Friday, December 30, 2011

Quilting Shop Experience

This past week I have spent a lot of time helping to inventory a quilting shop.  You. Can't. Imagine.  Unless you have inventoried hundreds and hundreds of tiny items and counted and weighed thousands of things... you really can't!  It was a job to be sure.  I really enjoyed it... and have gained a much broader idea of fabrics, patterns, sewing machines, threads, buttons, etc...  I even have the tiniest hint of a quilting bug inside.  I have never quilted before, but it would sure be nice to do in the wintertime when I don't have a garden and I am not canning.  I believe it's something I will have to look into!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Encourage While It Is Today

I didn't know her.. I didn't have to.  Her tears caused tears of my own.  She spoke of her son in the hospital on hospice who would soon die of cancer. It's not right... when your son is 60 and dying and you are close to 80.  I asked her if I could hug her~ and she said yes. She didn't know if he was saved or not, but said that he didn't want his sister around because he was afraid that she would bombard him with "religious" stuff.  She went to visit him yesterday and she called to say that her son had given his heart to the Lord... and today he died. Life is short.  Sometimes it's sad.. and hard.  There are many questions left unanswered....  Who's neck can you hug today, or who's arm can you put a reassuring hand on?  Who can you pray for or speak encouragement to?

Proverbs 10:21  The words of the godly encourage many

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sweet Christmas

Christmas is such as sweet time of year. It's sweet not just because our kitchens are full of the wonderful smells of baking and all the holiday candy that comes in tow, but it's sweet because our Lord is sweet. I love that old hymn, "I Love To Tell The Story". It says in the third verse, "What seems, each time I tell it, More wonderfully sweet". Christmas is part of the whole story of Jesus and it ought to be sweet to our ears. Christ came so we could live and that's just so exciting.

Here are some sweet things to remind us of that wonderful sweet Christmas story.

  1. Rocky Road® (Journey of Joseph and Mary)
    It may not have been an actual "rocky road" but Mary was expecting and close to her time of delivering so the journey must have been difficult at the least. Some of us ladies don't take long trips when we are close to giving birth in a car or plane, let alone get on a donkey and go.

    "And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child".    Luke 2:4,5
  2. Sugar Babies® (Reminder of Sweet Baby Jesus)
    How exciting that God sent His only Son down from heaven in the form of a sweet little baby. A little child would change history and save us from our sin.

    "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."    Luke 2:7
  3. Candy Cane (Reminder of the Shepherds)
    The candy cane reminds us of the staff of the shepherds and how they were busy taking care of their sheep while Jesus was being born. What a significant part in the Christmas story they played. I think it's a great lesson to us, that God uses us to play significant parts in weaving history even if we don't know it at the time.

    "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid."    Luke 2:8, 9
  4. Almond Joy® (Reminder of the Angel's Announcement)
    While the shepherds were watching their sheep there was a glorious proclamation of "joy".

    " And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."    Luke 2:10-12
  5. Candy (Reminder of Peace)
    The dove has always been a symbol of peace. Because Christ was born we can have peace. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you... " is what Christ said in John 14:27.

    "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."    Luke 2:12,14
  6. Smarties® (Reminder of the Wise Men)
    Even the wise men of Christ's day sought the Lord. The Bible doesn't tell us too much about the wise men, but we do know from the fact that Herod had the babies under 2 killed, that Matthew says of the wise men that "they were come into the house" when they found the baby in Mary's arms, and a few other things that the wise men probably actually came to Jesus when He was a little older and not to the stable where Christ was born.

    I know a few Christians who will place their wise men from their nativity set far off like they are traveling and I know Christians who won't acknowledge that the wise men played a part in the Christmas story because the world emphasizes that the wise men were there at the manger on the actual day Christ was born. They get all hung up on that. Personally, I don't think we want to leave the wise men out of the story. They played a big part. The world does need to see that wise men did seek Jesus, even if they don't understand how the sequence all fell into place. The world doesn't understand the things of God anyway.

    "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.    Matthew 2:1,2
  7. Starburst® (Reminder of the Star)
    When we see the shape of the Christmas star at the holidays, I think sometimes we forget its importance. It was something God used to guide the wise men. Today he has ways of guiding us too. When the wise men saw the star, they "rejoiced". I think when we see the shape of the Christmas star, it should be like a surge that goes through us and we should be reminded to rejoice as well.

