Monday, January 16, 2017

Chocolate Donuts...

God's Grace Overflows

Now, who here loves donuts??

On occasion, I'll make some donuts up for the boys.
I love this recipe as you bake the donuts versus frying them.
It's nice to have a healthier version 
every now and again...

And it's more gentler on the tummy too!

*If you wanted to do a gluten free version,
just use the GF all purpose flour mix
 instead of regular flour.


Chocolate Donuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk, or as needed
  • sprinkles, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Spray a donut pan well with non-stick 
cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour,
 cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, 
sugar, egg, butter and vanilla until well combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients 
and mix until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the donut cavities making sure to only
 fill them about ⅔ - ¾ of the way full.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick
 inserted into the donut comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to 
cool for about 5 minutes in the pan.

 Remove donuts from the pan and
 transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the glaze:
In a separate bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. 
If the glaze is too thick, slowly add one tablespoon of 
milk at a time until it has reached your desired consistency.

Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and transfer 
back to the wire rack to cool and allow the glaze to harden. 
Top with sprinkles if desired.

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Hugs & Blessings,

Monday, January 9, 2017

The "Lived In" Look...


I finally figured out why my house looks "lived in".
It's very simple really...we live in it!

All 5 of us, well actually 6 of us,
 if you count our dog Daisy.

Although we have a place for almost everything,
we are still in the process of training our
 boys to put everything in its place.

This can be challenging each day,
 as it seems to creep in often.

We have been trying to instill in our boys that it takes
 every one to keep the household running.

I could easily get discouraged by the
 "lived in" look in our home.
I could work really hard at preventing
 that from happening, but why?

The only way my home would stay clean and tidy
is if we left for the entire day.

How would I home school or have a 
warm meal on our plates if we were never home?

I must confess, I gave up on my old 
standards of a "clean" house
some time ago.

I don't want my boys to feel like they can't enjoy their home.
Yes messes happen, but isn't that why we are training
 our children to clean up their own messes?

I make messes too!  
This happens when I am being productive.
I sometimes clean as I go.
And before my hubby gets home, 
we will straighten things up.

I've been learning along the way to not panic 
when things aren't spotless or put away...

I'll choose a messy "lived in" home
than a quiet tidy home any ol' day!

Set your affections on things above,
not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:2

Thank you so much for stopping by!
I appreciate each one of you.

Hugs & Blessings,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sunsets...and an Anniversary!

Sunsets are the most glorious gift from God!

Each one has it's very own unique design.
Splashes of beautiful colors...
Purples, pinks, yellows and blues.

Even on nights that are cold and snowy
they all tell a story.

God sure knew what he was doing 
when he painted the night skies...

News from the Homestead....

How are you all?
How is the New Year treating you thus far?

We are all trying to get back into a routine.  
My oldest is taking driving classes
 with an instructor this week.
 These classes are mandatory!

He'll be getting his license next month!

He has one more day after today.

My hubby and I will be celebrating our 
20th Anniversary next week!

So I've been celebrating since the first!

20 years is a huge deal!!

I've been trying to slow down...
Life is like a fast moving whirl wind.

I want to enjoy the days as they go by,
not wonder where the day went...

My word for the New Year is:

I'm going to pause before the Lord daily.
Pause and take things as they come.

To pause and reflect before continuing forward.

Pause...take a break more often!

Did you get a word or a phrase for the year?
I'd love to hear, if you'd like to share!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year Blessings...

Christmas is over and the New Year is almost here!
Where has this year gone?

We had a wonderful Christmas spent 
with family and friends.
Lots of food, laughter and fellowship!

I decided to take down my tree and decorations
so I can bring the New Year in with a 
clean and tidy home.

It's always so sad to wrap and pack up the ornaments.
It took me all day to get everything packed and cleaned
and put back into order.
  I'm still working at trying to finish the laundry,
but that is a never ending task.

Do you have any big plans to ring 
in the New Year?

We will be gathering at our friends home
for a small New Years Eve party.

I'd like to be in bed by 12:01!!

May God bless all of you and your families
in this new year to come!

Blessings and Hugs,

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Fragile Gift...

With Christmas almost here,  I wanted to share
a precious story I read in my Daily Bread devotional.
It's very fitting for the season we are in.


When we give a fragile gift, we make sure it is marked
on the box that contains it.
The word FRAGILE is written 
with big letters because
we don't want anyone to 
damage what is inside.

God's gift to us came in the most fragile package:

Sometimes we imagine Christmas day
as a beautiful scene on a postcard, 
but any mother can tell you it wasn't so. 
Mary was tired, probably insecure.

It was her first child, 
and He was born in the most
unsanitary conditions.
She "wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, 
and laid Him in a manger, 
because there was no room for
them in the inn."

A baby needs constant care.  
Babies cry, eat, sleep
and depend on their caregivers.
They cannot make decisions.
In Mary's day, infant mortality was high,
and mothers often died in childbirth.

Why did God choose such a fragile 
way to send His Son to earth?
Because Jesus had to be like us 
in order to save us.

God's greatest gift came in the fragile
body of a baby, but God
took the risk because He loves us.

Wow...Just Wow!
The more I read this the more the tears flow!
Let us be thankful this Christmas season 
for such an amazing gift,

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15

Blessings to you and yours....

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Baking...

Tis the Season to be baking...
fa.. la.. la.. la.. la.. la!

I have all ready had one baking day with friends
and I'll be doing another baking day 
with my mom this week.

Whew...that's a  lot of cookies!

Every year I make cookie platters
 for my hubby's work
my Father in Law's crew, my Aunt's office 
and a few of our friends.

I love to bake and give!!

Believe it or not, I really don't 
eat a lot of what I bake.
I might eat my fair share at times 
but I don't eat a lot of my goodies!

Sugar cookie cut outs are our most favorite!!
So I have have to make a double 
batch when I bake!

What are your most favorite 
cookies you bake this time of year?

I do a huge variety...
Almond Blossoms
Cocoa Drops
Butter Brickle Bars
Peppermint Shortbread
Cranberry Orange Shortbread
Ranger Cookies
Sugar Cookies
Cashew Brittle
More Fudge
Just to name a few... HaHa!

I made chocolate covered cherries 
last year for the first time
and they were really yummy!
These are my father in laws favorite!

Click on the link below if you'd like 
to give them a try.

And by the end of the holiday baking season
you will feel like this...

Thanks so much for stopping by...
May you all be blessed with Christmas Cheer!!

Hugs & Blessings To You,

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Blessings...

Well, it's official...
We are now in the second week of December!
Can you believe it?
I'm telling you, hold on to your hats and enjoy the ride,
I thinks Christmas is going to be here rather quickly!

I am taking this month a bit slower, 
so I don't miss out on 
any of the holiday excitement.

I've been decorating here and there
and by the time you read this, 
our tree will be up and decorated!

My hubby is going to be hanging lights
 on our covered porch this year
along with putting out the family of reindeer!

We are all so excited, for we haven't put up
outdoor lights since my oldest was little.

How are things going for all of you?

I thought I would share a beautiful
 poem with you,
It's so fitting for the season we are in.


The Blessings of Sharing

Only what we give away
Enriches us from day to day,
For not in getting but in giving
Is found the lasting joy of living,
For no one ever had a part
In sharing treasures of the heart
Who did not feel the impact of
The magic mystery of God's love.
Love alone can make us kind
And give us joy and peace of mind,
So live with joy unselfishly,
And you'll be blessed abundantly.

By: Helen Steiner Rice

Have a JOYOUS week!

Hugs & Blessings To You,

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