“Back to School Batch” – It’s as Yummy & Addictive (though not as fancy) as “Amy’s Fall Mix” :-)

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Back to School Batch – Yummy and Addictive! SmellingCoffee.com

I’m craving fall, y’all.  Who’s with me?  But it’s still SO HOT!!!!!  Fall = cuter clothes… scarves… boots… jeans… pumpkin spice everything… reds, golds, warm cinnamon everything… and Amy’s Fall Mix!  But it’s not time yet.  Almost, but not yet.  Call me crazy, but I just can’t let myself concoct a big batch of that amazing Fall Mix until September.  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’ll definitely want to click here.)

However, the other day I needed to take something to a meeting for us to snack on, and as I was standing in front of the main ingredient in the “Fall Mix” pining after the deliciousness, the Lord gave me an idea for a quick and easy substitute to hold me over.  And y’all… it was GOOD!!!  And it only took 3 ingredients!  It wasn’t as fancy or pretty as the Fall Mix, but it was just as addictive, and would make the cutest of Back to School gifts for teachers and friends or coworkers.

So, I named it “Back to School Batch” 🙂

The 3 Ingredients?

Back to School Batch - Yummy and Addictive! SmellingCoffee.com

Back to School Batch – Yummy and Addictive! SmellingCoffee.com

Sam’s Choice Peanut Butter Trail Mix (1 bag. This comes from Walmart)

Reese’s Pieces (1 bag)

M&M’s (1 bag)

The easy instructions?

Toss together in a bowl & enjoy. Or share so others and bless them with the yumminess. 

Then hang on just a few more weeks…And soon pumpkin spice everything and Amy’s Fall Mix will be right around the corner. Yay!!!  😉

I want to leave you with an encouraging Truth from the Word to “snack on” today – it’s beautiful and heart filling:

The Lord is my strength and my impenetrable shield;
My heart trusts with unwavering confidence in Him,
and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I shall thank Him an praise Him.
Psalm 28:7 (Amp)

Have a blessed day, my friends.

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Monday’s Makes Me Smile – It’s Back! Kind-of – because we all need to smile this week! ;)


Hi friends. If you’ve been a regular SmellingCoffee reader, you’ll have noticed that one of my favorite features, Monday’s Makes Me Smile has been missing of late. (Actually lots of regular posting has been absent lately, but that’s just because I’ve been in that  season of last child heading to college – which happens later this week – but I digress.)

I’ll tell you why there hasn’t been a Monday’s Makes Me Smile in a while: it’s because of some confusion with picture and copyright issues.  Did you know that some of those funny picture memes that people pass around on Facebook, Pinterest, and in blogs, if used without permission, could get users in big trouble?  And around here, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

So, just maybe, I’ve found a way around it?  Not sure, but I figured that if I took screen shots of the pictures and shared my screen shots, maybe that could get around the issue?  I don’t know.  But for today, we’ll hope it works.  Because this is a week that lots of mamas need a little laughter.  Babies of all ages are transitioning into a new phase of life, which means that mamas and daddies and grandparents, etc are transitioning, too.  On top of that, so many are experiencing heartache, dealing with floods, tragedy, loss, unrest…(possibly it’s you?).  Though this silly post won’t change anything going on around us, maybe it will bring a little light-hearted joy to brighten your countenance and make you smile a bit on this Monday.

The Lord is there to rescue
all who are discouraged
    and have given up hope.

 The Lord’s people
    may suffer a lot,
    but he will always
    bring them safely through.
Psalm 34:18-19 (NLT)

 

A cheerful disposition is good for your health;
    gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
Proverbs 17:22 (The Message)

 

O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us lift up His name together.
Psalm 34:3 (AMP)

PS: The pics are full shots from my phone, so just pay attention to the picture in the middle. 😉

To start us off, in this pic below are three of my loves, too!  I think I need this shirt!!!

Haha! And this coffee mug, too!  Who else can relate to this life motto??? haha!

Or what about this one??

🙂

 



Who’s with me on this one?


