Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Life that Says Welcome

I just began a new online bible study one week ago that is about Hospitality.  It is based on the book, "A Life that Says Welcome" by Karen Ehman.  I am definitely one that gets started on things with much enthusiasm only to get bored, or busy or ________ (fill in the blank) and not finish what I've started.  Can any of you relate?

My assignment this week was to read Chapters 1-3 and answer the questions of which there wasn't too many.  I am so proud to say, it is Sunday and I finished the first assignment.  Yeah me!  And guess what? I did not get bored or too busy, because this book is speaking volumes to me!

I am guilty of getting sucked into watching loads of episodes on HGTV and Food Network.  I long to be able to whip up a meal in 30 minutes or have someone stop by to rearrange my furniture "while I was out", but in my corner of the world those things don't happen.  For one, I have to cook with a recipe.  I'm not the creative kind that can throw a few things in a pot from her pantry and call it a meal.  Nor, am I gifted with decorating abilities.  Still, I love love to watch this kind of television as well as read as much as I can on the subject.

Where I am going with this, is I REALLY REALLY want to be gifted in the area of hospitality.  I want to invite friends over after church for lunch or throw together a quick BBQ on a Saturday afternoon.  Don't get me wrong -- I can do it.  But for me, it involves a lot of planning, a lot of stress and a lot of worry.  Why?  I just feel like everything has to be perfect and since it seems so much work to get it perfect (which in my mind, it never is) I just don't do it.  BUT, I really want to.....

I found out about this study from the Proverbs 31 devotional I receive daily by email and thought I would give it a try.  I downloaded the book using the Kindle app on my phone and I'm so glad I did.  I am learning that Hospitality is so much more than just having someone over to eat.  It starts at home with your family and it does not have to be so complicated.  I hope you will check it out!  See the box to the right of this post!

My assignment today was to share a recipe that I make for company.  While this is not always used for that, it has been taken to a sick friend or made for family dinner.  It's super easy and was given to me by my sister-in-law.  It's great for those days when you need something hearty and quick.  The only planning involved is getting the ingredients and crock pot out!

Super Easy Crock-Pot Roast

  • any type of roast
  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 package mini peeled sliced carrots
  • 1 onions, cut in half and quartered
  • 2 cans Campbell's Beefy Mushroom Soup
Layer in crock pot --roast, potatoes, onions, carrots and cover with soup.  NO WATER NEEDED.  Cook on low 8-10 hours.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Easter Egg Decor

Slowly, I am beginning to to slightly understand this Blogger world.  Really, I'm just blogging for myself as a way to document things that happen at the White House.  Whether it be family photos, milestones or even just recipes, it's a good way to keep it all in one place.  If I get a friend or family member who reads it even better!

I am getting some great ideas over at Centsational Girl for spring crafts.  Thought I'd throw in my "craft idea" as well although not home made - just store bought in time for Easter!

The Baby Chick door hanger was purchased at my favorite pharmacy and I think I may have picked up this Easter swag from Hobby Lobby?  I've had it awhile, but have not gotten it out in several years.

A closer look at the swag.  Wish I had bought a few more!

This is my Easter centerpiece.  Found all of these pieces last year at Pier One Imports at 90% off.  Pier One is my secret friend.  I should add some moss at the base but seeing as I already have this set out and up and published, I don't have a burning desire to return to a craft store.

These glass ornaments are so delicate.  Forgive my photos.  Thats another goal to tackle!

Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Double Easter Mantle

Allow me a bit of grace as I try for the first time to link up to a blog mantle party!   This one is hosted by The Lettered Cottage.

Because I have a double sided fireplace, I have two small mantles to work with.  As you can see, I am by no means a professional.  I tend to find a picture of something I like and then recreate from there.  I am great at "borrowing" ideas as I was not gifted with any creative genes!

Mantle in the hearth room:

I am still using the camera on my phone but have a goal to do a better job with picture taking on a real camera!

The candlesticks usually stay on the mantle year round.  I like the dark color for contrast.  Pastel eggs were purchased from Pier 1 Imports last year at 90% off.  The paper grass in bottom of hurricane vase was what was tied around the eggs.  White bunny from TJ Maxx.

Vintage banner purchased from Etsy.

Miscellaneous Easter decor purchased from TJ Maxx and Cracker Barrel.

Wood tray from Paul Michael's.  Three moss balls.  Simple and easy.

Mantle in the Living Room:

The Pottery Barn plant in a Southern Living at Home container is typically on this mantle.  Easter Bunnies with votives are from Pier One -- again at 90% off last year.  Small Easter decor is from TJ Maxx and I don't remember where I picked up the Easter egg topiary.

The ears on this bunny votive are bendable.  

So that's it.  My first time linking up to a "party".