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Maintain, Don’t Gain!

Posted in Christmas, fitness, rebecca, thanksgiving
on November 18, 2016
TFP Team – the holiday season is already upon us! (Can you believe that?!) That means time with those we love, time to reminisce on memories of the past year, time to set new goals for the New Year ahead, and, most importantly, time to remember the true Reason for the season.
It also is time for many gatherings and parties, and if you’re anything like me, I struggle with eating clean during this “little” window of time called October to January!
There’s a phrase I heard a couple of years ago that has stuck with me during this time of year:  “maintain, don’t gain.” And personally, that’s my goal throughout the holiday season. Yes, we absolutely should celebrate the year we’ve been blessed with and especially Jesus’ goodness throughout these past 12 months (in the good times and in the hard times). However, that doesn’t give us a golden ticket to eat anything and everything in sight over these coming weeks as we find ourselves hopping from holiday party to holiday party. (Christmas and New Year’s really should not be allowed to be this close to each other on the calendar!)
Since the Lord has blessed us with these bodies to carry us throughout the year, let’s make sure we treat them right as we treat ourselves to some festive goodies. Here are some tips going into the holiday season to hopefully help us maintain and not gain this winter:
3 bites. Ever get carried away with desserts? (Can I get an amen?) My new rule is trying three bites of something. It’s enough to taste something and to savor it, but not enough to get carried away and end up with a belly ache.
Eat slowly. Put your fork down in between bites, especially when holding a conversation. (That’s just good manners.) You will digest your food easier and be able to spend more time catching up with loved ones!
Drink water. You’ve heard me say how important hydration is – well, it’s no different during the holidays! Before going to a party, throw back a glass of water, and be surprised at how it can curb your hunger!
Small plates. When I pick up a large plate to place my food on, it’s so much easier to fill and eat the entire plate. If possible, choose a smaller plate and portion out your food accordingly. You’ll feel like you’re eating more food when your smaller plate fills up faster!
As a bonus, I think you’ll also find by using these tips that your workouts will go much smoother by eating the right portions and staying hydrated – and good workouts mean forward progress in your fitness goals!
Our #tfpwritingtheword Scripture reminded us today that nothing is sweeter than knowing our Lord Jesus. So let’s enjoy this holiday season and enjoy the people the Lord has placed around us. We have so much to be grateful for!
“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:9-10
What are your favorite health tips for the holiday season? Let us know by using the hashtag #maintaindontgain on social media!

 

Banana Crunch Muffins

Posted in In the Kitchen, Maggie, recipe, thanksgiving
on November 11, 2016

Hi Friends!

Maggie here, and I couldn’t be more excited that we are finally experiencing some fall weather here in the south! The fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the changing of the leaves, having a fire in my old brick fireplace, and all of the things that come with the changing of the season. It’s a beautiful time to reflect on the faithfulness of the Lord, and indulge in the best baking season!
I know most of us who love fall immediately turn to pumpkin-flavored goodies when the leaves start to change, but I want to shake things up a bit. I have a favorite (pumpkin-free) muffin that I absolutely have to share with you. These Banana Crunch Muffins are a favorite in my house in the fall and a definite go-to for when I have guests. And they usually don’t last very long!
Banana Crunch Muffins (Serves 12)
Muffin Ingredients:
1 ½ cups flour, measured correctly
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt (I cook and bake with kosher salt)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup melted butter
Crunch Topping Ingredients:
½ cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons oats
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line muffin tin with paper or foil liners.
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Mix well.

 

In a separate bowl, mix together on low to medium speed the mashed banana, sugar, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. (You can use either a hand or stand mixer.)

 

 

Add wet ingredients to your flour mixture and stir just until all ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix! (See baking tips below.)
Using a ¼ measuring cup or ice cream scoop divide the batter into 12 muffin cups.
In a small bowl, stir together all Crunch Topping ingredients. Top each muffin with one tablespoon of the mixture. (My awesome husband was helping me out and making the crunch topping for me as I made this post. I forgot to tell him to add oats, so your topping may look a little different than my pictures!)




 

 

Bake 18-20 minutes.

