Simple Hospitality

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November 22, 2017

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October 7, 2017

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Soft Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Soft Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tablespoons vanilla

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour (I prefer unbleached)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 cups old-fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups raisins (presoaked in water & drained before adding in.)

Preheat oven to 350. (This is a stiff dough so I use my KitchenAid stand mixer)

  • Cream together butter and sugars. Add vanilla and eggs. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, mix well. Mix in the oats until well combined. Stir in the raisins.

Drop dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet according to the size you want. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Bake till slightly golden. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for one minute then transfer to a cooling rack.


September 27, 2017

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Simple Hospitality


Simple Hospitality……It really can be simple!!

I read the book written by Jane Jarrell, titled,“Simple Hospitality”. I thought I might share a little of it with you. I really enjoyed reading this one thing that she wrote about using the letters that spell out the word “hospitality”.

H–Hospital for the Soul

Why does one go to the hospital? To visit, maybe, or to welcome a new person into the world. But oftentimes it’s because our bodies are broken. A hospital can be a place to go for healing and repair.

So the word hospitable is taken from the word hospital, which means a charitable institution, a repair shop, a hospice, or a shelter. Hospitality is a shelter for the soul, healing for the spirit. So when we open our home in the true spirit of hospitality or when we bring our gifts of hospitality outside of our homes, we are offering hospitality!!

The Bible states it this way: Romans 12:9-13, “Let love be without dissimulation…..v10, Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;. .vs12, Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; vs13, Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”

So real Christian hospitality isn’t an option, it is what God commands.


Some may think focusing on hospitality is frivolous or a waste of time. But in reality it is nothing less than obeying God’s clear command in Scripture. Hospitality was not Martha Stewart’s invention; it was God’s!! Romans 12 paints an incredible picture of what it means to truly give our lives to God……In these selfless acts, we serve not only those in need but Christ Himself. Hospitality is obeying God by cheerfully serving others.


If we don’t approach hospitality simply, most of us won’t do it at all. When we exchange the harried hoopla for the heartfelt, everyone is blessed. Can we be comfortable when everything is not perfect, or do we always need to put on a show for people? As one lady states “I don’t want to buy your house, I just want to visit.” Simplicity brings us closer to having authentic relationships. Our focus is on our guests, not on the “stuff” that surrounds us.


Hospitality involves prayer. Ask God to show you who and how to show hospitality to. God will show you the when, the how, and whatthat someone might need. I may not know what a person needs at the time but God knows!! You should always ask God for His blessing on the gathering you are about to have with someone, no matter how small or large the number will be.


Intimacy is sharing who you are and what you are to others. You need this type of relationship with your husband, your family and your friends, but nurturing genuine intimacy takes time and effort.

Cell phones and emails are nice, but we need to take time to sit quietly with a friend sometimes. You never know where they are at or what they may need.. Time plus realness plus genuine caring equals intimacy.

T–To Go

Are you ready to take your kindness on the road? Do you have a plan or list of ideas that will work in a hurry?

Keep a few recipes with the ingredients on hand so that you can prepare a meal or a welcoming treat for someone in need.

There is something extra-special about busy people who take the time to reach out and help others.

A–Acknowledge and Appreciate

We all have our own gifts, but what about those who are known for the hospitality? They also need a “dose” of hospitality sometimes. They need to be acknowledged for their kindness, appreciated for the efforts and recipients of the hospitality of others.

Most of us are “takers’ by nature and unless we make a conscious effort, we’ll always take and forget to give back. Those who are more “givers”, either by nature or intent, often get taken for granted.

In our busy lives, gratitude is often felt yet not expressed.


Hospitality is a lifestyle, a ministry lifestyle. God weaves it into our hearts. We all need each other to make the body of Christ its best. You are making the commitment to a lifestyle of opening up your heart to others on a regular basis.

You will need to start small, perhaps by committing to one act of hospitality each month. Gradually you will see how easy it is and move towards once a week and before you know it you will be asking God to show you someone in need every day!!

Take time to ask God to show you how He might use you today, this week or this month. You are allowing God to work through you and when He is working, we cannot fail.


When looking for ideas for hospitality, scan your favorite magazines, talk with your friends or keep a simple notebook or card file with your favorite recipes, holiday decorating ideas, party themes, or anything else that spurs your hospitality thinking. Just keep it simple, and honest. Let God’s love show through you and that will be all that you need to make any time a good time to visit.


We are all short on time for the things that we want to do or need to do. That is why hospitality is such a valuable gift to others. It means we gave them our most precious resource: our time.

Think of things to do for hospitality for others when you are doing for your family. Double a casserole for dinner one night and freeze the one for a family that may be in need, or a mother who may be sick at the time.

When baking cookies for your family, bake a few more to brighten someone’s day. Out buying groceries? Cut back on one thing or two for snacks and make up a meal for a new mom.

If your time is limited, begin your quest to hospitality with small things and think about other ways that you will want to show it when your time allows for it.


