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Recipes for Baking Mix

I was asked for the recipes that I use with my baking mix which I wrote about in Everyday Notions: Time Savers

Quick Bread:
2 1/2 c. mix
1 cup milk
2 T. Sugar
1 egg
3 T. oil
3 T. applesauce
Mix. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.

cut 1/4 c. oil with 1 3/4 c. mix
stir in 1/3 c. milk
Knead on floured surface, cut biscuits (I use the metal ring from my mason jar lids) Bake at 450 for 10 minutes.

Drop Biscuits: recipe same as above EXCEPT add increase the milk to 3/4 cup. Drop on a cookie sheet and bake at 450 for 10 minutes.

2 c. mix
1 c. milk
1 T. oil
1 egg

Compost Bin

My darling husband built me a compost bin two years ago. Because it is so tall I had been unable to turn my compost and the pile was close to overflowing until.............. Hubs decided to open up the bin and start digging from the bottom.
 The bottom two feet was beautiful, usable compost which helped fill up my garden beds!

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Five Minute Friday ~ RISK

I'm a little late with my Friday assignment. On Fridays, Lisa-Jo (formally The Gypsy Mama) hosts a writing party. We write for five minutes with no editing, no over thinking. We just write our hearts and take the risk of sharing. This weeks prompt word is RISK

The risk of parenthood ~

you will wear shirts with signs of spit up or food.....or both

you may sport bags under the eyes from little sleep.....
losing sleep as your baby wakes you with her hungry cries in the night and losing sleep as you wait for your child to come home at night

you may, no you WILL, love like you've never loved. Love that sometimes hurt.

you will cry when your child is in physical pain

you will cry when you watch your child struggle in making good choices

you will have to be strong even when you feel your legs begin to buckle

But the benefits so outweigh the risks.

smiles from your child will fill your heart with a radiating warmth

I love you, mama will be…

Path of Life

Psalm 16 Keep me safe, my God, forin you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” 
I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.  I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay. 

Life Can Change In a Moment

I was reminded of how quickly life can change last Monday when I got the call that no mother ever wants to receive.

A social worker from St. Mary's Hospital said, "You're daughter may have been involved in a car accident. Is your daughter Breanna? How soon can you get to the hospital?"

Everything around me blurred as I grabbed my purse and keys and flew out the door. The thirty mile drive to the hospital was one of tears and prayers, pleading God to allow my daughter to still be alive. I had no idea what I would find waiting for me at the hospital.

Once at the hospital I was asked to wait in a private room while the hospital's social worker went to fetch the nurse. I still had no idea if my daughter was dead or alive. The ten minutes I waited seemed like an eternity. While being briefed on the extent of her injuries I silently lifted praises to God for sparing her life and began pleading for healing for my little girl (she is 21 but she will ALWAYS be my little girl…

Year of the Staycation ~ Hundreds of Ways to Enjoy Your City on a Budget!

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Staycation 2012 ~ SE Minnesota

I had hoped to take the family to the Black Hills this summer but unfortunately taking a week off of work AND the cost of such a vacation just isn't in the budget this summer. Besides last week I received the dreaded letter calling me to fulfill my civic duty so I'm taking two weeks off so that I'm available to serve jury duty. Right smack dab in the middle of summer. For two weeks I will be calling each week night to see if I need to report to duty on the following day. I'm hoping that I won't be needed. :)

Although not excited about two weeks off of work, I'm excited about the possibility of doing a few fun things that I normally am unable to do. Such as leisurely spending the day in the garden, heading to an Amish produce auction, kayaking on a nearby stream.....the more plans I make the more nervous I get of being chosen to spend two weeks inside the courtroom. Either way, it will be a change of pace. Meanwhile I will plan a few fun weekends close to home r…

Baking Soda Free Deodorant Recipe

Another attempt at finding a natural deodorant that works for me. Last fall I shared my quest for finding a natural deodorant. Most of the winter I was able to completely omit deodorant with no stinky side effects but now, with the increase in temperature and activities that go along with summertime temps, it's time to find something to deal with the stink (I know, probably too much information).

4 oz. coconut oil
1 cup arrowroot
1/2 beeswax
3 tsp. essential oil

Melt coconut oil and beeswax.
Remove from heat and whisk in the arrowroot.
Add essential oils. I used  1 t. lemongrass and 2 t. tea tree oil

I used small plastic containers as molds. After hardening the deodorant popped right out.

Verdict? I can't decide. I didn't get an itchy rash like the baking soda recipes. The smell is first. But somehow, after a hot day of working in the garden, the scent of body odor mixed with the scent of my new deodorant was not great.  In fact I think I prefer my own b.o. scen…

Five Minute Friday ~ SEE

It's Friday, which means it's time for FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY! Set aside five minutes to write. Just write and allow the words of your heart flow to your fingertips. Today's word is SEE.

The following quote from The Color Purple is between two women, Shug and Celie. Celie is having a hard time seeing God. 
“Listen, God love everything you love - and a mess of stuff you don't. But more than anything else, God love admiration.

You saying God vain? I ast.

Naw, she say. Not vain, just wanting to share a good thing. I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.

What it do when it pissed off? I ast.

Oh, it make something else. People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.” 
― Alice WalkerThe Color Purple


Do you see the color purple in the field? On the way to my parent's home is a farmhouse. In the spring the whole lawn is covered with purpl…