Wednesday, August 31, 2011

LACE - Keeping Our Balance - Prioritizing


1.  How many of these seven things are true in your life?
  • I am constantly rushing around.
  • I am never fully at peace because there is always unfinished business that requires my attention.
  • I often force myself to make unpleasant choices because I have over-committed myself and don't  know how to get out of obligations
  • I am always rushing at the last minute to finish projects, or I frequently miss deadlines.
  • I put off my own interests and hobbies and other important activities due to the "tyranny of the urgent."
  • My family and loved ones suffer because of my hectic pace.
  • I spend much of my time doing what I don't want to do and very little time doing the things I wish I could do. 
2.  Which is the most severe for you?
3.  If you were to rate yourself a letter grade (A to F) in "Life Management," what would be your   

A wise woman is one who has learned the art of balance--balancing the need to take care of self, while being willing to sacrifice for the needs of others.   We, as women, are stewards of the life we have been given.  We are our own "Life Managers."   Often our stressful lifestyle is a result of unwise use of time and wrong priorities.  We are not super women, and we cannot do it all!  It is okay to say NO, and at times, we should say NO. 

So how DO we prioritize? 
 This is the formula I use, and I hope that you find it helpful. 

I ask myself this question, "What can I do that no one else can do?"  and then outside the home, "Can someone else do it if  God is calling me to another priority?" 

1.  The Lord    
      "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."  Matt. 6:33  No one else can develop my relationship with Him, but me.  He is first in my life and first in my day.  My devotional and prayer time with Him is my first priority.   He gets the first fruits of our finances.  Faithful church attendance and service is a priority.  

2.   My Husband
      "An excellent wife is a crown of her husband..", Proverbs 12:4  No one else can be his wife (not   as long as I'm alive, anyway).  He needs to know and be shown that I love and respect him, and that I find great joy in spending my days with him. 

3.  My Child and Grandchildren  & Family
       "Behold, children are a gift of the Lord: the fruit of the womb is a reward."  Psalm 127:3   No one else can be her mother and no one else can be their Grandma Cornish.  I want them to know they are cherished, and that they are important to me  I must teach and model "Titus 2" and "The Shema" of Deuteronomy know, to memorize, to do, teach the Word of God so that it penetrates our hearts, minds and wills in all aspects of our lives.  Heeding the wisdom of the scriptures will help our children live long, healthy lives. 

4.  My Home
      "She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness."  Prov. 31:27  It is my responsibility to keep an clean, orderly, well-managed home, and a comfortable, cozy place for family.  I want it to also be a welcoming and hospitable place for friends and visitors.  

5.   Myself
     "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Matt. 19:19  I need take time to develop and grow as an individual...spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, creatively and socially.  I want to be a "life-long learner." 

6.  Outside the Home
     "Go ye, therefore, and make disciples of all nations."  Matt. 28:19
People need the Lord.  I pray that the Lord will use me to show His love and to empower me to    share the gospel message with a needy and hurting world.  "May I Be His Love!"  as Kathy Triccoli sings.  I so want others to experience the love, peace, joy and grace that comes from a personal relationship with my blessed Savior, Jesus Christ.  


I'm joining Trish today at Lily-Rose Cottage.
This meme for sharing the feminine joys of home and family is based on Philippians 4:8
Whatever is..Lovely. Admirable. Cheerful. Encouraging. ~ LACE

Monday, August 29, 2011

Menus for the Month - September 2011

Recipe of the Week - Meat Turnovers

    MEAT TURNOVERS         
1 8-oz. package of crescent rolls                
1 egg

Ham Filling:
1 c. ground cooked ham
1/4 c. sweet pickle relish
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1 tbs. milk
1 tsp. horseradish
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire

Chicken Filling:
1 1/2 c. chopped cooked chicken
1/4 c. sour cream
1/4 c. mayonnaise
3 tsp. chopped pimento
1/2 tsp. salt

Tuna Filling:
1 (7 oz.) can white tuna flaked
1/2 c. shredded cheddar
1/4 c. chopped celery
1 tbs. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. mayonnaise

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Separate dough into triangles and place for triangles on greased cookie sheet.  Mound and spread filling about 1/4" from edges of triangles.  Top with remaining 4 triangles.  Beat egg with 1 tbs. water; use the moisten edges of triangles; pinch edges together.  Brush with egg wash.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes until brown. 

