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J: Using JELLO to Make Cookies

“You know the thing about good food – it brings people together,” (The  A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9Princess and the Frog).

I believe that to be true. This is why we have a potluck for the two women’s Wednesday night groups once a month. Each month we have GOOD food and the talk and laughter flows. The newer people have the opportunity to meet everyone and soon begin to feel more at home in the group.

For this month my group provided the food; – Italian was our theme.

Too bad the orange cookie didn't show up as bright as it really was.

Too bad the orange cookie didn’t show up as bright as it really was. The most popular cookie was the yellow one. I think that is because it had chunky sugar on top.

I brought cookies. In fact, I even MADE the cookies, Jello cookies. They don’t have anything to do with Italian food, but they are cute, fun, and as it turns out, tasty.

I made Jello Cookies for two reasons. The first you know, for our potluck last night. The second reason is so that I’d have something to write for a “J” post.

The recipe I followed was from I Heart Naptime. The recipe is also billed as a play dough. I probably wouldn’t do that for two reasons.

  • First, my dough was very sticky. So I don’t see it as being enjoyable to roll and play with.
  • Second, the more you work food that has flour, the tougher the end product will be once it is baked. And in this case, tougher is not better.

However, the Jello cookie turned out to be delicious and a recipe I would make again.

This is the first time I used a baking mat. I will absolutely use it again and again. There is no greasing the pan, no cutting the parchment paper to fit, and an EASY clean up.

This is the first time I used a baking mat. I will absolutely use it again and again. There is no greasing the pan, no cutting the parchment paper to fit, and an EASY clean up.

My tips  and observations. . . 

  • Shaping. I used a 1 1/2 T. measuring spoon to scoop up dough. You can have the dough flat across the spoon or heaped. Mine was heaped. But as long as you are consistent it doesn’t matter which.
  • Yield. I made a little more than 7 dozen. My count got messed up between phone calls, timers, and eating a few of the broken ones.
  • My Experiment. I rolled some of the raw cookie dough balls in sugar and some in Jello powder. I preferred the powder. It gave the cookie a little sweet-tang.
  • Extra flavouring. For the lemon Jello cookies I added 1/4 tsp of lemon extract.
    Rowan tasted a green cookie and thought it tasted like Skittles. Which is a yummy taste to me.

    Rowan tasted a green cookie and thought it tasted like Skittles. And that’s a good description for what these cookies taste like. This is a yummy taste to me.

    For the orange Jello cookies I added 1/4 tsp of orange extract. While it did give the cookies a bit of a flavour punch, it is not really necessary.

  • One colour only. If you want to devote one recipe to one colour use the bigger box. And add the colouring to the egg to let your beater do the “kneading” in. No need to get your hands in that mess.
  • Amount of Jello per box. Each  3 oz box of Jello has a little more than 7 Tablespoons of powder. I used 3 T for each ball of dough. 2 T went into the dough. I used 1 T to roll the raw dough in. Next time I will roll all the cookies in the powder.
  • How to flatten. I used the bottom of a glass (instead of a bowl) to flatten the cookies. Now I am on the hunt for a glass that has a decorative bottom. What an easy way to make a prettier cookie.
  • Liquid food colouring for each ball of dough. For the lime Jello I used 3 drops of green. For the orange Jello I used 1 drop of red and 5 drops of yellow. For the lemon Jello I used 5 drops of yellow. For the cherry Jello I used 3 drops of red. I could taste the food colouring in the baked cookie. YUCK.
  • Storing leftovers. I put the remainder of the Jello from each box into its own snack baggie with a note. I indicated  how many Tablespoons were left and how many drops of food colouring I used to colour the cookies.
  • What to do with leftovers. I can either use the rest of the powder the next time I make the cookies. Or I can make some jiggly Jello. Us a little more than half the water the original recipe calls for.

Your Turn . . .

  1. Have you ever made Jello Cookies? What did you think?
  2. What are your tips and observations?
  3. Any questions?

Related Posts . . . 

Recipes at Fruitfulwords that contain Jello.

NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.

During the month of April I will post 26 times finishing up posts that have been in my draft fie for at least a year. For a list of all the posts go to the A-Z button on my header.

Today’s letter is J. The topic is JELLO Cookies.

