Oct 30, 2012

Fall Recipe: Crisp Candy-Corn Treats

I had a fabulous plan for the day. I would make the above adorable rice krispy treat snacks and they would turn out beautifully.

Well, sometimes things don't always turn out the way we think they should.

Crisp Candy-Corn Treats

  • Cooking spray
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 12 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt, divided
  • 9 cups crisp puffed-rice cereal, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • Yellow and red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 
Directions: Lightly coat a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter over medium. Add 4 cups miniature marshmallows and 1/4 teaspoon fine salt; stir until melted. Stir in 3 cups crisp puffed-rice cereal and immediately transfer to pan. Coat an offset spatula with cooking spray and firmly press mixture into an even layer. Rinse saucepan. Repeat step 1 twice: To second batch, add orange zest and enough yellow and red food coloring to tint marshmallow mixture orange before adding cereal, then press into pan. To third batch, add lemon zest and enough yellow food coloring to tint marshmallow mixture yellow. Press third batch into pan. 
Let set 2 hours (or overnight). Run a small knife around edges of pan and invert loaf onto a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut loaf into 10 slices. Cut each slice in half crosswise.Using your hands, gently mold each treat into a candy-corn.
Video demo here.

Pretty sure mine turned out wonky because:

1) I didn't have the right-sized pan
2) I mismeasured the margarine 
(I ran out of butter so used margarine on last layer--no-no!) 
on the yellow layer so it didn't set as well
3) Should've let it set longer

There's a lesson to be learned here. We try our best and sometimes we fall.
Sometimes things don't turn out perfectly.
But we move on knowing we can try, try again.

Or pick a different recipe.
(although these taste amazing with the hint of cintrus...hhhmm)

Oct 29, 2012

The Many Disguises of Sin

Recently, I made a series of hasty, emotionally dictated decisions, that, in the end, really hurt someone's feelings. I am repentant of my behavior. Satan got the best of me on this one-and while I was convinced I was acting out of selflessness, I wasn't.

I realized that I had made decisions based somewhat on what I think others think of me, and not on what God really thinks of me.

It's times like these I try to play victim and say in my brain well I have a fear of rejection, so therefore my actions were warranted. 

I'm thankful I was dealing with a person of boundless grace, because in the midst of feelings being hurt, the Lord used her to speak to my heart.
 She said, people love you, Mindy. Just because you think you are not a big deal doesn't mean other people agree with that. You have so many people who would band around you at any given moment, yet you push them away. You have to let them in on the hard stuff. You have to let them feel the way they want about you. You can't decide or get to say how someone feels about you. You end up hurting people's feelings as a result.

I cried deep cries during those words of truth.

I wish I didn't care so much what others think of me. It doesn't matter what they think of me.

I am a Redeemed Daughter of the King! He is my identity! Christ's blood covers my sins and He sees me as His pure, spotless bride. He has no wrath against me due to my millions of mistakes. He poured that wrath onto Jesus on the cross and it was taken care of a long time ago. He has nothing but love for me.

I encourage other women by telling them they are loved as they are, by telling them they don't have to do anything to earn Christ's love, by telling them they are royalty.

Yet in the deepest ravines of who I am, I still struggle with unbelief.
I have struggled with liking/loving myself for, well, my whole life

It is a journey rarely spoken about here. It is a very deep, sensitive topic for me with myriad bends and folds, making it difficult to even approach. I've noticed that I compensate my low self esteem with being an encourager. It's to take the focus off of my own insecurities. I'm building others up because I know that's what the Lord asks of me, but also because it fills me up a little.

And that's just not a very good way to be filled up. That's looking to man to satisfy my hunger.
 It's not a forever way to be filled up.
I want to be forever filled up.

We all struggle with selfishness; it's a battle we'll fight til the day we die.
 I'm starting to see all the different disguises it takes.

Agreeing with and/or and implementing Satan's lies into my life is a way of being selfish.

Do you agree?

Oct 26, 2012

What We Wore for Pregnancy Announcement

Mindy: Dress (too short--oops) Dillards, Cardi Rue 21, Scarf LaceyMade, Sandals Blowfish
Wilder: Shirt made by friend, Jeans Target
Story: Shirt Old Navy, Jeggings Target, Tutu handmedown
Linking up with Pleated Poppy's WIWW

Oct 24, 2012

Announcement! hint: it involves a BUMP

Baby number three, our last, is due April 27th! I am over 13 weeks and feel awesome. Mild nausea at the beginning but all is well now.
Praise the Lord for his provision of a new little life!
We are honored.
winner of the last handmade goodies giveaway is Andrea Merrigan!  
Email me for deets.

