Sunday, March 19, 2017

What Has Quickening Power? Q And A

Q. What has power to quicken?

John 6:63
A. The words that Jesus spake cause life.

Q. What has the power to save?

Romans 1:16

A. The gospel of Christ has power to save.

Q. What is the seed that a soul winner sows?

Luke 8:11
A. The seed is the word of God.

Q. Who hath the words of life?

John 6:68
A. Jesus has the words of life.

Q. What incorruptible seed causes a person to be born again?

1 Peter 1:23
A. The word of God is the incorruptible seed.

See how important the words of God are? They bring life to the soul.

One's salvation testimony is a wonderful and encouraging thing to hear, but, sharing your testimony without any of God's words has no saving power.

If you want to be able to throw The Life Raft to a person sinking down into Hell you need to use God's life giving words.

Something I, personally, need to do, is commit to memory verses from the Bible that contain the gospel of Christ. That way I will never be without the ability to lead someone to eternal salvation.

Q. What are those words?
A. Here are some:

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knowest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; you wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth in him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth in him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believes thou this?
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fruit Snacks In Two Flavors!

My sister over at My Beautiful Bubble shared a recipe for fruit snacks and the story of how she developed the recipe a couple weeks ago. She made some tasty looking flavors, apple and a berry/cranberry flavor. You should go check out her post. :)
Cute little containers of Fruit Snacks that Haley put together. Click for link.

Here are my variation of Haley's Fruit Snacks.

 Prune And Grape Flavored Fruit Snacks

2 cups grape juice
3 envelopes Knox gelatin powder
1/3 cup of dried prunes
1/2 cup water
2 TBS. honey

 Chop the prunes into small pieces with a knife.
Place the chopped prunes and 1/2 cup of water into a one quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Blend prunes and cooking liquid in a food processor until pureed. Should yeild about 1/2 a cup of prune puree.

Pour prune puree back into the sauce pan. Add juice and honey. Sprinkle Knox gelatin powder over the juice. Give it a few minutes  (5ish minutes) to hydrate. 
Heat over medium heat until gelatin is dissolved.

Pour into a small pan.  My sister used a bread pan. I didn't want mine to be as thick as they would've been in my bread pans. I used a small 10"×7" casserole dish.

Chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Turn out of the pan and cut into pieces of whatever size you desire.

These turned out very good! Getting them out of the pan was a little tricky (as you will see with the next flavor I show you). I found that cutting them while they were still in the pan made them easy to get out.

Orange And Sweet Potato Fruit Snacks

2 cups orange juice
1 baked sweet potato (For 1/2 cup of sweet potato puree
3 envelopes Knox gelatin
2 TBS. honey
1 drop Christmas Spirit Young Living Essentially Oil

Peel skin from sweet potato. Puree peeled sweet potato in food processor.

In one quart saucepan combine 1/2 cup of sweet potato puree, orange juice, and honey. Sprinkle Knox gelatin powder over the liquid. Let set a few minutes (5ish minutes) to hydrate.

Over medium heat, while stirring, heat mixture to dissolve the gelatin powder.

At this point you may add ONE drop of the Y.L. Christmas Spirit oil. I used two drops, and, although pleasant tasting, was a little to strong. After a couple days the flavor mellowed out quite a bit and was more enjoyable.
The primary flavors in this oil blend are orange and cinnamon.

Remove from heat. Pour into 10"×7" dish.

Chill in refrigerator 3 hours.

Cut into squares.

This batch fell apart as I was trying to turn it out of the pan. I should have tried cutting them into squares before trying to take them out of the pan.

This Orange Sweet Potato flavor was very good! I really liked how the texture turned out. They are a little chewy and squishy.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Playdough Recipe!

Homemade playdough is the best kind of playdough, in my opinion. When my mom made playdough it always outlasted the store bought stuff by a long shot.
If you make the three primary colors; blue, yellow, and red, you can do blending to create all sorts of colors!
Playdough can also be a fun learning tool for young children! My son, who is not quite two years old, was repeating the colors and shapes back to me. He seemed to pick them up very quickly!

Colored Playdough

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup flour
  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until hot.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.
  4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

I made three 1/2 batches of playdough. To make each color I added:


 40 drops of red food coloring to a 1/2 batch of playdough.