    "When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."    Matthew 2:9, 10
  8. Hersheys Treasures® or Foil Wrapped Coin Candy (The Gifts From the Wise Men)
    When the wise men came they brought treasures with them to Jesus. I think this should always spur us on to give our own gifts to the Lord such as our time, talents, and other things we know we should us giving to Him.

    "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."    Matthew 2:11
  9. Reison® (Jesus is the Reason for the Season)
    Jesus came to earth that Christmas Day so that we could live with Him forever and that our lives on earth might be more meaningful. He is our "reason" for the wonderful holiday season.

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
    Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
    have everlasting life."   John 3:16

So, don't you think Christmas is sweet?

Friendships

I just need a Snoopy today.  Where, oh where have friendships gone these days?  They have alluded me...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Why Jesus is Better than Santa

 
Santa lives at the North Pole ...Jesus is everywhere.
Santa rides in a sleigh ...Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year. Jesus is an ever present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies ...Jesus supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited ...Jesus stands at your door and knocks, and enters your heart.
You have to wait in line to see Santa ...Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap ...Jesus lets you rest in His Arms.
Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi, little boy or girl, what's your name?"... Jesus knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our history and future, and He even knows our hearts and how many hairs are on our heads.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly ...JESUS has a heart full of love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO ...JESUS says, "Cast your cares on me for I care for you."
Santa may make you chuckle but ...JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree ...JESUS became our gift and died on the tree, For you and me.
It's obvious there is really no comparison. We need to remember, WHO Christmas is all about. We need to put Christ back in Christmas, JESUS is still the reason for the season.
Yes, JESUS is better, He is even better than Santa Claus.
Merry CHRISTmas

Monday, December 12, 2011

Greetings, O Favored One

“Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” … Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  ~ Angel Gabriel, Luke 1:28-33 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Waiting ~ It's the Hardest Part

You have prayed.

You have turned it all over the Him.

You know that His plans for you are to prosper you, not to hurt you .. and to give you a hope and a future.

You know that He goes before you and behind you.

You know, you know, you know...

You have tried not to worrry.

You have tried not to take things into your own hands.

You try to be still and know that He is God.

You try to take every negative thought captive.

You try, you try, you try...

Yet, when things don't happen in your your timing you start to get weary.  You start to worry.  You fret- even when you know God is one your side. You REALLY do know His ways are best,~

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all you heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.  NLT

Cracker Candy Recipe

35 to 40 sa1tine crackers
(16 ounce) package chocolate chips
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Line a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan with crackers, one layer thick only. Melt butter in saucepan. Add brown sugar and stir until sugar is melted, blended and bubbly. Pour over crackers (crackers will float). Place in preheated 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven. Add chocolate chips to top and spread until melted evenly over crackers. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired. Bake again for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool. Cut into squares.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

White Christmas Fudge

White Christmas Fudge

2 ¼ cup White Chocolate Morsels

1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
Pinch Salt
½ cup Red Candied Cherries
½ cup Green Candied Cherries
Chop cherries into small pieces. This is a very sticky job!


Line an 8” or 9” square pan with aluminum foil. Smooth the foil as much as possible. Leave extra foil on the sides to use later as handles to remove fudge.

In double boiler on med-low heat, melt the chocolate with the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt. (Be sure not to use evaporated milk.)


Stir occasionally until all the chips are melted and the batter is smooth.

If you prefer to use a microwave, follow package directions for heating times.

Remove from heat, stir in cherries until fairly evenly distributed.


Spread into pan. Batter will smooth itself out. If desired, pop larger bubbles with toothpick.

Hint: After you have poured the fudge into the foil lined pan, place the empty pot in the sink. Use the hot water from the bottom pot and dishsoap to soak it for easier cleanup.

Let cool on wire rack until room temperature. Chill in fridge until set, about 1 ½ hours. You can’t over chill it.
 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Processing Thanksgiving Pumpkins

One of the two pumpkins that I am processing today!

Today I'm processing two left over, white Cinderella pumpkins from Thanksgiving.  I have quartered them, cleaned the gunk and seeds out and right now they are boiling/steaming on the stove in my canning pot.  After they are tender I will skin them and process them with the blender.  Then they will go into a collinder over a large bowl to strain some of the water out of them.. and then they will be bagged and frozen for Christmas cooking. 

My kitchen smells just like pumpkin pie! Oh, and I have hundreds of pumpkin seeds to plant in the spring!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December is here!

