Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

winter blog post

 

 

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

 

IT’S WINTER!! YAY!! It’s cold and cozy and if you’re in the south or California (okay maybe California isn’t quite there just yet), it has just recently gotten chilly. Fall was warm, and then cool, and then a warm and cool mixture again, but it was great. God controls the weather and God is good, so GOD IS SO SO BEYOND BEYOND ETERNALLY GOOD AND GREAT! HE IS GREAT AND BEYOND MORE!

So The LORD has laid on my heart and given me the blessing of the ability to glorify and praise and please only HIM with a… WINTER BLOG POST! This is gonna be great, yall, because He is living inside of me and is the eternal life INSIDE OF ME! HOW GREAT IS THE GOD WE SERVE THE ETERNALLY AND LOVE HIMSELF!!

So since it’s wintertime, a lot of the time people think about shutting ourselves in and getting cozy, while others want to bundle up (“dressed like eskimossssss”) and go do outdoor activities. I haven’t done so recently, so as I’m typing this blog post I’m gonna be inspiring myself as well, with both indoor and outdoor activities, clothing, fun things, and even food! (and warm drinks, because ya know, winter!)

But first Jesus. For real though. I wanna talk about something that The LORD literally just laid on my heart, He is so good and cool. Let’s talk about bundling up. Wow. So cool(haha, cold weather). When we know we are about to go out into the cold, into a snow storm or even a chilly day, we immediately know to bundle up. Putting on our jackets, fuzzy socks (yay!), and layers and layers of lots and lots of clothes, top it off with a scarf and gloves and boom! You know that you are ready to walk out into the cold and despite the weather around you, you are warm and toasty and don’t feel a thing. This world is cold, yall. This world is broken. but GOD. BUT THE GOD THE ETERNALLY! He has given us the grace and mercy and forgiveness, love and lovingkindness to wrap us up, bundle us up in all that HE IS: LOVE JOY PEACE PATIENCE KINDNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL, PERSEVERANCE, MERCY, GRACE, FORGIVENESS AND LOVINGKINDNESS AND MORE THE ETERNALLY because that’s WHO HE IS AND MORE. And HE wants us to draw even more near to Him, so that despite the weather we will know the true eternal toastiness(is this a word?). He has given us the truth in HIS WORD THE ETERNAL TRUTH THE BIBLE: in Ephesians 6:10-24 He reminds us and teaches us to PUT ON HIS ETERNAL ARMOR

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 [c]With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.

Isaiah 40:8New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

2 Timothy 1:7New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

timidity: or cowardice

discipline: or sound judgement

Let others see and hear and want to know HIM the ETERNALLY living inside of us, and not us at all!

 

 

 

 

CLEANING:

yall are like, what? why? Well I’ll gladly explain 🙂 !

Before you do anything, you’ve gotta clean, right? Get everything all nice and tidy before you cozy up by the fireplace or on the couch, it’ll be more peaceful and oh, when those blankets and socks come right out of the dryer, yep, you know! Here’s some tips:

https://www.blesserhouse.com/2017/01/how-to-enjoy-deep-cleaning-your-house-2-awesome-freebies.html

deep cleaning

 

because I know you’ll be burning them candles:

http://www.peekandponder.com/2014/09/how-to-clean-out-your-candle-jars.html

candle jars

 

 

ACTIVITIES:

you’ll probably be doing a lot of these since you are out of school, off of work, even if it’s for a little bit! And even during the busy schedule, it’s good and fun to do these things so that it’s not all work work work and school school school! Here are both some indoor and outdoor ACTIVITIES:

INDOOR: 

Movie!

Cozy up in your favorite pjs, sweats, fuzzy socks, blankets and popcorn and water and put in one of your favorites! Whether this be by yourself or with others, it’ll be a great time to just chill and relax! Here are some suggestions:

Hallmark:

One of the first categories that pops into my head when I think of winter and movies is the hallmark channel. But the movies that come to my mind are actually a part of their CHRISTMAS selection! I know, I know, Christmas is over, but I’m sure you can find some of their movies on Netflix, hulu, etc. Here are some of my personal favorites!:

“A Perfect Christmas”

 

A newlywed couple hosts Christmas at their home, and in the busyness of their lives (trying to plan it out, actually), a few things happen that they don’t expect just yet, i.e. getting fired right before Christmas, while simultaneously being given a gift that they didn’t expect quite yet(hint hint).