30 drops of blue food coloring to a 1/2 batch of playdough.


20 drops of yellow food coloring to a 1/2 batch of playdough.

I rinsed my pot out between batches so as not to contaminate any of the colors.

I hope you give this a try if you have small children in your life!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Snow And Muffins, Again! Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin Recipe

Last time I shared a muffin recipe I titled the post Snow And Muffins. The recipe in that post is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.

This morning we woke up to about 3 inches of snow! There must be something about snow that makes me want to bake muffins. :)

Today I made Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins from a recipe I saw on Sunshine Country Blog a week ago. My sister-in-law is the author of that blog. You should really go check out her blog. :)

Sunshine Country Blog

Her Blueberry Muffin recipe looked so good. I was looking forward to trying it!
I had to make a few adjustments to the original recipe.

Here is the recipe that I followed:

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

1 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar or brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups kefir or buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tsp. lemon zest (optional)
2 tsp. molasses (omit if using brown sugar)
2 large eggs
2 cups frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Place oats in a food processor or blender; pulse 5 to 6 times until oats resemble coarse meal. Place in a large bowl.  Add flours and sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt to the oats in bowl; stir well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. 
  • Combine kefir or buttermilk with the melted butter, lemon zest, molasses, and eggs in small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
  • Toss berries with 2 tablespoons flour, and gently fold into batter. 
  • Spoon batter into 16, greased, muffin cups; sprinkle 2 tablespoons granulated sugar evenly over batter. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. 
  • Remove from pans immediately; place on a wire rack. Serve
  • Wet ingredients and dry ingredients.

 Dusting the blueberries with flour is an important step. It keeps the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the batter.

You can also use this technique of dusting frozen blueberries with flour when making blueberry pancakes.

This is the first time I have sprinkled sugar on top of muffin batter before baking. It produces a crisp sugary crust on the finished muffins.

To insure that the bottoms of your muffins don't get soggy always turn them out immediately onto a drying wrack.

When I was girl doing 4-H I can remember the food judges always checking the bottoms of your muffins for marks from the cooling wrack. They explained that was a sign of a well finished muffin. :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

I Serve A Risen Savior! (Hymn)

Acts 17:3
Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

He Lives!
I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He's always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho' my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro' all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Wednesday Hodgepodge is a linky party at From This Side Of The Pond blog.

I don't read From This Side Of The Pond, but I do enjoy reading A Joyful Chaos blog from time to time.

A Joyful Chaos does Wednesday Hodgepodge and I always think it would be something fun to do when I read her answers.

So, here goes, my first Wednesday Hodgepodge!

                        From this Side of the Pond
1. What is one area of your life where you're a perfectionist? Is that a good thing?

On my sewing and quilting projects, most of the time. And, yes, I think it is a good thing.

2. What's something you find perfectly ridiculous?

Daylight Savings Time!! Don't get me started, I can really rant about this one. :)

3. What's a skill you've developed by way of that old fashioned saying, 'practice makes perfect?

I think there are probably to many things to count. Piano playing, sight reading music, rolling dinner rolls into perfect little circles, rolling out pie crust and pizza dough with a rolling pin, milking goats (haven't done that in a while), reading genealogies in the Old Testament out loud, just to name the things that come to the top of my mind.

4. What's your idea of a perfect breakfast?

This one is hard! My ideal breakfast that I really want, and I think would never get old, is Cranberry Apple Soaked Steel Cut Oatmeal
Here are some honourable mentions; biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs, warm rice pudding, and a ham and egg sandwich with strawberry jam spread on the bread.

5. What's a trip, holiday, vacation, or day outing you've taken that you'd rate a perfect 10? Tell us why.

I can't think of one.

6. What quote or saying perfectly sums up your life right now? If you can't do perfect, how about one that comes close?

Smooth sailing. I feel very blessed, grateful, and productive. I am meeting my goals, things are going well in our home life, and so "smooth sailing" fits well.

7. How would you spend $300 today?

I would spend it on building a clothesline or  building raised garden beds.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We are reading through the book of Judges, currently. It contains so many great, vivid stories of faith and courage. And, characters like Samson clearly illustrate the fact that you cannot tell whether someone is saved based on their lifestyle.

This was kind of fun! What would your answers be?

