{Activity} Holiday Planning :: Day 31 Savoring Life

Well, this is it! The last day in this 31-day series! Thanks for sticking with me!!

What’s I’ve learned:
– It’s hard to write and publish a post every single day
– It’s hard for you guys to read a post every single day :)
– The laundry suffers during 31 Days
– It’s still a cool challenge to be a part of

I’m kind of looking forward to getting back into my regular rythm. I really hope you’ve got some things in your toolbox to help you savor life a little more – some fun projects, new songs, encouragement, printables and of course, recipes :)

BUT, before we switch gears from this Savoring Life series, I wanted to share two more things with you.

When I did a survey with you a few months ago one of the things that came up was that some of you would love some help planning for the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) without losing your mind (can I get an Amen?)

Once we hit November I feel like we’re on the fast track to the end of the year, so I wanted to make sure you knew about these two things:

1. Thanksgiving Planning Worksheets & The Archive

The Archive - Printables and Goodies for Ordinary|Awesome Subscribers

My Thanksgiving Planning Worksheets are on my new page called “The Archive.” I’m putting all my printables in one place to better serve you! The password is at the bottom of each of the emails you get (as of today) if you’re a subscriber. If you’re not a subscriber, you can subscribe here and you’ll get the password as soon as you confirm your subscription!

I developed this system over the last three years, and it has served me well! You can check out my post on hosting Thanksgiving and enjoying it here!

2. Christmas 

31 Days to a Less-Stress Holiday Season
(image via Anna Rendell)

My friend Anna did a whole series called 31 Days to a Less Stress Holiday Season! She included recipes, music, gift ideas, great strategies to do a little at a time… and a lot of encouragement to slow down and enjoy the season. I know you’ll love it!

Here’s to a meaningful season of thanks and remembering Jesus’ birth! Let’s take it slow and enjoy these last two months of the year!

{Activity} Ask For Help :: Savoring Life Day 28

In a lot of ways life has felt out of control recently. And there is one aspect of life that almost constantly feels out of control and feeds every other part of out-of-controlness: the state of my house.

Nothing quite stirs me up the way every single thing in sight being out of place does.

I have written posts on habits and methods to stay on top of things, but these days it just hasn’t gone that way. I would love everyone to think I have it all together and I don’t need any help, but alas – NOT TRUE.

I was getting so upset and overwhelmed that I was walking around in disgust thinking something roughly along the lines of: “This is so stupid. I hate this. Why can’t I get it together?…” getting dangerously close to “I can’t do anything right. I’m such a failure.” (Maybe you hear those lies in your head?)

I decided something was going to have to be done Monday morning. Steve is awesome with helping me, but he works… My sister lives with us and I wondered if she would help me. It’s not exactly the most fun thing to ask someone to do with you, and she has work and a life too, but I thought I’d ask just the same.

As it turns out, she didn’t have anything going on, and she agreed to help me do some picking up in the kids’ rooms [read: war zone] and whatever else we had time for.

It was a real encouragement to me 1) to get as much done as we did, 2) to not do it alone and 3) that she even said yes.

And you know what? I bet more people would say yes than we realize.

So, what is overwhelming you right now?

Day 28 Assignment:

Ask for help.

Sending encouragement your way today :)

P.S. I know I missed writing days 26 and 27 in this series. The perfectionist in my really wants to go back and write those, but I’m forcing myself to let it go. This will be an imperfect 31 days, and that’s fine. I hope you hear this message too – when you’re overwhelmed, something’s gotta give, and that’s OK.

{Good Food} Roasted Pumpkin Seeds :: Savoring Life Day 25

The obvious and delicious thing to do after you’ve carved your pumpkins is to roast the pumpkin seeds!

Day 25 Assignment:

Roast Pumpkin Seeds!

Once we got the guts out of the pumpkins, I put all of it in a big bowl of water and broke the gunk up with my hand so all the seeds floated to the top.

{Good Food} Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - Day 25 - Savoring Life - God's Word! - 31 Days of Fun and Inspiration - ordinaryawesome.com

Then rinsed them again and got any lingering residue off:

{Good Food} Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - Day 25 - Savoring Life - God's Word! - 31 Days of Fun and Inspiration - ordinaryawesome.com

I used a combination of these two recipes:

How To Roast Perfect Pumpkin Seeds – Easy, Crunch, Addictive! (I boiled in salt water according to this recipe and used her roasting instructions)

The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds! (I used the spices in this recipe)

Mine are still in the oven, so look out for a picture on Facebook and Instagram :)

Have fun!

 

 

{Activity} Carving Pumpkins! :: Savoring Life Day 24

My sister, Katharine and her boyfriend asked if we wanted to carve pumpkins with them. My sister picked up some pumpkins and the kids drew their elaborate designs. We were then expected to execute the carving on these elaborate designs. Ahem.

