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Friday, January 25, 2019

Wowey WOW WOW Easy Waffles

We bought this waffle iron for my husband years ago, and rarely made waffles until I discovered this recipe.  It's a keeper!!


Mix together
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
Whisk together
1 cup flour
tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Then mix dry ingredients with wet.

You can add flavorings:
I added tablespoon melted butter,and tablespoon sugar mixed with tsp. cinnamon. 

This dough was a delight to work with!  I brushed my iron with oil between each waffle and they all turned out perfect!  
Oh waffle bar party, here we come.....

Oh my goodness!  I discovered that I can use the Jiffy Cornbread mix in this waffle maker!!  Look what I had later this week.   Cornbread with my chili-bean soup and big salad:

 Side note:  There are bigger and more expensive waffle makers, but I think I paid not quite $20 for ours and with these options as shared above, we will be making waffles, a lot!!

Oh my goodness, I just did a version of the basic recipe above, and love it so much.... I had to share it with a neighbor, make another double batch to eat in coming weeks by freezing  some in baggies, and putting  some in fridge, AND sharing it in my blog!
(pictured, the can pumkin, and the brush sitting in oil that I used to coat the waffle iron)

This is what I did:  I opened a can of pumpkin like you can use (unsweetened yet) for making pies.  Into the measuring cup that I was going to fill with buttermilk, I simply plopped a big spoon- serving spoon, like approx. 1/4 cup of pumpkin, and then filled it the rest of the way with the buttermilk.

Then I measured about 1 tablespoon of  McCormick Pumpkin Spice  and 1 tablespoon sugar, into the dry powder ingredients.  The eggs that I used were on the small side, so I was figuring the moisture level would be about right, and WOW.  They were so good!

(Interesting that especially in the dough picture, you can not see the slight orange tinge to the batter) 

We ate them first with butter and sprinkled with sugar, along with our coffee for Saturday breakfast, but later I had some with porkchop, and butter and syrup, and it was DELISH!

From making waffles for my mom and dad, with her iron, and for making them for my family on the iron at our house, I have concluded that machine, and dough can both be factors to effect cooking time.  My iron at home, with this pumpkin recipe, it barely took 2-3 minutes per waffle to cook.

Was good visiting time for my family.  May you enjoy some waffle time as well!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Hope for Broken Vows and Sexual Addiction

Can a marriage survive unfaithfulness?  Can a sexual addict be healed?  Can a marriage get stronger after broken vows?  These are questions that Esther Hosea sought to answer. She cried.  She prayed.  She researched.  She poured over scripture looking for answers, seeking healing for herself, her husband, their marriage and family.  

A blog was born, where she told it all, anonymously to the world (behind a pen name).  God gave her wisdom.  Her heart, her husband, her marriage was healed, and a book and ministry were born.

His Dearly Loved Daughter, ( ) is the website that grew from the ashes, which now stands today as a testament of God's faithfulness, and the power of His Word.  
Today the HDLD Ministry is ready to connect desperate and hurting people with resources, and hope to overcome the pain and prison of sexual addiction.

Oh by the way, Esther Hosea's husband joined the ministry team after he underwent extensive treatment, and now in humility and because of His love for the Lord, and His people, he and his wife (real names Steve and Cherith) avail themselves to educate and encourage the church body, and coach individuals or couples who are grappling with something similar to what they went through.

All pictures and graphics used with permission of HDLM, Esther Hosea.

I highly recommend this book!  It is easy to read, practical, Bible based, and filled with hope, and though it was born from Esther's desperate Bible research and prayer, seeking solution to problems in her own marriage, when I read the book, I was thinking about other relationships.  In general it is an excellent resource for anyone seeking to grow in relational wisdom, who wishes to follow a Biblical path in life.

Would you benefit from this workbook?  Do you know someone who would benefit?  The wisdom and peace gained could impact decades, and generations.  Won't you share this blog post with an icon below, to help the resource reach someone who needs it.

And check out the ministry website.  Their organization, resources, and dreams, are powerful and blessed by God to meet a powerful need in our day and time.  Thank you for letting me share, and please pass it on...

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Now I See.....

Hmm.  Strange that I select a dark graphic. 
I was in a hurry!  Too
 much blogging to do, and too much housework awaits.
This is a long post, I warn you, but if you stick with me through to the end, you will know me better, and you may know yourself better as well, and you may be on the way to making new friends. (You will understand better in the end.)

I am a blogger (duh), and I am admin. in a wonderful fellowship of women online*

There in that group, one of the many dimensions used to edify the ladies is that according to schedule, a Reader Leader posts a video of herself reading the Bible.  We have very simple prescribed protocol which includes stating scripture passages and Bible version read and besides the Bible reading, we say anything else is "honey on the biscuit."

Today, Rosie Williams poured some really sweet, substantial, high quality honey on that biscuit.  Not that it is usually less so, but today her Meet Me at the Well video post really helped me GROW in perspective, peace, and vision.
Remember, I already warned you this would be long... 
Her highlighted verses were: 
Romans 8:28
Philippians 2:13
Proverbs 3:5-6
None of these verses are new to me, but she elaborated on how the verses cohesively can be applied to explain how and why, life does not always turn out the way we ourselves would imagine, think or dream or even pray, but we can TRUST GOD, to bring GOOD...

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

Looking in my Bible now, oh I just have to add the next verse as well:
Proverbs 3:7-9  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.  Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.
So I admit, ya'll, I didn't have it all figured out, and I was wondering, exactly what Rosie said in her video, "What next?  What do you want me to do Lord?"

