Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas to all


But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."


Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy your families. Remember to enjoy each moment with family and friends. I hope you each take time to remember Jesus this day and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Celebrating The "ONE" true reason for Christmas "JESUS"



"Here I Am To Worship"

Light of the world, You step down into darkness.
Opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore you hope of a life spent with you.

[Chorus]
And here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you're my God,
You're altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.

King of all days,
Oh so highly exalted Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly you came to the earth you created.
All for love's sake became poor.

[Chorus]
Here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you're my God,
You're altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.

I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.
I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.
And I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.
No I'll never know how much it cost to se my sin upon that cross.

[Chorus]
Here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you're my God,
You're altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.
So Here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you're my God,

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas





It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold;
“Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From Heaven’s all gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever over its Babel sounds
The bless├Ęd angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love-song which they bring;
O hush the noise, ye men of strife
And hear the angels sing.

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
And hear the angels sing!

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet-bards foretold,
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Angels We Have Heard On High





Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Refrain

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Refrain

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

Refrain

Children's First Ornaments


Holiday Crafts



Holiday Decorating Fun


Sunday, December 16, 2007

We Fall Down



Chris Tomlin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEswcXc-CCU

We Fall Down Lyrics


We fall down
We lay our crowns
At the feet of Jesus

The greatness of
Mercy and love
At the feet of Jesus

We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
Is the lamb

We fall down
We lay our crowns
At the feet of Jesus

The greatness of
Mercy and love


At the feet of Jesus

We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
Is the lamb

We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
Is the lamb

My Jesus, I love you
I know thou are mine
To thee all the follies of sin I resent
My gracious redeemer
My savior, art thou
If ever I'll love you
My Jesus tis now

My kind of Christmas Song

I know that this is not considered a Christmas song but it should be. I hope you take the time to read the words then click on the link and hear a wonderful rendintion of this song. The song starts 6 minutes into the video.

mms://fpcalex.wmod.llnwd.net/a157/o1/DoYouHearWhatIHear300k.wmv

Living Word lyrics

By : Hammond Fred

Bread of heaven sent down from glory,
Many things you were on earth,
A holy king a carpenter,

You are the living word

Bread of heaven, sent down from Glory
Many things you were on earth,
A holy king a carpenter,

You are the living word

(2x)
Awesome ruler gentle redeemer,
God with us the living truth,
And what a friend we have in you,

you are the living word

(2x)
Jesus Jesus, thats what we call you,
Manger born but on a tree,
You died to save humanity

you are the living word

(2x)
oh oh oh,
oh oh oh oh oh,
oh oh oh,
oh oh oh,oh oh

ohhh oh

you are the living word

(2x)
Jesus Jesus
that's what we call you,
Jesus Jesus Lord
oh oh oh oh oh oh
ohhhhhh oh

you are the living word

Monday, December 10, 2007

Keeping the Holiday's in Perspective



"I want that" This time of year I seem to hear that statement a lot. So to help the family keep the Holiday's in there true perspective we volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house. This is a wonderful organization and outreach. Families are able to live in a somewhat home environment while their children are receiving treatment. Most patients have severe life threatening illness. It was a joy to be able to feed these families and have the children sing Christmas songs. I watched my girls play and laugh with very sick children. For that moment no one was sick they were just children laughing and having fun. I watched as a little boy decided he would eat some macaroni and cheese and then come and ask for some more. What joy it was to see someone enjoy something so simple. I also saw a hurting mother trying to be the martyr. She would not accept the food and appeared to have been crying. I relate to her the most. Mothers through time have been the ones to solve the childrens problems and take away the hurts. The Holidays seemed different after that visit. We were thanked for helping but I had to stop and thank them for allowing us to come. I am a grateful mother.

If anyone is interested I found a wish list on the Ronald McDonald house website

http://www.rmhmemphis.org/Wish%20List.htm

Daddy's input

Negative calorie foods? I don't know but here is an article with Fifteen Foods that Burn more calories than they contain. My husband sent this article to me.

Enjoy.

http://lifehacker.com/software/food/fifteen-foods-that-burn-more-calories-than-they-contain-331319.php

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Homemade whole wheat cinnamon rolls



This recipe is from "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" cookbook. Favorite recipes from the Belle Center Amish Community.

2 pkg. active dry yeast
2 1/2 cup warm water
4 Tbsp. shortening ( I use olive oil)
2 tsp salt
6 cup whole "white" wheat
1/4 cup honey

Dissolve yeast in water. Stir in honey. Add shortening (olive oil) and salt and 2 cup flour. Mix well. Stir in remaining flour and let rise (approx. 45 min.) until double in bulk. Punch down well. Let rise again. Roll out and put in pans. I let it rise again. Makes 2 large loaves or 3 small ones. Bake at 375 for 30 - 35 min.


