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Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Afternoon's Rumination


On our recent trip to Newport, Kentucky we were blessed to get to stay in a gorgeous home  a block from The Levee on the  Ohio River. 




So gorgeous  in evening... like  a starry night!

 The magnificent skyline of Cincinnati was  our backdrop...

  the  area  was  so very charming.... homes similar  to this.

 each one  quaint,  well dressed, and  family friendly!
I   was  completely entranced with the decor of our  short term abode.
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I love this  mantel  decor.  In the first place I  have already checked out  getting a deer  head for my living room... it is on my  Christmas  wish list on Amazon!  The   decorative  bone and antlers  make such a statement, as well!
   The papered wall  highlighting the  fireplace was   a very special touch!
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Is this ceramic quail  just the most darling  accent piece atop a stack of old books.
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The  simplicity of this  table setting  was  most appropriate for any season.
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But, of course,  this accent wall  as you entered the parlor,   just took everyone's breath away!
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So as the sun sets on my twilight  reflections     of the last week...
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 mulling over the   delights of   family and  memories of  happy moments together
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A  lovely cup of steeping  Earl Gray  is  such a cheery  topping   to an afternoon's muse!
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Cheerio!
A Return to Loveliness


Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday


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Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::


my dearest brought me my morning coffee and fruited yogurt this morning bright and early so we could both get off to our busy days... he had his dental appt. I had a lovely brunch with my prayer Sista's!
Looking around the house::::
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Russets,   and earthy  tones!
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On today's to do list::::

Prayer  time/brunch with  my favorite gal pals....  marketing,
  and  good great time  spent blogging.  I am so behind!!!!!

Homeschooling....well,   I am doing quite a bit of learning myself...  on  publishing various types of  advertizements for  a new ministry  in which our group is involved!


Crafting::
If I had time I'd be knitting,  but  alas,   no time!
But I would love to share the  other blog that has been taking a bit of time... to promote  the ministry  our  group is leading,.
Christians United to Pray
Please  visit there and  follow  us...  we are  really trying very hard to get this  initiative off the ground.... the more followers  the more  interest  we  will receive...  This is the most important work of my life.... aside from raising my family!

Cooking....
Cooking???
Do I have to today?  

maybe a chef salad!

Currently reading::::

Children of the Day by Beth Moore...I am  facilitaing a small group..
Shemitah, by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn,  author of the Harbinger
This is a must read  for  all who are concerned about where our nation is heading.



On the TV today::::

I enjoy youtube videos (ie)
-- Catherine Cookson

-- Downton Abbey from yesterday


The weather outside is::::

beautiful autumn days....  the  temps are  mild,  the  skies are sunny....  I love them
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If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::

spend more time on this blog



New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::


Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

Ingredients for donut holes

  • 1 ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or butter), melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup milk

Ingredients for coating

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or butter), melted
  • 2/3 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

Method

1. Grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil or butter. Combine all dry ingredients in one bowl and all wet ingredients in another.
2. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoons or with a melon baller into the muffin pan. Bake on 350F for 12-15 minutes. (I had to bake this version for longer than the allergen-free version below.)
3. While the donut holes are baking, combine sucanat and pumpkin pie spice. Pour melted coconut oil in another dish. I leave mine on the stovetop, so the coconut oil doesn’t harden. Once you take the donut holes out of the oven, dip them in the oil, then roll them in the sucanat/spice mixture.
Makes 48 donut holes!
- See more at: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2011/11/natural-holiday-allergen-free-pumpkin.html#sthash.L7l3Qhg4.dpuf


One of my simple pleasures::::

I do enjoy  when I catch it watching  Fixer Upper on HGTV.....  I just love that show,  but  cant  catch it often!


Favorite photo from the camera::::

My dearest dancing with our  one year old granddaughter at the  wedding reception!
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Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::

I really enjoy the blog  The Humbled Homemaker:) 
I just shared this blog with my daughter this week.

Praying for::::

Family, friends, church,  choir practice in prep for the holidays, 
my poor mother in  a nursing facility, our nation  (ebola, the elections),   Israel, the World 

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 

“If men would pray as they ought to pray, the marvels of the past would be more than reproduced. The Gospel would advance with a facility and power it has never known. Doors would be thrown open to the Gospel, and the Word of God would have a conquering force rarely if ever known before.” E. M. Bounds:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Let's Follow A Bowl Full of Lemons!