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I: INDIA Trip is More Than Travel Delight; It Includes a Conference, Shoeboxes, & Sewing Machines

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See those lines connecting to cities in the top left of the map? Those are places we’re going.

Wow! When God opens doors some of them are surprising. One such surprise is a trip I am going on this summer to the northwest of India. 3 other gals and I from Cordova Neighborhood Church are joining up with LINC Ministries.

This trip is from July 25th – August 10th. I feel blessed to be given this opportunity to use my gifts to serve others. Our over-arching aim is to encourage and help women and children in the name of Jesus.

Goals for this Trip. 

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We will buy the boxes & supplies in India. Each box costs $5. Photo by Katey Lee.

  • Host and serve nearly 500 women in a three-day conference.
  • Buy, pack, and distribute lots & lots of shoeboxes. These shoeboxes will be filled with paper, pencils, toys, candy, soap, and much more. Many of the children who receive a shoebox have never received a gift before.
  • Buy 60 sewing machines for 4 centers.

Time permitting we will also do the following.

  • Deliver 60 sewing machines. LINC Ministries operates four sewing centers. At these centers battered women are taught how to sew. Upon graduation they are given a certificate and sewing machine of their own so they may provide an honourable living for themselves.

NOTE: We are raising money to buy these 60 machines and will buy them in India whether or not we get to visit the sewing centers. Each machine costs $60.

  • Visit and give gifts to children at a leper colony.

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My last goal is to bring back our story. As we share our story and enthusiasm with you, I hope that missions will become more embedded into the hearts and lives of our church body. And as a result of this increased enthusiasm; I pray that more of us will give to and go on mission trips. It is a privilege to share the love of Jesus with others.

NOTE: LINC Ministries is founded and run by Leonard Lee. He was the speaker at Cordova Neighborhood Church’s all church camp in the summer of 2012. Leonard was awesome!

To read more about LINC Ministries, our trip, and opportunities to help go here. 

Photo by Katey Lee.

Photo by Katey Lee.

I Could Use Your Assistance.

Would you prayerfully consider joining our team through your support in two ways.

First, please partner with me in praying for: 

  • The people we will be serving (women and children mainly) to see how much God loves them
  • My health (we will be traveling through the Himalayan mountains) and effectiveness as a team member
  • The many details of this trip: shots, preparing for the conference, fundraising, etc

If you would like to be a prayer partner, please leave a comment.

Second, please consider supporting me financially for this outreach. 

Photo by Katey Lee.

Photo by Katey Lee.

The cost for the trip is $3925.00. This includes

  • Travel to and from India
  • Travel and travel expenses while in India
  • Shoeboxes and supplies, sewing machines, and costs for the Women’s Conference
  • Food and lodging

If you would like to partner with me financially, send your donation to

  • LINC Ministries 
  • PO Box 1314  Roseville, CA 95678

All donations are tax deductible. Make checks payable to LINC Ministries

NOTE: My name should NOT appear on the check. 

 

Photo by Katey Lee.

Photo by Katey Lee.

Or you can give online by logging in here. Click on the “Donate Now” button on the right side of the page.

Thank you for your support and God bless you.

P.S. We are having a car wash, yard sale, and flea market fundraiser on Saturday, May 18th at Cordova Neighborhood Church. It starts at 9 am. We are still taking donations. Call me sometime!

Relayed Posts . . .

Sewing Machines and Lessons Transform Lives in India: Here’s How You Can Help

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NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
During the month of April I will post 26 times (mainly) finishing up posts that have been in my draft file for at least a year. For a list of all the posts go to the A-Z button on my header.
Today’s letter is I for India for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. The topic is “INDIA Trip is More Than Travel Delight; It Includes a Conference, Shoeboxes, & Sewing Machines.”

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HOW TO Get People to Read Your Series: 9 Ideas

After all the work you’ve put into it, wouldn’t you like for there to be more readers, especially ones who are committed to reading the whole series of posts wither for 26 days or 31?

After all the work you’ve put into it, wouldn’t you like  more readers, especially ones who are committed to reading the whole series of posts?

The internet is ripe with how to posts. It is a veritable store of free information. And bloggers are great at sharing their expertise.