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Just look at her… I love to drink my coffee and pet this baby!  This is Zoe… Our “empty nest dog” James got me several years ago.  She has some barking issues that we’re working on, but other than that, she is the sweetest little companion.  Zoe is a Bea-Tzu, which is a hybrid breed of a beagle (hence the barking) and a Shih-Tzu, and she makes me smile every day!  – And she happily lets me dress her, too! haha!!!)

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Let’s talk hair…Yep!  Especially in the Southern humidity…You?


hahahahaha!  I’m laughing out loud over the next one… Just imagining a couple of little twin boys I know and love…


Haha!


 

 

 

 



This next one is just the best… I’m truly chuckling just thinking about doing this in my yard! hahahaha!!!!!


True, Yes?



LOL!


hahahahaha!

Thanks to some FB friends who either sent me these pics or who unknowingly let me snag them from their posts. 😉

The last thing that makes me smile today and this week is what I found on a blog post I had saved from May, and finally got around to reading it over the weekend… at just the perfect timing.  We are packing up Abigail and taking her to Mississippi College this weekend.  Nathan is already there.  Then we will enter a totally new phase of life.  While rejoicing for our children and what they are gaining, I’ve grieved what we are losing.  And then again, I’m looking forward to what we are gaining… Then I read this and was blessedly reminded that this isn’t really about me as much as it’s about them.  

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Maybe someone else needs to be reminded of this, as well.  I’ve been reading it over and over, and it’s helping me smile bigger and bigger.  🙂

May the Lord bless and keep you, dear friends, and make His face to shine upon you… and give you His Peace as you step into this new week.  Praise the Lord that He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us, assuredly not! (from Numbers 6:24 and Heb. 13:5)

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Want to Pray 40 Scripture Promises for your Kids? Join the Challenge!

Introducing our New Praying the Promises Prayer Challenge!

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Y’all… I’m 3 days behind in sharing this with you, but we can catch up easily.  The challenge officially started on Monday, but a lot is going on in my home (kids… college… you know…) and I’m just now getting it together enough to post.  Grace, please?  😉  

Anyway, I was blessed with the privilege of getting to be an author in this 40 day prayer challenge, and it’s so exciting!!!  It’s hosted by ArabahJoy.com, but the first week of this challenge was written by me.  Read on for details.  It’s FREE, and you can sign up at the end of this post.  (And it matters not whether your children are 5 or 50! – these Scripture promises still ring true!)

It’s time to announce our BRAND NEW Fall 2016 Praying the Promises Challenge!

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The What:

Our 40-day prayer challenges are rooted in II Corinthians 1:20 which says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

We believe this verse teaches we should:

  • consciously know and understand the promises of God
  • regularly bathe our minds in the promises of God
  • deliberately give verbal affirmation to the promises of God.

 

The How:

The idea is simple:  We challenge ourselves to pray ONE scripture promise a day for 40 days. During the challenge, we provide you with 40 scripture promises to pray and instructions for how to pray them… then we watch God’s word transforms our lives!

 

The Why:

II Peter 1:4 says, “By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them (the promises!) you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

We believe Scripture teaches knowing and giving verbal affirmation to the promises of God is an important spiritual discipline that results in Christ-likeness in our lives.

We also believe it aids in personal spiritual growth, enhances our spiritual senses and discernment, decreases worry and anxiety, and trains us to see all of life through the lens of God’s character. This simple spiritual discipline guards against spiritual anemia.

 

The Invitation:

We invite you to join our Fall 2016 Challenge as this time, we pray God’s word specifically for our children! The LIVE community challenge begins August 8th and all you need to do is sign up below. We’ll deliver everything you need straight to your inbox!

Join the Challenge Here!


Just enter your email address in the box below, click the “yes, I want to pray!” box, then be sure and check your email inbox to confirm, and the challenge will be delivered to you via email shortly.  (There’s even a short video from me there.)

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I hope you’ll join me and thousands of others who are taking this 40 day challenge to pray for our children/grandchildren/nieces, nephews, other beloved ones, etc.  No matter how old our loved ones are, they need our prayers.  And because we KNOW that Scripture is always right and true, we can be assured that these next 40 days can make a tremendous impact upon their lives, and ours, as we pray these promises over our loves.

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