Our Simple Journey of Faith, Family and Life

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Banana Cake

                                                         Banana Cake

Banana Cake,

1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
3 mashed bananas...
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. chopped nuts
(OPTIONAL: 2 tsp. Cinamon)

Mix banana's, shortening & sugar, add eggs & milk.. Add all dry ingredients...

Bake 350 for 40 - 45 min in a 9 x 13 baking dish... ( I use Pyrex and cook mine at 325 for 40 min.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Laymans 10 Commandments

1]Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey.

2] So why is a Car's WINDSHIELD so large and the Rear View Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

5] Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!"

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.
 

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.  God loves you; He always has & always will.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reading -N- Books

                                                
 Some times this is exactly how I feel

Monday, July 7, 2014

Pickled Eggs

                                          Q-Family Recipe
Gnomes in photo's for Grandma's Gnomes on Face Book... smile

Recipe: (This is a  Doubled Batch)

LG. Gallon size Glass Jar with Lid
3 dz hard boiled eggs (peeled)
2 cans of sliced beets
1/2 onion sliced
3 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. vinegar

Optional:  GNOMES ARE OPTIONAL... SMILE
2-3 cinnamon sticks
several whole cloves


Directions: Pour juice off beets, Add sugar & vinegar to beet juice and desolve sugar, set aside.  Place eggs in bottom of jar, add 1 can of beets & onion.to jar.  Pour liquid over top of eggs, place lid on eggs, refergrate for several days (4-6 days)-


NOTE: use 2nd can of beets for dinner... smile


Also the longer the eggs sit in the juice the deeper the color becomes.. I love it when the yokes taste like the pickled mixture

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Old Fashioned Sticky Buns

Old Fashioned Sticky Buns
                        Old Fashioned Sticky Buns


1 Bundt Cake cake pan
Non-Stick  (Pam) spray
Chopped walnuts or Pecans
Aunt Jamima Syrup
Lg. Roll of Busicuts (I used buttermilk)
Cinnamon

325 degree oven.

Directions:
Spray bundt pan with spray, layer a thin layer of
syrup on bottom of pan.. Sprinkly chopped nuts on
top of syrup around pan. Sprinkle with connamon,
Cover with a thick layer of syrup, now layer buscuits
on top of mixture.   Bake 12-18 min.

Carefully place round plate on top of pan and turn over
"WITHOUT BURNING YOURSELF" and allow excess syrup to
drizzle down over sides... OH so YUMMY!!!!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lost Loves Of World War II

This is the book I finished reading last evening... "HIGHLY RECCOMENDED" from front to finish.

Perfect book for those of you who are struggling with the reality of God, For those believing God is dead, For those struggling with the pains ...of life, illness Etc., For those wondering why God allows different things to happen in your lives.

The Train Baby's Mother brought tears to my eyes, yet, I will read this story again and again and again.. Because I know that with the tears I shed, I missed so much that I need to breath in deeply....
 
 
"Pretty like the moon
 Bright like the stars
 From heaven you were
 Sent to me like a present."
 
Song Name: Sheyn vidi levone, ~ That's Yiddish

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mothers Quilt


Mother's Quilts
by Pearl Sturgis

Mother's quilt has many squares;
Sewn with love and many prayers;...
colors red and green and black;
Solid red lined on the back.

Bordered with a flowered print;
Many hours she must have spent.
Cut and sewn by hand just right;
Every square she knotted tight.
As I spread it on my bed
thoughts of Mother fill my head.
Now I know each tiny square
represents my Mother's prayer.

by Pearl Sturgis

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RAK - Random Act Of Kindness


Look what I received this afternoon from Mark & Sandy Evans. A Most welcome RAK (Random Act Of Kindness)... This Angel is so Beautiful and I am beyond Grateful... Such a loving and thoughtful gift... I Thank You from the bottom of my heart, I shall treasure this always... I forgot to mention the Angel is a music box that plays' Wind Beneath My Wings"... I'm still in such AWWWWWW over this gift...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Red Bird

The Red Bird
by Evaleen Stein

Swept lightly by the south wind
The elm-leaves softly stirred,...
And in their pale green clusters
There straightway bloomed a bird!

