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Saturday, November 17, 2012

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1. Last week I made this ginger molasses pumpkin bread. I knew I’d like it, and figured I’d post about it, even though some of you may be pretty over pumpkin. Then, I decided I wouldn’t, because I liked it, but I didn’t love it…I didn’t feel like you could detect enough ginger, despite a hefty amount of both fresh and powdered. Then it sat a day and the flavors developed and I was officially in love. Back to wanting to post it! Unfortunately, we ate the majority of the loaf before I had a chance to snap a picture. The little end nubbin’ of a loaf bread doesn’t make the prettiest picture. So I'm not writing an actual post, but you should still make this recipe…especially if you’re a ginger and pumpkin fanatic like we are!

2. We’re on weekend two of three weekends of house guests. As you’ve probably realized, I love people by feeding them. There’s nothing better than prepping a bunch of meals for friends and family, especially when they’re staying over. Unfortunately, I’ve been insanely busy and didn’t prepare a big breakfast spread for our friends Paige and Zach last weekend. Normally I make sure there is an egg casserole, cranberry orange cinnamon rolls, or at the very least freshly baked muffins. Last weekend, none of the above. #FriendFail I did manage to throw together a giant pan of scrambled eggs with every vegetable we had in the fridge and paired that with toast. Fancy? No. But P & Z were satisfied and appreciative. Note to self: stress less. You can love people through food without making a big scene of it!
3. My whole family is coming for Thanksgiving weekend and they've requested one thing: ICE CREAM. As a result, my ice cream maker is getting more of a workout than I am lately! Ice cream recipes are some of the few that I don't mind making again and again and this time I'm returning to some favorites: cake batter for my mom, maple whiskey with bacon for my dad, plus pumpkin and snickerdoodle to go with my grandma's pies! You should probably whip up a few batches yourself...everyone will forget that the turkey was dry or that the mashed potatoes were lumpy if you have homemade ice cream on hand!

4. My heart has been very heavy lately. I’ve witnessed a lot of sadness and pain around me lately, some of it impacting my life and some of it impacting the lives of people I care about. I don’t typically consider myself a very sympathetic or empathetic person, but the last few weeks have proven otherwise. I’ve been hurting a lot, but in that have been continuously reminded of Psalm 55:22 "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." I am so thankful for a God who carries our burdens when we feel like we can’t anymore!

One Year Ago: Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Dried Cranberry Vinaigrette 
Two Years Ago: Red Velvet Pancakes
Three Years Ago: Sweet Potato Apple Casserole