Sunday, January 31, 2010
For this recipe, you will need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
Lightly grease 12 muffin cups; set aside. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg; set aside. In mixer bowl, cream together 1/2 cup sgar, the shortening, and egg. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake in 350*F oven for 20-25 minutes, or till golden. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Remove muffins from oven; immediately dip in melted butter or margarine, then in cinnamon-sugar mixture till coated. Serve warm and ENJOY!!
Yield: 112 muffins
OMGosh....that should read 12 muffins NOT 112 ROFLOL!!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursdays challenge in the "365 Ways To Say I Love You" was to wear a ribbon around your finger and when he asks why-say it's so you won't forget to tell him how much you need him."
Well, I didn't have ANY ribbon in my house so I had to be a little resourceful. I did, however, have chocolate Lindt Truffles at my disposal. Hey, doesn't everybody? So, I paper clipped one to my sweatshirt. He didn't notice. :> ( So, I taped a blue one to the red one.....nothing. I finally had to stand in front of him and say, "Aren't you going to ask me WHY I have 2 chocolate truffles hanging on my sweatshirt?"
He looked at me....laughed, and said, "I didn't DARE ask!" Then he said, "Darling.....why do you have those "things" hanging from your chest?"
OMGosh! I about died! ROFLOL! ROFLOL! ROFLOL! "Oh, you mean the truffles?" lol "I put them there to remind me to tell you how much I need you!" (insert awwww and smooches here!)
Never a dull moment here on the farm!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Whether it is our friendships, marriage, or homeschooling, God holds everyone of us accountable to faithfully obey Him in what He has commanded us to do. Blaming others is really trying to hide our own failings from God. The blame game first started in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, but we don't have to keep playing it in our home. We need to confess our sin instead of trying to "pass the buck" and be healed!
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)
Thank You for Your forgiveness that You freely give to me. Help me to acknowledge that the fault lies with me when I sin and not others. Please help me to keep my heart clean before You. In the name of Jesus, Amen!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
In one post, we were to bake him a cake in the shape of a heart, or we could come up with something else to make if the cake wasn't an option. So, I decided to make "I LOVE MY SKIPPY MAN" grilled cheese sandwiches, hence the little heart shaped sandwiches! :> )
I am having such a good time participating with the girls and Skippy is just "FEELIN' THE LOOOOVE!"
If you would like to participate, please stop by and become a follower of "365 Ways To Say I Love You". You won't regret, and neither will your hubby! :> )
"I LOVE MY SKIPPY MAN!!!!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
These are the rules :
1. You can use only one word
2. Pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers
3. Alert them that you have tagged them for this challenge
4. Have fun
So, here goes:
1. Where is your cell phone? Underthecatsbehind (hey....it's one word! :> )
2. Your hair? Blonde
3. Your mother? AMAZING
4. Your father? HEAVENLY
5. Your favorite food? Pastawithfetaandturkeybacon
6. Your dream last night? None
7. Your favorite drink? Water
8. Your dream/goal? Tobedebtfreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
9. What room are you in? Office
10. Your hobby? Eating
11. Your fear? Dustbunnies
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? AnywhereaslongasitswithMYSKIPPYMANandKIDDO
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren't? "Petite"
15. Muffins? Banananut
16. Wish list item? Myminivanrunningagain
17. Where did you grow up? NY
18. Last thing you did? Facebook
19. What are you wearing? PJ's
20. Your TV? Dead
21. Your pets? 7
22. Friends? Many
23. Your life? WONDERFUL
24. Your mood? Peaceful
25. Missing someone? Parents
26. Vehicle? Hyndai
27. Something you're not wearing? ROFLOL!
28. Your favorite store? Sharp-Shopper
29. Your favorite color? Burgundy
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? JESUS CHRIST
33. One place that I go to over and over? Bathroom
34. One person who emails me regularly? Renee
35. Favorite place to eat? Home
I am going to follow Cathy on this one and am not going to choose anybody in particular to pass this on to, but please feel free to participate if you like!
Monday, January 25, 2010
So, here they are, in all there DELICIOUSNESS!
