Vegetable Beef Bowls

In a time when we’re pulling ingredients from our pantries more than ever, here is a tasty stew that you can make in a matter of minutes. And the best part - you probably have it all on hand right now!

In a large cast iron skillet, brown a pound of ground beef with your favorite seasoning. Then pour in two cans of vegetable soup, using the juice to scrape the bottom of the skillet. (Because that’s the best part.) Heat until bubbling and yummy!

To serve, bake a can of fluffy biscuits and place one on the bottom of your bowl. Fill to the top with stew and top with another biscuit. Shredded cheese is optional. Add some fruit and more biscuits for getting all the goodness out of your bowl.

Spring Comes To The Carrell Wildlife Preserve

It was warm enough this weekend to venture out and around the property - and it was wonderful! I was completely over winter a month ago, and it’s been so wet and sloppy that going out on the trails wasn’t very appealing. So the sun broke through and we couldn’t get out there fast enough.

It was’t the best day for fishing because it was so windy, but that didn’t stop us from trying. Danny caught a couple of fish over on the levee, and I fought several tree branches. I wish I was joking...

The highlight was an up-close-and-personal encounter with the two geese who live by the big pond. They keep the dogs hopping by wandering around the yard and squawking at anything and everything they see and hear. This weekend was the first time we’d found their nesting spot, and that was pretty thrilling.

The male goose is incredibly protective over the female and their nest. He talked to us the whole time we were out and kept a close eye on us as we moved around the ponds. He is huge and absolutely…

My April And “Pray Without Ceasing” Planner Layouts

Spring has sprung, and it’s written all over my planner! I’ve been hoarding these stickers for ages and for just such an occasion. This April I’ll get to look at these darling bunnies every day on the spread I use to plan my blog content. Plus ... they’re metallic and shiny! Bonus!

As we start the first week of April and spend another week at home, I’m understanding more and more that this needs to be a time of intense prayer. All of the crisis in the world can either push us into fear and panic, or it can urge us into our prayer closets for time with our Lord.

As for me and my house, we will pray and serve the Lord. The entire left page of my planner for this week is dedicated to prayer lists. I’m looking forward to filling it with needs, requests and - eventually - answered prayers! And I’ll be able to fill in the food lists with lots of great dinner menus because our Butcher Box came this weekend!

There is much to do this week, both doing CVB work from home and around the house. S…

Here Comes The Rain Again

The rain came softly, and it made the geese laugh.
You didn’t know a goose could laugh? Well, that’s sure what it sounded like. The rain was coming down harder, and the two geese who live on our big pond were splashing around in it. Their cackles made it seem like this was the most fun they’d had all week, and I’d have to agree that it was a pretty wonderful thing.
After a long month of concern and quarantine, it was nice to watch the gentle, cleansing rain pour down. It was good to hear a goose laugh with delight. It was a blessing to know that God has created a spot where there is no fear, only joy and rest.
Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. Zechariah 10:1
While Zechariah spoke to the people about restoration for Judah and Israel, we cling to these words about answered prayer and God’s blessing of rain in due season. God alone can bring the cleansing and refreshmen…

The Story Of David And Goliath Through The Eyes Of A Child

At this time I would like to thank the dollar store for stocking up on these adorable sticker books based on heroes of the Bible. Yes, I am 42 years old, but I have the best time using them in my Bible study. Sometimes you need something fun and silly to actually learn more about Scripture than just another adult workbook.

David’s story is the fourth activity book like this I’ve worked through, having already studied Noah, Joseph and Moses. What I love about studying this way, besides that I LOVE stickers, is that I begin to question what we’ve always been told are the facts of the story. What I’m learning is that we may have been taught a simplistic version of the Bible as a child, and then we never dig into Scripture and see if those details are true.

So when I work through the children’s book, I have my Bible and commentaries right there, too. Then I make notes in the margins and write out full verses of Scripture so I have the words straight from the Bible alongside the children’…

Brighten Your World With A Spring Centerpiece

Nothing brightens your room and lifts your spirits like spring decor! With some free time this week to work around the house, I decided it was time for some beautiful pastels and truth from God’s word to cheer things up a bit.

Look at those beautiful pastels! How can you resist flowers and eggs and tiny sheep that you wish you could cuddle? And when I found the tiny bird nest, I knew it would go perfectly in my tiered trays.

After winding and intertwining the two garlands together and around the trays, I tucked a piece of floral foam under the branches. This makes acute, hidden stand for the Easter Bible verse to stand on. It’s super easy to rearrange the branches a little and cover it right up.

With the verse on the bottom tray, I used the nest on the top one. Then I felt like a mama bird as I carefully placed all those speckled eggs among the garlands. The finished centerpiece is absolutely adorable, and I can keep it out all spring long. What fun pieces would you add to a spring o…