Archives for January 2013

Popcorn: A Healthy and Affordable Snack

Popcorn is often overlooked as a relatively healthy snack option. This may be because it is often prepared or served in unhealthy manners, such as butter-drenched “movie theater” varieties or those popped in pre-sealed microwave popcorn bags that generally contain high amounts of unhealthy fats, … [Read more...]

Multitasking: Time Saver or Time Waster? (Part 1)

Do you unload the dishwasher as dinner cooks on the stove…while you talk on the phone, compile a grocery list, and have a load of laundry going? Engaging in all of these activities at once is an example of what is commonly referred to as “multitasking.” I’ve done this a multitude of times and I … [Read more...]

Healthy Game Day Snacks

The biggest football game of the year is just over a week away. Traditional game day snack menus feature everything from fried chicken and bacon-wrapped cocktail weenies to loaded nachos and pizza. While some of these options are tempting, I’m considering some healthier alternatives. I will not … [Read more...]

Studying Your Husband

How well do you know your husband? I’m not talking about knowing his favorite ice cream flavor, the name of his best friend, or the make and model of his dream car. Do you know what makes him feel loved? What does he do to unwind when he feels stressed out? What encourages him the most? A … [Read more...]

Should I Purchase an Extra Freezer?

We’d been having a bit of an issue with freezer space… …so my husband and I began considering the possibility of purchasing an extra freezer. Do the benefits of an extra freezer outweigh the costs of purchasing and providing power for one? Benefits of having an extra freezer You have … [Read more...]

The Modern Significance of Racial Slurs in Classic Literature

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am featuring a guest post that addresses the modern significance of racial slurs in classic literature. The post was written by my husband, Preston, and published on his personal blog in January 2011. So I came across this news story on CNN. I … [Read more...]

Rampant Reusing: Wire Hangers

While wire hangers can always be employed for their intended use (you know…hanging clothes), I’m not pleased with their performance in this capacity. As a result, the wire hangers my husband and I have are currently taking up space without providing any benefit. Hopefully, with the help of … [Read more...]

Love Your Neighbor

Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. While I’m not a huge fan of commercialized holidays or mass-produced pink and red symbols of romantic love, I do appreciate the reminder to express love. I’ve been meditating this week specifically on love for my neighbors. Note the … [Read more...]

Cuban Ham and Bean Soup with Cilantro Lime Rice

Earlier this week I pulled from the freezer what remained of our leftover Christmas ham. The ensuing dish was amazing! Soup ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1/2 of a red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 2 cups cooked ham, … [Read more...]

Reading With Your Spouse

Since the very beginning of our relationship, my husband and I have made a habit of reading together and intentionally discussing what we’ve read. In fact, during the 9 months we dated, we read Russell Moore’s Adopted for Life, C. S. Lewis’ Pilgrim's Regress, and Tony Dungy’s Quiet Strength (what a … [Read more...]