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Monday, January 23, 2012

Making something out of nothing…

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24::15 (NIV)

Quietly, with no fanfare, announcements, not even special snacks, we made something out of nothing last night.  We had a really cool family night.  I’m almost afraid to say it aloud.  Now, it’s not like we don’t spend quality time together.  We spend more time together than a lot of families I know, but we do have a teen and a tween, a reasonable number of activites, school, time with friends and a lot of technology.

After checking in with the GPs (grandparents who live close), we came home to watch the Giant’s game.  We’re not even huge football fans..  There we were, smushed on the futon with the dog at our feet.  No plan, no fuss, much love.

still sleeping...
We spend so much time planning to… get together, planning to spend time, planning to have fun and failing to execute.  This was delightfully spontaneous.  We just did it.  And it was wonderful.

I’m not saying anything more about it (after this), except “Thank You, Lord.” When we could’ve been sprawled across several beds or sofas, on laptops, smartphones, hand held gaming devices, or even lost in books, we watched the game.  We even let the kids stay up late to watch overtime. And, in possibly the best morning blessing, we all got out the door ontime (even a bit early).

Is this our new normal? Perhaps.  I prefer to see it as an unexpected blessing, unmerited favor, a moment of Grace. Because when you’ve got so many moving parts, and they all decide to sit still together at the same place at the same time, therein lies a blessing.  And a blessing is another reminder that God is good. 

Today’s feast: Blueberry Coffee Cake (recipe courtesy of Cooking Light)
Back Story~~lately, I’ve been fiending for sweets, but they have to be good for me.  After getting myself in better shape, I try to eat consciously, respecting my temple.  Now that we’re done having babies, I’m liking when my husband looks at me and says “ooh, baby!”

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt $
3/4 cup sugar, plus 1 T (the recipe calls for turbinado, which I always use)
6 T butter, softened $
1 t vanilla extract
1 large egg $
1 large egg white $
1 1/3 C buttermilk
Cooking spray $
2 C fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350°Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
Place 3/4 C sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes). Add vanilla, egg, and egg white; beat well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.  Spoon half of the batter into a 9-inch round baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup blueberries. Spoon remaining batter over the blueberries; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 C blueberries. Sprinkle the top evenly with 1T turbinado sugar. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
Note: If using peak-season fruit, use 1 1/2 C blueberries instead of 2 C, and only 1 C buttermilk instead of 1 1/3 C. This will make the batter thicker so the berries won't sink to the bottom..  


  1. i love family days! last night hubs and i went out to my family's house. after mom's awesome beef stew, i had a rockin' awesome dance party with my three little sisters. seriously the best.

    and ps your berry coffee cake has me craving it in the library right now! ahh!


  2. LOVE THIS! I love the way our minds were seeing beautiful in the moment at the same time. This post made me smile, as did your comment on See Beautiful. I think I'll add this recipe to our next "mattress on the floor" rumpus. The way you honored enjoying family in the moment is the best.

    Happy seeing beautiful!

  3. That sounds like a magical evening. Reminds me of my childhood, before mobile phones lol

  4. Ohhhh an unexpected family night. One of my greatest joys too. We do make sure with a teen, tween and one who follows to carve out a couple family nights a month. We genuinely miss each other when we're not together. I LOVE my family... More, I love that GOD is the center of our home and that His love shines through our time together.

    Looking forward to knowing you better!!!



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