Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ramp it Up!

It is the busy day before the holiday.
I decided to repaint the exterior of the house this week - Smart thinking?
So I will finish the back of the trailer today.
Need to make a pumpkin pie,
Cranberry Waldorf Salad,
and prep the Turkey for the oven tomorrow.

Looking forward to spending tomorrow afternoon with some of our church family - 
at least those without family in the area.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Little Reminder

Psalm 100:4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Who Needs Starbucks?

It is cooling down in the Carolinas.
Cold mornings and sunny afternoons.
The breakfast smoothies are changing to warm breakfasts.
The cold mornings call for a special drink.
Something warm and satisfying.
I found this one on the Teeccino site.
Teeccino is an herbal coffee alternative.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 1/2 c brewed teecino
3 TBSP Pumpkin Puree
1 TBSP Maple Syrup
1/3 c milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger

I throw all of the ingredients in the blender and VOILA!
It really is as good or better than Starbucks - and better for the budget.
Going to try a Ginger Peach Hot Drink over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sorry for the Break

I do apologize for the lapse in posts.
I was working on 2 bathrooms at the church.
We finished one bathroom and planned for a break, 
but ...
imminent guests hurried us right into the second project.
The rest of the fellowship hall is up next,
but hopefully we have a little time before that has to be done.
The "fun" of the project is painting brick walls - so many crevices :)

With all the work at church, 
the rest of my time was spent trying to stay afloat on the work at home.
Early this week took us to Raleigh again for hubby's training.
Always nice to see something different.

Now it is time to focus on exterior house painting and Thanksgiving - 
looks like a small gathering at the church this year.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Singing the Scriptures

Hubby is now preaching the book of Isaiah.
This means that he wrapped up Philippians,
 and we are working on another physical book of the lessons that he just preached.
In connection with the new series,
hubby wanted to help the congregation to learn a "Hymn" in Isaiah.
While we were travelling in October, we put Isaiah 12 to the tune,
"Look Ye Saints, the Sight is Glorious."
It was a fun endeavor and I love being able to learn Scripture so easily
as well as having the beneficial words going through my mind.

Isaiah 12

And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee:
though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away,
and thou comfortedst me.
 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid:
for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name,
declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion:
for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Jewish Celebration

Hubby and I were both teaching the story of Esther for the past 4 weeks.  We finished the story on Sunday and it coincided with a Fellowship Dinner.  The kindergarten teacher within me raised its head and I had to see if I could make a delicious Purim Cookie (known as Hamantaschen).  Hubby was thrilled with the idea (and the results).  It was a little labor intensive (but not too bad) and the dough would make a very good sugar cookie without the filling.

Gluten Free Hamantashen


  • 11 oz Prunes (dried plums)pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 cup Blanched Almond Flour
  • 1 cup Arrowroot Flourplus 1/2 cup for dusting
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup+ 1 Tbsp to add to the filling
  • 1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oilmelted


  1. In a medium sized sauce pan, add the prunes, raisins, water, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Heat over medium heat.
  2. Bring filling to a boil, while stirring. Continue to stir frequently, while "mashing" the filling with a wooded spoon.
  3. Once the liquid has reduced, and you have a thick filling of plump prunes and raisins, remove from heat and set aside for filling the cookies.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, arrowroot, and salt.
  6. Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil. Stir until all ingredients are combined and you have a ball of cookie dough. **You can use your hands for this as well.
  7. Place ball of dough on to a sheet of parchment paper, adding additional arrowroot flour and kneading the dough until it is firm enough to be rolled and cut into shapes.
  8. Place another sheet of parchment paper over the dough, and roll into a 1/4 inch thick layer.
  9. Dust dough with additional arrowroot, as well as dip the cookie cutter in arrowroot flour, so the dough does not stick.
  10. Carefully cut circles in the dough, and remove the excess dough from around the circles.
  11. Add about a teaspoon (give or take) of filling to the center of the cookies, and carefully fold three sides in, making a triangular shape. Pinch the corners in to seal the cookies.
  12. Transfer the parchment to a baking sheet, and bake cookies for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.
  13. Repeat this process using a fresh sheet of parchment, for the remainder of the dough, until you have used all of the cookie dough.
  14. Any remaining filling can be frozen and saved for future use.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Addicted to Renovations

There is not much left to renovate on my home,
so this week 
I am working at church again.

Our prophet's chamber has not had a face lift in a number of years.
Our many guests are very gracious and are simply glad for a place to sleep and clean up,
but I fondly call the bathrooms ... the pit!
So ...
this week we are working on the women's room (also the home of the shower).

Sanding the wood stalls,
coating with a peel stop primer,
painting with high gloss paint.

Painting the walls.

Painting the molding.

Laying new tiles.

Possibly painting the vanities.

Replacing some broken toilets.

Will keep me busy this week ...
Then ...
the men's room.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Just a Small Tweak!

We are big time avocado lovers.
Avocado with breakfast eggs,
avocado on salad,
avocado on chili,
avocado on BLT's.

We LOVE avocados.

Typically we will just mash it with some garlic salt and lime juice for a quick guacamole.

Recently we found a way to turn that guac into a meal.
It is a bean spread that works well on a sandwich or with crackers or on flat bread.

It is really simple.

Everyday Bean Spread

1-2 cups cooked beans (any type works)
1 avocado
lime juice
garlic salt

Mash with a fork or blend in food processor,

Thursday, October 22, 2015

More Than a Picture on a Fridge

Today, I am thankful for sweet nieces and nephews.
We don't get to see them as often as we would like.
They grow so fast.
It would be easy for us to be as strangers - to be merely the picture on the wall or fridge.
We recently visited with 8 of the bunch.
I am thankful that they each warmly welcomed us.
I am thankful that some are ready to come for a visit (on their own).

I am thankful for some who call or email for advice or information.
I am thankful for thankful for the stories that keep us "alive" in their hearts and minds.
I am thankful for their friends who adopt us as well.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Public and the Private

I have a pet peeve.
I hate when a person belittles marriage, their spouse, or their in laws.
I hate when people devalue marriage in "jokes."
I hate when partners correct their spouse in a very public setting.

I want the words that people hear from me to be those that build up marriage,
to be those that hold marriage in high regard,
to be those that praise and honor my husband,
to honor my parents as well as my in laws.

Are there things to be addressed in marriage?
Of course.
Do I have weaknesses and failings?
Of course.
Does hubby?
These should be taken care of at home.
We should be a team.

I should be able to trust that hubby will not speak ill of me
and he should be able to trust me too.