November 2010

I just got an award from a beautiful friend at This Beautiful Mess. Thank you Mama J.~ How kind of you!





Terms of receiving: 



*Thank the person who gave you the award … Thanks again Mama J! Blessings to you!



*Tell 7 facts about me…



*Give the award to 7 bloggers that I adore



*Leave a comment and tell the bloggers about the award…



The Facts of My Life:



1. I love the Lord with all of my heart, mind and soul 🙂

2. I love to sing.

3. I am writing an 8 week study for women focused on Titus 2.

4. I can still do the splits…

5. I love to read.

6. I love being a homemaker….I love being a woman…..I love being….

7. I’m looking for my blessed hope 🙂



Now to share the love by giving the award to a few friends:


Sweet Pioneering

Bringing Lovely Home

Peace In Pieces

My Italian Grandmother

Grandma’s Canning Jars

Mennonite Girls Can Cook

Come Fill Your cup


Enjoy it friends and show some love to others!

Trusting Him Forever while In His Wonderful Grip~



FOR TODAY: November 16, 2010


Outside my window… It’s dark….it’s very late right now…..I can’t sleep for some reason.


I am thinking… about the fun we are about to have this week 🙂 Our son Jonathon and our daughter in law will be here Wednesday! We haven’t seen them since they were married over a year ago! They live in Boise Idaho and it is always such a special time when we are able to spend time with them. We will be celebrating an early Thanksgiving with them while they are here and also *Christmas for them* to boot!


I am thankful for…the assurance I have that my future has been sealed by my heavenly Father…..the creator of heaven and earth!


I am remembering: My mother right now…..this is the time of year she and I had such fun together. She is in heaven and I know she wouldn’t come back if she could! I certainly wouldn’t expect her too >wink< I just get nostalgic remembering her special ways during the holidays. See you soon momma!! 


From the kitchen…My kitchen is one *bizzy* room right now! I am baking for this week when the kids get here. Tomorrow is roll making and pie making day!


I am wearing…my jammies.


I am creating…Ii am making our traditional picture ornaments for everyone! I will show pictures when I get them all done. My mom used to do this for our kids. Each year she would take their school pictures and put them on ornaments and date them. Today….our Christmas tree is full of the kids’ ornaments….from the time they were each babies until mom died. I kept up the tradition and now we have grandkids on the tree too! It is so much fun watching the kids *grow up* on our Christmas Tree each year. They really get a kick out of it too!


Noticing that: As I seek the Lord…..He is speaking so much more clearly to me these days. I love Him so……


Pondering these words:   

In the last days there will come times of difficulty. People will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)




I am going…to continue getting ready for Jon and Alisha to come……dang…I feel like a kid at Christmas…..I can hardly wait!!!! Huuuuurrrryyyyyy!!!!


I am reading…The Bible and still a book by Ellisabeth Elliott called *Let Me Be A Woman* Words cannot express how much I love this womans writings……


I am hoping…Rita has a coffee fudge recipe in her arsenal too………tee hee 🙂


I am hearing… Selah singing Hosanna 🙂


Around the house…things are looking fallish…..:) Getting ready for Thanksgiving!


One of my favorite things…dancing around the house worshipping when my worship music is on……I love being a homemaker!!


A few plans for the rest of the week: Baking for the kids arrival and then I am looking forward to unplugging and soaking up some precious time with those kiddos of ours…..


Here is a You Tube video for a thought I am sharing…


“Break my heart Lord….with what breaks your’s….”





 Visit Peggy to join the group of women journaling with A simple Woman’s Daybook! 


Joyfully In His Grip~

I vote this fall….my favorite fall of all…..yup!! For the last 4 or 5 years, I’ve been on a search for a really good, really creamy, really rich Pumpkin Fudge recipe. I’ve tried at least a dozen recipes that either failed the quality tests or just plain failed to become fudge!


I sounded the call last week and my sweet step mom came to my rescue! Thank you Rita for sharing this treasure of a recipe with me 🙂 My fudge recipe hunting days are over…..well…..that is….my Pumpkin Fudge Recipe hunting days are over……….some Espresso Fudge…or Mocha…..or Cappaccino….something with a nice strong coffee/chocolate flavor……I’ll let you know if I strike it rich twice this fall ok!


