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Java Whipped Cream

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You guys, I just made a brilliant discovery!

(Unless, of course, this idea is all the rage on the internet and I have just now discovered it for myself. In which case, I haven’t actually discovered anything, but let me have my moment of glory, would ya?)

Anyhoo, because I am out of both real coffee and my preferred half and half in which I add to my real coffee, I am now officially in survival mode when it comes to my addiction love of all things java.

Enter: whipped cream & instant coffee.

I put water to boil on the stove, filled a giant coffee cup with whipped cream (from a can – gasp!), and impatiently waited for my water to boil.

Seeing as how I always need to be doing something, I added my instant coffee granules to my whipped cream and began to stir them in.

As the granules started to dissolve, I knew I was on to something!

Sure enough, I tasted it and just as I thought – DELICIOUS!

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Here’s how I did it:

1. I used a 2-cup mug and filled it to the top with whipped cream.

2. I sprinkled 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules (actually this organic brand is pretty good & frugal!) on top and stirred them in.

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That’s it!

It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?

(I’m sure you could do this with homemade whipped cream, too. If you try it, come back and let us know how it worked!)

Now I have an excuse to make some brownies or chocolate cake so that I have something on which to eat said brilliant discovery. 

As if we really need an excuse for chocolate, right?

Enter my One-Bowl Healthier Chocolate Cupcakes! (If you haven’t tried these babies, you must. Healthier chocolate desserts mean you can eat more of them. I know – I love you, too.)

Be sure to benefit from my brilliant discovery and try this yourself.

It’s a great addition to your coffee, wonderful on top of ice cream, or a fun frosting alternative for your favorite dessert.

Enjoy!

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What do you think? Have you ever had Java Whipped Cream before?

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Feeling Weak, Writing Strong

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We’ve all heard the expression, “That’s easier said than done.”

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I write about saving money so that you can stretch the paycheck, get out of debt, or save for a financial goal that is important to you.

You know that I write often about how this life can be really, really hard, but that we can live with peace and hope because we know our God and He is always, always good.

I often share about my blessings because counting them reminds me of their abundance even when I forget.

When you read the words that I write, do you find yourself thinking, “That’s easy for her to say”? Continue reading →

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19 Ways to Cut Back an Already Bare Bones Grocery Budget

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Things just went from bad to worse. You got the call that your husband lost his job, the car needs major repairs, or another medical bill just found its way in your hands.

You’re already frugal but this news demands even more cutbacks. While it may seem that you are already doing all that you can to skimp and save sometimes you find yourself needing to cut back even more.

If you’ve found yourself in this position, I’m here to help.

I’ve recently had to reevaluate our already frugal lifestyle. I will admit to you that cutting back an already bare bones grocery budget isn’t fun or easy, but it is possible. Continue reading →

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How Obedience Sets Us Free

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My family and I recently spent a challenging week out of state in order for me to attend a Christian education training seminar.

It was 4 days and nights of intensive workshops, study, testing, and among other things, Bible recitation.

On top of long days, lots of homework, fighting a cold, and restless nights in a hotel bed, we were required to memorize this passage: Continue reading →

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Be Still

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“Be still, and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

I actually saw this Scripture reference over the exit of a barber shop one day. While I am familiar with the Scripture, I sometimes forget to allow it to have its way in my life.

I suspect you may have or have had this same experience in your life. I think we all suffer from it from time to time. It’s all about priorities in our life, isn’t it? We get so busy that we forget what’s really important. And before we know it things that we used to hold on to have slipped from our grasp.

It was A.W. Tozer who wrote that, It is characteristic of man to keep himself so busy that he is able to avoid the important matters relating to life and existence.” Continue reading →

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5 Promises for the Graduate

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Dear Graduate,

Congratulations on your achievement!

I don’t doubt that you have worked long and hard for this day and that you have anticipated the moment of your graduation with fervor, awe, exhaustion, and perhaps a bit of trepidation.

I don’t know what plans you have.

You might have the perfect internship lined up, perhaps you are already working at your dream job, or maybe you have no idea what tomorrow holds in terms of your future career.

Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, there is one thing I can promise you.

The future is uncertain. Continue reading →

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Tricky, Beautiful Relationships

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Relationships can be a tricky thing. They can be difficult and messy. They can cause us heartache and pain.

If we’ve been hurt in ministry, we can tend to pull back from the church as a whole.

When friendships have caused us heartache, we often choose to retreat.

Family lets us down and we learn to keep those closest to us at arm’s length.

We retreat to our safe corners, we set our fists in a defensive stance, and we harden our hearts because the pain…?

Well, the truth is that it hurts.

Self-preservation and the avoidance of pain are natural responses. Healthy relationships and proper boundaries are a good thing. But we must also take great care to tread cautiously when it comes to putting up walls that are intended to keep the hard things at a distance.

You see, growth happens as a result of difficulties.

Today, I am blessed to be contributing at Club31Women – one of my favorite blogs. Lisa Jacobson is an incredible writer with the ability to encourage women in our faith.

To continue reading this post, click here.

Her husband, Matthew, is also a talented writer with an ability to both challenge and encourage men and women in their walks. You can check out his inspirational blog here.

“You will know that you are my disciples when you love one another.”

-John 13:35

This post was shared on A Proverbs 31 Wife & the SDG Gathering.

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Not A Typical Mother’s Day

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Last Mother’s Day wasn’t spent in the typical way of previous years.

Usually, the hubby and kids attempt to make sure I don’t cook and that I certainly don’t do any dishes. We go to church and possibly attend lunch with the church family afterwards. Then, weather permitting, we celebrate the day in the great outdoors. If it happens to rain, we might go for a drive or make other special plans.

Not last Mother’s Day. Last Mother’s Day, I stayed home with Teen1 while Teen2 and Hubby went to church. I was caring for Teen1 as he was recovering from minor surgery just two days before.

As I sat with him on the couch watching WallE, I thought about what a typical Mother’s Day looks like. While the focus wasn’t on celebrating me that year, I was doing exactly what I was called to do. I was being a mom.

Watching him lie there, my thoughts drifted to other moms who weren’t having a typical Mother’s Day. Continue reading →

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A Letter to the Daughter I Never Had

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While I have been blessed with two amazing young boys, I haven’t had the privilege of bringing a daughter into this world.

I have an unborn child in heaven and I’ve always thought that she is a girl, but I can’t be certain of that. If that baby was a girl born from my womb, this letter is a portion of the truths I would have taught her as she grew up.

Some of you reading this know that I love and care for you deeply as well as your daughter. This letter is full of the things that I want your daughter to know because she means so much to me.

Some of you are my nieces, my cousins, and my sisters. This letter contains truths that will help you to find joy and freedom in who (and whose) you are. I pray that you will let these words into your life and change you because you are dearly loved.

Most of you reading this, I will probably never meet on this side of heaven. Though I don’t know you, I care deeply for you and for your daughter. It is for this reason that I have written this letter and that I am sharing it with you today.

Perhaps you feel as though you have failed your daughter as a parent, but I am here to tell you that it is never too late. The only thing bigger than the mistakes we have made in the past is not living to correct them for the future.

To the mother who feels she hasn’t taught her daughter well, this letter is for you. God gave you the daughter He did for a reason. He doesn’t make mistakes. Let Him hold you up where you fall short.

To the mothers of daughters everywhere, ponder these truths in your own life. Live them out for her by your example. Teach them to her that her life might be blessed.

To the Daughter I Never Had (and to Yours),

I am honored to be guest posting in a series called 30 Days of Love from a Mother’s Heart.

You can finish reading this post at Kaylene Yoder’s blog. She is a dear blogging friend with a heart for encouraging women to pursue wisdom and grace. To continue reading this letter, click here.

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Home

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It was one of those interrupted moments in life where God’s plans intercepted with ours.

We had spent the day in the big city in a neighboring town with more amenities than we are accustomed to. The grandparents were visiting, so we went to catch a movie, enjoy a meal, and do a little shopping.

The last stop on the list was our coveted treat at Dairy Queen before our more than an hour drive back home.

