"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:21

Friday, November 27, 2009

Random Recipes

Here's a fabulous salad recipe I love to use around the holidays.

It's so pretty and festive.

Cranberry Romaine Salad

1 Head Romaine Lettuce, chopped

1 1/2 C. Chopped Pecans

2 C. Dried Cranberries

1 1/2 C. Feta Cheese

-Toss in large bowl-

Poppyseed Dressing

3/4 C. Vegetable Oil

1/2 C. Sugar

1/3 C. White Vinegar

1 T. Poppyseeds

Shake together in seal tight container, and serve with salad.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankfulness



Psalm 40:5 - "Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare."

Do we have a lot to be thankful for, or what? Seems like I'm always grumbling about something. It's always easier to complain or see the negative, than the positive.

I love Thanksgiving. It's my favorite time of year. Helps me refocus and get back to what's important in life.

When you feel like complaining, or grumbling - try to remember how many blessings God has given you, and how fortunate you really are. I always say that to my kids when they see something they want, and I tell them no - or when they won't eat their supper. The whining and negativity start and I say - "Look how many things you have at home to play with (that never get played with), and look at all the blessings we have. They are many kids who are starving to death, and/or have never even had a toy, ever."

All I know is, I'm truly thankful, and I try very hard not to take what I have for granted. There is always someone worse off.

Here's some things off the top of my head today that I give thanks for:

-My God
-His Son
-His Sacrifice
-My home
-My 3 healthy children
-My husband and our marriage
-Jobs
-Parents who are always there
-My twin sister
-My 2 brothers and their wives (I couldn't ask for better sil's :)
-My grandparents
-An abundance of food
-Vehicles
-Friends - lots of great friends
-My church familiy
-My Pastor
-Pets
-Clothing
-Books
-Games like Hungry Hippo, and Memory that I love to play with my kids
-Carseats
-Water
-Computers
-Music
-Rainbows and all of nature's beauty
-Dish soap
-A kitchen table
-My bed
-My washing machine and dryer (I'm not thankful for laundry though)
-Telephones
-Snow plows
-Swingsets
-Lawn tractors
-Toilets!
-Hair
-Family get-togethers
-NMC
-Phone books
-Tissues
-Make-up
-Hairspray
-A smile on someone's face
-Laughter from my children
-Tears of joy
-Girls Nights
-New babies
-Hugs & kisses
-A sweet card from a dear friend
-Past relationships
-New relationships
-That verse I posted at the top
-Sweet eternity w/ my Lord

Now, some of these you might say, huh?? But seriously, think about it. Aren't you thankful for a toilet? Or phone books? They sure come in handy sometimes, don't they??

Tell me some things you are thankful for?

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November Sky

(Sigh)



What is it about this beauty that just makes you want to sigh?
Our God is amazing, isn't He?
Of course these pictures do it no justice.
Life has been throwing us a curveball lately. But the night I stood out on my deck and took these, the air was crisp, it smelled of Fall, and a flock of geese were flying over in their V-shaped pattern honking to eachother. A peace came over me.
God's here.
He's taking care of me.
He who can paint skies as beautiful as this, knows who I am and what I need.
Such sweet, sweet comfort that is.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Random Recipes

So I decided I'm going to do something different with my blog.


One of my most favorite things to do is find and share easy recipes. As a part-time employee, and full-time Mom, we all know life is crazy hectic at times, and the last thing we have time for is being in the kitchen. I have lots of favorites that are just, well, favorites! But I'm always looking for new ones as well. I am all about easy, quick recipes...but they should be tasty. And something my family will most likely enjoy :)



Sooooo, I'm gonna start sharing some of my favorite recipes on my blog. Along with a picture of it, if I remember to take one before we devour it. I love sharing my easy recipes and hopefully it will make your life a little easier too :) I'll call it Random Recipes - because with my life, you never know what kind of recipe it's gonna be, or when I'll post one! :)


Now, please keep in mind that I am definitely no Paula Deen. But I do love to cook and bake, and one of my most favorite things to do is EAT! So I hope you will enjoy, and be able to use some of these recipes!



Earthquake Cake
2/3 c. coconut
2/3 c. chopped pecans
2/3 c. chocolate chips
1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 18oz. pkg. German Chocolate cake mix
1 stick butter
2 c. powdered sugar

Follow directions carefully. For full effect, sprinkle coconut, pecans and chocolate chips on bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Follow directions on back of box, mix cake mix and pour over first layer in pan. Melt cream cheese and butter. Add powdered sugar, mix well and pour on top, spreading to make a little thicker on edges. (Note: It will be a little tough to spread, so when pouring over, make sure you cover cake mix so you don't have to spread as much.) Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until done in middle. Enjoy!!!

I'm gonna go eat a piece right now.

Inconvenient Gratitude


I read something this morning that really hit home.

Every day I go to a web-site called (in) Courage, and read their daily post. (in) Courage was started by a group of women who "felt called to be real, authentic, brave women for the Kingdom and wanted to connect with other women who did as well."

Each day one of them write a post, and I have never not read one that I couldn't relate to or take something away from. But today's especially.....wow.

Hit me right between the eyes. Way too real for me right now.

Please take a moment to read it. I also have their button on the right hand side of my blog you can click on any time to read it.

http://www.incourage.me/

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tired Tummy

Conversation at the supper table tonight between Daddy and Cameron:



Daddy: "Cameron, you need to eat 3 more bites of supper before you can leave the table."


Cameron: "But, I can't take any more bites....my tummy is tired."


Daddy: "Well then, you better take your tired tummy to bed."


Cameron: "But, um, (stutter, stammer)....my tummy is tired but my eyes are not."

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Pregnant Lady, Luke Skywalker and a Lion.....

.....that's what we were for Halloween!!