Pumpkin Muffins!

With autumn in full swing, I wanted to start sharing some of my favorite autumnal recipes with you. One of them is pumpkin muffins! Because I am the “breakfast girl” in the family, I am able to experiment with and try new recipes for breakfast. Lately, we’ve been trying to figure out how to use our pumpkins so there have been many pumpkin-related foods going around our house.

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I’ve tried quite a few different recipes for pumpkin muffins but I seem to always go back to the Betty Crocker recipe. It has never failed me! I do change it up a bit because I just love making them just a bit healthier. Bon appetit!

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Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat or organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin coconut or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1 can pumpkin (or 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree)
  • Whole sprouted pumpkin seeds (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place paper baking cups in your muffin pan. Or you can spray them with coconut oil cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the flours, baking powder, salt, and spices together and make a well in the center.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, oil, water, and eggs together. Stir in the pumpkin. Add the wet ingredients to the well of the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.
  • Divide the batter among the muffin cups and top with some pumpkin seeds. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes (or if you’re like me, enjoy right away) ;).

They are so delicious and very satisfying on a chilly morning. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or your favorite black tea, and you’re good to go! I hope you are enjoying your week.

Until next time friends,

Amanda

The Beauty of Autumn

Because I feel that it is so important to find beauty in the world, despite the hardships, I would like to continue my beauty of life series every Saturday. I want to encourage your focus to be on the good that is in the world, not to distract or encourage ignorance in what’s going on, but to help you find hope.

With that said, today I would like to share the beauty of Autumn in a photo collage. These are my favorite parts of Autumn. I’d love to hear what your favorite parts of Autumn are. Please share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Amanda

Encouraging Love

I never get political when it comes to social media and blogging. The reason for this is that I don’t want my views to stand in the way of what I truly want to say. I feel like in today’s society, people don’t listen to one another anymore. They are just getting angry at whoever doesn’t think the way they think or believe the same way they do. It makes me sad to see how our country is slowly dividing itself.

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Do you know what this makes me think of?

The Civil War.

At a time when two very different types of people thought two very different ways, they fought and argued with each other and ultimately ended up dividing our country. We eventually recovered, however, there was a great cost that left a scar on a lot of Americans that will never heal.

I’m not here to say that one side is more right than the other and I’m certainly not taking a side in this post or sharing my political views. However, I really want to stress the fact that no one is being loving on either side and that maybe it’s time that we take a hint from history and start changing something.

Republican, Democrat, Christian, Atheist, we are all one people. We are all part of a larger family. We are all human beings, thus we are to treat each other with respect. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you believe or where you came from or who your family is, it is your duty to love others and respect them no matter what.

It makes me sick to hear about grown adults tearing down other adults and sometimes innocent children because they are different. Why is it that we are constantly demeaning others? Sure, you might say that it’s the human condition. Humans ultimately have either good or evil built into them and they only act on one or the other. I think that gives us too much credit.

Why must we only act on one or the other? Why can’t all of us be good all the time? This topic could go very deep, thus I’m going to leave you with this simple story.

God created all things good. Before the creation of the world, God created an angel of light that rebelled against God, wanting to be a god himself. He was cast out of the heavens and we know his name as Satan. The reason people aren’t good all the time is because Adam and Eve allowed sin to enter our world in the garden of Eden. Because they allowed sin to enter, we now have to live with the consequences of our ancestors’ actions.

Satan is a liar and a thief. He is the one who tempted Eve to eat the fruit. He is the one who is thrilled that his master plan of crushing God’s people is coming to fruition. We are all God’s people, whether you believe in Him or not. Because of this, Satan wants to take each and every one of us down. He wants to make sure that no one believes in God, that everyone turns against one another, that no one has peace, or healing, or love.

Does any of that make any sense?

God did NOT create evil. He created only GOOD. The whole Bible is filled with love and good. But, it doesn’t sugar coat the consequences of living in sin. When you let sin into your life, there will be a side effect that is not so pleasant.

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Now let’s get back to today’s world. With the politics of what’s happening in our country, who to vote for, and the press, it’s becoming more and more difficult to trust anyone.

Am I right?

I feel like people are becoming more and more untrustworthy. Basically, there have been so many “cry wolf” moments that no one can be trusted. The anger, bitterness, and rage that is coming out of America is so putrid that it is dividing our people, not just a little, but so horribly that people are literally hating on others – including children.

