Monday, February 27, 2017


I love books!  
I have learned so much from them!
Reading is a lifelong interest to me.

I own so many books, some that I have read 
over and over again
and some are just waiting to be opened.

By reading so much over the years,
 I have now gained knowledge.
Knowledge is good and helpful when it
 applies to situations in life.
But, some knowledge isn't good knowledge to have.

When you look at the bible, there is enough
 knowledge in there to keep me busy forever!

While studying the bible, I have learned to have
 a good understanding of its principles, 
I often find that my knowledge has failed me 
when its time to turn what I know into action.

Knowledge must travel from your mind all the way 
down into your heart to be truly useful.

Watch your actions and reactions to 
see if this is happening in your life.

When our kids irritate us, do we snap 
at them or speak a sharp word?
Or do you stop and wait to respond?

If their chores aren't done well and on time, 
how do you react?

Do you find the way you act in your home 
different than the way you act in church?

Head knowledge is pretty easy to teach your children.
Give them books. 
Make some assignments.
They will either get it or they don't!

Heart knowledge is a little more difficult in instill in our children.
But this knowledge is the best by far.
One way to evaluate heart knowledge is to
 watch how you treat each other.
Are they polite to others?
Do they follow rules?

It is vital that we make sure that our children not only 
know what is right but they do what is right.

We must raise our children of godly character, 
not children that are merely filled with facts.

Head knowledge without heartfelt 
action is just plain useless!

Knowledge becomes real when we use it!

Teaching our children in such a way is that they know
 how to use what they know for the Glory of God.

It humbles me to realize that when I know to do good,
 but don't do it, I sin.
I want my children to learn this, too.

Where does your knowledge come from?
In your head or in your heart?

Have a delightful day!!

In His Grace,

Monday, February 20, 2017

Something New To Try...

Hello there!  How are you today?

Doing well here, just trying to get my week organized and planned.
I only have a few things planned and I'm so thankful
I won't be out of the house non-stop this week.
After all I'm a homemaker and I love to be at home!

Do you gals like to purchase cream soups from the store?
I always have them in my pantry for my easy go to recipes.

But, have you ever tried making your 
own cream soup mix ins before?

I found this handy dandy recipe several years ago
and I love that it's a dry mixture.
Plus, it's fun to experiment, right??

So what you need to make your own dry cream soups is...

2 cups dry milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper

Mix all together and store in a mason jar.

Now for the soups...
Combine 1/3 cup of the mixture with 1 1/4 cups water into a saucepan.
Whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, cook for about 2 minutes, stir.
Remove from heat. Cool.

For Cream of Chicken: use 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
 instead of the water in above recipe.

For Cream of Mushroom: use 1 1/4 cups water, 
add in 1/4 cup diced cooked mushrooms to the soup base.

For Cream of Celery: use 1 1/4 cup water,
 add in 1/4 cup diced cooked celery to soup base.

I double the dry soup mix, since I have a larger family.

And the bonus to this mix is, it eliminates all the 
other soup cans from your pantry!

Easy Peasy! 

I made up some of the cream of chicken soup...

It tastes just like the canned soup, but much better for you!

Win...Win... if you ask me!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week...

Thanks for stopping in!

Hugs & Blessings,

Monday, February 13, 2017

Spreading the Love...

Well, it's official Valentine's Day
 is right around the corner...

Since, it's my birthday,
 I've been celebrating all month!

To be honest with you, I haven't felt like baking
a whole lot, so I'm pulling some quick 
edible gifts from my archives...

Do you have big plans to celebrate
 Valentine's Day??

We normally do something special at home
and then the weekend after, we go out for a 
nice quiet dinner, just the hubby and I.

Well, whatever you do
I hope you have a lovely day!



God's Grace Overflows

If you are looking for something easy 
and oh so yummy, you really need to try my 
 delicious caramel sauce, click HERE
This is a must have in our home!!

God's Grace Overflows

And if you are looking for something chocolate
for your sweetheart, these are really 
good and very simple to make!
click HERE


Enjoy your week sweet friends and 
Thank You for stopping by...

Hugs & Blessings,

Monday, February 6, 2017

Recipes and Such...

Hello Sweet Friends!!!

How are you?  How is February treating you?
So far, so good here!

It's a busy month for us as we celebrate my birthday
(I'm a Valentine's baby)
And we are celebrating my son's 16th birthday on the 16th!!
Whew....So as my mom in law puts it
we party all month long!!

And we do!!

Do you ever get in a rut when you cook?
I do and for some reason it takes awhile to get out of it.
I get tired of making all the same 
meals over and over again.

So, I've been digging into my cookbooks 
and looking online
for something new to try.
I want something quick to make 
but I want it to taste good too.
Yes, I might be asking a lot here, but hey...
that's why I cook! Ha!

