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I love the Lord and my big crazy family. My husband and I have been together for 39 1/2 years. I am a mother of two grown children and a grandmother to four biological grandchildren and six others. I owe and operate my own home care business primarily for the elderly. I have written online articles for Bubblews, Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Triond. You may still find some of my articles on Ehow/Demand Studio. You can also find my work on Bukisa as they have stolen our content and stopped paying us.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bible Believing Christian and Proud of It

My favorite Bible verse Proverbs 17:17

Last night on Facebook, I was shocked at a post I saw that was criticizing Christians, the Bible and essentially God. As our pastor has taught us, our sin has separated us from God, we need mercy, and heaven forbid we all need mercy and grace as we all will not make it to Heaven, Hell is a real place.

I digressed, back to the Facebook post, it started out like this: "What bugs you about facebook? there are many things that bug me but the one thing that really bugs me is the people who make comments based on what the bible says, and then quotes scriptures."
This same person has had some major events happen in her life and not all for the good. I have seen her talk about gods, little g, not the one and only wonderful living God, although she quotes scripture.

My original comment to the post was, “I quote the Bible all the time, it is to be our source. It tells us to hide it's words in our hearts.

She did not comment on what I said, however, to the lady agreeing with this writer she posts, “lately people are commenting back to me in threads with scriptures. they cannot form their own sentence in their own words, they have to quote the bible...it is not natural...they are stepford bible pushers and well god says love your neighbor but golly these bible pushers are the first ones to throw the stone at gay marriages...I don't get it...how is that love????...I am just annoyed with it all.

By the time I found the new testament verse that answered why Christians do not agree with gay marriage there were several other comments all agreeing with her. I posted the scripture and you would have thought I had personally attacked another woman that is gay, however, I did not know this, therefore, it was no personal attack I was simply answering why as a bible believing Christian we cannot agree with it.

Now, I have family and friends that definitely believe differently than I do, however, we have agreed to disagree in love. I kind of thought it was the same this way, however, it was very obvious by the comments made it is not.

Therefore, I stepped out of the conversation, while mean and nasty comments kept rolling in. I sent a private Facebook message to the women saying in lieu of making a bad situation worse I think it is best to un-friend you, I continued to add, “I try to live my life as a Christian which means reading the Bible and attempting to live the best I can. It also means sharing the Bible. I did not say I hated gay people, as I have family that is gay. Do I have to love the sin while loving the sinner, NO! I also am NOT ashamed of being a Bible believing Christian.

With that said, have any other Bible believing Christians felt attacked lately? If so how have you handled it?

http://new-song-church.com/media and listen to the Abundance streams of Mercy

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fried Parmesan Crusted Zucchini: Gluten-Free or Regular

Zucchini is one of the favorite foods in the summer. It is so versatile from low calorie pizza, breads or fried. Zucchini of course is naturally gluten-free, however, to coat it for frying; your favorite gluten-free flour will be required. I live in Amish territory where the Amish stores carry just about any flour you can think of. I use plenty of high gluten flour as well as Bob Red mills all-purpose gluten-free flour.

Ingredients for fried Parmesan crusted zucchini:

  • 2 zucchinis, medium size
  • 1 ½ cups  High Gluten Flour or All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  • ¼  tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp fresh oregano and basil or 1 Tbsp dried  
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • Oil for frying

Instructions to make fried Parmesan crusted zucchini:

    1. Wash the zucchini and cut off the ends.
    2. Slice the zucchini into ½ inch slices.  
    3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and basil. 
    1. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and milk.  
    2. Dip the zucchini slices into the milk, then coat in flour mixture, dip again in the milk and coat again in flour mixture. 
    1. Heat the oil to 375 degrees, place the coated zucchini in the hot oil and fry on each side until golden brown. Remove from the oil, put on a paper towel lined plate, and until all zucchini is fried.  

The fried Parmesan coated zucchini is an easy recipes and goes great with any meal.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Decorah Bald Eagle Nest: 3 Eaglets

It has been a fun adventure all week popping in on the bald eagles in Decorah, Iowa.

Last weekend when I learned about the site, there were 2 eaglets; one obviously stronger than the other one, and one un-hatched eaglet egg. Is that the politically correct thing to say? Hmmmm, not up on all my birdie talk.

