Make My Monday Pretty — Pretty Things of Spring

Monday, March 28, 2016


Hello Lovlies! Since spring has sprung I am sharing some of my favorite things of spring.  I hope you enjoy them. 

Who doesn't love the new baby animals that arrive in spring? 








From baby chicks, lambs, and deer the baby animals remind us the rebirth and newness of springtime. 

Spring also brings an array of new flowers in all sorts of beautiful colors. Don't you just l♥ve spring flowers? I adore the smell of all the wonderful spring flowers, hearing the birds sing and inhaling the fresh scents of awakening nature.




Last, I think the thing I like best about spring is all beautiful and inviting spring pastels. Since there too many beautiful pastel things to post individual pictures I am going to post one of my famous collages. 


Tell me what are your favorite spring things. 

Spiritual Sunday — He Is Risen

Sunday, March 27, 2016



Hello my Lovlies — Happy Easter!!!!!  Ive Easter not only because it signifies the beginning of spring, but it means rebirth and complete forgiveness.  The resurrection of Jesus (alongside his crucifixion) is the central historical event in the Christian faith.  Without the resurrection there would be no Christianity.


Consider just three of the ways the New Testament highlights the significance of the resurrection.


1.  Jesus' resurrections means that his sacrificial death on the cross was sufficient, and therefore our sins can be forgiven. 


2. Jesus' resurrection means that death is defeated once and for all.  


3. The resurrection means that the material world matters. 

I ran across a poem that I think is a beautiful  Easter sentiment and wanted to share it with you. 

Easter Dawn


by Shirley Amendt 
"What day is this?" The Voice was clear.
The tone was kind and strong.
Until it reached my sleeping ear;
I had slumbered for too long.

I shook off sleep and looked around,
Searching shadows in the room.
No one was present to be found,
In the quiet predawn gloom.

"What Day is this?" I heard once more.
Aloud and not a whim,
Then I was shaken to my core,
I knew that it was Him.

"What DAY is this?" I knew Him now,
And I laughed in glad reply!
My very soul rejoiced aloud.
My heart took wings to fly.

This is the Day the Lord has made,
The first day of the week--
When Mary went forth unafraid,
To the Savior she must seek.

Now I walk through this Easter dawn,
To The Risen Lord, The One True Vine,
He feeds us now and from now on,
With broken bread and poured out wine.

He died and gave His all for me,
My sins are gone and I am free,
I seek him now on bended knee,
He lives today, He lives in me.




What's Up Wednesday — How to Build an Easy (and Impressive) Brunch for Easter

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hello Lovlies!  For Cynthia's What's Up Wednesday we are going to talk about Easter brunch recipes. 

PHOTO BY CHELSEA KYLE, PROP STYLING BY BRIAN HEISER, FOOD STYLING BY RHODA BOONE

KICK OFF THE FEAST WITH A CLASSIC
No one can turn down a deviled egg. In fact, if you put out a platter with this range of smoky, pickle-spiked, and chorizo-infused fillings, they'll probably disappear even before you bring out the ham.

Holiday Ham, Three Ways
PHOTO BY CHELSEA KYLE, PROP STYLING BY BRIAN HEISER, FOOD STYLING BY RHODA BOONE

SCORE A GREAT HAM, AND INFUSE IT WITH FLAVOR

Sure, you can run out at the last minute for a perfectly good ham from the supermarket. But as long as you're focused on making things ahead of time, might as well source a less salty, more meaty bone-in ham, like this Epi staff favorite from D'Artagnan. Then all you need to decide is how you take your ham: Spicy, sweet, or tangy.