This recipe is a real keeper!


Below are the qualities I like about it:


* Doesn’t take long to make

* Sets up beautifully

* Didn’t get hard and crumbly…at all…..this is a very nice, creamy fudge!

* The flavor is out of this world!! I did make one change in the recipe….not because I thought it would improve it but because I had some eggnog I needed to use up. I substituted eggnog for the milk and I think my husband fell in love with me all over again!!

Mama Reet’s Pumpkin Fudge~


Insulin...don't fail me now......



3 cups. sugar

1 cup milk (I used eggnog and it worked beautifully!)

3 tbsp. light corn syrup

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Butter a square 8 x 8 pan

Mix together sugar, milk, corn syrup,  pumpkin and salt in a large pot. Stir constantly on medium high heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling but stop stirring. When it gets to the soft-ball stage, remove it from the heat.

Add the pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, butter and nuts.  Beat the mix until it thickens and loses some of its gloss.  Pour into the greased baking dish.  when it has cooled a bit, cut into squares!

Contentedly In His Grip~

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving  was written by Eric Metaxas. This hardback picture book follows the true story of a Native American whose life somewhat paralleled that of the biblical Joseph. Squanto was kidnapped at the age of twelve to be sold into slavery. Some Spanish monks paid his purchase price then spent years teaching him their language and all that they could about God and their faith. In an attempt to get Squanto back to his family and the New World, the monks sent him to England. There he learned English and worked for a nice family until a trustworthy ship was found that would return him to his home.

Ten years after his kidnapping, Squanto finally returned home to find his family gone. The entire village had died due to illness. He decided to live with a nearby tribe, but was still very lonely. One day he learned new people were living in his old village. Squanto was very happy to see families living were he grew up with his family. These were English people, just like the ones who had been so kind to Squanto in London. They were very surprised when Squanto approached them speaking their language! Soon Squanto learned of the struggles these Pilgrims had suffered since arriving in America. He shared his story with them as well. Their governor, William Bradford, made the connection to Joseph of the Bible. “Like you, Joseph was taken from his home and sold as a slave. But God had a plan for him. Through Joseph, God was able to save many people from starving. What man had intended for evil, God intended for good … perhaps God has sent you to be our Joseph.” Throughout the next year, Squanto taught the Pilgrims the ways of the land, where to find food and what crops would grow there. The following autumn, the Pilgrims set a time to thank God for His merciful blessings and invited Squanto and other braves to join them. This was the first Thanksgiving.

The illustrations by Shannon Stirnweis feature detailed, full color, full page paintings. Many are quite life-like.

What I Like: Everything. It introduces a story very few know. It clearly shows God’s providence, the way He orchestrates events perfectly. Even though we may not understand what He is doing, He always has a plan. This book offers accurate history with a practical application.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 5-10

Publisher Info: Thomas Nelson, 1999; 0849958644; Hardback; $9.99

Buy it Now at for $7.99!
Or buy it from for $9.99.


In His capable grip~

I love being a homemaker and I love sharing the ideas I’ve come up with, with others! Now that I am a grandmother of 3….and two of them being little girls…..I am excited to be able to share this love of cooking and baking with them!

With Christmas getting close, I decided I would make my little angels a few things to help mommy in the kitchen…..this has been so so much fun for me!

The pictures below are not very high quality and I do apologize for the poor photography skills, but I think you will get some good ideas regardless!

With two…….things need to be nearly the same….but not! LOL I had to keep that in mind while I made their little aprons and accessories to go with them 🙂

Two lil' aprons for two lil' homemakers


The potholders were handmade….I just used some of the coordinating fabric from the aprons and was able to get 4 kid sized potholders from it!

