Friday, November 4, 2011

Good Things to Ponder and Try This Weekend....

I just wanted to share a few good things I have tried and come across the past month or so...to help make your weekend even more lovely:). 

We had THE BEST dinner the other night: Potato Leek Soup 

with a fresh salad AND 

apple pie for dessert. Yum. You have to try it!

When you have a quiet moment and a cup of hot cocoa...

This is one of my new favorite blogs...the brown shed.
You will love perusing through Christi's treasure of ideas and wonderful style!

I also really love home made happy....full of fun sewing projects, decorating ideas, and homeschooling fun!

Everyday Lovely is just plain lovely and Cailan has a wonderful style. Her home is gorgeous!

And finally, I read THIS the other day from Clover Lane.
I think that this time of the year..especially when we start to spend more time inside...it is easy to want more from our house. This article really helps put things into perspective:).

Today I turn the BIG 38. 
Yup.
I woke up to kids making me to cup of tea, doing dishes, and showering me with cards and kisses.
Who could ask for more? 
 I am feeling excited about the next decade of my life and the new season it brings!
 I like to focus on something that is important to me and make it a goal for the next year.
This year, it is to make a simple memory a day.
 Even though I spend a lot of time with my kids, I'd like to spend MORE...and spend even MORE with Darren making precious memories. 

I came across this at Clover Lane...
Love is not something you say, it's something you do.  
You can fake that you care but you can't fake being there. 
To send a message of love to your children you must show up.  
Love is not a spectator sport.  
Our kids need to have love expressed to them daily.  
With the little ones its pretty simple.  
We need to hug them often.  
We need to get down on the floor with them and play with toys.  
We need to sit down and read with them on a regular basis.  
We need to go in and lie down with them occasionally at naptime. 
We must not allow ourselves to be too busy to spend time with them-lots of it.


So there you have it...a great meal and good reads for the weekend.
Enjoy it!

~Julia

10 comments:

Keep Home Simple said...

Julia,
Clover Lane is one of my favorite blogs. I feel so inspired after reading her posts. Those rolls look sooo yummy. I'll have to try them sometime one of these cool fall nights. I bet they smell delicious while they're baking too.
Thanks for all the weekend inspiration! Happy Birthday!
~Robin

christi @ the brown shed said...

Oh, Julia... Happy Birthday!

What a wonderful surprise to see you mention my blog as one of your new favorites! I consider it a high compliment! I love reading your blog as well. I am inspired by your sweet and gentle spirit.

Your soup recipe looks so good! I have potatoes and leeks growing in my garden now, so I look forward to using them for this recipe. Those rolls look delicious! Is that a recipe of yours as well?

I am anxious to look at the other blogs you mentioned... I imagine they are lovely, too.

I hope you had a very happy birthday, and a great weekend as well!

Christi

KellyinPA said...

Happy Birthday, Julia! Take it from someone who knows (I'm much closer to 50 than 40:) You have a lovely decade coming up, enjoy!;)
I have three bags (well, now down to two) of your apple pie slices in my freezer. Just had the last slice for lunch, yum! Do you by any chance have a favorite piecrust recipe? Thanks so much and really enjoy your blog!

Gumbo Lily said...

Happy, happy 38th birthday, Julia!

Your supper looks and sounds just perfect. I love soup suppers and fresh bread and pie -- superb!

Looking forward to reading the blogs you've shared.

Jody

Gumbo Lily said...

Julia,
Here's a very similar bread recipe to my "everyday bread." I change it up by adding in a little flax seed or milk or more/less wheat flour, or molasses instead of honey, but I generally make it very close to this recipe. I use an egg wash to make the oats and sesame seeds stick before putting the formed dough into the pans.

http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2010/03/paulines-whole-wheat-bread.html

Enjoy!
Jody

Cailan said...

You are so kind, Julia. Thank you. :) And I've so enjoyed your other blog recommendations. I forget to check Clover Lane as often as I'd like. Those words are just what I need to hold on tight to right now. I love your resolution for the year - what a lovely idea...wouldn't it be sweet to have a whole book recording simple memories with our children, but I suppose I would be satisfied with simply Making them as I might never get to the recording part...

AND most of all happy late birthday to you! I hope the whole day was bright and pleasant. So thankful to have met you this year!

Love, Cailan

Shannon said...

This looks sooo delicious. I am printing the recipes and going to try. So perfect for the cooler temps we're having. Thank you for sharing!

~Shannon

Sandy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!
Love your "love" list.
My favorite one is laying down with them at naptime. For the love and hugs that they need - and I need too.

Have a great day.

P.s. don't forget to crochet!
Just picked up more skeins yesterday.

Anne Marie said...

Happy (belated) Birthday Julia!!! You deserve to sit down and enjoy your life :)

you are always such an inspiration to me...
and hilariously enough, I too made potato and leek soup over the weekend!
hope you enjoyed your day (I turn 38 this month as well as you)
peace+ birthday blessings,
Anne Marie

Anne Marie said...

Happy (belated) Birthday Julia!!! You deserve to sit down and enjoy your life :)

you are always such an inspiration to me...
and hilariously enough, I too made potato and leek soup over the weekend!
hope you enjoyed your day (I turn 38 this month as well as you)
peace+ birthday blessings,
Anne Marie

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