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!!!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

This Blank Canvas



I’m praising God for another day. I opened my eyes this morning and stepped into another blank page open and waiting for words, for decisions and choices, for challenges and frustrations, for love and smiles. What a precious gift!

I never want to take my days for granted. Never want to expect another tomorrow. I’m simply here living it all out as God instructs. All the praising and the praying and the lifting up of His name. May it all be to His glory.


And there hanging on a wall in a darkened museum corner, my thoughts in action. A rendering of an artist’s studio awash in chaotic disarray with its slashed canvasses, spilled paint, smears of anger, rejection and resentment yet somehow making perfect sense to the artist himself.

Though I sometimes make an absolute mess of things, and this world and this society in which we live can often become distorted beyond recognition…only God can bring a measure of beauty from the chaos.

He takes the dark and broken soul, the perfect picture of chaos and torment and restores the bright colors. He brings order and purpose to the remnants of our past that cause us to stumble and fall, and He strengthens the weak to move forward and away from the mess….only God!


He’s the Giver of our days. He provides the open, empty canvas and allows us to fill it with the colors of our heart. To pour out all that is within us; the lovely and the unlovely. To wrestle through the weeds of this life and bloom brightly for Him.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.(Ephesians 2:10)

He brings beauty from our messes. Faith in our despair and brings forth His light on the hard days.

“and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3)


Go brightly into this day, my friend. May your canvas be awash in the love of our living, loving God and the many blessings He so freely bestows. 



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