breakfast · muffin · sweet breads

My New Favorite Blueberry Muffin

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I love muffins.  Okay, I love any kind of bread, but muffins are just magical, are they not?  You can eat them for breakfast, which is like having cake first thing in the morning!  What’s not to love about that?!

I have several Blueberry muffin recipes in my recipe index, but I’m adding another because these were just too good not to share with you!  I have a love for all the recipes from King Arthur.  They know how to do bread (n and everything other baked thing)!!  I found this recipe for Blueberry Muffins while looking at their Instagram account and I knew I had to give them a try.  If you love crispy edges, moist, fluffy insides and a full blueberry flavor, you’re gonna love these, too!

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Refreshment · refreshment at home · Refreshment in marriage

Friday Refreshment

Refreshment comes in many forms.  Here are some recent things that have refreshed my life! I pray it will inspire you to refresh your life as well!

This has been a super-busy summer including lots of travel and time  away from home. However, on a recent and treasured day at home, I had the opportunity to really dig in and freshen things up around our house.  Oh my, it felt as good as getting the suitcases completely unpacked after vacation!

I find that when life gets busy, there are things that get done hastily, causing disorganization or carelessness to step in.  Here are a few areas that I took care of that might inspire you to freshen things up a bit on this Friday!


The deep freezer.  In the rush of busy days, it’s easy to pull things or add things to the freezer, disturbing any previous order!  I took the time to: Continue reading “Friday Refreshment”


The Greatest Responsibility of a Parent

Parents have a huge role to play.  From provider, protector, and nourisher, we know that we are the ones who will help our children grow up to be healthy, responsible, wise adults.  But if we stop there, we are missing the most important role we play in their lives.  There’s something even more valuable than teaching them to share and be kind.  Continue reading “The Greatest Responsibility of a Parent”

Kitchen Tips

6 Tips for Keeping a Clean Kitchen While Cooking


I knew a woman who hated to cook, and one day after spending time with her in her kitchen, it was made clear to me one reason she disliked this duty – her kitchen turned into a war zone while she was working.  Then after the meal was over, she had to go back into the destruction and spend lots of time cleaning, organizing and putting things away.   Continue reading “6 Tips for Keeping a Clean Kitchen While Cooking”

Fourth of July

July 4th Highlights


Happy birthday, America

I took the picture above on my recent trip to NYC.  The reflecting pools are truly a sobering sight.  The names of all those that died in the 911 attack are listed around the two fountains.  It’s heart-wrenching to think of the loss of so many lives. What’s even more difficult is thinking of those that  went into eternity without Christ.

Going on this trip to New York gave me a fresh appreciation for our country’s birthday that we celebrated yesterday.  We enjoyed a day together as a whole family with Whitney and Paul coming to Tennessee to share in the events of July 4th.  Some of the highlights were:

  • The Jonesborough Parade – There are about as many tractors in the parade as people, but it’s very American and very fun!
  • Seeing my grandsons wave flags and streamers during the parade. They were magnets for all the candy and favors that were being passed out at the parade!
  • Enjoying grilled burgers and all the trimmings in our backyard.
  • Sitting in the backyard under our covered porch to visit, watch the boys in their small pool, and cheer on the Corn Hole Players.
  • Celebrating Whitney’s upcoming September birthday early because we were all together to do so!  (Pictures coming!)
  • Laughter, chatter and even singing as a family.

How thankful I am for my family and the love and sweet times we share together.  I don’t take it for granted, but pray each day that the Lord will keep us close to Him and one another.

How did you celebrate the 4th?  What’s the highlight of the parade in your city?

Refresh your heart this weekend,

denise a