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Light up my path O’Lord

I was sitting on the train on my way to work this morning  and I usually doze off and take my mini nap. Waking up everyday at 4:30 AM is not easy and with the soothing sound of the train I tend to lean my head to the side and just close my eyes to take a little breather from the morning chaos, but this morning for some reason I stood up didn’t feel sleepy at all. I’ve been feeling kind of down. Well it’s because I recently put a little notice out on the social media about if anyone is looking to place any orders for baked goods (cupcakes, cookies, etc…) and I haven’t gotten any feedback at all yet and I vented to my husband that maybe I’m just not cut out to do this or maybe no one really likes my baking. Thank you God that he is being so supportive..poor guy even tries to soothe my woes and just tells me to be patient give it time it’ll come around….Love Him for being so understanding with me at times like these.

Any way, as I was sitting in that stuffy train car I was looking around me looking at each person coming in and out of the train at each stop and I noticed one thing that 90% of what everyone was doing and it was RUSHING. Everyone has this look of rush (stress, worry…) pacing looking at their watches and phones to check the time. No sense of peace at all in the atmosphere it was just not a joyous feeling coming from anyone.

Then the word RUSH just stuck in my mind….RUSH?…..why do we all rush so much? I asked in my heart God why do we rush for everything is it even right to be this way? “What does God say about Rush?” I actually stuck this question in GOOGLE search engine and a ton of info came up. I know as a believer that rushing isn’t of God I know because I was raised with it but I feel like I’m not living it though like NOT walking it out because I do rush for many things.  Rushing leads to being easily disappointed, discouraged, selfish, confused, frustrated, worried, and untrusting of God which sums up all to be SINS…this blew my mind. So by being a rush-a-holic it easily lets the enemy take this and run with it and cause complete chaos in your mind. There was so many people in the bible that rushed and it never ever ended completely well…. (ex: Sara and the whole rushing Abraham to have a baby deal…Genesis 16:2, 21 1-14, 15:4-21:21)

While I was thinking of writing this post I realize yeah I want to have my little baking side business up and popping already cause it’s one of my heart desires, but I can not rush it. It has to be up to God’s timing. See I don’t want to do this whole baking deal for just financial gain, yes money helps but money comes and goes and what I want is to use this gift God gave me for his purpose not for my own selfish need or want. I don’t want to do anything that doesn’t align up with what he wants and I just know in my heart that with time and his favor it will come to bloom. Just be patient and trust God because there is always a bigger picture that our minds just can’t grasp.

So seriously lets all just take a moment to stop and ask God to just put his heart desires in our hearts instead and it’s guaranteed all else will fall into place and all worries, frustrations, etc…will melt away like sugar in the rain. We will eventually get to work, school, home without having to rush.

Have a Blessed Day!

XO

Shania

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Betty Boop

This past weekend it was my aunt’s 40th birthday party and I had the honor to be her cake (cupcakes) baker 🙂 it was so much fun doing these and they came out so cute. Her theme was Betty Boop so I made red velvet cupcake with creamcheese frosting with red (white chocolate) lips as the toppers and also baby cherry topped cheesecakes. I’ve posted some pictures below. So blessed to have a great aunt like her she is always doing so much for the family and she deserved this party so much.

Blessings!
Shania

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40 and still sexy!

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Cupcake Table

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Such Beauties and yummy too!

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Baby Cherry Topped Cheesecakes

 

Cherry Topped Baby Cheesecakes

Cherry Topped Baby Cheesecakes

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Muah!

Muah!

Christmas – Super Hero Jesus

Hello everyone! So looks like Christmas is almost here, so exciting! I was meditating on the word while listening to worship from IHOPKC and this song that really made me just break down and think. It was Matt Gilman in the prayer room with Worship with the Word

“Ten thousands times ten thousand Angels singing “You’re the only One who is found Worthy ten thousand times ten thousand Angels sing this song…God you became a Man you took on flesh and your so beautiful…”

I can just picture all the millions of Angels in heaven rejoicing and saying “YES look for the only one found worthy has been born!” and then I can picture Mary there holding Jesus in her arms after birth and hear her soft whisper “Your so beautiful” like a mother says to her newborn child.