Be creative with the fillings...perhaps browned ground beef or sausage with peppers, onions, and pasta/pizza sauce, etc.  Serve for lunch or dinner with a hearty soup and salad. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

  "Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." - Henry Ward Beecher

I am Thankful For:

37.  Home, Sweet, Home with all of its comforts.  Truly there is "No Place Like Home."
38.  Books, holding within their pages a wealth of information, mystery, adventure, and beauty.  I 
       love  to handle their well-worn pages, to smell them, and to see them stacked high everywhere.
39.  Fellow Bloggers--all so varied, each one talented in their own way--bringing joy, enrichment,
       encouragement, and inspiration into my life. 
40.  Computers, the Internet, the world-wide-web.  Information-in-a-minute finds.  Being able to see, 
       hear and communicate with those we love who are so far away. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

LACE - Grandmothering

I'm joining Trish today at Lily-Rose Cottage.

This meme for sharing the feminine joys of home and family is based on Philippians 4:8
Whatever is..Lovely. Admirable. Cheerful. Encouraging. ~ LACE
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.  Grandparents sort of  sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."  Alex Haley

I became a grandmother three years ago.  My daughter gave birth to an handsome (as he says) little boy and through marriage we were gifted with a sweet 8-year old gal.  A dear friend presented me with this Emily Barnes book, and I just love it.   I keep it on my ottoman tray in our bedroom as a reminder for me to be thinking of (not hard to do) and to be praying earnestly for my precious grandchildren and their parents.  I thought Emilie's prayer list was a good one, and so I listed these things in my prayer journal:
  • That they would fear the Lord and serve Him.  Deuteronomy 6:13
  • That they would know Christ as Savior early in life.  Psalm 63:1
  • That they would desire the right kind of friends.  Proverbs 1:10, 15
  • That they will be saved for the right mate.  2 Corinthians 6:14
  • That they will submit totally to God.  James 4:7-8
  • That they will stay protected from wrong people or wrong places.  Hosea 2:6-7
  • That they will honor their parents.  Exodus 20:1
My husband and I enjoy every moment we have with our grandchildren.  They delight us! 
Delight--I love that word..."a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture."
Even though we reside a distance apart, they are always near in our hearts. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Feeling a little "homespun-ish"

Feeling a little "homespun-ish" this week.  I saw a picture of this quilt in Nancy Martin's book "Decorating with Quilts and Collections" and just loved it.  So several years ago I tried my best to replicate it.  Normally it appears on the back patio, but this week it is graciously making a guest appearance on the kitchen table.  It makes me feel like inviting someone over for coffee and pie!  (Made the pineapple pie yesterday...recipe below.)

This oil lamp has been in our family for many years.  I can remember it from my childhood and how many times we have used this in emergencies.  We still keep oil in it and do use it for a candle-lit dinner table and of course, emergencies. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Recipe of the week - 15-Minute Pineapple Pie

Here's dessert in a flash!  So easy and so delicious. 
Oops,  did you notice a piece is missing?  Sorry, I just couldn't wait! 

15-Minute Pineapple Pie

2 (1.5 oz. ) pkg. Vanilla Instant Pudding (Sugar Free)
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (8 oz.)  carton sour cream
1 9-inch  graham cracker crust
 In a large bowl combine the vanilla pudding mixes, undrained pineapple and juice and sour cream.  Mix well.  Pour into pie shell.  Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of toasted coconut.  Chill 2 hours before serving.  Do not make vanilla pudding according to the package directions.  
Nutritional Info:  Serves 8.  Cal 216, Fat 11.3g,  Sod. 294g,  Carbs 27.9g, Fiber 0.4g, Prot 1.7g

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday - Thou Shalt Not Want?

Stopped by Marshalls last week and found this wonderful
Coventry Blessings China Platter for $5.99! 
Well,  so much for "I shall not want!"  
Just couldn't pass it up...


