Wednesday, December 21, 2005
My favorite wrapping supplies are pictures out of magaines, brown craft paper, and cheap twine. This has kind of become my signature wrapping and looks very homespun!
Anyone else have any favorite wrapping materials or signature wrappings?
Monday, December 19, 2005
Well, the Christmas party was a great success and everyone seemed to have a great time! The jar shown above is one of my traditional ways to decorate at Christmas! It is very easy and inexpensive to make.
Use one pint size canning jar (not the wide mouth) and one glass votive holder (3/$1 at Michael's). The votive holder should be shaped like a flower pot or have enough of a lip to sit on the top of the canning jar steadily.
Place sprigs of evergreen in the jar. Fill about 3/4 with water. Top with fresh cranberries.
Place votive holder with candle in the top! So pretty and festive.
When you're done, you can dry off the berries, freeze them and save for next year. The above berries were purchased last year.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Soup: Pasta e Fagioli: White and red beans, ground beef, tomatoes and pasta in a savory broth.
Potato Chowder: Creamy and cheesy comforting potato soup.
Bread: Homemade French Bread
Meat: Baked Ham
Vegetable: Raw Veggie Tray
Dessert: Pumpkin Pie: I was never a big fan of pumpkin pie until I tried this recipe.
Sugar Pecans - my husband's special request!
Beverages: Hot and cold tea (sweetened available of course!), Water, Soft Drinks brought by guests
Pumpkin Pie Recipe:
One graham cracker crust
1-15 oz. can pumpkin
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
*Mix these ingredients together and pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes at 425. Then reduce oven heat to 350.
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. cold butter
3/4 c. walnuts
*Mix together flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon - cut in butter. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle over the pie when you reduce the oven. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
Place 1 lb. (4 c.) pecan halves in a large bowl.
Mix together 1 egg white and 1 T. water and pour over pecans, gently stirring until coated.
1 c. sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
Pour over pecans and gently stir.
Spread on a lightly greased cookie sheet with sides. Bake at 275 for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Spray paint one package of small wooden beads ($1.97 for 66 beads at Wal-Mart) red. How I did this was to unwind a wire coat hanger, thread all the beads on and poke one end of the hanger into the ground outside - then just walk around and spray. Very easy.
Glue homespun/calico fabrics around wooden spools ($1.97 for 15 at Wal-Mart). I also decided to wrap twine around some as shown in the base of the Christmas Tree craft below.
Thread beads and spools onto twine into desired length. Tie bows in between to stretch the wooden items. Hang!
Note: two packages of spools and one package of beads made this length, plus two smaller ones that would equal this much again.
Monday, December 12, 2005
So, here's how:
Using a compass, cut seven circles out of heavy paper. The circles should measure 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 1 3/4", 2", 2 1/4", 2 1/2", and 2 3/4". You need one pattern of each size. Next cut out one circle of each size from various green fabrics. (I only had three different ones pictured above.)
Sew each circle into a yo-yo. Here's how to make a yo-yo.
Use a wooden spool for the base - cover the part where the thread goes with Elmer's glue and wrap twine around. (If you don't have a wooden spool on hand, you can buy them in the Wal-Mart craft department, but this will slightly increase your cost per tree.)
Search your yard for a stick that will fit into the hole on top of the spool and is fairly straight. It doesn't matter if it is too tall, you can always shorten it.
Snip a small hole in the bottom of each yo-yo so that you can "thread" them onto the stick trunk. Stack them in size order.
Put some Elmer's glue around the hole in the top of the spool. Put stick trunk in and allow fabric from the bottom yo-yo to sit in the glue and stick.
Glue a tin star to the top of the stick and trim stick if necessary. (Note: the only place I've found to get these tin stars is Hobby Lobby. They are 0.99 for a package of 6 stars.)
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
- The music!
- The lights!
- A fire on a cold night! (We had both last night!)
- Yummy goodies!
- The excitement and anticipation!
- Christmas Trees!
- Wrapping gifts!
These things do not cost a lot, but are among the simple pleasures of the season!
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Over this kingdom is a ruler who is an expert in this land of Peace. He spends His days looking over the land and delivering peace.
The land of peace can be in our hearts when we have invited the Prince to make His home there.
