On ‘Nog Bread': a recipe for eggnog quick bread

Nog Bread

Tis the season for this perfectly delicious, lovely nod to Christmas, not overly sweet or noggy loaf! In our house we affectionately call it 'nog bread', and after sharing it with you I'll have to bake a pan of it for our family =) Husby loooves this stuff and he's not a big eggnog lover! If you bake it just a *little* longer than the recipe calls for, the edges of the crust get caramel-ly and crunchy, and they're the best part =) The rest of the loaf stays dense and moist. Cubes of this bread Continue Reading

God Bless Our Christmas: a (quick) giveaway!


--giveaway now closed--God Bless Our Christmas, by Hannah C. Hall, is pretty darn cute. I gave it to my now 3-year old last week, and he sat right down to read through it. It's now stationed on his bedside, and included in our evening book rotation =) Like many families, reading before bed is a tradition of ours. One way we Christmas-ize (<-- totally a word) that tradition is to swap out all the books in the kids' room for Christmas storybooks! I love this, because it's refreshing to read Continue Reading

On This Season of Christmastime

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Tis the season, my favorite season, and truth be told I've been living it up since October. Maybe even September. But not like I used to think of living it up at Christmastime. In this season of my life, this blessed, busy, overwhelming, wonderful season of my life, cramming in more stuff is not an option. It's not even appealing. So we've been celebrating, waiting, counting down the days while living them. We've been wearing Santa hats, and sleeping under twinkle lights. We've been Continue Reading

On Gratitude & Celebrating with a Giveaway of My Favorite Christmas Things!

My Favorite Christmas Things

It's been a week of failed potty training, hard mornings, and broken tree ornaments. It's been a week of utter joyous moments as a mother, of Advent calendars and early mornings. It's been a regular, holy, lovely, hard, wonderful week, on in which I have been completely overcome with gratitude and humility and speechlessness (believe it or not) and I think it deserves a celebration. Advent began this week, and that means hundreds (maybe more) of women all over the world started reading my Continue Reading

On Christmas Coming into Our Real

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Sunday morning after a weekend away for Thanksgiving, I was looking forward to going to the first Advent service at our church, which I knew would be decked out with twinkle lights, tall trees, and a manger waiting for its Baby. We'd arrived home late the night before, and the new day brought with it the aftereffects of travel. The baby was hungry all morning. Daddy chose cute outfits for the kids, but they were too small. Mommy stood in front of the closet thinking that everything in it would Continue Reading

On the Ways We Display the Word in our Everyday

Josie's room (letterpress blocks & art prints)

*affiliate links used below  “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your Continue Reading