Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thankful Thursday

 “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”
  William A. Ward

  1.  First, I am thankful for the idea of "Thankful Thursdays" given to me by fellow blogger, Karen at  I so enjoy this beautiful Christian woman's  blog and reading her Thankful Thursday posts.  
  2. I am thankful for God's love.  "I have loved you with an everlasting love.  I have drawn you with an everlasting love."  Jer. 31:3
  3. I am thankful for my beloved husband who is my willing and supportive partner who leads our family with our best interests at heart.  
  4. I am thankful for our daughter that the Lord has gifted us with.  I shall never forget the day she was born...such joy filled my awe-struck heart.  After the Lord and her dad, how could I love anything more.  
  5. I am thankful for the gift of this day, to be here, to be able to celebrate this life given to me, knowing my times are in His hands.  It is an amazing thought that God has created me to be here on this earth, at this time, guiding and directing me according to His purpose.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday's Treasure - Mechanical Bank

Trick Pony Mechanical Bank

When children visit our house they enjoy playing with our antique mechanical banks.  This one our grandson especially loved.  He would put the penny in the pony's mouth and then pull the tail and the penny would drop into the container.  It is amazing how heavy these cast iron banks are.  I love these old treasures!  

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Recipe of the Week - Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak 

This is a little time consuming to make but well worth the effort.  I often make this to take to shut-ins or those recovering from surgeries, etc.  I pack it up with some mashed potatoes or mac and cheese, peas, and a yummy dessert.  It always gets rave reviews.  

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 10-oz. can condensed onion soup
1/2 c. fine bread crumbs
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 tbs. oil
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. beef broth (bouillon)
1/4 c. + 2 tbs. catsup
1 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine beef, 1/4 c. onion soup, bread crumbs, eggs, 2 tbs. catsup, 1 tbs. Parmesan, onion salt and pepper.  Shape into 6-8 oval patties.  Brush large skillet with oil.   Dip patties lightly in flour; brown on both sides over medium heat.  Pour off fat.  Arrange in 9" x 13" pan.  Mix remaining onion soup, beef broth, 1/4 c. catsup, Worchestershire sauce, sugar, 1 tbs. Parmesan and dry mustard in small bowl.  Pour into skillet; heat, stirring to loosen browned bits.  Pour over patties; cover with foil; bake 25 minutes.  Serve with mashed potatoes.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday's Treasure - 1931 Cookbook

1931 Proctor & Gamble Cookbook gifted to me by a friend. 

I keep this treasure perched on the top of my baker's rack.
I line the shelves of my baker's rack with clear plastic recycled from an old poster frame.

A peek inside reveals the books purpose...
"That she may find the help and inspiration she needs
 for her complex task of homemaking is our earnest wish." 

Other treasures tucked inside the cookbook were clipped out
recipes, a brownie recipe, one for chocolate plum pudding,
 one for peach bavarian, and  one for Strawberry Fluff from a Rochester, NY
 newspaper dated July 15, 1930. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011


This week in my Middle School Sunday School Class (Grades 6-8) we have been learning how to pray using the example of Jesus' "Pattern for Prayer" taught to his disciples in Luke 11:1-4.  Jesus, the Master Teacher, asks us to pray and then gives us the "how to."

  • Relationship-We share our hearts with a personal God, a Father (Abba=daddy) who is all-knowing, all powerful, and always there.  He is holy, pure, and infinitely above human beings.
  • Submission-We enter prayer with reverence and a willingness to do His will.  We should want His will to be done in the world and in us individually.
  • Dependence-God wants us to be dependent upon Him for our daily, shelter, patience, wisdom, discernment, guidance.  He is a good and gracious Father who is so willing to give us our daily needs and often our wants if they align with His will.
  • Forgiveness-He was us to confess and ask forgiveness for our sins.  He also wants us to extend forgivess to others.  An unforgiving spirit will lead to a bitter heart.
  • Deliverance-We must be humble enough to realize we cannot resist temptation on our own.  We need God's protection from the evil one whose aim is to destroy us.   
We all need more practice praying.  I am attaching a design for a "Quiet Time" that I put together which incorporates all of the above.  I pray that it will be useful to you.  If you would like a copy of this Quiet Time Form in an 5.5" x 8.5" format, please email me,  and I will gladly attach it to a return email. 


Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

1.        Pray for understanding
2.       Meditate on memory verse
3.       Read scripture
4.       Journalize insights and make personal application

Sin to confess
Promise to claim
Attitude to change
Command to obey
Example to follow

5.       Prayer time
ADORATION – “I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Psalm 34:1

Psa. 19:1
Psa. 86:9
John 1:14
Jer. 31:3
John 3:16
1 John 3:1
Psa. 103:11
Hebr. 4:16
1 Peter 1:3
Deut. 3:24
Psa. 104:1
Psa. 145:3
Psa. 104:23
Prov. 3:19
Rom. 11:33
Psa. 23
Psa. 16:11
Isa. 43:2
Psa. 84:11
2 Cor. 12:19
Hebr. 2:9
Ex. 15:11
Isa. 6:3
1 Peter 1:14-16
Psa. 28:8
Psa. 31:19
Psa. 33:5
Psa. 8:9
Job 37:22
1 Chron. 29:11

     CONFESSION – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins  and to cleanse us from all   
                              unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9

·         Specific Confession             A bad attitude about work, school
·         Repentance proved by       Asking the boss or teacher to forgive

     THANKSGIVING – “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"  1 Thess. 5:18                  
Thankful For:                                        It has Blessed Me By:

Improved Health                                  Living without pain
Tax Refund                                            Liquidate indebtedness
Family                                                     Companionship/genuine love


Petition – “Whatever you ask the Father in May name He will give you.”  John 16:23

Intercession – “Moreover as for me far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for   
                           you.”  1 Sam. 12:23

Lost Friends

The Lord's Prayer in Cornish

"Agan Tas-ny, us yn neft,
Benygys re bo dha Hanow,
Re dheffo dha wiacor,
Dha voth re bo gwres,
y'n nor kepar hag y'n nef;

Ro gaf dhyn agan camwyth,
Kepar del aven-nyny dhe'n
re-na us ow camwul er
agan pyn-ny;

Ha na wra agan gorra
yn temptasyon,
Mess delyrf ny dworth drok.

Rag dhyso-jy an walscor,
ha'n gallos, ha'n gordhyans
Bys vyken ha bynary.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Need of Me Time...Do NOT Disturb!

This has become a very useful sign.  Originally my thought was to make this for our guest room door.  Then I found myself borrowing it for our master bedroom door when I was needing a little quite time of my own.  This was my first attempt at printing on fabric and I used 28 count Pure Irish Linen (Tea Dyed) from Charles Craft which is available at JoAnn Fabrics or Michaels.   It measures 15" x 18" and being very stiff goes through the printer nicely.      

Its replacement was a gift from a visiting friend.  Truly friends do share special times together.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Beautiful Paper Butterflies

Set Summer Aflutter in your home with these Winged Beauties! 

 Home Made Simple is such a great resource site for:
  • Food and recipes
  • Home Organization
  • Crafts
  • Home Decor
  • Holiday and Party Ideas
  • Gardening
I subscripe to this site and encourage other homemakers to do the same.  They do have wonderful ideas to share and make your own.

Download templates at:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Devotions: Where Have All the Mentors Gone?

       Where have all the mentors gone--       
Those Titus 2 women of the past,
Those older, God-fearing models?
Where have all the mentors gone?

Maybe you've gone to seek fullfilling careers.
Maybe you've gone to self-awareness classes.
Maybe you're busy staying fit--playing tennis or at aerobics,
Or maybe you're just taking time for yourselves--
Going to lunch, playing bridge, or shopping at the mall.

Wherever you have gone, we've missed you.
Our generation has indeed miss you.
We need you.
Maybe more than any generation of mothers.
With our vague role descriptions and society's confusing messages.
Oh, how we need faithful, committed mentors.

We need you to remind us of the value of being a stay-at-home mom and a loyal, submissive wife.
We need to see the art of homemaking modeled for us over and over and over again.

We need to watch you respond to the joy and sorrow of life, with the divine wisdom of God's Word.
We need to see how God's promises in Scripture work out in real life.
We need your encouragement to see the eternal picture and the benefits of
following God when the day is bogging us down and clouding our view.

We need your tried-and-true tips on loving our husband, raising our children,
keeping our home, and living for Jesus.

We need to listen and learn from the wealth of experience and wisdom
you've collected during your years of living.

We need your cheering us on when it seems no one is noticing or
appreciating our many efforts to make our houses homes,
our children saints for the King,
our husband our top priority,
and Jesus the love of our life.

We need to hear your many little comments that remind us that this exhausting stage
in our life is indeed a stage and it is temporary.

