Strawberry Banana Muffins

Bananas and fresh strawberries make a great combination in this summery muffin! They’re so moist and full of delicious chunks of fresh strawberries. I love how the sprinkling of coarse sugar gives these muffin tops a little sparkle and crunchiness, too! I just did a light sprinkling, but you can do a heavier sprinkle if you want a real sugary top.

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Watermelon Mint Lime Water

When hot weather comes around, I usually crave watermelon. It’s so refreshing and it’s good for you too. And I discovered that watermelon is also great for making flavored water! Combining chunks of juicy watermelon with fresh mint and tart limes makes a great-tasting summery drink! You just have to plan ahead a little, since you need to chill the mixture for 1 to 2 hours before drinking.

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Whole Wheat Honey Banana Bread

As I’ve mentioned in other banana bread posts, I love trying out different banana bread recipes and decided to try a whole wheat version that I found on the King Arthur Flour website. I just made a few small changes, using both whole wheat and white whole wheat flour, a little more banana, and a little more chopped walnuts.

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Book Review: The Most Beautiful Disaster

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

“This is a book about how God can take your brokenness and your mistakes and make something beautiful out of them,” Hope Carpenter writes in the introduction of her book, The Most Beautiful Disaster: How God Makes Miracles Out of Our Mistakes (FaithWords, hardcover).

Hope Carpenter co-pastors Redemption Church in San Jose, California with her husband Ron. To encourage and help others, she bravely and honestly tells her story about how God took a hard, disastrous situation in her life and made something beautiful out of it: “I made a series of bad decisions that destroyed my marriage, my family, and my ministry. I messed up, big-time.” Her healing journey began with a lot of prayer, time with God, and daily counseling sessions as she dealt with trauma and pain from her past—and embraced the truth about who she was: “I am God’s beloved. I am chosen. I am worthy. I am enough.” She shares Scriptures that encouraged her, including Romans 8:28 (KJV): All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. She realized that, “Even when you make mistakes, God uses those for good in the end. I’m living proof of that.”

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Honoring and Remembering

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Home of the free because of the brave. —Unknown

Today we honor and remember, with so much gratefulness, those who have bravely served and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.