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Archive for October, 2010

Happy Birthday Statue of Liberty!

We’re having a huge sale over at Econobusters.com to celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s birthday that I thought you might want to pass along to your friends. You can read all about it HERE. All of our Molly Members (and anyone who subscribes before midnight Oct. 29) will have access to over $50 in money-saving resources on the 28th and 29th. Check out this link to see a listing of the free resources. They will also receive our current Money-Saving Digest, Socks, Suds and Savings, and the October freebies that are a regular part of our membership as well. Not only that, our November Digest, Preparing Our Hearts and Homes for the Holidays, will be available in their Member Pages for download on November first. Members can cancel at any time, without question, if they feel the membership does not meet their needs. For only $3.95, they can check it out for one month AND take advantage of all the free resources I just mentioned.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding

I am falling in love with all things chocolate and pumpkin!  Last night I made Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding.  It really only took about 5 or 10 min to make and it was yummy.  James thinks it would taste great in a pie crust too.  Does anyone out there know of a way to make it a little stiffer so that we could use this as pie filling?

Check out the recipe here.  There were 4 of us eating it and plenty left over to have again tonight . . . unless James eats it for breakfast. 🙂

Allergy/Intolerance note: We used Safeway brand whipped topping.  Free of soy and not a significant source of lactose.


Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

On Wednesday I made chocolate chip pumpkin bread for small group.  It was a huge hit!  I didn’t take a picture but you can trust me, it looks like pumpkin bread with chocolate chips.  😉  This is the 2nd time I’ve made this and it has been a crowd pleaser both times.  You can find the recipe HERE.  If you haven’t made bread or anything from scratch before, don’t be intimidated.  This recipe is super easy!  It should be noted though that this recipe is for muffins and I made bread.  Both times I’ve made it I had to turn the temperature up halfway through and cook it a little longer because it wasn’t getting done in the middle.  I have no idea how to combat that so I’m hoping an expert baker out there might be reading this and share their thoughts. 🙂  Oh, and as always, I used a little less butter than it called for.

I have a little bit of pumpkin left so I may have to try another one of their pumpkin recipes!


Livin’ in a Flip-Flop World

I may have mentioned once or twice before that I kind of like flip-flops.  Last weekend a friend surprised me with this awesome sign:

 

 

How cute is that?  Right now I have it sitting on a shelf in my office but when summer rolls around I may hang it out on the patio next to our flip-flop mat.  🙂

Have a great weekend!  I’ll be spending mine in flip-flops. 🙂


Strawberries, Rhubarb, and Friends

Ok, so the title of this blog post might be a little bit misleading since there aren’t actually any strawberries in the recipe.  BUT you could add them and it would make it even better!  When I was home last month, my friend Sara introduced me to Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake.  It was so good that we ate the entire pan in about 3 days, just the two of us.  It was so easy to make that I made it for our life group.  They liked it so much that I had to share it with you too!  Very sorry to say though, you may have to wait until next year to make this as rhubarb is now out of season.  😦  I actually made it a few weeks ago and even then had to go to two different stores to find it.

The recipe I used was Aunt Kaye’s Rhubarb Dump Cake  from allrecipes.com but used a little less sugar . . . maybe 3/4 of a cup or so and just a teeny bit less than the recommended amount of butter.  Our oven bakes faster than a sprinter on race day so I only put it in there for about half the time.   You can eat it hot or cold- I actually preferred it cold . . . and for breakfast.  Yum! 🙂

Here is a picture of the end result.  It’s not pretty, but it tastes amazing and no one will ever know that it only took you about 10 min to make!

See all that white stuff on there?  That’s cake mix that didn’t get wet.  I think next time I’ll mist it lightly with a spray bottle before putting it in the oven.  It doesn’t taste bad and it’s still fine to eat if it comes out like this.

