Monday, February 29, 2016

Pine cone Peanut butter Bird Feeders


This is a really simple and maybe over used idea that we've done a few times over the years. 
Start with a pine cone. Find something to tie around it to hang it from a tree.
 
All I could find was yarn!
Spread peanut butter on the pine cone and roll in bird seed.


Hang outside



Then wait for birds.

Unfortunately, ours seem to prefer dog food to the birdseed! There was a beautiful red Cardinal in the dog dish just before I took this photo.


Then Jayden decided to bird watch.
She can't get them, but I don't know if they realize that.
So far this is the only bird that has stayed still long enough for me to photograph.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Creativity and Photography Class

God is a God of creativity. We see that first in his creation of the world. He made the sun, moon and stars and put them in place. He made an amazing variety of plants and animals. All shapes. All sizes. A variety of colors.

I think too often we overlook the fact that God made us to be creative also. Some of you sing. Some dance. Some draw. Some take photos.

I am trying to develop my creativity by taking a photography class. It's a six week class, and there is only one week left! Our assignment this week is to e-mail our teacher our best ten photos from the previous weeks to be part of a slide show on Friday.

I am having trouble choosing 10. She is looking for lines, patterns, colors and so on.

Help me choose!

Here are some of my favorites. I'll number them. In the comment section, tell me your favorites.


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Baked Broccoli

 I've had a lot of posts with food crafts. Most of them are high in sugar, low in nutritional value. They are things you'd make for special occasions.

To balance that, here's a healthier idea. Baked broccoli. If you don't normally like broccoli, at least give this a try! There are lots of different spices you can add. The recipes below are just a start. Make up your own.



We tried it two different ways. 

First:
Raw broccoli rinsed. Allow time to dry. It doesn't cook well if it's wet.
Garlic cloves--however much you want. Your guess depending on your preference. After chopping real garlic cloves a few times, I started cheating and buying it in the jar. 
Salt 
Pepper
Olive oil -- 2T to 1/4 cup depending on how much broccoli you have

Put all ingredients in a large bag or bowl and shake.
Bake in a single layer on a cookie sheet at 400F for 15-20
minutes
You can shake it in a bag.

Or mix it in a bowl. This bowl has a lid, so we shook it.

Second:
Raw broccoli rinsed and dried
1/4 olive oil
1-2 t garlic powder or fresh garlic
2T brown sugar
1-2T lemon juice
1/2-1t cayenne pepper
salt 
pepper

Put all ingredients in a large bag or bowl and shake.
Bake in a single layer on a cookie sheet at 400F for 15-20
minutes

Anyone else have a baked broccoli recipe or any other healthy snack ideas?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Sarah: Waiting for God to Work


There's a lot to learn from Sarah and you can find out what lessons she teaches us the next few Fridays on this blog. These devotions are from The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible with some bonus features added.
Waiting for God to Work
     They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 King James Version
     Many years passed between when God first promised to make Abraham a great nation and when Sarah actually gave birth to their son, Isaac. During the wait Sarah had a lot of time to worry, doubt, fear, plan, pray, and trust. And she probably did each of those things many times.
     Waiting is hard. Maybe you are waiting to hear from a friend who has moved. Maybe you are waiting for summer because you are going on a special trip. Perhaps had to quit your favorite activity because a parent is waiting to hear about a new job. There are lots of different waiting times in your life.
     Sometimes Sarah patiently waited for God to keep his promise. Other times she took matters into her own hands. One time Sarah figured God wasn't going to give her a child. She told Abraham to have a baby with her servant, Hagar. She thought maybe that child could be her promised child.
     That didn't work out well. After Hagar got pregnant, she bragged to poor Sarah, who had been unable to have a child. And when Sarah finally did have a child herself at age 90, Hagar's son, Ishmael, made fun of her son, Isaac.
     Waiting for God to work isn't always easy, but it's the best thing. Running ahead of God or taking matters into your own hands often makes a mess of things. That doesn't mean God won't give you the wisdom and strength to handle some situations on your own. He will. He promises wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5). He will give you peace in your heart about your choices when they are the right ones. If you don't feel at peace about a decision, it may not be the best choice or timing. If God says wait, then wait.
Thinking it through
     
     Sometimes it can be hard to know when God is telling you to wait—it can seem like he isn’t paying any attention. But that’s not true. Are you waiting for anything right now? What can give you patience and courage to keep trusting God while you wait? Write some of God’s promises on an index card to remind you that God is faithful.

What verse would you write on a card? LEave your answer in the comment section below. Each time you leave a comment on a post about Sarah, I will enter your name into the drawing for a copy of Starring Women of the Bible. So you can have your name in the drawing multiple times. USA mailing addresses only. I will draw on March 1.
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Sarah: Claiming God's Promises

There's a lot to learn from Sarah and you can find out what lessons she teaches us the next few Fridays on this blog. These devotions are from The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible with some bonus features added.
You can order a copy HERE or order one at your local Christian bookstore.
Sarah: Claiming God's Promises
     Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” Genesis 15:5
     God promised Abraham and Sarah that their family would be like the stars in the sky—it would be so big they wouldn’t be able to count everyone. The problem with that? They didn't have any children, So there was no chance of grandchildren, let alone future generations.
     Did you ever wonder what was going through Sarah's mind? God gave her a promise, but no babies had arrived. Years had gone by, and now she was long past the age of having children. Did she think God had forgotten? Or did she just wonder when and how God would send them a baby?
     Sarah knew that God had made a promise to Abraham and to herself. But she didn’t know how he would keep it. She knew this promise was from the same God who created the world, the moon, sun, and stars, all the animals and people. Certainly the God who did all this could cause Sarah to have a child, even in her old age. But still it seemed impossible.
     Do things in your life seem confusing right now? Are there situations that make you wonder if God is really listening and if he really cares? The God of Sarah and Abraham is the same God who is watching over you. He has given you his message in his Word, the Bible. He has promises for you in the Bible that are as true today as they were when the Bible was first written. You just need to claim them for your own and believe them as though they were written for you.
Thinking it through
     Do you have a favorite promise from God?
     If you don't have a favorite promise from the Bible, maybe one of these will become your favorite. Look up each Scripture given to read the promise right from the Bible.

God promises eternal life to everyone who believe on Jesus. 
John 3:16
God promises his followers an eternal mansion.                     
John 14:2-3
God promises that things work out for good for those who faithfully serve him.
Romans 8:28
God promises a way out of all our temptations.                     
1 Corinthians 10:13
God promises that his grace is sufficient for us.                     
2 Corinthians 12:9
God promises peace to those who take their worries to him. 
Philippians 4:6-7
God promises you can do all things through him.                  
Philippians 4:13
God promises to supply all you need.                                     
Philippians 4:19
God promises wisdom to those who ask him.                                    
James 1:5

     Choose one promise from God, then write it down and place it where you'll see it every day.   

Each time you leave a comment on a post about Sarah, I will enter your name into the drawing for a copy of Starring Women of the Bible. So you can have your name in the drawing multiple times. USA mailing addresses only.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Zoo Photos

It's fun to learn new things. Or improve on skills you already have. Last May I learned to scuba dive. That was a brand new skill for me. Last fall I learned a little bit of sign language. This month I'm in a photography class. It's been a long time since I shot pictures using the manual setting. Every Friday we go somewhere different to take pictures. Yesterday we went to the zoo. My daughter is in the class, too, so we both were there plus her six week old baby, River.

Here are a few of my photos.
















I forgot to do the Friday devotion this week, so that will be Monday.