Saturday, December 26, 2009

Read the Bible in 90 days

Jeremy and I are doing it. Would you like to join us? This is where we saw the challenge. We are not getting the special bible that she recommends. We are planning to listen to one of the audio bibles we have while reading along in our own bibles. I've never read the bible through in such big chunks before. I'm excited about it!

*NOTE* This post is primarily for accountability. We said it here so now it is officially one of our New Year's Resolutions!

Friday, December 25, 2009

May we not so much seek...

My friend Cindy e-mailed this prayer out on Christmas day. The last part is an especially convicting challenge. May it be so of all of us!
O God, who makes us glad by the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only
Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so
we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge;
who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without
end. Lord, make us instruments of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let us
sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is
darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be
loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning
that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Or...Banana Crunch Cake

If your mushy old bananas would rather be transformed into something with a terrific crumbly topping, Banana Crunch Cake is your recipe.

I got this recipe from the King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Cookbook. My family generally likes white flour in stuff, but they devour this cake.

1 c oat flour (I just grind up some oats in my food processor)
1 c whole wheat flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
(Stir these together and then add other ingredients)
1/2 c butter
2/3 c brown sugar
2 eggs
3 bananas (about 1 c mashed)
1/2 c plain yogurt (or sour cream)
1 t vanilla
1/2 c chopped pecans

Mix well and pour into greased 8x8 pan. Then sprinkle on the topping:

3/4 c rolled oats
1/3 c brown sugar
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t salt
2 T butter melted
1/4 c chopped pecans
(all mixed together of course)

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until tests done in the middle. Really Yummy!

Banana Bread

It is always fun when you find your version of a classic. I mean the one that you make again and again. The one that your kids will refer to when they say, "My mom's banana bread is yummy." I have been wanting to store my favorites online. What better way than to share them with friends here!

Banana Bread
1 c sugar
1/2 c butter
2 eggs
3 or 4 bananas (about 1 1/2 c mashed)
1/2 c buttermilk (or milk with 1 T vinegar in a pinch)
1 t vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda

Mix all ingredients together well and pour batter into 2 greased loaf pans or 24 greased muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until tests done in the middle (about 20 minutes for muffins).

It is really fun to make with this:

I got my dough wisk from King Arthur Flour. As much as I love my Kitchen Aid mixer, sometimes it is nice to just use your own muscles :0)

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Yummy Cookies

I made these terrific cookies out of my new cookbook and I highly recommend them! They have tons of oats and some pecans in them, they are really tasty, and you can keep a roll in the fridge or freezer and slice and bake them. Really handy!

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Sexton's Meet Pioneer Woman

Well, I rarely tell tales of the Sexton family on this blog. But, since this event has to do with another blogger, I thought you might like to read about it. Tonight we headed over to Borders for Pioneer Woman's book signing. These days there are not many late night outings with all the kids and so we decided that it might be fun to be crazy and stay up a little after their bedtime.

It ended up being a LOT after their bedtime! This picture was taken at 11:15. Jeremy was so sweet and helpful. I really enjoy her blog and use a lot of her yummy recipes and so it was just a fun thing to get to stand in line and wait to meet her and get a signed cookbook. It reminded me of waiting in line for a fun concert, or staying up late for something special when I was a kid. Jeremy helped me with the kids in the children's department for a while and then he had a great idea...he took them to the car to watch a Christmas movie and he read a book while I got to sit and read by myself in line. The boys had a great time, he enjoyed his book, and I enjoyed mine.

When it was almost my turn Jeremy brought the boys in to meet PW. I had told them ahead of time that this nice lady had come up with a lot of yummy recipes that I make for them sometimes. I told them that she homeschools her kiddos too and that she has little boys. I think they were a little bit excited too. And, it was fun for Jeremy to get to see the person that I enjoy reading about.

She was still smiling and so nice after almost 4 solid hours of pictures, signing, and chatting. And there were MANY other people to come after me.

I really love a lot of her recipes. I made Monkey Muffins this morning and they were really great. I have some leftovers of her Creamy Mashed Potatoes and her Chocolate Pie in my fridges. I am making her Lasagna this week for the first time. I made her Fettuccini Alfredofor lunch last week. Her Brisket is the most yummy I have ever had. Her Guacamole is the only one I have ever made at home that I really loved. Her Cinnamon Rolls are delicious. We love Iny's Prune Cake ( have to try it!). Her Favorite Christmas Cookies are my new favorites. My Pot Roast is her Pot Roast recipe. Her Steak Bites are amazing. Those are a few of my favorite and a good place for you to start! Print one off and go for it! Or better yet, order her cookbook. It is really fun. It has a lot of her story and stuff about their ranch, and many terrific pictures in it. It is a book and a cookbook all wrapped up in one! Yes, I know what I just said :0)

Lets Keep Christmas Commercialized?

Here is a great article by David Chilton that made me appreciate the commercialized Christmas. Everything is shifting toward simplicity and scaling down, but there are thoughts worth considering on the other side too. Whatever your Christmas looks like, I hope it is a time of rejoicing and thankfulness!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Attack on Christmas

I have not had this happen to me personally, but I have heard of other Christians getting flack about celebrating Christmas. Some say that it began as a pagan holiday, is rooted in Catholic ideas, or is idolatry. Well, I love Christmas and enjoy celebrating the coming of our Lord. I'll point you to this great collection of articles by my former pastor Jeff Meyers, in case you have anyone trying to take the joy out of your Christmas :0)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exaults folly.
Prov 14:29