A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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9-22 FOR THE WATCHFUL EYE

The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many…. September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.  – Oliver Wendell Holmes

I’ve shared a bit of the fun we have in late summer/early fall here in Kansas!  Our menus change from salads to stews!  Every woman in Kansas is reviewing their recipe cards and stocking up on slow cooker liners.  I’ve found a few coupons for those liners (they are expensive, let’s admit it).  The most important small appliance in my kitchen is my crock pot.  I use it quite often because it’s so simple to dump and cook.  That’s my style – dump and cook!  🙂

I was inspired by our trip to Louisburg, KS for the apple festival on September 10th to search for recipes that use apples.  We brought home a couple of jars of their wonderful sugar-free apple butter, but in my search today, look what I found!

CROCK POT APPLE BUTTER

Approximately 3 lb. apples ( make sure 1/2 are Granny Smith )
Gala , Fugi, Or Granny Smith
3 cups sugar (I will definitely use Splenda)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
Dash of salt
3/4 cup water or fresh apple cider

Fill Crock-pot 3/4 full with peeled, cored and sliced apples. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed. Cover and cook on low setting overnight or until the butter is of a thick, spreadable consistency.

If apple butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until thickened. Stir often as butter thickens to prevent scorching.

Mash Apple Butter until chunky or smooth with hand-held masher or blender
Store in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Freeze for longer storage.
Put in jars with water bath processing also.

Found on Pinterest and Holly’s kitchen

I found a video tour from 2014:

https://youtu.be/khCFDem01YQ

I don’t think I’ve shared my photos from Louisburg with y’all.  If I have, just humor me and look at them again.  😉

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top left:  I wish you could have heard that sign squeaking as it blew back and forth.  Squeak…  squeak…  sounds so much like autumn to me!

top right:  The business of this business is apple cider!  This is the barn where all the apple cider is made.  You can’t tell from this photo, but behind the barn there are apples floating around in water – they go up a conveyor belt and through all the different processes from there.  I wish you could have smelled the APPLE scent inside that barn – it’s better than any scentsy wax melt I’ve ever used!

bottom left:  Their own label of sparkling apple cider!  Ah – it is amazing!

bottom right:  Yep – it’s an apple cider donut!  Hey – I’m not gonna drive all those miles and not have one little apple cider donut.  That was lunch – and mmm…  it was yummilicious!  🙂

SEPTEMBER IS CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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TIME TO READ THE BLOG!!!

 

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We do what we can financially to help.  We change our profile photo on facebook to a comic book hero to raise awareness.  We do what we can…  but the most important thing we can do is talk to our Father in Heaven on behalf of these little ones and their parents.

Loving Lord Jesus,

You were the One that said let the little children come unto me, and You placed Your hands on all – and blessed them.. I come to You today to ask that Your healing hand would touch the life of this little child, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Lord their little body is racked with pain and life has become so difficult, as the cancer is encroaching through their tiny frame. Be close to this little one I pray, and hold them close to Yourself. Lord, I ask that they may be healed and spared any from more pain. Be close to this little one each hour of the day, I pray. I lift up the parents, who are baffled by this disease and I ask for Your comfort and strength to uphold them as they seek to care for the little sick child. May they rest in You and be comforted and strengthened in this difficult time – and Lord, give them both the wisdom and skill to nurse their child back to full heath, I pray that they may the find their sufficiency and comfort in You, Whom to know is life eternal.  Thank You Lord Jesus, Amen.

What can my blog do for these sweet children?  I know there are some kids and their parents looking at this right now.  With help from my group, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, we are giving you gifts of beauty, encouragement and hope.  We know that we can’t take the cancer away (how we wish we could), but we can bring a smile to your face or give you a moment of calm.

This post will be up from September 22nd through the end of the month.  Our group hopes you are encouraged and filled with renewed hope after you look through this post.  Grab your umbrella because a shower of HOPE is on its way!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  – Marcel Proust

HE IS OUR PEACE

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Remember the story of David and Goliath?  David was just a little boy, but with God’s help he sure did kill the giant, didn’t he?

