Superbowl Party Food w/ Family Fun Fridays

Superbowl Party Foods Family Fun Friday

C’mon man!  The news couldn’t get any better: Hot N’ Cheesy Spinach Dip with Bacon! Oh wait, it’s lower fat and lower carb…I may need a moment to compose myself.  Thank you from all of us, It’s Yummi, for living up to your name!

Aaaannnd, It’s Yummi strikes again.  This is the perfect party food: Shrimp and Corn Salsa Shooters. I love the tips on cooking the shrimp to perfection.

Football festivities are not complete without Buffalo Chicken Wings!  And Recipes for Our Daily Bread ought to know…she’s a New Orleans Saints fan!!!! Who ‘Dat?!  Our house too :)  Of course, Saints fans will be watching the big game with mild interest, while we tell each other, “Next year…”

Kleinworth & Co delivers with this mouthwatering Barbecue Tri Tip Roast recipe!  Something about BBQ and game day…they go together like grills and sauces. The notes in the recipe even remind you to adjust your grilling time for January temperatures!

These Soft Pretzel Bites jump off the screen and beg to be made (in under 30 minutes—what?!).  I think I am going to make these with my daughter, our little baker.  Another winner from Kleinworth & Co!

The Gold Lining Girl calls Dill Parmesan Garlic Popcorn “a new spin on a classic snack” and I agree!  What a great treat for your guests at the party…something lighter and less messy than most other party foods.  This would be fun to do for a movie night at home too!

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I am so humbled to be a part of this team! Every week we feature the best link-ups on the web with free printables, games, activities, money-saving and organizing ideas, recipes and more. If you are looking for the best tips, links, resources, freebies and more – you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to the Family Fun Friday community.

Family Fun Friday is all about connecting as a family. We feature great ideas for family fun, and things to help moms get things done so they have more time to spend doing what they love to do – be with family! If you like Family Fun Friday, help this blog party grow by giving it a +1 on Google+. Thanks so much!

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God’s Overflowing Love

Psalm 23

My cup overflows.  When we consider the provision, care, protection, and affection that the Lord shows us…well, this is the sort of knowledge that can take you from a glass half-empty to a glass all-full and overflowing.  Out of the overflow of God’s love, in our hearts, we are able to serve Him and love others.

Not long ago, I was on a plane heading for South Carolina; it was my first trip to the Allume Conference.  The nice older lady next to me was friendly and warm, and in a very Southern way, asked me, “So what brings you to Greenville?”  I told her about the blogging conference and got a question that you don’t hear much these days, “What’s a blog?”

I explained to my seat-mate about keeping a public, online journal, maintaining a website, creating graphic images for FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I told her that, as a homeschooling mom, I am always struggling to keep a good balance between my roles as mom, teacher, wife, cook, laundry lady, housekeeper…and that it can be tricky sometimes.  I told her how grateful I am that my husband allows me to attend conference like this (and others) to encourage me.

Then she asked a question that still makes me smile, “So how much do they pay you to do somethin’ like that?”

I laughed and explained that I write 300-1000 words several times a week between my blog and other guest posting opportunities (sometimes more, when I am working on a book offline, like now) and I do it for FREE. No charge.  No pay. In fact I pay.  Her eyes got wide.  And she and I were left with the question of, “Why?”

Why do I write?

This is a question I ask myself often.  I ask it when I am discouraged, Why do I do this?  Why do I squeeze this out of my heart and mind and schedule? Why do I make my life harder than it has to be? 

The truth is: Writing makes my life richer and fuller.  I love it.  I write to figure stuff out.  I write so I won’t forget what I have been taught by others, by the Lord. My husband says I am writing for my children and their children, something to pass on.  I write, because it is like breathing for me.

Sometimes I ask, “Why do I write?” to be sure that I am not losing my focus, the right motivation, when so many other motivations try to sneak in.  Staying home to do laundry and dishes, after experiencing a working world that I really enjoyed, has been humbling.  But God loves it when we are humble.  Still the flesh rises up!  I have to check myself to be sure that my writing isn’t motivated by pride and egocentric self-promotion, which can be tricky because there is a certain amount of healthy promotion needed for the words I steward.

In then end, my answer to the lady on the plane (and to myself on hard days) is this, “I write mostly about the Lord because He is the most interesting and beautiful person I know.  I am fascinated with Him.  I think about Him all the time, so I write about Him.  And I write about God and His Word because I want to share how His love changes me, and how it can change others.”

God’s love fills up all those holes in us, the low places.  And it keeps coming.  Then it soaks in deep, refreshing us and awakening the seeds planted deep down.  And it keeps coming.  Before long, there is an overflow and His love, poured out, runs right through us and out into those around us.  This is His plan.  This generosity is true to His Prodigal nature.

God’s love: we should drink it up and share a cup with someone else!

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Baking Bliss on Family Fun Fridays!

muffins, brioche bread, chocolate treats, Gluten free

Biscuits are back, baby!  But GF Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits?  What?! These sound scrumptious and I love that Raia’s Recipes provides a glorious, gluten-free option.

