Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Sweet & Sour Sauce


  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Place the sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, ketchup and cornstarch in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir continuously until the mixture has thickened.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Meditation Monday: What is Beauty

The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. Gen 24:16

Rebekah had physical beauty, but the servant was looking for a sign of inner beauty. Our appearance is important to us, and we spend time and money improving it. But how do we develop our inner beauty? Patience, kindness, and joy are the beauty treatments that help us become truly lovely on the inside. Godly character is much more valuable than outward beauty. Work on being more Christlike rather than being more physically attractive.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Theology Thursday: Hypostatac Union

Hypostatac Union:
The union of Christ's human and divine natures in one person.

Frugal Friday: Bread Tag Code

Apparently bread ties serve a purpose other keeping the loaf closed. Fresh bread is delivered to stores 5 days a week and each day has a different color bread tie. The colors are in alphabetical order which will be easy to remember. So, if you went to the store on Thursday, you would want to avoid white tags because that bread would be a week old.

Monday - Blue
Tuesday - Green
Thursday - Red
Friday - White
Saturday - Yellow

To read more about this, see link below.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Worship Wednesday: Days of Elijah

Frugal Friday: Clorox vs. Peroxide

Clorox vs. Peroxide… VERY interesting.

This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's wife), about the

benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store.

Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO!!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40's? It's chlorine,
folks! And it was used to kill our Troops.

Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20's. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals.

Please think about this:

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other Disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils,fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing.

14. If someone has been careless, has peed on the floor around the toilet, and it's begun to smell of urine, just put some peroxide in a spray bottle and spray. In the blink of any eye all the smell will be gone and the bacteria eliminated!

I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!

Tasty Tuesday: Egg Rolls

My husband just loves Chinese food; as does his friend Steve. So for Father's Day, Steve's wife Renae and I decided to cook them a homemade Chinese meal. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love to cook for my family and friends, but I have never made any Chinese dishes. I found all my recipes online and they were all very simple to make. Most everyone found them to be very tasty. Sweet Gracie discovered she isn't a big fan of Chinese food; although, she does love most any kind of meat, even Chinese meat. The first recipe I want to share with you is the egg rolls. The recipe I used was suppose to yield 8, but for some reason, I came up with 19! They must have been good because there were only 3 left! This recipe can also be found at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Best-Egg-Rolls/Detail.aspx?prop31=3 Hope you enjoy :)

Best Egg Rolls Recipe

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 quart peanut oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 ounces shredded carrots
  • 8 (7 inch square) egg roll wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Season pork with ginger and garlic powder and mix thoroughly. Heat mixture in a medium skillet, stirring, until pork is cooked through and no longer pink. Set aside.
  2. In another large skillet heat oil to about 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) or medium high heat. While oil is heating, combine flour and water in a bowl until they form a paste. In a separate bowl combine the cabbage, carrots and reserved pork mixture. Mix all together.
  3. Lay out one egg roll skin with a corner pointed toward you. Place about a 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the cabbage, carrot and pork mixture on egg roll paper and fold corner up over the mixture. Fold left and right corners toward the center and continue to roll. Brush a bit of the flour paste on the final corner to help seal the egg roll.
  4. Place egg rolls into heated oil and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels or rack. Put on serving plate and top with sesame seeds if desired.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Message to Fathers


Mal 4:6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Meditation Monday: Embracing Brokenness

Here’s what I want to remind you of: God’s grace is sufficient. In 2 Corinthians chapter 12, verses 8 and 9, the apostle Paul said to God, “I’ve got something in my life that hurts.” He called it a thorn, and it hurts. Whether you possess the thorn or someone you love has it, it hurts. When Paul asked the Father, “Take it away; take it away; make it go away,” God responded with grace because, you see, thorn removal isn’t sufficient in and of itself. Only grace is sufficient.

"When all is not well with your circumstances, it can still be well with your soul."