His glossy feathers glistened
With dyes as richly red
As any tulip flaming
From out the garden bed.

But ah, unlike the tulips,
In joyous strain, ere long,
This red-bird flower unfolded
A heart of golden song!

 Psalm 104:33
King James Version (KJV) I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Broccoli Cheese Soup

                                    Broccoli Cheese Soup for the Crock Pot!!!

 1/2 cup onion, chopped

 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine

 1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup

 1 1/2 cups milk

 1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed

 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli


 Directions:  Combine all ingredients on low in crockpot for 3-4 hours.
Do not add salt.

Pssst:
This recipe can be doubled, It is AWESOME!!!!!
 I did however add about 2/3 c extra milk because it was to thick for my personal liking

Cast Iron

Stove top cast iron seasoning:

Heat. Oil. Smoke. Cool.

That's all you need to remember when seasoning your cast irons on the stove top.
...
Directions:

• Wash your CI in the usual manner.

• HEAT on stovetop to dry up excess water.

• Apply a thin layer of OIL (my go-to fat for CI's is bacon lard, but you can use coconut oil, as well).

• Heat it on the stovetop until the oil begins to SMOKE. Wipe up any excess oil with a paper towel using a long spoon to prevent burns.

• When you think it has smoked long enough (usually a few minutes is all it needs), let the cast iron COOL.

 That's it. A well seasoned CI without turning on the oven.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Gossip

Picked up our Daily Devotional at Church this morning, this is from yesterday's
devotional, I thought it was worth sharing...

If you're looking for faults, look in the mirror. When you work
on your own shortcomings you'll have no time left to gossip about
anybody else's.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Simply Womans Day Book

2/19/2014
Outside my window -  Sun is shinning, clouds are lingering and threatening
to rain later today.

I am thinking - How Blessed are family is, God's ever mindful of all our
needs and He provides beyond our ability to understand.

I am thankful for -  Our family, My Beloved Ron, Rhonda, Ronnie, Lance, Marla,
JesseAnne, Samantha, Stephanie, Brittanie, Tabby, Alex... God has richly Blessed us

In the kitchen -  My little bird is singing, 

I am wearing - Green today

I am creating - Purple Tube baby hats for my Nephew Jimmy's new baby (Cameron John)
due next month, then I'll make another for my neice Dianna who's baby is due in July

A favorite quote for today - 
God will not lead you, where "HIS GRACE" cannot keep you

One of my favorite things - Reading my Bible, Knitting & Crocheting

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

No-Knead Bread

 
NO-KNEED Bread
3 c. flour
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 5/8 c. water
 
 
1.) Mix all dry ingredients together, mix in water. Cover
bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise 12-24 hrs
 
 
2.) Lightly sprinkle flour on counter, fold dough into
itself, form a ball, I let my dough rise an additional 2 hrs.
*(I place mine on parchment paper in a Pyrex bowl, cover)
See NOTE below when using PYREX
 
 
3.) Pre-heat oven 450 degrees in oven for 30 min. While
oven is pre-heating place bread pan & lid in oven to heat.
I lift the parchment paper and place in heated bread bowl,
cover and bake 30 min, remove lid and bake another
15-30 min until browned
 
** Using PYREX, pre-heat oven 450 degrees with dish in oven during
pre-heat time as above. Lower temp to 375/400 place dough in hot
bread bowl and bake for 30 min. covered, remove cover and bake an
additional 15 min. Remove and cool on a rack
 
 
Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.
 
** Using PYREX, pre-heat oven 450 degrees with dish in oven during
pre-heat time as above. Lower temp to 375/400 place dough in hot
bread bowl and bake for 30 min. covered,;  remove cover and bake an
additional 15 min. Remove and cool on a rack