Sunday, July 31, 2011

Devotions - Discouragement

Are the Raindrops of Discouragement Dampening Your Spirit?

   Someone announed that the devil's tools were all for sale.  An exhibition opened.  The tools created to make people sin were displayed for all to see:  hatred, envy, jealousy, and lust.
   But one was set aside, a small, well-worn, harmless looking wedge.  "What about that one?" someone asked.
   "Oh, that one's not for sale," said the devil. "It's priceless."
   "It's my best weapon for destruction."
   "What is it?"
   The devil smiled shyly and replied, "Discouragement."

When you get discouraged, be encouraged by this:  You aren't alone.  Many people, including Godly people like Elijah and David, have suffered from deep discouragement. 

  •  Remember, that God IS with you.  When Satan breaks out his deadly tools, you break open the  Book! 
  • Submit to God's will, even when it hurts.  Trust Him to bring you through your sorrows. 
  • Don't give up!  The power of God's Word can give us courage:  "Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.  My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life."  Psalm 119:49-50
  • Take a few minutes to write down 2 or 3 good things that might come out of this time of discouragement.  Lay your circumstances out before the Lord in prayer, and ask Him to use them for good.    While discourgement says, "I can't! faith says, "HE can!"
  • Share your burdens with a trusted friend who will be willing to listen and to come along side  and encourage you. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Menus for the Month - August 2011

August 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

17.  Family and the wonderful times we share together.
18.  Good books to read together.  
19.  Vacations and time to play and to be silly.  
20.  Picnics in the park and warm summer breezes.  
21.  Ice flavors like cotton candy, bubble gum, wicked good chocolate. (It is wicked good!)
22.  Grandchildren who delight us and keep us joyous and smiling.  
23.  The fun new things grandchildren teach us like knuckle bumps with french fries.  
24.  Laughter, how it refreshes our spirit and lightens our load.  
25.  Our children loving and nurturing their children.  

Monday, July 25, 2011

What A Meal!

Our dear darling daughter (that's what we call her) made our favorite meal for our last evening in New York.  It was soooo delicious!!  She is an amazing cook and baker and we are so thankful to be the beneficators of her culinary skills.
Our meal: 
 Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Fresh Green & Yellow Beans
Black Forest Pie

She knows that Black Forest is my favorite pie. I just love how rich and fudgy this is and the cherry mixture added to the chocolate makes is so smooth and silky.  She made it with fresh black cherries and made her own thickened filling.  It was the BEST!   I just might have to make another one of these when I get back to AZ this week.  Thanks LQ for this great send-off meal! 

This is what you'll need:
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. flour1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling, divided
1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell
1 square BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, coarsely grated
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided

This is what you'll do:
PREHEAT oven to 350°F.
Combine sugar, cocoa and flour in medium saucepan. Add butter and milk. Bring to boil on medium heat, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat. Stir small amount of hot mixture into eggs; return to hot mixture.
Add half of the cherry pie filling; stir until well blended. Pour into crust.
BAKE 35 to 45 min. or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 1 hour.

ADD grated chocolate to 2 cups of the whipped topping; stir gently until well blended.
Spread over pie; top with remaining cherry pie filling and the remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate at least 30 min. before serving. Store leftover pie in refrigerator.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Recipe of the Week -Blackberrry Semifreddo


makes approximately 24 squares
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved
1 cup superfine sugar
3(5.6-ounce) packages fresh blackberries, divided
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 cups heavy cream
Garnish: fresh blackberries and fresh mint

1. In a large heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water, combine the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla-bean seeds, and sugar. Cook, whisking constantly, until frothy, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat. Using an electric mixer at medium-high speed, beat until soft peaks form. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine 2 packages blackberries, lemon zest, and lemon juice. With a fork, lightly mash the berries. Fold the berry mixture into the egg mixture. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl and using an electric mixer at high speed, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the egg-berry mixture. Set aside.
4. Line a9-x-9-x-2-inch baking dish with plastic wrap, allowing wrap to hang over by 2 inches on each end. Scatter remaining blackberries in prepared dish. Pour whipped-cream mixture over blackberries. Cover with foil, and freeze overnight.
5. Using plastic wrap as handles, lift frozen semifreddo from pan. Remove plastic wrap. Cut semifreddo into 24 (1 1/2-inch) squares. Garnish with fresh blackberries and fresh mint, if desired.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thankful Thursdays in New York State

