Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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We are embracing fall over here. After a flashback to summer temperatures a couple weeks ago, the cooler weather seems like it's here to stay! What better way to welcome fall, than to bake a delicious fall treat? 

Recently, I made a batch of these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. I'm a big fan. I think they are especially cute when they're baked in a square muffin tin. Feels a little fancy.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
makes 12 muffins

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
7 ounces pumpkin puree
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare muffin tin with baking spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree, and oil. Once smooth, stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix until just combined. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.

Fill each muffin tin about 3/4 full. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of each muffin before baking.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from muffin tin immediately and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

recipe adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything


Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Song

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This post is part of THE SONG Blog Tour, of which I am delighted to be a part, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more and to join us, CLICK HERE
 
This weekend I had the privilege of screening the new movie, The Song, hitting theaters this Friday! I just finished watching the film and I'm trying to gather all my thoughts and emotions and piece them all back together. There were quite a few moments I had alligator tears welling up in my eyes and times where I let out a laugh. This movie was that good! In my opinion, the best movies are the ones that tug on your heart strings and make you let out a giggle at just the right time. You guys, I'm telling you, this movie has it all! 

I've been a little bit hesitant in the past, when I sit down to watch a "Christian" film. Their reputation has been known to have some poor acting and uncomfortably cheesy moments that make your eyes roll. Can I just say they've come a very long way in the movie making industry. The Song directors cast such an incredibly talented group. Consider my socks blown off!

I enjoyed that The Song showed some real life struggles without watering it down. There are some very raw scenes of substance abuse and adultery. Even though this film has some heavy subject matter, I was pleasantly surprised they showed the scenarios in a very real light without holding back simply because it was a Christian film. I was grateful for the moments that made me smile or laugh because it was a much needed break from the seriousness of film.

I love that this movie is a modern version of the Bible story of Solomon. The film writers and directors did an outstanding job of making this movie relevant for today. I enjoyed the pieces of scripture throughout the film. One of my very favorite marriage scriptures is found in Song of Solomon 3:4, "I have found the one whom my soul loves". This is one of many that is heard throughout. 

http://www.thesongmovie.com/

To wrap it up, pretty please with a cherry on top, do yourself a favor and go see this movie! It's an especially great date night movie, but I would recommend it for anyone, really! The storyline flows wonderfully, the music throughout is well done and catchy, and the characters capture your attention! 

I think as a society we're begging for media that inspires. Find a theater near you this weekend, feel inspired, and support this wonderful film! I know I can't wait to watch it again {and again, and again!}.

Here's a special sneak peek of a clip from the movie that The Song Blog Tour gave me permission to show you! Enjoy!

Baby Asher

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Guys, being an Auntie is one of the coolest and most rewarding things on God's green earth! I love this little man so much it hurts! 

Turns out, I've been M.I.A. for that last couple of months. You have this handsome soul to thank for that! I could sit here and apologize over the interwebs about my absence. BUT, I won't do it. The past couple of months our family has been soaking up all the snuggles, the smiles, and the joy that this little human brought when he arrived! 

I will be back in this space more often, pinky promises! For now, it's back to baby snuggles and kissing the cheeks right off this dude!  


Friday, July 25, 2014

Waiting & anticipating

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For the last 242 days I have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Waiting to become an auntie to what I now know to be my nephew. For months I was convinced my sister was having a baby girl. That thought seems so foreign to me now. I'm so excited to have a nephew!

Believe it or not, that little person whom I have yet to meet, has consumed my thoughts and prayers. I've spent the last 242 days of her pregnancy dreaming about the day I'd be able to meet him. To tell him I'm his auntie and I'll always be there for him. To squeeze his little buns and kiss his sweet little head. I'll give his head a long sniff too, just for good measure. 

The waiting will be over tomorrow, as she's going in to be induced at 40 weeks 6 days. I'm so honored that she wants me to be in the birthing suite for her labor and delivery. I'm looking forward to capturing some special moments on video and camera for them. I'm a bit emotional at the thought of being one of the first people to watch baby Asher come into this world. It is honestly overwhelming. 

Today, I'm spending the day with my beautiful sister before she dives into motherhood tomorrow. Life will forever change for our whole family and I can't wait to embrace it! I woke up this morning wanting to write my thoughts out before the big day. I'm so glad I will have these memories and emotions written down.