So those of you who have the responsibility to watch that person you love carry a heavy burden, may I just remind you that what God has given me as the one who carries the burden of blindness, what God has given that parent, that child, that sister, that friend you love who has to carry the burden of cancer or autism or Alzheimer’s, God has given us participant grace. It’s adequate grace to participate with the burden.

But you, my hero, sister who has to watch and cry and pray those silent prayers and cry those invisible tears, God’s given you what I call spectator grace. Now that’s not in 2 Corinthians. The point is, whether God has granted you the sufficiency of His grace in the package of being a participant or a spectator, His grace is sufficient, so rest in His grace. Rest in His grace.

God’s grace in Titus 2:11 is what equips us and empowers us to say, “No,” to ungodliness. But His grace is also what equips us and empowers us to cease our striving and allow Him to be the One who wills and works within us for His good pleasure. So rest.

You may struggle with so many “what if’s” in your life, but when you come to the cross, you see what it is, and what it is is divinely unfair and amazingly equipping that you are able to walk with grace in this life. So don’t resist.

2Co 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

1Ti 2:11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Frugal Friday: Dill Pickle Pops

While visiting friend, her daughter offered me a dill pickle pop. A WHAT? Did I hear that right? Yes I did. Her children love dill pickles; so, they made popsicles out of the leftover pickle juice. Although this wasn't a treat I would enjoy, I was impressed with the frugality of it. She already had the pickle juice and the popsicle molds. An absolutely free treat. How resourceful is that!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Frugal Friday: Home Grown Vegetables

Eat home grown vegetables! If you don't have a garden, find a local you-pick garden. Last month we canned green beans we picked at a local you-pick garden. We picked 6, 5 gallon buckets. The price was $7 per bucket and we ended up with 65 quarts. That came to be 67 cents per quart! We are going to pick peas in the morning. The price of the peas are $7 per bucket and $1.50 per bucket if you choose the have them shelled. So, it will actually by $8.50 per bucket. We get approximately 7 quarts of peas per bucket. That ends up being $1.21 per quart; which I think is pretty frugal...and tasty!

To find local you-pick gardens, check your local newspapers or go to www.localharvest.org.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Theology Thursday: Active Obedience

Active Obedience:
A term referring to Christ's perfect obedience to God during his earthly life that earned the righteousness that God credits to those who place their faith in Christ.

Systematic Theology
by Wayne Grudem

Theology Thursday: Adoptionism

The false teaching that Jesus lived as an ordinary man until his baptism, at which time God "adopted" him as his "Son" and conferred on him supernatural powers; this teaching thus denies Jesus' preexistence and divine nature.

Systematic Theology
by Wayne Grudem

Theology Thursday: Amillennialism

The view that there will be no literal thousand-year bodily reign of Christ on earth prior to the final judgment and the eternal state; on this view, scriptural references to the millennium in Revelation 20 actually describe the present church age.

Systematic Theology
by Wayne Grudem

From Him, Through Him, To Him

The true woman knows that deeper than her own limitations and problems, is the bedrock of God's riches, wisdom, and knowledge. His unseen yet sovereign, eternal purposes are underneath it all, holding it all together.

"There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still." Betsie ten Boom, while dying in the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbruck.

"The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Deut. 33:27

The Deep Riches of God

Rich in kindness, Romans 2:4
Rich in forbearance, Romans 2:4
Rich in patience, Romans 2:4
Rich in mercy, Eph. 2:4
Rich in grace, Eph. 1:7-8

The gold in God's mine will never be emptied. Never. It is limitless. It is inexhaustible. God will never experience economic collapse or even the slightest wave or bobble of uncertainty. "God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Ph. 4:19). His always-available provision for your needs will neither strain nor drain the budget of the Most High. Rather, it will continue pouring from His hand into your life, utterly free and fathomless, from His bottomless resources. Whatever you need, whatever your deficit, the riches of God are more than what's required.

God knows everything--and everything about everything. The wisdom and knowledge of God are infinitely greater than our own.

"For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Cor. 1:25)

Beyond Knowing

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Rom 11:33

Inscrutable: incapable of being searched into and understood by inquiry or study; impossible or difficult to be explained or accounted for satisfactorily; incomprehensible; not easily understood; mysterious.

