Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cheer Up~ Buttercup





I wandered as a cloud,
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at one I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
-William Wordsworth


Oh, my stars~ I don't want to complain but I am so ready to see these sweet little daffodils. They are a forerunner of what's to come here in Missouri. Sometimes they bloom in the midst of snow. They most always bloom in March. I am anxiously awaiting their arrival this year. My grandmother called them Buttercups. What do you call them?

Yellow is my favorite color of all the colors. It reminds me of sunshine and makes me happy. I love all flowers but yellow anything is my favorite.




My Boston and I planted these yellow flowers for his momma a couple years ago. Flowers have a way of making me smile. They remind me of the amazing Creator of the Universe. They cheer me up~ they just make life beautiful. I love to watch them bloom.



These flowers I bought at a greenhouse owned by a sweet Amish lady.
They were new last year ~ they are called Lemon Slices.
I am hoping to find them again this year.

 
I love to nourish my flowers. I talk to them, feed them, water them and give them coffee grounds and egg shells for a special treat.  I make sure they have plenty of sunshine. It has to be just right. I may move a planter several times if it is not getting enough sun or too much sun. It may sound silly to you but it does make them bloom.
  
Wouldn't it be great if someone could just nourish our souls like I nourish my flowers? When we are feeling a little wilted in life ~ it would be like magic to have someone water us, feed us and place us in the sunshine so we could bloom. Just nourish us until we glowed again.

When life gets a little gloomy we want others to nourish us ~ we tend to wilt and dry up in our faith just like the flowers do when they are neglected. Sometimes others are just as wilted themselves. Our Heavenly Father~ the Creator of this Universe is not only our Redeemer but He is the Restorer.

Here is a little sunshine for your soul~ a little nourishment for your wilted self. 
I could use a little myself today~


Matthew 11:28

 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Psalm 23:3

 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Psalm 145:14

 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

Psalm 71:28-31

 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.



Now isn't that better? 
Cheer up Buttercup!

Lemon Meringue Pie





Pie Filling~
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 egg yolks
1 3/4 cups of water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 baked pie crust






  • Combine first three ingredients in a large heavy saucepan; set aside



  • Combine egg yolks, water and juice: stir into sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in lemon rind and butter. Spoon into pastry shell.

  • Spread Meringue over the top of hot filling~sealing the edge of the pastry. 


  • Bake at 325 degrees for 25-28 minutes.

Meringue Recipe~

3 egg whites
6 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat egg whites until they are frothy; gradually add sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla and place on top of pie fulling. 



Friday, February 27, 2015

Coconut Lemon Scrub Recipe ~ One Of My Favorite Things




These are a few of my favorite things  ~ Do-Terra Lemon Oil and Coconut Oil. 
I mean I have a million and one uses for them.
 I have been using this Coconut~ Lemon Scrub for awhile now and I love it. 
It leaves your skin feeling heavenly.


It only takes three simple ingredients.
1 cup Coconut Oil
1 Cup Sugar
3-4 drops of Lemon Oil


Mix the Coconut Oil until creamy and smooth in a Mix Aid ~ 
next add sugar and lemon oil.
Mix until it is all creamy.





This Is Just A Season~

  

If you're like me, you've struggled a time or two with the seasons in life.

 This beautiful daughter of mine asked me yesterday if there is ever a time in life when all is peaceful and quiet with nothing to worry about? You know ~a time when there is nothing on the horizon to rob you of your joy or cause you sleepless nights. I had to tell her that those times are far and few in between. Yet, as a believer, we can seek peace in the midst of the storm and calm in the middle of chaos.

We know the verses in Ecclesiastes that gives us the wise old advice that everything in life has its season. I am hearing the song as it  echoes in my mind. " To everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season  turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under Heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant~ a time to reap. A time to kill a time ~a time to heal. A time to laugh~ a time to weep."   NO matter how true it may be when the hard times come they knock us to our knees and suck the life right out of our being. 

We all have those seasons where the wind is crashing at our doors. The storm clouds have gathered once again on the horizon. People who want to kill and destroy are shouting your name. I like calm, peace, and quiet but that is not where we are right now. Out of nowhere, we have been thrown in a season of standing in the midst of hardship, letting our light shine in the darkness and trying our best to walk the path God has given us to walk in the face of adversity. 

When life brings us challenging circumstances we just have to wisely discern what response we will choose. We can fall down at the feet of Jesus and let Him carry our burdens and fight our battles. We only have to stay at the foot of the cross. 


I love what Ann Voskamp tweeted this morning~
Where there's hatred, be hope
Where there are differences, start dialogue
Where there's breath, live love. -ANN VOSKAMP

May we all choose to live love today instead of hate!


