Thursday, January 29, 2015

Love Never Fails...

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, Love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres. 
Love NEVER fails!

I just think this is the perfect scripture for February!

Now...On to a Chocolate recipe
perfect for Valentine's Day
or really any other day too... 

I've posted this a few years back,
and I just think this has got to be one of the best 
and easiest candy recipe ever.

Maybe you all can make these for your sweetheart as well!

Chocolate Cookie Truffles

1 package Oreo cookies-crushed
1 bar Cream Cheese
1 bag Milk Chocolate Chips
1 dollop Shortening or Coconut Oil
1 bag of mini baking paper cups
1 small Valentine Tin or another one of choice

In a large bowl combine the crushed Oreos and cream cheese. Mix well
 {I used my hands to mix them both, so they were well combined}
Roll into about a walnut size ball and set on wax paper.
Once balls are all rolled out, put them into the fridge
until they aren't sticky to touch, about 30 minutes or so.
Melt the chocolate chips and the shortening in a small saucepan.
Pull out your cookie balls and dip each one in the melted chocolate. 
Place the dipped balls back onto the waxed paper 
and set back in fridge till the chocolate hardens.
After the truffles are hardened, take off wax paper and place
 them in mini baking paper cups.

Store in a cute Valentine's Tin or a Tin of your choice.
These are extremely rich, but oh so good!!

I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed weekend!

In His Grace,

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix...

It has been so cold here lately 
that we have needed a lot of hot chocolate!

I have been wanting to make up a big batch of Hot Chocolate Mix 
and I finally got around to making some up.

I searched and searched for the right one
and finally found this recipe.

I liked this one, because it was a bit different than all the others.
And it's one that you can store a big batch of it in a jar
and use 2 Tbsp. per each mug made!

I hope you give this one a try!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix

1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. cocoa powder
2 1/3 c. powdered milk

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl.  
Mix really well.
Pour into a jar.

To make a mug of hot chocolate:
Add 2 heaping tablespoons of hot cocoa mix 
to a mug with hot water. 
 Stir well.
Add in some marshmallows, 
a drizzle of chocolate or a sprinkle of cinnamon!


What kind of Hot Beverage do you like on cold days?

Have a great day!

In His Grace,

Monday, January 19, 2015

DIY Lavender Salve...

Valentine's Day is fast approaching
and what better gift to give than 
some homemade lavender salve.

Here's what you'll need to make your own:
1/4 c. dried lavender flowers
5-7 drops lavender oil
2 Tbsp. grated beeswax
1/2 c. olive oil
Small round containers

First, grate or shave 2 Tbsp. beeswax.
(I used my knife and just shaved the bar of beeswax)
Set aside for later instructions.

Pour olive oil into a heavy saucepan and 
add in your 1/4 c. dried lavender flowers.
Stir to combine.  
Warm slowly over low heat.
Once warm, turn off heat and let sit for 20 minutes.

Place cheesecloth over a glass measuring cup 
and secure it with rubber band.
Strain the lavender oil and flowers.  
Remove the rubber band and squeeze
 excess liquid from the cloth.

Put a few inches of water into a large saucepan,
Place the cup of lavender oil 
(that's in your glass measuring cup)
into the pan.
Add in your 2 Tbsp. of grated beeswax.
Warm slowly over low heat.

Now add in your 5-7 drops of lavender oil.
Let the oil and beeswax sit in water and stir 
occasional until the beeswax has melted.
This step takes about 10 minutes or so.

Once the beeswax has melted, pour the oil
 into your clean containers.
Allow to cool completely before putting lids on.

Make pretty labels and give as gifts or keep for yourself!

This will store for up to 6 months.


Did you know that Lavender Oil has so many health benefits?
Well here is something I found online to show you what they are:

Pretty amazing, I think!

I always try to use the "All Natural" method 
first before having to go see a doctor.

We use our lavender salve for many 
boo-boos, cuts and bruises.

I used it under my nose, around my ears
 and on my chest while I was sick.

Lavender is one of those smells
 that remind me of Joy and Happiness
and who doesn't want that?!

Do you use essential oils?
If so what do you use yours for?

I also made a sore muscle rub
and I included into the essential oils:

We really LOVE this one too!

I hope you all give both of these a try!

