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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SIL Sisters in Christ: Standing United


Hello sweet ones! It's a cold and dreary day outside here in Sydney, however, I am so ready to get stuck into God's word with you. This week we're up to John 17 in our Jesus 101 series and this is perhaps one of my favourite glimpses into Jesus's life as he reveals to us the importance of prayer. 

You see, Jesus knew He had but hours to live - but instead of moping or rebelling or crying Himself to sleep, he took the time out to pray with His disciples. 

When you think about it, when we know death it tends to bring our priorities into focus. All of a sudden we figure out what's really important in life and who really means the most. 

Jesus knew He was facing death and He used those final moments to pray - and that prayer can be broken down into three very succinct sections; 
  • Jesus prayed for Himself (John 17:1-5)
  • Jesus prayed for His Disciples (John 17:6-19) 
  • Jesus prayed for us (John 17:20-26) 
But today, I want to focus on one very thing that Jesus prayed for us - unity.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Punny Valentine: 40+ Punny Valentines Gift Ideas with FREE Printable Gift Tags!

My Punny Valentine: 40+ Punny Valentines Gift Ideas with FREE Printable Gift Tags!

If you've been reading Southern In-Law for a while, you would have realised that I'm a bit* of a dork - and obviously that means I LOVE puns too!

So when our friends at The Reject Shop asked me for some Valentines Gift Ideas, I knew exactly what I needed to put together....

The Ultimate Punny Valentines Gift Ideas list. 

*Understatement of the century.

My Punny Valentine: 40+ Punny Valentines Gift Ideas with FREE Printable Gift Tags!

And that's exactly what I've put together.

40+ Punny Valentines Gift Ideas on a budget, free Valentines Printable Gift Tags, a super simple How-To Create Your Own Cellophane Treat Bags and there's plenty of gift ideas for everyone in your life - from candy focused gifts to non-food valentines gift and small gift ideas for friends and everyone in-between. 

So let's get onto the fun, shall we?!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Recipe: Secretly Skinny Peanut Butter Biscotti

Secretly Skinny Peanut Butter Biscotti - low fat, low sugar, gluten free, clean eating friendly, healthy biscotti recipe

I was a bit of a goody two shoes when it came to school. Generally speaking, I did all of my homework, got brilliant grades, behaved in class and only ever had one detention - but there was one time I thought I was surely going to be kicked out of the school and never allowed back in again. 

I was probably about thirteen, only in year seven and in the home economics room working on a "prac". "Pracs" were just practical lessons where we actually got to cook instead of talk about the theory behind it or work on boring classwork. 

Naturally, prac lessons were my favourite. I've always been someone who loved to bake and cooked so I loved being able to bake and cook and call it "school work" - but on this day, I thought my life was ruined.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Biscotti Recipe - low fat, low sugar, gluten free, clean eating friendly, healthy biscotti recipe

Here was little Kristy and her food tech partners, baking up a batch of deeeeeeeeeeelicious biscotti and all was right with the world - until we began to cut it. 

We were using electric knives to saw through the biscotti's thick crust and all of a sudden plumes of black smoke began to billow out of the back of my knife. Oh no, oh no! She's going to kill me - I've broken the school's knife. 

I started to panic internally.... what do I do? 

Do I put the knife back in the drawer calmly and pretend like nothing ever happened?

Oh no wait, it might set on fire - and then the whole school would be set on fire and it would be all my fault - and surely those police detectives would be able to trace the clues and find my fingerprints on the knife, wouldn't they?

What do I do what do I do what do I do...... 

"Um... MISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!" the students cry for help... 

Healthy Peanut Butter Biscotti Recipe - low fat, low sugar, gluten free, clean eating friendly, healthy biscotti recipe

I didn't get kicked out of school and the teacher laughed at my panic over an ancient electric knife - but after all that fuss I decided that I would never ever make biscotti again because, whilst delicious, I wasn't going to take my chances with breaking something else.

Well... that never ever lasted quite some time - but a couple of months ago I decided to try my hand at biscotti again and had some deeeeeeeeeeeelicious successes. This recipe is ridiculously delicious and won't break your knife - instead, you'll find you have delicious jhealthy peanut butter biscotti in no time at all that's ready to dunk into your favourite cup of tea or coffee or devoured on its own. 

These aren't super sweet (though there is the option below to make them sweeter) but they are justttttt right and super crunchy with a delicious peanut butter flavour. Dip them in chocolate for a special treat or leave them as is - the choice is yours!

So let me share the recipe with you! >>

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Six Sentence Sunday: 25th January 2014


Ohhhhhhh how I love the weekends - but oh how I love long weekends more as I feel like I can fit so much more in (well... er... because I can... derp)


After a pretty meh morning (getting blood tests and feeling absolutely exhausted due to my low iron levels), Jesse and I decided to improve our weekend with a backyard picnic dinner which was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy better than any normal dinner (snacky dinners FTW) as I didn't feel like cooking :P 

Today we've had a day full of fun and friends with church this morning, a barbecue lunch with friends post church and then we had some friends over for a swim this afternoon as it is H-O-T!

Tomorrow we've got the day off for Australia Day (hooray for national public holidays!) so we're having a barbecue with my Uncle and Cousins to celebrate in a relaxed but fun way. 

And it must be some kind of a Christmas summer miracle as I've been in the pool twice this month :P (I hate swimming and bodies of water and never ever go in the pool :P) 

But now I'm off to try something completely new for dinner as I'm going to try my hand at making a Kristy-friendly Sang Choi Bao (Sung choi bao? Asian lettuce cups?) so wish me luck!

But tell me, how has your weekend been?
And what's on your dinner table tonight?
And do you like swimming in the summer time (someone tell me I'm not a complete weirdo!)?

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