Monthly Archives: January 2017

Coffee Cake

It seems that I’m constantly looking for new breakfast ideas.  There is always an abundance of snacks, desserts and dinner ideas floating around but not many breakfast recipes.  I ran across a coffee cake recipe from TOH awhile back and decided to make it the other night.  It’s one of those awesome recipes that needs mixed up ahead of time, refrigerate overnight and then just simply bake the next morning!

The other night I went to a surprise birthday party for a sweet friend that just turned 50.  You would never guess her age, she is beautiful (inside and out!) and just full of life.  More importantly, she loves the Lord, her family and friends and shows it in everything she does!

I came home after her party and mixed up this recipe to have for breakfast with my family over the weekend.  It was really good, fresh out of the oven, with a side of fruit and coffee, of course.   I was worried about reheating it but it was still really good the next couple days.



Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

I just love crock pot recipes, fix it and forget it!  I use it year round for all types of recipes.  

This dinner recipe is great….quick and easy to throw in the crock pot and so delicious!  I cooked it on low  for about 4 hours and served it over rice with green onions.


In Bible class, we recently finished our six week study of the first half of Exodus. God has really impressed on my heart this past year that I need to teach Lacey (and myself) the Bible and how to study and learn from His word, book by book. I don’t need special school curriculum, I just need a Bible. I have ordered a few journals and used internet resources to work through each study. It has been such a blessing and we are both learning so much!

The one who calls you is faithful.

 I Thessalonians 5:24a

On this blog, under the category Bible Study, you can check out our notes and info on Genesis, Philippians and Proverbs.
Exodus Part 1- Chapters 1-15

Author: Moses
Setting: Egypt
Key People: Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, Jethro, Joshua
40 Chapters

The following is the introduction from the Time Warp Wife.  The materials for this study can be found at Time Warp Wife- Exodus study
The story of Exodus in many ways typifies our redemption. In fact, the Greek word for “Exodus,” ἔξοδος (Strong’s G1841) is “an exit, departure, death.” When we give our lives over to God, our old life passes away. Through freedom in Christ we embark on a journey toward the promised land set before us. The question is, will Satan let us go without putting up a fight? Not a chance.
The Israelites left Egypt behind with the promise of a new life and a new land before them. They were slaves in Egypt, as we too were once slaves to sin, but God sent Moses to free them and lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey. Pharaoh did everything in his power to rebel against God. He had a tight hold on the Hebrew people and wasn’t about to free them or let go of his pride, but Pharaoh was no match for God. God had promised to free His people and nothing would stand in His way.

As we make our way through this study we’ll be looking at the 10 plagues of Egypt. It’s interesting to note that while the purpose of these plagues was to prove to the world that there is only one God, each plague was uniquely designed to cast down the many gods that the Egyptians worshipped.

The Israelites had a bad habit of looking back. Anytime the journey got difficult they lost focus. They longed for their days back in Egypt, and failed to see the blessings at hand.
Brief outline:

Ch 1 and 2- Moses is protected by God
Ch 3- The burning bush
Ch 4- Moses prepares to lead
Ch 5- Pharaoh increases the labor
Ch 6- Looking to the promise ahead
Ch 7- The 10 plagues begin
Ch 8- The plagues continue
Ch 9- The purpose of the plagues
Ch 10 and 11- The final plagues
Ch 12- The Passover
Ch 13- God leads and protects
Ch 14- The orchestration of God
Ch 15- The song of Moses
We each use one of these journals daily during this Exodus study:

Quieting your heart- Gratitude journal

There is space to record things you are thankful for, keep a record of fond memories, consider ways to express your gratitude, journalize what you’re learning in your quiet time, record something wonderful that happens each day, keep track of your prayer requests and praise reports and record a daily prayer. Our morning routine is to read the Bible chapter(s) together, answer the study questions and then work on our journal while listening to a few worship songs.

One of my favorite quotes from this study is, “Sin is like the Pharaoh of Egypt- it holds us hostage as the Pharaoh did Israel. But when God intends to deliver us from the bondage of personal sin, we can be certain that He will stop at nothing. Be encouraged! God can free you from the bondage of sin if you follow His leading.”

We are now working on the conclusion of this study and I will share more notes in the future. I invite you to jump into God’s word and learn more, seek Him and draw close to the One who created you and loves you!

New Years Eve!

We decided to stay home and have a little family house party to ring in the new year!

We planned to make special food and play party games until the clock struck midnight.  We decorated the house and the girls even turned our Christmas tree into a New Years tree!

We had a lot of fun with crazy photo props….

Here are a few of the fun recipes we enjoyed that night.

Who doesn’t love these meatballs??!!  The sauce is just awesome!

These crackers were simple and delicious!  I served them with a meat and cheese tray.

These little Santa hats were made from brownies, strawberries and cream cheese icing.

We picked up a box of Auntie Anne’s pretzel mix and made salted pretzels, cinnamon and sugar sticks and a few pretzel dogs.  They were fun to make and the girls done a great job!

I hope you have a blessed 2017 with good health, love and happiness!

Caramel pecan rolls

I was searching for a special Christmas morning breakfast recipe and this was just perfect!

It’s a special treat that is made the evening before and then just pop it in the oven the next morning.  I served the warm rolls with peaches and mandarin oranges.  This was ideal since Christmas was on Sunday this year….Sunday mornings are usually rushed anyways and then to add the holiday to it, a quick breakfast was needed to make sure we could get to the service on time.  

I didn’t use shortening in the recipe, I just sprayed the pan with bakers spray.  I will definately make this one again someday!