So, I came across this recipe 
somewhere in outer space
and gave it a try... it was easy, 
didn't require a lot of ingredients
and it tasted delicious! 

If you are in a cooking rut, 
then give this a try...

One Pot Kielbasa Pasta
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 pound Kielbasa Sausage
1 onion, chopped 
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
8 oz. dry pasta (I used elbow)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
1 cup shredded cheese of choice
green onion to garnish

Add oil, sausage and onions to a large skillet. Cook till tender.
Stir in garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.
Stir in broth, tomatoes, milk, pasta, salt and pepper.
Simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Remove skillet from heat and stir 
in 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.
Top with the remaining shredded cheese 
and cover till melted.
Sprinkle with green onion and serve!


Have a great week! 
Thanks for stopping by....

Monday, January 30, 2017

Honoring Your Husband...

Well...January is almost over
 and February is on it's way...

I'm telling you, the days are just flying by 
quicker and quicker.  
I seriously just blink and it's the next day.

I wanted to share with you something a friend of mine
shared with our homeschool group.
I just thought it was too good not 
to share with all of you.

So go grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee 
and a pad of paper just in case you 
want to jot some things down.

Think of this more as a challenge...
A February Challenge

Really examine your relationship with your husband. 
Are you honoring him? 
Do you respect him? 
Do you love him? 
Really think about it, 
do you put the kids before your husband? 

Take some time today to pray about your 
relationship with your husband. 
Ask God to help you to make this 
relationship a priority, 
read His Word and examine your heart.
  Be intentional! 
Have you thought about how you
 are going to be intentional
in your relationship with your husband? 

We are continually thinking and changing how 
we can better teach our children,
 but what we often miss is that 
daily we are teaching them through our attitude and actions. 

They watch how we honor, respect 
and love our husbands ... 
Or how we dishonor, disrespect or 
don't love our husbands. 
We are showing them what marriage looks 
like & this will affect their future marriage.

 Some of us may have not had a 
good example in our parents, 
but we can change it for our children.

If you are divorced this looks different for you,
 but you may still have a relationship 
with your children's father.
 Pray and ask God how He wants your attitude
 and actions to look like to your ex-husband.
 This is not going to be easy, 
but God will help you.

I am praying for each one of you as you seek God 
and be intentional with this relationship. 

Be Blessed Ladies!
Have a delightful and uplifting week...

Monday, January 23, 2017


Do you like to color?
How about drawing?

My middle son loves to color!

He colors pictures for the residents
at my hubby's work.
(My hubby works at an Assisted Living Home.)

My son, loves to bring a smile to someone's face
and he even has a pen pal that he writes, draws
and colors her many pictures!

It's amazing to see and hear from the residents
when they have received one of my sons coloring pages.


He loves to color animals and of course anything outdoors!

The animals have to look realistic or forget it!

A few years back my oldest did a Drawing through History course
and he learned to draw (and color) a viking boat.
I was so proud of him, for this course pushed him
to think outside the boat,I mean box!

My youngest loves to give me little notes 
and pictures that he drew.  
Sometimes it will be a heart with us holding hands
or doggies like these above.

I will cherish these!

I love that it sparks creativity in my children!

At least twice a week, I'll have them set down and color
 or draw something that goes with their lessons.

This is more for my two little guys!
The oldest, not so much...

Some days, I'll even set down and color with them!
I think it's relaxing!

Plus, these are special treasures that I save...

This sign hangs above our coat rack.
I think it's a true statement!

Bring on the Creativity! Have a colorful week!

Hugs & Blessings,

Monday, January 16, 2017

Chocolate Donuts...

God's Grace Overflows

Now, who here loves donuts??

On occasion, I'll make some donuts up for the boys.
I love this recipe as you bake the donuts versus frying them.
It's nice to have a healthier version 
every now and again...

And it's more gentler on the tummy too!

*If you wanted to do a gluten free version,
just use the GF all purpose flour mix
 instead of regular flour.


Chocolate Donuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk, or as needed
  • sprinkles, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Spray a donut pan well with non-stick 
cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour,
 cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, 
sugar, egg, butter and vanilla until well combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients 
and mix until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the donut cavities making sure to only
 fill them about ⅔ - ¾ of the way full.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick
 inserted into the donut comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to 
cool for about 5 minutes in the pan.

 Remove donuts from the pan and
 transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the glaze:
In a separate bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. 
If the glaze is too thick, slowly add one tablespoon of 
milk at a time until it has reached your desired consistency.

Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and transfer 
back to the wire rack to cool and allow the glaze to harden. 
Top with sprinkles if desired.

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Hugs & Blessings,

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