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Blueberry Loaf

The other day I went over to a girlfriends house while our kiddos were at VBS and she made this blueberry bread…
Oh MY goodness it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I asked her for the recipe and it is seriously just too easy and good not to pass on!
It is very simple and to die for delish!!!

I am baking another loaf as I type this because it’s just that yummy!  🙂

Let me know what you think, friends!

blueberry loaf

Blueberry Loaf

INGREDIENTS:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups blueberries (I used frozen from Costco) —————->  I even added them frozen bc that’s what my friend did 😉

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a loaf pan.

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Stir milk, oil, egg and vanilla extract into flour mixture until batter is just blended.
Fold in the blueberries and pour into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean, about 75-90 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.

Scripture Sunday

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formed with purpose

 

 

key

 

 

His presence

to be a christian

Baby Kenley’s Room

Our precious baby girls room is coming along so well…
It’s almost done and we love going in there and sitting and talking, reading, etc.
Can ya tell we can’t wait til she’s here?  😉

Here is a little sneak peek at her room…  Not done but getting SOOOO close.

Kenley's dresser

My blood pressure is beginning to rise so I’ve been taking it easy…
Although this secretly excites me a little because I know that in just 4-5 short weeks we will finally get to welcome our baby girl!
My tummy is HUGE now and as much as I love our new couch in the great room,
It’s a deep couch so I’m having a hard time getting up once I sit down!  Lol
My back is very sore all the time now (thank you babe, for all the backrubs)
and my feet and hands are swollen!  I can still wear my wedding ring though, Praise Jesus!
Sleeping has gotten more uncomfortable and I’m up a few times a night going potty.
Still having heart palpitations and shortness of breath which are both normal but annoying.
Also having some insomnia but that’s probably because I’m up so much in the night.
Kenley’s kicks now take my breath away and when she moves I can see body parts…
I almost forgot what this is like…  I do love feeling her but I have to admit it’s very uncomfortable at times!
This pregnancy is a major blessing though so I am praising God for every day of it!
He is so so good!!  Can’t wait to meet our little miracle.

Hubs took this last week…  I think I’m way bigger this week!  ha

32 wk belly

Jealousy

 

I receive the weekly emails from (in)courage daily devotional blog and I LOVE this website!
If you haven’t been there, you must…  It’s a daily click for me
and keeps my eyes fixed on Jesus!!!  🙂

Anyway, a few weeks back there was a post from Tsh…
She blogs over at Simple Mom and I loved this post she did on Jealousy.
We have all been there before, feeling jealous about something and this was too good not to share!

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FOR WHEN YOU FEEL JEALOUS

She writes:

A few weeks ago, I shared something with a group of (in)courage readers here—something raw and organic, something a bit stream-of-consciousness, but still pressing searing hot into my forehead for several weeks prior. I couldn’t not share it with someone, and these gals were the recipients due to nearest online proximity that day.

This was something simmering in my heart, particularly how it related to community and the friendships birthed from it: JEALOUSY. Ugly, schoolgirl-feeling jealousy. It’s embarrassingly easy to feel jealous of the skinny minnie in cute jeans at church, or the mom who has that amazing house with the high-end kitchen appliances. But I confess that where I—until recently—felt it run rampant in my heart was on the good ol’ Internet.

I’ve been blogging for five years, and I had never really struggled with feelings of jealousy until the past few months. Watching other lovely bloggers who have a true gift with words do amazing things with their platform, who seem to feel so confident in their voice and their audience, who seem to make blogging look so easy, who seem to have shown up to the field out of nowhere and immediately start hitting homeruns out of the park…

My mind wanted to freely and wildly applaud for them with standing ovation, but deep down, my heart hurt. It hurt because I wished blogging were so easy for me, too, but really? It hurt because I wanted this jealousy clean and free from my life.

 

This temptation toward jealousy hit me like an unexpected wave in the midst of rolling water, and it left me choking a bit, complete with that icky saltwater taste in my mouth. But right when I thought it’d overcome me into inaction, Jesus met me exactly in my time of need.

When I sensed that wave of jealousy heading near, he’d point me to something He said in the Word, or to something a friend bravely wrote on her blog, or He’d simply orchestrate my day so that all I could do was lean into His calling and just be.

