Taking a Break (but not a long one!)

“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20

We have our own ideas of what we want our lives to look like. We have our own ideas as to what we should look like as Christians. God has His plans for us and knows what our lives and our Christian character should look like. The hardest part for us is being malleable enough for Him to shape us and this requires a tremendous amount of trust on our part.

Having said all that, I believe, with all my heart, that the Lord is wanting me to take a break from blogging for a while. I do have a few ducks I need to allow Him to get in a row. 

I will still be around on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I have lots of projects to do and many recipes to make. You can get sneak peeks on all those places.  I also want to work on cleaning up my Pinterest page and update the blog. Doing those things requires much time (not to mention patience) and leaves very little time for actually blogging. 

I hope to be back starting in October, with a Fall Tour of my home. Maybe even sooner. Know that I love you all for your support and encouragement. I just may have to check back in every once in a while. I will still speak to you via comments on your blogs. I’m not totally giving it up. Please keep me in your prayers! 

Love ya,

Jayne

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New to Us Couches

A lady I have known for a while is moving.  In this move she is really scaling back. In this scaling back, she is giving some of her furniture away. 

This past weekend MM, myself, Little One and her hubby and his parents all went to her home to get some of that free furniture. Little One and hubby just moved into a duplex and needed some place to sit besides the floor. Mine, now, are wing back and I don’t really like recovering wing back anything. 

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 Little One and Hubby on their wedding day.

Can you believe I didn’t take a single picture of our trip? I can. I just don’t think about such things. 

Oh, and my oldest son and his sweet girlfriend met us there to help, then came home for the weekend! 

will and risha Sunday, my in-laws took us to eat at Zaxby’s. After that, MM and I went to Lowe’s to buy some canvas drop cloths. I’m going to use them to recover the couch. 

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So, Little One and I have “new to us” couches! 

IMG959504  These are Little One’s. It’s matching sofa, love seat and chair. She also got the coffee table from her.

IMG_1518These are mine.  I also got a coffee table. It’s not in the picture. The one you see here is an old box MM found while surveying one time. He made the top for it and we added legs. 

I have to admit, I’m a little excited that my youngest is headed back to college in a week. I will miss him greatly, but I am so ready to get started on the couches and redoing this whole room.

I have to brag a little on him! He worked hard this summer installing things in and upgrading chicken houses. Days were long, sometimes from 8 in the morning to 10 at night. But he stuck it out and now is the proud owner of a “new to him” truck!

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 I have something else to admit. I am excited about all the redos God is doing on me. He is rearranging some attitudes and cleaning out some bad habits. The work is hard and gets pretty dirty at times, but it is all worth it. 

I can’t wait to get this room done and show you the end results. Now, if I can just make it look in reality like it does in my head. 

Do you have any “new to you” projects? I would love to hear about them. I’d love to hear how God is working on you! It’s so exciting to see His work! 

Love ya,

Jayne 

P.S. I haven’t said it in a while. Thank you all so much for taking time out of your day to read my little blog. It really does mean so much to me!   

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Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

I am really, really, really tired of cooking the same meals. I have been on a quest this summer to find some recipes that I have never had before. 

I came across this one and though I’m not a big buffalo chicken girl, my fellows like hot stuff (which is why MM married me!) so I thought I would give it a try. 

I made some minor adjustments to my recipe. In other words, mine isn’t as spicy hot as their’s. I’m not crazy about spicy foods, says the one who loves fireballs. Go figure! 

Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Whatcha Need

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cubed 
  • 3-4 medium potatoes, cut in 1/2″ cubes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1&1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (pick your flavor)
  • 5 slices of crumbled bacon (which I was out of :( )
  • 1/2 cup diced  onion

Putting It All Together

Preheat oven to 375. 

In a mixing bowl pour in oil.

buffalo chicken and potatoes Add salt, (hehehe you can see my reflection in the bowl)

buffalo chicken and potatoes pepper,

buffalo chicken and potatoes paprika,

buffalo chicken and potatoes garlic,

buffalo chicken and potatoes and hot sauce. 

buffalo chicken and potatoes Stir until well blended.

buffalo chicken and potatoes Peel and cube potatoes and add to spice mixture. 

buffalo chicken and potatoes Give ‘em a good tossing to coat. 

buffalo chicken and potatoes Using a slotted spoon, ’cause you want to keep as much of the spicy mixture as possible, put the potatoes in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.

buffalo chicken and potatoes Now since it is in the middle of summer and I didn’t want to make my house any hotter than it already is, I didn’t bake my potatoes at 500. I went for 375. Worked just fine. Bake for 45 minutes. *TIP: cut the potatoes into smaller cubes and they don’t take as long to cook. Turn them about every 15 minutes. 

In the meantime…cut the chicken into small pieces.

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Put them in the spicy mixture and let marinate while potatoes are cooking.

