100 Ways I am Blessed {days 99 & 100}

Caroline and I have FINISHED our “100 ways I am blessed” photo challenge! I am so thankful to all of you who have looked through our posts each week and followed us on this little journey! What a wonderful and exciting way to spend the (now gone) summer. Thank you so much for joining my friend and I for the past 100 days!

Now, for the LAST TWO photos…

99. Watching Pride and Prejudice with my Mama and Sister. #100waysiamblessed

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100. “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” -Philippians 1:20 #100waysiamblessed

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Again, thank you so much for joining us! If you have missed some weeks, please click on the “#100waysiamblessed” tag on the side too see all of my posts with all 100 photos from this Instagram challenge!

 

A Big thank you to Caroline from Life as Caroline for participating in this photo series with me! What a joy it has been to do this what a dear friend!

100 Ways I am Blessed {days 92-98}

Our LAST full week! I can’t believe we are also done!!

Here’s my week, also check out Caroline’s post….

92. Today’s creation: pumpkin dump cake with cinnamon icing drizzle. Let the never-ending autumn baking commence! #100waysiamblessed #only23daysuntilfirstofficialdayofautumn

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93. This is how we feel after running in 93* weather. #gettingfit #100waysiamblessed

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94. My beautiful sister and I. I love her so much!  #100waysiamblessed

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95. My dad passing on some in-the-kitchen wisdom to my brother for dinner tonight. He’s quite the chef.  #100waysiamblessed

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96. I got flowers delivered to me at the office this morning as an early birthday gift! I really do have the best daddy in the world!  #100waysiamblessed

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97. Me, my mother, my grandmother, and a picture of my great-grandmother. I actually never met her, she passed away right before I was born. But she knew of me. I’m so blessed to have such wonderful women in my life. #100waysiamblessed

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98. Cutest wrapping job ever. #100waysiamblessed

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100 Ways I am Blessed {days 85-91}

I apologize for not getting this up last Saturday. After I got so far into this past week without being able to take care of last Saturday’s post I decided to just wait until today. Anyways, here’s LAST week’s photos (this week’s photos will be up later)… Be sure to also check Caroline’s blog!

85. Today has been absolutely picturesque. #100waysiamblessed ☀️

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86. The morning has been completely beautiful so I had to spend time outside at the park with the little ones. #HomeschoolFieldTrip #100waysiamblessed

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87. Cooking is great therapy. I was glad to make dinner tonight. Yes, I take pictures of my food. It’s art. Tasty art. #100waysiamblessed

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88. I am officially ready for football season! #WhoDat #DrewBrees #100waysiamblessed

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89. Noah and I just had to make something sweet tonight! Yay for simple and bad for you treats!  #100waysiamblessed

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90. Can’t get over how pretty my friend’s garden is. These flowers are absolutely beautiful. #100waysiamblessed

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91. Took my sisters senior photos today! It was so much fun! #classof2015 #littlesister #100waysiamblessed

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100 Ways I am Blessed {days 78-84}

Week 12 in over and Caroline and I are getting ever closer to the end of our summer-long challenge.

Here’s a recap of my week, also make sure to head over the Caroline’s blog to see her photos.

 

78. Ending the day with #CookOut! #100waysiamblessed

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79. Went shopping this morning with my mom and sister and got a great discount on this necklace that I’ve been eyeing for a while. Score! #100waysiamblessed

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80. My view during my run earlier. God’s creation is breathtaking. #100waysiamblessed

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81. Way back when we both were still young tomboys. Haha! What an incredible blessing this gal has been in my life. Happy Birthday, dear @ebbyfaith44! Just a few more weeks ’til I catch up with you in age. #100waysiamblessed

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82. Bind my wandering heart to Thee. #100waysiamblessed

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83. #Autumn is making it’s way into our lives! Yay for fall colored #MandM’s! #100waysiamblessed

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84. Fantasy football draft with the family. #footballseason #letsgo #100waysiamblessed

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Homemade French Bread

I love to bake. I have for a long time. And a few months ago I started to have “baking days” every Saturday to make breakfast foods, or sweet treats – and lately I have been making fresh, homemade French bread to go along with Sunday dinner the following day. I searched for a good recipe and got started. I absolutely love the smell of the yeast rising and rolling out the dough and watching it rise.

