Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Double Corn Bread

I found this recipe not to long ago and thought I would give it a try.
Double Corn Bread

3/4 cup white flour
1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups canned corn, drained
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease and a 8 1/2– inch round cake
Sift the flour, cornmeal, salt and baking powder together into a large bowl. Stir in sugar and make a well in the center. Combine the melted butter, milk and eggs. Add to the center of the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir the corn into the mixture. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a metal skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Invert the bread onto a serving platter.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Random Photo

Here's a random picture I had of one of our Shih-tzu puppies.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Lord is always by my side.....

The Lord is always
by my side
My gentle Shepherd,
constant Guide

My Teacher, Master,
faithful Friend--
His loving kindness
knows no end.

O blessed Lord Jesus
May your name be praised,
For your grace and mercy
You show us each day!

"......The goodness of God endureth continually." Psalm 52:1b

Monday, October 22, 2007

My Sweater Shrank!!

Have you ever had a wool sweater that shrank? Well, I made a mistake and put my wool sweater in the regular wash, and as you can guess when it came out it had shrunk two or three sizes. I didn't think there was any hope and was going to give it away when I found the below solution. It worked really well and now my sweater is the correct size once again. :) I hope this is helpful!

Step One:
Mix 2 tbsp. baby shampoo into a sink full of warm water. The shampoo will relax natural fibers like wool. Leave to soak for 15 minutes.

Step Two:
Without rinsing the sweater, take it out of the soapy water and roll it in a towel to remove as much moisture as possible.

Step Three:
Lay the garment out on some towels in a cool place. Stretch the garment out to its original dimensions pulling it into the size and shape you want. Fasten the sweater to the towel using pins, being careful not to snag the sweater. (As shown) The absence of heat from the drying process allows the wool fibres to set in place without locking together and shrinking the garment again.

Step Four:
Return to the sweater every several hours, re-stretching and re-pinning it as necessary, until the sweater is dry.

You will have a good as brand new, fully functional sweater again! :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Leaf Stamping

I recently found the idea of leaf stamping and thought it would be a fun to try. It was interesting to see how the variety of leaves stamped differently.
I used a variety of leaves with different shapes and textures. I even used some herb leaves such as sage which has a very pronounced texture that stamped really well.

One of the corners, with three leaf stamps.
(I think the three that I used here are maple, sage, and wild grape.)

Ready to write.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Just a Closer Walk With Thee

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

When my feeble life is o'er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o'er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Trust in the LORD

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on Thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the LORD for ever:
for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting stength.
Isaiah 26 :3-4

Monday, October 8, 2007

Mushrooms or Toadstools

The other day I was walking in the yard and I noticed that there seemed to be quite a few mushrooms (or toadstools if you prefer, Botanists do not separate mushrooms and toadstools into two different groups. Some people give the name mushroom to the kinds that can be eaten, and toadstools to those that are poisonous. ) growing. We had gotten quite a bit of rain a few days ago which probably had something to do with it. Well anyway, I thought it would make an interesting post so I grabbed the camera :) and started taking pictures. I was amazed at the different kinds that I found in just a small area of our yard. The encyclopedia stated that: "There are about 38,000 known species of mushrooms." !I found several interesting websites here, here and here about mushrooms. All of God's creation is amazing!These are a few of the pictures that I took:

I thought this one looked really interesting!