Ecclesiastes 3 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Make Your Bed~ Do The Dishes~ And Put On Your Make-Up"



This morning I am re-visiting that question again. Here it goes~ "Do I wear makeup every day?"  AND "Do you believe wearing a makeup is a sin?"

First of all yes I wear makeup every day~ and as you must have figured out by my first answer~ I do not believe wearing makeup is a sin. 

Why do I wear makeup every day?

Well, it all began here ~


My Mother


My Grandmother

I remember as a small girl watching my mother put on her makeup every day. I remember the smell of it. I was mesmerized. I remember thinking she was the prettiest mother in the world. My mother is a beautiful woman.

 I remember my grandmother who happened to be a colorful woman~ with a little pink bathroom. She would slather on her lemon cream. I wish I could still find it today~ she smelled so good. Then she would apply her foundation~ green eyeshadow with a touch of mascara and red lipstick. She was a beautiful grandmother.

I would sit in the bathroom and talk to my grandma as she would get ready. She told me on more than one occasion. " Everyday no matter how busy you think you are ~ you make your bed, do your dishes and put on your makeup. If nothing else gets done at least do these things."  I have to tell you I have turned into my grandmother. Every day if nothing else gets done I make my bed~ do my dishes ~ and put on my makeup.

 I have added  a new beauty secret for my daughters and grand daughters~ which is even more important~ CONNECT WITH JESUS EVERY MORNING. You just don't want to try and face one single day without Jesus. Women who walk in fellowship with God just glow. It is the real kind of beauty that can't be found at the make-up counter.

My mother and grandmother both accepted Christ and when that happened they truly became beautiful inside and out. 

I love these woman and I am who I am today because of who they taught me to be. It is my prayer that I can pass the same beauty inside and out to my little Olivia. As you can see the little apple does not fall far from the tree.

 
What does the Bible say?
It is a new concept to me to think of wearing makeup as a sin but in light of questions that have come my way I decided to search the scriptures. After all, it does not matter what my opinion is or yours~ God's Word is the plum line.
Here are the five scriptures used to establish a doctrine to oppose makeup.

2 Kings 9:30

King James Version (KJV)
 30And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.

Here we have an evil woman trying to seduce a man. It is not a yes or no to makeup but rather an account of what happened. She also looked out the window of which is not a sin. I don't call what I put on my face as painting the face. 

Jeremiah 4:30

King James Version (KJV)
 30And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

Ezekiel 23:40-41

King James Version (KJV)
 40And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments,
 41And satest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.

Here we have prophetic cries of the prophets~ would it also be wrong to wear red~ a gold watch~ to make myself fair~wash myself or sit on the bed?

Proverbs 6:25

King James Version (KJV)
 25Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

Here we have a Biblical warning for men to be wise in dealing with beautiful women~with or without makeup and to avoid the temptation of adultery.

1 Timothy 2:9

King James Version (KJV)
 9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

Here it is talking about shamefacedness~ which is an attitude, not an appearance.

On the other hand, if you study the book of Esther~ The Song of Solomon and the book of Revelation you will see a blast of makeup with God's approval. Read it and see if it is not true.


How To Peel Farm Fresh Eggs~




If you have ever attempted to boil and peel farm fresh eggs, you know it is no easy task. I researched this problem and guess what I found~the answer from a fellow blogger! Granny Annie from Fools Rush In had the answer. I must tell you it worked like a charm. Being a girl with 12 pet chickens this is a good thing to know!


1. Place eggs and water and 2 (two) Tablespoons of salt in pan covered with lid.


2. Bring water to boiling and reduce heat to simmer. Keep covered and simmer for 15 minutes.


3. Drain hot water in sink and run cool water over eggs. Drain cool water and place ice over eggs. Fill pan with cool water and leave eggs in water and ice for exactly ten minutes.


4. Lightly tap the egg on counter to crack shell all around and roll between your hands. Start the peel on the narrow end of the egg, being careful to catch that thin film. Once the peel begins you can slip the entire shell off the egg as if your are removing a little jacket.






Monday, February 16, 2015

More Snow~ Snow Pancake Recipe





 They are wonderful~ so light and fluffy! It really works.


SNOW PANCAKES

2 cups of flour
1-tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 eggs well beaten
1-½ cups of milk

In a large bowel mix and sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. 
Combine the eggs and milk in another bowl.


Slowly add the milk  and egg mixture to the dry ingredients.






Stir well and set aside. The batter will be thick.

Next grease your griddle and get it good and hot.
When the griddle is hot, quickly go outdoors and scoop up fresh snow.


Fold in 1-½ cups of new snow and mix well.
Cook the pancakes as usual.










Tips For Snow Pancakes
Old snow won’t do.
Use only fresh, light and newly fallen immaculate snow. Small amounts of naturally occurring ammonia in fresh snow acts as a leaving agent and causes the pancakes to rise.
Ammonia in new snow will evaporate very soon after it has fallen.



