Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 37

Are you like me and in awe that Christmas Day is almost here? And don't even getting me started about this weather!!! Even though the days leading up to now seem to have flown by, I am ready. I am excited to celebrate the birth of Christ and sit and ponder the gift that He freely gives! A gift that do NOT deserve and that I desperately want others to receive. It is really the only gift that matters! While we celebrate this year we will be eating lot...s, FAR TOO MANY, treats. One of those will be Peanut Butter Bars. If you are looking for a quick and easy treat to whip up, this is a great one!
1/2 cup salted butter, 1 stick
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 pack
1 cup peanut butter
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
Cut butter into chunks and melt.
Stir in the next three ingredients. Stir until all of the ingredients are well mixed.
Line a 9 x 13 inch dish with foil. Spray lightly with oil.
Press the mixture into the dish.
Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and spread the chocolate over the peanut butter mix. Cut and refrigerate until set.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 36

Are you looking for the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person?
I have found a great one! It is called a Journible and I love them! It is a Journal that is designed for you to write books of the Bible in, verse by verse, and plenty of room for you to respond and add notes to the verses. I can NOT say enough good things about them!!! Study's prove that writing out things helps us to remember and what is more important than the word of God to rem...ember! I write big and was worried that there wouldn't be enough room but I was wrong! There is plenty of room! Plus, can you imagine if you had a book of the Bible written in your grandmother's handwriting what a treasure it would be!!! Well, guess what one day we might have grandkids that feel the same way!
There are many different Journibles to pick from. I found mine on Amazon.
I hope that this helps you mark a gift off your list or maybe just inspires you to get one for yourself!
What are your favorite gifts this season for the hard to buy for person?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 35

Good afternoon! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Speaking of Thanksgiving, do you still have turkey hanging around that you are ready to be rid of?
I have the perfect quick and easy dinner to help you use up that leftover turkey.
Creamy Turkey and Spinach Soup
1 large pack of frozen cheese tortellini
1 (14oz) can chicken broth
2 (10 3/4oz) cans of cream of chicken
1/2 bag of fresh spinach
2 cups chopped, cooked turkey
2 cups milk
1/2 t. Italian seasoning
1/4 t. pepper
Cook tortellini according to package, using 1 can of broth instead of water. Add all remaining ingredients and stir well. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low, cook 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 34

It is almost here, my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!!!!  I have always loved Thanksgiving best because it is the holiday that lets you be thankful for all that other holidays represent.  I have much cooking and cleaning to do today as I prepare for a house full of family and friends but I wanted to share our favorite Thanksgiving drink.  We call it Fall Drink around here but I thought I would come up with a little better name for it, in case you decide to serve it this year and need to tell people what it is ;-)  So, are you ready for the easiest and tastiest drink ever?
Thanksgiving Punch
- equal parts cranberry juice and ginger
-  serve with lime wedges
See, I told you it was the easiest!!!  It compliments Thanksgiving dinner well!
What is your favorite thing serve at Thanksgiving dinner?
Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy family, friends, and food!  If by chance you have no one to celebrate with send me a message and you are more than welcome at our table!
Psalm 107:1-2 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His loving kindness is everlasting. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CHatting with Charity ~ 33

Good morning!!!! Can you believe that we are already in the middle of November?!? Christmas will be here before we know it.  Today, I wanted to share with you something we did with our girls a few years ago.  When my girls were little I would set out to find the perfect advent to do with them during the Christmas season, I never found anything that was just perfect for us.  It seemed that every study I would find would not fit their ages or require too much prep work for the already too busy season or was more about the girls getting some little gift everyday than about preparing our hearts for the celebration of Christ first coming and His second coming.  So...I came up with my own idea! 
Names of God Advent
It was very simple! I gathered a small table top Christmas tree, some cute ball ornaments, and a paint pen.  Each day we would study a name of God or an attribute of God.  After our study we would write the name/attribute on one of the ornaments and hang it on the tree.  How better to prepare our hearts for His coming than to spend time studying who He is.  Now those ornaments are displayed in a glass dish and I love bringing them out year after year and going over His names.  It has become a favorite tradition.
What is your favorite advent study or tradition?


