Sunday, September 30, 2012

More Like Jesus

Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love
that does not show in protection from suffering....
The love of God did not protect His own Son....
He will not necessarily protect us -
not from anything it takes to make us like His Son.
A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire
will have to go into the process.
Elisabeth Elliot
Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

For The Beauty Of The Earth

I have had the song 'For The Beauty Of The Earth'
going around in my head for the last week.
The lyrics are constantly reminding me of God's beautiful creation
and the blessings of life, family, and friends.
The words in this song direct our "grateful praise" to God Himself,
the Giver of every good and perfect gift.
"I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart;
I will show forth all thy marvelous works."
Psalm 9:1
For The Beauty Of The Earth
For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth over and around us lies:
Christ our God, to Thee we raise this or hymn of grateful praise.
For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild:
Christ our Lord, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
For Thy Church that evermore lifteth holy hands above,
off'ring up on ev'ry shore her pure sacrifice of love:
Christ our Lord, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
Written by
Folliott Sandford Pierpoint
"I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify him with thanksgiving."
Psalm 69:30
 Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Tasty Beef Pot Pie

I raided my refrigerator for last night's supper and came up with quite a few leftovers
so I used what I had and made a pot pie.
It was the perfect dish for the cool and cloudy Fall evening.
Ingredients:
Remember this is what I had for leftovers, but you can use any kind of vegetable.
1 cup corn
1 1/2 cups green beans
3/4 cups cooked rice
3 cups brown gravy
2 cups cooked roast beef
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except the butter.
Easy Peasy!
Now for the dough....
Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
8 - 10 tablespoons cold water
In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt.
Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of flour mixture;
gently toss with a fork.
Repeat until all the flour mixture is moistened.
On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten 1 dough ball.
Roll dough from center to edges into a circle.
Transfer dough to a DEEP DISH pie plate.
Place pot pie filling into the pie plate and dot the mixture with 2 tablespoons of butter.
Roll out the second dough ball and place on top of filling.
Trim and crimp the edges of the dough.
Using a fork, make a few pricks in the crust for ventilation
Cover crust edges with tin foil and cook at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes.
Remove tin foil and cook for 25 - 35 minutes longer.
Enjoy your pot pie :)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rustic Fall Mobile

My son and I took a nice walk today
and gathered some leaves and pinecones for a fun school project.
We ended up making a mobile that looks great hanging outside.
This is a great project for kids since you can take them on a nice, Fall walk.
And the best part is that you get to gather beautiful things from nature :)
Items Needed:
wood - about 3 feet long
2 round sticks - about 2 feet long
yarn
paint
paintbrush
pushpins
hole-punch
leaves
pinecones
anything else you want to hang
Have your sweetie write on the wood.
Punch a hole through the leaf and tie on some yarn.
Line up the leaves and pinecones the way you want them
and use the push-pins to hold the string.
And enjoy your Fall mobile and the memories you made with your precious child :)



Our Rosie loves it.



Happy Crafting and Memory Making!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Womans Skirt From A Mans Shirt

Well, as of Saturday, Fall has officially arrived!
It smells and feels like Autumn and it has me wanting a new Fall wardrobe.
So I decided to make some fun skirts that I can wear with tights and cute cardigans.
And the best part is you don't have to go to the fabric store to buy fabric to make these skirts.
Are you ready for this?!

All you need is a man's shirt :)

I bet you have a man in your life that you can go raid his closet
(with his permission, of course)
and find a dress shirt to use for this project.

From a man's shirt....
 To a woman's skirt :)

And this is how you can make your own...

Items Needed:
man's long-sleeved dress shirt
zipper
thread
sewing machine
iron
ironing board
scissors
seam ripper

Lets get started :)
Wash and iron your shirt.
Lay out your shirt and cut right below the sleeves.
Find the middle on the back of the shirt and cut all the way down.
Set aside.
Cut out the waistbands on the sleeves.
You'll need to measure your waist
and cut out your waistband from this measurement.
For example:
my waist is 24 inches so I cut my front waistband at 13 inches long
and the side waistbands were 7 inches long.
I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
My waistband was around 5 inches wide since I will be folding it in half ,
but we'll get to that later.
With right sides together sew your waistband together and iron seam open.
(When I fold the waistband it will become 2 1/2 inches wide).

Now back to the "skirt".

