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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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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.

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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
1 comment

3

Pork Chops and Potatoes June 2007

4

Taco Casserole for 40 – 50 people February 2009

5

Let me introduce myself April 2007
25 comments

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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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Isaiah 62:5  As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.

These are sold in Gourmet Stores, but are so EASY you can do these at home.

Purchase melting wafers or bark from your local grocery or craft store.  I use basic white and milk chocolate, but you can use any color that you wish.

Use red, green or white spoons.  Have mini-marshmallows, crushed peppermint or mini-chocolate chips available.

You will also need plastic bags (sandwich size) that you can place melted chocolate into.

Melt the candy according to package directions.

Dip spoons into the chocolate to cover and place on parchment paper.

Top each spoon with marshamallows, crushed peppermint or additional chips while the spoons are still WARM.

Allow to harden.  Put topping into the sandwich bags.  Snip off a small part of one corner.  Drizzle the chocolate over the spoons.  Allow to harden.

You can wrap into sucker bags or simply wrap 3-4 together with plastic wrap. 

Package with Hot Chocolate Mix or flavored Coffee mix for a great holiday treat.  Hope you enjoy.

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Zephaniah 3:17  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

This is from a devotional under the heading of Joy.  At this wonderful season we should truly be experiencing Joy.

Thanksgiving is over and the shopping days until Christmas are numbered.   With “8” grandchildren I will definately be doing some shopping.  I am also trying to shop for items that will make a difference in their lives:  educational type toys.  Of course you have to have some JOY also.  My oldest grandchild is 7, so they are all very young.  Last year we did some ornaments.  This was a tradition with my children as they got old enough to create things.  This year I hope to do the same.  The other tradition we had was decorating cookies.  We may try that this year also.  These memories are precious.  We still decorate the tree with the ornaments that our children made.

Try to incorporate some traditions this year in your family.  Remember the “Reason for the Season” – Jesus.  If you do not attend church services, consider doing so this year.  Having your family involved in a congregation gives them a wonderful sense of why they are here, the love of Jesus and a group of people who will love and nurture them.

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