It was then that she crossed the street and stopped my husband from completing his turn to ask where the nearest park was so that she could pitch her tent to sleep for the night.

She wasn’t an old, homeless woman but a young traveler. Continue reading →

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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Who doesn’t love the union between peanut butter and chocolate?

Admittedly this isn’t the quickest or most frugal of my recipes, but when that craving hits, this one is sure to please. With options like almond flour, whole wheat flour, and applesauce, it is healthier than the favorite store bought candy.

I’ll give you the peanut butter cup version, but just in case you are looking to make yours into a traditional brownie, I’ll show you how to do it that way, too. Continue reading →

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Praying with Resurrection Faith

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As Easter was approaching this year, many of our Bible reading, thoughts, and discussions centered around the resurrection power that God has over what is the seeming finality of death.

Many of us find hope in the truth that because of Christ’s sacrifice, death truly has no sting for those who are in Him.

It is never something we look forward to facing, however.

This year these ideas permeated our thoughts in a deeper way than ever before. You see, we are facing what is possibly an impending death of sorts. Continue reading →

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Spiritual Spring Cleaning

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I love spring cleaning!

There is something about clutter in a small home that distracts me and causes a lack of peace. Chaos makes me uncomfortable.

Spring cleaning is a lot of work. I don’t enjoy the process, but I do it because I know the result will be worth it in the end.

This reminds me of my faith. Continue reading →

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Simple Skillet Pizza Crust

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I recently shared a recipe for The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make.

That recipe creates simple round loaves and baguettes, but it also lends itself well to one of my family’s favorites – Simple Skillet Naan Bread.

Another frugal favorite we enjoy often is pizza.

We love the texture of Skillet Naan Bread so much that I decided to try preparing pizza crust the same way. It was a hit and we have never looked back! We love the crispy texture that cooking it in the pan with oil gives as opposed to the traditional baked version. Continue reading →

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He IS Risen!

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Today we have great reason to celebrate!  He IS Risen!  He IS Risen indeed!

It’s not about a basket but a burden.

It’s not about chocolate but a cross.

It’s not about the ham but the healing.

We don’t seek eggs but eternal life.

It’s not about a rabbit but a resurrection. Continue reading →

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Growing In The Faith

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“Grow, dear friends, but grow, I beseech you, in God’s way, which is the only true way.”

-Hannah Smith

In Peter’s first epistle, he opens his letter by encouraging us in the living hope that we have in Jesus Christ and the incorruptible inheritance that is reserved in heaven for us.

He reminds us that we are called to live holy lives as a result of the redemption that was purchased for us by the precious blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.

He reminds us that we have been born again of incorruptible seed through the word of God which lives and abides forever. Continue reading →

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Imperfect Me

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I wrote this poem a few years ago after watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ for the first time.

While I was moved more than I can even begin to express by the portrayal of Christ’s incredible sacrifice, I was also struck by Peter’s agony at the cross.

I cannot imagine how distraught he must have been to realize that even after Jesus warned him about what he would do, Peter still denied that he knew Christ. (See Mark 14:29-31 & Luke 22:54-62).

As you read the words below, consider them not only from Peter’s perspective but from ours as well. Continue reading →

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Anticipate Your Movements

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I love my chiropractor!

I have regular aches and pains that bring me to his office where he is always quick to fix me so that I can get back to living my life.

When I am really bad off, he sends me away with these words:

“Anticipate your movements for the rest of the day.” Continue reading →

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“The Best Mashed Potatoes I’ve Ever Had”

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When my nephew, who was 15 at the time, was staying with us, I made these mashed potatoes for dinner one evening. They got their name when he enthusiastically exclaimed, “These are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had.”

From then on, I couldn’t make enough of these to keep that boy content! Continue reading →

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The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

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This bread recipe will change your life!

We’ll maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but it will certainly transform your bread making experience.

If you’re a beginner, this is the perfect place to start.

If you enjoy homemade bread but you’re short on time, this is the recipe for you.

It’s simple, quick, and requires no kneading. It uses only 4 ingredients and it can be made with 100% whole wheat flour, all white flour, or a combination of both. Continue reading →

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