Anyways, I found a really yummy recipe that I love to make and my family likes to eat. So I wanted to share my find with you all today.

 

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Here are the ingredients:

French Bread

1 1/2 T instant yeast

1/2 C very warm water

1 1/2 T sugar

2 C water

1 1/2 T oil

2 1/4 t salt

6 C flour

 

The yeast and sugar will be set in the 1/2 C of warm water for ten minutes. While you’re waiting for that to rise, get your oil, water, and salt poured into your bowl or mixer. When the yeast is ready, pour it into the mixer with oil, water, and salt along with 3 of the 6 C of flour. Mix together. Gradually add one cup at a time of the remaining 3 C of flour.

Knead for 5 minutes.

Set out on floured surface and let dough rise for one hour. During that one hour, knead the dough every ten minutes. So, if you start your hour at 1:30, knead at 1:40, 1:50, etc. and will knead for the last time at 2:20 before your hour is complete at 2:30. (Does that make sense?)

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Divide dough into four equal parts. Roll out each chuck with rolling pin and roll up into small loaves of bread. To give it that simple but pretty look, slice three diagonal lines through each of the loaves and brush the top of each loaf with an whipped egg white.

Let loaves rise for 30 minutes.

Bake in oven for 10 minutes on 425* F, then 20 minutes on 375* F.

 

When it’s all done enjoy the wonderful delight of warm, fresh baked French bread.

 

*The original recipe was found here and there’s a tasty looking spread to go atop the bread if you so desire!

100 Ways I am Blessed {days 71-77}

Week eleven is finished! And what blessings to be found from this past week! Praise the Lord! Here you go, look at the photos, and also be sure to click over to see Caroline’s week of blessings as well! Enjoy!
71. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1 #faith #100waysiamblessed

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72. Playing some evening #football. #100waysiamblessed

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73. Little pumpkin, grow up big. Grow up beautiful. And most important, be tasty. Getting ready for #pumpkin season! #ComingSoon #100waysiamblessed

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74. Black and white keys. 88 of them all in a row – and, if played right and with passion, produces the sweetest kind of magic. It has been said that where words fail music speaks. It has the power to evoke great emotion. And I love it. #piano #100waysiamblessed

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75. Hot coffee and cozy slippers makes for a good morning. #100waysiamblessed

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76. #sewing and #creating and having a blast! I’m so happy I have the equipment I need to put together fun projects. #100waysiamblessed

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77. Today @keysia_curry turns one year older! So blessed to have you as a friend. You have no idea just how much you’ve encouraged me and been an inspiration. Of course Texas had to steel you… Who knows, maybe I’ll follow you someday. I love you so much! Happy Birthday, dear!!! #100waysiamblessed

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Joy-Filled

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We all desire joy. We crave a joy-filled life.

Such a small word, with such an enormous purpose.

To have joy means to be thankful and content in its entirety with what God has given. To have joy means to leave no room for hate, discontentment, or doubt. To live a joy-filled life means to see day-by-day life as an opportunity to praise our heavenly Maker for each and every gift He gives, every prayer He answers, and every moment He allows us to live.

That is joy.

Being filled with the light and love of God is joy.

How, then, do we grasp this thing called “joy”? I believe it starts with another simple yet meaningful word: thankfulness.

Being thankful for that basket of laundry to fold. Being thankful for that sink-full of dirty dishes. Being thankful for the glorious sunrise that smiles on us each morning. Being thankful for the birds singing to greet us, “good morning“.

When we are thankful for what we have because of the grace of God, we will truly experience a joy-filled life. No, it is not something that is instant. It is a moment-by-moment choice to keep our eyes on God and His will for us. If I want to truly live joyfully, I must recognize and be thankful for the small, every day blessings that God has so graciously given me. It is work. I’m not going to lie. Because to be joy-filled means to keep our eyes on God and thank Him and praise Him even when everything around us is crashing down, blowing up, and we feel burnt out. To not become satisfied with self-pity and give in to the ever present desire to put me first takes a strength not found in a mere human heart. It takes a power and certain strength not in this world, but above it. It takes an All-Powerful God.

But through prayer and focus on His righteousness, we can come to experience this thing called “joy” only found in His arms.
We can truly live a joy-filled life.