Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spring is here!! :)

I was reading my Bible this afternoon when I kept hearing this digging sound outside my living room window. I look out to see a squirrel digging and burying something by the playset out there. lol I quickly got my camera to shoot some video!! He was done digging, but was so cute, I got 2 short videos of him. (well, I guess it could be a she?? don't know so I'll call it a him! he he)

This one he does this cool flippy thing that I've only seen bunnies do! lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZpzRXfFiXM

This one has a cute little mourning dove pecking in what used to be a sandbox.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtMuNso5i9U
The birds are just singing away out there (as can be heard in the videos)! Some are chasing eachother, yep it's spring! LOL

The grass was freshly mown and all the little birdies came out to nibble, and gather goodies for nest making, they were so cute! I saw a few cardinals, robins, blue jays, sparrows, & mourning doves. Oh and a cat must have been looking for lunch because he jumped the fence and prowled around for a bit before he decided to jump back out & look elsewhere!

Just thought I'd share a little North Carolina Spring with you!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

FIL Update :)

Went to see him on Sunday as planned. He seems to be doing well, a little weak and tired, but that is to be expected: Hello - Quadruple Bypass surgery! I wish we could have stayed longer, but it was a good visit with him. Right before we left, he prayed with us and it was very moving, he was deeply touched & I hope and pray with all my heart that he is a changed man!!

We (dhJerry & I) were glad to see his sisters & Aunt Cheryl & Cousin Josh too. Hope to see more of you guys when we are up in MI this summer!!

We were entertained by Tammy's sons doing headstands at Applebees! he he

Thank you everyone that has been praying! And if you feel lead: Please continue to pray for a complete recovery.

We took a couple Pictures:

Left to Right: Tricia, Jerry, Jerry, Tammy

Friday, March 20, 2009

My Birthday :)

Happy Birthday to me!!
Today is my Birthday!

I took a picture of the yummy candles & chocolate
my daughter Cathy & her family got me!!! Nice cake and a card too! Thank you Cat!!

We went to Outback Steakhouse (guess I am not a vegetarian anymore lol) to eat dinner. Then we came back & hung out for a bit. Haylea & Sarah's other Grandma (David's Mom) got them a fun tent to play in and here they are with Oompah:

And the Winner is ........

Cora!!!!

Congratulations, Cora!!! You were chosen by the online randomizer!!!!

Please E-Mail me your Address and I will get your Book & CD's in tomorrow's mail!!!

Shannon@PositivePrayers.com

Thank you to Cora, Karen, & Jennifer for participating in my Blog GiveAway!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Prayer Request for my Father In Law

We found out late yesterday that my husband's dad had quadruple by-pass surgery  & is in recovery & seems to be doing pretty good.  We live over 600 miles away.  The fastest we can get up to see him is Sunday.   Please pray for his recovery to be  complete!  And for us to have safe travels, it will be a quick trip with a lot of miles to drive.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oh Heavenly Fudge!!!

I made fudge last night. It is Heavenly!!!! Very rich!!

Originally found on this blog: Passionate Homemaking

Here is the EASY and FAST and GUILT FREE recipe from the Nourishing Gourmet:

The Easiest, Healthiest, Most Scrumptious Fudge Ever

By the way, you can easily substitute with this recipe. Coconut oil works very well, but those less inclined to this oil could also use butter for a more traditional taste. Raw honey works very well ( though I find it almost a bit too sweet, so you may want to reduce the amount a little), and I bet you could use other forms of palm/coconut sugar (like the granulated form). I use a food processor, but I am sure that you could also use a stand or hand mixer. You can also easily double this recipe.
    1/2 cup of virgin coconut oil
    1/2 cup of cocoa powder
    1/2 cup of coconut/palm sugar (the paste like kind)
    dash of sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1-In a heat resistant, glass measuring cup (pyrex), place the coconut oil. Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water, and place the glass measuring cup in it. Heat on the stove top until the coconut oil is mostly melted (the coconut oil should be room temperature, not hot. This will protect it’s raw benefits).

