Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Power Of A Simple Life~



When I was in grade school  I was required to read "One Little Maid Of Israel." I still remember this book so well even though I was only in the 5Th Grade.

The little maid of Israel never opened the Red Sea. She never called down fire from the sky. She never won the heart of a King. She never gave birth to the Messiah. She was called only called the little maid of Israel.  She was a slave~a servant.

I often reminded my children that we did not have a maid. As Keepers of the Home~we are servants to our family. We can look at this with drudgery or we can take on the positive side of this. After all~Jesus Christ was a servant.

The little maid of Israel had a such a huge impact that deemed her worthy to be recorded in the very Word of God~the inspired Scriptures.

Let us look at some qualities about her:


  • *She was in an inferior position in society~a servant.
  • *She had a personal walk with God.
  • * She could recognize a man of God.
  • * She  had a respected and Godly testimony~she had earned a good reputation.


Because this young lady loved and served the One true God others noticed. Even though her position was one of inferiority ~God saw her heart and He loved her and used her for His plan and purpose. When we walk with the Lord~others will notice. 

May we all be encouraged today because no matter what position in life we hold we can walk with God.  God is waiting.  I am here to encourage you today~ The power of a simple life should never be minimized! 


2 Kings 5
 1Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
 2And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
 3And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.


How To Make Amazing Caramel Corn~ Amish Recipe



  • 7 quarts plain popped popcorn
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts (optional)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Place the popped popcorn into two shallow greased baking pans. You may use roasting pans, jelly roll pans, or disposable roasting pans. Add the peanuts to the popped corn if using. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, margarine and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring enough to blend. Once the mixture begins to boil, boil for 5 minutes while stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from the heat, and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will be light and foamy. Immediately pour over the popcorn in the pans, and stir to coat. Don't worry too much at this point about getting all of the corn coated.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, removing the pans, and giving them each a good stir every 15 minutes. Line the counter top with waxed paper. Dump the corn out onto the waxed paper and separate the pieces. Allow to cool completely, then store in airtight containers or resealable bags.



Friday, October 16, 2015

Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer~


Hello my blog friends~ 

I sure am missing you all. I have been taking a break from the social media world for so many reasons but mainly to get well. I am starting to feel like myself once again after a year of not feeling well. Vitamin D dificeincy after a major surgery took me down. I heard the song this morning~ "Coming In On A Wing and A Prayer." That describes me right now.
  
How are you? Some of you have switched blogs. Please leave me your new addresses. I read your comments but should have saved the information.

Can you believe the leaves are changing all ready and there is a chill in the air? I love all the seasons and I always get excited to celebrate the holidays. I get giddy and beside myself this time of year. 
How can we not just stop and count our blessings and be thankful for all the Lord has done for us during the season of Harvest.   I mean the good days are heavenly and the bad days He walks beside us ~ so what more can we ask for from our Heavenly Father. 

I am going to make it my goal today to stop by and catch up with you all today. Just leave me a little comment so I can connect with you ! Have a blessed day. 




Monday, October 12, 2015

Count Your Many Blessings~ Name them One By One


My Pebbles of Joy
Being held in God's arms
A kiss from my Brian

A call from my girls



A hug from my son

A visit with my grands



Best Friends
The words~I love you
Dime store bubble bath
Bubble Baths
Raspberry tea on my porch
 Yellow Roses
A love letter
A newborn baby
Beautiful perfume
Sunsets
The song of a mockingbird
A new box of stationery
Popcorn
A choir singing
The feel of clean hair
Fall leaves
Pumpkins
A fire
Raindrops
Answered prayer
Forgiveness
Rest after pain
Homemade bread
Cinnamon rolls
Christmas lights
A box of new crayons
Isaiah 41:10
A problem resolved
Sleep when a crisis is passed
Finding a lost earring
A happy ending
Fresh linens on my bed
Birthdays
The first garden tomato
Old love letters
The right answer at the right time
A comfortable chair
Snowflakes
Chocolate fudge
Ice Cold Diet Coke
A clean house
Breakfast with a friend
A snowball cupcake
My family
 Old Glory


Psalms 34:8
 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.


No matter the day and no matter the circumstances life is so 
much sweeter when we count our blessings and name them
one by one~ and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Maple-Nut Fudge


Oh ~this is so Autumn and so heavenly on so many levels. Enjoy!


Ingredients
1 cup light brown sugar
1(7.5 oz) jar Marshmallow Fluff
5 ounces of evaporated milk
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (11 oz.) pkg. white chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp. pure maple syrup
2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions
  • Line an 8in. square pan with nonstick foil.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, evaporated milk, marshmallow fluff, butter and salt. Bring to boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. 
  • Remove from heat. Add the bag of white chocolate chips and stir until melted.
  • Stir in maple syrup and walnuts. 
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Refrigerate uncovered until set for 2 hours.





Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oh So Good And Healthy ~ Fagioli Soup


This is really good as a meatless dish but the men in my house would never eat it if I left the meat out.
Enjoy~

1 pound of ground turkey
2 cans tomato sauce
4 cups ~ cooked pasta
2 cartons 32. oz beef broth
3 cups of water
1 can of kidney beans
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 T. dried parsley
1/2 T. basil
3 cloves garlic
1 T. olive oil

* Saute carrots, celery, garlic until soft and tender.
* Boil pasta and set aside.
* Combine broth, water, and tomato sauce with carrots, celery, and garlic in a large stock pot.
 * Add parsley, basil, pasta and beans and simmer for 10 minutes.





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