Thursday, May 31, 2012

Homemade Bread

A special treat around our house is homemade bread!  Yummy, warm, buttery bread with no other requirement than to be delicious!  Oh yes, a lot like THIS...

I followed this simple and delicious recipe from Bakingdom and it is AMAZING!!  About 10 minutes of hands-on work, with lots of time to rise the dough and you have a delicious fluffy loaf that will fit your grocery budget nicely.

But I think I want to move away from homemade bread just being "a treat".  Gluten doesn't seem to bother Ryan like we initially thought but we do want to stick to simple, uncomplicated recipes if he does eat it.  Just like this one-and it is so so SO delicious!  Literally, half the loaf is gone and I just baked it this morning.

We haven't bought bread in years because it is not cost effective or all that good for us usually.   But in our own kitchen if we use organic flour, organic agave nectar, organic milk, and organic butter along with the salt, yeast, and water this is a healthy, whole grain staple in our diet.  I've thought about adding into this recipe flax, sprinkling the top with sunflower seeds, or some other assortment of good stuff to amp up the health factor!

Besides the healthfulness of homemade bread, I'm hooked on making my own simply for the therapeutic properties!  I love stirring and kneading the dough early in the morning with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and the windows in my kitchen open.  This is a great relaxation source in the midst of a very stressful season :)

Consider making your own loaf today.  It's worth it for your health and your heart!

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.

John 6:51

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Reflecting at 92

[I'm contributing to the Juicing Series over at WorkingKansasHomemaker today.  Holla!]

A newly acquainted neighbor of ours is not too far off from the title of Centenarian.  She still lives in her house independently and Harpo and I even caught her doing yard work the other day!  She is incredibly sharp and really fun to get to know.

I've sat with her a few times in the last week while she easily recalls facts, names, and dates quickly in her stories.  Did I mention she was born in 1920!!  Is anyone else so enthralled by her age and life experience??  What she must have seen and known through the decades?  How different the world must be today than the one she grew up in.  Record players to iPods, typewriters to laptops, and everything in between.

In the 1920's women gained the right to vote, The Great Gatsby was published, and penicillin was invented!  Can you imagine a world where those things are new?  I am so intrigued by her and what almost 100 years of life means.  Oh and she is a great-great-grandmother.  Two greats!

But I can't help but detect hints of regret now and again in her voice about her life and choices as she shares.  More than once she has expressed sadness over relationships or loneliness in her current state.  Thankfully, she has also reflected on good memories and joy-filled times.  Which I am so glad to know and honored to hear.

More recently I read an article that listed the Top 3 Things Elderly People Wish They'd Done More of in Life and it made me think of our neighbor.  Here are the top 3 things older folks would say they would do differently looking back...

1. They wish they had left more of a legacy

Meaning they wish they had had done something that could be handed down, a gift to the preceding generation.  This might include for some a business or a family heirloom.  We think a legacy of godliness -one where we love and follow the Lord fiercely and teach our children to do the same-would be the most valuable legacy we could leave.

2.  They wish they had reflected more.

It seems elderly people wished they would have taken the time to "zoom out" more often to think, reflect, and observe what was going on around them.  Even though they have an abundance of time to think now, they wish that in the midst of a hectic life or busiest seasons they would have reflected upon their circumstances then.  Seems wise to me!

3. They wish they had taken more risks. 

According to this article they did not just wish they had taken more crazy, adrenaline-pumping risks but also risks in their career, relationships, things they enjoyed doing, and general day to day activities.  Perhaps they wish they would have gone for that career change, spoken up in a relationship, or written that book they had always wanted to write.

Getting to know my neighbor, through a morning hello while she is in the yard or being invited into her home for a talk, I want to soak up wisdom from her.  Spoken and unspoken.  So here is what I feel challenged to ask of myself today and periodically, join me....

What kind of legacy am I leaving?

Am I taking time to reflect?

What risks can I take today?

Time with my neighbor is interesting, heart-breaking sometimes, and very inspirational.  We have so much to glean from the older generation.  I don't know how long I'll live but I hope to say I'm leaving a legacy, reflecting, and daily risking.  

It must be true what they say-to listen to your elders.  They seem to know what they are talking about!