How I love this time of year!  I love the shopping, (yes, even elbow to elbow!), the Christmas carols, the decorations, the fresh excitement on everyone's faces and the love and compassion shared this time of year more than any other time... but most of all, I love being reminded that Jesus came to earth as a baby.  How thankful I am for God's most wonderful gift!

Today is December 1st and I am finally in the place to start thinking about the Christmas tree and decorations.  This year, instead of putting boxes and boxes of decorations out, I am going to decorate the tree beautifully and then just sprinkle a bit of Christmas throughout the rest of the house.

My family teases me because sometimes in the middle of July they will catch me listening to my Christmas CD's.  So, you can imagine how it is for me this time of year! :-)  I love all Christmas songs from Rudloph the Red Nosed Reindeer to Silent Night.

As December begins I want to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas season!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Creed

Christmas Creed.

I believe in Jesus Christ and in the beauty of the gospel begun in Bethlehem.

I believe in the one whose spirit glorified a little town; and whose spirit still brings music to persons all over the world, in towns both large and small.

I believe in the one for whom the crowded inn could find no room, and I confess that my heart still sometimes wants to exclude Christ from my life today.

I believe in the one who the rulers of the earth ignored and the proud could never understand; whose life was among common people, whose welcome came from persons of hungry hearts.

I believe in the one who proclaimed the love of God to be invincible:

I believe in the one whose cradle was a mother's arms, whose modest home in Nazareth had love for its only wealth, who looked at persons and made them see what God's love saw in them, who by love brought sinners back to purity, and lifted human weakness up to meet the strength of God.

I confess my ever-lasting need of God: The need of forgiveness for our selfishness and greed, the need of new life for empty souls, the need of love for hearts grown cold.

I believe in God who gives us the best of himself. I believe in Jesus, the son of the living God, born in Bethlehem this night, for me and for the world.

Anonymous

Monday, November 14, 2011

Our Thanksgiving Menu

I'm so excited that I will have both sides of my family, everyone, for Thanksgiving at my house this year!  What a blessing!  We will have a total of 35!  I have contacted all the women (although we have some fantastic men cooks in our families~) and here is our menu so far:

Apple Brined turkey (23.3 lbs!)
Pulled pork or brisket
Ham
Turkey gravy
Cornbread dressing
Mashed potatoes
Greenbean casserole
Sweet potato casserole
Cranberry salad/slaw
Cranberry sauce (chunky)
No kneed refrigerator rolls
Raman noodle salad
Corn with cream cheese and chili's
Macaroni and cheese
2 Pumpkin pies
Pumpkin pudding dessert
Old fashioned coconut pie
Cherry cheesecake
Apple pie
Cheese ball and crackers
Veggie/relish tray with dip

I know there will be extra desserts...  are we missing anything important?

When Godly people do Ungodly Things

This morning I'm sitting here with my coffee that has grown cold and my little dog laying at my feet. What does God have in store for me today?  I have made the decision to take every thought captive.  When my mind starts wandering with the "what if's" and "buts"... I have been turning and CHOOSING to not give flight to those thoughts. I refuse to worry, I refuse to dwell on hairbrained ideas and thoughts that I can't do anything about, or more than that-- make happen!  Worrying doesn't make something go away or make something happen~ it just makes you sick inside. 

As I sat there and realized what was going on, God spoke to my heart and gave me the vision of Beth Moore's "When Godly people do ungodly things."  He reminded me of the verse where it says that satan has asked to sift someone as wheat~ and God gave him permission. So you see, it was no surprise at all... Yes, I already knew because God spoke it into my heart.  Even before it happened, because God takes care of His own.  He's so good!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thoughts on Thoughts

2 Cor 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

We are to take EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE!  At this point, decide if the thought is a God thought or not.  Yes!  Every thought.  Did you know that if someone did something wrong to you and you began thinking bad thoughts about them, you have just taken the bait of the enemy?  No matter what happens in our lives, to us or around us, we are to "think good" at all times.  Think positive.  Make lemon aid when life gives you lemons.  Think good of all men - as the Bible teaches.  This whole thought issue has to do with relationship with people.  If there were no people, half of our evil thoughts would be gone because the people are gone.  However, there is still ourselves, so we can think evil of ourselves the rest of the time.  We are not to even think evil of ourselves!!  And remember, all things work for good.  (Romans 8:28)

Canning Jalapeno Jelly

Jalapeno Jelly
 
12-16 Jalapenos
2 cups Cider Vinegar, divided
6 cups sugar
2 pouches liquid pectin
Green Food coloring–optional (I didn’t use any, and it looks just fine)
 
Wash peppers and remove the stems and seeds. Make use to wear gloves during the seeding process. Using your food processor, puree the jalapenos and 1 cup of the Cider vinegar. Combine the puree, the remaining vinegar, and the sugar in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil and stir constantly for 10 minutes. Add in the liquid pectin and return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off the foam (if there is any). Add in a few drops of green food coloring, if desired.


