Archives for December 2015

How to Actually Achieve Your Goals This Coming Year

'Tis the season for goal planning. Are you taking part? My husband and I set aside time each winter to set goals for the coming year. This has been incredibly beneficial for our marriage and family! I wish I could say that faithfully setting goals means we consistently achieve them. … [Read more...]

Learning to Sip My Coffee More Slowly

Since my daughter was born a little over a year ago, I’ve been gulping down my morning coffee instead of enjoying it a sip at a time. I fell into this habit because I wanted to drink a cup of coffee but had little time to do so because I needed my hands free to care for my baby. I noticed a … [Read more...]

The True Light

It is still dark outside when I get up in the morning. In the weeks preceding Christmas, I like to turn on our Christmas tree lights when I rise so I can watch their bright, colorful glow dispel the darkness. These beautiful lights remind me of the incomparable brightness of our True … [Read more...]

King Ranch Chicken

In honor of our move to Texas, we had to have King Ranch Chicken—a casserole that embodies the taste of south Texas—on our menu this fall. Though the origins of the dish are debated, most Texans love it. If you give it a try, you’ll understand why it is so popular. Ingredients (Adapted from this … [Read more...]

Making Fond Memories When Family Events Don’t Go As Planned

Several weeks ago we attempted to take cake smash photos for our daughter’s first birthday. Everything was “picture perfect” except our daughter’s response. One taste of the frosting on the cake and she had a meltdown! When this happened, I felt a little disappointed. After all, my husband … [Read more...]

7 Money-Saving Modifications to Popular Christmas Traditions

For many Americans, the "most wonderful time of the year" is also the most expensive time of the year. Just how expensive? Experts estimate that the typical American spends between $1,000 and $2,000 on Christmas each year (source). Thankfully, you don’t have to have a couple thousand dollars … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookie Bucket List

As far as I’m concerned, cookies are an appropriate accompaniment for any holiday. There’s something particularly special about cookies at Christmas, though. Somehow they’re a little sweeter than at other times of the year! When I was a child, one of my favorite Christmas traditions was … [Read more...]

Book Review: 25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask About Love, Sex, and Intimacy

I hesitated for a brief moment when I was contacted about reviewing a complimentary copy of 25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask About Love, Sex, and Intimacy by Dr. Juli Slattery. After all, sex isn’t a common topic here on Of The Hearth. It is a very important topic, though, especially in our … [Read more...]