Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking Back Before We Move Forward~

I am reflecting on 2011~ if you are like me you take new beginnings seriously. After all I seem to always need them really bad. My personality just stays in trouble~ no kidding! 

 It seems like January 1st always has me thinking about changes that need to be made and some I know that are coming that I know will be hard to adjust to. So tonight I am asking God to give me grace for the days ahead in 2012. I am going to make some major changes in my life this year~ some that have needed to be made for many years. By God's grace 2012 will be the year. Praise the Lord!

If any of you would like to come along for a few moments and be very intentional  about last year~ the ups and downs~ the victories and even the loses. Thanking God for bringing us through that which we thought we could not survive. Then leave me a little note and tell me your New Year's goals.  Or~maybe just leave me three words that sum up 2011.  It would be such an encouragement to me. I would love to hear from you.

I know some of you have had some troubles and trial in the past 12 months~ I dare not want any to fake it for the sake of looking good on a blog. This year has been the hardest year of my life. But God has been good ~ He truly has carried me through. Let's not stay discouraged ~ 2012 will be filtered through God's hands. We can trust Him. 

Tomorrow morning I plan to wake up and put 2011 behind me ~ which is healthy~ and I plan on embracing God's goodness and grace toward 2012. 

I have so enjoyed getting to know so many of you.  You have been such a blessing to me~ My Blog Friends. I am looking forward to spending 2012 with you.

Happy New Year~

Philippians 1:6

King James Version (KJV)

 6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

~The Year In View~

Mom's  Birthday
Me and My Gypsy Girl~Easter

The strongest bridge awarded to Caleb.

A birthday trip to visit My Washington Family.

Our Texas Family visits in June~ we had so much fun!



Hannah and Jacob get engaged.

Saying see you soon to my Dad.


Our retired Pastor and his wife after 38 years in our new building~priceless. 

A romantical trip to Austin, Texas

Boston looking like Woody
Christmas 2012

Happy New Year from my heart to yours!
God Bless Us All ~Everyone!

Homemade Runza Rolls~

When I was a young girl I would visit my uncle and aunt who lived in Nebraska. They would take me to a restaurant  that served these little dough balls full of ooey~  gooey goodness. They called them Runzas~a meat filled roll .

You can make the dough homemade ~ but frozen rolls will work too.

1 1/4 cup of warm milk
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 3/4 cup flour
1 pkg. yeast

Put warm milk in bowl and add yeast~dissolve well. Add oil, sugar. salt.  Slowly add flour. I use my Mix Aid. Knead into a nice dough. I let this rest while I cook the meat mixture.

2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion
1/2 head of chopped cabbage~ or slaw mix
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
cheese slices

Brown meat and onions until half done~then add cabbage~and salt and pepper. Finish cooking until cabbage is translucent. Drain well and put in fridge to cool. The dough does not like hot meat.

Roll your dough into small dinner roll size and fill with meat mixture when cool ~ add some cheese~ and wrap them up nice and neat. Place seam down on a greased cookie sheet.

Let  them rest and rise for 30 minutes.
Cook 35 minutes in a 35o degree oven.

Glaze butter over the top.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Sister~In ~Love's Caramel Pecan Pie

This is my sister-in-love ~ Tara and my baby brother Bill and their family.

Everyone loves when Tara brings her Pecan Pie~ to our gatherings. 
So I thought I would share her recipe today.

 Tara's Famous Caramel Pecan Pie
28 caramels
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans ~ toasted
chocolate~dipped pecans(optional)

Fit pie crust into a 9~inch pie plate, fold edges under, and crimp.
prick bottom and sides of piecrust with fork.

Bake piecrust at 400 for 6-8 min or until lightly browned; cool on wire rack.

Combine caramels, butter, and 1/4 cup watter in large saucepan over medium heat. cook, stirring constantly, 5-7 min or til caramels and butter are melted; remove from heat.

Stir together sugar and next three ingredients. Stir into caramel mixture until thoroughly combined..Stir in pecans. Pour into prepared crust.

Bake pie at 400 for 10 min. Reduce heat to 350, and bake 20 more min, shielding edges of crust with foil to prevent excessive browning. Remove pie to a wire rack to cool. Top with chocolate-dipped pecans, if desired.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Fragrance Of The Season~

" And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,
and hath given himself for us an offering and
a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour."
Ephesians 5:2
I love making and burning candles. December is my favorite time of year to smell all the Christmas fragrances. My favorite is Sleigh Ride~ it reminds me of many Shindorf Christmases in the past. I start getting excited late Fall and place my oil order. I delight in smells~ Sugar Cookie, Apple Jack, Cinnamon, Holiday Spice and so many more. A fire in the fireplace, a tree decorated and candles lit~ equals all is right in the world! I love to make big of Christmas!

Is there a scent that takes you back to another place and time? 

Do you know that God has a favorite smell? It is a sweet smell that stirs his heart and brings Him happiness. It is a not the smell of Sugar Cookies, Cinnamon Sticks, Pine Trees or even Candy Canes. It is not French Vanilla or Gingerbread~no it is sacrifice.

The Lord took many chapters in the Bible to describe to the Israelites how He expected them to offer sacrifices. He was very detailed and very clear on how He wanted them to give Him offerings. Over 45 times in the Bible our God tells His people that their sacrifices were a "sweet savour" to Him. Not every sacrifice smelled like a sweet savour to Him.

 In fact, He tells them that he wanted them to bring Him the first fruits of their harvest, But this was not a sweet savour to Him. (Lev. 2:12) Only those sacrifices of animals that were killed and burned were His "favorite fragrance." What about that certain smell reminded Him of a certain time and place that gave Him great happiness? You guessed it. The smell of burnt animal sacrifices reminded Him of the day that His Son would give His life for the world by dying on the Cross. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice, and God the Father loved the smell the most that reminded Him of the unselfishness of His beloved Boy.

When Noah walked off the ark after the flood, he wasted no time in the building of an altar and sacrificing animals to the Lord. At this time, God smelled His favorite scent, and He said in His heart that he would never again send a flood to destroy the earth~ Gen.18:20-22. The smell of Noah's sacrifice touched the heart of God and stirred Him to action.

I sure have no intention of making a candle with the scent of burnt goats. We no longer must offer a sacrifice for our sins~yet there is a way I can offer sacrifice to the Lord. II Cor. 2:15 says that we are a sweet savour in Christ. Eph. 5: 2 shows us that when we love others and give ourselves sacrificially to others, that reminds God of His Son Jesus, and that is a sweet smelling savour to Him!

This month as we light our candles and decorate our homes, let us be reminded to offer up to our Lord His favorite fragrance, the scent of sacrifice. Let us determine to sacrifice our own way, our own opinions, and our desires on the altar of unselfishness. Let our God smell the savour of sacrifice as we give ourselves in loving others. This smell will give Him great happiness as it takes Him back to a time and place that is beautiful to Him- Calvary. All month long as well as all year long, let us burn with the sweet fragrance of Jesus Christ



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