Late Night Baking

We are heading to the park tomorrow to picnic and play with friends after our morning lessons. I don’t actually have enough bread in the house to make sandwiches, the kids are in bed and Alex isn’t here, so I decided to bake something. This recipe is what I came up with and I sure hope it tastes as good as it smells baking.

I should probably wait until I have pictures and results to post this but then I will probably forget and never post. So here goes! Try this and we can decide together what needs to be changed. :)

Maple Banana Almond Bread

3 very ripe bananas

1/2 cup of applesauce

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of 100% maple syrup

vanilla (to be honest, I didn’t measure it. I just splashed some in)

2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, spooned into the measuring cup

1/2 cup almond meal/flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp (plus a pinch) of salt

 Yields 2 loaves 

I just did this all in one bowl because I hate dishes. Combine bananas, eggs, sugar, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla first. I just used a fork but, of course, a mixer would be handy here. Then sprinkle the dry ingredients over the top and mix just enough to be sure all the of the ingredients are combined well. I baked in 2 loaf pans at 350 for about 40 minutes. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

 NB: The bread was really good but a little sweet for my taste. I would definitely reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup  next time.

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But God

I know it is common these days for people to lament how “adulting is hard”, “motherhood is hard”, “life is so hard” and so forth. I think it is good for people to share their experiences and feelings freely, and I too have shared this same frustration many times. Yet, I often think that God can’t possibly just want to leave us there with that feeling. Surely He wants to lift us up.

Elizabeth Foss shared a great list of encouragement from Scripture on Facebook today. She says that in her house, they  call these “but Gods.” As in, “Life is hard, but God’s grace is sufficient.” I have been thinking about this all day. This is the Truth. This is the Word of God to each one of His people. He wants us to receive it and allow Him to comfort us in our hardships, to encourage us in our struggles. If we don’t want to hear it (and I know that is sometimes the case for us all), perhaps we need more of His Grace to even desire to hear the Truth. Perhaps if we ask Him, He will soften our hearts to receive more of what He is in mind for us. Then, when we hear His Word, we can receive it and allow it to shine light into our darkness. He wants to be a consolation to us. I think we just need to let Him.

Here’s the list:

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
Genesis 31:42

If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.
Genesis 50:20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
1 Samuel 23:14

David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.
1 Kings 5:4

But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.
Nehemiah 9:17

They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.
Psalm 49:15

But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.
Jonah 2:6

To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD my God.
Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
John 1:18

No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
Acts 2:24

But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
Acts 3:15

You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
Acts 5:39

But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.
Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:9

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.
1 Corinthians 1:27

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
2 Timothy 2:9

 

 

Hopefully my Last Blog Post about Blogging

It’s not that I don’t have anything to say or even that I don’t have time to say it. I have so many thoughts rolling around in my brain and I am not sure how to organize them or what types of posts are of interest to others. I want to write stories about our days, funny kid anecdotes, reflections and insight I have through prayer, homeschooling ideas, book reports and recipes… There are so many things to talk about and I love to talk!

(Writing is trickier so I just need to free write and get the words flowing onto this screen. I am much more of a pen-and-paper person so this doesn’t come naturally for me.)

Anyway, if you are reading, I would love to know what you would like to read about on this little blog. I think that I would write more if I had more of a sense of direction! Otherwise, I may just post a lot of randomness while I get the hang of this thing.

God bless you all! I hope all is well with you.

XOXO

Tamara