Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Have you noticed? There seems to be so much angst in the world these days.     So on this day when we honor the memory and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought it appropriate to create a printable, quoting his words... "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." LOVE is caring, forgiving, and stands up for what's right. LOVE is what disarms people and opens up conversation.  And in the end... LOVE will have a bigger impact on the world than anything else.  If you would appreciate this reminder in the form of a … [Read more...]

  This morning I prayed for direction in writing this post.  As usual, there were no lightning bolts nor was there any handwriting on the wall.     My heart was open to hearing from God.  And he didn't leave me wondering for long.  I opened Bible Gateway and the verse of the day popped up. Here it is... If we say we love God, but hate others, we are liars. For we cannot love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love others, whom we have seen. The command that Christ has given us is this: whoever loves God must love others also. 1 John 4:20-21 I had already been concerned about … [Read more...]

  It's been cold here in the Great Lakes!  And there's nothing better to beat back the cold than a hot steamy bowl of homemade soup.  Mmm. Good! Nearly every week, I'll roast a chicken, remove the meat from the bones, and gently simmer the bones and some veggies for at least 24 hours so I can have the elixir of the gods... delicious, healing, bone broth.  Often I made homemade chicken soup with the broth.  Sometimes I go wild and make another hearty soup, but chicken is our mainstay.  We love it and enjoy it for several days.  That means I have simplified my meal planning in a BIG way.  I love not … [Read more...]

  It's rare for me to pop on the blog for a random chat. But here I am!   First of all, I'm a little excited about an upcoming feature series that I will be hosting with some good blogging friends. You know how I love to make something from nothing? Well, that's just a little hint about what we have in store for you very soon. Not long ago my husband was helping a builder friend with a little demolition work.  It was good for him because guys can work out their frustrations when they have a good demo project.  It was good for me, because as they were throwing debris down the chute to the … [Read more...]

  If you love cornbread and are looking for a way to make it a nutritional powerhouse for breakfast, then I've got an... Easy and Hearty Breakfast Muffin Recipe for You   Do you ever go through your pantry and wonder how did you ever get a box of such and such?  It's crazy how things appear out of no-where.  As a true northerner, I always pass on cornbread.  So why would I have a cornbread muffin mix in my pantry?  I haven't figured that out.  But, shortly after discovering it (and wondering who I could pass it off to) a cornbread breakfast muffin recipe landed in my inbox.  Typically I wouldn't … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   I started the year off by setting new goals and working to improve my skills in several areas.     So often I struggle because everything isn't perfect.  I want all my ducks in a row... but you know... sometimes the conditions are not perfect. Am I alone?  I'm guessing not.  That why this Alan Cohen quote, "Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." really hit home for me.  If you're like me... you just might appreciate having this quote in front of you.  I created a FREE 8x10 printable art quote for … [Read more...]

  We are a week into the New Year.  Already time seems to be going by too quickly. There are so many things I want to accomplish.  New goals being set.  I'm trying super hard to become more productive with my time. And, I even started a little accountability support group of sorts with two other blogging friends.  We learn together, share tips, encourage each other, pray for each other, and speak Truth to each other. Speaking Truth is a big one for us.  It's so easy for us to get sucked into the lies of the world.  You know the lies you have to fight each day.   That's why it's so important that we … [Read more...]

   Have you swept your house of Christmas?  I haven't swept everything away.  I have a little silver vase filled with rose hips and white pine that still looks amazing... another vase filled with drying winterberry branches... and two evergreen wreaths festooned with pretty rose hips.  I also have a small tree that's undecorated except for its white lights.  This is my transition from Christmas.  There's something about nature's elements that I don't quickly tire of.  Unfortunately, the wreaths will need to come down this next week as they are starting to show their dryness.  On the upside... that … [Read more...]

