How to make wreaths

How to make wreaths

I have always wanted to learn how to make wreaths, which is why I googled this.  This link actually does tell you how to do it and gives you all kinds of pictures for suggestions and inspiration.  I don’t have really much to add about this, I just know I’m not alone in wanting to learn how to make killer wreaths.  So, go to the link, read the instructions, go get the supplies and go for it!  I am.

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/wreatmakandd.html

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

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Crock Pot Apple Pie

Crock Pot Apple Pie

Now, according to my search, this is healthy.  It also looks really simple and delicious.  I love the versatility of crock pots, you can use them for something like lasagna or something like apple pie; that’s why they are just an incredible invention.  I found this recipe on food.com and thought it would be a nice addition to my list of recipes.  So, enjoy and I suggest you serve with ice cream or frozen yogurt, who doesn’t love that combo of cold and warm?  Talk about comfort food!

http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-apple-pie-311774?layout=desktop

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

The meaning of Memorial Day

The meaning of Memorial Day

This day is a day off from work for most and it is celebrated with BBQ’s, family and mini-vacations.  And there’s nothing wrong with that, but I do think it is important to remember the reason we have this holiday in the first place.  Many thousands of people have given their lives to insure this country’s freedom, and many more serve today as first-responders and active military.  We would not have the country we have today if it were not for their sacrifice.  And, I for one am eternally grateful for that sacrifice.

My dad is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He did, I believe, three tours in Vietnam and was involved in a special ops program in Panama.  He retired when I was five as a Chief Petty Officer, the highest rank an unlisted man can achieve.  I am very proud of him.  There was a time that I wanted to follow in his footsteps and join the Navy.  Now with hindsight, it’s a good thing I didn’t because with my mental issues, I probably wouldn’t have made it.  But, I would have served if I could have, just like him.

I don’t want to get political, but I do think it is abhorrent that our Congress treats itself better than it treats our veterans, first-responders and active military; but, that could be an entire post unto itself. I don’t have much more to add to this; just when you are sitting around with your family, remember to give thanks to the many men and women, past, present and future, who have or will make the sacrifice to serve this country of ours and give us the freedom to enjoy the day off and spend it as we choose, with freedom.  This day is meant for them and all I ask is that you remember that.  We are surrounded by real-life heroes who have earned the recognition that they deserve.

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Having a grateful heart

Having a grateful heart

Last week I talked about questioning God’s plan for me and how it never seems to be what I want.  I also said I would change the way I prayed and stop being so concerned with life issues, like the bank account and the bills, etc.  I learned something in the last week.  I heard this saying and I’m putting it in my own words because I don’t remember how it goes exactly, but “happiness doesn’t give you a grateful heart, a grateful heart gives you happiness.”  That is what I have learned over the last week; there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.

God has given me so much that it is beyond comprehension.  Of course, the obvious, giving us Christ and the salvation offered through him; the promise of eternity with Him in Heaven.  But, there is so much more than that.  My husband and I have basically good health, and all our senses.  We have food in the refrigerator and money in the bank, maybe not much, but enough for our needs.  This beautiful place we call Earth, all the wonders of creation, from the beauty of flowers to all the wondrous animals that roam this Earth.  He created for us a wonderland of beauty for us to enjoy and we truly need to take better care of it, but that could be a whole other post.

My point is simply that God is very generous with me and I’m humbled by that because I am so unworthy of the grace that God showers down upon me.  I really need to stop worrying about all the little things that life throws at you, because God has a plan for all of us and already has it all worked out.  There’s a verse in Psalms, I don’t know where, but it basically says to be patient, and wait for the Lord. He knows all of our needs, dreams, everything – He knows us better than we do.  I was upset about not getting that job I talked about, but now I am grateful I didn’t get it, because if it was right for me God would have given me the job, it wasn’t right for me, so He didn’t.  He’s just doing what is best for me at all times.  Again I quote my favorite verse: Romans 8:28, “And God works all things to the good of those who love Him and were called according to His purpose.”  All I can say is trust in God, He is perfect and His gifts are also perfect.  He may not give you what you think you want, but he will give you what is best for you and what you need.

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

23 Tips to organize your chaos

23 Tips to organize your chaos

It is really difficult to find organizing tips that actually help.  Usually, the big sites are full of fluff and Redbook isn’t any different.  It’s a cluttered site, but it does have a good article with practical ideas for organizing things.  So, take a look at it and see if there are a few ideas to help control the chaos in those areas of your house that always seem to be crazy.  Am I the only one with several catch-all drawers that are just chaotic?  Anyway, I hope this link gives you some ideas that help you get organized.

http://www.redbookmag.com/home/g617/organizing-ideas/

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Quilling

Quilling

Quilling is working with small strips of paper, manipulating them into designs.  It’s been around for centuries, but it is back in full force.  I recommend that you go to the hobby store or google quilling packets that give you the slotted tool that you need, plus basic instructions to start with simple designs.  That’s how I started, but a lot of hobby stores don’t carry quilling packets or supplies, so I will add some links to supplies available at Amazon.  I just bought a simple package with all I needed to start, plus you’ll need glue.  The picture I chose to use for this post shows you how far you can take this craft, it was done by an artist in Malaysia.  You can make stationary, jewelry, pictures, decorate frames, etc.  The sky’s the limit.  It is fun to do, but you do need to have a gentle touch with it, or your shapes will come out different, trust me – I learned this the hard way!  Below is a website that will help guide you on how to do it, but I suggest you buy a packet so you can have the tool and the basic shapes manual.

Here’s a link to buy a package that comes with the tools and paper that you will need to get started, no manual but a board to help you make the shapes at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pOc211.

Here’s a link to a book covering all the basics that you will need to get started: http://amzn.to/2pYfvdB.

http://theartofquilling.com/how-to-quill-beginning-instructions

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Crock Pot Vegetarian Lasagna

Crock Pot Vegetarian Lasagna

I’ve given you a lasagna recipe before, but I want to start giving you healthier recipes – all in line with the new healthy lifestyle I’m starting to have.  All you do is layer the raw vegetables and noodles and let the crock pot do its thing.  As suggested on the site, serve with garlic bread and a salad.  Enjoy!

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252492/slow-cooker-vegetarian-lasagna/

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth