Free Printable Antique Paper Doll

>> Monday, August 8, 2011

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Lessons from Little House

>> Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I just finished reading the Little House on the Prairie Series. I was struck by the faith and serenity of "Ma" Ingalls. The following is a quote from Little Town on the Prairie: Ma's words as recalled by her daughter Laura years later.

"This earthly life is a battle," said Ma. "If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another. It always has been so, and it always will be.The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off you are, and the more thankful for your pleasures."

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God Bless the USA

>> Monday, July 4, 2011

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Honoring our fathers

>> Friday, June 17, 2011

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My latest project

>> Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One of my old potholders had developed a hole around the bias tape. I could have simply sewed it on the machine, but I am not very good at mending bias tape. Instead,   I decided to  use my favorite craft: crochet. I am not quite done yet. I am going to add some of the blue and green to the boarder. This was also my first try at a Lazy Daisy embroidery stitch. My button hole stitch is getting better. And I love the monogram!


In honor of our vets....In Flanders fields by John McCrae

>> Monday, May 30, 2011

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,
... That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
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When you don't understamd ... trust God's heart

>> Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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Remembering Easter:

>> Sunday, May 1, 2011

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

in all seriousness, WHY should I gain from his reward?

I cannot give an answer

but more than ever, I know, I KNOW with all my heart

his wounds have paid my ransom.....
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Recipe: The pursuit of the perfect bread

>> Monday, April 11, 2011

I have been scouring the internet for a bread recipe that will be both easy and delicious. Most important, it needs to hold its own as a sandwich. I recently found a fabulous recipe. I have made it twice now and it is so simple, yet wonderful.  When it is raising and baking it smells like pizza dough. Drives you crazy with the good smell!

It is everything my family wanted: moist, soft crust, whole wheat, not too heavy. And everything I needed: all common ingredients, simple to make, adaptable to bread machine, and healthy.  Ideally it would be all wheat, but I have not found a whole wheat recipe that is not too heavy. I hate heavy bread. In fact, I am a white bread fan. But I am not a fan of the high blood sugar it gives me. So this seems a good compromise.

At first, I was worried about how to keep the bread from going bad, since it doesn't have any preservatives. Now I need to find a way to keep my family from consuming it all in one sitting!
At this rate I will be making a loaf each day!

The original recipe can be found here. I have changed it slightly.

 Honey Wheat Bread

2 t. yeast
1 cup water, 110º F
1/8 -1/4 c. honey
1 c whole wheat flour
2 c. white bread flour
1 t. salt
1/4 c olive oil

Fill a glass measuring cup with 1 cup tap water. Put candy thermometer in it. It should be between 105º and 115º BUT NOT ABOVE 120º or it will kill the yeast. If it is too cool, heat in microwave for a few seconds (maybe more, depending on your microwave); too hot, leave thermometer in dish and let cool. Once temp is in the correct range, add yeast. Squirt or pour honey into yeast mix--I just eyeball it. Stir to mix. Set timer for 10 minutes. Let sit to get foamy and bubbly.  You should be able to see the yeast getting active.

When timer goes off, pour yeast mix into bread machine bowl. Top with flours then salt. Spread flours out so it covers the yeast mix, if necessary. (I can't remember why I do this, but I do).  Pour oil on top last.

Set bread machine to dough setting.*

When machine is done (mine takes about 1.5 hours) remove from bread bowl. Place in conventional in greased bread loaf pan. Bake @ 350º for 30 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack immediately. Cool COMPLETELY before attempting to cut. This makes a big difference in getting good slices with no tearing.

Next, I am going to try another rise once the bread is in the loaf pan.

* I have also used the white bread setting and it turned out fine. I just like the crust better in the oven.

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I love FREE vintage graphics!

>> Thursday, February 3, 2011


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I'm still here

>> Saturday, January 15, 2011

I have been posting to my other blogs. Here is my latest post about a precious little doll I received as a Christmas gift when I was 5.

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