Have a wonderful day, Friends!

In His Grace,

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Joy of Friendship...

Vintage Friends

Dear One,
Earthly Friendship can be a reflection of 
My deep and abiding friendship with you. 
 Who I am to you- My compassion, grace, wisdom, 
guidance, companionship, forgiveness and joy
is a pattern for the love you give your friends.

Part of My work is accomplished
 through your friendships.

My daughter, your friends are a precious gift from 
Me- planned from the moment of creation itself. 
 Each friend is a blessing to you,
 and you are a blessing to each friend. 

 Pray for one another as you weep together, laugh together, 
and walk together along the paths I have set before you.  
Be joyful in the One who brought you together.

In One accord,
The Father of All

Original writing from: Letters from God for Women

I just love this.  This is truly what God wants from all of us.
To be a good and faithful friend!
I love all my friendships that God has given me through out the years.
Some are short friendships and some will last a lifetime.

Each friend is truly a gift from God 
and I cherish each one of you!

A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:17

Some friends play at friendship
but a true friend sticks closer
than one's nearest kin.
Proverbs 18:24

In God's Grace,

Monday, January 5, 2015

Prayer and a Word...

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderfully Blessed New Year!

I have been doing a lot of pondering on what God 
wants for me in this New Year.

I am reading a lot of scriptures
and really figuring out a word,
 one word that God really wants me to know inside and out
for the year rather than a resolution.

Diets come and diets go,
but the Lords Word really impacts more!

So, for days I have been praying and inquiring 
what I need for this coming year
and I really think He is telling me
"to flourish"

And the one scripture I 
keep getting is in Psalms 92:13-15

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

I really like this scripture.  
So, I've written this down and I have it next
 to my bed and on my mirror in the bathroom.

I want to flourish in everything the 
Lord has for me this New Year!

Have you thought about asking 
God for a word for this New Year?

If so, would you like to share with me?

I hope you all have a blessed week!

In His Grace,

Monday, December 22, 2014

Have a Very Merry Christmas...

Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer Is Here!

So many things to do and it seems as
 though there is very little time to get 
everything finished.

My sister in law and her family will be here
 to celebrate with us this year.

What a joyous time
 this should be.


We are hoping to get some snow, 
so we can go sledding while everyone is here.

Keep your fingers crossed!

I have been baking for days and will be sending 
many platters of goodies for my family to share.

Cold weather has set in,
fire is blazing,
hot coffee is brewing
and goodies are very tempting...

I  will admit, I have sampled at least 1 cookie each time 
I have walked into the kitchen.

Good thing you don't have a clue
 how many I have really had!!

I have gifts to wrap...
and Christmas parties to attend.

And I'm thanking God for giving me
 strength to get things done.

I believe after all this I might need 
to hibernate for a while!
(A much needed nap)

Yes, this is my Christmas Cheer!

May God give you all that you wish for 
this Christmas Season!


And now for at least one holiday cookie to share:

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Bark

1 sleeve of Graham Crackers, broken in fourths
1 bag of chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or Shortening
2 Candy Canes, crushed

Melt your chocolate chips with your 
coconut oil or shortening
 in a small saucepan.

Take each piece of graham cracker and dip into 
melted chocolate until completely covered.
Place the dipped graham crackers onto
 a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

Sprinkle crushed candy cane onto the tops of the 
chocolate dipped graham cracker.

Place in fridge until chocolate has hardened.

Store in a fancy tin.
(I store mine in the fridge)

Easy Peasy!

I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas!

Don't forget:
 Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Blessing and Hugs,

Monday, December 15, 2014

Don't Forget...

Wither means to forget, to cease of care, 
to leave something, lack of water.

Do you ever forget or ignore 
God's benefits he has for you?

What do you let wither away in your heart?

What are you neglecting to water?

Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits.
Psalm 103:2

The Lord told me that day I was
 standing on the mountain top 
searching for my son to
 "Never doubt for I Am with you".

That day changed my life.
We should never forget the blessings and the benefits
 the Lord has for each one of us.

He shows me daily of all the 
love and grace I have in my life.

We need to be drenched in His Word daily.
Or we too will wither and die.

May the Lord's Word fill you up
 until you are overflowing!

Hugs and Blessings,

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