Friday, October 28, 2011

Best Ever Pumpkin Muffins (Dairy Free alternative)

I just made our favorite food to eat this time of year...pumpkin muffins.  We eat them for snack, dessert, breakfast and everything in between!  The original recipe was found by my sister-in-law on cooks.com, but I tweaked it to make it healthy and dairy free and they are still the bomb!

You have got to try this recipe...your kids will love it and the pumpkin is good for them:)

Make them 1-2 days ahead for best flavor.  Ours are gone before then so I make a double batch and refrigerate the batter.

Makes 12 regular or 48 mini muffins.

1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour   (I use freshly ground)
2/3 cup sugar or sucanat (if brown sugar, add to wet)
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice*
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs (I use powder egg replacer and water)
1 15oz can pumpkin
1/2 cup or 1 stick melted butter (I use earth balance)
1 cup (6oz) chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk if mix is too dry (almond milk)

Mix dry ingredients and in another bowl whisk wet ingredients.  Stir in choc. chips.  Pour wet over dry and fold until moistened.  Bake 20-25 min. 350 degrees.

*Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg (I use fresh grated)
1/8 tsp ground allspice
Yields 1 tsp

TIP to get High Dome Muffins
Fill up muffin tins full with thick batter, not pourable.
Put in a hot oven set to 425 degrees for 6 min. then lower to 350 degrees for the remainder of the time.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Life is a Vapour

Oneday I was talking to my Grandmother about life and how fast time goes by.  She is what some people would consider "old".  She has great grandchildren and has lived a long life.  Nana said that as she thought back over her whole life and how fast it went that it was like a vapour.

I'm sure you have heard the saying that "life is a vapour".  It is a true saying, not because I think so but because the Word of God says so.  The Bible says in James 4:14, "...for what is your life?"  Then it answers the question for you by saying "it is even a vapour".  My husband preached a message on this thought and I want to share it with you. 

1. A Vapour is Passing...our life appears for a little while and then we are gone...so make sure you know where you are going when you die...Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by Jesus! John 14:6

2. A Vapour is Pivital ...it is a state between a solid and a liquid...it can become a liquid just as easily as it can become a solid depending on temperature change and pressure....our life is suspended between Heaven and Hell and we all have to make that one pivital decision to trust Jesus for salvation or not

3. A Vapour is Purposeful...water vapour produces clouds, which produce rain, which produce crops, which give food and life to people!!  Every life is created for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10 We are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works...)

4. A Vapour is Powerful...when steam is channeled and directed properly it had the power to create the industrial revolution...Therefore your life when directed by the Holy Spirit has the power to impact the world for Christ!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Semi-Homemade Apple Cider

Here is an easy recipe that everyone will enjoy during this time of year.  It is easy and tastes good.  My kids love it and its not bad for you!  All you have to do is buy a gallon of apple cider and add the seasonings to it!
 
                                Semi-Homemade Apple Cider
                           1/2 gallon cider or juice  (I use cider)
                                    2 cinnamon sticks
                                          2 cloves
                                       whole nutmeg
                          1/2 orange peel cut into strips
                          1/2 lemon peel cut into strips
              Put all of the seasonings in cheesecloth and add to the cider.
                    Put in crockpot on low for 2 hours, then strain and enjoy!