6 March 2014

Susannah Spurgeon Quote

When I picked up a little book titled “Free Grace and Dying Love,” I couldn’t help but begin pouring over its pages. The first part is a collection of devotions by Susannah Spurgeon and the second part is a biography on her life.

Charles and Susannah Spurgeon’s story is a beautiful and inspiring one. They came together as one and faithfully served and sacrificed much to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and seek first His kingdom and righteousness. (She’s actually featured in one of our paper doll collections.)

Susannah’s writings in the collection of devotions is beautiful evidence of her great love of and submission to her Savior. While her life was far from trial-free, Susannah saw the goodness of the Lord through the afflictions and trusted in His good pleasure – the One “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” and “causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

A couple of my favorite quotes from this volume:

“Lord, You have told me who You are, You have in mercy revealed Yourself to me, I know You to be that blessed ‘gift of God’ which alone can save and satisfy my soul. The depth and compass of heavenly love are manifested in You, and You have shown me, not my need only, but the sufficiency of Your grace and power to meet it. I am an empty sinner, You are a full Christ!”

“The soul that has learned the blessed secret of seeing God’s hand in all that concerns it, cannot be a prey to fear, it looks beyond all second causes, straight into the heart and will of God, and rests content, because He rules.”

—Susannah Spurgeon

I need Christ in all things and I know that He is sufficient. He rules and reigns and I can rest content in Him. How thankful I am that, by the grace of God, I serve a full Christ!

Susannah Spurgeon Quote

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
—Ephesians 3:20-21


4 March 2014

It is a glorious sight when everything is covered in snow as far as the eye can see.

So fresh, pure, and beautiful.

Covered in Snow

Snow Fog

Snowy Sunrise

Frosted Window

White World

Buried Bush

“Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For He commanded and they were created.
And He established them forever and ever;
He gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling His word!”

—Psalm 148:5-8

And to think, not a single snowflake falls apart from the decree of the Lord. Wondrous.

-40°F Wind Chill

To top it all off, back in January we had the opportunity to experience -12°F with a wind chill of -40°F.

We’re thankful for our warm and cozy home!


4 February 2014

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

There was a birthday at our home last week, which was an occasion that called for, as all birthdays do: cake. And we sure did find a winner of a recipe! A cake unlike any other that is rich, lightly moist, full of body, and full of chocolate.

Enter “Special Occasion Chocolate Cake” from page 384 of Trim Healthy Mama, topped with the fluffy and rich “Chocolate Frosting” from Paleo Indulgences (ignore the worldview behind the title, please). A recipe combo that I think would also be perfect for creme-filled cupcakes.

  • If you have food sensitivities, you’ll be glad to know that these recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free, making for a happy tummy.
  • If you’re a Trim Healthy Mama, this cake is an S.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

The simple decorating is spread icing with cocoa powder sprinkled on top. Whenever I add icing to a cake, I’m reminded of the day years ago when we decided we wouldn’t be doing fancy cake decorating in our kitchen again… that was quite the adventure.

And the candle holes are for extra beauty, attesting to the joyful celebration of Breezy’s birthday.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints,
for those who fear Him have no lack!”
—Psalm 34:8-9


2 December 2013

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But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,
and 
through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.

—II Corinthians 2:14


25 November 2013

Redwork Embroidery by Clementine Pattern Co.

Mum and I are embroidering the samples of our newest pattern for Clementine. It makes for delightful work and soon we’ll be able to share the new pattern and kits with you! But, until then here’s a little sneak peek of the new design in redwork (there will also be one in full color).

Keep on the lookout for our Black Friday through Cyber Monday sales at Clementine Pattern Co., The Breezy Tulip Studio, and Noble Rose Press!

Redwork Embroidery by Clementine Pattern Co.

In other news, we’ve had a wide variety of weather lately in Indiana, from rain to tornadoes to snow. Here’s a little preview of the beautiful winter season ahead…

Snowy Bush

Snowy Bush

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!”
—Psalm 111:10


13 November 2013

Autumn: Give Thanks

There are many wonderful ways to record the blessings in our lives. We get to take note, remember, study, and proclaim the works of the Lord and share them with those around us and future generations.

One way we have enjoyed writing down and displaying reminders of God’s mercies toward us has been through “The Thankful Tree.” A vase of branches becomes home to a record of many of the blessings we are thankful for. We’ve used pretty paper for the “leaves,” and even wooden chalk tags.

We still have last year’s “Thankful Tree” set up in our kitchen, ready for another Thanksgiving.

The Original Thankful Tree

The Thankful Tree (with Chalk)

Another beautiful reminder to count it all joy and give thanks in all things is the “Give Thanks” embroidery pattern (or kit) from Clementine Pattern Co.

Give Thanks Embroidery Pattern and Kit by Clementine Patterns

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Great are the works of the Lord; they are studied by all who delight in them.”
—Psalm 111:2

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24 September 2013

Harvest Time - Fresh Baked Pear Pie

It’s the third day of Autumn. The temperatures are dropping, the sun takes its rest in golden skies, and the fields are being harvested. We’re surrounded by reminders that this beautiful season is upon us.

Apples and pears are being picked, friends and neighbors are getting out their scarves and boots, raspberries are ripe, the grape jelly has been put up from this year’s harvest, the trees are well on their way to a full bloom of what is fondly called Autumn colors.

Just as there is a time to plant there is a time to pluck up what is planted. “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

There’s something peaceful and exciting about each new season – as one goes, another comes.

We look back at what God has taught us and brought us through and look forward to what He has in store for the future. We see His merciful hand at work every step of the way, knowing that His works are good and His ways are righteous.

Harvest Time - Picking Raspberries

Indiana Landscape - Harvested Field

Harvest Time - Concord Grapes

Harvest Time - Grain-Free Pear Pie

With each new season – and each new day – comes a reminder of the faithfulness of the Lord. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22) “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)

His promises never fail.


8 August 2013

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

With zucchini in full harvest, now’s the perfect time to whip up a batch of zucchini bread! Mum recently created a scrumptious gluten- and grain-free version of our favorite traditional zucchini bread recipe – you’ll find it below.

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

To enjoy this treat year-round: simply shred fresh zucchini and freeze it in two cup portions, that way you can thaw and toss in the shreds (already measured!) when you’re ready to bake a batch of bread.

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread
GLUTEN-Free, GRAIN-Free, DAIRY-Free

3 eggs
1 ¼ cups coconut sugar
2 cups zucchini, shredded
1 tablespoon vanilla
½ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
½ cup coconut flour, sifted
1 tablespoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Beat eggs until light and fluffy; add coconut sugar, zucchini, vanilla. Continue mixing while slowly adding coconut oil. Mix dry ingredients together and add to the egg mixture. Mix until well blended; add nuts.

Pour into two greased loaf pans or line pans with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour. Let cool in pan and then transfer to serving plate.

(It’s awfully delicious while still warm, though… I have to admit that I was rather distracted mid-photoshoot by making a snack out of the subject.)

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Enjoy!

(Looking for the traditional, gluten-filled version? Find it here.)


13 June 2013

Picking Strawberries

Strawberry Patch

Strawberries

Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Harvest

We’ve enjoyed picking these juicy red beauties from our strawberry patch this week. God has blessed us with an abundant and oh-so-delicious harvest!

P.S. There’s a give-away of Breezy’s “Teach Them Diligently” chalkboard art print and an opportunity to help a family in need!