Thursday, September 20, 2012

Enjoying Life

I caught a beautiful sunrise this morning. Sitting on my back porch with a steaming cup of coffee and my Bible open wide, I read these words,

" Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.  Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—         this is the gift of God.  For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart." Ecclesiastes 5:18-20
How had I never seen this before?   I heard the call to enjoy this life God has given me.

This messy, imperfect, beautiful life he has gifted me with.
I'm taking God up on His promise to keep me 'occupied with joy in my heart'.

I figure if I'm going to start enjoying my life to the fullest, why not start now? This morning? And so I put aside all the pressing, to do something I'd enjoy. I must do this before the moments all pass me by.

I decided I would bake a recipe I'd been wanting to try.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

You can find it here if you want to try it. I pinned it on pinterest with the intent of trying it 'one of those days' and here we are.

I had a helper with my task, making it even more enjoyable. Meet 2 year old Kate, complete with bed-head hair:

Around the time my assistant and I were measuring in the 3rd ingredient I began to realize that in my zest for enjoying my life  I had forgotten to check if I even had all the ingredients on hand needed to make this recipe...

Sugar? Uhmm. No.
Milk? I was out.
Cinnamon? Just a smidge.

So, you may be wondering how one makes Sugar Cinnamon Bread with no sugar or cinnamon...

We turn it into Hazelnut Pumpkin Spice Bread!  'Cuz that's how we roll.

I substituted the white sugar for the brown I did have, used pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, and the milk? Well, mix up some water and Hazelnut Coffee-Mate and hello! You have a cup of white liquid that actually looks just like milk! Go figure. My baking assistant proclaimed it "tastes good", so there you have it folks.

Five minutes later, this bad boy is ready for the oven...


 I'm pretty sure that batter was finger-lickin' good, and Katie was happy to help clean the dishes...

And, are you ready?

Kate and I have eaten 5 slices between us, delicious. I'll save the remainder for the rest of the troops when they come home from school.

Wishing you a day of joy, rejoicing and enjoying the life God has blessed you with. It may not always have all the ingredients you are hoping for... but you have what you need to make something wonderful...

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