Thursday, July 28, 2016

The *BEST* Sugar-Free Muffins Ever!

These Muffins Are Seriously The *BEST*!

For the last two months or so, about once every week, I have been making a batch of these amazing, sugar-free muffins.  As a family, we have been trying to go sugar-free as much as is possible, and these muffins are helping to soften the blow! The original recipe can be found HERE.

I recently tried to make them with fresh chopped strawberries, but they did NOT work out, so I wouldn't suggest trying that option.  Usually, I make the unsweetened apple sauce option, but the banana one works just as well.

So there you have it!  These muffins are very quickly to make, economical and taste great.  If you don't believe me, I thought a few pictures of my own "muffins" enjoying them, might convince you! 

  • 2 ½ cups Rolled Oats (1.5 cups ground), 2 Tbsp reserved for muffin tops
  • 2-3 large Over-ripe Bananas (1 c. mashed) or 1 cup un-sweetened Applesauce
  • 2 Eggs (lightly beaten)
  • ⅓ cup Honey
  • ¾ cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F degrees. The original recipe states to toasts the oats before using them, but I just can't be bothered and my muffins still taste great.  So go ahead and toast if you want, and don't bother if you don't! :)
  • Place 1.5 cups of oats in a food processor (I use a mini baby-food type one) and blend/pulse until they reach a rough, flour like consistency.
  • Dump either applesauce OR *well-mashed* bananas into a bowl or stand mixer.
  • Add eggs, honey, milk and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • Add all the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until only just incorporated. Allow these to sit for 10 minutes to soak the oats.
  • Scoop into muffin tin, lined with muffin liners (makes 12-14 muffins).
  • Bake for about 20 -25 minutes, keeping a close eye on them at the end to prevent burning.
  • *Try* and allow them to cool before eating, else you'll have muffin stuck to your liner...of course you could always nibble it off if you *really* can't wait that long! ;)

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever
ye do, do all to the glory of God."
~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

Monday, June 27, 2016

Psalm 139:23-24

"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." ~ Psalm 139:23-24

What a prayer!  Oh, for the courage to pray it more often! 

Each believer knows (or should at least), that even though they have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and given new life, that they still have a fleshly, sinful body.  As such, sometimes praying the above verse to our heavenly Father can be a scary thing!  Growing to be more like Christ can be PAINFUL!  And so, I have sometimes held back prayers like this, for fear of the process of having my Christ-less lumps and bumps removed! 

I was thankful for a reminder of this verse today.  I hope it blesses and challenges you too!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dylan's Pigeon!

Just a couple of weeks ago, Dylan excitedly told all of us that he had found a tame pigeon.  After a short time, we came to see that it was true!  What appeared to be a lost, racing pigeon took up residence on our property and came to Dylan 2 or 3 times a day for a handful of chicken meal. :)  I was so cute to hear him calling his little friend with a soft coo, and see the pigeon show up just minutes later for her dinner!  After about a week, we never saw this pretty, feathered lady again.  Dylan was sad, but hoped that his feeding her, had given her the strength she needed to fly home again. ♥

Friday, May 27, 2016

Penny's Unexpected Delivery

Moments After Birth, And Puppy Was Mostly Clean

Just the other day, we noticed that Penny was acting strangely.  Quaking and whining much more than normal.  I asked Amy to check our veterinary book (which we should have already done!), just to check if I was correct in the average gestation, that I *thought* I remembered.

Whoops, I had not remembered correctly and Penny's due time was RIGHT THEN, rather than a month later!

Attentive Mama

Amy and I quickly worked to get a quiet, comfortable place ready for Penny.  In the end, she didn't care for our nest and was more comfortable on the couch, on a blanket and having one of us with her at all times.  Penny is a timid dog anyway and this strange experience was making her rather anxious.  So we took it in turns to stay with her; Amy fulfilling most of that role. 

When Amy came out to eat her dinner, I thought I heard Penny moving around in the sitting room, so went to investigate and sure enough, she came running out of the room.  I brought her back in and sat with her, but by this time she was contracting.  Eeek! 

She gave a few pushes, and within minutes I could see a puppy, still in his membranes, coming out back-side first.  Amy arrived at this exciting stage.  Another push brought puppy out, up to his neck.  Penny stopped pushing at this stage, which was a little worrying.  I tried stimulating her and with the next little push the puppy came out!!!

Taken Today - Almost Two Days Old!

How excited we were!!!  I opened the membranes around his nose and mouth, and presented him to Penny, who took care of business, and cleaned up the whole area and puppy very well.  She was a champ!

We waited for quite a while to see if there would be any more puppies, before moving her into a cosy, clean nest with her baby.  There were no more puppies, which is probably just as well for Penny! 

All the kiddos are delighted with the new arrival and Amy decided to call him Ralph, for the duration of the time he is with us.  Ralph is SUPER sweet!!! ♥

Penny is completely fine with anyone else approaching her and the pup, but she keeps a close eye on the puppy's papa Scruffy, and gives him his marching orders if he gets too close.


*Cheep-Cheep* ~ Abigail's 2nd Birthday

Early in April, we celebrated Abigail's SECOND birthday!  *sigh*  Where does the time go?  Her birthday this year, was on a Sunday, so we did gifts and cards before we left for church and had lunch, cake and a visit with Nanny, Grandad and Uncle Tom, after we had gotten home again and Abigail had enjoyed a little nap.  Little people are just a tad more able to enjoy birthday surprises after a snooze.  :)

The Other Kids And I, Decided That A "Bird" Birthday Would Be Fun

Meg Kindly Painted The Birdhouse

If I Remember Correctly, Dylan Helped Pick Out
 This Breakfast For Abigail


Excited Sister!

On birthdays, we usually open gifts and cards before eating, 
but as it was important we be ready to leave *on time*, 
we thought it best to eat first.  

I Love The Excitement On Their Faces!

Looks Like A Tasty Ice Cream

Such A Blessing That They Have Siblings To Play With,
And Share Special Memories With

I Just Adore This Photo Of The Littlest Sisters

I Remember A Time When This Lady Wouldn't Smile For Pictures.
Such A Cheerful And Willing Girl Now!

(we had to leave for church & nap-time when we got home)

Grandad Relaxing with Tea

Opening Gifts With Nanny

One Of Abigail's FAVOURITE Foods!

My Dad and Baby Bro


Cake Time!

Happy 2nd Birthday Abigail Joy!!!