Hey friends! Welcome to another weekly 'Three Things" posts where I share some of the things that make me happy, a peek into my week, and a few of the things you loved from the previous week. Yeah, that's more than three things - I'm just using 3 as a way to organize these weekly updates: you'll get 3 things I'm loving right now, 3 things that happened in our lives the previous week, and 3 of our most-viewed posts from the week. Full disclosure: I’ll probably find a few more things to throw in - but we call those 'bonuses!’ Let's get started! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always. If you buy through them, a small portion goes to help support this site at no additional cost to you!)
Three Things I'm Loving
Nylon Spreader. I've said it before and I'll keep saying it - I would have a hard time in my kitchen without this spatula/spreader! It scrapes bowls and jars like nothing you've seen, stirs nut butters with no crevices to seep in, and works like a charm to help removed baked items from pans. Truly LOVE it.
Fleece Jackets. I swear I wear these almost everyday - I was just about to write, "in the winter" but I realized in Oregon (and as I get older, sigh...) it's during fall, winter, and spring. I'm cold most of the time - and our house stays pretty cold, so I have fleece jackets in salmon, purple, gray, brown, and leopard. My daughter tells me I have too many, but I wear them all, you know? Yeah, I really don't think the capsule wardrobe is for me, ha! I need too many layers, apparently.
Cashew Butter. I just discovered this last week (I know, I'm late to the party and have seen you all talking about it) after receiving a jar from a sponsor for the #hotforbreakfast series I'm doing this month. I used it to make this version of our favorite freezer muffins, but goodness, I didn't realize how wonderfully mild it is and how that makes it so much more adaptable to using in recipes where you don't want a strong peanut or almond flavor. I've already made a version of granola bites with it that I'll be sharing and I want to make some grain-free brownies with it, too, since I think it'll let the chocolate flavor shine.
Three Things That Happened
We took a day-trip to Portland and while Brian helped clean his mom's basement, I hung out with my sweet friend, Vicki (I know, I got the better deal there, didn't I?) - the same friend who hosted us for a couple weeks in Greece (which is where the photo of us was taken - ugh, I forgot to have someone snap a picture of us!). I took pictures of some of the DIY projects she's done to their new house since returning to the states because she did it all by herself without having done much of it ever before. She's amazing, and I can't wait to share all she's accomplished - I just know you'll be as inspired as I am!
I finished the
first (oops, ignore the post title, this is actually #2 - forgot I read this eBook on Furniture Painting!) book towards my 1-book-a-month goal- and I'm actually almost finished with #2, so I may even beat that goal in the first months of the year! It's called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero and there were some good take-aways from this book about realizing ALL of our emotions are from God - yep, anger, worry and frustration (think Job and the Psalmists!) in addition to peace, love & joy:
- "Jesus was not self-less. He did not live as if only other people counted. He knew his value and worth. He had friends. He asked people to help him. At the same time Jesus was not self-ish. He did not live as if nobody else counted. He gave his life out of love for others." (emphasis mine) This is the mature, healthy true self we should all aim for, right?
- This verse struck me in the context of our God-given emotions and desire for 'happiness' as the world defines it: "There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple—in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you." 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31 (The Message)
- "The journey with Jesus calls us to a life of undivided devotion to him. This requires that we simplify our lives, removing distractions. Part of that will mean learning to grieve our losses and embrace the gift of our limits."
Good nuggets, right? I love that the application part of acknowledging and dealing with our emotions is to spend more time with God and simplify our lives to limit distractions, don't you? Kind of one of the things this here lil' ol blog is about. 😉
I created a better pinnable graphic for our Seed Starting Basics page. This had been on my to-do list for weeks, so you know that feels good to get it done. I hope that you will pin this and help get the information out there, since this page is our go-to page with all the steps needed to start seeds, plus why you'd start them and where to find them.
Three Top Pins From Last Week
What are you loving this week?
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