“When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. . . . Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7: 21, 24)

My Confession

I’ve always loved Christian before-and-after stories—those heart-touching tales about those who were lost and then found, whose lives were changed by an encounter with the ever-gracious Savior. They’re wonderful, juicy true-makeover tales with irresistible happy endings.

The trouble is, the “before” in those stories is almost always “before I knew Christ.” The implication is that once a person accepts the Lord, she stops sinning and lays all her brokenness outside the door. And that’s just not true—or it’s just a fraction of the reality most “good Christians” I know experience.

We’ll admit that if we’re pressed. We’ll even make a point of telling people that “we’re all sinners.” Yet we’re pretty quick to cover up our deeper failings. There are things we’ll confess and others we don’t dare mention.

We tell ourselves we must keep a good witness—you know, keep God looking good. More often, I think, we cover up the ugly stuff to protect ourselves. Because we don’t know how to handle pain or because, deep down, we’re not sure if God can really handle who we really are and what we’ve really done.

But when we do that, we send the message to those who are hurting, who are broken, who are truly weary and heavy laden, that they are not welcome in our churches and our lives. Especially if those hurting, broken people are already Christians! Especially if they’re honest and admit they’re losing the battle and don’t know where to turn.

And when we send that message—even to ourselves—I believe we’re actually working against God. Because broken, hurting, and honest people are exactly who God wants in His churches. Those are the people He wants on His side, because they’re the ones He can really do something with.

You see, God can work miracles with pain. He can make short work of sin and guilt. It’s pride and dishonesty and self-deception that slow down His rescue efforts.

The Lord knows what we’re like—what we’re capable of, what we’ve actually done. And He can handle it. There’s nothing we can throw at Him that He cannot handle and help us with—as long as we let Him.

But letting him is a choice we all have to make.

We can work hard on our “good Christian girl” image and keep our brokenness hidden. Or we can choose to open up our lives and depend absolutely on the love and forgiveness of One who gave up His own life so we could live free of condemnation. To trust Him with our sin and brokenness so He can teach us what it really means to be whole, healthy, and “found”—before, after, and for the rest of our lives.

From:  Confessions of a Good Christian Girl by Tammy Maltby with Anne Christian Buchanan. All rights reserved.

Confessions of Good Christian Girl
You already know the women you’ll meet in this book. They may sit beside you in the pew . . . or join you at small group . . . or touch your heart from a speaker’s podium. They have all been saved. They all love the Lord. And yet . . .
•One struggles with sucidal despair
•Another is involved with adultery, pornography, or a same-sex attraction
•Another endures regular beatings – or worse – by someone who claims to love her
•Another is divorced . . . or thinking about it
•This one drinks secretly or “doctor shops” for pain pills
•That one wrestles with depression or bipolar disorder
•And many others feel they can never be thin enough, beautiful enough, successful enough . . . or Christian enough to be loved or accepted. They’re all good Christian girls who have been broken by sin – their own and others.They all needed the honest, life-giving truth at the heart of this book. Do you?

Tammy Maltby addresses issues that aren’t discussed much in church circles – private sins that she and other women have battled.

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These burgers are DELICIOUS! The best I have ever had.

Oh I love the Pioneer Women. Her recipes are so wonderful and perfect for a meat loving bunch. Plus she is one of the funnest women out there.

I love reading her blog.

She never takes herself or her cooking to seriously. My kind of girl.

Memorial Day is soon here and this weekend I am making these beloved Mushroom and Swiss Sliders and the most amazing FRY SAUCE!

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You start with melting butter in a large skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat for five minutes, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms and toss around, then add wine (if using), Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Cook for several minute over medium heat, or until all liquid has evaporated. Transfer mushroom mixture to a separate bowl, scraping all contents from the skillet.

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Form 1/4 or 1/3 cup of the meat mixture into patties, making an indentation with your thumb to keep the patties from plumping too much when they cook.

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In the same skillet as the one used to cook the mushrooms, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium to medium-high heat.

Add four patties at a time, indented side face up. Cook for 4 minutes then flip.

 

 

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Spoon generous portion of mushroom mixture on each patty, then top with one or two squares of cheese. Place lid on skillet and cook for additional 2 min until burgers are cooked though and cheese is melted. Remove to a place to keep warm while you repeat with the rest of the meat mixture.

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Toast halved buns under the oven broiler. Spread generously with spicy fry sauce. Place patties between buns and serve immediately with fried onion strings.

 

For Spicy Fry Sauce

 

1/3 cup Mayonnaise

 

2 Tablespoons Ketchup

 

1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (less If You’re Sensitive To Spice!)

