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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Bacon and Ranch Potato Salad

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladI made this potato salad to take with us to the lake.  I found the original recipe here. I tweak it some. 

Now, My Man is used to the old fashion mustard potato salad, but when he tasted this, he told me not to let anyone else taste it. They wouldn’t like it. In other words, it was really good and he wanted it all to himself. I knew I had a keeper. 

Since we were going to the lake for the weekend, I doubled the recipe so, we could have it with a couple of meals. It made almost a gallon of potato salad! I’m giving you the un-doubled recipe. 

Whatcha Need

  •  1 ½ lbs. potatoes, cut into ¾” chunks (I used russet, but whatever kind you like)
  •  1 oz. Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix packet
  •  ¾ c. Low-Fat Sour Cream
  •  ¼. c. Mayonnaise
  •  ½ tsp. Garlic, minced
  •  ½ tsp. Ground Pepper
  •  1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  •  ¾ c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  •  5 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped
  •  Minced chives

Putting It All Together

IMG_1333Peel and cube the potatoes. Drop in boiling water and boil for about 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladPlaced the drained potatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil. Sprinkle the ranch dressing over the potatoes and place them in the fridge to cool, for about 30 minutes. 

While the potatoes are chillin’ in the fridge, mix together, in a large bowl, the sour cream,

IMG_1341the mayonnaise,

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the garlic,

IMG_1345 the pepper,

IMG_1347and the Dijon Mustard. 

IMG_1348Stir it all together, mixing it well.

IMG_1350After that is done and while the potatoes are still chillin’, shred the cheese (which I didn’t get a picture of) and fry the bacon.Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladMix the cheese in with the cream mixture.

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladNow add the bacon.

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladStir it all in there real good!

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladLastly, add those chilled potatoes and sprinkle some chives on top. 

Bacon and Ranch Potato Salad

Let it all chill in the fridge for about 2 hours so all the flavors have a chance to get acquainted with each other. 

There you have it! Bacon and Ranch Potato Salad. Doesn’t it look delish!? 

Go make ya some and enjoy!

Jayne

Bacon and Ranch Potato Salad
Serves 6
A great alternative to the old mustard potato salad
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Prep Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ lbs. potatoes, cut into ¾” chunks
  2. 1 oz. Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix packet
  3. ¾ c. Low-Fat Sour Cream
  4. ¼. c. Mayonnaise
  5. ½ tsp. Garlic, minced
  6. ½ tsp. Ground Pepper
  7. 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  8. ¾ c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  9. 5 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped
  10. Minced chives
Instructions
  1. Peel and cube the potatoes. Drop in boiling water and boil for about 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Placed the drained potatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil. Sprinkle the ranch dressing over the potatoes and place them in the fridge to cool, for about 30 minutes. While the potatoes are chillin' in the fridge, mix together, in a large bowl, the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, pepper, and Dijon Mustard. Stir it all together, mixing it well. Shred the cheese and fry the bacon. Stir into the sour cream mixture. Remove the potatoes from the fridge and fold into sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with chives. Allow to chill for 2 hours before serving.
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Sorry I Was Gone So Long

I didn’t mean to stay away from posting for so long. I think the last thing I posted was about getting ready for our lake trip. That was last month. I do have a couple of reasons for not posting in so long. 

Reason 1) I have no idea what, but something did not like my eye at the lake. It stung and felt tired the whole weekend. Each morning I would wake up with crust keeping my eye closed and swollen. It wasn’t pink eye. I do know that. I walked around the whole weekend with my hands over my face or my sunglasses on so the light wouldn’t hurt. It even hurt to watch the fireworks. :( 

The only times it felt alright was when we were riding in the boat, or I was standing in front to the AC window unit . The wind blowing on it felt good. Oh, and when I was in the shower. 

My eye was still bothering me even after we got back, but got better each day. It was probably, last Wednesday before I didn’t wake up with a swollen eye. 

