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Monday, November 24, 2014

Non Dairy, Sugar Free, Strawberry-Banana Ice Cream that tastes FANTASTIC

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I love ice cream, but a lot of times, it doesn't love me. So when I'm craving ice cream-this is my go to solution.

You won't believe how tasty it is until you try it! This is super, super good! 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Time Still Passes.....

I wrote this on September 8, 2011 after leaving my ailing dad in the hospital with a broken hip.  

Illness,
it racks the warrior's body,
 weakening him.

BUT he fights back,
 with a vengeance because the warrior has seen what illness does, 
many times before.

Each battle wears down the warrior, day in and out.

The bystanders watch, cheering for the warrior. 
 Praying for the demise of illness.

The battles come and go, some fought longer than others...

The bystanders can see the weariness in the warrior's face.

One bystander decides to take the pen to change the story....
She knows a better way....an easier way

But the pen doesn't write for her.  
She doesn't give up and continues to try again and again.  

With no success, she helplessly gives the pen back to the Master Writer, 
begging for Him to have mercy.

His hand forms the word:  
FALL

The warrior screams in pain as he falls to the ground...
the bystanders gasp

 Frantically, she reaches for the pen but 
the Master Writer shakes His head

She bows her head knowing He will only write what is perfect, 
what is right 

And she waits........

But she knows the truth

it is always the same

The warrior has fought his last battle

The final hours may be long and last for a while....

But the time will come 

When

The warrior reaches for the Master Writer's stretched out hand

His battles and pain are over

But for her, the pain continues..
only for a little while

Until the Master Writer
pens her last line

And she joins the warrior 
and the Master Writer

FOREVER!

*dedicated to the warrior in my life a man I call  Dad

"here, there, or in the air.....Love you, Dad!"


Then 6 weeks later, this blog post

3 years have passed and I still struggle in some areas of my life that make me think of my dad.  

I cry less, accept more...but I've still got a ways to go before I can smile every time I think of him.

But I expect that will come....in time.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits - DELICIOUS



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I saw this recipe online a few weeks ago and thought I'd give it a try.  

This is my variation of it as there were several ingredients in the original that I don't use.

Come back and tell me how you liked it if you try it!




Friday, October 31, 2014

Crunchy Oriental Salad Recipe

I shared this picture on my FB page yesterday and had several people ask for the recipe


No better way to get traffic to my blog than to post the recipe here and the link on my FB page :)





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I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Noah in Pictures....No not the movie!


Mark Ludy is a very talented artist as his new book clearly demonstrates.  

At first I was unsure if I liked this book, but the more I looked, the more details I saw and the more I wanted to see.  

Here is a sampling of the vivid colors, amazing details and awesome story-telling in pictures:






















I LOVE THIS!!

The fact that it is a wordless book could be the best part of it or maybe the worst.  

Best:  YOU tell the story with as much or little detail that you choose.  No more wondering if the author gets the account correct because you are the author!

Worst:  YOU tell the story....but you may not know the TRUE account.  You may have only seen the movie which isn't an accurate account of what the Bible teaches....which brings me back to the

BEST:  YOU can pick up your Bible, turn to Genesis 5-10 and read the Author's account of this historical event that has been told and retold throughout generations in every known culture.  After you've read what the creator says, you can go back to this picture book and retell to your eager listener accurately.  

Anything that lends itself to Bible reading is a plus in my book!

The only thing I didn't like in this book is the portrayal of the people.  Honestly, the faces creeped me out a bit :/

I tried to look this over with my 20 month old, book-lovin' granddaughter, but I think she is a bit young for it as her interest did not last long.  

My recommended ages would be 6 and above.  

You can purchase the book directly from Mark Ludy here.  

Or if you are an Amazon shopper, like I am, you can find it here.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing for my honest review.

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!



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.....


FREE

CRITIQUE

FUN

CASH

EASY

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)

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.  

Skeptical?

So was I.  

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 more...no 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. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

The 'Son of God' Scroll from Biblical Reproductions


I was a bit excited when this package finally arrived at my house, because I didn't know what Biblical Reproductions was going to send to me.

