Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I read Laine's letters all the time...I never get tired of reading and rereading them! She says that she always prays that God will guide her and give her direction when she shops. I often do this as well and I am always amazed. Often when second hand shopping I will suddenly find something that we really need that I have been putting off buying because it costs too much. These shoes were one of those surprise finds because I was just browsing through the store and stumbled (almost literally ~smile~) onto this stack of clearance shoes. He knows what we need before we even ask. If you look for God in the little things in life you will find Him there guiding and directing you and providing for your needs.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
It is a horizontal bread maker and makes 2, 2.5 and 3 lb. loaves. My hubby suggested I call and ask them to hold one for me until I could get there as the store is in a near by town so I did. They said they don't hold flyer items but asked when I'd be in and I said this afternoon so the lady was very nice and set one aside for me but did assure me there were several in stock. When I got there they were all gone - mine was the only one left! I guess others know a good deal when they see one.
Since I was going to this near by town I took my mother in law with me and we had a very nice lunch out. It was nice spending some one on one time with her. We did a bit more shopping mostly groceries. I tried to go to Walmart but it was so busy that I could not get through anywhere with the cart and I eventually just gave up without purchasing anything. Wow! Shopping mania has hit hard.
There was one rather sad incident in an otherwise wonderful day. When I was in one of the stores I witnessed a mother being quite rude and harsh with her daughter. It was so sad. Her daughter was perhaps 10 or 11 and was just excited about the holidays and all the things that were out on display. At one point she was trying to show her mother a top that she thought she would like and her mother snapped at her and told her to knock it off or she was going to kill her.....harsh, so harsh. I hope that this is not what everyday is like for this girl. I pray her mother will take a step back from the busyness and hectic shopping days to appreciate what is most important. I pray she will take time to enjoy the excitement of a young girl who will all too soon not be around to spend these days with her mother as she will be busy with her friends, boyfriends and eventually a family of her own. ~sigh~
Happy Holidays? I hope yours are!
Praying the Lord will be at work in hearts and lives this Christmas.
Friday, December 21, 2007
I love mini quiches! They are so easy to make but so yummy. I am going to make them for Christmas Eve. I have tried more in depth recipes and my family prefers the simpler versions I make now. Here is what I do for anyone who may want to try them.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Mrs. Wilt at The Sparrow's Nest is hosting a Cyber Cookie Exchange . I am so excited! I love new cookie recipes and I thought I would share what I am making today.
Brown Sugar and Spice Cut Out Cookies
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 lg. egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg ( I substitute ginger)
1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease cookie sheets.
Cream the butter and sugar add egg and vanilla.
Blend dry ingredients and add to wet.
Roll out to 1/8 " and cut out as desired or roll into walnut sized balls and press with a glass dipped in flour.
Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Ice with Royal Icing.
1 lb. icing sugar
3/8 cup milk
3/8 cup light corn syrup
flavoring and coloring as desired
In a bowl mix sugar and milk then add syrup just until combined.
Add flavoring if using and then coloring last.
These cookies are one of my son's favorites. I make these through the year and decorate with the names of his favorite bands or funky designs or black and red icing etc. Today I will be decorating them for Christmas with green and red and perhaps some polka dots, trees, snowflakes and plaid type designs.
Thank you Mrs. Wilt for this great idea!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Friday my hubby came home after being gone most of the week....yippee! I just dread him being away and am always overjoyed when he is back home. I did some baking for the Christmas dinner - molasses crinkles, snowballs and nonpareils then I went to the church and decorated two bulletin boards for the season. That evening one of his friends came over to visit with him so I was able to go over to my sister's store and help her hand out hot chocolate to people watching the Christmas parade - it was a lot of fun. The parade is an annual town event and makes you feel like a kid again.
Saturday I made coleslaw for 120 people and brought it, my baking and some decorations over to the church. I spent all day Saturday in the church kitchen helping to prepare the dinner. We have a Christmas dinner every year. It is so much fun and is free to anyone who would like to come. The fellowship with ladies in the kitchen as we work side by side is one of the highlights of the event for me. Another highlight this year was Rev. Schwindt who performed for us after dinner. He played the violin, mandolin and his "converted whiskey bottles". He is truly a man of God and it just radiates from him. Have you ever met someone like that? I pray I will be that kind of person! He presented the gospel in a no nonsense way and I know that at least one person's life was changed last night! Praise the Lord!
Here are a few pictures from the dinner........
Eunice accompanying Lynda.
Pastor Dan welcoming everyone.
Rev. Schwindt playing his "converted whiskey bottles"
Rev. Schwindt playing his mandolin.