Whole-Wheat Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies

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WW Almond cookie
Have you ever heard the term “you can’t out give a giver?”  That saying totally describes my neighbor and friend Gaye. Isn’t she beautiful?  Imagine this — she is even more beautiful “inside” and her love of God is unsurpassed.

Recently I baked some fresh strawberry cupcakes (recipe coming soon) and couldn’t wait to take them to Gaye and her family. But, as is usual, before I could take them down the road she showed up at my door with these outstanding Whole-wheat almond butter sandwich cookies! Gaye saw the recipe in the April copy of Living magazine and knew they would be a perfect treat for her family. You can find the recipe on Martha Stewart’s website here.

ww almond butter cookieCan you just taste the crunchy, buttery almonds?  I can and I did!  The best part is these cookies aren’t overly sweet.  Actually not too sweet at all, but packed full of taste!

Thank you Gaye and happy baking!
Blessings, Catherine

John 15:12-15

English Standard Version (ESV)

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.



Guiltless Living by Ginger Hubbard

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Ginger Hubbard is the Founder of Preparing the Way Ministries, and the author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three!, Wise Words for Moms and No More Whining. Ginger is an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in many publications, such as Focus on the Family, Baptist Press, HomeLife Magazine, P31 Woman, and Crosswalk.com.

Guiltless Living is her latest book and by no means guiltless reading!  From the minute I opened this book and began reading I was being convicted.  That sounds negative, but it isn’t.  In keeping with Ginger Hubbard’s theme of dropping the “Christian mask” and getting real, reading this book highlighted areas in my own Christian walk that I need to work on.

This could be a fast read if you so choose. The book is 104 pages followed by a guide for Bible Study.  I chose not to make it a fast read because I kept highlighting this and that for further study and thought!

She divides the writing into 7 chapters and a conclusion.  Each chapter is a sinner’s confession followed by in-depth illustrations, Bible verses and her own personal journey of God’s amazing grace.  A couple of examples are: The Critical Serial Sinner and the Encouraging Grace of God, or The Impatient Serial Sinner and the Patient Grace of God, and my personal favorite the conclusion – Hope for the Serial Sinner!

This book will make for lively discussion in a women’s bible study or women’s small group.  Ginger has a fantastic sense of humor that women of all ages will “get!”  With the Bible Study questions at the back of the book I can easily see an enjoyable  7-week study coming from this.

A common feature of book launches today includes a video from the author.  I really like this feature because we get to hear from her directly about the new book.  I have included Ginger’s video at the bottom of this post.

In the closing paragraphs she writes, “As we set our affections on Jesus, his love weakens sin’s lure. What once seemed irresistible becomes undesirable. The more we commit ourselves to ponder him, worship him, praise him, and talk with him, we will become so full of him that his character oozes from every pore.”

That is the kind of woman I want to be.  And as Ginger says, “Because of Christ’s glorious work on Calvary, you can truly experience the full joy of guiltless living.”


In exchange for my honest book review I received a copy of this book from Shepherd Press.

Cheese Frenchee Revisited

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Nebraska cheese frencheeRemember when I posted this recipe for a Cheese Frenchee?  My mouth is watering at this very moment as I start thinking about these and looking at the pictures.  I guess they’re going to be on our menu this week! :)

One of the really fun parts about writing a blog post is when I receive comments from readers.  Because of Google search, Facebook, Twitter and all the other techie ways we connect these days, a blog post I wrote in June of 2013 may pop up when someone Googled “a long random sentence” about cheese sandwich, midwest, maybe frenchee.

This comment came from a woman in Arizona and was left on my blog post about a cheese frenchee sandwich.

“I have craved these sandwiches since I left Denver in 1969. Got them from a walk-up, hole in the wall, shop on the back side of the block from The Denver Post where I worked. Walked up to the half door, placed my order and if it was payday added ham, few minutes later off I went with my sandwich.

Didn’t even know or remember what the official name of it was and pretty sure the little hole in the wall didn’t have a name either (must have been one somewhere). Anyway, finally got serious and googled a long random sentence and up popped all these memories from people in the midwest talking about that darn sandwich.

I scanned down and sure enough people from Denver were adding their messages as well. They all talked about some place like a Denny’s, not my little hole in the wall but it’s the same sandwich.

I am an AZ native and never heard of it before or after living in Denver. I married a man from Kansas and he didn’t know what it was either. I DON’T REALLY CARE I HAVE THE RECIPE NOW AND I AM AT PEACE!!!!!!!”

cheese frenchee bite
Thank you Joyce for taking time to write to me about your Cheese Frenchee walk down memory lane!  Before I could even hit the SEND button on this post my taste buds got the better of me and I couldn’t think about cooking anything for dinner except these …

Cheese frenchee 2014-2
However, it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include a little BIG RED …

Cheese Frenchees 2014
Oh my word these are good!


Philippians 1:3-5

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

Spring Is In The Details

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Cave spring watercress This is the cave spring that feeds the little creek that runs in front of our home.  The cave is located on our neighbor’s property.  Lucky for us she doesn’t mind us walking down her lane and across her front yard so that we can view this lovely spring.  During the winter everything surrounding the water turns a dullish gray-brown. The leaves pile up and freeze. The flowers along the creek lose their blooms and die.  It is winter after all.

Cave Spring 2014Yet, before the daffodils bloom, before the grass turns green, and before the spring wildflowers pop up everywhere this beautiful little creek glows green with watercress. Wikipedia tells me that watercress is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans.

If I were Martha Stewart I would be making watercress salad. When my Chief Culinary Consultant first saw the watercress in our creek he said “you should make watercress salad.”  Being the ever dutiful wife, I said, “Okay.”  But before I ventured out to gather the leafy green water-laden vegetable I Googled it.  I quickly found that the USDA says it should not be eaten if there is any chance an animal or animals have access to the water.  Well, of course they do! The article I read went on to mention contamination and all that.

Our friend Tom, who has lived in these parts all his life (and is a medical doctor) says that’s crazy. He says “just wash it well and enjoy it!”  Dutiful wife or not I have chosen not to poison  treat my family to watercress salad — until now.

A recent early spring walk up to the cave spring unveiled this stunning leafy watercress sitting right at the cave’s opening in flowing fresh water.  Soon I will venture down the creek embankment and harvest some fresh watercress.

Have you ever eaten watercress salad? How was it?

Martha Stewart salad watercressThis is a picture taken by Jose’ Manuel Picayo Rivera for Martha Stewart. It is a Roasted Sweet Potato Watercress Salad.  Looks good doesn’t it?

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!   Psalm 34:8

Psalm 34:8 is one of my favorite Bible verses and it seems so fitting for this first day of April.  Have a blessed day and Happy Spring!


Friends That Are Family, Family That Are Friends

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Jill and Catherine Spring Walk
Recently my cousin Jill and her husband Jeff came for an overnight visit.  It was a perfect spring day that beckoned us to walk after our lunch.  Jill and I begin talking when she arrives and we don’t stop until we reluctantly say good-bye.  As we walked down this country lane our “guys” walked behind us some distance — doing a bit of talking themselves!

After their departure I uploaded the photos I had taken.  Much to my surprise this one was among group.  Ah, that was the time when Jeff was carrying my camera …

John 15:12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

What a joy it is to spend time with family that are friends and friends that are family.

C.S. Lewis: 

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

Wishing you a blessed Sunday, spent with those you love.

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