P.S. I have no idea why my font size is doing crazy things! I am sorry about that.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Small Batch Sauerkraut Recipe

I bought raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut at Whole Foods not long ago. It is really good, but it is $5 for 25 oz., and that is on sale.

I am wanting to use sauerkraut as a probiotic supplement. I have been eating 1/4-1/2 cup every day.

One jar of Bubbies™ sauerkraut lasts me about a week, give or take a day or two.

I know sauerkraut is relatively easy to make and cabbage is cheap. I am not able to make a huge crock of sauerkraut. For one, I don't have a huge crock. For two, I don't have a place to store all of that sauerkraut once it is finished fermenting.

I found a video on YouTube with good instructions for making sauerkraut one jar at a time. My first batch turned out really good. It has a tang and little bite. It still tastes slightly green. I probably could have let it ferment for another or two.

Here are a couple of pictures of my sauerkraut and the recipe.

Ingredients Gathered 

Cabbage Being Cored

Shredded Cabbage Before Adding Salt

Cabbage After Salting And Squeezing 

Before Fermentation

After Fermentation

Bubbles On Top Of The Jar

Small Batch Sauerkraut

2 pounds cabbage
2 TBS. sea salt (do not use iodized salt)

Cut your head of cabbage into quarters. Cut the core pieces out of your cabbage.

Slice the cabbage into thin shreds. Put shredded cabbage into a large bowl.

Sprinkle salt over cabbage. Use clean hand to massage and squeeze the cabbage for 10 minutes. You will notice a lot of water begin to sweat out of the cabbage. This is the brine.

Pack your cabbage into a clean quart jar with a spoon. Pack it pretty tight. When the jar is full cover the cabbage with brine. Put a weight in the jar to keep the cabbage submerged. A food grade plastic bag with water in it works well.

Put a bowl under the jar, and place it in a cool, not cold, dark place. 

Age for 5-10 days. Bubbles and air pockets will form, this is normal.

After fermentation is complete store finished sauerkraut in refrigerator for up to 2 months.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Lasagna Roll-Ups

Here are some pictures of a project I did over the weekend. Mr. In The Mid-west's Grandpa needed someone to do some cooking for him. This is what I did.

Getting ready to make the filling and sauce, and boil the lasagna noodles.

Meat sauce cooking.

The ingredients ready to roll!

Spreading the filling into the noodles.

Assembled lasagna roll-ups waiting to be wrapped in wax paper.

I cut strips of wax paper just wide enough to go around each lasagna noodle. Then I wrapped them individually.

Packaged and clearly labeled. Ready to be frozen.

This is pretty much the recipe I used. Some of the spices and seasoning I didn't measure.

I copied the microwave instructions from the Swan's website. I have not tested the microwave instructions to see if they work for these roll-ups, (and I will not be able to because I don't have a microwave in my kitchen) but I hope they work. It took a lot of internet searching just come up with those microwave cooking suggestions for frozen lasagna roll-ups.

13-14 Lasagna Roll-Ups

1 finely chopped onion
1 pound ground meat
2 TBS. oil
1 TBS. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1, 6 oz. can of tomato paste
1 can full of water

Heat oil in skillet. Add onion, meat and seasonings. When meat is cooked, add tomato paste. Fill the tomato paste can with water and stir it into the sauce. Simmer 5 minutes.

2 cups cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 TBS. dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix together until incorporated.

Boil 13-14 lasagna noodles.
Drain noodles and spread out on a clean towel.

Spread about a 1/4" layer of cheese mixture into each noodle, leaving 1" of space at one end of the noodle.

Cover with meat sauce.

Roll up the filled noodles towards the 1" of empty space.

Place seam side down onto tray.

Refrigerate a couple hours.

Cut wax paper into strips, about 2" wide. Wraps each roll-ups in wax paper and secure with tape.

Place into freezer bag.

Label, and freeze.

Microwave Instructions:
Dip in water to lightly coat. Place into microwave safe dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup of pasta sauce. Recover, and microwave 1 1/2 minutes longer. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Oven Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover bottom of 8"×8" baking dish with 1/2 cup of pasta sauce. Place 4 roll-ups in single layer. Cover with an additional 1 1/2 cups of sauce. Cover loosely with foil. Bake in center of oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil. Optional: add mozzarella cheese on top. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.