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Making Your Home a Haven: Week 4

It’s the 4th and last week of Women Living Well’s Making Your Home a Haven: 31 Day Fall Challenge.  Here’s the challenge as written by Courtney of Women Living Well:

Decorate! The holidays are upon us. Ann Voskamp says “Creating is good theology. In the beginning God created.” Be creative as you make your home warm, cozy and inviting for the holidays. Think about ways you can keep Christ in Christmas even in the way you decorate.  Decorate – to the glory of God!

I’m finishing up some cleaning today and Munchie is eager to decorate for Christmas.  The candle is glowing, the Christmas music playing softly and Munchie’s happy squeals and giggles fill the house.  How thankful I am that I have a home to call my own–a place to create traditions this season.  Wherever your home is, whatever the size, you can decorate it to fit YOU and make it all yours.  Take a little time this week to decorate for the season and feel the spirit of Christmas grow around you.

I’m a bit sad that this is the last week of the Making Your Home a Haven series.  It has encouraged and inspired me.  And, in some ways, calmed me.  Those close to me, know I can be an anxious and nervous gal.  That’s a huge part of why I started my organized Christmas series this year and why I strive to be as organized as possible.  It truly helps calm my soul.  I plan to keep up these challenges all season and into the new year.  Won’t you join me?

As Courtney said, it’s not the things you do or don’t have that make your home a haven–YOU are the key to making your home a haven.  🙂  Light your candle, turn on the music, and let Christmas into your home with home cooking and decorating.  ♥

Have you joined this challenge yet?  It’s not too late to begin!

xx ~Danielle

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Making Your Home a Haven: Week 3

It’s week 3 of Women Living Well’s Making Your Home a Haven: 31 Day Fall Challenge.  Here’s the challenge as written by Courtney of Women Living Well:

Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home. Cook things with pleasant aromas – like homemade bread, pies, and cookies. Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family. Invite your kids and/or hubby to cook along side you– make memories in the kitchen – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remove discontentment and give thanks to God for the home God has given you in which to create a haven for your family.

This might be my favorite challenge to date.  I love an excuse to be in the kitchen.  My little girl is always asking to help in the kitchen and although there are certainly days when I just want to cook alone and not clean up additional messes, I like this reminder:  I create my home, I create my haven.  Letting my daughter help in the kitchen is a wonderful way to help her feel nourished and create memories.  Sacrificing a clean kitchen for the sake of building traditions, instilling a love of home and caring for family, while working together in the kitchen, is worth it to me–I just have to remind myself that some days. 🙂

Because many of you are traveling for the holiday, staying with family or friends, you can take part by helping out in the kitchen wherever you’re calling home this week.  When you return home, keep up the challenge by warming up your home with something freshly baked or something simmering away on the stove top.

As Courtney said,it’s not the things you do or don’t have that make your home a haven–YOU are the key to making your home a haven.  🙂  Keep that candle burning and the music playing and let’s get cooking! ♥

Have you joined this challenge yet?  It’s not too late to begin!

xx ~Danielle

Bubble Pizza

I don’t have a clue where bubble pizza originated, but it seems many people have their own version of it.  My little one says this is easy-peasy-pumpkin-squeezy.  In the summer she said it was easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.  🙂

Speaking of kiddies, this is a great recipe for them to take charge of.  It’s a versatile dish that’s actually perfect for a young teen to make…wink wink 😉  My 3-year old was able to do most of the work for the version pictured since she cut the mushrooms with her safety knife and put it all together with mommy only slicing the onions and grating the cheese.  I love meals like this where she feels like she “cooked” it all herself.

Since it calls for canned biscuits, I try to use a brand that has less of the unpronounceable words in the ingredients list.  We use Trader Joe’s biscuits, but other brands work just fine.  Add whatever ingredients you like or have on hand and have fun!

Bubble Pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (I use Trader Joe’s biscuits which contain 8 biscuits per can)
  • 1 jar of homemade or store-bought pizza sauce (about 15 oz.)
  • 2-3 cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded/grated
  • Toppings of choice such as:  sliced mushrooms, cooked sausage, pepperoni, thinly sliced red onions, sliced olives, Canadian bacon, etc.
  • Basil, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven according to biscuit instructions (usually about 350°).  Grease/spray a 9×13 pan lightly.  Cut all biscuits into quarters and place in a medium to large size bowl.  Add sauce to biscuits along with 1 to 1.5 cups of cheese and all toppings.  Toss together, coating all biscuits pieces.  Transfer to the greased pan.  Top with remaining cheese (1 cup or as much as you like!) and basil.  Bake for about 25-35 minutes until biscuits are cooked through (check center pieces) and cheese is melted and a bit bubbly.  Enjoy!

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