Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Two of my favorite things in the world are coffee and chocolate. It's one dynamic confection, genuinely a gourmet experience! And so finally, I was able to taste a glimpse of heaven when our aunt gave me this.
The delicate rich, dark chocolate envelopes a burst of smoky, authentic espresso-roasted coffee bean inside. It gives a smattering crunch to every bite!!!!
AAAAhhhhhhh,,,,,,,,,, truly, Heaven at first bite!
Read about my desert experience, a series called: REVELATIONS, at Day by day Devotional website: http://wop-daybyday.blogspot.com/
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I have seen and heard many people devise ways to make prayer life a wonder. Some have the gift and it comes naturally. Others use paraphernalia like writing in journals, sticks, leaves or with lighted candles while fasting. The idea of using candles is very nice but I don’t want my house on fire. For safety reasons, I came up with stones.
Yesterday, I went to a pet store and bought some white, gray and other colored decorative stones… yes, the ones you see inside a fish tank. The white, large stones represent the members of my family (the core group) and the rest of the stones, I marked with names of all the loved ones, relatives and friends that we want to pray for. Each stone represents a person or a family who are precious in the eyes of God. The stones serve as a reminder to pray for someone that day or that week.
How do we do it?
We pick two stones: one from the core group at the center of the tray (white stones marked with each of our names on it) and another one from the colored stones for those we are led to pray for.
We each pray for the names that are marked on the stones for the day or for the whole week. We can pray for as many people as the Spirit leads. Then we put them inside the cute pouches as we will be carrying them all throughout the day.
After we’re done praying, we return the stones back to where they were originally parked.
I am looking forward to the fruits of our prayer life. This is one way to teach our children that prayer is a lifestyle. You might also want to log in the names that were prayed for in a small notebook. It will surely be exciting to see the hand of the Lord in the lives of our loved ones and friends as we pray for them faithfully.
I hope this was helpful to you
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it. That's how the primates do it.
Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich, add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.
Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic, and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.
Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simple chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.
Reheating Pizza - Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
Easy Deviled Eggs - Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done... easy clean up.
Expanding Frosting - When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
Reheating Refrigerated Bread - To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
Newspaper Weeds Away - Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping. As you go, cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers.
Broken Glass - Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.
No More Mosquitoes - Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
Squirrel Away - To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
Flexible Vacuum - To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge, add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
Reducing Static Cling - Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks... and static is gone!
Measuring Cups - Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
Foggy Windshield? - Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth! Turning on your air conditioner will clear foggy windshields too... in the winter, turn on HIGH - only takes a minute.
Reopening Envelope - If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.
Conditioner - Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
Goodbye Fruit Flies - To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
Get Rid of Ants - Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home," can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS - The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well, the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh... that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free (that nice fragrance too). You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box... Well, this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!
Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us. God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups. The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
There was once a king who offered a prize to the artist who
could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried.
The king looked at all the pictures, but there were only two
that he really liked, and he had to choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror
for the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was
a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture
thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
The second picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged
and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in
which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled
a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
But when the king looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny
bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird
had built her nest.... a perfect picture of peace.
Which of the pictures won the prize?
The king chose the second picture.
Do you know why?
"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean
Peace means to be in the midst of all
That is the real meaning of peace.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Oh the sky so blue!
Why? I don't know a clue.
Why do I bother?
I wish I have the answer.
Why the sand slip,
In my hand when I grip?
Why do I inquire?
I wish I have the answer.
And why so queer?
I wish I know
I wish I have the answer.
The queries in me?
Why, does it matter?
I wish I have the answer.
But He has all the answer!
Why, my mind blow....
I don’t know
I wish I have the answer.
Why? I ask
Thursday, January 3, 2008
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
My husband and I went on a road trip to San Carlos with his bike last week. From that trip, I discovered a mystery, and a few good find munchies (well, you guessed.... I always tend to find something for my palate).