Friday, October 30, 2009

10 Favorite Posts, Re-Visited

Are you new here?

Do you have a moment to sit, and read?

Here are some favorite past-posts:


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Lack Of Time?

“One of the great uses of Twitter & Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness wasn't from lack of time” -John Piper


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10 Edible Play Dough Recipes

Yesterday, my lovely 3-year-old daughter, felt the need to feed her baby brother some play dough!

I'm sure many of you "seasoned moms" have similar stories! You can laugh, after the fact, right?

When I squeezed his cute, little cheeks and a disgusting, green-gooey substance poured out, I knew I needed some "edible play dough" recipes.

So I found some, and of course, I'm sharing with you!

Which one looks the most yummy?

What are some of your kids-and-play-dough stories?

10 Edible Play Dough Recipes

#1 Kool-Aid Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heatproof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle. Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix. (Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months)

#2 Jell-O Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 (3-1/2 oz.) package "unsweetened" Jell-O

Mix all ingredients together and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until consistency of mashed potatoes. Let cool and knead with floured hands until dry.

Storage: This recipe needs to cool completely "before" storing it in an airtight container!

Note: The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.

#3 Oatmeal Play Dough

1 part flour
2 parts oatmeal
1 part water

Mix ingredients together and form into shapes.

Note: The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.

#4 Cream Cheese Play Dough

8 oz. package of cream cheese
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
1 tablespoon honey
crackers or bread slices

Combine cream cheese, milk, and honey in a bowl and mix until well blended. Mold sculptures on was paper.

Storage: Unused portions MUST BE STORED in an airtight container and kept refrigerated! Because cream cheese is perishable, use the expiration date on the cream cheese package as your guide for how long you can keep this play dough.

Note: The shapes can then be placed on crackers or bread slices, decorated with edibles (celery or carrot slivers, raisins, dried fruit pieces, nuts, or seeds for a healthy snack... then eat!

#5 Peanut Butter and Graham Cracker Play Dough

Equal amounts of Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cream
Graham Crackers

First, have the children wash their hands before beginning so they can safely lick their fingers during this project.

Allow children to crumble up Graham Crackers into crumbs, then set these aside. Let them have just a little touch of the Marshmallow Cream and a little touch of peanut butter to feel the different textures and to lick off their fingers.

Mix the peanut butter and Marshmallow Cream together and have the children notice the change in texture. Cover surface area with wax paper or use a breadboard, let children make into shapes. Roll shapes in Graham Cracker crumbs, then eat!

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container.


#6 Peanut Butter Play Dough

one 18-oz. jar creamy peanut butter
6 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup non-fat dry milk

Mix ingredients together, using varying amounts of dry milk for desired consistencies. Knead it with fingers, forming into desired shapes, adding other foods like M&M's or peanuts for eyes, mouths, etc. Great fun!

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container.


#7 Girl Scout Peanut Butter Play Dough

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
2 cups powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, using your hands. Dough should feel soft and pliable. Form shapes and be creative!

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container.


#8 Smooth Peanut Butter Play Dough

2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups dried milk
2/3 cups honey

Mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Storage:
When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container


#9 Frosting Play Dough

1 can frosting (any flavor)
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Mix together until dough reaches desired consistency

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. Next time you want to use it, let it come to room temperature for pliable dough.


#10 Chocolate Play Dough

8 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup plus one tablespoon light corn syrup

Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water (a double boiler). Stir the chocolate with a spoon until smooth, then stir in the corn syrup. The chocolate will stiffen almost immediately but stir completely combined. Transfer the chocolate to a sturdy plastic bag and refrigerate until firm; the consistency will be that of Play Dough.

When firm, the dough can be worked by kneading. If it is too hard, cut off small pieces and knead until pliable. If the dough sticks to the counter when rolling, lightly spray counter or breadboard with vegetable spray or lightly grease with vegetable oil.

Hand shape the dough into a rope or braid, making two or three long ropes and twist or braid them together -- can be used as the outside edge on top of a cake or around the base.

Make ribbons to cover the cake. To do this, pat your dough into a disk shape and roll dough out to desired thickness using a rolling pin or else use a manual pasta machine.

