November 28, 2012

The link to this recipe was just added to my Recipe Page here on this blog. Check it out, my friend’s an amazing cook and baker, but lives too far away for me to “show up with fork in hand.” Sigh.

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Mom was looking at Progressosoups on Sunday.  She said she wanted to buy their Lentil soup but it had like a trillion mg of sodium in it.  I told her I bet I could make some with the lentils we had and some veggie broth (which I happened to have too!)

So, at lunchtime, I put this together…in fewer than 30 minutes!

1 tbsp olive oil

5 slices of veggie bacon

1 small onion diced

1 small green pepper diced

1 tsp sweet paprika

¾-1 bag of lentils (I used the Goya bag)

1 box (carton, approx 1 qt) of vegetable broth – lo sodium if possible

1 cup white wine

2 cups water

2 large Turkish bay leaves

Salt & pepper to taste

Two handfuls of chopped fresh kale

1 large or 2 small carrots diced into small cubes

Heat oil in soup pot.  Sauté “bacon”, onion and…

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November 28, 2012

So, when I am stressed I pray, I clean, I quilt . . . here’s another project on my Quilting nd Fiber Art Blog. I’m calmer now. lol

Quilting, FiberArt & Painting

Here is a secret!  Shhhh!  Don’t tell!  If you want your fabric stash to increase, just let people know you love fabric and sewing or quilting!  See, I have a great stash and much of it cost me pennies or nothing at all.  I find big bags of fabric at thrift shops, and scrap bags of high-end quilt fabric at quilt shops, and people who are downsizing their stash say “I have some fabric . . . ” and before they finish the sentence, I say “thank you!”  Now, I admit when I have had full-time employment (God willing that’ll be soon?) I have bought fabric the “other” way, but it’s been a while.

So, is it risky to say yes to fabric that might be the wrong kind or wrong color?  NO!  If it’s free, it’s not wrong.  See, ugly fabric can be a grocery bag, or a lining…

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November 28, 2012

Here’s a new post on my Quilting and Fiber Art blog!

Quilting, FiberArt & Painting

So, you probably are familiar with table runners, right?  I love them and love making them, designing them and so forth.  I have made lots and change them out on my diningroom table all the time.  I’ve donated them to charity auctions, given them as gifts, and before the economy tanked I sold a lot of them.  So, what was I to do with all these design ideas coming to mind?


As I flipped through a home magazine a while back I saw reference to a bed scarf.  Don’t know about y’all, but I’d never heard of one.  I read on and it seemed a company was making a killing selling them to folks with, well, more money to spend than me.  lol  Here’s the idea.  Lots of us love a folded quilt or afghan at the foot of our bed, but some of us don’t have cold feet…

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What The Lord Has Done! A Bible Verse of the Day For Wednesday

November 28, 2012

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” 1 Chronicles 16:8

Let’s spread the word of all that Jesus has done for us!  The world is so eager to spread the bad news, it is time to return the focus to Christ and the Good News!  Join me, won’t you?  Just this morning I experienced one of those mini miracles we are given every day and don’t always see.  I awakened stressed and fearful of not making it through my challenges, but this time I stopped and prayed for courage and strength and immediately became aware of His peace!

What has the Lord done for you today?

Awakening Quote of the Day For Wednesday

November 28, 2012

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.  – Henry David Thoreau –

I keep learning anew why I love Thoreau!  This quote awakened my soul this morning in so many ways.  The Lord speaks to me through nature, through poetry, through things that have always been there but which I had never noticed before He awakened me to something new and gave me the courage to pursue it!

November 27, 2012

Another quick crafty idea from my Quilting and FiberArt blog.

Quilting, FiberArt & Painting

Okay, many of us are at a place in life where reading glasses are a must.  I love the idea that I can buy them at the dollar store, but that doesn’t mean they do not need a case to protect them.  You can use a free case given to you from the eye doctor if you buy the high priced glasses, but having bought a pair of readers from the eye doctor only to find two weeks later my sight had improved, I’m back to dollar store glasses.  I carry a lot in my purse and I do toss it on the floor a lot.  Dollar or not, I don’t want to wreck my glasses from improper care.  Chances are, I will discover the scratches my carelessness has caused just as an all day meeting beings and not while I am idle and can run out for a new…

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An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

November 27, 2012

Today I am facing the challenge to write of an answer to the statement posed in the title to this post and within a ten minute period.  NO time to think, just grab hold of the first thought that comes to mind?  Sound hard?  Not really.

You see, the offer I couldn’t refuse?  It was the offer of eternal life!   All I had to do was give myself fully to Jesus Christ, God incarnate who came to earth in human form because He loved me from a time so long before I was conceived.  He suffered a brutal death so that my sins could be forgiven.  All I had to do was love Him with all my heart.  Oh, He has much for us, his followers to do, but anything He can ever ask of me can be summed up in one simple phrase, “Lord, I love you with all my being.”  Why do I love Him so?  Why do I know Him personally?  Why is it impossible to get through a moment without Him?  Because He first loved me!

As we begin the season of Advent in the church, and as we celebrate the birth of a newborn babe who is also the King of Kings, let us recall what life would be without Him.  When those close to me have a new baby, I can just melt looking into those sweet baby eyes . . . I often wonder, as the possibilities for the new babe are endless, what will he or she bring to this world?  When, Mary looked into Jesus’ sweet face, she knew!  As we sing all those happy songs of this season, let us never forget all He suffered so that our joy could be complete in Him!

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