A little something for our 3 year old grandson when he visits in September--
a brand new singing "Wheels on the Bus" and wooden 3D tic-tac-toe
from the Mesa Lutheran Thrift $1.50. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

#36  I am thankful for MUSIC!
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  ~Berthold Auerbach
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Phone: 480.478.6000

 This past spring we took our visiting friend from New York to this museum and we had such a fantastic time.  It is "the most extrordinary museum you will ever hear." It takes most of the day to view the galaries. We were able to enjoy a close encounter with the instruments themselves, enhanced by audio and video that bring to life the sounds and sights of the instruments.  One of our favorite galleries was the Experience Gallery where we were able to play many of the instruments that were in the museum.  We could not help but to agree with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as we left the museum that "music is the universal language of mankind." 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sunny Simple Life Giveaway

Elaine over at Sunny Simple Life is having her first giveaway, yippee!  Aren't these trays and the sweet embroidered tea towel adorable!  Please do stop by her creative homemaking blog and partake of all she has to offer...helpful tips, frugal finds, vintage decorating ideas, and great recipes...your days will be "sunnier" for it!

LACE - Gift Exchange

  I'm joining Trish today at Lily-Rose Cottage

This meme for sharing the feminine joys of home and family is based on Philippians 4:8
Whatever is..Lovely. Admirable. Cheerful. Encouraging. ~ LACE

A new friend and neighbor stopped by to say "Hello" and to gift me with a present for my grandson...Avon bath fun!   I, in return, was able to gift her with a bag of fresh baked cookies. What a delight it is to exchange some goodies and pleasant conversation. 
I thank God for the new friends that God sends into my life. May I never think that I have all the friends I need. God has new ways to touch me through each person that I meet.
I am truly thankful for the new friend God has sent my way...
she has already made my life much richer!   She definitely is a LACE..Y lady!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Homemade Tuesdays - Gotcha Covered

Flower Pot Cozy

Monday, August 15, 2011

Recipe of the Week - Lancaster Beets and Eggs

I can remember  my mother canning these Lancaster Beets & Eggs.  Seems like we always had a jar of these pickling in the refrigerator.  We could hardly wait for the weeks it took for the eggs to be completely saturated with the beet juice.  You could say I was "tickled pink" when mom opened the jar and we could cut into the eggs revealing that bright pink center.  Good Stuff! 

2 1-lb. cans small whole beets                            
1 1/2 c. vinegar                                                   
3/4 c. sugar                                                          
2 tbs. pickling spices
1 c. hot water
8 hard boiled eggs, shelled
2 small onions, sliced into rings and separated

Drain liquid from beets into saucepan (1 1/2 c.).  Stir in vinegar, sugar and pickling spices.  Heat until boiling.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Strain into 4 c. measure.  Combine beets and onions in bowl:  add 2 c. pickling liquid.  Stir lightly to mix.  Chill.  Stir hot water into remaining pickling liquid; pour over eggs.  Combine eggs, beets and onions and ladle into jars.  Refrigerate, and turn often until eggs are tinted a rich pink. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Devotions - "Happy at Me, Mama?"

Our three year old grandson is just learning what is and isn't proper behavior.  When his mother corrects him, she imparts to him that she does love him, but is not happy with with his behavior.  I am pleased to see that she is letting him know that she loves "his person", but dislikes "his behavior."  Often after punishment (usually time out, which he sincerely dislikes), he will ask, "Are you happy at me, mama?"  He wants to be reassured that even after saying he is sorry, he is still loved.  He has such a desire to please and be a peace with his parents and grandparents.  He enjoys the smiles of approval usually followed by big hugs.  Interestingly he is now asking, "Are you happy at my behavior?"  Often it is a "no" response, but with explanation of why not, with suggestions on how to improve the behavior.  An "I'm sorry" (remorse) comes forth, punishment is given and relationships are restored. 

This scenero provoked this question in my own mind, "Are you happy at me, God?"  Am I truly concerned about what God thinks of my behavior?  Am I concerned about being pleasing to my Heavenly Father?  I am sad to report that more times than I liked to think, I hear God in my spirit reply, "Gen, I love you with an everlasting love, but I AM NOT happy with your behavior."  What could be worse punishment than knowing my loving relationship with God has been severed by my own disobedience.  I am so aware of the cost of His love for me...He allowed His only son to willingly suffer and die on the cross to take my sins upon Him.  There is truly no greater love than this..."that He  (Jesus) should lay down His life for another."  I do know that His restrictions "His thou shalt not's" upon my life are for my good, not harm, for my betterment as a human being and a Christian, just as my daughter's are for her son. 

