Friday, July 31, 2015
box, and this year I decided to make one of these flip card albums.
I found this premade flip card at Michael's on clearance. I bought a few of them for an upcoming shower I'm going to help host, and I was going to use one to make the bride an album after the shower (a new 'thing' I've been doing since I feel like so few people print pictures now).
Thursday, July 30, 2015
We flew into Manaus and headed 24 hours up the river. We then spent 6 days in 6 villages along one of the tributaries off the Amazon.
We traveled with a local pastor and the missionaries who spend their time in these villages. It never ceases to humble me to compare all I was born into versus these people that live with dirt floors, wood walls, and palm leaf ceilings. Even by America's humblest standards I am abundantly blessed. Then again, life is simpler along the river-there are fewer conflicts interfering with who God is, and what He offers. There are no false promises, just genuine faith. They are thirsty for the gospel. Yet, there are also universal problems. We found one lady sitting on a little couch (a rare site) in the family's open kitchen area. Her family had left for the day to go to the city and she had nothing to eat or drink. She began crying as soon as we stepped onto her porch out of loneliness being met. We brought food and water from the boat. We also passed another house where there was a domestic dispute. We spent time talking to the husband, and more time nurturing his wife. She was limping and bruised, but more than that, devastated by her community who all knew that her husband took out his frustration with his fist, but they refused to interfere. It makes my heart ache still, yet what an honor to be able to tell her she was loved, that we cared, and to step in and be the hug she has needed all these years. My prayer is that the counseling with stick, and that our compassion will be remembered long after we leave the village.
Wild animals are daily sites. We met monkies, parrots, snakes, and birds of every color.
I don't know if I'll go back next year, but I know I'll be sharing the stories from this year's adventures long into eternity.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
We went down to the River Market, and to the show. Then... I came home and realized I left my memory card in my computer AT HOME so I lugged my heavy camera up and down the shores of the Arkansas River with no memory card and I ignored the 'card empty' message that pops up the hundred or so times I took a photo....it would have been a great post. I'm sure they were the best photos I ever took. At least, that's what I can say now.
I did find out, again, I don't know how to shop for antiques and all I've bought are worth what I paid....or much...much less. I also discovered all my family heirlooms only have sentimental value. Well, good...I wouldn't have wanted to sell them anyway and now I won't regret the early retirement my imaginary discovery would have brought if I was willing to part with valuable items from my ancestors.
This is my second time to go to the show. If you like Antiques, you should definitely get into the pool for tickets. It's a lottery system that happens sometime in early spring. The MOST fascinating thing is standing in line (you get a ticket for a certain hour) with all the other people who bring the most interesting stuff. I particularly like to see people wheel in large chunks of furniture because I think....wow, dedication. I looked for the smallest items I thought might have value. They both fit in my purse (each person gets to bring two pieces).
You wait in line, a preliminary person 'evaluates' what category your things go in (the most popular seemed to be collections and paintings). You then get a ticket for the lines you will go to, and you wait until they call you forward. You then get a free appraisal from one of the guys or gals you see on TV (if you watch). They actually spend a significant amount of time explaining where your object stood in history, how it would have been used/bought/it's significance and value. I appreciate that my 5 dollar records my grandfather brought back from Japan get as much attention as the next persons never seen before BB King photo. I didn't find out I was independently wealthy, but I did learn a little more about my ancestors.
I have no photos, so...you'll just have to take my word for it.
Monday, July 27, 2015
No reason. Just because, but aprons never get old.
Friday, July 24, 2015
So, if you want an easy dish, a delicious dish, or to never turn the dial on you oven on again, might I recommend-crockpot lasagna.
1. Brown mean, onions, and garlic. Once it is browned, add the tomato sauce, paste, and oregano. Cook until heated through.
2. In a separate bowl, mix ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella (I reserved a little mozzarella to sprinkle on top).
3. Spray your crockpot with pam to save dish washing time later.
4. Layer sauce, noodles (break them up to fit into crockpot-I did two layers of noodles on each layer), and then cheese. Repeat until you run out of ingredients (I had about 5 layers). The noodles will cook as the crockpot heats. I sprinkled a little mozzarella cheese on the top.
