February 2009

live-simply-saturday1I have had my fill of politics, heretics, and lunatics! Thought it might be a fun discussion to both share and contribute our top 10 items that can always be found in the refrigerator. Perhaps not the obvious like milk, eggs , butter, and condiments; but the ‘pantry’ type items on which you depend to prepare meals. Life is alot easier and meal preparations much smoother if my refrigerator is stocked with my dependable ingredients!

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Here’s what you will almost always find in my refrigerator:frig-2

  1. Block of parmesean cheese for grating, block of cheddar, bag of shredded motzerella
  2. Green Pepper, mushrooms, onion (I like to keep green onion too, but often forget)
  3. Romaine lettuce
  4. Yeast
  5. Brown mustard or dijon mustard for salad dressings
  6. Tortillas, flour: wheat & white
  7. Lemon & lime juice — try to keep a fresh lemon
  8. Worscestshire sauce
  9. Real maple syrup for oatmeal
  10. Horseradish

What do you stock in the refrigerator?


basket-of-eggsAs some of my friends and I explore a variety of ways to manage our homes, I hope to share some of our findings.

One of my frugal friends shared this tip — motivated by this week’s sale at Giant Eagle.

A dozen eggs for $1

She discovered that eggs can be frozen!!  A most excellent discovery!

Eggs can be frozen, but not in the shell. It’s best to freeze eggs in small quantities so you can thaw only what you need. An easy way to do this is to put them in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer container and label.

As with any frozen food, it is best to thaw eggs in the refrigerator and use them as soon as they are thawed. Only use thawed eggs in dishes that will be thoroughly cooked.  Learn everything you would want to know about freezing eggs here.

We once worked for a Christian Camp and the secretary shared  her dad’s favorite shipwreckedsaying,

Christians are the only people who shoot their wounded.

How quick we are to judge (full of pride and self-righteousness) how other Christians, parent.

More to the point, is when the apparent “fruit” of Christian parenting does not resemble unblemished, perfect ‘fruit’.

Christians either forget or have never experienced the persistence and cleverness of Satan, the embodiment of evil. The quickest path to destruction is when Satan can get a foot-hold in a marriage and a family AND if that family is in full-time ministry it can also be wounded.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

It is no coincidence that the “PK” (preacher’s kid) phenomenon exists.

Who is the most vulnerable in a Christian family? Most likely it is the children . . .

and the debilitating pain of brokenness unleashes its destruction

in the child

in the mother

in the father

and even in the other siblings.

No one in the family is left unscathed.

Much like Job, well-meaning friends step in and offer their thoughts, but because they speak without wisdom (knowledge + experience) their efforts deepen the wound and twist the knife.

Unless you have walked with a child on the perilous journey through the teenage years and have experienced the heart-wrenching pain of that parent and child; please ask the family what you can do and always pray without ceasing for the ones we love.

The children of truly godly parents

(Edward Bickersteth)

Often, the children of truly godly parents,
are acquainted only with the theory of true
religion–but their hearts are far from being
influenced by it. When such leave home, and
family restraints are removed–they generally
yield to the corrupt inclinations of their hearts.
And if they even keep within the bounds of
, (which is not always the case) they
gradually adopt the attitudes, manners and
habits of the world.

Grace Gems (choice ELECTRONIC books, sermons & quotes)
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, . . . For, by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.(Eph 2:4-8)




This morning,
there is nothing more important than this post/video.


Abandoned by God
by John MacArthur


Thanks to svdbygrace



Although originally Legh Richmond wrote this to his dying teenage son in 1824. His words are timeless and applicable for anyone we deeply love . . .

a son or daughter.

a husband or wife.

a mother or father.

a friend.

Please read with that person in mind — if you might be a receiver of this letter then know that you are loved beyond measure by someone in this world and the next.

My ever dear {fill in the blank},

You are never out of my thoughts–but there is an eye which beholds and watches over you, in a way that I cannot do. To Him I confide and commend you, for sickness and health, for time and eternity. What prospects does it set before us! What inconceivable mysteries are involved in it! How does it make the things of time dwindle into insignificance! What questions of unspeakable importance, are involved in it!

What a word, what a thought, is ETERNITY!

Sin, a corrupt nature, a broken law, an offended God, eternal punishment, conscience, guilt, regeneration, salvation by Christ, faith, hope, love, free grace, undeserved mercy, justification, effectual calling, adoption into God’s family, pardon of sin, consolation in Christ, heaven and glory! These, and a thousand accompaniments, are all connected with the idea and the reality of ETERNITY!

