Thursday, February 17, 2011

The funds are here.

It has been two years since I graduated from my massage therapy school, and I am finally getting my licensing. Took long enough, didn't it? But my passion for it never died. It's a shame how money can be the only thing holding us back from something with potential.
When we moved to California, we lived off of school loans, lived in a tiny thousand dollar a month studio, and thus, couldn't save money, barely getting by. The next year, has gone by in a whirl where it had still been a struggle to save, having only one income from a part time job. Now that Matt has found a great job and is working full time, we are on our way.

Sometimes it is difficult for me to not want all the expectations newlyweds have; a house, stable income, etc. But marrying young, we have had to make sacrifices. How can I expect so much when all of our needs have been met so greatly because of our family. They care for us so deeply with their generosity, love,  and guidance. In times that I struggle with wanting so much and expecting more, I have to remember we are being cared for; the Lord has a plan for us. We may not be living in the ideal place, but the Lord has a plan for us; His timing is perfect. And that is what I have been thinking about this past week. Waiting two years to get my licensing has been hard. I've felt like I've lost time in learning more as a therapist, but yet I feel like I've gained so much growth and knowledge that has kept me going, and will enable me to be successful in my therapies.

The funds are here, due to some earned cash, but mostly by my family. I am very thankful.
All I need to do is renew my insurance, get my finger prints, turn in paper work and pay these people.

And then? Imma ready.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Featured artist

Hey Folks!

Just wanted to guide your eyes to the top right corner of my blog for the new featured artist of my blog! Click unitedthread there for the link to their etsy!

Much Love,

Raw Apple Cake with Caramel glaze.

My Nanaw, aka Grandmother, gave me this recipe. She is so delighted when I tell her I bake one of her recipes, and it is so fun to see her little face light up. I promised you the recipe, and here it is.

Raw Apple Cake

2 eggs
3 cups apples diced/3 medium sized apples (of your choice)
2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped nuts (I chose pecans)
1 1/4 cups  vegetable oil
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all together, and place in an 11 by 9 glass/metal pan.
I used glass, not sure if it would make much difference using metal.
Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Watch for the last 15 minutes of the hour, until golden brown.
Let cool for 10-15 minutes.

The funny thing about my Nanaw is, she never writes down the baking degree or time to bake because she has memorized it herself. Once, I tried writing down the way she makes an apple pie, but basically told me to add crisco to the flour for the crust until it felt right in my hand once I squeezed it. How cute is that?

Now, for that glaze...

This glaze isn't my grandmother's recipe. She had written down german chocolate icing, but no recipe.
I was wanting something a little less heavy.

Caramel glaze
 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1/4 cup heavy cream (half and half works too)

Add all ingredients into a small pot on the stove top; bring to boil until sugar dissolves.
3 minutes--until thickened.
Let cool for 10 minutes, away from heat.
Let cake cool for a few minutes once out of the stove. Drizzle glaze over top of cake, and voila!

Hope you all will try this and enjoy!
Much love to you,

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Coming up...

A recipe!
Raw apple cake with a caramel glaze. 
First try on this one folks, and I have to say, it was scrumptious. 
Sneek peek...


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul?" Ps. 43:5

"Is there ever any ground to be cast down? There are two reasons, but only two. If we are as yet unconverted, we have ground to be cast down; or if we have been converted and live in sin, then we are rightly cast down.
But except for these two things there is no ground to be cast down, for all else may be brought before God in prayer with supplication and thanksgiving. And regarding all our necessities, all our difficulties, all our trials, we may exercise faith in the power of God, and in the love of God.
 "Hope thou in God." Oh, remember this: There is never a time when we may not hope in God. Whatever our necessities, however great our difficulties, and though to all appearance help is impossible, yet our business is to hope in God, and it will be found that it is not in vain. In the Lord's own time help will come.
Oh, the hundreds, yea the thousands of times that I have found it thus within the past seventy years and 4 months!
When it seemed impossible that help could come, help did come; for God has His own resources. He is not confined. In ten thousand different ways, and at ten thousand different times God may help us.
Our business is to spread our cases before the Lord, in childlike simplicity to pour out all out heart before God, saying,
"I do not deserve that thou shouldst hear me and answer my requests, but for the sake of my precious Lord Jesus; for His sake answer my prayer, and give me grace quietly to wait till it please Thee to answer my prayer. For I believe Thou wilt do it in Thine own time and way." 
"For I shall yet praise Him." More prayer, more exercise of faith, more patient waiting, and the result will be blessing, abundant blessing. This I have found it many hundreds of times, and therefore I continually say to myself, "Hope thou in God." "

                                                                                             George Mueller

 Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, Feb. 7 entry.

I'm Pretty baaaad.

Bad at posting on my blog. But I guess that's life. I would, however, like to be more mindful of it.
I can say there is a lot that has happened and at the same time not too much. Is that strange? I guess when you start peeling back the layers, there's always more....

Number one. I've learned this week how impatient I have been for the things I want, what I feel like I need. But the Lord's timing is promising.

Number two. One of my weaknesses is worry. Worry of lacking, worry of 'what if''s'. I have no reason.
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 25:26-27 

Number three. I need to motivate myself in a lot of areas in my life. In pursuing my husband each day, in studying the Lord's word, in my career as a massage therapist, in my relationships with family, friends, co-workers and strangers, in creating. The Lord brings seasons. See how an apple tree needs each season to reproduce beautiful fruit? They have a season, lacking then again bring forth fruit. The universe was made for His glory. What examples He gives!

So there it is. Another personal post...what I bring for you most of the time. I'm not much of a crafty, recipey showing least not yet.
How is the Lord working in your life?

With Love,