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Many projects have filled our days and nights over the past month or so. After working tirelessly for weeks on end, we were exhausted! So, this past Wednesday, with my dad’s blessing, my mom, sister, and I took a “girl holiday.” After seeing my dad off to work (I wish he could have enjoyed the “holiday” with us!), we baked a (double) batch of our favorite Cranberry-Nut Muffins and watched BBC’s Return to Cranford on Youtube. What a delightful day! Admittedly, it was a mistake to double the recipe–we ended up eating far too many of these delicious muffins!

It is difficult to find wholesome movies, so we were very glad to stumble upon this one and are happy to be able to heartily recommend it for your enjoyment. Return to Cranford, the sequel to Cranford (which we watched sometime last year), is a delightful tale of small-town life, based upon the writings of Elizabeth Gaskell (the author of Wives and Daughters and North and South).

Below you will find our muffin recipe which is adapted from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, p. 636.

Cranberry-Nut Muffins

Yield: approximately 20 medium size muffins

2 Cups raw cranberries (we buy extra during the holidays and freeze them for later use)

1/2 Cup turbinado sugar

Zest of one orange plus 1 Tablespoon orange juice

6 Tablespoons soy margarine (We use Earth Balance)

1/2 Cup sucanat

1/3 Cup turbinado sugar

Egg Replacer for 2 eggs (we use Ener-G Egg Replacer)

1 Cup vanilla soy milk

2 1/2 Cups pastry flour

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 Cups chopped pecans and walnuts

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and prepare muffin tins
  • Combine the cranberries, 1/2 Cup turbinado sugar, orange zest and juice in a saucepan and cook over high heat for approximately 5 minutes, until berries pop and sugar is dissolved. (This makes a most delicious concoction–a cranberry marmalade–that would be wonderful on its own!)
  • Cream together soy butter, sucanat, and remaining 1/3 Cup turbinado sugar.
  • Mix egg replacer (follow manufacturer’s instructions) in a separate bowl then pour it into the sugar and butter mixture, beating until smooth.
  • Add soy milk.
  • In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients (except the nuts) and then add half of this mixture to the batter.
  • Add cranberry mixture and nuts and then fold in remaining flour mixture.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins and bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool and then enjoy with a cup of your favorite tea!

I am linking up with Designs by Gollum‘s Foodie Friday.

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This evening, while struggling under the weight of spiritual attack, my heart was greatly encouraged through meditation on Scripture and beautiful, uplifting hymns. Fear finally fled away and peace filled my heart as I listened to the following two hymns which focus on Christ’s righteousness and His atoning work.

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Stand therefore, …having on the breastplate of righteousness” Ephesians 6:11, 14.

His Robes for Mine by Chris Anderson, arr. Dan Forrest

His robes for mine: O wonderful exchange!
Clothed in my sin, Christ suffered ‘neath God’s rage.
Draped in His righteousness, I’m justified.
In Christ I live, for in my place He died.

Chorus:

I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
My praise-my all-shall be for Christ alone.

His robes for mine: what cause have I for dread?
God’s daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
Faultless I stand with righteous works not mine,
Saved by my Lord’s vicarious death and life.

His robes for mine: God’s justice is appeased.
Jesus is crushed, and thus the Father’s pleased.
Christ drank God’s wrath on sin, then cried “‘Tis done!”
Sin’s wage is paid; propitiation won.

His robes for mine: such anguish none can know.
Christ, God’s beloved, condemned as though His foe.
He, as though I, accursed and left alone;
I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home!

My Jesus, Fair

My Jesus, fair, was pierced by thorns,
By thorns grown from the fall.
Thus He who gave the curse was torn
To end that curse for all.

Chorus:
O love divine, O matchless grace-
That God should die for men!
With joyful grief I lift my praise,
Abhorring all my sin,
Adoring only Him.

My Jesus, meek, was scorned by men,
By men in blasphemy.
“Father, forgive their senseless sin!”
He prayed, for them, for me.

My Jesus, kind, was torn by nails,
By nails of cruel men.
And to His cross, as grace prevailed,
God pinned my wretched sin.

My Jesus, pure, was crushed by God,
By God, in judgment just.
The Father grieved, yet turned His rod
On Christ, made sin for us.

My Jesus, strong, shall come to reign,
To reign in majesty.
The Lamb arose, and death is slain.
Lord, come in victory!

(Both hymn texts were written by Chris Anderson. More information is available here.)

The Monstrous Regiment of WomenLast night my family and I watched a powerful new documentary called The Monstrous Regiment of Women by the Gunn Brothers.  Through a number of commentators, including Mrs. Jennie Chancey of LAF and Mrs. Stacy McDonald of Family Reformation Ministries, this DVD graphically exposes some of the lies of feminism and extols the virtues of godly womanhood.  Men and women indeed have equal value before God, but He has given them unique roles.  This film demonstrates that when women reject their God-given role to pursue the feminist ideal, sorrow ensues.  Sadly, even the church has blindly embraced feminism.  Although most Christian women would say they are not feminists, they are living the lifestyle feminism upholds.  I highly recommend this documentary and trust that God will use it to turn many women back to their homes and encourage those who have already made this decision.

Thank you Gunn Brothers for all the time and effort you invested in this much needed production.  May God raise up many more voices to cry against feminism!

You can watch a preview and order a copy of the documentary HERE.

Note: Because of some mature content, including graphic abortion footage, this film is not recommended for young viewers.