Yum!  Healthy and delish!  Wish I had some Carrot and Apple Oat Muffins by Annie’s Noms to go with my coffee right now!  Would make a great snack for the kids too.  :)

Three Kids and a Fish says she LOVES peanut butter and chocolate.  Me too!  Oh my word, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies look so rich and decadent.  Yay!

They say that chocolate is good for you.  Greek yogurt too.  Thank you Skinny Fitalicious for combining these two into your Double Chocolate Chip Greek Muffins!  I love how she gives us the calorie count too—100 calories each!

TreatnTrick’s recipe Braided Nutella Brioche is so beautiful – I can only image the fluffy, chocolaty goodness.  Hmmm…this post is making me really hungry!

What I love about Written Reality’s Cream Cheese Cookie Cups is they are semi-homemade, yet will have that “oh, you shouldn’t have” effect.  These would be great to bring to a class party, or maybe to include with your meal ministry?

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Monica created Family Fun Friday and blogs at HappyandBlessedHome.com where she shares free preschool tools and printables, encouraging words for moms, and ideas for having fun together as a family. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter /Google + / Bloglovin’/ Instagram. Monica will feature Family Fun Posts.
Christen blogs at illuminate. As wife to her high school sweetheart and mother to three premature children, she’s learned that God is the Perfect Party Planner and sometimes the unexpected is the greatest gift of all. Blog/ Facebook/ Pinterest/ Instagram/ Twitter. Christen will feature Inspirational Posts.
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Selena is a homeschooling graduate and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She blogs at Look! We’re Learning! about unit studies, foreign language, and homeschooling with ADHD. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram / Twitter. Selena will feature Homeschooling.
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Herchel enjoys blogging about parenting, organizing, crafting, and having good old-fashioned kid fun her blog Gym, Craft, Laundry. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter /Google +. Herchel will feature organizing and family fun.

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Living in the “&”

Luke 10.27 brittalafont.com

This is my year for figuring out what it means to be Prodigal, in the good way.  I want to be extravagantly generous with my time and my heart…and I have a long way to go.  I get so stressed sometimes over silly things, like:

  • Too many things on my to-do list make my brain foggy and then, if I am not careful, I will check out emotionally
  • When in doubt, I tend to say “No”…sometimes I just say “No” without any thought at all.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to say “Yes” with JOY
  • I tend to look at the glass half-empty if I am really busy.  Can you tell I have been busy lately? …since most of this post is about what it feels like when I am too busy!  :P

I am in the process of expanding my book, Prodigal Confessions: 10 Principles that Lead Us Back to the Father for a local Ladies Bible study.  This is an amazing opportunity!  I have already benefitted from some kind and attentive mentoring during this process.  I am very blessed by supportive friends and family too…there so many answered prayers!

But this busy season has had me falling back into an old habit: all or nothing thinking.  A few weeks ago, I sat surrounded by books and papers and…chaos.  At this most inopportune time I had two wonderful opportunities fall into my lap.  I was overwhelmed by the thought, I just can’t do anything else till I finish this BIG project.  I have tendency to pour all of my time and attention into a project and let everything else slide.  So I just knew it would be easier to say, “No.”

But the thought of keeping my time and heart so narrowly focused really discouraged me! I realized that living under so much pressure from one thing made. me. feel. trapped.  I need to live the life I have been given, not just write about it.  I need to interact with people, not just my keyboard.  And life won’t wait.  I can’t press pause on friendships, time with the kids or my husband just because I have a BIG project.  I hope to have many more BIG projects, so I need to learn to pace myself or I will burn out.  Can any of you relate to this after a busy holiday season??

One project to which I said, “Yes!” was my new feature, Family Fun Friday Foods!  And I am so glad I said yes—I enjoy the chance to pour over recipes one day a week, instead of my Strong’s Concordance or my Matthew Henry Commentary (ok…these I do love…but, you know…a girl’s gotta’ cook too!).

The second project to which I said, “Yes!” was Mary & Martha, a home-based business that promotes Biblical hospitality AND balancing love of God, with love for His people.  I am so excited to join this amazing team of women.  The weekly calls are so uplifting and the products are just beautiful.  But I got hooked when I went to observe my friend Mara help a hostess throw a party.  I saw that this company will give me a chance to talk with other ladies about how God wants us to live for Him by loving others…they call it “Living in the &.”

“Living in the &” is based on the story of Mary and Martha from the Bible…in the end Jesus teaches all of us, through these two sisters, how to love God well.  The truth is that loving God well is about loving Him first AND then serving others.  Jesus said these are the greatest things we can do (Luke 10:27).

I am so happy that I was able to use my “One Word” for the year to help me make a tough decision.  I think it is helpful to let your goals and priorities be determined by the calling God has placed upon your life.  And this year my calling is to be Prodigal…to be generous with my time AND my heart.

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