Reason 2) I have been in a lot of thought and prayer about the blog. I have come to realize that I don’t really have my own style. I haven’t been in keeping with my original plans. I feel God leading me in a different direction with the blog. I know (at least I’m pretty sure) He still wants me to blog. My reason for blogging hasn’t been in line with His reason for me blogging, so I’m trying to get in line with Him. 

Having said all that, I’m back. I might not post as much this month. You see, part of what I think God is leading me to do is change everything about the blog; the look, the feel, even the name. I am researching how to do that without losing any of you who want to keep getting the emails about new posts. If and when I do make the change, you will have plenty of notice. I promise. Plus, I’m trying to design a look that I like and find a new name that isn’t already taken. 

Another reason I may not post so much over the next month is my daughter is moving from her apartment to a duplex and my youngest son is going back to college in a month. We have to go get furniture for the apartment from my sister in Atlanta (Roswell, actually). She gave my daughter her living room suit, since she will be moving to North Dakota in the fall. Then, little bro does his moving two weeks later. If he doesn’t have a car by then, I’ll be driving him back down and helping him move in. They both will be living in the same town. 

Plus, we have a youth trip to the lake in a couple of weeks. I hope whatever was bothering my eye is gone! 

I do have some yummy recipes to share. 

I didn’t even take a single picture at the lake. One, my eye and two, I forgot my camera. My daughter took plenty of pictures I hope to share soon. 

I do want to say thank you for being so patient with me and for taking time out of your busy days to read my little blog! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for you! 

Love ya!

Jayne

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Getting Ready for the Lake!

It is that time of year for us. Time to head for the lake! We used to do this every weekend during the summer, but…well, let’s not get negative today. We’re once again going to the lake!

lake

It has been a while since we have gone to the lake for our vacation and I have forgotten all that needs to be done in order to go. I need to make a “To Do” list so, I thought I would just make my list here and share it with you, just in case you may also be heading for the lake. 

We are blessed to have a lake house. Actually, my in-laws are blessed to have a lake house that they allow us to use. Anyway, my point is we won’t be camping, but I still have to pack like we are, minus the tent and sleeping bags.

That reminds me, I do need to go get a tent from my son in-law’s parents. He and my daughter are going to camp. 

I’ll stop rambling now and share my lists with you. How about I also make them printable?!

 

I also have a menu for what we will be eating. I’m going to skip sharing it for now. We are going for three days and you may just be going for one. We are doing the usual hamburgers and chips for the Fourth. 

Did I leave anything off? Probably! Good thing Walmart is only a mile away from where we will be staying! 

What are your plans for the Fourth of July? 

Hope you all have a safe and fun Fourth! 

Love ya!

Jayne

 

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Clean Memories

I grew up using Ivory soap. 

IMG_1332My mother was very sensitive to perfumes, so Ivory was the only thing she could use. 

IMG_1309I have never had a strong sense of smell but, 

IMG_1311the smell of Ivory soap is one I recognize right away. Love that smell. 

IMG_1314Growing up, we had the Childcraft books. Remember those? One was specifically on arts and crafts. 

IMG_1316I remember one craft was carving soap into animal shapes. Mine never did turn out quite like the ones in the book. 

IMG_1317I love the lather that soap makes. I love to roll it in my hands till I have way more bubbles than I need. 

IMG_1319I love the feel of the water going from cold to warm as I rinse my hands off. MM says “wrench” for rinse. That has always made me laugh.

IMG_1321When I was little, I like the way the Ivory soap would float in the water. I like to use it at the lake to wash the mud off my feet because it does float. 

IMG_1324I had some problems with really dry skin in college, so now I bath with a soap that has moisturizer in it. 

IMG_1329I still prefer to use the Ivory to wash my hands. 

IMG_1325It’s amazing how something like soap can bring back so many memories.

IMG_1326I also remember how clean I felt the day I excepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I could have used all the Ivory soap in the world and not have felt as clean as I did that day. It was so refreshing. And freeing! 

What is your favorite soap memory? Share it in the comments! 

Here’s to soap!

Jayne

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