Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Life...

I love how God can create something so 
beautiful out of an old log that has fallen down.

I think it's pretty amazing that new life
 can grow out of this dead log.

A little bit of light and life can create 
something so green and vibrant.
It's flourishing!

Guess who can do that?
GOD can!

I love how God can create something from a tiny little seed 
and it can grow into a cute little pine tree.

New life, full of green and it now has a purpose!
One day, this little pine tree will grow into a large tree
and provide shade and a safe place 
for birds and squirrels to live.

Guess who can do that?
GOD can!

I love how amazing God is and how
 he can form these little pine cones
from a tiny seed hidden within the branches 
when this tree started to grow.

If God can create something so beautiful 
with one tiny little seed,
imagine what he can create in you and me?!

I believe it is something full of beauty and hope!
Full of wisdom and grace!
Filled to the top with love and forgiveness!


It all begins with... New Life!

You have begun to live the new life, 
in which you are being made new
 and are becoming like the One who made you.
Colossians 3:10

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chocolate Chip Muffins...

Fall is Here and I think it's here to stay for a bit.

Thank you Jesus for 
all the seasons you give us!

I am so very thankful for the coolness in the air.
Not that this summer was as hot as most of our summers,
but it's so nice to know it won't reach 100 now.

God is so Good and I'm so blessed!

How bout you?

Would you like to try a new Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe?
I bet you would...
These are so scrumptious and delicious!

Here you all go... Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 c. flour (I used half white, half wheat)
1/2 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
3/4 c. milk
1/3 c. canola oil
3/4 c. mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
 Place your baking liners in your muffin pans and 
spray cooking spray lightly into each liner. 
(This will help the muffin not stick to the liners)

Combine the first 4 ingredients into a large bowl.  
Beat the egg, milk and oil.  
Pour into the dry ingredients and mix just until moist. 
 Fold in the chocolate chips.
Fill your lined muffin cups about 1/2 full. 
 Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
 Cool for about 5 minutes before removing from pan.

Makes 12 large muffins.

These taste extra yummy with a glass of cold milk or coffee!

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

S'mores Trail Mix...

This has got to be one of the easiest trail mixes ever!

And it's perfect for Fall and Winter.
It would even be a great idea for a gift!

S'mores Trail Mix

! Box of Golden Graham Cereal
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 bag mini marshmallows

Mix in a big bowl and then store in 
snack bags or a glass container.

When you eat all three of the ingredients
 in one bite, they taste like a S'more!

I must admit... these are rather addicting!

I bet you can't eat just one bowl!!
(Smiles inserted here...)

Happy Day to you All!

Hugs & Blessings,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Love Anyways...

I have always liked this picture.

I see it on everything!

So... what's it really telling us then?  

Love is caring for each other 
even when you are angry!

We need not be angry?  Hurt?

We all have those moments where we feel 
a tad agitated or angry
at our spouse.  


We are overly tired and we snap at our kids and/or our spouse,
for the smallest of things.

Been there, done that!

We all need love even when we think we don't.
Especially when we want to be mad for a moment!

Don't stay mad at your spouse and/or children 
and never go to bed angry!

Have you heard that before?

It solves absolutely nothing!

Talk it out, work through your hurt feelings.
Don't hold things in... EVER!

Pray and Pray together!

You'll be glad you did.

And in the end...

Respect is what we owe;
love, what you give.

Bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:7

Hugs & Blessings,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You Know You're Loved When...

Some may call this a weed...

But, I call it a special bouquet 
of prairie flowers just for me!

My youngest son, picked them right from the field 
and then placed them in one 
of his Ninja Turtle cups 
and then placed the cup 
in my flower bed for me to find.

Aren't they pretty?

I would much rather receive these flowers
 than any store bought ones.

These are picked with Love!

This is something my boys 
think of and do often for me.

I treasure these moments of kindness...

My youngest loves to give!

He has a great BIG heart and 
loves to share with others!

A rose can say "I Love You"
orchids can enthrall,
but a weed bouquet in a child's fist,
Yes, that says it all.

And you know you're loved when...

You wake up to this on your sidewalk!

We must be doing something right...

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Color Time...

I love to color!  I mean who doesn't, right?

My boys will still set down at the table and 
color a new picture for the fridge.

It brings color and a memory to our Home!

I save almost all of my boys Art work.  
We have a lot of Art work from over the years, 
so I pick out the best ones and keep them in a file.  
I love to be able to look back at their Art and see how
 they have improved with each year they get older.

Each page colored or created brings 
a special memory to me.

One day when my boys are grown,
 these special pictures
 will hold a special place in my heart.  
They were made with Love!  

I have a picture of my boys hand prints 
we made when they were younger
and we put this poem inside the frame:

Every day I am exploring
Touching everything I've found
I leave behind my little marks
and hand prints all around

You clean up those hand prints
But someday when I'm grown
You'll wish you had just one
hand print to keep for your own

I made this hand print for you
so that one day when I am tall
You'll remember what my hand looks like
Long ago when I was small.

That's how I feel even now about
 all the pages they have colored,
because one day those too will become few.

Cherish those moments!
Remember the little things!
And don't ever forget the memories made!

Happy Days!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce...

I love PASTA!

And what goes with Pasta?  Homemade Spaghetti Sauce!

Earlier this summer, I got the thought in my head
 to can some homemade Spaghetti Sauce.

So, I pulled out all the frozen tomatoes
 I had and gave it a try.

My house smelled so good while cooking the sauce down.
All I could think about was fresh sauce 
on a great big bowl of pasta!

I wonder if I have any Italian in me?!

I only got 6 quarts, 
but I will be making more this fall.

Here is the recipe I used:
60-65 tomatoes
2 onions, chopped
2 green or red bell peppers
4 cloves of garlic
2 (12oz.) cans of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. Oregano
2 Tbsp. Basil
1 Tbsp. Rosemary
1 Tbsp. Thyme
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire
Lemon Juice

Prepare your water canner and get the water boiling.  
Sterilize your canning jars and
 have them warming in the oven.

Begin by adding your tomatoes
 to a pot with about a 1/2 c. water. 
Boil over low heat, reduce and simmer
 for about 20 minutes.

Add in the tomato paste. Stirring well.
Strain sauce to remove all the tomato peels. 
 Add back to pot and add in the onion, bell peppers and garlic.
Simmer for 30 minutes.  Stir constantly.
Now add in the oregano, rosemary, thyme, 
basil and Worcestershire. 
Still until combined.
Simmer for about 10 minutes.

Grab your quart jars and add in 
2 Tbsp. lemon juice to each jar.

Using your canning funnel,
 fill each warm jar with the sauce. 
Wipe jars and place on the lids.

Place your jars into the water bath canner 
and boil for 45 minutes.

Remove from canner and let rest overnight
 to ensure proper sealing.

I guarantee you won't want 
store bought spaghetti sauce again!

Happy Canning!

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