Hidden Art of Homemaking: Clothes as Expression

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At first I was a bit disappointed about the directions this chapter could have gone, but didn’t, but as I spent time pondering after putting the book down, I realized just how varied the application of her thoughts could be. Clothes are a personal expression. They are not a perilous moral burden, not a meaningless waste of effort, but an expression of personality and art. Just as Mrs. Schaeffer developed in her first chapters, art is not simply to express … Read More

Hidden Art of Homemaking: Preparing Food

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I’m a week late and going to try to double post today to catch up with the book club at Ordo Amoris. Chapter 8 of Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art of Homemaking is about food, and there are so many ways to take this hidden art that I haven’t been able to find traction in any one direction. Cooking is a hobby of mine. It has been an area of hidden art in my life since I was 10 or 11. … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 5: Organize Your Evening

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week. You’ll find everything from organizing your homeschool to making your own cleaners! Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your Preparations Organize Your Evening     Day 5: Organize Your Time Together for Hospitality To help the evening flow more smoothly, think beforehand about a few key factors. Don’t set some sort of rigid agenda, but rather have some options in mind and keep an … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 4: Organize Your Preparations – Simply Convivial

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week. There are 21 other 5 Day series on organizing all sorts of things! Day 4: Organized Preparations for Hospitality Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your Preparations Organize Your Evening There are several things you can do earlier in the day that will make having people over for dinner less stressful and more relaxed. The first is to remember that the point is fellowship … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 3: Organize the Food

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week. You’ll find everything from organizing your bathroom to finding cheap organizational tools. Do also click over to Sidetrack Sarah’s landing page for the series to enter for other great prizes including $50 cash, a $20 Home Depot gift card, and a bunch of eBooks (including my own Simplified Dinners). Day 3: Organize the Menu Plans for Hospitality Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 2: Organize the People

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Day 2: Lists for Hospitality Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your Preparations Organize Your Evening For the rest of the week we will focus on organization techniques to simplify the most common sort of hospitality: having people over for dinner. First List: People to Invite Have you ever looked around church Sunday morning or heard a name come up in conversation and thought, “Oh, we really should have them over.” Often, these thoughts come and … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 1: Organize Your Attitude – Simply Convivial

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Day 1: Organize Your Attitude for Hospitality Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your Preparations Organize Your Evening Hospitality or Entertaining? Hospitality n. the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way. Yes, that’s right, part of the very definition of the word hospitality has to do not with your home, but with your attitude, your disposition, your heart. So we begin right at the core. Hospitality is … Read More

Review: Hospitality Commands & Face to Face – Simply Convivial

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Hospitality Commands by Alexander Strauch My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a very brief book, much more a launching pad than a discussion. Strauch proves from Scripture that hospitality — opening up one’s house primarily to brothers and sisters in Christ, but also to the needy and one’s neighbors — is an essential to the Christian life and community. It is not a nice thing for some people, but it is a requirement for everyone. The most interesting … Read More

A gift for you on my birthday! – Simply Convivial

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Today is not only my birthday, it is my thirtieth birthday! I’m pretty excited about it, actually. I think I’ve earned thirty by now: 11 years of marriage and a fifth baby on the way. When I was in my late teens I couldn’t wait to be twenty — a real grownup! I feel similarly with thirty. Turns out when you turn twenty, even if you’re married with your first baby on the way, people still act like you’re a … Read More