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Cooking with Anna: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cornbread

This cornbread has become a favorite at our house. Its moist texture combined with a simple sweetness makes it a perfect complement to any soup. It even made it on our Thanksgiving dinner spread at the Maxwell house. Another added bonus is that it is very quick to throw together!

  • 1 1/2 cups Masa Corn Flour (sold in the Mexican section at the grocery store)
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, separated (6 Tbsp melted, 2 Tbsp set aside)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put the 2 tablespoons of unmelted butter in 9×13 pan. Place pan in oven and let butter melt. Once melted, roll butter around in pan to grease pan. Combine dry ingredients. Whisk together milk, maple syrup, eggs, melted butter. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Pour into pan. Cook for about 15 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Then add foil and cook until done approximately another 6 minutes.

Note: If you want this to be less sweet, reduce the maple syrup by 1/4 cup.

Serving Jesus,


“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalms 119:103

Our Neighborhood Ladies’ Brunch

It was a joy to host our third annual autumn ladies’ brunch last Friday. We had been anticipating this special time of fellowship with our neighbors, and we had a delightful time. Mom once again asked each of us to share a highlight of the past year. This allows us a sweet opportunity of reflection, and I find I learn more about others when they share from their lives. There was much laughter and joy as we talked.

Our menu was:

  • Breakfast Casserole (potato/cheese)
  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Cinnamon Rolls (thanks, Mrs. J.)
  • Filled Strawberries
  • Warm apple pie
  • Snickerdoodles
  • Hot apple cider with cinnamon and cranberries

We missed some of the ladies (including AnnaMarie & GiGi) due to illness and doctor’s appointments.

Maybe you would enjoy hosting a neighborhood ladies’ brunch this winter. 🙂

Joyfully His,











“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Philippians 4:4

Project Time

We’re enjoying autumn unfold here in Kansas. Slowly, but surely, green leaves are fading into hues of yellow, brown, and red. The crisp air is refreshing. Rainy days are cozy and perfect for a nice cup of tea and working on a project.

Speaking of projects, many of us tackled organizing tasks yesterday. Some of those included cleaning closets, organizing drawers, and sorting clothes. With the weather turning cold, Dad cleaned out the chimney in preparation for firing up the wood-burning stove. Joseph enjoyed catching up on odds and ends at his house.

I hope your weekend was productive. Sundays are a special day to us as we worship with fellow believers, spend extra time together as a family (including our weekly Sunday evening prayer time!), and rest for the week ahead.

Joyfully His,

Friday, the guys loaded up our “lemonade stand” (i.e. the wood bin), because we’ll be firing up the wood stove.



Dad cleaned the chimney.




Jesse began preparations to remove a huge stump in our front yard.



Joshua and Anna Marie stopped in, and Joshua stayed to play for awhile.

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Psalms 1:3

We’re Here in Virginia

We left the Pittsburgh area this morning about 11. The drive included curvy roads and lots of traffic. We’re grateful for the Lord’s protection! The autumn colors intensified as we went through eastern Pennsylvania, and the brilliant hues were a treat to see. After the colors faded to green, the rolling Shenandoah hills graced the landscape. We pulled into the Roanoke area a little after 7 pm.

After we parked at the church and were situated, our dear friends surprised us with a visit. They saw our bus and stopped in. We were thrilled to spend a little time fellowshipping.

We look forward to what the Lord will do this weekend. This is our only Virginia stop on this trip, so if you’ve been thinking about coming to a conference, we encourage you to take advantage of it.

Serving Jesus,



“What shall I render unto the LORD
for all his benefits toward me?”
Psalms 116:12