5. Cook for about 4 hours on low (until sides are just starting to brown.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
When we decided to go, many people questioned the safety of the decision. It's my philosophy that I don't take chances with my safety, but I also know I'm under God's protection and He ordained my birth and my death and nothing will take me sooner. I felt safe in my decision. The people in Israel are also prepared for danger...more so than most in America. While I was in Israel, I never felt like my safety was at risk, but I did receive notifications from my national news app about a situation back here in Dallas that involved bombs and an attack on the police force. It reminded me how fragile life is everywhere we go, even back home.
We were originally going with the church, but they moved the date b/c of a conflict, so we joined a group called American Israel Travel. They are geared towards religious groups, though our group was a mix of denominations, so some approaches were what the Catholics would be used to, others the Protestants. All this to say-read and know your bible before you go-there is one basic truth to Christianity, but other things have many approaches. What I discovered is how much more I need to be reading, but I feel like now that I've visited the setting of my favorite book, it will pop off the pages even more.
I won't go day by day or step by step, but these are just a few of my rememberings from this trip! One, we visited the above city Tel Megiddo. It had been the home of 26 different groups of people. I was reminded as we went through how the archeologist discovered each area A) How new the country of Israel is...it's only been a state (again) for 50 years + now. So many of these discoveries are fresh! Can you imagine what they will discover in another fifty years? As the archeologist was uncovering this site he used the measurements in the bible for King Solomon's measurements...and they knew where to dig....and found exactly what the bible said the measurements would be. Wow. I won't even talk about my math skills, but less my building skills! It amazes me how so many earthly matters back up biblical statements we believe by faith, but can prove so often as well.
I stood at the Western Wall and watched religious Jews and visitors tuck prayers into the cracks in the wall. It's the closest they are able to get to the temple mount, which currently belongs to the Muslims. This is the Muslims 3rd holiest site.
I've read the bible. I know what happens. I felt the pain and the tension standing between those two worlds as well. I'm praying for the Peace of Israel. I'm grateful for the time spent in the middle of my bible stories growing up. I'm thankful for a family that came first, a faith that has never failed me, and the opportunity to experience this beautiful land with my Mom who read me those stories when I was a little girl.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
I saw this recipe at moneysavingmom for freezer biscuits and I decided to give it a go. I love breakfast for dinner...or breakfast for breakfast. These were easy to put together, and I love that I can just pull a couple out of the freezer at a time and I don't have to cook 8 or 10 (whatever comes in the usual canned variety I use). The original recipe says you should have 2 dozen, but I only got 1 1/2 dozen.
Homemade Freezer Biscuit
Instructions: Mix the dry ingredients. Add the shortening or butter and mix until crumbly (I used a pastry cutter to do this). Add in milk and mix until it forms a ball.
Roll onto floured surface and cut biscuits (I used the edge of a glass)
Place on a cookie sheet for 2 hours and freeze. Remove and place into freezer bag.
To bake, pull out however many you need, thaw for 30 minutes to an hour.
Bake at 450 for 8-12 minutes.
Monday, July 20, 2015
One thing I did get check off my to do list was to make this little flower book mark for my planner. A lot of the people I've seen planning have these to hold the place of their week so you can open your planner to the exact right page.
I still was too lazy to pull out my machine, so I pulled out my inner Little House on the Prairie. I sewed it by hand...novel, I know. I sewed the elastic together and then sewed two flowers onto the bland to cover the seam. This month, my book mark matches my planner, but I can dress her up for future holidays now. This is something I may do for my everyday spirals as well....but first....I've got a few other things to get checked off my to do list.
Friday, July 17, 2015
I have been obsessed with primitive Halloween lately, so I brought some felt I precut (because the travel scissors you are aloud to take on the plane won't do the trick). I stitched the buttons and pieces onto the faces and when I got home I added some stuffing and sewed my new plane friends closed. I poked a stick through each little guy at the bottom and added some ribbon on top.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
We were there before the missions were open to the public. We were able to walk around the outside though.
I've lived in Texas my whole life, but hey, even I find three horses tied up outside of an convenience store pretty interesting.
I really was surprised by all there was to do (so much of it we didn't have time for) in El Paso. The market and the missions exceeded my expectations. Just another fun stop in Texas.