Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019
Last week my daughter Carrie, at Life on a Back Road, posted what she titled the "Tired Edition" of Friday Five. This week, I've got to admit that I'm feeling pretty much like that myself. But to continue ...
1. Time last Friday evening with our dear friends Sam and Jenn. Just a joyful time of sharing a meal and simple Bible study. (This seems to appear in my Friday five often, because it's always such a blessing!)
Weekend baking report.
4. Getting out for a breakfast sandwich with my hubby yesterday at a favorite local spot. This was quite possibly the best breakfast sandwich I've ever consumed, made on a homemade English muffin.
5. Maple sugaring season getting underway here in New Hampshire. There is nothing like real maple syrup! The illustration at the top of this post is from a Tasha Tudor calendar, and she depicts what I remember from my childhood very well. This is Maple Weekend in our state, and thankfully the sap has started to run so there will be sap to boil in the sugarhouses this weekend. Mr. T and I are hoping to visit a friend's sugarhouse, but we will see!
And that wraps up this week's Friday five!
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Monday, March 18, 2019
|Photo from Taste of Home|
All of the baked goods went over well, but this Chocolate Chai Tea Loaf was absolutely amazing. Thankfully I had left one smaller loaf at home!
I made just a couple of tiny changes in this recipe which is linked above. Instead of 2 ounces of chopped semisweet chocolate, I just used 2 ounces (1/3 cup) of semisweet chocolate chips because it was simpler. Also -- the chai latte tea mix (Oregon Chai) I used came in packets, so I measured it by the tablespoon right from the packet. When it came to the frosting, the recipe called for only 1 tablespoon, but there was more than that left in the package -- nearly another tablespoon, I would say. I just used it all in the frosting rather than have a small amount left in the packet. No doubt it gave the frosting a more pronounced flavor of tea and spices, but it was delicious! Also, I made this recipe gluten free by means of the Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten free baking flour.
🍓🍓🍓Since yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, I also took along a pan of Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread which also went over very well. It goes over well at home, so I was pretty sure people at church would also enjoy it. This recipe doesn't rise as high as traditional Irish soda bread, but it has a rugged rustic look.
🍓🍓🍓And then lastly I made a pan of very simple Cheese Danish. Here is what you need for this recipe:
SIMPLE CHEESE DANISH SQUARES
2 cans crescent roll dough
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup melted butter
Cinnamon-sugar for the top
Unroll 1 can of the crescent rolls and press into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9 pan. Press carefully to seal all of the perforations.
In a bowl combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. A beater will work but using a wooden spoon works just as well. Spread the cream cheese over the dough in the pan.
Open the second can of crescent rolls and arrange the dough over the top. Seal perforations if you can, but you don't have to get too finicky about it.
Spread the melted butter over the top as evenly as you can, then sprinkle liberally with cinnamon-sugar. Bake at 350º for 25 to 30 minutes.
These always go over well. I have a perfectly wonderful recipe for traditional Cheese Danish pastries (find it here: Cheese Danish) but it is a lot of work. I may make those for Easter, but for just an ordinary Sunday the quick recipe works fine.
And that was my weekend baking! You might enjoy trying these recipes, too.
Friday, March 15, 2019
|Wonderful graphic from Abby at Little Birdie Blessings|
1. Nice warm temperatures so we could get out and walk several days this week.
🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀2. A busy but blessed day on Sunday. Although our pianists are away at college, we do have accompaniment from a guitar (sometimes two), penny whistle, and now a trombone as a young man who has recently joined us plays that instrument. It's really quite surprising how nice they all sound together! And it is light-years better than no accompaniment!
🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀3. Seeing God provide strength and wisdom for very busy days this week.
🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀4. New contacts in our pastoral search. Who knows where any of them will go, but it's just a blessing to be reminded that God has the right man out there and will bring him to us in His timing.
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5. Seeing answers to prayer this week including this very simple prayer that God would give my daughter some blogging time. She has blogged frequently in the past week and even joined in on the Wednesday Medley! Visit her blog here: Life on a Back Road.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019
Little Birdie Blessings.
I didn't find time to do a Friday five post this past week. I really missed it. So today I'm doing "Monday musings" instead, just jumping into what my friend Arlene calls The Stream (as in stream of consciousness). The only streams actually running up here in New Hampshire right now are on the roadsides, as yesterday's snow melts in today's warm sun. And I actually dipped a toe -- really, my entire foot -- into more than one of those on my walk this morning. My socks and sneakers were soaked.
So, in no particular order, here are a few things from today and the past week. No idea if I'll end up with five, six, or three. This is the stream, after all.
