Saturday, March 21, 2015

One year older and wiser!

Birthdays are a big deal in our house. Today, Charlie Elizabeth turned TWO! :) Technically, she doesn't turn two until 1846, but we had a fun morning! It was the most relaxed party we've ever hosted and she was so excited about her party. Thanks for celebrating with us!
























Friday, December 5, 2014

Understanding the Beatitudes and how it relates to Christian Life


I've been participating in a bible study this fall called Sermon on the Mount, and it has been intense and wonderful. The woman leading it, Sue from On the Ottoman, has such a gift for looking at all things with God as the center focus. In fact, all of the women in this group have this gift. It's quite entrancing to be among such Jesus devoted and self-proclaimed messes, and realize that we are all in this fight together.

The Beatitudes came from the mouth of Jesus himself. They were, and are still, an ever present reminder of the blessedness our lives hold, and the promise of those blessings to come.

The woman I spoke of earlier, Sue, was explaining how she did not see, or feel, that the traditional high-rise bell curve was appropriate of a Christian life. In fact, it's the opposite and proclaims that striving is the key to success as a Christian.

Think about it, the image painted with the use of the bell curve is damaging. Starting at the bottom of the left bell curve is considered a starting point for us, before we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Then the climb is all the work and prayers we say, and whatever else one thinks will make them righteous in God's eyes.

Think of it related to the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14). The Pharisee was praying to God and thanking him for not making him like the other people. He also boasted about his works and fasting.

Then there's the tax collector, who was so ashamed of who he is and what his life has become, that he stands far back and begs for forgiveness. He begs for forgiveness, for he knows he is a sinner.

This scenario represents the bell curve, if you ask me.

Now, to the really good news. Sue, amazingly talented and creative Sue, came up with the most beautiful and elegant image of what the bell curve should look like for a Christian. I just made it pretty and digital to share with you all!

If you have more questions, I am here! And so is Sue. We'd love to meet you on your Faith journey!





Sunday, October 19, 2014

Super Simple Mickey & Minnie Costumes



Can you see the pure, elated joy on their faces? 

That look, right there, is going to get me in trouble. 

You see, I am very anti-character anything....no real reason other than personal taste. And so, when our little guy BEGGED to be Mickey AND for his sister to be Minnie, I couldn't deny his happiness.

This is what resulted, given my strong aversion to store bought costumes I tried hard to make it original and classic...

Anyway, here are the pictures of how I did it. You can also check out the cutest Fireman and Dalmatian Duo from last year, and the Sweetest Scarecrow costume from Cannon's first Halloween.






































Friday, September 26, 2014

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread





I said I was going to find a recipe for my all time favorite fall treat, and here it is, adapted from Pamela's Website!

I hope you enjoy it and share it will all your Gluten-Free Lovies.

They'll love you for it.

I promise! :)

Cheers!

What's in it?

Dry:
1 3/4 cup Pamela's Baking Mix (you can use all purpose flour just make sure it has xanthum gum in it and use baking powder)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

Wet:
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 can pumpkin puree

Extras:
1 cup chocolate chips

Mix it all up!

In a medium sized bowl, mix together Pamela's Baking Mix (or flour combo), cinnamon and nutmeg. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat eggs until frothy, add brown sugar and mix until creamy. Add vanilla, and pumpkin and mix well. Add the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until well mixed, scraping down the sides at least once. Fold in chocolate chips.

Spray or grease a 4 x 8" loaf pan well, pour in the batter and spread evenly in pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, the sides will be just starting to pull away from the pan (toothpick will be completely clean). Allow to rest in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.