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Join Me at the New Site!

If you haven’t seen all the new changes at, I hope you take a trip on over and check it out. (This site you’re currently looking at is now new look is fresh & clean and, in my opinion, a total upgrade that will vastly improve your viewing experience.

Beyond just hyping the new site and hoping you guys love it as much as I do, this post has a purpose. With the new look, all e-mail subscriptions have been lost. Sad! Scary! Tragic!

I would just hate to lose a single one of you in the switch.  Re-subscribing (or subscribing for the first time!) will really help the new blog grow and prosper (and make my day). Plus, I’ll be sure to keep the crafts, recipes, and attempts at humor coming.

If you’re already on board, visit the bottom of this post and easily subscribe in the new site’s right sidebar. If you’re still left with questions, let me woo you.

Why bother signing up?
Subscribing by e-mail makes you the first to receive each of my unique recipes and posts. Not only that, they’ll be delivered neatly to your inbox.

Will you share my e-mail with anyone?
Never! Perish the thought. I hate spam as much as you.

What if I decide I want to unsubscribe?
It’s easy! Just click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email and you’ll be immediately removed from the mailing list.

Alright then, let’s do this. How do I sign up?
Yay! Here you go:

SUBSCRIBE! This will take you to the new site, where you can easily subscribe in the right sidebar.

A super, big, enormous thank you to every one of you who has ever tried a recipe, commented, subscribed, or even just clicked around my little slice of the internet. You encourage me and allow me to do what I love!

While we’re at it, FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest are more ways to keep up to speed – if you want ’em. Continue reading

I Don’t Have Time

When did it become so cool in our culture to be busy? And stressed?

I understand the allure and I’ve been guilty of it before. It makes me feel important. Or like I have such a booming social life I can’t really commit to penciling in a hang out with someone unless it’s super far in advance or something.

I think our problem is not too little time, but making better use of the time we have. Time is precious, yet I squander it thoughtlessly.

Oswald Chambers says “‘I dont have time’ is the refuge of a small minded person. Each of us has time to do the whole will of God in our lives. The strength of moral character is conserved by refusing the unimportant.”

The president of the United States has just as many hours in the day as me.

How interesting that the Gospel accounts contain no hint of any interruption ever disturbing Jesus. Few things are more likely to produce tension in a busy life than unexpected interruptions, yet to Jesus there was no such thing. “Unexpected” events were always foreseen in the Father’s planning, and Jesus was therefore undisturbed by them. At times there was hardly time to eat, but time was always sufficient to accomplish all the Father’s will. Continue reading

Recipes Gone Wild

Sometimes people ask me if a particular recipe is actually as good as I say it is. In other words, is the stuff I hawk really worth making? I’m a little surprised by the inquiry because of course I would only post recipes I can completely stand behind. But then it hit me. I may be inadvertently potraying that all of my adventures in the kitchen turn out picture perfect.

This is laughably untrue.

Per your request, I will take you on a journey of 5 recipes that are what the kids call an EPIC FAIL.

Some of these are common popular pins on Pinterest, so here’s my attempt at saving you from the hype.

EPIC FAIL 1: Dried Strawberries

I love love love dried fruit. But it also tend$ to break the bank. This pin naturally caught my eye, as it boasted a super simple recipe for dried strawberries. Simply slice them up and leave in oven for 3 hours at 210 degrees. At the end of several hours all I had on my hands was a wasted crate of slimy room temperature berries.

EPIC FAIL 2: Pineapple Flower Cupcakes

This is a classic case of pinning without following the link first. Here I was after a trip to the grocery store, geared up to make some pretty cupcakes. With a knife and pineapple in hand, I clicked over to see all of these directions written in some language foreign to me. Even if I could’ve tracked down a translator, it is simply impossible for your average-Jane to slice pineapple this thin, even with our wedding-registry-top-of-the-line Wusthof knives.

EPIC FAIL 3: 500 Calorie Pumpkin Bread Loaf

When a recipe goes bad, I try to approach the mess with a humble heart. After all, if it’s posted on a seemingly legitimate food blog, I know the author wasn’t meaning to be malicious and sabotage me with a bad recipe. I just don’t know what to make of this, though. When you pour the second layer of dough on top of the cream cheese layer, it just sinks to the bottom, leaving a messy, burnt on the outside, raw on the inside disaster. I guess the 500 calories for the whole loaf really was too good to be true.

EPIC FAIL 4: A Natural Cure for the Common Cold

I completely take some of the blame on this one. Anything that claims to have a cure to the common cold is exaggerating or a hoax. Nonetheless, last weekend I felt a bug coming on and thought I’d give it a try. Sure, the warm water relaxed my body aches, but I had a full-fledged nasty cold coming and this measly bath wasn’t going to stop it. Continue reading

2 Peter 1:3-11

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I love in verse 9 how it doesn’t say “whoever lacks this qualities is not trying hard enough.” It says whoever lacks these qualities has a perspective problem. They are a Christian who has forgotten they are already cleansed from their sins. Continue reading

Try Softer

As a general rule, the harder you work to control things, the more you lose control. The harder you try to impress someone, the more you force the conversation and seem pushy or awkward. The harder you cling to a person, the more apt he is to pull away. Sometimes trying harder helps. But, for … Continue reading