Saturday, February 14, 2015

This Is What Love Looks Like~ Happy Valentine's Day




Our dishwasher begins making a bad sound. It sounded like electricity shooting against the door. (Well sort-of-maybe.)  I knew it did not sound right so I mentioned it a time or two and my Brian decided to take it apart. He has the ability to take things apart and find the problem almost always. 

In the middle of that was smelly gross water all over my floor ~ so I kept the towels coming and the washer a- going. In order to find the problem, he had to do a little searching. In the process, he had me blow into the drain hose. Yuck~ I made a cup with my hands never touching that hose and blew. Only, I was afraid that he may see my being such a girl and think I was being ridiculous so I blew as hard as I could. Just as I did he got a face full of yucky ~ disgusting water with food particles. I mean it could have been on the Dirtiest Job show. I was just sure he was going to come unglued. After all~ I would have if it had been turned around. When he looked at my face~ which I am sure registered horror ~ he just laughed. It was a good thing because by this time I could not contain my laughter. Never have I felt more loved.

He decided the little silver balls( that looked like sterling silver earrings) called the ball bearings were the problem. They had worn out the little grooves they roll in. I had no interest what-so-ever in the lesson but he explained it all to me. Because I really do adore him ~ I listened. I am now a little wiser and so impressed that he found the problem. It is fixed and running as quiet as a mouse. That's what love looks like.

There was  a time when I noticed when he didn't buy roses or write love notes. But almost 25 years later I now know what love looks like. It is a man who loves God and his family enough to walk courageous and keep his priorities in line~ to walk in integrity, faithfulness and honor. It is a man who makes sure nothing I own is broken. It is a man who makes sure my walk is shoveled and my house is just how I think it needs to be. It is a man willing to paint a kitchen four times to get the right shade to please me. It is a man who tries so hard to keep me happy. That is what love looks like. 

Instead of looking at what that man God has blessed us with doesn't do -it is so much wiser to look at all he does do. I promise you ~ it will amaze you. That is what true love looks like.


1 Corinthians 13:4-8

King James Version (KJV)
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Friday, February 13, 2015

For Heaven's Sake Please Think Before You Post That~




This morning I have been piddling in my office. Do you ever piddle? I have been filling in at my  friend's church as a secretary until they find a full-time Administrative Assistant. Let me tell you working outside the home doesn't leave much piddling time~ and I miss my piddling time. I have gone through my desk and drank coffee and read and did my devotions. Life is good. I have missed you my blog friends. 

As I was piddling I filed away last years important cards, notes and letters. I came across a card my mother-in-law gave me for my birthday last year. All her cards thanked me for loving her son, for adding joy to her family followed with~" I love you and I can't wait to see you."  She came to visit each year around my birthday. That is sweet but you want to know why her words are so sweet now?  After her visit last May, I hugged her goodbye. She always cried when she left to head back home. I always kissed her on the cheek. 25 years ago that shocked her~ but it had become our normal and this touchy feely girl taught her to kiss my cheek too. The fact being she was not the touchy-feely type meant she loved me. Less than a month after that final kiss goodbye she passed away all the sudden and flew home to Glory. 

So as I was reading her card once again this morning I decided to log onto her Facebook page. One of the last things she had done the day she passed away was wish our sweet Granddaughter Happy Birthday. She passed away on our Olivia's 1st Birthday.  We now scroll her Facebook page as a memorial when we miss her and it's our place we can tell her we love her and somehow feel a little closer to see her words and pictures. Her page tells a story about who she was and how much she loved her kids and grandkids.


The words that we post on social media are leaving a trail of who we really are. I see anger shouted out between the lines on Facebook, hurtful words that we would never say in person, religious rants trying to manipulate others into changing to our way of thinking. But did you ever stop to think that one day your daughter-in-law will scroll through your feed once you have left this world ? Your children will leave love notes to you on  your Facebook page. They will search back and read all you posted. They will devour your words because it's all they have left.  For Heaven's sake~ please think before you post that post. 

 Are your words going to build up or are they going to destroy? Are they going to build bridges or build ugly walls? Are they going to mend wounded hearts or break them in two? Are they going to encourage your children to walk with God or run as fast as they can from your manipulation? You see today what you post is telling a story of who you really are. What you really believe?  God commands us to love. He even tells us to love our enemies. What kind of a legacy are you leaving behind?


A new commandment I give unto you, 

That ye love one another; 

as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 13:3

Saturday, February 7, 2015

14 Days Of Valentine Ideas-2015


It's that time of year again when love is in the air.
 Here are some simple ideas to spoil those you love this year.
I have been placing these little treats around for my boys ~
14 days of Valentine treats. 













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