Sunday, June 18, 2017

Houston, We Have A Problem. . .

Hello, lovely friends!
I am popping in to let you know 
that my computer is not cooperating
so I am taking it to the "doctor" to have it repaired.
Until it's back up and running properly 
it will be rather quiet around here.
Hopefully. . .
I will see you soon




I wanted to thank all of you for the sweet comments on my previous post
"Things That Are Tickling My Fancy."
I am so glad you enjoyed it and I appreciated your feedback.

Also, today is Father's Day and I just want to make known
that I am incredibly grateful for my father.
He is a quiet, but steady man. . .
a man full of wisdom and love. . .
a hard-working and godly man. . .
a man I love and admire.

And on this Father's Day
I can't help but give thanks to the Lord
for blessing me with an extraordinary husband
who is also the father of our precious son.
This man. . .
the love of my life. . .
is a remarkable man 
and it brings me great joy to watch him
in the role of fatherhood.
As I look at these two wonderful men in my life
my heart can't help but overflow with love and gratitude.

This poem is fitting for both my dad and my husband. . .

My hero is the quiet type,
No marching bands, no media hype,
But through my eyes it’s plain to see,
A hero, God has sent to me.

With gentle strength and quiet pride,
All self-concern is set aside,
To reach out to his fellow man,
And be there with a helping hand.

Heroes are a rarity,
A blessing to humanity.
With all they give and all they do,
I’ll bet the thing you never knew,
My hero has always been you.
- Author Unknown -

Love and hugs to you, my friends!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Things That Are Tickling My Fancy

A good day to you,
faithful friends and readers!

Today I have a slightly different post,
but it's one I hope you will enjoy.
I have seen and read several posts 
where the author shares certain things she is enjoying 
during the month of May, June, etc
so I thought I would do the same just for the fun of it.
I gathered up a few items that I am currently loving right now
and they range from hair products to music.




I was introduced to the Moroccan oil a while ago
and since that day my hair met this wonderful hair product
I have been in love.
I am "picky" about what I put on my hair
as it's very thick, straight, and a tad coarse.
I apply the oil to damp hair and massage it in
and oh, what softness awaits me when I'm done styling my hair.
Sometimes I will add a bit of oil 
after I'm done styling for extra shine and softness.
And may I add that the oil does not leave your hair greasy.

The volumizing mousse is amazing
and after applying it to the roots it feels like there is nothing in your hair.
Have you ever noticed how some volumizing mousse 
can leave your hair feeling heavy and "gunky?"
Well, this definitely does not do that.
And the scent of both products is simply delightful.




If you are on Pinterest
you may have seen the many ads for this selfless tanning lotion
I have seen the ads since last year
and this year I finally decided to give it a try.
Love, love, love it!
You know how it is after a looooong winter. . .
your arms, legs, and face are rather white.
In my case, very white!
This lovely cream worked a miracle on my skin
and gave me a nice sun-kissed glow.
Once I achieved the color I desired
I simply backed off from applying it every day
and now only apply once or twice a week 
to keep the "glow" glowing.
And did I mention this product is all natural.




Ahhh. . .
I can't say enough good things about these peel-off masks.
Have you ever tried one?
If you haven't I highly recommend you do.
They feel ever so good {{smiles}}
I have very sensitive skin,
but these masks don't irritate my face at all.
The other night I used one and my husband was there when I pulled it off.
He looked at my face and was surprised to see how well it worked.
Yes, even he noticed a difference.
You can find them at Wal-Mart for just over $1.00
and from what I can tell they are all-natural.
This particular mask clears the skin and tightens the pores.




Oh, HELLO!
Here is Melly and Duke checking out my next favorite items.
Let's try this again. . .




So my skin tends to be oily
and in the mornings I used to hold off on moisturizer 
due to the oiliness making my makeup look hideous. . .
you know, runny and blotchy.
A few months ago I started using Estee Lauder's DayWear Matte Gel Creme
and my oh my, what a fantastic product!
Before applying my makeup I use this moisturizer along with a primer
{also from Estee Lauder}
and my makeup stays in place all day.
Oh, I might touch it up in the afternoon,
but the oiliness is practically gone.

Also from Estee Lauder is this fantastic Set + Refresh Mist
that feels amazing on the skin.
I use it in the morning and in the afternoon when I need a little pick-me-up
I spritz my face and the finished result is a refreshed face with a soft glow.

And the last item from Estee Lauder is their mascara.
I have used this product since I was in college
and for a few years I stopped using it
because I couldn't find a place nearby to purchase it.
Thanks to online shopping I can now have it delivered right to my home.
I have always thought their mascara to be the best and I still think that.




