Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 20

Good morning!  Today, I am going to share something I shared on my personal Facebook page yesterday.  I showed a peek into my Real Life and I think it is something we need to be more intentional to do!  Whether it is on social media or in person we need to all agree to show the truth of our lives.  Now don't get me wrong we do not need to all become "Debbie Downers" and only ever talk about the bad!  But my thought is that if I don't show you the mess you can't appreciate the beauty of the end product.  This can be as simple as a home project or more importantly as deep as a difficult situation that you need prayer for!  If someone I know is struggling with something and they never share and I never come along side of them in prayer then I will not be able to fully celebrate with them in victory!  I want to live life with the people around me...Real Life! 
Here is my Real Life post from yesterday ~
Just in case you were feeling that you are the ONLY one, I thought I would share.... This is the current state of flooring in one room of our house and there is still more mess to make, the check engine light is on in my car, and Jeremy's Blazer needs tires and a power steering something or another!  But you know what?  It is just life and those are just things.  I am choosing today to keep my eyes on God and not the mess!  He is the only one that matters!  He has perfect timing, protection, and provision.  If I were to list my blessings they would be too many to number but people complain that social media only shows off the good in people's lives. Well, here is today's messy. It does not change how much I love my life!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 19

Good Morning!  Hope you are doing well!  I can NOT believe that today is July 1st, where has the summer gone?  One of my favorite parts of summer is the fresh veggies!  We currently have more yellow squash coming out of our garden than we know what to do with!  My sister mentioned the same thing the other day and said she was making her kids eat a squash at every meal, ha!  While I am NOT going that far, I am serving them regularly with our dinner!  Today, I thought I would share one of my family's favorite squash recipes.

Squash Croquettes 

You will need
2 cups of finely chopped squash
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

Combine all ingredients but the oil.  Put 1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan and bring to a medium-high temperature.  Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop squash mixture into oil.  On a side note, you can put the mixture in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to thicken the mix, this will make for neater scoops but not necessary.  Allow each scoop to come to a golden brown before flipping.  Once your second side has browned, remove croquette from the oil and allow to rest on a paper towel lined plate.  These are very hardy and even my meat and potatoes guy will eat these in place of a meat.  Also,  any leftovers reheat nicely in the oven at 350* until warm.

Hope you will try these and let me know if they become one of your family favorites!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 18

Sometimes life is HARD!

Good morning!  Today, I want to talk about one of the jobs of being a wife and mother that I am not always good at!  Our life lately has been hard.  You know what I mean?  Nothing awful has happened to us but life has been filled with disappointments, and frustrations, and people around us, close to us, are suffering with deep hurts and loses.  We have been feeling the weight of this for at least a full two months and we know there are more hard things coming....a dear friend moving away.  The weight of all of this has slowly changed the mood in our home, we are not as light hearted and joyful as normal.  I was praying about how I could help get us back to that place and that is when God started reminding me to be a fun wife and momma!  This is not something that comes naturally to me, I like quiet and order but I knew it was my job!  I am well aware that as wives and mothers we have great power over the mood of our homes....if momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy!  This week I have on purpose set aside time to be fun.  I even used our kitchen chalkboard to write a fun message on!  I am happy to report, It has worked!  We are not without cares, they are all still there, but we are having fun and finding joy in our day to day life!

Has your family recently gone through anything like this?  What did you do to lighten the mood?  Or if you are a fun mom, what are some of your favorite fun things you do for your family?



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