What an awesome   idea...  Hope I get inspired to  jump right into this  challenge!
Day 1 Purge via A Bowl Full of Lemons
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I just did this  last week...  cant wait to see what tomorrow brings!
  Wow, I wish my cabinets looked like this!!
Pantry Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons
Let's follow  A Bowl full of Lemons...to see what comes next!

Welcome October

                                           
October has always been one of my busiest  months..
 When I was teaching,  it seemed that was   the month I finally juggled all the balls into the air,   and  I spent the rest of the year keeping them all  going in a  mad-hatter  circle about me...retirement hasn't changed that much...  my calendar is so full of  things to do,,,, Bible studies  church committee work,  luncheons,  extra choir practices for holiday  programs,  club activities,    prayer vigils,  because  everything  needs to be completely  saturated with  life sustaining prayer.
But life is  great..  and  each new day offers new challenges and  opportunities...   and then  in the world around us we see  nature   winding down in a blaze of  glory....  something I think   we should  take time to do  as we are able....
Autumn has  such  a  glorious allure...

                                     
                                         the  colors are  radiant 
                 
                 I love this quote from this month's Victoria Bliss...

                 "Autumn burned brightly,a running flame                                 through the mountains,a torch flung to the trees.."
                                                 Faith Baldwin
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               Looks like it's time to plan a picnic in the mountains!!!
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                              or maybe one in our own backyard!!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Year of Hope and Favor


I am   so completely   enamored with this season....  I  love to  just  tweak  my   home decor a little bit each day..

I am toying with   inviting my best  gal pals for an Autumnal brunch soon.. to be held in the  sunroom.
So I  have been  tweaking  my apple table...
Of course I would be serving  Apple Spiced tea in my  gorgeous  Franciscan  Apple  tea cups.

ON the menu~ 
  ~ a delight we were served at the Swiss Woods B&B recently!




When cooler temperatures arrive, a warm breakfast appetizer hits the spot. Apples baked with oats and cranberries creates a yummy favorite for guests in Hot Springs.With mist rising off the lake, a roaring fire in the dining room fireplace, and the scent of baking apples: a great way to start the day! 

INGREDIENTS

5 large apples (Granny Smith or Braeburn), peeled, cored & sliced
1 cup regular oatmeal (not quick oats)
2 cups apple cider
1 cup cream, milk, or soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a medium saucepan, bring cider and cream to a low boil. Add apples, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir. Add oatmeal and cranberries, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Then remove the foil and decrease oven temperature to 375 degrees, and continue baking for 30 more minutes. Serve in small bowls, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a few dried cranberries. Enjoy! 

Now continuing with the apple theme...
 I want to share the devotional I have worked up for   the garden club next week. I just feel the Lord  speaking to me about this because today is a very  High Holy day  in His calendar! 
Rosh Hashanah.. the beginning of the  new year,
to be celebrated with  joy and awe!
First, I would pass around this simple platter:
  and then ask those who are  inclined to participate to feel free to  take  an apple and dip  it in the   honey  and enjoy the  sweetness...as I share this devotional which I have  worked on today  very diligently, so as not to offend anyone, but give the historic  significance   of this season.
   
I am a real traditionalist ,a student of   Judeo-Chrisitan heritage  as it relates to the world and  my faith.  So  I wanted to  take a moment to  share that we are  midst of  a very  significant season…actually the  10 Days of Awe   beginning with  Rosh Hashanah which marked the beginning of the  new year and  runs until Yom Kippur. According to tradition,, The apple represents the Shekhinah the Glory of God During Rosh HaShanah Shekhinah is watching us and evaluating our behavior during the past year and determines  our   judgment or our blessings.. eating apples dipped in honey represents our hope that the Shekhinah will judge us kindly and look upon us with sweetness and favor.  Looking at the ancient calendar  we see this is  the new year 5775  which  in Hebrew   which means  We hope God  sees us with favor.
Actually, the  5 at the beginning and the end in hebrew  both  mean "favor" ...  a very hopeful  significance!
Blessed are you, , king of the universe who creates the fruit of the tree. May it be Your will, that you renew for us a good and sweet year of favor .  Amen and Amen


Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday


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Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::

This marvelous morn  it is baked eggs with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese with English muffin



Looking around the house::::
My first order of the day is to complete my  final day's homework  from week one in Children of the Day  Bible study~
Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians - Member Book
I am determined to stay  up to  the minute and not get one day behind  because I  have  graciously been asked to facilitate a discussion small group...
Pray that I  can glorify God through His Word and  allow His Spirit lead me.

On today's to do list::::
laundry, marketing,   Bible Study, getting ready for some face time with our treasured girls!  Visit my mom.

Currently reading::::
A Gathering Place by Thomas Kincade and Katherine Spencer, and God's Word to the United States, a study of the book of Obadiah by Dr. James Tarter.
On the TV today::::
I have recently discovered  a whole plethera  of  great old films on Youtube  which I   love to   watch as  I am able.  Tonight , perhaps it will be  the 1937 version of The Awful truth with cary Grant and Irene Dunne... My kind of film!!!!!
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The weather outside is::::
Glorious.... we slept with the bedroom window open last night... no A/C! Right now it is  mid 60's and  sunny!... I'm loving it....it's fall!!!
On the menu this week::::
I wish I was organized enough to do this, but alas, again, dinner is catch as catch can!

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
read,  power nap,  catch a bit of porch time

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::

Low-fat Potato Soup


Ingredients
3 bacon slices 
1 cup chopped onion 
3 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices 
Cooking spray
1/2 cup water
2 (14.5-ounce) cans fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups 1% low-fat milk 
4 ounces shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (about 1 cup), divided 
1/2 cup light sour cream 
4 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
Preparation
1. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan; crumble bacon. Add onion to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender.
2. Place potato slices and onion in a 5-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Combine 1/2 cup water and next 3 ingredients (through pepper); stir into mixture in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.
3. Mash mixture with a potato masher; stir in milk and 3/4 cup cheese. Increase heat to HIGH. Cover and cook on HIGH for 20 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with sour cream and remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Sprinkle with bacon and chives. 



One of my simple pleasures::::

Listening to pandora with my first cup of coffee...

Favorite photo from the camera::::


Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
May I introduce Beth L. over at Conversations  from My House, a true kindred spirit.

Praying for::::
Our family, our community, our church, the nation, and the world


Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 
I am led by the spirit to  keep this one up  for a while... 
I chose Obadiah because the United States is  a Modern day Edom.... unless  we, as a nation,  repent and return to God we will be just like  ancient Edom!  A lot to process here....
Obadiah
Obadiah’s Vision
1 The vision of Obadiah.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom—

We have heard a message from the Lord:
An envoy was sent to the nations to say,
“Rise, let us go against her for battle”

2 “See, I will make you small among the nations;
you will be utterly despised.
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks[a]
and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’
4 Though you soar like the eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,”
declares the Lord.
5 “If thieves came to you,
if robbers in the night—
oh, what a disaster awaits you!—
would they not steal only as much as they wanted?
If grape pickers came to you,
would they not leave a few grapes?
6 But how Esau will be ransacked,
his hidden treasures pillaged!
7 All your allies will force you to the border;
your friends will deceive and overpower you;
those who eat your bread will set a trap for you,[b]
but you will not detect it.
8 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
“will I not destroy the wise men of Edom,
those of understanding in the mountains of Esau?
9 Your warriors, Teman, will be terrified,
and everyone in Esau’s mountains
will be cut down in the slaughter.
10 Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, (Israel)
you will be covered with shame;
you will be destroyed forever.
11 On the day you stood aloof
while strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were like one of them.
12 You should not gloat over your brother
in the day of his misfortune,
nor rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction,
nor boast so much
in the day of their trouble.
13 You should not march through the gates of my people
in the day of their disaster,
nor gloat over them in their calamity
in the day of their disaster,
nor seize their wealth
in the day of their disaster.
14 You should not wait at the crossroads
to cut down their fugitives,
nor hand over their survivors
in the day of their trouble.
15 “The day of the Lord is near
for all nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you;
your deeds will return upon your own head.
16 Just as you drank on my holy hill,
so all the nations will drink continually;
they will drink and drink
and be as if they had never been.
17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance;
it will be holy,
and Jacob will possess his inheritance.
18 Jacob will be a fire
and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
and they will set him on fire and destroy him.
There will be no survivors
from Esau.”
The Lord has spoken.

19 People from the Negev will occupy
the mountains of Esau,
and people from the foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.
They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria,
and Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20 This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan
will possess the land as far as Zarephath;
the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the towns of the Negev.
21 Deliverers will go up on[c] Mount Zion
to govern the mountains of Esau.
And the kingdom will be the Lord’s.
  The Mountains of Esau are likened unto our corrupt government.... oh how  imperative it is that  everyone get out and vote in a new  godly  government... many senate seats are up  for the vote....  please encourage everyone you know to vote well!!!!!

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