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If you have bacon, now is the time to cook it. Also, chop the onions, and shred the cheese. 

When the potatoes are done, place the chicken on top of potatoes.

buffalo chicken and potatoes Add the onions,

buffalo chicken and potatoes and cheese. I forgot to get a picture of the cheese before I put it in the oven. 

buffalo chicken and potatoes This is also when you would add the bacon. 

Put it back in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is done. 

buffalo chicken and potatoes Doesn’t that look so delicious? I’m glad I cut back on the hot sauce. Made it just right for my taste buds. I served it with a side salad of lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, cheese and ranch dressing. And of course we drank sweet tea with it!

My youngest said it was really good. If I get a compliment from him, while he is eating it, you know it is good. 

Love ya,

Jayne

 

Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes
Mildly spiced chicken and potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  2. 3-4 medium potatoes, cut in 1/2" cubes
  3. 1/3 cup olive oil
  4. 1&1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  6. 1 Tbsp. paprika
  7. 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  8. 3 Tbsp. hot sauce
Topping
  1. 2 cups shredded cheese (pick your flavor)
  2. 5 slices of crumbled bacon
  3. 1/2 cup diced onion
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. In a mixing bowl pour in oil. Add salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and hot sauce. Mix well. Peel and cube potatoes and add to spice mixture. Toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon, keeping as much of the spicy mixture as possible, put the potatoes in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender, turning every 15 minutes. While potatoes are baking, cut the chicken into small pieces. Let marinate in spicy mixture while potatoes bake. Also shred cheese, chop onions and fry bacon. When the potatoes are done, place the chicken on top of potatoes. Sprinkle the onions, cheese and bacon on top of the chicken. Bake for another 15-20 or until chicken is done.
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Popsicles and Redecorating

My cousin has a memory of me that she says she will never forget. I don’t remember it at all. Then again, I was probably 2 or 3 at the time and she was in college. 

The story goes…It was summer and we were spending the day with my aunt at her beach cottage, like we did everyday while they were visiting our little Amelia Island. We lived there. My mom and my aunt had bought Popsicle as a treat for us kids, nine of us altogether, to eat.

Apparently, I wasn’t given the color popsicle I wanted and pitched a little toddler temper tantrum. My cousin remembers me laying (or is it lying? which ever…anyhoot) on the beach waving my arms and kicking my feet, throwing sand everywhere, with alligator tears in my eyes. She said both my mom and my aunt just looked at me and walked away. I may not remember any of this, but I’m pretty sure of the look she was talking about. You know…that mom look that says you’re dead in the next 10 seconds if you don’t stop. Not sure what happened after that, but this story has taught me a lesson many a times! 

What does that have to do with redecorating? Recently, I haven’t gotten the color popsicle I want and I am pitching my little fit. Just in a more “mature” way. In other words, my funds for redecorating have run out (I budget for redecorating) and I can’t do what I want. I’ve been pouting about it all July. 

So, I complained to God about it. You know what He told me?

Try a different flavor.

He was telling me that there is plenty to do around here to prepare for when I do get the funds again and to do those things.

A different flavor, huh? 

I sat down and came up with a list of different flavors. (I’m sure some of you already have come up with some of these, but I also know there are some of you that are as frustrated as I am with your finances right now and just need an extra boost.)  Here they are.

Popsicles and Redecorating

 

  • Clean out and reorganize the baking cabinet. I noticed how awful it was when I painted the kitchen. I really just need to do them all!

Popsicles and Redecorating

  • Clean out and reorganize the laundry room.
  • Take down the wallpaper in the room I want to paint
  • Wipe down the walls. A good wall cleaning will do wonders for the room.
  • Clean the carpets. (Probably my least favorite flavor!)
  • Clean out and organize the bathroom cabinets

Popsicles and Redecorating

  • The hall closet needs a good cleaning out and organizing as well
  • While I’m cleaning out stuff, get it ready for a yard sale and make a little extra decorating money. (Tied for least favorite.)
  • Does the fridge and oven need cleaning? Sadly, yes! Along with the freezer. Oh joy :/ (my new least favorite!)
  • Spend some extra time in God’s word and delight in Him. 
  • Shop my house and change a few thing around. I could redo the mantle or some vignettes 
  • Swap pictures around the house. It’s amazing how just changing a few pictures can give the room a whole new feel. 
  • Rearrange the furniture
  • Swap out pillows on couches and beds. Wait…I need to make some first.
  • Change bed coverings. 
  • Prepare a piece of furniture to be repainted while you wait to get the paint. 
  • Use any leftover paint to repaint a small piece of furniture. 
  • Have any scraps of wood? Build a small shelf then use leftover paint to paint it!

Popsicles and Redecorating

  • Rearrange things on shelves. You’ve been looking at the same thing for years! 
  • The porch furniture needs cleaning. So do the posts. Oh, and there are 2 big spider webs that need to come down. 
  • The porch roof is also looking not so good. A little Clorox should help with that!