Ladle the jelly into hot, sterilized jars, making sure to leave ¼ inch headspace. I used half-pints since it is a “strange” jelly. Put on the lid and ring and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Makes about (7) half-pints.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Actively Waiting

Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Beautiful Struggle



I made her…She is different, She is unique,
With love I formed in her mother’s womb, I fashioned her with great joy.
I remember, with great pleasure, the day I created her.
(Psalm 139:13-16)

I made her pretty and not beautiful,
Because I knew her heart,
And I know she would be vain…
I wanted her to search out her heart,
And to learn that it would be Me in her
That would make her beautiful…
And it would be Me in her that would draw friends to her.
(1 Peter 3:3-5)

I made her in such a way, that she would need Me.
I made her a little more lonesome than she would like to be…
Only because I need for her to lean and depend on Me…
I know her heart, I know if I had not made her like this,
She would go her own chosen way
And forget Me…her Creator.
(Psalm 62:5-8)

I have given her many good and happy things
Because I love her.
(Psalm 84:11, Romans 8:23)

Because I love her,
I have seen her broken heart…
And the tears she cried alone.
I have cried with her, and had a broken heart too.
(Psalm 56:8)

Many times, she has stumbled
And fallen alone
Only because she would not hold My Hand,
So many lessons she’s learned the hard way.
Because she would not listen to My voice…
(Isaiah 53:6)

So many times I have sat back
And sadly watched her go her merry way alone.
Only to watch her return to My arms, sad and broken.
(Isaiah 62:2)

And now she is Mine again…
I made her, and then I bought her…
Because I love her.
(Romans 5:8)

I have to reshape her and remold her…
To renew her to what I had planned for her to be.
It has not been easy for her,
Or for Me.
(Jeremiah 29:11)

I want her to be conformed to My Image…
This is the high goal I have set for her,
Because I love her.
(2 Corinthians 2:14)


The Inviting Colors of Fall

" But if our gospel be hid,
it is hid to them that are lost"   2 Corinthians 4:3


Many people are drawn to fall colors. Fall colors are warm, vibrant, extraordinarily rich, and energetic. I wonder how appealing I am as a Christian? Do other people gravitate to me because I am a warm, vibrant, and inviting person?

Red
When I think about the color of the fall leaves, red is my favorite. There's just something about the trees that are full of red leaves glistening in the sun. It's just extraordinary. They stick out and you notice them.

Red brings up the thought of passion. No matter where we are in our Christian walk, I think we all could do with a little more passion for Christ. We should stick out in a good way. We should reflect all that brilliance of Christ.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

Orange
The color orange is so beautiful in the fall. We see it in not just the fall leaves, but in those beautiful pumpkins as well. Orange reflects warmth and symbolizes thoughtfulness and sincerity. As Christians that's something we should portray. We should be that warm inviting person that cares about others.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.    Ephesians 4:32

Yellow
The yellow color of fall makes me happy. Yellow conjures up joy and cheerfulness. I don't really think that if we aren't cheerful as Christians, other people will want what we have.

If we have Christ, we should have joy in our hearts and that joy should reflect out through us. It's listed right there in Galatians along with the other fruit of the spirit that we should be bearing.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Meekness, temperance:against such there is no law.   Galatians 5:22,23

Purple
Some of the colors we see in fall are the shades of purple. Leaves we find in the purple family are so striking. Purple is the color of royalty. As Christians, we are royalty in Christ. Our behavior should reflect that royalty. We should be striking as Christians.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:16,17
Brown
If we didn't have all that brown in the midst of the bright fall colors, I doubt if they'd be so brilliant. Brown represents stability and it anchors all those other beautiful colors of fall. In Christ, we have our anchor. Others can see if we are living for Christ and depending on Him in our lives. It comes out in our actions and behavior.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.    Colossians 2:6,7

Conclusion:
Showing Christ through our behavior is so important in our witness to others . Our "colors" do matter. How we act and behave is what people see when they look at us. I hope I grow to have a beautiful, warm, and inviting life in Christ. I don't want Christianity to be hid from the world because of me. I want to portray vibrancy and warmth so that people will want to get to know me and learn about Christ through me.

So, what colors are you projecting?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mexicorn Dip Recipe

  • 2 cans (11 Oz. Can) Mexicorn, Drained
  • 1 can (4 Oz. Can) Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 whole Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 3 whole Green Onions, Chopped
  • 2 whole Jalapenos, Chopped (without Seeds)
  • 8 ounces, weight Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • Mix all ingredients together and serve with Fritos!  To make this a skinnier version use fat free sour cream and fat free mayonnaise!  Yum!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Fall Day!

(This picture is not mine, but looks EXACTLY like this area.. and what it looked like here today.) 

Today was a typical fall day. The weather was windy and cool with overcast skies. The rain fell on and off all day long.  Other than running out to the chicken house twice, I've stayed inside all day.

Because this is the type of weather that makes me want to cook, I found myself in the kitchen making Caramel Apple Jam and then later a big pot of chili with deer meat and sausage.

I am so thankful for laid back, easy going days.  Our soul just needs them sometimes... and today was a perfect day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jesus, Our Example

I must be about my Father’s business– Luke 2:49

Jesus lived in perpetual awareness that his Father had a purpose for his being here, and that he must therefore be constantly about his Father’s business.

What is the driving motivation of your life? Whose “business” are you usually and primarily concerned with? Are you mostly working toward your own ends and purposes, toward the pleasure and admiration of your colleagues, toward the fulfillment of your friends’ expectations? Jesus determined that his Father’s business was his one driving, overruling interest.

You may excuse yourself as being too young or too new to the faith to make such an all-encompassing, single-minded resolution. But do you know how old Jesus was when he uttered these words? He was twelve years old!

It is never too soon to give your life to the service of the Lord, to dedicate your time and energy and labors to His glory and pleasure. Can you hear the urgency in Jesus’ words, at the age of twelve, to accomplish this purpose in His own life?

You, also, are here for the glory of God. Like Jesus, you must determine to pursue your Father’s purpose for you now, no matter what family members or coworkers or classmates might say or think. Sadly, Jesus is here having to remind his own parents, in a gentle and respectful way, of the God-centered nature of his calling and life.

Friends, you must be about your Father’s business! Do not let any personal ambition or conflicting counsel get in the way of that great purpose.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stepping Stones

God is SO good!  He knows just what we need, all the time, every day. 

I am breathing in and out fresh, new air! 

When you tell God in prayer that you desire a freshness, a newness, a deeper relationship with Him, you never know what He's going to do..

He will shake your boat and at the same time He will give you joy!

The excitement bubbles up within me tonight!  No more boring days of wondering what I'm doing in a place that's going nowhere.

Luke 2:1-32 says:  Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail.

Did you see that?  Jesus said that he pleaded in prayer that his faith should not fail!! Ah, and I know mine won't either!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Doing Right is Never Wrong

Sometimes we need to pray about things that we have no desire to see come to fruition.  Sometimes we need to do what we know is right, even when we don't feel like it.  This morning God reminded me that to make an intentional habit we have to do something for 21 days.  And, because of that I have promised to pray about what I said I would.. although I really don't want to.  God knows my heart, yet, I know and believe He can change it if He desires.  Make me willing.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Some will find Religion, Some Truth

I can't take credit for the title of my blog.. I found it through another blogger who speaks wonderful truths into my life and my heart.

Some will find religion, some truth.

How true that statement is.

There are so many that sit the pews on Sunday to live their lives of no difference in the week.  They have attened for years, in fact have been on the membership since early childhood.  Yet, they just go in and out of the church building....  They have "religion" but they have no "relationship" with Jesus.  They can give you Sunday School answers, but they are only learned answers from classes or preachings and not answers that they know themselves from reading God's Word.  They think they are ok.


Are they?

Do you have religion?  Or, do you have Jesus~ a truthful relationship with the One who saves us from our sins with mercy and grace?  Do you know Him?  Know Him by talking to Him?  Listening to Him?

Or do you come and go... thinking the church building gives you all you ever need?......

Monday, October 17, 2011

Watch Out!~ Deer Hunter!

