Banana Nutella Muffins. Monday is looking better already! Will be making. Thanks Princess.
Did anyone fret, lament and constantly change the appearance of their blog when they first started blogging? I think I have a design that I can be at peace with, not sure. I will sleep on it. Oh, and don’t get me started on the widget woes I am currently experiencing. Computer geek hubbie just got home. I Will have him address the wicked widgets in the morning. I know, this is so trivial in the great scheme of things, however, at the moment it is paramount to my peace. Crazy, but true.
Sleep tight don’t let the blog bugs bite.
Now that Spring has arrived, well trying to in my neck of the woods. I am noticing weeds in the beds, I would call them flower beds, however, there are no flowers in the flower beds as of yet. Working on that one. So,” weeds in the faded mulch from last summer” bed. I pick some weeds and more pop up. And so it goes. Weeds can be tantamount to troubles. One problem gets resolved and sure enough, another one pops up. There are different levels of weeds and troubles, mind you. There are the massive unwanted vines in life such as earthquakes, world hunger, cancer and human beings exacting all kinds of crazy on each other. Daily. I can’t explain it, I don’t understand it. I will leave that to a theological expert, and that is truly not me.
Reading the news or watching it on TV one might think they have heard it all. But no, it’s just another “weed” in the garden of life. And it is not just the big, news worthy events in life that threaten to overtake us. No, everyday life has it’s fair share of weeds. The car gets fixed, the lawn mower blows up. The washing machine gets repaired, the dryer ceases to dry. A family member or friend gets that much-needed answer to prayer and some one else’s life drifts into crisis mode. Trying.
Handling all of life’s weeds and worries is not easy nor pleasant. Wading into the thick of things for ourselves and others, can be exhausting and tricky. But we are not meant to weed or wade alone. Christ died so we may live. He is the vine and we are the branches. With out the branch, the vines can get gnarly. Many times it feels as if we are all alone fighting the weeds and worries. But, experience has shown me time and again that Christ is right there next to me picking the weeds and woes from each and every day. Even on those days when we don’t feel or acknowledge His presence, he is right there next to us. Weeding out the bad stuff and bringing peace at exactly the right moment. I scream and cry and weed. Next I praise and sing and dance. He is so good. “I am the vine; you are branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:15 (NIV)
Sugar Cookie Bars
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp lemon zest (optional)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 of an 8 oz block) softened
1 tsp vanilla (I used almond extract for half of the frosting)
¼ tsp salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
food coloring (if desired)
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan). Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean (they won’t look done so do the toothpick test). Cool completely and frost.
For the frosting: Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk a little at a time and mix until smooth and spreading consistency. You may not need all the milk! Spread over cooled cookie bars.
Do you find waiting to truly be the hardest part? You know, like in the Tom Petty song:” The Waiting is the Hardest Part.” Well I suppose it depends. Waiting on an answer to prayer. Absolutely true, the waiting is the hardest part. Waiting for everyone to get on the same page about where to eat lunch, well not so much, just difficult to ignore the light headedness. When it comes to answered prayer however, there are three categories for me. 1. Instant gratification. Prayers sent up quickly and many times answered quickly. Hear the sigh of relief. 2. Prayer requests from others: better write it down or it may get forgotten as quickly as it was requested. And, 3. Long term prayers. The prayers that are written on our hearts. Prayers for change, healing and help. For ourselves and others. Praying and waiting are lines on the same continuum. The waiting makes the answer( or the lack thereof ) all the sweeter when we glimpse what God is up to. The answers do come, don’t despair. So go ahead, call out every 5 minutes from the back seat to Abba Father: “Are we there yet”? He knows the waiting can be the hardest part, yet it is sweet music to His ears to hear our voices coming from the back seat: “Are we there yet”? We may not be there yet, but He is. “We have courage in God’s presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will”. 1 John 5:14