Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hearty Split Pea & Ham Soup


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Last week was one of those weeks.

A slightly frenzied, up and down, going in circles until I was dizzy kind of week — discombobulated…

Thankfully, the side effects didn’t last long.

Have you had a week like that recently?

One you might compare to a roller coaster ride that zips off before you can catch your breath…

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Life Lessons from Joshua ….chapter 7

God Lessons from Joshua by my friend and fellow Christian blogger, SpiritDee. Enjoy!

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This has been a long journey for me….I am now wrapping up Joshua and getting ready to move to Judges. However my Joshua posts have been irregular. I will be posting them regularly now so that I can focus on my next personal study.

LESSON #1: What I do affects my whole family

LESSON #2: When I take something that doesn’t belong to me, I have act unfaithfully.

LESSON #3: It is very important to pray before I proceed with any project .

LESSON #4: I must always be closely attuned to the Holy Spirit .

LESSON #5: The cost of disobedience is always high.

LESSON #6: I am very weak without His strength in my life.

LESSON #7: I open ourselves up to judgment when I am disobedient.

LESSON #8: The eye will always see , the heart will always desire, but I do not have to take.

LESSON #9: There will be no victory until I deal…

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Creamy Pumpkin Butternut Squash Soup

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I think I’ve gone mad.

Pumpkin painting.

Pumpkin shooting.

Pumpkin pie — not just one but two — with leftover pumpkin to boot.

And I told myself that was enough.

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Then this extraordinary commercial came on the television touting a piping hot bowl of soup.

Pumpkin soup.

The rich, creamy kind… my kind

…and I smacked my lips and wondered…

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie With Walnut Crumble Topping {or not}

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Have you ever made your very own “real” homemade pumpkin pie? 

You know, from an actual pumpkin? 

I had not until this week when I baked two.

The first one — simple, elegant and delicious, served with fresh whipped cream.

And a second decadent little number — bedecked in walnuts, brown sugar and butter.

So good!

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Now, I didn’t set out to bake two in one week, but pumpkin pie pumpkins were on sale and a deal for just one dollar.

So I grabbed two — one for baking and another to decorate the front porch.

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How-To Make Acorns From Batting {& Just When I Have It All Figured Out…}


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So I shared with you the other day that last week was a bummer, and I was behind on that chicken stir-fry recipe post along with the story about my once self-declared permanent bachelor husband and our dinner out for Chinese…

If truth be told… sometimes we don’t consider.
Well, I didn’t tell you that tale because I’m all that and a bag of chips. Snap! I told it because my husband and I both marvel at how often we have made our best laid plans…

…and then God does something unexplainable or amazing or funny that can only come from Him.

We’ve mapped our routes, sent out announcements to the world and then he does something spectacular or jarring to remind us of this…

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

Isaiah 55:8

Has that happened in your life, too?

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He’s amazing like that…
The Lord knows my thoughts and ways have gotten me in trouble more times than I care to remember…. thankfully, he has a rescue plan.

When I stop struggling, I nearly always end up loving his way better than my own… even if it didn’t sit well at first.

He sets a desire in our hearts to want what he has set us apart for.

He’s had good intentions all along… even before we were born…

“I knew you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart for me before you were born…” Jeremiah 1:5  

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They’re so fun to share… 
So did you like the colorful felted wool acorns I shared >>>here? They are so pretty to scatter around the house this time of year and they make really sweet gifts, too.

Who wouldn’t want to receive a tiny gift bag of these?


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In my last post, acorns were made with wool felting, but here they are rolled from quilt batting.

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You can review the how-to in the wool felted acorn post >>>here, then use these suggestions to complete them.

Cut batting into 3×3 inch squares.

Cut one corner away and separate the batting plies until you have an open center — sort of like a ravioli noodle.

Push the opposite corner towards the cut corner until the square is inside out and makes a nest, similar to the center photo shown above.

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Dip the nest in hot water and begin rolling between your palms until each piece turns into a tight ball. A drop of dish soap in the palm of your hand can help tighten each one also.

Rolling… rolling… rolling…

Then hot glue an acorn cap on top and enjoy!

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