Saturday, April 30, 2011


I so clearly remember scrubbing our apartment when I was almost due with Ava. Everything just could not be straight enough, dusted enough, swept and mopped enough. And don't even get my started on laundry - I was a maniac. I think I washed some of her outfits twice, maybe 3 times before she was even born. And, the end of this pregnancy is proving to be the same. I have been nuts about organizing, purging through stuff and just getting things ready in general. I have mopped my kitchen floor, sorted boxes in the basement {although, WHY?, I'm not sure}, washed baby clothes, scrubbed the bathroom, dusted, etc. Things are a little different this time around though. For some reason - ahem - things aren't staying clean and in their places. The dining room looks like someone is living there, AND, our last ladies church event is still waiting to be held as I still have ALL the decorations in boxes on the floor. Our bedroom may or may not have had a clothes bomb go off. The cute sunroom off the upstairs is slowly looking like a large windowed closet :/ (my least fave thing right now) and somehow every time I get toys put away - they end up back strewn across the floor. Not sure who is doing that! :)

But, with all that said. Nesting is in FULL swing here in this house. In the last 3 days I have been doing all I physically can - and I'm starting to see results. The nursery is practically ready for a new addition minus some curtains and raising the crib back up to the right height. I sorted through every diaper box of baby clothes of Ava's and transferred them ALL to plastic totes by size. Yes, obsessive. I now have perfectly organized baby girl clothes in multicolored bins and just waiting to be pulled out season by season. {sigh} Also, big sis' clothes that she is rapidly outgrowing are now being stockpiled in little sis' extra closet, too! No reason to wait and do that again in a few months!
Little Sis' closet has been stocked with all the amazing diaper deals I found over the winter in prep for her arrival. And I even was able to get some things up on hangers, organized in her "plastic dresser", etc. I just have one little Luvs box to sort through of baby toys, etc.
I have the changing table ready - minus a basket for blankets (and more dusting). Today I set up the bedside sleeper, which, a certain 2 year old thinks is for her personal climbing entertainment. I pulled out the ol' pump and got it ready, stocked the bottle cabinet so daddy can be a little more involved this time. Got the receiving blankets ready, folded baby towels, threw old stained things away and just went to town!

My ankles are MASSIVE and I can't seem to drink enough water, but otherwise I feel fine. 38 weeks this week! I'm secretly hoping for maybe a little earlier then May 17th baby - but, we'll take whatever. I mean, we ARE ready now! And for those of you that have been wondering... yes, Ava is doing great in her big girl room. I got everything done minus the dark pink stripes - which we'll do this summer. She loves being in there! The transition has been beautiful. I finished making her memo board {it's not perfect, but, special} and its the only thing up on the wall. I was given this beautiful dresser that I spray painted white - and, that's as far as we got before the move. More pics to come - but, here's a teaser!

Friday, April 29, 2011

FotoBooth Friday: Laundry Basket edition

I've never done a fotobooth Friday...but, so many of you do and they are adorable. Today I'll attempt one -

My daughter is exhausted today. She woke up early and has been a slug all morning - just lounging around. While I quick checked my email for something I found her like this on our bed. Hilarious.

Adorable. She makes me smile.

{and secretly wish I could curl up in a laundry basket}

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

When you listen to that "tiny" voice...

Heeding a call...
Listening to a prompt...

Call it what you will - but, I had one of those opportunities just today. A chance to listen to that sometimes whisper of a voice and find the full joy in doing so.

It was 11 o'clock and the countdown to lunch was on. I had been up early for one of my OB visits and was now on my way home with little girl chatting in the backseat. I had only mentioned the possibility of stopping by the church to see if "daddy had a few minutes to chat" when the same little girl insisted we stop. I paused. I was tired {but, what's new there?}, and still had lunch to pull together all before nap time. Sometimes these stops by daddy's work went just fine, sometimes they turn into a little mini-battle to get a certain little girl back OUT to our van. :) For some reason - I went for it. That little voice seemed to give a nod of approval - if voices nod.

