3 Things Challenge

Okay, I have gotten way behind on Blogging 101.  Life gets in the way of what I want to do.  So we were supposed to choose a challenge and post about that.  What I chose was Three Things Thursday.  Yes, I know it is only Wednesday, but I’m sure I can come up with 3 things that have happened this week that are awesome.

1)  On Sunday, a friend at church came up and asked me how I was doing.  I commented that I was doing better than he was, as I had been talking with his wife about him having surgery today having cancer removed.  He responded that he didn’t know about that.  I love that he completely and totally trusts God with what he is going through.

2) On Monday, it was pretty cloudy and was supposed to rain, so when I got home from work, I decided to go out and clean up the dog poop so I wouldn’t have to do it when it was actually raining on Tuesday.  While I was out cleaning it up, it started sprinkling.  That was wonderful!  On Tuesday, it didn’t rain past 5:30am.

3)  I went to lunch with my daughter on Tuesday, which was so much fun.  Granted, she is feeling pretty awful, but we got to chat, for quite a while and shared some onion rings, in addition to our curly fries and sandwiches.  After that, my son met me and we went to coordinating podiatrist appointments.  On the way there and taking him home, it was fun to just catch up.  I love spending time with my children.  I know they are grown and gone, but it is still so wonderful to chat with them and find out about what they are going through.

Thank you so much for spending time with me today.  I know, this is the second post in a day, but I’m trying to catch up and I was thrilled to share 3 things that have made life fabulous so far this week.  Have an amazing rest of the week and don’t forget to look for the good around you.  Even those little things, like making a light, or something that makes you smile counts!

Smile

A few days ago I saw an amazing post called, “Around the World in Nine Photos” by Krista.  Now, I’m not a world traveler, I see beautiful pictures of places and think,  “Wow! I’d love to go there sometime.”  However, these were pretty amazing photos that were shared and a couple of them had people in different areas of the world smiling.

I’m often told I have a beautiful smile.  It’s not that my teeth are perfect (they certainly aren’t), or my lips are perfectly formed (a kid in grade school used to make fun of my lips being too fat), it’s where my smile comes from.  My smile is a gift from God.  He has given me every reason to smile, whether things are going good, or bad, my health is horrid, or actually pretty decent for a change, my situation is great, or horrid.  He blessed me with life (when I should have died many times over), hope (I know where I’m going and why I’m here), and gratitude for all He does and allows me to do.  God is absolutely amazing.  He gave me a smile and that is something to be shared with others.  So, I share it.  I smile at people I pass on the street, people who are near me in stores, or lines, no matter their lot in life.  Do I smile constantly?  It sounds like it, but no.  And, I look at people when I smile at them.  Yes, that has caused some unwanted attention as some think I’m flirting.  I’m not.

Anyway, when I see someone smiling (a real smile, not the fake ones kids in America are trained to pop on their face as soon as a camera or phone appears), I thank God for the person and for their smile.  Smiles really are a generous gift.  It encourages someone else, who maybe doesn’t see a smile very often, or has had a really rough time.  And, they are contagious.  When someone smiles at me, it makes me smile and share that smile with someone else, who may smile then, or later, which encourages another to smile.  Those real smiles give us pause and work their way through us, to give us a brief rest and often a different outlook on life.  What may have seemed a huge problem, doesn’t look so huge anymore, or maybe we a way around it rather than through it.

So, take a look at the gorgeous pictures in the original blog post.  Take a moment to relax and enjoy.  Then, go smile at someone as you go through your day.  They may really need that bit of encouragement, or someone they smile at may.  Who knows, your smile, passed on, may be the only bright spot in the day someone along the way.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Cookies!

When I was little, my great-aunt Angie would always bring these amazing cookies to Christmas.  I LOVED these cookies.  When I was 8, I got diabetes, but I was allowed to eat sugar on Christmas and my birthday.  So, I always went straight for Aunt Angie’s cookies.  When I grew up, I asked and finally received the recipe.  They are one of my family’s favorites, too.  I’m willing to share this with you, so you can enjoy these wonderful cookies.

OLD FASHIONED SOUR CREAM COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-2/3 cup flour (I use unbleached white by King Arthur)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (absolutely necessary)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Cream shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla.  Mix dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream.  Chill dough 2 hours.  Divide dough and roll out 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick (recipe says 1/2 inch, but I’ve never made them that thick).  Place on greased baking pan and sprinkle with sugar (I use baking stones and do not grease them).  Bake at 425 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  (With the stones, the first batch on each stone I do 10 minutes, then 8 for any additional.)

I use a 3″ round cookie cutter and really don’t get many cookies, you can make them smaller and probably decrease the baking time.  These are amazing cookies, but you don’t want to incorporate too much extra flour, so only roll the dough out 2, maybe 3 times at the most.  To do this, I do smaller batches at a time.  Don’t forget to sprinkle the sugar on before baking.  Another thing I’ve learned, you can double the recipe, which gives you approximately 3 dozen cookies, but it is messy to mix, so be careful.  Don’t try to do more than double as it just doesn’t work well.  Also, these should barely be browned on the edges, if at all, so don’t over cook as they aren’t nearly as good.

These take a lot of time and work, but they are so very worth it!

Thanks for spending some time with me.  I just wanted to share something with you that is important to me.  Please, take the time to try these at least once.  They really are worth the effort.

Weekend Fun

This was a busy, but fun weekend.  I got to play in the ScrapZee.com “Summer Book Club” crop and . . .

Wed - Moby Dick

 

Moby Dick

Wed - Evil Under the Sun

 

Evil Under the Sun

Thurs - Snow White

 

Snow White

Thurs - Hunger Games

 

 

Hunger Games

Fri - Twilight 1 Fri - Twilight 2

 

These were both my examples for Twilight.

