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Hard Things

Friday, April 21, 2017

Words & Photography
by Lyndsey Yeomans



We can do hard things!
On a little health kick at the Yeomans house.
So this photo just to remind me how pretty my insides are looking
while I watch the lady in school line pick up devour what appears to be a cronut.

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Thank You

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Words & Photography
by Corri Chadwick



There's a quote by Master Eckhart that says,
"If the only prayer you ever say is 'thank you', that would be enough."
Feeling so much gratitude for this life and what a good one it is.

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Lemon Bread

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Words & Photography
by Haley Bec



When I recall the dessert loaves my mum would bake, I think banana bread, lemon bread, and chocolate zucchini bread. I remember she would sometimes put chocolate chips in the banana bread. Yum! The other time the loaf tin was used was for meat loaf, which we ate for dinner just as frequently as pasta (or so it seemed)!

I wanted something sweet this week, and had lemons and poppy seeds on hand. This recipe is delicious. I made a simple lavender and lemon glaze to drizzle on top. I steeped lavender petals in milk and let cool to room temperature. I added the milk to icing sugar and adjusted the consistency with lemon juice. The glaze was tart and went perfectly with the bread. This lemon bread recipe forms a nice golden crust, is moist on the inside, and not too sweet. We ate this for breakfast and later in the day with tea.







Lemon Bread
Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients
1/3 cup shortening or butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp lemon juice (and grated peel, if you like)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or poppy seeds (optional)

Directions
1. Cream butter and sugar in bowl; beat in eggs. Stir in lemon juice and peel (if using).
2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt, and add alternately with milk to cream mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stir in walnuts or poppy seeds (if using).
3. Pour into 9” x 5” (2 L) loaf pan.
4. Bake at 350°F (180°C) about 1 hour, until top is golden.

Note: I only used 1/4 cup of poppy seeds, which I thought was plentiful! I also used a smaller loaf pan, but still cooked it for 1 hour.

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Inviting People In

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Words & Photography
by Kaitlin Meagan



Sometimes we hesitate to invite people into our life
because we feel like our space isn't good enough yet.
Things are a little messy, our place settings don't match,
or our situation isn't quite what we want it to be.
Don't let that stop you. Invite people in anyway.

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Easier

Monday, April 17, 2017

Words by Shauna Niequist & Breanne Rodgers
Photography by Breanne Rodgers




"That's the common story, isnt it?...The writer becomes addicted to the IV drip of blog comments and likes, while her family longs for her to close her laptop and look them in the eye...it's nice to feel competent at something when family life feels difficult at best. By "nice" I mean addictive."
It's easier to be impressive to strangers than it is to be consistently kind behind the scenes. It's easier to show up and be a hit for an hour than it is to get down on the floor with your kids when you're so tired your eyes are screaming and bone dry.
"It's easier to be impressive to strangers than it is to be consistently kind behind the scenes. It's easier to show up and be a hit for an hour than it is to get down on the floor with your kids when you're so tired your eyes are screaming and bone dry. It's easier to be charming on a conference call that it is to traverse the distance between you and your spouse, the distance you created. Sometimes being brave is being quiet. Being brave is getting off the drug of performance. For me, being brave is trusting that what my God is asking of me, what my family and community is asking from me, is totally different than what our culture says I should do. Sometimes, brave looks boring, and that's totally absolutely okay."

Words from Shauna Niequist that cut right to heart of me in the best way. Trying to sit quietly with them for as long as is needed.
 

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