My Journey to 1000 Gifts
413. Quiet
414. Patience and endurance muscles being regularly worked out
415. Hearing what Ryan is learning in the season of suffering
416. Chalkboard fridge for inspiration
417. Writing through Titus 2
418. Dreams of book writing
419. Long naps
420. Ryan taking care of ME during a migraine
421. Waiting on the Lord to heal, redeem, and restore
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God

Acts 20:24

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Serendipitous Post

Our weekend was pretty low key!  How are you celebrating Memorial day?  Not a lot of big plans for us.  Although we are very grateful for all the men and women who have and continue to serve in the Armed Forces!  

We attended a beautiful wedding Friday evening for one of my friends I grew up with.  She married an amazing man and they are an incredible couple. We skipped most of the dancing though to not over do it as Ryan heals.  But it was still a treat to break out of our normal routine and attend a fun social event-Ryan gets excited about the free dinner and I always dig the cake. Oh plus the actual celebration ha :)

Saturday my sister was in town so we got to hang out with her and the rest of my family at a graduation party.  We also stole Lindsay (my sister) Sunday evening for dinner and just got to hang out more over goulash, sweet potato drop biscuits, and organic peach tea.  This is definitely the wedding and graduation party season with many of both coming up.  What a great time of celebration and being with people.

My sweet sister, Lindsay, can you tell we're related?

As for the rest of the week, our goal is to get Ryan healthy.  He is still experiencing not so fun symptoms and ongoing pain so we're praying BIG time for relief and restoration.  As for me I am working and relearning a rhythm to our weeks.  We're doing our best to soak up this incredible weather and Harpo is always up for a walk!

Ryan's parents gifted us with a patio set that is perfect for soaking up the evenings.  It stays light at our house until at least 8:30.  We love our home, rest from this weekend, and time to live slowly.  Have a stupendous week!

My Journey to 1000 Gifts
407. Ryan taking care of bills for us
408. Fresh peaches to Lillian
409. Chinese food
410. Swamp cooler being fixed by friends
411. Pineapple-apple-carrot-celery juice
412. Morning quiet times through the gospel of Mark
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.

Psalm 111:4

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

No-Sew Kitchen Window Curtains

 I've had the supplies and the vision to complete this project for awhile... I just haven't had a the ability (aka my husband's tool know-how) to put up these No-Sew Kitchen Window Curtains!  And I am really pleased with how it turned out.  

Ryan was such a servant this afternoon and hooked me up with a fabulous new window treatment!!  What a stud.  He then promptly went to lay down for an hour--obviously he's still healing :/  So do you dig the new look?  They are simply made of pretty cloth napkins!  So easy right?!  Scroll down for the "how-to" (it is so beyond easy, plus no-sew!)

Before: No privacy and kind of bland

After: Sunny, bright and privacy for our kitchen!

 An open shot of the new snazzy curtains.  Do you like?

No-Sew Kitchen Window Curtains
Time: 20 minutes to complete

Some type of curtain rod or kit (we used an Ikea Curtain Wire Kit)
Pack of pretty cloth napkins-our window required 4 large napkins.

Hang your curtain rod, tension cable or whatever else you're using half way up the window  Clip the cloth napkins with the appropriate sized slips and hang!  

More curtain ideas!!
*Change out the napkins depending upon the season for simple decor.  Try shades of chocolate+orange+yellow for autumn, cranberry+deep greens for winter, or turquoise+light greens for spring.
*Be on the look out for clearance sections in Target or other stores for inexpensive napkins to hang up!
*Depending upon how strong your rod or wire is, consider hanging garland or a decorative wreath on it for the various seasons and celebrations.
*For a simple year round look, make your own inexpensive burlap curtains for the kitchen!

Love the print: a pop of color and the red matches our antique glass jar filled with wooden utensils

Enjoy!  I would love to see pictures if you get time to make these no-sew curtains.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:10

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Be A Servant

"Be a servant."
-Jesus, Mark 10:43

Don't you love Jesus' ultra simple, yet radical approach to life and ministry?  Just be a servant.

Strong's Concordance has a lot to say about the word servant in this verse specifically:

-The original Greek word it's probably from the root word "diako" which means to run errands!  Ha!  Errands existed thousands of years ago and today.  OK that is super simple and very action oriented-I can run errands for people!  But there is more to being a servant than that...

-What I really love is that the original Greek word "diakonos" means a servant of the king.  The intended definition is probably referring to a political or ruling figure, but I like to think of the particular king mentioned as the King of Kings...Jesus.  How cool to serve Him directly and obediently when we live out Mark 10:43!

Praying you can live out today as a servant-whether you're running simple errands or  literally serving the King.  What steps can you take to live his out today?

My Journey to 1000 Gifts
401. Early morning walks with Harpo around our amazing neighborhood
402. Morning quiet time + coffee on our back porch
403.  Plans to love on a sweet, elderly neighbor today
404. Getting our computers fixed
405. MPD & back to work
406. Anticipating weddings, birthdays, and celebrations

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:

1 Peter 4:10

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  Growing Home

Monday, May 21, 2012

Repurposed Shoe Organizer

My linen closet and I have a love hate relationships, I believe.

I love that it's there and really that they can hold so many necessary items.  But I can never seem to get mine looking all snazzy and cute like some people can!  Why is that?!

But this is a step in the right direction.  I was given a clear, plastic show organizer but didn't need it for shoes.  So I needed to figure out another purpose for him (apparently it has a gender).

So into the linen closet it went-to organize all the "back-up products" that we have.  I will buy certain items-toothcpaste, dish soap, lotion, matches, etc when they are super marked down to have on hand.

This is an easy way to clear shelf space in my particular closet while still easily seeing what I have.  Loving you a little more now linen closet!

Everything gets a pocket for easy access and simple organizing

Close up: latex gloves, toothpaste, dish soap, flashlight, sponges, Aveeno lotion and more 

Oh and it fits perfectly still with my Cleaning Cart tucked away on the bottom portion of the closet
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:27

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Life Update

You probably thought I forgot I had a blog didn't you???  Well I am back, ready to do some updating and writing! Thanks for checking back in so often and for the continued prayers and support.

It has been a LONG 7, almost 8, weeks now.  But let me give you an update list style, grab a mug of tea and get ready for a nice long Decker update...

1)  Ryan Decker is doing much better compared to where he was last week, or the week before, or even the week before that.  His progress is hard to describe because sometimes he has better days of eating/drinking/energy and other days are worse with nausea and lots of sleep because of pain.  But today was a healthier day!  He has not gained a single pound back yet but is in better spirits.  He is on a corticosteroid to manage his Crohn's flare up and we just found ourselves one very legit GI specialist.  Thank you Lord for provision and strength.

Look at that handsome, smirking man! Eating some vegetable frittata and watching a movie tonight.

2)  Cooking has been a rarity in our house, at least done by either one of us!  We have had countless friends and family bring by dinners, lunches, and more.  Wow!  But I did get the energy and excitement to whip up this a few days ago: Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Pie.  But don't be deceived...

Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Pie

This little slice of rich, delicious chocolate is AMAZINGLY delicious and healthy.  What?!  It took  >10 minutes to make the crust and filling plus it's no bake.  The secret?  Tofu.  Oh yes!  Check out this website for the full recipe. Ryan can sniff out a "healthy dessert" a mile away and when I served him a slice he unknowingly just smiled and ate it without question... he he he ;)

3)  We celebrated our Moms this weekend a wee bit late.  Today we hosted a simple Mother's Day Lunch at our home with all of the Deckers.  There was BBQ chicken, incredible homemade garlic bread, pesto pasta, a fresh tossed salad, fruit and veggie kabobs, vegetable frittata, and yummy dessert to finish it off.  It was a feast and refreshing to have people over.

Tomorrow we are celebrating Mama Nelson at a new restaurant in Downtown Golden with lunch, cards, and perhaps another floral surprise :)  Just pretend to be surprised mother!

We are SO blessed by our moms.  They have served us so well in this very hard season with surprises in the mail, meals, support, and love.  But we love and appreciate them outside of receiving those things-they are a blessing to us ALL the time.  Happy (belated) Mother Day!!

