Thursday, August 20, 2015

An Answered Prayer

Could it be that God is using a 100 year old piano and a very rusty song writer for His glory? 

After writing one and only 21 years ago could He open that door of songwriting in my life that I've prayed for well over a decade?!

Is He really giving in me a fresh desire to worship Him in a way I never have before and equipping me to do so?

Yes!  He can and He is certainly is!!!

May I have a willing and obedient heart, God, for what you plan for me.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your ways to the Lord and wait patiently for Him."  
Psalm 37:4& 5

Monday, July 20, 2015

Delicious Berry Breakfast Crisp

This is the perfect special breakfast to whip up easily and quickly!  Berries, oats, brown sugar and the warmth of cinnamon make this delicious breakfast more of a "DESSERT!!" as our son excitedly proclaimed when he saw it.  I was just as pleased to see the cobbler like breakfast drowning in it's own delicious juices waiting for us to dig in!
I made some changes from the original recipe from one of my Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. (As you all know, I'm all about improvising when I cook.)  
It called for apples (which I don't keep all the time in summer so I didn't have) and blueberries, but instead I used frozen berries and cherries I had a large bag of for smoothies.  I ended up loving the frozen fruit in this as it actually made it a little juicer than it would be otherwise.  It also called for orange juice concentrate thawed, but I opted for just orange juice, and it was perfect. I slightly reduced the sugar* and butter, although was still decadent tasting for breakfast and absolutely wonderful served warm with vanilla yogurt over the top!
This berry breakfast cobbler will wake up your family with the aroma of good morning!  With a cup of coffee this, to me, is a beautiful thing!  Won't you give my version of a breakfast treat a try!?

Berry Breakfast Crisp
Inspired from The Gooseberry Cookbook, Home style Family Favorites
4 c. frozen berries & cherries (It's all in one bag in freezer section.)
1/4 c. brown sugar, loose not packed
1/4 c. orange juice
2 heaping Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
Oat Topping (See below)
Oat Topping
1 c. oats
1/2 c. brown sugar, loose not packed
1/4. c. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. heaping of all-purpose flour
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
To make the berry crisp, combine all ingredients in a large bowl; stir until fruit is evenly coated.  You don't have to let fruit thaw although I let it set out in the bowl while the oven was preheating to soften.  Spoon into a 8x8 pan lightly greased.  Sprinkle oat topping evenly over the fruit.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, until bubbly.  Serve warm with vanilla yogurt for breakfast or with ice cream for dessert.

It's so tasty, it doesn't last long!!  This recipe is supposed to serve 9, but I would say more like 4-6.

*If you don't want to skimp on the sugar at all be sure and pack in your brown sugar to have it even sweeter, but I thought loosely filling the measuring cups was sweet enough for us.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Banana Sour Cream Pancake Breakfast

Today I awoke to a lovely morning, complete with squirrels all through the yard, the sun streaming through my big kitchen windows, and--yes-- the Southern humidity Kentucky gets blessed with every summer. 
My family is home together as Heath is off all month of July as we get settled in our new home, and he prepares to start working at his new job in August.  Let me just say...  This month of having him home with us all the time has been AMAZING!!!
Back to the lazy morning we had today.
Pancakes! Sour cream pancakes Pioneer Woman style were on the menu, but I  made them one step better (in our opinion), by adding banana and cinnamon to the batter.  Oh my word.
Like I said it was a wonderful morning!!
If you like banana bread, or really moist pancakes you will love these.  If you like both of those things, please PIN this recipe because you will just have to make these delicious pancakes for supper tonight!  They're really good!

I had a candle lit in the kitchen and praise and worship music on to cook to for a wonderful cozy atmosphere that relaxes me and seems to make for a relaxing environment for our ever-busy and active kids! 
I hope one day despite our imperfect home and my imperfect parenting, they will remember the things like praise music on that I sing along to as I prepare a delicious meal with a joyous heart for them.  When they look back on our home and kitchen (especially) I want them to remember the good smells wafting from the oven, the beautiful sounds, the pretty fresh flowers on the counter, and the love that comes our home in mundane times such as breakfast. 
It's truly a home that I'm making, and I take my role seriously!  May these happy times of peace I desperately try to create become the memories they hold on forever and share with the next generation!  I want my pancake breakfast to be remembered as more than just the good food, but that mommy and daddy were cooking and laughing together in the kitchen, and that the food prepared was made out of love for those served.  I remember feeling this way as a child and growing up with a mom who was intentional about cooking and serving her family meals that we ate around a table.  I hope my kids grow up to appreciate the same simplistic things that make life so good!
Sour Cream Banana Pancakes
Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman Cooks
1 c. sour cream
8 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp.salt
dash of cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, mashed
coconut oil
real maple syrup (It's worth splurging on!)
Place a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat.  You want it hot!
In a medium sized bowl, place the sour cream and add the rest off the dry ingredients through the cinnamon.  Stir this together gently.
In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and add the vanilla and banana. 
Add this mixture to the flour mixture and gently mix together.  Don't worry about mixing it together perfectly smooth.  Lumps aren't good is gravy but they are in pancake batter!
Melt a little butter and coconut oil together in the pan.  Swirl it around.  Pour in about 1/4 cups at a time, the pancake batter.  Cook about 1 1/2 minutes or until the bubbles are around the pancake and flip.  Cook for another 45 seconds or so. Remove to a plate and repeat with the rest of the batter.
These pancakes are very moist and thin, so you can stack several up beautifully!  Serve with real maple syrup and fruit.  I also made homemade hash browns and oven fried bacon as a heart breakfast!  Enjoy! 
Serves 3-4

