Sunday, October 31, 2010

Psalm 35

"Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.

Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.

Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.

Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?

False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:

With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.

Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.

This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.

Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.

Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.

Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.

Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long."

Friday, October 29, 2010


...the weather has cleared up, the clouds and humidity have lifted, everything no longer feels sticky, and we're back to more seasonable temperatures - it feels good.

...I am babysitting the children tonight. I'm making pizza and we'll watch a movie together.

....I'm making cole slaw and potato salad - enough for 15 - for Beka's party, doing laundry, and normal housework. Beka's 10th birthday! I made her a Mickey Mouse pancake (with a chocolate face:-) for breakfast, but we're having her party tomorrow. The children have grown so much since I moved her a year and a half ago.

....I'm thinking about a quote I read in Matthew Henry on 2 Samuel 5, this morning,
"The more we are vilified for well-doing the more resolute we should be in it, and hold our religion the faster, and bind it the closer to us...Let us never be driven from our duty by the fear of reproach; for to be steady and resolute in it will perhaps turn to our reputation more than we think it will. Piety will have its praise. Let us not then be indifferent in it, nor afraid or ashamed to own it."

.....this verse is on my mind. I've been thinking about persevering.
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 
Philippians 3:14

....we are still packing, and have a lot left to do here at the Es. I think we'll do most of it over the next two weeks. My stuff, at my brother's house, is mostly done. I still have to do the books, and a few more fragile things, but I have part of tomorrow, and two more days off to work on it before we move. Yes, a moving date has been set - we'll be in the new house on November 12th, Lord willing. It looks like we are going to have a lot of help which will be great. I can't wait to be settled.

....tomorrow I plan to try my hand at something I've never done before - spray painting. I have a bookcase I was given, a small shelf, a basket, and maybe a chair I want to paint before we move.

  ....I'm trying to decide if I like my new bangs. Yesterday Mrs. Z (my sister in law's mom) came over to trim my hair - my friends wanted to know what I did to rate a house call from a beautician, lol.  As you can imagine, all the females gathered to give opinion and advice on the proceedings....and I was talked into trying bangs! I'm usually pretty willing to try something new since my hair grows so fast, I figure if I don't like it I can grow it out.....Anyway we had a lot of fun together and the girls and I all got out hair curled. Thanks Mrs. Z:-)!

Beka getting her hair curled.
Emily, before we pulled her hair into an updo!

Me with bangs - it's a big change to get used to, I've never had them before!
Last of all a picture of Bonnie - she likes to look in the front door when we have it open. Bonnie was a year old yesterday (we were reminded by facebook notifications...we had forgotten, haha), and is my 'walking partner'. We take a walk together early most mornings.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

But Godliness with contentment is great gain...

The other day while reading I came across this list of suggestions for having a contented attitude. I'm afraid I fail regularly in just about every one of these:-(...though in my opinion the first is the easiest. It's relatively easy to control what we say, but gets much harder when it comes to thoughts and feelings which are what the last four deal with. Still it does give me plenty to think about, even if it's only how far I still have to go!

1. Allow thyself to complain of nothing, not even the weather.

2.Never picture thyself to thyself under any circumstances in which thou art not.

3.Never compare thine own lot with that of another.

4.Never allow thyself to dwell on the wish that this had been, or were otherwise than it was, or is.
 God almighty loves thee better, and more wisely than thou doest thyself.

5.Never dwell on the morrow. Remember that it is God's not thine. The heaviest part of sorrow often is to look forward to it. "The Lord will provide."

~ from Secure In The Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

God's providences....

This was from my reading last night. I found it encouraging so wanted to share. It also reminded me of the verses from Psalm 113 that I copied below.

“She gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.”