2-In a food processor using the regular blade, add the melted coconut oil and the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined.

3-Place enough plastic wrap or parchment paper in a loaf pan to cover the bottom and sides of the pan. Scrape your fudge “dough” into the loaf pan, and fold the plastic wrap or parchment paper over the top of the fudge. Gently press down, to even out the thickness of the fudge (you want it to be about 1/2 inch thick, it will cover probably about 1/2 of the bottom of your loaf pan). Take out the fudge, carefully wrapped up, and place in the freezer or refrigerator until it has set up. In the freezer it only takes about 20- to 30 minutes.

4-Cut into small squares, and enjoy!

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I used Raw Honey and it came out fine.

Enjoy your guiltless fudge!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Only 4 Days!!!

Hey everyone!! There is only 4 days to enter my Blog Giveaway!!! The winner will be announced on March 20th in the afternoon.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Best Pancakes in the World!!!

My favorite pancakes have always been Bisquick or Aldi's brand Baking Mix pancakes. But today I made some that are EVEN BETTER!!!! AND they are HEALTHY!!!

Has anyone ever had Blender Pancakes?? No, you don't COOK them in the blender! LOL You use the blender to make the batter. I had a recipe for a couple years & never tried it because I thought it would be lumpy, since it used whole wheat berries. Then I saw this video & how smooth the batter is:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB82-1Mr04E

I used the recipe I have because it is healthier :) But you can use hers. :)

My recipe made with my Vita-Mix Blender:

Combine in Blender:
2 Cups Whole Wheat Berries
2 & 1/4 Cups milk
(I used powdered milk)

Blend for about 1 minute on Variable Speed #10

Then Add 1 Cup more milk
Blend another 45 seconds on Variable Speed #10

Then add:
2 TBS Fresh Ground Flax Seed (ground in coffee grinder very fine)
mixed with 4 TBS Water
2 Tsp Himalayan Crystal salt (or sea salt)
2/3 Cup Olive Oil
2 TBS Raw Honey

Mix till all blended

Add 2 TBS Baking Powder
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix a few seconds till incorporated.

Pour batter from the blender onto a heated griddle to make your pancakes!!
ENJOY!!!

*** If you don't have a Vita-Mix blender you can still use this recipe!! Cut it in half, but you will need to double the blending time and blend on HIGH.

I always like to make more than I know will be eaten, then freeze them. Then next time I want a quick pancake snack or meal, just pop a few into the toaster oven. :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Done!!

I did my pedicure!! I even painted my toenails!!! My feet are thankful! LOL I even rubbed some jojoba oil & lotion on my legs. SOFT!!! :)

Later Gator!! LOL

Well, the alligator feet stay for now, Jerry is taking me to dinner. I'll have to do my feet later tonight!! Woohoo

Barefootin' Time!!

The weather has been nice and warm lately here in Raleigh, NC. Today I decided to keep the socks off and go barefoot!! I noticed how much I neglected my feet over the winter. Boy do my feet need some pampering!! Um, can you say ALLIGATOR! LOL My skin is dry and crackly, and my toenails have been trimmed back to nothing (so they can be more comfy in my shoes!). Yes, I'd say I need to treat my feet to some TLC!! I think I'll fill a plastic tub with some hot sudsy water & get my pedicure stuff ready & get my feets purdy & protect dhJerry's legs and the sheets while I sleep barefoot! lol Yeah, they are THAT bad!! Blushy

Think I'll grab a book & go soak my feet now.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Monday!! :)

Also: Happy Birthday to my sister Sheryl!!
Birthday FireworksBirthday Balloons

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Blog Giveaway!!!

I am excited to have this Blog Giveaway!!

Please see details below on how to enter the contest to win!!!

