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"We do not earn or merit anything by taking refuge in God. Hiding in something makes no contribution to the hiding place. All it does is show that we regard ourselves as helpless and the hiding place as a place of rescue." John Piper

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Think-About-This-Thursday - Jonah 2:9

Think about this from Spurgeon's Morning and Evening:

Salvation is of the Lord - Jonah 2:9
Salvation is the work of God. It is He alone who quickens the soul "dead in trespasses and sins," and it is He also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life. He is both "Alpha and Omega." "Salvation is of the Lord."

If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God's gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because He upholds me with His hand. I do nothing whatever towards my own preservation, except what God Himself first does in me. Whatever I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone. Wherein I sin, that is my own; but wherein I act rightly, that is of God, wholly and completely. If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord's strength nerved my arm. Do I live before men a consecrated life? It is not I, but Christ who liveth in me. Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God's Holy Spirit sanctifies me. Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God's chastisements sanctified to my good. Do I grow in knowledge? The great Instructor teaches me.

All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art. I find in God all that I want; but I find in myself nothing but sin and misery. "He only is my rock and my salvation." Do I feed on the Word? That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it. Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven? What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink? Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength? Where do I gather my might? My help cometh from heaven's hills: without Jesus I can do nothing. As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in Him. What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet: "Salvation is of the Lord."
Amen! I am encouraged! What a magnificent God we serve!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tidy Tip Tuesday - Several Uses for Those Rainy Day Newspaper Bags

When it rains, our newspaper is delivered in a long plastic bag. Rather than throw these away, here are several uses. One is from my sister, Kathy (hers is the really clever idea) and one is from me:

Kathy suggested this:
When it is raining, tie one of the plastic bags (that the newspaper comes in when it rains) onto your umbrella at the top. Here is a photo of what that looks like:

If the bag is wet, simply turn it inside-out so it will not drip on you. When you need to go out into the rain, open up your umbrella and use it as usual. After you get to your destination and are inside, take the bag off of the umbrella and put your drippy umbrella inside it. No more drips on the floor of the home or establishment you visit. Here is a photo of the bagged umbrella:

Though my umbrella is short, the bag is large enough to work for a longer umbrella as well. The really cool thing about this is that you'll have the bag exactly when you need it, early in the morning on a rainy day when the newspaper arrives. If you are planning to go out later, take the newspaper out of the bag, turn the bag inside out and tie it to your umbrella. Then sit down with a good breakfast and look at the newspaper!

My tip is not nearly as glorious as Kathy's, but perhaps it is worthy of a place on Tidy Tip Tuesday:

Use the same kind of bag to enclose disposable dirty diapers. I do this when Riley is here. Place the diaper (closed up with its own Velcro tabs) inside and on the bottom of the bag. Turn the bag as if you were going to close it with a twist-tie, but instead, draw the bag over itself - over the enclosed diaper so that it now has a double layer of bag over it. Repeat this once more and close with a twist tie or rubber band over the entire bag. I like this method because it is like putting the diaper in three separate bags. Therefore, it keeps the odor at bay. (Sorry, no photos for this tip.)

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Remember to visit Franziska's Pantry for the recipes for this week' menu. Here is my menu for this week:
Sunday: Leftovers from Last Week

Monday: Baked Potato Soup, Spinach Salad, Fresh Orange Segments, Crusty Sprouted Bread

Tuesday: Asian Beef with Oriental Noodles, Sesame Chard

Wednesday: Irish Reuben Panini, Fruit Salad, Sliced Avocados with Lemon

Thursday: Thai Chicken Curry, Stir Fried Cabbage, Avocado and Orange Salad

Friday: Pasta with Broccolini and Sausage, Marinated Roasted Pepper and Olive Salad

Saturday: Scrumptious Macaroni and Cheese with Ham, Buttered Broccoli, Carrot Ginger Slaw

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Sunday, February 22, 2009


My daughter Bethany reminded me about one Robert-ism that her dad actually put on paper:
Do you remember when Dad helped me make a list of items I needed for camping? On the list he had a number of things including a "Spachler". I didn't have a clue what he was talking about and asked, "What's a spachler?" He tried, without success, to describe to me what he meant, then gave up and drew a picture. I looked at the picture, and said "Oh, you mean a spatula, right?"
Robert pronounces this word spach-ler (rhymes with bachelor). He has revised spatula, a three consonant word into a two consonant word. Interesting. Why say more than you have to, right?

And having brought up the word bachelor, I am reminded of another one of Robert's alternate word uses:

On his 60th birthday we had some friends and family over to celebrate. After we ate, we all settled in the living room where Robert commenced some lively story telling. He told us all about a house he lived in during his bachelor days. He called it a "depression house" and described it as having no foundation. Rather, he said, "It was raised up off the ground and sitting on cylinder blocks". As soon as that was out of his mouth, the room exploded with laughter. My brother-in-law yelled hysterically, "Cylinder blocks?" Don't you mean cinder blocks?"