It is unexplainable, and difficult to understand. But, it is true. It is real.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
- unlimited by time or space
- never ending
- my Father
- the love of a father and more
- unaffected by calendars and clocks
- discipline of a father
- blessings of a father: it reminds me of the verse which describes that a father will not give a stone to his son when he asks for bread and how much more will our Heavenly Father bless us
Six containers of deodorant, two bottles of shampoo, and two bottles of conditioner would have normally cost me $33.90 using the shelf price at Walgreens. Combine sales, buy one get one free packaging on the shampoo and coupons and I spent only $4.77! I was quite excited about these deals! The deodorant worked out to be only 0.24 each! I also came home yesterday with four free Wendy's cups towards a free airline ticket on Air Tran. All in all, a success.
(Note: The coupons were in this past Sunday paper, if any of you are interested in the above deals.)
Monday, December 05, 2005
He is capable and the best part of all is that He uses this power and might for His greatest glory and my good. He won't just push me around with this power or "lord it over me". No, He uses this power and might with purpose and direction.
He is all-powerful, He is God, He is over everything. He is the Mighty God.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Counselor: "a person who gives advice"
So, an unusually good person who gives advice.
I think of more than that, I think of the fact that He is completely trustworthy, has my best interest in mind, and works things out for His glory. I think of the fact that I can tell Him anything, ask Him anything, and trust His Word.
When I don't know what to do or even when I think I do - here is a great resource available to me all the time...all I need to do is ask or speak to Him. It doesn't cost anything except a little time and humility. He doesn't tell my secrets to other people and doesn't play the blame game. Best of all, I know that He loves me more than I can imagine even after He's heard all my thoughts and knows everything about me!
I'd like to further think on each of these names, so will take one each of the next four days and post some thoughts...please add yours as I can learn from your ideas too!
She has not had any baby food in probably 48 hours and is eating table food happily! Last night, I let her hold a spoon while I fed her and that also worked great. Also, Mom - you were right - at breakfast, she just isn't very hungry. But gets hungry around 9, so we're just adjusting a few things.
Thanks for your input - we're encouraged!
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Yes, that is what I was by the December issue of Country Home magazine! There was an article featuring Sue Whitney's house (one of the Junk Market gals). She used tons of live greens to decorate for the holidays and it was so pretty, simple, and homey.
So, I was inspired. Now, where to find the greens? Would they be too expensive? Each year I have made a wreath or swag for the door using trimmings from the bottom of the Christmas tree. So, why not check and see if they will give me some more this year?
Sure enough!! Lowe's was thrilled to get rid of the scraps from the trims and I was thrilled to decorate with live greens! I tied some twine or homespun fabric bows and hung them up in the bathroom, our bedroom, kitchen window, put in pots in the entry way and hearth and decked out the front porch too!
The best part of all is that this was TOTALLY FREE!
What is your favorite way to decorate?
Monday, November 28, 2005
Here's what happens:
Put baby in highchair.
Put on bib.
Begin feeding - she is currently eating baby food still.
Feeding goes ok for a few bites, then she tries to forcefully grab or fling the spoon out of our hand.
So, we take her out of the highchair, take off the bib, put her in her crib for 3 minutes and then start over again. But, this is not working - she just won't cooperate.
I was thinking that she was getting tired of baby food which is fine because I'd prefer if she moved on to table food. So, after offering her baby food today and going through the fit - I offered her a slice of apple. This worked initially, but resulted in the same thing - where she threw it in disgust onto the floor more than once. I do not want her to get used to me offering her multiple things just so she'll eat and then get even pickier.
~ David Seamands
Sunday, November 27, 2005
And so, I ponder - what does this mean, what does it mean to me?
The word advent is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
"1. The period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting.
2. The coming of Christ at the Incarnation.
3. A coming into being or use."
Hmmm, why do some churches celebrate Advent and some do not? Ours doesn't, but I grew up in a church that did. And, why was there never a focus on the prayer and fasting part - or is there in some churches? Why all the advent trees, wreaths, and calendars and what is their purpose?
After doing further research including reading some articles listed below, the thing that stood out to me is that the season of advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ. What matters more than who celebrates what and how is the attitude of expectation and preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth and of His future coming.
I was thinking about the anticipation of the coming. When I know someone is coming over to our house or out-of-town company is coming - I make preparations. I try to think of every detail to make their stay enjoyable. Foods they like, activities they like, books they like, and especially to make sure the location is warm and hospitable for them.
