Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Perfect Imperfection




Yesterday was a big laundry day, and I do mean a "wash and fold everything in sight and get it put away" kind of laundry day. I also vacuumed, cleaned the kitchen, made dinner, washed rugs and sheets and everything in between. 

Mondays are like that around here. It’s the day I tidy up all the remnants of a busy weekend and hope it lasts till…Tuesday!

But who am I kidding? I will never be able to accomplish all that needs to be done around this place. There will always be a missing sock or a clump of dog hair under the couch (right next to a stale potato chip). There will always be weeds in the flower beds, dog nose art on my windows and maybe a few drops of something sticky on the floor in front of the fridge. It is home, after all! Life happens here.

But it seems no matter how hard I work at cleaning, fixing and doing there will always be something messy and needing attention in my life, and I’m learning to be OK with that. Having an imperfect house…an imperfect me acknowledges my great need for a Savior.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 2:23-24)


The only "perfect" element in my life is Jesus. He brings perfection to my imperfect day. He is my strength when I crumble in weakness and He lights my path on the darkest days. In Him, all is made perfect and new.


And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Did you know...

...that you can sign up to receive my Joyful Kitchen recipes by email???


I wouldn't want you to miss out on some of my recent favorites, like these flaky, buttery croissants, perfect for your breakfast or brunch table (above)...OR this amazing salad (below) using whole grain pasta, tossed with fresh vegetables and a wonderful pear balsamic vinaigrette:



...or THIS! A breadless version of bruschetta - fresh grape tomatoes and pesto with a sprinkling of Mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil all cradled in zucchini halves! SO good!


Or maybe you're in the mood for a decadent, sweet treat??? This definitely answers the call! These are my fudgy rum (flavored) chocolates - not only perfect for the holidays, but for ANY time of year :)



Creating delicious food and sharing it with those I love is my passion. So, head over to my food blog and sign up to receive my recipes! There's always room for one more in my Joyful Kitchen :)


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Let 2017 be the Year!




It’s 6am here.

Dark and early.

That wonderfully quiet time with the perfect cup of coffee and the soothing warmth of the fireplace…and my heart stirs.

I think of this brand new year stretched out long before us with its possibilities and opportunities. I think of how we each enter into this clean slate of promise, of hope and dreams yet be realized. I think of how 2016 brought many of us to our knees more than once and how our loving God sustained us through it all.

Friend, let this be the year not only for dreaming big, but for taking long, big-girl strides toward turning our biggest, wildest dreams into reality.

Let this be the year of seriously moving toward a healthy mind, body, spirit and lifestyle and for helping others to accomplish the same.

Let this be the year of gathering up all the loose ends of our lives and bringing organization and structure where it’s needed.

Let this be the year of living more aware of those needing prayer, friendship…the love of Jesus. I pray we will go about our days with eyes wide open and sensitive to the needs of those around us.

Let this be the year of breaking down the barriers of fear and worry that we may find strength to turn worry and fear into faith and trust; trust in the One who moves mountains. 

Let this be the year of salvation for loved ones who have turned away and against it far too long. I pray you and I will be that light to those living in darkness, and may they realize that the truest, purest form of happiness isn’t found in the things of this world but only when we run to the open arms of our Savior.

Let this be the year.

"'If you can'?" said Jesus. 
"Everything is possible for one who believes." 
(Mark 9:23)







Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sharing a simple and delicious recipe from my Joyful Kitchen to yours!



If you love the combination of salmon, lemon and dill, you're going to love this light and refreshing dish. Served on a bed of baby spinach and arugula sprinkled with feta cheese, this offers a nice alternative to some of the heavier meals we may have had over the holidays. Check out the full recipe Here.

Here are just a few of the things I've been  making in my Joyful Kitchen recently:

Fudgy Rum Chocolates


Slow Cooker Chicken Chili


Chocolate Pecan Tassies


Zucchini Sausage Bites



There's always a place for you in my Joyful Kitchen! So, stop on by!!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Sharing a Preview of Final Issue of CW Voice Mag Cover



Here is a preview of the cover for our last issue of CW Voice Magazine. We're wrapping up 5 years of our print magazine, BUT continuing our ministry with Hearth and Home (online). You'll find the same great variety of articles from our contributors, PLUS we're expanding to cover more topics. I'll share the link when our final issue of CW Voice becomes available. In the meantime, come visit us at Hearth and Home - where you're always welcome and the coffee's always on:  http://www.joyfulhearthandhome.com/

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Check out the recipes at Hearth and Home

Here is just a "taste" of some of the recipes you'll find at my new web site, Hearth and Home:

Deep-Dish Pizza (Crust)



Black Bean and Corn Salad


Baked Yams and Asparagus



Zucchini Bread in Mini Loaf Pan



Chocolate Cheesecake Bites



You'll find these and so much more at Hearth and Home

Thursday, October 13, 2016

CW Voice Magazine is Now Hearth and Home (online)





***It’s a new season, and change is in the air!***

Christian Women’s Voice Magazine is now Hearth and Home!! The upcoming November/December issue of CW Voice will be the LAST PRINT VERSION of our magazine. It will also mark 5 years of the CW Voice ministry which has been represented by 20 different states across the US, as well as Australia and Canada. 

We will continue to share our love for Jesus by combining the same variety of article content of CW Voice with delicious recipes from Joyful Kitchen. We’ll also be adding great household tips, decorating ideas and items of seasonal interest. So, join us in celebrating the launch of Hearth and Home. Visit us today!!!

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