Autumn Eating: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Curry Soup Recipe

Crisp mornings. Football games. Multicolored leaves. I just love autumn, don’t you? And what’s better in the fall than pumpkin flavored…anything?

What's better on a cool fall evening after soccer practice than pumpkin soup - hot and ready in the slow cooker? Oh yeah!

Autumn also brings busy schedules…band practice, soccer practice, AWANA. Many nights we are on the run, so I need to put dinner in the slow cooker.

That’s why I love this creamy slow cooker pumpkin curry soup! It tastes like fall, it’s easy to prepare, and it’s inexpensive!

Frugal Living: One Complete Fall Outfit Under $50.

Jeans and t-shirts. That’s what I live in. I’m a stay at home mom who works from home, so there’s not much need for fancier clothes.

Except sometimes I find myself searching through my closet for something a little bit nicer than blue jeans and sneakers to wear to Bible study. Or a ladies event at church. Or a rare media appearance.

Could you buy a complete outfit (clothes, shoes, & accessories) for under $50? I did. Then I mixed and matched the pieces with what I already owned to create even more outfits.

If you live in jeans and t-shirts like I do, do you ever wish you could have one or two go-to outfits for nicer occasions?

Being Kind Counts – Writing Notes of Encouragement

Last week I heard news that rocked my world. A young woman, who had babysat my oldest back in the day, passed away after a car accident.

So young, taken so soon. So many friends and family wishing they had more time. Time to tell her things they were going to tell her “someday.”

Aren’t we all guilty of putting off important conversations?

How often do you express your gratitude to those who are important in your life? Here's a challenge for you: show kindness by writing a note of encouragement to a friend or acquaintance.

Before this devastating news, I had signed up to write a Being Kind Counts¬†post today. Being Kind Counts is a movement to increase intentional kindness in our lives. At first I struggled with what kind act I would do for this challenge. But after Bethany’s sudden death, I knew exactly what I needed to do: tell those around me that I appreciate them.

Fruit of the Spirit: The Importance of Bearing Fruit.

How’s your fruit looking? No, I’m not asking if the strawberries in your refrigerator are going bad. I’m talking about the fruit of the Spirit? How’s it looking in your life?

Why should we study the fruit of the Spirit?

Jesus speaks the following words in John 15:5.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

What fruit is Jesus talking about? Galatians 5 gives us a clue.