Monday, September 29, 2008

from Charles Spurgeon...


"They will go away to eternal punishment, but
the righteous to eternal life." Matthew 25:46

There is an essential difference between the death of the
godly--and the death of the ungodly. Death comes to the
ungodly man--as a penal infliction; but to the righteous--
as a summons to his Father's palace! To the sinner--it is
an execution; to the saint--it is an undressing from his
sins and infirmities! Death to the wicked is the King of
terrors. Death to the saint is the end of terrors--the
commencement of glory!

-Charles Spurgeon

Friday, September 26, 2008

Show & Tell Friday- My Baby Spoon...

Today for Show & Tell Friday, I would like to share my baby spoon!! Yep, that's the exact same spoon that my mother used to feed me when I was a baby. She kept it all these years and gave it to me when we were expecting Elizabeth. I was so excited when she gave it to me and couldn't wait for it to become Elizabeth's baby spoon, too!!!



While she was already 10 months old when we brought her home, I did get a few months use out of it.

Thank you, Mom, for saving the spoon!!! It's a treasure (and not far from an antique, either!! HAHAHA!!!!).

Today at Kelli's blog, There's No Place Like Home, she is hosting (or should that be "hostessing"???) Show & Tell Friday. Be sure and head over there for more fun!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Around the house today...

I was asked to make some cookies for a bake sale where the proceeds go to Relay for Life. So Miss E and I spent the morning making some chocolate chip cookies.




I'm pretty sure that she didn't mind helping. What do you think?



And y'all know that I LOOOOOOOVE cookies!! However, cookie dough is quite another story. Cookies are good, yes, but cookie dough is SUPER GOOD!! Anyone in agreement with me??

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lemon Sugar Cookies...

I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVE cookies!! It is just so much fun to bake them, eat them and share them!!

This cookie's inspiration came from a recipe in Nancy Baggett's The All-American Cookie Book. She shared just a vanilla cookie, but I decided that lemon sugar cookies were just the thing I needed to take to a bridal shower this past Saturday. They were yummy.

Oh, and let me add, this was, by far, the BEST and EASIEST sugar cookie dough I have EVER worked with!

Happy baking!!




Lemon Sugar Cookies

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
Generous pinch of salt
1 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract
zest of 1 lemon

In a large bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder and set aside. In another large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium speed and beat together butter and sugar until well blended and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and then salt, vanilla and lemon zest. Gradually beat in flour mixture to form a smooth dough.

Divide dough in half. Place each portion between large sheets of wax paper. Roll out each portion 1/8 inch thick; check the underside of the dough and smooth out any wrinkles that form. Stack the rolled portions (paper still attached) on large baking sheet and refrigerate 30 minutes or freeze 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. *

Working with one portion of dough at a time (leave the remaining dough chilling), gently pulled away top and bottom of wax paper. Using cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes and carefully place on cookie sheets. (Hint: My dough was so chilled that the dough stuck to the inside of the cookie cutter. I just tapped it out above the cookie sheet and it fell onto the cookie sheet in place.) Reroll any dough scraps and chill again.

Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 8 to 11 minutes. Check half way through baking to see if you need to rotate your cookies for even doneness. Also, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR OVEN!!!! All ovens bake differently. Pay attention to your cookies so that they do not burn.

After removing from oven, let cookies rest on cookie sheet for 1 to 2 minutes and then carefully remove from cookie sheets and place on cooling racks. Cool completely before using lemon glaze.


Lemon Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
juice of 1 lemon

Stir together. You may need to add a few drops of water to get this to drizzling consistency. Then drizzle cookies with glaze, let set and then enjoy!!!


* Ms. Baggett suggests greasing cookie sheets before baking, but I found that unnecessary. You may feel more comfortable doing that, however.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Thank you and Thank GOD!!!!



Just a little THANK YOU to everyone who prayed for me when I asked for help in not drinking Diet Coke anymore. As of today, I haven't had or even wanted a Diet Coke in 6 MONTHS!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Please pray for Susannah!!!



This family definitely needs our prayers! Please lift them up to the Lord!!! They are currently in China to bring Susannah home and she is very ill and in the hospital. You can read about them at their blog called "Room for at least One More".

Friday, September 05, 2008

Penne With Chicken, Spinach, and Tomatoes With Balsamic Vinaigrette


This yummy recipe is from the September 2008 issue of Southern Living magazine. This was quick and tasty! Even Mr. U loved this!!



Penne With Chicken, Spinach, and Tomatoes With Balsamic Vinaigrette

1 (14.5-ounce) box BARILLA PLUS Penne
1 pound skinned and boned chicken breasts, diced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 1/2 cups (3 ounces) firmly packed fresh spinach, chopped
2 1/2 cups seeded and chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper

1. Sauté chicken in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil in a medium skillet 5 to 6 minutes or until done.
2. Whisk together vinegar and mustard in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in 6 tablespoons olive oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Spread pasta in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Let cool 10 minutes.
4. Toss together pasta, chicken, vinegar mixture, spinach, and remaining 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, or, if desired, cover and chill 1 hour before serving.

Makes 6 servings

Southern Living Cooking School, AUGUST 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My favorite comic strip- For Better or For Worse... is ending...



For YEARS, I have read the comic strip For Better or For Worse. Sadly, as I read the strip on Saturday, it ended with a note from the cartoonist, Lynn Johnston, saying "This concludes my story...with grateful thanks to everyone who has made this all possible".

IT'S OVER?????? It just CAN'T be over!!! With these thoughts running rampant in my head, I did what anyone in my situation would do. I googled it.

There it was on the For Better of For Worse website. A letter from Lynn sharing why this comic strip is ending. I must admit, after reading her letter, it made sense to me. The strip has gotten complicated and busy over the years and she wants to simplify it. I understand.

So, thank you Mrs. Johnston, for all the wonderful years of really enjoying the Patterson family! I started reading it back when they had Farley the dog. I was just a child then, but Farley is my maiden name and that's what first got my attention. I will always wonder how much longer does Grandpa live? Does April become a veterinarian? Do Elizabeth and Anthony truly have a happily ever after?? But, since you won't be answering these, Mrs. Johnston, I will assume that everything turns out just like it would in a perfect world.

I do look forward to the new direction you will be taking. But I must admit, I sure will miss the way things were.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Confession time...

Oh dear me. I have something to confess. I mopped the kitchen yesterday. Wait, let me rephrase that. I FINALLY mopped the kitchen yesterday. It's been about a month (no, I am not joking) since I last mopped.

I know, I know. What in the WORLD am I thinking? I'm thinking how much I do NOT like mopping lately! HAHAHA! Of course, now that it's done and the floors are all shiny, it seems like it was not such a hard thing after all!!! Oh, and the house smelled GLORIOUS when I was finished because I love to use Mrs. Meyer's products.


So what have YOU been putting off? What job in your home have you put off and put off? Start it today!! Perhaps it isn't as big and bad as you had feared it would be!!!

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