Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Free Magazine!

The people at Salt Magazine are giving away a free copy of their magazine if you're interested! No strings! :)

I am not familiar with this magazine, but I am going to get a copy to check it out.  They said, "Eleven years ago we started a publication called SALT magazine, because we had a passion for the practical issues of Christian living many churches find too controversial or too mundane to address."
Some of their topics included Courtship, Christian Family, Household Management.

Blessings of Working in the Home
The sisters from the blog above have a wonderful post that I thought you might like to read! Go check it out!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Flooded with Joy!

We were blessed with a night of fellowship with some of our dear friends!
God is so good to us! :)

First, we got ready! Brad and his Dad took care of the outside stuff...

And, some of the inside stuff too...

Briana really shouldered the bulk of the inside stuff, and did a great job! :)

Brad set up this area for the young people

The little pumpkin that held dip for the crackers

We had a wonderful time of sharing as adults

But, I think the young people did too!

Our caramel popcorn (recipe follows at end)

**One of the dear families had to leave early (they had a 2 hr drive home) so we missed getting their
wonderful kids in this pic....we'll be sure to get them next time!

Thank you to these sweet friends who were willing to drive a distance to spend time in our home! We loved having you all here!

Autumn Popcorn Mix
Yields 24 cups
24 cups popped popcorn
2 cups walnut halves
1 cup butter
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/2teaspoon baking soda
2 12 1/2 ounce packages candy corn
1. Preheat oven to 250̊F. Gather ingredients. Try not to eat candy corn!
Combine popcorn and walnuts in a lightly greased large roasting pan.
2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat.
Stir in brown sugar, molasses, and salt.
Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil, then boil five minutes without stirring.
3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, apple pie spice, and baking soda (mixture will foam up when the baking soda is added). Pour syrup over popcorn mixture, stir until well coated.
4. Bake one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on lightly greased aluminum foil to cool.
5. Once cool, sprinkle candy corn over popcorn mixture.
 Store in an airtight container.
You can use this Autumn Popcorn Mix for gifts or party favors.

Happy B-Day #13 Heidi!

Last Friday night, we were invited to our sweet friend Heidi's 13th birthday. It was a Pearls of Wisdom party...

First, we all sat around and fellowshipped and ate--above and below are some of the young people.

Below are the Dad's

Some sweet friends :)

Then, the moms shared "Pearls of Wisdom" w/the B-Day girl
(a verse, poem, or story to encourage her in her walk w/the Lord)
Below is her Mom sharing with Heidi

Then, her dad shared, and the other dads prayed

Listening during the sharing time...

And then there was games, and of course cake!

And presents!

Heidi, I hope you had a lovely 13th B-day!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Chincoteague: Part 10 The Boat Tour

This post is about the lovely nature tour we took on the Island Queen.

The Island Queen is a pontoon boat. It gave us a very smooth ride!

My mom loved it!

We got to see them raising up a ship that ran aground.

Can you believe all the pelicans and other birds here!? They are all lined up!

Bri caught this bird trying to take off...see where it splashed? Neat.

We had a beautiful day to go!

Pelicans dot the sky.

A company cultivates their oysters here.

The kids loved it!

Awesome angle for the lighthouse.

We spotted some ponies!

I like the way the reflection is here.

The bridge.

This is my final post on our Chincoteague vacation...are you bored and glad it's over? I hope not!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing the pics. :)