January 22, 2018

Chocolate Coffee Spoons & February Fun List Printable

This home ownership thing has my nesting desires in over drive, a home of our very own... complete with all the little 'issues' that arise as the days move along. But I will rejoice and be glad in it!

One of the ways I decided to bless our home was to host an online Pampered Chef Party... in which we splurged for a couple of home items like: the a personal pan pizza stone, the fluted cake pan and the silicone spoon mold. It was a treat and a blessing to be able to do this.

I knew my box would arrive on a Friday, so I purchased an eighty five percent dark chocolate bar ahead of time. That way when my box did arrive, I could quickly give my spoon mold a test drive for a Sabbath treat. They are so cute, and give plenty of chocolate for coffee use. I used one spoon for my cup and hubbies too.

However, making these happy spoons, sparked a whole list of planning ideas. Because shortly there after, the spark of planning a February Fun List was born. I think it was the idea of having a hot chocolate party with these little guys. Thus, I urge caution - you never know what delight you will think of with a smiling chocolate spoon present.

'Fun' doesn't have to mean money, or excess... it could mean a lot of things. Like acts of kindness, snuggling with family - sipping hot cocoa or even hand written notes of thankfulness. I guess I think of fun as a mind set, or attitude...

Anyway as I was planning our 'fun' list for the next month, I thought of you all... and decided to make a printable for you too. You can find your February Fun List {Here} - enjoy!

January 16, 2018

Cloth Cone Filter Template Printable

Sometime ago I shared with you a post regarding homemade coffee filters and a vanilla syrup recipe... well today - I bring you the printable for the cone filter. One that you can print off, cut out and use to make your own cone {size 4} reusable filters.

The printable doesn't include the folded block used for making the loop. After reading the two posts, I am sure you can make your own to a preferred length of choice.

When the pattern is placed on a fold, as indicated, this is what it will look before stitching - in it's open and flat position. This is when I stitch around the top edge, to allow the fraying to occur only so far.

The loop - you can see I didn't choose complicated, right down to the lack of end hems. Mainly because the ends are not see, but stitched into the filter.

Hope this makes sense, please let me know if you have any questions and enjoy your Cone Filter Template Printable. Have a great day!

January 14, 2018

Abide :: My Word of the Year 2018

Traditionally, we have chosen a family word each New Year, one that often reflects the season we are in, or more specifically the learning place our Heavenly Father has us. So this year as I waited, prayed... and thought about our word - the realization that something is different about this year was very present. This year, Abba gave me a Word of my own.

The word is ABIDE: and is defined by the 1828 dictionary as: a verb -to be, or exist, to continue; to dwell, rest, stand firm, or be stationary for any length of time. To tarry or stay for a short time. To continue permanently or in the same state; to be firm and immovable. To remain, to wait for; to be prepared for, to endure or sustain.To bear or endure; to bear patiently. In general, abide by - signifies to adhere to, maintain, defend, or stand to, as to abide by a promise, or by a friend; or to suffer the consequences, as to abide by the event, that is, to be fixed or permanent in a particular condition.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 
~ John 15: 4 - 5 ~

 I have read this verse many times since it was given, and I am confident that my Redeemer will have many more gifts for me to open as I continue to ponder, study and breathe in the meaning of this treasure. Yes, there is work to be done here, as fruit does not bear without it... the journey of a year beautiful begins. 

January 10, 2018

Currently :: and Forward in 2018

There are no apologies offered for my lack of postings, as it has been for a multitude of reasons that I am scarce to be found online. Of course if you read here, you know that we moved... back to the place where "one can see their soul"... and we bought a home. I really can't believe it. I mean I can, but yet it is still sort of dream like in reality.

Sure - it isn't my little cabin on three acres, in the woods... not yet anyway. But it is our home, and I am grateful for this place. A place to rest, to live, and to garden... oh my gosh - my garden want to do's are so big. Possibly bigger than my space, but I don't care... I will choose to garden freely.

Chickens. Yes, I plan on chickens. I also plan to live here, while I am here, knowing this is not my forever home. But a step in the journey... either way I look forward to the span before me, this twenty eighteen. Joyful.

  • We are refinishing a hardwood floor, a learning experience for sure and one that supplies my cardio needs. The room is roughly 10 by 14 and will become our library and study. I am planning to share the process here, along with our decor choices for the room as they are finished.
  • Each member of our family has happenings, our daughter is continuing her college education, my husband is diligently working and prayerfully considering going back to school. Me... I have hopes for this blog, this home and as a member of the board - the food co-op that will be opening here. Oh yes... continuing my herbal education as time allows.
  • We know that establishing a home takes time and effort, so this is also something we are all doing daily. With this comes the planning of many projects, taking action steps for self care and spiritual growth, and learning from the path we have already walked. Becoming established again. 

I will be sharing some thoughts about 'looking forward' over the next couple weeks, along with some creatives I have been neglecting to share, and while I have your attention... did you pick a word for twenty eighteen? I did... in the past we have chosen a family word, but this year - Abba gave me my own.  He has somethings He is working with me on, and I think it is related. More on that to come as well...

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself,
 unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
~ John 15:4 ~