 Gorgeous, spring-y Mother's Day arrangement by Ladybird Poppy

4)  We're trying to return to some normalcy in our life as Ryan heals.  That means time with people and having a weekly rhythm again.  I get to start teaching 2 & 3 year old Sunday School in June which I am very giddy about!  Ryan might resume doing the sound board at church-he was on the schedule to be a part of the worship team next month but his health is still being determined so that will have to wait.  We LOVE our church-the elders and pastors have been so supportive with e-mails, prayer, and love.  Dang we are blessed and excited to get back in the mix.

5)  Some random thoughts about what we're learning in this season...we just realized how beyond blessed and privileged we are to live in America.  What we mean is that we have access to health care, medicine is available to us, we can afford the medicine (which is NOT cheap I might add), and we simply can rest in a home with clean, running water, warmth, a bed and so much more.  

Has that ever occurred to you?  It never did to me.  I mean who thinks about being able to go to the doctor and just get what you need within 24 hours?  What if we lived in a 3rd world country with no job to pay for health care? What would Crohn's do to Ryan then?!  I shudder to even think about that.  I am so overwhelmed with thankfulness for our situation and provision.

6)  Random thought: Pinterest is addictingly (is that a real word?) inspirational.  Is that good or bad?  Ha!  Anyway I have a MILLION ideas like coat racks in the entry way, health dessert kabobs, re-doing a dresser, autumn dress ideas, and more.  Pinterest has been really fun thing to browse while Ryan naps.   Are you a Pinterest lover or hater?

Ok homies I'm heading out.  More posts to come, with more regularity.  I would love to hear what I've missed in your world since I've been MIA.  Updates please!

Oh and a P.S. #7  If (and when!) Ryan fully recover in the next few weeks his work would still like to send us to the Dominican Republic mid-June or early July!  We're seeking wisdom but I'm hungry for an adventure and some Spanish speaking goodness.  We will only go with the Lord's OK and we're excited the option is still open.

My Journey to 1000 Gifts
381.  Giving the Lord FULL control of our lives
382. Undeserved blessings
383. Healthy food and fun family times
384. Raspberry leaf tea
385. Short walks down the block
386. Patience muscle being severely exercised lately
387. Yoga, hot baths, and reading books
388. Surprise visits from Ryan's CEO & his wonderful wife
389. Yard work with my mom
390. Ryan's birthday coming up soon
391. Cloth napkins to cut down on waste
392.  Servant minded family who cleans up our whole kitchen after lunch!
393. Sundays
394  Breakfast with Christine-laughing and deep talks with her
395. Thundery, gray, rain storms
396. Candles burning throughout the house
397. Goodness of God's provision
398.  Quiet words of encouragement
399.  Ugly-beautiful of muddy, dirty floors
400. Hanging petunia plants out front-thanks Y-lo & Georgie!

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

1 Peter 5:10

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

10000 Reasons

We're listening to this song this morning.  Hope you enjoy--it is such a great reminder for us to Praise.

And this verse is written on our chalkboard fridge...

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faithbecause you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

1 Peter 5:6-10
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Saturday, May 12, 2012


Our last 6 weeks, and more specifically, the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind.

Surgery scheduled, surgery canceled, incurable disease diagnosed, medicine started and commence the spinning heads from all the new information!

You can follow the major parts of this journey here, herehere, and here--with lots of posts in between.

The basic run down is that Ryan very suddenly and unexpectedly turned from a healthy, 8-mile running, 185 pound stud to a very sick, suffering, 160 pound man in a matter of weeks.  That is not something I ever hope to witness again.

He has experienced mild symptoms of an possible Inflammatory Bowel Disease on and off through his college years and now into his 20's but what has happened in the 2 months is completely new and we're doing our best to comprehend it.

I have been reading all I can on Crohn's Diesase (an autoimmune disease where your body gets confused and attacks itself) and learning so much.  We are approaching a treatment plan well balanced between Western medicine (colonoscopies, medicines, etc) and a naturopathy route (diet, exercise, supplements, yoga, teas etc).  We feel confident and confirmed in that.  But most importantly we're praying regularly, being refreshed by the truth of the Bible, and trusting God.

