Thursday, September 27, 2012

5 Dollars, 5 Minutes: Upcycled Sweater


I saw this sweater skirt in the Junior's department at my local Target.  I loved it, wanted it, but couldn't justify the price, especially when I knew I could do this:


I bought this unflattering-on-me sweater at Goodwill for $5.00.

I cut it across the underbust, inserted some on-hand elastic, turned over the edge, straight stitched it and 5 minutes later:

Voila!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Gluten-Free Almond Butter Coconut Cookies

(The recipe makes more than this, but we've already eaten a bunch by the time I just grabbed the jar and snapped a picture!)

1/4 cup organic unrefined sugar (I used Florida Crystals)
Approx. 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 cup organic almond butter
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup organic buckwheat flour
1/3 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1/3 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Enough coconut flour to make a good cookie dough...I think approx. 1/4 - 1/3 cup

Cream almond butter, butter and sugars together.  Blend in egg well.  Mix together with buckwheat flour, powder, soda and salt.  Stir in shredded coconut, then blend in coconut flour until you have a good cookie dough.  You should be able to form balls without the dough being too sticky or too dry.  Form into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 5-10 minutes.

Keep in mind that I'm guessing a little on the measurements because I don't always measure.  I kind of just eyeball it a lot.  I'm also guessing on baking time because I go by smell (my oven doesn't have a timer, or even an oven light or door window!) and my oven is small, so it tends to bake things a little more quickly than average sized ovens.

I'll try to post a picture in the near future.

I'm fairly ignorant on what is truly, I mean TRULY gluten-free, so if any of the ingredients aren't truly gluten-free, then please let me know.  If you need it casein or dairy-free, you could try substituting the butter for coconut oil, but I haven't tried it, so I don't know how they'd turn out.

PS....this recipe is copyrighted by me.  Do not copy without permission.  Feel free to pin it or link to it on facebook, but please don't steal it and submit it as your own recipe.  Thanks!

Character Study: Boldness


Today's Character Study:  BOLDNESS

Definition:  Exhibiting courage and bravery

Bible Verse:  So be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid and do not panic before them.  For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.  He will neither fail you nor abandon you.  Deuteronomy 31:6

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Luke 12:48


This morning I was feeling very selfish.  I was complaining to God about all that is on my plate and how I just want a break, something for me me me, a chance to run away.  While yes, we do need to have our batteries recharged at times, this verse popped into my head.  I'm quite sure it was the whisper of the Holy Spirit:

Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required.... Luke 12:48

I realized anew the importance and significance my role here on earth for the Kingdom of Heaven is.  I have been given much, and much is required of me.  Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I felt honored that the Lord has entrusted me with so much!  The more the Lord blesses us with, the more He expects of us.

There is also peace in the knowledge that when we truly do need respite, the Lord will grant it to us.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Character Study: Benevolence



Today's character study is:  BENEVOLENCE

Definition: Desire to do good to others

Bible verse:  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.  Galatians 6:10

Remember All the Good Little Things


I have a confession to make.  My husband doesn't buy me flowers and I would love him to.  I admit that my bottom lip sticks out a little every time I read a facebook status update from a friend who's husband surprised her with a bouquet at home or at work, in person or sent in.  It is something I would like.  It would warm the cockles of my heart to know that my beloved went out of his way and comfort zone and MO to actually go out and get me a "just because" bouquet.  But, I don't really expect or require it of him because its not his way.

So, as those facebook status updates appear on my computer screen, I have a choice.  I can either let the bottom lip stick out, start to quiver and grow into some whiny bitterness about "if he truly loved me...." blah blah blah.  Or I can remember all those good little things he does for me besides:

He did bring me flowers once.  I had just had a devastating miscarriage and he had to return to work.  While at work in the woods, he found the most beautiful, fragrant wild roses!  He picked a couple for me and brought them home for me.  I cherished those roses more than I think even he realizes.

He loves to buy me vintage clothing and satin night gowns.

He knows I love to take sermon notes and journal, so he buys me nice journals to write in rather than school notebooks.

He got me a MOM mug that says, "There's a reason your name is "wow" upside down!"

He compliments me and praises me to other people.  Just about everyone I meet tells me how many great things he says about me.  I had one woman even say, "I wish my husband had such nice things to say about me!"

He protects my modesty and the sacredness of our marriage by not showing off pictures of me (headshots or church clothes pictures, yes, but not anything he thinks might cause a worldly coworker to think of me in a way he shouldn't).  Nor does he talk about or brag about our intimate life with coworkers.

He bought me "push presents" for every baby I've given him,

He made sure I had a garden this year even though he knew I wouldn't be able to take care of it!  LOL!  He was away a lot so he couldn't take care of it either, but he knew how important it was for me to have a garden.

He builds things for my whims, like the stone wall at our property line and the fenced in area for the ducks.

Would I trade any of that for commercialized flowers that don't even smell nice?  No!

The moral of the story is before your dwell on the one thing you don't have, remember all the glorious things you do have!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Peaches!


They don't just grow in Georgia!

I picked these lovely, perfectly ripened beauties from my very own tree yesterday!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Character Study: Availability


Today's Character Study: AVAILABILITY

Definition:  Present and ready for use

Bible Verse:  And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send and who will go for us?"  Then I said, "Here am I!  Send me!"  Isaiah 6:8

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Blackmore's Night

Thanks to my Pandora's "Loreena McKennitt" station, I am now a fan of Blackmore's Night.  Every song played I have loved.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Character Study: Alertness

Throughout the homeschool year, I will be teaching my children different character studies.



Today's Character Study is: ALERTNESS

Definition: Paying close and careful attention

Bible verse:  Be on guard, keep awake, for you do not know when the time will come.  Mark 13:33 ESV