I think that list should keep me busy for a while. They aren’t really the flavor I would choose, but they aren’t bad tasting and will help me to feel like I have accomplished something. 

What do you do when you can’t do what you want to do? Me? I’m off to do the baking cabinet in the kitchen! 

Love ya, 

Jayne

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His Heart and Home-Some Real Soul-Searching

I have to warn you, this is going to be one of those soul-searching posts. Not so much soul-searching for you, but for me. It’s also gonna be on the long side, so if you don’t have time to read it now, I understand. I’m not posting all of this to fish for compliments or for you to “feel” something for me. It’s just what this blog is all about…His Heart and Home.

I named the blog His Heart and Home because both my heart and home are His and I wanted to share how God works in my heart and my home. Well, this month God has been at work on my heart! He has done some deep, I mean really deep (say that with a deep voice) cleaning in my heart. 

He has revealed to me that there is one thing has GOT to go! It can no longer have a place in the blog. What is it? 

ME! 

I have to go! I can no longer be the focus of this blog. 

His Heart and Home- Some Real Soul Searching

Getting some “new to me” furniture this weekend! So excited!

 

 

I look at the stats and either get all excited or disappointed when I see how many people have viewed the blog. Rarely do I stop to give thanks to God for bringing each person to the blog to read what I have to say. Rarely do I stop and thank you, the readers for taking time out of your day to read what I have to say. Some of you even take a moment to leave a comment. God doesn’t have to lead you here, nor do you have to read and comment, but He does and you do and I take that for granted and give myself the glory. That has to stop. 

His Heart and Home- Some Real Soul Searching

What my breakfast room table really looks like most days!

I also have to stop trying to be everybody else! All my life I have  looked at other people’s work and think “that’s better than mine. I wish I had thought of that.” I feel sorry for myself and don’t realize that the idea I had was given to me by God. I forget that He allows me to see all the great ideas other’s have and gives me inspiration from them. He allows me to take great ideas and make them my own. The feeling sorry for myself is a form of pride, and there is no room for pride in God’s kingdom. It’s gotta go!

His Heart and Home- Some Real Soul Searching

My youngest takes over the dining room in the summer!

I am envious of other decorating bloggers because my house is far from being as clean or as nicely decorated as theirs. I get frustrated because of our present financial situation doesn’t allow me to afford those nice things. I forget to focus on the fact that I do have some really nice things and everything I have, God has allowed me to have it. I forget that just because I can’t “afford it” right now doesn’t mean that I can’t ask God to show me a way to save for it or find a cheaper way to do it, or to even repurpose what I have.

His Heart and Home- Some Real Soul Searching

My bed is made, but far from looking like I want it too!

I also need to apply what I just said to the design of my blog. No, I can’t afford to hire a designer nor can I get something like ProPhoto at the moment. All I have to do is ask God to show me how I can get a more professional looking blog. He does hear those prayers and answers them. 

The knee board is not a part of the decor.

The knee board is not a part of the decor.

But the main thing that has to go is the idea of monetizing the blog. Nothing wrong with wanting to earn a few extra dollars or even make a living with blogging, but making money has been my sole purpose for blogging and that has not brought God any glory at all! Ruth Soukup from Living Well Spending Less writes in her book How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Sole, “If your ONLY goal in starting a blog is to make money, you will fail.”

I’m living proof of that! 

His Heart an Home-Some Real SoulSearching

Lack of rain has all the flowers dying.

I recently read a blog post that was so humbling to me. It made me step back and take a good hard look at why I blog. Her reasons for blogging were way different from mine. I could just hear God telling me “that is what I want for you, my child.” Thank you, Kelly, for your humble attitude!

His Heart and Home- Some Real Soul Searching

Except for the weeds! They are as vibrant as ever!

So, from now on, I am going to do my best to put God and you, the readers first! This has nothing to do with me or with money. It has to do with God, His working in my heart and how He uses this house and home for His glory. It’s about giving credit where credit is due. That’s what it’s really all about anyway, right? 

It’s time for me to get real and stop trying to be somebody I am not. It’s time to start showing you my heart and home for what they really are! Not so glamorous or clean! 

Over the next few weeks, probably more like months, I will be at work making changes, not only in my attitude, but in the look of the blog. There is much work to do in my heart, in my home and on the blog. I am asking you to please pray for me as I seek God’s direction. 

Thank you for taking the time to read all of this. It is a long post, full of my thoughts that I just needed to get out there. I’m sure there are others who are also struggling like I am and need to know they aren’t alone! Trust me! You are not alone! 

I do hope to one day be able to earn some extra money with the blog, but until then, I’m trusting God to bring us just what we need, when we need it. More importantly, I’m trusting Him to bring me more awesome readers like you! 

Thank you for your support and your prayers. I would be nowhere without you! 

Love ya,

Jayne

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