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Lasagna Roll-Ups

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

With the holidays behind us, most of us are getting back to our normal routines—but even then it’s hard to just slow down and embrace the moments. We forget that the ordinary days are important and a great time to make memories.  Even though our day to day lives can be busy, January isn’t usually filled with activities, so it’s a perfect time to plan some family moments. I have a recipe for you today that is perfect for a family night: Lasagna Roll-ups. This is a great recipe with a twist—and it freezes well. When I make this, I like to make my sauce either the day before or put it in the Crockpot. Then it’s time to assemble everything—and this is the part where the kids can help by rolling up the noodles and/or helping to spread...

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A Light in Rome

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Imagine you are in ancient Rome inside the famous building, the Pantheon, and it is noon on April 21—the traditional anniversary date for the birth of Rome. Light pours through a circular opening in the Pantheon’s massive domed roof, streaming down from above and pointing like a spotlight at the main door. Suddenly, an imperial figure strides into the doorway, brightly lit up by the light pouring down from the ceiling. The figure is none other than Caesar Augustus, the emperor whom some declared to be a living god. Pretty dramatic stuff. My wife and I were in Rome last fall, and one of the guides at the Pantheon said that such a light show might actually have been orchestrated during the time of Augustus. Even Stephen Spielberg would have been impressed with these Roman special effects if he...

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Why Fresh Starts Matter at Any Age

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got “just 18 summers” to create lots of memories with our loved ones. January offers fresh starts to those wanting a healthier lifestyle or new priorities for their new year. Jesus represents fresh starts to all who believe and ask him, by faith, to be forgiven. This month’s craft will offer a fun way to remind our children and grandchildren of both the beauty and importance of embracing God’s forgiveness. What you’ll need: Card stock or construction paper (card stock colors are usually brighter): 1 sheet each of light...

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New Year, New Royal Mindset

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 1 comment

How is it possible that January is here? There is an undeniable excitement in the air since turning the calendar page to a new year. 2017 holds wonderful possibilities for each of us, and I pray we will each recognize a brand-new sense of purpose in our lives. While decorating our home is important, and a fun thing to do, I think it’s even more important we start the year by decorating our minds. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV Our purpose, as parents, is to raise kind, loving, respectable, and responsible little people who will become kind, loving, respectable, responsible big adults someday. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from...

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New Year’s Resolution for Your Home

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

I think I must be the odd woman out in this regard, but one of the things I like best about Christmas is taking down the decorations and getting the house back in order. As cozy and homey as the twinkling lights of the tree are, there’s something wonderful about tidying up and getting the house back in order. For me, it’s a time to reflect on the wonderful Christmas we’ve just enjoyed, as well as thinking ahead to the beginning of a brand new year. This year, one of my Christmas gifts was an inspiration for rearranging the kitchen. It’s no secret that I love to rearrange furniture. Of course, most kitchens can’t really be “rearranged,” but when our kids went together to get me a new cherry red KitchenAid stand mixer (the first time I’ve owned such...

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The Real Saint Nick

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

A certain man living in the time of the Roman Empire had three daughters, but according to legend, they were penniless and their future looked bleak. To marry, a young woman was expected to have a dowry—money that is given to the groom. But these three young women were broke and hungry. A young man from a wealthy family heard about the poor sisters, but he didn’t want to just hand them money because he feared it would hurt the father’s pride. So the young man snuck out at night, crept up to the window of their modest house, and tossed three bags of money through the window—one sack for each daughter. That generous man, according to the story, was Saint Nicholas. In a variation of the story, Nicholas tossed the money through the window on three straight nights....

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