This IS my new Holiday Cake and it is beautiful and oh so delicious!

This cake is a must.

The cranberries are simply AMAZING!

Make the cake days ahead of time and place in your freezer. You will be shocked at how this makes a cake so moist.

And a real helpful tip? Double the cranberries. People eat them like candy!

Happy Holidays my friends!

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Red Velvet Cake:
• 1 package cake mix white
• 2 packages (4 serving size) vanilla
flavored instant pudding
• 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 4 large eggs
• 3 teaspoons cocoa
• 3 teaspoons vanilla
• 1 ounce bottle red food coloring
( In high altitude I use another egg and
another ½ cup flour.)
Directions:
Combine cake mix, pudding mix, water, buttermilk eggs and oil
and coco in large mixer bowl. Blend; beat at medium speed for 4
minutes. Stir in vanilla
Pour into greased and floured 8 or 9 inch.
Bake cake rounds. Bake at 325 degrees for 35‐40 minutes. Cool
15 minutes in pan.
Remove from pan. Fully cool on rack.

 

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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 teaspoons
milk, beating well after each addition. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla or
almond extract. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Top
with Sugared Cranberries (recipe on next page). Garnish on the
side with Fresh Rosemary

cranberries

Sugar Cranberries
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar
• 1/3 cup water
• 2 cups fresh cranberries, room
temperature
• 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (for rolling)
Directions:
Place sugar and water in shallow pan and heat until simmering
(not boiling) and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Place cranberries in pan and submerge. Make sure cranberries
are well coated. Using a slotted spoon transfer coated to
cranberries to a wire rack to dry for an hour. Separate cranberries
as much as possible to avoid clumps of simple syrup that will
lead to clumps of sugar.
Place granulated sugar in a shallow pan or bowl and working
in small batches, roll cranberries through sugar to coat. Transfer
coated cranberries to a clean surface for furthering drying, about
1hour. Makes about 2 cups.
A few notes:
• Do not use frozen cranberries. I tried, it doesn’t coat evenly
since some parts of the cranberry can end up slightly shriveled
when brought to room temperature.
• I used regular granulated sugar for the coating.
• Make sure the simple syrup is dried to a sticky touch or you will
end up with clumps of sugar rather than an even coating

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Christmas Kitchen

 

Even in today’s busy times, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Author Tammy Maltby believes the true meaning of Christmas is realized when families gather to share activities that make Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year.” More than any other holiday, Christmas is when family and friends gather for a cup of hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and lots of laughter.

 

Look inside this holiday treasure for: Easy-to-do holiday recipes – Hints for new traditions – Personal gift ideas - Kid-friendly activities – Simple decorating tips. The Christmas Kitchen is more than a recipe book, it’s a book designed to help you enjoy the  holiday season, not be burdened by it. Take a few minutes each day to  browse these pages for the help you’ve been looking for.

 

Merry Christmas and may your kitchen be filled, first, with the sweet aroma of love, and then with the spices of the season.

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Join us on Thursday, December 11th at 6:30 PMin the Prayer Room for A Lifegiving Christmas Party.  Tammy Maltby and Cathy Vogel will share a hands-on cooking workshop that will not only inspire, but will give you the tools to get started with entertaining basics, time-saving tips, and a small arsenal of fool-proof, irresistible recipes for the holiday season complete with tastings! Limited space! Do not delay in signing up today!

Registration is $10.00 and can be done online. http://nlc.nu/Ir.

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I have always loved the idea that hospitality often looks like unusual kindness not just dinner parties and house beautiful magazines. It makes hospitality an opportunity for all of us. Unusual kindness that welcomes the stranger, the prisoner the orphan. Unusual kindness that buys the cup for coffee for the next person in line, or invites the neighbor kids over, noise and all. Or hospitality that takes time to listen to an elderly person share their life. Hospitality comes from the core word hospice: a place of healing comfort and care. This holiday season rethink hospitality and add the concept of unusual kindness and watch how your lifegiving actions bring forth the true ministry of hospitality.
Tammy Maltby
“The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.” Acts 28:2

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I simply love fall. I really love pumpkin! But pumpkin cake is simply the BEST!

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This cake recipe I found on my dear friend’s Sandy Coughlin website http://reluctantentertainer.com/

Her recipes are always just amazing. I doubled the recipe and baked them in three 9 inch pans. I tripled the frosting….of course I did!

I glazed the cake with pure maple syrup. With a few yummy pecans.  I generally don’t put nuts in the cake as my girls cannot eat nuts. But that does not stop me from putting them on top!

I love a great cake but I love a great connection and conversation at the table more. That is my heartfelt message. Hospitality is not about impressing people but it is giving them a message about their value.

So where do you start with hospitality? You start with your family. Your husband your children and those you love dearest. Start with loving them with your life. It is the true message of hospitality. Then love the stranger the foreigner the prisoner. They are everywhere around you. They actually are you.

Happy Fall friends!

PUMPKIN CAKE WITH MAPLE FROSTING

YIELD: 8

PREP TIME: 15 min prep + 30 min cooling

COOK TIME: 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes

You can mix all of the nuts in the cake or leave 1/4 cup out for garnishing.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can 15 oz. pumpkin (I buy Trader Joe’s organic)
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. maple extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat the oven to 350. Coat an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or in the microwave (on paper towel) for about 2 minutes, turning occasionally. Cook the nuts; chop and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Mix in the pumpkin, stirring well until combined. Add the chopped nuts.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 30 minutes and frost.
  6. For the frosting, with a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, adding in the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and extract. Beat until completely smooth.
  7. Frost the cake and top with extra nuts if you prefer; serve.

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My best cookbook ever The Christmas Kitchen! 

The Christmas Kitchen on the table at the Pinery_n

Even in today’s busy times, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Author Tammy Maltby believes the true meaning of Christmas is realized when families gather to share activities that make Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year.” More than any other holiday, Christmas is when family and friends gather for a cup of hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and lots of laughter.

Look inside this holiday treasure for: Easy-to-do holiday recipes – Hints for new traditions – Personal gift ideas - Kid-friendly activities – Simple decorating tips. The Christmas Kitchen is more than a recipe book, it’s a book designed to help you enjoy the  holiday season, not be burdened by it. Take a few minutes each day to  browse these pages for the help you’ve been looking for.

Merry Christmas and may your kitchen be filled, first, with the sweet aroma of love, and then with the spices of the season.

Order here: http://tammymaltby.com/the-christmas-kitchen/

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“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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Lemon Cream Cake with Berry Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

May 22, 2014

  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 […]

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Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Three Ways

May 15, 2014

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

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Coconut Cream Easter Cake

April 14, 2014

Coconut Cream Easter Cake 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 […]

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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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