Wonderful, Slow, Joyful Saturday

I have been really enjoying this day. A wonderful, slow, joyful Saturday.

Been doing some baking for our church Thanksgiving lunch which is tomorrow.

I committed to making a Hershey cake and a casserole. I love this hash brown casserole. My dear friend, Anna, suggested it to me. The recipe is on the back of the Simply Potatoes shredded hash browns package, found in the dairy. I doubled the recipe for our gathering.

Decided I’d put a Christmas movie in while I work. I might not watch it all, but I can listen to it.

I started off by making the Hershey cake. I couldn’t figure out why it took 1 hour 45 minutes to bake. The last time I made this cake, I had the same issue. I finally figured it out. I used an aluminum baking pan. When I make this cake for us here at home, I use a 9×13 heavy ceramic pan or one of those dark coated pans, sometimes a Bundt pan, and it cooks in about an hour.

cake & icing recipes

I’ve been baking this cake for most of my adult life and never had this problem, until last year when I made the cake in the same type of thin aluminum (throw-away) pan. Anyway, I finally got it baked.

Restart the same movie, watch listen to it again.

Then I baked the casserole, which is now cooling in the kitchen.

casserole out of oven   casserole cooling on trivets

Which I put on these trivets to cool before I put them in the fridge for the night.

autumn trivets on counter

Some refreshment while working in the kitchen. See what’s standing in the background? A couple of pilgrims.

Pilgrim figurines & Dr Pepper

I had to go out to get some sour cream for the casserole. Forgot that I was going to double the recipe and I didn’t buy enough sour cream. I did a little bit of shopping while I was out. Another few gifts. Purchased some more crafting supplies to finish up some small Christmas projects, which I found on Pinterest here and here.

I decided to put in a different movie.

I also had to put the icing on the cake. Had powder sugar all over the counter, and on my cell phone.

left-over icing  banana dipped in chocolate icing

Did some taste testing, after I finished icing the cake. Does that look disgusting to you? It actually tasted pretty good. First time I ever tried a chocolate dipped banana.

I so enjoyed my day today.

Think I’ll finish up with a bowl of ice cream and a hot cocoa. Yeah, that sounds perfect.

Hope you’re enjoying the festivities of getting ready for Thanksgiving. Remember, enjoy the wonder and the joy of the holidays. It’s about cherishing family and friends and the gifts that God has given us. Give Him the Glory and praise for all that He has done!

Love,

Karen

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When We Were Kids

When we were kids…

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags; of course, they built cars better back then.

Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day.  No cell phones.

We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt.

We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. Remember accidents?

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight…we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, Personal Computers, internet chat rooms…we had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. It didn’t cripple our psyche or stop us from trying again next time. Some students weren’t as smart as others or they didn’t apply themselves at their studies and homework so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. There was no one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

Those were the good ole days, right? Too bad we can’t turn this generation of kids back to those good ole days. They would be a lot better off. They would be happier. They would become responsible, well adjusted adults. They would be a credit to society. They would have respect for others and others’ property. They would be genuinely concerned about the needs of their neighbors and friends. They would value LIFE.

It’s something to think about.

Karen

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Giving Thanks Framed List

2014 Gratitude List

I’ve been working on another project for a couple of days now. This is my framed list of just some of the things in my life for which I’m grateful. I’m sure I’ll think of many more that I can put on a new list for next year, the Lord willing. I think I’ll make this a new tradition – write a gratitude list every autumn, for our Thanksgiving celebration.

Giving Thanks List

Giving Thanks List closeup

Giving Thanks detail

Giving Thanks

I drew pencil lines on the paper so I could write in a straight line. I used beige paper because I thought white would be glaring in the frame that I picked out (Walmart). I used a brown ink pen to write the list. When I finished writing the list, I let the ink dry completely and then I erased the pencil lines.

I bought a large tip orange marker because I wanted to be able to read through the words on the glass. I printed the words “Giving Thanks” in the font that I liked best from my computer and sized it to the largest size, and laid the paper behind the glass so I could trace the words on top of the glass with the orange marker. I don’t have the prettiest hand writing so I cheated on that, though I did hand print the list. I wanted to have something in my own printing because I think that adds to the charm of a project like this. I could have printed it on the computer but I liked the hand printing better.

Lastly, I tied a sheer bow around the frame with a coordinating ribbon. I thought about an orange or brown sheer ribbon but I think the beige sheer worked best.

And, of course, I found this project on, you guessed it, Pinterest. I am so grateful for God’s blessings. He is so good to us.

1 Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.

Psalm 7:17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

Gotta go. More projects to organize. Talk to ya later!

Karen

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A Quick Fall Project

I found a quick fall project that took just a few minutes to put together.

I plugged in the glue gun so it would heat up while I gathered my supplies.

A glass container that I already had in the pantry.

Some pine cones and acorns.

A reel of fall ribbon from another project.

A silk leaf.

A pair of scarecrow figurines.

glass container of pine cones 02

glass container of pine cones 01

fall ribbon

pine cone container decorated 01

pine cone container beside fall figurines

And there I have another fall decoration for my kitchen counter.