  • One way to get good information is to read a 31 Days Series. In September 2012 The Nester hosted a 31 Days of Change Series on her blog. 1,230 bloggers signed up their series. The topics were wide-ranging.
  • Or read posts from the April Blogging From A to Z Challenge1,890 folks signed up to write every day (minus Sundays). The writers could align their blogs with one (more) of 22 categories. Or if none fit, they left that part blank. And they wrote their way through the alphabet.

I was so excited to read, learn, grow from the 31 Day series and then the A-Z Challenge.  After reading dozens and dozens and dozens of posts, I’ve come up with some suggestions on how to get people to read and stay with your series.

You can’t take readers hostage and force them to read. But you can entice and lure them in. Below are 9 Ideas. They are more than cosmetic changes. They really do affect the readers’ experience at your blog.

ONE. INTERESTING TITLE. When there are so many hundreds of choices, you have to do something to set your series apart from others.

Show me what’s in it for me. 31 Days of This and That or A-Z Days of My Thoughts are probably not going to attract many readers unless the readers already know you and WANT to know what YOU are thinking.

Even though 31 Days of Life in Bancock  is all about the writer, this title catches my attention. I’ve never been to Bancock and I’d like to learn more about this place.

Here are some other interesting titles. Of course what’s interesting to one person might not be so much for another.

TWO. TRUTH IN ADVERTISING.  Yes, make the title interesting, but don’t fool me with the title. Write on what your title declares. I.e. I am always striving to better my Spanish so when I saw 31 Days of Spanish Songs I was interested. But this series was really about missions. Missions is a fine topic. But I was disappointed.

This is an A-Z series I was NOT disappointed with:

As part of the A to Z Challenge, we at Moxie Writers have decided to use the power of three this April, linking Moxie Writers with our author sites. So what does that look like?

Moxie Writers will briefly address a YA Cause or Tough Issue facing teens, then offer organizations that aid in the cause.

At Rebecca’s blog, she will list a book and characters associated with the issue of the day. This may or may not begin with the designated letter.

At Susan’s blog, she will share a song with some of the lyrics that pertains to the cause.

Thus, the power of three!

  • These three tackled some tough teen issues. Some topics were cutting, mental health, alcohol abuse, and bullying. I wish they had a listing of all the posts in one place. And I wish they had linked to each other’s posts each day instead of linking to the general blog address. However, I commend these three for the work and time they put into creating this awesome A-Z series. I will be directing some parents and teens to this resource.

THREE. ONLY ONE TOPIC PER POST. It gets so confusing if there is more than one topic per post. We all have limited time and don’t want to wade through the content to get to the topic at hand. Please, put each topic on a separate post.

FOUR. REFER BACK TO THE HOST IN EACH POST. My. Oh. My. Not doing so is such bad etiquette. If you are posting an A-Z or 31 Day series, give credit and link to the originator of the idea especially if you signed up on their Mr Linky page. You can do this by your title, a note at the beginning or ending of your post, by creating a landing page, or including a button on your side bar.

This blogger, Dawn from Here’s the Story, wrote the following at the top of each A-Z post:

During April, I’m blogging daily as a participant of the 
Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge (with time off on Sundays). 
Stay a minute. Read. Tell me what you think. Thanks for stopping by.

The Mommies Network put the A-Z Challenge right in their title. They covered a lot of great topics. Again, I wish they had listed all the titles for the posts in one place for easy access. Here are some sample posts.

Jaime from Awakening Sand Reflections wrote the following at the bottom of each post. And she hotlinked to her theme process.

I’m participating in the 2013 A to Z Challenge. Every day in April (except for Sundays) I will be posting according to a letter of the Alphabet. To read more about my theme, click here.

FIVE. GIVE ME A WAY TO FIND YOUR OTHER POSTS IN THE SERIES.

SIX. FINISH. Oh, please finish. More than a few series really had me hooked, but life interfered and the writer didn’t finish the series. How about finishing it up now? The Nester and the A-Z  Challenge lists will be up forever. So why not take the time to finish the series now. By creating a landing page, you will make it easy for future readers to find and finish reading your series.

SEVEN. DO SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

This blogger, Teacher-Mom, writes the “Lesson” each A-Z post is meant to convey. Go here to find the lesson from Collecting Memories.

This blog, Artisan Denizen: Celebrating Creativity, posts gorgeous photography (from others) and tells the back story to the photos of her A-Z series. Here are two examples.