Here's what was inside:

'Son of God' Scroll rolled out encased in plexiglass  




Backside

Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014 For One Another Challenge: An 8 year old's example

Here is an example of how one gesture of love shown to another can really touch lives.....

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-8-year-old-turns-20-into-priceless-gift/

This is the kind of  news story I love to hear!

Let this 8 year old motivate us to show appreciation and love to those around us.  We never know the change we can make!



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Passing the Mommy baton, picking up the Gramma torch

April 13, 1987....I became a mom.  And my life changed forever.  Seriously.  I never realized how that small child, that little being I was now responsible for, would change me.   My thoughts here on that topic.......

Then child # 2 arrived on June 12, 1989.....read her story here

Ok, so our family has 2 girls...of course we can't stop there....Gotta try for that boy.  Read about the day I heard, "it's a boy" on June 23, 1991.

Life took on a whole new dimension with that 3rd child. Talk about 'let's just stay home cuz it's so much easier". 

If you do the math you will see that I now had a 4 year old, a 2 year old and newborn at home. 
Can you say, 
"will I ever again have time for myself?"   

Moms, if you are at this stage and thinking this, let me assure you, you will have time for yourself again, I promise!  And when you do, you will wish for the time when you didn't...crazy isn't it?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Delving into Biblical Reproductions





Have you ever gone to a website and were so overwhelmed that you just clicked away?  There was just sooooo much going on that you didn't know where to begin?

Thankfully, that's not the case at Biblical Reproductions.  I find their website easy to navigate with just the right about of information.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Biblical Reproductions? What's that?



As a part of the CWA Review Crew my blog was picked to review an item from Biblical Reproductions.  

After my initial excitement of actually being chosen, (I was that kid who was one of the last ones standing)         
I was like..."say what?"  I don't even know what this is!

So I clicked on over the Biblical Reproductions to check it out. (which I hope you just did too!)

Here's the first thing I read:

We are the only company authorized and licensed to sell replicas and photographic reproductions for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the Western Hemisphere.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

2014 For One Another Challenge: SMILE



Today's challenge is quite simple.....

SMILE

As you are going about your day simply smile at everyone you encounter.  

Sometimes that is all it takes to brighten someone's day.


Plus, people may just wonder what you've been up to :)


Monday, January 27, 2014

2014 For One Another Challenge: Swap a book


I am a book lover...always have been.  I used to dream of having a room filled with bookcases overflowing with books.  

With the boom of technology, books are becoming less and less of a desired item.  Sure, people are still reading, but on their phone, tablet, laptop..whatever.  The book that you hold in your hand and turn the page is becoming much less popular.  

Monday, January 20, 2014

Trust in the Lord


I'm wondering if I am alone in the struggle I battle in trusting God with everything.  My head knows that He is in control and only allows what is best, but my heart doubts...ALOT!!!

I spend countless hours crying and worrying and praying for what I 'think' is best, knowing the whole time that God is going to do what He's going to do.

Really, I want to trust and believe that when something to me looks 'bad' that it really could be for my 'good', but too often my thoughts lead me elsewhere.

Monday, January 13, 2014

For One Another 2014 Challenge: Tips


I am known by my family as a penny pinching tipper at a restaurant.  I will tip the average 20% IF the service I received was excellent.  The percentage drops as I consider what type of service was given.

There have been times that I have left what would be considered an 'insulting' tip....I do that to leave a  message....the service was NOT acceptable. 

I will reward behavior as I judge it. I am the consumer and I feel that is what tipping is all about.

Well, I guess of I'm the 'older generation' cuz my kids get mad at me when I don't tip well.  So I tell them...
"Go ahead and leave whatever you want, 
this is what the service was worth to me."

How about next time you and I go out to eat, leave a super generous tip no matter what the service. (ugh, this will be so HARD for me!)   If you'd like, also leave a note telling them that you wanted to bless them today.