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CHatting with Charity ~ 32

Today, I have one last tip for preparing your freezer meals...label it well!  I always put what the meal is and cooking directions on the outside.  This will help you know what you have but also allows anyone to be able to make dinner on a busy day.  Plus, you could easily pass one it to a friend who needs a easy dinner. 
One last thing while we are talking about freezer meals, I thought I would share one of my families favorites!
Spinach And Chicken Stuffed Shells
24 jumbo pasta shells
1 15-oz. container ricotta
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup cooked chopped chicken
10 leaves fresh basil, chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper
1 26-oz. jar spaghetti sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Cook pasta shells according to package label directions; drain and set aside to cool. While pasta cooks, in a large bowl, stir together ricotta, spinach, chicken, basil, egg, salt, pepper.
2. Spread 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce over bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Stuff shells with cheese mixture and place in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over shells and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.
3. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake about 10 minutes longer, until bubbly and cheese begins to brown.
I normally triple this recipe when I make it and it makes enough for 4 meals. One for that night's dinner and three to tuck in the freezer for later.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CHatting with Charity ~ 31

Good Morning!  So how many of you have made your tried and true recipe list and planned out your month on a calendar?  I hope you have and that it is helping to make dinner time a little more simple!  If not, don't fear, you can do it!  You just need to take the first small step! I hope today's tip is as life changing ;-) for you as it was for me! 
One year our family had the GREAT pleasure of spending almost a month in a travel trailer.  We spent a week and a half in the mountains came home for a week and then spent a week and a half at the beach, it was wonderful.  Before both trips I had premade and froze as much food as possible for our family to help keep us from eating out and so that we did not get sick of hot dogs and hamburgers!  It was a wonderful three weeks with very little cooking by me but plenty of home cooked meals.  One night towards the end I realized how easy it had made life and wondered why I hadn't been doing this at home.  Well, let me tell you, I did start doing it at home and it did make my life easier.  Did you know you can make ahead and freeze almost anything?  If they sell it in the frozen food section at the grocery store, you can make it ahead and freeze it yourself!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind
1. Stock up on freezer bags and disposable pans
2.  Always make double of what you are cooking and freeze the extra
3.  Most soups freeze wonderfully if you leave the noodles out.  Just add them when you are heating it to serve
4.  Lots of pasta dishes can be frozen before you bake, such as homemade macaroni and cheese and lasagna
5.  Homemade baked good freeze well
Just this week we have used two freezer meals.  The first was spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage, all I had to do was heat it up while I cooked the pasta.  The second was chicken enchiladas, I let them thaw, baked them, made a quick sauce, and dinner was served.  It made a crazy week feel a little more normal because we were still having a normal dinner routine. 
 Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Are freezer meals a normal part of your dinner routine?


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 30

Good Morning!! I hope you have your list of tried and true family recipes and are ready for the next step in menu planning!  Did you find any recipes that you had gotten about?  Any that you have never tried?  How about ones that you know you will never make again?  It is amazing how many recipes I collect that just do not work for our family! 
Okay, are you ready? 
Step 2
-Grab you recipe list and a calendar, you can use the one on your phone or paper.
-Look over your month and mark any days that you know you will be eating out. **feel free to do this for a week if a month is too overwhelming for you.  It will get easier over time.  I promise!**
-Now, find your busiest nights during the month.  Look over your recipe list and find your easiest/fastest meals and write them on those busy days.  Remember, breakfast foods make a fast dinner!
-Next find any special occasions you have for the month and pick out the perfect recipe to celebrate with....unless those are the nights you are eating out󾍇.
-Finally, look over your recipe list and start filling in the rest of the month.  Keep in mind your budget and don't put all your expensive recipes in one week.  Also, spread out types of food.  An example would be don't put two pasta or chicken recipes beside each other.
-If you enjoy cooking and trying new recipes give yourself a day or two during the month to do that!  Make sure it is a day where you will not feel rushed and you can enjoy the art of cooking!
The great news is once you have done a month's worth of planning you can look back to it month after month!!!! This is how I keep us from getting bored with or burned out from eating the same 5 things over and over!  Also, it just makes life easy when I don't want to think about what's for dinner. 
-Now, email yourself a copy of the calendar so you can view it from anywhere!
*I have a summer month plan and a winter month plan.  That way we aren't eating chili and potato soup all summer!
Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Have you ever tried to menu plan for a month?