EIGHT. FORMAT. Make it easy to read your blog.

  • Don’t have one long column of text.
  • Break it up with subtitles, photos, bullet points, and  short paragraphs.
  • Skip the dark background and light font.
  • Put more than one post per page. When I have to click too many times, I will just leave the blog.
  • Put in a SEARCH BOX  so readers can find posts on the topic they are looking for. I am sure there are a bunch more blogs I should have highlighted. But without a search box or some other way to find the posts (besides scrolling back through the pages), I just gave up.

NINE. BE YOU. Show who you are through your writing. Have fun with it. Be passionate. Below are 3 blogs that do just that.

So now, I need to take some of my own advice and get busy with my next writing series.

Your Turn . . . Besides good writing, what makes you come back to read a series?

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NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
During the month of April I will post 26 times (mainly) finishing up posts that have been in my draft file for at least a year. For a list if all the post go to the A-Z button on my header.
Today’s letter is H. The topic is HOW TO keep readers for your blog series.

 

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G: Dealing With Disenfranchised GRIEF in a Healthy Way

I think that moving past my pain in this situation will largely depend on my

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“No person has the right to condemn you on how you repair your heart or how long you … grieve, because no one knows how much you are hurting. Recovering takes time and everyone heals at his or her own pace.” (found on Facebook, couldn’t find an author)

ability to be real with myself and with others. Finding the right people—safe counselors, patient friends—who will listen and understand is going to help. The love was very real so the pain and the grief from the loss are very real too. 

  • I won’t hurry through it for the sake of someone else’s comfort level.
  • I won’t bury it just because someone else thinks it should be hid.
  • I won’t be quiet just because someone else doesn’t want to listen.
  • I won’t pretend it doesn’t matter, because to me, it does.”

The above quote comes from a blog post from Captain’s Blog.

This post is about disenfranchised grief. This is grief that is not acknowledged or legitimized by society or a group of people who are important to you. I like the four things he won’t do. Sounds healthy and like good boundary setting.

Your Turn . . .

  1. Are you taking the time you need in order to heal from your grief? People might give you a year or two, but it just might take longer, much longer. And that’s okay. Take the time you need. Some sources of grief will impact you the rest of your life. Your new normal will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.
  2. Are you talking to those safe counselors and patient friends who will listen and listen and listen? And even if they don’t understand they continue to listen so that you don’t have to bury your despair, thoughts, confusion, and anger. Such people do exist, but you might have to be persistent in finding such a support system.
  3. Are you good to yourself by refusing to hush? When you come across people who don’t want to listen, or cannot listen, do you then go back to those safe counselors and patient friends? Don’t forget that God is also one of those safe counselors and patient friends. And I’ve found that a journal also qualifies.
  4. No matter what, don’t pretend your grief is unimportant or that the source of your grief is unimportant. If it’s important to you, it’s important. Take your time, bring your grief to the surface, talk, and don’t pretend. Do these things because how you think, feel and act are important. Do these things so that you can heal.
  5. If you’d like to share your story here, please do.
  6. Encourage someone by listening intently to them today. “We live by encouragement and we die without it, slowly, sadly, and angrily,” (Celeste Holme).

If you’d like prayer, I’d be honored to pray for you. I believe in the power of prayer and I believe in the Person who gives prayer that power, the tribune God.

Related Posts . . . 

NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
During the month of April I will post 26 times finishing up posts that have been in my draft fie for at least a year. For a list of all the posts go to the A-Z button on my header.
Today’s letter is G. The topic is GRIEF.

 

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F: FREEDOM to Share Thoughts When There’s Someone Who’ll Listen

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Who is the person/group that listens to you?

Community, friends, tribe, mastermind group, and accountability group can be names for the same type of people. These are people who listen intently, talk candidly, acknowledge your triumphs, and believe in you.

They listen intently to you. When I lived in CO I met with a counselor for a couple of years. I needed to talk with someone who had the expertise to deal with my issues (unhealthy relationships, boundaries, divorce, eating disorder, severe depression). Sometimes I needed to hear strong advice about the next steps. Sometimes I needed someone who could help me sort out the truth from the lies.

But do you know what I mostly needed? I mostly needed the freedom to share my thoughts. I needed someone who would listen to me without judgment or advice. That weekly 50 minutes session was a life-changer.