movie2

 

link to the trailer:

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/a-perfect-christmas/videos/preview-a-perfect-christmas

“A Cookie Cutter Christmas”

A teacher has a new student who just moved into the town… and this student also has a single father. He wants to be involved more with his daughter at her school, and Miss Reynolds wants to participate in the school’s “cookie competition”. The student’s father is also a good cook, the teacher, not so much. I pray that you see where this is going.

movie3

 

link to the trailer:

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/a-cookie-cutter-christmas/videos/a-cookie-cutter-christmas-preview

other: here’s some selections of movies that are tasteful and safe to watch even around kids, if it’s hard for you to find some such as that!

“Toy Story”

Whether it’s 1, 2 or 3, the whole family will get a laugh from watching this movie, especially with the humor in the characters! (P.s. if you’re at least 15 years old, you may tear up in the 3rd film. I won’t say anymore.)

 

 

“Zootopia”

This movie, like Toy Story, will have the whole family laughing. It’s actually one of the best animated movies I think I’ve ever seen. (The DMV scene will have you laughing so hard) 🙂

“101 Dalmatians”

“Is this list only Disney?” It sure does seem like it, doesn’t it? But really, some of the best family movies are Disney. This film is super sweet, and I prefer the 1961 animated version over the 1996 version jussssst by a little bit!

 

“The Game Plan”

I remember the day my aunt, sister and I went to see this movie in theaters. My aunt questioned me wanting to see it because it just looked like “a football movie”, but after seeing it it is safe to say it is now one of my favorites. And NOT “a football movie”. This movie will have you laughing, smiling, and maybe tearing up a bit. It’s clean and family-friendly and so so cute with Dwayne Johnson and Madison Pettis. Ballet and football turns out to be a great combination!!

 

Have a wintery-ish party! You know, one of those!

https://thesweetestoccasion.com/2015/02/backyard-winter-skating-party/

The decorations in this blog post are so cute and can be used indoors and outdoors, no matter what kind of get-together or party you are having! Change it up a bit and even personalize it with names or anything else that may be fun to do!

https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/14533

These “white pom poms” are super cute and a great idea for a part of the room, outside or even a photo backdrop! Get some string, even wire, and get creative with material for the cute “snowballs”!! 🙂 🙂

white poms

 

This hot chocolate bar has got to be one of the CUTEST winter (even year-round) ideas that I’ve ever seen. Personalize it and even decorate it how you like! This is such a fun idea for friends and family. You can even make it a coffee/tea bar, or anything else that you can creatively think of!! 🙂 🙂

hot chocolate bar

 

https://www.anightowlblog.com/cinnamon-roll-cake-pops/

 

Okay, y’all. Don’t these cinnamon roll cake pops just look so so good?! Such a quick and tasty treat for the mornings or even a get-together/sleepover with yo bestie! Super cute and fun to make! I would definitely love to try this with others!!

SONY DSC

And while we’re on the topic of fun bar food and drink setups you can do during these winter months, how about a chili bar!! How super cute is this setup?! You can even do soup and salad or again, anything else that you can creatively think of!! 🙂 Also, check out those flowers in the CHILI CAN! YES!

chili bar

 

https://www.catchmyparty.com/photos/2014794

I have seen these “winter ONEderland” birthday parties pop up a lot of places, aka winter themed birthday parties for one-year-olds, and the pictures and ideas don’t disappoint. This is a super cool (haha) and cute idea not only for a one-year-old birthday party but really for any winter-themed party or get-together for multiple occasions! But also, the “melted snowflake” labels for the water bottles are a super cool and creative idea! How cool is God?! He is so so beyond greatness! He is! Only Him!!

melt snow

 

 

OUTDOOR:

Ice Skating! (indoor and outdoor!)

Either or, you’re sure to have loads of fun doing this with your friends and family! Personally, I haven’t tried it, yet, but I’m looking oh so forward to the opportunity to! The railing will be handy when you begin, or so I’ve heard!

Go online and search the nearest rink near you!

iceskates

 

Hiking!

Am I crazy? You may ask. Well, no. If you’re someone who loveesssss to hike, like me, some of the best trails will be great even when you’re bundled up and with a group of people! Even by yourself, that’s cool too. You may even see some snow and/or frozen waterfalls in the cold temps!

