Naturally Dyed Eggs for the Start of Passion Week

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Monday, March 30, 2015


My bible lists out verses and a short summary of the events each day this week leading up to Jesus dying on the cross and His resurrection. They're at the end of this post for anyone who wants to join me in reading through them this week!

I found a recipe for naturally dyed eggs from Design Mom, it was so easy, and I love how they came out. If you can believe it, they were dyed using red cabbage!


Directions:

Chop one head of red cabbage and add to a large pot with 4-5 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit until cool. Drain the dyed water into a large bowl and let the uncooked eggs (I chose not to hard boil mine since they last longer raw!) sit for as long as you would like in the bowl, depending on the color you'd like to achieve. I left most of mine for about a half an hour and the darkest was left overnight.


Passion Week Verses:

1. Arrival in Bethany // Friday // John 12:1 // Jesus arrived in Bethany six days before the Passover to spend some time with his friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. While here, Mary anointed His feet with costly perfume as an act of humility. This tender expression indicated Mary's devotion to Jesus and her willingness to serve Him.

2. Sabbath Day of Rest // Saturday // 

3. The Triumphal Entry // Palm Sunday // Mt 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19 // On the first day of the week Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling an ancient prophecy (Zechariah 9:9). The crowd welcomed Him with "Hosanna!" and the words of Psalm 118:25-26, ascribing to Him a Messianic title as the agent of the Lord, the coming King of Israel.

4. Clearing of the Temple // Monday // Mt 21:10-17, Mark 11:15-18, Luke 19:45-48 // The next day He returned to the temple and found the court of the Gentiles full of traders and money changers making a large profit as they gave out Jewish coins in exchange for pagan money. Jesus drove them out and overturned their tables.

5. Day of Controversy and Parables // Tuesday // Mt 21:23 - 24:51, Mark 11:27-13:37, Luke 20:1 - 21:36 // On the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem He taught in parables and warned the people against the Pharisees. He predicted the destruction of Herod's great temple and told His disciples about future events, including His own return.

6. Day of Rest // Wednesday

7. Passover Last Supper // Thursday // Mt 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-23, John 13:1-30 // In an upper room Jesus prepared both Himself and His disciples for His death. He gave the Passover meal the meaning of the new covenant. And so He instituted the Lord's Supper. After singing a hymn they went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in agony, knowing what lay ahead for Him.

8. Crucifixion // Good Friday // Mt 27:1-66, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 22:66 - 23:56, John 18:28 - 19:37 // Following betrayal, arrest, desertion, false trials, denial, condemnation, beatings and mockery, Jesus was required to carry His cross to "The Place of the Skull," where He was crucified with two other prisoners.

9. In the Tomb // Friday night // Jesus' body was placed in the tomb before 6:00pm Friday night, when the Sabbath began and all the work stopped, and it lay in the tomb throughout the Sabbath.

10. Resurrection Sunday! // Mt 28:1-13, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-49, John 20:1-31 // Early in the morning, women went to the tomb and found that the stone closing the tomb's entrance had been rolled back. An angel told them Jesus was alive and gave them a message. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene in the garden, to Peter, to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and later that day to all the disciples but Thomas. His resurrection was established as a fact.


The Most Beautiful Time of Year! // Spring Inspiration

Friday, March 27, 2015



All of these images are on my Pinterest boards and there's a few things (the white romper, french market bag and robe from Plum Pretty Sugar) that are on my wish list :) All of the tables and flowers are giving me ideas for our Easter table, too! I'm so thankful that we had a great checkup and our girl is healthy and still kicking inside of me, that it's almost Easter and for the beautiful California weather outside with the reminder of new beginnings represented through our garden Cam has been working hard on and the trees and flowers around town.

From left to right: // tablescape // bistro table // white romper // rose glossary // french market bag // painted eggs // bistro tablescape // floral robe // spring table // floral bed // table setting // Inslee maternity cards // naturally dyed eggs

I'm also loving April Cornell's table linens (I recently found her cloth napkins at Marshalls for a fraction of the price!)

I found a small bistro table and chairs set at Ikea that Cam picked up for me while I was in the hospital and it's been the perfect place to sit outside and drink my morning coffee while watching John Shea run wild in the backyard and play in the garden and dirt. I have a post coming soon on it.

I usually read through this book each year during Lent and Passion Week to prepare my heart for Easter.

Recently I found Magnolia Tree Paperie on Etsy and love her floral cards and this pillow that would be so pretty in our little girl's nursery.

I've planned out our Easter menu: Honeyed ham, sweet pea, fava bean and bacon salad with a yummy vinaigrette, roasted farmer's market carrots, cheesy scalloped potatoes with chives and a Springtime pavlova for dessert. All of the recipes will be coming soon, Lord willing I'll be able to cook :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating Palm Sunday and thinking on the start of Passion week!

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

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Thursday, March 26, 2015


Thank you so much to everyone who has been praying for our baby and for us! My doctor had to reschedule my appointment until later this afternoon so I'm excited to hear what he has to say after a checkup. Cam and Nana Beth have taken the best care of baby girl and I (I'm so thankful -- it's been the most restful week I've maybe ever had, just as my doctor ordered) and I've been staring at this basket of beautiful tulips from my spot on the couch that have lasted all week.


