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Broccoli-Cheese Soup

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I tried out a new recipe the other day and it was a hit. I made a pot of broccoli- cheese soup. It was one of those recipes that was so good that I thought I would share it. Broccoli-Cheese Soup 1 bunch fresh broccoli 3 cups chicken stock 1/2 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbsp. olive oil 4 Tbsp. butter 5 Tbsp. flour half and half cream 2 cups grated cheddar cheese salt, white pepper to taste Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil in a large pot until the vegetables are translucent. Add the broccoli and stock and simmer until the broccoli is soft. Place in a food processor or blender and belnd quickly, leaving small pieces of broccoli. Melt the butter and add in the flour to make a roux. Cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add broccoli and stock to roux. To avoid lumps, stir constantly until thickened. Thin to preferred consistency with cream. Add seasonings and grated cheese and simmer for a few minutes, until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Crafty Things

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Remember this? It's only taken me two years to FINALLY finish it! It's not that it was that complicated. In fact, it was one of the easier projects I've done. However, I was lazy, life got in the way, I was lazy, my carpal tunnel in my hand was bothering me, and I was lazy! I've started another crochet project that shouldn't take more than a few weeks so hopefully, that won't stretch out as long as this one did. Here is the finished product.

Foto Friday

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It's Foto Friday at Rebecca's blog . The theme this week was SQUARES. I had the worst time with this challenge. I couldn't think of a SINGLE idea. I felt totally uninspired and then, suddenly I knew why. First of all, I just find it hard to feel creative with a square. But the main reason is that I tend to be an outside the box thinker and I don't fit the norm. Sometimes I don't feel like I fit in anywhere. I mean my husband and I deliberately moved to an inner city to do ten years of ministry. Then we went into church planting. I also homeschooled for eight years. All of these things don't fit into the things that most consider normal. ;-) I don't like feeling confined and limited which is the very thing that squares represent to me. I know, it's weird, isn't it? I decided to show you my feelings about squares. To me a square gives me the feeling of being caged in. It's like trying to get out of a box and just not being able to. Som

Thankful Thursday

II Samuel 22:47 ~ "The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!" Today is the day when I look back over the week and reflect on all the big and small ways that the Lord has blessed me. ♫ Praise God for a wonderful way our church is able to bless a woman from the community by providing her with a place to live. We are getting the church parsonage ready for her, which has been sitting empty for over a year. ♫ The week of snow and rain which is vital for the earth! ♫ Little tufts of green poking their way up through my flower bed, reminding me that spring is right around the corner. YAYYYY!!!! ♫ A much slower paced week, which was very welcome after the crazy weekend I had. ♫ That I was able to discipline myself and exercise everyday this week which did much to lift my spirits. There wasn't anything earth-shattering this week, but it's good to praise God even in the small things. What are you thankful for?

Chile Fest 2010

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Every October people from our church go on a mission's trip to Chile to help out the organization, Vision for Chile. The group this past October helped to build a girl's home for older girls who age out of the orphanages there. It's called House of Hope. This year we decided to have a Chile Fest with a chili dinner. We had a local Christian band come and perform as well. We had great food! I've never seen so many different kinds of chili. Dinner went from 6:00-7:30 and then the music started. Dan and our worship team performed a song Dan wrote. Then the main event started with the band, Cross Purpose. A good time was had by all, from the older crowd.... To the youngest! We had a good turnout and raised a good amount of money so I considered it a success!

Foto Friday

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It's Foto Friday at Rebecca's blog . The theme this week was HEARTS. I had ideas flitting around in my brain all week and because it was Valentine's Day on Sunday you would have thought that I would have had some brilliant photos. Not so! There were hearts everywhere but nothing that really made me excited. I decided that because my heart is so full lately I would show you why. I hosted a ladies luncheon at church on Saturday and I'm so excited about what the Lord is doing in our church. It's growing by leaps and bounds and I love being able to bless the women in our church. I decorated the place for Valentine's Day and was able to put some special touches on things. One of the things I did was to make pink coconut ices that I got from Tracy , but cut them into heart shapes. I thought they were so pretty so I did get a shot of them. Obviously, my heart is full because of the wonderful gift that God has given us in His Son, Jesus. He loved the world so