When and if you ever get married those vows you take, in sickness and in health, are probably the toughest I can imagine.  There is so much uncertainty when one of you is sick and frail.  But God is good, and although I don't believe Crohn's is good AT ALL, I do stand firm in our relationship with Christ.

So there you have it.  Ryan is the most brave, strong, enduring, and faithful husband.  He has continued to lead us, love me, and pour out even when he is totally empty.  I am praying (will you pray with me?) that is refreshed and filled these coming hours and days.  He needs and wants it.

My Journey to 100 Gifts
371. The Lord letting some smart doctor invent medicine to help Crohn's patients
372. Stacey sacrificing her time to take care of us
373. Long naps for Ryan to rest
374. Harpo's hiccups-pitiful and hilarious
375. Bean, lentil, rice soup
376. Ginger ale
377. Resources to learn
378. God's unchanging goodness
379. Running water in our house--can you imagine NOT having that??
380. Prayer for Ryan from friends in Uganda, India, Saudi Arabia, all over the US and more!

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
Matthew 9:35

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Ryan Update

Ryan's surgery was canceled.  That feels pretty unfortunate to us and very last minute.

We got a call about 3:00 pm yesterday afternoon to inform us that important medical records and previous tests from 2007 finally reached Ryan's current doctor.  Based on those biopsies and results, Ryan was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.  The horrible symptoms he has been experiencing has been what is called a Crohn's flare up--characterized by weight loss, nausea, fevers, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloody stool, fatigue and more.  Yup, that is my husband for the last 6 weeks.

They reason for canceling the surgery was to attempt to treat this Crohn's flare up with medications instead of surgery.  And also that he was not in a healthy enough physical state to endure surgery prep and surgery itself.

We're hopeful for the medications, grateful for some answers but honestly completely frustrated that the doctor's offices didn't communicate well and that has caused Ryan to suffer for 6 weeks.  This isn't a soapbox to complain but how did all of the medical records go MIA for 6 weeks?  How did his symptoms go so undiagnosed for so long?  Why is it only 24 hours before a surgery some answers are offered??  Ugh!

Well thank Jesus that Ryan is on some intense medications, resting, and finally take in fluids and food regularly.  He is has seem a teeny tiny bit of improvement but still a long way to go.

Prayers are still coveted for his body, health, and our hearts.  Appreciate you all!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Friday Surgery

Well we have some news to report on Ryan's health...

He has unfortunately gotten a lot worse over the last week or so.  More pain, less appetite, frequent fevers, etc.  Huge bummer but thank the Lord we are headed in for surgery this Friday, May 11 @ 3:15 pm.

So you can know specifically what is happening and how to pray, here is what Ryan's surgery will look like, it is a 3 in 1 of sorts...#1 a colonoscopy to detect and diagnosis any type of inflammatory bowel disease.  The doctors suspect Crohn's Disease but that is inconclusive right now.  #2 Also they will be doing a full internal exam to find what our doctor also thinks is an abscess.  An abscess would explain the fevers, loss of appetite and some other crazy symptoms.  #3 Finally, if it is possible they will be cutting his sphincter muscle about 1/4 inch to relax the muscle and reduce spasming and pain.  There are a few other things happening in the procedure but those are the most important details.  Recovery is anticipated to take 7-10 days.

Please pray! That is all we know to do right now.

Specific prayer needed for:
-Encouragement and strength for Ryan until Friday
-Hope and faith that this surgery will be a solution
-Wisdom, focus, knowledge, gentleness, and attentiveness from his doctors
-A rapid and FULL recovery after his procedure
-God's supernatural strength and overwhelming peace to cover us
-Blessings and increased capabilities for those loving on us and taking care of us through this (Our moms especially!  They are serving us this Mother's Day weekend, wow!  As well as the rest of our families.)

Please pray or join this Facebook group for more current details.  Thanks for letting us be real on this blog and share the gory details.

Ryan is asleep now which is so good for his body and mind.   I'm so proud of my persevering, brave husband-he just got through reading a devotional about Simon and Noah being sifted and their walks with God during trials.  We are certainly experiencing a refinement in this process and we pray for pure grain out of this process.

