I hope everyone has enjoyed a summer filled with fun, friends, and fellowship. Like many of you, my family has been treated to lots of “get-togethers” over the past months. In the midst of all of our socializing, I remembered that I had forgotten to take our gracious hostesses a small token of our appreciation. Yes, Emily Post and Mrs. Manners would not approve…neither would my mother. So, I decided to purchase a few gifts ahead of time to always have on hand in case of a last minute invite… as you can see, I am so my mother’s daughter.
I decided that chip and dip bowls would be a practical gift for anyone. They come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. Plus, if you add the chips and salsa or dip to the bag you are assured of at least one snack you will enjoy at the host home. No more smiling and pretending to like a new recipe…you know who you are!
Also, I would advise against purchasing the chips and dip ahead of time if at your home, like mine, food seems to disappear. Picking the snacks up on the way to the event is always a more advisable practice.
The Lord has been gracious in blessing us with great friends and family, and it’s nice to share our gratitude with them. “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us” Psalm67:1.
Living with a grateful heart,
No recipe this time, we get a week off from cooking…here in the real world that is called “in your dreams” or vacation! With summertime here I had a little free time and decided to make my own “wall décor” for my bathroom. As some of you know by now crafts, as well as recipes, have to be easy, fast and did I already say easy? So here’s what you need…
1 blank canvas
Paint color or colors (Acrylic paint, under $1)
Burlap garland or ribbon (any size, mine was 5inches wide)
First, paint your canvas; go solid, use stripes, polka dots…be creative! Then let canvas dry a few hours or over night. Next, cut a piece of burlap and secure the cross to the back of your canvas, top to bottom (hot glue or staple gun). Finally, tie a knot with another piece of burlap near the top of the cross and secure that piece to the back of canvas. Viola!! Masterpiece!!
This would be a great craft to do together with your children. As you’re working you can share what the cross means to you. You know, sometimes it’s easier to talk to our children when our hands are busy. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 tells us that we are to share God’s Word with our children all of the time…”Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and your gates.” Show Jesus to our kids; tell them about our walk with our living Savior. Well I’ve got to go, my daughter is home for the summer and we have to make another cross. Good thing we have two more bathrooms!
Try this and send us your pictures.We would love to hear from you.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and a lot of us are going to eat our turkey dinner with friends and family. So, why not take a little thank you gift to your holiday host home. This is a nice way to show your thanks and appreciation for them. This is my gift basket; you can fill yours with your favorite things.
Basket for gifts
Fall edition of a favorite magazine
Fall scented candle
Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer
Bag of favorite homemade cookies
The “fillings” of the basket can be anything that is special for your host. Have fun with it. Plus here is a bonus: if you take a little thank you gift you might even be invited back next year! During the Thanksgiving season remember to count your blessings and maybe even try to be one for someone else.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)
Hey guys, no recipe this time, just an idea for a tailgate party. I found this “Party Bucket” at TJ Maxx. It’s a great size and it comes with a bottle opener right on the bucket. Decorate with your favorite school colors (My fellow PSF friends are not happy with my colors…but, friends love at all times, even during football season!) and fill it with these nostalgic and cute little Cokes. Boom, functional and practical tailgate decoration! Now, I will say you might have to introduce the bottle opener to this younger generation. My husband and I were recently at a wedding reception that had buckets of these iced down Cokes, and he and some of his more “mature” friends had to man the tables and open Cokes for everyone! It was quite amusing and a little sad. So, if you use this idea take the time to share some “remember when” stories with your family and friends. It is always good for the older and most definitely wiser generation to impart our vast knowledge to those younger than us who are eagerly awaiting our next words of wisdom. Well, probably not, but you can enjoy a delicious glass-bottled Coke together and reminisce silently. This also makes a great gift, use the recipient’s favorite school colors and use packing noodles instead of ice. (Just saying…you know for the younger generation!)
Psalm 71 is about God’s constant help from youth to old age. Our life, in Him, is our story to share with others, even at a football game. “Even when I am old and gray, Oh God, do not forsake me, till I declare your power to the next generation…” (Psalm 71:18)
A time for love, hugs, kisses and CHOCOLATE!
I am once again reminded of the precious gift the Lord has blessed me with my husband. I just love reminiscing about our courting days. He was THE ONE, my Prince Charming! Who but a Prince would take his true love, on their first date, deer shining? We would also take long romantic drives through the countryside, mud slinging in his huge black truck with tires taller than me. On special nights we would sometimes drive through the drive- in and get a coke with ice and a straw. Good Times, Good Times!! I was truly smitten and in love. Imagine my surprise when looking back on these fond memories with the Love of my life and finding out that what I had seen as innovative, and romantic outings; my husband recalled them as being cheap dates thought we really loved spending time together: he was thinking, we can’t really afford to go anywhere.
Over the next 26 years we have, on occasion, seen a few other things from differing points of view. But, we have also learned that seeing eye to eye on everything is really very boring. In 1st Corinthians 13 the love chapter God says love is patient and kind, it is not self-seeking, nor easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs (I have trouble with that), Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always endures, even after 26 years! What a beautiful picture of His love the Lord has given me in my spouse. Not a Fairy Tale feely kind of love but a deep down committed, always kind of love.
Sooo, in keeping with the Valentine’s Day tradition, give your special someone a sweet treat. In a clear gift bag place a plastic wine or champagne glass (dollar tree, my early dates taught me to be thrifty). Inside the glass put several chocolate kisses (jewelry or gift cards fit nicely, along with chocolate of course). Next, place a cutie for your cutie (tangerine), tie with pretty ribbon and add a bottle of your favorite Sparkling Grape Juice! Save a plastic glass for yourself and enjoy a romantic and thrifty date night!!
1 Corinthians 13:13 Love never fails
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