For this recipe, you will need:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I added a pinch more)
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups quick or old fashioned, uncooked oats
1 cup raisins
1. Heat oven to 350*F
2. Beat together margarine and sugars until creamy
3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well
4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well
5. Stir in oats and raisins; mix well
6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet
7. Bake 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown
8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack
Yields approximately 4 dozen (this will vary depending on size of dough used)
Bar Cookies: Bake 30 - 35 minutes in ungreased 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan
Sunday, January 24, 2010
When something happens in your life that scares you, what do you do? How do you handle the FEAR? If you are like some, you Forget Everything And Run. But how awesome it is to be a child of the King and know that we have no need to be afraid.
So the next time that you are in a situation where you are scared, and not quite sure what to do, choose to . . . . . .
Face Everything And Recover
Put it all in God's hands....He will carry you!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Faithfulness is a character quality not easily found today. Christians in general, approach too many commitments with the option of, "Well, if this doesn't work, I can always get out." When life gets tough, we are tempted to escape from our responsibilities; but faithfulness means not forgetting the Lord in the good times, and not blaming Him in the bad. No matter where we go, we will have difficulties of some kind. What about you? Are you in your journey with Christ for the long haul?
Only You can give me the strength I need to remain faithful to You. Fill me again this day with Your power and help me remain true to You and the commitment I have made to my husband and my children.
In Your precious, Holy name.......Amen.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
You will never know how proud I am of all the things you do.
You came into my world, so tiny and so small...
And I was in awe at the wonder of it all.
Then you placed your little hand in mine...
There was no denying, my heart was yours 'til the end of time.
I have watched you both through out the years, laugh, cry and grow...
And it is difficult to know, that someday I will have to let you go.
I just can't imagine, a day of my life without you...
Because you're a part of me and my love for you is true.
So just remember, no matter how old you are or where you may be...
There's someone who needs you and loves you and that someone is me!
Author: Debra L. Cash
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Ephesians 5:20-24; 33b
This morning I sent Skippy a text message at work:
ME: "I hope you have a great day, Honey! Is there anything you want me to do for you today? Anything I can make you besides your oatmeal cookies? I LOVE YOU!"
SKIPPY: "There is one thing you can do for me, sweetie....sit down and relax for a change! I LOVE YOU TOO!"
Awwww.....Ain't He Sweet?
That's my Skippy Man! :> )
Monday, January 18, 2010
On Saturday, I made a double batch, divided it up, and made 5 different cookie doughs from this one recipe.
white chocolate cranberry (OMGoodness!!), cinnamon oatmeal, chocolate chip, chocolate, and peanut butter (in center).
At the last minute, I decided to take a scoop of the chocolate and one of the peanut butter, and put them together. That would be the two toned cookie.
For this recipe you will need:
2 sticks butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350*. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and put aside. Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture.
At this point, you can now add whatever you would like. Use your imagination!
Bake for 10-12 minutes on lightly greased cookie sheet. After one minute, remove to cooling rack.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
If you would like to participate along with me in an e-mail recipe exchange, please send me a private message with your e-mail address and I will put you on my list! :> )
Saturday, January 16, 2010
To participate in this meme, I have to do three things:
1) Share a bit about your friend and your relationship.
2) Offer your friend a virtual gift in your post.
3) Write a note to your friend in your post.
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This is my first post in the "Celebrate Friendship" meme, and I couldn't think of anyone that is more deserving of this than my sweet, God loving, adorable, one who has the most contagious laugh, precious, tenderhearted, kind, caring, FUNNY, encouraging, makes me laugh so hard I can't breath friend, RENEE!
I can't tell you when we met or whether it was on HSB or The Homeschool Lounge. I guess that's because from the moment I met Renee, we just clicked. She is an amazing lady. How often do you meet someone and it feels like you have known them forever, and that they have ALWAYS been part of your life? That's how I feel about my friendship with Renee, affectionately called, Goober! :> )
She has been there for me in good times and in bad. She has encouraged me when I have
expressed my concerns about not being sure I should be homeschooling. She makes me laugh with her stories and continues to show me by her words and her actions, what a WONDERFUL wife and mother she is.
I thank God for giving me such an amazing friend who adds nothing but joy and happiness into my life.
Thanks for putting up with me! :> )
YOU"RE THE BEST!
Now if only Volume I would arrive, right? lol
To partcipate along in the "Celebrate Friendship" meme, please visit Ruth at
"Celebrate Frienship" and link up your friendship post! See you there! :> )
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Today we are starting a new study; "Anointed, Transformed, and Redeemed - A Story of David." I am sooooo excited! This study is done by Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, and Priscilla Shirer. These three women alone are wonderful, but together, they are AWESOME!
