Thursday, April 29, 2010

Peanut Butter and Banana Trifle

I just happened upon a blog this week that was featuring some crafts but one of them was a dessert. It is out of this world, good!! I had never made peanut butter icing before but that really is the secret to the yummy goodness of this trifle. I found the recipe here.
It didn't include a peanut butter icing recipe so I found one online and added it to the instructions.


1 cake (yellow mix or made from scratch pound cake of you choice) cut into squares
32 oz. container of vanilla yogurt
3 cups (approx.) of peanut butter icing
4-5 ripe bananas


Stir peanut butter icing into the yogurt; mix well
Slice bananas
Layer trifle with sliced cake, yogurt mix and bananas
Repeat layers until full

(Peanut butter icing recipe)

1 stick butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup milk

4 cups powdered sugar

Mix together in a saucepan butter, peanut butter, and milk. Bring to a boil.

Turn off heat and add powdered sugar. Mix well. I had to double this recipe to get

the amount of cups the trifle recipe called for.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Jan Brett Coloring Pages

I love the Jan Brett books! Emma has the Gingerbread Baby, The Hat and The Mitten. I just realized that the Jan Brett website has tons of free coloring pages available for printing. There are coloring pages from every book she's written and all kinds of themes (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Spring, Mother's Day, Summer etc.) This morning, Emma and I spent some time reading her books and then I printed some pages for her to color. She really enjoyed the gingerbread house. =)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

"A Sure Cure for Complaining" DeMoss

I'm reading through Nancy DeMoss's book "Choosing Gratitude" and this little excerpt was so touching...I had to share it.

"A grateful heart will be revealed and expressed by thankful words, while an unthankful heart will manifest itself in murmuring and complaining."

"True story. A church group from New Bern, North Carolina, had traveled to the Caribbean on a mission trip. As you probably know, the conditions at the posh, luxury resorts are a far cry from the impoverished way of life endured by many others on these tropical islands.

During this particular ministry trip, their host took them to visit a leper colony on the island of Tobago. And while there, they held a worship service in the campus chapel. As you can imagine, the sight of emaciated lepers filing into their seats on the bare pews bore deeply into the minds and memories of each visitor to this unaccustomed scene.

But no memory left its mark like this one:

When the pastor announced, "We have time for one more hymn. Does anyone have a favorite?" he noticed a lone patient seated awkwardly on the back row, facing away from the front. At this final call for hymn requests, with great effort, the woman slowly turned her body in the pastor's direction.

"Body" would perhaps be a generous description of what remained of hers. No nose. No lips. Just bare teeth, askew within a chalky skull. She raised her bony nub of an arm (no hand) to see if she might be called on to appeal for her favorite song to be sung. Her teeth moved to the croaky rhythm of her voice as she said, "Could we sing 'Count Your Many Blessings'?"

The pastor stumbled out of the pulpit, out the door, and into the adjoining yard, tears of holy conviction raining down his face. One of the traveling party rushed to fill his place, beginning to sing the familiar song in this unfamiliar place, arguably the most "unblessed" of any spot in the universe.

A friend hustled outside, put his arm around the sobbing pastor, and consolingly said, "I'll bet you'll never be able to sing that song again, will you?"

"Yeah, I'll sing it," the pastor answered, "but never the same way, ever again"

Leave it to a grotesquely deformed leper to remind us that grateful people are characterized by grateful words, while ungrateful people are given to griping, complaining, murmuring, whining.

Some grumble at why God put thorns on roses, while others wisely notice- with awe and gratitude- that God has put roses among thorns. Hear what people are saying when they talk about the everyday events of their lives, and you'll see in an instant the difference between gratitude and ingratitude.

Do you spend more time counting and recounting your blessings or your problems?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Belle & Boo

I just love these mugs! There are many other sweet little things at this etsy shop.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, April 23, 2010

The container dilemma

I bought a pot at Hobby Lobby a couple weeks ago when they were all 50% off. I had no idea what to plant in it though! I really don't have a 'green thumb' but I don't always kill the things I plant. =) After having an empty pot on our porch for several days, I got the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens in the mail. On the cover it said "so pretty, so easy" "Dazzling containers to dress up your patio"...and I thought, perfect!! For their basic design they said to remember three words "THRILLER, SPILLER, and FILLER. They have many creative ideas for containers here.
I put Begonias, Swedish ivy and Goldilock filler in my container. I needed plants that would survive in a mainly shaded area and these are perfect! Here is a picture of one of their containers and then my version. It's not as complicated as I thought! Thanks to BHG for their advice!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Strawberry season

Strawberries are at their peak April to June. Walmart had strawberries for $1.50 a pound this week! Take advantage of the cheaper prices and make some strawberry delicacies. Martha Stewart has a TON of recipes on her blog. Check them out HERE.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

As I was telling you in my previous post...the easy bread recipe recommendation came from Creatively at Home. You can find the "Master Recipe" that I used from the book here and if you are interested in purchasing the book you can look here.

Some of my favorite blogs...

I love to look at all kinds of different blogs out there and get ideas for decorating our home and preparing tasty meals. Some of my very favorite ones are Less Than a Perfect Life of Bliss and Creatively at Home.
I have gotten a TON of craft ideas from Life of Bliss and I just tried a bread recipe that I found on Creatively at Home. It's been fun to be a little more crafty than usual and also try my hand at baking my first loaf of bread! If you have time, check out these won't be disappointed. What are some of your most frequented blogs? Do tell... =)