Thankful Thursday

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I found lots to be thankful for this week which is always nice! I very rarely have really down and depressed days. I may feel discouraged here or there, but for the most part I'm pretty upbeat. Yesterday though was a day that was just horrendous. I woke up in a crabby mood and I was afraid to open my mouth because I might take someone's head off. I had to go grocery shopping which takes about 3-4 hours because I only go every two weeks and the stores are about 35 miles away. So almost 2 hours of that is driving over back winding country roads. As I was driving, I began to feel sorry for myself and of course ended up crying most of the way there. However, I am thankful because the Lord sent just the right thing to pull me out of my mood. The last store that I went to had roses that were leftover from Valentine's Day. They were in bunches of 6 roses and get this, were $.99 each bunch!! So I got 18 roses for $2.97. I love roses but rarely have them because they are so

A Birthday Celebration

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Stephen turned seventeen this past Thursday. The problem we had this year with his birthday was that we had no money and it kind of snuck up on us. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what to do. Then a light bulb went off. He has been begging us forever for his own room. He and Nathan have shared a room since he was a baby. However, now they are older Stephen seems to really need his own space. We have an extra room down in the basement that we had made into a guest bedroom but it's not heated. However, it usually stays around 60 degrees down there so it isn't too bad and we have a space heater. So after Stephen left for school on Thursday I set to work painting the room. It was pink and I didn't really think he would appreciate a girly room! ;-) Again, we didn't have enough of one color of paint to cover a whole room, but I found a 1/4 can of sandstone and a 1/4 can of white paint and mixed them together and came up with my own color. When I was done

Valentine Sweetness

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My husband did the nicest thing for me for Valentines Day. He bought me a box of chocolate and under each individual piece of chocolate he wrote a little note. I'm supposed to have one piece a day and read my note from him. Wasn't that sweet? I love him so much!

Foto Friday

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It's Foto Friday at Rebecca's blog . The theme this week was LOVING. As I was thinking about what I wanted to do, I decided to portray all the many ways our family shows loving. Loving hands preparing meals. A loving son stacking wood. Loving arms holding a sick girl. Cookies lovingly made for a class party. A loving husband sharing scripture with his family. A celebration of a life by a loving family. Two side notes: The color of the cookie frosting was dusty rose which somehow is looking like purple in the photos. Secondly, Dan's response when looking at the picture of him reading the Bible was, "Goodness!" "I look like a hairy ape!" LOL For more entries, go check out Rebecca's blog (link at the top).

Crafty Things

I've gotten a few projects done the past couple of weeks. I'm almost finished with the afghan I've been working on for two years! Of course, if I had worked steadily, it would have been done already. I finished Nathan's quilt. This is identical to the one I did for Stephen. My next project is to make them matching curtains. I also worked on some invitations for a ladies luncheon on Saturday. I made about 20 of them in all different styles. Here is a sample of one of them. I also made some burp cloths for a friend, but forgot to take pictures.

Healthy Snacking

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I've been trying to provide healthy snacks for the kids when they get home from school. Stephen is taking thyroid medicine because of a sluggish thyroid. He has no energy and is very lethargic. Emily has major food allergies and will stop breathing with the wrong foods. Nathan, obviously, has a slew of health issues which includes kidney problems. If I let them choose all three of them will pick unhealthy choices for snacks. Usually what they will choose are things that are heavy in carbohydrates and sugar. So I've taken charge of snack time the past week and tried to come up with some healthy, but appealing choices. One thing I've noticed with my children is that it's all about the presentation. If I present the snack in a way that is appealing to the eye, they get very excited. I think it makes them feel like they are getting something special and also that they are important. I know it sounds silly, but it is a way for me to show them my love. I'm alway

Foto Friday

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It's Foto Friday at Rebecca's blog . The theme this week was GROWING. I had all sorts of ideas going through my mind this week, but not one of them came to fruition. It was a busy week and every time I thought about it, the camera was nowhere near at hand. So unfortunately, I only have a couple of piddly shots! Here is one of my growing baby taking care of her growing baby hamster. This past year was a difficult one and one where I've had to cling to Jesus and his promises. As a result I have grown in many ways. I bought a sprouting jar and sprouting mix to start growing my own sprouts. So they were the subject of my next photo. After 7 years of planting seeds here, my husband and I are starting to see tremendous spiritual growth. We had 14 baptisms back in November and our church is growing. We are definitely seeing a harvest! Well, that's it. For more entries, check out Rebecca's blog (link at the beginning of the post).