What a sad proof of the depravity of our heart–is our indifference towards thinking upon things which belong to our everlasting peace; and which, if neglected, involve our eternal ruin! We need warnings–and the Lord sends them in many ways. Sickness, pain, bereavements, losses, disappointments –all bring their message with them.

The great question between our souls and God is not whether we admit the truths of the Scripture into our understandings–but whether they are so applied to our hearts–so as to have wrought a change, and become vital principles of faith and practice. Nothing short of this can afford evidence of a saved and safe condition.

Be much in prayer and self-examination. The more we see of ourselves–the more we see our sin. And the more we see our sin–the more we flee to the death and righteousness of Christ–for pardon, deliverance, and hope! Let nothing interrupt you in this continual work of self-examination; and let self-examination lead you to earnest and ardent prayer. Let no pursuits of literature, no delights of sense, no passing occurrences, no debility of body, no inferior subjects of recreation, prevent you from keeping your thoughts close to God and to eternity!

You have arrived at an age when many dangerous temptations will assail you, and you will be put to the test–whether your heart is right with God. You are thrown upon the world and its seductions, and you will find indeed, that it lies in wickedness– multiplied, subtle, and appalling wickedness! May God preserve you, my dear son–and may you never wander from the way in which you have been trained!

Keep a continual watch over your disposition, temper, and thoughts. Pride in every form–must be brought low.

Do not wonder, that I cannot rest contented with superficial religion–but that I look for a deeply experimental life of God in your soul. I place time and eternity before me in holy imagination. I strive, as it were, to penetrate the veil which separates them–and to look earnestly at those things which belong to your everlasting peace!

Lay all these things to heart; make them the subject of unceasing petition at that throne–whence no believing supplicants are ever sent empty away.

I commend you to Him, who has all events in His hands, whose consolations are neither few nor small, who gave his Son to die for your sins, and whose compassions never fail. The precious Redeemer shall protect, guard and comfort you. But seek Him aright–do not trifle with the great concerns of your soul.

Adieu for the present, my child, {my husband, my wife} my friend–and, in Christ, {my sister} my brother .

[emphasis added]

Grace Gems

homemade-dinner-rolls21Well, as many of my friends and family who read this blog know I am seriously into coupon clipping and saving money — it is not as difficult as you would think (more posts later, I promise). In face I sometimes actually make money!

One change to our life is using our bread machine to replace all store bought bread. So questing for the best deals on assorted flours, grains, and other healthy ingredients.

A very important ingredient to bread making is ‘Vital Wheat Gluten’.  When added to bread dough, it helps retain the gas and steam from baking and gives more volume to the baked bread. Especially helpful to use with breads using coarse, whole grain flours, and cereals.

Therefore, I do not use ‘bread flour’ which is usually more expensive. This week I discovered at Giant Eagle (Pennsylvania) a great sale!

Bob’s Red Mill Vital Wheat Gluten flour (found in the organic section) on sale for $5.99 for 22 oz. Typically I purchase a Hogson Mills smaller box. This is a savings of .10 per oz or $2.20.

You may want to share the package (and the cost) with a friend!


hosted by: Peggy at The Simple Woman’s Daybook

 February 23, 2009


this morning from my kitchen chair . . .
grey dawn, fresh snow, cardinal at feeder

i am remembering . . .
snowboarding day-trip, surprise lunch visit with dear friends, a hurting daughter recuperating, Olive Garden, cream of progresso soup, dark chocolate kisses, visiting 2 year old child, visiting 7 wk old (adorable) puppy, a full house and full weekend,
amazed by God’s timing.

i am thankful  . . .
a home that stretches to welcome many, safe travels for our daughter, reconnecting with 2 dear college friends

from the kitchen . . .
new puzzle on the table, a very dirty floor from weekend traffic, thoughts of sweet rolls, chicken noodle soup, birthday wrappings, a lovely new fringed wrap

I am thinking . . .
God’s provision for each member of my family, trying to step aside and allow God’s perfect plan to flow unhindered

I am reading . . .
Morning/Evening: Daily Readings by C.H. Spurgeon

my favorite things . . .
friends, time with our adult children, homemade anything

a few plans for the rest of the week . . .
doctor appointment, Wednesday home party, homemade laundry soap, committed to nothing but cleaning out the home office & designing a cleaning/home management schedule

a verse of Scripture . . .
“I will never leave Thee.”
Hebrews 13:5

Here is a picture thought I am sharing . . .

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