Friday, February 28, 2014

Think Spring~


Oh my stars ~this weather can't make up its mind. Last weekend our yard was covered in robins~ I mean hundreds of them. They were singing and it just did my heart good to see them. I watched eagerly as they pulled worm after worm from my backyard. Once in awhile I would watch as one little fat bird would work so hard to get that worm up just in time for his fellow flock friend to snatch it away.  It was a welcome sight and sound. 

I think they must have been just passing through because they have all flown for greener pastures and warmer air. We have 9 inches of snow predicted for this weekend…….sigh*****

I have the winter blues!!!! I am so ready for Spring. How about you? Every time the snow starts again I just want to cry bucket of tears.

Did you know that there is actually a disorder for Winter Blues?

According to Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D.~


At northern latitudes, many people experience a lower mood, irritability, decreased energy, and changes in appetite, starting around now and lasting until spring. About 10 percent of people in northern states experience full-blown Seasonal Affective Disorder  (SAD), with depressed mood, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, carbohydrate-craving, and weight gain or loss. Another 30 percent experience sub-syndromal SAD, a low-grade version of seasonal depression.

What does Dr Rossman suggest? ~ He says we need Light Therapy. Getting exposed to the light can produce a boost in your mood. 

Unlike last weekend my little birds in my yard today seem in a frenzy. They know when bad weather is coming and they begin to make preparations. It seems like they go on a scavenger hunt for all the food they can hold.

Sometime we are like my little birds~ anxious, frazzled and frightened by what we see. I have some great news.  Our Heavenly Father is at hand and He sees all. He even knows when a bird falls from it's nest. He knows when we are struggling ~even with Winter blues.

Matthew 10:29 (KJV)

29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

He knows everything that is going on in your world.


Proverbs 15:3 (KJV)
3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.


He even knows how many hairs are on our head~



Matthew 10:30 (KJV)

30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Here is our light therapy~ God keeps a tally on all that is going on in our lives. He even cares about the misfortune of the birds.


We can trust God~ He sees and He cares about all the things that ruffle our feathers. When we ask Him for help not only does He help us~ but He responds according to His perfect knowledge of us and our circumstances.




His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

We can be blessed in our spirit on this cold Winter day knowing these amazing truths. God is good all the time! 

But all the same ~ THINK SPRING. It is right around the corner. 





Me and my little shadow (Brooklyn my niece) and I have a fun day planned. 
I am off to PARTY!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Crock Pot Tamale Pie





It is freezing here in Missouri and the snow has started to blow~ again.

 So I decided to whip up a Tamale Pie. 
I reminds me of my grandpa's recipe~ very yummy!

Filling~
2 cups diced chicken ( Or ground beef or venison)
1 can drained red beans
1 can stewed tomatoes

1 can drained corn (reserve 1/4 cup)
1 small can sliced black olives
1 small can diced green chilies
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup diced onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Corn Bread Topping~
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup drained canned corn

*Mix together in a bowl. You can use a mix if you prefer.





*Cover and cook on low for about 5-6 hours. When the corn bread on top is cooked it is ready!



Friday, February 21, 2014

Life's Little Spots~





"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits." -Psalm 103:2


As a minister was addressing a group of men, he took a large piece of paper and made a black spot in the center of it with a marking pen. Then he held the paper up before the group and asked them what they saw. One person quickly replied, "I see a black mark."

"Right," the preacher replied. "What else do you see?" Complete silence prevailed. "Don't you see anything other than the black spot?" he asked. A chorus of "No" came from the audience. "I'm surprised," the speaker commented. "You have overlooked the most important thing of all--the sheet of paper."

Then he made the application. In life we are often distracted by small disappointments, and we forget the innumerable blessings we receive from the Lord. But, like the sheet of paper, the good things in life are overwhelmed by the adversities that monopolize our attention. 
(Author Unknown)

Rather than concentrating on the trials of life, we should fix our attention on its blessings. Let us say with the psalmist, "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits" (Psalm 68:19).

