Tuesday, August 22, 2017

From the August archives, part 2

Graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
Here we go with another post containing links from the Kitchen Table archives.  Enjoy!

Shades of green, from 2012, might be a good one to start with.  Green is so refreshing, don't you think?

From 2009, A tale of four curtains is a cautionary tale about not taking on a project one is not qualified to carry out.  The voice of experience speaking here.

How about a couple of recipes?
Crab Melt Loaf and a picnic by the pond, from 2011, may give you a new idea for picnic food.

Great Garden Veggies is also a recipe I shared in 2011, wonderful for using up garden tomatoes, zucchini, and summer squash.

For something sweet, this Blueberry Almond Buckle, from 2010, will help make use of any fresh (or frozen) blueberries you'd like to use up.

Now for some simple crafting!
I'm probably a little late sharing these Citrus Coasters, although it was an August post.  But they are easy and fun to make!

Or maybe you'd like to try your hand at making felt food, as in this 2013 post:  Hamburgers, Anyone?.  It has links to instructions for several other foods, like sandwiches and ripple chips.

Lastly, Appreciating the little things (2013) is something I aim at doing every day.

Hope you've enjoyed this prowl through the August archives.  I have a third archive post planned for later.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The All-American Total Solar Eclipse

I found the above postcard when we visited Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho a couple of weeks ago.  The postcards for the park were all gone, but they had these and I liked their retro look.  Although Craters of the Moon is just outside the path of totality, nearby Arco, Idaho (where my hubby and I spent a night while the others camped) will have totality for a minute or two.

Enjoy the eclipse wherever you may be, but do make sure you are viewing it safely.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Updates to my Prayer Journal posts

Back in 2009, I wrote two posts about my prayer journal that have been some of the most read posts of all time on this blog.  One commenter at the time asked me to add photos to the post on making a prayer journal because she wasn't quite getting it.  It has taken me years to actually get around to taking a few photos and adding them in to the post.  I finally decided I was just going to do it even though the pictures were not fancy or staged, but just snapped as I opened up the journal to various dividers and pages. 

So, for readers new or old who may be interested, here are the links to the prayer journal posts:

How to Make a Prayer Journal


How to Use Your  Prayer Journal.

I hope that these updated posts will encourage someone in her prayer life today.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16 Hodgepodge

Wednesday again, and time for the Hodgepodge with Joyce and friends at From This Side of the Pond.  Head on over and get the questions, answer them on your own blog and then go back to Joyce's and link up!

The photos today will all be from Nevada, and most were taken by my husband or by my daughter or son-in-law.   Please do click on the scenic photos to enlarge them.  The smaller size simply cannot do this scenery justice.

 Here are this week's questions:
1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.  

I hope that they do.  More importantly, I want for my actions to line up with God's Word.  James 1 tells us,

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
"For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
"For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."  (James 1:22-25)

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has its day, can't teach an old dog new tricks...now doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

 Dog tired would be one.  A combination of jet lag, altitude, a red-eye flight, and just plain general busyness -- I'm starting to feel a bit better, though.  Still, I fell asleep while praying this morning and woke up over an hour later!

  Dog days of summer fits too.  It's not bad here, but out West, temps were between 95º and 100º every day.  No humidity, so it didn't feel quite as awful as it does here on a hot day, but still ... We discovered handmade neck coolers on this trip.   

Can't teach an old dog new tricks seems apropos also.  There is so much to all of this estate stuff, and most of it is out of my comfort zone.
3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

Oh boy, that's a tough one.  As a pre-teen I loved all those tear-jerker dog and horse stories like Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, and many more.  Nowadays (I had to really think about this one) I guess I would say the Mitford books by Jan Karon.  Father Tim's dog, Barnabas, is a true friend and an integral part of the story line.  These are favorite books of mine because I can revisit them in stressful times and just feel refreshed by a visit to Mitford.
4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

Start an Etsy shop.

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

You know, I just don't feel in a very jokey mood.  Nothing is striking me funny right now.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Just trying to get my thoughts together as to blog posts I hope to do this month.  I have several in mind, it's just getting my thoughts organized and doing the work.  And of course there are a zillion other thoughts in my head right now -- grocery list and menus, estate tasks, appointments for this week, church activities and pastoral search, friends going through difficulties, Sunday School lesson prep, homemaking tasks, and much more.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A great no-churn ice cream recipe

One of the fun things we did out West was to go to a new ice cream shop that had just opened in Elko, Nevada, where my daughter and her family live.  It featured rolled ice cream, a very interesting concept.  The photo above is of the pina colada variety, which our daughter and son-in-law shared.  I will share a link to the shop and further details when I find time to blog more about our trip.

