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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Violin Duet

I don't believe I've heard a Collingsworth song I didn't like,
but this one was just too good not to share! 
A very amazing violin duet...oh my!

I was listening to a Feb. 2013 concert on YouTube.
The violin duet starts @ 1:09:50 of this video. 




Saturday, December 28, 2013

Icky-Ewww!


None for me, no thank you!

But the lil' Finches and Waxbills love this protein!

It's much less expensive to raise mealworms
than to have to buy them at the pet store...

We watched a few YouTube videos 
to learn how, and it's very easy.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Next Year


A couple games of Monopoly, a pot of gumbo, 
Christmas music on the player piano, chocolate truffles,
some phone calls with family, a church service, and eggnog. 

With much longing for those who weren't here...
Hoping all the family is able to be together next year!




Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sin Payment



"For he (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, 
who knew no sin; 
that we might be made 
the righteousness of God in him."  

II Corinthians 5:21

Monday, December 23, 2013

Best Gift Of All


Let's teach the children what Christmas is REALLY about. 

God sent His Son....the best gift of all! 
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son 
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." John 3:16

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Deut. 6:5-7


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Apple Walnut Squares


Apple Walnut Squares
(Read instructions thoroughly before mixing ingredients.)

2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
2 c. unsifted all-purpose flour
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 c. walnuts, chopped
1 egg
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. chopped apples (any kind, peeled or unpeeled)

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease inside of 13 x 9 x 2" pan. 

Combine sugar & flour in large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is finely crumbled. Stir in walnuts.   
Measure out 2 cups of the mixture, and press firmly into prepared pan for crust. 

Beat egg slightly in small bowl. Mix in sour cream, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, & vanilla. 
Combine with remaining flour mixture until smooth. Gently stir in apples. Pour into pan over crust. 
Sprinkle evenly with crumb topping. 

CRUMB TOPPING: 
3/4 c. all-purpose flour,  3/4 c. sugar,  1 stick butter....Mix in small bowl till crumbly. 

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until cake pulls away from sides of pan. 
Cool and cut into squares. Makes 24 yummy treats.



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles


2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
½  c. butter (at room temperature)
1 tsp. vanilla,   1 ½  c. powdered sugar


Melt chocolate over low heat or in microwave (careful not to scorch).
Remove from heat to add butter, vanilla, & sugar. Refrigerate till firm.
Sprinkle powdered sugar into palms of hands and roll mixture into balls. 
Then roll balls in nuts, finely grated coconut, cocoa,
granulated sugar or powdered sugar. 


This should make 20 walnut-sized candies.
Cost = less than $5.00 per batch!  Great Christmas gift!!!

 


Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas-Time Camelia


This photo doesn't quite capture the loveliness of this camelia bloom. 
Nevertheless, it hardly seemed right to have flowers blooming and 
windows open while baking Christmas goodies today.


Miracle of Grace

A Masterpiece of Mercy

He knew what I was when He made me
He saw the sinner I’d become
Yet He knew He had grace that could save me
His latest work of art had just begun
He started with an old dirty canvas
My sin had left me tattered, bent, and marred
Then this artist turned His light upon my sadness
And began to wash away the blackest part
When all the stains were gone He started painting
 With colors that I’d never seen before
Then with joy He was ready to display me
To show the world what the Cross was for
  A masterpiece of mercy; a miracle of grace
When the master sees one hurting
And wipes the pain away
The canvas of the artist
Becomes a holy place
For a masterpiece of mercy; a miracle of grace

Now I’m getting ready for Heaven
Every day just makes me want to go
But the artist hasn’t stopped; He’s still painting
And when He’s finished, He will take me Home
A masterpiece of mercy; a miracle of grace




Written by Jim Brady & Rodney Griffin; Brady House Publishing/Songs of Greater Vision

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Yarn Haul


For several weeks I've been making ruffle scarves! 
A sweet friend has voluntarily become my "sales rep".
She's doing an amazing job, and keeping me on my toes! 

An answer to prayer in many ways...God knows :-)







Monday, December 16, 2013

Live Nativity


There is a local church which braves the chilly weather 
and does a Live Nativity for 3 nights 
every Christmas season. 

We attended last weekend, as we do almost every year.



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cookies!

Ready for the reception which will follow
the children's Christmas play at church! 


These "Angel Crisp" cookies live up to their name! 
So light and crispy...you'd be surprised!
The recipe is on my July 21 blog entry. 


Friday, December 13, 2013

Mexican Mocha Mix




Put together all these 
lovely rich browns 
and make a luscious 
hot cocoa mix 
to warm you on these cool days!

Have a cup! 
Make some for your family!
Share with your friends! 
Jar it up and gift it! 





