Monthly Archives: October 2010

Dorothy, Buzz, and Pumpkin Muffins: To Oz and Beyond!

What a day! The weather was glorious and my kitchen was skipping and buzzing, along with my Dorothy from Oz and my blonde headed Buzz Lightyear.

I love this time of the year. There seem to be an endless cornucopia of adventures to experience and I never run out of interesting and tasty recipes to stir up in the kitchen. This warms my heart because in our family, the kitchen is truly the heart beat of our home.

Before we embarked on our annual Halloween trick-or-treat excursion, I experimented with a new recipe, Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins. Needless to say, it was well worth the experience. They tasted fabulous and had I not already known, I would have never known they were GF. They are super moist and pumpkinny…my new word of the day!

Here is a link to the recipe:

Let me know what you think if you try them. I did tweak a few things, but mostly stayed true to the recipe. Enjoy!

After enjoying our Confetti Chili and warm GF Pumpkin Muffins, we traveled down the yellow brick road to Oz:

And we flew through the galaxy to Infinity and Beyond:

After all the ghosts and goblins were locked out of our home, we cleaned up and got ready for a new week. Wherever your yellow brick road leads, may you always remember that there is no place like home!!



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When is enough enough?

In regards to relationships, when I ask myself this question I get different answers. There are times when God whispers in my ear, “one more time.”

There are times when I ask myself this question and I hear God say, “Yes, stop now.”

And then there are times that I ask and I don’t get an answer in return. Usually this means to keep doing what I am doing with patience, also known as longsuffering.

I have learned that steadfast diligence is hard to come by, especially when it involves people and relationships. What makes relationships so difficult?

Well, the first and most obvious conclusion is that a relationship is a connection or association that involves people…broken, selfish, and prideful people. I, myself, fall into that description, probably somewhere near the top of the list.

Relationships can be very hard to navigate at times. There are times I would like to pack up and move to a very remote and private 100 acre parcel of land near no one that I know (well except, of course, my husband and kids)…and oh yes, with a non-forwarding address as well.

When the phone starts to ring too much, when I am asked for the 14th time by my neighbor if he can borrow the weedeater, when we seem to run into that person everywhere we go…almost as if he or she knows our routine and just happens to bump into us. That is when we begin ponder, “How soon can I purchase my one-way ticket to anywhere but here?”

When things start to get messy in relationships, we tend to tuck our tail and run.

Instead of running, I encourage you to camp out until God tells you to move on. Increase margin in your relationships by setting boundaries…knowing where you begin and end. As you figure this out for yourself, slowly and in love, begin to help others know these parameters. Here are a few broad guiding principles that will help you establish boundaries:

When we give too much and we try to fix others, we become enablers.

When we don’t give at all and we choose to be selfish, we become bitter and lonely.

When we give what is necessary for the moment, we give grace and God’s tender love.

I am so thankful for those people who have given as much as necessary, what was sufficient at the time for me. I have been blessed with many people who have always given sufficiently in my life. Not too much, not too little, just enough.

That is what I want my life to give. Thank you for giving…

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”

Ephesians 4:29

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Recommended Reading

I love to read and my favorite audience is composed of two fantastic listeners! One of the best parts of my day is when I get to read to my daughter and son. I love to watch their faces fill with anticipation of what comes next and the proverbial “read it again, mommy!”.

Callie’s school hosted a book fair today and she had a $10 budget to work with : )  She picked out a Little Pet Shop book and then she picked out another book where the main character had her name, Callie. She was thrilled. Her teacher also pointed out that the main character had a friend named Liza, which happens to be the name of one of Callie’s friends in her class…that was all it took. The book came home with us! 

In normal succession, bathtime, snacktime, and toothtime, we snuggled up in bed to read Callie’s new books. She liked the Little Pet Shop book, but she LOVED “Callie Cat, Ice Skater” (by Eileen Spinelli). We read it twice and the second was better than the first. Callie beamed with pride that the main character had her name, but when she said to me, “mom, it’s not always about winning, but doing what you love”, my heart swelled with delightful joy.

Needless to say, this book is on my recommended reading list for young children and adults alike. May we all find that “melting sweetness” that has no name and come to the same conclusion that Callie the Cat did…

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