Friday, August 31, 2007

Random Facts

Really Random facts I've come across :)

~The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

~You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.

~Flea's can jump 130 times higher than their own height. In human terms this is equal to a 6ft. person jumping 780 ft. into the air.

~The poison arrow frogs of South and Central America are the most poisonous animals in the world.

~Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.

~No normal size piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

~Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

~ Happy Birthday(the song) is copyrighted.

~Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologist and found edible.

~A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge.

~A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Quotable Quote

Only one life twill soon be past,
Only whats done for Christ will last.

For me to live is Christ... Philippians 1:21a

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Channels Only


How I praise Thee, precious Savior, that Thy love laid hold of me; Tho hast saved and cleansed and filled me That I might Thy channel be.

Emptied that Thou shouldest fill me, A clean vessel in Thy hand; With no power but as Thou givest graciously with each command.

Witnessing Thy power to save me, setting free from self and sin; Thou who bought be to possess me, in Thy fullness Lord, come in.

Jesus, fill now with Thy Spirit hearts that full surrender know' That the streams of living water from our inner man may flow.

Channels only, blessed Master, But with all Thy wondrous power. Flowing though us, Thou canst use us everyday and every hour.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Old Fashioned Carrot Cake

Here is our favorite carrot cake recipe. The cake turns out really moist, and the icing is delicious. :) Hope you enjoy!

Old Fashioned Carrot Cake


4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 cups grated carrots

FROSTING:

1/2 cup butter, softened
package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar


In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and oil. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; beat into egg mixture. Stir in carrots. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. For frosting, in another large mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Add enough milk to achieve desired spreading consistency. Reserve 1/2 cup frosting for decorating if desired. Stir walnuts into remaining frosting. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Store cake in the refrigerator.

Yield: 12 servings.


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Humbleness


"He who knows best knows how little he knows"


~Thomas Jefferson

God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:6b

Monday, August 13, 2007

Helpful Kitchen Substitutes


Sometimes when you begin baking or cooking you realize that you are out of a important ingredient. Rather than making a trip to the store, try a substitute. Here is a list of the most commonly used substitutes. I hope it's helpful! :)

When you are out of:
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Baking powder, 1 tsp. You can use : 1/4 tsp. baking soda+ 5/8 tsp. cream of tartar
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Butter, 1 c. You can use :7/8 c. lard or 1 c. oil
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Buttermilk, 1 c. You can use: 1 c. yogurt, or 1 c. minus 1 tbsp. milk plus 1tbsp. Lemon juice or white vinegar
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Unsweetened Chocolate, 1oz. You can use: 3 tbsp. cocoa+ 1 tbsp. butter
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Semisweet Chocolate, 1 oz. You can use: 3 tbsp. cocoa+1 tbsp. butter+ 3 tbsp. sugar
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Cornstarch, 1 tbsp. You can use:1 tbsp. Arrowroot or 2 tbsp. flour
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Heavy Cream, 1 c. You can use:1/3 c. butter+ 3/4c. Milk (for cooking, not whipping)
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Flour 1 tbsp. (as a thickener) You can use: 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch, or 2 tsp. quick-cooking tapioca
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Cake flour, 1 c. sifted You can use: 7/8 c. sifted all– purpose flour
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Honey, 1 c. (baked dishes only) You can use: 1/14 c. sugar+ 1/4 c. water
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Whole milk, 1 c. You can use: 1 c. skim milk+ 1/12 tsp. butter
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Skim milk, 1 c. You can use:1/3 c. Instant nonfat dry milk + 3/4 c. water
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Peppers, dried You can use: 2 or 3 drops of Tabasco or other hot sauce
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Sugar, 1 c. You can use: 3/4 c. maple syrup or honey
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Sour cream, 1 c. You can use: 7/8 c. plain yogurt + 3 tbsp. butter
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Tomato puree, 1 c. You can use: 1 c. tomato sauce, or 3 ounces tomato paste plus 1/2 c. water
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Note: The top picture of the house (before I edited it, I added the words, outside color and frame) is taken from: http://www.realestateclipart.com They required that I put a link on here if I used one of their pictures. :)

Friday, August 10, 2007

All For Jesus


All to Jesus I surrender.
make me, Saviour, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine,

All to Jesus I surrender;
Lord I give myself to Thee,
Fill me with They love and power;
Let They blessing fall on me.

~J.W. Van Deventer

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Biblical Womanhood is having a Giveaway

Biblical Womanhood is giving away a $25 gift certificate from Vision Forum, and also 5 CD's! Click Here to enter! Entries must be received by Friday afternoon, 4:00 p.m. CST. A winner will be randomly selected from the entrants and the winner's name will be posted on the Biblical Womanhood site on Saturday. Thank you Lydia for letting me know about the giveaway. :)

Monday, August 6, 2007

Bird Watch: Seagulls

Here are a few pictures that my sisters and I took when we went for a walk around the lake uptown. This being Florida, there were plenty of seagulls to photograph. :)


"And God said, let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmanment of heaven."


Genesis 1:20


A few facts about Seagulls:



~Gulls are seabirds in the family Laridae. They are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae), and more distantly to the waders, auks and skimmers. Most gulls belong to the large genus Larus. In common usage, members of various gull species are often called sea gulls or seagulls.


~Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a pair of glands above their eyes, specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill. That is why you'll see seagulls near large bodies of water such as the Great Salk Lake where fresh water may be hard to find.

~Seagulls can live between 5 to 15 years depending on their environment and predators. The average is probably closer to 7 to 10 years. Some individual gulls have been known to live over 25 years.

~Some gulls migrate, especially ones in the northern parts of the world, such as Alaska. Like other migratory birds, they go south during the winter. The migratory patterns vary widely depending on where they reside in the summer, but they can travel thousands of miles to find better food sources.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Latest Sewing Project

Ever since my niece was born on July 1st, I've been working on designing and making a baby quilt for her. It's been a lot of fun. I just finished it up yesterday. :)

This little quilting frame has been really nice to
have for when I'm quilting small baby blankets etc.

Close up of one of the squares.

Finished! :)