Archive for August, 2008

mommy b’s blueberry muffins

My mom is a great baker.   She was always known as the mom who made the best cookies… nice and chewy, yum!.  She also baked muffins (usually her famous bran muffins) quite often, too.  But my favorite muffin that she made were her blueberry muffins.

I recently went to my local PYO farm and picked nearly 5 pounds of blueberries. 

So one of the first things I did with the blueberries, besides eat them on my oatmeal every morning, was make my mom’s blueberry muffins.

mommy b’s blueberry muffins

1 1/2 cups flour (I used wheat flour)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar

mix dry ingredients together

1 egg
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
mix egg, oil and milk together

1 cup blueberries (I think a few extra blueberries tumbled into my batch)

add dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. fold in blueberries. bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.  makes about 8-10 muffins.


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 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.   Matt 6:31-33 NLT


I have been doing this Children’s Ministry thing for almost 7 years now (yikes!) and every season as I begin to recruit volunteers I always have those moments of doubt…Who is going to teach this class?… Will we have enough volunteers?…What will I do if there is no one to be with these kids?  At some point along this road I realized that God has met my needs (our needs as a church) each time.  It didn’t always look like the plan I had begun with but it was always the perfect plan.


So as I began planning and recruiting for this Fall season, this year with THREE services, my prayers revolved around God providing for our real needs as a ministry.  Several times random people would ask me –“ What are we going to do if you don’t find a teacher?”  I would always try to respond positively with – “It always works out, God always give us what we need.”  Truthfully, I was still asking myself those same questions in the midst of knowing that God is bigger that all I can do, and that He will meet our needs.

Yesterday, I filled the last lead teacher position.  Amazing.  I filled the remaining slot with people who are just awesome, yet I would not have imagined that they would be interested in volunteering. (so much for my plan, right?)  This is a complete answer to prayer and another example of God’s sovereignty in my life and in this ministry. 

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our drive thru chinese dinner

our 'drive thru' chinese dinner

So, a few weekends ago we went down to CT to visit some close friends who just had their first baby (so cute!)  We left on Friday after Erik got home from work… I had us all packed and ready with our bags, books on cd (Harry Potter & Car Talk) and some fresh blueberry muffins.  My dinner plan was to stop somewhere for take out which for me is a treat…something that I don’t allow myself to do very often (due to $ and points). 
So, I said to Erik, “Where do you want to stop for dinner?” (thinking maybe Wendy’s, or KFC, or possible Subway)
And he said, “How about chinese?”
***Typically ‘Really?’ is one of Erik’s favorite responses to me when he doesn’t want to do something but he doesn’t want to commit to saying no to me either… (example: Court – “Let’s go out for ice cream.”  Erik- “Really?”)  This time it was me saying it.***
“Really?  You want to eat chinese food in the car while we are driving.  With all the rice?”
So, thinking this would be a fun adventure, we split a combo dinner from our local chinese take-out (which we lovingly refer to as the Die-nasty…its real name is the Dynasty) and discovered that chinese take-out, in a car, with rice, and duck sauce is not… a good… idea. 
There were duck sauce drippings everywhere (who can eat chicken fingers without duck sauce), rice in my lap, and no where to wash our hands.  But… it was a spontaneous adventure, good chinese, and we certainly made a memory.   Maybe we will even do it again sometime…

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a new year

Despite officially being out of school for nearly ten years (yikes!) I still think of every new year starting around Labor Day and not a week after Christmas.  Most likely this is because my whole professional life has rotated around this cycle from when I was teaching to now in church ministry.  My Children’s Church program is ramping up, home group is beginning again, and sadly it seems to be getting a little bit colder. 

My new year is almost here and I am furiously recruiting volunteers, sending emails, and making schedules…in the midst of trying to write curriculum, plan a study and MAYBE organize my house.  Meanwhile, I just want to go back to the beach and read my book.

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today is the day…

So today is the day I am going to enter the world of blogging.  I feel completely un-creative, un-inspired, and un-interesting… why should I think I can have a blog?

To be totally honest, I don’t want to miss out on something.  I have begun following several blogs in the past year and I have seen a whole new community of people (mainly women) sharing their lives, their struggles, their ideas, their talents, their funny stories, their obession with reality tv, and their passions with friends and strangers (who often become friends). I want in on that.

So here I go.  I’m not making any promises.  I probably won’t post everyday.  I’m not even sure if I’m going to tell anyone this blog exists.

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