 

 

And, as always, here are a few baking tips to take along with you!
Measuring flour and other dry ingredients is important for your recipes to come out best! The proper way to measure flour is to use a spoon to scoop flour into your measuring cup, then use a knife or scraper to level off the top of your measuring cup. This should get your measurements just right!
When making muffins it’s always super important that you do not over-mix your batter. If you do over-mix, you end up overworking the gluten, and will cause your muffins not to rise well, also making them more dense rather than light and fluffy.
When you are making muffins, you want to bake the batter right away, following ingredient portions and mixing instructions carefully. If you do not, the leavening components, like baking powder and baking soda, will have already reacted in the batter before you baked it, resulting in a very dense muffin.
I hope you love these tasty treats as much as my family and I do. Don’t forget to snap a picture and tag us on Instagram (or use our hashtag #tfptalk) as you and your loved ones enjoy these delicious holiday goodies along with us!
 
Happy Fall, Yall! 
 
 

A Place at the Table

Posted in danielle, Faith, thanksgiving
on November 2, 2016
2 Samuel 9:1-13
One of my favorite things about Scripture is how every single story points back to Jesus. Even in the Old Testament where you would think there is no trace of Jesus, He is there. God is the proud Father of a perfect Son, and the entire Bible proves it. Quietly tucked into 2 Samuel is a beautiful story about the unmerited grace of our Savior.
It is the story of my life, and if you are a child of God, it is the story of yours, too.
Plucked from sheep-farming fields by God at a very young age, unsuspecting David was raised up from his lowly position as a shepherd and anointed to be the next king over God’s chosen people. Although God chose David to be king, he did not come by the throne easily, and his enemies were very real. As David rose to power as the next king of Israel, God had rejected its current king, Saul, and King Saul was not too fond of that situation. So, Saul made it his personal (and eventually unsuccessful) mission to kill David.
In a way only a God-sized plan could come together, David actually found great friendship with Saul’s son, Jonathan, the biological heir to the throne of Israel. Because Jonathan loved David as he loved himself (1 Samuel 18:4), he actually protected David from his father’s wrath (1 Samuel 19:2-6). In the years after both Saul and Jonathan had died, David searched out any of their living relatives so he could show kindness to them in honor of his best friend, Jonathan. A former servant of Saul informed David that one of Jonathan’s sons, Mephibosheth, though crippled in both feet, was still alive. Still, David immediately sent for Mephibosheth.
Can you imagine what Mephibosheth was thinking when King David sent for him? In those times, it was not uncommon for kings to kill off the entire bloodline of their enemies. I am sure the ride to David’s royal castle was the longest of his life. He was probably replaying in his mind the stories he knew about his grandfather continually pursuing David to kill him, all the while devising a plan to show David that he himself was not his foe. When he arrived and was brought into David’s presence, the Bible says that Mephibosheth fell to his face before David and surrendered himself to David as his servant.
David met Mephibosheth with the same beautiful words Jesus would later speak to his followers over and over again: “Do not fear” (2 Samuel 9:7a, ESV). David went on to explain that he planned to show him kindness for the sake of his father Jonathan — not to mention that David would also restore his land and invite him to eat at his table, the king’s table.
I can just envision Mephibosheth’s face of relief. David didn’t want to harm Mephibosheth — he wanted to bless him. Mephibosheth had done nothing to deserve being honored by the King of Israel, yet David wanted to show him favor because of his love for Jonathan.
 
“So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table.” 2 Samuel 9:13

 

Mephibosheth’s story is our story. Our King sent for us by sending His Son, Jesus. While we were still His enemy and didn’t stand a chance, while we were a crippled disgrace, He brought us to Himself to bless us. Mephibosheth’s only saving grace was the love David had for his friend Jonathan, just as our only saving grace was the blood of Jesus, an act of love that served as the ultimate sacrifice. And because of that sacrifice, we, too, are completely made righteous, forever holding our own places at the King’s table.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Posted in thanksgiving
on November 26, 2015
“He brought them out of darkness, utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind” Psalm 107:14-15 
His salvation has freed us and His blessings overflow. How good it is to be a child of God!
The Pineapple Porch wishes you the happiest of Thanksgivings and a heart full of joy. We are thankful for you!

