Sunday, November 29, 2009

~ Sunday Lyrics ~


The Words I Would Say - Sidewalk Prophets


Three in the morning, and I’m still awake
So I picked up a pen and a page
And I started writing just what I’d say
If we were face to face

I’d tell you just what you mean to me
Tell you these simple truths

CHORUS
Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope
You’re gonna do great things
I already know
God’s got His hand on You
So don’t live life in fear
Forgive and forget
But don’t forget why you’re here
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say

Last time we spoke you said you were hurting
And I felt your pain in my heart
I want to tell you that I keep on praying
That love will find you where you are

I know cause I’ve already been there
So please hear these simple truths

CHORUS

Say… from one simple life to another
I will say… come find peace in the Father

Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope
You’re gonna do great things
I already know
God’s got His hand on You
So don’t live life in fear
Forgive and forget
But don’t forget why you’re here

Take your time and pray
And thank God for each day
His love will find a way
These are the words I would say



The Words I Would Say - sung by Sidewalk prophets

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I’m Thankful for…

My salvation through Christ
A loving husband that looks out for me
My 91 year-old mom
Faithful friends that I hold dear
And…

For the first time in about 25 years, I’m NOT working retail on Black Friday !!!!

Have a wonderful Turkey Day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

~ Pumpkin Dessert Squares ~




Pumpkin Dessert Squares


Preparation Time: 15mins
Cooking Time: 40 mins
Serves: 8-12

Ingredients:

CRUST:
1 box yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten

FILLING:
2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2/3 cup milk

TOPPING:
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup reserved cake mix
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted


Preparation: Thoroughly mix crust ingredients and press into 9x13 baking pan.

Mix filling ingredients and put on top of crust.

Mix topping and spread over filling.

Bake at 350° 40-50 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cut into squares. Serve warm or cool. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.



After it cooled, I cut it into small squares, and put it in cupcake papers.
Today I'll be taking this to work for a little pre-taste of Thanksgiving !

Saturday, November 21, 2009


"What Faith Can Do"

Everybody falls sometimes,
Gotta find the strength to rise,
From the ashes and make a new beginning,
Anyone can feel the ache,
You think it’s more than you can take,
But you are stronger, stronger than you know,
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining,
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining.

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains,
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen,
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do.

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard,
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try,
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water,
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing,
You will find your way
If you keep believing.

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That's what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise .


Kutless - What Faith Can Do
From the album ~ It Is Well ~

Thursday, November 19, 2009

~ Wooden letter blocks ~

Another easy craft I made for Fall were these lettered wooden blocks.
The wood blocks cost $ 2.29 for a package of 6.
I painted the blocks burgandy red. then
I cut patterned paper squares and glued them to the blocks.


I cut smaller squares out of scrap linen material and raveled the edges a bit.
Glued those on...

then printed large - font letters on tan colored paper, using the computer...
cut them out, glued, finished !


On the reverse side, I chose the word " WINTER "


SPRING and SUMMER are also 6 letters, so you could do any combination!

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Listen ...

The wind is rising
and the air is wild with leaves.
Winter is an etching,
spring a watercolor,
summer an oil painting,
and autumn ...a mosaic of them all.


STANLEY HOROWITZ

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

~ Autumn's Last Leaves ~


~ Autumn’s Last Leaves ~


Spiraling downward how quickly they go,
Dancing and twirling as winter winds blow,
Withered and dry, all crinkled and crushed,
More battered and bruised with each frosty gust.

Torn from their perch to doom and decay,
The treetops wave as they’re carried away.
Another season is rounding the bend,
Another autumn is nearing it’s end.

Farewell, farewell once beauteous leaves,
Your vibrant colors have dressed our trees,
You offered us shade from hot summer sun,
Alas, farewell…your work is done.

Sandra Combs ~ Plymouth, Massachusetts

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"I love fall!
 Fall is exciting.

It's apples and cider.
It's an airborne spider.
It's pumpkins in bins.
It's burrs on dog's chins.
It's wind blowing leaves.
It's chilly red knees.
It's nuts on the ground.
It's a crisp dry sound.
It's green leaves turning
And the smell of them burning.
It's clouds in the sky.
It's fall. That's why...
I love fall."
- Author Unknown

Sunday, November 15, 2009

~ Sunday Lyrics ~


Perfect People by Natalie Grant

Never let 'em see you when you're breaking
Never let 'em see you when you fall
That's how we live and that's how we try
Tell the world you've got it all together
Never let them see what's underneath
Cover it up with a crooked smile
But it only lasts for a little while

[CHORUS:]
There's no such thing as perfect people
There's no such thing as a perfect life
So come as you are, broken and scarred
Lift up your heart and be amazed
And be changed by a perfect God !

Who lived and died to give new life
To heal our imperfections
So look up and see love. Let grace be enough

Suddenly it's like a weight is lifted
When you hear the words that you are loved
He knows where you are and where you've been
And you never have to go there again

[CHORUS:]
There's no such thing as perfect people
There's no such thing as a perfect life
So come as you are, broken and scarred
Lift up your heart and be amazed
And be changed by a perfect God !

Monday, November 9, 2009

10 minute pumpkin....

I found this pumpkin craft somewhere on the internet and I thought it was a clever idea for only ten minutes of my time.


I bought 20 inches of pumpkin material (45 inches wide) and cut it on the fold
giving me two pieces. (One for you and one for a friend).

Grab a roll of toilet paper and sit it in the center of one piece of fabric.

Tuck the fabric into the center hole of the roll (no need to glue anything)

cut a piece of brown paper bag about 12 " long and fold accordion style.

Add some raffia, if you've got any, fold in half and push it into the center.

I added a piece of green plaid fabric for leaves.

And there you are!...a instant fall decoration!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dollar store finds....


a pumpkin and an old - style honeycomb decoration...

" HARVEST" pumpkins and crows and cornstalks....

two heavy - duty tea towels in fall colors....

~ FALL ~
"I love fall! Fall is exciting.

It's apples and cider.
It's an airborne spider.
It's pumpkins in bins.
It's burrs on dog's chins.
It's wind blowing leaves.
It's chilly red knees.
It's nuts on the ground.
It's a crisp dry sound.
It's green leaves turning
And the smell of them burning.
It's clouds in the sky.
It's fall. That's why...
I love fall."
- Author Unknown

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

~ Adoring autumn ~

Here's just a few of the many photos that I've taken recently....
(just click for a larger view)


"October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter."- Nova Bair



"The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly
changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools."- Henry Beston, Northern Farm


"When the bold branches Bid farewell to rainbow leaves -Welcome wool sweaters."
- B. Cybrill


Enjoy !