This photo from my friend Stephanie Guier Lutz put a big grin on my face!

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And remember that you are never alone…

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I PRAYED FOR YOU

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LOL – this pup is reading COFFEE WITH JESUS!  Photo courtesy of Barbara Dunn.

And this photo from Lucinda Berry Hill:

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ARE YOU MY MOMMY???

Does anyone else want Ice Cream for Breakfast?

ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST

Strawberry, Vanilla or Chocolate???  How about all THREE???  Yum!!!

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And wow…  enjoy this from my friend, Valerie McKinney!

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How cool is that???

And how about this cute picture taken by Lucinda Berry Hill?

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I’M SO COMFY, MOM!!!

We care about those with cancer!  Right now, Lucinda is helping those battling breast cancer.  Find out how you can help here on her facebook wall:

https://www.facebook.com/coffeewithjesus.lucindaberryhill/posts/901692733242258?notif_t=notify_me_page

Our patients become our heroes.  – Lisa Newman, M.D., director of the University of Michigan Breast Care Center

To all the wonderful folks fighting cancer…  we want you to know we love you and we care.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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It’s day one of the rest of my life. It’s day one of the best of my life. I’m marching on to the beat of a brand new drum ya here I come the future has begun its day one.  – Mathew West

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What does this fortune mean?  Keep praying, America!  Today we walk toward the future as a nation…  let’s do it with our heads bowed, humbly asking God to intervene.

As government expands, liberty contracts. – Ronald Reagan

While we continue to “shop” for the GOP nominee, let’s take notes along the way and get on our knees and pray!  I will say one thing for each candidate on the debate stage:  they are all extremely strong!  To be honest, if someone slammed my looks I think I’d crawl in a hole and pull the hole in after me.  I admire Carly Fiorina so much for how she turned that rude comment – the quote by Donald Trump in “Rolling Stone” magazine – into a huge positive for American women everywhere!

LOOK AT THAT FACE…  and that RED DRESS…  power color…  you GO, girl!!!

Fiorina’s knowledge of US defense and the specifics she shared is impressive.  She said she would assure Israel that we are on their side.  I smiled big at that point.  I like what she had to say about the economy as well.  Also I appreciated that she spoke out for the defunding of Planned Parenthood.  It’s amazing when she is given the opportunity to speak how much we learn about her!

I believe Dr. Carson was less than impressive, but I did not like the type of questions CNN asked – pitting one candidate against another.  We know they are running against each other, but to purposefully pit one against another is just not cool.  It’s my belief that this sort of premeditated snarky question is not one that Dr. Carson is comfortable answering!  I would not want to answer snarky questions either.  It’s my suspicion that this is part of the reason he did not shine as he may have otherwise.

I’d rather see a debate that is really about issues instead of hearing questions like, so-and so has said such and such about you – how would you respond to that?  The way the questions were worded instantly put the respondent on the defensive.  The more time they spend defending themselves against each other, the less time they have to talk about the stuff that REALLY matters.

Call me prejudiced, but I appreciated the FOX debate so much more because the questions were not asked in a way that directly pitted one against another.  The questions had to do with policy instead of personality – and I appreciated that.

It’s not going to be an easy choice to make – so once again I encourage you to pray about this important decision.  Of course, most of us won’t get to vote until the race is narrowed down, so many folks are not paying close attention like I am.  I just happen to enjoy politics.  I know – I’m weird.  LOL!!!  :-/

 

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THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE

I read something recently that deserves to be shared.  Jack Nicholson has great backbone to take this stand about abortion!  Not only does his opinion surprise me, but the reason for it shocked me!

http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/is-abortion-murder-jack-nicholsons-response-silenced-everyone/

I wondered if there are any other celebrities who are pro-life.  I did a little research and here’s what I found:

Kathy Ireland on Gov. Huckabee’s program:

https://youtu.be/GzisHrqZAbM

I really don’t believe in abortion.  I think an embryo is a human.  It’s like killing a baby.  – Justin Bieber (talking with Rolling Stone magazine)

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Patricia Heaton speaks out against abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, and euthanasia.

