Archives for December 2012

Top Ten Posts of 2012

For the last day of 2012, I thought I’d participate with the rest of the blogosphere and post a blog recap of 2012.  I started ranking it simply by visitors but there were some favorites I just couldn’t leave out.  So without further adieu, here are the 10 most visited and favorite posts of 2012.

#10 What I Wore Wednesday

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

After coming back from Allume, I started consistently participating in What I Wore Wednesday by pairing the photograph of my outfit with an inspiration photo from nature that matches.  By far, it’s been my most popular post of the week since and my favorite post to assemble.

What I Wore Wednesday: Allume Conference Edition


#9 Together for Our Good


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Together for Our Good was one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written but it’s what blogging is all about for me…sharing the good and bad.

Together for Our Good


#8 On Planting Seeds



My first garden is one of my favorite accomplishments from 2012.  My garden provided encouragement, insight and inspiration over and over and I was glad to share some in this post.

On Planting Seeds


#7 Amendment One


Another tough post to write, my reaction to North Carolina’s Amendment One that got shot down made it into the Top 10.

Reaction to Amendment One


#6 Love Does



Definitely my favorite book of the year, I’m so glad my book review of Love Does made it into the top posts.

Book Review: Love Does by Bob Goff


#5 Advent Season



Just as Advent season was starting, I wrote about letting go when the holiday season goes out of control.

When Advent Season Goes Awry


#4 Royal Blue Shoes



Another What I Wore Wednesday post made it into the Top 10.  Clearly everyone else was a little clueless on how to wear their royal blue shoes too.

What I Wore Wednesday: How to Wear Royal Blue Shoes


#3 iPhone Help



Well, I owe this popular post to Google, the eBook That Works for Me and Apple for making a crappy lock and home button on the iPhone 4.  Here’s what to do to help you when your iPhone’s lock or home button quits working.

What to Do When Your iPhone Lock or Home Button Quits Working


#2 Dear Me


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In September, I wrote a letter to my 16 year old self.  Writing to my younger self was healing and connecting.

Dear Me


#1 Hope for Mommas



One of my favorite and most shared post of 2012 was to my fellow mothers, handing out encouragement for when you’re just over potty training and breastfeeding.

A Post for the Mommas



Thanks so much for reading and sharing.  Any other posts you’d like to see for 2013?  Let me know!


2012 Recap Carnival with Musings of a Housewife

Christmas 2012

We had such a good Christmas and I hope you did too. 

Two weeks ago we spent the weekend in Maryland and Pennsylvania visiting my parents’ extended family.

We spent Friday night eating with my step-grandmother and then relaxing at her house.  She’s the wife of my grandfather that died this summer.  It was strange without him there even though normally he’s more of a watcher than a talker when the whole family’s together.  It was a new, good time though.  She had redecorated the living room and it was a nice new environment to match the new mix of people. 


Saturday we had a potluck dinner with my dad’s family.  We were missing one cousin and all her family as she had just given birth the day before, but we got to love on my other cousin’s new baby boy from this year.  So fun having little ones around again.  We played a new “left and right” Christmas game which Lexi led.  Lots of laughter, just how Christmas should be.



Sunday we had dinner with my mom’s side of the family.  We loved laughing with my cousin’s little toddler, the kids had a ton of fun with all the presents and it was good times with everyone.


Fast-forward to this week on Christmas Eve.  Mom fixed us dinner, Lexi regaled us with the Christmas story to the tune of Twas the Night Before Christmas and then we had a nice time opening presents. 


Christmas morning I had the winter wonderland ready for the kids like last year.  They made sure I did it again and even helped with the snowflakes this year.  The girls loved all their presents.  There were no complaints or meltdowns, just lots of smiles.  Their favorite was a doctor kit with personalized lab coats.  Scott and I just exchanged one present.  I got him a watch and he got me new headphones for my computer.