Ruth 2:3


Her hap was. Yes, it seemed nothing but an accident, but how divinely was it overruled! Ruth had gone forth with her mother’s blessing, under the care of her mother’s God, to humble but honorable toil, and the providence of God was guiding her every step. Little did she know that amid the sheaves she would find a husband, that he should make her the joint owner of all those broad acres, and that she a poor foreigner should become one of the progenitors of the great Messiah. God is very good to those who trust in him, and often surprises them with unlooked for blessings. Little do we know what may happen to us to-morrow, but this sweet fact may cheer us, that no good thing shall be withheld. Chance is banished from the faith of Christians, for they see the hand of God in everything. The trivial events of today or to-morrow may involve consequences of the highest importance. O Lord, deal as graciously with thy servants as thou didst with Ruth."

~ Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


       "Who is like unto the LORD our God, 
who dwelleth on high,
 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
 That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children.
Praise ye the LORD."
Psalm 113:5-9

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Daybook

For Today - October 25th

Outside my's dark. I think today is supposed to be stormy.

I am thinking......about a movie I watched on Saturday night, The Other Boleyn Girl. You may not know this about me, but the period of history during the time of Henry viii has always fascinated me, years ago I did a lot of reading on it, so watching this was really interesting. It got me upset though as I watched a father and husband, send off their daughter/wife to be the king's mistress just for the purpose of advancing the family name. The two men a woman should be able to depend on most for protection doing that?! Upsetting! Oppression has been on my mind a lot lately since I also just read a book about a young widow who needed protection....her church's solution? To marry her off as a second wife (a mormon church btw). It left me very thankful that I don't live in that time period, am not a mormon, and for the ways the Lord has taken care of me and put me in a safe place.

I am thankful for.......lots of things, but the first that comes to mind was Jenny's mom having us over for dinner last night when I was so tired. It was a blessing to get a break from cooking and kitchen clean up!

I am wearing.....a jean skirt and blue, green, and white striped shirt.

Remembering..... playing with Sammy after lunch yesterday, laughing, and tickling - I love when I get the little guy to laugh:-)

Listening to.....a song I've got 'stuck' in my head.

From the kitchen....oatmeal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and I'm thinking of spaghetti for dinner. A question for ya'll - how do you do your menu planning? Sometimes it can be so hard to think of what to make for dinner, I like when I've planned ahead.

I am order some prints from this store for my new room, Lord willing. She does all different verses in beautiful calligraphy. Click here to visit her store.
Along with normal Monday work I also would love to check a letter and email that I need to write off my mental to do list.

Noticing that....people often let us down and disappoint.

I am currently Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary on 2 Samuel, Secure In The Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot, The 'I Wills' of Christ by P B Power, and I recently finished a Christian fiction book, The Sister Wife. I picked up the last because I was in the mood for something light, but the story about mormons actually ended up getting me mad, and I don't normally get mad easily. It left me very thankful that I don't go to church every week stressed over what new 'revelation' from God my pastor has received, what new (man made) rules he's going to enforce in our lives, etc.

I am hoping...... that I can better at my driving.....and that makes it sound like I'm a terrible driver which I'm not, just lacking confidence, and a good sense of direction.....For various reasons I haven't driven in years, but am making myself  'relearn' now. I need to get used to busier roads and traffic for when we move, you can't live 10 minutes away from Walmart and not have some traffic!

On my mind......this quote I recently heard in a sermon, 'worry is a sinful form of self torture.' Very true!

Pondering these words....from my Matthew Henry reading -

"See here, [1.] That nothing is more delightful in this world than a true friend, that is wise and good, that kindly receives and returns our affection, and is faithful to us in all our true interests. [2.] That nothing is more distressful than the loss of such a friend; it is parting with a piece of one's self. It is the vanity of this world that what is most pleasant to us we are most liable to be distressed in. The more we love the more we grieve."
~ Matthew Henry

Around the house....

One of my favorite things~ when Pastor says the four words at the beginning of each service, "Let us worship God." I love my church!

