Masterpieces & Mischief

Emily Jane Painting

One of my favorite things to do during days of ‘stay-at-home mommying’ is to escape the sound-making toys, lose sight of the television, and take the kiddos outside to paint. No way is this happening INSIDE my home.

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White Chili with Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, and (Leftover) Roast Turkey

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There is nothing better than a bowl of hot soup or chili to make you feel cozy on a cold day. And cold days are rare here in Phoenix.

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Nectarine-Blackberry “Topping”

It’s hot. The ice cubes have stopped working. I decided to try ice cream instead. I’m liking the results.

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I couldn’t just eat plain ice cream. I had to indulge my imagination a bit more than that.

I went a little overboard…. I came up with TWO Nectarine desserts to go with my ice cream! Both ideas struck at once and I couldn’t leave on of them behind. Thus, you will be getting TWO dessert recipes to end the Nectarine saga.

Hahaha. DOUBLE the desserts. DOUBLE the fun. No mint included… though, that might be tasty??

THE FIRST DESSERT… Vanilla Ice Cream with Nectarine-Blackberry Topping

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Sweet Words are like Honey

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This is my final honey recipe and it’s DESSERT!

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~Proverbs 16:24

I hope you will make this SWEET dessert and serve it up with some SWEET words for your loved ones! Too often we use our words to tear each other down instead of building each other up. We focus on that which is lacking in one another instead of praising each other for our strengths.

We all know how much words can affect us… at least they affect me… they can make or break my day (or my week) and can inspire or discourage alike. So, whether you write a note or bring a verbal word of encouragement along with this crumble, speak gracious words that will be sweet to the souls of those who receive them… sweet like “honeycomb” as Proverbs says. 🙂

This recipe is especially close to my heart…

I grew up visiting the small town of Hendricks in farm-country Minnesota. One of my fondest memories was having my Grandma Caroline’s homemade rhubarb jam and pie… made with rhubarb straight from her garden no less!

While I didn’t harvest my rhubarb from my backyard garden (I’m expecting my green thumb to arrive any day now…), I did pick up some from the grocery store along with some strawberries for this DELICIOUS dessert!

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