Now if you know Robert, he laughed harder than anyone. He thrives on this kind of communication and what it results in - lots of hilarity. We've all heard people say, "I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you." But that's not true in Robert's case. Actually, when he blurts out one of his Robert-isms and everyone starts laughing, they are laughing at Robert, not with him, because he isn't laughing to begin with. He starts laughing when some very amused person asks the inevitable question, "Didn't you mean to say....?"

And I guess that's one of the reasons why I love this guy so much. This kind of fun is no threat to his ego. He laughs at himself so unreservedly, and to be able to do so is a very freeing thing. We would really be freed up from our pride if we didn't take ourselves so seriously. I don't know that I could do the same thing so effortlessly.

We love you, Robert. Keep us laughing!

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Are You Smarter Than an 18 Month Old?

After watching this video, I think there needs to be a television show by the title above. Perhaps it would motivate us all to engage our brains a little more!


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Monday, February 16, 2009

Tidy Tip Tuesday - Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

For the following tips, use 3% hydrogen peroxide:

1. Use hydrogen peroxide to soak toothbrushes in between uses to eliminate germs.

Add hydrogen peroxide to the water you give your plants. It provides extra oxygen, something that is lacking in tap water. They'll love you for it.

3. To wash fruits and vegetables, use 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide with a little salt in a large bowl full of cool water. Kills bacteria and neutralizes chemical pesticides.

4. In the bathroom, spray sink with full-strength hydrogen peroxide to kill the cold virus and other germs and viruses.

5. Two ounces of hydrogen peroxide in the dishwasher will prevent the spread of colds, flu viruses and food-borne illness.

6. To get rid of canker sores and whiten your teeth, swish a cap full of hydrogen peroxide in your mouth daily for 10 minutes.
Spit out when finished. Or if you'd rather rinse with a great tasting mouthwash made from hydrogen peroxide, find the recipe for making it here.

7. Use hydrogen peroxide for toilets to disinfect and whiten the bowl.

8. To lighten your hair with more natural looking highlights (looks like you've been in the sun)
, spray hair after shampooing with a solution of 50% water to 50% hydrogen peroxide. Comb it through your hair, but do not rinse.

9. Keep a spray bottle of full-strength hydrogen peroxide in the shower to use as a disinfectant. Kills foot fungus, disease-causing bacteria, mold, mildew and more.

10. Follow this link for a very effective laundry stain remover that you can make quickly and easily with hydrogen peroxide.

11. Put a fast end to colds, flu, infections and even sinusitis by using hydrogen peroxide to gargle with, or drop into ears and/or nose with eye dropper.

12. Use a 50/50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide to remove blood stains from clothing. Add one cup of full-strength hydrogen peroxide to the washing machine water (before adding clothing) to whiten and brighten your laundry.

13. To kill bacteria and viruses on raw meat, use salt and hydrogen peroxide in chilled water to soak fish, chicken or other meat.


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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Here's the menu for this week. Remember that you can find more menus by clicking on the logo on the left. Also, for the recipes to my menus you will need to go my recipe blog, Franziska's Pantry.

Sunday: Pasta with Broccolini and Sausage, Marinated Roasted Pepper and Olive Salad

Monday: Taco Salad, Aunt Helen's Heavenly Fruit Salad

Tuesday: Beef Chuck Stew with Mushrooms, Romaine and Apple Salad, Hot Buttered Sprouted Bread

Wednesday: Antipasto Pitas, Raw Sauerkraut, Fruit

Thursday: Country-Style Spareribs, Fried Rice, Buttered Green Beans, Fresh Pineapple Slices

Friday: Pasta with Alfredo Sauce, Roasted Asparagus, Sliced Tomatoes with Feta

Saturday: Leftovers from the Week

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Friday, February 13, 2009

A Heart Reminder

As we celebrate Valentine's day for 2009, it is so important that we remember the Lover of our Souls. If I am loved by my Savior (I am), and am loving Him in return (I strive to, often failing but the longing is so much there), I can face any day without human love.

A week ago I was thumbing through one of my older Bibles and I found a note I'd written for Acts 1:14, which describes what the disciples were doing as they waited in the upper room for the Holy Spirit to come. It says, "They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers."

My note:

January 18th, 2001 - "...constantly in prayer...":

Jesus had been with these people for at least three years. They had seen Him - perhaps daily - spoken freely with Him, touched Him, been loved by Him and had loved Him in return. Now He was gone, but they knew where He was and how to continue to speak to Him. No wonder they were "constantly in prayer". They must have yearned for the Holy Spirit to come and comfort their hearts with the very words of Christ brought back to their remembrance.

May Christ be this real to those who truly follow Him today. O, Jesus, draw me to walk and talk with You, touch me, speak to me from Your word and may my love and adoration be poured forth on You above all created things.
On February 14th this year (and every other day as well), consider again God's great love for you and on your behalf. No one loves you like He does. Our Savior's heart was broken for you. His body was torn and offered up on the Cross for you. He bore your sins and was abandoned by His Father for you. He now lives to make intercession for you.