We went in and chatted with some ladies for a few minutes. Daddy's meeting had already started so we wouldn't be able to see him afterall. We made our way to the library room and found a fun DVD to check out for later that day - and then it was time to head home. As we were leaving the fellowship hall some ladies were cleaning out a closet for one of our specialized ministries. I stopped by their table and made small talk - just connecting with some new faces. One of the new(er) faces asks me, "Do you need toothpaste?" as she extends a Walgreens bag to me. Hmmm... random. But, like a good young mother I said something witty like, "oh sure, saves me a trip down the road." To which the older lady smiled and agreed - pushing the bag into my hands. I didn't think much of it - but said thank you for the "toothpaste" and then grabbed up munchkin and headed out for the drive home.

Once everyone was loaded up I peeked into the bag just to see what exactly had just been given to me. To say I was blown away would be an understatement! I WAS SURPRISED and HUMBLED all at once by what I saw. 2 TUBES OF TOOTHPASTE, 4 TOOTHBRUSHES & 2 PACKS OF FLOSS!

It was like dental Christmas! I did a quick mental tally and figured out just what a real blessing this was. Wow! And all name brand items... All because I took the time to stop and listen to a little voice prompting that it might be nice to just "stop into the church". Now isn't our Jehovah Jireh a creative one? He sure blessed the socks off of this momma today.

It doesn't end there, either.

Upon arriving home and already feeling giddy about this blessing - I checked our mailbox. Inside it was a giant blue package from Similac - ya know, the baby formula company. They sent me two canisters of baby formula as I'm on some kind of mailing list. I just smiled. Not even surprised. And even though I'm planning to re-attempt nursing this baby... canisters of formula almost always come in handy, and they aren't cheap! The package also had several $5 off coupons for future purchases, etc. What a day of unexpected blessings and provisions!

I busted out our composition notebook that I keep to record every blessing we encounter and quickly wrote this all down. I can't wait for Ava to read this someday and see just how our God provides and cares for us... even for our teeth!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dancing with my Father

This morning I started a new book. I finished up "One Thousand Gifts" and thought that surely I could squeeze in just one more book prior to baby girl making her appearance. I'm already so excited about Sally Clarkson's "Dancing with my Father". Seems to be right where I am right now on my journey - in many ways. I was excited to find this video this morning on YouTube and thought I'd share. A while back I won a copy of this book on a blog giveaway and can't believe its taken me this long to get to it...

So here's to Joy and pursuing God in a new way!
Anyone read this book? Any insights?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Re-Cap

We started our Easter Prep about a week ago. This time last Monday Ava and I started making some Easter sugar cut-out cookies. I normally make my traditional Pecan Easter Bread - but, due to lack of energy... decided to stick with just cookies this year. We'll get back on the bread band wagon next year. :) Cookie making this year was a BLAST with this little girl! She really got into it and loved telling me about every design she was making.

We had tulip, butterfly, flower, cross, bunny, chick, egg and...strawberry shortcake cookies. She was so great at putting the sprinkles at just the right spot. And was so proud of each cookie she made! I loved listening to her chitter chatter the entire time - telling me all about it. It was such a fun bonding time for me and my little one. :) And of course the MOST FUN was getting to taste them afterwards -
What a fun memory made! The only problem was... once we got a taste of them - they didn't last long! {yay to mommy for making only a small batch of dough}

Easter Sunday we woke up and found these beautiful Tulips ready to be snipped and put in a vase on our kitchen table. We'd be waiting for them to bloom for several weeks. They are perfect! Another beautiful reminder of how special this holiday is for us as Believers. New Life!

My hubs was given the opportunity to baptize two teen guys during our first service. My eyes welled as I watched him dip the guys under - and hug them afterward. Amazing. Who would have even thought at the beginning of our romance that God would use us how He has been! We praise Him for saving these two teen guys and how He is already at work in their new lives! Humbling.

After the service we headed over to our big family dinner. No, really. MASSIVE amounts of family. Ava loves these times as she runs around with all of her cousins and laughs and just has a great time. We had a big meal, took pictures and had the annual candy hunt. :)

All the kiddos - the little ones, anyway. :) Next year we'll add another! And I know I'm biased but, man is this one especially darling...


Friday, April 22, 2011

Pre-Easter Prep

I've committed to taking this weekend OFF and really trying to dig in and focus on the TRUE meaning of Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday. Something that, for me personally, all seems to become a commercial, last minute shopping for chocolate event. I hate that about myself. So I'm really seeking God on this one - to guide and direct my mind.

