Father’s Day Cake

An Easy and Fun Father's Day Cake!

This cake is a fun way for everyone to show dad just how much they love him! Mastering this simple piping technique can be done in just moments! This is a basic chocolate cake that I baked in a 9×13 pan. When the cake is cool, invert onto a flat surface where you can cover […]

about i am baker

Carmel Brownies with Peanut Butter!

peanut butter brownie caramelita I received this email today: As a professional pastry chef for almost 30 years (and a Journalism graduate who worked in that field for nearly 9 years), I came upon your blog one day and have been enjoying your baking ideas and recipes. You are very creative! However, I wonder if […]

who is my tribe?


When I am passionate about something I go after it with everything in me.  Sometimes I forget to ask God if this is what He has in mind, and I end up getting rejected and hurt in my pursuit to reach earthly dreams. In those cases I fully take all the blame and know that […]

criticism and community

Grateful Joy

I was lolly gaging along on Pinterest and this popped up on my screen. see more from Ann Voskamp Talk about convicting. I am so guilty of jumping to criticism.  So guilty of letting a small hurt or an unintentional rejection lead me to a path of character destruction. And when I say lead me, […]

october things, and joy

October Fields

I have a thing for sunrises.  There is something entirely magical and majestic about a kaleidoscope sky growing in intensity and whose light is ablaze against the dark tree skyline. With the water being balmy compared to the air in these cooler fall days, there is an etherial fog that lingers until the sun starts warming. […]

your name


worshipgifs.org “My Name is constantly abused in this world.  Some people use it carelessly, without even realizing they are talking about the Lord of Lords.  Other people use it as a curse word, which is an attack on who I am.  Every time my name is used, it is recorded in Heaven.  So when you […]


Romans 5:3

Today’s guest post by Gianna Kordatzky from Traveling Thought and Family Fun Twin Cities.  So honored to have Gianna back and thankful for her willingness to share her faith with us!     For once, we didn’t have anything planned. No festivals, no time-consuming projects, no errands. Nothing. The weekend was a blank page. It was splendid. Then, the […]

calming my anxious spirit

"Prayer is the Language" by Leland Francisco

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Gina Horkey.   Gina is a freelance writer, with a background in finance. She’s passionate about Jesus and designing a flexible lifestyle suited to meet the needs of her young family…while honoring God of course! She hopes to inspire others to do the same and shares her […]

Let Earth Receive Her King!

Christmas Mantle

I absolutely love our new home.  I love that we have a space we can grow into and that we can truly make our own. Trying to figure out how I want to design things hasn’t been an easy task because I am not a good interior designer!  But I really enjoy the process. And […]

The Christmas Scale

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Family Holiday Gatherings: A Biblical Perspective

Hebrew 12:14 Strive for Peace!

I love Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Having hubby home, the spirit behind the seasons, the amazing food… its all enough to make me dream about these holidays for weeks before hand. But there is another side to gatherings, one that can be sometimes stressful. The truth is sometimes we just dont get along. I’ve been thinking a lot […]

Rainbow Cupcakes and Gay Pride?

I dont often weigh in on political issues.  I try not to overwhelm folks with my opinions and views. I try. But every now and then an issue comes along that I feel like I want to speak out on.  I had thought it was Katy Perry on Sesame Street.  But no, I will spare you from that emotional […]

KDWB Claims “Praying is Ignorant”

This messenger is weak (me), but His word is strong! I received an email from a friend who had an awful experience with KDWB Thursday morning (it was on between 6:50 and 7:30am, and is all transcribed below).  I just want to ask that you take a moment to pray for this DJ (Dave Ryan).  Then, if you would be so […]

Cupcakes and Salvation

I would like to share some news!  Thanks to a tweet from the amazing Bridget, my cookie mentor and 'boss' over at the University of Cookie, I was able to enter a recipe in a contest at Sweet Surrenders Cupcake and Cookie Cafe. I will let you check out the details if you are so […]

You Asked, He Answered

Thanks for all the great questions ladies!  I love your creativity and thoughtfulness… and I have to admit, I learned a few things!   Your questions are in black, his answers are in red.  I just want to say thank you to Chad for taking the time to answer them… and thank you to you guys […]

She Finally Pushed Me Too Far

So there is this woman who has been coming to my church. When I see her, I get so ticked. I could almost hear the the people right behind me in church today. “Honey, is that actual steam coming out of that lady’s ears? How odd!” See, I know her. She has said very hurtful […]

What Happened to Christmas?

This holiday season started out odd for me… with the berserk weather we've had in the mid-west, we never really had a fall, much less decorated for one.  Didn't put up any of our blanched corn husks, nor put out the pumpkins that we grew or were given… I didn't begin fall with the energized […]

Things Successful Bloggers Do That I Do Not Do

Are you ready for Installment #4? Cause this one is going to blow your socks off. (I totally just snorted out loud writing that, not sure why) Here goes. Things Successful Bloggers Do That I Do NOT Do #4 Have lots of Readers. Ha!  Because it seems to me, in this tiny little blogging world, […]

Things Successful Bloggers Do…

This list seems to be never ending.  Maybe I will get the hint, that I apparently am giving myself, and stop doing the opposite of what successful bloggers do. Most likely not.   Things Successful Bloggers Do That I Do Not Do 3. Go to Blogher. I am going to lay into my mailman because […]