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If I can be known for two things in life, let it be soup and cookies.  Okay, and maybe bread and buttercream.

I don’t know if there is any sight more dear to me than just out of the oven, ever so slightly undercooked chocolate chip cookies.  And these will make you go weak in the knees.  They’re the consistency of brownies, but in a cookie form and the white chocolate chips are HEAVEN.  SO good. [read more]

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The Spirit of the Lord and the Magic of Being Loved

by Edie Wadsworth on September 15, 2014

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I got an email this weekend that brought me to my knees.

A woman whose life looks perfect to everyone around her but is burning to the ground as she watches in disbelief.  And it doesn’t look like help is coming.  It doesn’t appear to be one of the stories with a tidy, happy ending.  I read stories like hers in my inbox every week.  Sometimes, the story is mine.  This is where we are.  This is the truth about us all, at one time or another in our lives.  I’ve been there more times than I can count.

When our literal house burned to the ground, there was nothing anyone could do to stop it.  The firefighters came and worked in the freezing cold as hard as they could to no avail.  Sometimes things just burn.  But as I sat on the frozen ground and watched flames reach up toward the night sky, I noticed the blanket that my neighbor had wrapped around me, the warm cup of coffee someone brought, the arms of my family, that comforted me when even words were too painful.  For a few hours, no one even worried about the whats and the whys.  They just showed up and sat with us and brought us the comfort of not being alone. [read more]

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The 10 Books That Changed Everything

by Edie Wadsworth on September 12, 2014

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~C. Eliot

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Everywhere you turn in my house, there’s a stack of books.  I TRY to keep them put away but no matter how much I hope to reform myself, I’m forever getting books off the shelves and re-reading passages, looking for quotes, and in general wanting to NOT FORGET the words of the authors that have changed my life.  My nightstand is loaded down like a pack mule.  I have 3-4 books in my car, one in my purse, and a teetering stack on my desk.  I was tagged on Facebook and decided to post my answers here since I know how much y’all love books, too. [read more]

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How to Set Up a Baking Center

September 10, 2014
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I’ve never quite had a baking center like this but it was a priority when we rebuilt our house. I’ve had various versions of one for a long time and here’s the truth of the matter—-if your supplies are easily accessible and organized, you’ll bake more.  (You might also like a full tour of the […]

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The Most Important Thing to Remember About Parenting

September 8, 2014
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The sun was pouring into the east sky, scattering orange like a blanket over everything.  She was sitting in the front seat, unable or unwilling to look at me, her head turned decidedly away and her body clinging to her side of the car sending its message loud and clear.  Was there a tear in […]

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The Best Decorating Trick in the Book

September 5, 2014
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(pillow to match my logo from my dear friend, Darlene, from this shop) I get antsy every year about this time.  I want to repaint all the walls and win the lottery so I can buy bolts of dreamy fabric and stacks of throw pillows.  Since I don’t buy lottery tickets, I’m probably not gonna […]

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The One Quality of Great and Generous Minds

September 4, 2014
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The boys were home this past weekend and so we lingered a while around the table, talking about their first couple weeks in classes and all the myriad of adjustments to be made when you begin a new season of life.  One thing that can be hard is all the new people that begin to […]

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A Workspace, a Boutique, a Dream

September 2, 2014
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As you know, I’m a fan of an inspiring workspace. After 3 years of living and working hard in this office, I still love it.  Despite the fact that it NEVER looks this clean.  An in, NOT EVER.  I stalk inspiring workspaces online a lot and am always trying to figure out how our spaces […]

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Weekend Grace, Football and Holiday Edition

September 1, 2014
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Y’all.  Can I tell you how much I love long weekends?  And long weekends which involve a lot of football?  It’s my love language.  I don’t know how to properly convey to you the excitement that rattles through the air around these parts when football season starts.  We’ve been nervous for days about our young […]

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The Well Stocked Pantry (aka I May Be Hoarding Chicken Stock)

August 28, 2014
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I hope to make your meal prep and planning easier by helping you get all the stuff you need for a season of great cooking.  And there’s no better time to embrace cooking at home than fall.  I can hardly contain my excitement! Football food, tailgating, soup, chili, pumpkin everything.  It’s gonna be good, y’all. […]

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Something More Than a Miracle

August 25, 2014
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I’m writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God’s grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle. ~Marilynne Robinson, Gilead It was a crisp October day when we stood on the back […]

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Weekend Grace

August 23, 2014
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I’m over summer.  Well, that’s not exactly true.  We’re heading out on the boat today to meet some friends for a delicious (and greasy) lunch at a nearby marina.  They make THE BEST homemade fries.  But, after that, the dog days are dead to me.  As a matter of fact, I’ve already started knitting hand […]

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The (small) Kitchen Appliance I Never Want to Be Without

August 20, 2014
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I hate to even mention this to some of you who live in the northwest or midwest or northeast and have really short summers but here in the South, all we can think about is fall.  It’s been summer since April here and we’re over it.  AND?  It’s almost football season (Glory Hallelujah!) which means […]

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A Pep Talk For Your Inner 7th Grader

August 18, 2014
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“Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”~C.S. Lewis I spoke at a women’s conference last weekend, which besides being a wonderful place of inspiration and creativity, can be the scariest place on earth. A conference where 550 women descended with their cute shoes and their cool […]

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The One Thing You Can Do

August 15, 2014
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“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” She comes into my office and I barely notice. I sit at my desk too numb to even think, nearly hopeless, while my coffee goes cold. I’m glued to the screen.  I scroll […]

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