Monday, March 30, 2015

Mornings With Jesus...



Mornings With Jesus...

I love getting up and having a moment where I can talk with Jesus.

I start the tea pot and I open up my bible 
and I just start reading His Word.

Do you ever feel like His words start jumping off the pages?

When I feel like they are, then those are the scriptures I start with.

I love all the stories that is being shared through out the bible.

What an amazing time that must have been for Jesus!

I have been doing an online bible study through the Doorpost Blog
and I really like how she brings the scriptures alive!

When I'm not studying with the online study group,
I do my own bible lesson and use all the tools that 
I have learned throughout the online study..

I highlight and draw pictures in my bible next to those key scriptures!
Those drawings show me the scriptures that really stand out.

I have a notebook, pens and coloring pencils ready to use.
And now I am ready to start digging into God's Word!

Talk about jumping off the page studying!

I have several devotionals that I use
 and I love that I can dig through all 
their scriptures within the devotionals.

That's a study all on it's own!

Some mornings, 
I take longer because God is showing me amazing things!



What kind of devotionals do you use?

If you are interested in looking at the Doorpost Study,
you can click on the link below.


Happy Studying!



Monday, March 23, 2015

Homemade Sloppy Joes...


My boys absolutely LOVE Sloppy Joe's!

I mean, who wouldn't?!

Well, I finally got smart and brave enough 
and decided to make my own sloppy sauce.

Boy was I ever glad I got brave and smart enough
 to try something new!

I mean after all, I create and experiment all the time in the kitchen!

Well after googling and searching online
I found this one from the Pioneer Woman's Blog.

I will NEVER go back to buying this from a can. NEVER EVER!

It's that good!
(My hubby even liked this and he's not a Sloppy Joe kind of a guy)

Click on the link below to get her recipe:


I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Hugs,



Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Time Bliss...


WELCOME SPRING!

Hello All!

I think Spring has finally arrived!!



My rhubarb is starting to pop up from under the dirt!

Such a pretty site!


Flowers are green and ready to bloom very soon!


Our strawberries are starting to come to life!


Even some of our trees are starting to bud!

Simply Beautiful!

We worked outside all day yesterday.

We planted a few bulbs of strawberries and rhubarb
A few bulbs of Gladiolas flowers
Cleaned up the yard
Cut back some decorative grass and bushes
Swept up our sidewalks
and washed my muddy car and our ATV's.

Guess how warm it was here, in our neck of the woods?

80 degrees!

Yep and we all got the sunburns to prove it!

Now that is what we call a gorgeous Sunday afternoon!!
I love Spring, how bout you all?

Did you have a nice weekend?

I hope you all get a chance to get outside
 and enjoy some fresh Spring air!

Until next time...


Monday, March 9, 2015

A Reflection...



How do you see yourself?

Do you see yourself mighty and strong 
or do you see yourself as weak and tired?

We are all called to walk with the Armor of God.

Do you reflect Him?

Do you share God's love and compassion to others?

You have first got to have the right attitude in your heart!
Make some changes, Pray and ask God for forgiveness.

Are you kind?

Or do you carry around fear and anger?

Have you asked God to take it all away?

If you haven't, you should.  
Talk about a releasing of all that negativity, fear, hate...
God will give you a whole new meaning to your life.

Ask God into your heart! 

YOU will start to see yourself as 
someone different, someone strong,
someone that doesn't carry the
 world's worries on your shoulders.

Let it Go!

OR are you just tired and wore out?
Maybe you should seek God ask Him for a recharge!
Ask him to give you a Refreshing Recharge!

Sometimes we tend to get in these RUTS and 
feel like we are too tired to fight
then we start to see ourselves as an old, worn out creature of
habit, maybe... like you just want to give in and give up.

Well, I'm telling you right now,
that you need a recharge of faith!

Ask God, ask Him to give you a 
strong recharge of His Holy Spirit!

Then...

YOU will start to become a mighty LION, that is strong and bold
  and will no longer be that little kitten that is weak and tired.


The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalms 27:1

My souls finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Psalms 62:1-2

In that day they will say,
"Surely this is our God;
we trust in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.
Isaiah 25:9

My soul is weary with sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.
Psalms 119:28

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout 
the earth to strengthen those whose hearts
are fully committed to Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9

Recharge Your Faith
And become that Mighty Lion 
you were called to be! 

Let's Roar!!!

In His Grace,













Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DIY Liquid Hand Soap...


Getting Creative...God's Grace Overflows

I Love Homemade Soaps!

My girlfriend taught me last year how to make bar soap
and this year I learned how to make the liquid soap from the homemade bars.

