Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Countdown Begins Today~ Week # 1 (8 week plan)

Today makes 4 weeks till Thanksgiving and 8 weeks until Christmas.  I am as excited as can because all the kids are coming home for Christmas. That means lots of shopping, wrapping, cleaning and decorating. With several more weeks of restrictions while I recovery from surgery I am planning my work in bite size pieces.

Here is my plan for this week.

Week #1

* Make Thanksgiving menu
* Make Christmas menu
* Fill in gift list
* Set up wrapping station

Do you have a plan?  How do you get it all done?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I Think I Just Might Live~

Matthew 6:8 (KJV)

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
 The past few months have been a little difficult but I am so thankful when I couldn't even focus to read my Bible I could talk with Jesus. 
I am feeling much better and I am heading to KC to see the Oncologist. I am sure with the great news that the tumor was benign I will be released  back to my regular doctor. I am so very thankful. 
I have learned my greatest spiritual growth has sprung from my deepest human pain. No pain that we walk through in this life is ever wasted. God never wastes pain!
No tears go to waste~ no battle~ no heartache and no struggle. God takes it all and ultimately works it of our good. It is in the learning to be patient and not knowing what God knows that I find my biggest challenge. 
We have to learn to trust God enough to take care of what we don't' understand and trust Him enough to make reason out of what we do understand. Some things nay not seem clear to us right now but when we trust God to work out His plan in our lives we will have peace in the midst of the storms of life. He is faithful and His love endures forever even on the most difficult days! 

Psalm 138:8 (KJV)

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

So Easy Autumn Caramel Dip ~

It is that time of year again~ we have apples galore. Here is a recipe that you are sure to love!

My Autumn Caramel Apple Dip Recipe was featured in the
 Mary Engelbreit ~Winter 2010/2011 Cookbook. 
It is so yummy and and oh so easy!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix together all ingredients and put in crockpot on low. Cook for about 3 hours! Enjoy~ 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's The Little Things~

Psalm 100:4 

 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Sometimes we women have a hard time staying content. We are always wanting something new, something better, something brighter. How many times ~I have thought if I could just go to Walmart (  I am a practical girl.) fill up a shopping cart  and get everything I think I need for my house to organize and make life better and prettier. Have you ever echoed that thought before?

The Scriptures are clear that a thankful heart is a happy heart. To have complete happiness we must enter into the Lord's presence with thanksgiving.  True happiness can not be bought or sought! It only comes from spending time with God in a close relationship. Everything else will only leave us feeling empty inside. God made us this way~with a need for Him.

When we try to put our husbands, children or things in this spot we will be unhappy!  I have found in my own life that when I am appreciative for all I have my mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions are at balance with each other. My chores run smoother and the mood of my home is peaceful. I find I am excited to jump out of bed each day challenged for what may come my way. I am  more fun to be around.

In our material world ~we need to take our eyes off the "stuff" and become women of thanksgiving. When we remain thankful, the possessions will be in proper perspective and happiness will not elude us.
I want to focus today on the little things and be thankful.

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!

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