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Cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

I have not been very faithful to post on my blog.  Life, illnesses, etc. have kept me from getting back into a routine.  I am feeling lead to begin posting again and hope to do so at least once a week.  Since the second cookbook has come out I have continued to develop and collect recipes.  I constantly look for ways to stretch the food budget and use leftovers.  I am looking forward to getting back into the blog world.  I hope you will enjoy and be able to use some of these posts.  (more…)

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Proverbs  12:25  An anxious heart weights a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

These are great to do with your children.  It takes a while for the sugar mold to dry, so not something you can complete in one day.

2 cups granulated sugar

4 T. water

Food color of your choice to your desired color

Mix the ingredients together.  Pack into the mold (use 1/2 of plastic eggs that are cut lengthwise).  Pack the sugar mixture in tightly.  Unmold onto wax or aluminum paper with the flat side down.  Allow to air dry overnight for small to medium shaped eggs.  Allow more time for larger eggs.  When the surface of the sugar feels hard, gentle turn over the mold.  The sugar should be dry at least 1/4 inch deep.  Gently scoop out the softer sugar.  Cut off a small amount of the pointed end of the mold to make the hole through which you will view the inside of the egg.  Allow the eggs to dry scooped out side up until completely dry.  Store the sugar that you scooped out in an airtight container, or make more eggs.

Place small pictures, animals, etc in one half of the egg.  If one side has a flattened bottom that is the side you want to make your picture/animals, etc. on.  Cement them to the egg with royal frosting.

After everything is completely dry cement the two halves together with royal icing.  Do this by piping a small amount on the seams and then after pressing the halves together pipe a decorative border in the middle and around the hole.  Decorate the top of the egg with royal icing flowers and leaves.

You can use this same mixture to place into molds for hearts, shamrocks or other shapes that you might be able to use for decorating cupcakes or cakes.

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For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Psalm 139:  13-14

Sorry I have not posted in a long time, but I have had some serious health issues for a year.  I am back and hope to share more recipes, hints/tips, etc. on this blog.  I was able to get the second cookbook finished while I was not feeling so well.  It has a lot of the recipes from the first cookbook with about 120 new recipes added.  The book contains 300 recipes.  I have personally prepared each of these recipes.  We have a Facebook page at:  Family Favorites II:  Second Helpings.

The books are $15.00 and with shipping they are $18.00.  If you order more than one I can calculate the shipping.  The profits from the book are donated to a local free meal program. I also have set up Paypal, so you can pay online, mail a check or money order.  If you mail payment the book will not be shipped until I receive payment.

Some of favorite recipes in the book are:  Baked French Toast, Cream Cheese Danish, Herbal Cheesecake,  Cottage Cheese Salad,  Carrot Dressing Casserole, Bean Enchilada Bake, Amish Friendship Bread, Candy Bar Cheesecake, Quick Peanut Butter Fudge and White BBQ Sauce.

These would make unique Christmas Presents.  I will sign the books as a free bonus.

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Psalm 119: 32  I run in the path of your commands, O Lord, for you have set my heart free.

I have finished editing my newest cookbook.  I will be selecting the cover, design, etc.  The only problem is that I don’t have a NAME for this new book.  It will contain 250 recipes that I have prepared for my family on Sunday dinners, church pot lucks and regular dinners.  The first book was “Family Favorites”, which is currently sold out.  This book has many of the recipes from Family Favorites, but many new recipes as well.  Let me know your creative titles.  If I choose your Title you will WIN a FREE cookbook when it is published.  Looking for some creative ideas.  Get Ready – Set – Go – Get Creative.

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Philippians 4:13  I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible and so appropriate for this post.

My daughter has just started her own company.  She strongly believes in trying to help small businesses to reach their full potential.  Her company:   JMS Marketing Solutions has been developed to help those businesses gain exposure through internet and social media avenues.  If you have a business:  Do you have a website, do you have a Facebook and/or Twitter account, can you send out a newsletter?   If you have a small business and you do not have a web presence you are not in tune with the modern generation.  Contact JMC Marketing to find out how they can help you expand your business.  Their rates are very reasonable.  Their web site is:  www. jmsmarketingsolutions.com  Check out the link on My Blogroll.

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 15 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 259 posts. There were 5 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb.

The busiest day of the year was February 22nd with 220 views. The most popular post that day was Spaghetti for 100.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were frugalhacks.com, en.wordpress.com, search.aol.com, jamiegates.wordpress.com, and cookeatshare.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for church dinner recipes, diaper cake, spaghetti for 100, spaghetti for 100 people, and how to make a diaper cake.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Spaghetti for 100 September 2008
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Diaper Cake April 2008
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Pork Chops and Potatoes June 2007

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Taco Casserole for 40 – 50 people February 2009

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Let me introduce myself April 2007
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Psalm 6:9  The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

If you have never tried Loom Knitting you should.  I know how to knit with needles, but I always forget where I am, have trouble with tension, etc.  Looms are sold under different names, but one if the Knifty Knitter.  They are sold at craft stores, online and at Walmart.  You don’t have to remember a pattern and they turn out remarkable good results.

You can make hats, scarves, etc.  There are many options and some variation of stitches.  You basically “wrap” yarn around a peg and then loop it off.  It is a No Brainer and you can do this watching TV, etc.  Attached as a few of the latest hat/scarf combinations  that I have completed.  We give these away at a Free meal during Christmas.

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