I sometimes can’t grasp how much God loves us that he let his only son become Flesh (Man) to rescue this world. He came in the most humble form, a baby…I just love Christmas so much, not only does it remind us to be so grateful to our Father for giving us such a gift of salvation, but just a reminder to continue even throughout the rest of the year to remember the “one” who is found worthy and what price he paid to leave his throne in heaven to come to be our Super Hero.

I can’t wait until he returns again as things around us on this earth continue to fall apart, it’s just a reminder that he will be back again just like a Super Hero. What better super hero than Jesus with eyes of Fire and riding on a cloud like seriously what hero do you know can do that? No one because not one is REAL, but see Jesus is real. He’s not a story book character he’s a real man (Fully Man/Fully God). We must continue to press in and cry out for his return even during this Christmas season we continue to pray and wait.

He came as a LAMB the first time but he will be back as a LION.

I pray you all have a Blessed Christmas!

 

I did two birthday cupcake orders and one cookie order for Christmas thought to share the photos…hope you like 🙂

Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Cookies

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Race Car Themed Cupcakes

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Chocolate Chip cookies all bundled up!

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Western Theme Cupcakes with little Lasso Rope Toppers I made. “Yee-Haw”

 

My Great Reward

Buenos Dia!

(Have to practice my Spanish…hehe!) you don’t use it, you lose it and to think it was my first language.

An elderly woman sat right next to me on the train today. The trains have been so crammed these days since Sandy the super storm strolled on through the metro area, but anyway let me not get side tracked here. Ok so she opens her devotional and begins to read Psalms 19 this stuck out at me this morning so I quickly made my way into work. I was eager to read it. There is something so rich and special with the Psalms! I love how David was so in love with God and how it shows so much in his writings. This is one thing I yearn for to have a heart like his and always want to go deeper and deeper to know God’s heart. So I’m here reading it and I started to think wow this chapter right here is a guide it tells us what to do to keep or reward. Our reward is Jesus and I took it as a guide for us to use to keep our reward that God the father has promised us. In Verses 7-9 it begins to list:

 Law of the LORD = perfect, converting the soul

Testimony of the LORD = sure, making wise the simple

Statues of the LORD = are right, rejoicing the heart

Commandments of the LORD = is pure, enlightening the eyes

Fear of the LORD = is clean, enduring forever

Judgments of the LORD = are true, and righteous altogether

 This is like a TO DO LIST what we need to DO so we get to see our GREAT REWARD. We are to desire these things more than anything, it says in Verse 10  10 “More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

And then in Verse 11 there is our Father’s mercy warning us telling us to keep it and this is what will happen.11” Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.”

 This just made me really examine my heart more and I was like whoa God ok I need to lay myself down my wants and let God put what he wants in us all our desires that align up with his purpose, and then I feel a sudden whisper in my heart “Because it’s not about me in this end plan. Everything is for You Jesus everything I say, do, or want has to be for YOU”.

 As much as I want to do things on my own I need to realize that I cant’ do it all alone. I was not made that way. I want to grow more dependant on God and stop thinking that hey I can do this, I can get it all together all on my own. We need to realize that God made us to be in commune with Him and that’s why we were created to depend on him and He loves this he’s a father. What parent out there feels that sudden brick on their heart when you come to realize your little one is growing up so fast and suddenly thinks they don’t need your help anymore to get dressed, eat,…etc. It’s great to be independent but we need to remember that God is always there for us like a Father. He knows when and what you need even before you even think it so just let His will be done in your life because like he says in his word there will be a great reward.

 Verse 14 is the prayer that really clarified that whisper.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in YOUR sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

 Now as a side subject here BAKING!  I received my matches for The Cookie Swap 2012″  this week and I’m so AMPed to get to share some of my cookies with new people throughout the US 🙂 Woo for Cookies! Holidays always make me crave cookies.

 Here are some pictures of cookies I’ve made in the past now I need to choose which ones to bake up.  Any suggestions? New recipes? Feel free to share. I love trying new things.

Pumpkin Snicerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Banana Chocolate Chips

Banana Chocolate Chips

Alfajores (Dulce de leche Sandwich Cookies)

Alfajores (Dulce de leche Sandwich Cookies)

Strawberry Jam Top cookies

Strawberry Jam Top cookies

I went to a baby shower this past weekend had so much FUN. It felt so good to be around women who really love God they are so down to earth I really do LOVE being around them! Since I have this love (addiction) for anything cupcakes I decided to make baby cupcakes made out of baby clothes. I found this on Pinterest a long time ago and have been waiting for the right moment to make them. It’s really so simple. Here’s the link to the blog I found the instructions on (http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2011/02/baby-onesie-cupcake-tutorial-and-sweet.html) I took a try at it and was successful woo!

