Crabbies {Recipe}

Do you have a holiday favorite that you have had every Christmas for as long as you can remember?  For me, it is crabbies.  We always had that Christmas day, as well as bacon wrapped chestnuts, deviled eggs, and other appetizers.  We pretty much fill up on appetizers that, by the time that dinner rolled around, we were too full to each much of the dinner!  In recent years, we have all gotten smart enough to have a light dinner of something that isn’t too holiday-ish, such as sushi.

Crabbies are not what you think they are.  I have realized that this is a New England dish as many Southerners and Westerners have never heard of it.  Even people who don’t like seafood like these as you can’t really even taste the crabmeat!  It’s not like a crab cake at all.

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Stress Free Holiday Season

There was a time very recently when I didn’t like Christmas time at all.  Sure, I loved that it was about Jesus’ birth and loved the lights.  However, I hated the stress. I hated the pressure to find the perfect gift for family members.  I hated the commercial holiday being forced down my throat.  Most of all, I hated how the holiday made people mean, angry, selfish, and rude.  People aren’t usually nice in my area anyway, but I could see that people were extra mean just driving in their cars—never mind in the stores!  Yikes!  I’ve been shoved in stores during the holidays.  (Now I just avoid going to stores after Thanksgiving.)  But, this year has been different for us—we have been striving to have a stress free holiday season.  Sure, the rude people still get under my skin (happiest time of year, my foot!), but I am striving not to get things bother me.

I had enough of being stressed during the holidays.  I told people not to get us gifts in exchange for us not getting them any.  I told them that we need to keep our meals simple—no need for 3 main dishes and 20 sides, never mind the apps and the dessert! Just their presence and love was needed.  I simplified the holidays by starting to focus on what Jesus did for us and by creating memories for Lemon to enjoy when she’s older.

How do you have a stress free holiday season?  I thought of four ways you could change to make it easier for you, but there are more ways!

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Christmas Countdown {How To}

When you have little ones, the wait until Christmas is an unbearable one.  They don’t quite get time yet and even an hour seems like a year.  To make the time go by quicker (or at least without a million “Is it Christmas yet?” questions), I have made an easy Christmas countdown. As a result, it makes the long wait to Christmas a bit easier.  It’s quite simple to make as well! I add slips of paper on the inside to some of the loops to add a fun activity to some days to make the time go by.  If your children are in school, you could do these activities on the weekends! Read More

Stop Living a Pinterest Perfect Life {Inspiration}

“As it is written:  “There is no one righteous, not even one.”

-Romans 3:10

As any Christian knows, there is no one perfect in the world.  We just aren’t because of the sin that entered the world with Adam and Eve; it is impossible to be perfect.  However, with social media’s technology, there is a pressure to be perfect.  To have perfect, beachy hair.  To have perfect skin.  To have our kids be happy, smiley, and getting along all the time.  To have an airy, perfectly clean house without a crumb on the floor, kid’s toys in their own containers, and perfect lighting for photographing.  To have perfect girl’s night out, full of flawlessness. Read More

Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science Book Review & Giveaway!

I am always looking for new ways to incorporate God into everyday things for Lemon.  She’s really sensitive to God right now and frequently talks about Heaven. (Partly is because my dad just died and we want her to understand she won’t see him again until she gets to Heaven.)  She wants to go there so bad!  She also loves her “Babble” (Bible) time at bedtime.  Her favorite stories are Noah and the Ark and Daniel and the Lion’s Den.  When I had the opportunity to review this devotional book for kids called Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science by Louie Giglio (available for purchase here), I was so excited!  This way, we can spend our daily time in God’s word exploring about the world around is and learn how God is in everything.

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Julie Elias “A Girl Like Me” CD Review & Giveaway!

I will have to admit that I had never heard of Julie Elias before I was given an opportunity to review her latest CD “A Girl Like Me”.  I do listen to KLove when I can, but I never heard of her.  However, when I heard her story, I was immediately intrigued!

Julie Elias CD

As  you probably know, my husband is in the Hollywood business, like Julie was.  (My husband has been an extra in 99 movies and TV shows.)  After college, Julie moved to LA to follow her dreams of working in the business.  She did various roles in theater, short films, and extra work on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: NY”, but her heart wasn’t really into it.  She realized that God was calling her into music.  Her singing at her home church during Christmas season brought her to the attention of a few people in the Christian music industry.  She began to work with Dove-award winning producer Robert White Johnson to produce her debut album A Wild Rose and her Christmas album Holy Night.  She self-produced two albums Love Rain Down and Unbroken.  Her song “Home” was #1for multiple weeks on Christian Radio Charts in 2015.  Her transparency and humility connected with her audiences, especially teen girls. Read More

Artichoke Hearts Braised in Lemon {Recipe}

This is the final Thanksgiving recipe installment for this year.  Have you found anything that you liked yet?  I would love to know if you made anything I posted on here!

This recipe is surprisingly good!  If artichokes are done right, they are so tasty.

When I was younger, I lived in two places that were close to Washington, D.C.   I would go often as I loved exploring the Smithsonian museums (the American History one is my favorite), as well as swing dancing events.  On our way home one time from some kind of event (I can’t remember what), we stopped at a brick oven pizzeria in Chinatown.  Feeling daring, I ordered a pizza with artichokes on top of it.  I am not sure why I ordered that as I never had artichokes in my lifetime, maybe it was because it had black olives on it (I am a HUGE fan of black olives!  I have been known to eat a whole can of black olives…).  I am unsure what was else on the pizza as it was a long time ago, but those artichokes really stood out to me!  Once in a while, I still put artichokes on my pizza.  Eating that pizza started my love for artichokes.


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Garlic Parmesan Roasted Carrots {Recipe}

Here is another installment in what you could bring to Thanksgiving that will impress even the pickiest of eaters!  Do you need a last-minute side to add to your table but you’re unsure what to make?  Are you tired of the same-old recipes you’ve been making year after year and are looking for a new recipe to add a kick to your menu?  I made these roasted carrots when I had a huge influx of carrots from our garden last year.  I wanted to do something special with them, and I knew that roasting them was a huge hit in my house hold.  Carrots are one vegetable that my toddler does eat. (Hallelujah!  Something healthy my toddler likes to eat!)  Roasted does make it all that much better!  I mean, she does eat carrots raw, but I like to mix it up every once in a while.roasted carrots

Notice a pattern here?  We like roasting our vegetables here.  Oven roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness of the vegetables, which is great for adults and children alike. Read More

7 Items to Buy at a Thrift Store {Lifestyle}

My husband has had a love for thrift stores for as long as he can remember.  He has always liked finding what was someone’s trash and made into treasure again.  (He also loves to save money—he’s very thrifty!)  I don’t remember going into a thrift store until I was in my senior year of college.  With limited funds, I couldn’t believe how far my money went there!  Now, when I need to find ways to be frugal, going to a thrift store is first on my list!  Over the years, I have learned some secrets to used stores. Read More

She Reads Truth Bible Review & Giveaway!

I got my first Bible for Christmas the year I was 14.  (Earlier that year, I became a born-again Christian at a Christian camp in NH.)  My second one was given to me by my first college boyfriend my freshman year, which I used all through my college career.  I have gotten a few Bibles since then, but nothing has come close to this Bible.  The She Reads Truth Bible is nothing but a work of art!

I have wanted this Bible since I have first heard about it, but I hesitated getting it.  I decided to wait for a special day like Christmas or my birthday to ask for it.  I mean, I have three Bible that haven’t totally fallen apart again, never mind the one on my phone that I read daily, so why do I need a new one?  But, am a visual learner, so anything pretty makes me drool. Read More

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