Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Day

 Cupcakes I made completely from scratch for the Valentine's party at AWANA.

I told you I am trying to trim my grocery budget and one of the ways I am accomplishing that goal is to not buy box mixes and packets of pre-made food items.

It was really very easy to mix up the cake batter from scratch. I already had all the needed ingredients on hand. The part that took so long was gathering everything together (as opposed to opening a box mix and dumping it into the bowl).

And if you'd prefer to have everything already mixed (the dry ingredients), you can can gather your ingredients and store them in a container of some sort and then when baking a cake strikes your fancy, all you have to do is open that container and dump everything into a mixing bowl.

Here's a recipe for that.
Topped with made from scratch cream cheese frosting.
This was super easy too - it only has 4 ingredients...
1 bar of cream cheese, 1 small container of cool whip, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
I added red food coloring to make my frosting pink.

Roses and balloon we delivered to Kate at school
I had planned to make a Valentine's Day dinner for my family, incorporating into the meal different foods that they each love. But since I was feeling too poorly to cook, my sweet husband took our family out for Chinese.
And this was in my fortune cookie. Ha, this one was definitely for me. I am not a patient person, to be sure. But...
"He's still working on me, to make me what I ought to be. It took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars, the sun and the earth and jupiter and mars. How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me."
*Update: I have felt convicted (by God) that I should not be posting things like that little fortune cookie strip above. I do not read the horoscope and I put no stock whatsoever in those things. My hope is in God and in Him alone. What I perceived to be something done in innocent fun (reading the fortune in fortune cookies), God has shown me is not innocent in His eyes at all. Fortune-telling is one of the practices that He calls abominable. See Deuteronomy 18:9-14, Leviticus 20:6, Leviticus 19:26-28, 31. Even though I have perceived this as harmless fun, and I don't actively seek out my horoscope, etc., I feel that God has made it clear that these kinds of things have no place in a believer's life.
"Abstain from all appearances of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22
So, that is the last of the fortune cookie fortunes for me. God holds my future in His hands and that's all I need to know about it.


  1. :) Yeah, I'm no fan of the fortune cookie either. Tim Challies did a comparison awhile back between fortune cookie sayings and Joel Osteen's words. It was impossible to tell the difference between the two. Besides - patience is a part of the fruit of the Spirit, comes through abiding in Him. I find it interesting how the different facets of that fruit are stronger in some and weaker in others, I suppose to spur us on in further dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ while we serve one another according to our strengths and encouraging one another in their weaknesses. A beautiful thing, it is. :)

  2. OH sweet one ... so delighted you stopped by to splash around with me. SOmetimes I honestly have no idea why I type and why in the world people stop by to read. But then a comment such as yours pops on the screen ... to share my life, open wide for people to read. If someone is encouraged, as fostering and parenting and serving as missionaries and living crazy loud for Jesus can be tough at times ... then it is all worth it. Thank you for encouraging me today and letting me hopefully be a bit of encouragement to you as well.

    Be blessed bunches,


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