A Prayer of Thanks

Posted in danielle, Faith, thanksgiving
on November 24, 2015
A Thanksgiving Prayer | The Pineapple Porch
Thanksgiving Prayer | The Pineapple Porch



“Let us come before him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the LORD is a great God, a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:2-3

Jesus, how you give to us! Thank you for your salvation. Thank you that in you is all the hope, peace, and joy that we will ever need. In you we find life abundant. Thank you that you never leave us or forsake us, and we do not have to walk through this life alone (Deuteronomy 31:6). Jesus, you are so great. You have given us so much more than we could ever even fathom to ask for. Each day you shower blessings anew as if we deserve them. You pour gifts all around us, many that we don’t even realize. Your blessings are so rich! Who are we that you would give so lavishly to us? Shouldn’t we be spending our lives to give to You? May we do so, Lord. Let it be our honor and pleasure to serve You wholeheartedly all our lives.
Jesus, as this time of year naturally lends itself to giving thanks, let us remember where every good and perfect gift comes from (James 1:17). Help us to see your continual outpouring of blessings in our lives and let us remember to thank You for them. Lead us to give to others, just as you have given to us. As our families gather around the table, as we cook and prepare, and as we share meals and time with others, let us always remember to honor you first. Jesus, make our days all about you. Let our friends and family feel your presence in our homes. Thursday doesn’t have to be all about the food, the shopping, or just getting everything done – it can be a day of worship to You and an opportunities to love others hard. Help us to do so. Thank you for eternity, Jesus, though it will still be too short to praise You for what You have done and who You are. Help us to live in the joy of knowing you are exceedingly more than we could ever need or ask for. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Thank you for joining along in our Thanksgiving prayer! May our hearts be positioned in gratefulness, not just in this season of Thanksgiving, but every single day. We have so much to be thankful for!
Hey neighbor, before you go, make sure you check out the other faith-based posts we have by clicking here! 

A Mantle for Thanksgiving

Posted in alli, home decor, House & Home, thanksgiving
on November 18, 2015
Thanksgiving Mantle Decor: Simple, Affordable, and Beautiful 
Thanksgiving Mantle Decor | The Pineapple Porch

The season of thanks is made for chilly temps and fireside cuddles. I don’t know about you, but when I’m sitting in front of dancing flames, my eyes tend to stare at the fireplace mantle—it just kind of sticks out there, you know? Mantles are a natural focal point for the entire room, and when you have a natural focal point, you should take advantage of it! During most holidays, the mantle is the only thing I decorate for a few reasons; it’s seen frequently, and the creative options are endless!

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Grab a Good Book: Thanksgiving Study

Posted in danielle, good reads, thanksgiving
on November 5, 2015
Thanksgiving Study Book | The Pineapple Porch

 

“Our world reels unless we rejoice. A song of thanks steadies everything. The answer to anxiety is the adoration of Christ.” Ann Voskamp
I think it is safe to say we all LOVE the holiday season. Everyone seems to get a little more joyful once November rolls around. I have found one of the best ways to get the most out of the holidays is to do a Bible study relating to it. Since the Thanksgiving holiday and the focus on gratitude go hand-in-hand, I wanted to recommend one of my all-time favorite reads relating to thankfulness and joy. What’s interesting about this book is that it doesn’t reference Thanksgiving at all. This is because it’s written with the purpose of inspiring a lifestyle of gratefulness. We are called to be thankful people (1 Thessalonians 5:18) regardless of what day it is or what holiday is coming up. However, what better time to learn about the importance of a grateful heart than this time of year?
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp revolutionized the way I think about my life, my situations, and my attitude towards all things. I promise you will not regret this read – this book is incredible.
To buy the book, click here or try the devotional format here (I’ve done both and recommend both)!
Have you read this book? I would love to hear some of your favorite truths from One Thousand Gifts below!

Thanksgiving Study Book: One Thousand Gifts

Thanksgiving Study Book Signature | The Pineapple Porch
 
 
 
Love a good book? Check out our Good Reads section of the blog that has tons of book recommendations!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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