Thursday, September 27, 2007

Napkin Folding for Beautiful Tables

Folding napkins can be an inexpensive way to make your dining experience elegant. This added touch tells your guest they are special. There are so many different patterns available to embellish your table. Here are a few in the photos below. Also check out these websites for more ideas:
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Monday, September 24, 2007

Baking Bread

There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh bread coming from the kitchen. It seem to beckon to all who are passing by, drawing them in, making home feel warm and cozy, and naturally growing into robust stories and laughter. It is so simple, so beautiful, so inviting. Welcome someone in with a loaf of fresh bread and begin making many special memories.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Quick Mix


9 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
4 tablespoons sugar
1 cup nonfat dry milk
2 cups shortening

Sift together twice, the flour, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar, sugar and dry milk. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly. Store in covered container at room temperature. Use wherever biscuit mix or Bisquick(TM) is called for.

Several of you have requested this recipe knowing the Lord may send you to places in this world where a baking mix is not readily available.

Monday, September 17, 2007

I Peter 4: 8-10

Most importantly, love each other deeply, because love will cause many sins to be forgiven. Open your homes to each other, without complaining. Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace.

Saturday, September 15, 2007


It is so delightful to have beautifully preserved jars of fruit and veggies with their colorful contents lined up and stacked on your kitchen counter. With it comes a great sense of accomplishment and pride. For those of you who want to continue this homecanning tradition here are a few noteworthy websites to visit.

Seeking to restore the role of the household that we see in the ministry of Jesus and the growth of the early church.

The household in the New Testament was the center of spiritual activity. Reading of the New Testament reveals that the home was a haven for prayer, healing, and Biblical teaching, breaking of bread, hospitality, ministry to the sick and happy, genuine relationships. It was a place to expose others to the truth, justice, mercy and goodness of God.

Proverbs 11:26a

A kind woman gets respect.
A gracious woman attains honor.


Black Bean Wraps

These delicious sandwiches are perfect for a light lunch. Black beans are mashed with salsa to form a spread for flour tortillas, then rolled with lots of veggies and avocado sauce.
. 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed
. 1/3 cup chunky salsa
. 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
. 1 tomato, thinly sliced
. 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
. 1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
. 1 avocado
. 1/3 cup sour cream
. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
. 4 (8 inch) flour tortillas
In medium bowl, place black beans and mash with a fork. Leave some beans whole for a chunky texture. Add salsa and mix well. Prepare bell pepper, tomato, and cheeses. In small bowl, mash avocado with sour cream and lemon juice. Spread bean mixture over tortillas and top with vegetables and cheeses. Place some avocado mixture over cheeses. Roll up sandwiches and serve.



1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 envlope onion soup
2 (1 lb. 4 oz.) cans beans (kidney, great northern, or a combination)
1/4 c. chili sauce
1 1/2 c. water

In a large skillet brown the meat well, stirring frequently. Remove excess grease. Stir in soup mix, beans, chili sauce and water. Simmer covered 20 minutes. Serves 6-8.

Colossians 2:7

Keep your roots deep in Him and have your lives built on Him. Be strong in faith, just as you were taught and always be thankful.