Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July 11 Hodgepodge


Lovely Scripture graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
 Yes, it's Wednesday again, so it's time for the Hodgepodge with Joyce and friends at From This Side of the Pond

Why not join in this week? Just head on over, copy the questions, then paste and answer them on your own blog.  Go back over to Joyce's to link up, and you're done!   Here are this week's questions: 

1. What's something in your house you'd like to get rid of but can't?

The awful musty odor that our old furniture takes on only when it's hot and humid outside.

2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia? Elaborate.

Every day this week as I've been working on Christmas in July posts for my Christmas blog, I've found myself wallowing in nostalgia for the 1950s and 1960s.  Several of the posts have to do with memorabilia I've been finding as I sort and sell items from my childhood home.

3. You're only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet...which three do you keep?

I don't have a smart phone and have only a very few apps on my tablet.   There are really only two apps I would not want to be without: Pinterest and Instagram.  I use my jigsaw puzzles app often, too, but I could do without it.

4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? What's the last thing you baked?

I do like blueberry muffins (especially made with fresh blueberries and warm from the oven) but they are not my top favorite.  

If I were going to buy a muffin I would choose the raisin bran or the gingerbread variety from our local supermarket bakery. 

If I were baking muffins I might choose a banana muffin with chocolate chips, an almond joy muffin, or a raspberry almond muffin.  Here's the link for the first one: Gluten free chocolate chip banana muffins.  You can find the others in this post, along with a bunch of my other favorite breakfast recipes.

The last thing I baked was a pan of brownies last Thursday morning, to take to an event at church that evening.
Almond Joy Muffins
5. What's the biggest way you've changed since you were a child? In what way are you still the same?

Biggest and most complete way I've changed: becoming a different person since trusting Jesus as Savior.   A few of the smaller ways: I can eat eggs now (though the whites need to be mixed in); I can deal with bullies without crying; I can't walk on hot asphalt in bare feet as I used to then; I still like to read but my nose is not always in a book.

How I'm still the same -- I know I'll forget many ways, but here are a few: I still love color and beauty and nature -- only now I know Whom to thank.  I still love Christmas (only now I understand what it's all about!) and family traditions.  I still love lakes and still wish I had a cottage on a lake shore.  I still love long walks, music, wildflowers, cooking and baking. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

If you haven't visited my Christmas blog this month,  you might like to visit for Christmas in July.  I've been busily writing and scheduling posts, and just barely staying ahead of the game.  There are all sorts of ideas that might interest you.  Later in the month I'll be announcing a Christmas in July sale at my Etsy shop, too.

So ends another Hodgepodge.  Happy Wednesday!

14 comments:

  1. I need to go and visit your Christmas blog...I always forget to check it. I love Christmas as well and I enjoy all your pictures of the good ole days...Christmas cards etc.

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    1. Yes, do go and visit. Lots of nostalgia this Christmas in July!

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  2. Enjoyed your answer to how you have changed/stayed the same. Jesus makes such a huge difference in life!

    I'm much the same as you when it comes to reading. My youngest daughter though ... she becomes seriously attached to what ever book she's reading and will carry it around the house, trying to read as she does other things. Yesterday I offered her a bookmark. She used it, but said, "So sad, having to use a quitter strip."
    Cracked me up!

    Blessings~

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    1. Thank you!!

      And thanks for the laugh, too. I initially read that as "quilter strip" and thought your daughter found it sad to use a fabric scrap as a bookmark! Another commenter set me straight.

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  3. I enjoyed your answers, especially #5 and those Almond Joy muffins do look fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. The muffins are good, but I definitely wouldn't bake them (or anything else) in this weather!

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  4. Your random thought - what a testament to the way the Lord changes us when we give our lives over to Him. <3

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    1. To God be the glory!

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  5. "I still love color and beauty and nature -- only now I know Whom to thank." That statement reminded me that I once heard a young man who declared himself an atheist, say that yes, he often had this sense of gratitude and awe, but didn't know who to thank. He just knew that it would definitely not be God. Such a shame, isn't it. Our hearts are only at rest when they rest in him. Who said that, or something like that? St. Augustine? Anyway, lovely post. Today I am thankful for you and all who love God and are part of the communion of saints. xo

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    1. I looked it up. Augustine said, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

      If only that young man's heart could find its rest in God. I find it incredibly sad that he knew he would definitely not thank God when he felt that sense of gratitude and awe.

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  6. Remember reading, but couldn’t remember commenting. I do love a good blueberry muffin and it would be my favorite. I am enjoying the Christmas blog. Loved the comment from A Joyful Chaos’s daughter calling a bookmark “a quitter strip.” I was far more of a reader once upon a time. Old eyes now are saved for blog reading. I use an audio feature to read Scriptures. Always a good read here...

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    1. You know when I read that comment about a bookmark I read "quilter strip" and thought she was using a scrap of fabric! "Quitter strip" is funny indeed. I have to quit after a page or two every night.

      Always a blessing to have you visit, my dear! So happy we could get to meet at last.

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  7. Selling items from your childhood home, sounds like a big job. Thank you for the heads up on our Christmas blog and Etsy shop, I will stop by.

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    1. It is indeed a big job and is going to take some time, but it's coming along.

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