Sunday, March 31, 2013

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

I will never get over how Christ came and died on Calvary for me. I never want to forget that on the third day he arose from the grave victorious over death! As a Christian, this is the reason why I choose to celebrate Easter! I celebrate That Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

 Such an AMAZING view!

(Me and my hubby at sunrise)

I spent today celebrating with family and friends! I started my day off at sunrise!

I met with my church family for a wonderful Sunrise service on the beach. While I sat waiting on the service to start,  I could not help but soak in the beauty of the beach at sunrise. My pastor ( who is also my father) preached a wonderful  message! I thank the Lord for all the years he has preached and sacrificed to make sure I knew about Christ!
Once the Sunrise service was over, our church meets for breakfast at a local restaurant in our town.

 Later in the morning my family met and all went to our church for our Easter morning service. I have always made this a big deal with my children. Their Easter consist of a special outfit to wear to church. Here is a picture of us all ready to go worship our risen Lord!

After I spent the morning at my church. I had family come to my house for Easter!  I have been blessed in so many ways! God has been good to me and my family! Happy Easter!  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Until next time,

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Decor-Inspired by Christ Church!

I waited a little longer this year to decorate for Easter, because I was not sure about what I wanted my decorations to include. I like to keep "Christ" in Easter, and when I recently visited Christ Church,(view here Christ Church) that is when I found my inspiration to decorate! I went with a vintage Easter with a touch of Victorian graphics.

I downloaded these from graphicfairy and printed them!
My little helper (my daughter) cut these out for me, and we glued them on white candles.
I am loving this look!

I also printed one graphic to place in a photo frame.
I placed this next to my Victorian tea set! How vintage!

 I printed a copy of the song "Christ the Lord is Risen today". I am so pleased with my inspired vintage decorations! So far, this Easter decor has cost me $2.00.. I love when I can decorate and not end up spending a fortune!!

Here is another print that I used in my Spring lantern.. I just love how it turned out!

I am excited that I found my inspiration from a visit to a historical church in my area. You can click here to read all about Christ Church! Happy Easter everyone!
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Until next time,

Friday, March 29, 2013

Christ Church Of Jekyll Island,Georgia!

With Easter around the corner, I wanted to share this beautiful church with you! I had the opportunity to visit  Christ Church the week before Easter! This church is a historical church on Jekyll Island, Ga that was built in 1883. Reverend Charles and John Wesley held services under the oak trees at the site of the church!
This is a view of the inside of the church. I wanted to bring those lanterns home with me! They are original to the church!! The church was built by tradesmen that built ships, and you can see this in the construction of the beams. The church was built without nails in the architecture, except for around the casing of the windows! Another detail that was shocking to discover, is that this wood has NEVER been stained! This is the 'center best' part of a pine tree that is native to Georgia.
Look for more on the stained glass windows in my next blog! This is a picture of when Jesus asked Peter,
 "But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." How amazing this is to see right before Easter!

  This is the view of the church when you first walk in.. Look at all those gorgeous windows!

 Can you wrap your mind around the fact this is built without a single nail?

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

One Of My Favorite Bar-B-Que Stops!

Spring is in the air! I have to share one of my most loved Bar-B-Que spots which is in Townsend,TN. I love the mountains in the Fall and Spring time. During Summer you can sit outside on the screened-in porch and watch people float by on tubes! My family loves this place! I have added Little River Bar-B-Que as a "must stop" when I'm in Townsend.
Here we are enjoying the screened-in porch on the river.

Yes! That is the water your seeing! I love how close it is to the porch!

Everything's homemade mountain style!

My family loves the fact they serve large portions..

When you order sweet tea it only comes in a Mason jar! Love it!

Here is a shot of the screened porch..

The first thing you see when you walk in is that they display up and coming local artist and their work for sale! I love this! You can really see some fresh new style here! I have one last thing to mention about my favorite mountain Bar-B-Que place.... They are located only minutes from the entry to Cades Cove!  This makes such a beautiful scenic drive to take and then stop to eat!
                              Until next time,
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Festival Find!

I had the opportunity to go to a festival when I was on vacation in the mountains. I fell in love with a few finds and brought them home with me. I have seen these carved wood primitive bread bowls everywhere lately. They start between $80.00 to $125.00 dollars in many of the major stores that carry them.. So you can imagine my shock when I saw these beautiful bowls sitting at a craft booth at the festival in Townsend, TN.. She was selling them for $ 18.00! I could not believe my eyes!! I am sure you know this came home with me... 

My next find at the festival was these hand made dried fruit potpourri swags.. They grabbed your attention by the scent that permeated the whole aisle of booths! I ended up with the one you can place in my new wood primitive bowl! My house smells wonderful!

Love these!

How cute is this? I have the Apple and Orange spice mix!
The homemade potpourri comes with a bottle of homemade spice oil..
Once a month you refresh your scent by adding the homemade spice oil to your potpourri mix. The oil will last for a year!
What a find!

Until next time,

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Popping Up Some Popcorn!

Chemical Free Microwave Popcorn!

Recently, my parents were both told their Cholesterol was too high.. So with that comes the whole diet and watching your oils and fats, and well, you know the rest.. I have tried to start this process a little early for my family in hopes of keeping my family healthy.. I have stayed away from microwave popcorn for awhile now, simply because it has A LOT OF OIL! I would make the Whirly Pop stove top with olive oil from time to time.. I love the way it tastes, and when time permits that's still my choice of popcorn.. Like everyone else, I needed a quick but healthy way to make popcorn for my kids, preferably in the microwave.. I know some of you are thinking that healthy and microwave are a oxymoron! 
  Now, I know they have come out with some great air popped machines recently, but I have no luck with getting the salt or anything else to stick to the popcorn, and in my house that screams YUCK to my kiddo's.
  So here it is...It is very easy, and it takes very little time at all!
 First, you have to use a paper bag to pop it in. I had these cute popcorn bags that I recently picked up from Dollar Tree.. You can use good old brown lunch bags too! I have used them many times and it is perfect!

  You will need 1/4 cup of popcorn of your choice.

Just measure and pour kernels into your paper bag!

You will need to fold your bag over two times about 1/4 of an inch. This keeps the popcorn from popping out..
Place the bag upright in your microwave.  It is okay if the bag touches the top of the will not hurt it..
The time will vary according to your microwave.  I use my popcorn setting, but it is best to listen to your popcorn, and when it quits popping stop your time and make a note of how long to pop it. My microwave will pop popcorn in 2 minutes and 15 seconds. I use this every time and its perfect.
Please excuse the finger prints!

Here is what my popcorn looks like! The difference between air popped popcorn and this is that the moisture allows the salt to stick to your popcorn. I open the bag and pour salt in and then give it a shake. Be careful not to burn your self from the steam! Makes perfect tasting popcorn every time!

My kids love it! They add cheese and other toppings, and I love the fact that its HEALTHY for them!

Until next time,