Thursday, April 1, 2010

Resurrection Cookies/Easter Story Cookies

Hello my friends!!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

It is absoulutely gorgeous today!!!

Sunny, in the 80's!!!
Alabama the Beautiful at it's finest!!!


I'm so super excited today to tell you that I was informed last night that I have won something!!!

My first Blog contest win!!!!
YAY!!!!!!

And the best part is that I know its a
'God Thang'!!!

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when I lost
my new French Decorating Book because I
left it on the back of my Car?
Well, now I'm getting a new book!

I won The New Book from Country Living!
Country Color Combinations


from Stephanie over at
I'm so super excited!
Make sure you visit her over there!
She has an absolutely wonderful site
and you will want to follow her I'm sure!!!
Thanks again Stephanie!
I'll be like a little kid now,
checking to see if I've got it yet!!!
Are you all ready for Easter?
I sure am but above all,
I'm so Thankful and Humbled by
the gift that we celebrate on Easter.
The gift of Eternal Life through
the Death and Resurrection
of Jesus Christ!
I wanted to share with you
a recipe I just love
and can't wait to try out with
my little ones on Saturday night.
I have seen several different versions
of this recipe,
But this one from
is the best in my opinion.
These are her words and photos.
I wanted to share them with you exactly
so nothing would be missed.



Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Wednesdays with Wanda
My mom was the first food editor for Home Life Magazine from 1993-96.

Every month, she would submit an article for the magazine. One of her favorite recipes that she submitted was “Easter Story Cookies”.

If you “google” Easter Story Cookies”, there will be several links to other websites that mention Mom’s article as their source for this recipe.




Some people refer to these as Resurrection Cookies. They are a great activity to do with small children to help them understand and remember the true meaning of Easter.

You will need:


Your family Bible
1 cup sugar
1 cup whole pecans
1 zip-lock baggie

1 wooden spoon
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
tape

Preheat oven to 300° F.

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.



Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head, and they put a royal purple robe on him. "Hail! King of the Jews!" they mocked, and they hit him with their fists.

John 19:1-3

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.


The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.




A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.

Luke 23:27

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know we belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him

Psalm 34:8

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah1:18 and John 3:1-3.

“Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD.
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Isaiah 1:18

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

John 3:1-3

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Matthew 27:57-60



Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.


"Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how." So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Matthew 27:65-66

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20-22.

I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

John 16:20-22

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.


Matthew 28:1-9




What a fun and delicious way to celebrate the Easter Story!


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So....


What ya think?


Are we gonna take the time out with our kiddo's to make these?


I am.


I intended to last year, but didn't.


Yet, we did manage to get Easter Eggs dyed.

HMMMMMM......


And I want my kids to have the Easter Story Fresh in their minds before they wake up


Before the 'Easter Bunny'.


And which is more important?!!!!


You got it.


I really wanna say a huge THANK YOU to Traci over at http://beneathmyheart.blogspot.com/.


And don't forget to check out her

Wednesdays with Wanda posts!

I'm going to try to make Wanda's recipe for

Poppy Seed Bread


to Bless some people in the next couple days.


It looks delish!!!!



Thank you so much for reading my friends


And I hope you have a wonderful Easter Weekend!!!

God Bless You All!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Why?

Why would anybody sale something like this?

I have no idea.

But their loss,
is most definitely my gain!
I found these today at a yard sale for $1. $1!!!!!!!




I love them!
I have some that are not on a stand at home.
I bought them at an estate sale years ago
and I have another pair that's made into a lamp
(why, I have no idea).
I just had to show you what someone would sell for a dollar.
I guess there are people who are not as sentimental as I am.
What about you?
Did your mother have your baby shoes bronzed?
Or are you more like me,
Lucky to have a couple of my baby pics at all!!!?????
Maybe that's why I'm so sentimental!
Hmmmmmm.....