A note for fellow allergy sufferers: If you are allergic to soy, you know that it’s really difficult to find cake mixes without soy in it.  My allergy isn’t life threatening but it does make me really sick.  Betty Crocker’s cake mixes say “and/or soy” in the ingredient list and I’ve found that most products that say “and/or soy” have very little soy and I feel only slight discomfort after eating it.

I’ll include some pictures of our life group too.   This group has been such a blessing in our lives.  We’ve done several studies together, pray regularly for each other, and just have a lot of fun!

Girl's Night Aug '10

Iron Mountain March '10

Camping/Hiking March '10

Mariners Game! June '10


My Favorite Room in the House


My favorite room in the house isn’t actually in our house.  It’s our patio!  It’s really spacious and covered so we can sit out there and be out of the sun, or enjoy a rainstorm and not get wet.  I just love the grass and the trees and how quiet it is too. 

This year we planted several pots of flowers , tomatoes, basil, strawberries, and peppers and it really does feel like a garden oasis.  If there is a little bit of a breeze you can smell a basil and tomato aroma.

We also have two hummingbirds named Maverick and Goose.  Goose is shy and won’t generally come around if we are outside.  Maverick, on the other hand, is a little aggressive and protective of his territory and has dive bombed me a couple of times. I’ve noticed a third hummingbird sometimes in the morning but haven’t named him yet.  Any ideas? 🙂

 
 
 
 

Maverick- watching my every move.

Goose- He's so shy that I had to take this from the back corner of the living room.

And last but not least, one of the best parts… our flip-flop door mat.

Have I mentioned that I love flip-flops? 🙂

 


A Perfect Match!


James loves Coke and I love flip-flops.  It’s like they made this just for us! 🙂


He Always Gives Us Just Enough

I am constantly amazed at how God provides for us financially.  Right before we married, God told me that we would not have an abundance of money, but that we would always get by.  I didn’t really “get it” at the time.  I thought that was how I was already living (while I was single).  I had a great job up in WA and although I lived on a budget, I always had enough for the things I needed and usually had a little extra.  Someday I’ll write more about our story, but after getting married I moved to CA (James was already living here) and things changed a little.  Although I love my new job and I know it’s exactly where God wants me, it does pay less and we do have to be a lot more careful about how we spend our money.

James’s work is always really busy in the winter and super slow in the summer.  Generally we try to save up a good chunk in the winter to pull from in the summer as we need to.  The end of the summer can become a little hairy and usually around this time we are really pinching our pennies waiting for his work to take off again. 

Throughout the year, James collects bits of copper to recycle.  It doesn’t generally yield a lot but especially this time of the year it really helps out.  Last Tuesday morning he took his copper in to be recycled and received $140 for it. 

His job provides him with a work van so at the end of the day when he was ready to come home, he parked the van and started to get into his car.  Ugh.  His car was parked on the street and someone had hit his mirror and it was hanging by just the wires.  They didn’t leave a note or anything.  He called to find out how much it would be to fix it and they told him $250.    Even if we used the money from the copper we still had to pay an extra $110 that we didn’t have to fix it.

This weekend he took the car in to have an adjuster and the repair shop look at it.  Are you sitting down?  The guy at the repair shop ‘just happened’ to find a used mirror and the total cost would  be… are you ready?  That’s right.  $140!  God is SO good!

I know some of you are probably thinking- if God is so good, why didn’t he protect your car from being hit? Here is what I believe. Things happen in this world for 3 reasons- God, Satan, or from our own free will.  Yes, someone made a decision not to stop and take responsibility for what they did.  And yes, we could have used the $140 elsewhere.  But God knew this was going to happen, allowed it to happen, and He provided us with exactly what we needed. 

I don’t really know if God caused it or allowed it, but I do know that James and I both like to do things on our own.  I’ve noticed that whenever we have reached that point where we begin to really worry about how to make ends meet (or other things in life), God has stepped in to remind us somehow that we can’t do it all on our own but that He is always going to be there to take care of us.  Sometimes we just need a good kick in the rear.  It’s an amazing and humbling experience but I am so thankful that God always provides us with just enough.