Thursday, February 19, 2015

Great App for Lent

I wanted to share a wonderful app I found for Lent.  It works for both Android and iPhones.
Xt3Lent2015.  I just typed in Lent in the app store and this is a free app that has blessed me.  I hope you will join me in this lenton journey while we remember what our Savior did for us.

a little bird

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ash Wednesday

In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Free Printables

I just wanted to share a spot for free printable labels, tags, wrappers, cards and the list goes on and on.

I use this when I need/want a fun printable - but need it quick and don't want to spend the time to invent one myself.

Sweet treats for our favorite Valentines.
a little bird

Friday, January 30, 2015

Apple Box Oven

Here is my apple box oven.

It took about two hours to put it together.  I'm sure it would be a bit faster if I made a second one but I was learning...

My plan is to grind some corn meal and make some corn bread to go with our soup for supper.

I have my pans that fit (cookie sheet, Texas sheet cake pan and round cake pan) but I wasn't able to find a cookie cooling rack in our little town.  The next time we go shopping I will see if I can find one at Walmart.   But I can put supports in and set my pan on the supports for now.

I do have the thermometer but haven't pushed it through yet.  I will have my DH help with that.  He has an awl. 

 This is the rack that I will use for now - until I can get to a bigger town.
It will work just fine as the purpose is to hold the pans above the coals.

Of course I will do this outside on a safe non burnable surface. :-)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Apple Box Oven

I just think this looks like fun.  I have printed the directions and plan to make this.  It would be so fun for camping to cook outside without heating up the camper of if you are tent camping you have a very inexpensive real oven.

Apple Box Oven Directions

Friday, January 16, 2015

$2.99 Lesson

$2.99 lesson.

I realize $2.99 is not a lot but enough to catch my attention.  Did you know you can't turn 1-click off on Amazon for the purchase of a kindle books...  I thought the book was free, I clicked the button and immediately realized the oops but thought there would be a verification for the order so could back out.  Not so, not with kindle its a purchase.

If it was a good book I would have been okay with it but unfortunately it was nothing more than a list of items I could have gotten from Google or YouTube for free...  live and learn - chalk it up to learn.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Gingerbread Houses

Merry Christmas!

This was the activity for the little girls Christmas Day afternoon.

When I saw the boxed versions at the store I thought they were a bit pricey...  And my first thought was I can make those and buy all the candy for the price of one.
Which is true - well at least the price of two and I needed four.
So began the process.  I found a great recipe for gingerbread via Martha Stewart Living.
Baked up four houses (one batch of gingerbread dough made two houses)

These I had done before the little ones arrived.  
When the little girls were here we broke-up butterscotch candies to make the windows for window glass.  (275 degrees for 10 minutes, apx.)
The front 'stained glass window' is different color lifesavers crunched up and done the same way.
We used stiff royal icing for the 'construction' compound.  

Up to this point all went really well.
 Then the put-it-together process began, what a hoot.
  We would get things together and then add another piece and the structure would come apart.  Patience was needed.
(At this point I was thinking paying for the prefab houses would have been well worth the money...) 
 But my dear daughters - in - love had  great patience and stuck with the projects helping the girls hold walls and roofs until the frosting was set. 
Now the decorating began.  I think as many candies were eaten as are on the houses.  Our youngest loved the 'roofing'.  She ate her way through enough 'shingles' for a whole house.  :-)
The table was covered with royal icing as were the girls.  The dogs loved it if something made it to the floor and did their part by cleaning up.

But memories were made and fun was had by all.
We cleaned up the table and the girls and then got a few photos so we will have record of the final product.

Hope you too had a fun Christmas project.
a little bird

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Reason We Celebrate.

I wish you a blessed and beautiful Christmas.

Jesus came to earth to give us a way to heaven.

Friday, December 19, 2014

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