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For Burgers

4 Tablespoons Butter

1/2 whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced

8 ounces, weight White Mushrooms, Chopped Finely

1/2 cup White Or Red Wine (optional)

4 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

Kosher Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper

2 pounds low fat Ground Beef

4 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream (I use fat free 1/2 and 1/2)

4 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

4 slices Pepper Jack, Swiss or Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese, Cut Into Four Squares

8 whole Dinner (or Slider) Rolls, Split

Preparation Instructions

In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, ketchup, and cayenne. Stir together until totally combined. Set aside. (This is the spicy fry sauce.) Make double people will be drinking this!

Melt butter in a large skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat for five minutes, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms and toss around, then add wine (if using), Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Cook for several minute over medium heat, or until all liquid has evaporated. Transfer mushroom mixture to a separate bowl, scraping all contents from the skillet.

Mix ground beef, heavy cream, Worcestershire, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly mix ingredients. Form 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the meat mixture into patties, making an indentation with your thumb to keep the patties from plumping too much when they cook. In the same skillet as the one used to cook the mushrooms, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium to medium-high heat. Add four patties at a time, indented side face up. Cook for 4 minutes, then flip. Spoon generous portion of mushroom mixture on each patty, then top with one or two squares of Swiss, depending on your preference. Place lid on skillet and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until burgers are cooked through and cheese is melted. Remove to a place and keep warm while you repeat with the rest of the meat mixture.

Toast halved buns under the oven broiler. Spread generously with spicy fry sauce. Place patties between buns and serve immediately with fried onion strings.

 

We celebrate and are deeply thankful for those that have served our country faithfully. 
Freedom is not free and I am thankful to live in the amazing county of  The United States of America!
 
They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.
Henry Ward Beecher
 
 
About This Quote: This quote by author and clergyman Henry Ward Beecher refers to the dead Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Beecher is saying that while these men are physically dead, they remain with us in spirit, inspiring us with their heroic acts. The quote is from Beecher’s “The Honored Dead,” published in 1863. The piece has also been published as “Our Heroes Shall Live.”
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One of my favorite things in life is making a meal for those I love and watching them dive in!  Preparing food is so much more than just a routine daily chore.

It is mental physically and yes even spiritual. I love the table and all it represents. It is the great equalizer. We all come to the table to be fed in so many ways. There is beautiful magic that happens as we sit together.

We  begin to see each other. Really SEE one another.

We share, connect and in those moments we feel a bit of what we were created for.

Connection and community. Belonging. 

Hospitality is such an amazing gift. It is a message we give others about their value. It is not about impressing someone but rather bringing comfort and care.

What a relief. 

So in that spirit last night I made the most delicious easy Lemon Cream Cake (yes it starts with a box cake mix!) with raspberry and strawberry filling.

One of the things I love about this cake is you can make it days ahead (even weeks) and freeze the cake portion

Simple tip:  Did you know freezing cakes before you serve them actually makes them more moist? 

With summer at our door this is going to be one of my go to recipes. Lemon. Berries. Divine.

“Home interprets heaven; Home is heaven for beginners.” Charles Henry Parkhurst

 

Lemon Cream Cake with Raspberry and Strawberry Filling


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1 lemon cake mix 

1 small chocolate instant pudding mix

1 small vanilla instant pudding mix
5 eggs (4 for regular altitude)
1  cup milk
1/2 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped nuts (if desired) 
shredded lemon peel from two lemons
½ cup flour (if high altitude)
Pint of fresh berries (strawberry or raspberries)
One small jar of berry jam (I like to use blackberry)
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Mix first 10 ingredients for one minute on med speed.
Pour into 2 round cake pans (8 or 9 inch) greased well and floured if necessary.
Bake 325 for aprox 40 minutes.
Remove cakes on cooling rack, and bring to room temperature. Cool. You can make this cakes ahead of time and they freeze great. I always keep some made in my freezer.

Cream Cheese Frosting
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4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange extract
Zest from one lemon
Beat frosting until firm. 
Put fern greens or fresh mint around the cake plate. Add one of the cakes on top.
Add jam and then a layer of berries over jam in the center of the cake.
Add next layer of cake and frost all the cake with the remaining frosting.
Feel free to add a bit of the jam to the frosting and make swirls.
Top with  strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and lemon slices.  Put directly refrigerator and let chill.

I make this cake in the morning for an evening dinner.

