Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankfulness During the Wait

One thing that is been very helpful to me during times of wait is to keep a “Thanksgiving Journal”. Basically you take a moment each day and write one or two things you are thankful for in a pretty notebook, or keep the document on your computer or your phone. It helps during times of wait, to be able to look back and see all the wonderful things that God has done for you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My Seester, with the Stink Shirt . . .

Erica used to be an annoyance. She would tattle on me in a heartbeat, throwing me "under the bus" repeatedly (at least, that's how I remember it). She was always the chaperone when I went on dates, but I realized quickly that she could be bought off with candy! LOL
We fought like all siblings do, but something "happened" when I went to college. She went from being my nemesis, to being my friend. As we have grown older, our relationship has grown and developed. I can honestly say today that she is one of my best friends in the world. She is stylish, crazy talented, compassionate, and loving.
She is an awesome daughter, a wonderful sister-in-law, and amazing aunt, and is going to be a spectacular mom very soon (as soon as her adoption is approved). 
Today, I would like to wish my amazing sister the happiest of birthdays. I hope your day is as wonderful as you are sis! I love you.

Buttery Sweet Bread

I have had this recipe for years (so long, in fact, that I cannot remember the source) and used it for many different things. It makes a great loaf bread, it also makes spectacular cinnamon rolls. Just make the dough as normal, roll it out, fill it up with cinnamon and sugar, and then make a basic cream cheese glaze to go on top when they're done…

I only use my bread machine for the dough cycle. I let it rise in the pan, and then roll it over to my bread pans, let it rise, and bake it in the oven. I like the texture a lot better this way.

Buttery Sweet Bread
1 1/2 pound loaf
  • 1/2-cup milk
  • 1/3-cup water
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1/4-cup butter or margarine, cut into small cubes
  • 1-teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/3 cups bread flour
  • 1/4-cup sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
To make in the bread machine: 
Add ingredients to bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer. (Mine suggests that I put all the dry ingredients in first, make a well in the flour mixture, and then add the wet ingredients in the well, making sure that anything warm does not get near the yeast.) Set to "dough" cycle.

Remove from bread maker at the end of  the dough cycle. Place in prepared bread pans and let rise. (Makes 2 loaves.)

Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Brush melted butter on top while bread is still hot. 

Let cool before slicing (if you can)! 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Praising in the Waiting

How many times have I lost my song during "waiting times?" 
Lord, help me keep my song, even when all I can do is hum . . .


Praising in the Waiting

How many times have I lost my song during "waiting times?" 
Lord, help me keep my song, even when all I can do is hum . . .


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Easy Italian Breadsticks

The time of soup and chili is *finally* upon us. Not many thins pair with soup like homemade bread and if you are like me, there's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baking bread. Here's a recipe I found over at Money Saving Mom's site that's easy (you use your bread machine to do the work!) Try it the next time you need breadsticks and let me know what you think!

Easy Italian Breadsticks

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Place ingredients in your bread machine in order listed. Run the dough cycle. When complete, divide the dough into 12 balls and form into 4-6-inch ropes. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes or until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Mix the butter and parmesan cheese and brush over breadsticks as soon as they come out of the oven.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wait and See!

I am loving the new Bible Study I started on Monday... It's called Wait and See by Wendy Pope. You can learn more about Proverbs 31 ministries online Bible studies here:

Friday, October 21, 2016

Prayer is the portal . . .

I am reading FerVent: A Woman's Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer. 
Here's a link to the book on

I have been using my "method" of reading that I outlined in my previous post and have listened to/read the first three chapters about five times each. There are MANY great quotes, but this is the one that has gripped my soul for the past week. 
"Prayer is the portal that brings the power of Heaven down to earth.” 

Do I truly believe this?
Does my life bear this out? 
Do I PRAY like this is a fact?

Lord, restore my passion for YOU. Renew my love for you. Revive me!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

For the Love of Reading . . .

I have always enjoyed reading. As a child and then later as a teenager, I could be found devouring most any work of Christian fiction. I spent hours reading my fair share of the Sugar Creek Gang series, and the Love Comes series by one of my teenage favorite authors Jeanette Oke. There's something to be said for allowing your mind to explore new places and ideas held within the covers of a good book. 

As I grew older, the desire to read didn't fade, but the time I had to read did. I would see a book with a cover that intrigued me, purchase the book, take it home, open the cover and smell the pages (don't tell me that you don't do that . . .), read the first chapter or maybe two, and then fall asleep! The book would sit on my nightstand, be dusted every week, and then eventually be put back on the shelf with the other books that had the same fate. So here I was, a shelf of very attractive covers, collecting dust.

A few months ago, something "clicked" inside my brain. I think it was reading this article from blogger Tim Challies that helped the proverbial lightbulb come on over my head. Why did I have to limit myself to just reading? Spring boarding from the tips in the article, I began to look into using audiobooks. I use the audiobooks in a couple of different ways. 
  1. Simply listen. In the car, at the gym, at the park, getting ready for work. . . wherever you have a few minutes, listen.
  2. Listen (x10). I like to take a section of the book (a few chapters at a time) and listen to it several times. It seems that when I do this, I hear something new every single time. 
  3. Listen (faster). I listen to the audiobook on 1.5 speed. 
  4. Listen and read. This is the method I enjoy the most. I try to get a copy of the book, and then follow along with the reader. I read with a highlighter in hand and notebook nearby. I write in the margins, put favorite quotes on sticky notes. 

If you would like to try to Audible, click here. First-time customers will get a free audiobook. If you'd like to try this method, it will give you an opportunity to try it for free (especially if you already own the hard copy of the book).

Since April (when I read the article), I have finished 5 books. Now, to some of you, five books is not much. But for this girl who was falling asleep reading magazine articles, five books is quite the giant leap.

Am I going to win an "I Read the Most Books this Year" contest? No. 
Am I getting back to reading? Yes. 
Am I growing as a Christ-follower? Yes.

This method is a win in my book!