I find it impossible to subscribe to a philosophy that believes that the destruction of human life is a legitimate solution to a problem that is mostly social, economic and psychological.  In reality, most women choose abortion because they believe they have no other choice.  – Patricia Heaton

Kenny Chesney’s most notable example of pro-life advocacy is in the song he has called one of his favorites, “There Goes My Life.” It spent seven weeks at number one.

https://youtu.be/JBf7uh8jYfw

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Jim Caviezel, the actor who portrayed Jesus in the popular movie, The Passion of the Christ, also makes no secret of the fact that he and his wife oppose abortion.

https://youtu.be/Ay4vJ75pbc0

God bless Jordin Sparks!  Isn’t she a cutie?  Yep!

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Go, Jordin… GO!

This celebrity really didn’t surprise me all that much – but I’m so thankful that he is not quiet about his beliefs.  Chuck Norris is pro-life and has a lot to say about it.  You may recall that back in 2008 he wrote a letter to then president-elect Obama.

http://humanevents.com/2008/11/11/obama-now-that-you-work-for-me-a-letter-to-the-presidentelect/

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Visit human life alliance at this link:  http://humanlife.org/

If one truly believes that abortion is murder, it will never be considered an “old issue”.  Those of us who are pro-life will not go away just because others want us to.  Never let the enemy of your soul talk you into the idea that you have no other “choice” but abortion.  I assure you, if you do not want or think you are unable to raise your child, there are many people who are more than willing to take on that responsibility!  I was adopted – and that turned out well – I’m sure glad I was not aborted!

I’m thankful for celebrities who are not afraid to speak their conscience.  As a pro-life advocate myself, I’m more drawn to these people and their TV shows, music, etc. than I am to others.  Sometimes we shy away from speaking out because we’re afraid we will lose fans.  I’m here to tell ya…  because of their bravery, I support and buy their CD’s, DVD’s and other products!  I believe that right is right – and wrong…  well, it’s just not right!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIG WHOPPER LIAR DAY

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A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”  The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up.  The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

Big Whopper Liar Day is a wacky holiday that even Pinocchio can appreciate!  It began back in 1988…  every third Saturday in September, people have gathered in New Harmony, Indiana to celebrate fish tales!  The event was started by local trickster Aubry Robison, Jr., and even after his death the event lived on.

Here’s how it works.  About fifteen contestants take the stage in front of a crowd of four hundred folks.  Each contestant gets four minutes to spin the most incredible yarn they can come up with.  A team of judges award points for exaggeration, humor, stage presence and storytelling ability.

It only costs $5 to get in (for spectators and contestants).  It’s a small price to pay to hear or share a great whopper lie!

The event is now a part of Kunstfest, a weekend-long German period festival in New Harmony.

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.  Give a fish a man, and he’ll eat for weeks!  – Toshihiro Kawabata

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 If you’re looking for a great coffee table book, this is a favorite of mine.  Published in 2004, this book of fishing tales will keep you “hooked” from cover to cover!  It’s a series of books entitled THE GREATEST (fill in the blank) EVER TOLD.  There are only twenty-eight fishing stories, so it is a quick read – but if your family is like mine, we like to pick up books from the coffee table when it’s cold or blustery outdoors – and just thumb through, half-reading, hoping to escape to a better climate.  It’s not a book about big whopper lies, but extraordinary true stories about fishing excursions.

A monastery is in financial trouble, so it goes into the fish-and-chips business to raise money. One night a customer knocks on its door. A monk answers. The customer asks, “Are you the fish friar?”  “No,” he replies. “I’m the chip monk.”

Are you a fisherman who exaggerates the size of the fish that got away???  Today’s the day you have permission to tell a WHOPPER lie!  While you have the chance, you’d better tell your best story.  Tomorrow will be too late!  Wink!  😉

I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE

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What was happening in America on Saturday, September 18, 1909???