Thanks to the kittens playing with my backdrop for my pictures
you get to look at them now since they are front and center.
{{smiles}}




Apparently it's nap time. . .




After a little snooze we're back on track.
My husband and son gave me this darling necklace for Mother's Day.
It has officially become my favorite necklace.
On it you will find a Papa Bird, Mama Bird, and Baby Bird.
You can find the necklace on Etsy at Menuet Designs.




At the moment I can't get enough of this lovely fabric
from Sew Stitching Happy on Etsy.
Look closely and you will see tea labels
on the pink fabric.




And the last, but certainly not least thing I am enjoying is
Nocturne in E flat major Op. 9 No. 2 by Frederic Chopin.
Currently I have several songs that I am working on
and this is one of them.
Oh, what a mesmerizing piece!




Click on the video to enjoy the music.
The pianoist adds so much emotion to his performance. . .
you can feel it.




I know this is a rather different post,
but I sincerely hope you enjoyed it.
I would love to hear what things you are enjoying at the moment
so please feel free to share in the comment section.
And please know that I am simply sharing what is "tickling my fancy at the moment"
and I am not being paid for sharing these particular items
nor are the links affiliate links.

Have a beautiful and blessed day!
Love and hugs.

Oh, and one more thing. . .
Here is a photo of Duke
since he hardly got in on the action with the other kittens.
Believe it or not, he was the good boy
which cannot always be said about him - HA!




Happy Flag Day,
my friends!

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
- Francis Scott Key -


Sunday, June 11, 2017

O To Be Like Thee

Great Master,
teach us with Your skillful hand;
Let not the music that is in us die!
Great Sculptor, hew and polish us;
Nor let hidden and lost,
Your form within us lie!
- Horatius Bonar -




O to be like Thee! blessèd Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.

O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.

O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer others to save.

O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming
Now to receive anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing,
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.

O to be like Thee! while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love;
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.

Chorus
O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee,
Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
- Thomas O. Chisholm -




For we are his workmanship, 
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, 
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
- Ephesians 2:10 -


But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the LORD, 
are changed into the same image from glory to glory, 
even as by the Spirit of the LORD.
- 2 Corinthians 3:18 -




We are to daily "put on Christ"
- His love and character -
even as we put on our garments.

But put ye on the LORD Jesus Christ, 
and make not provision for the flesh, 
to fulfil the lusts thereof.
- Romans 13:14 -




Have a blessed and beautiful Lord's Day!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Honoring Friends

Hello, friends!
Yesterday was National Best Friends Day
so in honor of sweet friends around the world
I am offering a special discount at my Etsy shop
today through Sunday ONLY.

Enjoy 25% off your order by using this coupon:
FRIENDS25.
Always free shipping in the USA.


At times our own light goes out 
and is rekindled by a spark from another person. 
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude 
of those who have lighted the flame within us. 
- Albert Schweitzer -




Happy weekend to you,
lovely friends!
{{{ hugs }}}

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Sweet Lemon Lush Dessert

Happy day, my friends!
Today I have another delicious treat for you. . .
a sweet lemon lush dessert
that is simply perfect to enjoy during the summertime.

Easy 
peasy
lemon 
squeezy.




For the Crust:
1 cup butter, softened but not to room temperature
2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 c. pecans, chopped in small pieces

For the Cream Cheese Layer:
2 (8oz) packages Philadelphia cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar

For the Pudding Layer and Topping
2 small packages Jell-O instant lemon pudding mix
3 1/2 c. cold milk
2 cups freshly whipped cream
3 tablespoons sugar
lemon zest, to garnish (optional)

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Stir together butter, flour, sugar, and chopped pecans in a mixing bowl. 
Press into a 9x13 baking dish and bake 15-20 minutes at 350°, 
or until a light golden brown. 
Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Beat together cream cheese and sugar until creamy and smooth. 
Spread over cooled crust.
In another mixing bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk. 
Allow to sit for 5 minutes to thicken up a little. 
Spread on top of the cream cheese layer. 
Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour.

Add the 3 tablespoons of sugar to the cream and whip until nice and fluffy.
Spread whipped topping over the pudding layer. 
Cut into 18-24 pieces and garnish with fresh lemon zest.




And now, sweet friends,
simply enjoy!






And just to let you know,
I've added some new handmade treasures to my shop:

All kinds of goodies
so stop by for a little peek.




