Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Great Hunt

Our family likes to have a
live Christmas tree!

We've been going to the same place almost
every year for over 25 years!
I can remember pulling Bri in a
sled when she was only 1 when we went there!

This year though it was nice and warm out

We took our time finding just the right one

Along the way we saw this little tiny nest--we think it was 
something small like a hummingbird.
I wonder why it abandoned it's nest?

We use Brad as a measuring stick for height! lol
Looks like this might be a contender

The guys carry it back to get it shaken
and wrapped...
I guess it's a Wrap! lol

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Thanksgiving Blessings

We had a Happy Thanksgiving, I hope that you did too!
We have so much to be thankful for, I'm glad there
is a day set aside especially for us to thank God
for His goodness to us!

Here is the organic turkey we buy from a farm all
ready to go into the oven

So happy and thankful that we had
a house full of people this year!

 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving,
 and tell of all thy wondrous works.  Psalm 26:7

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Psalm 95:2

Thursday, November 19, 2015




2-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
3 eggs
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray. Set aside. Stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. Whisk together your sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin. Fold in the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Pour into your pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Check out the Whipperberry site for more great ideas!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cream Cheese-Filled Pumpkin Bread

Cream cheese filled pumpkin bread

Cream cheese filled pumpkin bread

prep time: 20 MINUTES
cook time: 55-60 MINUTES
total time: 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES


  • For the bread:
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For filling:
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powder sugar


Pre-heat oven to 350°.
In a large bowl mix together with beater eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Fold in pumpkin. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Then stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture.
In separate bowl mix together with beater the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Place in a ziplock bag and then cut off the tip, to make it easier to spread over the pumpkin mixture.
Grease your pans and then fill the pan half way with the pumpkin mixture. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top. Then pour the pumpkin mixture over the top of the cream cheese filling (no more than 3/4 the way full). Bake for 55-65 minutes. For the small loaf pan bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes clean.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

I saw this on Pinterest and they sound amazing!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles
Delicious soft and puffy pumpkin snickerdoodles with a surprise cream cheese center.
  • 3¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. freshly-ground ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Filling Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon-sugar coating:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • Dash of allspice
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Set aside.
  2. In a kitchenaid mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars on medium high speed until fluffy about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Blend in pumpkin puree, beat in egg and then add vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients on low speed just until combined. Cover and chill dough for an hour.
  4. To make the cream cheese filling, blend cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Chill for an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and spices for the coating and set aside.
  6. To make the cookies, take a tablespoon of the cookie batter. Flatten it like a pancake and place a teaspoon of the cream cheese in center. Form another tablespoon of the cookie batter into a flat pancake shape and place on top of the cream cheese. Pinch the edges together sealing in the cream cheese and roll into a ball. Roll in the cinnamon sugar coating and place on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Repeat until the dough is gone and flatten the cookie dough balls with a heavy bottomed glass or measuring cup.
  8. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes or until the tops start to crack. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack. Enjoy!

Since I'm gluten free--I may try to come up with a gluten free version!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

You are Accepted

You are Accepted

You are Accepted

August 25, 2015
"… to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:6 (NKJV)
Jennifer Rothschild
Several years ago, my friend Lisa was going through a crafty phase and wanted to make a piece of word art for me. So, she texted this question: "If one word could become a reality in your life, what would it be?"
Girl, this took me awhile! The one word that kept coming to mind was "accepted," but I was too embarrassed to admit that feeling accepted was what I really longed for.
I was a Christian, so I knew God accepted and loved me unconditionally. Wasn’t that already a reality in my life?
The reality was, I was afraid God accepted everyone but me.
In pondering my one word, God began to show me that I associated my performance
 with my acceptability.
Here’s what I (wrongly) believed: If I am good, I am acceptable. If I help people … if I am 
a blessing instead of a burden … well, then I am accepted. But, if I fail, blow it or mess up, 
then I feel like a reject — not acceptable to me, not to others and certainly not to God.
My skewed belief was I was acceptable only when I was at the top of my game or in the center 
of God’s will. Clearly, I had not truly embraced my identity in Christ because acceptance is what 
I already have.
So, I texted Lisa back with my one word that I needed to embrace and believe: accepted.
Lisa’s gift showed up in the mail a week later. It was a wooden ledge with the Scrabble
 letters A-C-C-E-P-T-E-D glued on it. This is a treasure to me because it is a constant reminder 
to see what I already have in God rather than seek it in the wrong ways and places.
Lots of us struggle with trusting the truth that we’re acceptable to and accepted by God. We are
 accepted not because of what we do or don’t do; we are accepted not because of how we succeed
 or if we’re good. We are accepted not because of who we are, but because of who God is.
God loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) and to as many as receive Him, He gives the
 power to be sons and daughters of God (John 1:12). Talk about accepted!!
We are not only accepted "in" the beloved, we are accepted "by" the Beloved Himself!
My Scrabble word "accepted" reminds me I already have what I want. When I am feeling less than acceptable, I hold it in my hand, wrap my fingers around it and the truth it represents, and tell
 myself, "This is what God gave me. This is who I am."
Can you take that truth in?
If you feel invisible, it may be because, deep down, you never really embraced the truth about 
yourself — that you are accepted by God, admired by Him and have His full and unconditional love.
Just like Lisa glued the word "accepted" to a Scrabble ledge for me, ask God to glue the word 
"accepted" to your heart so that, with every heartbeat, this truth is reinforced and becomes woven
 into the very fiber of your being.
Oh my friend, you are accepted by God. That is your reality.
When you accepted Christ, He accepted you. You may sometimes feel rejected, but how you feel
 is not who you are! You are acceptable, accepted — no exceptions!
Lord, please write this truth on my heart. Help me trust what You say about me more than I trust
 how I may feel about myself. Protect me from the lies that tell me I am what I do or how I feel. 
Thank You for accepting and loving me without conditions. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Hosea 2:19-20, "I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness 
and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. 
Then you will know the LORD." (NASB)
Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are by Jennifer Rothschild affirms that no matter who 
or where you are, God sees you and loves you faithfully.
For more encouragement and freebies from Jennifer, visit her website.
Enter to WIN a copy of Invisible: How You Feel is Not Who You Are by Jennifer Rothschild. In celebration of this new book, Jennifer’s publisher is giving away 10 copies. Enter to win 
byleaving a comment here, letting us know why you’d like a copy for yourself OR whom you 
would give the book to, if you won. {We’ll randomly select 10 winners and email notifications 
to each one, by Monday, August 31.}
You are indeed accepted in the beloved and by "The Beloved!" Stop right now and ask God to help
 you receive and believe you are accepted and acceptable.
Your acceptability is not based on your failure or past. Your acceptability is not based on your
 success or virtues. Your acceptability is not based on what you do, what you did, haven’t done, 
should have done, or wished you’d done. Your acceptability is based on who God is!
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Watermelon Lemonade