Incidently…..I shopped all year long at Goodwill for fabric and paid only cents on the dollar for all of the fabric I used for this project 🙂

The baking mixes…..are ready for this?? Drum roll please…….these are Jiffy Mixes! Yes…they cost only .48 cents a piece 🙂 I was able to get 4 different mixes for each of the girls. Fudge Brownie, Cornbread, raspberry Muffins and Blueberry Muffins. I just poured the contents into clear freezer bags and used pink and black paper toppers for identification. I also printed the names of the girls and each of their mixes on labels to help them each identify their own easily. I printed the directions for adding the wet ingredients on the back of each label 🙂

Pot Holders:Mini Baking Dishes:Mixes


I found each of the mini baking dishes at Goodwill and waited until their *color* tag came onsale….I was able to get each of these *Corningware* baking dishes for .99 cents each 🙂 Grandpa’s happy!!

Potholders/Mini Baking Dishes


Nice Variety of Mini-Mixes for lil' homemakers 🙂


I made each of the girls little oven had protectors… can see in the picture that my big ol’ hand is too big for them……

Mini oven protectors (you can see my hand is too big for these....


Anyone else making homemade gifts this year??? I’d love to hear/see what you are doing!

Happily in His Grip~

This is what was on our dinner plates last night!

My husband Bryan loves Mexican food but I tend to tire of it quickly…..the zesty filling in these chops makes both of us happy!

What will be on your plates  tonight?

Stuffed Jalapeno Boneless Chop Rolls


Stuffed Jalapeno Boneless Chop Rolls

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1-2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeds and membranes removed, finely diced
1 t. salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 lb. boneless, pork tenderloins, pounded flat
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 T. melted butter
1 c. breadcrumbs
1. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, diced jalapenos, salt and garlic powder.

Use immediately or refrigerate for a while to allow the flavors to combine.

Spread some cream cheese-jalapeno mixture down the center of each piece of chicken.

Roll up tightly and secure with a toothpick. Season each roll with salt and pepper to taste.
Dip the chicken in the melted butter and then roll in the bread crumbs. Repeat until done.

Place in a casserole dish and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken, until fully cooked.

Contently In His Grip~

It was somewhat of a challenging weekend for Bryan and I. He hasn’t been feeling well for about a week now…..poor guy……he is really not a typical complaining fella when he is sick. One of his co-workers said to me one time…”geez Deb….your husband is a VAULT! He could be loosing a limb or passing a kidneystone and we wouldn’t know it” So when he agreed to let me take him to the emergency room Sunday afternoon…I knew he was in pain. Diagnosis~ *Sinusitis* with impacted sinuses 😦 He is doing much better today…Praise God…but all of that to say this….I apologize for not being able to take a picture of the actual loaves of Eggnog Bread I made….I have uploaded a picture of some other loaves I took…..but you get the idea…..I hope 😉


Now….in my last Holiday Bread post…I challenged you guys to see if you could pick the 2 ingredients that someone might be inclined to either leave out of the recipe or to substitute……it was fun to hear from you guys! Alas…..I should have chosen 3 ingredients that folks might be tempted to substitute or leave out! Here they are….

* Almond Flavoring….don’t do it….don’t leave this out!

* Butter Flavoring…again…don’t do it…’ll be sorry!!!

* Orange Juice (in the icing)~ OMGOSH! Don’t use milk or anything else to thin this icing….the orange juice puts this recipe in the *Recipe Hall of Fame*


Ahhhh….before I present the Eggnog Bread recipe…..many thanks to my Aunt Jude for sharing these recipes of grandma’s with me. I appreciate it so much! My mother is now with Jesus and while I got her recipe box….some of these recipes weren’t there! I am hoping my cousins and anyone else that might have some of Grandma’s or Grandma Raffael’s recipes will be kind enough to share with me so I can try them and share them here on my blog. If you are a member of my family (on mom’s side) and you think other’s in our family will enjoy having these recipes…please share my blog link with them…I would so love to hear from them! Thanks in advance!

Mini Loaves: Hawaiian Banana Bread with Pineapple and ground flax



1  1/3  cup sugar                    1/2 cup oleo

2 eggs                                    3 tsp baking powder

2 cups eggnog                        3 cups flour

May add 1 cup mixed fruit and nuts

Cream sugar, oleo, beat in eggs.  Mix flour with baking powder


and mix alternately with the eggnog.


Fold in fruit.  Bake 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes,


or til done. 

While warm glaze with:

1/2 cup powdered sugar        1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg                        enough milk to drizzle

In His Grip~

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