In Tennessee:

http://www.wideopencountry.com/20-scenic-tennessee-trails-hikes-waterfalls-need-explore/

In Georgia:

http://www.atlantamagazine.com/travel/12-great-georgia-hikes/

Rock climbing!

In Tennessee:

https://highpointclimbing.com/riverside/

In Georgia:

http://www.ssclimbing.com/

http://www.georgiatrails.com/gt/rocktown_trail

Explore!

In Tennessee:

Downtown Chattanooga. Almost anything downtown, trust me!

  • Tennessee Riverparlk
  • the Walnut Street Bridge
  • coffee shops
  • The river gorge explorer riverboat
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • Coolidge Park
  • The southern belle riverboat 

Nashville

Rock city 🙂 !

In Georgia:

Stone mountain

Savannah Historic district

In Charleston, South Carolina:

I added this one because It was so so beautiful when we went. Check it out, please!! (Downtown, Rainbow Row and Lost Dog Cafe are some of my favorite places that we went to!)

food:

Breakfast:

gingerbread cinnamon rolls. That’s right, gingerbread ain’t just for CHRISTmas!

http://redstaryeast.com/gingerbread-cinnamon-rolls/

gingerbread cinnamon rolls

 

 

homemade cinnamon rolls (regular yet so so tasty)

https://www.livecrafteat.com/eat/easy-homemade-cinnamon-rolls/

homemade cinnamon rolls

 

 

homemade biscuits and gravy (not even gonna leave a description for this one, although I kind of just did)

http://whatchamakinnow.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-best-biscuits-and-gravy-ever.html

homemade biscuits and gravy

 

(here’s a homemade biscuit recipe to go with your homemade sausage gravy! Yum!!

spread a lot of LOVE… and then some butter, jam, jelly or even apple butter (so many cool recipes, GOD IS SO GOOD AND SO SO COOL AND AWESOME!) on these hot and flaky breakfast dishes! HE IS SO SO COOL!!

oatmeal and grits:

y’all are probably like, “Why is this post mainly southern dishes right now?” and I have a few explanations at the moment: southern dishes are good, most southern dishes are warm, and a lot of the best southern dishes come in breakfast form(although I think oatmeal is more common than grits).

oatmeal:

http://www.outdoorblueprint.com/read/homemade-oatmeal-packets-recipe/

homemade oatmeal packets

 

grits:

https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Old-Fashioned-Creamy-Grits

cheese grits:

www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/cheese-grits-recipe-1915972?soc=socialsharingpinterest

homemade cheese grits

 

eggs, bacon, and biscuits

Because well, the classics are great too.

pancakes

Because, yes. Yes. And y’all guess what, these are golden and EXTRA FLUFFY. Extra. yep. Extra fluffy:

http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/golden-extra-fluffy-pancakes-60824

pancakes

 

DIY 2-ingredient homemade pancakes:

This is a recipe that I found awhile ago, actually, and it quickly became one of my all-time FAVORITE meals for breakfast, and even a snack! It’s sweet, filling, wholesome and HEALTHY! Yepppperooo! 2 ingredients? What ever could they be?! Eggs, and a banana. 2 eggs, one banana. Cool, right? I know. Here’s a recipe to follow:

healthy alternatives to maple syrup:

  • honey
  • agave
  • cinnamon
  • cinnamon sugar
  • peanut/almond butter
  • etc. 

Lunch:

Minestrone SOUP!

It’s health, delicious, and did I mention, healthy and delicious? Yep, that’s always a good great combination, like (but cannot come close to being compared to) God an HIS IMMENSE ETERNAL EVERLASTING OUTSTANDING LOVE for us. Yes, us. We love HIM too. Oh yes, with all of our hearts and souls and mind(Matthew 22:34-40 “But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him. 36 “teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBIR AS YOURSELF.’ 39 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”, Deuteronomy 6:1-25)

http://www.thegardengrazer.com/2017/10/minestrone-soup-30-minute.html 

minestrone soup

 

Spinach Pesto Pasta!

spinach pesto pasta

 

warm or cold, this dish is sure to be healthy and tasty!

Turkey ranch club wrap!

 

Simple, classic, and can feed a crowd. Voila!

turkey ranch club wraps

Easy healthy baked lemon chicken!

baked healthy lemon chicken

 

(and tasty- I definitely want to try this!)

