Sunday, July 31, 2016

30 Minute Rolls..... Oh-So -Easy

These rolls are amazing and easy ~ peasy. 

Cast of Characters~
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons warm water
1/2 cup of oil 
2 Tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup of suagr
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 1/2 cups of flour

* Preheat oven to 400 degres.

* Combine warm water, oil, yeast and sugar in the Mix Aid bowl and let rest for 15 minutes.

* Mix 2 cups of flour , salt and egg into the yeast mixture using the dough hook. I used the number 2 setting. Add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until well incorporated. 

*Shape  into 12 balls and place in 9 x13 pan. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. ( the dough can rest uo to 20-30 minutes )

* Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

"Husbands Are Energized By A Joyful Wife" ~ Rhonda Stoppe

So many times girls grow up thinking that when they find their Prince Charming they will sail off into the sunset and live happily ever after. As we know by the divorce rate this is just not reality.

Rhonda Stoppe wrote this book in a much needed time. Women believe so many myths about marriage and men.  She gives 12 myths that women believe and how to work through those lies. At the end of each chapter, her husband shares a conclusion from a man's point of view.  With tried and true  wisdom on marriage, her advice is right on and Biblical.

Rhonda gives wonderful wisdom to all wives. Every wife should read this book. She shares how to find true happiness in God.  "True joy and satisfaction are not found in a perfect marriage ...... but rather comes from your relationship with Christ." -  Taken from If My Husband Would Change I'd Be Happy.

I loved this book and think it is a book that all new brides need to read. It will save many tears and heartaches.


If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe(Harvest House, August 2015)
Like most brides on their wedding day, you no doubt were filled with love for your husband and the hope of a happy life together.
But perhaps today, as the realities of life together have settled in, those happy expectations are going unfulfilled. And it’s tempting to think, “If only my husband would change, I’d be happy.”
That myth is but one of many that Rhonda Stoppe dispels in her easy-to-read exploration of what it takes to experience a truly happy marriage. In the process, she addresses such important topics as
—understanding your husband’s need for your unconditional respect
—rekindling the love that drew you to your husband in the first place
—refusing to believe the lie that you’d be happier married to someone else
—learning to be content in the midst of financial struggles
—thinking about sex from a biblical worldview
If you desire to rekindle the love and hope you felt on your wedding day, this book will go a long way toward making that dream come true.
Contains discussion questions and personal reflections at the end of each chapter.
Learn more and purchase a copy.

Rhonda Stoppe is the No Regrets Woman. She is an author and speaker dedicated to helping women live life with no regrets. With more than 20 years’ experience as a mom, mentor, and pastor’s wife, Rhonda’s wisdom and experience helps women discover significance in God and His specific purpose for their lives, connect biblical principles to everyday decisions, develop a loving marriage that others dream about, and influence the next generation by raising children with integrity.

Friday, July 22, 2016

My Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

Simple Homemade Bread

3 cups of white or whole wheat flour, or 1-1/2 cups of each (plus a little extra flour for kneading)
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet or about 2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar or brown sugar or honey
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup warm water (not hot but warm)

*Place 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar, and yeast in a small bowl and let this froth. It will bubble and grow about double. If it does not froth it means the yeast is not good.

*Mix together flour, salt, 1/4 cup sugar into a mixing bowl. I use a Kitchen Aid Mixer with the kneader.

*When your yeast has frothed, add it to your dry ingredients along with your oil. Mix slowly if it is to dry then add just a bit more water.  You want to make a nice dough kind-of like play dough.

*If you have a Mix Aid Mixer knead about 3-4 minutes on a low setting then turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth like a baby's bottom. If you knead by hand knead about 10 minutes. 

*Place dough into a large greased bowl. Let the dough rise until double in size.  It seems to take about an hour if your kitchen is real warm. It will take a bit longer if your kitchen is cooler. Do not rush this step!

* After the dough has risen, punch it down, shape into loaves. This will make 1 really large loaf or 2 small loaves. Let it rise again in the pans to double size.

* Bake @325 for about 50 minutes. Watch it closely.

* You know it is done when you take it out and give the bottom a thump. If it sounds hollow it is down. If not put it back in for a few more minutes.

Cinnamon Rolls: After the dough has risen, cut the dough into two balls. Roll out into a flat circle about 1/4 inch thick. Cover with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Lots of butter and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon just a bit thicker than you would toast. Now roll the dough up into a jelly roll and slice them about one inch thick. Place them side by side in a large cake pan. Let them rise until double in size about an hour. Bake about 18-20 or minutes or until golden brown. Frosting: Evaporated milk, powered sugar and pure maple syrup.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Black Beans and Rice Recipe~

This one is so yummy you won't know it is so very good for you and your heart. 

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup  cooked rice (brown or white)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Brown onion and garlic in olive oil.
Add cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper, cumin, and rice.
Mix it all well.
Stir in black beans and cook until completely warm.

