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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Self-Control

Proverbs 29:22 
An angry man stirreth up strife, 
and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. 

Do you know of people who live in a cloud of confusion and strife?
Do you feel like you are always in a cloud of struggle?

Perhaps it is you! (or me!)

My disposition affects others.
Am I angry,
bitter,
furious,
upset?

I can be sure that it will stir up strife and sin.

So let the Spirit show His fruits in your life - 
practice love, longsuffering, and temperance.


Cleaner Breathing

So far, I remain on schedule.
I finished the laundry room and kitchen yesterday - 
Oh the dust bunnies hiding.
I obviously had not really scrubbed the floor since July, 
because I found exterior house paint on the floor :)
All gone now.

A few small changes which pleased hubby.

Today ... living room and first spare room.
I also need to mow the lawn, so I best get to it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Make A Plan

I did finish the fall cleaning in the master bed and bath yesterday.
Just a few sighs of disgust at the dust bunnies under the bed,
but oh, the pleasure of clean curtains, blankets, pillows.

The plan for today?
Kitchen and Laundry Room

The Laundry Room becomes the catch-all.
It is also like a "mud room."
Not a lot of fun.

The kitchen - 
well, you know the fun of cleaning a kitchen ...
cupboards, grease, ...

Just plug along.

A Beautiful Lawn


Monday, September 15, 2014

Starting ...

The weather is starting to turn ...
cooler temps,
pleasant breezes,
the promise of fall.
With the change,
I get antsy to freshen the house.
So fall cleaning starts this week.
Today's Goal:  Master Bed and Bath
My fall cleaning includes washing curtains and blankets,
wiping down walls,
cleaning drawers,
organizing closets ...

This week's menu plan:
Monday: Ground Beef Ragu (moved from last week)
Tuesday: Dijon Chicken
Wednesday: Bacon-Turkey Meatloaf
Thursday: Dinner at a Friend's House
Friday: Smoked Sausage Mushroom Egg Casserole
Saturday: Garlic and Thyme Pork Chops

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A New Office

This week I am grateful for my new office.

My old computer was giving me many hints that it would not hold on much longer.
Daily I feared that the 10 minute startup would not end in a welcome screen.
The DVD driver was dead, the screen driver died periodically, ...
So, we finally broke down and got a new one.
With the update in computers,
we also needed a new printer.

While I don't like the learning curve on new technology,
I am thankful for God's provision.
I am thankful for the faster processor.
I am thankful that both hubby and I can now share a printer.
I am thankful that I didn't lose any files (except those connected to my obsolete home publishing program.

I am saddened that my new computer can't use my old home publishing software - 
I absolutely loved the intuitiveness and ability of my Microsoft Home Publishing (c. 2000).
Does any one have any recommendations for a new program?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Not Even A Piece

Proverbs 29:11 
A fool uttereth all his mind: 
but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

How often do I want to open my mouth and give someone "a piece of my mind?"

A reminder:
speaking my mind is a trait of a fool

The wise man/woman is controlled by the Spirit.

Fruit of the Spirit ...
love, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance

Show the love that you desire.
Be patient.
Answer with care.
Keep strength under control.
Exercise self-restraint.

Fool or Wise?

Easily determined, not easily practiced.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Treat

We are having a taste of fall today.
The windows are open and the wind is blowing - 
rather overcast, but pleasant.
I am sure that summer is not completely gone,
but the glimpses of fall are encouraging.

Fall brings along peaches and apples.
I have always loved a good upside down cake - 
probably because we were often allowed to eat it for breakfast.
Hubby has not been impressed with the sticky-sweet treat.
I saw a recipe for a peach upside down cake here.
Since it uses less processed sugar,
it even won over my hubby.

Peach Upside Down Cake (Grain Free)

Glaze
⅓ cup honey
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 ripe peaches, sliced (or about 1½ cup sliced frozen peaches)

Cake
½ cup coconut flour 
½  teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
¼ cup applesauce
⅓ cup honey
1 Tablespoon vanilla
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup milk of your choice 

Instructions
Mix the honey, nutmeg, and cinnamon together. 
Pour into an 8 inch round baking pan that has been greased.
Place sliced peaches on top in any pattern you prefer.
Mix the coconut flour and baking soda together, making sure no lumps remain.
In separate bowl, beat the eggs.
Add the applesauce, honey, vanilla, and coconut oil and beat well.
Combine with the dry ingredients and stir in the milk. Pour over peaches.
Bake uncovered at 350° for 35-45 minutes (until the top is set). 
Cover with foil to prevent burning the surface and bake an additional 5-7 minutes, 
until top is light brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Allow to cool, then run a knife around the side of the pan (between the cake and the pan). 
Turn the cake onto a serving dish.


This week's menu:
Sunday: Chicken Perfection and Roasted Asparagus
Monday: Bacon Bell Pepper Sloppy Joes
Tuesday:  Ginger-Garlic Pork Chops
Wednesday: Corned Beef
Thursday: Italian Herb Chicken Alfredo
Friday: Cajun Burgers with Mushrooms
Saturday: Ground Beef Ragu