We so often hear pleas this time of year to spend money but giving from the heart goes in a potentially opposite direction. A hug, a smile, a cup of tea, a listening ear . . . a loaf of homemade bread, a plate of homemade cookies, cakes, or muffins . . . you will be amazed how doing so changes your day! Be a blessing to someone today!
The difference between rich and poor is unrelated to any bank account or financial statement. It lies deep within each one of us.- from Thoughts Over Morning Coffee by Martha L Shaw
Originally posted on Hello Homebody:
These edible ornaments are so simple and thrifty. You could make a dozen ornaments at just a dollar per bag of peppermints!
I first melted peppermints in cookie cutters after seeing the idea in an American Girl magazine, back in the 90’s (I’m pretty sure that a project centered around scalding hot, melted sugar would not make it into a children’s magazine these days). As easy as this project is, I had a difficult time finding anything similar to this online, so I decided to share it.
Use this method to create home decor or use these candies for edible decorating… one peppermint, melted in a tiny cookie cutter, would make a cute cupcake topper!
Peppermint Candy Ornaments
- peppermint candies
- metal cookie cutters
- non-stick cooking spray
- parchment paper
- toothpick or skewer
- twine or ribbon
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the inside of each…
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The dry leaves of my old life
Must wither and fall away.
Even as the wind
Blows the dust away,
It becomes the breath of new life
Whose seeds have already been planted.
Tiny sprouts rest and grow,
Eagerly pointing toward heaven!
By Martha L Shaw – © 10-14-2013
“Small children tend to grab life by the fistful. How sad that we grow into adults who recoil.” – from Thoughts Over Morning Coffee – Martha L Shaw
His wisdom from a courageous young woman!
Originally posted on One Mountain at a Time:
I am 23 and I have never had sex. I plan on waiting until I’m married. Everyone who is waiting for marriage to have sex has his or her own reasons but I am sure we all have one in common: God’s intention for sex. About 3% of Americans wait until marriage to have sex. That is 1 in 30 people. To write about the reasons why I have remained abstinent from sex is something I hope touches someone in a positive way. It is only by the grace of God that I am still waiting. Before you continue reading, pause your current music and listen to Mount Zion by Jonathan Helser. I wrote to this masterpiece tonight!
Waiting to have sex isn’t old fashioned or unrealistic to me because waiting to have sex is truth from God and His word is forever, not…
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