Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Me and Christmas~

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
I like both but I like wrapped gifts the best!

2. Real tree or Artificial?
For sure ~a real Christmas tree~I love the smell!
I do have a real pretty artificial tree and I reserve the right to use it if I have to!
So far I have three trees up and I plan on getting a real one too~ for my son's in law! 

3. When do you put up the tree?

Normally I put it up on Black Friday. This year it went up sooner due to the schedule.
Good thing I did because the past two weeks have been spent in the hospital and taking 
care of my Momma.

4. When do you take the tree down?

In most years past it comes down the day after Christmas.
I decorate the house for New Years ~clean fresh and full of snow flakes to
be replaced with Valentine decorations.
So I keep some greenery up until after Valentines Day.
It brightens the long Missouri winter.

5. Do you like eggnog?
To tell you the truth I have not tried it since I was a teenager.
I didn't like it then. I buy it for my family because they all like it.
I have some in my fridge~maybe I will try it again!

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My Baby Alive Doll~it was the very first year they came out!
I remember sitting under the Christmas tree that night
with only the Christmas lights on~ feeding and changing her diaper!

7. Hardest person to buy for?
My Brian~ Alex ~ and Jacob

8. Easiest person to buy for?
My Mom

9. Do You have a nativity scene?
Yes~maybe I will take a picture for you.
My Brian's Grandmother made and painted it. She was such a great painter.
It is very special to us~ as she will celebrate Christmas this year with Jesus!
It is one of my prized treasures! She painted it in bright colors ~
which reminds me of her . She was always so full of fun and color.

10.Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail... for sure. I hate the thought of never having mail delivered.
Surely we will never come that!

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I just can't think of any! I am blessed!

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Its A Wonderful Life...it brings me warm and fuzzy memories!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
December 26Th, does that surprise ANYONE!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Only if I have to!.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
The traditional Christmas ham, mashed potatoes, 7 layer salad, fresh cranberry relish~yum!

16. Lights on the tree?
On the tree? I have lights on all  of my trees and everywhere else!
I love Christmas lights~just makes me happy.

17.Travel at Christmas or stay home?
We will be staying home and all my kids will be coming home ~ makes this momma happy~ on Christmas Eve. Then open presents early and head to my moms for dinner.

I love spending it with all my family!

18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Contrary to my children's wishes every year to cheat and open gifts early~
It is always Christmas morning before my chickens are awake!
I am a "It has to be the day~ Girl."

Now it is your turn and come back to let me know so I can read your answers.
 Just thinking about all these questions puts me in the Christmas spirit. So go ahead and play along!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Glittery Christmas Ornament~Frugal Idea

Cast of Characters~
Pledge Floor Finish (with the blue top)
Clear glass ornaments

*Pour about 1 Tb of floor finish inside glass ornament.
Make sure you cover the entire inside of the glass ball.

* Use the funnel to pour in the glitter.

*Swirl the ornament around until the inside is evenly covered with glitter.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Here Comes The Storm~

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened." - Winston Churchill

Sometimes out of no where you feel a storm brewing. What do we do when the storms of life start to rage? We are going to have troubles and trials as long as we have breath in our being! Stormy weather can cause intense feelings of fear and reactions in us.

Job 14:1

 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

Job 5:7

 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward

In Matthew 14:22-23 the Bible gives us a story of Peter walking on the water. He had found himself in a storm in life. The disciples that were with him were afraid. They were afraid when they saw Jesus walking on the water. Jesus told them who He was. Peter walked on water too~ well at first. When Peter took his eyes off of Christ and began to concentrate on the storm around him, he became afraid and begin to sink. We will sink too~when we take our eyes off of Christ!
It is natural when we see the storm clouds swirl above our heads to give into feelings of fear. In Matthew 14:31 when Peter began to sink he called out to Jesus.

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him,
and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

I know we like to focus on the "little faith" part but we need to look at the part where Jesus stretched out His hand and caught Peter. Oh~ I love that part. Peter had failed to have the faith he needed to have but Christ caught him. This just puts the spring into my step today. Sometimes I just need Jesus to catch me too!

Then on in the chapter in verse 31 it reads~
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 

Jesus did not stop the storm . No~He caught him and was with him until they got into the boat. Sometimes we have to walk through the storm~sometimes God will remove the storm. 

*The important thing to remember is that Jesus will always be with us as we are facing the storms of life. You see Jesus was the very one who told them to get into the boat and go to the other side in the first place. The storm did not take Him by surprise!

