* Because somebody will ask: I'm wearing sunglasses to cover the purple circles under my eyes, mmkay?
Mabel and I wanted to wish everyone a happy New year!
I'm very thankful for all the trials and the blessings.
This picture is my dream. If only.
Or perhaps I should just start with cleaning. I found a dust bunny the size of Mabel yesterday.How about this Harry Potterish library?
1 C Spectrum organic shortening
3/4 C organic cane sugar
3/4 C dark brown sugar
1 TB flax meal mixed with 3 TB water
1 tsp vanilla
1 TB coconut milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 C Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour mix
2 C gluten free oats
1/2 C craisins
1/2 C chopped walnuts
Cream shortening & sugars. Add flax/water & milk. Mix in dry ingredients. Stir in oats, craisins & walnuts. Drop by tablespoon or ice cream scoop onto cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool on a cooling rack. Melt white chocolate (or dark chocolate is also delish) and drizzle on top of cookies. Enjoy!
Hello all and Happy Holidays! My name is Kate, and I write a little blog called www.retroranchrevamp.com. Liz (and Mabel of course) were kind enough to let me write a guest post for them! When Liz informed me that I could write on any topic my little heart desired, (minus stuff like gun control…really not my cup of tea anyway) I immediately got a horrible and long lasting case of writer’s block. Yep, you guessed it, too much creative freedom makes me blank. Big time. So there I was amidst all the stress and busy bustle of the holidays, trying to pick a topic and get a post to Liz before she withdrew her guest posting offer. (If you’re reading this, I made it in just before the bell.)
I did what any logical person completely immersed in the Christmas craziness would do, I decided I would write about the holidays, until I realized my writer’s block would probably prevent my post from being turned in for Liz’s approval until after the holidays were over. Arrrghh!
Ok, on to the next topic. Hmm. But all I could think about was:
Why did the gift I ordered for my father-in-law arrive broken for the SECOND time and where will I find a replacement before Christmas?
How many more hours will I have to spend wrapping presents?
Yipes! New Year’s Eve (I’m hosting a party this year) is getting dangerously close and I haven’t planned a bit of it! (or cleaned for that matter)
Why am I getting a cold right before Christmas???
Then as I was in the midst of my holiday/writer’s block meltdown, my assistant came in.
Leave it to Leo to calm me down. He always has a way of making me feel better, or laugh and he always knows when I need it the most. (I suspect Mabel and Liz know what I’m talking about.)
Did my faithful assistant Leo cure my writer’s block? Not a chance. But he did he make me realize that my guest post didn’t have to be a life altering, earth shaking spectacular piece or writing. It was at that point that I realized, I had been thinking so much about my writer’s block, that I could probably write about THAT for the guest post. I mean, Liz is a writer, so I am sure it would be appreciated.
And that is the story of how I beat my guest post writer’s block.
Guest post brought to you from Jennifer Poppy at Bella Grace Home. Thanks Jennifer!
I love this print I found on Pinterest (a.k.a. the best invention ever! Okay, maybe not ever, but close to it for sure). But I would almost want to change the phrase to "She let God turn her can'ts into cans and His dreams into her plans." You see, each and every one of us is unique. We are taught that from birth practically, with comparisons to snowflakes "Not one of them is alike," we are told that we are created for a purpose.
Well, not all of us were told that. Some were told that there is no purpose in life...no meaning at all...and that really, we're just here to live and die and become part of the dust again. But whether you grew up knowing that you were uniquely made for a purpose or if you were like the latter, growing up not knowing the meaning of life at all, I want you to be encouraged today: You were beautifully crafted in your mother's womb by a Creator who loves and adores you more than you can possibly imagine.
Your laugh, your smile, the way you interact with others, your likes and dislikes were all created to make you, you. And that dream in your heart? The one that you had to bury because of insecurities, bills, nay-sayers, what-have-you...Well, that dream was placed in your heart for a reason. Not everyone shares the same dream you carry deep within you. There's a purpose behind the passion you hold for whatever that noble endeavor may be.
And that purpose can only be fulfilled when you allow yourself to become all you were created to be by the One who knows and loves you more than anyone else in the universe.
But it takes getting out of your comfort zone, into a place of trusting God. You may ask how I know this is true. Well, for years I've held a dream in my heart for doing mission work with my husband in a land that is far from my home. It's a dream the Maker placed within me as a teenager. It's a dream that makes me tear up; it's a dream that causes joy to overwhelm my heart; it's a dream that fits who the Lord made me to be on this earth.
And since our family has taken a step of faith, in the direction the Lord asked us to obey Him in...it has been amazing! Yes, there have been many ups, but there has been hard work as well. But the most astounding thing about it all is that we are in perfect peace, resting and trusting in Him. He has moved in ways beyond what we could have ever asked or imagined. And I know that it is simply because He is good and He has given us the strength to obey Him and jump into the destiny He created for us.
There's a special destiny for your life, too. Is there a dream in your heart that was buried years ago? Is there a dream in your heart that you are living today? Will you let Him change your can'ts into cans and His dreams into plans? Be who He created you to be...there's nothing greater on this earth, for it brings Him glory, so much glory!
I'm grateful, to you, Liz, for allowing me to share these words with your friends at Mabel's House. You are an encouragement and inspiration to us all. Thank you for letting your "can'ts" become your "cans." You are a blessing!