This is my nephew who shot his first deer this weekend.  My husband and him had planned this hunting trip many months ago.  They left at 5AM to start their day Saturday morning.  Apparently there was a missed shot at 11:11 (due to cell phone time)... and about mid day they stopped for a while and just drove around scouting.  Later that evening they went back to their blind and after waiting not so patiently for several hours three does walked by and my nephew was able to get one.  He was so proud and excited.  Off to the check in station and then home with his trophy.  There was lots of oo-ing and ah-ing from all his family when he walked in the door.  For breakfast the next morning we fried up the sweet bread (kidney loin meat) and it was wonderful!  Now we have another in the family that has buck fever!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Post 2 For the Day: Angel Food Cake

 Here's what you make when you discover 19 eggs in a nest in your chicken coop!

Angel Food Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 12 egg whites (the closer to room temperature the better)
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract, or extract of your choice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Sift half of the sugar with the salt the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.
In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar. After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed. Once you have achieved medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.
Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden skewer. (When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry).

Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.


Now, just add:


Sneaky Girls

Yesterday when I arrived home, as usual, I went through the house to the back yard and out to the chicken coop to feed the chickens.  I noted that one of the girls was missing.  So, into the coop I went.  I kneeled down in front of the small hole where they come in and out of their coop and stared into the blackness but couldn't see anything.  I went back into the house for a flashlight and went back to the hole.  Again I kneeled down and looked inside.. sure enough, there she was in the very far dark corner just sitting.  I though she may be sick, but the longer I shone my light on her to look at her I realized she was probably just laying an egg since her eyes looked bright and she was blinking in the light.  I reminded myself to go back and check on her after supper.  Supper came and went and I went back outside to take a look.. and what did I find??  A PILE of eggs in the far corner (from what I could see from the entrance hole.)  No, not a couple a big pile!  Maybe 10-12!  Since the girls had all gone in for the night and were in the rafters it would have been a huge ordeal for me to crawl in that small space and retrieve the eggs (yes, they were in an area that is not easily accessible to humans! ha!).  So... this morning once all the girls were out of the coop, I contorted myself through the small hole into the backside of the coop (believe me, there is no other way to do it!) and crawled back into the corner with a colander to gather the eggs.  There were NINETEEN!!  Oh my goodness!  Sneaky girls!  No wonder we had been only getting 2-3 eggs from 6 hens every day!  I cleaned their stash out and kicked the feather nesting they had made all apart.  Tonight I will be sure to check the dark back corner of the coop... and in the future we plan on making the whole bottom area of the backside of the coop (approx 4 ft) open with a hinged door so that we are able to check for stashed eggs daily!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ham and String Beans withPotatoes

 We have Kentucky Wonder green  beans that are sprouting all over the place now that the weather has cooled off 30 degrees!  Here's a recipe I plan to use~

Ham & String Beans with Potatoes

2 quarts fresh green beans or 3 cans (16 oz. each) green beans\3 lb. to 4 lb. ham or ham hocks\

3 to 4 medium size potatoes - cook until barely soft, if using with canned green beans.

1-1/2 cups water for cooking the ham + 2 additional cups water if using fresh green beans. Do not drain canned green beans.

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp.pepper

Preparation -
Trim all visible fat from the ham. Place the ham in a crockpot, add 1-1/2 cups water; set on high and cook for 2 to 3 hours. Reduce heat to low. Add the remaining ingredients, cover, and cook on low for about 5 more hours or until the beans are tender, if using fresh green beans and potatoes. Cook on low for 2 to 3 hours if using canned green beans and potatoes. Remove the ham. Discard the fat and bones; cut or shred the ham. Return the ham to the crock pot and cook on high for about 15 to 20 more minutes.

Happy First Day of Fall

October is my very favorite month.  It's the month of slightly cooler weather,crunchy leaves, colorful mums, football games, pumpkin hunting, cider making, boot wearing and snuggle making.

I am already wanting to decorate my front yard in gourds, pumpkins, hay bales, flowers and scarecrows!

So many get tangled in hating Halloween, but for my family it's only been a day of passing out candy and recieving candy.  Nothing  more.  No scary or weird dress up's~ just little cowboys and princesses.

I have been canning peach, plum and jalapeno jam  (all as one jam not individual flavors) today and the house smells like a cross between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

My heart feels light and full... and I'm ready for jeans, boots and sweaters with scarves. 

