Weekend Fun and Recipe

This weekend was filled with wonderful things, wonderful people, and a fun trip to the Farmers Market in Atlanta!  
My sweet sister and my niece, Addie!  Addie was 4 months on Sunday and had her first trip to the pool this weekend!  

32 oz of blueberries from the Farmers Market this weekend…y’all, I only paid $2.99 for all of these!!!  What a deal!!!

Apple and blueberry gluten-free cake!!  AMAZINGNESS!  Recipe below!
Finally, today seems to bring enough time when there is not too many things that demand my time, and I can rest.  Glorious, glorious, wonderful rest.  In all the things this weekend, though all of them were good things, there wasn’t enough time to really rest.  I am hoping all of us are able to take some time, reflect, read the Word, pray, and just rest.  
With all of the thoughts and ideas about our adoption, raising money, saving our own pennies and trying to get by on one income until my job starts in August, etc I have felt a bit drained.  In all of the family get togethers, friends coming over, taking care of my niece, loving people so much, tending the garden, and all the rest…all good, amazing, wonderful things.  Even in the wonderful things, I need to realize that God needs me to rest.  To breathe Him in, and take time for Him.  If I am not keeping up my own relationship with Him, everything else is going to start falling apart.  I realized this last week…and was humbled by it…and knew I had to just stop for a little while.  Ask for forgiveness.  And rest.  He is so good to answer us.  He is so good to require us to rest.  We were made for it.  We need it.
And for the recipe:
Gluten-free Apple and Blueberry Cake
This may be one of my new favorites…the engineer really liked it, too!  It tastes more like a pound cake, with fruit added!  It is made like an upside-down cake and is so moist!  It is easy to make and it is delightful!  The engineer and I are trying new things and I want to learn more about gluten-free baking and how to make some of my favorite things in a new way!

Ingredients:
2 small dessert apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (I used Jazz apples–my new fave, too!)
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups rice flour (I used brown rice flour–found at Kroger in health-food section)
1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup blueberries

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease the base of a 9-inch springform deep cake pan.  Layer the apples over the base of the cake pan.
2. Cream together butter and sugar with a stand or hand-held mixer until well blended.  Add each egg, one at a time, until well combined.  Scrap the sides of bowl after each egg.  Add vanilla.
3. Mix together rice flour and baking powder.  Slowly add to butter mixture until well combined.  Add the blueberries and mix for 5-10 seconds, until mixed well.
4. Spoon the mixture over the apples.  Place in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, until golden and just firm to the touch.  Remove the cake from the oven, cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool completely.  It is delicious for dessert with a little whipped cream, or even breakfast!  Enjoy!

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”
1 Corinthians 10:31

I was thinking on this Scripture this weekend, and all the ways we are to glorify the Lord.  Even in the eating and drinking.  Even in the things we do every day, multiple times a day.  Even in the ordinary.  Even in the mundane.  Even in the “boring” (though Beth Moore says we are not to have boring lives if we follow Jesus!!).  We are to do it all to the glory of God!!  
Blessings to you all!

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