Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tour of Our New Florida Home

Welcome to the tour of our new Florida home! We're all settled in and super excited that you've come by to see our new place. We live in a community with some really nice amenities and I'll be sharing those with you today as well.

Tour of Our New Florida Home by MySweetMission.net
Come on in and let us show you around. Isn't our orange front door pretty? We just love it!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Holiday Baking Essentials - Guest Post at Little Homes and Big Hearts

Happy Friday everyone. I'm so excited that Michelle over at Little Homes and Big Hearts asked me to do a guest post about Holiday Baking Essentials! So, today I'm at her adorable blog sharing some great deals, information & tips on holiday baking essentials. And because gourmet cookies are my specialty, today's post is all about gourmet cookie making, just in time for the holidays!

Holiday Baking Essentials by MySweetMission.net
These are my Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies. They're a soft and chewy, buttery cookie that has the perfect combination of sweet and tart, because of the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries!

Besides sharing my favorite baking essentials, deals & tips, I'm also sharing our family's favorite Christmas cookie recipe that we make every year for the holidays!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thoughts - Balance Your Life #6

Hello and welcome to Balance Your Life, where we share interesting and helpful information on how to balance your life with your Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart. I'm so glad you're here and happy to have received so many nice comments about this series. Today I'm sharing on Happy Thoughts because they are so important to our mental and physical health. Having happy thoughts will help you get rid of the negative thoughts that can weigh you down and may even cause depression. The way we think and the thoughts we entertain are so very important to our overall happiness and health.

Happy Thoughts - Balance Your Life by MySweetMission.net
I took this picture at Melbourne Beach near our new home in Florida. We're pretty much settled in now, so my tour of our home is coming up soon!

People may look at John and I and think, "Wow, they retired young, moved to Florida and they bought a new beautiful home. Their kids love God and are in ministry, so they must have the perfect life." Well, we have a great life but we also have a missing piece to our picture. Our kids live in different states than we do, so we miss them all the time and we miss them A LOT!!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Pecan Pumpkin Bread with Warm Caramel Glaze

My Pecan Pumpkin Bread with Warm Caramel Glaze is shouting "Hello Fall!" I'm always creating new recipes and this pecan pumpkin bread is really delicious! It's a moist pumpkin sweet bread with a gooey, buttery caramel glaze. I think you're going to love it and I couldn't wait to share the recipe with you.

Pecan Pumpkin Bread with Warm Caramel Glaze by MySweetMission.net


Friday, October 03, 2014

25 Delicious Fall Recipes

Hello and happy fall everyone! In honor of this beautiful time of the year I'm sharing 25 Delicious Fall Recipes from some of my favorite food blogs, and a few from yours truly too! So, get ya a cup of coffee or tea and make sure to bookmark this page, because I think you'll want to come back from time to time and make some of these delicious recipes for your friends and family.


25 Delicious Fall Recipes by MySweetMission.net

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to Make Light or Dark Brown Sugar

It's a real disappointment when you start to make a recipe and you realize you don't have any brown sugar on hand. Right?! Well, rest assure friends because today I'll show you how quick and easy it is to make light or dark brown sugar. With just a minute of your time and a fork or whisk to stir, you'll have yourself some fresh homemade brown sugar. When I was a baker at Baxter's restaurant, many times I would go to use the brown sugar and it would be as hard as a rock, ugh! So, I would have to make my own brown sugar and today I'll show you this handy little baking tip.

How to Make Light or Dark Brown Sugar by MySweetMission.net

Monday, September 29, 2014

Balance Your Life Week 5 - Practicing Patience

Welcome to Week 5 of Balance Your Life, where our goal is to share interesting and helpful information on how to balance your life with your Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart. Today I'm sharing on practicing patience because many times in life we find ourselves going through difficult and challenging times where we need to show others patience. As the Spirit part of this series I've shared on Finding Peace, also Overcoming Fear and then we had Swap Week where I was the Heart part and shared a delicious Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup. If you missed it you will definitely want to get this tasty fall recipe, because it is so good!

Practicing Patience by MySweetMission.net
As a young child I learned the bible verses for the "Fruit of the Spirit". You may know these verses from Galatians 5:22-23 where patience (also know as long suffering) is one of them.

