Sunday, January 30, 2011

Coconut Bread

Hello all! Its been a long while since I have posted a new recipe. I saw this recipe on Hannah's lovely blog called Honey and Jam. Go take a look at Hannah's blog and also make sure to try this awesome recipe!

Coconut Bread
Makes 1 loaf

2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
seeds scraped from half a vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, more for dusting pan
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar (I was naughty and used sugar, but next time I'll use rapadura)
5 ounces unsweetened coconut flakes (around 1 1/2 cups)
3 tbsp salted butter, melted and cooled
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
soft butter for creasing the pan

Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla seeds. Set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the sugar and coconut. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, and slowly add the egg mixture, stirring until just combined. Fold in the melted butter and coconut oil, being careful not to over-mix.

Grease and flour a 8x4 loaf pan. Pour in the batter and bake in the preheated oven until the loaf is golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, around 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in its tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack.

* I made a few changes from the original.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

don't waste your life

mulling over this...

"Only one life,
'Twill soon be past;
Only what's done
for Christ will last."

Friday, January 21, 2011

update for those curious

So for those of you who aren't up to speed with the latest news in the Valley Fever saga....

My Lung Doctor took one last blood test to be sure that I have Valley Fever, and sent it to UC Davis- he said they have THE best lab in the country. Anyway, if the test came back positive, then he would start me on a 3 month treatment of a prescription.

drum roll please...

The test came back positive. Such a bummer. I was really hoping that it would come back negative so that way I wouldn't have be on meds. Anyway, the treatment should last about 3 months, however the Doc said that it might even be up to 6 months. I'm really bummed to be on meds for that long, but am SO thankful that Valley Fever is treatable. I'm also thankful that my case of Valley Fever was mild compared to the life threatening cases that I have heard about.

I know many of you have lifted me up in prayer, and I thank you for that. I would appreciate your continued prayers in that God would use this medication to heal my lungs. Thanks, friends.


Friday, January 14, 2011

God is the Gospel

I just finished reading through this amazing book by John Piper. I highly recommend it. The book ponders this main question...
Do you feel loved by God because He makes much of you? Or Do you feel loved by God because He frees you to make much of Him?
I'm still pondering this question, and mulling over it.... realizing that I really love to be made much of... I mean isn't that what our culture today says that love is? If someone loves me, they will indeed make much of me, right? Love that doesn't have God at the beginning and end of it is NOT love.

Anyway, read this book, and let me know what you think of it!

You can find a free online copy of it at


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

true grit

Okay... so I went and saw the new True Grit. I thought it was a great movie- great action, looks more realistic than the original for sure! But as far as who plays the best Rooster Cogburn, its definitely John Wayne! I'm a huge John Wayne fan though, so I might be a bit biased. It is a little known fact about me that I love western movies. My favorite westerns always have John Wayne in them. How can you not love The Duke? I mean, he is gruff, manly, strong, and yet in most of his movies can also have a tender heart.

Have any of you seen the new True Grit? How did you think its compares to the original?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

I resolve, 2011

I love the beginning of January. I love how it feels fresh and new. Don't you? Its like every January brings a fresh start to make new goals... its hopeful.

I was looking at my resolution list from last year...

2010 Resolutions
* these are in no particular order

1. exercise at least 3 days a week
2. be more organized about how/when I clean the house
3. eat more whole foods and less canned, processed, and crappy food. Cook meals by scratch. Experiment more with soaking grains.
4. learn more about photography
5. be more aware of the things that distract me from growing a deeper relationship with Christ and remove them from my life.

... and looking at last years list inspired me for this years list. So here it goes...

2011 Resolutions
*not in any order*
1. exercise- any amount is better than what I'm doing now.
2. be more organized about how/when I clean the house.
3. enjoy my hobbies more often;playing music, photography, sewing, cooking, baking.
4. be more intentional about being in community with others and building relationships.
5. Work on really, and genuinely loving people as Christ loves them.
6. Make time to be creative with my music... writing songs on guitar/piano.
7. Pinpoint what stirs up my affections for Christ and do it.
8. Pinpoint what robs me of my affections for Christ and remove it from my life.
9. Fight to kill sin in my life.
10. Fight to have joy in Christ.
11. Love my husband more deeply, by humbly serving him and providing him with a peaceful haven to come home to.