All the said - I wanted to share this last reminder of something I posted on last year. The cookie -teachable lesson about Jesus and the empty tomb on Easter morning. If you didn't get to see it last time - take a look! I know several of you said you tried it and loved it. I'm eager to try for myself!

Here's the link.
Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

.:Comic Relief:.

I didn't realize it, but these coupons are good for one gallon of gas at most retailers.

I have seen them around, but until recently never took advantage of them, I never realized their actual worth.

You probably have one or two just lying around somewhere, now is the time to use them before they lose their value, and it's too late!!

Ok, Ok...
Admit it - it's painfully funny. Or, maybe just more painful? :) My grandma sent me this in an email yesterday and I didn't get it at first. Now I just giggle. {and groan thinking about its truth}

But, thought we could all use some comic relief around here. I know I sure could!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I've been reading, very slowly, through this book "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. I'm just now to chapter 11 - though, I could have very easily finished it in a week because of how good and jam-packed with truth it is. If you haven't read it yet I'd recommend getting it on your "to read" list soon. It's worth your time.

Something Ann talks about over and over in this book is "Eucharisteo" - giving thanks. Giving thanks when things are hard. Sounds so common and easy. Yea, pray over your meals, be thankful around Thanksgiving time, etc. But my mind has been so opened and challenged as to what this word really means. Every day choosing to find joy and give thanks and obey the word of God, "Give thanks in all things." All Things. Lately, the struggle to give thanks has been a 10. As in, on a scale of 1 to 10 how hard do you find it to give thanks? 10. Honestly. Though, now and again I'd catch a glimpse of the silver lining and just glow in it... things have been tough. I shared an email this week with some close family members and friends letting them know just how tough things have been - because I feel so weak. So alone in dealing with them. And, hindsight now is... isn't that exactly what the deceiver wants me to think!?

- Hubs car is on the slow death trail

- Every bill seems to have gone up

- Expected tax money now non-existent

- Child going through weird transition
- Emotional prego woman attempting to love people as a pastors wife, failing.

My personal list goes on, really. And then I stopped and realized - it's because I'm keeping a list that it feels so overwhelming. It's because in a way I'm comparing the bad list with what I think I deserve that I get down. When truth be told - I have it SO good and really deserve nothing. Don't we all deserve nothing?

Ann keeps an ongoing list. She started with 1 thousand. One thousand things to be thankful for. It didn't even occur to me until yesterday that while reading this awesome book - I'm actually doing the exact opposite of the point of the book. I'm keeping a list too... only, a list of all the things going wrong. Things I fret over. Things I cry over. Things I'm terrified of dealing with.

Then yesterday happened. My phone rang and rang, but I still missed the call. Thankfully a voicemail was left - someone offering up kiddo clothes, wondering if I could use them. And I could. In a big way. I hung up and just sat there in sheer conviction. How silly of me to doubt and wonder IF God would provide. He always does. So, I grabbed a yellow post it note and wrote it down, " 4/18/11 - Got a call about FREE clothes for Ava and possibly baby. PTL!"

That afternoon I got an email from a family member. Always so truthful with me. Reminding me that the one thing I had always dreamed and asked God for was true in my life - Full time, paid, ministry. I'm there. Serving alongside my husband, after waiting so long. So I wrote another note, "In full time, paid, ministry. PTL!"

Lastnight we sat with loving, caring, godly parents of teens who want to support and encourage a young youth pastor and his imperfect wife. They bought us soup and cookies and tea. We talked about ministry and for one of the first times in a while... felt encouraged and rejuvinated, even. I got home and wrote out another yellow note, "Parents on board & supportive". My desk is starting to look like a joy zone of praise notes. I have so much to be thankful for if I see it.

Today I'm choosing joy and looking for things to be thankful for - even in the hard times. I tried to catch some on the camera already...
Hot pancakes and turkey bacon for breakfast. Just enough coffee left over for one more pot to start my day. A dishwasher I can throw everything into afterward.

And, my girl. While we transition and learn each other - she's still so precious and so important and another something I praise God for.


