Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful for Peanut Butter

Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful for Peanut Butter

November is a month of thankfulness.

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It is also the month of loving peanut butter.


Top Ten Reasons I am Thankful for Peanut Butter

  1. It tastes amazing.
  2. It gives energy.
  3. It is inexpensive
  4. Protein!
  5. You can eat peanut butter with anything (one of my co-RAs like peanut butter on pizza.  I can honestly say that I have never sampled that one…)
  6. Healthy fats!
  7. My love of peanut butter has introduced me to other bloggers.
  8. Peanut butter has Vitamin D1,2 (and I have no clue what those do!)
  9. Problems can often be solved with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon.
  10. Peanut butter protects against Alzheimers, heart disease, and diabetes.
Top Ten Tuesday: Peanut Butter eCards

Top Ten Tuesday: Peanut Butter eCards

It’s time for another peanut butter themed Top Ten Tuesday.  When Pinterest rose to fame in 2010, ecards became infamous.  Here are ten that characterize my relationship with peanut butter.

  1. No matter what time of day, I want peanut butter.  
  2. As a single lady only 6 months away from college graduation, I claim that I “don’t need no man.”
  3. I am stuck in my ways when it comes to eating peanut butter; don’t ask me to change.
  4.  I don’t really do this one, but maybe I should start. 
  5. Actually, the next card has been my reaction to every day of senior year.
  6. Whenever people say, “Oh! You’re a runner?!” this is my response.
  7. In all honesty, it usually isn’t an accident when I eat the whole jar of peanut butter.  I have learned that it is just going to happen. 
  8. This could not be more accurate–especially since I have to leave my door open as an RA!
  9. Really though…
  10. They say protein builds muscle!
November Photo Challenge Roundup – 2015

November Photo Challenge Roundup – 2015

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Can I give myself a high-five for posting a blog and taking a themed photo every day this month?  I love the sweet taste of success!

Here are my last two pictures from the November Photo Challenge.

29 – Afternoon

It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a walk in Old Salem. Sadly, mine was only long enough to snap this picture on my way back to school.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a walk in Old Salem. Sadly, mine was only long enough to snap this picture on my way back to school.

30 – Beauty

It's the most {beautiful} time of the year!
It’s the most {beautiful} time of the year!


You can use these links to see all of the other pictures:

Week One (November 1-7)

Week Two (November 8-14)

Week Three (November 15-21)

Week Four (November 22-28)

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Sunday Snapshots: November 22-28

Sunday Snapshots: November 22-28

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I must admit that my photography took a back seat this week as I traveled with family.  Sunday was spent caravan-ing to Connecticut.   We unpacked all of Brother’s belongings on Monday and shopped for everything he forgot on Tuesday.  Wednesday was our last “family day,” and we visited a few lighthouses in the Bridgeport area.  Despite pretty horrible traffic, we made it home Thursday night. We celebrated Thanksgiving with my grandparents on Friday, and I spent Saturday preparing to move back into the dorms.

All that is the preface to this fact:  I managed to take a picture every day, but they weren’t necessarily my best shots.

22 – Just for Fun

That's the bridge over the Delaware River that you see in the background.
That’s the bridge over the Delaware River that you see in the background.

23 – Reflection

23 - Reflection

24 – Look Down

24 - Look Down

25 – Home

25 - Home

It may not be my home, but it still counts 🙂

26 – Give Thanks

26 - Give Thanks

27 – Chaos or Order

27 - Order
Everything was perfectly in order for Thanksgiving supper on Friday night.

28 – History

28 - History

Peanut Butter Crepes

Peanut Butter Crepes


Sadly, Peanut Butter Lover’s Month is drawing to a close.  This is the last peanut butter recipe I will be sharing for the foreseeable future (read: until I make a new recipe).