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mark Twain

A few years ago,
When I had some serious decisions to make,
but I was so scared that I would make a terrible mistake,
one of my friends quoted an elderly friend of his as saying,
'When your old, and you look back at your life,
you don't regret the things you tried and failed,
you regret the things you never tried.'
So I went for it.
Times have not always been easy.
As a matter of fact,
there have probably been more hard times than easy times,
but I've always went back to that statement.
And I don't regret the decision I made
to go for it!
Well today, I came across a quote that was so similar to that quote.
But this one was attributed to Mark Twain....
'Twenty years from now
you will be more disappointed
buy the things you didn't do
than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines,
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
Wow, I love that.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

What Every Woman Should Know

I came across this piece yesterday,
'30 things Every Woman should know and have before she's 30'.
And while I've read version's of it before,
several things in it really clicked this time.
It could be, that the older
(and wiser)
I get,
the more relevance it has to my life.
I looked it up
and it was originally written
in 1997
by Pamela Redmond Satran
in the Glamour Magazine.
I read her original,
And I changed the title to
'What Every Woman Should Know and Have'
Because all of us didn't know
and have these things by 30.
Some of us are still working on them.
Then I added a few lines from others
I've read,
and then I added a couple of my own.
I'd love for you to comment and leave some
of your words of wisdom that
you've learned along the way as well.
Or even some that we're all still striving for.
As I age and mature
I'm finding out that life is SO far from perfect!
But that it is a wonderful life to live!
So here it is, Enjoy....
What Every Woman should have:


1.One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

2.A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

3.Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

4.A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.

5.A youth you’re content to move beyond.

6.A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

7.The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.

8.An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.

9.A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
10.One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11.A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.

12.Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

13.The belief that you deserve it.

14.A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

15.A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better.
16. Enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to.
16.A feeling of control over her destiny.
17. A good friend that will help you move and a best friend that will help you move a body!


What Every Woman Should Know:


1.How to fall in love without losing yourself.

2.How you feel about having kids, and if you've already raised your kids, the peace in knowing
you did the best you could.

3.How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.

4.When to try harder and when to walk away.

5.How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

6.The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.

7.How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8.How to take control of your own birthday.

9.That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.

10.That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.

11.What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

12.That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.

13.Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.

14.Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.

15.Why they say life begins at 30.
16. Where to go when your soul needs soothing; be it to her best friend's kitchen table, or a charming Inn in the woods.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Browsing around at Anthropology


Hello My Bloggy Friends.


I thought I would share with you some photos
I snapped (with my cell phone)
a couple weekends ago
when I was privileged enough
to get to go to the Anthropology store
at a nearby outside Shopping Center.



Its always a treat for me to go
and get wonderful ideas
of how they can make the simple,
utilitarian pieces,
and make them extraordinary!

Often, just by how they arrange their merchandise.

My wonderful, patient,
and loving husband
as well as my two youngest,
well behaved children
accompanied me on this venture,


however, they all gave out
after a few minutes
and just sat down on some
of the wonderful pieces of worn
and comfortable pieces of furniture
they happen to have there
(I wonder if that's happened before? HMMMM).

Anyhoo, on this trip,
I actually got to buy something there!!!

Which is actually,
I'm almost ashamed to say it....

the first time, EVER
at this wonderful store!!!
(but I hope not the last!)

Remember, I posted a this pic of this a couple weeks ago?


These spice jars were on clearance


for under $2 each!!!!

I know....

Don't hate me.

I tried to find numbers in order,
but I was too late for that.

So I just went for random numbers.

But actually,

now that I have them,

I like the random numbers better!!!


My 8 year old son, Jonah,

used his $2 he had saved to buy himself one.

Takin' after his mama.

I'm so proud!

He has his jar

in his room

with his very smallest rocks in his collection.

So after I looked through the store once,

I then went through and snapped a few pics

to share with you.

How great is this mirror on an old door!!!!

This looks just like one of those

70's Gold Mirrors

you find at garage sales all the time!!!!

But the paint and distressing makes all the difference!!!

I can recreate this one for sure!!!!


And there is my cute (and sometimes goofy)

husband's reflection

in the awesome mirror.




Moss covered foam block?!!!!


Ahhhhh, yeah, I think I can do that!!!!


Moss covered foam ball???


Yeah again!!!!





I like these shelves,

and if you will look closer at the way the pitcher is hanging....





Looks like iron S hooks,


Love those.


Do you see the spoon?


Here it is close up....

Really cute idea to stamp

old silver or silver plate spoons
to label plants.
I love that idea!!!

Random cuteness!








That cute little decorator
over there looking at knobs is
my Jonah.



I love the primitive boxes used as a shelves.





Well, there he is again!!!


And there is my most beautiful daughter, Deidra.
She's 12 and she informed me that
she LOVES this bed!
I think you can really mix and match
anything you like these days!!!!
Who would have ever thought ruffles would come back?
Especially on the front of blouses????!!!!

They say that home design
follows fashion design.
I guess the comforter and
lots of the pillows I've seen lately
proves thats true!!!




And this last pic is of the store next door
that my pre-teen dragged me into.
Oh Lord, help me!
Goin on 16!!!

Well,

I hope you enjoyed our little tour of
Anthropology.

I have now officially subscribed to their
catalog,

and actually already gotten it in the mail.

But it's not as good as the store,

moss covered outside walls and all.


Luv it!!!
.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My Poor Poor Book

Do you ever feel like saying,
Why me?
I'm sure you do,
everybody does, right?
Well I have kind of a funny story for you.
I have been drooling over a huge,
hand blown cloche
at Trish Land for MONTHS now.
They are beautiful as well as expensive.
So I finally put one on lay-a-way.
I thought....
I won't feel as guilty,
if I just pay maybe $5 here and there.
Well, God stepped in.
I had gotten some really cool
Enamel French House Numbers
from a Rummage Sale
and when I took them in for my friend
to see that owns the shop...
She just had to have them!
She basically said I wasn't leaving with them.
Don't get me wrong,
I LIKED them,
and I'm really sure I coulda' took her
if it had come down to it...
But to save all that.......
I traded her for the beautiful Cloche
I've been wanting.........

(Sorry, bad pics, took with my cell phone)

and she also threw in several

other things in to make it EVEN MORE

appealing to me.

One thing that closed the deal

was this DELIGHTFUL French Decorating Book.


The LAST one in the store I have to say.
I loved it!!!
It was LOADED
with wonderful photographs
that I had only begun to explore.
Yes....
I said had.
Yesterday,
In my haste to get home from work
and unload the car
to get 2 kids to
2 separate ball practices,
on 2 completely different sides of town.....
I (notice I have NO ONE else to blame here)
must have left my prized book
and a Victoria magazine on the back of my car.
I didn't even think of it
until we got to the ball field
and I started to look for it
so I could longingly savor the glorious photographs of France and all the wonderful
decorating that is only French
while my kids played in the red dirt.
So I called our 17yr old son
still at home,
he went to the street to look for it for me.
He found the Victoria magazine,
that I had gotten at the THRIFT STORE
by the way.
My book, however,
my $40 book
that I probably wouldn't,
in a million years,
buy for myself,
gone.
Not a sign of it anywhere.
Oh well,
easy come.........

Apothocary Jars -n- eggs

Hello My Friends.
I hope you are all are having a wonderful day!!!
Can you believe it's finally turning spring?!!!!
I'm so glad!!!!
Although..... in my world.....
this means freezing while watching the kids at baseball/softball practices!!!!
I mean....Burrrrrrrrr!!!!!!
But pretty soon.....
We'll all be so hot and sunburned and we will wish for just a little breeze!!!!!
I haven't done a lot of
Easter Decorating yet.......
even though......
I've had the best of intentions!!!!
I did do a quick project for a table at my office.
I thought you might like to have a peek!!!!
My Supplies......

These apothecary jars I got at TJ Maxx

a while back.

I love the size of these

and they were very inexpensive!!!

One of them is a little uneven

on the bottom

and will rock back and forth just a little bit...

but that doesn't bother me in the least!!!

Do you know how many ways you can use an apothecary jar!!!!!!

The possibilities are endless!!!

I had some of these other things

from left over projects at home.

The little eggs and chicks

are on sale at Hobby Lobby and

are about a dollar!!!!

For the whole pack!!!