Healthy is something you’ll want to consider before looking at the next food category in this blog post.

Creamy tomato and spinach pasta! 

creamy tomato and spinach pasta

 

Just, please look at this one, y’all! Yummmmyy!

Honey, apple, cheddar and bacon panini!

honey apple cheddar and bacon panini

 

Quick, how much bacon are we gonna need to actually cook and eat all of these delicious sounding meals?! A lot!

Homemade fried rice!

homemade fried rice

 

Simple, and can be used for both lunch and dinner. You don’t even need to have a “hibachi grill” with loads of fire! Add or take away ingredients to your family and friends’ taste! Enjoy! Yummmm yum yum!

Creamy turkey and dumplings!

creamy turkey and dumplings

 

A bit of a twist on the classic and cozy “chicken and dumplings”, this meal requires the use of one of the most common holiday foods, at least around here, and a favorite for most: turkey! Or, keep it as chicken! Either way, family and friends are sure to enjoy this classic and warm, tasty meal! Serve with veggies for extraaa nutrition!

grilled zucchini hummus wrap!

grilled zucchini hummus wraps

 

After all of these warm meals one may think, “Is it even acceptable not to have soup on a cold winter’s day?” Why, yes, yes it is! This simple, grilled zucchini hummus wrap will do! (Of course I would prefer a good amount of grilled chicken on there, as well!!)

Balsamic roasted new potatoes with asparagus!!

balsamic roasted

 

This one, well this one just sounds yummy! Add chicken as well for that protein!!

Dinner:

Crockpot Ham and White Bean Soup.

crockpot ham and white bean

 

I don’t know about y’all, but this seems like a great meal to serve up on a cold winter’s night. You’ve got your cozy and your meat, sounds like a good entree to me!

Slow Cooker Broccoli-cheese soup!

slow cooker broccoli cheese

 

We all have that one favorite from Panera Bread that will always be a go-to cozy meal, and not just on cold days. Oh, that warm, and creamy,cheesy and oh so delicious broccoli cheese soup! I know it’s for sure near the top of the list for me when it comes to that menu blessing from The LORD. Like seriously, have you tried it? Well now you can enjoy it at home in the not surprisingly CROCKPOT! That seems to be a popular way of getting cooking done around here, especially for soups, stews, and all of that good stuff that are blessings from The One and ONLY GOD!!

Easy Chicken and Noodle Casserole.

easy chicken and noodle casserole

I said it once and I’m gonna say it again, this post’s food has turned out to be a bunch of warm, cozy southern dishes, but who doesn’t love a good ole’ classic casserole, huh?! Instead of your typical chicken noodle soup fun, why not change it up a bit and scramble up this delicious Chicken and Noodle casserole for the fam-bam?! Or the friends, or both. Sharing, ya know it’s good great!

Tuscan white-bean, sausage and kale soup:

tuscan white bean

 

Should this post have begun with “list of cozy winter soup and soup-like dishes”? Nah. Simple, yet sophisticated (and tasty- I definitely wanna give this one a try!)!

Creamy potato soup!

creamy potato soup

This is yet another classic go-to soup in the cold winter months, not to mention is a favorite all year long, so go ahead, make ANOTHER soup in that crockpot, no one will be disappointed!

Slow-cooker white chicken chili!

slow cooker white chicken

Still have yet to try this one, which I’ve heard is EXTREMELY tasty!! My aunt has made it for her family a time or more, and I’ve heard it’s very good. DEFINITELY on my must-try!

Baked acorn squash with butter and brown sugar!

baked acorn squash

I know what you’re probably thinking, “What? How is this on the dinner section? What even would this be listed under? Is it even good?” Well, to be honest, I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ve ever even had acorn squash, let alone baked and topped with butter and brown sugar! But hear me out, when I saw this I saw the potential inside of it. It could be used for dinner, as a fall/winter version of the recently popular “stuffed tomatoes” or “stuffed peppers” entree! Healthy (as I just read), it can be used as even a side dish, season it as you like or not at all, whether that be with this recipe’s butter and brown sugar or a light and simple salt&pepper combo. Or a snack, I mean that’s a good snack I’m pretty sure of it!

20 Minute healthy chicken parmesan!

chicken parm

I’ve heard ALL about this one! “Chicken parm”, that is! I’ve heard how tasty it is, and it’s gotten to be one of the meals I’ve heard most about and haven’t tasted yet, which is great! It’s even one of the “meal-deals” for families at work! I would love to make this with family and friends, it seems tasty to me! Healthy and 20 minutes? Count me in!