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 27


 Good Morning! Who is enjoying this fall September? I sure am!!!

This morning I want to share a free printable that I made. It is of one of my FAVORITE poems, The Refiner's Fire. It goes along with one of my favorite Bible verses Proverbs 17:3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord test hearts. We often want to thank God for... the good times in life but we do not have to be around for long before we feel the heat of the fire. I may not enjoy the fire but I love my God and I trust that He has a bigger vision for my life than I do and that brings me GREAT peace. He will not leave me in the fire a bit more than is needed to make me pure.

You can print this off, trim it up, and pop it in a frame as a great reminder that God is purifying you because you have great value!

I would love to see the printable in your home. If you use it, snap a picture and share it in the comments. I will share mine once the sun comes up and I can see to get a picture;-)


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Good Morning! I am up early and sitting outside enjoying being cold for the first time this fall! Don't worry, I have a blanket and hot coffee! I am about to write out my menu and grocery list for the week and that has me thinking... One of the biggest frustrations I hear from women is what to do for dinner. I understand this frustration. I love to cook when I have unlimited time but I don't always love coming up with a menu or the rush of dinner to be made in 30 minutes so we can make it to church on time.
I am going to spend the next few week sharing some tips that have made weeknight dinners easier for me.
Step 1
Sit down and write out every tried and true dinner that you make. This could be anything from Eggplant Parmesan to Eggs and Toast. Remember to include premade things that you pick up at the store, one of these for our family is Publix's fried chicken. Try to include at least 20 recipes. Then email this list to yourself. Having the list in email form will allow you to work on grocery list from anywhere, even the grocery store. I am not saying I have ever done that, ha! Also, include the ingredient list in the email of any hard to remember recipes.
Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
What are some of your tried and true recipes?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 28

Good Morning! I hope you are finding a way to stay dry this VERY wet week!
I woke up this morning with our vacation from last week on my mind. More specifically a dinner from last week. If you know me in real life, you know that I Mexican food. If you ask me what I want to eat 9 times out of 10 I will say Mexican. We had researched restaurants in the area we were staying and found one with great reviews. We arrived hungry and excited. When we walked in we realized -quickly- that this was an authentic Mexican restaurant and we were the only ones who spoke English. We were seated and our waitress switched with another who could understand us. None of us can speak Spanish. Needless to say, we stood out. As I was sitting there taking in the festive atmosphere and decor I began to notice all the beautiful dark and shiny hair that surrounded me. That is when it hit me not only did we stand out but I STOOD OUT EVEN MORE. You see I have the exact opposite of dark and shiny hair is blond and frizzy! Then I realized that I was the only one with glowing pale skin. Trust me, no one else cared about this it was just me people watching. I sat there thinking that this would be a funny story to tell later, you know the time the pale, frizzy haired blond came in and tried to order without knowing a word of Spanish. That is when God started speaking to my heart. I started to I as a Christian add light and stand out this much in the darkness of the world around me or do I just blend in. I sat in that hard Formica covered seat and felt conviction of some places in my life where I am not being the light, where I am not living my life as a holy sacrifice. Too often, I live my life for me and my selfish desires. I confessed a few things in that moment and enjoy my favorite food. I left that restaurant with more than a full belly, I left with a full heart that had been encouraged by God to continue to live a life that stands out to bring Him glory. I want the things I do and the words I say to be in GREAT contrast to what the world does and says. I want to look different because I am different, I am different because of the cross and I want that to be what each and every person who meets me sees!
There are many people that I have come into contact with through the years who have shown this light to me and all those around them. I am thankful for these people! This morning I want this post to be in honor of three such people who have finished their work here on earth and gone on to be with Jesus. Mrs. Ingrid Brown, Mrs. Jana Disney, and Mr. Patrick Price you all served your God, your family, your church, and the world well! Thank you for being the light!
Who do you know that is a shining light for Jesus in this world? Have you told them? Finally, are you being the light that this dark world needs?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 26