Recipe Card

Samuel’s Recipe Card

Baby Cupcakes

Baby Cupcakes

Hope you Enjoy Samuel

Hope you Enjoy Samuel

Have a blessed day everyone, and joyous baking!

S H A N I A

Foodie Pen Pal October Reveal

Hello, well it’s been a long time since i’ve been able to write new post with the storm hitting us and having no power for days it was not possible. However, we are so blessed now we have power, food, water and heat I’m beyond grateful to God for. He always provides. But there are still people out there that are suffering many losses and I pray that God strengthens them and strengthens their relationships with him through all this mess.

Thismonth I participated in a Foodie Pen Pal through the Lean Green Bean. You are given a name of a person you buy goodies for. Then you mail it. Another person gets your name and they buy you goodies and mail it to you. There is a spending limit of $15.

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

FPP post September Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

I joined a Foodie Pen Pal club and was matched up with Traci (www.cookingwithtraci.com) you can take a peek at what I sent her on her blog. So overjoyed that she loved her goodies.

I was matched with Natasha (www.homemadebytz.com) she sent me so many goodies that I felt like a child on Christmas morning when I got her box in the mail! 

It's a BOX with foodie stuff :)

It’s Here!

Handwritten Card :)

Handwritten Card 🙂

Love the Verse she wrote for me in her lovely card!

James 1:3-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

There was dark chocolate coconut covered almonds (killed this bag!) Dark chocolate bar from Trader Joes, Banana bread mix (not her recipe) box from Trader Joes, i’ve had yet to bake it. Pumpkin spice from Trader Joes, Biscoff cookies! (I LOVE THEM) lemon spice, lemon extract (I used this extract for my homemade strawberry jam top cookies the were delicious), a lovely jar of cookie butter which was new to me and last but certainly not the least it was my favorite part of the whole box Homemade Banana Bread!

Foodie Goodies from my Foodie PenPal Natasha

Foodie Goodies from my Foodie PenPal Natasha

I struck gold with this one ! Banana Bread nom nom.

I struck gold with this one ! Banana Bread nom nom.

It was perfectly moist and popped with banana flavor.

Natasha's Homemade Banana Bread

Natasha’s Homemade Banana Bread

So if your interested in joining please refer to the beginning of this blog post 🙂 I really do recommend this experience. You not only meet someone new you connect with people who love food and are very giving individuals. You also get to try new things which can open up your world to new recipes. I love how God always shows himself even in these little clubs we participate in. The bible verse really brought me encouragement in this Foodie Pen Pal box this month. 

Blessings!

Shania

I’m leaning on, leaning on…

Good day! Such a beautiful chilly yet sunny morning here in NJ. Thank you God for the warm sun. 🙂 Last night I came home after work and my wonderful Husband surprised me with a bouquet of BEAUTIFUL flowers and my favorite chococlates (which reminds me, wonder if I should have a piece now….lol). We are still newly weds but we’ve known each other since we were Tweens…he never ceases to amaze me how much he does for my family and I. I love him and God couldn’t have chosen any one any better to spend the rest of my life with.

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Lilies, Orchids, Roses….I’m In LOVE

So this morning all I hear is about the presidential debates and it makes me just cringe…I feel blah about it. No matter who wins this year’s election nothing will be changed or become better until Jesus returns back to Earth. I do believe this strongly and I stumbled upon a song that really hit me regarding what is taking place today. I think of who will sit at that white house for the next 4 years and just sometimes feel uncertaintity but I stumbled upon this song and  it really gave me prespective.The song is called “Without You” by Jordan Marcotte:

I was like a house built upon the shifting sand,
unstable you could call me a wavering man,
with no hope and no home I felt all alone,
constantly living in fear of the raging storm-

Without You my life would be shaken,
without You my life would be taken,
Anchor of my soul, Anchor of my soul,
I will not be moved-

Your ear was inclined when You heard my cry,
Your hand was extended to a swallowed up guy,
my pride was my life and my only sure thing,
but sure things don’t last long when the strength is Your own-

Chief Cornerstone You’re strong enough You stand alone, I will not reject You like the builders did in the times of old, I’m leaning on-
When everything around you is shaking and everything around you is moved, what do you do?
You stand, you believe, you trust and you lean, on the rock that is higher-
You are my hope-

He’s a worship leader from IHOP Kansas City (www.ihop-kc.org) I found his album from last year on the bandcamp website (www.jeymarc.bandcamp) and just love the lyrics every song just makes you just want to fall on your face!