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Dear friends we are so glad you have joined the Start Simply Movement!   Cathy and I feel strongly the table is a great place to connect with people on a deep level. In everything we do we often talk more about the “why” than we do the “how”. Why we cook, why we feel faith is important, why friendships are essential in our lives, and why we should embrace a healthy life style. Both Cathy and I were blessed to grow up with the power of connection through food. We have many memories of wonderful shared meals and beautiful connections. Our parents gave us a legacy of doing life and food well! We have lived it over and over again with our children and now our many precious grand children. We are simply inviting you to come do life with us . . . and share your table . . . simply.

For years I have believed and taught on the reality that people hunger to live a more connected life with their families, and their friends . . . for life to be simple again. The yearning to share ourselves with others is part of our nature as life giving women, something easily lost in the busyness of our culture. We’re so busy caring for our jobs and our families that we just can’t summon the time or energy to think about much else. Especially hospitality and cooking!

What many of us need is to simply be set free. I believe for some it will take a miracle —the miracle of a changed perspective. And that’s what we offer to those who are hungry to lead more beautiful lives and to share those lives with others . . . but also to those who feel inadequate, unprepared, or just too busy to do so. Together we invite you to rethink what it means to begin living simply in everything you do; faith, food, family, friendships and healthy living.

START SIMPLY, but SIMPLY START!!!!! This is our most important message. We are not just about information, but transformation. Keep it simple, keep it real! Remember friends hospitality is giving someone a message about their value it is not about impressing people but rather giving them comfort and care. What a relief!

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and read though these amazing recipes. I think you will find as we have the best way to start is to simply start. To just begin. And enjoy those you love alone the way with a piece of Maltby Cake in hand!

 

 

 

 

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This past week Cathy and I hosted another one of our Start Simply Cooking Classes. It was an event to honor Lifegiving women!

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For this event we hosted a brunch. I LOVE brunch. I get hungry right around 10:30 in the morning so brunch is the perfect meal of choice for me.

Have you considered hosted a brunch for your friends?

Not only do people love brunch but it is generally a lot more affordable then hosting a dinner.

I have always loved Cinnamon Rolls with good coffee and fresh cream. I am confident it’s because growing up my amazing Mama made them for us every Saturday night for Sunday morning. Talk about love and memory lane!

We took this semi homemade recipe and made three different presentations of cinnamon rolls.

One being the original way I make them, another the way my Mama made them and then the last an idea I got off of Pinterest. (LOVE Pinterest almost as much as Cinnamon Rolls! You too?)

Pair this with Fresh fruit and Lemon Whip (soon to post) and a great egg bake and you have a wonderful brunch.

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Three Ways

Ingredients: 

1 loaf Rhodes™ Bread Dough, thawed and risen
6 tablespoons butter melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins or can raisins for chopped apple

Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

 Directions:

 Roll dough into a 10×12-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Add fruit. Starting on short side, roll dough up. Cut crosswise into 4 slices. Place slices in an 8-inch square sprayed baking pan. Cover rolls with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and ice while still warm. Icing: Combine powdered sugar, milk, butter and vanilla.

 

 My presentation!

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My Mama’s presentation!

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And the easiest of all was a discovery on Pinterest!! (Visual directions below)

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I also loved this idea! Gifts for the women. Isn’t this simple but amazing? Lifegiving women.
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Coconut Cream Easter Cake

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I starting making this cake for Easter several years ago and now it is one of my favorite desserts…EVER!

Best part? You can make it up to two days before and keep in refrigerator. Second best part? You start with a boxed cake mix. I knew you would like this.

It is also beautiful when topped with malted Easter Eggs and in cupcake form!

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This cake is moist, rich and feeds a crowd! A beautiful Easter Dessert!

Easter is such an amazing time of remembrance and renewal.

He arose my friend.

“The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.” — Robert Flatt

Warmest blessings to you and your dear family!

Coconut Cream Cake 

1 pkg. white or yellow cake mix
1 pkg. (4 serving size) cheesecake flavored instant pudding   (Walmart is the only place I have found it!)
1 1/3 cups water  (or coconut milk…and yes I use coconut milk!)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2 tea vanilla
1 1/3 cups Baker’s angel flake coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
Malted Easter Eggs for decoration (and eating who am I kidding.)

Combine cake mix, pudding mix, water (or coconut milk), eggs and oil in large mixer bowl. Blend; beat
at medium speed for 4 minutes. Stir in coconut and nuts and vanilla. (You can omit
the nuts and added ½ cup more coconut.) Pour into greased and floured 8 or 9 inch
cake rounds. Bake at 325 degrees for 35‐40 minutes. Cool 15 minutes in pan.
Remove from pan. Fully cool on rack.
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting: Cream 1/3 cup butter; blend in 2 pkg. of 3 oz cream
cheese, Add 1 box (16 oz) confectioners’ sugar, alternately with 4 tsp milk, beating
well after each addition. Add ½ tsp vanilla or almond extract. Spread frosting over
top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with 2 cups Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut over frosting.

