Blackberry Muffins

22 Apr

I am not really a morning person. I don’t like to get up any earlier than I have to. I usually don’t make breakfast on weekdays because of time and I actually like to eat cereal, but weekends call for something a little more extravagant for breakfast.

These muffins are bursting with fresh, plump blackberries. Moist and fluffy with just a hint of warm cinnamon to complement the sweet berries. They don’t take long to make and they help brighten the morning.


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BLT Pizza

18 Apr

I absolutely love pizza. California pizza kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants. I have loved their deliciously thin and creatively adorned pizzas for as long as I can remember. Today I want to share my version of their very popular BLT Pizza.


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Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake

10 Apr

This past weekend we celebrated my dear friend’s birthday. It was a wonderful evening and it reminded me that birthdays really are important.

“Birthdays need to be celebrated.  I think it is more important to celebrate a birthday than a successful exam, a promotion or a victory.  Because to celebrate a birthday means to say to someone ‘thank you for being you’.  Celebrating a birthday is exalting life and being glad for it. On a birthday we do not say ‘thanks for what you did or said or accomplished’ no, we say ‘thank you for being born and being among us’.

On birthdays we celebrate the present.


We do not complain about what happened or speculate about what will happen but we lift someone up and let everyone say ‘we love you’.  Celebrating a birthday reminds us of the goodness of life and in this spirit we really need to celebrate people’s birthdays every day by showing gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, gentleness and affection.

These are ways of saying ‘it’s good that you are alive’; ‘it’s good that you are walking with me on this earth’, let’s be glad and rejoice.

This is the day that God has made for us to be and to be together.” 

Henri Nouwen

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Sesame-Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

8 Apr
Mondays are the hardest days for me to make dinner. After the weekend it’s hard to get back into the grind. Dinner has to be easy on Mondays. My new favorite easy meal is this sesame pineapple chicken stir-fry. This 25-minute chicken stir-fry gets its sweet and colorful appeal from red peppers, chunky pineapples and sugar snap peas. It is the perfect Monday meal. :  )

Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins

5 Apr

Happy Friday! I am in an excellent mood and here’s why… I started my day off with the most perfect blueberry muffins.  Straight forward. Simple. Spring. The berries are so plump and juicy and right there in every single bite. The delicious crumb topping is an excellent touch.

We currently have friends from Colorado staying with us and these muffins were a great company treat. There is no doubt I’ll be making this recipe many times to come!


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Southwestern Steak Salad

3 Apr

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” -Psalm 27:14

Have you ever noticed that God is not in a hurry? In the Old Testament, God promised to bring his people out of Egypt and into a good and spacious land. But while “out of” the land of slavery and “into” the Promise Land sounds like a short trip, it actually took 40 years for Moses to receive his commission to lead the people out of Egypt.

Waiting is difficult. Being in the “land between” can be uncomfortable, frustrating and confusing. It’s often hard to understand why God, who is all powerful and can do whatever He wants, would choose to make us wait – especially when our desires and longings are good.


We are often more focused on the outcome than the process that He is accomplishing in our lives each day. I firmly believe that these times – the space where we feel lost or lonely or deeply hurt – is fertile ground for our spiritual transformation and for God’s grace to be revealed in magnificent ways. We must wait for God’s timing and embrace wherever we are in the process. When we find contentment in that place, we begin to experience God in ways we never thought possible.

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” Isaiah 30:18

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Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

2 Apr

I spent this past weekend celebrating Easter in Oklahoma with my family. It was filled with fun activities, laughter, sunshine and of course delicious food.

These lemon poppy seed muffins are incredibly moist and the lemon glaze is the right amount of sweetness to top them off. These are simple muffins. You know these muffins. A little crunch from the poppy seeds. Sugary lemon glaze. It’s a marvelous thing.


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