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Words For Wednesday

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Apple Cider Donut Muffins

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Breakfast - the most important meal of the day! That’s why donuts and muffins are such a sweet way to start your morning. And now that it’s finally cool and breezy when we’re getting up, it’s the perfect time to add a little apple cider to your breakfast routine. That’s where these apple cider muffins come in. They’re made from the same batter I would make baked donuts with in a donut pan, but they’ve been poured into muffin papers instead. They’re a similar texture to donuts, and they have the most lovely crunchy mixture on top. You’ll want to try them this week to make the holidays a little more special. Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp baking powder 1 Tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup sugar 2 Tbsp butter, melted 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup apple cider 1 Tbsp vanilla Topping: 1/2 cup sugar 1 Tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1/2 cup butter, melted 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. 2. Mix dry

Joy In The Journey

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These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:11 Jesus’ words spoke of His joy, which would turn into our joy. What a beautiful image of the joyful life a Christian can experience when they’re abiding and attached firmly to the Vine. I wish it was that easy. I would love to be able to tell you that it’s super easy to stay plugged in and stay in tune and stay joyful. But the reality is that we’re human and there will be days when we’re not experiencing joy like we once were. If only we could throw on a shirt, put in some earrings and wrap a bracelet around our wrist and ... poof! There’s that joy we’ve been looking for! The truth is, there will always be days when we’re a little low on joy - not the happiness that comes from the circumstances around us going well, but the internal joy that comes from Christ alone. It’s in those times that we search our hearts for any sin, decisions or actions that are separating us from fe

My “Thankful & Blessed” Planner Layout

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Happy Thanksgiving Week! I pray that the next few days will find you full of thanks, giving and possibly turkey and pie. Probably turkey and pie. Two of the many reasons we have to be grateful this year, even among the uncertain circumstances around us.  My planner pages are about to be filled with prayer lists, shopping lists, cooking lists and baking lists. I wanted to make the most of these last fall pages, so they’re packed with autumn colors, nut-loving squirrels and the signs of the season. A simple way to get more use out of one sticker is to cut it into pieces with the sharpest scissors you have. That’s what I did with the fall banner, using each flag for a hanging down the side. A little creativity will help you turn ordinary things into extraordinary things. From there, I spread a few small images and phrases over the page to save space for plans and appointments - at least it’s a three-day work week! May this week be full of special blessings and loads of love. Happy Thanksg

Surprise Your Guests With A Towel Turkey!

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I don’t know what your Thanksgiving celebration is going to look like this year, but I have a fun idea for you to make your in-person guests smile. This adorable towel turkey only takes a few minutes to make, and the surprise is totally worth it! All you need are one regular-sized towel and one washcloth. And two hands. Start by finding the middle of the long side of the towel and tightly rolling it from top to bottom. Roll all the way to the center, then repeat on the other side. Make sure it’s a super tight roll on both sides. So when you flip it over, it will be fairly flat and smooth. Then fold up the end about 1/3 of the way to make wings and a neck. Now pull his wings apart a little so they’re on either side of his body. One more fold from left to right will make his body stand up. Spread the two halves of his body so there is room for his neck to fit in between. Then bend his beak down, and his body is finished. On to the feathers! Accordion fold the washcloth, making each fold

Back To Basics In The Craft Room

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When the weather is beautiful and full of sunshine, the first thing I want to do is ... clean out the craft room! No, seriously. It’s so much easier - and much more fun - to clean up our sunroom when the sun is pouring in the windows and I can have the door open. This is the Stuff From Trees Headquarters, so a lot of really creative work has to happen in here. Having a great, unobstructed view is essential, as is a way to cover my work table so that beautiful sunshine doesn’t fade the paper and embellishments I’m using. It’s the only, only, only drawback of using this room for crafts. I was able to get my Christmas supplies gathered together and reorganized this week, so the next couple of weeks will be all things holiday in our world. There will be many new winter and Christmas items available in the shop this weekend, so make sure you visit soon to get your Christmas shopping taken care of all in one place. ‘Tis the season! And this picture of Diesel helping is just to make you smile

5-Ingredient Berry Cobbler Perfect For Fall

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Simple is good. Berries are good. Dessert is good. Crunchy cobbler topping is good. Pretty dishes are good. Warm yumminess topped with ice cream is good. There is nothing not good about this recipe! Starting with frozen fruit and finishing with a surprising combination of oats and cake mix, this cobbler is good from beginning to end. It’s also a great way to clear out your freezer and pantry a little, giving you a fun excuse to clean and organize. Just an added bonus. Ingredients: 2 12-oz bags frozen berries 1 box yellow or white cake mix 1/2 cup oats 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 Tbsp milk, if needed 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. 2. Pour berries into the bottom of the baking dish. 3. In a separate bowl, combine dry cake mix, oats ad walnuts. Stir to combine. 4. Add butter and stir to make the crumble topping. If it’s too dry and doesn’t stick together well, add milk a tablespoon at a time until it holds toge

Words For Wednesday

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Ecclesiastes 12:13 - All Of Life Comes Down To This

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If you were to sit down with your journal and a cup of coffee to write out everything that’s weighing heavy on your mind, how long would that list be? With the chaos in the world, stress in our families and the weight of our responsibilities all pressing in at once, you might need more than one notebook. When I recently asked our youth group to make a list like this, they filled an entire blackboard. Even our teens are facing layer upon layer of stress and anxiety. And if it’s that tense for them, add in all the extra concerns in our adult world and it’s no wonder we’re all feeling a little overwhelmed. So what I shared with the youth, I share with you today in the hope that God will use it in a mighty way in your heart and mind.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13 That’s it. An entire lifetime of conflicts and concerns all brought down to the lowest common denominator. I told the te