Ah, October.. how I love you!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Beatitudes

 Matthew 5 ~ The Beatitudes

1And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
    For they shall be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
    For they shall inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    For they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
    For they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
    For they shall be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Always in my Heart

My Calvary Baptist Church family will always be in my heart... We've raised children together, been to weddings, funerals, births and birthdays.  There is nothing like Mr. Jim's handshake or Miss Toney's warm hug.

We attended about 12 years.. and then went to another church, went back a while and then moved to another town... still, they are the ones I think of when I think of true church family.  It's their faces I see.. their voices I hear and their love that I still feel.

In May we went back home for a funeral for one of the loved ones in this family and it was truely like going home.  Warm smiles, tears, laughter and love.

Calvary~ how I miss you.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

See You at the Poll!

I am so proud of students across our wonderful United States of America that are gathering today for "See You at the Pole" to pray over each other and their schools.  THIS is what freedom is all about!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mighty Warrior?

"The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." Judges 6:11-12

He calls YOU His Mighy Warrior~

Gideon questioned the angel because he saw no evidence of anything happening. Is that where you are? When the Lord sends you to fight a battle, He will empower you to do all that is necessary to win. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Believe in His mighty power.

Bacon Ranch (Lowfat) Slowcooker Chicken

Bacon Ranch Slowcooker Chicken
4 Servings

2 butterball turkey bacon strips, cooked and shredded
1 tsp minced garlic
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 10.75 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup (98% fat free)
1 cup fat-free sour cream
16 oz. chicken breasts
8 oz. pasta (I used rigatoni)

Combine the first five ingredients. Place chicken in slowcooker and pour sauce over the top. Cook on high for 3.5 hours. Serve over hot noodles.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy First Day of Fall!

Just wanted to pop on to say Good Morning and Happy First day of Fall!!

God bless!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

This is a Paula Deen recipe, so you know it's good!!  Today just outside of the grocery store that I shop in, they had packed the annex full of pumpkins of all sizes and mums~! My heart soared when I saw all the bright colors..  Tomorrow marks the first day of Fall and I'm so ready!


Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients 

Cake:
1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:
1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
To make the cake, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.  Pat the mixture into a lightly greased 13x9-inch baking pan.

Prepare filling:
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together.

Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. 
Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
Serve with fresh whipped cream.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Grace, Love and Fellowship

I have heard this verse over and over the past two days; in my car as I'm listening to my NIV scripture reading DVD which was in Corinthians, in a devotion this morning and again this morning on Biblegateway.com.  Hmm.. makes me wonder.. what is God saying?

May the GRACE of the Lord, Jesus Christ...  Ah, doesn't that say it all?  I was listening to the song 'Oh How He Loves Us' this morning and the words "if grace is an ocean we are all sinking" just pricked my heart. Unimaginable, unfathomable, undeserving grace.  It's not what we can do, it's what He's done!

..And the love of God..... His love blows my mind.  He loves me! Me!  He knows my every thought and action..yet, He loves me!

..Fellowship of the Holy Spirit... He wants a relationship with us.  A tight bond.  A holy union.  Back and forth, living, breathing, talking..

..Be with you all.... If Christ is in us, He is with us!  We can have all these things.. because of Who He is!

Praise His Name!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chicken Shenanigans

Who knew that chickens were fussy and choosy?  Certainly not me!  When we added our new girls last week the three former chickens (two hens and a roo) weren't sure what to think. Within days they accepted two; the black Australorpe and the Rhode Island Red.  The New Hampshire's, bless their hearts, have been shunned pretty strongly.  These two girls come from a hatchery (I was told) and it makes me wonder if they just don't know how to run with a large pen of chickens, or if they may act different or smell different?  The other two were raised in an incubator on a farm.  Maybe it's their personalities, I don't know~!  The roo will keep them on the run if they venture over his way.  They would hide out in the coop all day if we didn't flush them out and shut the door.  Poor things.  Will they ever adjust?  I sure hope so!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New "Girls" Coming!

Tonight I will go and pick up my new "girls."  I have been looking for more chicken since a predator raccoon killed 4 of our hens last month.  The lady who is selling the chickens has several kinds to choose from, these three are my top choices:

New Hampshire Red
















Australorp













Rhode Island Red
















I am going to get four.  The Australorps are supposed to maybe crosses.  I'll just have to see.  I may want one of each and then one more of the one that has the best production rate.

Woohoo!  Who would have ever thought I would be excited to get chickens?