Friday, October 3, 2014

Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Chocolate Yumminess

Who would think that you could have something cold, smooth and chocolately that tasted like a chocolate milk shake without the milk and ice cream?  

Not Me

But that is what I have here!

If you don't have liquid stevia, you can use vanilla extract instead. 
You can also add one teaspoon to one tablespoon of sweetener, your choice, depending on how sweet you want it to be.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cutest 'lil kitchen towel dress

I saw one of these at a friend's house a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it!  So I decided I'd whip one up for myself.

It's really easy to make.  Probably took me about an hour to put this one together.  

I kind of followed this tutorial.  When I say 'kind of' it's because I think she makes it a little more complicated than it really is.  

Thumbs up or thumbs down....what do you think?


Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's a SCAM....don't fall for it!

Yes, this is how you will feel IF you fall for that scam that came in the mail.

A few years ago my dad told me how he was going out to eat for free in exchange for a review of the service etc.  

There were words in his explanation that caught my attention.....






So I looked into it, signed up with a few companies and the rest, as they say, is history!

I've shopped convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, cable companies, cell phone providers, auto shops, hardware stores and more. 

It has been enjoyable and brought a little extra $$$ into the pocketbook, which, in the past 18 months,has funded my granddaughter visits :)

A few weeks ago I received this:

Here's what was inside:

Yes, that is a money order for $970.00.  

My first thought was "Wow, that will pay for A LOT of gas!"

Then I read this enclosed letter:

And I knew I wasn't getting ANY $$$.  

What I was getting was



How did I know you ask?

My first clue was the first line in the letter:

"Thank you for applying for the post of mystery shopper with us."

Ummm...nope, never applied.

My next clue was having to deposit the money order in my account and withdrawing without delay. 

The fact that there were 3 different addresses was also a red flag!

Just to be sure, I took the money order to my local Post Office to ask if it was a counterfeit.  

After he confirmed my suspicion, I asked if he'd cash it for me for 1/2 of it  ;)   just kidding!

Since then I have received numerous emails and phone calls asking why I haven't completed my job.  All of which I have ignored.  

Then this past week I received another one in my mailbox.  

This time I took it to my bank to ask if there was anything I could do to report this.  They referred me to the post office.  The postmaster there took the envelope, money order and letter so he can report it to their fraud office and gave me this copy of it all:

The thing that bothers me most is the fact that some scammer goofball has my mailing address, home phone number and email address.  

Kind of scary!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Secret to Knowing God's Will

There are many, many people seeking God's Will.

There have been countless messages and books written with numerous ideas and strategies on finding God's Will for your life.  

What job is right for me?

Who should I marry?

Where should I go to school or should I even go to school?

Is this the right choice?

Should I buy a house or rent?

The questions are never ending....every day there is a new one...and every day we wonder

Am I doing the RIGHT thing?

I have found the answer for you and it is surprisingly simple.  
(don't we always make God more complicated than He really is?, I know I do)

Here it is....given to us by the One who has ALL the answers:

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

And again:

Ecclesiastes 12:13

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

And again:

Matthew 22:37-39

And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 

Can you see it?  All those questions don't really matter.  We can do whatever we want IF we are already doing what He has told us to do.

The answer is easy. 

The DOING.....not so much!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Gluten Free/Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe - My Way

That's right...I've jumped on the gluten free band wagon.  

Haha...not really.  Just thought I'd see what all the fuss is about.   

Wondering if I can really feel better without gluten.  

I've already discovered that I feel much better without processed white sugar.  So I wondered if I could make a good tasting chocolate chip cookie without gluten AND white sugar.  


So was I.  

I came across a site that offered a DIY "best gluten free flour recipe".   I couldn't locate Sweet Rice Flour, but I did find this for $3.99 at Ocean State Job Lots:
If you or someone you love (like a daughter-in-law, for example) is allergic to nuts, then this is NOT a good option because they have a disclaimer that states this is manufactured in a facility that uses tree nuts and soy.  :(

Any who....onto the recipe:

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I was surprised how much like a 'regular' chocolate chip cookie this tasted like.  I only found it to be a little bit grainy in texture.  

But the real test is what did the family think?  

16 year old daughter said,"Wow, not bad!"
Hubby...well he had more than one so I think it passed his taste buds test.

Unfortunately those are the only 2 left to try my experiments :(

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Lies of Full-time Christian Ministry

Many years ago I attended a high school graduation at a Christian School.  A young lady from the church I attended was graduating. I overheard this comment about her as I was walking into the building........

"Isn't it great that she is going to go into full-time ministry?"

My first thought as a wife and stay-at-home-mom was...."What?  If she was going to marry and have kids she's not in 'full-time ministry'?"

Sadly, this person believes the lies.

A few months ago a new wife asked for prayer because she felt that she wasn't serving God because.....

 she wasn't in full-time ministry

Sadly, she believes the lies.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Dreaded Question Answered!

As moms our days are filled with pressure from everywhere....the phone, the laundry-dishes-dirty floors, diapers, spills, school, fixing boo-boos, paperwork, errands and on and on and on.......and then 4PM arrives and the daily, dreaded question is posed by someone, 

"What's for dinner, mom?"

 and I don't have an answer......again.

What if I told you there's a book that lays out 52 weeks of meals?    Recipes for an entree, side dish and dessert.  Fifty-two complete meals. I bet that would make your day.....

Well, get ready to have your day made! 

Six Sister's have come to the rescue with their new book: 

Purchase here for only $17.90
Gotta say I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!  
I would love it even more if it were spiral bound, but when someone does the meal planning for me I can get beyond the fact that the book doesn't stay open to the recipe I'm working on :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What's Your Worldview?

Have you ever been asked this question...."What's your worldview?"  and you weren't sure how to answer? Or you didn't even know what they were talking about, worldview?, what's that? you wondered.

Well, I have a book for you....

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Healthy Goodies with the help of NuNaturals

I am not a baker, not even close!  I don't understand the 'science' behind baking.  Science you ask?  Well, of course....when you bake with this you must have that so this will do what it is supposed to do.  I just don't know what this and that are :)

When I do bake, or have in the past, I always try to make it as healthy as possible.  Back in the day that meant no white, processed sugar. Today it means so much dairy, no gluten, no sugar.....ugh!  That is just too hard!  That must be why I don't bake very often anymore.  

NuNaturals contacted me to ask if I wanted to review some of their new items.  I guess they liked what I had to say about their stevia last year!  Oh you missed that?  Well, click here and you too can read about the yummy treats I made using NuNatural's stevia.

Thankfully, they not only sent a TON of products but recipes to try out these products.  

One of the items they sent is PreSweet Tagatose.  If you have no clue what PreSweet Tagatose is, you are not alone, I didn't either.