Monthly Archives: September 2008

It’s "A Good Thing"

Dear Martha:


I don’t want to be like you because I like having friends, but I do think your hair is radical and my hair wants to be just like it so in honor of your awesome hair, I spent 6 hours total over two days getting my hair did.  I dedicate these photos to you. 

Either about to sneeze or cry because my lens is set at 50mm and I had to stretch my arms out like go-go gadget arms

The color scheme is just fabulous, dahling


Taking pictures of myself is not my forte


Myspace Mod

Thanks, Martha.  Your hair is a good thing.

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My Utmost is…

apparently already online day by day.  It’s really really good and so I encourage you 3 who read this faithfully to take just 10 more minutes when you’re checking emails in the morning and read the daily thought.  And if anything ever sticks out to you, please comment on this post and put what day and what stood out to you.  I have just been so blessed by the daily readings!

Here it is, already typed out day by day:  My Utmost For His Highest

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My Utmost For His Highest; Sept 1

I’ve thought of doing this several times – writing out the page of the day that appears in the very old book, My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.  Every page is a day of the year and every day it seems I need to hear what the subject addresses.  So I thought there are a few people out there who read my blog (or at least look at it from time to time to see if I’ve gotten my rear in gear) who might get something out of this.  So here we go – Sept 1 in My Utmost for His Highest: (this guy doesn’t sugar coat anything so be prepared)

Destined to be Holy

“…it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy” 1 Peter 1:16

We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life.  We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness.  Today we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them.  Many of them may be right, noble, and good, and may later be fulfilled, but in the meantime God must cause their importance to us to decrease.  The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will accept the God who will make him holy.  At all costs, a person must have the right relationship with God.

Do I believe I need to be holy?  Do I believe that God can come into me and make me holy?  If through your preaching you convince me that I am unholy, I then resent your preaching.  The preaching of the gospel awakens an intense resentment because it is designed to reveal my unholiness, but it also awakens an intense yearning and desire within me.  God has only one intended destiny for mankind — holiness.  His only goal is to produce saints.  God is not some eternal blessing-machine for people to use, and He did not come to save us out of pity — He came to save us because He created us to be holy.  Atonement through the cross of Christ means that God can put me back into perfect oneness with Himself through the death of Jesus Christ, without a trace of anything coming between us any longer.

Never tolerate, because of sympathy for yourself or for others, any practice that is not in keeping with a holy God.  Holiness means absolute purity of your walk before God, the words coming from your mouth and every thought in your mind — placing every detail of your life under the scrutiny of God Himself.  Holiness is not simply what God gives me, but what God has given me that is being exhibited in my life.”

If anything or any part of this daily devotional sticks out to you, please leave a comment – I’d love to hear what others think!

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Banana Coconut Tarts

I’ve been meaning to blog about this recipe for a while now.  Cassie asked me several times to write it out for her and now my friend, Becky, as well.  So here it is!  I got this awesome pie cookbook called Sweety Pies by Patty Pinner.  It’s a wonderful book filled with stories about each and every recipe.  I’ve adapted her simple pie crust recipe because if followed directly, I had dry dough every time.  So I use the basic recipe for pie dough as seen in the New Best Recipe by Cook’s Illustrated.  It’s a great plain pie crust recipe to use.  Lots of fat.  Good start.

This banana coconut tart will fall apart in your mouth instantly.  I would give it a good 30 minutes to cool before trying one, but once you do, the crust will collapse and warm tropical gooey goodness will fill your mouth.  Served with fresh whipped cream – these are sure to make you a few friends.

Banana Coconut Tarts

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Dough for one 9-inch single pie crust (use your favorite recipe or ask your mom)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium-size bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.  Beat in the egg, milk, and banana until smooth.  Stir in 1 cup of the coconut.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough until 1/8 inch thick.  Cut the dough into 12 circles about 1 inch larger than the mini tart pans (I used my muffin tin).  Line the muffin tin with the circles of dough and trim edges even with the top of the pan.
Spoon the filling into the shells and bake until the tarts are light and toasty brown, about 20 minutes.  In the last 10 minutes of baking, spread the remaining coconut on a baking sheet and bake until brown – watch it carefully so you won’t burn it.  Take the tarts out of the oven and sprinkle each tart with some of the toasted coconut flakes.  Let cool at least 30 min before serving.

makes 12

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