But, how much effort do I put into preparing my heart for God? Surely if HE was coming to my home, I would go all out. My heart is His home, how welcoming is it for Him? How have I prepared it for Him? Does my heart feel inviting to Him?
These are the things I want to focus on during Advent this year. I also welcome any comments on how you celebrate Advent or what it means to you.
A couple of articles I found helpful were:
Advent - Close Encounters of a Liturgical Kind
The Season of Advent: Anticipation and Hope
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
"Thanksgiving is an action word."
I love that! And, it is very true! I started a new tradition this year of delivering a special gift to someone who has been an encouragement to me in an effort to give thanks actively. I took it this morning, and the family was encouraged -
I took our traditional Thanksgiving morning breakfast of pumpkin pancakes in maple leaf shapes, sausage, homemade syrup, and chopped walnuts. Yummy - looking forward to ours tomorrow!
How do you give thanks?
Monday, November 21, 2005
For a creative way to encourage thankfulness in your home this season, list the letters of the alphabet down the left edge of several sheets of paper taped together. Add a favorite verse about thankfulness at the top. (Psalm 100 is a great one.) Hang this in your dining room or kitchen where it will be seen often and leave a pencil or crayon close by. Encourage everyone in your home to add things that they are thankful for starting with each letter of the alphabet! It will be fun to see the creative things on some of the more challenging letters!
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
So, yesterday - Emily and I made the drive to Savannah (nearest dealer). It was a great experience. Not only did they complete the free oil change and inspection, they found a nail in one of my tires and fixed that for free, vacuumed out the inside, washed the outside, and had a red carnation waiting on the seat when I got back in.
I figured out that the gas there and back probably cost me $4-$5, but an oil change would normally cost me around $20! So, I was able to save some money and have a good experience as well!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
This recipe is from the Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader.
3 Lipton family-size teabags, tags removed
1 c. granulated sugar
1 (12-oz.) can frozen raspberry lemonade, thawed
Place the teabags in a pottery or glass pitcher, and pour 2 cups cold water over them. Bring a kettle with 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Pour over the teabags and cover the pitcher with a small plate. Steep for 10-15 minutes, then remove the teabags, add the sugar, and stir until dissolved. Add 3 cups of cold water to the tea and stir in the lemonade until dissolved. Add the cherries before serving. Serve over ice.
Makes a little over 2 quarts.
* Now for what I changed: I could not find frozen raspberry lemonade, so I used Welch's white grape raspberry juice concentrate. Also, I did not use the cherries.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Some of you already know this, but I love making my own notecards using old magazines! Use full-page pictures for the envelopes and smaller pictures to paste on the front of the notecard (half a piece of cardstock folded in half). You can dress them up with squiggles or stamps - they are so fun and I always think they look very cheerful in the mailbox when I'm mailing some out! Anyone else doing any crafting? Please share your ideas!
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
(See Luke 14:7-14)
What I learned today... (June 2, 2003)
I work at Glen Eyrie Conference Center and today, was scheduled to attend a lunch welcoming our collegiate student summer staff. I would be introduced, get a free lunch, and get to know some of the students. But, God had another plan in mind!
Just as I was preparing to leave my desk - my phone rang and it was a frantic co-worker asking me to please jump in and be the tour guide for the tour which was to have started a few minutes before.
I explained about the meeting, but knew in the back of my mind that the right thing would be to just stay and do the tour. I asked other co-workers, and even felt permission to hand the problem off to someone else. So, I did. And, went off to the meeting.
Before they got ready for our group to be introduced, they discovered the tour was still not taken care of...and they came up with no other option than for me to go back and do the tour.
On my drive back I was crabby, grumbling, complaining and just unpleasant in general. I knew I would be faced with a group of people who were waiting and wondering and maybe even upset. Their tour was to have started almost 30 minutes ago and while they did watch a short video, they still had to wait.
I was also quick to point out to myself that this was one reason I hadn't wanted to be trained to do these tours. And all the way over, I just laid my yucky attitude before God and said, "Lord, I don't want to give this tour and I have a rotten attitude about it."
But, I knew in my heart these people deserved a great tour - the best I could give. I quoted to myself, "Whatever you do - do it all for the glory of God." And, when I was nearly there - the phrase was like a lightning bolt..."Choose the lowest place." A powerful reminder of a passage God had really placed on my heart just a few days ago.
I got to the tour, the people were spectacular and so friendly - we had a delightful time together seeing the beauty of the place. I was indeed blessed by being in their presence. What a God-thing!
