Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Last night we had these Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes and they were wonderful!!! I Just had to share the recipe! I got this from a website called: Averie Cooks.  Make them this week! They are perfect for Autumn and they are soooo good!  More

I Burnt The Resurrection Rolls

Seriously.  I burnt them.  See …

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The tops don’t look so bad.  But you’ve used those prepackaged crescent rolls before, right? You know how GREAT they are when they are lightly browned? Where they are fluffy and just cooked all the way through? These were hard and flaky.  Check out the bottoms …

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YUCK! I bit into one and threw it away.  My sweet kids?  These guys?

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They ate them right up!!! They didn’t even care.  Isn’t that sweet 🙂

My hope in Jesus dying on the cross to make a way for me to have a relationship with God the Father is so deep and hits on so many levels, but it also hits on the basic level of this:

I can’t even make resurrection rolls correctly and I need His help to just make breakfast every day!!! Praise Jesus for the hope He gives us!!!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

You can find the recipe for ‘Resurrection Rolls’  like I did, by googling it.  🙂 

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday.  That’s what today is.  In one week from today we celebrate Easter and the resurrected Christ.  Today, however, we hone in on a journey Christ took that has a bit of a heavy tone to it.  He knew what this next week of His life had in store.  We know what this next week of His life had in store.  Not many other humans on earth did at the time.  Maybe no one else.  Here is where it is found in scripture:

Matthew 21:1-11

21 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

Say to the daughter of Zion,
Behold your King is coming to you,
Gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

‘Hosanna’ is a term used to express adoration, praise or joy.

‘Son of David’ – There is a prophecy in 2 Samuel 7 that tells of a Messiah coming.  Christ is the fulfillment of that prophecy and is our Messiah. You can see geological proof of that in Matthew 1.

‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’ is a direct quote from Psalm 118:26.  He is worthy to be blessed and praised because He came to take away the sins of the world. And in scripture, where we meditate today, He was on His journey to do just that.  His journey to the Cross was less than a week away.  This triumphant entry was the beginning of that journey.  He was headed into Jerusalem, where He knew He would eventually be captured, scourged and put to death on a cross for us.

Why? Just so we can know Him and be in relationship with Him.  Jesus had to take our sin away so we could be put back into a right relationship with God.  Jesus did that for us.

Today, and all this week, let’s remember that.  Let’s think on that and rest in that.  What does it mean to you that Jesus endured all that He did for you? You are that important to Him.

Fish Fridays During Lent

I learned something new at work last week.  Catholics do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent.  When I inquired about it, no one really knew why, but that’s just what they did (or didn’t do) on Friday’s during Lent.  So that left me wondering and doing a little internet research.  If you know more about this … please leave comments below.  I’d love to learn.

Let’s start from a Theological perspective:  in the church, we commemorate Jesus’ death as being on a Friday.  Because of that, people have written of fasting on Friday to remember His sacrifice for us from very early on.  That’s it.  It’s just that simple.  So in an effort to not forget Jesus’ sacrifice, many cut out meat on Fridays.  Eating fish is fair game for Fridays because they are cold-blooded animals.  Apparently it’s only warm-blooded — live off the land sort of animals — that are off-limits.

As the church and Catholicism grew, fasting from meat was not just a Friday during lent sort of thing. Most catholics were supposed to fast from meat every Friday to continually remind themselves of Jesus’ death on the cross. When adding in advent and other Holy Days in the christian calendar, Fish Friday’s grew in popularity.

I read an interesting USA today article concerning Fish Friday’s and a McDonald’s in a largely catholic part of Cincinnati. Apparently, the franchise was doing very poorly on Fridays and was going under. The Owner/General Manager knew he needed a non-meat alternative for Friday if his business was going to survive. So he developed the Filet-o-Fish sandwich. The the full article here.

I personally did not adopt the ‘no meat Friday’ as a part of my fasting this year. I’m going to keep it in my thoughts and see if that is something I think I need to pull in at another time. I will tell you, this would be a hard one for me. I don’t really care for fish, so it would definitely be a sacrifice for me. Maybe that is reason enough to pull it in and take part?

Do you eat meat on Fridays during Lent? Was it something you grew up doing or are you doing it just recently as an addition to your Lenten fasting routine? I’m super interested to know!

No Fasting on Sundays

photo-2Did you know it is a part of the Lenten tradition to NOT fast on Sundays?  I had no idea!  The reason?  We treat every Sunday like a Mini-Easter.  We celebrate His resurrection.  So how do we have a Mini-Easter celebration every Sunday?  I have a few suggestions …  More

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday.  What exactly is Ash Wednesday?  Well, this might be a simple question for you.  Maybe you know the answer to that question right away.  Unfortunately, I didn’t.  I never grew up giving much thought to Ash Wednesday. I didn’t even know it existed until I was in my twenties.  The short answer: Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.  That’s swell and all, but what is it really for and why do so many make a special trip to their church to get ashes on their forehead? More

Lent, Ash Wednesday & Easter

Did you grow up celebrating Lent?  I never did.  I’m guessing it was only because I was not in a church that did.  I did grow up going to church though, and still do.  My faith is very important to me.  I’m a 100% believer in Jeremiah 17:9:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 NAS

My heart is sick.  It’s in a dead-end situation and in need of a Savior.  I also believe 100% in Romans 6:23 and Romans 10:9:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23 NAS

“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Romans 10:9

All that being said … I need Jesus.  Scripture says I do and I know it.  I need Him to do a good work in and through me on a minute-by-minute basis, every day of my life.  Christmas and Easter are two Christian holidays I don’t take lightly.   More

A Beautiful Autumn In Austin

Yes, It’s January and *sometimes cold here in Austin, but I’ve just got to tell you about the beautiful Autumn we had here this year.  The lack of rain and intense heat we have been feeling the past few years has left us with mostly dead trees come Autumn, so everything is basically brown before it has a chance to even turn a pretty color.  BUT this Autumn was amazing.  Here are some pics for you to enjoy: More

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls: A New Years Tradition

I’ve recently (within the past few years) started a new tradition for us … making homemade cinnamon rolls for our family on New Year’s Eve or Day.  We usually do a New Year’s Eve in; Enjoying each other, a fire and homemade fun.  With extra time on my hands a few New Year’s Eve’s ago, I knocked these out and haven’t looked back.  I use The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Roll Recipe … and you should too!  It’s super easy … it just takes time to let the dough rise and sit and cook! Here are some pics of my progress: More

November: A Month of Intentional Thanks

photo 2Have you seen that funny cartoon that’s been popping up on Facebook that talks about how November is one month to give thanks & then you just complain all the time the other eleven months?  It’s kind of funny … and depending on how your outlook on life is … it certainly can be true!

I find it’s typically easier to complain about life than see all the blessing surrounding it.  So as we go through November, I’ve been using it as a reminder to be intentionally thankful for all that surrounds me.  I’m using this printable to write my thankful things on.

This is pretty awesome … and it’s not too late to print it out and enjoy it.  It’s leaves you print out and hang on a homemade tree (or branch).  You can write what you are thankful for on the back.

I got these links from a blog I follow called A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp.  Her thankful heart has blessed my mom and I.

I’m using this printable right here for my kiddos.  I just print off one a week.  I just found this one by googling ‘I am thankful for printable’.

Might you consider making the rest of November one of intentional thanksgiving?

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