The largest crowd to ever watch a baseball game, up to that time, turned out in Shibe Park as 35,409 spectators watched the Philadelphia Athletics beat the visiting Detroit Tigers, 2–0, on the pitching of future Hall of Famer Charles “Chief” Bender. The A’s were second to the Tigers in the American League pennant race.

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Guess what else happened???  My Grandpa married my Granny!  I don’t have wedding photos – I’m not even sure there are any – this plate is my precious possession to remind me of my Grandpa Frank & Granny LaVella’s wedding day.  Mama told me that it was hand painted by a family friend and neighbor.  It’s not valuable – but it sure means a lot to me.  Granny kept this plate hanging in their bedroom on the farm.

People really do get married at an older age these days.  These two crazy kids were married at 16 years of age!  I think they were married at a judge’s house, if I remember the story correctly.

They had a piece of farmland willed to them, built a little house on it and started growing wheat, horses, cattle and children – by the time it was said and done – EIGHT kids!

Grandpa Frank also drove a truck to supplement their income.  Granny did some sewing and took in washing to help out.  They didn’t have to buy stainless for the kitchen or even entertain the notion of indoor plumbing…  but they were two of the happiest people ever!  They had the same beliefs and the same dreams for their family.  They embraced faith in God above all and were faithful to each other until the end.

I get to thinking about that sometimes.  In their life, they were so firmly rooted in family and values, the fancy stuff wasn’t important.  I loved everything about staying at the farmhouse when I was little because something as simple as snuggling down in one of Granny’s quilts meant more to me than anything fancy and showy.  That squeaky bed was the best, and using homemade soap every morning and eating farm fresh eggs…  well those are memories that will never fade from my memory!

You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.  – Billy Wilder

In our day, it seems like we place so much importance on possessing the best of things and less emphasis on growing a strong family.  In the end, what difference does it make if we have a hardwood floor or linoleum?  I wouldn’t want to have an outhouse…  let’s not get nuts!

I miss that farm in Oklahoma…  I felt so safe and secure there in that squeaky bed with Granny’s quilt tucked around me.  It gives me such comfort to know that Grandpa, Granny, mom and dad are in heaven waiting for me.

Happy Anniversary in heaven, Grandpa & Granny!!!

They are with Jesus, and one day I’ll join them.  Maybe I could have that squeaky bed and one of Granny’s quilts in my mansion.  I may not need it since there is no night there and I won’t get tired.  Hmm…  I have to re-think that, don’t I?  Wink!  😉

 

 

NATIONAL GUACAMOLE DAY

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No Mexican dish is complete without a side of guac!  A wonderful green avocado taste of heaven, guacamole lends flavor to make even the most basic meal more fabulous!

How will you celebrate National Guacamole Day?

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Most of us think of using guacamole to dip chips in or dollop over our burritos, but have you thought of…  say – putting some on your omelet or in your soup?  The limitations are only in your mind!

Avocados are so healthy and taste so rich and creamy as guacamole.  It’s necessary  with fajitas to be sure, along with large portions of iceberg lettuce, cilantro and sour cream.  There is fat in avocados, but it is considered “good fat” that reduce cholesterol, help fight cancer and can be used as a substitute for butter or shortening in baking.

There are more than twenty vitamins in avocados!  Don’t let the fact that there’s fat in avocados keep you from making some great guac!

As I was searching for facts about guacamole, I ran across a sort of guac-off online.  People were discussing what ingredients belong in guacamole.  The bone of contention seems to be GARLIC.  Does real guacamole have garlic in it?  Some say yes – others say no.

In the same post, a person who lives in Mexico reminds us that most people won’t eat your guacamole if it does not have onion in it.  I do put chopped onion in mine.  I can’t imagine garlic in it, however.  Ugh…  no.

Is this enough of a holiday to have a party?  Could you make guacamole the center of attention at a celebration?  Well…  maybe.

Honor the humble avocado today by making the best guacamole possible.  Seriously, to me that would be minus the garlic.  I also leave cilantro out of mine because I think cilantro tastes like soap.

It really is just a matter of personal taste.  Do what you do because you and your family are the ones who have to eat it, right?  🙂