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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Cross

Good morning...it's been raining here in VA since yesterday evening, and I am thanking my Lord for answered prayer! We are over 7 inches low in water at this time so the 3 to 5 inches we are to get in the next couple days is awesome...I wanted to share with you a little about my Faith...I had been a member of a Baptist Church where we'd lived before moving up to the mountains further north in VA...almost to the Berkeley Springs WV line. ( I believe God allowed us to find this little doublewide that's nestled down in the middle of huge old trees on 5 acres of land...in previous posts I've share some of the remodeling we've been doing in the last 5 yrs of living here. My hubby has been amazing as he's certainly leaped out of his comfort zone by not only painting the outside, but even atempting carpentry which he had no knowledge at all. I'm proud of him! ) Now I got way off track, but hey those who know me are used to it..hehehe!! Since there wasn't a Baptist Church in our area I started attending the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church just around the corner from where we live. Then Pastor, Jim Markle is a very loving and caring Pastor who shares his love for our Lord with his sermons...it's a very small Church with only about 22 members each Sunday, then he goes off to a it's sister Church a couple miles away where he shares another sermon with their larger congragation!
WELLLLL, yesterday I joined that Church for I've found the members to be loving children of God who share that love with each other and me too!!! My way of thinking is it really doesn't matter which denomonation we belong to it's the fellowship with others that counts...Bible Believing Churches who believe in sharing the Gospel with all those we come into contact with, as well as sharing what God has blessed us with along the way. We are to help those we see are in need...isn't it awesome when we reach out to give a little something to others how it not only helps them, but it makes our hearts sing too? Soooo I have painting a little painting of a cross in memorance of my joining!!! May we all reach out to help those in need for God will provide a way for us to do just that!!!
Have a wonderful week my friends waking early to have your quiet time with God...that has become the most precious time for me!!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Flowers for April's wedding

I've created a small bouquet for my daughter to carry on Oct 2nd for her family shared wedding. (They've actually already married)
I'm so happy that she's found the love of a sweet guy she's know as a friend for many years...






Thursday, September 16, 2010

Had to share is awesome recipe with you all!

I have so many different recipes for yeast rolls, but haven't used them for some time now...either it's been too hot or we just don't need BREAD at dinner time..hehehe

While at the Sams' Family Reunion up in Dawthat State Park last weekend Dewey's sister, Helen brought many things but best of all were her Three-in-one Refrigrator Rolls.

Enjoy if you like really soft and fluffy rolls

2 pkgs (1/4 oz each) Active Dry Yeast
1 1/2 Cups warm water
1 Cup Warm mashed potatoes (no milk or butter in them, just plain)
2/3 Cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs (beaten)
7-7 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
Melted butter

In large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water, stir in mash potatoes, sugar, shortening, salt, eggs and 5 cups of flour...beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form firm dough. Turn on floured surface, knead till smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes. Place in large greased bowl, turn once to grease top. Cover & refrigerate for 8 hrs or overnight. Punch dough down, turn on lightly floured surface.
For cloverleaf rolls shape each one into 3/4" ball and place 3 together in greased muffin tin.
You can also make 4 small balls and place together in muffin tins.
For pan rolls shape each into 1 1/2 " balls place on greased 9" sq. baking pan.
Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hrs. Bake at 400 degrees for 13 - 16 minute or golden brown. Brush with little melted butter!!!

You will really love these for they melt in your mouth!!
Enjoy!!!

One more photo!






Well a couple more.. Now the walls are greenish, just need to add the chair rail, and trim so the room will be finished..it's take a couple years actually to update some things...Time and ability has been the main reasons for the delay! hehehe
My hubby isn't a painter nor is he a carpenter, but I'm proud of his attempts!

Golly the older I get the faster the days in the week go by!! Can't believe it's Thursday already....one more day and then I have my hubby all to myself for the weekend. I'm like a kid in a candy store waiting our time together...after 28 yrs it's even more important to me!!! Is it true with you as well? Do have a great day creating and praising the Lord for all He does in our lives!!! (((hugs)))

Monday, September 6, 2010

Refinishing something old, making it new!

Boy have we been busy trying to finish things we started when we first moved in here...yea, it's been 5 yrs and still there are things we haven't completed thinking we needed help from professional. We purchased trim and paneling, etc...but never had enough $$ to hire someone to complete the task. In the past year however we've discovered we can...with a little patience. Just look what my hubby in the past couple weeks. Painted the whole house, now we must do the garage and the out building which we use for storage.
We'd purchased a little buffet with a detachable hutch in dire need of sanding then refinishing...I decided I could do it, and went about sanding both pieces. I then stained it, and wa la...it's really pretty. BUT I wanted to put it in the little dining area where I have another really great find, a square, drop leaf table. Since we put our big, round, oak table in front of the double doors and fireplace we used the old space for my studio...it was nice there, but I decided to add my work space to the spare room that houses my computer, and jewelry making table. You know keep all the "mess" in one room. hehehe
I don't have the door and draws in the buffet yet, but here's what they look like now!!



Actually this ended up matching our bedroom set so I will probably put the buffet in there, and using the top on another table in the dining area...not quiet sure where it will end up, but am happy to say I really love both pieces...and the best thing about it is we only paid $5.00 for them...yep!!! Great find!!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

I"m having so much fun!

Yep, I've been doing some funky painting on little things to set on my front deck...I love the new colors of the house, but want some stricking contrast in color too..I have a plan...sure. Have to get my table and chairs from the shop so I can paint them....I thought perhaps doing the table in one color then each chair another. Sure hope my hubby approves..so far the little things I've done he really likes....we've been married 28 yrs and it's amazing how much he's changed...for the good. He was very set in his ways, but I've encouraged him to look at things differently, and surprisingly he's come out of his "one way" thinking. Now I wanted to share a couple of the birdhouses I've painted...more to come..
heheheh!!! Have an awesome day and for those who are in the path of the hurricane, please be safe...(((hugs)))




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Am married to a great guy and we've raised 5 of his and my children...they have blessed us with 14 grandchildren.  My passion is creating all forms of art, and handmade jewelry.  On the side I still make some bouquets for weddings and enjoy playing with our 3 pugs.  Living in the mountains gives us such a sense of freedom as we are on 5 acres filled with tall old trees surrounding our little home...we have all kinds of wildlife visiting us daily!!!

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