Sunday, July 31, 2011

Media Monday

{I'm participating in Media Mondays over at Women Living Well.}
How does Media in the year 2011 keep me from being a Proverbs 31 woman? 
Do you dare ask yourself this question? I feel my toes being stepped on as I type...

To be honest, my first thought when I read Courtney's post was "Media? Oh totally not distracted by it..."  Then, I got up to get a drink and saw this mess... (Just keepin' it real, girls & just for the record that is a bread machine that I made some homemade bread in just yesterday...)

Then, I walked back to the couch to sit down and it hit
This is where I was sitting.  Do you see it?  The iPad, Macbook and cell phone -all perfectly placed to distract surround me.  Ouch!

I love my technology.  I love having my lists and calendars all sync between my iPad, laptop, and phone.   I appreciate the great recipes, homemaking, and teaching ideas I find through other blogs.  I love the fact that I'm going to have iPads in my classroom next year.  I love reading my Bible on my iPad every morning. much as I love all of this amazing technology-
I love my family more!  And ALL of these things distract me from my family and my home.
I think Courtney said it perfectly.

Media Mondays could not have come at better time for me.  With a new Macbook on hand and school getting ready to start, I need to make sure I am honoring God with this technology.  One way I can do that is to not let Media take away from my family!

How does Media distract you from being the wife and mother that God has called you to be?
Comment below or link up with your own blog post!

Blessings to you,

Aunt Erran's Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

 I love making meals for others, whether it's in my home to fellowship or delivering them in a time of need.  I never realized that making meals was a ministry.  But I now view it that way.  I can see that God has given me a love of cooking and He uses that to bless others.

I'm always looking for great recipes that are different and of course, delicious, for my meal ministry.  This cake recipe fits the bill for sure.  I copied this recipe from my Aunt Erran many years ago.  I've recently rediscovered it and can't get enough of it!  I've made quite a few "chocolate/peanut butter cakes" over the years and NONE compare to this cake! It will "wow" your guests and/or family-I promise!

Ingredients for cake:
1 c. margarine (melted and left to cool slightly)
1/4 c. cocoa
1 c. water
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

First, melt the butter.  Be sure to put a paper towel over the bowl so you don't have a mess to clean up later!

In a bowl beat together the eggs, cocoa, buttermilk and water. Don't add the butter yet!

Let the butter cool for a couple of minutes and make sure you've blended the other ingredients well. Then, add the butter.  If you add the hot butter with the eggs, you'll end up with chunks of cooked eggs in your cake.  (I may or may not have done this the first time I made this cake).

In a separate bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, baking soda and vanilla.

Then add the cocoa mixture and blend well.

Pour into a greased 13x9 baking dish.  Bake for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees.

When the cake is finished it will crack on the top.  I just made 2 of these cakes and they both did it.  No worries!

Let it cool completely.  Then gather the following ingredients for the icing (my favorite part!):
1 c. peanut butter
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 c. melted butter (or margarine)
1/4 c. cocoa
6 tbsp. of buttermilk
1 lb. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together the peanut butter and oil.  (The oil is just to make it spreadable.) Spread it on the cooled cake.

Melt butter and blend together the cocoa, buttermilk, vanilla and confectioners sugar.  Add more confectioners sugar as needed to bring the mixture to frosting consistency.

 Spread on top of peanut butter layer.  I LOVE this frosting so much because after you refrigerate this cake for a couple of hours it tastes like a layer of fudge on top of the cake-Yes, please!!!
See the layers???
I hope that you'll try this cake and bless someone with it!

Blessings to you,

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Few of My Faves

{as of this week-subject to change by mood change, new shopping or Pinterest finds}
1. 3/4 sleeve sweaters. Most of mine are from Target. They're so perfect for work in the a/c. I have many colors. Though I still need a black one...

2. These flowers as a dinner table centerpiece. I bought them 5 days ago for dinner guests and they still look great. I especially like this small vase so the flowers don't get in the way of dinner conversations. Don't ask me what these flowers are called...I can tell you that I got them at Publix for only $4, which makes me love them even more.

3. Supremely spicy hummus and pretzel crisps. I never knew I liked hummus until I tried this combination!

Pita chips are good but the pretzel crisps are so much better.

The hummus has to be spicy for me. (Notice how the bottom is scraped clean?)

4. Raisin bran muffins. I made this recipe today and it was so delicious. Best homemade muffins I've tried to date. They're not too branny either. You can find the recipe over at Rita's Recipes.

5. Suave dry shampoo. My hair takes ForEver to blow dry. So I try to make the blow out last as long as possible. This spray-on dry shampoo is amazing! It kept my hair clean looking and straight for...let's say quite a few days!

6. Foot scrubber thingy. My friend gave this amazing find to me. She got it at the oriental grocery store (go, figure?) I've tried the ped egg and every other pumice stone and cream out there. This crazy find finally worked! My feet are like a baby's bottom...

7. Travel cups. I love my Keurig. But I'm really loving these travel cups. I guess it makes me feel like I'm splurging on Starbucks. I got these large ones at Sam's -100 of them for like $13. They're lasting me forever!

8. Ikea milk frother. Since we're on the subject of coffee- can u see the frother in the background? I got it at Ikea for $3. Isn't the froth on the coffee beautiful?

9. Missing teeth. 3, count 'em, 3 are missing on top and a 4th one is loose! It's just too much cuteness.

10. All boy. I love that my son is all boy and loves anything and everything his Daddy loves.

- Blessings to you,
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

M.W.A. {Moms' Weekend Away}

I just got back from a refreshing, relaxing, rejuvenating weekend away in Naples with my dear friend, Ana. Our husbands blessed us tremendously by letting us go on this trip guilt-free and worry-free.
It was so refreshing to get to spend a weekend with a friend that I could chat with, pray with, bask in God's Word and just relax and laugh with! As I explained to my daughter before I left, these moments away help make me a better wife & mother.

Our hotel was beautiful and just screamed "RELAX"

My favorite part of the room was the robes we found hanging on the bathroom door.

Saturday morning started here.

By the pool with our books, notepads, iPad and our RELAX!
The rain moved in after lunch. So the obvious thing to do was shopppppp.

Have you seen a more beautiful shopping center?
My favorite store...

Saturday night dinner was at a great local place.

Our view from the table was spectacular.

The food was even more spectacular.

But the company was the most spectacular!

Sunday morning began with our personal devotion time by the hot tub.

Then, sadly it was time to check out and head home. But not before one more yummy meal.

It was a great weekend with lots of coffee involved, of course!

Our prayer was that we would return to our families refreshed, renewed and ready to serve them. I had a great weekend with my friend and I can't wait to do it again!! (hint, hint)

- Blessings to you,
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cookie Fail

Have you ever made a recipe that didn't come out as promised? Of course, we all have! But I don't usually blog about the fails...until today.
I saw this adorable idea on Pinterest.

Cookies made with the waffle iron?!! How adorable is that...well not so much.
I decided to use the break apart cookies.

And my $5, black Friday waffle iron.

Maybe that's where I went wrong, cheater cookies and cheap waffle iron. But after analyzing the recipe I can't see that either of these should have been a problem.
I put the cookies on the iron. I tried 2 different ways hoping for a better result the second time.

No such luck.

I wanted sooo badly for this to work. But the cookies were just too soft. And when I took them off the waffle iron...

The crumbs were tasty. I may or may not have eaten them all.
Oh well, you win some, you lose some. Maybe a different batter may work, maybe it won't. But I'm movin' on.

- Blessings to you,
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