My Journey to 1000 Gifts
356. Loooong, hard talks about how to deal with this storm
357. Tender, gracious women on my staff team offering love and support
358. Clare
359.  Example of a new blogging friend and her family
360. Celebrating our friends buying their first home
361. Staff team party tonight
362. Ryan resting-sleeping-dreaming
363.  Baring it all to God and letting Him know my fears
364.  The smile Harpo brings to Ryan's tired face
365. Discovering a new park near our house
366. John 15
367. Unexpected gifts from my parents
368. Pintrest-I'm addicted and inspired
369. The body covering us in prayer
370.  The need for the gospel bleeding out of our hearts
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

John 15:1-2

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Bragging on God

{Ryan Update:  Sick, sick, sick.  Those are probably the most accurate words to describe Ryan right now unfortunately.  He's weak, tired, and worse than he was last week.  Our doctor is calling us this afternoon-we hope to schedule surgery with her Friday morning (5/11) which will relieve internal complications and we pray, reduce his pain levels in the long run. Please keep praying.  You are a gift to us!}

What are you reading through in scripture right now?  What are you learning?  I'd love to hear.

Mark 3 was on my reading plan this morning and I underlined this verse, soaking up what is true:

...When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him.

Mark 3:8

People hearing requires other people speaking right?  It seems that the "great crowd" mentioned here included hundreds maybe thousands of people who had personally seen Jesus at work.  Healing, teaching, reviving, loving.  All the sweet stuff Jesus ever does!

And they couldn't hold keep it to themselves!!  Why should they??

By simply bragging on God, telling about the work He was up to, others were automatically drawn to Him.  And I love that and the simplicity of how we might point to God for His glory!

How often and how well do you brag on God?  Are people drawn to Christ because of how you speak of Him?

I want to be a Mark 3:8 kind of person, someone who can't stop bragging on our God because I desire other people (great crowds even!) to know him and simply because He is so worthy of it.  And I know that as especially ladies we have no excuse because many of us have the gift of gab-use that as a main ministry tool!

What a simple, but profound responsibility we are charged with.  Brag on!

P.S. Congratulations to entry #49 Kelly B!  Sarah from Ladybird Poppy will be in contact with you soon!  Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Orangey Blueberry Sunflower Loaf

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One day last week Ryan stayed here to work from home.  My favorite thing he says when he's home is,

 "Our house is just so serene.  I love being here."

Music to my wife heart! (and flattering because I love making our home restful).  I'm so blessed that his heart is at rest when he is home.

So while he was hard at work, I decided to surprise him a healthy breakfast.  Orangey Blueberry Sunflower Loaf.  Now normally, he can't have oranges because of his intestinal issues but for some reason this didn't bother him and I figured since the citrus content was so low he should be OK.  Praise the Lord!  Enjoy this springy breakfast bread and let me know what you think.

Not part of the recipe-just an inspirational surprise from my husband

Orangey Blueberry Sunflower Loaf

2 cups white rice flour (or any kind you like)
1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup raw sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp orange zest
1 small orange, peeled
1-2 tsp vanilla extract (depending up on your tastes)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tsp corn starch
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, for topping

Turn oven to 350 F and grease/flour your loaf pan.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Combine remaining ingredients minus blueberries and corn starch in a blender and blend for 20 seconds or until well blended.

Pour blended ingredients into flour mixture.  Stir well.  Fold in blueberries and corn starch.

Batter is very sticky and thick so "pour" into loaf pan and evenly distribute.  Sprinkle seeds on top of loaf for a crunchy health extra!  Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Melting butter on top of this delicious breakfast-serve with a big cup of coffee!

My Journey to 1000 Gifts

342. All Who Are Thirsty (the song)
343. Sudden energy from the Lord to cook for my husband!
344. 5 minute walks with Ryan and Harpo
345. Laundry machines, dishwashers, and ovens
346. An abundance of meals from friends thanks to Ali Carter's organization
347. Mom helping with yard work
348. Wise, godly men praying for Ryan
349. Cream of Wild Rice soup-yummy!
350. Trials
351. Letting God define the circumstance and not vice versa
352. Prayer
353. How intricately God made out bodies and the knowledge that they are fragile
354. Time and ability to write while I hang with sweet, resting Ryan on the couch
355. Sundays

Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 11:7

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