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Did You Know You Can Freeze A Whole Peach?

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frozen-peachesIt’s true!

I read about it on one of my favorite blogs, Heavenly Homemakers. You can read Laura’s post here.

Shortly after reading her post, our family was blessed with a box of peaches that was turning quickly. We enjoyed them fresh, I experimented with several delicious recipes, and I knew I had to try freezing them whole. It is the easiest method I have found for freezing peaches. Continue reading →

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Contentment

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I wonder how many of us are truly content with the lives we have.

How much time do we spend grumbling, complaining, and wishing our lives were different?

Do we lie awake at night with worry, or rely on a substance to get us through the day?

Do we let our circumstances determine our attitude?

For most of us, times are tough. Whether we are dealing issues surrounding health, finances, or relationships, life isn’t always easy. Continue reading →

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Blogging For A Cause – An Update

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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”                                        ~Matthew 25:35-36 (ESV)

Just after starting my blog, I posted about an idea of how this blog could be used to raise money for one of my favorite charities. If you’d like to read that post, click here. Go ahead, I’ll wait for ya.

Would you like to know how much you’ve helped me raise? Continue reading →

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Buttery, Caramel-ly Peach Pancake Sauce

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When Our Thoughts and His Words Collide

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It recently occurred to me that there is a disconnect between the things I think and worry about and what Jesus has said in His Word. I worry about the dwindling savings, about retirement, about the future of my boys, and a host of other concerns. These are all things the world tells me I need to be concerned about. But what did Jesus say? Continue reading →

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Peach Flavored Simple Syrup

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I recently posted a recipe for Simple Fruit Cobbler. I’m sure enjoying coming up with fun ways to use my peaches.

We drink a lot of iced tea around here, so I thought it would be fun to make a Peach Syrup for a flavorful twist.

Simple syrups usually consist of water and sugar. The idea is that the sugar is boiled in the water in order to reduce the graininess of the sugar in your favorite beverage. They can have varying degrees of thickness based on the ratio of water to sugar. I went with a medium thickness here as I don’t prefer things to be too sweet. As usual, I will give you some options in the recipe.

If you have a bounty of summer peaches in your kitchen, be sure to give this a try. Continue reading →

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How To Stretch Buttermilk

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I use a lot of buttermilk!

While I don’t drink it, it’s my favorite milk for all baked products. I use it for pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones, cakes, etc. I also use it in my Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce and my Homemade Hamburger (or Hot Dog) Buns.

If I were to buy buttermilk from the store and use it in my recipes, as is, it would not be a very frugal option for my family. However, I have found a buttermilk hack! Continue reading →

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5 Reasons Why I Pray Before I Shop

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A few weeks ago, my Pastor’s wife and I headed ” the big city” to do some shopping. Our goal was to purchase groceries and board games for our upcoming Youth Night hosted by our church.

However, when one travels two and a half hours for a Costco, you can imagine I’m going to take advantage of that opportunity and do a little personal grocery shopping.

And so I prayed. I prayed for days before. I prayed not just for a safe trip, but for how I shop.

There are several reasons I do this: Continue reading →

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Simple Fruit Cobbler

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When your friends bless you with a box of peaches, well, you make cobbler and a host of other wonderful, summer dishes. We’ll get to the others later. Today, we’re talking cobbler.

There are about a zillion-and-one recipes on the web for fruit cobblers (and crisps). Mine is rather simple, but as always, I will give you a few ideas for fun additions to experiment with. Continue reading →

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How To Have A Mary Heart In A Martha World

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It’s such a short story, and yet it convicts me every time.

The Bible astounds me. Not only does God love us enough write a love letter to us, but His Word is living and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12). I can read the same passages over and over again and learn something new each time.

In a Bible containing 66 books, more than 1,100 chapters, and over 32,000 verses, these 5 somehow seem to jump off the page and smack me over the head each time I read them. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I know this story, intellectually, it can take great effort and discipline to live it at times.

In Luke 10:38-42, we find the story of Mary and Martha. I’m sure you’re familiar with it. Continue reading →

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No-Bake Energy Bites

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We had the privilege of enjoying a wonderful Father’s Day dinner with some very dear friends of ours. We were served BBQ beef sandwiches with homemade cole slaw and an incredible homemade berry pie complete with vanilla ice cream. The food was wonderful and the company even better.

In addition to all that wonderful food, my friend let me taste her No-Bake Energy Bites. Continue reading →

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My Life Song – Live Like That

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live-like-thatSometimes I am so laser focused on the to-do lists that I let the daily tasks of life dominate my thoughts and actions.

And then I listen to the song Live Like That by Sidewalk Prophets. The lyrics to that song inspire and encourage me in a way that causes me to zoom out and take a bird’s eye look at my life. From that view, I remember that I am a small part of something much greater.

Let’s consider the lyrics: Continue reading →

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The Only Tool You Need For Perfectly Boiled Eggs

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After my Grandmother’s Memorial Service, my mom, aunts, cousins, and I were going through her room cherishing our time together, sharing memories of her, and claiming the items that meant the most to us.

