Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Ziploc Omelets

This works great!!! Good for when you're alone or when all your family is together. Great for camping or a sleepover breakfast. The best feature is that no one has to wait for their special omelet. Have the guests write their name on a Quart Size Ziploc Freezer Bag with a permanent marker.

1. Crack 2 eggs into the quart size Ziploc bag (not more than 2) shake to combine them.

2. Put out a variety of ingredients such as: Cheeses, Ham, Onions, Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Hash Browns, Salsa, Etc.

3. Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag and shake the bag to mix them well.

4. Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up.
5. Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. If you have more omelets, make another pot of boiling water.

6. Cut the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.

7. Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake; everyone gets involved in the process and it becomes a great conversation piece.

Imagine having these ready the night before, and putting the bag in boiling water while you get ready. And in just 13 minutes you have a nice omelet for a quick breakfast

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Think About Him Today!

My morning devotions had me seeking and turning pages today! I want to quote two more scriptures that really blessed me this morning:

Jude 24-25 (such a tiny book with big encouragement): "To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Say this one out loud a few times and boy you might just feel a little stronger!)

2 Corinthians 4:16-17
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."

Ok, now for what Jesus said when He called this morning in my morning devotions: an excerpt from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young

"Stay calmly conscious of Me today, no matter what. Remember that I go before you as well as with you into the day. Nothing takes Me by surprise. I will not allow circumstances to overwhelm you, so long as you look to Me. I will help you cope with whatever the moment presents. Collaborating with Me brings blessings that far outweigh all your troubles. Awareness of My presence contains Joy that can endure all eventualities."

I encourage all of us to stay calmly conscious of Him today. Let's just see how it affects the outcome of our day. I love that all He really desires is to be close to us. We are women, that is really all we desire too, relationships! Let us know how your day was today!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

R.A.P.- It's More Than Your Kids Music Choice

Remember the R.A.P. method to help you journal:Read it, Apply it, Pray it. First, select a scripture for the day; it could be the topic of a daily devotional, written on the bottom of the page in the Flavour Journal, or just one that happens to come to mind. Write the verse out in your journal. Read the verse over a few times and think about how that verse applies to you. Then, pray that God reveals His knowledge in how that verse can be lived out. Pray for specific personal needs and the needs of friends and family. End by yielding to God and pray that you only want His will for your life. Then... be quiet so he can speak through His Spirit to your heart.

taken from Lisa Young
Fellowship Church, TX

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday

Our family has been using reusable shopping bags since last November and I can't tell you how much we love them!

I have purchased several from Publix, Wal-mart and a new one yesterday from Winn-Dixie. What I love most about them, beyond the reusable aspect, is that each bags holds as many groceries as 3 plastic bags. That means less trips to and from the car and with the long shoulder straps I can sometimes get all my groceries in one trip!

We also use them for sleepover bags, book bags and Justin keeps his karate gear in one.

When we first began using them the biggest problem was remembering to take them to the store with us. To remedy this I would put all the bags into one and then keep them in my car. There were them several times I'd send one of the boys to the car while I was in the checkout line to get our bags. Now it's pretty much habit. We keep the bags on hooks in the entryway and grab them as we head out to shop!

Beyond carrying and using these bags I've also requested to NOT have a bag for small things that would fit into my purse or even no bag for a few things I can easily carry.

Before I go here are some plastic bag statistics:
Up to 1000 - Estimated years for a plastic bag to decompose.
1460 - Plastic bags used in a year by an average family of four in the U.S.
12 million - Barrels of oil used to make the plastic bags that the U.S. consumes annually.
Less than 1% - Percentage of all plastic bags that get recycled in the U.S.
88.5 billion – Plastic bags consumed in the U.S. last year.
500 billion – Estimated plastic bags sold worldwide each year.
San Francisco has banned non-biodegradable plastic bags in large grocery stores.

Works for me!

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Monday, June 16, 2008

A Hero of the Faith

Have you ever read anything by or about Amy Carmichael? Oh...she was an amazing woman, a missionary with a heart bigger than one could imagine, and a beautiful writer. My husband actually introduced me to her poetry early on in our marriage and then last year my son and I learned about her during our history studies.

