We love Blueberry Muffins! They make a delicious breakfast treat, and something simple but special to serve guests or conference attendees… so here’s our family’s favorite recipe! Be sure to make and serve them fresh – warm from the oven with butter!
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease 16 muffin cups with oil or cooking spray.
Stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture, and pour in the milk, butter, and eggs. Mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined. Stir in the blueberries.
Spoon into greased muffin cups, and sprinkle the tops lightly with a little white sugar. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
My sister Sarah is doing a giveaway on her blog The Country Muffin. She will be giving away a free Sore Muscle Salve and a Headache Oil. Both of these are used often around our house and work wonders.
Snow falls gently in the stillness of a cold black night. Little ones, tucked away beneath warm blankets have seen it from the window, and are anxious for morning.
It’s quite. Quiet like the peaceful stillness of a world covered in white after snow.
Even a little snow has a way of changing everything.
It’s an answer to prayer for one little boy.
And because you never know when the next snow will fall, you wake up early and play hard all day, to make the most of God’s beautiful gift …
Something that has really bothered me as I’ve gotten older is the answers I think of when people ask me difficult questions about my beliefs, “religion”, convictions, etc. More often than not, I’ll walk away from a curious questioner kicking myself for the answer I gave them when they challenged me in some area. The thought, “I should have said this or that!” bugs me and I regret the poor attempt I made at collecting my thoughts in a split second.
Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about the whole ordeal is that I know why I believe what I believe (even though I didn’t used to!). I just have a hard time verbalizing it when put on the spot. However, as I’ve worked with countless teen girls in mentoring relationships, I’ve realized that the majority of them hold only inherited beliefs. Some of them can quote perfect answers that they’ve been indoctrinated with by their parents. However, they haven’t experienced God in that belief. They simply “believe” because they’ve been told. There comes a time in our lives as young men and women when saying “I believe because my parents said so” is simply not enough to ground us in our Christian walks. We have to make God’s moral laws our own.
This observation led me to begin encouraging young people to embrace Scriptural principles as their own and also to help them (as well as myself!) think of wise answers for those who ask us about the way we live. I’ve been able to do this on my blog and with the help of some other writers. Today’s post is, I think especially important and is the follow-up practical application to Nathaniel’s post from yesterday. I’d encourage you to read it and consider where the convictions and beliefs in your own life are founded. Are they merely a result of what you’ve been told? Or are they solidified in the bedrock of Scripture?