Yearly Archives: 2010

Simple Cookie Exchange

Here is something SIMPLE that doesn’t cost much…that you can do to think of others this time of year
get a couple of study friends..and put your brainstorming caps on
and come up with creative ways to share LOVE this season.
It DOESN’T have to COST much!
When money is tight..God can REALLY move:)
I am invited to a family cookie exchange this weekend so
I have been looking at various recipes…don’t you just LOVE to
look, salivate and need I say…EAT cookies?:)

I ran across this adorable blog and the colors drew me in.  I wish I could create 
treats that looked that good!  ask my family…we don’t have the best of
luck in the kitchen ..wink…wink!
Keep your fingers crossed for me ok?  seriously!  I wanna rock this 

just stinkin adorable…the packaging just makes it

I LOVE addicted SWEETS….happy dance

Are you participating or hosting a cookie exchange this year?
If so – what is the yummy recipe you will be using?
Here is my recipe { that I’m taking } from Picky Palate
{ btw a scrumptious place to visit…often:}

??wondering if I could cheat and use a roll of sugar cookie dough??
I will let ya know:)

Enjoy ALL the sugar now…cause January 1 it is going BYE BYE !!

Just found this cookie exchange! Pleasant Home

the frog prince paperie is a really cute site as well.  They have a double chocolate chunk cookie recipe with a free printable recipe card…super duper sweet!


Into His hand went mine

YOU are a rock bigger than I…I am trying to hold onto something that is
to much for me…sometimes things just need to fall


It is here that I am sorting..wanting to just spill out every last drop of pain
but I can’t..yet.  There is no one big enough to handle it but YOU..
It is why I am finally writing…it is my link to sanity


I sit across from YOU in the light…gently warming my arm
there is nothing hidden from YOUR gaze…
much like Jacob…we wrestle..I am exhausted but YOU
know that already…


it is my prison house…not without purpose…no matter how long it takes me
to be at that the right time .. where YOU meets ME and it is


“When you’re lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost. For the longest time, you can convince yourself that you’ve just wandered off the path, that you’ll find your way back to the trailhead any moment now. Then night falls again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and its time to admit that you have bewildered yourself so far off the path that you don’t even know from which direction the sun rises anymore.” 

while I can wander for years … I can’t go far YOU always call me back
with INTENSITY … my faith grows


We talk, laugh, cry,
we build, tear down, search and find…
we relate
trust grows


the anger from years of hurt would seem like power
it’s will eat away the soul where the former life was is marred and
misshapen into something foreign…unknown


Power is not in the anger…it is in the letting go…the stepping into..much liked
being sucked into a vortex of a tornado…reeling from the unknown..real fears…
not so much exaggerated…longing for just something to hold onto…something
maybe that’s been the problem


sometimes the humaneness will be on the other side…maybe I am the pioneer
and the explorer…sometimes you have been given a mantle but you don’t
believe it…it just couldn’t be…
haven’t you prayed for these things my child?? Don’t you remember the verses
from years ago??  Do you think I just gave with no intention?
in prison houses you power is ripened


“At some point, as Richard keeps telling me, you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you. ( Elizabeth Gilbert..Eat Love Pray )
Father…with silent screams my very being cries out for you to rescue me…I have been so angry about that…now I am seeing pieces of the puzzle that are starting to make sense…there are times
in life that we are to run…and run fast but we don’t understand ….aha moment…you haven’t really ever sat still…You will be ok…I WILL take care of you…I will come


and when I do…you will know which direction the sun rises my beloved…again
Sit quietly and cease your relentless participation..for now ( Elizabeth Gilbert )

It’s Monday


Underlined portions from streams in the desert
Photo credit to the Anthropologist

Dew on Tender Grass

morning dew bejeweled grass poetry nothing else

His hand is upon you
As you seek to know Him on the pages of Scripture
 He’s writing His words on your very heart
Beth Moore

Clearly, you are a letter from Christ 
showing the result of our ministry among you.  
This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, 
but with the Spirit of the Living God.  It is carved not on tablets of stone, 
but on human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:3

with Gratitude this Sunday:)

Coffee Filter { Tutorial } How I do it

I’ve had a lot of emails/comments on coffee filters so here is my lame attempt at a tutorial:)
here are a few…..
I love them! I was playing around with a coffee filter the other day and noticed how they make such pretty flowers. Are these used and dried or “tea stained”?
Mickie said...

I love your coffee filters. Been saving a few myself to make flowers but geez, guess I will have to just get a box and stain them all at once. This saving and washing out grounds is the pits.
Between You and Me said…
I am in love with everything that you do with coffee filters.
I am so curious…are you making a pot of coffee and dipping the filters in it?
Girls…don’t save those old filters with grounds anymore…this is much easier:)
First I fill a big bowl/pot with HOT water and throw in about 10-12 tea bags.  I often let them soak overnight.  I simply wring them out and lay them on a cookie sheet.
You can air dry them or I bake them at 250.  I take smaller piles than the 100 or so I stain.  I put them in and every once in awhile I will take them out and rotate them so the bottom layer is moved to top.  

Second - Gather supplies
tyle="color:#444444;">Hot glue gun
lots of glue sticks
glitter, ink and glue if you want to embellish

wrap wreath form with ribbon, crepe paper or don’t wrap it at all…you don’t see it

I take all the dried filters and if I am going to stamp them – I get busy
it is a little time consuming but I like the outcome

I sometimes will ink the edges of the filters as well.  

If I want them glittered I take 5 or so filters and fold them in fourths 
then I run them LIGHTLY in glue 
and then in glitter

after the glue dries – I grab the middle of the filter…kinda like this

 put some hot glue on the end
and stick it on!  Easy:)  Just keep doing that …. lots!

Hope this helps some!  Thank you for all of the compliments too!
Now go on and dye you some coffee filters would ya?  
If you come up with some creative ways to use filters let me know…I love working with them.

Here is some more links for coffee filters…enjoy
Rhonna Designs - video tutorial .. really cool!

if you come up with some new ideas let me know:) 
I also used coffee  filters for a redo on thrift store topiaries
Rhonna Designs - video tutorial .. really cool!


Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

a momma's job…

in a time of hurry hurry faster faster is
I can stop
 be needed
 to taking care of a sick…


Here is what I have been doing the last 3 days

there have been literally PILES of these

Daddy got out some dvd’s she hasn’t watched in a LONG time

almost forgot these…must haves:)

Here is my attire as we speak…can’t show you my hair that hasn’t been
washed for two days….kinda scary:)
I haven’t been feeling all that great either so my routine has gone
out the window for a few days as well


On the upside…I am getting lots of computer time…yippee!
Gotta go…the bell is ringing…she “needs” me:)
Grateful today to be stop.think.breathe.for Grace { yes His grace too }
What do you do when your child is home sick?