I have been think about these verses in

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your ho...use and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

These verses encourage me to spend more time teaching my kids the word of God! I want to be diligent in this! I want my kids to know God and His word. I want them to be able to trust that when times of trouble come that they have His word hidden in them!

Today, I want to encourage you to take the time to share God's word with your kids or someone else's kids. His word never comes back void!

In this picture I simply shared that we can trust God for our strength. We read lots of verses about God being the source of our strength. This is a great time to teach them to use a concordance! Then we made a cute piece of art to be a reminder (Here I raise my Ebenezer) of the goodness of God and of our lesson!

How are you teaching your kids the word of God?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 25

Happy September! Fall is my favorite season and it sends me into the kitchen with new excitement every single year! I love to bulk cook, bake, and start slow cooker meals in the morning and have the house smell yummy all day! I also find that this is a great time for me to love on others! A batch of homemade soup is easy to double and share with someone who could use a little encouragement. And let's face it we all have days that we could use a little encouragement! Today, I am going to share one of my family's favorite that also happens to be super easy and cooked in the slow cooker...the best of everything!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 chicken breast rinsed
2 cans of corn, do not drain
2 cans of black beans, drained
2 cans of chicken broth
2 cans of stewed tomatoes
1 block of cream cheese
1 pack of dry taco seasoning
1 pack of dry Ranch dressing
3 cups of rice cooked

Put all but rice in the slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours, shred chicken with a fork, add cooked rice, mix, serve with cheese and sour cream and some YUMMY bread. Enjoy!

This makes enough for our family of 4 to share. If you are just cooking for your family cut everything in half.

Have you ever surprised someone with dinner?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

chatting with Charity ~ 24

Good Morning! As school starts back and life slowly starts to find it's new norm this is where we are spending most of our time. It is our screened in porch. Until this summer it was simply a dumping ground for things we didn't know what to do with...or just didn't want to deal with. You know, the place you would die if a visitor walked into! We had big plans for this s...pace when we moved into this house 10 years ago. It was to become a butler's panty and mud room, it was going to be glorious! I have the plans and everything! BUT life happens and things like refrigerators, roofs, and heating and air systems get in the way of your plans. I had given up hope on this space, I knew that by the time it made it to the top of the list in importance that my kids would be grown and we wouldn't need the space. I just ignored the space and pretended that it wasn't there! If it couldn't be what I wanted then it couldn't have value, right?

This past Christmas when my husband asked what I wanted, I told him I want our damaged kitchen floor fixed. Hang with me...this goes with the story! Valentines came and I asked for the same, my birthday - the same, anniversary - the get the picture! When summer got here he decided it was time to give me the gift I had been waiting for but he wanted to do more, he wanted to fix the screened in porch tile too. This annoyed me, I just wanted to do the kitchen and continue to ignore the disappointing space that would NEVER be what I wanted. He was determined, so we started. I don't know if y'all remember but it was HOT this summer and this was hard work. The floors were repaired and hubby decided to start replacing the screens and the trim and painting, ugh! I was tired, I wanted to be lazy this summer! He was determined! So we worked, and worked, and worked. Eventually, the vision for the porch hit me! It was a gift that I didn't know that I wanted, that I didn't know that I would treasure! While I was caught up in what the room couldn't be, and the work it would take my husband he saw what it could be and that it had value and needed to be taken care of. Since we finished the room it has become my favorite space. As I sit on the porch this morning I can not help but praise God, not only for this porch and the gift that it is but also for the many gifts that just looked like hard times and hard work when I was in the middle of them. Today, I am thankful for the hard places that God has taken me and the gifts they have brought.