Have any of you done this study? If so, what did you think about it? I'd love to hear what you have to say! :> )
Well, I need to get running. It is my day for snack and I need to get everything together. I just made a little something; 2 turkey bacon and cheddar quiches, bread pudding, and pineapple. lol
I hope you have a wonderfully, GOD FILLED DAY!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I normally get up about 5 times during the night and then again at 2:30 so I can get Skippy's lunch ready and make him breakfast before he goes to work. But this morning, I didn't even hear the alarms go off or even hear him walking around the house. My wonderful Skippy Man let me sleep in.
Awww.....Aint' He Sweet?
Well, this morning when Kiddo got up, the stove was out and it was a bit cool in the house. This how he found me:
Most days I wake up, this is what I look like. However, I am usually up and Kiddo is asleep. Not this morning! And even though the fire was out, I was WARM & TOASTY!
Thanks, Kiddo, for taking this lovely, flattering picture! :> )
Monday, January 11, 2010
Here you go, my friend.....THIS ONE'S FOR YOU! :> )
There are 2 ways to make this detergent, liquid and powder, but they both use the same 3 basic indredients. Also, if you can, whatever utensils you use to make the detergent, it is a good idea to label them and keep them separate so you won't cook with them. I can't remember if I got my untensils at the thrift store or at a yard sale. This detergent will not suds up very much, which also makes this great for front loading washers, but it is still cleaning your clothes. The first time I used it, I put in my detergent and the clothes, but I forgot to close the lid. When I went back and looked at the water it was dark. I thought something had run because of the BORAX of the Washing Soda. Looking more closely, I realized that nothing had run, it was the dirt from our clothes. Y U C K !!!! I know, I know.....stop talking and get on with the directions!
The 3 basic ingredients you need for your detergent are:
1 cup of Grated bar soap - (Fels Naptha, Ivory, Coast, Irish Spring, basically any kind you like...scented or not) you can add a little bit more soap if you want a stronger scent or you can add essential oils to scent it.
(Now you know what to do with all those bars of hotel soap)
1/2 cup BORAX - you can get this at Wal-Mart or almost any grocery store down the detergent aisle
I purchased mine at Wal-Mart for $2.97 for a 4 lb 12oz box.
1/2 cup Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with Baking Soda....they are NOT the same thing) You can find this at Martin's, Kroger's, and Farmer Food's here in VA. You would need to call your local grocery store to see if they carry it. I purchased mine at Martin's for $1.99 for a 3 lb 7oz box.
Other items you will need:
5 gallon bucket or container with a lid (if making the liquid or some other container for the powder)
Grater ( or you can use a food processor, but you need to grate the soap for both kinds )
Cooking Spray or something else to "lightly" grease your grater for easy clean-up later (trust me on this one from personal experience!
Pot - big enough to hold 1/2 gallon (this is needed to dissolve the ingredients)Measuring cup - 1/2 cup size
Mixing spoon with a long handle - to stir your mixture in the bucket
The first thing you need to do is to "lightly" spray your grater with cooking spray to make cleaning the grater easy later on.
How much powder do I use? I use 1 tablespoon for a normal load and 2 tablespoons for a large or extra dirty load.
Onward to the liquid~
Follow the same directions for grating and measuring the soap (you do not need to put this in the food processor because you are going to dissolve it in water), BORAX, and Washing Soda only this time keep them separated.
Take your pot and put about 2 quarts of water in and put it over a medium flame till heated.
(you don't have to be EXACT with this recipe. As my mom would say, "It's not rocket science, Laura!" ha ha (LOVE AND MISS YOU, MOM!)
Coming to the home stretch..........................Now all you have to do is put a cover on it and let it sit overnight, however, I have used it right after making it because I waited to long to make more and I really NEEDED to do laundry.
- It may look just like it did before you put the lid on
- It may look like nothing but a big blob of gel
- It may have the look and consistency of egg drop soup
How much liquid do I use? I use 1/2 cup per normal load and up to a cup for large and extra dirty loads.
Well, there you have it in a nut shell. Homemade laundry detergent. I hope you enjoy making this as much as I do.
Should you have ANY questions, please feel free to e-mail me.
HOMEMADE FABRIC SOFTENER~