Here are the particular things that have helped free me from this recent, unexpected bout of jealousy.

1. Truth.

Specifically, the verse that came to mind time and time again was Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This doesn’t speak specifically about jealousy, but it had been my heavy labor, and this simple verse was my reminder to find rest from the waves in Jesus. And that I would find that rest when I come to Him.

2. A good word.

This post by my friend and fellow (in)courage girl Emily Freeman spoke volumes to me. It reminded me that God had given me my slice of calling to steward, just as he’s given you, and you, and you. He is calling me to do well with what He’s given me. And if I’m really honest, I can admit that I really like my slice. I don’t want any more. It’s abundant.

3. Say thanks.

To be offline, away from where the waves come crashing toward my heart, and instead list out the many, many blessings in my life. The tree in my yard blooming pink. My kids playing with the cardboard boxes. The light hitting the floor just so as the sun rises. A literal list of gratitude lifted my heart and freed me from a temptation towards jealousy.

4. Give.

Finally, born out of thanksgiving came a heart free to give. It wasn’t much—a simple offer of advice, time to listen, clean counters or laundry folded with no expectation of thanks, a shout from my rooftop of another friend’s stellar online work, a happy answer to a question. Once I was released from jealousy, I focused more on how I could serve rather than fester an ugly spirit of wondering why I wasn’t being served.

It was freedom to enjoy what was already given to me in abundance, then finding creative ways to share it with others.

It’s human to struggle with things like jealousy, but what’s superhuman is the ability to rise above it. And thanks be to God, we’ve been given that strength in abundance, right when we need it.

10 Reasons Or More To Love Your Husband

I love Lisa Jacobson from Club 31 Women
She is a mom of 8 and a doting wife and mommy.
She loves Jesus and I love visiting her blog for serious encouragement in my walk with the Lord!

I got this in my inbox and was encouraged right away and wanted to pass it along for you all to be encouraged
to love our husbands.  Some days are hard, and we feel like loving our husbands is a chore
but it’s important to see through Jesus eyes and know that marriage is so much more
than our happiness but we can also always find the good in our marriages.

Be blessed, dear friends, and always strive to love as Jesus loves.
Plus, being married is amazing and there is so much good in it!  🙂

heart and chalk

Her confession rather surprised me.

She was a bit discouraged about this whole marriage thing. Coming from a daughter of mine, this was rather disconcerting. I mean, we’re certainly big fans of marriage around here, so it caught me off-guard.

She said it’s because she keeps hearing about how marriage is all about hard work. How it’s not about your “happiness”. How you have to give up so much.

And hearing it put this way? It did sound rather bleak, I’ll admit.

She’s got the right idea though. Marriage does take work. It’s not about being happy and you do give of yourself.

But marriage can be rich and beautiful and satisfying too. In fact, I can think of all kinds of reasons to love being married – maybe a thousand or so – but beginning with these 10.

I LOVE….

1. Finding a friend. Who would have guessed I’d find someone to share my heart and soul with? To find someone who would know me better than anyone else? I’m so grateful to have a live-in best friend.

2. Spending the rest of our days together. There’s something exciting – and reassuring – about the thought that the two of us will be together for the rest of our lives. We’re committed to this relationship for the long haul.

3. Sharing our nights. How can I tell her how wonderful it is to reach over and snuggle into his strong body in the middle of the night? To have him hold me tight when I’m anxious or sleepless. To enjoy the pleasures of married life.

4. Growing as a person. It’s true. I’m a better woman because of him. I can get away with more than I should because I’ll put my “best face” on for you. And, besides, you’ll probably graciously overlook my snarky remark, my grumpy response, and my inconsiderate late arrival (thank you for that, by the way!). But my husband will gently hold me accountable. I’m thankful for that kind of love too.

5. Walking by his side. Yes, it’s true. I enjoy being the woman at his side. Maybe it sounds funny, but I still get a thrill when he walks in the room. I’m his chosen lady and I love that honor.

6. Parenting our children together. Our kids are very blessed to have him as their father. I’m glad we get to do this parenting thing together because I rely heavily on his wisdom and direction. I also appreciate his encouragement when I’m feeling down as a mother.

