Author Archives: nancyc

Blackberry Gingerbread Muffins

Usually I think of making gingerbread during the winter holidays, but here’s a summer-ized version in muffin form! Fresh blackberries make these muffins moist and of course the ginger and molasses give these muffins that great gingerbread taste. I had clipped this recipe from an old issue of Victoria magazine and modified it slightly. The original recipe was supposed to have made 18 muffins; I added in extra blackberries, and came up with 24 to 26 muffins, or 24 muffins and 1 mini-loaf. Making the mini-loaf works out great because you can bake it right along with your muffins–it will just need about 5 to 10 minutes extra baking time.

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Cucumber-Dill Hummus

Here’s another recipe you can use some of your garden cucumbers in! Or, if you’re like me, the cucumbers you buy at the Farmers’ Market! If you’ve never tried making hummus before, this would be a great time to try it out—you can whip it up in a blender or food processor—it’s very easy to make! This hummus has a mild cucumber and dill flavor. iIf you really like dill, you might want to add in a little more for a stronger dill flavor.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars

Coconut is such a summery flavor and maybe that’s why I was inspired to try adding it to a chocolate chip cookie bar. These Chewy Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars are soooo rich and chewy and chocolatey! The coconut is not overpowering, so even people who aren’t crazy about coconut would probably still like these. Think of these as a summer-ized version of a chocolate chip cookie bar! 🙂

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Watermelon-Peach Salsa

I enjoy making different fruity salsas in the summer months, like Peach-Cucumber Salsa, for example. And here’s another one I like—Watermelon-Peach Salsa! I’m a big fan of both watermelon and peaches, and if you are too, you’ll need to try this!

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Book Review: Powerful Thinking

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“Are you completely satisfied with every aspect of your life? Or are there areas you would like to change?…The key to changing your life is changing your thinking,” writes Joyce Meyer in the introduction of her new book, Powerful Thinking (FaithWords, hardcover). She adds, “As you develop thought patterns (mindsets) that agree with God’s Word, everything about your existence will begin to improve.” She goes on to explain that your thinking can work for you or against you as you journey through life. It can make the difference between fully experiencing God’s plan for your life and living the dream He has planted in you, or living a life filled with frustration and defeat.

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