Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baked Doughnuts With Cinnamon and Nutmeg

These were my contribution to Easter Sunday breakfast at the church. It was continental - nothing cooked. So that rules out much of what I would have considered.

Until this beautiful little recipe came along. I am now planning on it for several other occasions throughout the year. They're not greasy and heavy because they're not fried. Just a few minutes in the oven and they're perfect and warm and doughy. They firm up quickly, so get the topping on before they crust and won't take the butter to hold the sugar.

One batch makes about 20 doughnuts, so plan accordingly. You might (will most likely) need more than one batch.

Ingredients for dough:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 whole milk (or substitute almond milk like I did)
2 Tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla
Ingredients for topping:
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375. Spray two doughnut pans with nonstick spray, preferably with flour in it.

2. In a large bowl, sift dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Stir wet mixture into dry until combined.

3. Fill doughnut pans 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 17 minutes. Cool for 2-3 minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack.

4. While the doughnuts begin to cool - For the topping, melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Dip each doughnut in butter, then in sugar mixture. Finish cooling and seal in a container, if you haven't eaten them all by this point.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Day After

Resurrection Sunday is filled with rejoicing and victory and triumph. It is a glorious day that speaks of hope and love and the completion of a promise.

But what does Monday bring?

Is the King of Glory just as risen on the day after Easter as He is on Easter itself?

Is Jesus just as important and special as He is on the day we celebrate His resurrection?

But today we're not sitting in the church and we're not emotional and wrapped up in the moment. We're in the reality of a Monday and back to the normal daily routine.

Or are we?

Why do things have to change when we're out in the world and not in church? Why do things have to be different the day after Jesus' resurrection than they were on the day we celebrate?

The answer is: they don't.

This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Acts 2:32-36

This is the promise and the motivation in a Christian woman's heart. It's not about emotion and it's not about being wrapped up in the moment. It's about living our daily lives with the truth of God's Word in our hearts regarding His Son.

That rings true just as much today - the day after - as it did yesterday when we rejoiced as the body of Christ. That's what makes each and every day special and worth living.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cake Waffles

 Are you bored with the same old cake? Done with the usual breakfast waffles? Combine the two and you've got the cutest, easiest, most original dessert ever.

And you don't even need a recipe. Just make a boxed cake mix, orange deamsicle in this case, and heat up your waffle iron.


 Two good-sized spoonfuls will make a full, beautiful waffle.

Then you get to be creative and cover your cake waffle with all sorts of lovely toppings. In just a matter of minutes, you'll have about five of these tasty treats. Cut them up, top them and enjoy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fear Not!

Repetition can be a very good thing.

Whenever words and phrases are repeated in the Bible, it's for a reason. These are ideas that the Lord is trying to drill into our heads because we're going to need them. And sometimes it takes more than a few repetitions ...

Take the words "fear not," for example. They appear numerous times throughout the Scriptures, and they are often given in a time when morale was low, tensions were high and anxiety was running rampant. Sound like anyone's life you know?

Here are just a few of these "fear not" verses:

And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake. Genesis 26:24

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. Exodus 14:13

Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not. Numbers 14:9

Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you. Deuteronomy 3:22

There are four examples from the first five books of the Bible alone! So think about these circumstances - times of uncertainty, days when it was dark and moments when the enemy seemed larger than life. Those were the moments when they most needed to hear the words "fear not" straight from the Lord.

Chances are you've been through these fearful times, are going through them now or will be in the future. That's just how life works. But knowing where these verses are can give you courage, focus and motivation to make it through to the other side.

I challenge you to do a study this week of how many times the Scriptures say "Fear not." It's an exciting adventure in trusting in the Lord.