May the lesson my grandson is learning, be one that I continue to learn also.  May I learn that the best reward for obedience be that My Father is pleased with me and that I continue in a daily, loving relationship with Him.  Knowing that I need to reflect more on my Christian behavior, I am going to add a spot at the end of my daily devotional journal that reads..."Are you happy at me, God?" and daily reflect on that.  I want to hear My Heavenly Father say,  "Good Girl, Gen!" 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday -- Ready, Set, FALL

Anxiously Awaiting Autumn

Living in the Soronan Desert for over 8 years now, we are beginning to understand why residents flee for the summer months. A dear friend of mine calls them "heat chickens."  It is HOT!  And during monsoon season it is HOT & HUMID!  So it's no-bake this and that, crock pots and outdoor grills. 

Needless to say, we anxiously await the cooler days of fall that allow us to be outside a little more and to be indoors enjoying cooking and baking that the hotter months prohibit. 

Not wanting to waste this air-conditioned indoor time, I find it fun to start planning for fall, one of my favorite times of year.  I just ordered this coffee-table-quality magazine from Hoffman Media.  I love these kind of inspirational magazines, and I just can't wait for it to come in the mail. 

Go to Hoffman website and take a look and get a free subscription to the online "Cottage Journal."  It has some great inspirational ideas and recipes.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher


31.  Plenteous summer vegetables...fresh tomatoes, corn on the cob, yellow and green squash, eggplant, red peppers and cucumbers, and the sweetness of summer fruits...peaches, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, grapes, mangoes, and papaya.   So colorful and so tasty.  Yumm!  We do have an abundance of good and healthful choices. 
32.  A wonderfully warm cup of coffee in the morning and a refreshing glass of iced green tea in the afternoon.
33.  Our small yet comfortable home where every room is a "living" room.
34.  Encouraging people with well-timed words. Words can encourage, discourage, or do nothing.  Shallow words do little, death words discourage, and life words encourage.  I am so thankful for those who  have spoken sincerely with words that have had a positive impact on my life.  I want to strive to be more like them...I'm learning!   
35.  Good doctors who are truly care givers who listen to you as a patient and allow you to participate and take a proactive role in caring for your health...ones who value your time as much as they value their own time.  I am thankful that I do have great, caring doctors. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday's Treasures - Hen & Rooster

Hen & Rooster Salt and Pepper Shakers
 from Occupied Japan

     These lovely salt & pepper shakers were gifted to me by my mother from her enormous salt/pepper collection.  I am thankful to have so many sets of her collection, and I especially love this set.  When I introduce myself as a Cornish, most people remark, "like the hen?"  So being a Cornish, I just had to start collecting hens and roosters.  This hen and roo have such beautiful colors and their beaks are shiny gold.  The bottoms do bear the "Occupied Japan" mark.  Here's a little history of "Occupied Japan" collectables. 
     Following the end of World War II in 1945 and until 1952, items imported from Japan to the United States had to be marked in a fashion indicating they came from Occupied Japan. Although four different marks were used on items during this time ("Japan," "Made in Japan," "Occupied Japan," and "Made in Occupied Japan"), only the last two marks guarantee the pieces were made in the Occupied Japan time frame. For serious Occupied Japan collectors, it is items with these two marks for which they search.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Daily Devotions - Devo Notebook Pages

   This is a sheet that I use for my daily devotions.  I print it on both sides and then cut in half and use a three hole punch to insert into my "Living My Faith" notebook.
    I like to start off my devotional time by praising and thanking God.  Then I jot down my priorities for the day.   This helps to clear my mind of the things that need to be done so that I might not be distracted from hearing what God has to say to me. 
    I use "In Touch Magagine" to read the Word and then summarize what the Word says and how I might apply it to my life.  Often I include a prayer to God asking for His help in being a doer of His Word. 
    I ask God for provisions for family, friends, sunday school students, ministry leaders, missionaries, government leaders, etc.  I list those who are ill and hospitalized. 
    I pray for those who are in need of their relationships to be mended and restored.
    I pray for those who are traveling and in need of protection (especially children & grandchildren).
    I end my devotional time by writing down the events of yesterday, being thankful for how the Lord has lead me through that day.  It is also a good check on how I am spending my time. 

I pray that this will be a helpful tool or you to use in setting aside a quiet time to spend with God and in reflection of how He is working in your life. 

