Out Of The Stump…

I am struck anew this Christmas with the profound words in Isaiah 11:1.  They read like this, “Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot……..”

We have 5 freshly made stumps hanging around on our property due to some Ash borer that took out strong trees.  Stumps aren’t really pretty…..they are dead as dead can be but scripture uses that metaphor to tell us that something great is going to come forth from the deadness.  It is just so profound to me.

There are times in my heart where I feel only deadness;  I wonder how anything beautiful can burst forth but as I press into that Scripture specifically it gives me hope!

So, in the season of giving and merriment where can you have faith for situations that look like dead, lifeless stumps?  Maybe it’s the brokenness of your family or some relationship you hold in your hand that you wish was different?  He comes to our hearts and asks us to open them up wide to ALL that HE wants to do in us thru the process of the shoot becoming a tree.

I was busy preparing for a big Christmas party last week and I stopped in my tracks at the wonder of my daughter and her creativity.  This little tree probably has had 6 homes in our house this Christmas.  This particular morning as I was sitting to have quiet before the rush of serving our party my eyes happened upon the tree once more in the most unlikely places (on the floor in a corner of our sunroom)  and  these precious little gifts caught my misty eyes.   I am so grateful the Lord gave me eyes to slow and look at the world thru my daughters eyes!  How can I have more love and joy today by simple heart decisions?  This is a tree in all it’s beauty, radiating Jesus in many ways.  ‘Out of a stump will grow a young shoot’.  Today let HIM have your ‘stump’ because you could be the gift to someone who needs a gift!

Cheers!

Dawn

Grandma’s Brown Sugar Frosting

Recently a family in our church needed some meals.  It was a crazy time for every one in our church and I knew that and had not signed up to take a meal but last minute I decided I could tag team with the one person who had signed up  and offered to bring a dessert.  Fortunately, I had an angel food cake in the freezer that I could pull out and put my grandmother’s Brown Sugar Frosting on.  I have such great memories being in her home Sunday after church for lunch and she would often serve us this exact deliciousness!  This recipe is great on cinnamon rolls or chocolate cake!  And it is super easy!

And this is the final project.  I could eat a piece of this right now!!

Happy Autumn ya’ll!

Dawn

Grandma's Brown Sugar Frosting
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Grandma's Brown Sugar Frosting
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Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan melt the butter; add brown sugar and cook on med high heat until mixture boils. Boil for 1 - 2 minutes. I did 2 minutes (it makes a thicker frosting). Remove from heat and add half & half, salt and vanilla. Let mixture cool for 5 minutes and then add powdered sugar; beat with a hand mixer until smooth. If you think this is too thick to your liking add a bit more half & half. Spread over cake or cinnamon rolls. Most of all ENJOY!
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From The Farm House Kitchen

My mother and I were able to collaborate together on a project that we hope you will find to be a delightful read and a nice addition to your kitchen.

Harvest House and their team have been wonderful to work with and have done a fantastic job on the interior of this book, we were excited when we saw how beautifully they have put it together!

This project releases March 2018.

We are humbled and excited and pray that this project will bring honor to the name of Jesus!

Here are a few more details if you would like to read a bit more on the Harvest House website.

Cheers!

Dawn & Carol

 

Protein Granola Balls

These days our meals are very simple.  We have just completed a 4 week detox.  We eliminated all wheat, dairy and sugar from our diet in an effort to pin point  where my baby’s hives are coming from and also attempt to help rid my first born of his nasal allergies.

The detox definitely had it’s challenge but we made it.  A 9 year old, 7 year old, and 5 year old with palettes that know what fun sugar, diary and wheat are make it for the ‘best of times and the worst of times’!  Amazingly enough our 2 year old already has a pretty refined palette.  We made it though and I was pleased with the personal self discipline a few of my children made when put in difficult situations where they were offered candy!  We went thru some symptoms of bodies detoxing; grumpiness, flu like symptoms and food cravings.

The kids ate copious amounts of fruit to aid in fueling them with energy.  I wish I would have written down how much fruit we purchased in the first two weeks.  We had a cornucopia of fruit available to them to keep them focused and not feeling deprived.  We bought so many strawberries, blueberries and black berries.  I was in the grocery store every 3 days buying 3 bunches of bananas, grapes, kiwis, pineapples and whatever fruit was on sale or looked good.  I do know that we bought 35 lbs of cuties/oranges in the first two weeks and consumed them all!  One week after piano, we ran into an Asian Market and they had ataulfo (our favorite) mangoes; so we bought a box of 16 but that didn’t last long.  The next week we bought 2 boxes for a total of 32.  They clearly are one of our favorite fruits!

For snacks they ate nuts, nut butters with apples and hummus with carrots or bell peppers.  Nitrate free turkey and fruit.  We did brown rice and sweet potatoes at dinner.  Fish, chicken and mostly grass fed beef, in the morning I would make sugar free sausage out of ground chicken.  The fats we used were coconut oil, ghee and organic butter (which is dairy but there is a lot of research out there about butter being ok, do your research).

I also incorporated high doses  of pro-biotics for the 2 boys we were targeting.  I did not get the complete results I had hoped for with my baby but I did get a few answers. He still is dealing with hives post detox  and we haven’t really re-introduced dairy.  We have only occasionally had bread but I have been very selective with that too it’s been mostly sprouted or gluten free.  So I didn’t have the full results I was hoping for with baby #4 the one thing that blew me away was how he advanced developmentally during that time. It was pure crazy. One day he was so busy exploring and busy with developmental strides I literally was ready to put him in his crib for an hour just to give me a break (I didn’t).  It was so exciting to see his development during this time.  His vocabulary expanded beyond my comprehension as well.

These protein balls are a part my offering ‘for sweet’ to my children on a regular bases, we did temporarily take them out (even though there is no sugar in them) during the first two weeks of the detox but added them back in for energy for the kids.  I just felt like my children needed energy in a way that Merv and I did not.  Merv & I  were able to get enough from the fruit we were eating.

This is a little window into our world the past several months.  I would love to hear what is one thing you (that is very important to you) do to keep your family healthy? You can place it in the comments.  I have become this compulsive researcher since having a sick baby and  I can never have too much information when it comes to the good things to do for my family!

One (of many) of the other things we have been doing lately; raising chicks! So fun for these two!

CHEERS!

Dawn

Protein Granola Balls
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70-80 balls
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70-80 balls
Protein Granola Balls
Print Recipe
Servings
70-80 balls
Servings
70-80 balls
Ingredients
Servings: balls
Instructions
  1. Beat together all ingredients. Scoop out with a small cookie scoop on a parchment lined cookie sheet. These will store in your frig for weeks or can freeze what you will not eat immediately.
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