Monday, April 18, 2011

He is my Rock

I currently have two of them...

God, my ultimate rock of salvation and my strength.

And, my husband.

My rock of... mentality, or emotional strength when I'm absolutely roller-coaster up and down rediculous. Which, let's be honest - has been going on for a few weeks now.

Today I'm claiming strength and victory in my God. I'm so thankful for the reminder from Psalm 18 today -

"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold." vs. 2

"Who is God but the Lord? Who is a rock except our God? God arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." vs. 31-32

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The progress blocker

It's Spring and I've slowly but surely been trying to get our warmer clothes out and pack up the cold weather ones. It's a great time of year, really, if you can get it done in like a day or so. Otherwise it starts to become box and bin city around here. We've all been there!

I keep finding random scarves, hats and gloves in the strangest places. I wonder out loud, "what in the world? why is there one single mitten on our bed today?" - and then I remember...

Oh yes, we live with the PROGRESS BLOCKER! And, it's a good thing she's cute.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Just how exactly does one FORGET about themselves?

I know I'm 35 weeks pregnant. I've been having these emotional moments where I just get weepy and it takes a few minutes to pull myself back together. So, as I write this post... I'm admitting that I may or may not sound extremely dramatic. We'll see. Ever feel forgotten? Lost in the crowd? Face with no name... etc.? Lately, I have been feeling like that. It creeps up on me and I try to hush it away in my mind - until all of the sudden it just hits FULL FORCE. Lost, lonely, grasping for... something. Which contradicts everything I believe about my position in Christ - accepted, forgiven, beloved. I'm still working through this whole forgetting myself and focusing on Christ thing. And honestly it will probably always be a daily battle - but, here's what I'm learning. - Focus on service to others. There is ALWAYS someone struggling more then me. - The Word of God is active and powerful - I need to stay in it. - It's really not about me. Ever. So how exactly does one forget about themselves? This is where the partially painful learning comes in, isn't it?! Lovely.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday Tips & Tricks - Laundry Edition

Did you know...

"Americans start the equivalent of more then 1,100 wash loads every second of the day." - Procter & Gamble

Todays Tips & Tricks are dealing with the famous American past time of Laundry. I mean, with a stat like the one above... obviously it's a past time!? Wow! Thank you to All You magazine for this weeks tips & tricks! If you haven't checked out the April edition of this magazine, do so... it's well worth the $2.49. Now let's get started...

- Fill your machine with large and small items mixed loosely. Don't overpack!

- Select COLD water. All You recommends using cold water for everything except for sheets, towels and underwear {which require HOT water}. Using cold water saves money on your bill.

- As a general rule, powdered detergent is cheaper then liquid. You can also score some pretty good deals if you are into couponing.

- You can wash lingerie and delicates in the washing machine! Invest a few dollars into one of those small mesh bags and you'll be all set. Air dry after it's washed.

- Dark clothes fading? Add a cup of table salt to the rinse cycle the first time you wash a new dark item.

- More soap doesn't mean cleaner clothes. Actually, these days, you should see LESS suds. You can even use up to 1/2 less then what the manufacter recommends and still get clean clothes.

- Use 1/2 a dryer sheet. Makes the box last longer and gets the clothes just as soft.

- Time your loads: As the first finishes, you're ready to throw in the next batch. Saves money because your dryer won't have to warm back up's already hot and ready!

- Shake each item before tossing in the dryer - cuts down on drying time.

- Make your own pretreater = Put two parts water and one part rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, Mix well. Treat the stain, let the garment sit a few minutes before washing.

- Dishwashing liquid can often get out greasy stains.

Happy Laundry day to you!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Growin' up is hard to do

If I were to be writing in my journal right now you may read something like this,
"UGH! I cannot believe our mortgage payment went up $100! Was not expecting that! How on earth will that work?!"
"Well, Hubs is off to the Gospel Coalition and I secretly dread single parenting for the next few days due to how tired I am."
Or maybe even...
"STILL not done with Ava's big girl room - seriously...?"

You see, lately I've really been struggling with focusing on POSITIVE and TRUTHFUL things. It seems like everything that could go wrong has been. All our bills seem to have increased, my hubs is gone for a few days putting extra pressure on me and I feel like I have 9 trillion things to do before this new baby comes. And truth is - I KNOW this is just how life goes sometimes.

