Saturday, January 13, 2018

Shoo Flu Bug Shoo!


Yes, the flu bug has landed. Shoo it away as I may, it is here to stay for another day or two.



It's first target was my husband.  He is finally on the mend and now the nasty bug has bitten me.

I can't really complain much.  I prayed so hard during the holidays that we would all be well for when the littles visited. And in my prayers I added that I would gladly bear any burden afterwards.  Well, chickens (and flu bugs) have come home to roost.

Time to rest by the fire and drink lemon and ginger tea.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Stinkin' Cute


It's that time of year to start working on Valentine's Day cards.  This year, I wanted to try something different.



Instead of making regular  4"x6" cards, I decided to make little valentines like the ones we used to give out in school years ago.

The picture above is the back of one of the valentines that I made.  A simple happy valentine's day says it all.

Here are a few of the valentine fronts that I made.


Fawn Lawn stamps
Black ink
Prismacolor Premier colored pencils
White cardstock
Valentine paper

I have fallen in love with Fawn Lawn stamps.  They have the most darling little animals and random objects that you can add faces to.♥

I have more in the works and will post them next week. xo

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Let's Build a Snowman!


I love these Marshmallow Snowmen that I ordered from Williams Sonoma.  Not only are they adorable, but they are delicious too!  Perfect for a hot cup of cocoa for children, grandchildren, and especially nanas!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Let's Stew About Saving!


I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o'clock in the morning.
~John Barrymore



John Barrymore has never tasted my stew.  Absolutely delicious and absolutely NO heartburn at any time.

Yesterday, I braved the cold and went to the market.  I decided that this year, I would try a new recipe each week. This week, the recipe was for stew.

Because I have much to do, I wanted a quick recipe that would be tasty and warm us up on the inside.  I found this recipe for Skillet Beef Stew at Taste of Home.  I changed the recipe some.  I used butter to brown the meat instead of canola oil and changed up the herbs a little.  This was so simple and quick to make and tasted really good.  I was not much of a stew person until now.

While I was at the market, I picked up a few great sale items.  I want to start the new year right and do my best to be a good steward of what God has provided for us.  As many of you know, I love to coupon.  You can really save so much money by doing so.  I know people sometimes say that it isn't worth their time or that they used to coupon but got out of the habit.  I hope that by posting some of my deals, I can encourage others to start or to pick it up again.

By using online coupons that I printed, I bought:

3 bottles of Tide Detergent, 38-40 oz each
3 4-packs of Dannon Light and Fit yogurt

The Tide was on sale for $4.88 each. It usually is $6.99 each.  I used three $2 coupons that doubled to $4 making each Tide cost only 88 cents each.

The Dannon Yogurt was on sale for Buy 1 Get 1 Free.  It usually is $2.50 each but with the sale it was $1.25 each.  I used three 75 cent coupons that doubled up to the $1.25 each making them all completely free!

My total for the 3 Tides and 3 4-packs of yogurt (I love the peach ones!) was only $2.64 plus tax.

My store always doubles 99 cent coupons and occasionally will double up to $2 ones.  When this happens, I pounce! You can also only use three like coupons per visit. I have three more of both the Tide and the Dannon Yogurt that I will use this weekend.

Couponing is so much fun and not difficult to do.  I hope that you try it and you will be surprised at how much you can save!

She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household (Proverbs 31:14-15a)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Closer Walk


A little fresh air would be good for you just now. The weather is lovely; and a little stroll in the park will bring the colour back to your cheeks.
~J. Palgrave Simpson, 1884



One of my goals for the new year is to cultivate a closer walk with God.  A daily quiet time spent in reading the Bible, prayer, and praise should be more of a priority than it is.  It's not that I forget to have a quiet time.  I tend to rush it or get distracted.  My mind wanders.

I love the above quote.  I think it mirrors our walk with God.  If we do not make time to nurture our relationship with Him, we can become disheartened, pale ~ spiritually anemic so to speak.  With God as center of our lives and as we daily walk with Him, we do have color back in our cheeks ~ we are renewed, rejuvenated, and our spirit joyful.

It has been a while since I have done a personal Bible study and I think now is the time.  I ordered Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experience.  Pam Farrel and Jean E. Jones are the authors of the study with illustrations by Karla Dornacher. I first learned about this study on Karla Dornacher's FB page.

I love her artwork and the reviews on this study are wonderful.  The study goes through the book of Psalms.  Included in each Psalm study chapter is a full size illustration to color  and a "margin-sized" book mark based on the coloring page.


I hope to start my study this week and bring more of God's color back to my cheeks.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

The Sprouting Garden of the New Year's Dawn

Hope and faith flower from the cheerful seeds of the old year to the sprouting garden of the new year's dawn.
~Terri Guillemets


Isn't this a lovely quote?  Picturing these words stirred in me an excitement for this new year.  I am not one for resolutions. I like to think of them more as goals.  Goals sound so encouraging. Resolutions sound so stifling to me.

My Goals for 2018

a closer walk with God

a healthier me

a better organized day, week, life, house

embracing creativity

Have you made any goals or resolutions for the New Year?