I just layered
some of the spanish moss
and green moss
and put in some of the eggs and chicks in.
Cute huh?
These cute rabbits I found about a month ago at the Thrift Store.
Mrs. Rabbit needs a little basket or something.


Here's the whole little scene so far.


I know I will probably add some more fufu

but I though they turned out to be cute.

I purchased the Amazing Grace plaque

with the rusty nail

last year for the office,

and I've kept it out all year.


I'll probably end up taking one of these jars


home and paring each one with a cloche.

I think that will look good,

but I thought I'd give you a quick,

easy and cheap idea to decorate for Easter.


Have you started decorating yet?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mooresville and Belle Mina

Hello my friends!!!!
I hope all of you are having a wonderful day!!!
I thought I would share a few photo's that I shot this last weekend in a historic town within 15 minutes of my house!!!
Most of these were taken at Historic Mooresville and the ones of the little white church were taken about 5 minutes away from there at Belle Mina.
I hope you Enjoy!!!!































Wow!!!!
I'm amazed and astounded at the beauty surrounding me.
Sometimes, we're just too busy to notice it!!!
I also took some at a historic Civil War Home.
I'll try to post a few of those tomorrow!!!
Until then!!!








Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How to make a terrarium

I have fallen in love with all the French/Country/Farmhouse decorating.
I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that I can use what I have on hand.
Things I've inherited or thrifted or someone passed on to me because they didn't want it anymore!
These are the things most people
wouldn't find appealing at all.
But somehow, once you get it arranged.
And as Christopher Lowell used to say, you put your hand to it.
Suddenly, it takes on a new life
And people will say,
"I would have never thought to do that"
Sometimes,
I wouldn't either.
Sometimes its just a happy accident,
or I have copied something I've seen in a magazine or on blog!
I just look around
and see what I have
or what I can make that is similar,
then I just start,
and somehow.....
it just comes together!
So today, just because I am so happy
to finally have it finished...
I'm going to show you the terrarium I just finished this past weekend.
It all started with this pile of stuff !
I just went around my house trying to find some rustic things....

I had found the small spice jars

on clearance at Anthropology !!!!!

(which I love, love, love, but normally can't afford).

I think this brass thing

is an old watering can.

I just love the look of it!!!

I found it a few weeks ago at the SA for $1.25!!!!

Yes, I said $1.25!

The rocks and round decorative pieces I got at a yard sale I think last year.

The moss, bird nest, and robin eggs

I purchased recently

(very inexpensively)

to use in Easter Decorations.

And the plants I got from one of my FAVORITE local stores called Trish Land!

I will be featuring this wonderful place soon!

I have to show you what wonderful things

they have!

I think me and the owner Trish

are kindred spirits!

Because we love all the same things!

She also has a wonderful eye

and an amazing gift!!!

She can just place things and make them look FABULOUS!!!!

And here is the terrarium I'm going to use. Isn't it cute?!!!!!

I know, I love it without anything in it!!!

So, I just started adding stuff in,
Spanish moss on the bottom for filler....
Then some green moss...
Then stuff.....
Then more stuff......
And before long (like 5 minutes)
it turned out to look like this!


I know, cute huh?!!!!

The bell cloche in the top on the right

is an old candle holder turned upside down

that used to sit in a wire base.




I did add a couple more things to the back right corner after this pic was taken.


My youngest son, Jonah, went out and found some 'nature' things he wanted me to add in.

What a sweetie pie he is!









Do you see the

small terracotta pot
right in the middle?
It is some wheat grass
Jonah and I are waiting to grow.
My friend Trish I was just telling you about
grows this grass from seeds
in all sorts of containers
and it is just beautiful!!!
I was in the other day and she planted some
in this little pot so me and my little ones
could watch how fast and easy it grows.
Its just been a couple days
since I took this pic
and its grown like 2 inches!!!!




So that's all there is to it!!!

Just use what you have,
add a couple plants
and you have a one of a kind terrarium!!
I love mine!!!
And the plants do too!!!
They thrive in their glass house!!!
You hardly have to water them at all!!!
I try to just check every day or two
and I keep a spray bottle handy
and just give um a mist or two
if they look thursty or feel dry.
So now......
I wanna see yours!!!!!