Flowers, too!

Storage:
When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container and refrigerate.


I found these great recipes from Family Corner.
You can visit them here.

Which one looks the best to YOU?
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday's For Wyatt


Go visit Danielle's Blog: Letting Go and Letting God Here

Danielle writes:


Here we go! Our second Wednesday for Wyatt! It’s quite simple to participate. All you have to do is copy and paste this post on your blog, and come back here to link up with MckLinky! Once you do that, your all set to win a great giveaway. Kristi, on of the dear women who follow my family's story has generously donated some handmade buckeye's jewelry. Thank you Kristi!


Over the last week we have gotten 123 new signatures! Over 100 of those we got last Wednesday alone. And we had 34 wonderful bloggers link up... I can't wait to see how much Wednesdays for Wyatt will grow this week!


For those of you who are not familiar with my family and what we are trying to achieve, here’s a brief run down...


Our son Wyatt was diagnosed with a fatal condition at our 18 week ultrasound, but chose to carry him to term. We waited to meet our son with love, all the time praying we would get to see him alive.


On June 1, 2009, Wyatt made his way into the world by c-section. To our amazement he had a faint heartbeat and was breathing! He died two minutes later, but I’ve clung to the two minutes my son and I breathed the same air since his passing.


Upon calling to get a copy of Wyatt’s birth certificate, I found out he was listed as a stillborn. You would assume it was a mistake (like I did), but there was no mistake. According to the definition of live birth in Tennessee my son was not “alive enough” to be deemed a live born baby. His two minutes of life has gone unrecognized by my state, and I intend to change this piece of legislation so I can solidify the validity of my son’s short life.


Wednesdays for Wyatt was created to help spread awareness for a law that needs to be changed, as well as to generate more traffic to my petition. So if you’re reading this, thanks for taking the time to help our family!


This contest will be open today only. I will close MckLinky down sometime before midnight, so make sure you get linked up ASAP to make sure you are entered to win this giveaway! Thanks for helping everyone, and good luck.
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Believe Them When They Say...

Cherish every moment... It goes by WAY TOO QUICK...

My baby girl turned 3 yesterday...
The thing is, she's not a baby anymore,
she is a little girl!


Potato sack races...


Painting carousel horse sun catchers...


Selling popcorn and pretzels . . .


Carousel, "merry-go-round" cake



Opening gifts...


Today I'm remembering...


The day you were born;
how your daddy wrapped his big arms around you,
an how it was love at first sight!


Remembering...

How I couldn't believe you were mine!
That we had finally "met" and what a gift you were!


Remembering

the way you smelled...
Someone really needs to "bottle" baby scent!



celebrating your 1st Birthday



Your first cake



Remembering when we celebrated your 2nd birthday,
and how Daddy asked you to marry him


Snuggling once again;
your flushed, worn out party-girl face against my
flushed, worn out mommy-party-girl face

Your Princess Cake


And here we are, you are 3,
and such a special, tender hearted, big girl!

And it warms my heart to know,
that you will be a great Mommy some day.
I love watching you "mother" your dollies!


Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!
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"Not Me" MONDAY

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have "not been doing" this week.


Getting ready for my daughter's birthday party, I did not quickly brush dust off shelves with paper towel. No, never!

I most certainly did not shove every bit of clutter into our bedroom, and shut the door! Hehum.



My wonderful daughter did not ask that lady when her baby was coming out... and yes, you guessed it! No baby in belly folks!

How about you? Fill me in on your life! What have you not been up to this week? Or better yet, what have your children, not been up to this week?
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

How Do You Share Christ?


This morning, I'm pondering the concept of sharing Christ my daily life, thanks to Melody, who blogs and stitches over at Hooking Stitches. She asked, at 5:16 Gals, how we share Christ in our daily life.

For me, it comes down to staying close to the Lord, each and every day. If I don't read my bible and/or am simply not communing with Him through prayer, I just don't have the desire to share Christ.

Isn't that horrible! I'm so fleshly, and I'm sure you all have been there. I love my Heavenly Father more than anything; BUT, if I don't make time to cultivate my relationship with Him, it affects even my very desire to speak His precious name, with boldness and confidence.