Here's a new  recipe for lemonade that takes this class summertime drink to a whole new level--Watermelon Lemonade! Yum!
Watermelon Lemonade
  • 4 cup cubed Seedless Watermelon
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 cup Water
  • ½ cup Lemon Juice
  1. Combine sugar and ½ cup water and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve.
  2. Allow to cool.
  3. Place watermelon, sugar syrup and lemon juice in blender. Run until completely liquified.
  4. Add remaining 1½ cup water and run to mix.
  5. Chill and serve over ice. Garnish with watermelon or lemon slices.

I plan on trying this with the watermelon my husband grew in our garden!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015



Easy, delicious gluten free peanut butter cookies!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine all ingredients.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to drop 1" balls of dough onto greased cookie sheet.
  4. If desired add the classic peanut butter cookie cross hatch by pressing a fork sprayed with nonstick spray into the top of each cookie.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Cool on rack and enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Yields/Serves: 16
  • Chex crust or GF cookie crust prepared in 9-inch spring form pan (If not doing the Chex crust I recommend 1½ cups GF shortbread cookie crumbs plus 2-3 tbsp butter for a wonderful crust)
  • 3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8-ounces sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; place pan of water on lowest rack in oven - this helps prevent the cheesecake from cracking during baking.
  2. In large mixing bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then sour cream and vanilla.
  3. Pour into 9-inch spring form pan. Bake 50-55 minutes until edges are light golden brown. The center will still be very slightly soft. Let cool, then refrigerate at least 4 hours to chill completely

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Gluten-free Chicken and Dumplings

Gluten-free Chicken and Dumplings
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 onion diced
  • salt & pepper
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
Cover the bottom of a large crock pot with the vegetables.  Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and season with salt and pepper.  Pour the chicken broth over the chicken.  Cook on low for 6 hours.
After 6 hours, remove the chicken and turn the crock pot onto high.
To make the dumplings, stir together the dry ingredients.  Cut the shortening into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.  This is easiest with a pastry cutter, but a fork will also work.  Add the almond milk and stir until it forms a thick dough.  You can add additional almond milk if your dough is too stiff to mix.
Drop dough by the tablespoon into the soup.  Cook on high for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the dumplings are not doughy.
While the dumplings are cooking, shred the chicken with two forks.  When the dumplings have about a half hour left of cooking time, add the chicken back into the soup and stir.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

No Bake White Chocolate and Raspberry Protein Cookies (Gluten free)

No Bake White Chocolate and Raspberry Protein Cookies- These require 1 bowl and 5 minutes to whip up and are #vegan #glutenfree and refined #sugarfree- High protein option too!
No Bake White Chocolate and Raspberry Protein Cookies

  1. 3 cups gluten free oat flour (rolled oats ground into a flour)
  2. 2 standard scoops vanilla protein powder (can sub for an extra 1/2 cup oat flour)
  3. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (Optional)
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup + 2 T nut butter of choice (I used peanut butter)
  6. 3/4 cup brown rice syrup (can sub for honey if not strict vegan)
  7. 1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk*
  8. White chocolate chunks (make homemade version listed earlier if strictly vegan)
  9. Dried Raspberries and cranberries
  1. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, vanilla protein powder, sweetener of choice and sea salt and mix well.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add the nut butter of choice and brown rice syrup and heat until melted and mix to incorporate.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir until fully combined- Mixture should be crumbly. Slowly add almond milk, one tablespoon at a time, until a very thick dough is formed. Stir through the white chocolate chunks, dried raspberries and cranberries until fully incorporated.
  5. Using your hands, form small balls and press down to a cookie shape on the baking tray. Using a fork, press down on it twice and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before consuming.
  1. Depending on the protein powder and/or if you use all oat flour, you need to adjust your liquid mixture.
  2. These can be stored at room temperature. If refrigerated, thaw very slightly.
  3. The granulated sweetener of choice is optional- For a sweetener cookie, add 1-2 tablespoons. I prefer a more 'bland' cookie dough to bring out the flavours from the raspberries, cranberries and white chocolate chunks.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs

Prep time:  
Cook time:  10 hours
Total time:  
Serves: 4-6 servings
Delicious Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs you can throw together in less than five minutes!
  • 3 lbs bone-in beef short ribs or pork spare ribs
  • 1 c water
  • ½ c barbecue sauce  ( I like Sweet Baby Ray's-it's also gluten-free)
  • ½ c dry red wine OR beef broth
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  1. Spray your crock pot with cooking spray
  2. Combine your water, barbecue sauce, wine OR broth, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl
  3. Place your ribs in your crock pot
  4. Pour your mixture over your ribs
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours