Thursday, November 30, 2017
I woke up this morning itching to do something (activity helps me think through difficult situations), so I decided to make fancy pancakes – I don’t eat them because my body doesn’t process nuts well no matter how finely they are crushed, but the king of our castle does; and the process of making them will help me process yesterday’s complications.
So … I gathered the ingredients and set to work. The pancakes are good without the added berries and buts, but I wanted something festive for the holiday season. I chose pecans and homegrown blueberries. My fella tells me these pancakes are YUMMY! And I believe him ;-)
This recipe is a good pancake recipe. It makes a nice puffy pancake instead of those thin flat ones. If you prefer thin pancakes, just omit the baking powder when following the recipe ;-)
BLUEBERRY-PECAN FEATHER PANCAKES (about 10 pancakes)
2 cups all-purpose Flour – 2 TBSP. Baking Powder – 2 TBSP granulated white Sugar – 1 teaspoon Sea Salt – 2 eggs – 2 cups milk – 4 TBSP. cooking Oil – 1 cup fresh or frozen Blueberries (thawed and well drained) – ½ cup crushed nuts (I used Pecans, but you can use any type of nut)
Heat griddle to 325-degrees. To test griddle for correct temperature before dropping pancake mix, sprinkle lightly with a few drops of water – if the drops bubble and dance across the surface, the heat is just right.
Beat eggs with hand beater until light and fluffy; beat in remaining ingredients – just ‘til smooth. Don’t overbeat or you will have rubber pancakes instead of fluffy ones. Add blueberries and nuts. Grease heated griddle if necessary.
Pour about1/4 cup of batter from a measuring cup, or from a pitcher onto the hot griddle. Cook pancakes until puffed, golden brown, and dry around the edges. Turn and cook other side until golden brown. To keep pancakes hot, stack them on a hot plate with paper towels in between; place on a cookie sheet in a 250-degree oven or in a warming oven until ready to serve.
Break out the butter and syrup and dig in!
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Chapter 7: Yeshua said, “Don’t be finding fault with others and they will not be finding fault with you. For you will be criticized in exactly the same way that you pass judgement, and it will be measured back to you just as you measure it out to others. Just why do you take notice of a speck in your brother’s eye, but are not concerned about the stick in your own eye?Or why do you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’, when you have a stick in your own eye? You hypocrite! Pull out the stick from your own eye first, then you can see better to take out the speck from your brother’s eye!
You must not give holy things to dogs, nor cast your pearls before wild hogs. They might turn on you and tear you to pieces.
Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and everyone who seeks will find, and everyone who knocks will have the door opened to him. Or is there any one of you who would give your son a stone if he should ask you for bread? Or in case he should ask you for a fish, would you ten give him a snake? Well then, if you – although you are evil – know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will Elohim give good things to those who keep on asking Him?
So, whatever you want people to do to you, do likewise for them, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Go in through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and they are many, indeed, who go in through that gate. But the gate that leads to life is small, and the way is narrow, and there are few that find it.
Be on the lookout for false prophets who come to you dressed up like sheep, but at heart are like devouring wolves. You can recognize them by their fruits. Do men pick grapes from thorn trees, or figs from thistles? No! The fact is that every good tree bears good fruit, whereas a rotten tree produces poor fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a poor tree cannot produce good fruit. Every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Yes, you can recognize them by their fruits.
Not every one who says to Me, ‘Adonai, Adonai’, will get into the kingdom of heaven, but only they who do the will of Elohim. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Adonai, Adonai, did we not prophesy in Your Name? And do many miracles in Your Name?’ And then I will say to them very plainly, ‘I have never known you; go away from Me, you lawbreakers!’
Everyone, therefore, who hears these sayings of Mine and obeys them, will be like a wise man who built his house on a stone foundation. And the rain fell, and the river rose, and the winds howled and beat against the house, and yet it did not fall; for it was built on a rock. But, on the other hand, everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, but does not follow them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. And the rain fell, and the river rose, and the winds howled and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.”
When Yeshua had ended His sermon, the crowds were much astonished at His teaching. For he did not teach them as their own scribes, but as One Who had authority.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Tonight I changed the floral arrangements, exchanging the Fall arrangements for Christmas arrangements. I pretty much stuck with poinsettias because I like that flower. Next year I may try something else, but for this year poinsettias reign ;-)
Our bathroom: Red Poinsettias with Gold berries. Simple, but effective.
A little more color in the spare bathroom because it’s so white in there: Red Poinsettia with pistachio hydrangea, a gilded pinecone, and a pine sprig.
Small kitchen Ivy Basket: Dark Red Poinsettias, a gilded pine cone, and a pine sprig.
