An Insight Into My Creative Process

If there were just one thing I could do for the rest of my life, it would be making greeting cards with Scripture tucked inside. I love everything about the process - from choosing papers and embellishments to moving all the pieces around to make the perfect layout. It helps to be addicted to paper and stickers, but that’s a story for another day. 

When I’m ready to sit down and put a batch of cards together, I start with paper. I have a box of card stock and a bag of decorator paper scraps that I start with. I’ve always liked to used up the bits from other projects before I tear into new, full sheets. Two patterns and two colors of coordinating card stock can make an amazing card.

Then I stack those papers together, match up the embellishments (which live in another basket) and choose my Scripture verses. It takes up a good chunk of space for a while, but it keeps my brain clear and focused to have these steps already done.

Then I’m ready to sit down and make a batch of greeting car…

My God, He Is ...

David was well acquainted with God’s many characteristics. This man after God’s own heart had seen God be and do so many things during David’s lifetime. As we read through David’s life story, we can’t help but notice all the references he made to who God is and what He does in a believer’s life.

Our daily readings for the past few days have been in the book of Psalms, and these songs and praises are filled with David’s testimony of the Lord working in his life. How many of these have you experienced for yourself?

My God, He is...

My shield, my glory and the lifter of my head. (Psalm 3:3)

My portion. (Psalm 16:5)

My rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my strength, my buckler, my salvation and my high tower. (Psalm 18:2)

My shepherd. (Psalm 23:1)

My light, my salvation and the strength of my life. (Psalm 27:1)

My shelter and my strong tower from the enemy. (Psalm 61:3)

My rock, my salvation and my defense. (Psalm 62:2)

My help and the shadow over me. (Psalm 63:7)

Which of God’s ch…

Sunday Sketch

Summer calls for some bright colors and gorgeous patterns! Today’s sketch will let you combine the two and make a stand-out card!

For my thank you card, I started with two colors of textured card stock and two coordinating patterns. The flowered patterned paper is from the same set, one in black and white and one in pink. This is a fun little trick you can use when you don’t feel like deciding if patterns go well together.

To make the trio of tags on the right, I cut down a die cut sentiment, then made a pink and a black square to match. An eyelet through the corner is tied up with pink floss. I adore the way this card turned out!

Ready to make this sketch your own? Start with two colors of card stock and two coordinating patterns. The two patterns will be used to make three building blocks on the left side of the card. Matting the middle one on coordinating card stock will help it stand out from the other pattern.

For the three right hand blocks, center your sentiment on a square of…

Ways to Keep Your Cool This Summer

Iowa is notoriously hot and humid in the summertime. Many people plan to stay indoors during the hottest times of day, or they go from air conditioned building to air conditioned building as much as they can.

But there are some great, fun ways to keep your cool no matter where you have to be this summer! Here are just a few:

* Fill silicon ice cube trays with smashed berries and water to add a little flavor as you hydrate.

* Host Water Wars by finding a place in the shade to set up the sprinkler, some garden hoses and water balloons.

* Since your basement is probably much cooler than anywhere else in the house, set up downstairs for a picnic and a movie.

* Make pretty paper fans out of card stock and decorator paper. They’ll be fun to make, and you can use them as party favors at all those summer gatherings.

* There’s no need to turn on the stove or oven when it’s terribly hot outside. At the coolest time of day, do some batch cooking and meal prep so some meals will be done and read…

Breakfast For Dinner Street Tacos

Yesterday I shared my recipe for pulled pork street tacos, one of my new favorites! We subscribe to Butcher Box, a company that ships organic, grass-fed meat to your home every month. We can’t believe the difference the meat itself makes when it comes to flavor and quality.

So today we’re switching from dinner to breakfast. Or breakfast for dinner, which is really amazing, too. For these scrambled egg street tacos, we’ll use the same mini taco shells as the pulled pork version. They’re super soft and have an amazing flavor. You’ll find them in the same aisle as the regular sized tortillas.

When I make scrambled eggs, I always add a good splash of almond milk to the beaten eggs to make them nice and fluffy. This time around I used a refrigerated mix of cooked sausage and bacon, making it much quicker to make. If you want to start fresh and cook the meat yourself, have at it!

Top them with a great shredded cheese blend and you’ll have the most amazing breakfast street tacos! Serve them…

Pulled Pork Street Tacos

Today and tomorrow I’m going to share two street taco recipes that we’ve enjoyed recently. They’re tiny tacos that pack a huge punch of flavor!

First up is an incredibly juicy pulled pork street taco. The meat only takes about 3 hours to cook to tender perfection, making it simple to prepare and a delight to eat.

If you don’t have birch beer or pomegranate apple cider vinegar available, you can substitute regular beer and cider vinegar or create your own basting sauce.

2-3 pound pork butt
2 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup birch beer
1/2 cup pomegranate apple cider vinegar blend
1 Tbsp liquid smoke
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
Small street taco tortillas
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

1. Whisk together the dry rub ingredients - paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Completely coat the pork with the rub, then wrap and refrigerate overnight.

2. Preheat ov…

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