My kids love banana bread for breakfast. And I love banana bread for breakfast, because I can make it ahead of time. No standing in front of the pantry wondering what we’re going to put in our bellies in the 10 minute window we have to eat before school. Win. Win. But if you’re a morning person and don’t mind waking up a little earlier, these can be made in about 35 minutes. This has become my go-to banana bread recipe for delicious breakfast muffins. Enjoy!

Banana Sugar Crumb Muffins -

Banana Sugar Crumb Muffins
Make these ahead of time for a quick breakfast or serve at brunch!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
For the muffins
  1. 1 1/2C AP flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  5. 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 3 brown bananas, mashed
  8. 3/4 C white sugar
  9. 1 tsp vanilla
  10. 1 egg, beaten
  11. 1/3 C butter, melted
For the sugar crumb topping
  1. 1/3 C brown sugar
  2. 2 Tbs AP flour
  3. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1 Tbs butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Prepare your muffin pan by lightly greasing 10 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the bananas, sugar, vanilla, egg and melted butter.
  5. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, 2 Tbs flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 Tbs butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Spoon topping over muffins.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy!
the Sparrow's Nest

Yeah….. so …. I’m realizing that I haven’t made a blog post in over two months. Sheesh! I had to take a break from the blog while the kids were out of school for the summer, because all Moms know that the second you sit down to do something for yourself is the instant that they need you … for everything. But hey, I bring a peace offering for my online absence. Double chocolate pound cake with a chocolate ganache drizzle. Virtually, of course. But I’ll share the recipe below!

I got this recipe from my Mammaw, who had hand written it down from someone she knew who had gotten it from someone else. Isn’t that how the best recipes get shared? Handwritten on scraps of paper complete with grease stains?


 The day I made this, we ate it when it was still warm from the oven. It was good, but it tastes better after completely cooling in the fridge! Look how fudgey and moist it looks. Mmmmmnnnnn.

 The recipe is below. Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Pound Cake
A delicious double chocolate pound cake with chocolate drizzle. Pour a tall glass of cold milk and grab a big fork!
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  1. CAKE
  2. One box chocolate cake mix
  3. 1 C sour cream
  4. 1/2 C sugar
  5. 2/3 C canola oil
  6. 1 Tbs vanilla
  7. 4 eggs, beaten
  8. 10 oz bag of chocolate chips
  10. 1โ„2 C sugar
  11. 2 Tbs cocoa
  12. 1โ„8 tsp salt
  13. 2 Tbs butter
  14. 2 Tbs water
  15. 1โ„4 tsp vanilla extract
  1. FOR THE CAKE - Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix + sour cream until blended.
  3. Add rest of ingredients mixing well after each ingredient.
  4. Mix in chocolate chips last, and pour into a greased bundt pan.
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes until it passes the clean toothpick test.
  6. FOR THE DRIZZLE - Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in small saucepan.
  7. Turn heat on medium low and add water.
  8. Stir continuously while sugar starts to melt.
  9. Add butter and keep stirring.
  10. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, and stir constantly for 1 min.
  11. Remove from heat.
  12. Add vanilla.
  13. Pour in glass jar and allow to cool before drizzling over cake
  1. If you're serving this for a crowd, prepare it a day ahead of time, and store in the fridge so it can be completely cool.
  2. Because this drizzle sauce spreads out after pouring on the cake, I recommend pouring on individual slices before serving.
the Sparrow's Nest

On the blog today is a step-by-step process for a simple pen journal entry. I talked about my favorite pens in this post, and used the 001 on this entry.

First off, I always sketch my words out in pencil. This way I know that everything will fit in the space and where I want it to go! And so far, the cheap Bic pencils are my favorite.


After sketching out your words in pencil, take your pen and go over the pencil.


You can see that I usually don’t trace it exactly over the pencil. And that’s OK!


Next step is to simply erase your pencil marks.


Now we’re going to do a little fake calligraphy! This is my favorite part *wink*.

You want to make your down strokes thicker. So whenever you’re writing a word and your hand is moving down, you want to make that stroke thicker.


And then fill in the lines. Easy peasy, right?