Large Kitchen Ivy Basket. Red & White Poinsettias, white winter berries, gold berries, a gilded pine cone, a pine sprig, and several gold filigree branches.
A new White Christmas Cactus with a pale pink throat and a fuchsia tongue.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Sunday morning we put the final decorations up for this year – despite the skimpy trims this year, our home is quite festive without being kitschy with decoration overload. I like foil garland at Christmas time because it’s so bright and cheerful, but it was hard to find! Most stores didn’t even carry it (they had garish foil decorations like foil wreaths, Christmas balls, snowman faces, ect.; but NO foil garlands), and those that had wanted $10 for a measly 2 ft. long garland!; a few claimed they were bought out early – like before Thanksgiving. My husband, bless him, drove all over town and walked every store with me, and we finally found some at the Big Lots store and snapped 3 garlands up; brought them home, and put them up … waaaaaaaaaay high up ;-)
Christmas Foil Garland strung along the upper walls. Livingroom. Dining room has same set-up ... the rest of the rooms were strung with a different color and different style garland.
Christmas Foil Garland strung along the Foyer closet and upper entry arch. Back Door.
Christmas Evergreen Garland I brought from the other house; we strung it along the upper archway between kitchen and Dining room. Kitchen side.
Evergreen candle set in kitchen window. An old and dear friend gave this candle set to me about 30 years ago. I put it out every Christmas season.
Handmade plastic canvas snowflakes hung in kitchen window. I need to take these ones apart and make new ones – these are showing wear and tear. I don't have the pattern anymore, but they should be easy to replicate following the design.
Well, I better end off here tonight: gotta be up and out the door tomorrow morning bright and early, which means we gotta be in bed early tonight :-(
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Today I started decorating the house in earnest. As soon as I finished my morning joy juice (aka coffee), I got dressed and ran into town to get some wreath trims at the $ Store:
Battery operated trimming Light Strands. Only a dollar at the $ Tree. 3 strands worked, 1 went in the garbage because the connecting wires weren’t connecting no matter how Hubs and I fiddled with it. It was a factory junker.
These little strands of lights were perfect for the wreaths: they weren’t too long, and they weren’t too short – they were just right ;-)
Breaking the glittered snowflake trims down with my handy needle-nosed snips I filched from Hubs ...
I bought these a few days ago while passing through Oregon because I knew they would look good on the wreaths. 2 bunched trims broke down into a total of 9 glittery snowflakes. Some glitter fell off while I was snipping the bunched snowflakes apart, but they were still pretty sparkly and that’s what I want … snowflakes tucked into the wreath greenery that look like they have fallen, got caught, and been kissed by a frosty breath of winter air …
And a bonus of 6 glittery branches that will look cool tucked here and there into the wreath too :-D
Then I focused on snipping these trims down ...
After the snowflakes were divided and placed by the wreaths, I flexed the needle-noses and got busy snipping these trims:
I don't know what these silvery thingees are supposed to be, but they caught my eye and I figured they'd add some pizazz to the wreaths - so I bought them.
And of course I had to have holly; even if it is silky fabric and plastic berries … and pinecones too!
Gotta have the holly at Christmas time!
Gilded pinecones for added festivity :-D
More Berry sprigs for filler ...
Then the special trims - mistletoe, 2 doves, and a cardinal on a frosted pine sprig: no snipping required for these delightful trims ;-)
Mistletoe sprigs for love, 2 Doves for devotion, and a Cardinal bird on a sprig of frosted pine simply because I miss seeing the bright and lively birds in the Winter time here. Hubs has never seen a real one, and I’m sad about that because they are really pretty – the Cardinal bird is similar in size and shape as the black hooded Blue Jay here - but bright red in Minnesota, and with a red crest instead of a black hood. The Pine Grosbeak here is considered a PNW cardinal type bird, but it really is not the same at all.
Pine Grosbeak bird.
The Cardinal and frosted pine sprig were a clip ornament, so I left it as it was and just clipped it to a wreath. Then I pulled the florist tape off the mistletoe and divided the sprigs among the 2 wreaths:
Separating the mistletoe.
I laid the plain-jane wreaths out on the dining room table and got busy with arrangements. The wreath greenery was so thick that the trims were fine just tucked in place among the greenery covered wire branches. ((((YAY!)))) In no time at all the wreaths were strung with lights, decorated with trims, and placed on the doors :-D
MOD Lighted and trimmed Back Door Wreath. Carport. I LIKE!
MOD Lighted and trimmed Front Door Wreath. Sidewalk. I LIKE!