We need, possibly mre than anything else, a mentor in our life,
who will take our name before the Father daily,
beseeching His throne on our behalf.

Where have all the mentors gone?
You may have gone many different places.
But we know where a few of you are--

--Sherilyn Jameson

Titus 2:4 "Then they (the older women) can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that on one will malign the word of God."  (NIV)

May I recommend these books:
The Stay at Home Mom, For Women at Home & Those That Want to Be 
Between Women of God, The Gentle Art of Mentoring
The Gentle Art of Mentoring
Between Women of God
Get More Done in Less Time
All in Good Time
All of the above are authored by Donna Otto

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mom Kent's Butter Bean Bake


My mother always made this dish for me when I was coming for a visit. She knew it was my favorite recipe of hers...well, along with date cake.

3 c. canned butter beans
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 c. celery, chopped
2 c. onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cans tomato soup

Saute celery, onion, ground beef, and green pepper. Drain beans and add mixture and one can of soup, salt and pepper. Spread one can of soup on top of the casserole before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until bubbly.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Best Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins                       

Bet you can't eat just one! 

1/4 cup sugar
2 tbs. shortening*
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup potato starch
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tbs. baking powder
2/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups blueberries

For Topping:
1 tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.  In medium bowl, cream together sugar and shortening.  Add remaining ingredients except blueberries and mix well.  Be sure no lumps remain.  Gently fold in blueberries.

Pour batter into greased muffin tins or pans with paper liners.  Fill cups about 2/3 full.  Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Bake 20-23 minutes, until toothpick tests clean and tops are lightly browned.

*  I use Spectrum Orangic All Vegetable Shortening which is non-hydrogenated, cholesterol free and has no trans fats. It is available at Fry's Market. 

Strawberry Fields Forever!

Oxnard California Strawberries  

A big thank you to a our special friend, Phil, who gifted us with some wonderful Oxnard strawberries and blueberries from his recent business trip to Oxnard.  I have wonderful memories of visiting this area with his wife and my dear friend, Linda, on our way to a refreshing few days at Ventura Beach.  Coming from the mountains into the valley, all you could see for miles were the white-draped strawberry fields, which appeared to be as bodies of water from the distance.  What an unbelievable sight!

 So I thought I just might make a fresh strawberry pie and some tasty blueberry muffins.  Yummy recipes included on blog. 

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie                                           

2/3 cup white rice flour
2/3 cup tapioca starch
2/3 cup corn starch
1/4 cup potato starch
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1 Tbs rice vinegar
1 egg (beaten)
4 Tbs ice water
Lots of yummy fresh strawberries, whole or sliced (whatever you prefer)
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a standing mixer with the whisk attachment on and whisk through the flours to sift it all together.
  2. Cut the shortening into smallish chunks into the dry mix. Using the whisk attachment, mix it until the mixture forms pea shaped clumps.
  3. In a small separate bowl beat the egg with the vinegar. Then add the ice cold water to the egg mixture. Add this to the mixture in the stand mixer.
  4. Change to the paddle attachment and mix until it all sticks together in a large dough ball. cover dough with saran wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  5. Roll out dough between 2 sheets of parchment and place in a nice large pie dish. Prick the bottom and sides of the pie crust. Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes.

Strawberry Glaze
     1.  Mash 1 cup strawberries; set aside.
     2.  In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in water and mashed berries. Bring to a boil,   
          stirring constantly. Stir in food coloring if desired. Cook and stir 3 minutes more. Cool for 10
     3.  Spread about 1/3 cup glaze over bottom and sides of pie shell. Halve remaining strawberries;
          arrange in shell. Spoon remaining glaze over berries. Chill for 1-2 hours. Just before serving,
          garnish with whipped cream. Pie is best served the day it's made. Yield: 6-8 servings.  

Note:  Use ready made pie crusts for a non-gluten-free pie.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Double Peanut Bars

25 Vanilla Wafers                                                                          
1/2 c. dry roasted peanuts, finely chopped
2 tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 c. margarine or butter, melted
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 (8 oz.) pkg. Cool Whip, divided

1.  Mix wafer crumbs, peanuts, granulated sugar and margarine.  Remove 2 tbs. of the crumb mixture; set aside.  Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of 8- or 9-inch square pan; set aside.

2.  Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add peanut butter; mix well.  Gently stir in 2 cups of the whipped topping.  Spread evenly over crust.

3.  Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.  Top with the reserved crumb mixture and remaining whipped topping just before serving.  Store leftovers dessert in refrigerator. 

Serves 12
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