But then as I thought more about the passage in Luke - I realized I had few things backwards.
I knew it would be the right thing to go ahead and choose the lowest place and do the tour. In my mind, I set the honorable place on what would bring me glory - being introduced and recognized. But, since I chose the place of "higher" honor - God allowed me to be humbled by having to be told to go back and to the tour instead of choosing it.
Imagine how much more I would have glorified Him if I had just chosen the lower place first.
Later in the day, thoughts would creep in of wondering if anyone realized what I'd felt like I had sacrificed. If they's realized I missed lunch and hadn't brought anything because I was planning something different.
But the still small Voice kept saying, "Take the lowest place". And I knew, again, that it was a discipline of the mind that needed to rule over these thoughts.
So, today while many ate pizza, and others saw God's beauty at Glen Eyrie for the first time - I was on the Potter's Wheel being shaped and re-shaped into the woman God wants me to be! Hallelujah
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Being that Emily is only a year old, I am on the early side of collecting and keeping these memories in this chest. But, here is where the dilemma begins. What do I keep? How many baby and birthday cards should I keep - just the treasured few? What will merit itself as important enough to be kept in the special chest?
Anyone have any ideas or tips to share?
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
* I talked to Emily's doctor yesterday about milk and he said there is really no evidence that the hormones are harmful, but that it comes down to personal choice. I just don't think I can bear the idea of giving her the regular milk after all I've learned about it. So, (gulp) it will be the more expensive organic milk for us.
* I'm proud of my Dad for running and finishing the 30th Marine Corps Marathon last weekend in Washington DC! Great Job!
* Any thoughts on how to wean a one year old who loves nursing? We're working on introducing new foods and milk, but I'm especially concerned about nap and bed times.
* Kenny G Christmas CD is playing right now...I love Christmas music!
* Any other random thoughts? Please post yours!
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
1. I always wanted to marry a farmer or a pastor, but married a law enforcement office who preaches by the way he lives and fosters my desire to have a garden!
2. This is how I met my husband. Very out of character for me to try something like this!
3. I love to can my own apples, peaches, and pears.
4. I love Martha Stewart Living, Country Home, and various other home/gardening magazines.
5. I love mountains and snow and said I'd never live where it was hot, humid, and buggy - now I live in South Carolina!
6. I sang a solo of "My Grandfather's Clock" in 2nd grade.
7. I coached HS cheerleading for six years.
8. I love primitive and homespun crafts.
9. I would like to live in Mitford.
10. One person I would most like to meet is Corrie ten Boom.
11. Brownies and ice cream is my favorite dessert.
12. I love planning holiday events, baby showers, and other creative gatherings.
13. I lived on milk shakes for 10 weeks one summer after having jaw surgery and my mouth wired shut.
14. Anne of Green Gables and Little Women are favorite movies.
15. I love to make things out of old denim.
16. I get pleasure out of putting away a stack of clean clothes...now if they would only stay that way!
17. I like surprising others, especially if they don't know I did it.
18. This recipe will be published in the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook - Best Ever Casseroles.
19. I want to be just like the Proverbs 31 woman.
20. I love everything about Christmas and am embarassed to admit how many boxes of decorations I have in the attic.
Have fun! I don't know anyone else to tag, so if you want to play - let me know!
Friday, October 28, 2005
The theme that came to me over and over again as I read it, is to enjoy the life that God has given us. Fear Him, follow His commands, but enjoy the gift of this life. I thought of when I give gifts and how much I want the receiver to enjoy the gift. Same with God.
The Christian life should not be all drudgery and boredom. It should be exciting and exhilirating because we have purpose, hope, and joy in Christ.
My parents are arriving today, and we're heading to Washington DC to cheer on my Dad who will be running the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday!
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
We had fun decorating cupcakes last night with these darlings - Brooke, Talley, and Brant-Fowler hiding in the back! They were yummy too (the cupcakes, not the cuties)! Here's the recipe:
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
2 1/2 c. and 2 Tbsp. flour
1 T. baking powder
1 c. and 2 Tbsp. cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. buttermilk
1 1/2 c. pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 stick unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. sugar
5 large eggs
Preheat oven to 375. Sift flour, cocoa, soda, powder, and spices together. Beat butter and sugar in another bowl until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until mixture is smooth and light. In a third bowl, mix pumpkin, buttermilk and vanilla.
Alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the egg and sugar mixture. Blend well after each addition. Put 1/4 c. batter into each of 36 muffin cups that have either been sprayed with cooking spray or have a muffin paper in them.
Bake for 22 minutes, cool for 20 minutes. Remove from muffin pan and cool completely on cooling rack. Frost with your favorite icing recipe.
Recipe from Oct. 2005 Country Living.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Ok, now for the part I did not want to know. Apparently, later in her writings and life, Hannah Hurnard became a heretic of the faith. She became pretty involved in New Age things from what I read. Of course, I do not know anything myself because I did not KNOW her myself. But, this is the truth that has been repeating itself to me - it just shows that we are all very susceptible to things contrary to God if we are not always on guard and studying His Word.
A good reminder...but I wish I hadn't read this information!
Monday, October 10, 2005
- Don't drink regular milk, it contains lots of harmful hormones and pesticides.
- Organic milk is a scam - don't buy into it.
- The argument that milk contains HARMFUL hormones and pesticides is false. After all, it is FDA approved.
- Our daughters are maturing at an earlier age - stay away from non-organic milk.
- Give soy milk.
- Don't give soy milk - lots of allergies.
- Don't drink cow's milk period.
- Milk is a necessary part of a healthy diet.
- Remove all dairy from your diet and you will feel better.
It is all going to come down to me deciding what is best for us. But, does anyone have any factual info?
A Frustrated Milk Drinker
Thursday, October 06, 2005
I also had a closet door that would not go back on because we had the floor re-done when we moved in. So, the linen closet in our bathroom has been in full view for two years. This was starting to bother me. So, I got a cheap spring rod and some fabric and voila, a new door for the closet has been born!
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
Over and over You're never changing
Over and over Your love is flowing
Over and over new mercies I see
As over and over Your grace and strength touch me.
Over and over like waves of the sea
Your forgiveness is there setting me free
Over and over as waves wash ashore
You offer a life lived with You evermore.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
I love the set, looks a lot like the old show - very homey looking. She seems a lot more outgoing. I don't know if that is because they are trying to get her to change her image or because she really is. But, I'm so disappointed in the show overall. I used to love the segments on homekeeping, plants, cooking, crafting, etc... Now, it is more like a talk show - with guests and a live audience. She does cook and yesterday taught us all how to properly fold pants. But, the overall feel is kind of like Oprah with a slight focus on home things.
Have any of you seen it? What did you think? While I am glad Martha is back, I guess it will be easier to go home to no TV channels knowing that I'm not really missing anything.
Update Thursday night: I watched the show again tonight - and it was so much more enjoyable. I must have seen a not as good episode the other night. I really enjoyed learning how to frost a cake, arrange flowers, and make ravioli!
Friday, September 23, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Monday, September 19, 2005
reviving the soul.
The statues of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
The ordinances of the Lord are sure
and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward."
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
10. Decorate the house with fall things saved from year to year!
9. Get a pumpkin for the porch!
8. Enjoy the cooler weather and changing leaves (if you have them!).
7. Enjoy time with family and friends.
6. Feel the anticipation of the next few months leading up to the holidays.
5. Go to a craft fair. (My top choice is the Holly Berry House sale in Colo. Springs)
4. Enjoy a local fall event.
3. Take a few apples, a bag of carmels, and a jug of cider to a neighbor for a fall gift.
2. Bake something with apples in it.
1. Appreciate the cozy feeling of being at home!
What are your favorite things about fall?
Monday, September 12, 2005
There Goes My Life
"I was cleaning my porch in the middle of August and I noticed how some leaves were falling already. It was still summer but I knew autumn was just around the corner.
It was like God impressed on my heart that this is where I am. Mid-August in my life. That’s when I was born. And that is where I am.
Yesterday I was a young girl growing up on a farm in rural South Carolina – running through the yard, playing with my cats. Yesterday I was a high school graduate applying for college. Yesterday I graduated from college and got married, moved away from home.
Yesterday I had my first baby – yesterday I had my fifth baby. Yesterday my oldest son grew up and left. Yesterday my second son got married and moved away. Yesterday my daughter left for college. Yesterday my 4th child got his driver’s license. Yesterday my baby turned 12. Yesterday I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary.
Yesterday – my life filled up.
There goes my life – all these yesterdays . . .
Tomorrow I’ll say goodbye to the rest of my children. Tomorrow I’ll be 70 years old. If I’m strong, I might live to be 80 - perhaps a little longer.