That is why this verse, 1 Peter 3:15, is so very meaningful to me!

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

Only when I am in beautiful communion with my Lord, am I able to speak boldly about my Lord, with confidence, with passion, and with fervency.

Can He use us in some capacity in a fleshly state? Of course! That's His wonderful grace. BUT, don't you want to have the freshness, that newness, that wonderful excitement to share about Him that you did when you first accepted Him in your life?

What's the secret? Meet with Him daily, in prayer and reading of His Word. Then, you and I will see, that He will simply overflow out of us, like a fountain of living water, to a dying and hopeless world!

It won't feel like a chore to share Him, it will be a joy!


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Friday, October 23, 2009

Top 5 Friday: What's On Your Wish List?

Christy over at Superheroes and Princesses is hosting a Top 5 Friday. Today, we are suppose to share the top 5 things, on our "wish list" as Moms.

During our first years of marriage, my husband and I talked about just getting "household gifts" for one another at Christmas time. You know, like new carpet or a much-needed appliance. I must admit, I put the kabosh on that; at least in my mind. Come on, I thought, that's no fun! Where's the romance, people?

But then kids come along; and this "treaty" seems a lot more inviting. Even if it is only for the sake of spending less money. Now that we are child #2, I'm all for this.

Something changes when you become "Mommy". We learn the art of becoming less selfish, (or really try to) and truly desire our children to celebrate in all the joys and fun that the Holidays bring; time spent creating special memories, and reliving our childhood, through their eyes.

But, that doesn't mean I don't have a "wish list" in the back of my mind. Like Christy, I enjoy the luxury of being pampered now and again; because, let's be honest ladies, the only pampering we get is jumping in and out of the shower as fast as we can, throwing on our makeup in a flurry, and quickly brushing a "cover-up" coat of polish on our toes.

Here is my Top 5 Wish List:




1. A day at the spa: A pedicure, a massage, maybe even a facial? Ahhhhhh.... I've only had 2 pedicures in my life, and it was glorious!





2. A Wii Fit! I love the thought of having fun, while getting a good workout!

3. A Swiffer Wet Jet. I've heard so many good things about this product. (Do you have one?)

4. A dish washer. End of story. You understand why this would be on my wish list, right? I never get to "Make My Sink Shine" because there are always dishes in the way.




5. A gift certificate to take a cake decorating class! I love making cakes and would especially enjoy getting some great tips and advice from a professional.




What do you think of my list? Would any of these things be on your wish list?

If you would like to share a top five list of your own, please link up over at Christy's blog: Superheroes and Princesses. Your list should include any of the 5 things you enjoy right now. This was SO MUCH FUN! A girl can dream, right?

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Get Excited About Working Out


I really do dread it! From the time it takes me to get out an exercise DVD, put it in, and push START... I have already changed my mind.

I'm SO TIRED...

I'm NOT motivated...

I have SO MUCH other stuff to do...

Been there? Thought that?

But like anything, good things come to those who work hard. Here are 10 simple tips that might help you get back into the dreaded exercise groove:

1. Commit to 30 days of working out (20 minutes a day). ANYONE can make time for 20 minutes a day.

2. Pick a routine that combines cardio, weights, and strength training. This will give you the most out of your workout.

3. Write down 10 positive things that you will experience as a result of exercising. (Some examples: Become healthier, increase endurance, practice discipline, good example for children, more energy, etc.)

4. Just move more! We eat, sit, eat some more, sit.... way too much!

5. Find a workout routine that you enjoy. If you have cable, there is a channel called Exercise TV On Demand that is FREE. For me, it is channel 724. It has a bunch of different work out routines that you can do. Did I mention that it is FREE?

6. Go for a long walk, and bring weights along if you have them. (or just push your babes in a stroller)

7. Drink a lot of water! If you don't like water, put a crystal light packet or squeeze a fresh lemon in it! DID YOU KNOW:

Lemon water helps clean the toxins out of your body. Your skin can't look healthy if your body is holding onto toxins! When you get rid of toxic waste in your system, your skin will show it first!