  Have you even had a wall mounted bare fluorescent light bulb blind your eyes?  It's awful! Have you wanted to fix it, but there didn't seem to be a way to attach a shade? I have a simple and inexpensive solution for you. First, I need to warn you.... this is NOT a pretty post.  It's utilitarian all the way!     Bare fluorescent strip lights are popular over sinks in apartments.  We all agree that when washing up pots and pans it's helpful to see what we're doing.  But, Hello!  A bare light two feet from our eyeballs!!  What were they thinking?  Obviously, it was the bank … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   It's 2017!  How many times have you had to check yourself when writing down the year today?   Are you struggling with any of your resolutions on Day 2?  Hopefully not.  But, you and I both know that sometimes we just plain struggle to do the things we know we ought to do.  The things we need to do.  Even the things we've dreamed of doing.  If you need a nudge to quit making excuses and get on with whatever your goal or dream is, then I hope you'll download this FREE printable to help you do it!  This quote from Barbara Sher, "You don’t need endless time … [Read more...]

  I coulda... If only I woulda... There's no question, I shoulda... If that's your assessment of the past year, then turn your head, move forward, and never look back. The past few days I've been thinking through the past year and I've had more coulda, woulda, shoulda thoughts than I care to admit. I confess I spent too much time spinning my wheels. I allowed my circumstances to cloud my vision and impede my forward movement.  There were days I made good choices and moved forward... but those days were too few and far between. I don't want another year of that.  I don't want to look back on … [Read more...]

  Oh my goodness!  2016 was filled with so many highs and lows... and it seems to have all gone whooshing by in a blink. In between all that living I wrote 176 posts and today I sharing what I call readers' favorites!  If it were not for you... I wouldn't be here.  It's a joy for me to create and share my inspirations with you.  Thank you for traveling through 2016 with me.  I truly appreciate YOU!!  If your favorite post isn't here... let me know.  Or if one of the posts below was a personal favorite of yours... I'd love to have you tell me. Right now I'm working on setting up my editorial calendar for … [Read more...]

   Here we are... on the brink of a New Year.  Are you ready?  There's something about the fresh start we feel as we clean up from Christmas and prepare for the turn of the calendar. Lots of resolutions are being made... shed a few pounds, work on fitness, set goals and priorities for ourselves personally and at work, and getting organized.  If you could use a few terrific organizational ideas... you are in for a treat!  This week's Project Inspire{d} had several organizing ideas that you'll want to check out!   With these helpful ideas, you'll be able to address a few areas and feel good about … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Here we are, quickly sliding out of 2016 and into a fresh new year!   Are you excited for the new year?  I'm in the process of re-evaluating a lot of what I do and how I do it.  And because I'm a doer... this thought process doesn't exactly turn my crank.  It would if I were doing it with a team that I led, but as a solopreneur, it's more of a necessary task. To that end... I discovered this quote from Teddy Roosevelt: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.   And it's providing me with some framework in which to do some dreaming and goal … [Read more...]

    I heard the bells on Christmas Day     I HEARD the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!     And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!     Till ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men!     Then from each black, … [Read more...]

  Here we are... Christmas Eve Eve! Are you ready?  Today I'm having a friend over and doing a little baking for tomorrow, it's kind of nice to not have to be running all over the place or scurrying for last minute gifts.  I did that yesterday.  And with two short stops it was done.  Yay! In the midst of the hustle and bustle, I hope that you're able to take a few minutes with a cup of tea, music low, lights low, the tree glowing, and sit.  And in those moments ponder the reason for this great expenditure of effort and energy.  May your heart be overwhelmed with the reason... the gift... God's amazing … [Read more...]

  Just when you think you can't add one more think to your holiday to-do list, you realize you have forgotten about dessert.  Sure there are plenty of Christmas cookies, but really, you want to have a dessert to finish off your meal.  I have a wonderful and easy holiday cake recipe for you that's absolutely delicious and is filled with the flavors of the season. It's a cake mix recipe that's been tweaked so you can say it's homemade. [wink]       I LOVE egg nog for Christmas and New Years celebrations.  There is something about that flavor mix that is so very festive. What I … [Read more...]

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