To show hospitality to others, you must first love yourself so that you are capable of loving others. This means taking care of yourself so that you are able to take care of others. When we’ve taken the time to put our own hearts in order, we are freed to reach beyond ourselves to meet others where they are.








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Refried Beans

Refried Beans

3 cups dried pinto beans
12 cups water
1T salt
1 cube/stick butter (8T)

In a large stock pot combine dried beans, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 3 hours. When the beans are soft heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add butter and let it melt. Scoop out beans and some of the broth into the frying pan. Using a potato masher, mash the beans and continue to add more beans and mash until all the beans have been added. Add more bean broth as needed to give a smooth consistency.

October 23, 2016

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June 12, 2016

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Loving the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables These Days!


I never know how long it will last but for right now I am at that place where I am really enjoying eating fresh fruit during the day and wanting to cook nothing but fresh vegetables for supper at night.  Do you ever get that way? I like having grapes and banana with my breakfast in the mornings and then added some apple slices with lunch later on.  My favorite drink so far this summer (I know it isn’t really summer yet but tell that to the hotter temps we are having already)…..but anyway, my favorite drink so far this year is Iced Water with Real Fruit Strawberries and Lemons from Sonic!!  Yes, just ice water with real fruit!!!  Love it!!

For supper I love making about 3-4 fresh vegetables and maybe some corn bread or something. But my hubby is picky about veggies and so I add in a meat dish to make sure there is enough for him to eat. I am hoping one day this might change and he will be happy to eat just veggies… LOL…

I find myself drinking a lot more water these days. And when I am in the house working (I work from home with my job), I start the day off with coffee.  But I have finally come to realize that drinking sodas during the day does not hydrate me like I need and I just plain don’t feel good…. So quite some time ago, I gave up drinking sodas except here or there….. There are just some meals that I have to have my Coke to go with it…

I also got me a FitBit to wear so that I can see and be reminded each day that I am not moving enough when I am working at my desk.  I am not one to be counting my steps up to 10,000 or 15,000 steps a day yet…. but I am trying to remind myself to get up and move every hour.

How you are getting ready for the summer months? Do you change up your menu for the next few months? Do you find your favorite drink for the heat and stick to it all summer? What type of meals do you like to make during the hotter months?

I hope to share some of my recipes here on the blog during the coming days. Share with me what your favorite recipes are also.  Drop a link in the comments if you have recipes posted on your blog and we will stop by to have a look.

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:



There are changes coming to my life… my family’s life… my world… It is always good when the Lord brings changes……changes you might not have ever made….. Change can be good, exciting, hard, sad, fearful if we let it…. But with God….all things are possible and He will never leave me.

There are changes coming and so I have been missing here on my blog home. I will be back to posting as soon the change has completed.


Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV)

3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?


January 16, 2016

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Bake shop

Our home is always opened to our family and friends…..Even family and friends that we haven’t even met yet.  We love showing hospitality. And tonight is no different. I have a house full of young people and there is a buzz all around.

I made a big pot of chili again.  It is my “go-to” meal for night’s like this.  Last minute “dinner-parties” if you may. I think chili doesn’t count as a “dinner-party”. LOL… It is one of the easiest and cheapest meal to have ready at any minute.  I always keep beans either cans, or cooked fresh and frozen till needed, and tomato sauce is a staple in the pantry along with diced tomatoes.  I think if you can plan ahead and have cooked ground beef or ground turkey already in the freezer, that is even better.

The young folks are visiting with each other and watching football on TV.  They ate the chili down to the bottom of the pot.  I didn’t realize till after we were eating that I didn’t make the normal size pot like I usually would with this many for supper.  But they are full and there are desserts waiting when they are ready.

I need to head to the kitchen and make cake/frosting from scratch for my father’s birthday that is tomorrow. We are going over to his house after church with my siblings for lunch. Since we will be coming from church, we decided to go with a deli tray for sandwiches, veggies tray and fruit tray.  There will be chips also.  I am putting together the veggie tray so I have to get all of the veggies ready tonight also while the cake is baking.  It may seem like a lot of work but it is most always cheaper to make your tray yourself then to buy one. You also get to control what is on your tray.

The same thing about making home-made cakes.  You could make a box-mix but if you keep all of the pantry items on hand, there is no need to run to the store for the mix and don’t get me started about “what” is in the mix. LOL…  Same thing about the frosting.  A well stock pantry will be good to you when you need to make something with not much notice.

I guess by now you realize that I believe in a well stock pantry and cooking/baking from scratch. I wasn’t raised this way but after I was married and started having health problems from items found in most box-mixes, quick-fix dinners and such… I had no choice but to start keeping a pantry with the items I needed.  I love this way of living and it has become second-hand to me by now.  I just naturally know what to have on hand to keep my pantry stock and then I can make a menu out of it with no problem and help out with these spur of the moment get togethers.  This weekend it is two such gathering and I am well prepared.



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