Loving this book so far. So excited for it!
These muffins are from Shauna Niequist’s blog. I made them this morning on this cold snow day. They seemed perfect. All we do on snow days is cook and eat and watch movies and do our bible studies. Snow days are perfect. As a homeschooler I really can’t remember ever having snow days, but we’ve had 2 since I’ve moved to Kansas. They don’t know how to deal with snow like we do in NY.
Anyway, these muffins are gluten-free, sugar-free and delicious! I added pecans and chocolate chips, but there are so many different things you could add I can’t wait to try them again! Here’s the recipe:
Preheat the oven to 350.
In a large bowl, mix together:
3 bananas, the browner the better, mashed
½ can pumpkin puree (about 1 ½ cups)
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups almond meal
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
And mix again. Then add:
1 cup frozen blueberries (or another fresh or frozen fruit)
½ cup walnuts & ½ cup dark chocolate chips
(or one cup of whatever dry mix-ins you like—nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips)
Mix well, and then spoon batter into 12 greased muffin cups, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let cool in the pan, and then eat these healthy lovely muffins with a cup of Irish Breakfast tea or coffee with lots of almond milk, and then feel like one million dollars for having made the healthiest muffins on the planet.
To check out Shauna’s blog, click here. She’s one of my favorite people. Her new book Bread & Wine is thrilling me to pieces and I can’t wait to write the review for it!
I forget how much I love Ann Voskamp. And then I read her tweets or revisit her blog or add some gifts to my list and I remember. She is a beautiful and poetic writer and I absorb her words like a sponge. Her latest post about Lent is moving and I wanted to share it with you. Hope it speaks to you as it did to me.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“It’s the preparing the heart for Easter. Like going with Jesus into the wilderness for forty days, that we might come face to ugly face with our enemy. Our sacrificing that we might become more like Christ in His sacrifice.”
“Let the things of this world fall away so the soul can fall in love with God. God only comes to fill the empty places and kenosis is necessary – to empty the soul to know the filling of God.”
“Lent gives me this gift: the deeper I know the pit of my sin, the deeper I’ll drink from the draughts of joy.”
“Grief is what cultivates the soil for the seeds of joy.”
“She who knows her sins much, loves much, and the road to heaven is paved with the realization that I deserve hell. His rising will be all my joy, because I know it in the marrow of the bones: He is all my hope.”
* Read the whole blog post by Ann Voskamp: Why Doing Lent This Year is What You Really Need
I AM SO EXCITED!!! I just got asked to read and write a review for Shauna Niequist’s new book Bread & Wine. Shauna is one of my FAVORITE authors and I am thrilled that I have been given this opportunity and just wanted to share it with you! Look for the review sometime in March.
Here’s a link to her blog and a brief bio:
Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron & Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac. Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life–friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God.