Life Conundrums

Why is it that stay-on lipstick lasts longer on cup rims than on lips?

Why is it that birds start to chirp at least one hour before the alarm clock goes off?

Why is it that babies need another diaper change right after you change them?

Why is it that a permanent wave treatment is not permanent?

Why is it that my phrasing here is such bad English?

Why is it that a God who could do anything he wants, bothers with us?

I don’t know the answers to any of these questions. Do you?

And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. (Judges 14:14, KJV)

Prayer – Thanks God, for making life confusing and so interesting at the same time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living?

Life is for living fully, living it to its fullest, as it comes, whether good or bad. We won’t recognize the best right away. Sometimes we have to live with the person, circumstance, etc. to figure that out. Sometimes it will disappear before we understand how much we loved it/them.

Sometimes we don’t even understand that we’ve been missing something, till it shows up. Let Christ’s love grow in your heart so that you can share it for all to appreciate. Brighten someone’s day today by choosing to live your life to the fullest and confounding those who don’t or won’t.

“Men and women listened when I spoke, hung expectantly on my every word. After I spoke, they’d be quiet, taking it all in. They welcomed my counsel like spring rain, drinking it all in. When I smiled at them, they could hardly believe it; their faces lit up, their troubles took wing! I was their leader, establishing the mood and setting the pace by which they lived. Where I led, they followed.” (Job 29:21-25, MSG)

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”–Corrie Ten Boom

Prayer- Lord, surely we can summon enough of your strength to at least smile at someone today. Thanks, God. Amen.

Double Whammy

Years ago, I learned to balk at a Christmas with more than one big meal. That’s because we spent our first Christmas day together, running from pillar to post, trying to make everyone happy. So Ron, infant Judith and I trailed a mile down the road to my parents for seven am breakfast, drove through a blizzard to Gran’s for lunch an hour away and finally scurried home to serve dinner at our house for all of Ron’s family…..WHEW!!!

And who was cause of all this commotion? Me. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I felt guilty for saying no to anyone, so instead I hurt my own feelings…. and my family’s.

Little by little over the years, with Ron’s encouragement,we cut down to only one or two events per holiday. Today though, I find myself going to the Keenagers catered lunch and the Writer’s Nest home cooked Christmas dinner. WHEW!!!

Why? Because I can. And because all of these dear people are my friends and I love being with them. And because I decided I wanted to, with no guilt involved. It bears remembering that guilt is not from God.

Yesterday the first copy of my first children’s book, The Big Red Chair (CD included) arrived at my door. I’ll be reading it at both events. It is a happy, funny, sad love story about life and death…..

I wrote it because our smaller grandchildren didn’t understand what happened to their Afi. I expect lots of other little ones feel the same. We often unknowingly and unfairly lock them out of our grief.

And yes it is for sale….

May I Minister to your Pastry?

Stop avoiding the issue. Stop looking for miracle recipes. Pie pastry is not beyond you. Just like life, it is mostly a matter of how you handle it…

So let’s get started.

As soon as I got my first food processor( I’m on my fourth!) I figured out how to make pie pastry in it. You can do it by hand. It just takes longer.

Basic Recipe-Food Processor Pastry

This recipe makes enough for a double crust pie or two or three singles.

2 cups all purpose flour

2/3 cup lard (yes I know!- the pig doesn’t like it either!)

a pinch of salt

1/4 cup ice water

Place flour, salt and shortening in food processor. Process only until mix forms course crumbs. Add the water. Mix only until a ball of dough forms around the blade.

Remove and press by hand into two balls.

Lightly flour your roll-out-pie pastry area. Roll first dough ball into desired size. Place in pan and trim edge.

DO NOT add  these leftover bits to the other ball of pastry. Roll the second ball of dough out on its own.

When all you have left are little bits? THEN you may mix them together and roll them out for a smaller pie, or tarts.

Hints

1. It is the mixing of leftovers with new pastry that makes tough chewing.

2. Lightly grease the bottom of the pie pan. This helps cook the bottom crust.

3. Eat with a clear conscience. It’s not like you are making pie every day!

Brenda J. Wood

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