Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Variety is the Spice of Life: My Coffee Cup Collection

Update June 2015--When I resigned from my teaching job, I gave every person who had lovingly encouraged me, a coffee cup with a planted flower inside. I have about four more that I would like to deliver to the school, to sweet, dear ladies who prayed for me and cared about me. Those cups are treasures that I found at various thrift stores. Each day I chose a different cup from my collection to sip coffee from as I drove to work. All of the cups in these photos have been given away to my loving friends. Original post, 2011-- Today I'd like to share my coffee cup collection.  Ya know, everything does not have to be a matched set. Think outside the box.  Different colors and shapes are fun.  I have little rules for my collection. Here they are: I must have variety, it must have the design all the way around. They must be light weight and delicate. And, I adore pedestals.  I'd like to show you what I drink out of every day.  Either that or I'm crazy.  Sometimes I use a different cup for morning and afternoon. Am I nuts? This one is fun for playing cards with my kids. I have four of them.
This owl is one of my favorites, because I like the lightness of the cup; the way it feels in my hand. I drink out of him in the afternoon. He was made in Japan, as most of mine are. Of course I love all my florals. Most of my cups are from the 1970's also.
I found these at St. Vincent de Paul for .49 cents. I use the red check one for camping and for picnics in the backyard.
The one with pears is the first one I began collecting. I got the idea from my sister Sharon. Sharon always had these cute coffee cups. Many of them were pedestal cups. She told me she paid less than a dollar for them at thrift shops.
I got so intrigued by the idea that I could have variety for so cheap, and be so thrilled with my purchases. When looking for a cup I like to find a certain shape, and the pattern must go all the way around. It has to feel light and nice in my hand.
These are bone china. They are very light weight. I love the cool patterns from the 1970's.
Sometimes the crazier; the better. I couldn't resist these colorful ones. Today I'd like to share my collection of coffee cups. I love these great shapes and colors. Everyone of my cups was purchased for less than a dollar, and each one is special to me. I really do use them and enjoy them. Thank you for letting me share my collection with you today.
                                          
Psalm 23:5
 "My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Easy Enchiladas

One of the first weeks after school began I got in the mood to make enchiladas. I like to make shredded beef by searing a round steak on the stove, then slow cooking it in the oven in the same pot. I add onions peppers and enchilada sauce then slow cook at 275 degrees for  four hours.
I shred the beef with a fork.
I add sliced black olives, fresh chopped green onion and sour cream.
For the sauce I mix a can of enchilada sauce and a jar of salsa.
I add a small can of diced chiles to the sauce.
Next I spread re fried beans on tortillas and add the meat mixture. Roll them up and lay them seam side down in a 9x13 pan with half the sauce in the bottom. Pour the remaining sauce over and top with sliced olives, Jack cheese and cilantro.
Put this in an oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or hot.
My hubby and I decided to sit outside near our creek to eat them. It was such a lovely fall day.
They turned out perfectly.
What a nice surprise. Harrison came home for lunch when he heard I was making enchiladas. his classes were over that day at noon.
It's wonderful to have him living close enough to do this once in awhile.
He said he misses my cooking.
These are very easy enchiladas. I know they are far from authentic, but they do taste good. Have a wonderful day dear blogging friends.
Blessings, Kathi

"When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table." Matthew 7:36

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Analogy Lord of the Rings


For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world,

and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph. 6:12 "Take up the shield of faith"with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. This is my favorite scene in the movie "Lord of the Rings," because she is not one bit afraid of the Devil or his demons. She knows they can't hurt her. Satan is not afraid of us believers, but he is deathly afraid of the cross of Christ and the precious blood shed there.
That precious blood broke the spell of the "deep magic." He can no longer trick or deceive the one protected by the blood of Christ. He thought he had won, when Adam and Eve were deceived, and the relationship between them and God was broken. That's how Satan gets his power. God is a holy God. Satan knows God cannot look at sin.
The relationship was broken, when Adam and Eve sinned. There was a barrier between them and God. From them on a blood sacrifice was required. They were doomed. It seemed that there was no hope for them, so thought Satan. Just like the Children of Israel were doomed if they did not put the blood on their door posts.
No matter how "good" they were; no blood; no Passover. There is only One who could break the curse, and that One victoriously did. He is coming on a white horse someday, "On His robe and on His thigh He has the name written, 'KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.' Rev. 19:16"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God and pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…"Eph. 6: 16-18"The prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16
I am righteous ONLY because I have repented of my sin, and turned away from it. I sin every day, just like King David did. I don't want to, but I do. I can be made righteous and clean again by kneeling at the foot of the cross and confessing to Jesus.
He hears me, and I my heart is right with God again, and we have a relationship again. If I don't repent, there is a distance between the Lord and me. I can't stand it until I go back to Him and ask Him to make my heart clean again. Then, my prayers are heard and they are extremely powerful. I like to wear my cross necklace because it reminds me of what He did there.
Satan hates anything that reminds him of the blood or the cross. The Bible says Satan deceives the whole world. Don't be deceived. Run to the cross of Christ, it's our only hope. The Holy Spirit will open your eyes to see the truth. Speaking about the powerful blood of Christ and Him dying on the cross is not speaking about death, but rather, His VICTORY over death! He's alive!!!! "So we fix our eyes NOT on what is seen, but is UNSEEN. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is ETERNAL. " 2 Corinthians 4:18

