NEW bread recipes and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  I recently read Jodi’s post about Homemade Dill Bread and I miraculously had all the ingredients on hand, so I made some that same day!!!  Love it when that happens!

I also made these loaves a week or so ago…and learned something NEW:


When garnishing bread with oats and flax seeds…it’s NOT enough to stick them on with melted butter before baking because the butter just dries up and most of the garnish falls off after baking.  (Yes, I know this from experience :o)  INSTEAD…(according to google)….use egg whites.  Makes sense…there’s much more ‘glue’ in eggs than plain water or melted butter!!!  I’ll try that next time and let you know my results.

Now…to go along with my bread theme…here is a short Sunday sermon:


Just as we need daily physical sustenance, the need for daily spiritual sustenance is just as strong. We can remember Jesus Christ every day as we pray, read the scriptures, and meditate.

And…here’s a TERRIFIC video reminder about the Pattern of Daily Bread  {HERE}

Have a great day!  Learn or do something NEW!




a NEW wedding gift combo {and free card printable}


Happy Friday! June when my son got married, I was so impressed with people’s creative wedding gifts!  I thought, WOW, how do people have the time to be so creative?!?   I then realized it probably didn’t take all that much extra time to just add a little something unique to the gifts, so I resolved to try to be a bit more creative.  Here is one idea:  Copy a cute and “lovey-dovey” saying on the bottom of a glass pan with a black sharpie. (I only wrote on one pan and left the other one normal)…add a couple of dish towels and oven mitts…top it off with a homemade card and whala!…a not-so-boring wedding gift! :o)


I made up the card speedy-quick-like.  I used my NEW embossing machine for the textured bottom paper, then just added the graphic below (feel free to print it out for your use).




Let me know if any of you have any wonderful (quick-but-creatively-unique) wedding gift ideas!  This one might get over-used if I don’t have a few other ideas up my sleeve…so please share! :o)

Have a terrific day!  Do or learn (OR GIVE AWAY) something NEW!

Linking to: Skip to my Lou



a NEW recipe…puffs


Happy Friday!  I don’t know why I don’t make homemade cream puffs more often…they are SO easy!  I had to go hunt for a NEW recipe, because I haven’t made these in so long, I really don’t know what recipe I used before.  Seriously, these are just as easy, if not easier, than making a batch of chocolate chip cookies!

I was actually craving shrimp puffs first…YUM!  But I made both cream puffs and shrimp puffs since I had so many puffs to fill.


Here is the recipe for the puffs:


Here is the recipe for the shrimp filling.  (For cream filling, just use your favorite pudding…5-minute Jello instant chocolate pudding worked GREAT for us!)


Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!


I’ll link to The Winthrop Chronicles today.


Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  Well, in a previous post a few weeks ago, I mentioned I wanted to get an embossing gadget…so I did. :o)  I love creating NEW textures on plain paper.  And its soooo easy!  Here’s my latest card:  “Thank You…From The Bottom Of My Heart”.   I thought I should go buy some clear plastic for the inside of the heart, but….here’s my secret tip…I just cut a heart out of a sandwich baggie (the two sides keep my little thank you’s in place).  Yes, call me El-cheap-o!   But, hey…it works!

It seems I’m always sharing yummy-looking recipes I want to try, and this week is no different.  This Blackberry Peach Cobbler sounds delish! Right?!?!


Check out PinkPolkaDot Creations (HERE) for the recipe.  PLUS there were WAY TOO MANY delicious-looking recipes at last Friday’s Foodie Linkup at Rattlebridge Farm blog.  I don’t know what to try first!  Probably the Garlic Parmesan Knots or the Lavender Lemon Sugar Cookies.  OH YUM!

Well, have a great week ahead!  Do or Learn OR bake something NEW!



a NEW recipe…sopapilla cheesecake


Happy Tuesday!  Well, I tried a NEW recipe this week.  It was SUPER easy and delish!!! {Thanks to my sister…who made it for my Mom…who told me about it!}  Just search in Pinterest for Sopapilla Cheesecake and lots of recipes pop up!  I had FUN with this photoshoot…because I finally used the vintage beaters I acquired some time ago (THIS POST featured my hunt for those :o)

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW-sized {for us} chocolate chip cookie


Hi all!  Well, at our house, if we take the time to make homemade chocolate chip cookies, we usually load that cookie scoop up to the max, and plop the dough onto the cookie sheet and it doesn’t take too long at all to bake.  BUT…today I tried something NEW and made mini bite-sized cookies and decided I really like them that size.  Just pop one in your mouth and take a swig of cow-juice, and….oh yum!  It takes a bit longer to bake them when they’re tiny, but that’s ok.  (Our wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe is in this post here).

Have a great Saturday!  Do or Learn something NEW!



Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff I gotta share


Happy Monday!  I’ve been busy, busy, busy!  My son is getting married in less than four weeks….(yeah, yeah, I know I’m not the mother-of-the bride, but I still have stuff to do! :o)  I’ve also had fun watching my other son play baseball {yup, that’s a photo of the goof-ball above…lookin’ soooooo….ummm what?….like a goof-ball!!!}  High School tennis is just recently done with, which gives us a bit of breathing room, and then just regular life has kept us busy.  It’s all a good busy.  But I just wanted to share a few random NEW things that have crossed my virtual path lately:

Why have I never heard of Sweet Potato Pound Cake?…..***OR*** Manure Tea?  Both are NEW to me!

Also, I’ve been on an organization kick lately….or at least getting geared up to be organized by watching a few organization tutorials on YouTube.  This one amazed me…could I really be that obsessive with my fabric stash???  Check it out HERE.

Have a great day!  Do or Learn something NEW!

a NEW treat on my porch


Aren’t these pretty little cookies? AND they taste even better than they look!  {You know I’m addicted to photography when I have to take a photo of a nice, sweet treat my kind neighbor leaves on my porch!}  But really, they are soooo pretty!

Tip:  These will even freeze well!  I know, because by the time we returned home, these little darlings were frozen from being on my porch for a few hours.  But after they thawed, they were still delish!

I’ve begged for the recipe, so I’ll try and post that soon.

Have a great day!  Learn or Do something NEW…(leaving a treat for a neighbor is a good idea)!  Thanks Darci!