Oct 23, 2012

Handmade Giveaway! $90 value

Yarn wreath, brooch, 2 headbands, bobbies, journal by MarigoldRoad
$90 value

Here's how to enter:
(must be a GFC follower of my blog)

Oct 19, 2012

Ode to my Week: Thoughts

~Every night when I just sit down to blog, Wilder wanders into the kitchen, after Shawn has tucked him in, and asks Mommy will you snuggle with me?

And I go. Every time I go.
Someday he won't want or need that time with me. He won't request those 1,000 kisses or lullaby tunes. Getting time with my sweet Wilder is a highlight to my day. Oftentimes I fall asleep near his warm little body. I nestle into his hair that oftentimes smells of graham crackers and the outdoors.

I find serenity there.

~I guest posted for a friend about body image here.

~I am lonely for friends, a bit. Likely because I just returned from a conference where the women understood my heart for the Lord to use me in this whole blogging deal. I sometimes miss getting to catch a late nite chick flick or Panera cookie with a pal. Do you ever miss that? It's hard enough to snag a date with Shawn, let alone time with a friend.
~Shawn gave me flowers this week. I love them. We don't have fresh flowers around nearly enough.

~It pained me to tell my accountability partner I didn't have quiet time every day this week. I'm at  every other day right now. Lord, whip me into shape.
~The presentation at MAPS was about discipline. It made me regret those times I've been inconsistent. It gave me hope that it's not too late to try again.
~The winner of the 1st fall giveaway is Carrie Mugnano Robinson. Email me for details!
Please rest some this weekend. You won't regret it!

pics from Literacy Night at preschool

Oct 18, 2012


This evening I had the chance to shop at Target without the kiddos...when I don't have them with me I spend more time at the clearance racks and end up with things I probably shouldn't have bought! But this time was different. I was there for a purpose.

A baby shower purpose!

But this isn't any regular baby shower; not that those aren't great. This is for my dear friend who just received her Travel Approval to go pick up her baby girl in China!

So instead of buying cute baby skinny jeans and lacy, impractical, constricting, but-oh-so-cute church dresses, I bought gobs of supplies, like cotton balls and Johnson's baby wash, to send off to the little girl's orphanage.

It was difficult to not become choked up about it. I had recently read an article about a 12 week (?) old baby somewhere overseas who had the body of a premie because his mother had to go gather food for the family rather than nurse her baby. The mother didn't know the baby needed nursed around the clock in order to grow.

Oh how my heart is stirred for the babies in need. For the children in need. For those here. For those there. I think God gave each of us a little (some a lot) of his very heartbrokenness and pangs for the orphans; I feel this so much more so now that I'm a mom to two pretty awesome children who have been wanted & loved from the very knowledge of their conception.
What a joy and privilege to witness/pray through my friend's journey of adoption (also a journey of faith), and what I call a "Bible times" miracle of today! The money came in. This little girl is theirs. The waiting was hard for them/us, but soon, Katee will be united with a family that has loved her always...with a family that will teach her who her true Father is.

So this time at Target I went a little over budget. The thought of a malnourished orphan needing bottles or some tushy cream...well, how could I resist?

Prayer, donations, things of support like that, make those of us not in the adoption journey feel connected to the process.

Auntie Mindy is anxious to meet you, Katee! Kisses all around, little Angel Baby from heaven.

Oct 17, 2012


I'd be writing til I get hand cramps so here's a video. Girls, the conference was a blessing times a million! Praise the Lord for the work He began in the women's hearts and for the influence we (that means you too) have as extensions of His hands and feet.

Enjoy the vlog!

For more Influence recaps, click here.

Oct 16, 2012

Another Fall Giveaway: Handmade Goodness worth $65

Up for grabs today is a bundle of fall goodies and accessories.
Earrings, hoop art, bobbies from MarigoldRoad
Paper straws, washi tape, Love Grows Here print from Paper Goods Creative
value $65

Mandatory that you be a GFC follower of MarigoldRoad 

Oct 15, 2012

Oh My Soul

Influence 2012 may or may not be the very best most wonderful outcome of blogging that I've ever experienced.

I had the time of my life. We were all equals there, and I can't tell you how refreshing and freeing it was for me.

I can't wait to tell you why I laughed til I snorted, cried til my eyes grew puffy.