Recently we made a BIG move from Michigan to Florida. It wasn't just the distance that made this move enormous but we had three families to move at the same time. So, September has been a CA-RAY-ZEE month to say the least. The move included my parents, who we lived with while both of our new homes were being built, as well as my sister's family, who bought a house about 20 minutes from our new homes. We are all in our homes now and John & I were the last ones to close and get our keys, but we're all pretty much settled in.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Balance Your Life Week 4 - Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Welcome to Week 4 of Balance Your Life, where our goal is to share interesting and helpful information on how to balance your life with your Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart. This series has been a lot of fun so far and we hope you're enjoying it as much as we are. In my last Balance Your Life post I shared on Finding Peace where I talked about ways to add peace to your life and the week before I shared on Overcoming Fear. I sure hope you found these posts inspiring and helpful for your every day life. Today we're switching things up with SWAP Week and I'll be bringing you an amazing Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup just perfect for fall. Mmmm...it's so good!

Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup by MySweetMission.net
Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup brings feelings of fall warmth and savory goodness! I froze some pumpkin last fall when I was creating my post on how to prepare pumpkin for recipes, and thought it would be awesome to use in some pumpkin soup. I had never made pumpkin soup before so I did a search and found one that sounded tasty, made a few changes and used half and half instead of heavy cream, to make it a touch lighter. I have to tell you it was truly amazing!!

My Mom and I couldn't stop eating this delicious pumpkin soup and actually finished the whole thing! But, it makes a small batch and because it was our whole dinner with a piece of homemade bread it was perfect. The touch of homemade Cajun spice mix gives this delicious fall soup just the right little zesty kick.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Balance Your Life Week 2 - Finding Peace

Welcome to Week 2 of Balance Your Life, where our goal is to share interesting and helpful information on how to balance your life with your Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart. It's going to be a lot of fun and each of us four bloggers will share a different part each Monday. Last week I shared on Overcoming Fear, where I talked about trusting God to help you through difficult situations and changes like our big move to Florida.

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Here's our team:
I will be Team Spirit and will share an inspirational and encouraging message each Monday. Today's inspirational post is about Overcoming Fear

Our Team Mind is Millie & Kristina @ 2 Crochet Hooks. They will share easy crafts you can make from items found in the home, great book reviews, fun games and activities to build memory and some positive reinforcement exercises - things to get that mind moving!

Our Team Body is Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom. She has super easy exercises that anyone can do to get their body moving. Stop by and get to moving!

Our Team Heart is Shari @ Pure Grace Farms. She will be sharing healthy recipes with us, so go take a peek in her kitchen!

Balance Your Life Week 2 - Finding Peace by MySweetMission.net
Today, I'm sharing on Finding Peace because this is such an important part of being healthy emotionally, mentally and even physically. Without peace a person's mind can be tormented and may find themselves in despair and eventually even depression. John and I have a rule we try to live by, "If we don't have peace about something, then we don't do it". God can give you peace as you walk through life. Just ask Him and He will lead you and help you find peace. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A New Chapter, a Different State and a Brand New Home

Well, the time has finally come and tomorrow we leave for Florida! Life is full of adventures and John & I are approaching a new chapter in our lives. Both of us have lived in Michigan for many, many years. John has lived here his whole life and me since I was 3 years old. But since John retired we have been wanting, and tried a few years ago but it didn't work out, to move to Florida. But, this time it's actually happening. We sold our house here in Michigan recently and we're building a beautiful home in a great community in Florida. We're so excited, so I thought I would show you some pictures of the home we recently sold in Michigan. I would show you some of the Florida home pictures but it isn't quite finished yet. The walls inside and out still need painting, the grass and landscaping are not in and a few other finishing touches. But, once we get settled in I promise to give you the grand tour, so stayed tuned by following us on any of our social medias or by email.


A New Chapter, a Different State and a Brand New Home by MySweetMission.net
Our most recent home here in Michigan was an attached condo and it happened to be a short sale, so we got it for a great price. All we needed to do was put in new carpet and paint almost every wall. Our condo was on a quiet cul-de-sac in a nice community. We really enjoyed and loved this home a lot!

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