Wednesday, October 26, 2011

first snow of the season...

i can't believe it, but it snowed all day!! i wore my warm boots & a cozy scarf! & when i got home, i turned on the fireplace & made some yummy chili... the perfect meal for a cold, snowy day! now it's time to sit on the couch with a cup of hot peppermint tea! :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

out in the country & 12 goals...

here are few more photos from my weekend, when I went apple picking! it was a beautiful 
fall day in the country! don't you just love the feeling of country air? there is something 
special about it... i definitely wouldn't mind living in a place like this! :)

i got inspired by this list, to make one of my own...

1. find a better way to organize all of my photos.

2. finish reading "emma" & start reading "the hiding place".

3. completely finish my current study of Revelation, doing all of my homework on time!!

4. take vitamins & drink plently of water, everyday.

5. work out 4-5 times a week. (pilates, yoga, walk, bike, etc...)

6. clean out my closet & give or throw away things i don't wear or use.

7. be more intentional about showing the love of Jesus!

8. bundle up & play in the snow, with my family & doggie (once it snows)!

9. i have always wanted to bake scones... maybe thesethese, or these!

10. be better about budgeting my money, especially with Christmas coming...

11. learn to knit a hat, in the round.

12. just to not worry about things &  TRUST GOD'S PLAN! :)

Do you have any goals for the rest of this year?

Monday, October 24, 2011

necklace giveaway!!

today, i am so happy to have a giveaway featured on bethany's blog!
You have through October 31st!
happy monday! :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

we were born into the fight...

This air feels strange to me
Feeling like a tragedy
I take a deep breath and close my eyes
One last time
One last time

Storms on the wasteland
Dark clouds on the plains again
We were born into the fight

But I'm not sentimental
This skin and bones is a rental
And no one makes it out alive

Until I die I'll sing these songs
On the shores of Babylon
Still looking for a home
In a world where I belong

Where the weak are finally strong
Where the righteous right the wrongs
Still looking for a home
In a world where I belong

Feels like we're just waiting, waiting
While our hearts are just breaking, breaking
Feels like we've been fighting against the tide

I wanna see the earth start shaking
I wanna see a generation
Finally waking up inside...

And when I reach the other side
I want to look You in the eye
And know that I've arrived
In a world where I belong...

I still believe we can live forever
You and I we begin forever now
Forever now

these words are from the song, "where i belong" by switchfoot
i have listened to this song so many times since vice verses came out.
it is an incredible song & the words hit me even harder today...
because sometimes things can just shake us up
& a song is the best gift of comfort.

how to celebrate fall...

go apple picking!
let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9

what a lovely way to spend a fall afternoon!
now i am ready for a piece of apple pie! :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

recipe: pumpkin cream cheese muffins

this is a recipe that i had been wanting to try for a while & it did not disappoint.
the cream cheese filling is amazing with the pumpkin & spices. it is the taste of fall!! 
& what an amazing breakfast!! i could eat a dozen of them... yikes! :)
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
(this recipe made 18 muffins)
Ingredients for the filling:
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
Ingredients  for the muffins:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 can (15 oz.) libby's pumpkin puree
4 oz. cinnamon apple sauce
2/3 cups vegetable oil
Ingredients for the crumb topping:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter

The filling... combine the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar in a small bowl and mix well until blended and smooth.  Chill the filling in the freezer until you are ready.
The muffins... preheat the oven to 350.  Line muffin pans with paper liners & spray with a light coat of non-stick spray.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, salt and baking soda; whisk to blend.  With an electric mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree, apple sauce, and oil.  Mix on medium-low speed until blended.  Gradually add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.  
The crumb topping... mix the brown sugar, flour, & cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in the butter & use a fork to make the mixture coarse and crumbly.
Making the muffins... fill each muffin liner with a small amount of the batter, enough to cover the bottom well.  Spoon in the cream cheese filling, about a tablespoon.  Cover the cream cheese filling with more of the batter, enough so that it is completely covered. Sprinkle the crumb topping over each of the muffins.
Bake for 20-25 minutes... allow enough time for them to cool completely & enjoy!


i actually made these muffins for my sister, because today is her birthday!! 
Happy Birthday, Sandi!
i hope your day is full of joy & blessings! 
i am so happy to have you as my sister & best friend ever!!
 love you!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

autumn colour week: grey

here are a few of my "grey" photos!
for autumn colour week hosted by poppytalk.
check out all the photo on their flickr group.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

autumn colour week: orange

here are a few of my "orange" photos!
for autumn colour week hosted by poppytalk.
check out all the photo on their flickr group.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

autumn colour week: yellow

here are a few of my "yellow" photos!
for autumn color week hosted by poppytalk.
check out all the photo on their flickr group.

Monday, October 17, 2011

how to celebrate fall...

collect pretty fall leaves! 
gather as many colors, shapes and sizes as you can find 
& simply admire their beauty...
"autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
- albert camus

ps. today is the first day of poppytalk's "autumn colour week"! visit their flickr group to see all of the photos & to share your photos... today's color is red!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

colorado in the fall...

on friday, my sister & i ended up taking an unexpected trip to the "garden of the gods". we enjoyed the changing leaves & the beautiful fall weather. we hiked around the rocks & took in the amazing mountain views. i captured so much beauty through my camera lens! it was one of those days that made me especially thankful... thankful to live where i do! thankful for fun memories! & mostly thankful that God reveals His love through the wonder & beauty of nature... from the smallest leaves to the grandest mountains & rocks! His love is amazing & so much bigger than we can even imagine! :)

i lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
my help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2

Thursday, October 13, 2011

today is my mom's birthday...

i am so blessed to have such an amazing mom, who is always there for me.
i love you, mom!
happy birthday!