Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Resurrection Day!

"And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shinning garments: and as they were afraid, and bowed their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the dead among the living?
He is not here, but is risen." 

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
  • Refrain:
    Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
    How measureless and strong!
    It shall forevermore endure—
    The saints’ and angels’ song.
When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Verse 3 was penciled on the wall of a narrow room in an insane asylum by a man said to have been demented. The profound lines were discovered when they laid him in his coffin.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Lilies!

Well, I was working on making a crown of thorns out of small twigs but it just wasn't working out like I had hoped. So not only is our Church without a crown of thorns, but so is my blog! I was wanting to post about the crown but I see I'll have to find something else to post about!
I help with the decorations at Church and so this morning I bought some Easter lilies for Sunday's service, I fixed them up a little though!

As nice as the flowers are, I didn't like these cheap and not-so-pretty wrappers that they came in, so I switched mine to white tissue paper! I did cut a small piece of the above wrapper and layed it on the tissue before wrapping the pot, just because any water or dirt would probably ruin the tissue paper!
What do you think?...
 I think it helped to make them look a little nicer and brighter! I can't wait to set them up at Church along with the other flowers we'll have along with them! If I can, I'll post a picture next week.
Have a wonderful, Christ-centered Easter weekend and a very joyous Resurrection Sunday!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thoughts for Tea Time

Monday, March 25th's
Thought for Tea Time

Today's Thought:

Run toward the war; 
that is where Christs 
most glorious victory is.
St Boniface

Monday? Oh Monday, where did you fly to again this week? How can you come and go so quickly? Please stay and visit long enough next week, oh please could you?!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday

"On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of Palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord."  
John 12: 12-13

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring forecast?!?!

I'm afraid not...nope, the forecast actually has snow in it nearly everyday!

This isn't exactly what I wanted to find as the weather after the first day of Spring! Oh well, we are always a little later with Spring, and that's ok....our Alaskan summers makes up for it!!
Here's what it looks like here right now...

 {Taken from the shop's side window in Wasilla!}

Warm and happy Friday to all :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thoughts for Tea Time

Monday, March 18th's
Thought for Tea Time

Today's Thought:

"Ordinary people who 
faithfully, diligently, 
and consistently 
do simple things 
that are 
right before God will bring forth
extraordinary results."
~Elder David A. Bednar

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St Patricks Day!

"Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”

― St. Patrick

Friday, March 15, 2013

Handmade Birthday Gift

I was just reminded that I promised to share what I made my Mom for her birthday! Remember we hosted a surprise party for her? Well, here's what I made her...
All it required was embroidering, some stapling and then gift wrapping! As you probably know by now, I love embroidering and find it relaxing and easy to do, but now I've also decided that canvas is one of the easiest and most useful things in the world to use!! I will for sure be using it again for crafts and gifts!
I enjoyed working with this design and picking the colors to use and such! My Mom loves VW vans and I had had this idea for some time now and had a lot of fun  making these (in between secretly creating things for the party)! I am so glad they were done in time too!
Sorry about the blurry's fault!!

What is a craft you've been working on lately??

Monday, March 11, 2013

Thoughts for Tea Time

Monday, March 11th's
Thought for Tea Time

Today's thought:

'Don't spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for'

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Surprise visitor!

Hey all :) Guess what?! My sister Harmony flew in to town today to spend today and part of tomorrow with the family as a surprise visit (I knew ahead of time, haha)!
Everyone was surprised and we have been having great fun having her back here for a day or so!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Thoughts for Tea Time

Monday, March 4th's
 Thought for Tea Time

Today's thought:
"A vision without action is a daydream, 
and action without a vision is a nightmare 
but a vision with action is a beautiful reality."

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday at last!

Oh! Its finally Sunday afternoon! Yay!

After a long week and another one expected to come, it is nice to take a few minutes and enjoy a Sunday afternoon. A day of rest! We can put all the world's adventures, scares, worries, and work aside and rest up to face another week all over again.

Praise the Lord for Sundays!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars

So I don't know what's quite gotten into me but I have been so interested in taking some creative work into the kitchen and have spent quite a bit of time lately looking through recipes and food pictures for inspiration! A wonderful site I just discovered has not been too bad with giving out inspiration :) Amy at is truly fearless with her lovely kitchen attempts! I am still going through the pages and pages of recipes on her site!
I've now tried 2 of them myself, the cinnamon roll muffins and now these delicious homemade granola bars...
Homemade Granola Bars:
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups cooking oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (plus an additional 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chis if you'd like a little extra chocolate!)

Lightly grease a baking pan, set aside.

Mix the crispy rice cereal and oats together, set aside.

In small pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together (I cut the butter into smaller pieces) over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. reduce heat and cook 2 minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Carefully pour in vanilla extract (it will bubble up a bit), a pinch of salt and stir. Remove from heat.

Pour syrup mixture over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients.

 If you'd like extra chocolate version fold in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Pour into your greased baking pan and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. If your pan isn't small enough, pack the mixture into one side (this is what I did). You really want to press them down so they stick together. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips and press down lightly.

Cool on a counter top at room temperature for 2 hours or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Note: I put mine in the frig for a little while (not too long), just to speed up the process a little! Store in airtight container at room temperature (our's didn't make it far enough for this tip!).

My personal advise: Don't measure the chocolate chips! Ok, maybe not the healthiest advise, but goodness, its chocolate! In fact, while my bars were setting, I put some chocolate chips, little bit of butter, vanilla and brown sugar and a splash of milk in a small pan and melted them together. Then dipped a few of the bars in the chocolate, which gave them a nice chocolate layer on the bottom! They were really good ;)
Anyways, if you're a health nut, then these will suit you because you can make them healthy style with a little less chocolate and more nuts, seeds, ect. And if you're a not-so-healthy person these will suit you because you can add as much or as little chocolate to them as you'd like :)

These were delicious and were gone before the night was out :) I loved making them and am excited to have this recipe to go to if I need to make something simple, easy and what everyone can enjoy! They're great for snacks, bake sale items, gifts, and hikes/outings! Quite a good way to avoid buying any granola bars with all those wrong ingredients from the store!