Have a beautiful and blessed day!
{{ hugs }}

* * * * * * * * * * *

My dear friends,
I just found out a good friend of mine in South Africa
just lost her home to a fire.
Many of you know sweet Kelly-Anne
and on her blog this morning was a post about her home burning to the ground.
Thankfully she and her family are safe,
but oh, what heartbreaking news!
You can read about it by clicking HERE
Maybe you could pop over and offer some encouragement
as I know she and her family would appreciate it.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Crown Him With Many Crowns

A blessed Lord's day to you, my friends!
Some of you may remember this post from 4 years ago,
but it is a favorite of mine so I thought I would share it again. . .
I hope you don't mind.
Please enjoy these beautiful images and words.




Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne:
Hark! how the heav'nly anthem drowns all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.


Crown Him the Lord of love: behold His hands and side -
Rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified;
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his wond'ring eye at mysteries so bright.




Crown Him the Lord of life: who triumphed o'er the grave,
Who rose victorious to the strife for those He came to save;
His glories now we sing, who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring and lives that death may die.


Crown Him the Lord of heav'n: one with the Father known,
One with the Spirit through Him giv'n from yonder glorious throne.
To Thee be endless praise, for Thou for us hast died;
Be Thou, O Lord, through endless days adored and magnified.
- Matthew Bridges and Godfrey Thring -




The one who bore the crown of thorns while on the cross
is now crowned with "many crowns" as the reiging monarch of heaven.
Each crown in this hymn text exalts Christ 
for some specific aspect of His person or ministry:
stanza one for His eternal Kingship;
stanza two for His love demonstrated in redemptive suffering;
stanza three for His victorious resurrection and ascension;
stanza four as a member of the triune Godhead ever worthy of worship and praise.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -




Jesus Christ,
the condescension of divinity
and the exaltation of humanity.
- Phillips Brooks -


His eyes were as a flame of fire, 
and on his head were many crowns. . .
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: 
and his name is called The Word of God.
- Revelation 19:12-13 -


Have a beautiful and joyous Lord's Day!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Hello, faithful friends and followers!
Have I got a delightful treat for you today. . .
snickerdoodle cupcakes!

My husband enjoys his snickerdoodle cookies
so when I found this recipe for cupcakes well,
I just had to try it and oh, am I ever glad I did!

These cupcakes are amazing!
Seriously!




Ingredients:

Cupcakes
2¾ cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoons salt
¾ cup shortening
1⅔ cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1¼ cups milk

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. 
Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. 
Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, 
1 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. 
Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat shortening 
with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. 
Gradually add sugar.  
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
Beat in vanilla extract.

Slowly add flour mixture and milk, 
mixing until just combined. 
Do not overmix!

Pour the cupcake batter into the cupcake liners 
{about 3/4 the way full}.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
Allow cupcakes to cool on wire rack before frosting.

To make the frosting. . .

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
1 (2 sticks) cup unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Cinnamon-sugar, to sprinkle on top

I want buns of steel,
but I also want buns of cinnamon.
**Saw this quote and it made me giggle.**

Mix softened butter on medium speed 
with an electric or stand mixer. 
Beat for 30 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Add powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, 
ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract. 
Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. 
Add more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

Frost cupcakes using a piping bag or knife 
and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

You can find the original recipe by clicking here.




Thank you for visiting today, sweet friends.
I hope you're able to give these cupcakes a try. . . 
you won't regret it!

Hugs and joy to you!




I couldn't possibly end this post
without a few pictures of the kittens.
{{smiles}}


Sunday, May 28, 2017

In Remembrance. . .




Sweet friends,
enjoy the music while you read the words.




The bugle echos shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings today.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.
The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.
Above their weary-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.
May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.
In shining rank on rank arrayed,
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace...Who brought a sword.
- Joyce Kilmer -




The price of freedom 
is eternal vigilance.
- President Thomas Jefferson -


For love of country, 
they accepted death.
- President James A. Garfield -


Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, 
nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, 
yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.
- Daniel Webster -




Who kept the faith and fought the fight; 
The glory theirs, the duty ours.
- Wallace Bruce -


The patriot’s blood 
is the seed of Freedom’s tree.
- Thomas Campbell -


On thy grave the rain 
shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!
- Thomas William Parsons -




O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
- Katharine Lee Bates -




Courage is contagious. 
When a brave man takes a stand, 
the spines of others are stiffened.
- Billy Graham -


They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, 
And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -




Have a beautiful Lord's Day, my friends,
as well as a blessed Memorial Day.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Love So True - Book Review

Jagears delivers a wonderfully romantic read 
with a Hero and Heroine to cheer for.

Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville 
and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town's red-light district 
and gives them a place to live. 
But her desire to help isn't limited to orphans. 
The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, 
is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well-
if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen
to go against the rest of the community. 