If we keep praising Him, we won't be distracted by life's little "spots."

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Smitten Book Club~ Book Review



What a fun book! This book contains the talent of four authors. There are four different stories written about  the ladies in the Smitten Book Club. They find an old book at a rummage sale that had been written by a lady from three generations back. 

The book contains old-fashioned advice about love and romance. Although the advice was out dated the group was drawn to the book. They begin to pass it around and they never dreamed it would have  such an impact on their lives. Maybe the advice was not so ridiculous after all for it really did seem to work.

I really enjoyed reading the little snippets of the Gentlewoman's Guide To Love And Courtship.
 Here is just one~

"The Men do not appreciate women who are constantly in histrionics. Modulate your emotions, and always speak in a calm tone. " -Pearl Chambers , Gentlewoman's Guide To Love And Courtship

I rate this book 5 stars. This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.



A Note From The Publisher~

The century-old Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet!
The thick, leathery tome Heather pulled out of the dusty cardboard box was definitely coming home with her. Not only was The Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship an appealing curiosity by virtue of its title; it was also written by Smitten, Vermont native Pearl Chambers, a local gentlewoman from three generations back.
Little did Heather know the repercussions this little curiosity would have on her and her friends’ romantic exploits.
When Heather and her fellow book club members begin passing the book around, their respective interpretations are unleashed on their respective love lives . . . for better or for worse. Is it a mystery? An idealist fantasy? An intimation of Jane Austen? As romantic love finds its way to each woman, the Guide proves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant.
What’s more, a handwritten inscription indicates that the arcane book might hold the only extant clues leading to buried gold—exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting?
In this remarkable collaborative novel, besties Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt tackle the tale of the Gentlewoman’s Guide by writing for one book club member apiece. Smitten Book Club is a hopeful, hilarious story of friendship and healing, written by friends for friends.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Do You Want To Be Missed?



Psalm 16:6
 "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;
 yea, I have a goodly heritage."


I had a friend I could always call. I could call her when I  needed a Sancho from the little Taco Restaurant. She even searched high and low for some good watermelon in the dead of winter to satisfy my cravings when I was going to have my first baby. She would take me to Dairy Queen to get a chocolate malt~she would always get vanilla and drink coffee with her malt. She could make anything sick feel better~be it a little girl or the little girl's sick kitty. She was an amazing housekeeper. She only had one arm due to cancer but she could drive a stick shift and work wonders around anyone I knew who had two arms. She liked the color pink~and I watched her put her lipstick on in her little pink bathroom many times.  She wore green eyeshadow. She told me it looked like I had lost weight every time I saw her ~bless her heart! Her clothes smelled like Downy and her dishes had to be washed with Palmolive. She was the ultimate homemaker.  Her home was always spotless. Even the towels in her linen closet were stacked perfectly neat. Her whites were bright. She taught me to fold a flat sheet so tight around a mattress that you could bounce a quarter off of it. She had many great qualities and many talents.  I don't miss her today because she could keep a spotless house. I miss her so much is because she loved me, she accepted me, and she made me feel special.

This special friend was my grandmother~Grandma, Baker!

 I found security and safety in her. It has been 17 years since she went home to be with her Heavenly Father and my Grandpa who she just could not wait to be with again. I still miss her today! I don't miss her because she could do EVERYTHING so well. I miss her because she loved me. I found strength in her. She was my hero. She invested so much of herself in me. She taught me so many things!

Do you want to be missed someday? Then make sure you are "missable" by investing your life in others. Make up your mind that someone in your world will get the love and acceptance they crave from you.

When I get to Heaven after I meet Jesus~ it will be my Grandmother I will want to see next. I know I will not have to look far for she will be waiting for me!



