April 2019 Photo Challenge

April 2019 Photo Challenge

My thought on April 1:

All the creative cells in my brain are dead.  Should I just quit this challenge?

My thought on April 30:

I’m 1/3 done with this year-long challenge.  I can’t stop now!

 

Simple Joy Saturday #53

Simple Joy Saturday #53

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

  1. In April, I went on my first on-road bicycle ride since 2006ish.  This satirical guide of hand signals was far from helpful, but I think you will enjoy it even if you aren’t a cyclist.
  2. David Black was a guest lecturer at PIU this month.  I enjoyed the lectures, and I spent too much time reading his blogs about three of my favorite things–the Bible, running, and travel.
  3. For the 100 Books Bucket List, I read A Long Walk to Freedom, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela.  It was informative in many ways, and I would recommend it!

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Walnut Raisin Muffins

Walnut Raisin Muffins

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April 30 is National Raisin Day, and I have a delicious recipe to celebrate!

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • .5 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup applesauce or 2 mashed bananas
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • .5 cup chopped walnuts
  • .25 cup raisins

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It is Finished

It is Finished

Friday was heinous:
His body bled,
Thorns pierced his head,
His skin in shreds.
And then, “It is finished.”

Saturday was anxious:
Filled with affright–
Dark had killed Light–
And nothing was right
Because it was finished.

But Sunday was glorious:
Death had been hacked–
Life waged an attack,
Supreme comeback,
And it was finished.

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Blackout Poetry for World Book Day

Blackout Poetry for World Book Day

Raise your hand if you love to read.

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Then you should celebrate World Book Day next Tuesday!

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While the obvious way to celebrate World Book Day is to read a book, I do have another option for my more artistic friends.

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Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake, like most things in life, makes me think of Pine Cove.

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April 9: Foreground

I don’t know how the debate began, but by the end of my third summer working at Pine Cove, the summer staff were engaged in a serious, opinionated discussion about carrot cake.  I sided with the pro-carrot-cake side of the debate, led by the assistant work crew director.  But, the carrot cake haters also had a strong team.

I remember that the debate continued on GroupMe for several months after camp ended, but I don’t think we ever reached a consensus.

What do you think about carrot cake?  Yay or nay?

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Ham, Egg, and Cheese Pockets

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Pockets

Easter seems to be all about searching–searching for eggs in the bushes, searching for a dress to wear to church, and searching for Jesus in the tomb (spoiler alert: He isn’t there).  These ham, egg, and cheese pockets will also make you search–the filling is completely hidden inside a biscuit.

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Pockets

Ingredients

  • 4 10-oz. cans of biscuits (20 biscuits total)
  • 8 ounces diced ham
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cheese
  • salt and pepper

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