"In every situation and circumstance of your life, God is always doing a thousand different things that you CANNOT see and you DO NOT KNOW." John Piper

God is everything we are not. He makes no mistakes. He's not indebted to anyone, doesn't owe us anything. Nothing ever just occurs to God. Nothing ever surprises Him. He never has to scramble to come up with a solution. He has no sudden starts or emergency situations.

Circumstances may be difficult. They may be hard to understand--incomprehensible to your feeble sense. It may seem that His plan is not working; you can't imagine how the outcome could be anything but bleak. But you can be assured that God doesn't make mistakes. He has an eternal purpose in mind--a plan for the display of His glory throughout all the universe. He is working out that plan, and you are a part of it. You don't have to know what He's doing. Or why. The fact is, He knows. And that's all that really matters. and if you trust Him, in time, you will thank Him for the treasures that have resulted from those trials.

He is the Source and origin of our existence. He "upholds the universe by the world of his power". He is our supreme purpose. He is our goal. He created all things--for Himself and His pleasure. When we oppose His righteous, unsearchable judgements, He lovingly disciplines us as His children until we're back in line with the way things really are, the way He created all things to operate. And what is our response? "To him be glory forever. Amen" (Romans 11:36) Therefore, we submit our entire lives to His holy, eternal purposes. Amen. Let it be so!

Nancy Leigh Demoss,
Chapter 2
Voices of the True Woman Movement,
A Call to the Counter-Revolution

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?" "Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?" For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Rom 11:33-36

Worship Wednesday: Christ the Lord Has Risen Today

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.
And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16:5-6

WRITTEN BY: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
COMPOSED BY: Lyra Davidica, 1708

1. Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

2. Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

3. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

4. Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

5. Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

6. King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Cinnamon Rolls

For many years I have been in search of the perfect cinnamon roll recipe. I have tried many that were very tasty but were not quite what I was looking for until now. May I present the best homemade cinnamon roll I have ever had!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood

"Wimpy theology makes wimpy women. Wimpy theology simply does not give a woman a God that is big enough, strong enough, wise enough, and good enough to handle the realities of life in a way that magnifies the infinite worth of Jesus Christ. Wimpy theology is plagued by woman-centeredness and man-centeredness. Wimpy theology doesn't have the granite foundation of God's sovereignty or the solid steel structure of a great God-centered purpose for all things. "

"God's ultimate purpose for the universe and for all of history and for your life is to display the glory of Christ in its highest expression, namely, in His dying to make a rebellious people His everlasting and supremely happy bride. To say it another way, God's ultimate purpose in creating the world and choosing to let it become the sin-wracked world that it is, is so that the greatness of the glory of Christ could be put on display at Calvary where He ought His rebellious bride at the cost of His life."

"Now where does this take us in regard to the ultimate meaning of true womanhood? It does not take us to wimpy theology or wimpy women. It does lead us to womanhood. True womanhood. The truth is womanhood and manhood (femininity and masculinity) belong at the center of God's ultimate purpose. They we not an afterthought in God's plan. God designed them precisely so that they would serve to display the glory of His Son dying to have His happy, admiring bride."

A Distinctive Calling to Display the Glory of Christ

"The ultimate meaning of true womanhood is this: It is a distinctive calling of God to display the glory of His Son in ways that would not be displayed if there were no womanhood."

"Marriage is meant to display the covenant-keeping love between Christ and His church. And the way it does this is by men being men and women being women in marriage. These are no more interchangeable than Christ in interchangeable with the church."

"The divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christ-like, servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home."

"The divine calling of a wife to honor and affirm her husband's leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts."

"Do not settle for a wimpy theology. It is beneath you. God is too great. Christ is too glorious. True womanhood is too strategic. Don't waste it. Your womanhood---your true womanhood---was made for the glory of Jesus Christ."

John Piper,
Chapter 1

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Eph. 1:4-6

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Eph. 5:25-27

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Eph. 5:22-24