Love Him above anyone or anything else and speak to Him constantly. He is your sweetest, most precious, most faithful Valentine!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tidy Tip Tuesday

Here are a few tips to make life a little easier:

1. When your cookbook won't lie flat when opened on the counter, place a glass baking dish on the pages. You can read through the glass and the pages will be protected as you cook.

2. To remove crayon marks from walls, dampen a rag and dip in baking soda. Apply to the crayon mark with a little elbow grease and watch it disappear.


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An Amazing Story of Survival

There is nothing I can say to explain or prepare you for Gianna Jesson's incredible testimony of God's grace to her.


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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


Here is my menu for the week. There were several meals that I did not get made up last week because we had the opportunity to fellowship and eat with another family in our church on one day. Another evening we had a sandwich out because of errands that kept us running longer that we had anticipated. So I carried over a few of last week's meals to this week.

You can find many more menu plans by clicking on the Menu Plan Monday graphic above. Also, you will need to go to my recipe blog, Franziska's Pantry, for recipes for this week's menu.

Sunday: Crustless Vegetable Quiche, Greek Salad (as follows: romaine hearts with sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil [drained], shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced red onion, Greek Kalamata olives, sprinkle of dried basil, real salt and freshly ground pepper with balsamic vinegar and expeller-expressed, extra-virgin olive oil), Fruit

Monday: Chicken Divan Soup, Red Butter Lettuce Vegetable Salad with Thousand Island Dressing, Brown Rice Pudding (for dessert)

Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken Wraps, Carrot and Pineapple Coleslaw, Hot Buttered Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese

Wednesday: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Buttered Red Beets, Beet and Chard Greens

Thursday: Eggplant and Peppers with Brown Rice, Beet, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Pork Tenderloin, Asparagus with Cheese Sauce, Buttered Golden Beets, Twice Baked Potatoes (This is what I've planned for Robert's and my 32nd Valentine's Day evening together.)


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How to Make Hearts from Plastic Straws

I came across this link yesterday online. I thought this was really cute especially in light of Valentine's Day this week. As you will see, you can use the little hearts for book markers.

How to Make Hearts from Plastic Straws (with pictures) - wikiHow


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Friday, February 6, 2009

Tidy Tip Friday? - The First Tidy Tip Video

Well Tuesday has come and gone and you may have noticed that there was no Tidy Tip - no Tidy Tip, that is, until today.

I'd like to present the first homemade movie for T.T.T. Robert filmed me cutting a pineapple "the easy way" in this video. This is why I'm so late getting it posted (it's been way more of a process than I ever thought to get it onto YouTube).

When you watch the video, if it is really blurry, look just under the video frame on the right and it should say, "Watch in high quality". Click on that to view.

There are also two things to watch for in the video:
When Robert asks me about the bowl,"What is that blue thing," you will see to the left of the demo table something blue besides the bowl. It is actually quite noticeable - the vacuum cleaner. I have to confess, instead of putting it away, I moved it to the side, thinking it would be out of the field of vision. Well, it isn't, and now you know more about me: I never put away the vacuum cleaner. That's one thing (of far too many) concerning housekeeping that I seem to have a mental block about. Usually my poor husband, upon returning home from work, finds that it's still out and ends up putting it away himself. Anyone else have this problem?

The second thing is another "Robert-ism". Listen for it. If you do not catch it through the video, you will definitely hear it at the end.
To watch the video click here.


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Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Often I read cute kiddie-quotes on other blogs - funny things that blogger's children have said. I like to read these types of posts. Sometimes they are hilarious!

Well, in that same spirit, I would like to offer some funny quotes from my husband. He has given his permission - good sport that he is. He keeps the whole family laughing with his alternative word uses for the English language. We've all often joked that we need to keep a list and call it "Robert's Thesaurus".

Anyway, as often as Robert delivers these, I will post them. Here is the first offering:
Yesterday when I got out of bed, Robert looked at me, cracked up and said, "Hey Honey, look at your hair. You have colic in your hair."

I laughed and asked him, "Don't you mean a cowlick? Colic is when a baby has a tummy ache."

He said, "Yea, that's right, colic. That's what I meant. Your hair has colic."

My hair must have looked pretty sick to him.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - A Day Late

Here's my menu for the week. It's a day late, but, hopefully, will be a resource in the weeks to come also. You may have also noted that Tidy Tip Tuesday is absent. I will attempt that for tomorrow. Also, go to Franziska's Pantry for recipes for this week's menu.

Sunday: Pablano Steak Chili, Mixed Green Salad with Thousand Island Dressing, Corn Bread, Sliced Pineapple

Monday: Spinach and Mushroom Quiche, Greek Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil Dressing, Fruit

Tuesday: Asian Lettuce Wraps, Fried Rice, Sesame Chopped Salad

Wednesday: Coconut Brown Rice with Chicken, Ginger and Scallions, Jicama Salad

Thursday: The Best Pasta and Meatballs Ever, Romaine Antipasto Salad, Maple Glazed Carrots

Friday: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Red Beets with Butter, Steamed Beet and Chard Greens with Butter


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