First measure the zipper length onto the waistband and skirt.
I used a 7 inch zipper so I measured  2 1/2 inches up on the waistband
and then measured down 4 1/2 inches on the back of the skirt and marked it.
Can you see where the pink and yellow pins are? That's where I started sewing.
Snip where the seam begins, but don't cut your seam!
Iron seam open.
Now measure the top front of your skirt.
Mine was 21 inches so I needed to bring it in to 12 inches
(12 inches for the front and 12 inches for the back = 24 inches all together)
since my waist is 24 inches.

Am I making sense?!

You can put pleats in the skirt (which is what I prefer)
or you can gather it.
I'll show you how to do both.
To gather the skirt, use the largest stich on your sewing machine
and sew along the top of the skirt.
Gently, and I do mean gently, pull the top thread to gather your skirt.
Gather the skirt until it meets your measurement requirements.
Now pin the waistband (right sides together) to the skirt
and make sure the side seams line up.
Sew waistband onto skirt.

Onto the zipper...

Use the largest stich on your sewing machine and sew closed the zipper opening.
Iron seam open.
A small tip...
I use double-sided interfacing to make the zipper "stick".
This is easier then pinning or basting the zipper.
Using your zipper foot, sew on the zipper.
We're changing skirt pictures...
Take the top part of your waistband and fold over.
Pin into place.
Tack down with needle and thread.
Then tack down several places on the lower part of the waistband to hold in place.
Using a seam ripper, rip out the large stiches you put in for the zipper.
 
Doesn't the zipper look nice?!
Finish by sewing along the very edge of the top part of the waistband.
And if you don't want to gather the skirt and would rather make pleats than this is how you do it.
For the blue skirt, I measured out two inches from the middle
and then folded the fabric in towards the center.
Pin pleat in place.
Then I measured 2 inches from the pleat I just made
and repeated the process until my skirt fit my waist measurement.
I had 10 pleats on the front and 10 pleats on the back.
Sew over the pleats
and then sew on the waistband,etc.

Have fun, dear friends!



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She has a delightful and encouraging blog filled with wonderful pictures.
A BIG THANK YOU to all those that participated in the Fall Giveaway.
I had fun hosting it and I plan to do many more
so be ready for the next one :)
After all, you could be the lucky winner next time.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Blessings, sweet friends!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Living For God

This quote from Elisabeth Elliot is short, but very powerful.
"Let not our longings slay the appetite of our living."
Elisabeth Elliot
Have a blessed Lord's Day!
Summer's flower's are almost gone so I have been enjoying the last of them.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Amazing Chocolate Trifle

 
Words can't describe how delicious this chocolate trifle is.
My husband, who is not a chocolate fan, enjoys this dessert.
Raspberries are on sale right now so it's the perfect time to make this incredible dessert.....
at least that's my excuse :)

Ingredients:
1 package brownie mix
1 (3.9 ounce) cook and serve chocolate pudding mix
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 quart whipping cream
vanilla extract
sugar
fruit
(I used strawberries and raspberries; strawberries and kiwi's are also good together)
chocolate chips (optional)

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions
and cool completely.
Cut into 1 inch squares, or just use your hands and crumble into small pieces.
Cook pudding mix according to package; cool
In a large bowl, combine pudding mix and sweetened condensed milk;
mix until smooth.
In another bowl, mix with beaters 1/2 cup whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla
and 2 tablespoons sugar together until you have whip cream;
stir into pudding mixture until no streaks remain.
Now mix with beaters 3 more cups whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons sugar
until you have whip cream.
In a trifle bowl, or serving dish,
layer with brownies, pudding mixture, fruit, whip cream; repeat.
Top with whip cream, fruit and chocolate chips.
Refrigerate 6 - 8 hours before serving.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Scarf Vest

From a scarf....
To a vest.


A fun way to wear your scarves.

I love scarves and vests...
you know, the kind of vest that you can just throw on with any outfit
and you'll look cute and be comfortable.
That's one reason I love the colder months,
I can wear all the scarves and vests that I want.
So you can start your day by wearing a scarf,
and then in the afternoon if you change your mind about what you're wearing,
you can make your scarf into a vest.
Too fun, right?!
All you need is a scarf.
**The wider scarves work best for this.**

Fold your scarf in half.
 Take the corners on each side and tie into a knot.
 Open your scarf up until it looks like a vest.
And VOILA! 
 Enjoy :)

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