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lord ~ You Know I Need A Brand New Touch



If you have been a Christian for very long~ then you have been discouraged. Maybe even frustrated in your walk with the Lord. I am just being "real" today.  (This is what my devotion was on this morning.) I have been disappointed with a situation.  If we have our eyes on man ~ we will be discouraged. We even discourage ourselves.

We read in the 11th chapter of Hebrews all kinds of things the Jewish people suffered for their God. They were mocked, scourged, put in chains, imprisoned, stoned, tempted, threatened with death by the sword and they were ultimately homeless.  Now ~ I am feeling better. How about you? Never had any of those things happen to me. So~ I have no need to be bellyaching!

As my devotion stated this morning if we read on in Hebrews 12 we are encouraged by the Israelites and their walk. They endured! Yet~ I really don't want to keep going around the same bush for 40 years. I would rather learn my lessons that the Lord wants me to learn much quicker so I can move on. How about you?




Hebrews 12:1-2

King James Version (KJV)

12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

This morning I am reminded that I have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding me and so do my brothers and sisters in the Lord that I am disappointed with~ did you catch that?  We are ALL to lay aside our every encumbrance and sin and get all those things that entangle us (Thinking this may mean Facebook in today's world.) out of our way and run the race that God has for us to run.

It is only my job to make sure I obey the Lord and the Word of God~ no matter if others do it or not. But in our hurt feelings, we want to hold on to our offenses. This will only enslave us and keep us going round and round that bush until we finally learn the lesson that we are to fix our eyes on Jesus and Him alone.

When I am fixing my eyes on Jesus it keeps my mind off what I think may be an injustice. Jesus is the author of my faith ~ not man. He is the finisher of my faith. He endured the sin of my brothers and sisters and HE ENDURED MY SIN on that horrible cross.

Jesus is seated this morning on the right hand of His Father. That position reveals His power as the Son of God. So~ I don't need to take up the offense for others or even myself. I just need to lay it all at the feet of Jesus and trust that He will take care of it all.

When we follow the instructions of Hebrews 12 we will find ourselves encouraged instead of discouraged.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pizza Bread~

Bread~ (You can use frozen dough also.)
5 cups of flour
2 Tb sugar
2 Ts salt
2 Tb yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
2 Ts warm butter

In large bowl combine~ flour, sugar, salt yeast.
Add butter, milk and water.  Mix together on low~ I use my mix aid.
If you have a mix aid knead until you have a soft dough. If you knead by hand~turn onto a well floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
Cover and let rise until it doubles in size ~about an hour.




Cut your dough into 2 halves. Roll out your dough in a long oval shape as you would a french loaf.
Fill with pepperoni  and mozzarella cheese ~ roll into french loaves.   Top with grated Parmesan cheese. Roll up as you would a long loaf of bread.  This make 2 big loaves. Let raise for about 30 minutes ~covered. 

Bake at 375 for about 20 -25 minutes.


Serve with homemade pizza sauce~


Homemade Pizza Sauce


This is so much better than store bought sauce~and so frugal to make! Try it with your bread sticks or homemade pizza!

8 ounce can of Tomato Sauce
1/2 t. Basil
1/2 t. Oregano
1/4 t. garlic powder
1 t. sugar
1 t. onion powder
1 T. olive oil
Mix all together!








Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sesame Seed Chicken~








This is such an easy recipe. I made it for my Home Economics class this week and promised to post the recipe for my students to copy. It is a lower fat version of the oriental favorite. It is so yummy!


6 boneless chicken breast
1/2 cup honey
1 cup water
2 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon sesame seeds


Cook chicken in olive oil until done.

Mix together honey, soy sauce, water, corn starch, ginger, pepper flakes. Whisk until all the corn starch is dissolved.

Slowly add to chicken and mix until thickened.

Enjoy! Yummy!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Twirl~ You Just Gotta Read This Book




It has always amazed me that God gives us just what we need just at the right time. I needed to read this book. I recently forgot how to twirl through life. You ever been there? Do you need a good laugh? Do you need encouragement? Do you need your faith energized?   Do you need a fresh spin on your life? I thought so. Then you need to read this book too.

