What’s Cooking?

You never know when MeggNog cookers are around!  Chocolate Cakes, Apple Turnovers, Crunchy French Bread, Sweet Challah, Spicy Chili . . . how about some wintery Pumpkin Muffins? They are soooo super good with fresh butter and my favorite addition, chocolate chips ;)

My tip?  Make an extra {or two} to eat while you clean up the kitchen.

Don’t be afraid to bring the cheer to the chefs domain!

 Pumpkin Muffins
3 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 can pumpkin (14-15 oz)
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix well; fill muffin tins 1/2 – 3/4 full.  Bake for 20 minutes, approx.  Can give them more time if needed. Experiment! – try some chocolate chips, cranberries, extra spices, etc.   

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wanderer + dreamer :: chasing light, downtown

still round the corner
there may wait
a new road or a secret gate;
and though i oft
have passed them by,
a day will come, at last, when i
shall take the hidden
paths that run
west of the moon
east of the sun.


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Give Thanks

An entire month late, here is my contribution to the Thanksgiving season.  But wait, aren’t we supposed to give thanks all the time?  “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
And so, it’s a message that’s relative on each and every day, in each and every moment of our lives.


God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~William A. Ward

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” — Epictetus

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.” — Brother David Steindl-Rast

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley

“As we pause to thank Him for the blessings of the past year,
we must not forget to thank Him for the lessons we have learned through our difficult times.
We are not to be thankful for just the pleasant, easy things, but ALL things.”
[Millie Stamm]

why, hello there!

folks, i do apologize for our complete absence from the blog these past few weeks.  with the passing of thanksgiving and the coming of christmas, life is a *go go go* type thing right now.  i wish i hadn’t written that . . . it seems to be a sort of excusable-escape for me.  but, *CHEERS* i have several posts in the draft folder, so you should be seeing some activity soon.  and hey, if you ever get bored with the stagnant blog, check out my instagram page.  i often post photo updates there.

also, for clarification, i did choose to write entirely in lowercase for this post.  why?  variety.  something different for a different day.  it’s wednesday, that’s all.  and i’ve got a roast to cook for dinner, an accounting lesson to watch, an adventure to embark on and a song to sing, so if you’ll pardon my running off, i must be gone.  cheerio!

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