Have you ever noticed that Christmas is all about waiting? I know things like presents, family, festivities, and the birth of Jesus generally come to mind when we think of Christmas. However, waiting is a much more accurate theme. We wait for Christmas in many little ways. Children wait all year to open the presents under the tree. … [Read more...] about Waiting at Christmas
Last weekend marked five years since I began blogging here at Of The Hearth. Five years! It seems like just yesterday that I stumbled through the process of creating this website. It wasn’t just yesterday, though. Since starting the site, I have shared 606 blog posts! Today’s post is going to be a little walk down memory lane. The … [Read more...] about Celebrating Five Years of Blogging at Of The Hearth!
I needed to make some cookies a couple of weeks ago. I could have made regular sugar cookies, but I really wanted to try something new. I didn’t want to run to the store, though, so I tweaked a regular sugar cookie recipe to include some ingredients that I had on hand. The result was fabulous! Though these aren’t specific to Christmas, … [Read more...] about Brown Sugar Cookie Bars with Maple Cinnamon Frosting
In my household, we don’t generally spend a ton of money on Christmas gifts. We still enjoy giving gifts to one another, though, so stocking suffers are perfect for us! As I go about everyday life, I often come across things that I think would make great stocking stuffers for my husband. I took note of these throughout this past year. … [Read more...] about 50 Man-Approved Stocking Stuffers for the Men on Your List
My husband loves snacking on appetizers as he watches football games. A few weeks ago he asked me to prepare some meatballs for us to snack on during a game. Appetizer meatballs are really popular and there are so many easy ways to make them. Therefore, you’d think it would have been easy to make some for him. It wasn’t! He’s picky, so … [Read more...] about Maple Bourbon Appetizer Meatballs
I have many fun memories of playing board games with my sister when we were growing up. We’d play for hours, sometimes laughing as we made up our own rules and sometimes glowering as we engaged in intense competition. Regardless of what approach we used, we ended up bonding and having fun. Until recently, my little ones were too young … [Read more...] about Why Board Games are Beneficial for Kids
With all of the excitements and festivities of the Christmas season, it’s sometimes difficult to remain focused on Christ. These things—colorful lights, cookies, presents, parties, etc.—can be fun and meaningful, but Christ is the very reason we have Christmas, so I want to stay focused on Him. I believe it is possible for us to enjoy … [Read more...] about 9 Ways to Keep Focused on Christ During the Christmas Season
It seems so noble to read biographies about the trials and victories of famous figures or to better ourselves by reading self-help books. Indulging in a romance or suspense novel, on the other hand, doesn’t seem like a particularly dignified use of time. If, like me, you tend to believe this assumption that non-fiction is somehow … [Read more...] about Reasons to Read Fiction