Hot Cross Buns

For the last couple of years hot cross buns have become part of our Easter morning tradition. Our church has one combined outdoor service for Easter and everyone is encouraged to bring food to share with others before and after the service. Hot cross buns are a simple spiced bread with currants that make a tasty breakfast that's easy to share. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday in England, but because of my schedule, and usually what I have given up for lent, I have been … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Banana Bread (with Streusel Topping)

This is one of my first go-to recipes when I started really wanting to cook from scratch in college. I actually usually make these as muffins, but for some reason I felt like a thick slice of banana bread the day I baked these. This recipe is great to make with kids and I have fond memories of smashing up bananas with one of my friends daughters when I would make these in college. The streusel topping is not a necessity for this bread, but it's a fun addition if you're in the mood to make … [Read more...]

Red Lentil Coconut Curry Stew

It's been over two weeks now since the beginning of the Lenten season, and I talked briefly about what I did for Lent last year, but I wanted to share more throughout the season this year. In recent years I have become more interested in the practice of fasting as part of my Christian walk. I never really had much exposure to fasting growing up but I like how abstaining from something becomes a call to prayer, something of which I would like to do more. Last year Sean and I decided to … [Read more...]

Granola Goodness!

WARNING!!! If you make this granola and then eat it all that day it is not my fault. I will not be held liable. Seriously folks, this granola is delicious and easy to put together. The hardest part is not eating it all right when it comes out of the oven. Chocolate Crunch Granola Makes approximately 4 cups of granola Ingredients 3 cups old fashioned oats 1/2 cup chopped raw almonds 3/4 cup unsweeted dried coconut 1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate 1 tablespoon flax seed 1/4 cup … [Read more...]

DIY Masking Tape Paintings

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you are having a great day spending time with your friends and loved ones. This past weekend I got to spend the afternoon being artsy with my nephew. We gathered up some small canvases, masking tape and craft paint to create a fun Valentine's gift for his parents, and a piece for himself. We decided to practice first making a "C" for Corwin and an "I" for Ian. I cut the masking tape to piece together the letters and smoothed them to the … [Read more...]

Zesty Ranch Crackers

When I eat these crackers I think of my Aunt Jan. She used to make them when we would come to visit when I was younger and would send me a big bag every once and a while in college as a care package. They are finger licking delicious, quite addictive, and associated with great times with family and friends. This Christmas I decided to make the crackers myself, but I didn't want to use the store bought Ranch Dressing packages the recipe called for because they have MSG. Over the last few … [Read more...]

DIY Tutorial – Paper Mache Animal Heads

Specifically a zebra head! Meet Zebulon, Sean named him while I was woking on him one day and it stuck. This summer I had the idea of doing a mounted head as an art project and after searching the internet for a while I came upon Lil Blue Boo's Blog (which is super great by the way!) and her Unicorn Paper Mache Animal Head Tutorial. I used her newspaper and masking paper construction method to build the basic shape of the head, and let me tell you, paper towel paper mache is the way to … [Read more...]

Chai Spiced Pumpkin Bread

I am a big fan of Chai tea lattes and a slice of pumpkin bread on a cool fall day. So, I thought why not put the two flavors together? This pumpkin bread has a subtle chia spice in it along with being super moist and not overly sweet. I know it looks like it has a lot of ingredients in it, but I promise it was super fast to put together. You could make some tonight in a snap and have a great breakfast ready for Thanksgiving morning! Chai Spiced Pumpkin Bread Makes two 8.5in … [Read more...]

Recent Reading: Kisses from Katie

I read this book this past summer and have been meaning to share it with you. During November I am mindful for that which I am thankful. I am so thankful for this book! Do you see that exclamation point? I don't use it flippantly here, because Katie's book was such an eye-opening blessing to me. Katie Davis went to Uganda to teach preschool for a year after she finished high school, and is still there to this day doing a great work to love and aid the Ugandan people. She is open and … [Read more...]

Hearty Mushroom Soup

I'm weird about soups. I like thick and hearty soups, or smooth and creamy soups, but if a soup is in the middle and can't seem to make up it's mind, it doesn't really appeal to me. Cream of mushroom soup seems to be one of those in the middle soups, so I usually stay clear, but this soup is thick and hardy and definitely has my vote. (Whoa, the election has worked it's way into my verbiage? Yikes!) Voting aside, we're supposed to have a cool snap this weekend here in Houston, which has … [Read more...]

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