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Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. Colossians 3:12-15


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In preparation for school starting up again, I wanted to make some warm weather skirts that were also a modest length.  This skirt pattern involves a front and back panel that you sew up the sides.

Using the amount of fabric prescribed by the pattern, I thought I’d try folding the fabric a different way so that I could cut out everything at once, instead of cutting two separate fabric pieces.  I had wondered about the large amount of fabric that was required, and I noticed that I did have a lot of leftover fabric, but the pieces were here and there.

For the next skirt (I bought fabric in 3 shades), I tried folding the fabric a different way.  I was pleased to find out that I could make 2 skirts by folding the fabric with selvages matching.

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Did you see what I saw?


We snapped these pictures after getting gas during a road trip. =)

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When I bought these from the store, the package said “onions.”  I was hoping for big onions, like the ones from the store that are at the bottom of the picture.

Instead, I think we got green onions.

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Garden Pic

Here’s a picture of a zucchini and some red potatoes that came out of our garden earlier this planting season.

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…We prayed that he would give us a safe journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we traveled. Ezra 8:21

So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer. Ezra 8:23

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This is a baby quilt that I made with one of my quilting students.  I love the blues, greens, and polka-dot border!

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Peanut Butter Cookies!

We ended up eating these before they could be frozen, but you could easily make larger batches and freeze the cookies for later munching.

With cakes, I’ve made them, sliced them into squares or wedges, and frozen the pieces (without icing).  When I need a piece of cake, I take one piece out, put it in the microwave for about 25 seconds, and then frost it with that lovely frosting that comes in the aerosol can (like whipped cream).  It’s called Pillsbury Easy-Frost.

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We have pancake mix as part of our food storage.  It’s just the complete mix where you only need to add water.  For the pancakes pictured above, I sliced strawberries (from our freezer food storage) and mixed them into the batter before cooking the pancakes.

I’m working towards getting a one-month, then a three-month food supply.  First, I make lists of meals (or make weekly/monthly menus).  Then, I make a list of all of the ingredients I would need to make those meals.  After doing a pantry/freezer inventory, I usually make a once-a-month trip to stock up on supplies while sticking to a pre-arranged shopping budget.

I’ve been trying to make the meals ones that use few or simple ingredients, such as spaghetti (pasta, sauce, meat).  For recipes that involve meat, I try to have that meat in the freezer, ready to go.  I also try to make extras of recipes and freeze them in portions (usually 4 servings), and I count those as meals towards my one-month supply.  For example, I’ve got chicken noodle soup in the freezer. In addition, I’ll often prep foods and freeze them, so they’re ready to cook in the oven or on the stove (ex:  hamburger patties).

Having a supply of food helps when life is busy with work and grad school.  It’s nice to come home and have dinner ready to go or quick to prepare.

Yes, I went a little overboard with the whipped cream. =)

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Drumline Memories

This evening, I reminisced about when I was in Drumline and Marching Band during High School.  My favorite song that we played was called Midnight in Tunisia.  I remember playing the marimba for that song, as I was in the Pit that year.

Other years, I played the flute and bass drum – in a walking boot – I was a lifeguard and another lifeguard had pushed me off the lifeguard stand and I hit my food on the side of the pool.  Ouch!  I was so mad, I wouldn’t let anyone help me and I pulled myself out of the pool!  Anyways, when marching with the bass drum, I waddled and swayed as I walked instead of marching!  During the rest of the year, I played the oboe.

Click here for a link to a drumline (not mine) playing the song.

You can also go to this site and listen to an another version (scroll down to Midnight in Tunisia – it’s alphabetical on the page).

Ahh… memories…

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