Potentially any person can do that: listen without commentary, judgment, or advice. But it is hard to do. I think it is hard because we, the listener, hurt for the speaker.

We hurt so much for the person, we want to get them off their pain and onto a solution. That way WE will feel better.

It is thought that husbands are so analytical that they don’t let their wives process very much of their pain and struggles before offering solutions. You know what?

Women do this too. Listen in on any group of women where they are talking about their trials and you are sure to hear several ideas on what to do to fix the problems. And typically the to-do’s are given way before the troubled woman even has a chance to fully share her trouble.

Today I don’t have a counselor who is a good listener. Instead I have some friends who give me the space to talk. They give me the freedom to talk without rushing me on to the answers.

Your Turn . . .

  1. Do you have someone who lets you talk before they give answers?
  2. Are you a person who intently listens before giving answers?

Related Posts . . . 

  1. 20 Ways I Handled My Breaking Heart (from divorce)
  2. 101 Ways to Connect with Others
  3. Boundaries Benefit Me and Others
NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
During the month of April I will post 26 times finishing up posts that have been in my draft fie for at least a year. For a list if all the post go to the A-Z button on my header.
Today’s letter is F. The topic is FREEDOM To Share When There’s Someone Who’ll Listen.

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E: 7 Ways to EXCHANGE Grumpy for Happy

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My 1st favourite way to shake the “grumps” is to get into the water. A shower, hot tub, bath, pool, or ocean are all effective mood busters. . . . . My 2nd favourite way is to write a gratitude list.

When someone is grumpy it lowers the mood in the room. I don’t like being around grumpy people  . . . . . even when that grumpy person is me.

Do you ever have times of being grumpy? What do you do to shake them? I asked my family for some suggestions. This is what they came up with . . .

  1. Do something relaxing like go read a book. This helps me to get away from my life into another life.
  2. Go outside and exercise.
  3. Attitude adjustment. I do this by changing my thoughts: like reading the Bible or focus on something else
  4. I usually need to be alone in order to change my mood.
  5. It helps when someone tells me I’m being grumpy because I don’t know it.
  6. Take a nap. I often wake up with a new perspective.
  7. Eat a good piece of chocolate or a pint of sorbet. (Or eat a piece of chocolate pie.)

Your Turn . . .  

  • Which one of the above ways works for you?
  • Share other ideas on how you turn around a grumpy mood.

 Related Posts . . . 

NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
During the month of April I will post 26 times finishing up posts that have been in my draft fie for at least a year. For a list of all the posts go to the A-Z button on my header.
Today’s letter is E. The topic is EXCHANGING  Grumpy for Happy.

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D: DESSERT is DARK Chocolate Cream Pie

I received this chocolate bar for my birthday. I thought it would be perfect for this recipe.

I received this chocolate bar for my birthday. I thought it would be perfect for this recipe.

I am on a pie-making quest these next 11.5 months. During that time my aim is to make 55 pies. So far I’ve made 3: a nut pie,a frozen pie and a fruit pie. And yesterday I made a chocolate cream pie. 

Go here to read why I am doing this.

There are soooo many chocolate pie recipes. From full-fat to non-fat. 

  • The recipes called for 12 ounces to 4 cups of milk (evaporated, non-fat, 2%, whole, and half and half).
  • The amount of eggs varied from 2-6. Some recipes had you separate the yolks in order to use only those. Some used the whole egg.
  • The amount of chocolate varied from 3-6 ounces of a good quality chocolate or unsweetened chocolate. A few recipes called for chocolate powder.

I gave away half of this pie. I did this for two reasons. (1) I don’t need to eat a whole pie! (2) And more importantly, I wanted to say thank you to a friend, Lynette, who works with me in children’s ministry. Her dedication to the program, families, kiddos, and me is obvious and appreciated.

I looked at the pie recipes and then put together a recipe by using the ingredients I had on hand.

Filling Ingredients

  • 3 cups half & half
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup half & half (to put with cornstarch and yolks)
  • 3.5 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3.5  oz high quality chocolate, chopped 
  • 2 tbsp butter, chopped
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract

Pie crust of choice. I used a pre-made 9 oz graham cracker crust (2 extra servings size). Next time I will try a regular dough crust. I thought the graham cracker flavour over-powered the chocolate taste.