And finally, for Christmas lunch we had steaks over at Scott’s parents.  I even managed to pull together a gluten-free Happy Birthday, Jesus cake for dessert thanks to a little help from Mom at the last minute when I iced it before the cakes were cool.  Again, we had a great time opening presents and it was a nice afternoon.


All in all, a wonderful Christmas season.  We are so, so blessed with lots of wonderful family. 

I couldn’t help but continually think about people in Newtown and many other people who had so much else to worry about this season.  In stressful times, I remembered it could have been much worse and gave thanks for all we did have.

I was able to save a week of time off for this week and I’ve put my house in a head lock and am waiting for it to cry uncle.  Just a few minutes ago, I finished repainting the hall and bathroom.  Lots of much needed maintenance happening as well as family time.

Hard to believe we’ll be saying goodbye to 2012 in just a few days.  Goes faster and faster, doesn’t it?

What I Wore Wednesday 12.26.2012

Today’s the day I share my outfits from the week with The Pleated Poppy’s What I Wore Wednesday.  I pair my outfits with inspirational photos.  Read more about that here.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!  Very excited to start mixing in some pieces I got for Christmas!

IMG_2607 This one is the same outfit from last week except I paired it with leggings instead of my dress pants.  Perfect example of your wardrobe serving double-duty.

Source: via Amy on Pinterest


Source: via Amy on Pinterest


IMG_2691Is this matching photo not amazing?  I really thought I’d struggle to find a picture to go with my red and green from our Christmas Eve service Monday but wow!  Fungus to the rescue!

Source: via Amy on Pinterest




Source: via Amy on Pinterest

More beautiful fungus among us!

Hope you love these posts as much as I do!  Even the girls are getting into it.  Lexi especially loves finding just the right one!  God is so good and His creations are beautiful—which means you are too!

Merry Christmas 2012

I’m sitting up Christmas Eve. I’ve finished our Winter Wonderland decorations with lights and snowflakes in the living room.  I’m done wrapping presents, sitting out cookies and milk and just waiting on Scott to come in from Walgreens after picking up last minute stocking stuffers. Yep, we’re those people.

I’m feeling so, so blessed this Christmas.  My kids are 8 and 10 and maybe I’m crazy, but it just seems like quintessential ages for Christmas.   I mean, they’re all special years but there’s something about these ages I’m loving so much.

We made snowflakes together before they went to bed and they’re scheming some sort of plans tonight that make them giggle.

Their stacks of presents are knee high.  I’d be embarrassed at the amount I spent but I’m just not.  I can’t wait for them to open every single one.

Today while I was thinking about Christ’s birth something became so real about how we’re celebrating an actual historical event.  Like, in the same way we celebrate July 4th, this event was every bit as real.  Of course, I’ve known that but something special happened, like a little window opened and I got to see it from a different perspective in my heart.  A little Christmas Eve gift from God.

Yes, feeling ever so blessed and grateful.

A very Merry Christmas to you all!


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Gluten-free Holidays and Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe

Christmas 2012 has been our first gluten-free.  So far we’ve managed well but desserts are always hard to sift through.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  If you or someone you’re serving is gluten-free rest-assured there are very simple substitutions.

For our small group gathering, I served Udi’s Snicker doodle cookies right along with the rest of the desserts.  No one was the wiser and ya’ll, they are GOOD.  So chewy and soft. Yum.


Today I tried my hand at bread pudding.  With a simple substitution of the bread with Udi’s Gluten-free bread, it’s safe for gluten lovers and haters alike.

And as we should with all desserts, I substituted the raisins for chocolate chips and made my own Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Gluten-free Chocolate Bread Pudding

8 slices of Udi’s Gluten-free bread, cubed

4 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar + enough to sprinkle

4 cups milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Cinnamon, for sprinkling

Grease a 2-quart baking dish.  Place cubed bread and chocolate chips in the bottom. 


Beat eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla in bowl


and pour over bread cubes. 


Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.  Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.


If you have any questions about serving for your gluten-free family and friends, please let me know!


Udi’s provided me with the products for this post. All opinions are my own.