Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

More than anything, I am thankful for the birth of the Christ.

I am thankful and grateful for his great sacrifice and words of truth that have led millions to salvation and grace.  I am thankful to God who showed His love by the sacrifice of His Son in the great hopes that people would listen and follow the commandment to love one another, the only hope for our world.  Jesus was humble and lived a simple life.  He lived to teach and help others, and taught us that a life spent in accumulating wealth and possessions was not just foolish, but wrong.  He taught us to spend our lives in the service of others.  He taught that true love is not a warm fuzzy feeling, but an act of great sacrifice, which explains why most marriages never work.  He taught us to love and pray for our enemies, which does not mean to go give them a big hug, but to stop vengeful acts that bring you down to their level or below.  He told us to forgive those that don’t deserve it and this does not mean you allow someone to do wrong, but if they truly repent, you allow them back into your life or society without reproach.

I am thankful that when I feel alone or unloved Jesus told me to remember that when the world hated you that it hated him first.  The knowledge that I am indeed in good company, comforts me greatly.  Thank you God, in the name of Jesus, for another day.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Green


Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

When I think of renewal I think of the earliest seedlings breaking through the soil in spring.

Each sunrise is renewal of everything!

Not the Renewal by Anderson double hung windows.

Miscellaneous Cooking Tips

Please replace all or   part of the flour in any recipe with whole wheat instead of bleached or   unbleached regular flour.You do not have to use   all the ingredients in specific recipes. Sometimes it effects the flavor,   other times it may actually improve the dish to leave something out or add   additional seasoning or ingredients. Just experiment with common sense. You   cannot make Chicken and Dumplings without the Chicken.

Learn to cook without   the need for measuring ingredients, except for baking. Don’t ever cook   without any seasoning or salt, much too blah!

Use Vinegar to rinse   fresh fruits and vegetables. I have seen washes specific for cleaning produce   that are expensive and I have even heard of some who use detergent to wash   off the various pesticides. Watered down vinegar solutions are great for   washing fruits and vegetables, much better than just water, safer than soap   and much cheaper than store bought products.

Be careful using   pre-washed and bagged leaf vegetables and baby carrots. You don’t really know   how clean they are and they may put various additives to preserve and prevent   browning. Fresh is best. Use a large clean bin or kitchen sink to clean all   the leaves in water with slight amount of vinegar. Then drain and rinse with   plain water. You do not have to bother with vinager if you know the products   were grown organically, such as the produce you take from your yard,   depending on how polluted the area you live in is.

 Miscellaneous tips from pogirlshines.com.

Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have these cookies on my recipe page with pogirlshines.com as Po’ Girl Chocolate Chip Cookies .  I have now found a way to make them healthier, less fat, cheaper and they still come out plump, soft and delicious!  I must have my treats, love chocolate and if I can’t make them super healthy, at least they are less bad for me.  The human body does need some fat daily, as long as you don’t over do it.  I come from a family with type 2 Diabetes and am borderline myself.  I really try to keep my weight normal or slightly below out of fear.  If you have family members that have been obese and really sick from it, it gives you that extra incentive to exercise and to think before eating anything.  I have always been a yo-yo, some will say in more ways than one, and I will gain weight fairly easily like most, but try to lose it right away.  I suffered from gestational diabetes with my first child in which I did gain about 50 lbs, which I made sure I lost right away.  It was pretty easy as I was a dance teacher at the time, so lots of daily exercise.

Carob chips are not an option for me in these, but make any changes as you desire.  You can enjoy these knowing that you are getting more fiber, half the fat and sugar that you find in the original Toll House Cookie recipe.  Way less sugar shock to the body.

Po’ Girl Chocolate Chip Cookies Revised

Prepare these the same way as the Toll House recipe calls for on the package of chips you’ve purchased.

FYI:  I bake mine at 360 for about 9 minutes for Tablespoon size dollop of dough.  The dough will be stiffer and you can place them fairly close, not much spreading occurs.

Cloth Masks in Art Pieces

These pieces are still in progress, will up date later when completed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

This little guy was meticulous in his weaving abilities.  The web has so many closely woven rectangles that he is bound to catch something!

He almost caught me coming into the garage!

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