Friday, May 6, 2011

I've Moved...Come Visit My New Home!

I've Moved!

I am now blogging over at

Come on over and read today's post!!

Can't wait to see you there!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fruit Kabobs

UPDATE: It's getting close...only 48 hours to go. I can hardly wait for the big move and reveal. I let you know when the move takes place and where I am headed! Make sure you keep checking back for info!!

Until then I am going to leave you with an awesome idea...fruit kabobs.

Looking for a new twist on the same old fruit?

I made these fruit skewers for my sister's bridal shower and they were a hit.

They couldn't have been easier to put to together...they took all of 5 minutes to assemble.

There was no fruit juice spillage all over my house. Sticky fruit juice messes tend to get me uptight. Nobody wants to see me we avoided that all together.

Plus everyone got a variety of fruit!

I think they would be a hit for any party or just for fun. Just think of all of the variations you could do. What about adding cheese cubes between the fruit?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

BIG News and MPM

I have some BIG news to share with all of you faithful cutting back readers!

Ok, this is beyond big...this is HUGE news!

The time has finally is beginning to become reality and I can share my news!!

The Cutting Back Kitchen will be moving!

Yep, that's right...I will be leaving this old blogspot behind! I'm moving to a new place in the very near future.

I can hardly wait to make the big reveal...keep checking back daily for updates and I will make sure I keep you posted as to when the move will take place!

On to something a little less exciting...this week's menu

Monday- Grilled Chicken Caesar (missed last week)

Tuesday- Mamaw's Spaghetti, Salad

Wednesday- Baked Honey Chicken, Green Beans, Corn

Thursday- Frittata with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta, Fresh Fruit

Friday- Out to Eat

Saturday- Out to Eat

Sunday- Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Brown Rice, and Salad

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie

Blessed are The Persecuted: A Study of the Beatitudes

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. " -Matthew 5:10

When I think about persecution my mind immediately drifts back to the early church. The time where Christians were brutally murdered for the sake of following Christ.

I don't think of it happening in the year 2011.

I have a hard time calling anything I have ever faced a persecution, when I think of it in the light of the persecution so many others have faced. Being a Christian isn't always popular, and I have faced opposition of sorts...but, I can't say that I have ever feared that by standing up for Christ I would lose my life.

The sad thing is...persecution still goes on around the world.

In the year 2011, people around the world are persecuted for their identification of Christ.

It is just so far removed from our reality that it is easy to forget. Above is a current map of countries where Christians are persecuted for being a follower of Christ.

The more I thought about it, the more saddened my heart began to feel. It sickens me to think about the trouble these people go through. Not having the freedom to worship God.

But I also began to think of how casually we treat the privileges we have. We are FREE to go to Church and praise the Lord. We are FREE to tell our neighbors and friends about the love of God.

We are FREE to stand up for God...but so often we don't.

Why? Because it isn't popular. Because the gospel offends.

Yet all the while Christians are standing up for the Lord in these countries where taking a stance may very possibly mean losing their life.

It just made me wonder...would we stand up for Christ no matter the consequence?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

We can all thank my mom for this cake.

No, it isn't her recipe. It is just one good thing that has come out of her newly discovered food allergies. Long story short she is allergic to a plethora of things in the food area.

Soy, nuts, strawberries, yeast, oranges...yep, pretty much anything good.

A whole host of delicious food she can no longer eat. Do you have any idea what all soy is in? Almost everything it seems. As you can imagine she is not at all happy about it. I mean, really...who would be?

I immediately set out to find some great desserts that she could still eat. Not an easy task, but hey...I'm sweet like that. My first attempt was this lemon poppy seed cake, and it was so unbelieveably awesome.

The cake is just a pound cake of sorts with lemon zest and poppy seeds. While the cake is still warm you pour a glaze made from fresh lemon juice and sugar over top. It gives it such a fresh citrus flavor, and that is what puts it over the top.

It is for sure Mom's new favorite cake...and I think it is mine too!

Perfect for breakfast or dessert!!


6 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 Tablespoon grated lemon peel
2 eggs
2 egg whites
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup lemon juice


In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add lemon peel; mix well. Add eggs and egg whites, one at ta time, beating well after each addition.

Combine the four, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture alternately with buttermilk.

Transfer to a 10 in tube pan heavily coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Cargefully run a knife around the edge of pan and center tube to loosen. Remove to a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice and remaining sugar. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved.

Using a fork, poke holes in top of cake. Gradually pour hot syrup over cake. Cool completely.

Yield: 12 servings

Recipe slightly adapted from The Taste of Home Cookbook
Anyone else out there suffer with food allergies?

This recips is linked to Saturday Swap at Quit Eating Out
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