I had a whole list of WANTS that were mine.  They actually were not selfish per say.  When I was in my 20's I dreamed of being a foster parent.  Before I even married, I prepared a room in my house for a foster child.  I had dreams, and I had love to give.

My students, husband, son, daughter, and others along the way became targets for this LOVE to fall on, never formally a foster parent or an adoptive parent, though almost. These posts tell more about the journey to here *

But what about now, 2019?  First born is married, and honestly rarely comes home to visit.  He's too busy.  Son of my heart whom I tried to adopt, is likewise busy and connected elsewhere.  I do get to delight to dream and prepare to welcome his first daughter, coming in a few months.  Daughter of my body, and beautiful perfect apple from this tall tree, is still here in my house, much like me, only way better...

What did I want?  I yearn to have my sons visit more.  I yearn to have more time with my grand-children, or Bonnie's children, or my parents.  But my daughter's schedule and involvements seem to yet tie me here.

Ugh, blogging (delight) and laundry and housework (not my delight) , and taxi-ing my daughter  to and from sports functions and practices, and her two jobs, and social dates and MY JOB.... Not a lot of time for my dreams, my Bonnie ministry or visiting anybody.  A bit of a bummer, but NOT.

I am so blessed.

Rosie's Meet Me at the Well, post helped me rejoice in the value and blessing, in just doing what I know is right- for the time being, leaving some dreams boxed and on the shelf, and being support staff in my daughter's life.

Did you read the posts which tell about how she came to our family?  The story and prayer that led to her conception? (one of the incorporated links) 

Well she is the JOY and WHY that will delight to stay here and do the homemaking and the taxi-ing, my other dreams abandoned for now.  All in God's hands.

I am so grateful for my daughter and how the Holy Spirit has grown inside of her, and the sisterhood that I have with this exquisite gift.

Look, when she re-did her room this past summer vacation, she created this devotional space, where she meets with God in prayer and Bible reading every morning.  She is a living, active, and involved witness for Christ in her school.  In supporting her, I am support staff of a ministry really. 

 I am grateful.  Really this is one of those dreams beyond what I could dream or imagine.  Here I was wanting to go beyond my walls and be able to give more, be more involved in the foster/adopt realm, and God gave me this exquisite daughter who will still benefit from a wise, strong, loving, gracious, supportive mother.  OH GOD help me to be all of that for her.

I have my blog ministries, and I have my home, husband, and my daughter.  Those are the purposes where I shall work my steps for His glory.  No doubt this path shall change up ahead.  Soon the time will come when I can't visit with and enjoy my daughter"s company to and from her jobs, because soon will come the day when she WANTS TO DRIVE HERSELF.  Then will be the time when God may open up new doors and allow me to get some of my other dreams off the shelf.

Maybe I will never get those dreams off the shelf.  That is OK too.  All that really matters is that I walk with God, and He directs my steps in the life path He has given me.

For the new year and always, may I NOT WORRY about being wise or accomplished in my own eyes, dreams or perspective, but may I seek His direction, and wisdom above my own dreams, and may I  depart from evil, and seek His GOODNESS and ways, to be used by Him where HE directs my steps.  He created my daughter.  He has richly blessed me.  When times are good, or times seem bad, I TRUST my Father, and I am GRATEFUL for my path with Jesus,
(what happens often)
doing dishes,
dealing with laundry,
taxi-ing my daughter,
time with my husband,
working at the school,
(what happens less often)
pouring into my grown children,
or my grand-children,
or Bonnie's children,
I want to be LOVING,
and a representation of Him. 

So up there, I said that you might make friends if you stayed with me through the end?  

If you are Christian female, you are invited to join our closed facebook group where the Meet Me at the Well, Bible reading videos happen and so much more, for kingdom purposes!!

Thanks for visiting!  There is a place below where you may  comment or share the post or blog in a social media place to help spread the Sonshine.  May your face be warmed and comforted by the light of the Son.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Identity in Christ; Growth Plan!

I have never been bell of the ball, most beautiful, charismatic, or sought after company.  In many social settings, I fade.  I am different, perhaps eccentric, but I am determined to GROW in 2019.  In so many ways, I determine to GROW.

Last year, my word for 2018 was COURAGE.
This year my word is GROWTH.
At Telling Hearts, I am publishing a series about the ways that I aim to grow in 2019.  I invite you to check it out!

Here is a sneak peek!

One if the ways that I aspire to grow in 2019 is in confidence and strength to be able to rest and enjoy life, knowing who I am as a child of the Most High God, regardless of where I am in the social strata or scheme of a large or small group.  Who I am in Jesus Christ, surpasses anything in meaning!

Can you relate?

I am engraved in His hand.
I am much loved, child of God,
Created in His Image!
Ambassador, with Christ living through me,
Focus of His commended LOVE,
His masterpiece creation,
Created to do good works,
Stake holder in Heaven,
By His mercy and Grace,
Called to His glory,
Destined to be restored,
How will I measure my growth in understanding my identity?
 I will aim to memorize these scriptures:

(KJV unless otherwise noted)
Genesis 1:27 ...God created man in his own image...male and female...
Jeremiah 31:3 ...I have loved thee with an everlasting love
John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Peter 1:18-19...redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot.
2 Corinthians 5:20 ...we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Ephesians 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Philippians 3:20  For our conversation is in Heaven from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 5:10 (my paraphrase) God of all grace, called us unto eternal glory by Christ Jesus, and after a while, will PERFECT and STRENGTHEN me/you who are His.
Isaiah 49:16 ...I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands...
You are invited to follow this link to the collaborative blog that I participate in, to read more about other ways that I plan to grow  (coming soon)  >>

Do you have any goals for growth in the new year?  I'd really like to hear about it in the comments below.

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