Monday, November 24, 2014

Thankgiving Resources

It's almost Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving and Christmas are my very favorite holidays.  I love spending time with my family and especially seeing my kids enjoy the season.  And the food.  We all enjoy the food!  Today I thought I'd share a few resources I'm using to gear up for Thursday, both practically and emotionally.

I'm taking two different pies to two different celebrations this holiday weekend.  A little back story here about the recipes: I recently completed an elimination diet to see if it would help with some health issues I've been dealing with.  A blog post about whey, whens, wheres and hows will appear soon, but for now just know I'm doing my best to avoid, dairy, gluten and soy in my everyday eating.  Hence the vegan pie recipes I tried out for this year!  I made both of these pies this afternoon and they're chilling (ha) out in the freezer.  If you're looking for something easy and relatively healthier as a dessert option check these out.

Vegan No Bake Pumpkin Pie

No Bake Triple-Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

While assembling these delicious desserts, I listened to a few sermons and interviews listed in this post from Desiring God centered on cultivating gratitude on Thanksgiving.  With all the elimination dieting, Hubs busy with Christmas production rehearsals and normal stress of the holiday season, I honestly haven't been feeling all that grateful about the life God has given me.  Taking the afternoon to cook and remind my soul of the many ways I can be thankful for who God is was needed today.  I'd encourage you to check out that post to cultivate thankfulness in your heart as well.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My First Guest Post!

You guys, this has been a really awesome day so far. 

I got some raking done this morning while watching my almost two-year-old jump gleefully into leaf piles, my daughter had a really good day at school AND a red roaster (I mean the appliance, not the actual chicken...although I do plan on roasting a chicken for dinner tonight) showed up at my door while we were eating lunch.  There was jumping up and down...and not just by my four-year-old.  That sorta thing happens when you haven't had a working oven for a while!

Today I'm also registering for my first few classes as a grad student!  In the spring I'll be starting a graduate certificate in Child and Family Advocacy at Empire State College.  I'm excited/nervous about this venture, but hey, my education award from my days in AmeriCorps needed to be used soon, so I'm rejoining the world of academia for a time before my scholarship mysteriously disappears.

As icing on the cake, my very first guest post over at Not Unredeemed was posted this morning!  My friend Katie asked me to write about keeping Jesus instead of marriage as your Savior.  Pop on over, read my post (shameless plug) and then stay there for more good stuff on singleness and living intentionally by pursuing the Kingdom of God!