Friday, December 31, 2010
We still hoop and holler and make a lot of noise, but first we pray. Why? Because He is the God of my yesterdays, He is the God of my today, and He is the God of my tomorrows. What better way to start the New Year than with the One I love most. It is because of Him that I am blessed to have another year. It is because of my faith in Him that I know that whatever the new year brings He will see me through. In the good times and in the bad times, at the end of the year and at the beginning of the year, I will say blessed be the name of the Lord and thank Him for His goodness to me, his unworthy servant.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Trust me when I say this recipe is going to put a smile on your face. If you are someone who has been denied the joy of chocolate gravy, try to resist the temptation of grabbing the phone and calling your mom or maybe even your grandma to ask her why she never fixed it for you. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe they've never heard of it. Fortunately for you it's never too late to make up for lost time. Make yourself up some homemade biscuits and a batch of this yummy treat and sit down to pure delight!
Mamma's Cocoa Gravy
In a saucepan put 3 heaping Tablespoons (mamma uses a big cooking spoon) of Hershey's cocoa, 6 heaping spoonfuls of sugar and 3 heaping spoonfuls of flour. Stir together, add and stir in a pinch of salt. Slowly stir in a can of evaporated milk, mixing well. Next add water. Mamma takes her saucepan over to the sink and adds a little less than half of what is in the saucepan. Stir constantly over medium high heat till it gets thick. Careful not to let it stick. Then add one teaspoon of vanilla. Stir that in and you are done.
Now for the best part. Fill your bowl, add a dab of butter and eat with your favorite homemade biscuits.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
In shower, massage mixture gently over damp skin. It will exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. Do not use on broken, irritated or scarred skin. Avoid Eyes.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
First thing you need to do is go gather up some pine cones. Fortunately we have a couple pine trees on our property so that won't be a problem for me. If you don't have any you could go to a park or hit your local craft store where you could buy a bundle of them at a fairly reasonable price.
If you have gathered your pine cones outside be sure they are nice and dry. If they are wet from a recent snow or rain you could put them on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven on a low setting for a couple hours to dry them out.
You need a double boiler to melt your wax in. I use an old metal coffee can inside of a metal pan. Fill your pan about half way full of water and put your wax in the coffee can. You could use old candles for this, just be sure to cut them up a bit so they will melt faster.
Using tongs (or wire from an old hanger) dip each pine cone into the wax. Be sure to have newspapers spread about and a sheet of wax paper to set the pine cones on as they dry. The wax will drip and you don't want a mess. The newspapers will make it much easier to clean up. If your wax is not too hot it will be a little thicker and you will only need to dip your pine cone about 4 times. After the last dip let them dry real good. I'd say for at least an hour. Now put your dipped pine cones in a basket and sit it by the fireplace! That's all there is to it! I told ya it was easy!
Monday, December 27, 2010
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Sunday, December 26, 2010
After Christmas is over I get some boxes and make two stacks of new gifts. Bethany's stack and Dakota's stack. Then throughout the next week I take time to look at their new things individually with each of them. After each item is looked at/played with by mom and kid it then gets put in it's place. This is something I've always done. We do it on Birthday's too. The kids look forward to it and so do I. It used to consist of playing hotwheels and remote control cars with Dakota and playing barbies and baby dolls with Bethany. Now that they are getting older it consists of looking at books, watching movies, and playing video games.
Then when I am all done with that, I hope to have some time to myself so I can read. I got several new books for Christmas. My mom got me Serendipity by Cathy Marie Hake and my sweet Bethany got me A Guide to Deaf Ministry and Celebrating the Christian Year, both books that I really wanted.
I can't end without mentioning the sweet gift that Dakota got for me. He took a beautiful picture of a pink rose with water droplets on it and then he wrote a poem for me and printed it on the picture and gave me the framed work of art. Needless to say I teared up when I read the poem. It is a gift I will treasure forever.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Here's a picture of my mom that year. She has always made Christmas special for us.
Opening presents Christmas morning!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
There is only a week left till Christmas, and to be perfectly honest, last week was a very trying week for me. There have been some things that have left me hurt, stressed and at times angry. I've learned through all the seasons of my life that the times that you feel the most hurt, the most broken, in those times, if you listen close, God is there comforting you and ready to minister to you.
I have said before, that Christmas is giving gifts to each other to represent the gift that God gave us. I have said that Christmas is the time of year that families show each other how much they love you. I have said that Christmas is being with those you love. All those things about Christmas are partly true, but what about the true meaning of Christmas. I have been raised in church, I've been a christian for a long time, I know what Christmas is all about, I know the meaning, but until this year I have never thought about it so hard, meditated on it, or let God really speak to my heart.
Christmas is....a Father.
A Father that was so merciful that He gave a gift. The gift of His son. His only son. To a world that was lost and dying, to all people. He gave this gift to me. He gave this gift to you. I have never had anyone else love me so much, that they were willing to give their son's life for mine.
