Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Special Birthday, For Special Lady...



I want to dedicate this post to a very Special lady
that I am honored and blessed to call my best friend
and mother in law, Roxy!

Today is her Birthday!

If you don't know her, I suggest you pop on over to her Blog
and introduce yourself.

She blogs over at: Living From Glory To Glory

On this special day, I wanted to just stop and take a moment to say
that Roxy has been a great and wonderful friend to me over the years.

She's not only my mother in law, 
but a great role model to me.

She has a love for teaching and encouraging 
other women in their walks with God.
She always inspires and speaks wisdom 
into every situation that comes along.
She is a mighty prayer warrior
 that stands with you!

She makes me laugh!
 And in those hard times, 
we come together and pray! 

We have a special bond as a mother and daughter
 that no one can ever break!

She is loving and caring and supportive of all that I do
and if there's something I need help with, she is
always there!

I hope you have  the best Birthday!
May you know how much you are cherished.

I love you bunches!



To you!




Now, who wants cake?


This girl means business...

Give me the cake and no one gets hurt!


Hugs,









Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Best Muffin Yet...


I have been on a muffin kick for a while now,
please bare with me.

I have lots of muffin recipes to share with you
and I will try not to post them all at once..

I am trying and experimenting with recipes 
to try and cut back on some of the sugars.

Some recipes call for so much sugar, 
just reading the recipe makes my teeth hurt!

And, then this way, my kids get a healthier muffin or cake or cookie.

Let's just get one thing straight here before I give you this recipe.
I am by far NOT a health nut, but I do like to eat better, bake more
and buy less processed foods.

In the long run, its better for me and my family!

I feel better now...
Let's continue on to the recipe now!

Enjoy!

Blueberry Muffins

1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar (but I use 1/3)
1 egg
3/4 c. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. + 1 Tbsp. flour (I use half wheat, half white)
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. blueberries, cleaned and patted dry

Cream the butter and sugar.  
Beat in the egg, then milk and vanilla, beat until smooth.
This mixture will seem very liquidy to you. 
Combine the 1 3/4 cups flour with baking powder and salt in a small bowl. 
 Add to milk mixture, stir just till combined. (batter will be lumpy)
Toss the berries in the 1 Tbsp. flour, then fold them into the batter. 
 Spoon into 12 greased or paper lined muffin cups. 
 Bake in a preheated 425 oven for about 25 minutes 
or until lightly golden brown.
*For the last 10 minutes of baking turn your ovens down to 375. 


Happy Day!



Monday, November 10, 2014

DIY Laundry Soap...


Have you ever tried making your own laundry soap?

My youngest son's skin is really sensitive to a lot 
of the powdered soaps from the store, so 
we always bought the liquid soaps.

Just the other day, I was browsing at Do It Yourself
Laundry Soaps and came across this one 
and thought, Hmm... this one is different than all the 
other recipes out there.

So, I bought all the stuff and only spent $22.00
And, this recipe said it would make a year supply!!

So, who doesn't want to at least give it a try?
For that price?  YES!!



So, here's what you do:
 Grab a big trash bag and pour everything in it.

( I cheated and bought the Zote's Soap all ready grated)


Here's what it looks like all mixed up.
Thanks you to my oldest son for shaking it all up for me!
(insert smiles here)



Now, pour it into a pretty glass jar!
( I ended up with this jar full and another one 3/4 full)


And, here you go....
Ready to wash, wash, wash!



DIY Laundry Soap

1 box Zote's Soap (It's all ready grated, Yay!) 
or 3 bars Fels Naptha, grated

1 box Borax (76 oz.)

1 box Washing Soda (55oz.)
2 cups Baking Soda

2 containers of Oxyclean (you can find this at your Dollar Tree Store)

2 containers of Purex softener crystals, any scent

Mix everything in a large trash bag 
and store in a jar or plastic container.

For Laundry:
Use 2 Tbsp. of laundry soap per load

I have been using this soap for 3 weeks now 
and my son or anyone else for that matter
have no signs of itchy skin or rashes.