Devotional Notebook Pages

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday

Fabulous NY Finds

While in New York last month we stopped at an Amish Country Store in Vernon, NY and found these great finds:
  •  Homemade sugar free jams--Rhubard-Strawberry and Black Raspberry.
  •  Some Coconut flour for gluten free baking. 
  • A great Gluten-free cookbook.  Recipes look wonderful.  Can't wait to use this.
  • Golden flax seeds.  Great for recipes and to add to breakfast cereal.  So healthy!
  • NY State Fair speedie sauce.  Nothing better.  I have some great sirloin in the freezer I am waiting to marinade for beef spedies. 
  • Wanted to bring back some Red Pepper Relish, but no room.  We tried it at a friends house and it was so delicious.  I did try to find it in Arizona, but could not find.  So I made my own yesterday, and my hubby says, "It's really good!"   The recipe is below...I was guessing...but it came out pretty tasty. 

Sweet and Spicy Red Pepper Relish

Sweet & Spicy Red Pepper Relish

2 large red peppers, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1/4 c. corn syrup
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 c. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. dried red pepper (less for a milder relish)
couple of drops of hot pepper sauce
1 tsp. salt
few drops of red food color
2 tbs. cornstarch
1/4 c. water

Combine all ingredients except cornstarch and water in a sauce pan.  Bring to full boil, and turn down heat to medium and let simmer for 2 hours or until thickened down.  Mix cornstarch with water and stir into pepper mixture.  Stir until translucent.  Ladle into jars.  Makes two pint jars. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

26.   Sundays, a day set apart to worship our God, and fellowship with like-minded Christians, to have
        the freedom and the privilege to worship at a church of our choosing. 
27.   Church leadership (pastors, deacons, teachers) that inspire, encourage, teach, and lead us in being
         all that we can be for Christ. 
28.   My huband and the wonderful oneness that we have in Jesus Christ.  I so enjoy his presence. 
        We do share great times together.  After knowing each other for over 50 years, we still remain
         best friends. 
29.   Folks who minister to us and make our lives easier.  I think of the two lovely ladies who watched
        our home and dog while we were vacationing in New York.  It was the first worry-free vacation
        we have had knowing someone was taking care of our home and loving our dog.  They did such a
        tremendous job.  If you would like to use their services (we felt like it was a ministry), we would
        highly recommend them.  I will post their business card for you who are in our area. 
30.   Thinking of dogs, we are so grateful for little Ivygirl (Crescent Miss Ivy), our 11 year old
        Brittany Spaniel.   We have loved her from the day we got her.  Gentle, protecting, loving,
        playful, spirited, and sassy at times...that's our girl!  She has been a wonderful companion over
        these many years. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yummy Yogurt Parfaits - I'm hooked!

Blueberry Peach Parfait...My daughter in New York started me on mid-morning fruit and yogurt parfaits, and now I am hooked.  I just love the new thick, rich Greek yogurts, in combination with fresh fruit and the crunch of homemade granola.  Yummy and so healthful.  I enjoy coming up with different combinations like, a tropical one with fresh pineapple, banana and toasted coconut, or Mocha with a little espresso powder in the yogurt, crunchy cocoa crispies and toasted almonds.  How about, peach-melba or cinnamon apple (warm homemade applesauce) with crunchy cinnamon granola.   One of the best yogurt parfaits I have ever eaten was at the hotel restaurant in the Crown Plaza at Ventura Beach, California with fresh California blueberries and strawberries and a crunchy granola.  Their coffee was the best I have ever had!  I drank the whole carafe all by myself every morning.   My mouth waters just thinking about it. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday's Treasures - Mom's Trunk & Quilt

I can remember as a little girl just being fascinated with this old trunk.  What a treat it was for me when mom would open this trunk (somewhat of a Treasure Trunk for me) and would let me look at all the treasures inside.  It held old quilts, bibles, old family photo albums, a porcelain doll, carved wooden toys made by my dad, a flag representing my oldest brother's service in the armed forces, and a jar of valentine candy preserved in a tightly sealed canning jar (that will be another Tuesday Treasure to show you).  I especially loved this yo-yo quilt made by my mother when she was a young lady.  It was most likely one of her first made quilts, and we approximate the date to be around 1924.  The fabrics and colors are so beautiful.  It remains still in pretty good shape with just a few of the yo-yo's centers unraveling here and there.  My dear mother, who passed on in 1995, was a treasure of a woman who so loved her 12 children, enjoyed homemaking,  and made each day for each of her children a celebration.  She indeed was a Proverbs 31 woman.  We rise up and call her blessed. 

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