Creamy Turkey and dumplings!

Whattttt? This recipe again? Yep. I heard from GOD that this was good for BOTH lunch and dinner. Voila, again!

 

 

Crockpot meals:

I know a quick and delicious way to whip up most of these recipes, whether it be for yourself, your family, friends, or a huge gathering, is to use the crockpot or “slow-cooker”, as well as a lot of other winter-y meals/dishes, so I highly suggest going to find these and other (lots of) meals that can be cooked in the crockpot/slow-cooker, you won’t regret it!

Snacks!:

Here are some quick and easy winter-y snack recipes to eat throughout the day, just chit-chattin’ and even when you’re watching those movies!

Winter fruit salad! It’s like fruit salad, but winter-y!

south america

winter fruit salad

either way, it is YUMMMMMYYY!!! And healthy, so that’s even more great, as well! 🙂 God is good, folks! all the time, and all the time GOD IS OH SOSOSO BEYOND GOODNESS AND GREATNESS THE ETERNALLY!!

here’s the healthy version of that recipe right here: http://www.valyastasteofhome.com/healthy-winter-fruit-salad/

Winter wonderland snack mix! Alllll of the snack goodies mixed with white chocolate chips and yogurt-coated things makes for a yummy, snow-looking treat for everyone!

winter wonderland snack mix

Soft pretzel bites with cheese sauce! Forget the cheese sauce, i’m down for just the soft mini-pretzel bites! These used to be one of my favorite treats from a place called Auntie Annie’s which is in the local mall. Great for a snack and crowd just chilling!

soft pretzel bites

White chocolate-peppermint-covered pretzel sticks! These are definitely easy, and tasty! White chocolate and peppermint are two things that go very well together, as well as both being a favorite among recipes and toppings when it comes to the cold winter months, and fall! Use these as stirrers to add to your hot chocolates that I will get to in a second ;)!

white chocolate peppermint covered

Snowball party mix! This six ingredient party mix can be used for multiple occasions: family, friends, movie night, even throw this into little treat bags for a gift to a neighbor! Switch out the m&m colors and use this for other holidays as well! (i.e. Valentines day, fourth of july, Thanksgiving, etc.)!!

snowball party mix

Chocolate covered pretzels!  When it comes to winter-y snacks, or snacks in general, it’s hard to leave out one of the classics! Classic is still tasty, yall. His everlasting Love everlasting never fails! (1 Corinthians 13:8, Psalm 136, 1 Chronicles 16:34 “O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;

For Hislovingkindness is everlasting.”!!)!!

chocolate covered pretzels

“Snow flurries”!!: Aren’t these so cute?! Someone used these for a “Frozen” themed birthday party, but they can be used for any get-together, especially winter-y ones, movie nights, etc. It’s just popcorn, folks! Mix whatever you can think of into it and call it a good snack!!

snow flurries

dessert:

Chai cookies: This may be an odd one to start out with, but I figured (or so I’ve heard) that since there are so many who love chai tea, why not use this chai cookie recipe! Fun to bake by yourself, with family and with friends, and hey, go ahead and have a chai tea or chai tea latte on the side 🙂

chai cookies

Apple pie bites: I’ve seen this recipe swirling around on the internet for what seems like years now, and I have yet to try it out! Apple is a favorite in the cold months, as well as cinnamon, seeing as they are used in quite a few recipes. Put them both into a crescent roll? Done. Ready to go, and oh so tasty! Mm mmm good!

apple pie bites

Glazed apple-cinnamon oatmeal bread!: This recipe just sounds good reading the name of it! Wholesome nut breads/breads in general are definitely a favorite of mine and others, in the winter. They’re soft, wholesome, and tasty, and can be eaten for breakfast, snacks, or even desserts. This one is for sure to be a favorite with apple, cinnamon, oatmeal and that word “glazed”. You almost know it’s good if it has that word in there!!

glazed apple cinnamon oatmeal bread

white chocolate peanut butter crackers!: Okay y’all, I’m gonna explain. If you haven’t had these(if you can’t because of allergies, you can switch up the ingredients), you should give them a try. Almost every year my great-grandmother makes these for Christmas, and I enjoy each one I eat. They are seriously so. good. So good. Like, y’all. I can’t even explain it, haha.

