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The Power Of One....Chris Janson

During our first pastorate in Perryville, Missouri, we had so many great experiences. One of those experiences was meeting a young man at t...

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Life Long Sweethearts

I had no idea all the twist and turns we would make from the day I married him to now.
This morning my one and only leaned over and said "we are Life long sweethearts" We have known each other all our lives or so it seems. He was the boy next door. We were raised in the same church. He played the drums and I played the piano. We were friends first! Later we fell in love.Our story is much like Anne of Avonlee. He is a great husband and a really good dad. I watch him shepherd his people with a heart of love. Because he really cares! I one time told him."Gosh if we could have had a pastor who cared as much as you do, life for us would have been different." It's his hard work and true heart that makes him rise above it all. I am blessed to be married to him. Although life with him is not perfect,  I still have the best! I am thankful  for such a gift in my life.

March 2012 Ladies Connection

Ladies Connection
I am so happy to be apart of the ladies group at Oak Street Assembly. We meet on the first Tuesday night of the month at 7p.m. for prayer,lessons,food and fun.
This Tuesday we are going to be learning how to make your own spring scarf from Crissie Sargent.
We will gather for a time of prayer and devotion as well.
Please bring a finger food for the month of March. We will do our craft down stairs. We also will be discussing our next outing, as well as our group gift to be a blessing.See you all then!

Monday, February 27, 2012

3,2,1 Low Fat Calorie Cake in a Mug

Mix one box of Angel food cake mix with any box of regular cake mix into a storage bag.
Any time you have a sweet tooth. Pick the flavor of your choice, doesn't matter if it is lemon, strawberry,or chocolate.Take 3 TBL spoons of the cake mix,stir in 2 TBL of water and put it into the microwave for 1 minute. Top with any low fat flavors.(whip cream,fresh fruit,LF choc. syrup)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Birthday Fun!

My wonderful husband sang " MY Girl" to me as he gave me 41 of my favorite flowers.(purple irises)
Oak Street ladies all celebrated my birthday at Maggie Maes Tea Room. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such incredible ladies!
Elaine made these beautiful mint holders for all the ladies.
Maggie Maes is a great Tea Room. If your near Springfield MO it's about a 35 minute drive through the country.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nutella Cheesecake

No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes YIELD: 4-6 servingsPREP TIME: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS: For the Crust 12 Oreo Cookies, crushed into crumbs 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted For the Filling 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2/3 cup Nutella 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed For the Garnish whipped topping, optional chocolate shavings, optional toasted, chopped hazelnuts, optional DIRECTIONS: 1. In a medium bowl, stir together the Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter. Evenly divide the crumbs between your individual serving dishes and press into the bottoms of the dishes to form a crust layer. 2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and Nutella until smooth. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping until well blended and no streaks remain. 3. Evenly pipe or spoon the filling into individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. 4. If desired, garnish with additional whipped topping, chocolate shavings, and/or toasted, chopped hazelnuts. NOTES: - I have not tried this recipe using fresh whipped cream, so I cannot attest to the results. Prop Note The small glass bowls were purchased from Pier 1. Spoons are from Ikea. Source: My Baking Addiction

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Creating Chefs

I do have an artistic son. His work has won prizes. However, I did not expect the work of a great breakfast in bed.
His Grandma will appreciate the little bear made from pancakes.

Monday, February 20, 2012

My Cottage Kitchen Decor Ideas

Stainless Steel back splash is an easy redo.
Before: We got a piece of stainless steel sheeting from Lowes.(3X3 for $18) A sign company cut it to the exact measurement for behind our stove for free. To make that handy industrial look you could add culinary knives (Bed Bath and Beyond) with the stainless steel herb containers from amazon.com or I used smallest canning jars I could find.
I bought some cream crocks for all the cooking utensils.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sweet Memories

Steal this idea
Throughout the year, write down memories that make you smile. On New Year's Eve, open it up and reread all of the good stuff that made the year wonderful! Love this idea!(from Pinterest)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Fun Snow Day

I have the privilege of not working a secular job. I am able to concentrate on family and ministry and for that I am thankful. The kids are still in school and when it's a snow day like today I get to enjoy them all. As crazy as it is with three strong personality individual sons, we end up having a great time.Today we plan on filling the day with family things to do. You can look in on what we did together on that day. I am so glad we have had a mild winter.However, I do love a good snowed in day or two. A snowy day is beautiful.Here are some pics of some winter days that are beautiful to me. Great devotion for the family today is found:http://www.josh.org/site/c.ddKDIMNtEqG/b.4340725/k.73E5/Todays_Family_Devotional/apps/nl/newsletter2.asp
We started the day out with hot pancakes and bacon.
Anthony made a snowman with them.
I made Minestrone Soup for lunch.
Recipe:Ingredients 3 cups reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 (15-ounce) can white (cannellini or navy) beans, drained 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 celery stalk, chopped 1 cup onion, chopped 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried sage 2 bay leaves Salt and ground black pepper 2 cups cooked ditalini pasta 1 medium zucchini, chopped 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen spinach, defrosted 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese Basil sprigs, garnish, optional Directions In a slow cooker, combine broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, celery, onion, thyme, sage, bay leaves, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Thirty minutes before the soup is done cooking, add ditalini, zucchini and spinach. Cover and cook 30 more minutes. Remove bay leaves and season, to taste, with salt and black pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle parmesan cheese over top. Garnish with basil, if desired. I had Anthony go out and get my storage box filled with our Family albums. We spent a long time laughing over all the pictures. After that the boys went sledding and I made them hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Hot Chocolate Recipe: Ingredients 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer 1/8 teaspoon salt Anthony led an amazing devotion which turned into a great conversation with the boys. I love it when we are able to do that.
For the evening we were able to have a movie, skipbo and popcorn. We have really enjoyed our fun filled snow day.