Monday, January 31, 2011

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"You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."

-- Zig Ziglar

Sunday, January 30, 2011

An apple a day

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.

-- Zig Ziglar

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

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365 days, 12 months, 1 year. In a year, consider what can happen in one’s life: tragedy, triumph, up’s and down, joys and sorrows. In one moment a life can be changed and in the same moment one’s purpose can be revealed, not the cliché purpose that many speak about with success or career but the undeniable push in a certain direction that once revealed cannot be denied.


Answer to previous post (A Thinking Thing)

Answer:  Each word contains three consecutive letters
in alphabetical order.

Deft, First, Calmness, Canopy, Laughing, Stupid

(I didn't get this right, did u?)

A Thinking thing (mental exercise)

What do the following words have in common?

*answer will be posted tomorrow* good luck!

deft, first, calmnesss
canopy, laughing, stupid

answer will be posted tomorrow

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lactose Intolerant? Ways You Can Still Include Dairy

Did You Know?

February is Dental Health Month as well as Heart Health Month!

Make your potato soup better!

~Tip: Use left over mashed potatoes for the best ever potato soup.
Just mash potatoes in a pot while adding milk as needed to
reach the consistency of soup you like. Season with salth and
pepper to taste.  Serve with shredded cheese if desired.
Is there a way to get through this day?
Just tell me the way, oh Lord I pray.
Keep us strong though tears will come,
Remembering Michael, his day is done.

Life is too short, we don't know our last day,
A mist, a vapor that vanishes, all too fast it's washed away.
All we can do is make sure we are ready when God calls our name,
"Come home my child," "I free you from your pain."
RIP Michael

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"To smile at someone who is sad; to visit,
even for a little while, someone who is lonely;
to give someone shelter from the rain with
our umbrella; to read something for someone
who is blind; these and others can be small
things, very small things, but they are
appropriate to give our love of God concrete
expression to the poor."

~Mother Teresa:  Her Essential Wisdom

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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“Every day is a preparation for death.
By realizing this, it helps somehow,
Because what the dying go through today,
I will go through tomorrow. Death is
Nothing except going back to HIM,
Where HE is and where we belong.”

~Mother Teresa: Her Essential Wisdom

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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Healthy Banana Shake

1 medium very ripe banana, frozen
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup chopped California walnuts
1-2 tablespoons honey

1.Place banana, yogurt, walnuts, and 1 tablespoon honey in a blender.

2.Blend on low speed until ingredients start to mix together. Then increase to high speed and blend until smooth. For a sweeter smoothie, add another tablespoon of honey. Serve immediately.

TIP: To make a frozen banana, peel and cut the banana into chunks. Wrap in plastic and place in freezer several hours or overnight


An apple a day

The way each tiny flower
reaches up to heaven with trust,
we too, should lift our hearts to God
and know He cares for us.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Peanut Butter & Strawberry Pockets

This recipe is a  fresh spin on the old stand-by
PB&J sandwiches using fresh fruit instead
of the jelly!  Give it a try with your's healthier.

Start with halving two large whole wheat pita bread rounds.
Open the halves to make pockets.

In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of chunky peanut
butter and 1/4 cup raisins.  Spread mixture inside pita

Divide 1 cup sliced strawberries and 2 tablespoons
sunflower kernels among pockets.

Serve immediately or wrap and chill for up to 6 hours.
Makes 4 servings.
(These would be great to take on a picnic when warm weather comes)

EWomen Devotional: Precious In His Sight

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Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day
may bring forth.
~Proverbs 27:1

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Quick Chocolate Fudge Sauce

1 can (12oz) Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 cups (12oz) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet morsels
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine evaporated milk and morsels in medium,
heavy-duty saucepan.  Cook over low heat,
stirring frequently, until morsels are melted.
Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract.

and Delicious!

Serve warm as a dipping sauce for fresh fruit or
spoon over ice cream or cake.  Store remaining sauce
tightly covered in refrigerator.

Why Everyone Should Have a Personal Mission Statement

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"Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

Psalm: Psalm 47:10

(Never lose sight of who GOD is)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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"There is always another chance.
...this thing that we call failure,
is not the falling down,
but the staying down."  

Friday, January 21, 2011

If you haven't seen "Always Patsy Cline" at the Chapman Cultural Center  in Spartanburg, SC
I highly recommend you do!  It is awesome.  You will hear all of Patsy Cline's classic songs.  Nita Biven plays the part of Ms. Cline and she does an excellent job.  Becky Koon who is a veteran of stage and screen plays Patsy Cline's most die-hard fan, Louise.  She is hilarious.  These are two very talented ladies and (they are real life sisters.)  You have two more chances to see this wonderful performance.
The setting is the Grand Ole Opry complete with a band and back up singers, and Louise's kitchen.
Saturday @ 8pm -Jan 22
Sunday @ 3pm  - Jan 23

The performance is 2 hours long with a 15 minute intermission (with concessions, beer and wine available)

Just click on the CCC link above to read more about this play/musical and to get tickets.  You'd better hurry, they are going fast.  (Tonight's show was a sell-out.)

