Friday, April 18, 2014

A CHANGE IN PLANS AND OTHER STUFF


I changed my mind and decided not to make the hot cross buns this year, but wait until I get a new mixer with a bread hook.  (My birthday's coming up... hint, hint)

I love it when my bananas get freckles, cause that means banana bread is just around the corner.  So I will be making loaves of banana bread and decorating the tops with drizzle, green coconut pockets with candy bird eggs (pictures later)


Easter sugar cookies for the kids.  I was out of red food coloring, so my pink frosting is some juice from the strawberries I had chopped in the frig for shortcake.  Not only did it turn it pink...it tastes like strawberries.   Bought some sprinkles today, so the next batch will have a little more colorful.


I needed gas so on my way to visit Elizabeth I stopped at Costco.  Mistake...Not only were there LONG lines... I got stuck in a line behind a truck (see the top of it just under the sign)  and I think he put in 50 gallons.  So to pass the time I took this picture,ate a granola bar and drank a bottle of water.


For my new followers, I visit a dear lady, Elizabeth every Thursday.  She is 97 and in a Assisted Living Facility.  She was my neighbor before she fell and could not live alone anymore.  This rose was in the garden on the grounds.


She loves flowers and I hope she gets stronger so she can be outside in her wheelchair to enjoy the beauty.

What is on your Saturday Agenda...Having company for Easter?  Are you doing the cooking?

A LITTLE GIRL'S QUESTION


Christians all over the world will come together or privately to observe Good Friday. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior as a young girl.  Simple faith opened the door to my heart but as every child, there were  questions.

One was why would they call it GOOD Friday, when it was the day of the crucifixion.  The day they killed Jesus?  It made since to my little girl brain when I was told it was Good, because that was the day the penalty for sin was paid in full and the reason I could have my sins forgiven and have a home in heaven.  Also the good news, Jesus didn't stay dead...but just as he promised on the third day he arose and that's why we celebrate Easter.

That conversation took place 63 years ago, and that little girl's heart still belongs to Jesus.  His Word is my manual, His love fills my life and it was the best decision I've ever made.

That is why Easter is my favorite holiday, and I look forward to it each year.  I enjoy Spring, I love the flowers, I enjoy bunnies, and colored eggs, I enjoy making and giving Easter baskets to friends and family.  Most of all I love reading and meditation on Easter devotions, attending Good Friday Services, receiving communion, and singing Hallelujah on Easter Morning.

P.S.  My dearest has written a wonderful article that he posted this morning.  It's called "Black Sabbath" on my side bar (His blog is Reflections)  Doesn't post to often, but when he does, it's worth the read.  I know he would appreciate a visit.

*image from googleimages.com  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

EASTER COLORS

The colors of Easter are so many.  Some soft and gentle, some vibrant and bold.  I've shared a few of the colors around my house.
 
The baskets in the top left were made for my childhood friend Kris, and her SIL where we share a wonderful dinner the other night.  Put a couple of my knitted dish cloths, a bag of cookies and little jars of rosemary salt and vanilla sugar in each one.  Age has nothing to do with enjoying an Easter Basket, does it?

Top right is Molly checking out a new friend.  My daughter is going to refurbish an old trunk we have in the garage and when cleaning it out found the doll we used for "Baby Jesus" in the Christmas manger (without the modern clothes of course).  I brought the doll in and laid him on the bed.  It was so cute watching Molly very gently checking to see if it was real I had to grab the camera.

Bottom left is a darling wood bird I found at the thrift store, complete with jewels in the flowers.  On the bottom the tag said  "Ross for Less"....but I paid much less than the tag.

The bottom right is my little birds watching over the eggs I dyed bright colors for the picture, but as you can see in the new header, I prefer the pastel colored eggs (not real) as we will be eating the real ones soon.

How are your Easter colors coming.  I sure enjoy visiting all your blogs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HERE COMES THE SUN


Last week after watching our grandson Jon (13) come across the finish line of a 7 mile run, we all went out for Mexican food.  The restaurant was very colorful and decorated with "suns" everywhere.

No, the picture is not upside down...that is what was above our heads at the table.



While we waited for our meal, I started taking pictures, as I have a sign in my kitchen that says "Here come the Sun" and I like suns.  Since many of you are still digging out of snow...I wanted to share some California Sunshine!


She was the prettiest, so I ask my dearest to take a picture of us together.

It was a delightful place to eat and the food was delicious as you can see below!!



Don and I split a burrito and this was my half...It was just wonderful, and I love cilantro so piled some on top. No leftovers here, I enjoyed every bite.



So wherever you live ~~ I hope you enjoyed a little bit of "Sun".  Be sure to sing along.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NOTE CARD PARTY FOR APRIL

 "A Gala Event"
 "Summer Fashion"
 "A Father's Touch"


"Seeing Eye to Eye"

When you think of watercolor...you think "color" but I wanted to  to share my watercolor note cards in black and white.

These note cards I've use on different occasions.  The two lovely ladies have been Birthday Cards, or an Invitation to Lunch.

The Father and baby I used on Father's Day.

And when a friend of mine was having some trouble with a friend and wanted to make it right; I suggested she use this card, and begin it with the phrase ~ "We don't always see eye to eye, but your friendship is more important than that"
She took my suggestion and it mended a friendship with a smile.

That's what I love about note cards.  They can truly make a difference to the one that receives them.

To see a wonderful variety of note cards just click on the purple Note Card badge on my sidebar.