My “Shark Week” Planner Layout

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Did you ever do something just because you could? Or did you create something just because it makes you smile? That’s my shark layout in my planner this week. Just keep swimming ... just keep swimming!   I started with teal green washi tape to outline the columns like water. The light green letters are from my fall sticker book, proving that it’s totally ok to mix and match craft supplies. (Like we really need a reason, right?) I needed to cover up the flower at the top of the page since there are no roses in the ocean ... that I know of ... so I used a blue rub-on square to make my shark look like he’s zooming through the water! A few strategically placed bubbles and some kelp bring it all together but still leave me room to make notes. I’m working from home for the time being, until the pandemic numbers go down some, so I need to be even more organized than usual. There are so many things happening in the next few days to keep track of, and these sharks are going to help! Ok, they’re

Thy Word Is A Light Unto My Path

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Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Psalm 27:11 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.  He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.  He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.  Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. Proverbs 2:6-9 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.  Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Psalm 119:34-35

Thanks And Giving Fall Gift Bags

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The best gifts at this time of year are the ones that remind us how important it is to remember and give thanks. With just a bag of fall table scatter, a few stickers and some card stock, you can help someone special remember God’s blessings in their lives. Each bag I made contains a glittered leaf, a gold pumpkin, an orange pumpkin and some tiny jewels. On the mini bag, I used a sharpie to assign one thing to remember for each piece inside: a blessing for the leaf, an answered prayer for the gold pumpkin and someone special for the orange pumpkin. Then they can remember those blessings over and over again. This collection supplies is literally all you need for this fun project. I had all of them in my craft room, including the small jewelry bags.  To make the bag toppers, I cut a strip of card stock just wider than the bag and then cut it into squares. Fold it in half and put a piece of double stick tape in each corner. The tape makes it easy to get into the bag and seal it back up wh

Words For Wednesday

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Churro Cheesecake

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On a very special occasion, like your husband’s 51st birthday, you want to pull out all the stops and make it an amazing day. For me, that meant going back through the Facebook and Instagram posts he had sent me to see what desserts were on his wish list.  This churro cheesecake isn’t a traditional birthday cake, but it is amazing nonetheless. I tweaked the recipe a little to fit Danny’s tastes, and I used the refrigerated crescent roll dough that comes in a sheet, not in individual rolls. You may have to look a little to find it, but it’s totally worth the effort to have full sheets of dough and not little triangles you’re trying to pinch together. Try this cheesecake out for yourself, because every day’s a special occasion for some reason, right? Ingredients: Filling: 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 2 tsp vanilla Crust: 1/2 cup sugar 2 Tbsp cinnamon 2 8-oz cans crescent roll dough (sheets, not triangles) 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13-

Fear Not, Fear Not, And ... Oh, By The Way ... Fear Not!

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When we’re growing up, we often need to be told something more than once. Make your bed and clean your room. Comb your hair and brush your teeth. Don’t eat an entire carton of ice cream in one sitting. Put stain remover on your shirt immediately. Don’t touch a hot stove. Be respectful and always say Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir. Why do we have to be told these things over and over again? Could it be because we’ve got thick skulls and we need a little extra reminder of what works and what doesn’t? And it’s not just kids, right? Even as adults we have to have some things pounded into our heads. Like, don’t eat an entire carton of ice cream in one sitting. Yep, I repeated that one, too. Even Joshua, the military general of the armies of Israel, needed some reminders in his life. The minister of Moses found himself in many challenging positions throughout his life, and he saw God work more miracles than we can imagine for the people and through Moses. Now, here he was stepping into that role and

My “The Word Of God Stands Forever” Planner Layout

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With weather that’s more like spring or summer than the middle of fall pushing into winter, it was time to put some brightly colored flowers into my planner. Combined with much-needed Scripture and reminders of my faith, this spread is going to be encouraging and uplifting all week. Grass withers, flowers fade, but the word of God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8 The truth of these words, along with love and great strength coming from faith in God, remind me that the schedule and plans in this book mean little when compared with the Lord. It puts everything busy and difficult in perfect perspective. You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. Psalm 61:3 God alone knows what this week will hold, but I know there will be times when I need shelter and protection. Having these reminders from God’s own word that He will never leave me or forsake me blesses my heart. I pray each of us will find ways this week to encourage, uplift and give perspective despite the circumstances a

Yep, I Signed Up For A 5K

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When I signed up for 99 Walks in June, I had no idea what to expect. What I did know was that I weighed more than I ever had before, my eating was terrible and I was so sedentary. So many people can relate to this right now, and I knew I had to do something pretty dramatic and change all this. So 99 Walks showed up on my social media feeds and I was intrigued. You sign up, take a dedicated, intentional walk and log it in the app. Plus you have access to the Pack, a fellowship of walkers all over the country who are walking with you and cheering you on. This year especially, the Pack has been so crucial. My June goal was something like 15 miles. Combine not exercising in forever and a super-busy schedule, and I was convinced I would never walk that far.  But I did! My first bracelet came in the mail with that month’s theme emblazoned on it: Savor the Sunshine. The inside is engraved with “99 Walks Challenge June 2020.” That’s when it hit me - I rose to the challenge and crushed it. That