If you happen to wonder what those two sweet ones look like this week, here we are at our all-time favorite summer drive in burger place Belews, as we wait to the grandparents to come join us.  We had been swimming so naturally a burger and shake is the perfect supper for a day like that!
We're all happy but one of us (ah-hum!) likes to make tough faces instead of smiles for the picture.

See y'all again very soon!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

God Bless America!

We've moved to our new house back in my hometown and almost settled in just in time for one of my favorite holidays.

snapped a few pictures on a gorgeous morning with my phone after I returned from a walk.  

These are around our property and yard. 

 I am so incredibly thankful to God for giving me my hearts desire.

The country life with wide open spaces, mature trees, and flowers galore!   

There are paths and gardens here and there leading into nooks and patios around the yard.

Today I was inside most of the day cooking.

Cooking and baking all afternoon for my family's big picnic on the grounds at my parent's tomorrow.  I shucked and cut 18 ears of fresh corn, made m&m cookie dough ready in the fridge to bake tomorrow, and I'll make the lemon meringue pie after the parade in the morning.  

They are sorting out the red and blue ones for the cookies!

Find this recipe here at my blog!

Tonight my grandparents came over and we enjoyed some strawberry shortcake with homemade lemon pound cake together with coffee.  It's so nice to have family in our home again!

love the summer, and Independence Day is certainly the highlight!  I feel overwhelmed with joy as we are celebrating in my hometown... The place we now live again!  

I hope tomorrow my USA friends will all remember our country came through a great price of bravery and sacrifice, but it's only because of God's mercy and provision in our land that we still have anything worth celebrating.  

May we celebrate our independence while depending solely on The One who sacrificed His life on the cross to bring freedom to all mankind!!

Happy 4th of July from my family here at The Cozy Little Kitchen!

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." 
John 8:36

Monday, June 1, 2015

First Light

Up at first light.

In my new kitchen in our new home!

The first morning to sleep here as a family and I'm awake before anyone.

It's much earlier than I usually get out of bed, and while a blanket of cloud masks the glory of the dawn, it doesn't dim my excited spirit even one bit!

I'm praying this kitchen is the one my daughter learns how to cook.  How to be patient with meringue as we slowly add the sugar and patient with me as I'm still learning how to gracefully balance parenting with my homemaking, being a present wife, and a good friend.

I pray Jayden come to us (perhaps in this kitchen) excited about finding his new climbing tree, or that he finally learned the new song on guitar he worked so hard on, or that he has decided to follow Jesus Christ heart and soul for the rest of his days!

Out this window I expect to see a lot of nature as God intended.  Sweet birds, squirrel families, deer, and fluffy snow drifting to the ground silently.  

By this window I hope to serve many birthday cakes, celebrate Easter, Christmas morning, Thanksgiving, and the first day of kindergarten with all the love and good food I could ever make.

Serving in the best way I can, as I feed Jesus into the souls and heart of my children and their friends along with the perfect PB&j or chocolate chip cookie!

I pray Heath and I will come to this table with our hands together in prayer over our lives and many others as we seek His kingdom come before the days begin.

I want to see the changing of seasons outside our window but especially inside our life that will glorify the Maker that created the sun and ordains our every step before life begins.

As the rains begins to patter outside, my heart is filled to overflowing as I sit in the home we've prayed for --and more wonderfully-- with the family promised to us so long ago.  

Trust in Jesus and fully in Him alone! We've now lived in 4 different homes as I've written at The Cozy Little Kitchen and I can attest that many things have changed, but one has remained constant.


"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act."
Psalm 37:4-5



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Change is in the Air

Sipping my cinnamon coffee from a styrofoam cup since it's packing day!

Today is a big day.  The relocation company is here packing literally our whole house around me!  I am so crazy grateful that we don't have to pack ourselves for the first time ever.  What has always taken us about 1 month is taking them one day, which is impressive.   I've had a health issue come up recently that had made this blessing a gift straight from God for me to be able to just direct them without helping at all.  This is the 6th move in our marriage, so I am very accustomed to what is required to pack our house, therefore it makes this treat of somebody else doing the work even sweeter!  

It's been a while since I've written because my life HAS NOT STOPPED in several weeks.  I can't wait to sit a bit and share more with you all!!  

But 'til then, here's just a peek of our new home (taken in early spring).  We're getting the spacious yard we've always wanted!

Change is in the air for the real-life cozy little kitchen so look out for more of our new house in the country!