Katharine did most of the carving :)

{Activity} Carving Pumpkins!- Day 24 - Savoring Life - 31 Days of Fun and Inspiration - ordinaryawesome.com

{Activity} Carving Pumpkins!- Day 24 - Savoring Life - 31 Days of Fun and Inspiration - ordinaryawesome.com

 

Have you carved pumpkins yet? If not –

Day 24 Assignment:

Carve a pumpkin! 

Or you might like to decorate your pumpkin another fun way. Check out the #trickyourpumpkin hashtag on Instagram for ideas!

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{Good Food} Ina Garten’s Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp :: Savoring Life Day 23

As with all the recipes in this series, this is my favorite of its kind – my very favorite apple crisp. If I want to make apple crisp I don’t bother looking in cookbooks anymore – this is the only one for me.

Of course there is the usual apples and cinnamon, but the citrus (zest and juice of both lemon and orange) is what really makes the apples sing. It’s revelation.

I’ve had it instead of cake for my last two birthdays. THAT’S HOW GOOD IT IS. This year my sister helped me make it. It involves:

{Good Food} Ina's Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp - Day 23 - Savoring Life - God's Word! - 31 Days of Fun and Inspiration - ordinaryawesome.com

and:

{Good Food} Ina's Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp - Day 23 - Savoring Life - God's Word! - 31 Days of Fun and Inspiration - ordinaryawesome.com

and in the end looks like:

{Good Food} Ina's Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp - Day 23 - Savoring Life - God's Word! - 31 Days of Fun and Inspiration - ordinaryawesome.com

 

It’s totally worth all the peeling and zesting.

Also, this crumble topping is the best crumble topping known to man. You’ll want to use it on everything – pies, quick breads (think pumpkin bread, banana bread!) other crisps… It’s multi-purpose.

Day 23 Assignment:

Make Ina Garten’s Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp! (If not today, this weekend?) 

Enjoy!!

 

{Activity} Fringe of Frost :: Savoring Life Day 22

I missed a day yesterday in my 31 days – did you notice?? It was kind of crazy with the last day of soccer and working a little later than usual. I thought I’d resurrect this post from last year since I woke up to frost this morning :) Love this poem.

Day 22 Assignment:

Take notice of the beautiful details around you and maybe even take some pictures!


This morning, when I reluctantly left the warmth of our down comforter, I peaked outside and spied the grey glistening of frost over the leaves and individual blades of grass. I snuck out and took a few pictures. If the neighbors saw me they probably wondered what I was doing tiptoeing around in my pajamas.

Fall and winter are my time of year. So much color, so much sparkle, so much drama, [so much cold, Steve is going to say.]

Orange, red, electric yellow, spices, pumpkins, fires, acorns, [football]…

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a delightful book of poetry by Myra Cohn Livingston called A Circle of Seasons. The landscape this morning brought to mind part of it:

“Autumn leaves a fringe of frost when pumpkins turn to gold,

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Pulls his collar up to warm his face grown gray and old,

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Gathers in his harvest, says a prayer of thanks,

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Gives a little shiver, and all the air turns cold.

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

O earth,

Rest well

Under the Autumn spell!”

{Activity} Fall Walk :: Savoring Life Day 21

I went on a walk around our neighborhood Sunday afternoon, and I was reminded of the many reason I love fall.

The crisp air, the bright reds, oranges and yellows, the sweet smell of pine needles and leaves… I don’t get out in nature nearly enough. So –

Day 21 Assignment:

Take a fall nature walk and collect some reminders of fall to bring inside with you.

I plan on bringing a pair of scissors or pruning shears to collect some pretty branches and I’ll keep an eye out for acorns (my favorite!) and interesting wild flowers and grasses (or weeds – whatever… :) ) Then I’ll put the branches and flowers in water and the acorns in a bowl or something fun along those lines.

I know some of you live in climates that don’t see much color or temperature change. You can still take a walk and bring some bits of nature in with you! And, if you’re really craving some fall, just for you – here’s a short video of a tree near our house losing its leaves. I do what I can. :)

(If you’re reading from your email, scroll down to see the video!)

{Activity} My Instagram Favorites :: Savoring Life Day 20

Instagram is fast becoming my favorite. I find the images inspiring, and if you follow the right people your feed can be so uplifting!

Here are a few of my instagram faves for Day 20 :)

 @100dayswithjesus is posting 100 names for Jesus leading up to Christmas.
Easily my very favorite.

{Activity} My Instagram Favorites - Day 20 -  31 Days of Fun and Inspiration - ordinaryawesome.com

 I love @carpendaughter‘s decorating style. She’s into DIY and thrifting and I always get great ideas from her feed.

Also – pecan sweet rolls. ‘Nuff said.

{Activity} My Instagram Favorites - Day 20 -  31 Days of Fun and Inspiration - ordinaryawesome.com

{Good Music} Sovereign Over Us :: Savoring Life Day 19

I have a burdened heart tonight because I think there are quite a few people in my circle of family and friends who may be starting to wonder if God has forgotten them.

I have felt that way. For long periods of time I have felt that way.

And I can assure you now, looking back, that He did not forget about me and He has not forgotten about you.