Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I just love the colors in this painting.  They're so peaceful.Sunday Tea-Time

Home and Garden Thursday

Friday, January 27, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Tender

Red Onion

It's another 5 Minute Friday over at Gypsy Mama's.
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Tender, my first thought is of a juicy, tender steak.  Medium.  Baked potato with butter, sour cream, salt and pepper on the side.  Filet mingon is my favorite.  Around here, the best place I know to go for steak is The Red Onion in Joplin, Missouri. 

Oh, Laura, you can't have steak, you're doing the Daniel fast!

Try again!

Tender, hugs and kisses from my sweetheart of 30 years and husband of 25 years, Lowell.  My thoughts are turning to Valentine's Day and how to make it special this year not just for Lowell and I, but for the kids.  I bought some cute little red heart plastic plates a couple of days ago.  I thought they'd look great with salad on them before the main course each evening.  Yes, salad.  I'm planning on serving a lot more salads with our dinners.  They're good for us; and, they help fill tummies, too.

One more minute...
Tender, Love me tender Love me sweet, Never Let me go.
Guess you know who sang that.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Black Bean Salad with Fresh Corn, Red Peppers, Avacado, Cilantro and Lime I Pinned It! I Did It!

Today's lunch! 

Thursday we started a Daniel Fast with our Church.  Thursday night we had plain pears, plain corn, and plain steamed broccoli.  Then, I found out we can be creative.  We found this recipe on onceuponachef.com and modified it for the fast.  I found information about the Daniel Fast, a 21 day partial fast, at The Ultimate Daniel Fast blog.  That's where I found the lists of do's and don'ts for food.  It's not nearly as restrictive as I first thought.  Mainly, we're staying away from meats, dairy and other animal products, white flour, yeast and leavening, and any kind of sugar, honey or sweetener. 

During this time, we are consecrating ourselves to the Lord and consecrating 2012 to the Lord.  I am also reading the Bible with Professor Horner's Reading Plan.  It's basically ten chapters a day in ten different places.  It's quite a challenge to get the reading done.  It's an even bigger challenge to get my reading done for my book reviews!

Happy New Year everyone!
Maybe this is the time for you to consecrate yourself to Jesus Christ, too.

Blessed to be a Blessing

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

True Confessions

1.  I absolutely love hot homemade cocoa all year long, even summer!  My Grandma Mamie got me hooked when I was a girl. 

2.  I am really enjoying Professor Horton's Bible reading program.  It's available on youversion.com; but I'm using my Bible.  Basically, I'm reading a chapter a day in each of ten different spots in the Bible.  I have been amazed how I keep hearing people refer to verses I've just read!

3.  I like creamy peanut butter best.

4.  My windows need to be washed.

5.  This month my reading list looks like it did in college.  I'm reading the following books for reviews:  Four Letter Words, One Month to Live, and The Circle Maker.  I'm also reading 10 chapters of Bible a day. 

6.  I'm feeling guilty; because, I want snow.  I know there's a lot of rebuilding being done in Joplin; but, couldn't we have a few inches in Carthage?  Please God? 

7.  I love listening to Paul Cardall.  His music is so relaxing. 

True Confessions inspired by Lizzie at A Dusty Frame.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Few Wintery Recipes

I thought I'd link up to a few of our family's favorite winter-time recipes.  There's nothing expensive here.  Just some down home frugal cooking.

Happy January!

Happy at Home

Friday, January 6, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Roar

Let’s do it. Let’s just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Let your mind and your words and your heart fly free; wild – no editing, no over thinking.
Won’t you join me?

Subject:  Roar


Roar.  The sound of a tornado ripping homes and lives apart.  The sound of a lion ripping through the still air of the savannah.  The sound of a crowd cheering in the stands.  The sound of a jet tearing through the sky at unheard of speeds.  The sound of a waterfall plummeting a hundred feet below.  The sound of a mama bear protecting her cubs.  The sound of a volcano spewing lava and debris in the air.  The sound of race cars tearing up the track.  The sound of a bunch of kids in the back of the car or van.  The sound of life in the 21st century. 

In contrast-  the still small voice of our Lord God.  Hear Him in the silence.


May I suggest?

Monday, January 2, 2012


...new year... new start... fresh leaf... do over... resolution... fresh start... new day... begin again... forgive and forget... goal setting... new vision... new provision... dieting... exercising... cleaning... organizing....

Whatever the new year means to you.  I pray that you will seek God in a new and more committed way.  His mercies are new every morning.  New can happen any morning, any moment with God.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousnes. 

Pastor Dan has challenged our congregation to read more of the Bible in January than in all of 2011.  I don't know if I can do that or not; but, I'm up for the challenge.  What about you?
Update 2014:  I did it, but I thought that it would be good to try again this year!

Hope in Every Season