She was born in Ireland in 1867. At the age of 26 she was sent to Japan as a missionary. Due to health issues she was only in Japan for a short time and she was sent back to Great Britain. Within the next two years, although she never actually received a "call" to go to India, she was advised that the climate in Bangalore, India, would benefit her health. She was 28 when she arrived in Bangalore--and began her ministry by traveling with several Indian sisters to the surrounding villages, sharing the Gospel message of hope. In these early travels she was exposed to the horrors of temple prostitution that many beautiful girls were subjected to--whether because of a "sacred vow" by family members or for money.

In 1901, Amy had just returned from a year of ministry to the villages when she was greeted by a sweet, seven-year-old girl, Preena. She had escaped from the temple and looked to Amy for help -- and so began the work of what would later be known as Dohnavur Fellowship. This fellowship took in needy children but was run like a family not an orphanage. It still runs today!

I wanted to share this quote by Amy Carmichael, it is full of wisdom. Enjoy!

"Our feelings do not affect God's facts. They may blow up, like clouds, and cover the eternal things that we do most truly believe. We may not see the shining of the promises--but they still shine! His strength is not for one moment less because of our human weakness."

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


A great spin on cupcakes.

This idea was submitted by Amanda and just reading the titled reminded me of birthdays gone by and traveling to Mother's Day Out with a tray of ice cream cone cupcakes!
I really like the ice cream cone and cupcake together; surprisingly tastey.
I shall make them this summer!

Here's how I make them:

Items needed:
1. Cupcake recipe and ingredients this includes boxes
2. Package of flat bottomed ice cream cones.

Mix up your regular cupcake batter.

Pour the batter ice cream cones. Leave room for them to rise. I fill to the line that forms the wider top of the cone or just above it.

Carefully place your cones in a deep baking dish and bake for the time and temp for your cupcakes.

Carefully remove them and allow them to cool.

Frost and add sprinkles!

Here are some of the more pretty ones...

mine look more like this one...

Works for me!

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Get to know the Author

Have you ever waited in line to get an autograph for a book, or go to a CD signing and actually get a chance to meet the artist or author? It is a trip! I have actually met Bobby Flay, a food network star at his restaruant in NYC and then I went back and bought a cookbook for my husband and had him sign it. I walked away feeling like - me and Bobby are buds! Recently I met Lisa Whelchel and I actually had my picture taken twice with her at her book signing (the first night I forgot my book), but by the second night, I felt like we had a mutual bond - You know we had the same name and we joked about it! There is something about meeting an author, I will forever feel like I know them. You become intimately attached in some odd way. Mind you the unless you build relationship with these authors it is usually a one way attachment. (I could do a dance on Lisa Welchel's nose and she wouldn't know me from atom!)

However, I do know an author who delites in talking with His readers. Actually, talking about His book, is something He desires immensely. It is good and necessary that we read His book, but even more so it is imperative that we spend time talking to the Him the Author. Of course, you know I'm referring to the Bible and God who is the Author and finisher of the Bible and of our faith!

The only way to truly have any kind of intimate relationship is by spending quality time together. The more time we spend reading His book and talking to Him, the more intimate we will be. The best part about this particular Author is that it is a two-way relationship! He loves us, longs for us, desires to spend time with us. You may read the Bible, but how often to you talk to the Author? Prayer is essential, as essential as breathing.

Ladies, please don't be afraid to pray. I was told as a child to "just talk to Jesus". Talk to Him as you would talk to your Dad, your Brother/Sister, friend. That is exactly what I do. Sometimes people say "I don't sound pretty" or "it just doesn't flow". Does it flow when you pick up the telephone with your best friend? It should be just like that. You don't have to sound "pretty" or use "churchy" words, the Lord knows you, knows the way you talk, loves you and love the way you talk - so don't worry!

So, what are you waiting for? Have you talked to The Author yet today?

Love you! ~Lisa