Today is the last day of class before Thanksgiving and a whole week off.
Well, I work for 30 hours, the next four days, and then there’s a whole week off. And that week will be dedicated to homework. But it is all good. Every part of it is fun.
I’ve been particularly enjoying my Thursdays. I have a leisurely wake up, time in the Word and a morning. This morning I got to go for brunch at my all time favourite local cafe, Seven Shores.

I got my favourite oatmeal of all time for just 6$, topped with any fruit I like, with free almond butter and almond milk on the side. Plus a coffee brought from home, this is pretty much my ideal breakfast.
More importantly, such a blessing of a fellow diner.
One lecture and leading youth group tonight means I have time in the afternoon to BAKE! This is my idea of downtime, and it’s simultaneously intimate time with the Lord. Thursdays have worked wonderfully for me to bake a treat for the wonderful youth leaders on our Thursday nights, and bring the leftovers to my amazing co-workers at Starbucks the next morning!
Today’s treat definitely had to be fall inspired, and I was inspired by my roommate Beth’s apple cider in the fridge to make apple cider cupcakes.


1 cup flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1.5 tablespoons corn starch

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons pumpkin spice

2/3 cup apple juice

1 egg

3 T coconut oil

1/2 c chopped walnuts

2 c powdered sugar

1/4 c butter

2 T apple juice


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tray with 12 paper liners.

2. In large bowl, mix all dry ingredients together and combine with wooden spoon. Add apple juice, egg, and coconut oil and mix well. Stir in walnuts.

3. Pour batter evenly amongst muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven about 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

4. To make frosting, beat powdered sugar, butter, and apple juice with electric mixer or wooden spoon until completely smooth. Frost cupcakes and garnish with cinnamon, sliced apples/walnut pieces, if desired.

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