A few plans for the rest of the week is normal work, tomorrow I plan to spend the day working, organizing, and packing at my brother's house, Wed is church, Thurs we have a open house for some of the newly marrieds at church, Friday night I'm babysitting, Sat is Beka's birthday so will be planning her party and cooking a birthday dinner. I don't know what else, probably packing, but plenty of busyness...

From my photo journal ~ an old picture of my grandparents.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Psalm 34

"I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate."

Friday, October 22, 2010


Yesterday we all went to meet the Realtor at the new house to take measurements, decide who got which room, and so I could see it for the first time.

FairOaks - the house that will become home next month, Lord willing.

The back view of the house.

The barn. I tried exploring, but didn't get far, it wasn't the right kind of place for walking around in flip flops...

Jenny's parents and the Realtor, Cecile on the front walkway.

The children on the porch steps.

The front porch.

Pocket doors between the two living rooms.

The beautiful kitchen - I know I'll enjoy working in here:-)

This picture doesn't show it, but the kitchen was so nice and bright. I love lots of big windows.

Cool little drawers under the kitchen cabinets.

Almost every room has a fire place.

I like the mirror over this fireplace.

The stairs.

Looking down over the railing.

One of the bedrooms - I forget which one.

Another pretty window.

The upstairs hall. The doorway you can barely see to the right opens into what will be the schoolroom, the middle one will be mine, and the left - the boys.

My room - the door leads out onto the balcony.

The fireplace in my room. The house I spent most of my growing up years in, up in Culpeper County, VA was built in the 1800s and the bedroom Becky and I shared had a fireplace as well. It was always fun to decorate the mantelpiece.

Another view of the room that will be mine - the reason I'm including pictures of different angles is that I've asked a couple friends for advice on what I want to do with it.

The balcony that opens off my room. For some reason this is making me think of the story of Romeo and Juliet - there's your random thought of the day:-)
The view from the balcony.

The huge old oak in the back yard.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What does love do?

The other day when I was working at my brother's house,  I wanted to take a break but I didn't have my book with me, so I picked up one of my old Elisabeth Elliot books - she always has something good to say. Flipping through it for something to read, I could hardly believe it when I came across this chapter! Now you may be wondering why I posted this: after all I don't have a husband. Well it doesn't take a husband, I think this chapter applies to any relationship and it fit in perfectly with a conversation I had recently.  I was horrified when I read what she said about frustrations leading eventually to hate, and pray that doesn't happen to any of us.

A couple of my own thoughts after reading this are: that it can be good to speak up (though not in a nagging way like mentioned below, or in anger). The other is to stop focusing on second causes, ultimately the Lord is letting those clothes be left on the floor (or whatever else happens to be irritating you), what does He want you to learn from it? Even if it is just patiently training a child to be more considerate - what can I learn from this? What am I doing to irritate others?

My Matthew Henry reading this morning in 1 Samuel 30 had a couple quotes that I felt went well with this subject, plus I also included one from Ruth that was on my mind. I hope all this gives you as much to think about as it did for me, and that some of you may find it helpful. And just so you know, even though I'm sharing what I'm thinking on this...don't think I have successfully achieved this kind of attitude..."for without me you can do nothing." John 15:5

"Thus apt are we, when we are in trouble, to fly into a rage against those who are in any way the occasion of our trouble, while we overlook the divine providence, and have not that regard to the operations of God's hand in it which would silence our passions, and make us patient."


"When we are disappointed and discouraged in our expectations from second causes, then to go on with cheerfulness, confiding in the divine power, this is giving glory to God, by believing against hope, in hope."

"Every creature and every condition are that to us, and no more, that God makes them to be."
~ Matthew Henry 

 "Everything is an affair of the spirit. If eating and drinking can be done "to the glory of God" (1 Cor. 10:31) so can everything else. For those who long to follow Christ, "The performance of smaller duties, yes even of the smallest will do more to give us temporary repose....than the greatest joys than can come to us from any other quarter." (George MacDonald).

