Sunday, December 29, 2013

Making Cornflake Candy

My husband loves this stuff...his Nana made it for him. Of course, this is not what she called it, but it is what it is...  :) 
So easy peasy - 1 cup of corn syrup, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of peanut butter, 6 cups of corn flakes...flakes of sweet goodness...lots and lots of calories. :)
 Heat the sugar and syrup together and mix well. When this comes to a slow boil, mix in the peanut butter. Stir well.
 While the mixture is hot, mix in the corn
 Turn the candy out into small pieces by the spoonful onto wax paper to cool. After it is cooled, store in an airtight container.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Never will I get enough...

I know you came to rescue me...died for was my cross, too. Hallelujah.
Love my Lord!
Of You, I will never get enough.

Don't Want Tos

I have a bad case of the don't want tos...

My husband is at work. My younger child is at camp. I could be accomplishing all sorts of things. But, I don't want to. I don't want to wash the dishes. I don't want to wash and put away the laundry. I don't want to grade papers. I don't want to clean my house. I don't want to garden.  I don't want to cook. I don't want to do much of anything today.  I just don't want to.

Was it too much Christmas excitement? Has it been the stress of the past year?

I am tired. I am worn. I feel trampled upon and worn thin (though my hips would note otherwise).

Perhaps the moment of just being alone insists upon rest.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Why Still Care about Israel?

Why Still Care about Israel?

The Sanctity of Covenant, Moral Justice and Prophetic Blessing

About: Could you be asking all the wrong questions about Israel? Conversation about the Arab-Israeli conflict usually starts by asking if God is for or against the Jewish state--or Palestinians, Arabs or Muslims. In this updated and urgent book, Sandra Teplinsky, an American-Israeli Jewish believer, shows why many Christians are asking the wrong questions about Israel. With gracious honesty and solid biblical insight, she unravels the mystery and controversy of Israel--and shows how it impacts you--by taking you into the Lord's passion for all humankind.


With precision and passion, Sandra Teplinsky weaves a wealth of material and presents a compelling case why we still need to care about Israel. It's a powerful treatise and treasure. Chris Mitchell, Jerusalem bureau chief, CBN News; author, Dateline Jerusalem
An essential handbook of immeasurable worth for every thoughtful believer. Its message could not be more needed than in this present hour of global conflict, both political and spiritual. Pastor Jack Hayford, author, Secrets of Intercessory Prayer; president, The King's University
The dividing line of the true Church will be its position on the Jews and Israel. You must be on God's side. Read this book! Sid Roth, TV host, It's Supernatural!
A much-needed and fresh approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Readers will be left well informed and caring deeply about the Jewish people (and others) because they encountered the heart and voice of God. Jonathan Bernis, president, Jewish Voice Ministries International; author, A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days
Inspirationally written, biblically accurate, extensively researched and user friendly to the common believer, Bible student or seasoned minister--a desperately needed message! James W. Goll, director, Encounters Network; author, The Coming Israel Awakening


I do care deeply about the matters of the Jewish state. I think some often wonder what this country could ever have to do with them. I do not think such, but I think others do. I think the Lord does have a plan for His country and it will affect others worldwide. This book is an update on how many Biblical principles and prophecies have been fulfilled. I felt this book was a good way to introduce Israel to the world without pushing them away if the reader is not knowledgeable of the issues Israel faces on a daily basis. In essence, this book follows through on its title to make the reader understand why it is so important to still care about Israel? In Why Still Care About Israel?, Teplinsky equips the reader with the Word of the Lord through specific Bible passages that explain how God has sanctified Israel and set it apart from the world through prophecy and promise. I can see where this book obviously has a place in the hearts of believers who have an interest, who want insight, or who just want to learn more...But more than this, I can see where this book would have a valued message for the nonChristian reader. Teplinsky writes with the experience and expertise of a knowing background, with an Orthodox Jewish background and as a Messianic Jewish believer. Her writing explores how the Word is not to be replaced with theory or theology, as it stands alone. Many other subtopics are also explored making this a well-rounded read. As the book progresses, the reader will be asked questions that will allow thought and introspection. I would recommend this book to other readers.

I received this book for free through Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review. Check out this review on my blog: 

Making Bigger Soldiers...

I finally finished the bigger toy soldier gift set for my parents...these were made from terra cotta pots as well. I won't be making these again any time soon. They are way cute. The one my grandmother and stepgrandfather received was a huge hit. Everyone loved it. They take a lot to make them. They are not hard to make, but I did not really have the time to do so this year.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Making Bark...

We melted the chocolate and mixed the peppermint pieces with it. It was then spread out on wax paper.

 Bark clean-up with the child!!

 Things that bark!!  Hahahaha!!

  Things that bark!!  Hahahaha!!

  Things that bark!!  Hahahaha!!

 The bark cooled after an hour and was broken into bite size bits.

 ...all ready to go...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

God Help Me to Be...

This is not an official video of this group, but something someone recorded. I love the words to this song and the message it conveys. I love this band. I love how the Holy Spirit is flowing through them.

God, help me to be closer to You, Lord, so I am farther from me / And may Your kingdom be the only one that I seek, oh God / And God, help me to see that everything was good when You created all things / Now let me see with those same eyes that created me, oh God // God, help me believe when everything around me points to uncertainty / Remind me of the hope of You that's living in me, oh God / And God, help me to shine like stars up in the universe that's Yours and not mine / And fill me with Your light so that the darkness will hide, oh God // Hallelujah, Amen // God, help me to give everything to You that I'm unable to give / And make my life the life I've been created to live, oh God / And God, help me to go, and follow where You lead me so all nations will know the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of this world, oh God, my God

Prepping the Garden Table...

I am prepping for Spring. One of the pallet boxes that my husband brought home for me to use in the garden was turned upside down to make a garden table in the garden. I plan to make it a raised bed, only I will not have to bend down to work the food grown in it.

I lined it with two layers of weedcover. This will allow the soil within it to be contained while water can be contained through. An after thought is to put a worm bin beneath it, as the nutrients can then be caught in the bin and the soil can be reused, while maybe making a worm food supply for the chickens. But, that is a thought for later.

The finishing part of the project is to measure off a board to contain each side and pile in some dead leaves and used chicken fodder to break down with some soil for placing seeds in for this Spring.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Making Soldiers...

I have made these for my grandmother and stepgrandfather and my parents this year. My parent got a set of larger ones. My grandmother and stepgrandfather got a smaller one.
Like all of the other Christmas craft gifts I started this year, these took longer than expected also.




Sunday, December 22, 2013

Baby, Basket, Blocks...

So, this was supposed to be a gift from my younger son to my soon to appear grandson. Alas, I ended up doing all the work and everything.  :/
We chose a plain wooden basket and plain wooden blocks. These were all sanded and painted. And, painting that sucker took blooming forever.
So, the finished product is really cute and I do hope it is something he will play with and enjoy. I did tell my younger son when he has children they will not get a basket of blocks like this because it took ssssssssssssssoooooooooooooo  llllllllllllllloooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggg to paint it.

Although, when the time comes, I will probably change my mind.