My wreaths were done for about $15/EA give or take, and a little elbow bending, but with all humble modesty, I do think they look better than the tacky prefab wreaths selling for $40. MPO
Lighted door wreath and lighted Front Porch Garland Swag. Looking good :-D
Next came the Front Porch Christmas Mat ...
… and the lighted Stars of David were hung outside and inside - Hubs made these a few years ago:
The largest of Bob’s Lighted Star of David stars was hung on the outer edge of the carport.
The 3 smaller lighted Stars of David were hung inside; we think they look fine.
I hope the weather holds so I can rake these fallen leaves and use them to mulch my flowerbeds and my 2 Patio Apple Trees overwinter …
Then it was time to get busy around the house – I started with the fireplace; taking down the Fall flower arrangement and putting the Christmas flower in place. This is my birth month, so I really go all out and leave everything out until after the New Year rings in. Tablecloths were hauled out and put into use (the ONLY time a tablecloth ever graces our table; LOL):
The Hanukkah Menorah up and ready to be fired up December 12th. I can’t wait to begin this tradition with our little prince!
Poinsettia Doily I made a decade ago.
I bought this before Thanksgiving, so I am hoping it will thrive and survive through December.
The narcissus is my birth flower … and I do love them, but I prefer poinsettias through the month of December - I love these flowers but I have a hard time keeping them alive after the first 2 weeks. Come January I start checking the areas where I planted the daffodil bulbs and wait with baited breath for the first showing of the daffodil leaves ;-)
The 12 Days of Christmas tablecloth was spread on the dining table, topped with a candle centerpiece.
Festive Corner Table with Christmas Cactus: the cactus can be pretty fickle, so I am hoping it blooms by Christmas: it looks so nice with it’s pretty blossoms in full bloom.
So ... that’s how my day went today. Active; very active. Productive; gifts for everyone squirreled away. And escalating anticipation – a celebration of Yeshua’s BD as well as my own BD ;-)
Well, I better shuffle off to Buffalo and catch some ZZZ’s. We’re going to be visiting with friends and family tomorrow afternoon and I want to be sharp and attentive, so this night owl needs to hit the rack and wind down. TTYL
Thursday, November 23, 2017
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Chapter 6: Yeshua said: “Be careful not to parade your acts of tzedakah (good deeds) in front of people in order to be seen by them! If you do, you will get no reward from Elohim (your heavenly Father). So, when you do tzedakah, don't announce it with trumpets to win people's praise, like the hypocrites in the synagogues and on the streets. Yes! I tell you, that is their whole reward. But you, when you do tzedakah, don't even let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Then your tzedakah will be in secret; and Elohim, who sees what you do in secret, will reward you.
And again, when you pray, don't be like the hypocrites, who love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners, so that people can see them. I tell you, that is their only reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to Elohim in secret, and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And, in praying, don't just babble on and on like the pagans, who think they will be heard better if they talk a lot. No, don't be like them, because Elohim knows what you need before you ask him.
You, therefore, should pray like this: `Our Father in heaven, hallowed (holy) be Your Name. May Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us this day the food we need, and forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too forgive those who have wronged us; and do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For kingship, power, and glory are Yours forever. Amen.' For if you forgive others their offenses, Elohim will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their offenses, Elohim will not forgive yours.
Now when you fast, don't be like the hypocrites – they neglect their appearance so as to appear gloomy with disfigured faces, making a show of their fasting.
But you, when you fast, anoint your head, wash your face and groom yourself, so that no one will know you are fasting – except Elohim, Who is unseen. And Elohim, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break through or steal. For where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So then, if you have a `good eye' (that is, if you are generous) your whole body will be full of light; but if you have an `evil eye' (if you are stingy) your whole body will be full of darkness, and how dense that darkness will be! No one can serve two two masters; for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can't serve Elohei (God) and money at the same time. I say therefore, don't worry about your life, as to what you will eat or drink; or about your body, as to what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothing? Look at the birds flying about! They neither plant nor harvest, nor do they gather food into barns; and yet Elohim feeds them. Are you not worth more than they are?
Now, which one of you, by worrying, can add a foot to his height? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to his life? And why be anxious about clothing? Look at the fields of wild irises, and how they grow. They neither work nor spin thread, yet I tell you that not even Shlomo (Solomon) in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these. If this is how Elohim clothes grass in the field – which is green today and dry tomorrow, thrown into an oven – won't He not much more clothe you – you of so little faith? So don't be anxious, then, about what you will have to eat, and what you will have to drink, and what you will have to wear. For it is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things, striving hard to get them. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first His Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have its own problems. Each day has enough tsuris (troubles) of its own.”