IMPRESS EVERYONE WITH A DIY HONEY MUSTARD

Every slice of ham must have its mustard, but that doesn't mean your only option is a dollop straight from the jar. Mix that mustard with mayo, honey, and a hint of spicy cayenne, and you've got an addictive sandwich spread you'll want to save for next week's sandwiches, too.
Get the recipe here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/spicy-honey-mustard-sauce-56389343 

PREP MAKE-AHEAD BISCUITS
Fact: If you bring a basket of warm biscuits to the Easter buffet table, people will lose their minds. Something about delivering warm homemade bread for a holiday feast just seems like a magic trick. No one needs to know how easy it actually is: Just make the dough, shape, and freeze it on sheet trays, then transfer to freezer bags and freeze up to two weeks in advance. On Easter, all you need to do is turn on the oven about a half hour before guests arrive. You can bake them straight from frozen—just add a few minutes to the baking time.



MAKE THE ULTIMATE SPRINGTIME QUICHE

Quiche feeds a crowd and looks fancy on your buffet, so you're probably already thinking about making one. For the ultimate Easter theming, you'll want to make this brand-new recipe, packed with springtime asparagus, fresh-tasting tarragon, and plenty of fresh goat cheese. Bonus: a shredded potato crust that tastes just like hash browns.
Asparagus and Two-Cheese Quiche with Hash-Brown Crust
PHOTO BY CHELSEA KYLE, FOOD STYLING BY ANNA STOCKWELL

DON'T FORGET A LITTLE GREENERY ON THE TABLE

With all that smoky ham and savory quiche on the table, you'll want a hit of freshness for the feast, too. But no need to get complicated about it: A simple Boston lettuce salad with sliced radishes is just the thing. Oh, and remember to pick up some pickles. Their acidic punch is just what you need alongside your holiday ham biscuit.

Top 10 Tuesday — Easter Candy

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Hello Lovlies.  For Cynthia's Top 10 Tuesday post I am going to talk about Easter candy.  Yes, I said Easter candy.  Anyway, here comes my top 10. 

10.  
Yes, our standby Halloween candy is also available in pastel (Easter) colors. 

9.  

Chocolate eggs are in the number 9 spot. 

8. 

This Easter favorite can arguably be included with the Robin's Eggs, but its 
popularity requires that it be listed on it's own.  It is the sugary crunch of these milk chocolate eggs that makes Cadbury Mini Eggs so special. 

7.

Who can resist marshmallo eggs — no one that's why they hold the number 7 position. 

6. 
Number 6 is the bel♥ved chocolate Easter bunny. 

5. 
Who doesn't l♥ve peanut butter and chocolate?  That's why number 5 is Reese's peanut butter egg.


4.  
Robin's Eggs are a must in any Easter basket — that is what makes them number 4. 

3.  

Good old fashioned jelly beans hold the number 3 position.

2.  
Cadbury brothers (by name) holds two coveted positions in the top 10 with their cream eggs at number 2. 

1.  

Last, but certainly not least is the number 1 Easter treat Peeps marshmallow chicks.

Comment below and/or 
e-mail me and let me know your favorite Easter treat.


Make My Monday Pretty — Pretty Easter Decorations

Monday, March 21, 2016


Hello Lovlies!  Since it's Easter week what else would I do for my Make My Monday Pretty post, but pretty Easter decorations. 


How cute is this DIY button Easter bunny from

by craftsbyamanda

These colorful place card holders for your Easter table are so cute — you can make one everyone at your table. 
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I l♥ve this stuffed burlap bunny — it would be perfect for home decor, or to add to a rustic themed Easter basket. 

via etsy.com

Who said you can’t decorate your door for Easter? – Christmas isn’t the only holiday that approves this decoration. You can find many tulips in this period of time and it’s really great if you use them to decorate your door. You'll love it!

I hope I've given you a little inspiration to decorate your home for Easter. 

Spiritual Sunday — God Has A Better Plan

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hello again Lovlies!!! This Spiritual Sunday I am going to post part 3 of Good News for a Change.  I am including the video link (below) and sermon notes so you can continue to follow along. 