Psalm 136:1-4 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the God of gods,For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the Lord of lords,For His lovingkindness is everlasting. To Him who alone does great wonders,For His lovingkindness is everlasting

Once again, God used my husband's love for me to show me Himself. Remember, our actions have great power and can show others the love of Christ!

Are you thankful for the gifts that have come from hard places?

Has God used anyone in your life recently to show you His love?

How can you show someone Christ's love today?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 23

I have to be honest today and tell you that I am in over my head this week! It is the first week of school for us, I have a few extra work commitments, we have the luau, and I am preparing for the Be Amazing Bible study I will start teaching next week, AND our garden has been producing ab...out 10 gallons of tomatoes every other day. Soon, we will be overtaken by tomatoes! Anyway...I had a heartfelt post that I wanted to do today but I haven't had time to think it through I thought I would share one of the things I am doing with the gallons and gallons of tomatoes coming from our garden.

Tomato Pie
2 tomatoes sliced
1 pie crust
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
6 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon flour

Preheat oven to 350*, cook pie crust for 10 min., layer bottom with tomato slices, mix other ingredients together, spoon over the top of the tomatoes, bake for 30- 35 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 22

 Good Morning! How are you enjoying the HEAT and HUMIDITY? I will admit that I am dreaming of crisp cool mornings and days that my hair doesn't melt from the humidity...but until those days come I have been trying to beat the heat by serving a cold plate dinner a couple of nights per week. One of my current favorites is pimento cheese and today I am sharing my recipe! It a simple recipe and made from things I am normally stocked up on.

Pimento Cheese

2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento, drained salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together, I do this in my food processor because I like it to be very smooth but you can just use a spoon if you like it chunky and serve with veggies, pretzels, or on a sandwich. Now, sit back and be thankful you kitchen is not hot from cooking ;)

Do you have any cold plate dinner ideas? Or any great ways to beat the heat?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 21


 Good morning! One of my favorite parts of summer is all the fresh veggies! Today, I thought I would share one of my favorite tricks with you. We love the ease of eating and serving fresh corn off the cob. I know many people love it still on but I am going to be very honest and tell you I hate the way it gets stuck in my teeth, TMI I know! For years I would struggle to keep the cob upright on a plate and then gather the kernels that went everywhere while I was cutting it but then one day I discovered that if I balance the cob in the hole of my bundt pan the cob stayed in one place and because it was elevated all the kernels fell into the pan. AMAZING!

Have you ever tried this? Or do you prefer your corn still on the cob?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 20

Good morning!  Today, I am going to share something I shared on my personal Facebook page yesterday.  I showed a peek into my Real Life and I think it is something we need to be more intentional to do!  Whether it is on social media or in person we need to all agree to show the truth of our lives.  Now don't get me wrong we do not need to all become "Debbie Downers" and only ever talk about the bad!  But my thought is that if I don't show you the mess you can't appreciate the beauty of the end product.  This can be as simple as a home project or more importantly as deep as a difficult situation that you need prayer for!  If someone I know is struggling with something and they never share and I never come along side of them in prayer then I will not be able to fully celebrate with them in victory!  I want to live life with the people around me...Real Life! 
Here is my Real Life post from yesterday ~
Just in case you were feeling that you are the ONLY one, I thought I would share.... This is the current state of flooring in one room of our house and there is still more mess to make, the check engine light is on in my car, and Jeremy's Blazer needs tires and a power steering something or another!  But you know what?  It is just life and those are just things.  I am choosing today to keep my eyes on God and not the mess!  He is the only one that matters!  He has perfect timing, protection, and provision.  If I were to list my blessings they would be too many to number but people complain that social media only shows off the good in people's lives. Well, here is today's messy. It does not change how much I love my life!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 19

Good Morning!  Hope you are doing well!  I can NOT believe that today is July 1st, where has the summer gone?  One of my favorite parts of summer is the fresh veggies!  We currently have more yellow squash coming out of our garden than we know what to do with!  My sister mentioned the same thing the other day and said she was making her kids eat a squash at every meal, ha!  While I am NOT going that far, I am serving them regularly with our dinner!  Today, I thought I would share one of my family's favorite squash recipes.

