Love People Well: Poppyseed Cream Cheese Muffins

The other day, I listened to an interview on a podcast.  The woman interviewed has made a point of hosting 500 people for dinner in her home every year for the past 5 years.  Meaning that she has hosted roughly 2500 people over 5 years.  Why?  To make them feel loved and give them a sense of community.  According to her, she isn’t a chef or even that great of a cook.  For her, its about the gathering of people, the building of community, and the sense of belonging it gives people to simply be invited. To say I felt convicted is an understatement.  She is showing everyone what a truly…
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The 7 Year Cake…Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

7 years ago, I went out to lunch with a cute army captain.  I was a college student crushing hard on a tall, blue-eyed boy, but, with a 10 year age difference, I figured the lunch was more a friendly meal than a date.   He was funny, clever, and kind.  Something about him told me he was different than anyone I had ever met.  I remember hoping it was more than a friendly lunch.  Turns out, it was.  One year from that day, we were engaged, and we married a short 4 months after that. We first met a few months before this lunch when he was freshly home from…

Double Chocolate Spider Cake

Halloween is just days away!  Are you ready? For everyone’s sake, I hope that you are more organized than I am this year.  Halloween always sneaks up on me.  I’m not into dark and creepy things, so the ghoulish decor never really interested me.  Plus fall harvest theme is prettier and for those of us lazy people out there (a.k.a. me!) you can roll that right on over into Thanksgiving.  Laziness for the win!  Plus that leaves more time for things like making a Spun Sugar “Web” (my version of Halloween decor..) for this chocolate cake with a fluffy chocolate buttercream.  So this cake… It is moist, flavorful, chocolate-y goodness!…
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