The first two good things are books by Christian author and speaker Emilie Barnes. Emilie has dozens of books published- devotionals, housekeeping hints, recipes,etc. I have read innumerable "household management" books over the years, and have found most of them to be very depressing. Who can keep up with these Type-A Clean Queens who thrive on making lists? But two books from Emilie are my all-time favorites: Welcome Home and The Spirit of Loveliness. These are the only books I've ever read that make me excited to clean the house! Welcome Home is a beautiful glossy book which has gorgeous photographs throughout of Emilie's own home. It is full of easy ideas on how to make your home a welcome retreat for your family and friends.
The Spirit of Loveliness focuses more on creating a lifestyle of welcome, creativity, hospitality, and celebration. It doesn't have photos, but it does have lovely drawings throughout. If you need a winter pick-me-up and some encouragement in your calling as "Keeper of the Home", I love these books. I also discovered another treat... Emilie has recently published a new book called Home Warming, which is now on my to-buy list! Yea- a new book by a favorite author!
My last happy discovery is an easy new recipe that my whole family really likes (well, except for Benjamin, who doesn't like anything except pizza and peanut butter and jelly):
I had to double the recipe for our family, but it fed us well! We ate it with chow mein noodles. I did all the chopping on Saturday night and threw it together in the crockpot on Sunday morning. When I got home, I put the peas and pimientos in, cooked the rice and threw together a mandarin orange salad (mixed greens, mandarin oranges, chow mein noodles, whatever else you want to add). It was all fast and delicious! That's definitely a good thing!
Got any other good ideas or recipes to share? I'd love to hear them!