Preparing for Baby – Freezer Cooking Marathon

Last weekend, my mom came over and we had a freezer cooking marathon to stock our freezer with meals for when Baby Henry gets here. In about 4 hours, we ended up with 14 casseroles stacked in our freezer that are ready to just be popped in the oven for an easy dinner during those…

Preparing for Baby – Daddy’s Hospital Survival Kit

When Jack was born, I shared a post about how I made a Daddy’s Hospital Survival Kit for Jeff. I originally found the idea on Pinterest and loved that it was a way to celebrate Jeff becoming a dad. So many things only focus on baby and mama during that time, but becoming a father…

November Memory Verses Printable

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I’m trying to make sure that we slow down and focus on the meaning of this season. Jack is still young to understand the concept of thankfulness, but we are working on learning about being thankful and also on learning that all of our blessings are gifts from…

Making Halloween an Outreach Opportunity by Lauren Kimbrell

I have a confession to make. I’ve always had mixed feelings about Halloween. When I was little, my mom always made me a costume and took me to a few family members’ houses to get candy, but that was about all we did to celebrate. We didn’t decorate the house or get into the spooky…

October Memory Verses Printable

Spending more time in God’s Word and committing Scripture to memory is something that I have felt really convicted about lately. I know Jack is young (he’s just two), but I don’t think it’s ever too early to start teaching our children about God and His Word. In church yesterday, my pastor preached from Mark…

Fall Fun at the Tuscaloosa Barnyard

Yesterday, we took Jack to the Tuscaloosa Barnyard. It’s a petting farm with lots of activities, and during the month of October, they have a Pumpkin Patch. It was still super hot (I think it was about 98 degrees while we were there – when is fall actually going to get here?), but we had…

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Candied Pecan Topping

I came up with this recipe a few weeks ago when we were under a heat advisory because it felt like it was 115 degrees here. Despite the weather, I was in the mood for fall and was craving something sweet, so I cranked the AC, lit my fall scented candle, and pulled some random…

Hello, October!

I know I missed the first day of October, which is probably when I should have posted this, but…oh, well. At this point in my pregnancy (about 6 weeks to go), everything takes way more energy than I think it will and takes way longer than it should, so I’m a few days late getting…

One Pot Southern Veggie and Sausage Soup

This is one of those “clean out the pantry and freezer” meals that ended up tasting really good and made it into our regular rotation of easy weeknight meals. It cooks up in one pot in about 40 minutes and has lots of flavor, and it’s even toddler approved! Jack crashed my photo shoot for…

White and Black Bean Chicken Chili

Y’all – last week I came down with the WORST cold. I was coughing, sneezing, and could barely talk (not a good combo for a teacher). On Wednesday, all I wanted was a big bowl of chicken soup, but plain chicken soup is not one of Jeff’s favorite meals, so I decided to try to…