It really does make your clothes soft
and they smell like lavender fields!!

You just can't go wrong, really...

I hope you all consider giving it a try
and if it even lasts for 6 months, I'd be happy!!

Have a terrific day!









Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sleeping in the Kitchen...



I don't know why I find this funny, but I do.

I don't think I have ever had breakfast in bed, 
nor have I ever fed a meal to any one in bed before.

I can't even imagine the crumbs on my sheets!!

Really!?!

There are times I feel like I might as well sleep in the kitchen, 
because I am in there so much through out the days.

With the holidays coming, 
this is a busy time of year.

I do a lot of the holiday baking for my hubby's work 
and for my mom and auntie's work too.

I also make up platters of goodies 
for my father in law's work crew.

And of course you can't forget all those homemade gifts 
you like to create for your sweet girlfriends.

Oh and there's the meals that you make to help
 a family out when they need it most.

So, yes I think I'll be sleeping in the kitchen for the next few months.
(inserting smiles here)

Do you ever feel this way too?

What have you all been up too lately?

I hope you have a wonderful day!






Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Bread...







I LOVE FALL!!

 This is the best time of year to get in your
 kitchen and do some baking.
  I love coming up with new ideas, 
baking them and giving them away for others to enjoy!

If you don't personally know me, 
then let me just say one thing.
 I am a Graceful Giver and for that I have been truly
 blessed and God loves those who are Givers 
that don't expect things in return.

It's such a great feeling to be able to help someone in need.  
To be able to help a family that is struggling to put food on their tables 
or to just simply bless someone with a fresh baked goody.

Everything that I do is made with God's Love, 
Kindness and a whole lot of His Blessings! 
I encourage each and every one of you to do the same 
(you won't regret the reward in the end)

Much Love,
Amy
http://godsgraceoverflows.blogspot.com/

Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 cups Flour ( I use 1/2 white, 1/2 wheat)
2 cups Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Allspice
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Cloves
4 eggs
1 can (15oz.) Solid Packed Pumpkin
3/4 cup Veg. Oil
2/3 cup Water
*1/2 cup Pecan, chopped (Optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 bread pans, set aside.
Combine all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Stir in all wet ingredients and mix well.
Pour pumpkin batter equally into the 3 bread pans. Sprinkle batter with nuts if desired.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when poked.

This has got to be one of my favorite quick breads!
Enjoy!

I WILL bless her with abundant provisions;
her poor will I satisfy with food.
Psalms 132:15


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rejoicing...




Family Bond

We have many bonds in our lives with many people.
The strongest bond is one of a parent and a child;
And a child with a grandparent.
This is family!

But let us take notice of another family bond;
The Body of Christ;
Where your children, become important to us all!

Children and the Body of Christ is the realization that we
All have a heavenly Father who cares and has a plan for each of us!

God asks us this very question;
Are you not your brother's keeper?

Our entire family wants to Thank each and 
every person that lifted up a prayer that
Was given in our grandsons/sons behalf.

No one found our grandson;
It was only God who led him from the forest.
We were told that this part of the forest is referred to as hell,
Because of its dark and dense conditions.
(REALLY)

The search party was not even looking in the right place on this mountain.
Only God knew where he truly was at every moment of every hour;
Of a 27 hour ordeal!

May we all stop nit picking on those we love; and realize that
most irritations are very small in the grand scheme of things!

Wisdom is not usually lofty and high.
But rather God's command to love one another;
As you love yourself!

Only a few brave ones will lay down their lives for others.
We do this in prayer for others!
We do this with actions by helping others!
Just giving a cup of cold water in His name will bring Him Glory!

Here is the TV news clip of his story!

Please click below;


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Life...


http://godsgraceoverflows.blogspot.com/

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!

http://godsgraceoverflows.blogspot.com/

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!

http://godsgraceoverflows.blogspot.com/

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!

And...

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,







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