We drink WAY too much coffee and tea, and it tends to dehydrate the body. For every cup of coffee you drink, did you know, that you should really drink an extra cup of water? Wowza! There are so many dangers in not getting enough water; like becoming dehydrated!

8. If you are watching some TV in the evening, get up and walk in place or do some sit ups, or leg lifts.

9. CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR! This is always a given, but I just had to put that disclaimer in there.

10. GET EXCITED ABOUT IT! As with most things, sometimes we need to "work up a spirit of enthusiasm" to get the ball rolling.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hugs






Everyone needs a good hug.

A fresh boo boo on a soft-toddler-knee... eyes immediately leak, salty liquid dripping on upper lip; where's Mommy?

They embrace; it is all better, for that moment.

A "young-love" break-up that, you are confident, will be the end of you. Where is that best friend?

You embrace; it is all better, for that moment.

Sharing a mixture of joy and adrenaline, fighting back that pumpkin-size lump in your throat as you watch a new bride say "I do". {oh how I am a succor for weddings; they always make me cry like a baby tear up!}

You embrace that beautiful bride, blinded by her glow.
Your own heartache, is gone, for a moment.

A hug, a genuine hug; can pick up a downcast spirit, brush it off, and give new life and hope. That is why I have decided to end my posts with the corny phrase "Hugs".

I may have never met YOU face to face; but I would be the first to give you a big hug.

Each time I open my bible, I get a big hug from my Heavenly Father. I only wish to pass on that same warm embrace to you, my sister in Christ.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Is Your Husband Being Left In The Dust?


The danger of blogging, or for ministering to ladies in any capacity, is that we find more joy in it, than in our husbands.

Do you find yourself giving all your time, energy, words of affirmation and encouragement to others; leaving your husband in the dust?

If you don't, then great! That is awesome; but if you have to think, even for a second, well, maybe I do; sometimes, perhaps? Then please heed the warning in this post.

As you gazed into your soon to be husband's eyes, in front of God and all those people, you repeated those words of love and devotion;

"in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad..."

I don't remember the following stipulation: "as long as blogging, ladies retreats, facebook, twittering, going out with my friend for coffee, you fill in the blank ________" got in the way. Do you?

In a technology-driven age, could it possibly, just maybe, be used as a device of the evil one, to tear marriages apart?

Now Traci, aren't you going a little overboard? I say no, for this reason:

because, I've seen it in my husband's eyes; and the Lord is speaking to me about this.

When I choose to sit on the computer, writing that all important post, email, facebook message, over spending time with him; his spirit is crushed.

The bible says that the devil roars about like a lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8); but he is subtle, oh so subtle; he has been known to appear as an angel of light! (2 Cor. 11:14)

Be careful, my dear friends
, that we do not let our "ministry to other women" (which is oh so very important) leave our dear husbands in the dust.

Everything should be done decently and in order; remembering what our priority is, even above ministering to other women.

It is respecting our Husbands! How do we show them respect?


Let us remember, what they NEED from us:

:: Our affirmation
:: Our honor
:: Our devotion
:: Our attention
:: Our cheering
:: Our compliments (physically, mentally, financially, spiritually, relationally)
:: Our need for their help (for they love to solve and fix things)
:: Our admiration
:: Our time
:: Our attention
:: Our BEST!

I know what you are thinking.... I'm not super-women! By the end of the day I have given all my attention/affection/time away to kids, house work, blogging, you name it!

How could I possibly do all those things, AND, by the way, you don't know my husband!

2 Things:

#1) God does not call us to be super-women, but super-dependent upon Him. (Phil. 4:13)
#2) You chose (most likely) to marry Him, so do your very best each day, to show respect and honor to him.

This may mean turning down a great opportunity to go out with a lady, read another "best-seller", write that "all important post", send that vital email, going on that ladies retreat, or twittering your LIFE!"

Your life is right in front of you; he is waiting for your attention.

HE is vitally important. All the other stuff can wait.

Have you been leaving him in the dust laity? I have been guilty of it, I know I have.

If so, brush off the dirt. It may mean turning off the TV, the computer, the phone; and spending time with your hubby.

Ephesians25:22: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Ephesians 33b: and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Your thoughts? Let's discuss this together...

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