NOTE: You don’t have to chop either the chocolate or butter too small as the heat will melt chunks quite nicely.

Directions

  1. Put 3 cups of half & half, the sugar, and salt in a saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until a light simmer. Take pan off the heat.
  2. While the sweetened half & half mixture is cooling in the pan, whisk cornstarch into 1/2 cup half & half in a large bowl. Thoroughly whisk in egg yolks one at a a time.
  3. When sweetened half & half mixture is coolish (5-8 minutes off heat) slowly pour it into the large bowl, whisking thoroughly.
  4. Pour all this back into saucepan on medium heat.
  5. Stir constantly until the pudding boils.
  6. Lower to medium-low heat and cook for 2 minutes.The pudding should be thick.
  7. Take off the heat.
  8. Add chocolate and butter and stir until both are completely melted.
  9. Stir in vanilla.
  10. Pour this chocolate mixture into pie shell and smooth the top with the back of a heated large spoon.
  11. Leave on counter until cool and then refrigerate. If you eat the pie too soon, it will not keep its shape when you cut into it.
  12. Top with whipped cream or cool whip, home-made or store-bought

Your Turn . . . Share your favourite chocolate pie recipe.

Related Posts . . . 

NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
During the month of April I will post 26 times finishing up posts that have been in my draft fie for at least a year. For a list of all the posts go to the A-Z button on my header.
Today’s letter is D. The topic is DESSERT: DARK Chocolate Cream Pie.

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C: Easy to Make CLAY Crosses Using Homemade Dough

These crosses were made by kiddos in the Kindergarten/1st Grade Class

These crosses were made by kiddos in the Kindergarten/1st Grade Class.

Homemade clay is easy to make, inexpensive, and can be used in a variety of crafts and art projects. And there are many recipes available, even gluten-free ones. Since my daughter wasn’t participating and no one else is gluten intolerant, I used wheat flour.

I recently made up a salt, four dough for the kiddos in our Sunday program at church. I used 2 cups flour, ½ cup salt, and 1 cup water. I ran out of white flour so I used up some old wheat pastry flour (that I was afraid to use for baking). It made the crosses look like they were made out of stone. I think it was because of the flecks of wheat in the flour.

These are some of the crosses from the 4th/5th Grade class.

These are crosses made by Gavin (5th Grader).

Previously when making this salt dough clay, I’ve used food dye to colour it. Gail Bartel (from That Artist Woman) suggests using acrylic paints. So I tried that. I like using the acrylics better than food dye.

  • There is a wider range of colours.
  • And the paint didn’t stain my hands, counter, or clothes. Yes, I can get that messy!

The clay was successfully used by the preschool to 5th graders to make crosses.

I love how each cross is so distinctly different. These are made from another student in the 4th/5th grade class.

I love how each cross is so distinctly different. These 4 crosses are made by Eliana (4th grade).

The bead and clay cross instructions and examples from Gail are found here.

 We will make these again next year.

  • We might make some of them into magnets.
  • And I will test to see if these would hold up as a rear view mirror decoration.

Your Turn . . . Share a project you’ve made using homemade clay dough.

Related Posts . . .

  1. 4 Types of Home-Made Ornaments Using Decoupage, Dough, Clay, & Fabric
  2. Grateful for Creativity and Life
NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
During the month of April I will post 26 times finishing up posts that have been in my draft fie for at least a year. For a list of all the posts go to the A-Z button on my header.
Today’s letter is C. The topic is the Homemade CLAY Dough.

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B: What to do With a Tattered BIBLE

This is clearly not by Bible because this one has a cover.

This is clearly not by Bible because this one has a cover.

Do you have a favourite Bible? Why is it your favourite?  Mine is a bubblegum pink, paperback, NIV Women’s Devotional Bible. I’ve had it for 14 years.

  • The front cover is gone and so are more than a few pages.
  • The spine is held together with grey duct tape. Back then we didn’t have the fancy duct tape colours available today.
  • Scribbled on the inside back cover are verses of encouragement.
  • Verses are underlined (in pencil and various colours of ink) throughout this Bible.
  • Answered prayers are noted, but only in short hand. I can’t remember some of the particulars, but I see that I said “Thank You” to God.
  • Some of my prayers haven’t been answered. And the dates and cryptic requests blink like my laptop cursor waiting for God’s next move.
  • Dates and personal notes on the pages point to low times in my life. These low times were an acrimonious divorce and the decline and death of my mother (who wasn’t even of retirement age).

