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Showing posts from January, 2011

Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream Torte

I don't know about you, but I am cold.  Winter is in full force here; it was below zero earlier in the week and I am pretty much living in cozy hoodies and shearling slippers.  Despite this, ice cream took center stage as dessert for my husband's mid-January birthday in the form of this Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream Torte. Adapted from the recipe for Chocolate Banded Ice Cream Torte in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (which if you don't own, you totally should), it's refreshingly cheerful looking in the bleak midwinter.   I think it would make a great Valentine's Day dessert, if you're into celebrating that.  The original recipe calls for three layers of ganache made with eggs, chocolate chips, butter, and sugar.  I made it as directed but would probably not do it again...the fact that the eggs don't really get cooked made me a little uneasy (undereasy? :)), and while we all survived and the birthday man finished off not only his own slice bu…

A Word on Waiting, and on Blessings

We searched for a house to buy for a year and a half. It wasn't easy on my homemaker's heart! The place we were renting was up for sale and I felt like my "domain" was being torn away, my floor from beneath my feet.  I wish I had responded to that emotionally stretching time with more faith and trust; God's timing of our move and the house He provided were ultimately wonderful and good.  Oh me of little faith--I can always use a reminder to rest in God's sovereignty and gladly accept whatever comes from His hand. My husband pointed me at this excellent article today and it was so good I had to share:

Spiritual Muscle Development
"Waiting always presents me with a spiritual choice-point. Will I allow myself to question God’s goodness and progressively grow weaker in faith, or will I embrace the opportunity of faith that God is giving me and build my spiritual muscles?"

I think my tendency is to wait about as patiently as a kid in an amusement par…

Seeds and Psalms

Media choices are so crucial to the fabric of a family, and we try to make sure that those that get air time or viewing time in our household help us to set our minds on things above.  While God must ultimately open the "blind" eyes of my children and capture their hearts with His effectual call, it's my responsibility to help them see their need for a Savior, and recognize their inability to do anything good on their own.  That's not exactly the heartbeat of Disney, but as we say at our church, it's "preparing heart soil for Gospel seed."   To that end and with God's help, we try make our home a God-glorifying, Christ-centered, Scripture-saturated environment.

Seeds Family Worship and Sovereign Grace Music greatly aid us in this; we own just about everything these two wonderful ministries have published. 

When I find myself listening eagerly as my 4 year old turns on the CD changer and receiver (something she's known how to do since before…