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A Few of My Friday Favorites…

  • We can’t get enough of Shauna Niequist’s Blueberry Crisp found in her beautiful recipe memoir that I devoured. We’ve made it with blueberries, peaches, and mixed berries.  Turns out perfect every single time. Can’t wait to try it with some apples from the orchard. ANNNNND it’s healthy. {But you won’t notice because it’s so tasty.}

shauna niequist healthy blueberry crisp 

  • This Seeds Family Worship CD has been on repeat in our minivan, and it’s soooo soooo good.  It’s teaching us all Scripture in a beautiful fun way.

seeds family worship for teaching bible verses praise cd

  • I tried making Grilled Cheese in the Oven yesterday. How’s come no one told me it was this easy? And easy to make for a crowd (my family)!


lego jericho movie bible

  • Oh and I’m currently diving into Follow Me by David Platt. It’s been so good.  Honestly, the forward by Francis Chan was worth the $11, and that was only the beginning.

Sooooo what are YOUR favorite things lately?  I’m always looking for good tips on your favorite recipes, good tunes, books, movies, etc!  SHARE AWAY!


Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a tiny affiliate commission – so THANK YOU. Know that I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to your lives, because I genuinely care about you!
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“Spectacular” Kid Friendly 4th of July Ideas

I’ve fell into a new rabbit hole this week.  PinterestHeard of it?  It’s so crazy awesome. The inspiration is endless.  It’s like an electronic corkboard of ideas to share.

Anyways, I was coming across some great kid friendly 4th of July ideas and before you know it I had a nice little collection.  I had to share, because they are just so adorable and doable.  And besides, I probably won’t get around to making most of them, post-surgery and all, so you can try them out for me! =)

     sifted flour 4th of july lawn stars
     ring pop 4th of july tag
     4th of july stars and stripes hats

     flag fruit kabobs for july 4th

     4th of july suprise layered cake i am baker
  • Finally, someone MUST give this Flag Layer Cake a try.  Report back to me and let me know how challenging it truly is, okay? Hat tip to I Am Baker.

You can find even more Kid-Friendly 4th of July Ideas on my “Glorious 4th” board at Pinterest

What are YOUR favorite Kid-Friendly 4th of July Traditions?


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How Sweet It Is: Valentine’s Treats and Eats for Your Sweetheart


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You know the way to a man’s heart, right?  It starts in the oven!  Let’s start with dessert first, shall we?

Here’s Some of My Favorite Valentine’s Sweet Treats:


valentine's day peanut butter chocolate heart cookies

These Valentine’s Day Peanut Butter Cookies from Betty Crocker topped with a chocolate heart have my name written all over them.


I can almost taste the sweetness of this Neopolitan Layer Cake from Annie’s Eats. Be still my heart!

valentine's day party table

This Valentine’s Day themed party from It’s Always A Party at the Parker’s is ridiculously creative. A whole spread of Valentine’s treats!

pink hot chocolate for valentine's day

PINK Hot Chocolate?  Why didn’t I think of that?  So glad Life if a Party did! And those “Love Buns” look pretty enticing too!

valentine's day candy bark

I’ve yet to see anything on Bake at 350 that doesn’t look ah-mazing… including this Valentine’s Conversation Heart Candy Bark.


And if you saved some room for real food, you should head over to Foodily to create a Valentine’s Day menu for your romantic dinner at home.  You can search through menus already created or whip up one of your own in just a few short clicks! 

I created a Valentine Dinner Menu that I think Brad would fall head over heals for in less than 5 minutes!

Artichoke, Lemon, and Parmesan Pasta. (Brad is crazy about artichokes!) The Perfect Caesar Salad. Red Velvet Cupcakes. Permission to copy granted!

Better yet?  Create your OWN Valentine’s Day Menu. Share it. AND be FEATURED on the Foodily site! Here’s how:

  1. Go to and login with Facebook Connect (or create a login).
  2. Play around with recipes and find your favorites to create a perfectly delish Valentine’s Day meal!

  3. Once you’ve selected a recipe save it to a menu: From the recipe, select the “save” button, save it as an appetizer, main, etc., and then it’ll ask you to name your menu. Create your special Valentine’s menu title. You can continue to add your favorites to your menu.
  4. View your menu (either from tab at top or from your profile) and grab the URL (you can also share your menu on Facebook and grab the URL there). Note: the URL will look similar to this:
  5. Tweet the following and be sure to include the #foodilyvdaymenu hashtag at the end:
    Check out my @foodily Valentine’s Day menu! Create one of your own! http//(your menu URL here) #foodilyvdaymenu You can also enter by sharing your menu on Foodily’s Facebook wall.

Foodily will be watching and selecting menu winners daily to be featured on the Foodily site!

Happy Valentines Weekend, Sweet Friends!


* Reminder: Foodily and Clever Girls Collective have asked me to be a Foodily Ambassador as they launch this site.  Thanks to them for sponsoring my efforts in testing the site, providing feedback and recipes, and sharing this awesome resource with you!

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