At a conference where I was speaking about the little sacrifices of love I suggested that if, for example, your husband drops his clothes on the floor and leaves them there you might instead of nagging (your views on the subject are quite well known to him!) simply pick them up. This sort of suggestion does not go over well these days - we're terrified of being "walked on," or becoming co-dependent," or enablers. One woman's questions following that talk were:
             1. Why shouldn't my husband change and pick up his clothes?
2.If he doesn't, how do I handle the resentment I feel?

The first answer is simple: of course he should change, but you can't make him! God knows you've tried. It's time to leave him to God (I was not talking to husbands!)

The second question pierces to the heart of things: The resentment - my heart, my attitude toward the man - reveals my attitude towards Jesus Himself, for what I do to one of his brothers I do to Him - alas.

I greatly value question and answer sessions, hoping to clarify the application to individual lives of the principles I try to set forth. But having been at this a good number of years, I am more and more aware of the difficulty of helping people turn their eyes to Jesus. The world, as Wordsworth put it, is too much with us. Has a husband's careless habit anything to do with my relationship with Jesus? Yes, everything to do with it.

As I reminded my daughter Valerie (in the book I wrote as a wedding present to her, Let Me Be a Woman), you marry a sinner. There simply isn't anything else to marry. So the husband sins against the wife - and let us wives not forget - he, too marries a sinner. If he sins in being thoughtless and my reaction is sinful, two wrongs don't make a right.

Most questions about relationships can be answered quite simply if we ask ourselves this question, what does love do?

Let me start with my love for God. Loving Him means the thankful acceptance of all things his love has appointed. We learn to love him as we learn to "frame our heart to the burden," as Samuel Rutherford said. Clothes on the floor at worst constitute a 'small burden'. This, if not accepted, as soon as we find we are not in a position to change it, becomes an irritation, which then becomes resentment, which becomes real anger and eventually with all the irritation not accepted for the love of God, becomes full-dressed hatred. "But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes." 1 John 2:11. No wonder we lose our way. No wonder we are baffled. Darkness descends because we do not ask the Lord to teach us love.

Surely the questioner would protest that she does not hate her husband. But she certainly hates what he does and marriages break up when "small" things accumulate and resentments build. Love is the intention of unity. Resentment is the destroyer of unity.

John S Dwight said, "rest is the fitting of self to its sphere." If in my sphere I find things out of place through someone else's fault this is my opportunity to fit myself, to give a little, to do the small thing that should have been done by the other. Love is very patient, very kind, never rude, never selfish. And it's amazing what rest comes from the gentle fitting of self to it's sphere.

Now as to the "handling" of resentment?" Again, turn your eyes upon Jesus. Had he good reason to be resentful? Did people treat him with respect, believe his words, trust his judgments, follow his leading, love and obey him? Think on these powerful words -

"For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Peter 2:20-24

In her thought provoking little book called If, Amy Carmichael writes,

"If I am soft to myself and slide comfortably into the vice of self pity and self sympathy; if I do not by the grace of God practice fortitude, then I know nothing of Calvary love."

Some things my be legitimately alleviated, others necessarily endured. May we be wise enough to know the difference."
~ From Secure In The Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'I Wills' and more.... a rainy day in South Carolina. I think the children slept later since the house was so dark....when they finally did get up I commented that it was late and they needed to get right to work on math after breakfast.
Beka said, "But it's too dark outside to be late,"
I told her it was because it was raining, and she was like, "Rain?"
I said, "Yes, remember sometimes water sometimes falls from the sky...." 
Haha! Yes, it has been a very long time since it has rained here and we need it! I'm hoping it will clean some of the pollen/dust out of the air and give some relief to those of us who are suffering with allergies.

.....In other news we are still continuing to cough, I figured this morning that I have been coughing for 4 1/2 weeks now:-( Thankfully not as frequently, but bad when I do.

