A Collection Of Terribly Important Information

– One day last month the lovely and oh-so-talented Christy Nockels mentioned on Twitter that she was getting ready for a live CD recording, and I sorta kinda invited myself to attend. I mean, I invited myself by making a joke, but then Christy totally went above and beyond and sent me the info. I initially hoped that State would be in the SEC Championship game this past Saturday and wouldn’t that just be perfect to go hear Christy Nockels the night before, but even without the SEC Championship game, it turned out to be well worth the drive. David, Alex, and I felt so welcome at Passion City Church (thanks, Donna!), and Christy Nockels? OH, MY. The songs, the worship, EVERYTHING was just phenomenal. We were so grateful to get to go, and I plan to invite myself again the next time she records a live CD.

I’m only sort of kidding.

– The other big part of our time in Atlanta was a trip to IKEA. We have been talking forever about turning our 4th bedroom into an office, and a few months ago I decided that I wanted to get the desks – along with some shelving – from IKEA. We finally made the pilgrimage Saturday morning, and y’all, we walked through every single bit of that store. Thirty-six hours later I’m still a little overwhelmed by the MAZE of it all, but we got what we needed and then some. The store was a little warm and I was wearing that dadgum boot, so I may have been a little prideful when we finally got back to our car.

– There’s still no Christmas tree in this house. I just feel like I need to admit it. We’re gonna try to get ‘er done this week, though.

– A few weeks ago a friend sent me some Biscoff Spread, and I would just like to say SWEET HEAVENLY DAYS.

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I understand that it’s very similar to Trader Joe’s cookie butter, and that means it could be very dangerous for me when Trader Joe’s opens here in Birmingham. This stuff is addictive. Only it’s not really addictive in our house anymore because it’s ALL GONE.

– Hummingbird Farms makes a lavender lotion that I’ve mentioned here on the blog approximately 58 times. And I still love that lavender lotion a lot. But they have a new body butter that’s some of the best stuff I have ever used on my VERY dry skin.

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The scent is light and lemon-y and herb-y, and the body butter is exactly what my skin needs this time of year. I just wanted to pass along the info in case you’re looking for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers!

– Last night Beth Moore posted a recipe on Twitter, and I thought it looked so delicious that I decided I’d make it today. It is OUT OF THIS WORLD. I’ve made a couple of white chili recipes that I thought were sort of bland, but this one is flavorful and filling, not to mention that it makes your whole house smell divine.

I used two rotisserie chickens because I have to work hard to convince my people that soup is a meal, and I loaded up with the garnishes: Monterey Jack cheese, Fritos, sour cream, and diced avocado. I’ve already decided that this will be our Christmas Eve meal. SO GOOD.

Happy Monday, y’all!

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  1. Ann in Maryland says:

    I’ve heard IKEA can be daunting, which is probably why I’ve always avoided it! Good for you for conquoring it. I think Lewis & Clark would be proud!

    Looking forward to hearing about your new office.

    The soup sounds like a good hearty meal for winter!

  2. Biscoff spread (and cookies) are my love language! It takes a special cookie to make commercial air travel any less miserable, but when the Delta stewardesses announce that cookies are a snack option on the flight, I brighten up and temporarily forget that it’s only a matter of time until my seat partner with the hacking cough gives me the flu :)

  3. Ikea is my happy place. We have crammed seven people in this 1970’s (complete with paneling) three bedroom house, thanks to that glorious wonderland of mod-minimialism.

    Also, I want your mad skills to get yourself invited to cool places!

  4. IKEA is my happy place!

  5. Made the chili tonight! Goodness, my family loved it!!

  6. The pleasure was all mine, Sophie! Come back soon!

  7. Mmmm…saw that recipe on Beth’s Twitter. So glad to read that you tried it. I’m making it this week. :)

  8. My son is allergic to peanuts so I friend recommended Biscoff Spread. Oh my word. We ate a whole jar in a couple of days. Try it on your waffles for breakfast.

  9. I made the soup last night. Ah-maz-ing!

  10. I love Uncle Wayne’s White Winter Chili! I put it in the Siesta Fiesta cookbook, too. Sounds like a great meal for our cold weekend coming up. Been praying for you–for healing in your foot and for God to let you know how special you are. Love you!

  11. could you post a list of recommended gifts for boys your son’s age? would be ever so helpful