I am in love with this soap!

It's so nice to be able to make something from scratch.
To really get those creative juices flowing is huge, in my opinion.

I don't have to do everything this way,
 but I enjoy learning new things.

After all, we learn something new daily, right?

Have you ever tried your hand at making homemade bar soap?
Liquid Soap?

I have made homemade laundry soap and fabric softener too!

I have a folder that I keep of all my
 DIY Household  Products and Remedies in.

It's nice to have, if I ever had to rely on making everything from scratch.
I would rather be prepared and have the recipe on hand than not!

Here's the recipe if you would like to give it a try.

DIY Liquid Hand Soap

4-4 oz. bar soap
1 gallon of water
2 Tbsp. vegetable glycerin
20 drops of essential oils
(if using your homemade bar soap, you won't have to add extra oils)
empty containers with soap pumps


Pour your gallon of water into a large saucepan.
Boil your water.


Cut up your bars of soap or use a cheese grater.
Stir into your saucepan.
(Sorry, I didn't get a photo of the cut up soap)

Soap Making with God's Grace Overflows

Stir continuously until fully incorporated.
Mix in the glycerin.

Soap Making with God's Grace Overflows


Turn off heat and allow your soap to cool.
Then stir in your essentials oils.

Creative Soap Making.... God's Grace Overflows

Let set overnight.
Mix again with either a whisk or a hand mixer.

Pour into the gallon container the water came in, until ready to use.

I noticed when using the homemade bar soap, my liquid soap
turned out a bit thin, so I added in another 2 bars of grated soap
and then it seemed to thicken up a bit more.

Just play with your recipe, until you get it to your desired thickness.
If by chance you make it to thick, 
just stir in some water about a 1/4 c. at a time.

Pretty Labels and lovely scent...God's Grace Overflows

I used some of my old soap dispensers
and I bought a few new soap bottles.

This was a lot of fun and I just Love my soap!








Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lemon Bread and Tea Please...


I'm sure you all know by now
that I LOVE to bake!

I am always in the kitchen baking
something scrumptious to snack on.

I love quick breads!
You can create a wide range of flavors
 to a simple quick bread recipe!


So, grab a chair and sit for a bit,
grab a cup of tea and let me tell you 
about the recipe...

My grandma loved anything lemon.
You name it, she loved it!
She always told me that something so sour  
has a way of putting a smile on your face.

I really never of thought of it that way,
but it's does have some truth to it.

Have you ever given a slice of lemon to a toddler to see their reaction?
That indeed, does bring a smile! And a few tears of laughter.

I loved being in the kitchen with my grandma,
it's one of those many treasured moments I will always hold dear!

This china was my grandma's 
and when I got married, it was given to me.
What a treasure!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying a cup of tea
 and a good recipe with me!


Pretty pink, china for tea, God's Grace Overflows


LEMON BREAD

1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/4 c. cooking oil
2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

GLAZE
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. sugar


Grease a loaf pan and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350.
In a medium bowl stir together the flour, the sugar, baking powder and salt.

In another bowl combine the egg, milk, oil, lemon peel and lemon juice. 
 Add to the flour mixture.
Stir just till moistened.  
Spoon the batter into your prepared pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until wooden toothpick 
inserted near center comes out clean.
While bread is cooling, make glaze. 
 Remove bread from pan and brush the lemon glaze over the top.

I always double this recipe, 
because 1 loaf of bread around here goes rather quickly!

Have a lovely week, friend!

In His Grace,


Friday, February 20, 2015

Pico de Gallo Salsa Recipe...


Who here LOVES a good salsa?
Have you ever tried making your own?

What do you put in yours?

My hubby loves this version
it's called Pico de Gallo.

It's made with fresh ingredients 
and then it's chopped into medium sized chunks.

Don't forget to grab your tortilla chips!



Here's what you'll need:

Pico de Gallo

6-8 medium sized tomatoes, washed and chopped
2 onions, any kind, chopped
small bunch of cilantro, rinsed and minced
4 jalapenos, seeds removed and diced 
( you can leave the seeds for added heat)
3 garlic cloves, diced
4-6 roasted green chilies, skins removed, chopped
1 half lime
salt and pepper to taste
A bag or 2 of tortilla chips

Combine all chopped ingredients into a bowl.
Squeeze a half of lime over the salsa and add in salt and pepper to taste.

Please don't forget to wear some rubber gloves while cutting the jalapenos
or your hands will burn for several hours. 
Trust Me on this one!  Ouch!

Enjoy!

I hope you all are staying warm and cozy!

Blessings,
Amy






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