• Fall,  Winter

    Milkweed Ornament

    I love adding a touch of nature to my Christmas tree….   Thought I would show you what I found at a craft sale. I got several of these pretty little Milkweed ornaments. I picked up some to use for gifts and one I gave to myself! They are just a clear ornament bulb (you can find these at any craft or even big-box store) filled with the fluffy seeds from a milkweed pod, which during these fall months are everywhere right now–in the fields and along road sides. It has a ribbon tied on top and that’s it, and they are so pretty! So if you want a Christmas…

  • Winter

    Fall College Boxes

    Do you know someone going off to college this fall and would you like an idea to bless them? Well several kids from our church headed off to different Bible colleges again this fall and my daughter and I decided to send out these boxes packed with fall delights to encourage their hearts while away from home. We got some small flat rate boxes from the post office and filled them with brown shredded paper. Then we set some nice red apples we shined up into the shreds and included a carton or two of either caramel dip or peanut butter caramel dip. Then to top it off, we sprinkled…

  • Winter

    Cookie Cutter Fudge

    I made these with my girls at Christmas time for giving to their flute and piano teachers as well as special Sunday school teachers and youth leaders.  They were well received. These cookie cutter fudge gifts are so easy to make.  You can really have A LOT of fun with these but I tried to restrain myself and keep it simple!         Make sure you add sprinkles before the fudge cools or they won’t stick to the fudge. In the photo above, the Snowflake was made with white pearl jots & snowflake sprinkles.           You can decorate a cute snowman and gingerbread man with…

  • Winter

    Christmas Tea

    I know this is a really busy time of year, but take time to have fun and perhaps have a simple Christmas Tea or lil Christmas Luncheon with your daughters… or girls, you could do this for your Mom and sisters.  Surprise someone with a fun and simple Christmas Tea! Keep it super simple. You’re not trying to add more to your list of things to do, instead you’re taking time to visit, rest and encourage one another and enjoy this time of year together!  Your daughters will so love and enjoy the extra minutes you took to put this together for them and you will enjoy the time spent with…

  • Winter

    Here’s a Poppin’ Fun Valentine….

    Take a package of microwave popcorn and wrap a smaller piece of paper around the center of the popcorn pack (we choose red printed paper of course). Tape in place on the back side of popcorn pkg. Now simply take white paper, cut it to fit on the front, glue or use two sided tape to attach and write your message……..add a few heart stickers or punch cut-outs and its done and cute as ever! Your kids will love making these super easy Poppin’ Valentines!!

  • Winter

    Valentine Apples

    Here’s a fun treat to surprise your kids with on Valentines Day!     They’ll love ’em…. and all you need is black paper, toothpicks and some red apples. Cut out tiny triangles and some little V’s from black card stock or construction paper. Glue the black pieces onto one end of a toothpick. So you have one toothpick with a triangle on one end and another toothpick with the V’s glued on one end. Now poke the toothpicks into nice red apples…….. DONE! It’s a good healthy treat and lots of fun to eat!

  • Winter

    Heart Tarts

    Heart Tarts  are memorable treats that have always been enjoyed at our house  and they  are fun and simple to make.  Make them for Valentines Day! Recipe:   (this is the same amount of dough for a 2 crust pie) 2 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons + 2/3 cup butter or shortening (I use palm shortening) 1 egg 1 can cherry pie filling Instructions: In a bowl mix flour, salt, and sugar.  Cut in shortening until crumbly.  Sprinkle in 2-4 tablespoons of water,  Add just enough water so the dough forms and keeps together well.  You don’t want it wet and sticky just soft and pliable.  Roll out dough…

  • Winter

    Floating Cranberry Centerpiece

    Here’s a lovely centerpiece to make and put on your table for Christmas. This is soooooo very easy and sooooo very elegant looking that anyone can make it. Simply choose a shallow glass bowl and pour in one bag of fresh cranberries. Now add cold water until there floating at the level that looks nice. Set 3 tea light candles in (which float also) and light them. Add some greens around the bowl and its DONE! Its very inexpensive and if at night before going to bed you put the bowl in a garage or a porch room so it stays cool it will keep for weeks.  (Do Not Let…

  • Winter

    Hearty Steak Soup

    This is a hearty soup that’s perfect to serve on a cold winter day.  Most likely you’ll have all the ingredients on hand to make it too.  You can serve this soup with warm muffins or cornbread.  I like to serve it with warm sourdough biscuits.    Hope you’ll try making it on one of these cold winter days; it also makes excellent leftovers for lunch the next day. Recipe: 4 cups beef broth 5 long carrots – sliced 1 onion – chopped small 7 baby potatoes – cut into thirds 4-5 pea pods -cut into small pcs 3/4 cup sliced celery (about 2 stalks) 2 cups thinly sliced cooked steak 1/3 can of…