white chocolate peanut butter crackers

Red velvet chocolate chip cookies!: To add to the list of winter-y treats, red velvet is a great addition! Throw in some white chocolate chips and you have a batch of some pretty(and tasty!) cookies for a crowd!!! 🙂

red velvet choco chip cookies

Eggnog fudge: I tried eggnog for the first time late last year, didn’t like it. I tried it cold, however, right from the bottle, so that’s probably the first thing wrong. I’ve heard if you add milk to dilute it, it’s better, and some say to drink it warm. Either way, that was not for me. Nope nope nope, I’m gonna stick with hot chocolate. And coffee, and tea. But not eggnog, not for me(wow that rhymed! How cool is GOD and not me?!) However, I know that there are others who really do enjoy eggnog, so this is for y’all. And since fudge seems to be a popular crowd or gifting treat, this seemed fitting for this winter post that the LORD has laid on my heart to do for Him!! 🙂

eggnog fudge

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler: Yummmmy yum yum yum yum! All of this just sounds oh so so yummy! Cobbler is a definite dessert staple in the south, maybe in the north, as well, I’m not sure. Anyways, pumpkin-pecan flavor in the cold months? Even not cold months, sign me up! Throw some vanilla bean ice cream on top of this dessert for extra!

pumpkin pecan cobbler

Gingerbread loaf!: What’s a list of winter desserts without gingerbread? Still good, but gingerbread is a great addition! Especially in cookies or in the form of this loaf! Tasty!

gingerbread load

Christmas door cookies! There’s really no recipe for this, just the picture, because i thought that it was so cute and fitting for the winter/holidays!

christmas door cookies2

 

Warm Drinks!:

Okay, here we are. The ultimate category when it comes to winter&food: the cozy warm drinks! Whether it’s hot chocolate, coffee, tea or cider, we all have that go-to warm and cozy drink. Maybe not, and that’s okay, but if they are for you or you’re wanting to give some a try, here they are!

“The world’s best hot chocolate”

That’s a BOLD statement, but give it a try. My friend Sarah had tried this and on New Year’s Eve-New Years Day (it turned 12:00 AM while God was letting us make this), she introduced me to it, and I was very very happy. No, seriously, you should try this hot chocolate if you are a fan. It may not be the world’s best hot chocolate, as I cannot testify to that, but it sure is good! A great recipe for the winter-classic!

hot chocolate

White hot chocolate recipe: My mom made white hot chocolate one year for my birthday party, and I just remember it being soooo good! White chocolate is definitely one of my favorites, so put it into a warm drink and it is mmm mmm good!!

white hot choco

DIY hot chocolate builder: And for those of you who want even more variety when it comes to hot chocolate, this list is FULL of ideas on different hot chocolate recipes you can try!

diy hot cocoa.png

Earl gray vanilla latte (London Fog): If you haven’t tried a london fog drink, you should, seriously. I was introduced to these about 2 years ago it seems and it has quickly become one of my favorite cozy drinks. Not close to coffee or tea by itself(and with honey), but up there on the list, seriously! With earl grey tea bags, honey, milk and vanilla bean, you will feel cozy on the inside when you drink this. It smells so good, too!

earl grey vanilla

Pumpkin-spice oatmeal latte!: The title of this seems a bit much, but the recipe and pictures make it look just right! All of these ingredients joined together makes for a wholesome, did I mention wholesome, tasty and warm beverage treat!

pumpkin spice oatmeal latte

Slow-cooker sea salt caramel hot chocolate

sea salt and caramel and hot chocolate, oh my! Yep, that’s right, there’s a slow-cooker/crockpot recipe for this, as well! This five ingredient warm treat will surely be a tasty one! This is definitely one I’m ready to make with the gal friends soon, hopefully!!

slow cooker sea salt

Caramel-hazelnut-mocha! (This link will send you to a variety of warm drinks, just click on each one and then click “get recipe” and then “show full recipe” on the recipe pop-up!) This one, yep. Add in that coffee. With caramel AND hazelnut?! Yep, I’m in.

caramel hazelnut mocha

Homemade gingerbread latte!: Gingerbread isn’t just for those cookies! This latte is for sure, at least I think, to put you in the winter-y mood! (Winter version of pumpkin spice, even?)