Fri - Secret Garden 2 Fri - Secret Garden

 

Secret Garden

Sat - Life of Pi

 

Life of Pi

Sat - Love Comes Softly

 

Love Comes Softly

Go check out the crop as you have until 11:59pm CST Tuesday 5/21/13 to enter for a possible prize (random drawing of participants).  Even if you don’t participate, you can see what the challenges were and what other people’s ideas were for the challenges.

The other part of this fun weekend was . . .

Milo Milo and Playdoh

 

We got a new puppy.  The white one in the back is our dog Playdoh.  The little brown guy in the front is a 4 month old puppy we named Milo.  My daughter and I went to the Arizona Humane Society on Friday just to look.  We were on our way out and she saw this little guy and just wanted to play with him for a bit.  She absolutely fell in love with him and since we adopted him, the rest of us have, too.  We were really looking for a larger dog that would be protection, as well as a loving part of the family.  This little guy is a bit of a surprise, but he brings fun to the family.  Playdoh is still getting used to having him in the family, but she is starting to play with him and realize he is here to stay.  Whew, lots of work involved in adding a new member to the family.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I hope your week goes wonderfully.

So Many Holidays, So Little Time

Did I send out my Thanksgiving cards this year?  Oops, nope, they are still in my card stash.  I really need to be more careful.  Here’s one to remind you of the wonderful holiday of giving thanks we celebrated here last week:

Thanksgiving card with 3D embellishments.

Now, for some of you around the country and world, you have snow to play in, so here’s a “snowman” card I made for you:

Snowman card with glitter and shine.

For those of us in more arid and/or warm regions, here’s a more appropriate “snowman” card:

An Arizona snowman.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Hope you are enjoying this season of giving thanks and celebrating God coming to earth as one of us.

 

 

Fun Paper

Sometimes, paper just makes me happy.  Okay, playing with paper almost always makes me happy.  This patterned paper came out of a magazine and I just LOVE it.  The colors are so deep and vibrant, that I just had to use it.  I’m using this card for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge.  I used ribbon for one of the rectangles in the challenge, but didn’t want to cover up any more of the pretty paper, so it’s going to have to do.

 

Supplies:

  • Winter Crocus stamp set (Mark’s Finest Paper)
  • Sheer yellow ribbon (Celebrate It 360)
  • Assorted papers
  • Flowers and Brad (Hot Off the Press)

The card may not be fabulous, but I’m hoping the paper makes you as happy as it does me.  Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Thank you!

It is so very important to say, “Thank You” to people.  Our society has gotten so rude that we rarely say “Please” and “Thank You” anymore.  It really makes a difference to people when we do take the time to be courteous.  Last week, a lady at church did something for me.  It can’t have been easy, because I know she has many things that she is involved in right now, so thanking her is high on my list of things to do.  Fortunately, today’s StampTV challenge is to make a thank you card and give it to someone.  This was the perfect challenge!  I also wanted to participate in the SpeedyTV sketch with a twist challenge, as I love the stamp set that is the prize.  The twist was to add lace to the sketch.  It wouldn’t have been a problem as I saw the perfect piece in my lace bag, yesterday.  A couple of hours after sorting through and untangling lace, I found all sorts of amazing lace and trims and finally found the piece I was looking for.  Whew!  I have to find a better way to store lace than in a kitchen trash bag.  There is lace in this stash that I’m sure is older than I am (part of it is from one of my grandmothers).  There is even a piece that matched my wedding dress.  It’s always fun to find things that would be just perfect for a certain idea.

Now that I’ve rambled, here is the card I came up with.

This wasn’t the piece of lace I had been looking for, but after a bit of trimming here and there, I got this one to about the right size.  It is really beautiful lace, though you can’t see it through the teapot.

Supplies:

  • Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight Ivory (Gina K.)
  • Springtime Silhouettes (Gina K.)
  • Always Time for Tea Die-namics and stamp set (My Favorite Things)
  • Bahama Blue ink (Memento)
  • Assorted papers and lace

Thank you so much for spending some of your time with me today!  Enjoy your weekend.

Candy!

My daughter’s boyfriend is having a rough time, right now, so I wanted to encourage him.  There is a challenge on Stamp TV this week to use candy in a card.  Of course, that would work!  I also wanted to use a specific verse on the card to encourage him.  As he is a guy, I went fairly simple.  When I had my son look at it, he loved it just for the candy, though the amount of words inside took him back a bit.  What do you think?

 

 

Supplies:

  • Recollections – blue paper
  • Computer and printer
  • Jolly Rancher candy

This is also being used for the MFP Speedy TV Sketch with a Twist challenge this week.  Can’t figure out what the sketch might be?  Ha!  That’s the twist.  This is fairly CAS (clean and simple).

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Hopefully this will encourage you, too.  God is large and in charge and I’m so very glad He is.  Even when things seem to be going all wrong, He will bring it all together for good, though we don’t always recognize the good until much later, if ever.  Remember, sometimes our rough times bring good to those around us, too.  This I know from experience.

Hope In the Lord

This verse stood out to me this week and I wanted to highlight it.  I kept coming back to the Lord being a strong tower and the one we run to for protection, which led me to think of a lighthouse.

 

Supplies:

  • White card (Georgia Pacific)
  • Patterned Paper (??)
  • Verse (NIV Zondervan – done on computer with Word)
  • Classic Scalloped Ovals Large (Spellbinders)
  • L9061 Brass Stencil (Lasting Impressions)
  • Red, Black, Yellow, Clear Glaze Pens (Sakura)
  • Broken China distress ink (Ranger)
  • Celebrate It Basic Narrows (Michaels)

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Remember, when things aren’t going well, run to God.  He knows you and loves you.