Here’s a diagram showing the down strokes in the word ‘grace’. You can see where I drew a second line and filled it in to make a thicker stroke.

Fake Calligraphy |

How do you do a pen-only journal entry? If you have any tips, leave a comment. I’d love to hear!

  • Suzanne Crawford - I love this! Thank you for sharing! I want to learn calligraphy but I am not sure I have the dedication. This ‘fake calligraphy’ is awesome!ReplyCancel

So when I first learned about Bible journaling, I made a list of things I wanted to get from the crafts store. Paints, markers, colored pencils, pens, stamps, etc. You could spend a small fortune in a crafts store EASY. I speak from experience. But honestly, all you really need to get started is a good pen. And the Pigma Micron pens are my favorite!


I’ve noticed with some other brands, the ink will bleed and spread out on the paper. Not. A. Fan. But with the Micron pens, the ink stays only where you put the pen to your paper. These pens are the best!

Below you can see the thickness of the following pens respectively: 005, 01, 02, 05, and 08

My Favorite Pens for Bible Journaling |

I tend to write with 02 the most. For smaller details on my page, I’ll use the 005 or 01.

Bible Journaling |

I love this statement, don’t you? Taken from 2 Timothy 3:16 – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” The Word is the breath of God. Which brings me to another thought and another thing that I love about these pens. They are great for temporary tattoos!

Temporary Tattoo |

 I drew this temporary tattoo one day in carpool with the 01 pen, based on the thought that Jesus BREATHED the Holy Spirit upon His disciples, just as God BREATHED life into Adam and Eve. Also, God told Moses His name is “YWHW”, which are aspirated consonants in Hebrew that, if spoken, are like the sound of BREATHING. Which makes you wonder…. what if the name of God is simply the sound of our breathing? Don’t you love that thought?! So BREATHE. Inhale. Exhale. Say His Holy name. And LIVE by the Spirit!

A few months ago, I came across a picture on Instagram of a Bible unlike I had ever seen before. It had ART on the PAGES. As in PAINT. IN A BIBLE. I think my mouth might have dropped open, as I had no idea they even made journaling Bibles with space in the margins for you to journal / doodle / write / draw / paint. A life long doodler, I was determined to get my own journaling Bible like, the next day.

There are several journaling Bibles out there in different translations, but I settled on the ESV journaling Bible by Crossway. Mainly because I wasn’t patient enough to order one online, and it was the very last journaling Bible my local Family Christian store had. It’s not too big, I love the soft leather cover (that I may or may not end up painting one of these days), and I like the fact that it has faint lines in the margin so you have a way to measure your letters when you want to.

Journaling Bible |

Staring at a blank page can be intimidating. Where do you start? What do you write?
Is it even OK to paint in a Bible?!

What I love about Bible journaling is that it is worshiping through art.
You don’t have to follow any rules. It’s personal. Just for you.

Journaling Bible |

Here are some of my favorite journal entries so far. I am usually following one of the devotional plans on, so I might journal about something I read in the devotional, something my preacher might have taught in one of his sermons (shout out to Brother Ron), or it could be through lyrics of a song that speaks to my heart.

Bible Journaling |

I am in love with the process of Bible journaling. Some of these entries, like the one on the bottom right, took hours to complete. Hours. As in my hands hurt and my neck was sore from looking down. But, during that time, I’m repeating those words in my mind… Greater is the One living inside of me…. Greater is the One ….  He calls me redeemed …. He calls ME REDEEMED. I’m meditating on the Word as I’m creating my journal entry and worshiping through art.

Bible Journaling |

 Through my journal entries, I’ve found what techniques and tools I like to use the most.
Can you guess what they are?

Stay tuned for a blog series on my favorite tools and techniques and step-by-step journal entries from start to finish! If you don’t have a journaling Bible, and you’re one who loves to doodle and create, what are you waiting for?

  • Kristin F. - These are beautiful and so is your blog! New follower. :)ReplyCancel

  • debi - Great post…your pages are really beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Murray - These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Frances - Absolutely love this can you send me a link to how I can find one with OUT
    The columns on the side? I can’t find one ๐Ÿ˜‰ thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Love your witness for the Lord!ReplyCancel