GOD HAS A BETTER PLAN
Good News for a Change — Part 3
Buddy Owens / Saddleback Church


“‘Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each
man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household . . . Take care of
them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the
community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take
some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the
houses where they eat the lambs . . . On that same night I will pass through
Egypt and strike down every firstbornboth men and animalsand I will
bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a
sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will
pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. This
is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall
celebrate it as a festival to the LORDa lasting ordinance.’”
                                                                                         Exodus 12:3-14 (NIV)

The _____________ of God brought the ___________of God into

the ___________ of God on the ___________________________.


Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside
and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be
betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn
him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged
and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!’”
                                                                                       Matthew 20:17-19 (NIV)

“Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians 5:7b (NIV)


As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of
Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of
you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie
them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the
Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.’
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: ‘Say to the
Daughter of Zion, “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a
donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the
donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A
very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches
from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of
him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed
is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who
is this?’ The crowds answered, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in
Galilee.’” 
                                                                                        Matthew 21:1-11 (NIV)

Jesus didn’t come to save us from our _____________________.

He came to save us from our _________________.

Throwing down their cloaks was a sign of _________________
and _________________.

What’s __________________________________________?

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O LORD,
save us; O LORD, grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of
the LORD . . . With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the
horns of the altar.” 
                                                                                        Psalm 118:24-27 (NIV)


Jesus didn’t come to conquer _________________. He came to

conquer __________________________________.


Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and
selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the
benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘“My house will
be called a house of prayer,” but you are making it a “den of robbers.”’
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But
when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he
did and the children shouting in the temple area, ‘Hosanna to the Son of
David,’ they were indignant. ‘Do you hear what these children are saying?
they asked him. ‘Yes,’ replied Jesus, ‘have you never read, “From the lips of
children and infants you have ordained praise”?
And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the
night.” 
                                                                                        Matthew 21:12-17 (NIV)



What’s _________________________________?


I hope you enjoyed today's sermon as much as I did. Be sure to comment here or e-mail with other topics you'd like me post for Spiritual Sunday. 

What's Up Wednesday — Green Nature's Neutral

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The human eye literally sees more green than any other color. The hue of foliage, grass, and growing plants; bountiful trees, lush meadows and clinging vines; the shade of forests and jungles; elves and leprechauns; the product of the Irish patriot and St. Patrick’s Day; with a multitude of greens so plentiful in the surrounding world, there are many moods the green family can convey.

One of the new green shades Pantone included into their 210 new color additions to PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors color palette is the fertile Forest Biome, a deeply luxuriant blue influenced green so instantly evocative of nature and the comforting feelings the idea of nature engenders.

Here is a swatch of the beautiful Forest Biome color. 


In keeping with the St. Patrick's Day theme here is a swatch of Pantone's Emerald (which was color of the year in 2013).


Do you like green as much as I do?

Top 10 Tuesday — 10 Interesting Facts About the Irish

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hello Lovlies!  I am sure you saw this one coming.  For Cynthia's Top 10 Tuesday I have 10 interesting facts about the Irish.  Again, my list is from Listverse. 



10
Inventors
Rossetel
Fact: The Earls of Rosse were great inventors.
9
Dracula
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Fact: Dracula may actually have been inspired by the Irish legend of Abhartach.
8
Halloween
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Fact: Halloween was derived from an Irish festival.
7
Feast Day
St-Patricks-Day-Aus
Fact: St. Patrick’s Day is much more solemn in Ireland and less about drinking.
6
White House
White-House
Fact: An Irishman designed the White House.
5
Snakes
Ada74 St Patricks Day Snakes Folks Tale Saint Patrick Snake
Fact: St. Patrick’s clearing of the Emerald Isle of snakes isn’t true.
4
Magic
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Fact: A spell in Madeleine L’Engle’s popular time quartet is derived from a prayer by St. Patrick.
3
Pirate Queen
Graceo
Fact: The infamous Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley was Irish.
2
America
St Brendan The Navigator
Fact: The Irish may have discovered America first.
1
St. Patrick
St Patrick
Fact: St. Patrick was not actually Irish.

I hope you enjoyed learning those 10 interesting facts about the Irish as much as I did.