Among many precious things, my Aunt Patrice found a package with an egg timer in it. She laughed as she recalled how Grandma made sure all of her daughters had one in each of their kitchens. When I asked what it was, my aunt was surprised that my Grandma hadn’t given me one, so I got to bring that one home with me.

After using it for the first time, I was hooked. In all my years of cooking hard boiled eggs, I gave it my best, but I inevitably ended up with the greenish hue of the overcooked egg or a mushier-than-I’d-like center. Since using this timer for the last almost year and a half, they have come out perfect every time. Continue reading →

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Trimming Off The Suckers

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A few years ago, a friend of ours came to our home for a visit. Having been a very successful, avid gardener for many years, I was anxious for him to come see our first garden. I wanted him to tell me what I needed to do next and how I could improve. That is until, he whipped his knife from his hip.

He bent down to his knees to examine my tomato plants, which I was very impressed with due to their abundant and overflowing leaves. They had started out as tiny little plants and now they collided into one another until you couldn’t tell one from the other. Boy, was I pleased!

My friend, however, had a look on his face that told me his excitement wasn’t quite the same as mine. He explained to me that I had a bunch of “suckers” on my tomato plants and that they needed to be trimmed back. Opening his knife, he looked up at me and asked if I trusted him.

Of course I trusted him.

Right? Continue reading →

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Oatmeal Raspberry Muffins w/ Chocolate Chips

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When my family and I spotted a small patch of wild raspberries growing near the side of the road on public property, we made sure to go back to the area as soon as possible to pick what we could.

We ended up with about a half to three-quarters of a cup of small raspberries so I thought that the perfect use for them would be in a batch of homemade muffins. Judging by how quickly they were devoured, I would say it was a good idea.

Now I’d like to share the recipe with you. Continue reading →

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You Are The Reason

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The week before last, I wrote several posts about the idea that while preparing to teach Vacation Bible School to young children, I was reminded that God intends for the adults to be gleaning truths from His word as we are sharing them. Just because we are teaching doesn’t mean we aren’t learning.

Well, I’m back at it again this week.

Last Friday night, our church hosted a Youth Night complete with a spaghetti dinner and board games for all who wished to come fellowship. I gave a short devotion because I never want to miss an opportunity to share the gospel.

Like the previous week, I was reminded that I am never too old, never too familiar, never too well read that His truths do not continue to wash over me and bring me great comfort.

Let me share what I mean. Continue reading →

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Easy, Healthy Chickpea Salad

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This salad couldn’t be easier or more flavorful!

I’ve shared with you my recipe for Easy, Healthy Corn & Black Bean Salad. One day, I was cooking up a huge pot of Chickpeas (also called Garbanzo Beans) for my Chicken Pot Pie (recipe forthcoming). I thought it would be interesting to see if I could combine some of my favorite flavors and come up with a cold summer salad.

What I discovered is now a new favorite. Today I’d like to share the recipe with you so you can see for yourself. Continue reading →

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How To Find Peace When The Fires Rage

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As the worst fires in our state’s history rage a little too close to home, one cannot help but wonder about the what if’s. 

While I am choosing faith over fear, I cannot help but think practically about what we would do should evacuation, or God forbid, the loss of land, home, or property become a reality for us.

Continue reading →

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Blessings

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A dear friend, missionary, and fellow blogger shared recently a post she, too, called BLESSINGS. (You can click on the highlighted text to visit her site.)

Bonnie wrote about how much the word “bless” is used and she began to “ponder what does BLESS really mean to me.” She not only shared a few of her thoughts, but encouraged her readers to do the same.

Continue reading →

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What To Do With The Garlic Scapes In Your Kitchen

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I first tried Garlic Scapes earlier this year when my friend shared a jar she had pickled from her garden. (Thanks, Aemi!) Until then, I had never even heard of them.

Just a few weeks ago, my sweet friend and neighbor brought me a bag of them that she had purchased from the Farmer’s Market. (Thank you, Cheryl!)

Today I’d like to share with you what Garlic Scapes are and a few ways in which you can use them. If you grow your own garlic, you will be able to use a part of your plant that you may have previously thrown away. If you come across these at the Farmer’s Market or in your CSA box, you will know exactly what to do with them.

What is a Garlic Scape? Continue reading →

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Waiting For Power

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I hope that you have enjoyed this week of Vacation Bible School for grown-ups.

If you are just joining us, you can read the posts from earlier in the week – How Great Is My Faith?, The Result of Great Forgiveness, A Spiritual Rebirth, and The Importance Of Sharing Our Faith.

Today is our last day of VBS with the kids. It has been an exhausting, rewarding, challenging, and blessed week. I am so thankful to God for the opportunity for our community to come together to teach and encourage these children in their faith. I pray that you, too, have been blessed by what you have read here this week.

Today’s lesson comes from Acts 1:1-11. Our focus is that more than just telling others about Christ with our mouths; we need to show His love to others with our lives. Continue reading →

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