Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Green Chili Apple Cobbler

Today is a rainy wet day with a few snow flurries. I love to make this recipe in this weather, it warms you up!

Green Chili Apple Cobbler

Crust Ingredients:
1/2 stick Butter
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Filling Ingredients:
5-6 Apples, sliced thin
2/3 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 cup Green Chilies, chopped
1 teaspoon Cider Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Allspice
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1-2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

Toss apple slices with the rest of the filling ingredients and place in a a large cast iron skillet. Let sit for about 10 minutes for flavors to meld.
To make crust, melt butter on low in a medium saucepan. Add the other ingredients, stirring as added. Dough will be slightly sticky, moist yet pliable. Pat out dough and place over apple mixture (or drop from spoonfuls spreading out dough with wooden spoon to cover apples). I sprinkled some cinnamon and sugar on top of mine.
Bake for 40 minutes or until light brown and bubbly.
Serves 6.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream :)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

What's Your Signature Scent?

What's Your Signature Scent?

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
And walk in love as Christ also has loved us, and given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Ephesians 5:1-2

A sweet smelling aroma.

What are your favorite scents?

I love fragrances. Anything from home baked bread fresh out of the oven to the fragrance of a gentle Spring rain. The list goes on and on.
When we get to experience different aromas they can do one of two things. They can either appeal to us or turn us off.

Jesus gave Himself FOR US an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Jesus sacrificed His life so that we may have Eternal Life. He offered Himself for you and me.

~ Have we offered ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord?

~ Have we surrendered our lives to Him?

~ What have we sacrificed for our Lord?

It’s true that the Lord desires obedience above sacrifice. But what becomes a result of being obedient to Him? Sacrifice. When we desire to be obedient to Him, a result of that is sacrificing our wills and our wants for His will.

This morning I called our pup Cookie in from outside. When she came in she was looking for a treat, typical :) I told her that obedience is not about treats, it is about obedience. Then Michael and I went on to discuss that obedience is not about being blessed, it is about being obedient which brings about blessings from serving our Father.

There is NONE LIKE HIM who sustains us.

Ecclesiastes 10:1a
Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment and give off a foul odor.

Dead flies putrefy. YUK! Not a very pretty picture, but when the world takes the place of our Lord and when we allow sin to creep in that is exactly what our aroma is. Putrefying.

Think on these questions…

~ Have we let sin corrupt our aroma?

~ Does the aroma we give off that of Jesus or of the world?

~ Do others find this aroma appealing and desire it too?

Tis such a joy to be considered pleasing to my Lord, but it doesn’t end here…
When we are obedient to Him, the aroma that precedes us will be a sweet-smelling aroma.

It is my desire that we would all have a sweet-smelling aroma. The aroma of Christ so that:

*Those who do not yet know the Lord would be attracted to Him.


*Those who do know Jesus would desire an even closer more intimate relationship with Him.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17

When we have surrendered to God and are obedient to God, He manifests Himself through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

I don’t know about you, but I want Jesus to be my Signature Scent  :)

Our Prayer…

Heavenly Father, oh Lord we praise You for loving us like you do. For being the Almighty, the Everlasting, the Alpha and the Omega. We come to you with humble hearts Lord asking that we would desire to be a sweet smelling aroma for You and to You. Lord, we ask that you would show us the “flies” that need to be removed from our lives so that will never, ever misrepresent You. Lord Jesus, You are so gracious to us and we pray that others may see that in us and desire the fragrance of Christ in their lives. We pray these things in your Most precious and sweet Son’s Name…Amen.

Friday, October 25, 2013

When Life Gives You Green Tomatoes...

Make Green Tomato Salsa!

This year our squash and pumpkins did well but we were lucky if we got 5 ripe tomatoes. Not that there weren't any tomatoes to be had, but...they were green.

I found this Recipe. I halved the amount of lime juice and my yield was about 6 pints.
My husband deemed this recipe a 'Keeper' and now we look forward to those Green Tomatoes in the future

Saturday, October 19, 2013


I recently found this tutorial on 'crinkling' seam binding.

I have collected seam binding from friends, thrift stores and online.
I love how it looks 'crinkly'. It seems to add more charm when crafting.

Happy Crinkling! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pumpkins abound

I think we got a pretty good harvest for being late in planting 

Meet Cookie...

Our girl Tirzah passed away at age 12 the end of February. It was a very hard time for us.
We learned of a sweet girl in need of rescue.
Cookie was abandoned in a grocery store parking lot.
A loving gal found her and scooped her up. She took Cookie home, fed her and gave her a place to stay while she checked out Craigslist. She found our ad looking for a Golden Retreiver.
Michael and I went to check her out. I knew right away when Michael looked at her and said "Oh no."
He was taken in by this ball of fluff. 
We acquired Cookie in March. I know it seems so sudden after the loss of our girl but it was something prayed about and the Lord choose the perfect girl for us.
Cookie is a Golden Retriever and Australian Cattle Dog mix and just turned one year old.
She is such a sweetheart and we are blessed!
She's our Cookie Dumpling.

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