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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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Manna well be entering year number FIVE beginning in September.  I am constantly amazed at how God is working through Manna.  None of this would have been possible without all of the many volunteers and contributions from the NUMC family, community and other organizations.  I just completed some figures for a funding request for the Beef Cattle Association.  They have been wonderful supporters of Manna from the first year.  From July of 2011 to July 2012 we have served 9821 meals.  That is an average of 182 meals per week.  Because of the wonderful donations from God’s Hands Food Pantry, God’s Pantry and others who have donated meats and fresh produce, etc. we have been able to reduce our meal costs to about $.75 cents a meal.  This is down from last years costs of $1.25.  The increase last year was due to the increased number of take outs and the cost of the take out containers.  We have served a total of 24,078 meals through July 14th since we began the program in September of 2008.  If we average the number of diners that we have had so far this year we will serve over 9500 meals this year alone.  We could hit 10,000 meals this year, because two of our largest meals (Jamboree and Christmas) usually have more than the average number of diners.  With our average number of diners we are experiencing an increase of 18 diners per week over 2011.  New Beginning is continuing to serve the community with their clothing give away each month.  Fresh Start has given away as many as 80 bags of toiletries recently.  Together we are making a Difference in the community in God’s name.  We can always use more volunteers.  You will be more blessed than the time that you give.  Our volunteers range in range from 90+ to toddlers.  There is something for everyone to do.  Come and join us and help to expand the Kingdom here on Earth.

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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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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!.

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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.


Spaghetti for 100 September 2008


Diaper Cake April 2008
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Pork Chops and Potatoes June 2007


Taco Casserole for 40 – 50 people February 2009


Let me introduce myself April 2007

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August has been an amazing month. The meals have been well attended. School supplies were given to 30 children on August 14th. The meal for the 21st was Sloppy Joes and Hot dogs. Many diners said it was the best meal ever. This week’s meal for August 28th was extra special. A local restaurant, Saul Good, catered the meal. The food was wonderful and they brought an army of 20+ people to staff the meal. The volunteers were treated to being served and were not allowed to do anything except to greet. What a wonderful thing to have a business who lives out their faith through Christian Service. If you are in the Central Ky. area check out their restaurants behind Fayette Mall and in the Hamburg area. Since the meal began in 2008 we have served over 7500 meals through this month. What an amazing opportunity God has chosen gift to our trust. If you would like to get involved respond to this blog or contact NUMC at 859-885-4481. Blessings to all.

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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 63:  7  I will tell you of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, ……..

Today I turned “60”.  It is amazing that I don’t feel any older than about 40, but maybe 60 is the new 40.  I have really good genes so my hair has a litle gray, but it is naturally ash blond, so it looks like more highlights.  I have a few wrinkles around the eyes, but compared to a lot of other people not many.   

Until this time I have few health problems.  I manage to do about anything that I want, within reason.  I do find that I don’t work as fast as I did in my earlier years.  I also like to take an afternoon nap, but I always wanted to do that, but I just never had the time.  I continue to try to get healthier and lose some weight (a few pounds each month) by controlling portions, eating only one carb per meal, etc. 

I am involved in a wonderful volunteer effort at the church:  Manna Meal (check out the link from this website).  I am knitting hats/scarves for the Christmas meal next year,  I make Magnetic Hematite bracelets to help ease arthritis pain.  Hubby and I grow a garden and I can the produce each summer, wonderful tomatoe juice for the winter.    I am working on two cookbooks.  I enjoy my “8” grandchildren and my wonderful husband.  I continue to explore new crafts and ideas.  I’ve discovered FaceBook and Twitter (not really a fan of Twitter).  I enjoy/love UK sports.  So I would say my life is full.

The life expectancy for those in our 60’s is computed to be about 100.  Amazing that I might have another 40 years to live.  What will God have in mind for those years????  Who knows, but I hope I will open to his leading and ready/willing to act on his wishes.  I thank God for the last wonderful 60 years and look forward to many more.

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