David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City 
to help with one of his father's companies in town. 
While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, 
he's shown interest in Evelyn's work 
and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.

They begin with the best of intentions, 
but soon the complications pile up 
and Evelyn and David's dreams look more unattainable every day. 
When the revelation of a long-held secret 
creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, 
can they trust God still has a good plan for them 
despite all that is stacked against them?




My Thoughts
Melissa Jagears has done it again!
She has written a story that will woo and captivate you 
from the very first chapter.
It's a story full of historical charm,
never-ending kindness,
dreams coming true,
unconditional forgiveness,
and tender love.

The two main characters, Evelyn and David, are an absolute delight
and I must say they are simply perfect for one another.
While reading the book I couldn't help but cheer them on.
Evelyn has a beautiful, tender heart. . .
a heart that is full of love for the orphans as well as the women of the red light district.
She will do everything she possibly can to help these precious souls.
But Evelyn has a secret
and it's a something she uses to distance herself from others. . .
including David.

David is an all-around charming, happy, and kind young man,
and he is not put off by Evelyn's cold nature.
He has burdens of his own to carry,
but instead of focusing on his problems
he sees a woman in need. . .
David's pursuit of Evelyn is priceless and incredibly sweet.
It will warm you from the very top of your head down to the tips of your toes.

This is a beautiful story of love and forgiveness
and how the two go hand-in-hand.
There are many ups and downs. . .
many bumps in the road as David and Evelyn find love and happiness,
but I truly believe you will read the last line and close the book 
with a smile on your face.
How do I know this?
Because that is exactly what I did.
There is indeed heartache and a few moments that may bring tears to your eyes,
but oh, in the end your heart will rejoice.

A Love So True is the second book in the
Teaville Moral Society Series.
While it could be read as a stand alone,
I highly recommend reading the first book
A Heart Most Certain.
You can read my review for it by clicking here.
The first book is excellent and one you don't want to miss out on.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts and opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Melissa Jagears is a Carol Award-winning author,
a homeschooling mother to three, and an extreme night owl.
She lives with her family in Kansas.
Find her online at www.melissajagears.com.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sweet Family Moments

Hello, my sweet and lovely friends!
Two weeks ago my hubby, son, and I enjoyed a little getaway.
We took in a Rockies game
and enjoyed a train ride up Pikes Peak.
I thought I would share some photos with you from our time away.




While I have lived in Colorado for many, many years
I have never been to the top of Pikes Peak until now.
My, what a view!

We rode the Cog train up to the top
and if you ever have the opportunity to visit Pikes Peak
I would recommend riding the train.
It adds so much more to the trip.




The view up to the top was simply beautiful.
Forgive the glare in the photos 
as the pictures were taken through glass. 




As you can see from the next photo
we are above timberline and almost to the top.




We stepped outside of the train and the view took my breath away.
Everything was so beautiful and clear.




The clouds were right there. . .
so close you could almost touch them.








The day we went was the first day in almost a week
that the train made it to the top.
Being so high up means there are often severe weather conditions
that include snow, low clouds, and wind.
We were blessed with a clear and beautiful day.




At the top of Pikes Peak
is a monument for "America the Beautiful"
written by Katharine Lee Bates.
While riding the train up to the top the conductor was very informative
and along the way she pointed out "Inspiration Point"
which was the view Katharine saw 
and where she was inspired to write the lovely lyrics to "America the Beautiful."




O beautiful for spacious skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the fruited plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea!
- Katharine Lee Bates -




At the top of Pikes Peaks there is a sweet little gift shop
and inside you will find hot coffee and donuts. . .
extremely tasty donuts that they make above 14,000 feet.

Of course we sampled some :)




After wondering around and exploring the mountain top
we boarded the train and made our way back to the bottom.




We also attended a Rockies baseball game.
We saw them play the Dodgers
and I'm happy to say the Rockies won {{smiles}}




Tomorrow my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage.
Wow!
10 blessed years!
I can't believe how quickly the years have gone by
and I am happy to say that each year only gets sweet and better.
I am ever so thankful for my wonderful husband.




Before I sign off, my friends,
I thought I would let you know that some new handmade delights
have been added to my Etsy Shop.




And of course I have to share a few photos of the kittens :)

Here we have Duke. . .
previously known as "Chubs."
We called him Chubs because he was the biggest out of the three,
but since we are keeping him we thought he needed a different
more masculine name :)




And here is Stripester. . .
The name "Willow" didn't stick with my son
since he was the one to originally name Stripester.




And sweet Melly Belle.




Have a fabulous day, friends,
and thank you for visiting!

Love and hugs to you.
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