By: Jennifer Murray

Essential Pumpkin Bread

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Pumpkin is my favorite taste of fall.  Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin butter, my mom’s pumpkin pie (or Costco’s if I’m in a rush – it’s amazing and HUGE), pumpkin rolls, even those gummy pumpkins! =)

Pumpkin Bread is one of my absolute favorites, and I like making a big batch so we can enjoy it most of the week and have some to share.

This is my go-to recipe for Pumpkin Bread.  It has turned out great every time I’m made it.  This time I changed it up a little bit to use some of my essential oils that I had on hand instead of a couple of my spices.  The result was even better – as it seemed to blend better through the batch and had more of that pure seasonal yummy flavor!

As my fellow-oiler pharmasist friend says, “If you can cook/bake with oils, why wouldn’t you?”  You get a pure undiluted form of the plant and the power of antioxidants and other potential benefits!

Search cinnamon essential oil on PubMed.gov and you will be AMAZED at the studies and research you’ll find.  {200+ articles from the US National Library of MedicineNational Institutes of Health} I told you essential oils are the real deal!  

So anyway, you can make this recipe with or without essential oils, but I’ll be using mine in this recipe from here out!  

{This recipe makes 3 loaves, so feel free to reduce it for a smaller batch.}

——->>> Curious to learn more about the benefits of essential oils?  Have questions?  I’m happy to help!  Check out my All You Need to Know About Getting Started with Essential Oils post for FAQs and more info! 

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How about you?  What’s your FAVORITE way to cook with pumpkin?  What’s your FAVORITE way to bake with essential oils?  

 

 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Blue Crew Colts Halloween

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When the boys collectively decided they wanted to be Colts football players for Halloween, we almost felt guilty for it being so easy…

No last minute costume sewing, last minute costume shopping, or “float” assembling?  No expense? No-brainer!

And it makes perfect sense since these boys have been cheering on the Colts since their Superbowl weekend birth in 2002!

We put together 3 of the jerseys already had from hand-me-downs and garage sales, and found 1 more at Goodwill, along with some girls leggings for pants. HA!  =)  Brad added some blue duct tape for the pant stripes and I was in charge of the tough guy black face stripes. Voila!

Even 20 degree temps, SNOW, and wind couldn’t dampen their spirits. I think it might have made the neighbors even more generous, because even though we didn’t brave it as long, and even did some “drive up” trick-or-treating, they still ended up with overflowing buckets of candy!

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Do these boys look like a little snow would stop them from winning the Candy Superbowl?

Oh how I love that these boys still want to be teammates. We encourage their individual spirits and gifts, but I love that they still want to be together on so many things in life.  There’s a brotherhood there that I definitely don’t want to inhibit or limit. Oh their wives someday!  What a force they will be to reckon with! 

And although they still frequently need Brad and I’s role of referee, I love cheering them on from the sideline more and more as they learn to think of one another, and stick up for each other.

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There’s no other team I’d rather be on!

 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Shuffling…

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I’ve been quiet and a few of you have noticed. That means a lot that you are still here and checking in on me.

Yesterday was Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day and I stayed off the internet most of the day, because I just couldn’t… The sadness was just under the surface and I was afraid to wake it, that I might drown in it again. I’ve been in a really good place with gratitude and even joy, but I feel shaky as some calendar days approach. My feet feel unsteady with knowing winter and its harshness are approaching.

If you pray for me, would you pray that I might be able to embrace the approaching months with confidence, hope, and even anticipation? Pray for Brad also. We both have expressed similar fears. Pray that I wouldn’t just suppress the pain, but I would walk through it with grace. That I wouldn’t runaway from grief when it hits unexpectedly, but that I would be brave. That I wouldn’t deny the pain or expect myself to be over it by now, but to be willing for God to grow me through it. That I would depend on Him for healing and not any other substitute.

These words from Shauna Niequist brought me much comfort yesterday.

“Your loss doesn’t need to be a secret. Your heartbreak doesn’t need to be carried alone. If you found yourself thinking of a friend today, thinking of their loss, please do speak that love and concern for them. Please reach out if you need to talk, to tell the story one more time. Women love to tell birth stories. But I’ve found along the way that we really need to tell these stories of loss, too. We need to hold them out as evidence of what broke our hearts and broke our bodies–this is what happened to me, to us.” 

Mostly my absence had just been a new busyness of becoming a school mom and adjusting to the changes it has brought. I’m still figuring out how to navigate this new path, and my roles in it.

I love to write and plan on continuing to pour out words here. I’m just shuffling a bit, and I’m thankful for your patience with my pace. I know many of you are walking difficult roads of pain, grief, and uncertainty. I’m taking time today to pray for your hearts.

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