death by chocolate

yesterday, (saturday), my sweet family took me to our favorite local coffee shop for lunch.  i tried a new warm drink, death by chocolate……ooooh yaaaaaa…….so good.  (i’ve included a picture, although i took it with my cell phone, so it’s not the best.)  i also bought a pound of my favorite holiday coffee beans, jack frost java.  (which i have to admit, i’ve already had a few cups today…..may need to buy more before the end of the holiday season.)

**death by chocolate:  a Ghiradelli dark chocolate mocha topped with whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate.


warm apple crisp

 i don’t know what it is, but every year when the cold weather blows in, it blows me right into the kitchen.  something about baking up some warm sweets on a cold afternoon…i just love it.  my friend, lisa, gave me this beautiful dish last week. (thanks lisa!!!!)  it is so pretty and was just shouting for something sweet to be baked in it!  so, of course, i did.

i used an old favorite recipe for microwave apple crisp, increasing it slightly because the dish is so deep.

in the mood for some warm tasty sweets?  put on the coffee pot and try this out.  it will warm your insides for sure!!!

 Microwave Apple Crisp

4-6 large Granny Smith apples (**9 for large dish)

8 graham cracker squares (**1 plastic wrapped package)

3/4 cup packed brown sugar (**1 cup)

1/2 cup rolled oats (**3/4 cup)

1/2 cup flour (**3/4 cup)

1 tsp. cinnamon (**1 1/2 tsp)

1/2 tsp. nutmeg (**3/4 tsp)

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted (**3/4 cup)


  1. Peel, core & slice apples.
  2. Prepare enough apples to fill deep baking dish, 3/4 full.
  3. Finely chop graham crackers.
  4. Combine crumbs, sugar, oats, flour & spices.
  5. Add butter; mix well.
  6. Spoon mixture over apple slices.
  7. Microwave on high 12-15 minutes.  Cook until apples are tender.
  8. Cool slightly, (topping will harden and be crunchy, the cooler it gets.)
  9. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

verses to memorize

  • “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.  Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  John 16:24
  • “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:33
  • “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”  1 Corinthians 10:13
  • “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28


wander over to CMSpin

just wanted to mention my hubby’s website.  it’s a great Christian music site that will keep you informed on all the latest CM news!!  check out new artists, recent releases, artist’s profiles, testimonies and interviews……curious what other’s are saying about a new group or cd?  take a look at the reviews! stay informed by signing up for their weekly newsletter!!!

have a great day!!

30 Days of Thanksgiving

 i read about the “30 Days of Thanksgiving” on this blog and she directed her readers over to another blog.  Here’s how it works…from October 24 thru November 22, each day you send a note (via snailmail or email) to someone that you are thankful for.  Tell them you are thankful for them, what you love about them, what makes them special, why you are grateful that they are in your life.  (Something that we should take more time to do throughout the year.) Start now by making a list of 30 people so that you will be ready on the 24th!

give it a try!  leave me a comment if you decide to do it!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  1 Chronicles 16:34