Habits of a Godly Woman

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“If you change your habits, you’ll change your life.” Thats how Joyce Meyer begins the introduction of her new book, Habits of a Godly Woman (FaithWords, hardcover). And who wouldn’t want to change their life for the better? Habits make up a big part of our daily life—what we think, say, do, and spend time and money on—even our attitudes, emotions, and reactions. We all have habits we’d like to break, and Meyer says that the good news is, habits can always be changed: “Every day you live, you have a chance to develop a new habit or to break a bad one and replace it with a good one.”

In this book of 25 short, easy-to-read chapters (you could use it as a devotional and read a chapter a day or just read it as you have time), Meyer explores many of the most important habits of a godly woman, whom she describes as being peaceful and confident, desiring to continue to grow in her relationship with God, and wanting be a blessing to others. Each chapter focuses on a godly habit and includes some Scripture references related to that habit (Meyer calls them “Habit Builders”). Some of the habits she writes about developing include the habits of Prayer, Gratitude, Positive Thoughts and Words, Generosity, Contentment, Confidence, Releasing Worries, and Excellence—and she includes lots of wisdom, practical advice, and examples from her own life that offer encouragement and hope.

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Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

I’m reviewing a new cookbook, The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook, and I’m also having a giveaway for two copies—2 winners will each receive a copy! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I am a big fan of Mac ‘n’ Cheese, but this is the first time I’ve made it myself—there really is nothing like homemade, especially if you make this recipe! The Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese is from the new Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook (hardcover, Grand Central Publishing) by Ashley Strickland Freeman and it is wonderful! It’s creamy, cheesy, and has an amazing buttery breadcrumb topping. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook is a keeper, too! All of the recipes include Southern staple Duke’s Mayonnaise as an ingredient, making the wide variety of dishes taste extra good! There are recipes for Breakfast and Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Sides and Snacks, and Desserts. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find: Breakfast Strata, Bananas Foster Bread, Peaches and Cream Crepes, Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Cottage Pie, Tarragon Crab Cakes, Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes, Sweet Potato au Gratin, Blackberry and Peach Crisp, Key Lime Pound Cakes, Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake…just a few of the many delicious things you’ll be inspired to make!

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Creamy Fruit Dip

Fresh fruit served with a sweet, creamy dip is great for a summer brunch, snack, or even a light dessert. And this is a ridiculously easy fruit dip that’s so good! It’s made with just two simple ingredients—marshmallow creme and fruit-flavored cream cheese. The marshmallow creme makes the dip really smooth and creamy. Serve this dip with a variety of your favorite fruit!

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Sweet and Juicy Blackberry Crumble

This is the first Blackberry Crumble I’ve made. I’m a big fan of blackberries, but had never made a crumble with them, so I looked at some different recipes and came up with my own version. Not having made one of these before, I wasn’t quite sure what a typical blackberry crumble was supposed to be like…mine isn’t as gooey as I thought it would be—it’s more sweet-syrupy-juicy. The blackberries have just the right amount of sweetness, with a little punch of flavor from the lemon juice, and the buttery, brown-sugar crumble topping is a great finishing touch. I like using oats in the topping, too—anything with oats always seems a little healthier to me! 🙂

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Vintage Brownies

These brownies could very well be the type of brownies your mom or grandma used to make. My friend Greg told me about these brownies, and here is how I came to make them (in pre-Covid-19 days when I was working at the office):

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