Snow Fun

 Mr. Snowman had an umbrella because rain was coming!

            Mr. Snowman had an umbrella                                         because rain was coming!

We sure enjoyed our 24″ of snow a couple of weeks ago.  It was a perfect storm because we never lost power and the storm arrived on the weekend.  So fun!  Last week we were expecting an all day rain so the day before it was all predicted to fall we went out with our little spray bottles and colored the snow.

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IMG_8483IMG_8485It was some quick fun.  Fill spray bottles almost full with water, add a couple of drops of food coloring and presto you have snow spray!   I should have purchased larger spray bottles because these little tiny, [cheap] ones didn’t do a stellar job.  It was still the idea that we were painting the snow that pulled the kids in! My baby did not think ANY OF IT WAS FUN!  He just cried the whole time!  He really hasn’t liked this ‘snow idea’ much at all!  Hopefully next winter will be different for him.

This was Will's take  on the whole deal!

This was Will’s take
on the whole deal!

Cheers to more snow!!!

Dawn

 

“Flawless”

We were driving home from Story Hour at the library this morning and this song, Flawless by Mercy Me was playing.  EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I. HEAR. IT I weep!  There is something so beautiful, healing to my soul about this song.

And I told my kids, “Kids, if you don’t get anything else I am teaching you, ‘GET THIS………….Jesus has made you flawless”.  I am on this journey of homeschooling and we have good days and bad days.  I have the QUESTIONS!! All of them!!!! They range from will my kids be alright on the other side of this journey, would they be better off in a school and on and on they go?  I wrestle a lot with all of these things BUT in that moment it was sacred and they asked, “Mom, are you crying?” Yes, mom is crying?  I don’t have to get all this stuff perfect.  All He is asking of me is to be faithful and at this time in my life He has called me to this path.  I know it, I have the confirmations from earlier this year but I am human and I still question.

I saw little Kate sitting in the back seat wiping tears from her little, chocolate dropped eyes.  Did she understand it all?  I doubt it but in that silence I knew we had a ‘holy’ moment!  I saw CJ just look at me in complete silence, the van was still as a pin; that rarely happens!

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I don’t know where your soul needs grace today but I pray that you will let the words of this song seep into your fibers! Cause the truth is we are all bumped, bruised and scarred!

With Love!

Dawn

Christmas Jello Salad

IMG_7628I hope your Saturday was profitable and that your OK with the things that didn’t get done.  I don’t know how it happens but my kitchen seems to always end up being messier then I want way to late on a Saturday night.  I had to fight hard at not having the ‘grouchies’ tonight as I was cleaning up from too much soup, creamed eggs, rice krispy treats, spinach artichoke dip and jello salad.

If your planning a menu for Chirstmas and want a festive addition here is this recipe.  It is so simple to make and so pretty HOWEVER it does require some time, I only plan to make it on days where I am in the kitchen all day.

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Christmas Jello Salad

2 – 3 oz (small) boxes of raspberry gelatin

(When I did this recipe with 6 goblets, for the first layer of red I only used half of the small box of raspberry gelatin, which is 3 Tbsp to 3/4 cup of water.  And then I topped the layers with the remainder of that box, you will notice the bowl did not have a top layer of color).

2 – 3 oz (small) boxes of lime gelatin

2 – 3 oz (small) boxes of lemon gelatin (I only used 1 box when I did the jello salad in the goblets)

1 cup whipping cream, UNWHIPPED

4 oz cream cheese, soft

4 tbsp sugar

boiling water – You need 1 & 1/2 cups for each small box of jello.  A quick way to get it to cool down quickly is use 1 cup of boiling water and add ice cubes or cold water for the remaining 1/2 cup of water.  That way you don’t run the risk of the jello being too hot when you pour it over your chilled layer.  I have made this before where the layer that was chilling was not chilled long enough and then when I poured the hot gelatin over top of it, it did weird things.

I used 6 goblets or you could you an approx dish size of 9X9.

Dissolve your first small gelatin box (your color choice) with 1 1/2 cups hot water.  Pour into your dish.  Let chill for 30 minutes.  Dissolve second box in same about of water.  Chill for 30 minutes.  Dissolve box of lemon gelatin in 1 cup boiling water (you don’t use the full amount of water).  Beat 2 oz of cream cheese with 2 Tbsp sugar.  Add lemon jello mixture; beat.  Pour in 1/2 cup of whipping cream, un-whipped.  Stir together and pour over layer.  (When I used the 6 goblets for this recipe I halved the small box of lemon gelatin -3 TBSP is half the box of jello to 1/2 cup boiling water but kept all the other ingredients the same).

Repeat until you have the desired layers you would like.  You could keep going :-)

 IMG_7621This jello salad will keep for days in your refrigerator.

Cheers to a restful Sunday!

Dawn

THOUGHTS

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I was listening to Max Lucado today and just struck with his profound wisdom.  I share these words in hope you will be able to process the  truth in these spoken words this Christmas season!

“We ALL need a King,

We ALL need a Saviour,

We need a King who runs our world,

We need a Saviour who washes away our sin,

If you don’t have a King it’s all up to you.  Consequently YOUR world spirals out of control cause you

think you have to control it all and you end up never doing that and that creates anxiety and fear.

If you don’t have a Saviour then you live with guilt.  You either become a legalist or you become defeated.

You were never intended to compensate for your sin.”

I do need a King who runs my world and I do need a Saviour who washes away my sin.  So thankful for the gift of Jesus!

IMG_0324Cheers to a great Friday!

Dawn