Thursday, May 26, 2011

Coffee Cake

I made these tasty coffee cakes for my daughter's Father's Day breakfast at school.



Ingredients:
1 white cake mix
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c. sour cream
3 eggs
1/4 c. water
1 can pie filling (flavor your choice)
1/2 slice almonds
1 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Beat the first five ingredients.

Pour batter into a greased 13x9 pan.  I'm using disposable pans for this event.
Dollop the pie filling on top of the batter. Don't mix the pie filling in.   I'm using apple pie filling and cherry pie filling.


Bake for about 35 min.
They look golden brown and yummy right out of the oven.


Lastly, mix the powdered sugar and milk and drizzle over the top of the cake.  Then sprinkle with almonds.
I've even made it the night before and served it cold, but it's best warm.


Friday, May 20, 2011

{Skittle Cupcakes}

Tomorrow is Holly's birthday, which means it's cupcake time!
I'm not in love with these cupcakes.  But I am in love with the technique.  I have some great ideas for how to use this technique for future cupcakes that I'll share at the end of this post.
First, bake some cupcakes from the box.
Then, take a melon baller (is that what it's called??) and scoop out a little well in the middle of each cupcake.



Give the "cupcake ball" to the nearest cute kid to eat.


I found out the hard way that it's best to fill each little well with skittles BEFORE you ice them.


I decided to use 3 different colored icings, just because I'm always looking for ways to make life more difficult.


Then, I used my handy-dandy decorator to make little dollops around the "skittle well".

Like I said, these weren't may favorite cupcakes, appearance-wise.  The colors were too "Easterish". 
But the little well technique is genius.
Think about all the cute things you could put in the middle: a little scoop of ice cream, M&M's, diced fruit, the list is endless! 
You haven't seen the last of these guys!

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Women Judging Women

This was sent out as an email at my work-SO CONVICTING!


Women Judging Women

Lysa TerKeurst

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble…” 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)

How differently might our lives be if we women didn’t have to fear the harsh criticisms of other women? Might we be willing to step out a little bolder for Jesus? Might we be willing to be a little more vulnerable? Might we live our lives a little less guarded?

Oh sweet sisters, women judging other women must absolutely break God’s heart. The crazy thing is when we judge others, we elevate ourselves past the ability to recognize our own propensity to sin in the very area we are criticizing. Show me a woman who is leveling a judgment against another person, and I will show you a woman who is wrapped in sin herself.

If it’s not the very same sin she’s criticizing, it will be a sin just as dangerous — pride.

It is a subtle shift that Satan invites us into. Voicing criticisms against others will coat the eyes of our soul with smut so thick, we become blinded to our own sin. Pride and self-righteousness will detour us from God’s best path and lead us on a treacherous journey of denial. We’ll deny our own sinfulness. We’ll deny our own need for grace.

Those who can’t see their own desperate need for grace, refuse to freely give grace to others.

Now, if you’re like me, you may be tempted to start making a mental list of those who you have felt judged by and you started praying a few sentences back: “Please let so and so read today’s devotion. Oh I hope she sees herself in this and gets a whammy of conviction.”

But, let’s stop making that mental list and receive this message personally. Even if we aren’t naturally critical people, this is an area we can all grow in.

I recently read a wonderful quote outlining a beautiful plan when we feel tempted to judge someone else. Francis Frangipane in his book Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God says, “Anyone can pass judgment — but can they lay down their lives in love, intercession and faith for the one judged? Can they target an area of need and rather than criticizing, fast and pray, asking God to supply the very virtue they feel lacking? And then persevere in that love — motivated prayer until that fallen area blooms in godliness? Such is the life Christ commands we follow!” (pg.11)

I know just posting this devotion will not suddenly make the world tip on it’s axis and shake all of us women into breaking the cycle of criticisms and judgment. However, maybe, it will be a start. If it causes even one of us to fall in front of Jesus in repentance and allow Him to wipe clean our spiritual eyes — it will be a great start. Now, let me be that one.

Dear Lord, may I first fall in repentance into Your loving arms of grace. Thank You for the harsh ways I have been judged lately for it has made me so aware of how hurtful this can be. Forgive me. I am a woman who desperately needs grace — therefore, I should be a woman who freely offers grace. When I am tempted to be critical of someone else, help me hold my thoughts and my tongue. Instead of voicing those things, help me bring them to You in honest, sincere and heartfelt prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Slacker Mom

That would be ME.  One of the parents in my class used this term to describe herself to me, and the term has stuck with me.  What's interesting is she is absolutely not a "Slacker Mom", but isn't that so typical of us moms to be so hard on ourselves?