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get
into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side,
while he sent the multitudes away.  Matthew 14:22

You see sometimes we have to deal with issues in our lives that we really don't like~it is easy to question God about these very issues.  We may question why we have to handle these issues because it disturbs our smooth sailing in life. Maybe~ we are in the center of God's will--- right where He told us to be----- doing what He wants us to do and still we have a storm come out of nowhere. *We can take comfort in the fact that God knows all about the storm and He is there with us through every dark sky, every loud thunder and every strike of lightning! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I Need A Pill~

PSALM 119:11 

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

The past few days while I have not felt well I took a little cold pill and it worked wonderful. When it wore off I would take another one. I wish there was a " fruit- of- the- spirit" pill. That way each morning I could just take a pill and when it wore off I could  take another one.

 I would bubble over with love, joy, faith, patience, and so on.  If only I could invent such a pill. The label would read, "One a day will keep the grouchies away!" I am sure my family would be the first to stock up on such a remedy!

Some days I just wake up grumbly! The culprit could be hormones, lack of sleep, over commitment,  pre-menopause, the price of tea in China , and all the above. However~ they would only be excuses!
On such days I am forced to withdraw and do some self-examination. 

Almost always I find the real  reason for my condition is that I have come unplugged from my power source. I have to go to the throne of God and connect to my power source once again~My Heavenly Father! He can conquer the drudgery of daily life! Most generally I have neglected my quiet time with the Master! So to speak there really is a "fruit-of-the-spirit" pill~it is reading our Bible and praying. Have you had your pill today?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Lord's Day~ Roasted Sticky Chicken

Roasted Sticky Chicken~

Happy Lord's Day~ I am up before the chickens this morning. I am so excited because I feel great this morning after being sick all week~ think I might just live and I am excited about that. I am ready to hear what the Lord has for me in services this morning~sure need something special today.  How about you? Sometimes life is hard but God is good. 
Hope you have a wonderful day. 

This is truly the best Roasted Chicken in the world! Give it a try~you will be glad you did!

Roast Sticky Chicken 

  • 1 large chicken -- (roasting)
  • 1 cup onion -- chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons salt
In a small bowl, thoroughly combine all the spices (do not include the onion). Remove giblets from chicken, clean the cavity well and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture into the chicken, both inside and out, making sure it is evenly distributed and down deep into the skin. Place in a re-sealable plastic bag, seal and refrigerate overnight.

Psalm 122

 1I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spread Merry Not Bah Humbug~

Proverbs 17:22

King James Version (KJV)

 22A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

This week I ran into one of the infamous Dollar Stores to pick up a few items. As I was checking out the lady behind me pulls her cart up to the cashier as I was leaving and huffs~ "I just hate this time of year." I look back and see a frazzled looking momma with a couple of babies in the cart and Christmas wrapping paper and such. I gave her a smile and left but her words have haunted me ever since. I was not prepared~ oh but I wish I had been. I am not skipping over Thanksgiving but I have started my shopping and the rush has begun because us mommas have much on our plates in the next month.

I decided right then and there to be prepared the next time. I think I will have a candy cane ready for the next bah humbugger and a message about why this time of year is so very special~ along with a helping hand.

After all those of us who have Jesus in our hearts have a special gift we can share with those we meet. Not only that but we can spread some merry too! What a wonderful time to be full of peace, love and joy. To give a hand~ help someone unload their cart in the super store isle or hold a baby to help a young momma~ maybe even hand out a dollar or two. My momma raised us three kids by herself on a poverty level~ but we never knew it. She manages a dollar better than any I have ever seen. Last year at Christmas she set aside some rolled dollars and handed them out with a message of Jesus. Remember we can never out give our God!

I am getting a head start this year for it is going to busier than normal but nothing should keep us from celebrating the true gift of Christmas. I think it would be a great time to determine to not allow ourselves to be caught up in the busyness so that we miss the chance to share Jesus.

This morning I have sent My Brian to the woods to fill my freezer and I am off to get those early bird specials but I plan on looking for ways to spread some Merry mixed with a little Jesus!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Scents Of The Season~ Bath Salt Recipe ~Frugal Gift Idea

Scents of The Season Bath Salt Recipe~

3 packages of flavored Kool-Aid ( w/o sugar)
3 quart container of Epsom salt
Essential Oil ~optional ~add to salt for the white layer

If layering ~split the container up into three different bowls and use a different color/scent for each layer.  I left one layer white and added some scent. 
I found all my ingredients at the $ Store except for my essential oil but that can be bought there too. I thought the sugar shaker would be good to shake the salt out into the bath water. 