Tomorrow Carl and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Tomorrow my children will stand over my grave.
There goes my life - all these tomorrows . . .
But what if tomorrow never comes? Have I wasted my life so far? How will I spend my remaining years, be they few or many? How do I want my children to remember me? How do I want my church to remember me?
What will I say to God? There goes my life.
Today - I am busy raising my two last children. Two have flown the next, one is practicing her flight, and two remain. The oldest still at home is preparing for college, and the youngest is beginning the middle school years. Today I am busy with ministry in my home and ministry in my church. All these todays. Am I wasting my time?
There goes my life. All these todays . . .
My heart’s desire is to finish this life well. If God gives me 80 years – this means I have 33 left.
Some things I’ve decided in my 47 years – I will not waste my life. I will not spin my wheels going nowhere. The only way I know to keep on track is to have my heart and mind turned wholly and completely toward God. When I do that - He is free to work. When I fill my mind with the truth from Him, He clears my vision, He strips away the dross, gives me focus, He sharpens my perspective, He helps me spend my time on things that really matter. He literally frees me from myself.
It is my prayer that as you leave here today, you will have a fresh, renewed perspective about your yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. A perspective from God’s Word. We won’t finish our topic today – you’ll have to come back on September 22nd for the really “get your hands dirty” practical stuff. Today it’s all about a perspective – a way of seeing things. A way of focusing."
If you want to learn more, visit Mothering From the Heart.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
We didn't love it, but didn't hate it. It was quirky and nothing bad in it, but we probably won't watch it again. The fun thing was seeing familiar things and recognizing what others had mentioned about it.
I had an "Aha" moment when I figured out who Uncle Rico was and about his time machine having read something about this on Megan's blog. And heard the much talked about, "Gosh".
Anyway, a fun and quirky Monday night movie for us. We're curious how the MTV movie logo got involved with a PG movie though.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
We had so much fun with our "home spa" night - I thought I'd share the idea in case any of you want to try it too! We had the ingredients to make the following recipes and had a great time creating and pampering. We had three scents so we could interchange them however desired: honey almond, peppermint, and citrus fantasy.
Grapefruit and Sea Salt Scrub
This recipe makes 1 x 250g jar
Place 1 c. sea salt in jar. Add 1 tsp. grapefruit oil (or other desired scent). Top with sweet almond oil (we found it at the grocery store) until the oil is just over the top of the salt.
Pepperminty Lip Balm
6 T. almond oil 2 t. honey 4 t. beeswax, grated 5 drops vitamin E oil 5 drops peppermint essential oil 8 1/2-oz. lidded pots
In a double boiler, melt almond oil, honey and beeswax together; remove from heat, allowing mixture to cool slightly. Add vitamin E and peppermint oils; stir until well blended. Pour into pots and allow to cool before covering. Makes 8 pots.
Honey-Vanilla Lip Balm
1/2 c. almond oil 2T. beeswax, grated 1T. honey 1/2 t. vanilla essential oil 10-1/2 oz. lidded pots
In a double boiler, melt almond oil and beeswax. Remove from heat and immediately stir in honey and essential oil. Pour into pots; let cool before covering. Makes 10 pots.
Strawberries and Cream Milk Bath Mix
1 c. powdered milk 3/4 c. sea salt 1/4 t. strawberry essential oil
Place milk and salt in large bowl; mix well. Scoop out about 1/2 c. and place in a small bowl. Sprinkle oil over top of mix; stir well. Add oil mix back to large bowl; mix well. Store in an airtight jar. Scoop out 1/4 c. and dissolve under running bath water.
Herbal Oatmeal Bath Sachet
1 c. long-cooking oats, uncooked 1/2 c. dried or fresh lavender
1/2 c. dried or fresh rose petals 6-inch muslin square washable ribbon
Combine oats, lavendar and rose petals. Palce 2-3 T mixture in the center of muslin; bring the 4 corners together and tie in the middle with a ribbon, making sure mixture is secure. Repeat with remaining mixture. Makes about 16 sachets. Toss under running bath water.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
*Would you share any ideas that have worked for your family? Especially for Christmas - do you draw names, have a price limit, do one gift, do multiple gifts, etc...
* Does all this giving really please God? After all, there is a sweet and beautiful element of giving, but can't this get out of control?
* How have you communicated limits with loved ones? And what limits have you suggested?
