Saturday Seven- No Cook Meals

We all have those days when cooking is just not on the menu. Whether it’s too hot, there’s no time or we’re dead on our feet, it’s all the same– our people have to eat, but we wonder how it’s going to happen. Instead of swinging through the drive thru or calling for take out, try one of these crazy easy no-cook or “very little cooking required” meals. They come together in a snap and are so full of flavor, they will soon become your family favorites no matter what the temperature or your schedule is! SATURDAY SEVEN: BEST...

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Creamy Mocha Popsicles

If you loved fudgesicles growing up, you’re going to flip over these rich & creamy Mocha Popsicles.  Bold coffee marries smooth chocolate and celebrates summer on a stick.  There’s nothing better than this cold & refreshing version of a chocolate-y coffee break on a hot afternoon or after dinner! What You Need To Make Creamy Mocha Popsicles strong coffee instant chocolate pudding mix (dark chocolate) milk whipped cream topping It’s no secret that I love coffee.  A daily cup or two is what it’s all about.  I look forward to it.  It makes me happy to hold that cup,...

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Refreshing Strawberry Iced Tea

When the weather heats up, we start looking for delicious ways to cool down.  This refreshing Strawberry Iced Tea does more than just hit the spot on hot days, it’s pure cool enjoyment in a glass. Made with macerated fresh red berries, this easy strawberry tea doesn’t require any simple syrup.   Get ready for a new summer sipper favorite!  What You Need To Make Strawberry Tea: strawberries sugar 4 family-sized tea bags 6 C water strawberries & mint to garnish  What I love about this simple recipe is that it practically makes itself!  Yes, you have to slice the...

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Saturday Seven- Delightful Pineapple Dishes

The pineapple is the southern symbol for gracious living and hospitality.  And oh, how delicious it is!  Tall and sweet, with its pine cone-like exterior and over the top crown, the pineapple is the perfect fruit to dice up, slice up, mix up or cook up & help us enjoy that golden friend we call summer.  SATURDAY SEVEN- Delightful Pineapple Dishes Click the photos or titles to visit each recipe and print a recipe card! Pineapple Pretzel Fluff | Spicy Southern Kitchen Hawaiian Popper Crescent Rolls | Southern Discourse The Best Pineapple Cheese Ball | The Country Cook Pineapple...

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Simple Place Setting for Spring

Easter, Mother’s Day and brunch all deserve a table well set, but that doesn’t mean it has to be fussy! This simple place setting in white and other neutrals shows off the elegant freshness of spring. Even though this place setting showcases some lovely farmhouse neutrals, let’s not forget that spring is also full of vibrant color! A gorgeous bunch of orange and peach Alstramarium from the local grocery store in a white milk pitcher offer just the right burst of color. Egg cups with large brown eggs are nestled in little grapevine wreathes. What’s more spring than eggs...

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Woodland Easter Tablescape to Celebrate Spring

New leaves are unfolding; plants are sprouting; flowers are blooming- like little mini celebrations complete with party hats and confetti popping up all along the landscape.  It’s those kinds of celebrations of life and starting again that inspired this year’s woodland Easter tablescape.  Don’t you just get excited about Easter?  I’m not talking about Easter bunnies, baskets, or bevies of colored eggs (though those are fun too).  I mean the real deal Easter.  Capital E.  Jesus.  New life.  Second chances.  Renewal. The stuff that is really something to get excited about!  This woodland Easter tablescape is a simple, but...

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Host a Spring Dessert Bar

A spring dessert bar is nothing to sneeze at.  Ha!  A pollen joke.  I couldn’t help it.  Seriously, y’all the yellow stuff is everywhere! For this special post, I got together with Morgan of M&M Event Rentals and The Blessing Barn in Humboldt, TN to brave the pollen and put together the cutest little dessert bar party you’ve ever seen.  I am not kidding.  Just wait until you see it for yourself.  Yummy sweets, Kate Spade stripes, bright spring colors- it’s just the kind of get-together that let’s you do what you do best, focus on your guests. Dessert...

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Fresh and Easy Outdoor Easter Table

Gosh, I’m glad for spring!  Aren’t you?  Me and mine have been positively reveling in all the green!  Dogwoods and azaleas and tiny leaves popping open… Ahh, makes me feel like a brand new person.  And to celebrate, I’ve got a fresh and easy outdoor table setting full of vintage southern charm that is just perfect for that Easter meal right around the corner.  That’s right!  Easter is just 11 days away.  Have you started planning yet? Easter is my favorite time to plan our first outdoor meal of the year.  Usually we have ham, sometimes fried chicken, paired...

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Abortion- It’s Not What You Think

I was recently inspired by one of Julie Anderson’s Facebook posts.  I asked Julie if she would share her story here.  The result is the collaboration below.  This is Julie’s 2nd guest contribution to ASD.  To read more about Julie, see her bio below. When I was in grad school in the mid-1990s, I attended a small church on the other side of town. As I crossed town, my Sunday mornings’ drive was a quiet one. The empty streets framed by empty sidewalks I traveled bore little resemblance to the student-filled, noisy streets of the night before. And every...

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How Overparenting Cripples Their Faith

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3: 5-6 When it’s time to let them go, you learn a whole lot about what kind of parent you really are.  Many of you know or have heard me share that my first child is going off to college this fall.   Actually, she moves into her dorm exactly one month from today.   One.  Month.  Letting go has been easy in some respects and in others, well, much harder than we expected. ...

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Friends: It’s Something You Do, Not Something You Have

Growing up, my mom always said if you want to have a friend, you have to be a friend.   And she was right.  Proverbs 18:24 says that “a man who has friends must himself be friendly.” Now that I have kids of my own, I hear a lot about ‘having friends’ … or not ‘having friends,’ who’s friends with who, who’s not friends at all, and so and on so forth depending on what’s going on in the world of junior high and high school. And in return, I hear myself saying those same words my mom used to...

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You Can Keep Your Desert Season. I’ve Got a Well.

Let’s talk about the dry times.  You know what I mean, those awful times in our Christian walks when we feel stale, lifeless, unproductive, maybe even pointless.  Maybe we feel like everything is a struggle.  We feel tired with nothing else to give.  Worse yet, we might not be able to feel God’s presence.  In fact, He might even feel so distant we find ourselves wondering if He even exists. If you’ve walked with Christ very long, you’ve probably experienced some of what I’m talking about.  Some people call it being in a spiritual desert or a wilderness season. ...

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Monday Coffee Break #44

Do you have your coffee cup? I do! It’s a rainy Monday morning at my house as a tropical depression hovers over most of the southeastern United States. Talk about gloomy. Makes me just want to crawl back in the bed. Isn’t it so true that a rainy Monday can just suck all the excitement out of a new week? But I think we should decide together not to let the weather or our circumstances get us down. Throw those covers back, girl! Wet or not, the week is still out there, waiting for US to make something of...

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Monday Coffee Break #43

Do you have your coffee cup? I do! I so look forward to our time together on Mondays! You know the heart of Southern Discourse is to be a place where you feel at home, a place where you are encouraged and inspired, where the conversations are honest and make a real difference.  And there is no better way to have those conversations than over a cup of good coffee. That’s why I created Monday Coffee Break.  So that you and I could sit down with our cups of coffee in our homes or at our desks, take some time...

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Southern Discourse is a place where you can find southern family dishes, along with special recipes and table settings.  We’re bringing connection & friendship back to the table by wrapping everything in the faith and grace from which true hospitality springs! … Read More