 Never forget you are free from the curse of sin and death. Don't let Satan deceive you. Cling to the Cross of Christ and the power you now have to overcome.              I thought this was worth repeating ~ Kathi

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

No Brainer...

Adding salt and dried herbs to a simmering pot. This is a no brainer. Everyone knows how to do this the correct way, 'cept me.
No one ever taught me to pour dried herbs or spices into the palm of my hand or into a measuring spoon first and then poor into the steaming sauce pan. As a young bride, I did it the wrong way for years, so this post is for young cooks who don't know the 'Why' we do it this way approach.
As I grew in my cooking knowledge and years as a young wife, I noticed that the cooks on tv poured dried ingredients into their hand and then tossed it into the pot. They would never shake the bottle over the steam like I did. I wondered why. Well, this should be a no brainer, but I did not get it.
In case you are like me and don't get it, I will tell you the answer. The dried herbs are meant to stay dry. If you shake them over a steaming pot they will absorb moisture and will lose their staying power and become stale; might even mold. Now you know!! Like me, maybe the light bulb has turned on!! Ha ha.
I truly hope this has helped a young cook. God bless your cooking!!!
Blessings, Kathi
"You are the salt of the earth." Matt. 5:12

Monday, November 14, 2011

Treasure the Moments

I get so busy with life that I forget to stop and savor the moments with my children. After talking with my sister Sharon about empty nest syndrome and how very real it is, I went upstairs to see my kids.
My daughters Victoria and Jessica were sitting and talking and reading magazines. It was so peaceful up there. The clock is ticking and I know in my heart that these moments will soon be gone. Victoria is a senior and Jessica is a junior. I love them so much.
I get to have Garrett around for a lot longer, as he is only in the 4th grade.  My empty nest syndrome may be less severe than some women's because of having him when I was 41. He's an extra little blessing. My sister Sharon helped remind me to treasure the time with my kids. When the nest becomes empty it can hit a mother very hard with sadness. After this Garrett and I played two card games by the fire and read before bedtime. I'm very blessed and I don't take it lightly. God has given me four healthy children and I am so grateful. I know there is life out there when the kids leave the nest, I'm realizing, however that there is an adjustment period and deep sorrow that goes with it. I believe we must go through the pain with God's help, and we will be stronger and we may have grandchildren to look forward to.
Blessings, Kathi
May the LORD cause you to flourish, both you and your children.
Psalm 115:13-15

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Old Fashioned Photos and Beef Bourguignon

One day after school, Jessica and I decided to have fun taking old fashioned looking photos. It all started because of the dress she was wearing.  She grabbed a suitcase for a prop and I started snapping pictures. This was the same day I planned to make beef bourguignon for dinner. So...more about photos later.
In the morning after the kids left for school I got out this recipe book, which I found at a thrift store. The recipes looked promising; simple and authentic.
I followed the recipe precisely.
This is what it looked like in the pot and this is what it looked like
on the plate. Yum yum. It was very good. Everyone loved it. I got a kick out of Jessica below pretending
to be skeptic. She really did like it. Okay back to our photo session...
Above is the black and white version, also cropped and below is the original version. We had fun taking these pictures.
I think the black and white really makes it appear as though she is from a different time period. Thought I'd share this and encourage you all to try this with your kids and cameras. Have a lovely weekend.
Blessings, Kathi

"tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
Joshua 4:6-8

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