Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Thankful // The November List



November has been a month filled with the unexpected; writing and receiving letters, last minute visits from friends, and times of tears, laughter and fellowship with my church family.  God has really opened up my eyes and my heart this month to how He can do the impossible, even in the little things and in ways that I didn't even know that I needed Him to do so.
I'm thankful for the last four weeks and the beautiful happenings that have pieced it together.


1.  My Church Family
From going for coffee with my pastor, to tearfully sharing with my church God's plans for me next year, to having an afternoon of food, laughter and fellowship.  Sitting on a hardwood floor playing with children and their toy cars, learning the beauty of vulnerability, and hearing of how God wants to do His extraordinary in our ordinary.  I'm thankful for my church family and the time I've spent with them this month.


2.  Heather & Finlay
I am beyond blessed to have this couple in my life.  Not many people will drive a couple of hours so that they can take you out for a hot chocolate after work, make you feel like a best friend rather than a third wheel, and pray with you absolutely anywhere about absolutely anything, yet these two share God's love with me in the most wonderful ways.  I'm so thankful for them and the time I was able to spend with them this month.  It was a last minute plan yet God knew that I needed some time with them even though I didn't, and He made it possible in His perfect way.


3.  Lovely Letters
I love writing letters but I also love receiving letters.  There's something about receiving a handwritten letter that makes my heart so happy.  I received a few letters and cards in November, it's so lovely to be able to look back over the words written by people that I care about so dearly.


4.  Delight & Be
Delight & Be is a ministry that is so close to my heart.  This month I had the privilege and the blessing to spend some time in the city with two other Delight girls.  Since the ministry is based in America this was a dream of mine that always seemed impossible, yet God made the impossible possible in His time.  These two girls were just shining for Jesus and it was such a blessing to hear of the ways He's been working in their lives.  I'm so thankful for the beautiful way that God opened my eyes to how He can take my impossible dreams and make them a reality in His time. 


I'm thankful for November and the lessons I've learnt, for the hearts I'm getting to know, and for the unexpected upon the unexpected.  Let me know in the comments what you're thankful for from the month of November, I'd love to hear from you.

Carolyn 
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Apple & Cinnamon Muffins | Autumnal Baking



The colder weather has seen me spending more time indoors; reading books and looking through old recipe books.  We have a lot of apples from our garden that need used up so I decided to make apple and cinnamon muffins.  When I was in high school this was a recipe that I used a lot at this time of year so I thought I would share the recipe with you.




Ingredients:

250g of self raising flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 & 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
100g of granulated sugar
1 egg
150ml of milk
1 eating apple
100ml of Oil
75g of sultanas

Method:

1.  Pre-heat your oven to 180°C and line a muffin tray with paper cases.

2. Sieve the flour, cinnamon, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.

3.  Stir the sugar and sultanas into the dry mixture.

4.  Wash and peel the apple.  Cut the apple into quarters and remove the core from each quarter.

5.  Chop the apple into small pieces then stir into the dry mixture.

6.  Measure the milk and the oil into a measuring jug.  Add the egg and beat well.

 7.  Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and pour in the liquid.  Stir gently until all the ingredients are combined, be careful to not beat your mixture.

8.  Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are well risen and golden brown.

9.  Leave to cool and enjoy!



These make great desserts for autumn along with some custard or warm with vanilla ice cream, or for a snack during the day with your preferred hot drink.  For me, these muffins are autumn in food form and I just love them.  Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite recipes are for this time of year.

Carolyn 
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Autumnal Reading




The dark nights are drawing in and providing an unexpected solace as winter approaches.  Time is more available to me than it has been for what seems like forever, giving me the chance to write more and immerse myself in the writing of others.

Books have been a form of comfort for as long as I can remember, but at this time the words hold so much weight and I'm finding myself drawn into stories and writing my own.

The way that words can dance together to create new worlds, travel through time, and provide a depth of insight that was otherwise unreached; it's a form of beauty that is breath-taking and fierce.




Bookstores bring a maze of words and the familiar smell of new paper.  It's warm but quiet, the only company is that of others who are also seeking new adventures and knowledge in the form of a book. A place to get lost in with no intention of finding the way out, the kind of maze that you don't mind getting lost in if only for a little while.

To bring home new stories with a bubbling excitement, to feel my heart warming as I turn each page as my anticipation rises.  My fingerprints brushing the paper as I trace each word, poetry etching its way under my skin and onto my heart.

The dark nights are drawing in and providing an unexpected solace as winter approaches.  A solace of reading and writing, a solace of words that are familiar and new words that are my own, a solace of peace and time passing, a solace from the dark nights that are drawing in.



Carolyn 
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