I will use an online randomizer to pick 1 winner on March 20, 2009

Our Ministry: Positive Prayers Ministries is providing the following prize for this contest:




Book and 2 CD Set!!!
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I want this to have meaning - not just be another giveaway or contest.

This prize will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!! The Word of God is our ONLY Offensive Weapon against the enemy (see Ephesians 6:10-18 for Armour of God) - we need to hide God's Word in our hearts! (Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.) This prize will help you get over 101 verses into your heart!!!

To Qualify for this blog giveaway:

  • Please leave a comment with your Favorite Bible Verse.
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Strange Tan Lines!!

Had I known I would get such a good tan in ONE HOUR at Daytona Beach, I would have rolled up my sleeves! LOL I got a tan on my hands ONLY!!! I looked at them the other day while putting on lotion and realized they are quite tan, with quite white arms! LOL It is REALLY noticible if they are well moisturized (lotion), AND I have on short sleeves. Hopefully it will even out over time! LOL

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Family Dinner Table







Table is set for our Family, but 4 places are un-occupied. :(

I even made chocolate chip cookies & the usual poofy bread!! :(

Missed you guys. :(

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Happy Wednesday!! :)

I guess I took a blog break!! LOL I have been so busy trying to play catch-up I didn't even get a chance to blog in several days.

We had a GREAT weekend in Florida! 3 Gospel shows for the weekend. 1 in Tarboro, NC and 2 in Florida (Callahan and Lakeland). Many children and adults came forward to receive Jesus!! Woo Hoo!!!!!! It's worth all the driving for that!

My newly found part of the show is the sound lady! he he I have all the music and sound effects for our shows and I hook up my laptop to the Church system and run the sounds for our shows. It is working out GREAT!! Now I'm on a mission to find some more fun sounds to go with different parts of the shows and any jokes, etc. FUN FUN FUN!!! This takes a load off the fellas' minds because they don't have to worry about it, I have it covered! Roll

We had snow in Raleigh while we were in Florida! There's a little bit on the ground still. Mostly patches where the sun doesn't hit.

While we were driving to our last event on Monday, we stopped off in Daytona Beach for lunch and to stretch out a bit. Well, it happens to be Bike Week there! TONS AND TONS of bikers EVERYWHERE!!! It was neat to see "Christian Bikers" They had jackets with Christian Emblems on them. "Riding for the Son" "Christian Motorcycle something", I forget, but it was neat to them see among such scarey characters! LOL

We went into a couple stores looking for some Florida Tee Shirts (since my dhJerry has this obsession with matching! LOL), and it was icky!! One store said "Christian gift and tee-shirts" so we walk in, we are greeted by a shirt that says something about a a**hole, I ask Jerry "What does THAT have to do with Christianity (pointing to offending shirt)??" Did we get a clue and walk away? No, it was a "Christian gift and tee-shirts" store, so we went in. Looking around, it was all obscene language and graphic images! A GIANT towel hanging down with a naked woman on it, I mean total boobage and all, YUCK! so we walk out & Jerry & I turn around to look at the sign again to see WHAT ON EARTH KIND OF CHRISTIAN STORE IS THAT!!!??? Well the sign said "Christiana's gift and tee-shirts" !! Oh my goodness!! LOL I think we were both jet-lagged! LOL

We did have fun riding the ski-lift over the pier on the ocean. None of the pictures of Jerry & I came out very good, but I'll include 1 anyway! LOL & one of the water. Do I look TERRIFIED to you?? I WAS!!!! I don't like heights, I don't like dangling over the ocean with who knows what in there if that cable breaks!!



Notice, we are the ONLY ones on that ride! It was COLD and windy.

I missed a lot of beautiful scenery because I had my nose buried in my laptop on the road. I got behind on my Chronological Bible Reading and wanted to get caught up. I nearly did it!! Only 3 days + today & that's it! (I got REALLY behind, a day here and there & it added up!!) By tomorrow or Friday I will be caught up totally & will stay on track!!! WHEW!!!