Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Posted by Elaine at 3:18 PM
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I baked Soft Maple Sugar Cookies this morning! They are delicious! You willl want to add these to your Christmas cookie collection.
Here’s the recipe, found in the Better Homes and Gardens “Christmas Cookies” magazine.
Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. salt
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine butter and shortening. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.
Shape dough in to 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes (I did 12) or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes (they’re super soft right out of the oven!) Transfer to a wire rack; cool. (Centers will dip as cookies cool.) Drizzle with Maple Icing. Makes about 48 cookies.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1/4 cup whipping cream or milk, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup. Whisk in 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar to make an icing of drizzling consistency.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Here we are, poised on the brink of the Advent season, like a roller coaster at the peak of the first hill. Now more than ever, we need to hear the Lord! Everywhere we turn, voices are shouting for our attention, our time, and our money. Pleas for giving to those in need compete with commercials touting the latest trends in toys. The desire to focus on simply celebrating the birth of Christ collides with a calendar that is suddenly covered with special events. Most stressful of all is trying to figure out what will bring joy to each and every person on our lists without causing a financial meltdown. Suddenly the joy of the season is wavering as we take up the burden of making Christmas wonderful for all the people we love. Does anybody besides me tremble a little at the daunting task of decorating, planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, baking, gift wrapping, gift giving, memory making, and don't forget photographing and scrapbooking the whole thing? Oy vey!
So...here in my quiet place, I'm coming to the Lord and I'm asking Him to make my mind new about Christmas. Ephesians 4:23 tells us to let the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes. When it comes to preparing my heart for Christmas, that's exactly what I need Him to do. First on the agenda is dealing with the fear I feel over wanting to make everyone happy and being pretty sure I will fail. When I brought these fears to the Lord, He told me gently, yet firmly that He alone is responsible for each living soul. He said, "You can love, care and do what I allow you to do, but you will NEVER be able to make them happy or holy or whole. This is MY work. You are required to trust Me and stay out of My Way!"
There are many things I can give my family for Christmas, but happiness is not one of them. What I can give them is myself, at peace, simply loving them with no guilt, no stress, and no strings. I can give them freedom to be who God is making them to be. I can give them the gift of enjoying the imperfect instead of driving everyone crazy in my obsession to make everything flawless.
One more deep breath, and I think I'm ready to look forward to Christmas. My heart feels lighter, because I know now that my Abba Father has His own plans for this special season and He alone is able to make Christmas exactly what it needs to be for each one that I love.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday Jim went to the airport to meet the troops coming home. He really did not know what to expect as this was his first time to do this. Because he is a veteran he was able to be in the front. He greeted the soliders, shook hands and welcomed the men home. It was a very touching experience and he came home saying, "I gave them the welcome I never received when I came home from Vietnam".
I have included a link below and if you look towards the front and see a silver haired man with a black hat, that is Jim. :)
Welcome Home a Hero
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This week, we lost a true man of faith. Tom Dooley went to be with the Lord. My husband, Jim, wrote this amazing tribute to him.
A Voice to the Nation for the Cause of Christ
Fifteen years ago, I was privileged to speak at Tom’s Ordination Service ... there I compared Tom’s ministry to the military tradition of “Reveille” ... an early morning bugle call to awaken soldiers. Each morning at reveille is when accountability for the troops was taken—honor to the nation was rendered—and orders for the day were issued!
This is what Tom did each day ... brought us all to accountability—rendered honor to our Lord and King—and provided practical words for Christian living that served as our orders for the day!
Now he is in the presence of the Commander and Chief ... and no doubt Tom has taken his new position in heaven ... responsibility for Reveille.
I can hear him now calling the saints into accountability—rendering honor to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords—and issuing the orders for the day!
In the distance I can still hear Tom’s voice ... “Welcome to the Journey ... where the words and the music go together!”
Tom’s "Journey” has come to an end ... but his message remains!
Farewell my Friend ... I’ll see you soon!
Colonel Jim Pack
Posted by Elaine at 10:22 PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Posted by Elaine at 2:34 PM
Friday, October 22, 2010
Streams in the Desert - Oct. 15 by Mrs. Charles Cowman
"Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and, let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Heb. 12:1).
There are weights which are not sins in themselves, but which become distractions and stumbling blocks in our Christian progress. One of the worst of these is despondency. The heavy heart is indeed a weight that will surely drag us down in our holiness and usefulness.
The failure of Israel to enter the land of promise began in murmuring, or, as the text in Numbers literally puts it, "as it were murmured." Just a faint desire to complain and be discontented. This led on until it blossomed and ripened into rebellion and ruin. Let us give ourselves no liberty ever to doubt God or His love and faithfulness to us in everything and forever.