I am making a cranberry~ orange one for Christmas.  I think strawberry ~lime would be nice too!  The possibilities are endless. 

You can seal your jar with warm paraffin or put in a bottle with a cork to keep the colors from moving. Add a bow and a cute tag and what a frugal gift homemade from the heart!

Welcome to Farming On Faith all you Friday Farmgirls~ 
So glad you stopped by.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Momma's Hands~

Proverbs 31:20

King James Version (KJV)

 20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

With the Holidays quickly approaching I have been doing a lot of thinking about new beginnings. All my kids will be home for Christmas this year and I am so excited. I am making my list and checking it twice. I have started shopping and hope to have it all wrapped up by Thanksgiving weekend.

I have been thinking back to how my momma and grandma made my Christmas in the past memorable. I too~ want to start making those memories with my sweet grandbabies.

When I look at my hands I see both my moms and my grandmother Baker's hands. My mother's hands are long and slender~always cool to touch. My mother's hands are pretty yet show wear and tear. My grandmother only hand one hand and it was weary and worn from doing the work of two hands~ yet beautiful to me. She had a big strong hand.

All mothers need big hearts and big hands.  They begin to gain strength when they grip the rail in the delivery room and then gently hold that baby for the first time. Before long they are changing diapers, washing dirty faces and bottoms, cleaning spit-ups, wiping tears, rocking sleepy babies and putting babies to bed.

 They brace chubby little toddlers and keep them out of harm's way. They toss balls, prepare holiday dinners, set festive tables, unfold birthday parties, and wrap Christmas packages. They color and do homework~ rake leaves for little kids to jump in and find jars to hold lightning bugs.

They push swings and let go of bikes as a child learns to peddle. They create Halloween costumes, mend scraped knees, make a sick child well, write letters to send to camp and teach a child how to pray.

They grasp the steering wheel while chauffeuring from one place to the next all to soon they grip the seat as their teen learns how to drive.

Those same hands wave goodbye while sending off their baby to college ~ and adjust a cherished daughter's wedding veil. A mother's hands are loving hands, disciplining hands, grieving  hands, protecting hands, and providing hands. They embrace a child and then when it is time~ she opens them and lets them go.

When I think about my mother and grandmother's hand I only have to look at my own and I am reminded of them both.  They are getting weary at times and worn.

As I look at my hands ~ I thank God for giving me these hands to show love. I thank Him for the love I have received from the two women who shaped and molded me with their loving hands.

 I thank God that He holds me in the palm of His hands. I pray today that I will use these hands for good, to help a child, to give a hug, to cook a meal, to touch with kindness, to caress with love. And as these hands let go I have a God who gently wipes away the tears.

Most of all today I want to lift these hands up to praise my God for all the blessings that have passed through these worn hands.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday~ Austin Texas

Inside the State Capital Building

 The best little dive where I ate the best hamburger I have ever eaten~no kidding!

This is a coconut custard in a chocolate bowl~ so yummy.

Historic Hotel Driskill~ 
 We are standing in the safe~guest would check their valuables here for safekeeping.
President Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson had their first date at the Driskill. 
Both President Lyndon B. Johnson and President George W. Bush 
opened up an office here and waited for their election results.
It is just beautiful and next time I come to Austin I will be staying here.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” 1 Peter 2:9 KJV

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Coming Of Age~

Happy November

Ephesians 4:14-15

 14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

When a momma eagle builds her nest ~she begins with branches, sharp rocks and a number of other things that seem unsuitable for a baby eagle to be born. The momma lines the nest with prickly items and then she adds feathers, wool and fur. She cushions it so that it is a soft place for her babies. One day the momma feels her little babies have grown past needing to be in the nest~ so she begins stirring up the nest. She begins peeling away the soft feathers exposing the sharp rocks and branches. The momma is trying to encourage the young eagles to leave the uncomfortable home and move on to maturity.

Coming of age is not easy for eagles or human beings. It sure isn't easy for mommas either. All of my children are very independent~ and seem ready to spread their wings and fly. Guessing I did something right.

My Hannah has been bottle feeding our orphaned kitties. She left yesterday for a trip and left me in charge of her new little babies. She already has them very spoiled. They should be eating from a bowl but they won't. They want to be bottle fed. So I take the bowl away and and give them their bottle. But as a momma I know that they need to get off the bottle ~easier said then done.

God is our Heavenly Father and He knows when we are equipped and ready to leave the nest and fly into adventures untold.

Apostle Paul urges us to grow up in Christ because we should no longer be children tossed to and fro but grow up in all things into Him who is the Head. What are you doing today to grow in your Christian walk?



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