To make the cinnamon rolls I used half the dough and rolled it flat added melted butter, cinnamon and sugar. Roll the dough up and slice into rolls. Place rolls in a baking pan. Allow to rise. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 min. Glaze is powdered sugar and 3 tsp of milk.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Daddy's input

http://www.pgacon.com/KitchenMyths.htm

My husband emailed me this article about Kitchen Myths. I think you will enjoy reading it.

Peace




I had sat my camera on the kitchen counter. When I looked down at the camera this is the picture I saw. I think this is a peaceful picture of my kitchen.

What's for supper?




The last two nights supper has been fresh blackeyed peas, cornbread dressing, homemade bread, and cranberry sauce.
We have been cooking from what is in the pantry. This is a good way to save money and use up things left in the house.

Monday, December 3, 2007

A Picture Guide of how to make Bread

Picture of the ingredients I used


2 pkg. active dry yeast
2 1/2 cup warm water
4 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey

This is with 2 cups unbleached bread flour and the above ingredients listed
This is with 4 cups unbleached bread flour


This is with 6 cups flour (4 cups unbleached bread flour and 2 cups white wheat)


Mixing it together but not completely kneeding see how sticky


Transfered mixture to another bowl and poured olive oil on top
Covered with a towel and placed in a warm spot in my kitchen for 45 min.


Spray loaf pans with no stick cooking spray


Dough after 1 hour note: Dough was punched down and allowed to rise again before going to next step (pictures omited)



Dough taken out of the bowl and laid on the kitchen counter
Dough cut in half for 2 loves


Dough rolled out with flour added to the counter and rolling pin


Bread shaped into loaves and placed in pans


Dough after rising 40 min
Bread after being baked at 375 for 35 min. then buttered on top

Bread covered and allowed to cool


Bread cut


Slice of Bread

Friday, November 30, 2007

Enjoying the Lights


Celebrating Traditions



This week my family Celebrated a Family Tradition. As a family we went to our local town square for the turning on of the Christmas Lights. This is a wonderful time in our town and reminds me of why we live here. The town gave away hot chocolate and marshmallows and special Holiday Specs that make every light look like a snow flake. The mayor which I happen to know came and spent some time talking to our family. The sounds of the season were prevalent with a Mass Children's Choir. After a count down the lights were turned on. With the lights on the town square begins to have a magical feel. There is something very special about walking around looking at Christmas light sipping hot chocolate while listening to Holiday music.

I believe families need traditions. This is one our family shares and our children and us as a whole look forward to this each year. There is a good article by L L O Y D D. N E W E L L entitled Traditions a foundation for Strong Families. In the article he list reasons traditions are good for families.

Traditions are a source of strength
Traditions are a source of identity
Traditions are a source of connection between generations
Traditions allow families to examine themselves and their customs
Traditions are a source of faith and meaning

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:sCBQbwViz3YJ:marriageandfamilies.byu.edu/issues/1999/December/traditions.htm+christian+family%27s+need+tradition&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us&client=safari

Thursday, November 29, 2007

1951 Westinghouse Mixer





On Thanksgiving my father brought me an interesting gift. I am now the owner of a 1951 Westinghouse Mixer. The interesting thing is that the mixer works. Now I need to decide what to do with it.

What's for supper?




Tonight we are having White Chili with lime, sour cream, cheese and blue corn chips. For dessert we are having fudge.

White Chili

3 cans drained and rinsed canellini beans
1 onion diced
3 tsp garlic
2 Tablespoons butter
4 cups chicken broth more as needed
1 small can green chilies

1 full chicken breast
1 chicken drumstick

boil and shred chicken

Saute onion and garlic in butter. Add chicken broth and canellini beans.

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cilantro

In a large heavy pot saute onion and garlic, Add the beans, the 4 cups broth, chilies, oregano, cayenne and cilantro and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, adding more broth as needed, until the beans are very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Add the shredded chicken and continue to simmer. Serve with tortilla chips, Cheese and sour cream. I think a squeeze of lime would also go well with this Chili. We also will add Louisiana Hot sauce to taste to our bowls.

Making boxed cereal healthy




I have one child that loves any type of cinnamon cereal. I have 2 others that love almost all cereals. So I decided to buy a box of bran flakes and a box of cinnamon life and alter the two in a container. I think it goes without saying that there is more bran cereal than cinnamon. My children love mommy's cereal mix.

The Reason




We have begun Christmas decorating and gift buying. Although gift giving is fun. Especially for 3 little girls gift receiving is fun. But I also want them to remember the real reason for Christmas. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of JESUS. I am working on helping my family remember the True Reason for the Season. JESUS