What qualifies me to be a "Slacker Mom"? Well, the list is long, especially as of late.  But the most recent qualifying incident happened yesterday.  Holly lost her 3rd tooth.  {In the rankings of lost tooth importance, the 3rd one still ranks pretty high.  By the 8th or 9th tooth, the importance and novelty falls significantly.  If you're not there yet, you'll understand soon enough}. 
So, she lost her tooth and put it under her pillow.  Fast Forward 12 hours-6:20 a.m. Holly comes in my room-very disappointed-because the tooth fairy did not come.  UGHH.
I distract her with some nonsense that I can't even recall and run to my wallet-EMPTY (as usual)...so...I go to HER wallet, yes, I said HER wallet. S.L.A.C.K.E.R.   I score 5 bucks, run to her room and stick the $5 in her pillowcase (where it could be easily overlooked). 
I call her into the bedroom and assure her that she didn't look everywhere, and whatdoyaknow? $5 in the pillowcase.  I shared with  her that the tooth fairy probably didn't take her tooth because it was so tiny.  At which she assured me that the tooth fairy is a tiny, tiny fairy and the tooth is not that tiny to her.  oops.
Yes, I will pay back the $5 before she ever realizes it was gone.  Yes, I do feel guilty about the whole lie, I mean incident.
Hi, My name is Kris and I'm a "Slacker Mom".

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Top 10 Ways to Give Life to Your Home

When I first read these 10 things I had an A-HA moment!  These are exactly the things that need to be present in my home.  I can look at this list and pick out the things that I am already doing that have been successful.  I am posting this top 10 list in my home and I encourage you to do the same!

Top 10 Ways to Give Life To Our Home, By Renee Behringer

(Excerpt from 31 Days to Clean)

1.) Retrain our tongues to give words that encourage, comfort and edify others.

2) Offer life-giving and grace-filled words to husband and children.

3) Make our homes a place of grace where mistakes and sins are not met with anger but with love and hope.

4) Decorate our homes to make home a place of beauty. Beauty raises life above mere existence.

5) Develop necessary cleaning skills and habits; clutter causes stress.

6) Face our anger, anxiety, fear and depression. Our homes reflect our mental/spiritual/emotional health. Ask the Lord to replace these emotions with faith and hope.

7) Plan regular times away from home to rejuvenate and gain perspective. 
8) Persevere in planning fun activities for family on weekends or ordinary weekdays.

9) Play praise or worship music in home to lift everyone’s spirits. 
 (Even King Saul in the Bible, when the Holy Spirit had left him, was refreshed and calmed by David’s worship.)

10) Ask the Lord: What areas of my home are causing stress or bringing spiritual/emotional/mental ‘deadness’? What can I do to bring life to those places instead to make them a place of refuge?

All of these suggestions have risen out of a heart that longs to be this kind of woman, yet has consistently failed in all of these areas. Some suggestions are on my ‘impossible prayer list’ of what I’m asking God to do this year in my life! I have seen the ill effects of doing the opposite of what I’ve written. I know that I don’t want to live that way anymore! Instead, I’m striving to develop diligence in these areas to bring life to my home flowing over from the One Who gives life freely to all who ask. May He encourage us in our life-giving.

 "If you follow these precepts [all the things we should do] all of your life, you will find at the end of it not a perfect trouble free life, but a blessed one. When you fail, get right back up, repent and start all over again with God’s grace to do the very things that He wants you to do. You will not ever be sorry.”

-Anonymous

Friday, May 6, 2011

How to REALLY Bless Your Child's Teacher

Yesterday I received a homemade dinner from one of my students for Teacher Appreciation day.  It was the best.gift.ever.   I had a crazy busy night ahead preparing for my Mother's Day breakfast in my classroom, and getting ready for a trip on Friday.  So...it was definitley going to be a "Little Caesar's" night at my house.  This inspired me to bless my children's teacher's with a meal  as well.
I purchased these pretty reusable grocery bags.
I added this cute tag.

I put the menu on the back of the tag.

Lastly, I added a Publix gift card.

I hope it was as much  a blessing to them as it was to me!!

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