From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch.  We hope your week has been amazing. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day ?  

My Mom and I are officially headed to the Extravaganza today and we couldn’t be more excited about it.   

A few months ago, Renningers reached out to us after hearing we’ve been celebrating our birthdays there for years and gave us a VIP package to attend.

I have a few things on my list I’m hoping to find but I always try to go with an open mind because there are so many goodies to comb through. 

On the home front, I’ve continued to work on organizing the cabinets in the kitchen as well as the pantry, the refrigerator, the freezer and the coffee station. 

I’ve also been tweaking those things that haven’t been working well like our cleaning cabinet.  It has really gotten out of control!

I think I’ve found a solution though, which I’m hoping to be able to share with you next week provided I can track the supplies down.

A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…

Grab a cup of coffee or hot tea and settle in when you check out Eric J. Smith’s Portfolio . I’m so excited about his new book!

There are a lot of beautiful elements in this Timeless & True Home Tour, but my favorite room is definitely the library.

 I’m totally obsessed with this California Traditional Home Tour from Studio McGee! All those gorgeous arches, right?

14 Rising Design Stars to Watch in 2020 According to House Beautiful 

A before and after kitchen makeover reveal that is so pretty it doesn’t even look like the same kitchen!

 This post on creating 3 different outfits using the same leopard print skirt would be just as versatile wearing a leopard print shirt or pants.

How to Build Your Own Style Foundation in 2020 

12 Habits to Adopt to Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet 

20 Uncomfortable Things You Need to Start Doing for Yourself in 2020 

8 Ways to Transform Your Relationship With Food 

How to Stick to a Weekly Grocery Budget of $50 in a Household of Two 

A Month by Month Guide to Having Your Best Financial Year Ever  

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Book We’re Reading in January…

You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You by Jess Connolly (Amazon Affiliate Link)

 Podcast We Loved This Week…

I’ve really been intentional about expressing gratitude and looking for the silver lining in every situation this year.  It seems like it should be such a simple act but it’s actually harder than I expected it to be. 

If you’re familiar with faith based author and speaker, Ann Voskamp  her book 1000 Gifts or your’re searching for ways to add more gratitude to your day you’ll appreciate this podcast.

Made For This With Jennie Allen: Radical Gratitude with Ann Voskamp was recored for the week of Thanksgiving but given that we’ll be gathering around the table with  family and friends throughout the year, it’s just as timely now. 

On the Menu this Week… 

*We mostly eat lean poultry, fish and plant-based meat alternatives which you’ll see reflected in our menu plan each week.  That said, there are some recipes you might be able to substitute turkey or chicken with beef or pork so be sure to check the recipe!

Week of January 20 – January 26

01/18 – Saturday – Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Salmon 

with Brussel Sprouts Salad 

01/19 – Sunday –  Insta Pot Chicken Parm 

01/20 – Monday – Rainbow Buddha Bowl with Cashew Tahini Sauce 

01/21 – Tuesday – White Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce 

01/22 – Wednesday – Shrimp and Grits 

01/23 – Thursday –  Apple Pomegranate Harvest Salad 

01/24 – Friday –  Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup 

01/25 – Saturday –  Spinach, Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche with arugula salad

01/26 – Sunday – Crockpot Lasagna with side salad

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

We’ll be having Victoria Sponge Cake with Buttercream for my birthday but if you’re getting ready to celebrate National Pie Day on January 23 you’ll enjoy these recipes .

A Few Amazon Books We’ve Loved and New Ones We Our Eye On…

**(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. Any sales made through such links will support us with a small commission at no extra cost for you. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

For the Love of White by Chrissie Rucker 

Magnolia Table: Volume 2 by Joanna Gaines 

French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings by Courtney Allison 

 (release date May 2020)

The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer  and Joanna Teplin 

The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously by Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith 

Country Cottages: Relaxed Elegance to Rustic Charm by Cindy Cooper (release date June 2020) 

The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home  by Toni Hammersley  

Renewing Tradition: The Architecture of Eric J Smith by Eric J. Smith 

Soul of the Home: Designing with Antiques by Tara Shaw  (release date April 2020) 

Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to Love the Feeling of Being Home 

by Liz Marie Galvan  

The Well Adorned Home: Making Luxury Livable by Cathy Kincaid 

Restoration House Creating a Space That Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter  by Kennesha Buycks  

Country Brocante Style: Where English Country Meets French Vintage

by Lucy Haywood  

Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House 

Little Farmstead Living: Creating a Country Life Just Past the City Limits  by Julie Thomas 

The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersly 

If You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or the Blog, here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To…

Secretary Makeover in Cartouche Green 

Winter Nesting Ideas & Cozy Winter Home Tour Blog Hop

How to Make Pantry Storage Drawers 

Valentine’s Day Tablescape and Blog Hop 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of January…

  • Declutter Kitchen Counters/Coffee Bar (Week of Jan 4)
  • Organize Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers (Week of Jan 11)
  • Clean Out/Organize Pantry & Spices (Week of Jan 18)
  • Clean Out/Organize Refrigerator & Freezer (Week of Jan 25)

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember & Upcoming Posts…

  • 01/18 – National Use Your Gift Card Day
  • 01/20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 01/23 – National Pie Day
  • 01/24 – National Compliment Day
  • 01/25 – Chinese New Year, The Year of the Rat Begins
  • 01/26 – National Green Juice Day
  • 01/27 – National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 01/28 – Plan for Vacation Day
  • 01/31 – National Hot Chocolate Day

That’s all for now!

As always, we appreciate you so much and we hope your weekend is peace filled and relaxing.  We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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