I do love fall. And today it actually felt like fall, 60 degrees. I got to wear a sweatshirt jacket. And now I am going to fix myself a hot apple cider and sit down with a book to enjoy the rest of this Saturday evening.

I just want to share with you that God is so very good. We prayed in church last Wednesday for my brother to get a job. Well, we’ve been praying for awhile. Not only did he get a job but his wife and their son also got jobs. God does answer prayers. Especially when you pray in faith.

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be thou removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever  things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.  Mark 11:22-24 NKJV

If you are going through some tough times, take it to the Lord and trust Him. He loves you and cares deeply for you. Have faith in God, just like Jesus said.

Praise the Lord! We are so thankful for their jobs.

Hope you all are enjoying this wonderful autumn. I sure am.

Love,

Karen

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A Quick Hello & Promised Pics

This is just a quick hello. I promised some pictures of a project that I was working on. I found this on Pinterest and adapted it to suit myself. We all do that, right? I do it with recipes too. Anyway…

Burlap fabric cut to size
ribbon in autumn colors
leaf cut-outs
pinecone jewelry trinket
sheer ribbon for bow
tags to write words on
orange sharpie
list of Thanksgiving words

glue gun

silverware pocket supplies

silverware pocket

silverware pocket close-up

silverware pocket close-up 02

silverware pocket 02

This is one of my autumn bucket list items, to make these silverware pockets for our Thanksgiving celebration. One down, 11 more to go. That is, 11 more pockets to make. Lots more autumn bucket list things to do yet.

I’ve never written a bucket list before. I always thought a bucket list is a list of things that you know you are going to do, eventually. Not the same as a wish list where you may or may not achieve the list. But a list that you fully intend to do. So I made an autumn bucket list because I intend to do the things on my list. I might or might not get them all done but it’s a list that I can  accomplish, if I can make the time for them. And I want  to do them all.

The past 6 months I have been even busier at my job and I want to start making time to do some things that are enjoyable. I love the fall and I’d like to have some restful time to do some fun things, get my mind off of work. Learn to enjoy life again.

Maybe next time I’ll share my autumn bucket list with you. Have you ever written a bucket list?

Tonight is the second of a tetrad (4) of eclipses (solar and lunar) that are blood moons. One in the spring and the fall of this year and next year, all on Jewish feast days, Passover and Tabernacles. The 2015 fall blood moon is supposed to be a Super Moon and Israel will be able to see it clearly over Jerusalem. You can check it out on the NASA site. I recommend this book to read more.

That’s another bucket list thing, take a picture of the blood moon.

So, I need to get to bed. The blood moon is early in the morning. Talk to y’all later.

Karen

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Autumn is Officially Here!

Autumn! My most favorite season is officially here. It might not feel like it yet but it soon will.

Weather Bug says that the highs will be the upper 80′s in the next 10 days. That’s way better than the upper 90′s. I so envy all of you who live in northern climates. I have to use my imagination for what it’s like in your area now. All my favorite colors of leaves falling. Temps in the 70′s and 60′s and even 50′s. Sweaters and boots weather, right?

Time for hot cocoa and hot apple cider.

And time to bring out the autumn decorations.

I’ve been bringing mine out, a few here and there.

orange bead pumpkin

Count Your Many Blessings framed print

pumpkin and fox

pumpkins, owl, fox

I think I have as much autumn and Thanksgiving decorations as I do Christmas. I keep the breakables in the house and the rest out in the shed. I should ask my sweet husband to bring in the orange totes from the shed so I can put out some more pretty’s over the next few weeks. Tomorrow. He’s been working hard this weekend at tidying up the garage.

Not all of my autumn stuff is house décor. Sometimes it’s edible décor.

fall cookies

Fall cookies and owl trivet

That’s another thing I enjoy about autumn. The comfort foods and drinks. I love hot cocoa with a bit of instant coffee and Redi Whip. And I am partial to vanilla latte with a caramel drizzle. And homemade soups. Do you like comfort foods and drinks too?

I’m working on making some things for our Thanksgiving celebration. Silverware envelopes (I don’t really know what else to call them), my own version, and dinner napkins. Just a bit of sewing, nothing too hard. I’ll show you when I get them done.

I love dragging out the autumn lap quilts too.

We’re having a family get together this year. One of my sisters and her husband and son will be joining Mom and husband and myself. My brother might also be there with his wife and son and possibly grandson. We’ll have fun down at Mom’s. She lives in the country with lots of trees. It’s so peaceful and quiet there. It does my soul good to get away from the city to peace and quiet and family.

Almost every year since I left home to go off on my own, I’ve gone home to Mom’s for Thanksgiving. Mom bakes the best turkey and dressing. I love Thanksgiving at Mom’s. We spend hours preparing the meal, talking and laughing, and playing cards or dominoes. Sometimes walking around the property, shuffling in the leaves, enjoying the cool, and sometimes sitting on her big covered front porch just visiting and talking about Christmas coming.

