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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Inspired by. . . blue

I haven't posted a recipe in a while.

My sweet mother brought over some blueberry buckle for dessert a couple of days ago.

I thought it would be nice to share some with you.



Mealy Sage – textured with Bonnie's soft light overlay and golden bokeh


And, since my mealy sage was showing so brilliantly blue this morning, I thought I would share it with you, too!



Textured with Klassen's water stained frame


Blueberry Buckle

Source: www.allrecipes.com


  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1/4 cup shortening

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease one 8x8 inch pan.
  2. Cream together 3/4 cup sugar, shortening, and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into sugar mixture, alternating with milk. Stir in blueberries. Pour into greased 8x8 inch pan.
  4. To make topping: Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, cinnamon, and butter. Sprinkle over cake batter.
  5. Bake at 375 degree F (190 degrees C) for 25-30 minutes.


This recipe makes a nice dessert, or "coffee cake" breakfast pairing.



Bonnie's golden bokeh, difference blend




Have a wonder-filled day,





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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Inspired by. . . sweet innocence











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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Inspired by. . . bees

It's always fun when you captured something other than your intended subject. I saw the bee, of course, but it wasn't until I was editing the images for this post that I noticed my little black friend there, in the shadow of one of the petals.





I enjoy photographing bees. They are less fickle than butterflies, who always seem to be flitting away looking for the next flower. And since I don't suffer from apiphobia, the fear of bees, there is no issue on my part.

My lack of fear is not because I've never been stung. I distinctly remember being stung on the stomach as a young girl. It hurt like the dickens! Definitely not an experience I would like to repeat. I think it's safe to say that most of the people I know are afraid of bees or, at the very least, dislike being around them.

Like many fears, I think false evidence has a lot to do with why people are afraid of bees.** Most bees are very docile. They won't sting unless provoked or threatened. It has been my experience that people who panic, flail their arms, and swat at bees are much more likely to get stung.



Klassen Texture


"No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear,

because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in

fear doesn't have perfect love." 1Jn 4:18


Having a healthy fear about some things in life is important. Fire, for instance. My {healthy} fear of fire causes me to be cautious in the kitchen, around an open flame, etc. This is a good thing.

But sometimes, I think, our fears can stop us from experiencing all that God has for us.

I think we are often afraid for two reasons (1) we fear things we don't understand, (2) we fear things based on false evidence (lies). The second reason often plays a role in the first.

Fear can be described as: False Evidence Appearing Real

Is there something in your life that you're struggling with? a fear that is holding you back?

Is it possible that your understanding about what you're facing could be false? misguided? or simply wrong?

Have you asked God for wisdom, discernment, and understanding? Have you applied the Truths of scripture to what you're facing?



Textured with Kim's shine


"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God and it will be

given to you, for God is a generous Giver who neither

grudges nor reproaches anyone." James 1:5



Don't let fear stop you from doing something, or being the someone God wants you to be.

He doesn't ask or expect you to do it alone.

He promises to be right there with you. . . guiding and providing. . . all the way.





**Some people, for example those who are allergic to bee stings, have reasons to be concerned. This post is not intended to suggest otherwise.



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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Inspired by. . . winners

The giveaway at Goodreads is over – congratulations to Lisa, Rachel and Mary!

Your copies of Heart's Desire are on the way!




And congratulations to Haley, who won the giveaway from The Literary Maidens! I'll be shipping your autographed copy this week!


If you love reading, and you love free books, Goodreads has great giveaways going on all the time! Check it out!


I will be announcing a new giveaway later this month – check back for more details.




In case you missed it on my Facebook page, Starflower is now available on Amazon!




You can read the Legend of the Starflower HERE and an excerpt from the book HERE.


Have a wonder-filled day!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Inspired by. . . flying flowers

Flying flowers I've heard them called, and it's an apt description.



Gulf Fritillary – SOOC


I suppose someone once mistook a butterfly for a blossom, and so the phrase was born.



Textured with Kim's pourvous


They glide by on silent wings. Often darting to and fro. Calling to us with a sense of gaiety and freedom. Unencumbered by the cares of this world. Caring only for the next burst of color that may offer up a powdery sustenance.



Textured with Kim's simplicity


Just one of God's many creative ways to ensure that the cycle of life continues.



Textured with Kim's be still


Do you think they please Him with their beauty and grace?

Do they please you?




I think you may have your answer.


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Inspired by. . . Living water


Jesus replied to her, "If you only knew what God's gift is and who is asking you for a drink,

you would have asked him for a drink. He would have given you living water." John 4:10


My garden brings me such JOY.




The flowers are vibrant, alive, and growing!




They don't grow by accident. Their care is intentional, and takes effort.

They need both water and sunshine to survive.


They same is true in my life.

In order to be vibrant, alive, and growing, I need {Living} water and {Son} shine!

I like to think of it as, soaking in the Word and prayer (time in the Son-shine).

Both are intentional disciplines that take effort.

Are you feeling sluggish? wilted? Are the weeds of sin choking you, and stealing away your JOY?




The word of God will revive and sustain you. It will make you vibrant and alive!

Time in prayer will guide and direct you.  It will help you grow and blossom!




Into a beautiful garden that brings JOY to both God, and to those around you.





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