Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Grace can be Amazing

Just some pics I've taken lately. Not much going on around here.

Banana Bread, tastes even better with some grass-fed butter on it. Recipe here.



Found the kids in the hallway with their video games and Bailey.



Nutmeg and Bailey locked in our bedroom. A friend was over fixing a broken heater pipe and we didn't want them barking at him while he was here. The big dog is loving to everyone, but the little one is not.



Twinkle in the basket we got him at the thrift store. Kitties love baskets!



I am starting on my gifts for PIF. I still have three open spots, come sign up! If you don't have a blog, or whatever, feel free to sign up too, just promise me you will do something nice for 5 people this year!

And lastly, I want to share this post from my pastor. Yes in the video the F word is said, but I hope you will ignore that and embrace the grace we all fail at with each other. Pastor Mike's message on Sunday was powerful. Listen here!

http://whyweeatourown.com/sherlock-holmes-uncovers-real-grace/

I am reminded of the story of the woman accused of adultery and the men who wanted her stoned. And Jesus said, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." We don't know what He wrote in the sand, but her accusers dropped their stones and left.




Monday, January 21, 2013

Impossible Pumpkin Pie



Impossible Pumpkin Pie (no crust!)

2 cups pumpkin puree (or one 16oz can)
1 can evaporated milk
2 TBL butter (softened)
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup quick mix (or Bisquick)

In your blender add: pumpkin, evaporated milk, butter, vanilla, and eggs. Blend well. Add the sugar and spices. Blend well. Add the quick mix last. Blend well.

Pour mixture into a greased pie pan. (I grease with organic or grass-fed butter.)

Bake in a pre-heated 350F degree oven for 50-55 minutes or until you can pull a clean knife out while testing.

Let cool before serving. Or refrigerate overnight.

*If you do not have a large blender (ingredients will overflow in a small one), you can use a handheld mixer, stand mixer, do it by hand, whatever. ;)

I have read that this recipe has been on the Bisquick box. I found the recipe here.

This pie is pretty good! I am super picky about crust flavor, so no crust is awesome. I will say that this pie could use a little more kick in the spices. Next time I will add 1/8 - 1/4 tsp ground clove and see if that helps.

I know it's not autumn right now, but pumpkin is good for you! (The evaporated milk is not, oops.) I love that I can whip this up super quick and pop it in the oven for dessert.



This pie holds up great with no crust. It also tastes even better the next day. (refrigerated).

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Bikes

For Christmas our children got bikes! Justin is an experienced rider, but Anabelle is not. She hasn't had a bicycle her size since she grew out of her toddler bike with training wheels years ago.

We took the kids to our elementary school parking lot, a nice *flat*, *no cars driving through* place to help Anabelle learn to ride. Justin's bike also needed gear adjustments and to make sure everything was working right. (His was used, came with new tires, but needed a little work done on it before it could be ridden. Thankfully hubby knows how to do that stuff!) And yes, they will be getting helmets!

Justin on his bike...



Daddy teaching Anabelle...



She faked a fall...



She doesn't know how to ride just yet. This day was very cold and the wind made it worse so we didn't stay out too long.


Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2

Friday, January 4, 2013

PIF 2013 ~ Come sign up!



Pay It Forward ~ a fun thing to do during the year to spread some love to another. Also a great way to be in mind of someone, to think about them and something they would love to receive. I love giving. Bringing a smile and some happiness to a friend always warms my heart!

If you would like to join in, here's how it works.

The first 5 people to comment on this post will be signed up to receive a gift from me sometime during the year. I won't tell you when, I won't tell you what it will be. It's a surprise! (I will email you for your address. Please do not post it in the comments for your privacy.)

I am not putting a mailing restriction on my PIF. Canada, UK, etc are not left out.

Those 5 people must also make the same offer on their blog and follow through with the giving. You don't have to send anything big or expensive. I suggest sending something you think the person would love. :)

Many other bloggers are doing this in the prim community. I signed up with Three Small Fry Primitives!


And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Luke 6:31

Thank you Barb and Trace!

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Barb! I just love this sweet Santa ornament she painted! He's been hanging out on my tree since his arrival before Christmas.



Thank you Barb for Santa! I just love him!!

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Today I received a box from Trace! Every day leading up to Christmas she posted questions and trivia for all to answer. It was a lot of fun visiting her blog to participate. Even though some sad things happened in December, I was glad she kept the Christmas fun going on her blog. After all the fun, she chose a couple people to send some love to, and I was one of them!

The kids and I were all excited to see what was in the box!



I love that the kids got some love too! And check out the woolie loves she shared with me! Even the new chicks I saw posted on her blog! The Yankee candles smell so good. The whole box smelled Christmas-y!



Thank you Trace for the goodies! I love them all!!

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7