Christmas is....a Son
A son who willingly came to this earth as a baby. He knew His destiny. He knew the plan. He knew the outcome. He knew that the very people He came for would turn their backs on Him. He came anyway. I have never had anyone else love me so much, that they would lay down their life for mine.
A love that is stronger than any power on earth. A love that goes deeper than sin. A love that reaches the unreachable. A love that came in the form of a babe. A love that came to die, a love that grew to be a man, that experienced hurts, betrayal, pain. At anytime before he came or while He was here on earth, He could of chose to stop it, but because of love he didn't. I have never had anyone else love me with such a love, that they would look past my sin, my mistakes, my unworthy heart and love me anyway.
My prayer this season is that God would prepare my heart. Not to be a Bethlehem like we so often hear. Bethlehem had no room for it's King. But instead to be a humble stable, a manger, a home.
If you are feeling stressed, hurt or even angry this Christmas, remember that Christmas cannot be bought, created or made. Christmas can only be found. You can take away the tree, the family, the food, the presents, but if you have Jesus, you still have Christmas.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
If this Christmas season is finding you anything but peaceful, close your eyes, listen to this song, and let Him come to you...soft and slow.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The last few gifts I needed to get I could not find. The stores were crowded and everything was picked over. The things that were on sale, which by the way was the whole reason I went shopping, were already sold out. So I came home. Tired, disappointed, and with a monstrous headache, got on-line and finished my shopping.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day was set to music by composer John Baptiste Calkin in 1872.
In 2008 Casting Crowns came out with this version and ever since it has been my favorite Christmas song.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
A little felt, thread, ribbon and glue are all the things you need for this cute mouse with a candy cane tail!
Your friends and family will love this sweet card that was made just for them!
This candy cane vase is the perfect center piece for you Christmas table. All you need is an empty coffee can and you are set!
This idea is the perfect Christmas gift for the "hard to buy for" person!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Click Here for a link to a free Jesse Tree Advent book. It is in pdf form and includes printable ornaments for each day along with daily devotions.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
~For beautiful eyes: keep my eyes to the heavens, my focus on God's will for my life and the blessings He has given to me; stay away from gazing over my neighbor's fence and always look for the goodness in other people.
~For stronger ears: listen for the still, small voice of the Lord each day, listen to my family's hearts; and listen to the Word of God.
~For better posture: walk with the knowledge and confidence that my steps are ordered by the Lord; He who has started a good work in me will finish it, and trust that He will catch me if I fall.
~For weight loss: unburden myself from the heaviness of stress, anger, hatred, bitterness, discontentment, strife, and the weight of thinking that I control my future.
~For stronger arms: wrap them daily around my loved ones; and lift them often in worship and adoration towards my Creator.
~For stronger legs: I think constant knee bending in prayer will achieve maximum results.
~For stronger hands: keep steady at the tasks laid before me; and keep them folded in constant prayer.
~For stronger feet: walk this earth lightly; walk God's will for my life firmly, and wherever I go leave a mark worthy of God.
~For a stronger heart: forgive others, forgive myself; anger less; be a river not a reservoir; focus on my blessings; flow instead of fight; give without thought to reward, and love without bounds.
~For dressing and adornment: put on the robe of Christ; fashioned and tailored in the perfect fit for me, allowing room for growth and maturity. I like how it never grows old, never goes out of style, is appropriate for business, casual, church, evening, grocery store and gardening attire. And the color suits me perfectly.
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great price. I Peter 3:4
Thursday, September 9, 2010
2 packages of crescent rolls
Chicken - you can cook your own or use canned. I personally like canned better because it's easier. I use 2 large cans
Bacon (have this cooked ahead of time)
Unroll crescent rolls and separate. Arrange triangles in a circle on a baking stone with wide ends overlapping in center and points toward the outside. I use a glass and roll out the wide ends just a little bit.
Next add your chicken!
Now top that with crumbled bacon.
Pour on your ranch dressing, use as much or as little as you like.
Top that with cheddar cheese. Bring your corners in and secure. If there are spaces in between the crescent rolls it's okay.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Slice with a pizza cutter!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
So how do you like to roast your marshmallows?? Over an open fire, the flame from a gas stove, over a barbeque grill, or maybe a chafing dish? Whatever your method is, nothing says summer like s'mores!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
All you need is alot of old denim jeans, shirts, skirts etc. Decide on the size of square you want and start cutting. It is easiest if you have a rotary cutter and mat. After cutting you are ready to start sewing them together.
I chose to sew the wrong sides together with about an half inch seam allowance. Then I clipped the raw edge seams about every 1/2 inch.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Now don't you want that same incredible sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and creative fulfillment from putting up your own food as I get. Go ahead try it! There's nothing to be afraid of!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The History Channel is offering this DVD set FREE to every school in America! And guess what?!? That includes Homeschoolers. To get yours CLICK HERE fill out the simple form before July 1'st and you will recieve your completely free copy (even free shipping) by August. Just in time for the new school year.