But the last part of the song just helps me keep strong and keep praying for the return of our Bridegroom Jesus. We have to just keep our hope and faith on what God is orchestrating even when things are getting bad keep pressing in because remember he wrote this story and he knows the beginning and the end. God always wins!

Now in my Foodie loving world i’m on the hunt for cookie recipes for my husband, he loves any jelly filled or type of cookies so I want to get some recipes to try out and see if he likes any. If I find a good one or two I may even try them for my cookie swap i’m looking forward to next month :). If your interested in a national type of cookie swap take a look at this site: (http://veronicascornucopia.com/2012/10/15/are-you-ready-for-a-cookie-swap/) she’s conducting a project on this.

Hope your day is full of His Love and Joy!

Blessings!

Shania

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I love this BLOG she has great recipes and I’m excited to participate on her Cookie Swap Project this year…Check out he page!

Veronica's Cornucopia

Last year after I found out about the fabulous Great Blogger Cookie Swap, I organized one for all those that didn’t have blogs but still wanted to participate in a nation-wide cookie swap.  Well we’re back in business, kids!  If you’re a blogger, you can head on over to Love and Olive Oil or The Little Kitchen to get all the details and sign up, but if you’re a non-blogger that would like to participate in a cookie swap, you’ve come to the right place.

This swap will work like last year’s for the most part, and here’s the breakdown:  Sign up.  Get matched to three other participants.  Ship a dozen delicious cookies to each.  Receive a dozen scrum-diddly-upmtious cookies from each of your matches in return.  That’s a whole lotta deliciousness and love being spread throughout the US!

As before, the purpose of my swap is not only to…

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Alone Time

These days have become hard to have alone time. With the full time (8 – 5) job, being a mom and wife 24/7 by the time Thursday rolls around I’m beyond exhausted but I’ve found that no matter how busy you are there is something that you need to do to even get through day after day. It’s your alone time with God. I’ve lately been having these little meetings in the shower. I know you might be thinking WHAT the shower? It’s the only time I’m completely alone and I can pour out my heart. Think about it, you’re in the shower in your most vulnerable state and that’s how God wants you to come to him with your ALL which is stripped down to the heart.  I was praying and worshiping and out came a song and I just love how the words flowed…I wanted to share it. It might sound cheesy but maybe it’ll bless someone, someday.

Here’s my heart O ‘Lord

Take it as a living sacrifice because all I want is You and all I need is You

I want to pour my love at your feet

I want to see your Beauty Jesus

Take this as my living sacrifice O ‘Lord

How long Lord, How long

How long until I see your Face

Chorus:

The Spirit and the Bride say come; the Spirit and the Bride say come

I won’t stop crying out for you until I see you face to face my King.

The Spirit and the Bridge say Come, the Spirit and the Bridge say come

 How long Lord, How long

How long until I see your Face

My heart yearns

My heart burns for my Beloved.

My hubby plays piano so I’m hoping we can add some melody to these lyrics and create a little song. One thing we love in my house is worship. We are always singing or humming it’s funny but it’s our DNA that God put in us all. We each have a heart song.

Most spectacular foodie thing that happen this weekend was I baked “Nutella Lava Brownies” on Saturday and whipped up some “Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes” on Sunday.

"Pumpkin Spice Lattes"

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes

"Super Rich Brownies"

Nutella Lava Brownies

I was craving pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks but man can it be expensive to buy a small cup of Joe now in days. I decided to search the recipe and found many but I pinpointed down to one which I loved that it used pumpkin puree in it instead of that pumpkin flavored syrup. Well it was a huge success I loved the way it came out and I think it will be my new coffee for the season. Oh and the brownies OMGEE my family loved them!

Well have a great and blessed day everyone!

XO

Shania