11.   I am thankful for the beauty of God's creation.  We are so enjoying rural Central New York.
12.   I am thankful for time to be together with our daughter and family.  We miss them so when we  
        are in Arizona.
13.   I am thankful friends who are so hospitable.  Mr. Fish, our life-long friend, is always such a great
        host.  He makes us feel right at home. 
14.  I am thankful for dear friends that make a special effort to come see us.  Thank you Angie, my
       closest and dearest friend for making a 4 hour drive to surprise  us.  Yes, I did cry!  And our
       friends from Webster coming and surprising us by inviting another dear friend to be there.  We
       are so blessed! 
15.  I am thankful for air conditioning, swimming pools, good motels, and country stores. 
16.  I am thankful for great regional food--speidies, italian sausage, authentic italian pizza, Voss's
       BBQ, salt potatoes, greek thracian chicken, Hoffman hot dogs, and firehouse chicken BBQ.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thankful Thursdays


6.  Our grandson, who just turned 3 years old.  He is such a delight and blessing in
     our lives.  He called us today to say "Thank You" for the birthday gifts we gave him.  How
     wonderful to see, even at his young age, that he is cultivating a thankful heart.

7.  For down time.  Time to sit and do some creative thinking. 

8.  My husband's short hospital stay...such an answer to prayer.  It was just one more opportunity to
      trust God.  We find Him so trustworthy.  He is such a good and gracious God.

9.   All our needs being met daily.  We embarrassingly have so much!  Showers of blessings!

10.  The funny things that children say and do.  We have so many dear friends and family with
        children.  We love hearing and seeing all the hilarious things their children say and do.  They
        keep us smiling.  Hopefully their parents are writing these things down.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Grandson!

With heart-warming fondness we recall the day he was born...oh, the joy!
Thanks Lori and Sean for one of our riches blessings!
Cherished grandson, how quickly he has grown. On July 6th, he will be celebrating his 3rd birthday. We are so thankful for this precious gift. He continues to delight us with his phone calls and Skype chats, and how we look forward to seeing him and spending time with him next week.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday's Treasure- Metropolitan Fashions

This was such a great flea market find!  At the time I was operating a fabric/quilt shop in New York, 
and I was so thrilled to find this.  It is in pretty rough shape, but I love it anyway. 

 It was a Butterick Fashions Catalog from June 1892.  Catalog  price in 1892, one cent!  This was offered by "Kellogg & Curtis", Staple and Fancy Dry Goods, Notions, etc. located in  the Taylor Opera House Block, Cortland, N.Y.  Cortland just happened to be the town in which I was born and grew up.   

Column on last page reads:
Dress Goods
We are showing the Fast Black Brocaded Satines at 24 cents per yard, worth 35 cents.  
All the Fast Black Mulls from 10 cents to 25 cents in Plain, Plaids and Stripes.
We have a very pretty thing in Persian Mulls as fine as China Silk at 
19 center per yard,  they must be seen to be appreciated.
Please call at our store and get at Fashion Sheet and look over our new line of
 Spring goods and you will be convinced that we will bear out our reputation of
 selling the best goods for the money of any house in Cortland.  
We remain yours to serve,
Kellogg & Curtis, 
Cortland, N.Y.  

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Devotions - Creating a Santuary

Things I love to do in my quite place:

Be still and know He is God (this can be transforming)
Write my daily "To Do" list on index card (get that over & off my mind)
Journalize what I did yesterday (on daily devotional sheet) "Redeeming the Time"
Read Jill Brisco's "Lord I have shut the door" poem (below)
Study my Bible and pray
Sing praise songs
Listen to beautiful classical music
Read poetry
Make a list of the things I love
Make a list of things for which I am thankful
Write my pressing issues & concerns on small pieces of paper
and drop them into my alter jar symbolically turning them over to God
Send a greeting card or a note of encouragement or thanks
Reflect on where I am spiritually, physically and emotionally
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a spot of tea

Lord I Have Shut the Door
by Jill Brisco

Lord, I have shut the door, speak now the word
Which in din and throng could not be heard;
Hushed now my inner heart, whisper Thy will
While I have come apart, while all is still.

Lord, I have shut the door, here I bow,
Speak for my soul attend turns to Thee now.
Rebuke Thou what is vain, counsel my soul.
Thy holy will reveal, my will control.

Lord, I have shut the door, strengthen my heart;
Yonder awaits the task I share apart.
Only through grace bestowed may I be true.
Here while alone with Thee my strength renew.

Look for future posts--
How to make a "Living My Faith Journal"  
Daily Devotional Sheet
Goals and Projection Worksheet
Weekly Priority Planning Sheet

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