So, instead of whining about these "grown up" situations - I want my goal this week to be to focus on the positive and good things going on in life. My own little "One thousand gifts".

- Starting a bible study with one of our teen girls on Wednesday! We'll be reading through "Passion and Purity" by Elisabeth Eliot and having some good accountability, etc.

- My parents are coming in just a little over a month to stay and help us with the new baby.

- I'm 35 weeks pregnant this week - just another week closer to meeting our newest addition!

- Our sewer situation seems to be resolved and paid for!

- It's looking and feeling more like spring, so more outside time!

- I have leftover Turkey meatloaf and mashed potatoes for lunch today... :)

- Still using up a gift card to a coffee shop, so, FREE mocha this morning!

- I have the unique opportunity of looking for and discovering NEW ways to cutting costs and living even more frugally at home due to our mortgage news. A great chance to learn more about stewardship, and a fun new challenge! {ok, realllly had to push to make that sound good}

Ever have these kinds of days and thoughts?

Let me tell you something... I'm so thankful for the Word of God on days when I just can't seem to focus. There is always an answer or a gentle reminder. Something always gets me back to reality. My verse for the day is:

“Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so that freed from our sins, we could live a life that has God’s approval. His wounds have healed you.” - 1peter 2:24

Just the fact that I'm forgiven and healed from sin is ENOUGH! Praise the Lord!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pear Custard Pie

I'm a custard loving girl. I like frozen custard, custard pies, custard whatever... I like it. :) I grew up enjoying my grandma's made-from-scratch custard pies with the nutmeg sprinkled on top. Oh so good. I know some people think custard is less then good, which, that's ok. But, if you like a good custard pie - you'll enjoy the recipe I'm sharing today! It's quick, easy and delicious.

Pear Custard Pie

1 frozen pie pastry crust (9in)

3 med. or 1 1/2 large pears, peeled and thin sliced

1 c. sugar

1/4 c. flour

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 c. heavy whipping cream

1 t. vanilla

1) Place pears in the pastry crust. In a small bowl, combine sugar and flour. Stir in the eggs, cream and vanilla. Pour over pears.

2) Bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean.

3) Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

While daddy isn't a big fan of pears, myself and this little goomba sure do love the stuff! :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

34 weeks!

I love my husband. Obviously. Or, maybe not always so obviously... I love him. The almost 6 years we've been married have been one continual climb UP. Though we've gone through some DOWNS, too, I can honestly tell you that most of our married life has just been a big fat fun time. Praise the Lord! Today, April 6, 2011 is no different. I went to bed feeling sad and stressed about the idea of taking Ave's with me to my 34 week appointment. She's such a fun little girl and I love her so much... it's just that, she's busy. VERY busy. VERY curious. VERY two. :) All good things! Just, not so much at the OB office where there are lots of other people, mysterious tools, gels and machines... you get it. ;) Hubs has busy Wednesdays. They are youth group days and it usually takes hours of prep and all of that for a sucessful night. I try not to wear on him or burden him with extra work - including- extra trips. So I knew today would be a solo day attempting this OB appointment. This morning I noticed he was getting ready for work slower then normal. Then I noticed he was starting some work on the couch while Ave's and I ate breakfast. Sure enough the sneaky Pete had decided HIS FAMILY was more important, and he would be joining me for our dr's appointment. He'd entertain Ava, I'd get checked out, it worked. I don't say all of that as if it were a surprise or a first. Because, truth is, he does stuff like that ALL the time. Always giving. Always making my life easier. Always. I don't mirror that nearly as often as I could or should. {work in progress} But anyway - I love him and today I'm feeling so thankful for such a godly, loving man.
And now for the 34 week update:
Blood pressure and weight were "Fine". However, I hate that scale and what's with the tiniest nurses writing down my numbers?! the nurses eat?! I'm still measuring a week further along though no one is giving seriously thought or action towards what that means. I was the same way with Ava and she still came a week late! However, the nurse today looked over my charts like 3 times and made the comment, "I'm guessing you'll be scheduled for an ultrasound soon." As in, "wow, ma'am, you have a massive baby in there." And this I know. I have one more appointment in two weeks and then we'll start going EVERY week. Geeesh! I feel great, tired most of the time, but great. My appetite seems to be tapering off... guessing because my stomach is probably squished out of the way by this point? And, we almost have a name. Well, Brad almost has a name - he's naming this one... have I mentioned that yet? :)
Here's our 34 week pic! Mama and baby girl - growing, growing, growing.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I've been working like a maniac to get this big girl room done. Why o why does it seem to be taking forever?! It could be this belly I've got in front of me - makes trimming VERY interesting. And, having your legs fall asleep while you are squatting to paint is a new experience. And did I mention feeling like you are about to pass about because you've had your arm above your head to touch up the ceiling line? :) Good thing I love this girl.