While I was at work Thursday a.m., the 3rd egg hatched. I have been keeping an eye on the babies to see if they are all eating. When we learned we had a nest of bald eagles at Dewart Lake, others told us when there are multiple births one will dominate the nest. Last summer I did see 2 of the immature eagles flying about so not sure how many eggs had been laid and hatched

After Saturday night feeding time was done, shortly after dinner, the strongest peep decided he wanted to see the light of day. They are getting stronger every day.

Easter Sunday after lunch the bald eagle let the peeps hang out in the sunshine, however, it was on high alert watching whatever was in the area.

This Monday morning, mom or dad, I cannot tell the difference; eats and let the little ones hang out until covering them back up.


I do enjoy watching the bald eagle in the nest; I hope you enjoy my attempt in sharing it with you.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Decorah’s Bald Eagle Nest: Live View

Photo I took at Dewart Lake
On Facebook today, our daughter sent me link to a live feed of a bald eagle setting on the nest. She knows we have bald eagles at our summer cottage at Dewart Lake, therefore, she knew I would be interested. When I logged in approximately 4 p.m. the wind was howling ruffling the eagles feathers and momma eagle was setting on the nest. I thought I saw 2 eggs.


I have watched the feed long enough now the sun is casting shadows blurring the pictures, however, dad had brought a late lunch back to mom that she seemed to be ignoring until daddy came back and at that point I saw one egg and 2 babies.

Here in Indiana it is now 8:23 p.m. and dark; however in Iowa it is 7:23 and sun still shining. Honestly, I find watching this feed, far more interesting than most television programming. It makes me long for summer days and watching the bald eagle at our Dewart Lake cottage.

Bald Eagle Monday 11:15 a.m. EST

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mom’s Cinnamon Sauce Recipe

Basic Crepe Recipe

When mom passed away in December 2009, my family entrusted me with her two recipe boxes. Among the great recipes was the cinnamon sauce recipe. Mom used the cinnamon sauce to pour over angel food cake; however, the cinnamon sauce recipe is good for topping ice cream, angel food cake, pancakes, French toast or crepes. This recipe is so easy to make, try making mom’s cinnamon sauce recipe for your family and see what they want to put it on.

Ingredients for mom’s cinnamon sauce recipe:

  • 2-Cups water
  • 1-Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼-Cup butter or margarine
  • 1 ¼ Tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp lemon juice
  • ½ Tsp grated lemon rind (optional)
  • Saucepan

Crepe Covered in Cinnamon Sauce

Instructions to make mom’s cinnamon sauce recipe:

1)    Place all the ingredients in a saucepan. Over medium heat, stir well to blend.
2)    As it starts to get warm stir and continue to stir until the butter melts and cornstarch thickens.
3)    Serve warm or cold, it tastes great either way.

Tips for healthier cinnamon sauce recipe:

  • For the diabetics in your life, when making mom’s cinnamon sauce recipe, replace the sugar with stevia, stevia in the raw or splenda.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix the Traditional Party Mix

Gluten-Free Magic Custard Cake
Did you realize that many Chex cereals are gluten-free? They have several flavors to choose from, however, you may not want to incorporate them all in your Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix.

They have Rice, Corn, Honey Nut, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Vanilla and Apple Cinnamon that are all Gluten-Free; therefore, you may want to make a new gluten-free party mix just for your family.

If it has been awhile since you have made chex mix, you can read how to make Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix the Traditional Party Mix on Seekyt. It really is an easy and delicious snack for all members of your family.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dark Chocolate Mousse Made with Avocado’s

Recently while watching The Doctors Television Show, Dr. Travis Stork lectured and tutored the very overweight 9-year old Honey Boo Boo and her mother on how they could eat healthier yet it would still taste good. 
Dr. Travis tricked Honey Boo Boo into tasting the healthy dark chocolate mousse before telling them the recipe contained the very healthy avocado.
1 cup of avocado contains a mere 240 calories and chucked full of fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin K, cooper, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C and potassium. Adding cocoa powder along with the avocado and it will have your taste buds doing a happy dance.

http://seekyt.com/dark-chocolate-mousse-recipe-easy-and-delicious/Try making the avocado chocolate mousse recipe for your family. Even if your family refuses to eat the healthy avocado, I guarantee they will never know and they will enjoy this chocolaty treat. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mercy Me: Dear Younger Me

I read a very interesting post on Facebook this morning about Mercy Me and the lead singer Bart Millard. At one time, he was just ready to quit the band, chuck it all in. Personally, I am glad that did not happen as Mercy Me has had some tremendous music since 1994.