When will this hate stop? When will people realize how hypocritical they are being? When will good finally show itself?

I believe there is good in this world…in this country. I believe that there are loving and beautiful people out there who are trying to keep our country unified. I believe that by continuing to pray for our country, God will bless our efforts.

So, even though this post was long and very political, I hope that you understand what I’m trying to say. I am encouraging each and every person reading this to keep the courage and PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS! PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY! BE LOVE!

We are blessed! We don’t live in a third world country. We don’t live in the time of Hitler when he was enslaving and killing thousands of people. We don’t live in a country that is under such a strict rule that we can’t speak in public about what we believe without the threat of imprisonment or death. We live in a country that is free, that offers opportunity to those who seek it, that allows you to be who you are.

Why do we continue to be unhappy about all of the good in our country?

There is a spiritual war going on in our world that cannot be denied forever. However, I believe that good will prevail in the end. (I would like to get into this subject later with more detail).

I’ll get off my soapbox now. If you have any questions about anything or comments about this post, please share. Keep the faith! Show love to one another. Be kind!

I love you, friends. Until next time,

Amanda

 

Summer Thunderstorms

I’ve been a little on edge today. When that happens, I love to settle in on the couch and do a little writing or maybe even watch some romantic comedies with a cup of tea and some cookies. So, I baked some cookies, poured myself some soothing tea, watched a romantic movie, and a thunderstorm broke out.

I love summer storms! I love hearing the rain hitting the leaves, the light rumbling of the thunder, and the birds chirping back and forth. It’s so relaxing to me…unless the power goes out and the thunder is scary loud. Even though today was rough, it ended on a high note and I feel very blessed to be alive in this world. God’s creation is truly beautiful and inspirational!

Do you like summer thunderstorms?

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You can check out my Instagram stories for some videos of the storm (@adancerforjesus).

Until next time friends,

Amanda

Bandstand On Screen

Bandstand was a Broadway show that opened in March of 2017 and closed in September. Here is the official description of the show:

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They came home to a new America. They made the music that inspired the nation.

1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes! Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.

I was so disappointed when I found out that the show had closed just a week before I decided to purchase Broadway tickets. Thankfully, they decided to put Bandstand on the big screen for two days.

So, yesterday, we went to the show in Ocean City and I can’t tell you how excited I was. I had been looking forward to seeing this show for months now and it certainly didn’t disappoint me. In fact, it was 10 times better than I thought it would be!

The story was wonderful and was definitely an incredibly moving experience. I’ve always been a huge (mega) fan of Laura Osnes so I was so excited to finally see her in a Broadway show that wasn’t a bootleg video on YouTube (lol). I only recently became aware of Corey Cott so I wasn’t sure what his performance would be like.

Let me just tell you, he did AMAZING! His performance was so believable and incredibly moving. I would definitely purchase this show if they end up putting it on DVD. I also wish that I could go again, if only it weren’t showing so far away from where I live.

If you have the chance, I recommend that you consider going to see it. It’s a wonderful way to learn what veterans went through after World War II or even any war for that matter. It gives you an up-close insight into their struggles coming back and trying to readjust to normal life. The show also makes a spectacular point as to why we need to care for our veterans and continue to support them as they learn to readjust. They have done so much for us and our country and they deserve to be taken care of.

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The jazz is entertaining and very catchy, the songs are beautiful and fun, the actors are incredible, and the story is perfect. Overall, I had such a wonderful night! Please go see this show!

Maybe when Bandstand goes on tour, I’ll purchase a ticket to a show ;). I loved it so much!

Have you seen Bandstand on Screen?

What are your thoughts?

Have a wonderful day friends,

Amanda

The Process of Finding New Instagram Poses

I have been trying to come up with new poses for Instagram. With my business and the blogs, I have to keep up appearances on social media as much as possible. As much as I love getting my picture taken, I am not a natural when it comes to posing. Here are just a few of my favorites.

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As For The Real Poses

As you can see, I favor princess poses and dance poses. I have my own style and that seems to be the way I go :).

What is your favorite Instagram pose?

Do you have any suggestions for some new poses that I should try?

Until next time friends,

Amanda