Ladies, we serve a Lord who knows our needs, who knows our capabilities, who knows our fears, who knows our potential. He gave us Influence and I am so very honored to be using mine for His Name.

Oh how my soul is filled to overflowing.

Oct 13, 2012

Happy Saturday!

I miss my Very Attractive Children and can't wait to squish and kiss them tomorrow.
I am one lucky lady.

Oct 12, 2012

Fall Giveaway! Yes, There's A Wreath - $70 value!

Happy Friday! Let's cap off our week with a handmade giveaway. 
Cute little handmade things are THE BEST.
Up for grabs:
Marigold Road fall wreath, felt headband, teal rosette earrings
$70 value!

Here's how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway U.S. residents only.

Oct 11, 2012


Already I miss them...

Shawn and I were getting to where we were actually coordinating outfits, that's how tight we are.
Okay this was just a coincidence, but still funny.
Seeya soon!

Oct 10, 2012

Butterscotch Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies: Guest Post from A Modern Hippie!

I am waking up at 5am tomorrow to drive to Kansas City for my 10:30 a.m. flight. Friends, I haven't seen 5am in many years! My sister in law Andrea, the best cook and baker I've ever to meet, prepared a guest post for you so you're not bored when I'm gone!

I'm so glad to be back sharing another great recipe with Marigold Road readers.  I'm Mindy's sister in law and my little space in the blog world is A Modern Hippie.  If you missed my last recipe I shared on Mindy's blog you need to check it out, it was Strawberry Shortcake.  Mindy is a fabulous sister in law and love that she asked me to guest post again.  Thanks Mindy! 

My hubby has been begging me for cookies with butterscotch chips for several weeks. I have a crazy schedule right now due to planning a fundraiser craft fair, so baking has been at the bottom of my to do list recently.  This is great for our waist lines but not hubby's sweet tooth!  

I tried a cookie recipe that I have not tried before but sounded fabulous. When I make a recipe I never follow it 100%, there are always things I change.  This recipe is no exception and I actually jotted down a few changes I want to make on my next round.  

So I don't make you wait any longer for this recipe here is how to make Butterscotch-Pretzel-Chocolate Chip Cookies.  


  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pretzels
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degree F.  

Combine flour and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.  

Crush Pretzels. I used the Pampered Chef Food Chopper, but you could just put some in a ziplock and crush them to.  

Place butter and sugars in mixing bowl and cream together.  You will want to use a stand mixer or hand mixer for this recipe.  I used my Kitchen Aid.  This is one of the few things that I could not go without in my kitchen!  

Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well.  

I interrupt this recipe for a couple tips about using eggs while baking.  Always use eggs that are at room temperature.  Also, crack eggs in a separate bowl in case the egg is bad. This could save you from ruining a batter and having to start over.   

While I'm on the subject of eggs, I visited a chicken farm with a friend a couple weeks ago so we could see how they raise and take care of their chickens.  We had a great time and learned so much about raising chickens.  One thing we learned is that the FDA standard for "free range" eggs is the chickens only have to be outside roaming around for 10 minutes a day!  This reconfirmed my reasoning for NEVER buying eggs at the grocery store.  Find a local farmer to purchase eggs from and visit their farm to make sure it is clean and they are actually organic, pastured, free range eggs.  The farm we visited has chickens running around all day roaming and eating outside. This is how God designed chickens to live their days, not all cramped up in a building!  They are only put inside their houses at night so animals do not get them.  If you have never tried farm fresh eggs you do not know what you are missing!  Ok, stepping off my soap box. Let's continue with the recipe. 

Slowly add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix until combined. 

Make sure and use the correct attachment for these cookies. I wasn't really thinking when I stuck the "whisk" attachement on and really should have used this attachement (not sure what it is called)!

Fold in butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and crushed pretzels.  

Using a cookie scoop, place dough on cookie sheet. 

Smoosh (I love this word, not even sure it is a word!) down each cookie dough ball a little.  If you want, add a few chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and crushed pretzel on top of cookies.  Just make sure to push into dough a little.  

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.  Let cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute then remove and place on cooling rack.  

Next time I will try adding pumpkin puree to the batter, I think pumpkin would make these even better. 

Also, as I was searching google to find where I originally found this recipe I discovered one that looks even better because it browns the butter for a more nutty flavor.  Here is the original recipe I found but did not follow exactly.  

For a printer friendly version of recipe click here.  I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as my hubby did!  

Are you the kind of person to change up a recipe or do you follow recipes to the "T"?