Friday, June 18, 2010

Marriage Challenge

We have started a new series at church called Sexual Revolution. I'm sure you can imagine how funny and awkward the sermons can get! It's about how the world has messed up our view of sex and what God meant it to be. So, not only are we hearing about it on Sundays, we are also reading a book called 30 Day Sex Challenge, by Paul & Susie Wirth. And the challenge is exactly what you're thinking...... have sex for 30 days (if you are married, if you're not, stay pure!). But it is not just about having sex with your spouse, it's about developing a deeper intimacy with each and God. For each day there is a verse to read and then either some questions about your relationship like, "how easy is it for you to talk about sex", and "what do you hope to gain from this book", or ideas on how to create a more romantic, intimate relationship. And there is so much more I could say about this, but not nearly enough room. Go to to learn more and see what the pastors have to say!

So in the spirit of being romantic, Eli sent me flowers the other day! He's such a sweetie. I had the pleasure of arranging them myself, which means I get to play around.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Zucchini Bread

I have been meaning to make this for a few days now, but never seemed to have enough time until today. And Zucchini Bread usually isn't my favorite, but we had some extra zucchini sitting around and this was a good way to get rid of it. And I really like it!

Mom's Zucchini Bread (not my mom, I found this online)

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional, I didn't have any and I don't like nuts in my bread)

Grease and flour two 8x4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Sift flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together in a bowl.

Beat eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake for 40 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes.