Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Knock You Naked Brownies

Yep, that's what I said.  Knock You Naked Brownies.  I have heard that phrase so many times this week, after watching our DVR recording of The Pioneer Woman.  Great things they are, and such a catchy name.  My kids are having a hilarious time with the title itself!

We made these on Saturday, and chilled them until serving them on at the Superbowl Party on Sunday!  I did make a few substitutions, some on purpose, and some accidental.  Our son has a nut allergy, so we left out the pecans.  

I was so excited when we went grocery shopping, because cake mix was on sale for 99 cents.  I was going to buy two packages, just in case, but when we got there, they were out of German Chocolate in the 99 cent variety, and my cheap side kicked in.  Since I had to pay $2.19 for the mix, I only bought one!  That turned out to be a mistake, because once we'd mixed it, we had enough for the first layer of the brownies, but not for the second.  While the caramels were melting and the first layer setting, we hurriedly put together our own German Chocolate Cake mix, which led to a slightly fluffier and more cakelike top layer, which I would definitely change if I were to do it again.  They were still really good brownies though!

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