But in ALL seriousness - I am so enjoying working with all this pink paint, girly fabric, etc. :)

On top of painting I've been trying to get done the few little homemade pieces I'm putting together for her decorations {also fun!}. Here's a sneak peek at what I've been up to.

This fabric was on super sale at Hobby Lobby last week. I grabbed it up for the MEMO BOARD I'm working on. So easy to throw together. All you need is: - a cork board - batting - adhesive spray - fabric & ribbon - upholstry tacks - staple gun

While I'm not done yet... the process has gone like this, so far:

After you spray the adhesive spray on the corkboard, place batting over top and press to seal. Then begins the stapling of fabric over batting, onto the back of the board.

Here's the biggest "tool" I own minus my drill. It has served me faithfully! Once you have your batting and fabric stapled to the board it's time to start applying your ribbon and upholstry tacks however you'd like the design to go. Which, is where I am now. I'm looking for just the right tacks and haven't had any luck yet. :/ So while that project is frozen - I thought I'd start on this one:

Once finished, these wooden letters will be covered in the matching leftover material and hung above or near her big girl bed! I'm attempting this free hand without directions, so, we'll see. I just need to pick up more "stuffing" to make them puffy and get started. :) The best for this momma is the amazing sales I've found. These letters were marked WAAAAY down to $1.75/letter, the fabric was on sale and an additional 30% off and everything else I already had on hand. :)

So excited to make a special room for a special girl!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Homemade Monday - Carrot Bread

Confession: My family may or may not have had fast food/ gone out to eat almost every day last week. The combination of busy schedules, tired momma, and a weird sewer pipe {don't ask} made for a very lazy week in the kitchen. BUT I did get at least one good, solid, homemade item done on time for our special Friday family day...

Better Homes and Gardens featured a section of recipes based on things that can come from your own garden, for this month. Well, I don't have a garden - but I did have ALL the ingredients already in my fridge and cupboards. And it's one of the best breads I've ever tasted - could replace my passion for pumpkin bread, even. :) Yes, passion! Hey, I'm almost 9 months prego here! But I did love that there are 2 cups of veggies in it!

Carrot Bread w/ Cream Cheese Icing

2 c. flour

2/3 c. packed brown sugar

2 t. baking powder

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. ground cardamom or nutmeg {used nutmeg}

1/4 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

2 c. shredded carrots

2 beaten eggs

2/3 c. milk

1/3 c. canola oil

1) Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom of sides of (1) 8x4 loaf pan OR (3) 4 3/4x 2 1/2 pans; set aside.

2) In a bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and chosen spice {cardamom or nutmeg}, soda and salt. In another bowl combine carrots, eggs, milk, and oil; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

3) Pour batter into prepared pan(s). Bake for 55-60 minutes for larger pan or 30-35 minutes for mini pans until toothpick inserted comes out clean. If the loaves are browning too quickly, tent loosely with foil.

4) Cool bread in pan(s) on wire rack for 10 minutes; remove and cool completely on baking rack. Wrap in foil and store overnight before slicing. Glaze with cream cheese frosting prior to serving.

*For Cream Cheese frosting combine by whisking 1 oz. cream cheese, 3/4 c. powdered sugar and a little milk until smooth and glazelike. Drizzle over bread.

I even got a thumbs up for this guy - my non-veggie man! We loved this special treat with our Coffee. And, the whole thing was gone before Sunday morning even got to us. :) Yum!