I didn't get a picture of everyone's ice cream, and the younger kids just got cones.  Our 16-year-old granddaughter (who traveled with us from NH) chose the salted caramel rolled ice cream and commented that it just might be her new favorite flavor.

So later in the visit I remembered a recipe I had seen for a no-churn Salted Caramel Ripple Chip Ice Cream by Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips.  We decided that we would make this ice cream for our last night in Nevada.
Photo by Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Oh, my, is this ever a great (and very easy!) recipe!  I did just two things differently, and one of them made the recipe even easier.  Rather than cooking the sweetened condensed milk to turn it into caramel, I just used a can of dulce de leche (found near the condensed milk in many supermarkets).  And then I used fewer chocolate chips.  The miniature variety is called for.  I think I used about a half cup in the ice cream -- some of the chips are also used in the fudge ripple.

If you are looking for a good homemade ice cream without the trouble of an ice cream machine, give this one a try.  I don't think you will be disappointed.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

August 9 Hodgepodge

Another Wednesday, and time for the Hodgepodge with Joyce and friends at From This Side of the Pond.  Head on over and get the questions, answer them on your own blog and then go back to Joyce's and link up!

Here are this week's questions:

1.  Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.

I try to use my time very wisely, but I don't think I set actual rules for myself in using it.  Sometimes I think I should, though.

2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse? If not, do you have any desire to see one up close?

I have visited several lighthouses in person, several in Maine and at least one on Prince Edward Island.
Pemaquid Point, Maine
 Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list, which would you most like to see in person-

Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggy's Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)?

I have actually visited two of these -- Portland Head Light and Bass Harbor Head Light.  Any of the others would be fun to visit, but I think I might choose the one in Oregon because we have not yet been to that coast.
Pemaquid Point Light, Bristol, Maine
When you've been away, what's your 'lighthouse' telling you you're on the right road home?

Not sure how to answer this.  It sort of depends on the length of the trip, I guess.  Maybe the New Hampshire state line?

3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing? Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?

Drinking kombucha on a daily basis.  I couldn't find it easily in grocery stores in Nevada.  My daughter did buy us some at a health food store, partway through our visit.   Thankfully there is a fridge full of it waiting here at home, so I can pick it back up.  It's a healthy habit, for me at least.

4. We've had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far.

The week was full of GRAND moments as we spent it (and the week previous) with seven of our grandkids -- six who live in Nevada, and one New Hampshire teenager whom we brought with us.
Sunday afternoon on the walking bridge over the Humboldt River, Elko
At the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko
Near Balanced Rock, Castleford, Idaho
 5. Tell us one song you love with the word 'baby' in the title.

Honestly, I can't think of any song that I "love" which meets that criteria.  But below is a baby that we love -- Jerusha, whom we met in person for the first time this visit.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

We have had a great two weeks of vacation in Nevada, Utah, and Idaho.  Now it's time to get back into the responsibilities and realities of everyday life.
Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah
No, we did not stay here.  Just got a couple of photos.
Downtown Elko, Nevada -- sporting many fiberglass boots to celebrate the city's Centennial.
Cloverleaf Creamery, Buhl, Idaho
Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

A few verses from Psalm 37

Lamoille Canyon, Nevada
As mentioned earlier, I am keeping my morning times in God's Word very simple during these weeks.  I'm doing simple Scripture journaling and finding it a real blessing in these enjoyable but hectic days.

Last Thursday I was reading in Psalm 37, verses 5 through 9 and found it such an encouragement for my particular situation.  Maybe it will be a blessing to someone else as well.

"Commit thy  way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
"And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself  because of  him who  prospereth in  his way, because of the  man  who   bringeth wicked devices to pass.
"Cease from anger and  forsake wrath wrath; fret not thyself  in any wise to  do evil.
"For evildoers shall be cut off; but those  that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth."

I found these to be  very encouraging  verses in light of  many of the  things I'm currently dealing with  in my life.  I can ...
* commit it all to  the Lord
* trust in Him
*rest in  Him
* wait patiently for Him
* refrain from fretting about anything
* cease from anger
* forsake wrath
.. because God will  bring it to pass.  He  will give clear guidance and direction  and will enable me to keep a shining testimony through  it all.

I'm  encouraged.  I hope that you are  too!