Friday, October 24, 2014

Psalm 117:2...


Aren't you so thankful for God's powerful, unfailing love?
Aren't you grateful that His faithfulness endures forever?
I know I am!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday Favs...Apple Cookies with browned butter caramel glaze


I love to have occasions to bake goodies for, but the hubs and I are trying to avoid the sweets.
When I saw this recipe on josephsgrainery.com, I knew I wanted to make them.
(They also have lots of other great recipes including some that are gluten free!)


Well, as you can see, I found a reason to make them,
a meeting at my daughter's house about our church's missions outreach to Ghana.
I may have had to try one, you know, just to make sure they were edible.
YUMMMM!
My grandkids loved them too, in spite of the fact that they are made with whole wheat flour!
They are a soft, moist cookie, and that glaze is AMAZING!
This recipe is definitely a keeper!


Here is the recipe, with a couple of tweaks by me in parentheses:
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 c Joseph's Grainery Soft White Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 c apple, peeled and shredded
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c apple juice (I used no sugar added applesauce.)
For the glaze:
  • 1/4 c butter, melted ( I browned the butter.Trust me, you will want to, too!)
  • 1/3 c brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbs half & half
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In a separate bowl, toss the shredded apple with the lemon juice, set aside.
  • In the bowl of your mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix in half of the dry ingredients, then add the apple juice, followed by the remaining dry ingredients. Fold in the shredded apples and any remaining lemon juice.
  • Using your 1 Tbs cookie scoop, place cookies approximately 2 inches apart on a prepared cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • To make the glaze,make the caramel glaze by melting the butter in a small sauce pan. Once melted, add the brown sugar and let the mixture bubble for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and let cool 1 minute before adding the half & half. Whisk until the bubbling calms. Add the vanilla and whisk it into the mixture. Then begin adding the powdered sugar, a 1/2 cup at a time and whisk to combine until all the powdered sugar is added and all the lumps have been worked out. Add more powdered sugar if needed. Once the cookies have cooled, you dip the tops of the cookies into the glaze and then set on a wire rack or wax paper until the glaze has set.
Recipe by Joseph's Grainery at http://www.josephsgrainery.com


This is the perfect fall recipe to make on a blustery, rainy autumn day.




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and
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The little things...


On a recent sleepover my ten year old grandson came running out of the bathroom,  dripping wet, a towel barely covering him.  "The paintings!", he shouted excitedly, "The paintings were in my bag!"

In August my daughter and her family went to Disneyworld in Florida.  In Epcot Center's world showcase they visited "France".  Knowing that my dream trip would be to visit France my grandson bought me a little painting of Paris and my granddaughter, his big sister, bought a similar one for herself.  However, when the whole family arrived back home the paintings were no where to be found.  My daughter searched the baggage, called the hotel where they had stayed, and contacted the airlines all to no avail.  It appeared that the paintings had somehow been lost for good.

When my girls were small, one of the ways I taught them that God cares about all of the things we care about, was to teach them to pray even about little things.  We prayed over lost items frequently.  It's so easy to get worked up and frustrated when we lose something, so I taught them to calm themselves down and ask God to help them.  My daughter and grandchildren prayed about the paintings, but after weeks had passed, they had pretty much given up.  Until that evening when my grandson found them in the one zipped section of his carry on bag that he had never opened since coming home.  (Even though he'd used the bag on a few occasions.)  He was so excited, as was his sister and his mama when he called her to tell her.  They all commented on how they had been praying that they would find them.

The other day I was dusting my shelves that are made out of old reclaimed wood.  A sliver got deeply embedded in my right forefinger.  It was painful!  I spent the next half hour trying to remove the splinter with a needle and tweezers, all with my non-dominant left hand.  (It brought back all of the childhood memories of fit throwing whenever Daddy would try to remove a splinter I had gotten.)  It hurts!  I was getting more and more frustrated the more time I was wasting trying to get that splinter out.  Finally, I stopped and and asked God to help me.  No kidding, the very next moment my tweezers finally grasped the end of that splinter and pulled the whole thing right out, slick as a whistle.

The very same day as the splinter incident, I couldn't find my favorite ink pen for journaling anywhere.  I said a quick prayer asking God to help me find it and then I turned to make my bed.  When I picked up the comforter, giving it a shake to smooth it out, the pen came flying out of the comforter, practically hitting me in the face!  I had to laugh at God's sense of humor.

Not every prayer we pray is answered so obviously and not every prayer we pray is a little one.  Some of our prayers are about life and death situations.  The point is, God cares, God is listening, God hears and answers.  Nothing is too big and nothing is too small to talk to Him about. 

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Antique Store Find-old wooden tote with Nikon label



I've shown you a number of wooden totes and boxes through my years of blogging.
I think the number is ten.
(I am slightly embarrassed to admit this.)
I don't know why I love them so,
but I seem to be continually drawn toward the beauty of things that people actually used in their daily life.
Mixing bowls, kitchen towels, bread boards, pitchers, bowls, and yes, wooden totes and caddies.



The dovetailed sides on this one make it quite unusual.
Since I'm a Nikon girl, the Nikon label sealed the deal.
I like to imagine what this tote was used for.


I was pleased when the vendor reduced the price when I asked, 
making it a really good deal in my opinion.
Sometimes they will and sometimes they won't, but it doesn't hurt to ask!


After a good wipe down and buffing, I added this interesting tote to the rotation of things
 I use as a dining table centerpiece or on the trunk, aka coffee table, in the living room.


 I know that not everyone sees the beauty in things like old wooden boxes and totes,
but I'm happy to say that the hubs is used to my ways now and didn't even bat an eye 
when yet another old wooden tote came to live at our house.







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Monday, October 20, 2014

Keep Smiling!

(texture-Kim Klassen's sybil, hardlight, 20% opacity)

My husband bought a large bag of these fun size peanut M&Ms packages for the grandkids.
The only problem is, they are pretty much on the top of my favorite candy list.
(Snickers is another favorite.  Peanuts and chocolate are my dream team.)

(texture-Kim Klassen's just a touch 2, lighten, 20% opacity)

The good news is that each fun pack is only 90 calories,
so indulging every once in a while is okay.
I just need to make sure there are still some left for the grandkids!

(texture-Kim Klassen's rene texture, multiply mode, 100% opacity, erased off part of the cup and then focal blurred on PicMonkey)

(edited with PicMonkey's sunglow, then  Kim's 99  texture, lighten 30%opacity)

(edited with PicMonkey's dusk, 50%)

(texture-Kim's elevate texture, screen mode, 20% opacity)

My favorite photo this week is the fourth one down.
So, which one is your favorite photo and what's your favorite candy?
Do tell!

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