Clearly this Bible has seen better days. Because of the shape it is in, it would not be of use to anyone. What do you do with a Bible that is cluttered with writing (although meaningful to me), falling apart, and has memories of  traumatic times?

My research indicates that there isn’t a uniform way to respectful dispose of Bibles that are past using.

Some ideas of disposal include the following:

  1. Throw it away.
  2. Bury it under the doorstep of your front door.
  3. Burn it like you would a retired USA flag.
  4. A friend used pages her falling apart Bible in her family scrapbook.

One writer (Wayne Weissenbuehler a former seminary professor, pastor, and bishop} suggests we follow a Jewish practice.

“When Hebrew scrolls of the Scripture that contain the written sacred name of God are no longer usable, they are gathered, placed in a coffin and buried in a cemetery with a liturgy of committal. Why not take a Bible that has become unusable, wrap it in a protective cover and bury it with an appropriate liturgy of committal?” Wayne Weissenbuehler

I still haven’t decided what to do. But I do know the best place for the Bible is in me:  “In my heart I store up your words, so I might not sin against you,” (Psalm 119:11).

But maybe I will have a ceremony. And in addition to burying the Bible, I will pray and discern if there is more that needs to be dealt with and then put to rest like . . .

  • Resentments
  • Unresolved griefs
  • Unforgiveness

Your Turn . . .  What would you do?

Related Posts . . .

  1. 3 Reasons to Read This Bible Storybook (interview with an 11-year-old)
  2. 6 Tips to Consistent Bible Reading
  3. 21 Things I Learned by Reading Individual Bible Books in One Sitting
NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
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God’s Love is AMAZING

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But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

We are headstrong, wanting to live life our own way, often dismissing God’s plan for our lives (Isaiah 53:6)Yes, we are sinners (Romans 3: 9-10; 23). All of us.

People think I don’t sin because  . . .

  • I have been a Believer for over 40 years.
  • I am too old to sin.
  • I work at a church.
  • I teach a Bible study.
  • I am a pastor.

But I do sin. And I get discouraged about my short-comings.

And yet God loves me, you, us. He wants us to have a relationship with Him. And despite our flaws, God extends His amazing love to me, you, us.

His love for us is amazing: causing great surprise or sudden wonder; astonishing, awe-inspiring, and awesome. This truth encourages me to repent and continue growing my relationship with God.

Below are a few of my favourite verses about how God’s amazing love presents itself.

  • We are created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26-27)
  • God knows the number of hairs on our head. (Matthew 10:30)
  • He loves us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • He makes the continual effort to know our thoughts and actions. (Psalm 139:2-4)
  • The Holy Spirit and Jesus pray for us. (Romans 8:27,34; Hebrews 7:25)
  • God sent Jesus to die on the Cross for us so that we can have an eternal relationship with Him. (John 3:16-18)
  • Salvation is a gift with no strings attached. Ephesians 2:8
  • He wants all to receive salvation. (2 Peter 3:9)

Our pastor showed this video in church last year. It has 50 verses about God the Father’s love for you and me. Go here to see the verses on one page.

In summary, we are meaningful to God. Wayne Grudem (seminary professor and theologian)  states . . . 

“Is there any significance to our existence or to the existence of the rest of creation? In response it must be said that we are in fact very meaningful because God has created us and determined that we would be meaningful to him. That is the final definition of genuine significance.”                            (Grudem, 1994, p. 162, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine).

This knowledge causes me to want to worship God. Here is a song to get you started: Amazing Love by the Newsboys. Here is the first stanza . . .

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

Your Turn . . . 

  1. How does God’s love impact you?
  2. Have you made a decision to love Him back by accepting His offer of salvation?
  3. What verses would you add to my list?

Related Posts

  1. Nothing Matches God’s Power, Love and Justice – Even If It Looks Contrary
  2. I Am Written on God’s Hand
NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
During the month of April I will post 26 times finishing up posts that have been in my draft fie for at least a year. For a list of all the posts got o the A-Z button on my header.
Today’s letter is A. The topic is the AMAZING love of God.

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