Caramel Apple Crisp {for a crowd}

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Lets talk about hospitality. 

Are you one that feels like everything has to be perfect before you have guests? Its so easy to look around my home and notice the old couches, the miss matched lamps, the stains in the carpet, the ugly floor and tiled walls in the bathroom, not to mention the decor (or the lack thereof!) Or maybe you’ve had a busy week and really don’t have time (or the budget!) to make a five course meal PLUS clean your house from top to bottom.  Continue reading “Caramel Apple Crisp {for a crowd}”

Confessions from a distracted Mom

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The wake-up call came when my son kept bringing me my phone. I started to wonder, “Man, doesn’t he think I can live without this thing?” Most likely he was just trying to be helpful but it made me stop and think and I realized its about time to hit the reset button on this whole electronic thing. Continue reading “Confessions from a distracted Mom”

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

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Mom was the pie maker around home so when Frieda suggested a pie fundraiser for our local safe house, I was a little intimidated but we talked about it and decided to go for it. She worked at her parents bakery for many years so her confidence level was quite a bit higher than mine.
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A lesson from my child

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Last night God spoke to me through my child. I woke up to his whispers in the night “Mommy, mommy, I’m wet!” I rolled over and looked at the clock reading 3:21. He had wet his bed and needed a complete changing. After I had him all cleaned up, he asked to snuggle with me in our bed “Just for a little bit” he said. So that’s what we did.

After snuggling for a while I tucked him back into his own bed and as I lay on my own I began to think. I realized that that’s how I come to God. So many times. Needing cleansing. I mess up. I come to Him again, begging for forgiveness…needing help. Needing a washing.

So often Declan wakes up thirsty in the middle of the night and comes asking for water. I know the analogy is not perfect because I am human, getting tired and easily frustrated and God is the total opposite of that. He never grows tired or sleeps. But I think its still such a beautiful thought that just as I get up and give my son water, night after night. So, we come to God. Asking for water. Begging to have our thirst quenched. And He fills us! Time and time again. He fills us. He showers us with His love. We are filled. We are washed. We are cleansed!

That’s what I felt God speaking to me through the life of my child. We love our little ones so much and would do almost anything for them but God loves us so much more!

Have a blessed weekend!

Caramel Popcorn {healthy}

 

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Today its all about caramel popcorn {the healthy way!}

I just made this and I’m telling you, this recipe is a keeper! You will need this in your life over the holidays! Thanks to Charlene Waldner for gifting us with this delicious recipe.  Continue reading “Caramel Popcorn {healthy}”

Sourdough Potato Bread

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This recipe is tried and true and so easy to make! Perfect fresh out of the oven lathered in softened butter (I hate trying to spread cold butter!) and jam. Or great for sandwiches, french toast…its got lots of possibilities.

When I was about 13 one of my friends introduced me to this bread and I loved it. I asked for some sourdough starter with high hopes of becoming a pro but yeah, the vision kind of died after a few weeks and so did my starter.

Here is the revised version of that recipe and I can say that I learned a lot since then!

I love working with dough.

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Today I said goodbye to my sweet, talented, funny, beautiful, smart sister and sent her on a plane back home. I hate goodbyes so we kept it short and sweet. I miss her already.

She was here for a few weeks and I think I got spoiled. I need to learn how to be independent again! She’s such a cheerful person and added so much happiness to my life. I tend to take life pretty seriously sometimes and she always brightened even the dreariest day with her laughter and love for life. She loved on my kids and was so patient with them. If she was gone for even a few hours (or sleeping too late!) Declan was sure to ask about her… he benefited from her love for adventure.

I love you Alta! Come visit us again sometime =)

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Sourdough Potato Bread

  • Servings: 2 loaves
  • Time: Overnight+4hrs
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup active sourdough starter
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup potato flakes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 4 cups flour (can use half whole wheat)
  • Mix until smooth. (I used my Bosch machine) Cover and let sit overnight.
  • In morning add:
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1-2 cups flour
  • Mix and knead for 5 minutes. Divide dough in half.
  • Shape into two loaves and place in greased bread pans. Cover and set in warm place for 3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350º. Bake bread for 30-35 minutes or until golden in color.
  • Cool on wire rack. Slice and enjoy!

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