Every year, my husband starts to ask for this as soon as the pie pumpkins come to the produce stand, so I adapted their recipe to include fresh pumpkin. I adore cooking with fresh ingredients in season! Last year, I used an heirloom pumpkin called a “candy roaster” and it was HEAVENLY! Definitely ask for it at your local produce stand.
So how do you make a pumpkin pie from an actual pumpkin? I’ve seen a lot of pie recipes using canned pumpkin, and you could here too, but here’s one with fresh pumpkin!
I used to be completely against acknowledging anything about Halloween. When I learned the true origins based in Paganism, I was convinced that by joining in any of the traditions, I would be condoning paganism, and opening myself to demonic activity. (I do feel that, at this time in my life, I gave way too much credit and attention to evil, even while praying about it)
Until I had children. Especially children who loved to dress up like princesses. I was torn about whether to let them take part in what they see as fun, dress-up, eating candy. Would we go to the church Fall Festival, or avoid it altogether? I decided that I would not let the enemy have the power to steal my daughters’ joy over something they didn’t understand.
My heart is very heavy tonight, and has been for some time, when I ponder how women are often seen in evangelical Christianity today. Not just by men, but by other women as well. And I wonder what Jesus would say if he walked into one of our churches on a Sunday morning, or a women’s group meeting, or an elders’ meeting, or our own homes. My intent has never been to bash the Church and I’ve spoken out before about commentators who always try to find fault with the Bride of Christ. I’m not a Bible scholar, but I’d like to share what’s on my heart and ask that you pray and consider opening your heart to this perspective.
My middle child, now eleven years old, has always daydreamed. Looking in the rearview mirror in the car, I’d see her staring out the window. Her eyes would be fixed, but engaged and filled with emotion.
She literally didn’t have the words. She would schedule times in the day for dreaming and I could tell there was a whole world inside her head that I couldn’t see, and would never know. I’d encouraged her to try to write about her dreams, but she’d say she just didn’t know how to describe them.
My husband and I have a special marriage. Over the last 17 years, many friends and some strangers have commented that our relationship blesses them, saying, “You two are an inspiration” or “What a perfect couple!” And I think “if you only knew how many times I fail.” But Judd and I have a lot going for us. I wanted to list some of the ways we guard our marriage in hopes that it will help shed light on why we are a “perfect couple.”
After reading these, let me know what you think in the comments, or leave tips of your own.
My husband and I (with some awesome parent helpers), tie-dyed shirts with over 100 Middle School Band members last week. It was… an experience. We had some left over, and finished the t-shirts with the family. We’ve gotten so many compliments on the brightness of the colors and generally how good they looked. So we just had to show you how we did it!
Here are 10 easy steps to a perfect Tie Dye! You can watch the video, with my cute children and adorable husband! Or you can skip to the bare-bones tips below!
My daughter turned thirteen this year. THIRTEEN! I can’t believe it’s been thirteen years since my little premature princess made her debut on the earth. When people ask how old my kids are, the wide-eyed expression often emerges when I say the dreaded number: thirteen.
I love to post meal ideas for busy moms. Of course, if you are not a mom, and you find yourself busy… or not busy… you may like them too. My friend Kay made my family a meal last week because my husband is in Pakistan for a professional educators’ trip. Yes, Pakistan, you read that right. I’ll have lots to write about when he comes back. The meal was so tasty and perfect for making ahead, so I asked if I could share it with you. It’s also a great gluten free/dairy free option if you leave out the tortillas.
Photo by Amy Lupold Bair, http://resourcefulmommy.com
Self Aggrandizement: the action or process of promoting oneself as being powerful or important.
It’s a place where we put on masks to hide our true selves. We always present ourselves in a good light, and hide our flaws from others. It’s a place that fosters jealousy, when others can’t measure up to the rosy image we paint of our lives. Our children are angels, our house is just so, we have profound and deep thoughts, and our photos are always filtered to even out our skin tone. Amaro is a great one for that.