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Asher, this is my very first letter to you, one of many I am sure. I can't wait to read it to you tomorrow when I hold you in my arms for the first time. Sweet boy, you are an answer to prayer. I've always dreamed of being an auntie and tomorrow I'm so proud you are making that dream come true! I am so excited to be a part of your life little man. Your whole life. You are more loved than you could possibly imagine. I hope you feel our love and support. We are so thrilled to meet you, to lock eyes with yours, to hold your hand, to stroke your precious head, to read to you and sing to you. You are loved and wanted Asher. I can't count how many times I've told you that as I feel you kicking in your mama's belly. You are loved and wanted. I'll miss feeling you kick and seeing you move, but holding you will be even sweeter. Tomorrow's the day, but as I read this to you, today's the day. This day will forever be special. We celebrate your life, God's plan for you, and our ever growing love for you. Happy Birthday handsome boy! 

See you tomorrow sweet Ashie!  I'll love you forever, Auntie.
 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Lovin'

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For so long it felt like we kept complaining about our absent spring. It could have been due to the world's longest winter we somehow survived. Or, we could have just been itchin' for the summer months. Regardless, I've found us in the middle of June wondering where our spring went and how we could possibly be halfway through one of my favorite months. 

We have been keeping ourselves far too busy with house projects (read: turning an extra room into a master bathroom), outside landscaping (read: ripping trees out of the yard), spending lots of time outside resulting in sunburns, softball games, volleyball games, squeezing in naps, and trying to maintain a favorite activity of mine; baking & trying new recipes. Somewhere in between all of that we've been able to spend time with friends and family. 

Here's a peek into what our lives have looked like lately. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Bread Master

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I've been on a serious roll making our own bread. It all started last month when a friend of mine gave me a sampling of some delicious bread she made. Since then, I've been kickin' butt in the kitchen, making bread. 

I've tried four different recipes and three of them have been a success. The only one that didn't work out was a bagel recipe. I don't plan on trying it again anytime soon. 

I thought I would share a couple of the recipes that we have tried and really love; Honey Wheat Oatmeal Bread and Cinnamon Bread.

Honey Wheat Oatmeal Bread
adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

1 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup oats
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup honey
 1 cup whole wheat flour
1 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons dry active yeast

Combine water and butter and microwave until butter is melted. Pour into a bread machine loaf pan. Add yeast, oats, salt, honey, wheat flour, and all purpose flour. 

Secure the pan into the bread machine and set it to the dough setting. The machine should combine the ingredients and allow the dough to rise within an hour and a half time frame. 

When the machine is done turn the dough out into a lightly greased loaf pan. 

Bake immediately in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes cover the bread with a foil tent and bake an additional 20 minutes. This will keep the bread from getting too brown. Allow bread to cool before slicing.

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Bread
adapted from The Pioneer Woman

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
6 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 eggs, lightly whisked
1/3 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Combine almond milk and 6 tablespoons butter and microwave until butter is melted. Pour mixture into a bread machine loaf pan. Add yeast, flour, 1/3 cup sugar, flour, salt, and eggs. 

Secure the pan into the bread machine and set it to the dough setting. The machine should combine the ingredients and allow the dough to rise within an hour and a half time frame. 

When the machine is done turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out into a rectangle, no wider than the loaf pan you'll bake it in. 

Smear 2 tablespoons of melted butter onto the dough's surface. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle onto the dough.

Starting at the far end, roll the dough towards you, keeping it tight. Pinch seam to seal. Place dough seam side down in a greased loaf pan. 

Bake immediately in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Allow bread to cool before slicing.

Enjoy!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub

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 I've been struggling over the last couple weeks with really chapped lips. I'm not talking about the kind of dry lips that need a swipe of chapstick to solve the problem. This has been a bit more severe.  I knew it was bad when the Mr. asked when he came home if I had been eating chocolate. {No dear, that is not a chocolate lip liner I'm rockin', that's my insanely dry lips!}

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out why. I couldn't come up with a solution. I've been drinking plenty of water. It's not winter. I have a really great lip balm I use as needed. 

I finally mentioned something to my sister on the phone this morning. What a genius that little lady is. She basically slapped me upside the head with her verbage. What I needed to do was scrub my poor little lips to exfoliate all the dead, crusty skin that was hanging around. ::gagging::

Here are the supplies I gathered:

Next, I mixed them together to create a lip scrub consistency. It has to have the perfect amount of grit to exfoliate. I slathered that gritty gold all over my lips, rubbing it in a circular motion until they felt nice and smooth.

Afterwards I simply rinsed it with warm water and blotted dry. My lips already felt a million times better. 

The last step is to moisturize. Instead of using lip balm I used a little coconut oil. It has since soaked into my lips, so I'm headed back to the kitchen to moisturize again. I have a feeling I'll be keeping that jar pretty close today. I've got to kick these chapped lips in the booty!


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