Can you tell, this is my FAVORITE  time of the year. There’s just 67 days til Thanksgiving and I’m going to savor every waking hour of every day till we get there.

September 22, 2014 is the first day of autumn!!! Yay, it’s here!

Y’all have a blessed and wonderful week!

Love ya,

Karen

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9/11

I cried today, as some of you might also have done.

I didn’t turn the TV on before I went to work this morning.

I was fully aware of the importance of the date.

~~ Nine-Eleven ~~

Sadness remembering the loss of all those lives.

Sadness at the injuries and wondering how all those people have dealt with their injuries and handicaps from that terrible, nightmarish day, 13 years ago.

Deep sadness at contemplating all those families and friends who were left behind to deal with the loss of their loved ones. Forever separated from their loved ones.

I didn’t cry until I was on the way to work.

I drove past 5 car dealerships, on my way, with those huge U.S. flags…

at half mast.

Then I lost it.

I cry for those lives we lost.

I cry for America because she has left her God.

I’m sad for the days, weeks, months and years ahead of us, living in a nation where the majority of citizens and foreigners are so liberal that they don’t want to hear the mention of the name of our God. They don’t want to be reminded that they will have to answer to Him for their sins and why they rejected the Savior of the world. They don’t want to be told that they can’t do this or that. They live in defiance of God’s laws. They don’t understand that laws are there to benefit us and protect us.

Yes, Jesus came to die for us and save us from our sins. We do not earn our salvation or have our sins wiped out by keeping the law. But Jesus said He did not come to abolish the law, He came to fulfill the law.

We have laws to protect us from each other and from ourselves. If we didn’t have laws, society would be in complete chaos. God’s laws also benefit us spiritually and physically in health.

The liberals kicked God out of the public schools back in the 60′s. They kicked God out of government, which is totally against our Constitution. They kicked God out of the military. They legalized the murder of unborn children. They embrace the sin of homosexuality. They have turned their backs on Israel. They have legalized every sin that God hates. They don’t want God here at all.

It looks to me like God has left America to her own demise. He removed His hand of protection and favor and blessing.

There are a lot of theories about why God allowed the attacks of 9/11 to happen. I believe it was a warning for America to repent and turn back to God. If those liberals in Congress and the White House don’t repent, God is going to deal with them and there won’t be any place in the country or on earth where they can hide from the Almighty God.

Throughout the Old Testament, God gave His people warnings through the prophets to stop and turn back to Him. He gives us warnings even today. I hope America will heed the warnings and repent and turn back to God. He is not going to continue to give warnings and turn a blind eye to the sins of America. The Bible says that one day He will judge the nations.

I didn’t start off to write such a heavy post. I just feel such an urgency about where America is headed.

I hope we NEVER forget what happened on 9/11/2001. I hope Americans will get out of their complacency and repent. I hope Americans will do what is right in God’s sight and undo the damage that the ungodly have done in our public schools and in our government. I don’t want anything else like 9/11 to happen to our country. I believe our enemy is already here, planning more attacks. If America repents, God can stop those attacks.

Pray for America! Pray. Pray and keep praying.

Karen

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Encouragement

To encourage you and myself, because looking at the things that are going on out there in the world, especially when we hear of the middle east and Israel, we can be filled with fear. But we know this, that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7 Fear is a spirit from the devil. God does not give us fear. We have our confidence and trust in Him.

One of my very favorite verses. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. NKJV

So if we will stay in the Word and meditate on it continually, our faith will be strong in the Lord and we can survive the storms of life.

Deuteronomy 30:19

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live… NIV

Psalm 42:5

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. NKJV

Isaiah 59:19

So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. NKJV

Isaiah 54:17

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. NKJV

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. NKJV

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and then not fulfill? NIV

Isaiah 55:11

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. NKJV

We can trust God’s Word. Every promise He keeps, unlike people here on earth. We can pray the Word back to the Lord and remind Him of His promises that He made to us. Not that God forgets His promises, but that we know He will keep His promises.

1 John 4:4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. NKJV

Mark 11:24

Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye will have them. KJV

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. NKJV

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. NKJV

Psalm 139:17-18

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand… NKJV

God loves us so much and He thinks about us continually. Good thoughts. Loving thoughts. Kind thoughts. Fatherly thoughts. Caring thoughts. Favored thoughts. Merciful. Longsuffering.

He really and truly LOVES us. He doesn’t want any of us to perish and be separated from Him in eternity. He also wants to meet our needs and our wants, right here and now.

Most people think God will only supply our needs. But His Word also says we can have whatever things we desire, if we believe for them when we pray. True, He’s not going to give us anything that is evil or bad for us, that would harm us or cause us to fall into sin. As long as we pray for and believe for things that are in His will.

We do not have to live in fear when we hear of those things that are happening in the middle east and Israel and other parts of the world. We believe in God. He told us these things would happen. He also told us to fear not, neither be dismayed.

He is our God, and we are His people. He promised to never leave us or forsake us.

This sure helped me. Hope it helps you too.

Love,

Karen

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