I am really hoping to hear from the few of you who read this and learn what might have worked for you! Thanks!
Friday, August 12, 2005
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
2 lbs. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can Great Northern beans, drained
3 cans beef stock (or 4 1/2 cups homemade)
3 tspn. oregano (I substitute Italian Seasoning)
2 tspn. pepper
5 tspn. parsley
1 tspn. Tobasco sauce (I omit this)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 c. pasta
Brown beef in a skillet. Drain fat and place meat in a crock pot or large stock pot. Add everything but the pasta. Crockpot: cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours. Stovetop: Simmer on low for about 3 hours. Just before serving, cook pasta and add to soup.
Friday, August 05, 2005
A place of love.
A place that is comfortable.
A place of beauty.
A place that is cozy.
A place that is welcoming.
A place that is inspiring.
A place of comfort.
A place that is inviting.
A place that is simple.
A place to be myself.
A place to create.
A place to enjoy.
A place to share.
A place of life.
A place I love to be.
A place called "home".
I love the way the light shines in the windows.
I love the way the plants and trees look from inside the house.
I love the way the color of the kitchen looks cozy.
I love the way the wood of the tables glows in the light of the lamps.
Glowing...Inviting...Beckoning me in to a place of peace and rest.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Monday, August 01, 2005
The crust went fine. The chocolate pudding was "cooking" along...though not getting thick. But, after cooking and cooking the pudding, it did not thicken. It was runny and soupy. I kept thinking, "maybe it will set while refrigerating." So, I went ahead and put it in the crust and made the meringue. The meringue turned out beautiful! I was so pleased. So I spread it on top, baked it a few minutes until it was browned so pretty.
When I took it out of the oven, chocolate soup started dripping on my feet, the floor, running down the cabinet, etc... Getting more frustrated, but still hoping it would thicken, I refrigerated it for three hours.
After dinner, the fateful moment arrived where it was time for dessert. Let's just say we ended up eating pound cake that I had in the freezer with chocolate soup poured over and meringue on the top. It worked out ok, but I am curious to try it again and see if the pudding ever thickens! Oh well, a lesson learned. Don't think the pudding will thicken any more than it is in the saucepan.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
There were ten of us, sitting in our air conditioned dining room wearing shorts and sweating from the nearly 100 degree weather outside. But, we were inside! Listening to Christmas music, eating vanilla ice cream snowmen, talking about snowflakes and crafting Christmas goodies! It was such a fun time! Thank you to all who came and made it a fun and memorable day of friends and fun!
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Jesus King of angels heaven's light
Shine Your face upon this house tonight
Let no evil come into my dreams
Light of heaven keep me in Your peace
Remind me how You made dark spirits flee
And spoke Your power to the raging sea
And spoke Your mercy to a sinful man
Remind me Jesus this is what I am
The universe is vast beyond the stars
But You are mindful when the sparrow falls
And mindful of the anxious thoughts
That find me, surround me and bind me
With all my heart I love You Sovereign Lord
Tomorrow let me love You even more
And rise to speak the goodness of Your name
Until I close my eyes and sleep again
Jesus King of angels heaven's light
Hold my hand and keep me through this night
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I've been reading the booklet, just for the sake of understanding where they are coming from. I seem to remember someone saying to suggest that I listen to them uninterrupted for ten minutes and then ask them to listen to me for ten minutes.
I don't want to get into an argument or debate with them and think that the most important thing is for them to really hear the Gospel. So, I was thinking I'd walk through the Bridge diagram. Any other suggestions on this?
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs (about 20 squares)
1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. finely chopped nuts
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 c. lemonade concentrate
1 carton (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
In a bowl, combine the crumbs, butter and sugar. Stir in the nuts. Set aside 1/4 c. for topping; press the remaining mixture onto the bottom of eight dessert dishes. In another bowl, combine the milk and lemonade concentrate; fold in the whipped topping. Spoon into prepared dishes. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Chill until serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Note: I did not have any lemonade concentrate, so substituted 1/2 c. lemon juice and 1/4 c. sugar mixture. It was yummy!
Recipe from: Country Magazine
Friday, July 15, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Is it true that it is now so easy to upload pictures? Here is a test photo - some hydrangeas from our yard! So pretty ~
Let me know if you can see this photo, so I'll know if it is working! Yeah - I am excited to add photos to my blogging experience!