Squash Croquettes 

You will need
2 cups of finely chopped squash
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

Combine all ingredients but the oil.  Put 1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan and bring to a medium-high temperature.  Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop squash mixture into oil.  On a side note, you can put the mixture in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to thicken the mix, this will make for neater scoops but not necessary.  Allow each scoop to come to a golden brown before flipping.  Once your second side has browned, remove croquette from the oil and allow to rest on a paper towel lined plate.  These are very hardy and even my meat and potatoes guy will eat these in place of a meat.  Also,  any leftovers reheat nicely in the oven at 350* until warm.

Hope you will try these and let me know if they become one of your family favorites!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 18

Sometimes life is HARD!

Good morning!  Today, I want to talk about one of the jobs of being a wife and mother that I am not always good at!  Our life lately has been hard.  You know what I mean?  Nothing awful has happened to us but life has been filled with disappointments, and frustrations, and people around us, close to us, are suffering with deep hurts and loses.  We have been feeling the weight of this for at least a full two months and we know there are more hard things coming....a dear friend moving away.  The weight of all of this has slowly changed the mood in our home, we are not as light hearted and joyful as normal.  I was praying about how I could help get us back to that place and that is when God started reminding me to be a fun wife and momma!  This is not something that comes naturally to me, I like quiet and order but I knew it was my job!  I am well aware that as wives and mothers we have great power over the mood of our homes....if momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy!  This week I have on purpose set aside time to be fun.  I even used our kitchen chalkboard to write a fun message on!  I am happy to report, It has worked!  We are not without cares, they are all still there, but we are having fun and finding joy in our day to day life!

Has your family recently gone through anything like this?  What did you do to lighten the mood?  Or if you are a fun mom, what are some of your favorite fun things you do for your family?


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Good Morning!  I am not sure about you guys but I have to tell you that I am feeling my age!  All this weeding and such in the garden has me sore from hat to stake! I was so thankful when my friend Samantha brought over some Deep Blue essential oil!  It has helped a ton and I have to say I am smelling much fresher too! You can get your Deep Blue from Samantha, just email her at  And she has promised to include a special surprise in every order! Have a great weekend!
Clarence, The Scarecrow

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Father's Day Gift

Sentimental Penny Keychain
Sentimental Penny Key Chain
This keychain makes a great sentimental gift for all the men in your life. Find pennies with your sentimental years (birth of your kids, when you got married, etc.…).  Then, gather all the other supplies and get busy making yours.


Supply List
  • Pennies with sentimental years 
  • Hammer 
  • Nails 
  • Scrap block of wood 
  • 6mm or larger jump ring 
  • Keychain jump ring 
  • Brillo Pad 
Use the Brillo pad to clean the pennies.

Grab a handful of small nails, a hammer and a scrap block of wood and hammer a hole into each of your pennies.
If you have trouble getting the nail all the way through, flip the penny over and hammer from that side.
This not hard but you will bend a few nails, just be prepared with extra nails.
Use a small jump ring to go through the pennies and then attach to the keychain.

This makes a great gift for the men in your life!!


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Our Junk. Your Trunk.