7. Laughing and loving fun. So yeah, we have to work on our relationship. But it’s so much more than hard work. We have a great time together! He can get me laughing until I can hardly breathe. And we still enjoy pillow fights, private jokes, and plenty of wonderful adventures. Kissing is also lots of fun.

8. Bringing in the balance. Because he is strong in areas that I am not – in medical emergencies, for instance. He’s a real champion in a crisis. He also tends to keep clear-headed in emotional turmoil. Me? Less so (enough said). As you see, balance is good.

9. Enjoying the romance. While marriage is more than romance, it doesn’t have to be less than that either. We enjoy going for walks, sitting on the front porch swing, watching an old movie, and heading out for a hot date at Diego’s.

10. Being a light to the world. When out and about, we’ll often get stopped by someone who’ll make a comment about us. Not sure why, since all we’re doing is holding hands, laughing, and talking together? But people are drawn to a loving relationship. So we’ll enjoy the conversation, and from there it’s easy and natural to turn to Christ and the Gospel – the foundation of our love for one another.

So, for that dear daughter of mine, don’t go thinking marriage is only about a bunch of hard work. That it means throwing happiness out the window and giving up your romantic hopes and dreams.There are all kinds of reasons – a thousand or more – to look forward to marriage and a lifetime of loving each other. 

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Sunday Scripture

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God help me

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whales

proverbs 31

Strawberry Shortcake

Pregnancy is awesome!!!
I keep having lil random cravings and so I’ve been making a ton of different things.  🙂
Last night I was craving strawberries and decided to make Strawberry Shortcake!
My hubby was a happy camper and said the biscuits were the best he’s ever had…  haha
This morning I am enjoying my time in the Word with a
biscuit from last night with butter and my homemade strawberry jam and a hot cup of tea.
Sooooooo delicious…

Strawberries are in season luckily so you won’t need much sugar…
I also usually make homemade whip cream but opted for the spray can kind last night!  😉

strawberry shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cold butter
1 cup milk

2 cups strawberries
1 tsp sugar
whip cream

DIRECTIONS:
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs.
Stir in the milk until a soft dough forms.
Drop the dough by heaping spoonfuls into 6 mounds on a silpat (or greased baking sheet)
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes until lightly browned.
Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, cut the strawberries into slices and mix with 1 tsp sugar (or more if you like) in a bowl.
Toss to mix and place in refrigerator until biscuits are ready.

When biscuits are ready, cut in half and place in a bowl.
Top with strawberries  and whip cream and enjoy!!!

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strawberries

macerated strawberries

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Lemon Scented Raspberry Scones

Last night my feet were swollen and aching,
I was exhausted after a long day on my feet and I was craving scones.

So after I did dishes, a load of laundry and put the boys to bed,
I told hubby I needed to whip up a batch of scones.

I bought fresh raspberries and lemons at Costco yesterday
and seemed to be craving both of those ingredients

so I got creative and decided to attempt Lemon Scented Raspberry scones…  without a recipe!  🙂
It was simple and delicious…  My only complaint was that I wish I had more dough…
So feel free to double my recipe because it only made 8 small scones…
And the boys will be polishing them off for breakfast this morning!  🙂

They are, however, delicious and I will be making another batch tonight!
Enjoy!!!

Lemon Scented Raspberry Scones

Lemon Scented Raspberry Scones

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all purpose flour
3 TBSP granulated sugar
1- 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 TBSP chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg white
zest of 1 large lemon
1/3 – 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
2 tsp milk
2 tsp turbinado sugar

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups and level with a knife.
Combine flour, 3 TBSP granulated sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  Stir with a whisk to combine.
Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until it resembles a course texture.
Combine 1/2 cup milk, vanilla, egg white and lemon zest in a bowl and stir to combine.
Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture, add the fresh raspberries and stir until just moist.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and kneed it a few times until the raspberries are incorporated.
Pat the dough into a circle on a silpat (or baking sheet) and cut into wedges.
* Freeze the dough for 30 minutes.
Just before baking, brush the scones with 2 TBSP milk and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15-17 minutes or until golden.
Serve warm or cool on a wire rack.

Freezing the dough makes it flakier and it’s delicious!

Note:  These scones are not overly sweet…  If you want sweeter, you could add another TBSP of sugar.
I also just served mine with butter but they would be amazing with clotted cream!!!

scone mix

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lemon scented raspberry scones