And so it begins...the first boxes are packed.
....the packing has begun! See some pictures - the beginning of the moving journal. Yesterday I spent the day at my brother's house (where most of my stuff is) sorting, organizing, getting rid of, and in general preparing to pack up and move. Tomorrow, Lord willing, I'll see the house that will become home, for the first time. Maybe I'll post some pictures of it on Friday.

Boxes to be packed.
....I'm baking pumpkin bread (see the recipe below), cooking a pot of chili, doing laundry, normal house work, and finding myself typing at this in 5 minute increments of time between jobs. Another busy day...

....I wanted to share this thought from today's Matthew Henry reading about David -
"God's providence ordered it wisely and graciously for him. For, besides that the snare was broken and he was delivered out of the dilemma to which he was first reduced, it proved a happy hastening of him to the relief of his own city, which sorely wanted him, though he did not know it. Thus the disgrace which the lords of the Philistines put upon him prove, in more ways than one, an advantage to him. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way. What he does with us we know not now, but we shall know hereafter, and shall see it was all for good."

....I also wanted to share some about the book I have been reading -

I was able to borrow this from a friend and have found it very helpful and convicting. The author goes into select passages from the Psalms that have the phrase, 'I will', such as:

"As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me." Psalm 55:16

"What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee." 
Psalm 56:3
"Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit."
Psalm 28:1

"As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice."  
Psalm 55:16-17

"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I." 
Psalm 61:2

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."
Psalm 121:1

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is." 
Psalm 63:1

"I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD." 
Psalm 71:16

"Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name."
Psalm 86:11

"I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." 
Psalm 104:33

He goes into the subjects the subjects of trust, prayer, the object of prayer, continuance in prayer, expectation in prayer, intensity in prayer, prayer in trouble, action, determination in action, heartiness in action, and finally praise, going through all the verses I copied above and more.
The chapters on action and praise were especially convicting to me when he talked about serving and praising God, giving all we have in service (like the widow with the two mites), and about how important it is to praise God. That most of us probably give 100 prayers for every time we ever offer praise. What really made me think was when he talked about giving praise here and now, not waiting till we aren't in pain, or circumstances get better, or we feel like it. That made me think of these verses from Psalm 69 -
"The name of God I with a song
most cheerfully will praise;
And I, in giving thanks to him,
his name shall highly raise.

This to the Lord a sacrifice
more gracious shall prove
Than bullock, ox, or any beast
that hath both horn and hoof.

When this the humble men shall see,
it joy to them shall give:
O all ye that do seek the Lord,
your hearts shall ever live."
I wish I could share some of the sections that I found helpful, but I can't find any of it online to copy and paste, and simply have too much 'action' of my own going on now to find time to type it. You'll have to read it for yourself! However below are two quotes I found from the chapter on 'praying in trouble' -

"But why not make our escape out of these valleys? Simply because we cannot; and because God never intended that we should be able to do so; His design towards us is, that we should be taught to lift up our eyes unto the hills; that we should journey through the valleys, looking up to higher ground for all needful help. What God often has in view for His children, is helping them in the valley, rather than helping them out of it (pp. 218-9)."

"In our trial time we must lift up our eyes; we must not try and pierce the far distance; we must not speculate; and derive our comfort from thoughts that matters may turn out in this way or that way; we must look above the valley . . . And how are we to lift up the eye, if it be not in prayer?- Prayer, in which God is distinctly seen, in which His willingness to help is abundantly realized and acknowledged; one moment's upturning of the eye in this way is of more practical value than the most earnest gaze into the future. Let us look up from the valley to God, and He will look down into the valley on us, and lead us through all its windings, all its gloom, to the point which He can see from His lofty throne, as the only one through which we can make our escape (p. 222)."


Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Recipe

Pumpkin Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe

Photo by: Taste of Home

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and orange peel (mixture will appear curdled). Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder; add to pumpkin mixture just until moistened. Fold in walnuts and cranberries.
  • Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

Last of all a picture of Sammy at church last week - what a cute outfit, and even cuter little guy:-)

I hope everyone has a good rest of the day!


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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1