Good Saturday Morning!!!!
I have been up since before the rooster crowed dreaming about redoing the barn this winter.  Last week I got in touch with my friend Coleen about some new furniture.  She is a pro at making vintage and antique pieces look new and modern.  I pretty much LOVE every single piece that she does.  I am thinking one of these pieces would make a great addition to the I just need to decide if I want to stay more traditional or go fun and modern. Hmmm!  Well, the good news is I will be stuck here for a few more months and have plenty of time to think about it.  If you need a new piece of furniture for your barn...I mean home, please get in touch with my friend Coleen and see what she has in stock!  You can find her on Facebook at Our Junk. Your Trunk.​ and Instagram @ourjunk.yourtrunk
Clarence, The Scarecrow

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chatting with Charity 16

Good morning! 
Do you ever struggle with what to get the person who has everything???
I recently had this struggle! My precious grandmother was about to turn 80 and I had NO IDEA what to get her!  She has everything she needs and is downsizing what she has constantly.  I love my grandmother deeply and I wanted to mark this occasion with a meaningful gift, one she would treasure.  That is when the idea came to me... I would make her a memory jar.  It was a simple project to make.  I gathered a large jar, scrapbook paper, scissors, and a print out of what I wanted on the jar made from vinyl.  If you do not have a vinyl machine you could easily do this with stickers from the craft store.  I put the words on the front of the jar and cut the paper into strips.  Then we got busy writing our favorite memories with my grandmother and rolled them up and put them inside of the jar.  By the time we were finished the jar was full.  I have to tell you that this gift was to her exactly what I wanted it to be!  After she opened the gift she gave me this great piece of advice, when you are young you need to gather all the memories that you can so that when you are old you can sit and "unpack" them!   Now, I have a new memory to add to the jar!
This is her telling me about collecting memories.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chatting with Charity 15

Hi everyone!  Today I am excited to share one of my family's favorite weeknight dinners.  It is super fast and let's be honest most weeknights we need FAST!

 1   cup asparagus chopped
 1   pound pasta 
 1/4   cup extra-virgin olive oil 
 4    cloves garlic, minced 
 1/2   cup left over pasta cooking water 
 1/2   teaspoon red pepper flakes 
 1 1/4   teaspoons salt 
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1.Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water and drain.
2.Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and asparagus and heat through, stirring so it doesn't burn.
3.Add the pasta water, red pepper, salt, and bring to a boil. Toss with the cooked pasta.

Serve with a salad and some yummy bread and you have a wonderful and easy weeknight dinner
4.Sprinkle top with cheese

Serve with salad and some yummy bread and you have an easy, fast weeknight dinner!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 14

Good Morning!
Today, I am excited to share with you a book that I discovered several years ago.  The book is called Personality Plus, by Florence Littauer
This book is about the study of temperaments and places everyone's temperament into one of four categories.   Each of the temperament categories has strengths and weaknesses and these are normally where conflict with others happen.  Normally, we expect that what is easy or obvious to us should also be to everyone else and that is where hurt feelings and disappointment often happen.  The enemy would love for this to rip apart relationships but the cool thing is God means for our strengths to cover others weaknesses.  What a beautiful vision of the body of Christ that is, that your strength can cover my weakness and my strength can cover yours.  I wonder what the world would think if they could see the church living this out regularly?  Also, what if I stopped saying that is just the way I am with my weaknesses and actually took ownership of them and started to die to myself and allow God to live through me more.  WOW!  That is a change that I am sure my family and those close to me would like. 
For those of you wondering...I am a Choleric and I my weaknesses are: anger, revenge, opinionated, insensitive, unemotional, impatient, unsympathetic, sarcastic, cruel, domineering, inconsiderate, unforgiving, manipulative, bored with details, demanding, intolerant of errors.  Whew, for sure I am not naturally warm and fuzzy!
Have you ever read this book or others about temperaments?
What is yours?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Photo Prints

I have exciting news!
The Heartfelt Home Shop is now offering Photo Prints for framing.
I have a great LOVE for words and want my home filled with words that point those in it to God!
These prints are a great way for me and you to do just that and in a way that doesn't break the bank, BONUS.
5x7 - $8
You can purchase them here.

Here is a sample of the designs we have to offer and each design comes in multiple colors to choose from.

I hope you love these as much as I do.
Also, if you are local you can pick them up at Woodstock Market.



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