gingerbread latte

Homemade apple cider:  Because apple cider is one of those winter drinks, ya know? If you haven’t had apple cider, or have only had it cold (Is that even a thing?), I suggest trying it, seriously. It’s like warm apple juice, with a spice, but better than I can describe it, obviously.

homemade apple cider

Warm honey-vanilla milk.: Also known as milk and honey, this drink will quickly become something of a favorite. May not be an every day/night drink, but it is for sure a drink to enjoy just because, or if you’re needing a relaxing drink. My friend Sarah and her family introduced me to this drink, well, I had heard about it but never tried it until soon after that, and i LOVED it.

warm honey vanilla milk

MODESTY:

Yep. We’re gonna title this one just that, cause we gonna wear b=modest clothing, and not just because it’s typical to bundle up in the winter, but ALLLL of the time, for THE LORD GOD THE ALMIGHTY THE ETERNALLY!! my identity is in CHRIST GOD only, The Messiah of all the world and no one and nothing else ever.

1 Peter 3:3-4 “3 Your adornment must not be merely external-braiding the hair,and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.”

verses 8-12 “To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. For,

THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS,

MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.

HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD;

HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.

FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS,

AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER,

BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”

Ephesians 6:10-13 (10-24: The Armor of God) “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

let us God, let us and help us to glorify YOU in every moment in everything.!!

plaid!

Plaid is one of those winter-y things, ya know? Actually, plaid is one of my favorite patterns, and I will wear it in every season. Whether it’s a button up, classic flannel, blanket(We’ll get to those later), socks, skirt, or even a dress, hey, bandanas as well, a classic plaid pattern is a great addition to an outfit, in multiple colors!

First on this list, this plaid tiered button-back top  which can easily be paired with several colors of jeans: for example, regular blue denim, white, even green. This shirt is so cute with it’s classic pattern and flowy bottom!

plaid tiered button

Next, this holiday plaid dress. It may be a bit bold for some, but it’s actually quite cute. The classic plaid in dress-form actually doesn’t look so bad! Pair with a cardigan (navy, like the picture, or whatever color, white I would say 🙂 ). This dress is a bit pricey, however, and after doing some searching online I found that there are somewhat different versions of a red plaid dress in various places!

holiday plaid dress

 

Next, this plaid button up paired with this white, polka dot midi skirt. You can even go with a maxi skirt for this one! Tucked in, this is darling. So cute. Can use all sorts of plaid and colors for this, but the red (or green) gives it such a warm and cozy look. Blue would be nice as well, even pink, well let’s throw yellow in there as well. All of the colors in the rainbow! 🙂 🙂 God is cool and great, y’all!! 🙂

plaid paired with

This navy blue plaid midi skirt is definitely classic looking, can be paired with a white (or matched-color) blouse, even casual tee or long sleeve.

navy blue plaid midi skirt

This broad-plaid printed navy dress looks comfy and cozy and EVEN HAS POCKETS! Yep, that’s right. Pockets!! mhm. I know. Plus, it’s on SALE! cool, right?! Okay. Anyways, looks like your traditional plaid isn’t the only one looking good on apparel. This broad print makes it even more versatile if you’re wanting to keep the red “holiday plaid” with the winter months!

broad plaid

And lastly, a picture, simply of a bunch of flannels. PLAID flannels. Enjoy!

flannels

okay, this next category….. a winter/cold months favorite…… silent drumroll please……. bdddddddUMMMM!

blanket scarves!

That’s right! These scarves, y’all. They’re comfy, cozy, warm, cute, AND you can wear them ALL SORTS of ways! Seriously, just look at a few of them…

blanket scarves

 

 

Here are a couple that stood out to me!

blanket scarves2

blanket scarves3

A few trends that I feel are picking up and are SUPER CUTE AND MODEST are the following 2 categories that I will now discuss:

ruffles:

Yep. Ruffles. Super cute, and can now be found on most apparel, i.e. dresses, shirts, skirts, yep. Flowy, tunic shirts are becoming more of the clothing that I see each day and I am LOVING IT! WAY better than something tight, this stuff is way more comfortable!