~ Chaplains' Service Book of Prayers
Saturday, July 02, 2005
vs. 3-5: in repentance, confessing and acknowledging sin and receiving His forgiveness
vs. 6: pray
vs. 7: go to God for protection
vs. 8: listen to God's instruction and follow His leading
vs. 9: follow God cheerfully and willingly
vs. 10: trust Him
vs. 11: praise Him!
Friday, July 01, 2005
Our neighborhood has started having a parade on the morning of July 4th. This year is the second annual parade where everyone decorates bike, stroller, wagon, dog, etc... and we just parade through the neighborhood. We end up at the house across from ours for refreshments. I hope Emily enjoys her first parade!
I've invited people for dinner that evening. I made red, white, and blue paper lanterns and hung them from the ceiling in our dining room - they look great! So fun.
Does anyone else have any Fourth of July ideas, foods, events they enjoy? I'd love to hear about them!
4 center cut, bone-in pork chops (about 1 lb.)
1 tsp. vegetable oil
2 slices onion
1/4. cup or less diced green pepper
1/2 c. BBQ sauce (I think it would be good to even water this down a little)
Brown chops in oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat 5 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet; keep warm.
Add onion and pepper to skillet; cook and stir 5 minutes. Add BBQ sauce.
Bring to a simmer. Return chops to skillet; spoon sauce over top. Simmer 3-5 minutes or until heated through, turning once.
Makes 4 servings: 1 chop and 1/4 cup sauce mixture each.
We really liked this and the meat had great flavor. I got this recipe from Kraft, but made some changes. Enjoy!
Sunday, June 26, 2005
1 can refrigerator biscuits
Heat oil in sauce pan (about 2 - 3 inches) until 275 degrees. Cut centers out of biscuits with a cookie cutter to make holes. Cook biscuits and holes in oil until brown, turn and repeat. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Roll in sugar and serve.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
For example, she suggests dividing household chores into daily portions so that you do some each day instead of trying to clean the whole house in one day. I had wanted to do something like this remembering Ma Ingalls being wise enough to do the same, but never landed on a system that worked for me.
I have now been doing this for a few weeks and it works great for me! Thanks, Carrie, for the great gift!
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Here is the list I used from the Red Cross. I thought it was funny that I disassembled my "blizzard emergency kit" from the trunk of my car to assemble my "hurricane kit" in the same bin! One extreme to the other I often say!
Sunday, June 19, 2005
2 1/4 c. packed brown sugar, divided
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 c. butter or margarine, softened
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. finely chopped walnuts, divided
Vanilla ice cream, optional
Place apples in a greased 12-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 c. brown sugar and cinnamon. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and remaining brown sugar. Add eggs. Stir in flour and 1/2 c. walnuts. Spread over apples. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes or until the apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
I made this last night and it was easy and very yummy! I made half the recipe and used and 8x8 inch pan. We had it warm with ice cream and it was great! Enjoy!
Recipe from Taste of Home.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Total Time: 5 min
Makes: 4 servings, 3/4 cup each
COUNTRY TIME Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix (dry)
1/2 cup water
3 cups ice cubes
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
MEASURE drink mix into cap to 1-qt. line (1/2 cup). Empty into blender container.
ADD remaining ingredients; cover. Blend on high speed 10 sec. Turn off blender. Stir with spoon; cover. Blend an additional 5 sec. or until smooth, using pulsing action.
SERVE immediately. Store leftover slush in freezer.
I made this last night and it was really yummy and extrememly easy! The only thing I would change is putting in less lemonade unless you like things really tart! I used the Wal-Mart brand of lemonade and fresh strawberries. Very refreshing for a hot summer day. If you try it, let me know what you thought!
Recipe from Kraft. Kraft offers a great free magazine that comes out four times a year. Click here to sign up.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Who may live on Your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the Lord,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,
who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
will never be shaken.
Monday, June 13, 2005
You are the One who has put this dream in my heart. You are the One who has given me the joys and gifts of enjoying the simple things of home. You are the One who has given me the desire to share this with others. Let Your will be done. Bring Yourself glory through me. Thank You! Amen.
Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Today I am dreaming of sharing my crafts and ideas with others. I'd love to have a craft sale at my home or in a larger sale. I receive great joy from making simple, homespun gifts and crafts and I'd like to share them with others.
I'm praying about what to do with this dream of working from home, creating things to encourage others to enjoy being at home.