I know this challenge is not original.  I've read several instances of people doing this all over the internet in the last year....so, it's been done, but it is a great idea.  I'm sure all the food service people wish it was done every time :)


Sunday, January 12, 2014

For One Another 2014 Challenge: Share with one another



Have you ever done freezer meals?  I did this a couple of times. And of course blogged about it.  Go ahead and read about it.....here and here.

But today my challenge is this.....

In case you don't want to click on over to what the challenge is I'll tell you....

Basically I want you to make a double meal of whatever you are making and share the 2nd meal with a neighbor, shut-in, friend, pastor.....whomever you wish!  When they ask, "What's this for?"  Tell them "just because I can!".

I'd love to hear what you made and the reaction from the person you surprised....


Saturday, January 11, 2014

For One Another 2014 Challenge: Fellowship



I'm not very good at keeping in touch with people.  Life just seems to take over and I don't make the effort to call friends far away.

Are you like me?  If yes, the I challenge you today to take the time to call someone you haven't had a chance to talk to in a while.  Set aside a few minutes and call them to tell them you are thinking of them. 

You never know, that call may be just want they needed :)

1 John 1:7

New International Version (NIV)
 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.


Friday, January 10, 2014

For One Another 2014 Challenge: Donate blood


I have never given blood.  Many, many years ago I tried to at a blood drive where I worked.  I was told that I didn't weight enough to do so.  

I checked the Red Cross website for eligibility requirements.  Here they are:

Blood Donors Must:

  • Be healthy*
  • Be at least 17 years old in most states, or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law  see more information for 16-year old donors »
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
    Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.
Looks like I still can't give blood.  Guess that's not a bad thing seeing that I'm barely 5 feet tall!    ;)

Seeing that I don't meet the weight requirements, how about YOU give blood on my behalf?

You may save a life!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

For One Another 2014 challenge: Leave a surprise

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Simple task today.  

If you find yourself somewhere with a vending machine, leave a couple dollars for someone to use.  

Too bad you couldn't also leave a hidden camera to get the reaction :)


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

For One Another 2014 Challenge: Bear One Another's burdens



Have you ever been driving along and come to a toll when you realize you have NO CASH!!  That's never happened to me but it has happened to my daughter twice in the past couple of months.  

How about the next time you pass through a toll you pay for the person behind you.
  
Imagine the conversation when they get home and share with their family what happened.
"you will never believe what happened to  me today...someone paid my toll, how cool is that?"

Galatians 6:2:  Bear one another's burdens......

Go ahead and give it a try....


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

For One Another 2014 Challenge: Honor One Another

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Have you ever had a complete stranger give you a compliment?  It's kind of nice, isn't it?

How about someone you live with?  Now that's could be more rare than a stranger, but it shouldn't be.  

Give a compliment to everyone that you cross paths with today.  Just watch their face light up as you notice them in a special way.  

You don't have to be elaborate....a simple, "I love your hair that way", or "Is that a new shirt?  It looks very nice on you", or even "you really are great at that, ya know?"  

Honor one another above yourselves.  
Romans 12:10

Honor one another with a

COMPLIMENT

Monday, January 6, 2014

For One Another 2014 Challenge: Make a child's day


Here's an easy one and sure to bring a smile to you too!

Next time you are in a store that sells balloons, buy one for a child in the store.

One suggestion though:

 Make sure you ask their parent first :)



Sunday, January 5, 2014

For One Another 2014 Challenge: Forgive One Another




Think of someone who you feel has wronged you.  That person that when you hear their name you kind of cringe inside.  

I'm quite sure you thought of a name.....I know I did.  Now pray for God to give you the forgiveness to really, truly forgive that person....YES----THAT PERSON!!!!

Go get a pen and paper...write their name down, the date and the words:  I forgive you.  This is your reminder that you have forgiven them so put it away for safe keeping,  for the time you feel the unforgiveness taking over again.

Forgiveness....sometimes very tough to do.  BUT if we think about how much we have been forgiven, certainly should make it easier!

Today you embrace forgiveness and set yourself free from the bitterness and hate.  Sure maybe they don't deserve it but

NEITHER DO YOU!
Colossians 3:13