An apple a day

As this New Year takes
The old year's place,
I pray to meet each new challenge
Through the power of God's grace.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Age is a quality of mind.
If you have left your dreams behind,
It hope is cold,
If you no longer look ahead,
If your ambitions' fires are dead--
Then you are old.

But if from life you take the best,
And if in life you keep the jest,
If love you hold;
No matter how the years go by,
No matter how the birthdays fly-
You are not old.
~Author Unknown

Monday, January 17, 2011

An apple a day

When it comes to dieting,
I really hate to begin
Because I always find
It's my temper that gets thin.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Homemade Oreo Recipe: Great for Teachers on Valentine's Day!

Homemade Oreos

makes 25-30 sandwich cookies


For the chocolate wafers:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa (I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar [see recipe note]

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter

1 large egg

For the filling:

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used clear vanilla extract)

Optional- Gel dye


1. Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375°F.

2. In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.

3. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.

4. To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy. (Optional: Blend in a tiny bit of gel dye until you reach the desired color.)

6. To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, pipe teaspoon-size blobs of cream into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream. Dunk generously in a large glass of milk.


- Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder instead of Dutch Processed.

-Wilton Gel Dye to color the centers.

-Once I measured out a rounded teaspoon of dough, I rolled the dough into small balls before baking.

-This recipe is slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen and can be found at

Haiku on Salvation

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It is only well with me when I have a chisel in my hand.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

An apple a day

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window
through which you must see the world.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise;
Pass, there, not today in vain,
For it will never come again.
~ Omar Khayyam

Monday, January 10, 2011

This is more snow than I've ever seen in my life.  It's 27 degrees...brrr.
I'm more than ready for summer! 

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For those who will fight bravely and not yield, there is
triumphant victory over all the dark things of life.
~James Allen

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fresh Snow Cream Recipe~


8 cups freshly fallen snow
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (adjust to your taste!) 


Place a large clean bowl outside to catch the snow!
Place snow or shaved ice into a large bowl. Pour condensed milk over and add vanilla. Mix
to combine.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

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One man pretends to be rich, yet has
nothing;  another pretends to be poor,
yet has great wealth.
~Proverbs 13:7

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Broccoli Walnut Salad: Healthy Lunch Recipe

2 cups fresh broccoli, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar

In a small bowl, mix broccoli, walnuts and raisins.
Combine mayo, lemon juice, and sugar.  Mix into
salad.   Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
Yield: 2 servings

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When I was young, I knew it all;
At least I thought I did.
But now I'm old and the truth be told,
What I knew, I can't recall.

---Dick Ham
Richmond, KY

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Friday!  What will the weekend bring?
The weather reports say SNOW Sunday night.
Not again!  Where is summer????

A coupon tip!

I love to save $$ using coupons!  I want to share this tip with you...

When you find a coupon for a product you regularly purchase,
wait about 3 weeks before using it.  Grocery stores bet on
consumers rushing out to buy the item, so they keep their
costs at full price.  Then the store will put the item on sale
a fews weeks after the coupon is published.  By holding on
to it and using it when the item is on sale will give you the
maximum savings.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

To clean a stained porcelain dish or sink, fill it with warm water, drop in some denture-cleaning tablets, and watch the stains dissolve. Get more tips.

Enjoy this recipe from Sunday Dinner at Grandma's (M233).
Check out this website for many Great Recipes!

Grandma Jo’s Potato Soup (Nothing better on a cold day!)

2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, diced
4 c. water
12-oz. can evaporated milk
1/4 c. butter, sliced
onion and garlic seasoned salt to taste
pepper to taste
8-oz. pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled

Combine vegetables and water in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook until vegetables are fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in evaporated milk, butter and seasonings. Heat through. Ladle into soup bowls; garnish with cheese and bacon. Serves 6

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Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;

for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

Psalm 37:1-2

In these times when there is so much hatred and evil among men, remember
it's not our place to judge or avenge, but know that they will have to
answer to God.  The old saying, "What goes around comes around" is
true in my opinion

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Find a Day of Dance Event Near You | Day of Dance

Find a Day of Dance Event Near You Day of Dance

This is always a fun and beneficial event. Check it out!
I usually attend the Day of Dance in my area.
Spray the sheets with baby powder or your favorite perfume
before crawling into bed.  This will give you a welcome
sense of relaxation, as well as feeling absolutely

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Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune
at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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"Drop thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease; take from
our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the
beauty of Thy peace."
--John Greenleaf Whittier

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Is your home "a safe refuge?"

A welcoming home is a place of refuge, a place where people worn down by the noise, turmoil, and hostility
from the outside world can find a safe resting place.  A welcoming home is a place that you enjoy
coming home to.

Let's strive to make our homes more peaceful and welcoming in 2011!

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remember this:

Whatever happens, abide steadfast in a determination to cling simply to God.
Francis de Sales

Saturday, January 1, 2011

An apple a day

The diamond cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope everyone
is healthy, happy, and blessed this year.