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Sunday, January 31, 2010


I'm hosting a guest writer today who I have been following. With her permission, this is a post that Denise wrote over at Free To Be Me. She's a lady that loves God.

This particular one is about God's provision of signs for His people. We are not talking about signs that replace prayer, reading His word, etc. We are not talking about signs that replace communion with God on a daily basis. Rather as we commune, we are to be aware of Him everywhere as we keep our minds and hearts directed toward Him at all times.

Looking For A Sign

God works through signs, visible demonstrations that He is present. Some signs are small, barely noticeable. Some are large, almost overwhelming. All are amazing wonders of His love and care. He guides each one of us each day, but we have to watch to see where He is leading.

The Israelites received the signs of a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night. Another sign, was that they always had enough food and water. Over and over again, God made it known that He was protecting them, and leading them to the Promised Land. Still, they complained and grumbled that they were going to die in the desert.

When we stop looking for the signs that God shows us every day, we lose our way. We become lost and confused. We wander about aimlessly, without any direction, or purpose. The Lord cannot take us very far, if we are not looking for His divine signs. They are always in front of us, but we have to keep our hearts, minds, and eyes open so we notice them.

Friday, January 29, 2010

I promise these are the easiest peanut butter cookies ever! I know there is nothing new about peanut butter cookies. But this recipe comes from an old church cookbook. Now you understand, right? Nothing better than those recipes!


1/2 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. Crisco
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 c. flour
1 t. soda

Mix first five ingredients. Then add flour and soda that has been mixed together. Make small balls and press with a fork on the cookie sheet. Cook 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. This recipe doubles easily.

(Umm, two food posts in a row!)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lemon Cake with Strawberry Sauce
("Easy-on-your-Waistband Dessert")

2 pouches (6.5 oz each) lemon poppy seed muffin mix
1 box (10 oz) frozen strawberries in syrup, puréed in blender
1/2 cup bottled lemon curd

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Coat an 8 x 2-in. round cake pan with nonstick spray.

2. Put muffin mix in a bowl; stir in 1 1/4 cups water just until moistened (small lumps may remain). Spread evenly in pan.

3. Bake 25 to 28 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes before inverting cake on rack to cool completely.

4. Using a long serrated knife, split cake in half horizontally. Place bottom half on a plate; spread with lemon curd. Top with remaining cake. Serve with the puréed strawberries. ­Garnish with strawberries and confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

(Taken from my Woman's Day magazine)

I would try this with strawberry muffin mixes and a little jam, too.
Have a good day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Burnt Biscuit........No Deal Breaker

If you haven't read this story before, take the time to read it. If you have, read it again. It will be a great reminder.

On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"

Life is full of imperfect things....and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults - and choosing to celebrate each others differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Keelie's 30th Surprise Party

(This is my first posted collage. It's rough, probably has too many pictures, and the size needs to be adjusted. But I just couldn't decide which ones to use. Look at all those happy faces!!)


Thursday, January 21, 2010

All smiles and lots of fun..........

I'm stuck on these two!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Baggy Omelets, you are awesome!

Now ladies, this is a must. You have to go straight to the kitchen and make one!

Recipe Ingredients:

2 large eggs, beaten
sausage, bacon, or ham
any of your favorite omelet veggies
shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Cooking instructions:
In a 2 qt. freezer baggy, put meat, veggies and cheese. Add eggs. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put baggy in a pot of boiling water for 13 minutes. Then just cut bag off and enjoy!

There are so many variations you could try depending on what you like and what's in the refrig. These come out just like a real omelet. You can make these before hand and just throw them in the water when you are ready. If you cook more than one at a time, you will have to increase the cooking time.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Sunday Walk Around the Place!

The sun was shining, and the wind was calm. It actually felt like spring.

As God said.........."And it was good."

Friday, January 15, 2010

Isn't this the cutest little outfit?

That crafty friend of mine got a custom order for it.

I just knew some of you would be chompin' at the bits to make one. So here's a tip! She used elastic to secure all the strips on rather than ribbon. I personally think that was clever because that way it's adjustable for the little one's waist. The strips are approximately 24 inches before you put them on. Ok....now go make one for that cute little girl of yours!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Introducing "Texas Blogging Gals!"

For the last week to ten days, I have been hollering out to blogging women from our great State. I have enjoyed "meeting" each of you Texas ladies. My goal for bringing us together was to allow us not only to just meet each other but to begin following each other. In doing so, we will be able to encourage and entertain each other as we share real-life stuff with our kindred hearts right here at home.

So it is my pleasure to present to you "Texas Blogging Gals." Scoot on over and check it out!

Texas Blogging Gals

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Winter Walk Around the Yard

Sunday, January 10, 2010

In Christ Alone
(words by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty)

This song blesses me so!

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Check out Marla's great giveaway over at Always Nesting!


I don't usually do the "tagging" thing. But recently Tara at New Day New Seasons tagged me. Since she's also a "Season" lady, I decided to play. It was an easy one. I was to look in the fourth picture folder and find the fourth picture. So....this is it. I took this a couple of years ago while on a ladies' trip to San Diego. We had a great time!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cook's Block!

Ok, what do I cook? I need an idea!

What would YOU serve for 10-13 ladies coming to your home? I thought it would be fun to try someone else's recipe! I need the name of a favorite casserole, soup or something! I don't want you to have to do the "send me your recipe" thing if you are too busy. But if you give me a name, I'll google it and go from there.

Thanks......from my kitchen to yours!

P.S. If we can get about 6 more Texas bloggers, we are going to make the goal of 30!! So check your lists and send some over to get on the list.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Thrill of an Invention and Still Calling Texans

"If you could invent something to make your life easier, what would it be?" I saw this question in one of my magazines. One of the ladies said she would invent an automatic clothes folder. Another one said she would invent a robotic maid so she never had to clean. One lady said she would love a pill that would alleviate the need to ever sleep. That way she would gain alot of time to do other things she enjoyed.

I think I would have to say a "ringless" bathtub. Yeah, I know it's strange. But I hate tub rings, AND I hate to clean them. This invention would be awesome! Or maybe......I should just go for the robot, too. Why just limit the help to the bathroom!

What would thrill you to your toes?


Don't forget, Texas bloggers, scroll down to the previous post and let us add you to the "Texas List."

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Praising Texan

Holy is the Lord
(Chris Tomlin)

We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great, how awesome is He

And together we sing

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory

It's rising up all around
It's the anthem of the Lord's renown

And together we sing,
Everyone sing.


It's so fun when you come across bloggers from your home state! I always get excited when I stumble upon another one.

So please do me a favor! I am working on a list of all my blogging friends who live here in Texas or have roots here. (Family members, I know you are here!) Please either email me or leave me a comment if you are one of those; I just want to make sure my list is complete. (In the future, I'm also going to compile a list of all you others who are scattered across--got 'em from Canada to my brother who is living in Cambodia.)

Yeah, I know this is probably a little crazy. But humor me!

Thanks and have a great week.

Friday, January 1, 2010