus on (once we were settled) was Christian Hospitality. I wanted to be that welcoming homemaker who handled visits—scheduled or not— with grace and warmth. The Hostess is the Grossest The entire first week we were in our new home, I made sure to shower every day, reasonably do my hair and makeup, and get dressed in real clothes. Wouldn’t you know it, not a single person stopped by during the first six days. On the seventh day, I took a note from God’s playbook and rested from my regimen. Can you guess what happened …

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Freezer Meal Prep

“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family…” -Proverbs 31:15 Freezer Meal Prep Living out this verse meant Freezer Meal Prep was a large part of my weekend. Raise your hand if, like me, you sometimes block out the fact that husbands and children expect to eat dinner every single night?  I’ll keep myself busy during the day so I don’t have to acknowledge the cold, hard truth that I haven’t shopped or prepared anything.  But by supper time, I can no longer hide from my own willful ignorance. I’m not always like this.  I usually have a pretty good system for meal planning …

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