Usually, the recipes I post are not entirely original.  I begin with someone else’s recipe and make a few tweaks here, a few substitutions there, finally arriving at the recipe I post.  However, this recipe is one of a kind.  I am not claiming that no one has ever made peanut butter crepes before, but I did not reference any recipes when I started cooking.  I simply poured a bit of this and that into a bowl and hoped that it would all turn out.  Originally, I was going to make pancakes, but the thin batter is better suited for crepes.  I was quite pleased with the results.


To top my crepes, I whipped up some un-original “nice cream”–a frozen banana run through a food processor until it has the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.  The “nice cream” can either be rolled inside of the crepes or spread across the top.



  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs. peanut butter
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp. baking powder


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  • Lightly coat a skillet with nonstick spray and heat over medium high.
  • Pour batter by spoonful onto hot pan.  Let cook 2-3 minutes until the top is bubbling.  Flip and continue cooking until done.
  • Top (or fill), eat, and enjoy!


Book Review: Redeeming Love

Book Review: Redeeming Love


“What good are you?”  she cried out to the heavens.

No answer came.

At a young age, Sarah learns that life is bitter.  Her father wanted her aborted, her mother dies, and no one will lovingly raise her.  At only eight years of age, she becomes an owned object rather than a human.  Her future is dismal, and it is God’s fault.

By her teenage years, Sarah is full of hatred and emotionally wrecked.  She has already accepted that her life is a vicious cycle of pain.  Death is the only way out.

An even stronger force than the hatred that feasted on her was the weariness that sucked her soul dry.


Michael Hosea, on the other hand, is a young, strong farmer in search of a wife.  He made the difficult journey west with his sister, who died along the way, and brother-in-law, who is now in search of gold.  When he sees Sarah walking down the road, he hears God’s voice say that she is his intended wife.  There’s only one problem: Sarah is the town’s best prostitute, not the godly lady he has been seeking.

Lord? Did I misunderstand?  I must’ve.  This can’t be the one.

Lord, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

In her book Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers retells the biblical story of Hosea.  Time after time, Sarah refuses Michael’s care and runs from his inexplicable grace.  Yet, he continues to bring her back to his love and safety.

Redeeming Love also paints a picture of God’s love for his children.  When Sarah was cruel to Michael,

He was never angry…He complimented and encouraged her.

When Sarah ran away from him, he went to find her and

knelt before her and washed her dirty, blistered feet.

At times, we are cruel to God.  Yet, he is gracious and slow to anger (Psalm 103:8).  We run away from God in search of worldly pleasures.  Nonetheless, God binds up our wounds (Psalm 147:3).

No matter what we have done in our pasts or do in our futures, God, chooses to love us. just as Michael,

chose to love [Sarah].  With all [her] past, with all [her] frailties, with everything.  He knew from the beginning where [she] came from, and it didn’t make any difference to him.

Give thanks for God’s redeeming love.

Give ye thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his love endures forever

– Psalm 136:1

Top Ten Tuesday: The Best Brother

Top Ten Tuesday: The Best Brother


This week, my family made the long drive from North Carolina to Connecticut.  As much as I love road trips, this one was not near as merry as my summer rides.  The company was just as good, and the view through the window was just as interesting.  However, the purpose for our journey was not as leisurely.  My favorite (and only) brother is moving over 600 miles away.

Obviously, this move warrants a Top Ten Tuesday post completely devoted to my brother.  Originally, I was going to post 10 hysterical memories that we have shared, but the post became quite lengthy.  Instead, I will attempt to quickly state 10 reasons that my brother is absolutely the best brother in the world.


Ten Reasons I am Thankful for My Brother

  1. He always makes me laugh.
  2. He desires to serve the Lord.
  3. He let me follow him to college.
  4. He encourages me and gives me advice.
  5. He drove me around or let me borrow his car for years until I bought my own car.
  6. He understands my corny jokes.
  7. He is handsome.
  8. He loves to travel (and sometimes he lets me tag along).
  9. He let me call him “Chin Chin” until I learned his real name.
  10. He is loud (and can compensate for my quietness).