Friday, March 29, 2013

Because He Lives ...

Happy Easter Weekend everyone!

There's a song that keeps playing in my head that I want to share with you all.

I'm sure you've heard this song in church or maybe not, but it's lovely and always brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.

It beautifully describes the reason to celebrate Easter.

Why Jesus Christ is such an important person in our history.

Why He's an important person for our future.

And Why we can face anything in this world.

I pray that this song touches your heart and encourages you this holiday weekend.

"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.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."  - John 3:16-17



Because He Lives
written by Bill & Gloria Gaither

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

And then one day, I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to vict'ry,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!


Easter Blessings,

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Break Virus

We had Spring Break last week and it sure was beautiful!

The weather was absolutely perfect and we spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors.

Just as we were ending our fun-filled vacation week and preparing to get back into the saddle of our regular routine, a virus hit our little guy.

Ohhhh the virus...

The nasty-nasty horribly nasty virus!

My joyful and energetic chatterbox was resolved to laying on the couch all day every day for the past five days.

It sure is difficult watching your baby battle a virus.


My days were spent feeling his forehead, shoving a thermometer in his ear, coaxing him to swallow a syringe full of medicine, begging him to drink plenty of water, and praying for a healing.

While my nights were spent waking every two hours checking his forehead, shoving a thermometer in his ear, coaxing him into swallowing a syringe full of medicine, begging him to drink plenty of water, and still praying for a healing.


Today is the sixth day of this terrible virus and I'm PRAISING GOD that he made it through the day with only mild temperatures.

After two visits to the doctor, he finally appears to be on the mend......thank the good Lord!

Maybe tonight I'll wake up every three hours instead of every two to check his forehead, shove a thermometer in his ear, beg him to drink plenty of water, and continue to pray for a healing.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Maple Oat Nut Scone



After enjoying the Chocolate Chip Scones last weekend, I decided to search for a recipe of my most favorite scone ever ...

Starbuck's Maple Oat Nut Scones.

I luuuuv these!

I always check to see if they're in the display cases at Starbucks while ordering my Skinny Non-Fat Latte.

They're just perfect with a great cup of coffee.

They're filled with crunchy pecans, hearty oatmeal, and sweet maple syrup.

Oh, and the glaze!

The glaze is truly the 'icing on the cake' for this yummy treat.

Anyway, I found a recipe online and made a few tweaks.

I cut them into mini scones before baking and they came out oh-so-perfect!

This recipe is surprisingly easy to make.

If I knew scones were so simple to throw together, I would have been making them a long time ago.

Enjoy!

Maple Oat Nut Scones     *Printable Recipe*
adapted from food.com

For the Scones:
1 cup old-fashioned oats (finely ground in blender)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white wheat flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 1/2 Tbsp cold butter (small pieces)
1 large egg
1/2 cup half and half
1 cup chopped pecans

Maple Glaze:
1 1/2 cups powder sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tsp water

Preheat oven 425 degrees.  Mix flour, oats, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Add maple syrup and butter  and mix well.  In a small bowl, beat egg with cream and maple syrup.  Pour egg mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.  Add pecans and mix just to incorporate.  Don't overmix.  Place dough on a floured surface.  Knead and pat dough into a 8 to 10 inch circle and cut into 4 wedges.  Pat each wedge into a circle and cut into four wedges.  There will be a total of 16 wedges.

On a baking sheet with parchment paper, place wedges 1-1/2 inch apart.  Bake for 13-15 minutes of until light brown.  Let cool for 3 to 5 minutes.

Mix glaze ingredients until smooth.  Adjust the amount of water to get the desired consistency.  I like the glaze to be thick.  Spread the glaze over each scone and dry for 15 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stitch Fix: My First Fix!

My first FIX arrived yesterday and I was so excited!


 The packaging was really pretty and the attention to detail was perfect.


Here's a card from my stylist, Margaret.


And here are all the contents in the box.


 I couldn't wait to try everything on!

Unfortunately, I could only get two photos taken of myself with the clothes on because the little man on the left kept jumping in and trying to grab my camera (for him, play time = ALL THE TIME).

Anyway, I really liked this cardigan, but I live in Texas and it's pushing 80 degrees over here.  I'd love to keep this, but I don't think I'd wear it until next year.




This is the best shot I could get of the long-sleeve cowl neck shirt that I received.  The glare from the mirror was just terrible and didn't do this shirt justice.

Plus, I'm sure the mirror needs cleaning :(

I really liked the shirt a lot, but again......I live in Texas and would be waiting a while to wear this beauty.

Anyway, here's what I did with all the items ...





Oh, and I logged onto my Stitch Fix account, emailed my feedback on each item to my stylist, and scheduled my next Fix.  Yipppeeeee!!

I just love the simplicity of Stitch Fix.  It's exactly what this busy girl needs.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Chocolate Chip Scones


If you like scones, you're going to LOVE-LOVE-LOVE these!

This recipe is amazing and I'm so happy that I found it on pinterest.

From start to finish, it only took me 30 minutes in the kitchen until these were sitting on a cooling rack.

The ingredients are simple, the taste is incredible, and they come out of the oven beautifully flawless.

I can't wait to bring these to church tomorrow to share with my friends.

Click here for this super easy yummy recipe.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baked Potato Soup


My husband & I have decided to give our bodies a rest, primarily our digestive systems, from all the heavy meat we've been indulging on these past few weeks.

I dug up an old recipe that we just love and threw it together in less than one hour.

Not only is this creamy baked potato soup quick and easy to make, it's great on the budget and perfect for a nice cold day.

Incredibly savory, one bowl just isn't enough.

Enjoy!

Baked Potato Soup    *Printable Recipe*
adapted from allrecipes.com
3 strips of bacon, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cups water
1 chicken boullion cube
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup fat-free half and half cream

In a large pot, cook bacon until crisp.  Drain, reserving 1 Tbsp drippings.  Set bacon aside.  Saute onion and garlic in bacon drippings until tender.  Stir in flour, salt, basil, and pepper; mix well.  Add water and boullion cube.  Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes.  Add the potatoes and cream.  Cook on medium until potatoes are cooked through.  Garnish with bacon.
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