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November 2014, Page 2

Christmas to-do’s {free Christmas printable list}

i love to-do lists. if only i could consign myself to keep them all in one place, streamlined, and not on ten different notepads scattered amuck, i know this would bring such joy to my dear man and efficiency to my own self.  i’m working on it, i promise. for now, i’m aiming to keep them all in one central place – that being my big giant pretty three ring binder-of-everything. a designed this free Christmas printable “to do” list to help me focus. i thought you might enjoy it, too!

 

christmas to-do printable websize

 

because if it’s pretty, it’s more fun to use, right? and if it’s fun to use, i might actually get. stuff. done.

 

yes, i know it’s not quite Thanksgiving.  i know there’s to-do stuff for that, too.  but for me, i’m already getting highlighted catalogs of boy’s adventure stuff handed to me by hopeful sons.  i’m still in my lil’ cottage by the sea, and working myself up to finding joy in decorating when it isn’t my dream home (really, girl – be thankful for this precious little space where memories are being made and closeness of heart is inevitable!!  keep it together!)  and for me, making lists of wishful things is part of celebrating the holiday, and part of the joy of being in the moment.  maybe it’s that way for you too.  do you have a favorite Christmas tradition?

 

click here to get your own full-size copy of this Christmas to-do list.

 

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still, still, still… {be still and know that I am God}

a few times a week they run, thumping up the stairs, breathless in panicked joy –
“run! hurry! it’s almost done and this sunset is the most beautiful one ever!”

i’m tempted to stay rooted to my seat. it’s windy. it’s chilly. i’m settled.

(be still and know that I am God.)

 

harvey cedars sunset angela sackett b

 

but settled in my seat isn’t equal to settled in my heart, for often i’m restless with hurry-sickness,
frustrated at all i don’t accomplish.

so oddly, i need to run to find the stillness.

(be still.)

 

harvey cedars sunset angela sackett

 

the wind whips. i’m in slippers and sweatpants, and i’ve unknowingly (until later, when i arrive home breathless and my daughter giggles on seeing me), donned my scarf as a hat, bouncing down my back as i go. but i run after my boys, whose hearts are wide and wondrous at the sight of Creation, near to turning in for the night.

 

contemplating stillness angela sackett a

 

the clouds roll and tumble, and somehow, in the chaos, there is peace. in the rumble, there is silence of heart. and in the movement, i am still.

 

still still still angela sackett

 

“the winds and the waves shall obey Thy will,
Peace, be still!
whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea,
or demons or men, or whatever it be,
no water can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, peace be still.”
(mary ann baker)

 

 

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applesauce gluten-free bread pudding

so, yes.  bread pudding.  although i think i’m working my way toward a grain-free lifestyle, occasionally i crave bread and sweets and more occasionally, i give in to my kids’ cravings.  but i love that i can leave out ingredients that don’t suit us (trend, schmend – i’m grateful for the availability of ingredients), and that i can add what does.  this gluten-free bread pudding is sweet (but not too sweet), hearty, buttery, and good-memory-inducing.

 

applesauce gluten free bread pudding angela sackett

 

is your mouth watering?

 

applesauce gluten free bread pudding c angela sackett

 

in college, i had a favorite class: c.s. lewis and literature. we met on tuesday nights, i think, at prof. benyousky’s house. how i loved that man and his precious wife. each week they opened up their home to a group of college kids, fed them lemon tea and bread pudding, and fed their hearts with vision and fervor for the greater things in life.

 

applesauce gluten free bread pudding b angela sackett

 

great. now i’m craving lemon tea. i have a million other flavors in my tea collection, but not lemon. you?

 

applesauce gluten free bread pudding d angela sackett

i’ve created a custom version of this original recipe, created by Mott’s, and here is your printable version!

gluten-free applesauce bread pudding
 
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Buttery, crunchy, not-too-sweet and filling as a dessert or breakfast.
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Recipe type: breakfast or dessert
Cuisine: gluten-free, comfort food
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Mott's(R) Natural Applesauce
  • 1 cup organic whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup maple sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 5 slices cinnamon raisin bread, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, for skillet
  • Streusel Topping:
  • ⅔ cup gluten-free oats
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine applesauce, milk, eggs and brown sugar in medium bowl.
  3. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Place 2 tablespoons butter in iron skillet and put in oven for five minutes, or until butter melts and starts to brown.
  5. Gently stir bread cubes into egg mixture until well moistened.
  6. Pour mixture into hot iron skillet (be careful to avoid splatter).
  7. Mix oats, almond flour, remaining tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoons maple sugar, ground cinnamon and nutmeg until thoroughly combined and crumbly; add to top of bread mixture.
  8. Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Serve warm.

 

 

applesauce gluten free bread pudding e angela sackett

 

so now i’m wondering if i can create a grain-free version of bread pudding. hhmmm…

 

gluten free bread pudding angela sackett b

what’s your favorite memory-tied recipe? have you created your own version?

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**special thanks to Mott’s Applesauce for providing product for this recipe. as an Allrecipes Allstar brand ambassador, i may receive products for creating blog posts. i was not compensated for this recipe, and all opinions are my own.