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Join Me at the New Site!

If you haven’t seen all the new changes at, I hope you take a trip on over and check it out. (This site you’re currently looking at is now new look is fresh & clean and, in my opinion, a total upgrade that will vastly improve your viewing experience.

Beyond just hyping the new site and hoping you guys love it as much as I do, this post has a purpose. With the new look, all e-mail subscriptions have been lost. Sad! Scary! Tragic!

I would just hate to lose a single one of you in the switch.  Re-subscribing (or subscribing for the first time!) will really help the new blog grow and prosper (and make my day). Plus, I’ll be sure to keep the crafts, recipes, and attempts at humor coming.

If you’re already on board, visit the bottom of this post and easily subscribe in the new site’s right sidebar. If you’re still left with questions, let me woo you.

Why bother signing up?
Subscribing by e-mail makes you the first to receive each of my unique recipes and posts. Not only that, they’ll be delivered neatly to your inbox.

Will you share my e-mail with anyone?
Never! Perish the thought. I hate spam as much as you.

What if I decide I want to unsubscribe?
It’s easy! Just click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email and you’ll be immediately removed from the mailing list.

Alright then, let’s do this. How do I sign up?
Yay! Here you go:

SUBSCRIBE! This will take you to the new site, where you can easily subscribe in the right sidebar.

A super, big, enormous thank you to every one of you who has ever tried a recipe, commented, subscribed, or even just clicked around my little slice of the internet. You encourage me and allow me to do what I love!

While we’re at it, FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest are more ways to keep up to speed – if you want ’em. Continue reading


I Don’t Have Time

When did it become so cool in our culture to be busy? And stressed?

I understand the allure and I’ve been guilty of it before. It makes me feel important. Or like I have such a booming social life I can’t really commit to penciling in a hang out with someone unless it’s super far in advance or something.

I think our problem is not too little time, but making better use of the time we have. Time is precious, yet I squander it thoughtlessly.

Oswald Chambers says “‘I dont have time’ is the refuge of a small minded person. Each of us has time to do the whole will of God in our lives. The strength of moral character is conserved by refusing the unimportant.”

The president of the United States has just as many hours in the day as me.

How interesting that the Gospel accounts contain no hint of any interruption ever disturbing Jesus. Few things are more likely to produce tension in a busy life than unexpected interruptions, yet to Jesus there was no such thing. “Unexpected” events were always foreseen in the Father’s planning, and Jesus was therefore undisturbed by them. At times there was hardly time to eat, but time was always sufficient to accomplish all the Father’s will. Continue reading

2 Peter 1:3-11

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I love in verse 9 how it doesn’t say “whoever lacks this qualities is not trying hard enough.” It says whoever lacks these qualities has a perspective problem. They are a Christian who has forgotten they are already cleansed from their sins. Continue reading

Try Softer

As a general rule, the harder you work to control things, the more you lose control. The harder you try to impress someone, the more you force the conversation and seem pushy or awkward. The harder you cling to a person, the more apt he is to pull away. Sometimes trying harder helps. But, for … Continue reading

NFL Hall of Fame Game

Two years ago, I lived in Slovenia for seven weeks during the summer, sharing the Gospel with students in Ljubljana. During that trip, I met two of my favorite people (who are now married to each other!). Niki and Jordan leave next month to return to Slovenia for a full year. Dave and I crashed at their place for a long weekend to say goodbye for the next 365(ish) days.

The Shirkman’s are inspiring people all around, but I have to brag about them for just a second because they are the absolute gold standard in hospitality. They researched and prepared our favorite foods, made us the most thoughtful welcome gift basket, and Niki’s family treated us to 4 amazing seats for the Hall of Fame Game to kick of the NFL pre-season. (David and I were quietly freaking out and getting really fan-girly when we found out we got to go.) Continue reading