Archives for September 2012

Scripture Sunday

Here is a little peek at a couple of my devotionals this week…  So good!!  We are loved by an almighty God who sent His son to die for our sins and He hates sin so much!!  He hurts when we hurt and He’s sympathetic when we grieve.  He pours out His unfailing love on us day in and day out, even when we least deserve it!  God is in control and He is Lord of all!!  He is Redeemer, Healer, our Abba Father.  May we all use everything that comes into our lives for His glory! 🙂

 

 

 

Pictures…

It’s been an extremely busy couple of weeks and so to be quick this morning I wanted to share a couple of pictures from the past week…  Hope you all have a blessed day!! 🙂

 

Flowers from my amazing husband! :)

 

 

It never rains at Autzen Stadium! 🙂 GO Ducks!
We beat Arizona 49-0

 

 

My snuggle bug Chloe

 

 

My snuggle bug Cocoa

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Friday: Shopping Day

Shopping Day

 

 

Inspirational Thursday

Recipe: Zucchini Bread

The boys and I baked zucchini  bread for their teachers this week and it was delicious…  I always love any kind zucchini bread, with nuts or without, and I also love chocolate zucchini bread.  Mmm mmm.  Here is the recipe.  You must try it!

 

INGREDIENTS
3 cups shredded zucchini (2-3 medium) – wrung out so there is no excess liquid
1 2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil (or unsweetened apple sauce)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
4 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour (or wheat flour)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

 

DIRECTIONS
Move oven rack to middle position and heat to 350 degrees.
Grease bottoms of two loaf pans.

In large bowl, stir zucchini, sugar, oil (or applesauce), vanilla and eggs until well mixed.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Divide batter evenly between 8-inch pans.

Bake loaves for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick you insert comes out clean.
Cool in pans on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on cooling rack.
Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing.
Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

 

 

 

~Boasting~

This song is soooooo AMAZING!!!  LeCrae has it right on in this song…  The only thing that matters in this life is a relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Everything we do should be to glorify Him and we can’t do things in our own strength…  Only through His strength through us!  We are to boast only in Him and live a life that reflects to Him, our praise. To God be the glory!

‘Boasting’ by LeCrae

Chorus:
If this life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can’t hear you, feel you,
’cause I need you. Can’t walk this earth alone.
I recognize I’m not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone.

Verse 1:
With every breath I take, with every heart beat,
Sunrise and the moon lights in the dark street.
Every glance, every dance, every note of a song.
It’s all a gift undeserved that I shouldn’t have known.
Every day that I lie, every moment I covet
I’m deserving to die, I’m just earning your judgment.
I, without the cross there’s only condemnation.
If Jesus wasn’t executed there’s no celebration.
So in times that are good, in times that are bad,
For any times that I’ve had it all I will be glad.
And I will boast in the cross. I boast in my pains.
I will boast in the sunshine, boast in his reign.
What’s my life if it’s not praising you.
Another dollar in my bank account of vain pursuit.
I do not count my life as any value or precious at all.
Let me finish my race, let me answer my call.

Chorus:
If this life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can’t hear you, feel you,
’cause I need you. Can’t walk this earth alone.
I recognize I’m not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone.

Verse 2:
Tomorrow’s never promised, but it is we swear.
Think we holding our own, just a fist full of air.
God has never been obligated to give us life.
If we fought for our rights, we’d be in hell tonight.
Mere sinners own nothing but a fierce hand.
We never loved him, we pushed away his pierced hands.
I rejected his love, grace, kindness, and mercy.
Dying of thirst, yet, willing to die thirsty.
Eternally worthy, how could I live for less?
Patiently you turn my heart away from selfishness.
I volunteer for your sanctifying surgery.
I know the spirit’s purging me of everything that’s hurting me.
Remove the veil from my darkened eyes.
So now every morning I open your word and see the Son rise.
I hope in nothin, boast in nothin, only in your suffering.
I live to show your glory, dying to tell your story.

Chorus:
If this life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can’t hear you, feel you,
’cause I need you. Can’t walk this earth alone.
I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone.

Bridge:
Glory was solely meant for you, doing what no one else could do.
With All I have to give, (With all I have to Give) I’ll use my life, I’ll use my lips. (My Lips Yeaaa)
I’ll only glory in your Word. What gift to me I don’t deserve.
I’ll live in such a way that it reflects to you my praise.

Chorus:
If this life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can’t hear you, feel you,
’cause I need you. Can’t walk this earth alone.
I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone.

Recipe: Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

I saw these bad boys on Molly’s Blog originally and knew I had to try them!  🙂  I used my own chocolate chip cookie recipe though and used original NOT double stuffed oreos and they were delicious and the kids loved them!  Here is the recipe…

 

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package Oreos (regular or double stuff)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, then chocolate chips.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo cookie.  Take another scoop of dough and place on the bottom of the Oreo cookie.  Press and cup in hand to form a ball, and seal the edges together, so the Oreo is completely covered (I left them open and they turned out fine).  Place onto your silpat baking sheet and bake cookies for 9-13 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Spoken Word

I saw this a few months ago and loved it but have never shared it…  I just love how it portrays Jesus…  To Him be the glory!

 

Here is how Jefferson describes his poem:
A poem I wrote to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it’s core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered. This poem highlights my journey to discover this truth. Religion either ends in pride or despair. Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can’t do your own list of rules and feel “not good enough” for God. With Jesus though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don’t represent yourself and His sacrifice is perfect putting us in perfect standing with God the Father.

 

The Husband Project

 

A few friends and I have started the book The Husband Project By Kathi Lipp.  I’d love it if you’d join us in this journey as we pray for our husbands and encourage each other in our marriages…  We are doing one ‘project’ a week  and checking in with each other for accountability as we daily love our husbands ‘on purpose’ and appreciate our men for who God made them and deeply challenge each other to be better wives.  🙂  I’m praying for an awesome marriage revival with a renewed passion and a re-energized love!

 

 

 

Here is what the publisher says about the book:

Keeping a marriage healthy is all about the details–the daily actions and interactions in which husbands and wives lift each other up and offer support, encouragement, and love. In The Husband Project women will discover fun and creative ways to bring back that lovin’ feeling and remind their husbands–and themselves–why they married in the first place.

Using the sense of humor that draws thousands of women a year to hear her speak, Kathi Lipp shows wives through simple daily action plans how they can bring the fun back into their relationship even amidst their busy schedules.

The Husband Project is an indispensable resource for the wife who desires to

  • discover the unique plan God has for her marriage and her role as a wife
  • create a plan to love her husband “on purpose”
  • support and encourage other wives who want to make their marriage a priority
  • experience release from the guilt of “not being enough”

The Husband Project is for every woman who desires to bring more joy into her marriage but just needs a little help setting a plan into action.

Recipe: Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

My go to peanut butter cookie that everyone loves is simply the recipe on the back of the Jif jar.  🙂 No secrets here because no other recipe I have tried has ever compared to  good ole Jif!  While we were on vacation I made my boys peanut butter cookies…  Here is the recipe taken from the Jif jar…

 

 

 Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
    Or 1/2 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

 

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly in a crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
  3. BAKE one baking sheet at a time 7 to 8 minutes, or until set and just beginning to brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.

 

 

 

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