1.Slow Cooker Clam Chowder!
|Photo from The Spruce|
2. Courage -- yep, my word for 2019 -- for the above-mentioned dental procedure.
|from Little Birdie Blessings|
3. Essaic Tea. Link and photo are both from Amazon.
4. A few (a very few) minutes for creativity this past weekend. I enjoy using free printables to add a seasonal touch to a picture frame in our front hallway. I wanted one with a maple sugaring theme and ended up putting together one of my own using Canva. Not 100% sure if I will stick with this one or make another, but for now, this one, using an image from a vintage Christmas card, is framed and on the wall and I'm enjoying it.
6. The comfort God has given as we lost a dear friend early Friday morning. We are rejoicing for him, but it's hard for those left behind, and his widow particularly needs our prayers. However, we will see our dear brother in the Lord again some day!
|Another from Abby|
7. Another free photo book code from Shutterfly that enabled me to make a second one of these:
Thursday, March 07, 2019
I’ve been working through a Scripture journaling schedule for March, from Heidi St. John. It’s titled “Legacy: A Life Well Lived.” A good goal for any of us, but the older I grow the more conscious I become of the importance of leaving a spiritual legacy.
Today’s passage of Scripture was Proverbs 3:1-8. As I wrote it out and then journaled through it using the SOAP method of Bible study, I knew that God wanted me to share this with you, my blog readers. So here goes:
S= "My son, forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments.
"For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
"Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.
"So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.
"In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
"Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
"It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones."
O= I noticed in my Scofield study Bible that Scofield had titled chapter 3 “The rewards of wisdom”. So as I read verses 1-8, I mentally broke down the verses into two categories: wise actions and their rewards.
Verse 1: Wise actions: Don’t forget God’s law; keep His commandments from the heart.
Verse 2: Their rewards: Length of days; long life; peace.
Verse 3: Wise actions: Don’t forsake mercy and truth; bind them to you; write them upon your heart.
Verse 4: Their rewards: You will find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Verse 5-6a: Wise actions: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t lean to your own understanding; Acknowledge God in all your ways.
Verse 6: Their rewards: God will direct your paths.
Verse 7: Wise actions: Don’t be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord; depart from evil.
Verse 8: Their rewards: Good spiritual health; excellent spiritual nourishment.
A= The application is pretty obvious. Pay attention to God’s Word. Take it into your heart and make it a part of your life. Don’t be wise in your own eyes or try to lean to your own understanding. Instead, fear the Lord, trust in Him, and depart from evil.
As we do these things, we will find favor with God, experience His leading and guidance, and see Him bless us with vibrant spiritual health. Who wouldn’t want that?
P= "Lord, I thank and praise You for giving me these verses this morning. They are a blessing and an encouragement to me, and exactly what I need to counsel someone else today. I thank You in Jesus' name, Amen."
Does this seem too basic? I think I would go beyond basic and say that it's absolutely vital. A person could chew on all of this for a lifetime, it seems to me. I hope that these simple thoughts have been a blessing to someone else today!
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Friday, March 01, 2019
Still loads of snow up here in New Hampshire. March is usually still very much winter in this part of our state. So I'm not altering a lot with my decorating right now. The lighted village in the living room and the little glittery buildings on the hutch will stay for now. Next week, maybe I'll add some maple sugaring items to the decor and possibly a bit of green and white as a nod to St. Patrick, but that will be it.
Okay, on to the Friday five:
1. Being able to get out for a nice walk last Friday. Good thing, as it was my last chance for awhile. This week has either been snowing or extremely cold and windy. Today looks good and I'm hoping for a walk, but we'll see. Plenty to occupy me indoors, but oh, that sun! (Edited to add: I did get out for a walk today! We were out for about an hour and it was great.)
2. Getting to have breakfast with my hubby at Cracker Barrel last Saturday! We both chose something we have never ordered before ... Grandma's Sampler. It was scrumptious. He chose hash brown casserole to go with his sampler and I picked fried apples; then we shared the side dishes.
3. Mr. T ended up with Monday off from work unexpectedly. He was thankful to be able to accomplish several important tasks and some extra Bible study and message preparation. And then we spent the afternoon sorting and purging at my childhood home. Some things are very hard to throw away, but I'm nearly always able to grit my teeth and do it if the item isn't usable or salable. We also took a trip to the thrift store and book drop as well as a furniture consignment place.
4. Lovely visit with my Nevada daughter (the one at left below) by phone on Tuesday. So thankful we've set a time to consistently chat. Before we decided on that, our communication was very hit or miss.
|Both of my girls in Nevada this past fall|
And now I'd better hit "publish" while it's still Friday ...