NOTE: You can find the large coconut curls at Whole Foods!

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Ck out a few of these recipes friends!

Pesto Rosemary Roasted Tomatoes

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Creamy Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas
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Bacon Avocado Toasts

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Bacon Avocado Toasts

Colorful Tomato Cheese Platter with Peach Basil Vinaigrette

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Seven Layer Greek Dip

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Chunky Artichoke Green Chili Garlic Bread (with the help of Costco)!

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Strawberry Pecan and Avocado Salad in Bread Basket
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The Maltby Cake (of course!)1 The Maltby Cake

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And one of the most beautiful and delicious cakes EVER The Rose Cake

The Rose Cake

Dare I say more!? Yes more lots more amazing easy delicious recipes for you to get started.

Dear friends we are so glad you have joined the Start Simply Movement! Cathy and I feel strongly the table is a great place to connect with people on a deep level. In everything we do we often talk more about the “why” than we do the “how”. Why we cook, why we feel faith is important, why friendships are essential in our lives, and why we should embrace a healthy life style. Both Cathy and I were blessed to grow up with the power of connection through food. We have many memories of wonderful shared meals and beautiful connections. Our parents gave us a legacy of doing life and food well! We have lived it over and over again with our children and now our many precious grand children. We are simply inviting you to come do life with us . . . and share your table . . . simply.

For years I have believed and taught on the reality that people hunger to live a more connected life with their families, and their friends . . . for life to be simple again. The yearning to share ourselves with others is part of our nature as life giving women, something easily lost in the busyness of our culture. We’re so busy caring for our jobs and our families that we just can’t summon the time or energy to think about much else. Especially hospitality and cooking!

What many of us need is to simply be set free. I believe for some it will take a miracle —the miracle of a changed perspective. And that’s what we offer to those who are hungry to lead more beautiful lives and to share those lives with others . . . but also to those who feel inadequate, unprepared, or just too busy to do so. Together we invite you to rethink what it means to begin living simply in everything you do; faith, food, family, friendships and healthy living.

START SIMPLY, but SIMPLY START!!!!! This is our most important message. We are not just about information, but transformation. Keep it simple, keep it real! Remember friends hospitality is giving someone a message about their value it is not about impressing people but rather giving them comfort and care. What a relief!

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and read though these amazing recipes. I think you will find as we have the best way to start is to simply start. To just begin. And enjoy those you love alone the way with a piece of Maltby Cake in hand!

Start Simply Cooking is now available for only $15.00

A perfect gift for the Foodie in your life!

ORDER HERE :  http://tammymaltby.com/start-simply-cooking/

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Strawberry Mango Salsa with Red Onion and Lime

April 7, 2014

I have to admit I can’t WAIT for spring. And summer. And fresh and colorful everything. I would like to stroll though a Farmers Market right about now. (What is all the fussing about? It snowed in Colorado today after the forecast person said mid 60′s and sunny! How on earth do these people keep […]

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Start Simply Cookbook is Here for the Loving!

March 17, 2014

Start Simply Cookbook is Here!   Because so many of you asked for it I COULDN’T BE MORE THRILLED to let you know our new cookbook is now available! Start Simply Cooking Start Simply Cooking: Eighty of our best loved recipes to get you started! Ck out a few of these recipes friends! Pesto Rosemary Roasted […]

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Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak with Roasted Red Pepper and How to Make Easy Gravy

February 24, 2014

            Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak with Roasted Red Pepper and How to Make Easy Gravy This is such a beautiful and delicious dish. I bring it out for all the men in my life. Husband, son, son in loves and grandsons! They are a beef loving crowd. But this recipe […]

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Do You Know What To Do?

February 21, 2014

I have a friend who, after a lifetime of unsuccessfully fighting her weight, managed to lose fifty pounds. When I asked her how she did it, she told me, “I finally figured that I knew what to do. I’ve tried nearly every diet on the planet. I knew what foods are problematic for me. I […]

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Roasted Fennel with Parmesan Almond & Dill and Pesto Rosemary Roasted Tomato

February 19, 2014

We are having the best time in our Start Simply Cooking Classes. If you are in the Colorado Springs area we would sure love to see you Feb 26th Wednesday night at Cathy Gries home 6pm. What an amazing line up we have! You can sign up here in our ABOUT section. Start Simply Cooking Here […]

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