This short sleeved jersey dress with ruffle bottom is super cute, looks super soft and comfy and great for all occasions!! Paired with some sneaks and a hat in this pic, It makes me want to lounge, even do laundry, in this outfit! (The page for this dress is actually not found, but here is the link to the website linked to the photo: https://calledtosurf.com/

short sleeve jersey

 

This short-sleeve ruffle hem shirt is one that is so casual and yet looks so cute. So so cute. I would literally get one of these in every color. Bright yellow, yes. Pink, yes. Olive? Orange? Yes. Pair it with shorts, jeans, even a midi or maxi skirt and BOOM. yep. By the way, are these new shirts called “loose peplum”, or something?

short sleeve ruffle hem shirt

This shirt is almost identical to the one before, but it’s a bit longer and has stripes, and oh how cute the stripes are. Pattern on these shirts, yay! Florals, next?!

short sleeve ruffle2

This skirt is one of the many that exemplifies the “ruffle pattern” in skirt-form. Whether it’s midi or maxi, the ruffles add the literal flare and flow to this piece of the entire outfit. We can even add a loose peplum (ruffle) top to this and make it and extra-ruffly outfit!!

bella skirt

lace:

Lace. All things lacy. So cute, so darling and so dainty. Yet, bold, at the same time. This style can make an appearance, and does, in multiple ways, whether that be an addition to a shirt, as a detail, as a hair accessory, or even a whole dress.

This shirt is just cute. Like, I would love to wear this casually or even in a dressier way. Pair it with some boots or any other shoe really. It looks so so comfy as well!

lace shirt

This hair bow is such a cute addition to any outfit. I am personally a huge fan of all things bows and bandanas, so so cute, so this lacy hair bow is definitely something I would consider wearing!

hair bow

Scarves are fun, and I’m sure you could find already-made lacy scarves for the cold months, but DIY’s are always so much fun! Here’s a DIY lace fabric scarf made from a t-shirt and a tablecloth, simple, right?! (AND CUTE!)

diy lace fabric

As I said before, lace doesn’t always have to be a touch of fabric in an outfit or used only as an accessory, it can be the entire outfit! As seen in this dress. (This dress is actually sold out on the website, but again, these are just inspiration ideas for lace)!

lace dress

Speaking of tunic dresses, let’s move onto our next category in winter-wear:

tunics:

Tunics are in, and I’m so so excited. These shirts or dress are long, flowy, loose and comfortable. All good things. Here’s a few inspirations:

These loose tunic shirts come in several colors and are great to wear to church, a picnic, even just chilling at home writing a blog post for The LORD. (I’m actually not wearing it but I’m just giving an example 🙂 ). Oh and look! Some lace added on at the bottom, so so cute! These are two different websites, but I just wanted to give reference.

https://bogoboutique.us/products/classic-romance-lace-trimmed-fall-tunics?variant=5002727227429

lace tunic

 

https://dresscount.com/products/sanifer-women-lace-long-sleeve-tunic-top-blouse?variant=49702644237

lace tunic2

Green:

Yes, green. A classic dark/forest/hunter green always looks nice, especially when paired with none-other than red. Interesting, right? 🙂 ! Plaid is always a nice option, as well. Here’s some green pieces that go well for almost any outfit that I thought were nice:

 

 

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the LORD has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 !!!!!!!

 

Green Three Quarter Length Sleeve Gathered Pleats Dress

https://stayglam.com/beauty/50-cute-flannel-outfit-ideas-for-fall-2014/

#19 green

 

http://wachabuy.com/fall-outfits-2/2/

page 2, #4

green2

 

And last but certainly not least… a winter (well for me, all of the time) staple… a favorite among many,… a very warm addition to ANY and I sure do mean ANY outfit……

FUZZY SOCKS!

That’s right, because fuzzy socks are kind of like a great addition to a post like this, winter and stuff, ya know? Ya feel? You’ll feel warm with this addition. Haha!

https://jane.com/deal/283268/womens-3-pair-pack-holiday-boot-socks?cvosrc=socialnetwork.pinterest.morning-posts&utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2016-12-06&utm_campaign=morning-posts

look at the little lace detail with the heather’ed pattern/material!!

I hope y’all enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it! I love making posts like this for THE LORD and I’m oh so so glad and thankful to HIM ALONE that HE calls me to do it for HIM AND HIS GLORY ONLY ALWAYS ETERNALLY FOR HIM THE ETERNALLY!

Again,

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the LORD has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” !! 🙂 GOD, HE IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL OF THE TIME HE IS SO SO BEYOND GOODNESS AND GREATNESS!!

 

 

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