*It is very yummy served with fish.*

Christmas In July~ Homemade Bubble Bath

Am I the only one that is loving Hallmark's Christmas In July week?  I have been watching the craft and ideas and it has inspired me to get started on my homemade gifts.  Homemade gifts are the best.  Starting now will give me plenty of time to get them done leaving December to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas without all that stress.  I have no pictures just yet because I need to find some pretty jars. What a great teacher gift idea.

2 cups  Ivory dish soap (unscented)
10-15 drops of essential oil

Mix ingredients. Let stand for 1 week. Use 1/4 cup per bath.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Don't Go To Bed Angry Stay Up And Fight~ Learn How To Fight ~Enter A Giveaway

We all come to marriage with baggage. We have our way of doing things ~ he has his way. My family did it this way and his family did it that way.  Sometimes this just makes for conflict. Then there is the issue of how to deal with the conflict. Then top it off with bills, children, and all the other daily things in a marriage that tend to try to divide us. God has a way of dealing with conflict. Really ~He does and it works well.  The book deals with conflict~ how to deal with it without destroying your marriage.

The Authors of this book took much time and study in preparing a help for young couples to set up some boundaries so that they build their marriage instead of tearing it down.

 Learn how to fight fairly and Godly with the study guides and wisdom from this book.  As the Authors state in the book ~ our Christianity can't be separated from our marriage. We need to love our spouse like God commands us. 

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I rate this book 5 stars~ it is a great reminder for older marriages and an excellent help for new marriages. 

About The Book~

Don’t Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight (Abingdon Press, June 2016)
A practical handbook on how to fight better—together—for your marriage.
In every marriage, there is conflict. And with every conflict, there is a choice for resolution. Will you ignore the issue until it seemingly goes away? Or will you work together to find peace?
In Don’t Go to Bed Angry, Deb and Ron DeArmond give you permission to fight. Conflict isn’t the problem, after all; the real issue is how we deal with the conflict. Deb and Ron demonstrate how communication through conflict can safeguard—and even strengthen—your relationship. Immensely practical features including worksheets and discussion questions make this a definitive go-to resource to help you start fighting—together—for your marriage.
Deb DeArmond is an author, speaker, and coach with a focus on communication, relationships, and conflict resolution. Her writing explores marriage, parenting, in-law and extended family relationships. She is the author of "Related By Chance, Family By Choice" and "I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last." Deb is the founder of Living-Write, where she coaches aspiring authors. She's monthly columnist and feature writer for Lifeway's "Mature Living" Magazine, and has published more than 120 articles online and in print publications. ||**|| Ron DeArmond has a hungry heart for the Word, and has studied the Bible for 45+ years. Ron's call to serve men is evident in his previous ministry positions with Christian Men's Network under Dr. Edwin Lewis Cole and Faithful Men Ministry. Ron is currently the Associate Pastor of men's ministry at Catch the Fire/ DFW and has ministered around the world. The DeArmonds live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Are You Vitamin D Deficient ? My Story And Update

* This is a post from March of 2015. I have received several emails and decided to repost my story in hopes it may help someone.  At the end is my update. 

If you are having horrible muscle pain, stiffness, joint pain and all over not feeling well~ please read my story.

 I am not Doctor and I am not giving medical advice but I want to share my story.  Almost two years ago~ I began to experience severe muscle aches and joint pain at the end of the day when I would get tired. I was walking on an average of 3-4 miles a day. It would get worse after I walked. I felt as though I was coming down with the flu only to sleep at night and wake up feeling better. It began to get worse. I went to my Doctor who thought I had developed an Auto-Immune disease.  In hope that my serotonin levels were low and it would help, my Doctor offered me Anti-Depressants. I refused this treatment. 

 I am a good Dr. Mom and a Homeschool Mom of 23 years. I decided to do what I do best~ RESEARCH. I began taking Black Cohosh~ it is an anti-inflammatory so it helped.  The pains all went away for several months but came back in the fall.  I went to the Doctor. After a complete exam and blood work, they discovered a mass in my ovary. But blood work showed no Auto-Immune disease. They checked for Lupus~ no there also.  I was sent to a Cancer Treatment Center for a complete hysterectomy and it turned out not to be cancer. However ~ it was the type of mass that turned to cancer.  I have been grinning and bearing surgical menopause ~ which is all I can say about that. (Some natural Progesterone cream is working miracles.)

About a month ago I woke up and could hardly walk to the next room. I spent the day in bed and begin researching again. I called my Doctor who wanted to do all the testing again that I had done last September~ over $1000 worth of blood work.  All showed no Auto-Immune disease just six months ago. This did not add up~ I have had the symptoms on and off for two years but clearly getting worse. I was offered treatment for Lupus, to treat my symptoms. I refused this treatment .