I so enjoy Patsy Clairmont~ I always have. Who could not love that little pixie lady? She is a doll if you ask me. She has such a way about her that commands your attention~ such a wise and witty gal.

In her new book the cover says it all~ A Fresh Spin At Life. Patsy is beckoning us to slow down and listen to God.  Each little chapter reads in bite size topics and can be read in sections or all together. The book shares just how we can twirl down the isles of mercy and grace. It is full of inspirational quotes too. I absolutely loved and enjoyed reading this book~ it was so refreshing.

I rate this book 5+ stars. *****

Great book Patsy~ you have blessed my soul!

This book was provided to me through Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for my honest review.


Book Description

Is life making you so dizzy that you’re forgetting what’s most important?
Patsy Clairmont loves a good twirl. The kind that will make a child fall to the ground, squeal with laughter, and then want to get up and spin in circles some more! However, there is a twirl where busy schedules and urgency create a different and unwanted variety of dizzy into our lives.
Though hurry-up is part of the human dilemma and certain seasons bring more of it than others, if it becomes a lifestyle you might find yourself on the slippery slopes of bitterness, sadness, and depression. Patsy’s hope is to help her readers maintain a dynamic view on life—with activities and choices that lead to renewal and peace. So take a little stroll with Patsy Clairmont through Twirl, and allow her unique perspective and deep well of biblical wisdom to realign your spin on life.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

This Is A Fantastic Amish Book!



I read and review a lot of books. Sometimes they are just so-so and I skim them. NOT ~ this one. I did not want to miss one single word of this book. As Winter Storm Nika blew I was curled up with this book and coffee. 

I was captivated from the very first line. You couldn't help but put yourself in Lindie's shoes. The book starts off with her brother taking her~ pregnant from Ohio to Michigan to marry Josiah. An arranged marriage is not what she dreamed of but she had no choice.  Josiah agrees to marry her out of desperation and tells her up front he will give her his name but not his heart. How in the world did this poor Amish girl get herself in this mess?

Life is not easy for Lindie ~ caring for Josiah's deaf and out of control child. Not to mention that Josiah's father-in-law who won't even look at her let along speak to her. And Josiah refusing to give his heart again in honor of his late wife. And then there was that fact of her being pregnant and trying to keep it under wraps.

I absolutely loved this book. Out of 5 stars I give it a 10. I have never read a book by Ruth Reid but I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this series~ Amish Wonders Series.




A Note Form The Publisher~

Book One in the Amish Wonders series.
How far can God’s mercy reach?
Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.
Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?


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Monday, February 3, 2014

The Awesome Power Of Not Saying Anything At All~



 O that ye would altogether hold your peace! 
and it should be your wisdom.

Job 13:5



When verbal attacks fly, when discussions get out of hand, when personal insults cut there are times when silence is golden. When I read this verse above it just brings up a picture of My Brian. He is a man of few words but he uses his words wisely and it makes him even wiser. All these years I have observed him and he is one of the wisest men I know. I have watched and it has proven to be true in his personal and professional life. It has served him well.

There are those that will always try to put others down to make themselves appear better ~ and that is horribly wrong. We see it in the school yards,we see it in politics and we see in the church. But how we respond to those attacks is our choice. We get to decide.  It seems when someone is trying so hard to lift themselves up to prove they are better or more spiritual than others~ they have a major reason for doing so. Deep inside they have a  hurt ~ insecurity or brokenness that God is working to heal.

So how do we handle these kind of hurts that come our way?  I think Job says it best in the verse above. Job was a very successful~ spiritual man. He had great wisdom~ but when the enemy attacked  he ran to God and remained silent.

God can and will fight our battles for us. We simply need to turn it over to Him and remember sometimes silence is golden.

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