Archive for July, 2013


#forgiven #saved

   Posted by: arcanai    in happy things, prayers needed

Sunday, I publically declared my acceptance of Jesus Christ as my savior and redeemer by being baptized.  It was an incredible site… a huge crowd of people gathered at the beach to show their love for God and each other.  I was one of 137 who were plunged into the gulf to be brought back up cleansed of our sins.  I was blessed to have all of our local friends there to share the day with me and one of them was even part of my baptism team! I came up from the water completely overwhelmed with emotion and all I wanted was to wrap my arms around my husband and share the love I felt. 

“this is amazing grace! this is unfailing love! that you would take my place, that you would bear my cross. you would lay down your life, that I would be set free… Jesus, I sing for all that you’ve done for me!
– bethel live”

From #forgiven #saved, posted by J’Lynn Holloway on 7/29/2013 (33 items)

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and these too

   Posted by: arcanai    in yummy stuff

Recipes stolen from Jessica.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

makes about 12 cupcakes
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips/morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and peanut butter together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and eggs and beat together until fluffy. Add vanilla and mix for another minute or so.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients. Fold in peanut butter morsels.

Pour into cupcake tins and fill 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350. Let cool, then frost.


Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 block cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add in vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and add cocoa powder, increasing the speed to mix. If the frosting it a bit too thick, add milk 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.  If it is too thin, add additional sugar gradually. Frost cupcakes once cooled. Top with chocolate sprinkles.


because i just realized i didn’t have the recipe on my site

   Posted by: arcanai    in yummy stuff

Stolen from Richmond

Hot Artichoke Dip

  • 1 ½ C. Hellmans Mayo
  • 1 ½ C. Shredded Parmesan
  • 2-3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 14 oz Artichoke hearts
  • 10 oz Frozen chopped spinach
  • ½ lemon squeezed for juice
  • ½ tsp. Tobasco + ???

Thaw and squeeze spinach dry. Drain and coarsely chop artichoke hearts. Mix all ingredients. (The ??? amount of tobasco is about 3-6 extra drops).

Bake 1 hour @ 350 — use a Pyrex pie plate if you like lots of crispy browned top — for more cheesy gooeyness a small casserole dish works well.

Serve with crackers or bagel chips.  It’s also great on chicken!


PSA: getting shredded

   Posted by: arcanai    in Nuthin' Special

The other day, my sister shared a kitchen tip with me that has revolutionized my world!  I was complaining about the time and effort that goes into shredding meats… I do a lot of chicken dishes where I cook the chicken and then use a couple forks to shred it up and it’s an odious task.  So anyhow, my sissy mentioned that my kitchenaid’s dough hook would perform that job for me.  The heck you say!  Well last night I put it to the test.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Pure flippin’ genius!!!  What would normally take me 15 minutes was done in a whopping 90 seconds with no effort, no hassle, and no mess.  I never would have even thought of using my kitchenaid this way.  Bring on the BBQ pulled pork… I could shred up that piggy in no time flat!  Brilliant!!!



feeling sheepish

   Posted by: arcanai    in the turkey

just after my last post – riddled with impatience and self-pity – we had a visit from some good friends who made me feel a little sheepish.  they went through three years of fertility treatments and shots before getting pregnant.  I don’t know how long they tried before seeking help so I would guess they put at least four years into “trying”.  I can’t fathom it.  they finally had their little miracle baby a little over two years ago.  we went to visit them back in the fall and panda said that they had been trying again.  last week, they announced that they were finally expecting their second… after another year, give or take, of trying.  God bless them.  I was so excited for her and it made me feel bad for giving up hope after three months.  I think i’m just going to go back to living my life as normally as possible, see what happens, and try not to focus on “trying”.  of course, then i have another friend who asked me this weekend if we were ever going to have a baby and I told her it wasn’t off the table.  she asked how old I was and proceeded to inform me that “high risk” has been changed from 40 to 36 so I’d better get a move on.  *sigh*  I still have not heard back from that dr that I contacted last week so I might still follow up with them just to find out about my broken thermostat.


feeling despondent

   Posted by: arcanai    in the turkey

I know, I know… it’s only been three months.  I said to begin with that it wasn’t going to be quick and easy.  Sadly, I still can’t help myself from feeling the crushing disappointment.  Even worse, I feel like I’m already starting to give up.  How do people do this for years???  I did everything I was supposed to last month – I kept myself completely unstressed, I ate all of the recommended things, took my exercise down to a more moderate level.  This week, I’ve taken up wine again… after three months without.  I don’t want to give up but I’m afraid to hope any more.  I went ahead and contacted a dr who is supposed to specialize in not only ob/gyn but also endocrinology.  I know it’s too early for me to really be seeking fertility help but the hot flashes and night sweats just keep getting worse and, if that’s a sign that it’s not going to happen, I’d really just rather know now.  And if I’m just being crazy over nothing and he can find the cause of the cursed broken thermostat and fix it… well I would just cry in gratitude.