Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkin Crunch Cake~

Pumpkin Crunch Cake~
1 yellow cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup melted butter
whipped topping

Combine pumpkin, milk, egg, sugar,pumpkin pie spice, and salt in bowl. Pour into pan.
Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle pecans over top. Drizzle melted butter over everything.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool completely and top with whip topping. Refrigerate left overs!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Surviving Menopause Without HRT

 Due to sugary I have been thrown into surgical menopause. Let me say I am not giving any medical advice here~ only sharing what is working for me.  I have spent hours researching and made my choices as I recommend others to do. Finding the right choice is important and for me and it helped hearing other people's real life stories.

I am terribly afraid of HRT. If you are doing good with it I am very happy it is working for you. After major surgery I was giving myself blood thinner shots to keep from developing blood clots! (NO FUN!) Yet sent home with HRT patches that can carry the risk of producing  blood clots. I just could not wrap my mind around that. I studied all the risk verses the benefits~talked with my Doctor~ for me I just could not bring myself to take the HRT.

I am  handling menopause beautifully. Actually feeling better than I have in several years. I am celebrating that!

Here is my more natural approach to this roller coaster ride.

* Black Cohosh ~ If I could say it a thousand times this has been a miracle herb for me. I started it about a year ago and it relieved my hot flashes, mood swings, and horrible body aches. It even gave me more energy. I take 540MG a day. ( My doctor advised that 900 MG is an overdose.) What I found in my research and discussed with my doctor is that it may cause liver damage~ more testing needs to be done. My liver enzymes were perfect and I will have them checked again in six months as per my doctor's recommendation. I was so thrilled that my doctor was on board with me because for me this works.

* doTerra Oils~  I am a new believer in essential oils. NO REALLY! They are amazing. I am using the Clarycalm at night before I go to bed. I use others for different reasons but that is another post. You can read about it here! I am so sold on these oils !

* Water~ I am drinking water all day long. As much as I can drink. It is helping with dry skin and hot flashes and making me feel well in general. I keep an iced cold water bottle at all times. It helps me say no to all the other stuff .

*  Diet and Exercise~ There is nothing like the word cancer to shock you into better health. Mine did not turn out to be cancer but my  hysterectomy jolted me into taking my health more serious. We only get one body and we need to treat it well. I have found out that certain foods aid in this process and certain foods make symptoms worse. I would rather heal my body with food and exercise rather than taking medicine. Here is an article that says it best~ click here.

All of these things have helped me not only recover from major surgery but are managing this roller coaster in life called menopause. And that is reason to celebrate this beautiful day.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Hardest Peace ~ Kara's Story

I think this is the hardest book I have ever read. My heart is still grieving and my tears are still flowing.
Kara is a young mother who shares her cancer story.  She shares how she is realizing she never really had faith or knew what grace was until she is facing day to day life knowing cancer is growing and spreading throughout her body.  My mother's heart just broke when she describes trying to make the best of each moment with her children. I will continue to pray for Kara and her sweet family. May God give them peace and comfort as they face this battle.

*** I have two books to give away. 
All you have to do is leave me a comment that you will pray for Kara to enter.
 I will draw the winners on November 1st.***

Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and lead a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cancer is only part of Kara's story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality. She blogs faithfully at

The Hardest Peace
A young mother battling cancer invites readers to embrace grace in every season of life.
Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow.and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.
In The Hardest Peace, she invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. As the thousands of readers of her blog know, Tippetts explores the hardest questions of life with rare beauty and honesty. Most of all, she draws them back to the God who is present, in the ordinary and the suffering, and shapes every life into the best story of all.
Learn more and purchase a copy at Kara’s website,Mundane Faithfulness.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homemade Fabric Softener

I have had a lot of questions on my Fabric Softener~so here are my steps and photos. 
Hope this clears up questions!

Fabric Softener Recipe

1 cup vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner  ( I used Suave's new Wild Cherry Blossom this time)
6 cups of water

Mix all this together. You may use this like any other Fabric Softener.

 If you prefer~I diluted this down with water~ 3 parts water, 1 part softener. I then poured it into this glass container.  Next I added  sponges.  For each load~ wring out the sponge and add to the dryer as you would fabric sheets.  I added a few drops of  Downy scent!  Smells wonderful!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Too Blessed To Be Stressed~

If you are  anything like me~you  watch news and read the Internet headlines each morning. I get concerned for my children and now my grandchildren. I see moral decay on every hand.  It appears at times that our world is spinning out of control and Satan has finally tipped the scale to his side!

Then the Lord speaks to me~Psalms 37! Even when it may look like evil will overpower righteousness, God promises never to abandon His children (verse 25). Though we may experience the heartaches of a sinful world, God promises to never forsake us. He even promises the blessings will extend to the next generation. Praise the Lord!

Just thought I would spread some faith over fear this morning~

  Psalms 37:1   Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

  Psalms 37:2   For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

  Psalms 37:3   Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

  Psalms 37:4   Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

  Psalms 37:5   Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

  Psalms 37:6   And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

  Psalms 37:7   Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

  Psalms 37:8   Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

  Psalms 37:9   For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

  Psalms 37:10   For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

  Psalms 37:11   But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

  Psalms 37:12   The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

  Psalms 37:13   The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

  Psalms 37:14   The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

  Psalms 37:15   Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

  Psalms 37:16   A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

  Psalms 37:17   For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

  Psalms 37:18   The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

  Psalms 37:19   They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

  Psalms 37:20   But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

  Psalms 37:21   The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

  Psalms 37:22   For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

  Psalms 37:23   The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

  Psalms 37:24   Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

  Psalms 37:25   I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

  Psalms 37:26   He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

  Psalms 37:27   Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

  Psalms 37:28   For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

  Psalms 37:29   The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

  Psalms 37:30   The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

  Psalms 37:31   The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

  Psalms 37:32   The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

  Psalms 37:33   The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

  Psalms 37:34   Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

  Psalms 37:35   I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

  Psalms 37:36   Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

  Psalms 37:37   Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end ofthat man is peace.

  Psalms 37:38   But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

  Psalms 37:39   But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

Psalms 37:40   And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. 

 God gently reminds me it is my job to be reaching the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Simply sharing the most wonderful gift I have ever been given~eternal life and a life walking with my Saviour right now here on earth. I want the whole world to know how wonderful life is when you are walking and talking with the Heavenly Father!

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