Easy



Thrifty



Yummy




1 c. Hershey's Special Dark cocoa
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. powdered milk
1/2 c. instant coffee granules
2 tsp. ground cinnamon




Put all in blender and process until mixture forms a powder. 
Yield about 3 1/2 cups hot cocoa mix. Store in airtight container. 

Mix 3 Tbs. mix to 1 c. hot milk and prepare to be delighted! 

Tip: I add the 3 Tbs. cocoa mix to appx. 1/4 c. cold milk, and mix with whisk.
Then add the rest of the milk, whisk it, then microwave for 1 minute. 


Thursday, December 12, 2013

German Chocolate Brownies


Another easy recipe, and just perfect for last-minute company, or gift-giving!


German Chocolate Brownies

1 c. chopped pecans
1 1/2 c. shredded coconut
1 Family Size Brownie mix (mixed according to package directions)
1 stick butter
8 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Lightly grease 9 X 12 pan, then line w/ parchment paper or wax paper, and grease lightly.
Sprinkle pecans & coconut evenly over pan. 
Pour the mixed brownie batter over this, and spread carefully. 
Mix melted butter & cream cheese w/ powdered sugar. 
Spread or dallop over top of brownie mixture. (It doesn't have to cover perfectly.) 
Bake @ 350 till inserted toothpick comes out clean, or till you think it's done. 
(Be sure not to over-cook or it will be dried out and edges will be tough!)
Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting and lifting from pan.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How Should A King Come?

How should a king come?
Even a child knows the answer, of course:
In a coach of gold with a pure white horse!
In the beautiful city, in the prime of the day;
And the trumpets should cry and the crowds make way!
And the flags fly high in the morning sun,
And the people all cheer for the sovereign one!
And ev'ryone knows that's the way that it's done,
That's the way that a king should come!

How should a king come?
Even a commoner understands
He should come for his treasures and his houses and lands!
He should dine upon summer strawberries and milk,
And sleep upon bed clothes of satin and silk!
And high on a hill his castle should glow
With the lights of the city like jewels below!
And ev'ryone knows that's the way that it's done,
That's the way that a king should come!

On a star filled night into Bethlehem
Rode a weary woman and a worried man;
And the only sound in cobblestone street
Was the shuffle and the ring of their donkey's feet.
And a King lay hid in a virgin's womb,
And there were no crowds to see Him come.
At last in a barn in a manger of hay
He came, and God incarnate lay!

And the angels cried, "Glory! Glory to God!"
Earth was silent so heaven rang!
"Glory! Glory to God!"
Men were dumb so the angels sang:
"Glory! Glory to God! Peace on earth! Good will to men!
Glory! Glory to God!" Christ is born in Bethlehem!
"Glory to God! Glory in the highest!
Glory to God! Glory in the highest!
Glory to God!"


Monday, December 9, 2013

Tree of Lights


Sometimes in the quietness of the evening, 
in the shimmering white lights of the Christmas tree, 
I just recall the years when all our children were 
gathered 'round, and look forward to more of those. 

With children grown and scattered from Florida to Canada, 
I understand we probably won't be together every year.
But when they do come, there will be grandbabies! 
Oh the moments we have to look forward to! 
So blessed! 




Sunday, December 8, 2013

Day At The Zoo


Enjoying the Koi Pond. Waving at the fish :-) 



My husband knelt, inviting a Lorikeet to perch on his arm. 
The curious birds had to peek up his pant leg, 
and inspect the grandson's stroller,
...and discuss their findings :-)


So much to see...getting tired now. 
So babies went home to take a nap while we stayed 
to enjoy the rest of the animals, and the beautiful day. 


Next time I must remember to take my zoom lens :-) 

 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Planting Ahead

In hopes of beautiful blooms 
when Winter is past, and Spring is come...


We planted Daffodil bulbs in each corner of the flower bed.



Friday, December 6, 2013

Time With Grandbabies


Enjoying baby smiles...she is quite happy and contented.



Feeding the ducks and geese at a beautiful park. 


Pepaw mowing the leaves with his lil' shadow :-)  

 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Playing At The Park

We took a walk to a nearby park 
and Pepaw got lots of exercise
while Nena captured the moments. 




Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"Pepaw & Nena"

We enjoyed a few days with grandbabies and their parents.


I plan to add pics from our visit over the next few days.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Sage & Carob?


For a few weeks now, my amazing dear husband and my amazing 19-yr. old son, 
and a couple of their friends have been working toward getting our house ready 
for a new coat of paint. My husband asked me to pick out colors, and these are 
what I'm leaning towards. It was difficult to get the true colors to show up in this pic, 
and depending on your computer monitor, it may or may not be 
even as accurate as what I'm looking at.

My most likely choices are "Light Sage" for the house itself, 
and "Carob Chip" (which is a wonderful dark chocolate color) for the shutters.

Click here to see a few pictures of their work in progress. It didn't look nearly 
this bad when they started, but it will be much nicer when it's done!