Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Check out this 2 year old

This is a neat rendition of Abraham Lincoln's famous words.....Gettysburg.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sweet Peas

Is there anything quite so lovely, delicate, and resilient in the wind as Sweet Peas?? (okay spider webs are quite fascinating too...) The Lord has definitely created some incredible and wonderful and tender things for us to marvel at... and for which to worship Him. :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Zucchini Drop Cookies

It's the season for zucchini!! This year our garden "experiment" is not producing the expected copious amounts of zucchini, at least, not yet. However, a generous friend gave me 2 large ones to enjoy. The first squash was made into a raspberry sauce/add-in for the homemade yogurt we expect to make and eat in the winter. The second squash is likely to be made into these delicious cookies. I usually grate up the whole zucchini with my Kitchen-Aid. Then I bake one batch of cookies and freeze the remaining vegetable for use later. This recipe can also be adjusted by substituting 1/2 butter and 1/2 yogurt (or sour cream) for the 1 cup I usually use chocolate chips instead of nuts. Try it and let me know how you like it!!

Zucchini Drop Cookies
1 c. margarine
1 c. sugar or 3/4 c. honey
1 egg
1 c. zucchini, peeled and grated (although I often leave the peel on)
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour (1 c. white, 1 c. whole-wheat)
1 tsp. connamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. oatmeal
1 c. raisins
1 c. walnuts

In a large bowl, cream margarine, sugar, and egg.
Then add the zucchini and soda.
Mix in the flour and spices.
Add the oats, raisins and nuts.
Drop by teaspoons onto lightly greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375ยบ for 12 to 15 minutes.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Scrapbooking Freebie

I love freebies!! Here's one from for some Digital Scrapbooking software.... just note it's not compatible for Mac computers..... Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

What Do Your Walls Say?

Just came upon Fruitful Vine Creations which provides lettering to adorn your walls at home. I've often wondered about putting up all the pictures of my beloved and beautiful babes.... questioning whether or not it is breeding vanity or self-centeredness, but not taken them down yet. I've also wondered about photos of God's creation, as a breaking of the 2nd commandment. I know the Amish are very clear about what they put on their walls - nothing but the word of God. Apparently my great-grandmother had the same convictions, though her daughter (my dear Oma) did not continue to hold such thoughts, as she loved decorative items, particularly lovely plates.

I guess I have a few questions to be sorted out in my head still.
1. Is it wrong to place anything on our walls that could take our eyes off the centerpiece of our minds - the Lord Himself??
2. What would be helpful to place on our walls, as even the Old Testament talks about "writing on doorposts"?

Well, just some ponderings. I welcome your comments and insights and wrestlings with such a topic.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gotta Say Something....

Ok.  So I haven't blogged in a loooooong time.... But I need to start again, and why not today.
I came upon Holy Experience and her post today is striking such a chord in my soul.  Bong.  I also struggle with living in a home of sinful and redeemed people.  Clang.  I also get frazzled by daily dinner plans and lost wallets, lost keys, lost shoes, lost purses, lost cell phones, lost.... you get the picture.  Ding.  I cling to the cross of Christ, trusting His blood to make all clean.  Dong.  There is nothing that captures my heart like hymns being sung by a family at peace - that includes the family of God gathering corporately.  (BTW, why is it that there  is something so special about sharing in music by the joining of voices?)

So take a peek at Ann's post and let me know what chords are ringing in your heart.