Monthly Archives: January 2014

01/24/14

Baker’s Essentials + Giveaway #2

First things first…

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ELIZABETH!!!!

Congratulations Elizabeth! Email me at astillmagnoliablog@gmail.com to claim your prize! Please provide your best address in that email and I will get your prize right to you! Thank you for reading!

Now, onto even bigger and better things…

Every good baker has a few items they swear by.

I am no exception.

When in the kitchen baking {my first love}, there is always a couple of items I never have far away:

  • An adorable apron for A) It’s the ultimate in chic kitchen-fashion and B) Keeping me and my ensemble mess and smudge-free
  • My favorite Sur la Table Spoonula– a delightful cross-breed of spoon and spatula. I use this tool for sweet & savory dishes alike.
  • Pampered Chef glass Batter bowl set
  • Metal Whisk
  • Microplane for easy zesting
  • Parchment paper
  • Half-sheet pans {at least 2}
  • Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract {nothing else will do}
  • A fool-proof recipe. Baking is a science. Never “wing-it!”

These essentials of mine are the inspiration for Giveaway #2, to you, my sweet friends, confidantes, bakers, and readers.

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Included in Giveaway:

  • Adorable Apron
  • 1 Lime-green Sur la Table rubber Spoonula
  • 2 packages of mini-loaf decorative recycled paper liners
  • A bottle of my favorite Pure Vanilla Extract by Neilsen Massey from Williams Sonoma
  • Bonus Item: some of my recipe cards filled with some of my fool-proof recipes to try. You won’t be disappointed!

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I mean honestly… is this not the cutest apron? Do you see the little beaded rosettes? Hand-sewn from one of my favorite shops in Asheville, NC. I have one in green… hope you love this lovely sky blue gingham! 

I sure do!

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You won’t believe the difference this vanilla makes in your baked goods. Just trust me. You will never buy another vanilla extract again.

Don’t even think about the brands you buy on the Kroger baking aisle… oh the blasphemy!

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Delicious recipes straight from my recipe box to yours! Enjoy…

How to enter:

1. Subscribe to A Still Magnolia Blog.

To do so, click on the “Join my Mailing List” icon above the picture of the home page. This link will open a seperate page where you can enter your contact information and be added to my mailing list. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s free.

{If you already subscribe (thank you), simply move forward to Step 2}

2. In the comments section below this post, tell me about one of your fool-proof baking recipes. Is it one you make over and over? Is it the dish everyone expects when you show up at a covered-dish potluck dinner?

3, Additional entries can be earned by commenting on the Facebook page or for sharing on any form of social media. Simply tell me about it below in the comments section- “Share on Twitter” or “Posted to my Facebook page” for one additional entry.

I will announce the winners next Friday January 31st. 1 week to enter!

Good luck!

Have a great weeeknd…

XOXO,

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01/22/14

A Well-Seasoned Life

One of the elderly women in my life used to refer to her long, adventurous, journey here on this earth as a “well-seasoned” life. Something about her phrasing, resonated with me.

What does it mean to be well-seasoned?

Does it mean that you have endured long and awaited patiently the plans that God has for you?

Could it be that your personality is very flavorful, loud, boisterous, and running over?

Are you scarred by the changing of times and of seasons throughout the years?

Whatever a well-seasoned life is, I knew that I wanted one!

I still want one.

And I hope I am living one.

Scripture commands us to be well-seasoned. To be “Salt and Light.”

{couldn’t resist this…}

So, salt. What do we know about salt?

According to Wikipedia (the ultimate source in quick-search expert opinion & analysis), salt is a “crystalline mineral” found in vast quantities in the sea. Salt is the most basic ingredient of food seasonings and is also used in various methods of preservation. It was a commodity of great worth in ancient times in bartering situations, is a major component of both soap and glycerine, is used to de-ice our roads and highways in winter storms, and surely no modern-day hospital around can be found without saline solution. Salt. It is vital and necessary. When used in our diets, sodium helps both our nerves and muscles to function accurately and regulates our fluid balances throughout our bodies.

Wow! Being salt doesn’t sound so easy any more.

And being light is no easy task either. Light radiates, it warms, is difficult to conceal, it shows the path ahead, reveals things once hidden, and is a universal signifier. Light is the opposite of dark; the proverbial good v. evil.

Scripture also warns us if we lose our saltiness- “But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5:13b)

What a warning there! We will be thrown out and then trampled underfoot?!?

Even still, the Apostle Paul tells us to “let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt.” (Colossians 4:6)

Salt is gritty, briny, strong-tasting, and absolutely digusting if used in excess. If a dish is too heavily salted, it is inedible and cannot be restored to its previous state.

So, what does that say about our faith walk?

Our words are always to be uplifting, encouraging, and kind, but also we are commanded to be a witness in this dark world. Sometimes, actually all the time, it is requires us to be truth-tellers. And truth-telling, although necessary and is a spiritual gift, can be harmful to those around us. It can feel harsh, biting, and just like a dish that is too salty, the situation cannot be restored to what it was formerly. Once you have seasoned too highly, you have offended another, and you may have hindered or even lost your witness.

Being too salty is a dangerous game. But, we are commanded to be salt and light. We are truth-tellers in our actions, words, and deeds. We live truth; we act it out. Salt cannot only be tasted, but also seen when light is around. And those that are looking for it, will find it. Those that are around you, will see it. And you will be called upon in this world, oh yes you will. And when that time comes, be salt and light as He has commanded.

I have looked at my life and realize the areas where I either lack salt or are too salty and have asked for forgiveness and further guidance. I want to be well-seasoned with the things of Him so that I can be a light and shine.

May your life, your words, and your actions always be well seasoned. Be salt and light!

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