I prayed and asked God for wisdom and direction. I begin seeing a Christian Natural Doctor. The first thing he did was send my hair off for analysis to rule out lead and mercury poisoning. It came back that I was low on Calcium and Magnesium . So we did lab work testing for these things but included Vitamin D. The lab results came back that I was severely Vitamin D deficient. By this time my hips were aching horribly. He started me on a regimen of clinical strength Vitamin D3 three times a day. I just want you to know~ I am a lover of the sun. I am darker skinned and I get lots of sun which confused me a bit~ yet it was still an issue for me. Here are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency.  Click here. Many times it is misdiagnosed as an Auto-Immune Disease. Chick here. If left untreated it can cause serious diseases in our body. 

My symptoms were joint pains, (mostly in my legs) arms ached, my lower back ached. As time went along my hips begin to hurt terribly making it hurt to walk. It would hurt in the morning when my feet hit the floor to take a step. My muscles felt like they were tightening up all night and I constantly felt the need to stretch them out.  In overcompensating for the pain my hip bone and pelvic bone on one side were out of joint. I just felt achy all over. 

 I started Vitamin D3 two weeks ago and I felt the pain ease after the first day. My Doctor said my numbers were almost unreadable and it will take a couple months to really feel better. I am here to tell you two weeks later I walked two miles today.  

Please have your Doctor check your Vitamin levels if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. I am so thankful for a Christian Doctor who found the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. My Doctor explained that when our body suffers a severe stress ~it will go to the weak link.  I am rejoicing today. He tells me that when our body hurts it is screaming out for something and we need to find what it needs. I am a believer now. 

Update ~ this is a repost from March of 2015 and today I am 100% better. I still take high doses of D3 and I feel like my old self.  I try and get healthy sun when I can.  I am amazed how such a small thing made me so sick and how quickly I got well. Vitamin D3 has been a miracle treatment for me in also balancing my hormones. I am not a Doctor, nor am I giving medical advice. The only way to know is to get your levels checked. This can be done at your Doctor's office or you may purchase the test  from the Vitamin D Council~

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Life Can Be Hard

1 Thessalonians 5:17 

 Pray without ceasing.

A good bubble bath is what I need when the going gets tough. It recharges my batteries. It is one of my greatest power sources. Life can be hard!

I do have a real power source!  Over the past few years, my life has changed dramatically. I have witnessed the Lord move in some amazing ways. I have felt His hand in my life like never before. 

There was a time in my life that I was paralyzed by fear. It is something that rooted deep in my soul as a child of an alcoholic father. It was an area in my life I just could not get victory over. Even though I had been walking with the Lord for many years I was fighting fear. I was so disappointed in myself. The littlest of things would ignite a spark that would leave me feeling so fearful. Even talking about it now makes me sad. 

I have found victory over the spirit of fear.  The breakthrough came when I decided to start praying like never before.  As I begin to pray earnestly it was then that my faith increased. As I entered into a closer relationship with God I became confident that God was on the throne. He was in control and I could trust Him. Even if the sky falls I know that I can trust Him. As I began to pray about EVERYTHING the power of fear was replaced by faith.  

Martin Luther said, "As it is the business of tailors to make clothes, and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray." Prayer moves the hand of God.

I don't know about you but I need the power of God in my life. The very Power Source that moves the world on its orbit can also remove fear and give us faith in its place.  We get to go to Him and put all our troubles and trials on His shoulders and leave them there. 

That is reason enough to celebrate on this beautiful Summer day. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Have You Ever Tried A New Church?

Photo Credit~ My Gypsy Girl
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I have always been one to make friends easily. I would even venture to say I manage to always fit it~ it has always been easy for me. Eight weeks ago we packed up our little Corgi and orphan Annie kitty and left our family and friends behind. My youngest baby boy, my hometown, my family , my hairdresser, all of them left behind. This morning I tried a new hairdresser and I spent a fortune.  I now have black hair. My girls were trying to make it better but out of the mouth of my oldest grandson who called it what it is "BLACK." She was very nice and I love the cut but the price was more than I can justify and I am going to see if Dawn will tone it down a bit. 

Trying new churches has even been more challenging. We actually have been attending one faithfully full of friendly people but this process has convicted this heart of mine. I was in the same church for 38 years. Do you know all churches have their own lingo and ways of doing things? For an outsider coming in it feels very overwhelming.  In fact, how we treat people at church determines if they will ever come back again. I looked back over the years and realized how at times by being so busy doing my jobs at church that I overlooked that visitor. Times I could have gone out of my way to let visitors know the plan.   I have been a Jesus follower a long time. I can only imagine how someone who never does "CHURCH" may feel. I really want to remember this lesson and never forget the hospitality I have been shown.  Showing love and hospitality do not cost a thing but our time and attention. May we all pay more attention and show God's love.

1 Peter 4:8-9And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.Use hospitality one to another without grudging.



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