I am all about making homemade banana bread. In fact, I’ve shared some delicious recipes in the past including Cream Cheese Banana Bread with Maple Glaze, Blueberry Banana Muffins, Banana Oatmeal Muffins (healthy and delicious), Pineapple Banana Muffins, my go to Banana Bars and the list could go on.
Yes, I’d say I use up a few ripe bananas in this house, but recently, when I went to make bread, my all-purpose flour was nearly gone. I decided to use a good ole fashioned cake mix that I keep on hand in cases of emergency.
While I typically lean 100% homemade if I can, there are times when shortcuts are the perfect sanity saver. [Read More…]
I wrote this post initially for (in)courage: home for the heart of women. While many of you that read Balancing Beauty and Bedlam may not come from the same Christian world and life view, I think that challenging our teens to wrestle through hard topics and issues of all kinds is such a critical part of raising this next generation of world changers.
I walked the stage, religion degree in hand, ready to love the youth of today. Having just spent four years focusing on what made teenagers tick, I was eager to dive into the world of youth ministry.
The staggering statistics of Christian youth leaving the church puzzled me. I couldn’t wrap my brain around the fact that once teens left home, many walked away from their faith and never returned.
Because imagining my life without Jesus? Empty.
My heart ached; more than ached. I cried to the Lord for wisdom in mentoring this next generation of world changers. This generation who viewed truth as relative, desired more tolerance, and believed their faith not relevant to their everyday life. [Read More…]
There’s nothing I love more than a huge fruit salad on a hot summer day.
No, I take that back.
There’s nothing I love more than a huge fruit salad on any day when someone else washes, cuts and makes that delicious fruit salad.
In reality though, the person making it is typically me, so there are days when a little short cut just makes my day. That is the case with this Sunshine Fruit Salad when a tiny surprise ingredient takes this from simple to splendid and rich enough that it can serve as a dessert as well.
Those are my kinds of recipes. [Read More…]