You can read the full story of Mercy Me and Bart Millard on NewSound in Christian Rock:

While reading a bit of information that I had never heard before, Bart talked about his rough childhood, I cannot say mine was rough; however, we all make mistakes we wish we could have a do over for. He is a songwriter therefore composed a song for the band to sing.

I am not a singer songwriter but have often had similar thoughts and had to remind myself that God and is infinite love, mercy and grace will forgive all your past mistakes. All you need to do is simply ask him too. Do you need to ask forgiveness and then move on? What kind of song would you write to and for yourself?

1 John 1:8-9; NIV If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I loved Mercy Me's, "Dear Younger Me" and wanted to share with you. If you enjoy it, share my post so others can hear it too.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Your Children or Grandchildren

Easter is a wonderful part of springtime. It is not just Easter eggs and Easter bunnies; it is when Jesus Christ rose from the grave for us. Why not take the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs and the story of Jesus’ death on the cross and living again and put them together. My grandson and I enjoyed our time and sharing. I will show you how to dye Easter eggs with your grandchildren.
John 20:1 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

 Supplies needed to dye Easter eggs with your Grandchildren:

Food Color and Vinegar
  • Eggs
  • Food color/Egg dye
  • Vinegar
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Spoon
  • Containers
  • Crayon
  • Lots of Patience

 Instructions to dye Easter eggs with your grandchildren:

My grandson wrote on the eggs with the crayon
1)    First thing to do is to check to make sure you have everything you will need. You will need eggs, crayons, food color/egg dye, vinegar, spoons and something to guard your table from stains.

2)    Place the eggs in hot water and boil for approximately 5 minutes. Boiling to long will not hurt them any.

3)    Remove the eggs from the stove and pour off the hot water. Run cold water over them to cool off so you can handle them.

4)    It is now time for the vinegar and food color/egg dye. I used measuring cups, I used 1 cup of vinegar and just kept adding drops of food color until I got the color I wanted.

5)    It is VERY important when working with your grandchildren to protect the surface of the working station. Take newspaper and lay it down. Place the cups of Easter egg colors on the newspaper. Still even more protection may be desired, so lay down some paper towel for the Easter eggs to drain on.

6)    If you want to add words or design on your Easter Eggs get a crayon. Your grandchildren may not be a real artist, however, that is OK, it is to be a teaching tool while you are having fun; however, it will take some patience.

7)    Have your child/grandchild wear vinyl gloves to protect their hands. You do not want to have a rainbow colored child. Have them put the egg in the color of their choice.
Let the egg set in the food color for a minute or two to get the desired color. When it is time to come out have them take the spoon and guide the egg to the top of the cup and then they can take the egg off the spoon and put on the paper towel.

8)    Keep repeating step 6 until you have dyed all the Easter eggs.

For best success, explain to grandchild what you are doing before you start and prepare for a mess! Explain to your grandchild that Jesus Lives and that is what Easter is all about, dyeing Easter eggs is simply fun.

For Easter Basket Ideas: Cheap Homemade Easter Baskets: Recycle and Save

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Making Newspaper Planting Cups: Recycle and Reuse

Last February as the husband was cleaning and throwing things away, he came across a couple of gardening books and magazines. Some tips in this book were so simple and been around for as many years as I have, if not longer, yet they published as a new idea.

As the hubby was reading, he would laugh out load, and then say this is something a child would be able to do; however, he then came across this idea to make newspaper-planting cups and you would be recycling and reusing. What a great idea, really it is and oh so good not to share with all you gardeners.

Follow the newspaper folding tip; staple and you are good to go. Start using your newspaper planting cups by adding potting soil and the seeds of choice. When the seedlings are ready to transplant into the garden soil, there is no need to remove the newspaper cup, as it will break down in the garden.

Wow, how much easier could it be to get started planting your garden seeds? Make newspaper-planting cups, recycle and reuse.