Friday, October 18, 2013

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

For my newsletter subscribers and blog readers, enjoy this family fall favorite! Tip: I usually double the streusel topping recipe.

Also, when I make this recipe, I usually make two or three coffee cakes at one time.

PUMPKIN STREUSEL COFFEE CAKE

Streusel Topping (Double)

1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter or margarine

Coffee Cake

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine (softened)
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup Libby's Pure Pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9 inch round cake pan.

For streusel topping: Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon in medium bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside.

For coffee cake: Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a separate large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture.

Spoon 1/2 batter into prepared cake pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup topping over batter. Spoon remaining batter evenly over topping then sprinkle with remaining streusel topping.

Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center of cake. (My oven tends to take a bit longer, but as I said, I bake several at once).

I'd love to hear if you make the recipe and if you and your family enjoyed it. Please come back and leave a comment.

Blessings,
Laura

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Couch ~ God's Provision


Several years ago, I was praying about our living room couch. It was old, sagging, and stained from young children. I kept my wants between God and I, not complaining to my husband or aloud. I just kept it in my heart, this desire.

Two weeks later, we stopped at an estate sale. My husband and I used to do this a lot before we had so many mouths to feed and bills to pay. It was unusual for us to even contemplate pausing amidst our busy life to stop and spend money on things we didn't "need".

This particular day, my husband went in and I sat in the car with the kids. He came out a short time later, saying we all should go in. While in the home, we wandered together into each room, looking at antiques and old linens, the remnants of a life. The last room we entered was a screened in porch and there it sat. The couch of my dreams, almost untouched, with a matching chair. I was so blown away that I hesitated and sat down, catching my breath.

I knew our finances and I knew my God. After speaking with my husband, he encouraged me to offer a price I thought we could afford for the two pieces of furniture. The man in charge contemplated this while tending to another customer. I stood and waited, calculating what would be left in our account.



Needless to say, he accepted my lower than average bid and we were the proud owners of the couch and chair! It has sat for several years in our living room. And with climbing boys and wear and tear, it slowly has faded and has a few rips in various places.

As I sit now in the chair, staring at a tangible remnant of God's provision, not for my needs but for my wants, I realize how He always provides. Always! Many times it is not how or what we would expect (usually better!).

I've prayed for clothes for my boys or jeans for me. Such frivolities, you say? Well, when you are down to one pair of jeans...yes, it is still a want...not quite a need, but God listens to the cries of our hearts.


“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
 
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:25-34

I encourage you to seek God first, pray, and connect with the One who loves you above anyone else in your life. 

He will provide for you in times of want, need, sickness, heartache, or distress....above and beyond. 

"Have faith, My child."

He is calling you back to Him.