Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Gospel in Two Minutes: All Things to All People

My brother shared this on FB the other day, and it’s got a message that I had to share. If you don’t like rap, remember that we are told to be “all things to all people” and as long as it isn’t against God, it’s for Him. Think of it as a spoken poem, if you will, and rejoice in the Truth with a culturally relative message.

The Gospel in Two Minutes by Trip Lee (courtesy of Desiring God Ministries):

As my sister said, “Just shared this with three teen boys at the GHS (sitting in the [hospital] waiting room …). They were showin’ off with their homespun raps, and they LOVED this! Thanks, little bro!!! It may not be my language, but it was theirs!” And, “Brought back two more friends to hear it. Very cool. They say about the one girl, ‘She don’t like rap.’ And I could look at her and tell her, ‘I don’t really either, but this guy does a pretty good job of weaving in all those really cool gospel words and telling people about Jesus.’ She liked that.”

Meet people where they are and tell them about Christ in their language. The culture or style may be different, but the Gospel is the same. Amen and Amen!

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Essence of Elegance: Cream and Purple Wedding Flowers

This past weekend, I had the privilege of coordinating our friends Shane and Kara’s wedding reception and creating the custom floral designs for their special day! Praise God for my wonderful husband was a huge help and kept me sane during the long hours of hard work. Here are some of my favorite shots:

Bouquets and Corsages – featuring hydrangeas and roses tied with purple ribbon

The Bridal Bouquet – featuring Picasso Calla Lilies, Dark Purple Anemones, Status, Cream and Purple Delphiniums, Cream Hydrangeas, and Purple Status, wrapped with a satin cream ribbon

Mother of the Bride’s Corsage – Picasso Calla Lily, Cream Rose, Green Hypericum Berries, and a Dark Purple Anemone, to match her daughter’s bouquet

Grandmother’s Bouquet – enter the Purple Status

Boutonnieres – featuring cream roses, green hypericum berries and dark purple ribbon

The Groom’s Boutonniere – featuring a Picasso Calla Lily and green hypericum berries with dark purple ribbon

Reception at the Hollytree Country Club in Simpsonville, SC

Submerged Purple Delphiniums with Clear Glass and Submersible LED lights

Centerpiece Vases placed on round mirrors with glass votive candle holders – dark purple napkins in the glasses, piped butter on the bread plates, bride and groom decorated cake pops with name cards at each setting, and elegant table number signs brought the tables together

Up close view of the centerpieces

Large Buffet Arrangement of Submerged Picasso Calla Lilies and Cream Delphinium with Purple Water Pearls, Clear Glass, and Submersible LED lights, atop a lifted light box. This was my favorite arrangement.

Bride and Groom Cake Pops

Lavender Bud Sachets for tossing as the Bride and Groom left for their honeymoon

I really enjoy the event coordinating gigs and love creating custom floral arrangements, especially for brides! It’s an opportunity for me to revel in the glories of my Creator and His handiwork in all the details of each blossom and bud and leaf–not to mention, it’s fun! Let me know if you’re in the market for a florist or event planner.

Summer Bounty Meal Plan for the Last Full Week of July!

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Bio-Way Farms’ Cherry Tomatoes, Bio-Way Farms’ Zucchini, Hurricane Creek Bok Choy, Local Blueberries, Local Bi-Color Corn, Bananas, Local Peaches, Red Leaf Lettuce, Red Potatoes, Local Celery, Lemons, and Jumbo Red Onions.

This Week’s Meal Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

We were out of town last weekend for my husband’s grandmother’s funeral, so my sister graciously created last week’s meal plan. If you missed it, check it out here.

A Meal Plan from My Sister!

This week’s meal plan is brought to you by my twin sister Michelle from A Fruitful Vine and Olive Shoots – local mom and author. I had some unexpected responsibilities come up this week, and she graciously agreed to help me out! Enjoy!

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Green Beans, Lacinato Kale, Green Leaf Lettuce, Nectarines, Burgundy Red Plums, Dark Sweet Cherries, Parisi Farms’ Heirloom/Carolina Gold Tomatoes, Parisi Farms’ Watermelon, Bio-way Farm’s Slicing Cucumbers, Parisi Farms’ Eggplant Medley, Parisi Farms’ White Sweet Potato, and Parisi Farms’ Jalapeno Peppers.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Some New Recipes:

Thanks, Michelle! My dark sweet cherries never make it into a pie; they remind me too much of my European mission trip and roadside stands, and I end up just eating them in handfuls.

Meal Plan for July 14 thru July 20

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Scallions, Flavor Supreme Pluots, Romaine Lettuce, Flame Seedless Grapes, South Carolina Peaches, Crimini Mushrooms, Parisi Farm’s Cantaloupes, Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes, Bio-way Farms’ Zucchini, Parisi Farm’s Red Sweet Potatoes, Parisi Farm’s Green Bell Peppers, and Belton Farms’ Corn.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

Dinners:

Meal Plan for July 7-13

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Bananas, South Carolina Peaches, Red Globe Grapes (caution: watch out for seeds), Tommy Atkins Mangos (not pictured: we got more of something else), Purple Garlic, Ginger, Local Green Cabbage, Hurricane Creek Romaine Lettuce, Globe Eggplant, Russet Potatoes, and Bioway Farms’ Squash and Cucumbers.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan:

  • Pancake Bar – use your favorite pancake mix or simple recipe and top with anything you like. If you’re adding peaches, bananas, chocolate, etc. to them, pour the batter first and let it cook for a minute on the first side, then top with fillings and cook another minute or so before flipping.
  • Egg Salad – hard boil eggs ahead of time, cool, peel and chop, then add the dressing (1/2 c. mayo, 1-2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard, salt, pepper, dill, a pinch of sugar and a splash of apple cider vinegar whisked together).
  • Grilled Peaches – Spray with a little olive oil before adding to the grill at the last five minutes or so of cooking the pork chops (optional: sprinkle with nutmeg).
  • Sautéed Squash and Onions – Pan fry thin slices in 1 Tbsp. butter with salt and pepper till just soft and slightly translucent.
  • Sautéed Cabbage – Chop into bite size pieces and cook in 1 Tbsp. butter with salt and pepper till soft and slightly caramelized (medium to medium high heat and keep it moving so it doesn’t burn).
  • Sautéed Onions and Peppers – slice into strips and toss in a hot pan with 1 tsp. olive oil till just tender and slightly translucent. Feel free to cook the chicken sausage links right down in the middle of this, if you don’t feel like grilling.
  • Baked Potato – rub with oil, sprinkle with coarse sea salt, and roast on a pan at 450F for 40-50 minutes.
  • Bacon Jam
  • Enchiladas
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread – mince garlic and mix into a stick of melted butter, brush over bread (French loaf or Italian loaf, cut in half, cut side up on pan), sprinkle with shredded cheese, and broil till cheese is golden brown (keep an eye on it).
  • My Favorite Falafel
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • And the rest are on M&H’s Recipes Archive page.

So This Is What a Weekend Feels Like…

Subs, corn on the cob, fruit salad with a honey orange glaze, peach-thyme green tea, and a game…or six!

This past week, my husband started a new job! He’s been working night shift security at the hospital for the last 15 months – and his shift was every weekend – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, which meant he had to sleep a good bit during most of those days. He was still able to make it to some services at church, but not as many as we would like; we definitely looked forward to Bible study on Tuesday nights and Shepherding Group on Wednesdays. Well, he finished that job last Monday morning and began as a part-time Facilities Assistant at our church this past Wednesday. We praise the Lord for providing this position, which will enable Bryan to return to school to complete a Respiratory Therapy degree, as well as be on the same schedule as me and be able to be more involved at church.

Needless to say, this weekend was his first weekend off in a very, VERY long time! We got to spend most of the weekend together, and we kept looking at each other and saying things like, “So this is what a weekend feels like,” or “So, this is what normal couples do every weekend?” and other romantic niceties. It was nice! I am so privileged to be married to my best friend!

This weekend, Greenville hit some record high heat levels, so we decided to get up early on Saturday morning and do the yard work before it hit 100°F. We were done by about 10:30AM, cleaned up, and headed downtown for lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Velo Fellow (we had a Living Social voucher that we needed to use). He got burger sliders and I ended up with a giant salad, loaded with bacon, ham, cheese, eggs, avocado, almonds, tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette. We split the honey glazed croissant that came with my salad for dessert. She brought it out last, so it was still hot and sticky! Yum!

After lunch, we walked around the mall for a while (yes, we must be getting old, but at least it had air conditioning), and we ended up at our favorite little local game store, Boardwalk. We bought an expansion for the game Dominion, plus some cool beverages (I got iced tea and Bryan got an iced Starbucks mocha – role reversal much??). We ended up playing three rounds of Dominion with the new expansion before the day was over.

Sunday was refreshing with good services and music. And Bryan was finally able to help me teach Sunday School again! We had another voucher for Grille 33 for lunch, and Bryan rated it “Best Burger in Town,” which is a very high praise, if you know Bryan. Then we went on a little Sunday afternoon drive, rested a little at home, went to evening service, and then played three more rounds of Dominion with some friends after church on Sunday night. It was like one big, long date! (No, we don’t normally eat out much, but this was a celebration weekend…and we hardly spent any money with those vouchers, which was an added bonus.)

I’ll try to write more over the next month to catch you up on various happenings. Upcoming blog posts: summer book reviews (I have about five books I need to tell you about), my first trip to NYC, and most importantly my little brother’s wedding (the reason for the NY trip)!! I also co-hosted a baby shower with a burlap and teddy bear theme, plus I have one military appreciation lunch that I’m doing decorations for, and two weddings that I’m doing flowers and reception coordinating for in the next month. So, it will be busy, but I’ll try to write at least once a week besides the weekly meal plan post. God has also been teaching me some things about holding things loosely (“living with my hands wide open“), being flexible, trusting, etc., so I want to share those with you in the near future too.

How was your weekend?!