This delicious bread is based off my recipe for muffins (Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Topping & Banana Chocolate Yogurt Muffins) but with Springtime in full bloom here, I've been craving lemon and poppyseed for this upcoming Easter week. It would even be great for Easter brunch or breakfast with a cup of coffee. For my gluten-free friends, you can easily replace the flour for GF all-purpose flour. Now if only you could come over and sit outside with us!


Lemon Poppyseed Bread
{makes 1 loaf}

1 lemon, squeezed juice + zest
1/2 C whole greek yogurt 
1/4 C poppyseeds
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C olive oil
1 egg
1 C sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For anyone in or coming to the Monterey/Carmel area, I found those darling saucers and teacups from my favorite benefit/thrift store in the area: Yellow Brick Road.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk the egg with the olive oil and add in the greek yogurt. Stir in the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and vanilla, until just combined. Be careful not to stir too much. Gently fold in the squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest and poppyseeds.  Fill a greased bread pan with the batter at about 3/4 full. Bake for about 50-55 minutes (check on it around 45-50 minutes), or until you can place a knife in the middle and it comes out dry. Dust with powder sugar and a squeeze of lemon for added deliciousness.


A Giveaway with Art Nosherie!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Kate Stieren is the talented artist behind these colorful and whimsical prints, and she is generously giving away TWO of your choice from her Etsy shop to a very lucky winner! She sent me darling ones for our baby girl and I am excited to hang them once we get to Zagreb.

To enter, simply follow Kate on Instagram and leave a comment below with which print you would choose from her shop!

Find more of Kate's lovely artwork here:
Kate's Etsy Shop
Facebook
Website

Update on Our Baby Girl

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Monday, March 23, 2015


I'm blogging from my perch on the couch, where I have been camped out on bed rest for almost the past week after 24 hours in Labor & Delivery, and thought it was time to get an update up. Our sweet girl is fine, praise God!!! And I am too, just on very strict orders from my doctor to not do anything until we see him again on Wednesday. I am so thankful to get to be home right now and am just in awe how the Lord has totally taken care of us.

Last Monday night, around 3:30am I woke up from a huge gush of blood. I threw off the covers and ran to the bathroom, getting a very scary amount of blood everywhere. Cam immediately jumped out of bed and kept telling me over and over, everything is ok honey, everything is going to be ok, even though I know he was in just as much shock as I was. He got the labor & delivery nurse on the phone while I had to lay down in the hallway to keep from passing out. Her and Cam kept asking if I could feel the baby move, but I couldn't even though I kept pushing on her. Cam quickly reminded me that she does a lot of her sleeping in the middle of the night and I rarely feel her during those hours. Gosh, I love that man. He is such a comforter and a calm to me, even when it looks like the worst has happened. The nurse told us to get to the hospital as fast as we could. I'd had Cam call our good friend Lindsay who lives around the corner and she had miraculously answered after the first ring and came right over to stay at our house while John Shea was sleeping. Linds you are an angel!! She is the type of friend that not only comes over at an hour like that but prays hard and gets others to pray, too.

The nurses in L&D kept trying to find our baby's heartbeat and couldn't. We were all holding our breath. They switched to a doppler and found her! That strong, beautiful healthy heartbeat. She gave some big kicks too as if to say, why on earth are you waking me up?! I'm fine! Thankfully, the doctor on call was my doctor, I'm sure by no coincidence, thank you God, and after a full ultrasound (it was amazing to get to see her!) bloodwork and an exam he confirmed that I have placenta previa. Long story short, the placenta should be up high and mine is really low, blocking the birth canal. He had me stay in Labor & Delivery for 24 hours on bed rest just so they could make sure the bleeding stopped and to monitor both baby and I, and we passed with flying colors.

This happened just before Cam and I were supposed to leave on our trip to Zagreb and we are both so, so thankful the Lord spared us from going through that there, or worse, on the long flight over. He has taken care of everything for us. The day this happened was the day Nana was already flying in to stay with John Shea while we went to Zagreb, so I've had her amazing and selfless help all this past week and this upcoming week. Cam had to finish the week at school so I really don't know what I would have done without her! He's on his Spring break now so I have him with me, which makes me soo happy, and between he and Nana I have not lifted a finger and have been able to abide by my doctor's orders. They have totally taken over for me in cooking, cleaning, dishes, and John Shea. He has been really upset that Mama won't (I can't...) pick him up and hold him and rock him and take him all over the place, and run around with him like I usually do. But we keep telling him it's for his little sister's sake, and he's getting so loved on by his Dadda and Nana. He's in the backyard right now playing in the garden and eating dirt (to no one's surprise!) while Cam is grilling us steaks for dinner.

So, that's our update. I'm praying that we only get good news at my appointment on Wednesday, and that Lord willing, I don't bleed anymore and that she stays put and doesn't come prematurely, which is one of the concerns of previa. When I think about all of the things that could have happened... I am so thankful I could cry! God is so good, always, and just like we read last night in John Shea's little bedtime prayer book, "I give God all my worries; He takes away my fear. I call on Him when I'm afraid, because He's always near. I ask, and He protects me. My dreams are gently blessed. I know He loves me very much -- because He cares the best." 

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