There is a restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee that my brother introduced me to years ago called Bishop’s. My brother travels a lot for his job, so he knows every hole-in-the-wall restaurant from here to Timbuktu. So when he called me and told me to meet him at Bishop’s (I happened to be in the Nashville area.), he didn’t have to twist my arm or tell me twice. Once I met him there he told me I HAD to get the carrot souffle. Had to. Boy, it did not disappoint. The carrot souffle at Bishop’s is the stuff dreams are made of. [Read more…]
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted about my favorite things, so I thought I’d bring it back. I don’t know about you, but anytime I hear the words “my favorite things” I think about Julie Andrews and the Sound of Music. So, now I’m singing:
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with string”…
“These are a few of my favorite things!!”
So now that that song is stuck in my head…and probably yours…here are some of my favorite things these days.
1. My House
When we moved into our house there were shelves in the garage. They were nice, but they were at the front of the garage and my van had to get right next to them to fit into the garage. I’ve wanted to remove them since we moved in, but just haven’t quite known what to do for storage. I finally came up with a plan and bought these shelves, a few other things at Lowes, and moved some things around. Viola. Garage makeover complete.
Who wants to pull in to your garage and be greeted with this?!? Bleh.
We have a few bikes. Grin. We hung my husband’s bikes and then bought these bike stands for the boy’s bikes.
- Pumice Stone
The pumice stone is a new cleaning phenomenon for me. Do you ever get a ring in your toilet?? Use this pumice stone and it will come right up. It sounds like it is scratching, but it’s not. It’s the best cleaning product I’ve found in a while.
- Magic Eraser
Glass shower doors are THE WORST to keep clean. A Magic Eraser and a little elbow grease will take that soap scum off and make it beautiful again though.
2. My Nightstand
If you are interested in making disciples who make disciples, I’d encourage you to pick this book up. It is a super easy read with very practical applications to making disciples.
After reading Jen Wilkin’s book Women of the Word, (If you haven’t read this book, add it to the top of your que!) I now study the Bible using the method she teaches. So right now I’m studying Joshua. She has free resources on her website and she has a podcast so you can listen to her teach on what you are studying. If you have ever wanted to study the Bible…really study the Bible… this is the way to go!
3. My People
- Running with my Man in the Middle
Our middle son has basketball almost every day. The other day I was heading out on a run and he happened not to have practice that particular day. As I was heading out he asked if he could go with me. Go with me?!? Of course!! We had the best 3 miler together and just talked. His encouraging personality came through and I will not soon forget our time together.
- My husband got the all clear from the doctor
Remember the bikes hanging in my garage? My husband is a cyclist. Several weeks ago he had a pretty serious cycling wreck in which he broke his collarbone. Surgery was required, but as of last Friday, he has no more sling and he can drive again! WooHoo! He still has a few more weeks before he can resume all physical activity, but he is definitely on the up and up.
4. My Kitchen
- Freezer Cooking
We are on fall break around my house (Hallelujah and Amen!) and I’ve used some of the time to cook ahead for my freezer club. I made the meatballs for Healthy Meatball Sandwiches from Thriving Home Blog and stuck them in the freezer for when we meet again and swap everything up. If you are new to freezer cooking, I’d recommend the cookbook, From Freezer to Table.
- All things fall, but especially anything pumpkin
Man, I LOVE fall. It’s my favorite season. I love anything pumpkin, but this Pumpkin Snack Cake is becoming a quick favorite.
5. My Plans
- Shopping with my Mom
My mother and I take a annual shopping trip. We typically hit thrift stores, eat at good restaurants and do whatever we want to do for the weekend. This year I’m adding in a stop at Nordstrom Rack because it just opened here in Memphis and I’m excited about going!
- Going to Denver with Fred
Through a crazy series of events and some really cheap airline tickets, Fred and I are getting away for a few days in Denver, specifically Estes Park. We are so excited! If you’ve ever been to this area, I’d love any travel tips.
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I first had this cake at a friend’s son’s birthday party. I don’t remember how old he was at the birthday, but I remember that this cake was THE BEST CAKE I HAD EVER EATEN! My friend, Melanie, gave me the recipe that night. I may or may not have had two servings of said cake that night. The details are fuzzy…okay, they details are not fuzzy. I just don’t want to admit that I ate two pieces of cake. Oh…and said child…he started college this fall. Gulp. [Read more…]
Welcome Fall! Our first day of fall was hot. I mean, like high in the upper 80’s hot…not like fall at all. That’s okay though, because by the time this month is over the temperatures will be perfectly lovely or at least in the 70’s. I’ve decorated for fall and I’ve even eaten soup. The outside temperatures will not keep me down. No they will not. When you live in the South, Fall is a season you feel in your heart.
I love all things fall. I love boots and layers and football and changing leaves and ALL THINGS PUMPKIN! Yes, all things pumpkin. I love pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin dump cake, pumpkin donuts, and this Pumpkin Snack Cake. But with all of that, do you know what I really love? My sweet seven year old still calls anything with pumpkin in the name, “punkin”. I know I should correct him, but I just can’t. In fact, when I was making this Pumpkin Snack Cake he came in the kitchen and said, “Mom, that smells good. Can I have a piece of punkin cake?” Yes, yes you can. [Read more…]
This BLT Salad is low carb and gluten free, but the best thing about it is that you can make it for one or for 20. It can be used as a side or as an entire meal. One thing is for sure though…you’ll love this salad! With 6 simple ingredients, you’ll be able to whip this up in no time.
With four boys and one girl in this house, it’s an understatement to tell you that we are not a family for fanciness. I mean, don’t get me wrong, we teach our boys manners and how to properly behave in public, but “pinterest mom” I am not. No one cares. They just want to eat…which leads me to this Sausage Quiche. I like to cook ahead for our breakfast and this Sausage Quiche is perfect for that. However, when I use the word Quiche my boys look at me like I have a horn growing out of my head. So, this is how I turn the conversation:
Me: Would you like Sausage Quiche for breakfast?
Boy 3: No. (Looking at me like I have a horn growing out of my head.)
Me: Okay. Would you like some egg pie?
Boy 3: Yes! That sounds great!
Ha! They have NO idea that I’ve just renamed the exact same thing. Whatever. They eat and they are happy. Call it what you will. I call it done.