We can set our will against doubt just as we do against any other sin; and as we stand firm and refuse to doubt, the Holy Spirit will come to our aid and give us the faith of God and crown us with victory.
It is very easy to fall into the habit of doubting, fretting, and wondering if God has forsaken us and if after all our hopes are to end in failure. Let us refuse to be discouraged. Let us refuse to be unhappy. Let us "count it all joy" when we cannot feel one emotion of happiness. Let us rejoice by faith, by resolution, by reckoning, and we shall surely find that God will make the reckoning real. --Selected
The devil has two master tricks. One is to get us discouraged; then for a time at least we can be of no service to others, and so are defeated. The other is to make us doubt, thus breaking the faith link by which we are bound to our Father. Lookout! Do not be tricked either way. --G.E.M.
Gladness! I like to cultivate the spirit of gladness! It puts the soul so in tune again, and keeps it in tune, so that Satan is shy of touching it--the chords of the soul become too warm, or too full of heavenly electricity, for his infernal fingers, and he goes off somewhere else! Satan is always very shy of meddling with me when my heart is full of gladness and joy in the Holy Ghost.
My plan is to shun the spirit of sadness as I would Satan; but, alas! I am not always successful. Like the devil himself it meets me on the highway of usefulness, looks me so fully in my face, till my poor soul changes color!
Sadness discolors everything; it leaves all objects charmless; it involves future prospects in darkness; it deprives the soul of all its aspirations, enchains all its powers, and produces a mental paralysis!
An old believer remarked, that cheerfulness in religion makes all its services come off with delight; and that we are never carried forward so swiftly in the ways of duty as when borne on the wings of delight; adding, that Melancholy clips such wings; or, to alter the figure, takes off our chariot wheels in duty, and makes them, like those of the Egyptians, drag heavily.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake
1 C. flour
1/4 C. sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt (optional)
1 T poppy seeds
1 C. All-Bran Original or 1 C. All-Bran Buds
1/4 C. fat-free milk *
2 egg whites
3 T. vegetable oil
1 C. (8 oz.) low-fat, lemon flavored yogurt
1 T grated lemon peel
1 t. powdered sugar
- Stir together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds. Set aside.
- In large mixing bowl, comine All-Bran, cereal, milk, egg whites, oil, lemon peel and yogurt. Let stand about five minutes or until cereal softens Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Spread evenly in 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350 degrees about 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
On the counter were chocolate bars with a note that said, "baked with love". We were laughing and crying by the time we walked through the house and saw all the love that had been bestowed upon us by our friends. God was indeed loving us through these wonderful friends. I will never forget their kindness and so wish today I could see them and thank them one more time.
The other night I needed to bake something for our church staff Life Group meeting. I looked in my recipe box for something to bake. I found the recipe for the bars that our friend Kandy had left on our kitchen counter those many years ago. A flood of memories came to my mind as I held the recipe in my hand. I also thought about my sweet friend, Kandy, who is now with the Lord, and was very glad she had given me her recipe. I prepared it and took it to Life Group. Everyone loved the bars. It was fun sharing with the ladies the story of where the recipe came from and the precious acts of kindness we received. Below is the recipe. I hope you will enjoy it and maybe pass it along to someone in need of a hug!
Peanut Butter Swirl Bars
1/2 C. crunch style peanut butter
1/3 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 C. sugar
2 t. vanilla
1 C. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 12 oz. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and sugar. Beat until creamy. Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla. Blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Spread in a greased 13" x 9" x 2" baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Place in oven for 3 minutes. Remove from oven;run knife through to marbleize. Return to oven for about 30 minutes (I suggest checking on them at 25 minutes). Cool and cut into bars.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
We are excited to be able to make this scholarship available again this year. Jim was in Honduras last November and was so honored to present the scholarship in person. He will be there again this year as the graduation speaker.
We have an unusual situation this year. There are two very deserving students. We have watched them over these years as they have grown in the Lord, developed into excellent leaders, and have performed well academically. It has been very difficult to make a choice between them, so we are hoping to be able to present both with a scholarship. You have all been faithful over these past ten years so please do not feel any pressure, but if you are able to do a little extra this year we would be honored. Either way we greatly appreciate your faithfulness to this scholarship.
Helping young people fulfill their dreams is a blessing to us, as is keeping Amy’s life story and testimony alive. You will never know how meaningful that is for us, and hopefully for you also, as you remember Amy in this way!
If you would like to donate, please leave me a comment and I will give you the information you need.
Thank you for your love for Amy and for our family. You remain an important part of our lives!
Jim and Elaine