He Is Risen!

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Stock-Image-Separator-GraphicsFairy21“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass. And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communedtogether and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart tobelieve all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, heexpounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burnwithin us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself:handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them hishands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus itbehoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should bepreached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye beendued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.”

~Luke 24 KJV

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My prayer is that you had a wonderful Easter celebration. Our Lord is RISEN! He has paid the price and all we need do is accept His love, guidance, and ever loving present gift of atonement.

May you be blessed and find your strength in Him who overcame all.

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Quick and Easy | Strawberry |Shortcake

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Stock-Image-Separator-GraphicsFairy21Strawberry Shortcakes is one of those iconic desserts that make a person dream of a beautiful shining day. Images of endearing garden parties, and lazy summer afternoons, family barbecues, and cute little girls with heads of curls are procured when the words “Strawberry Shortcake” comes to mind. However, there is an ideal for the romantic ideal of this scrumptious treat that is hard to reach and often intimidates those lovely dreamers who yearn for their most perfect summer time delicacy.

The recipe I have to share with you today, is simple and satisfies the desires of one so enthralled with the romance of this sweet but tart cake. But purists be forewarned. This recipe is not for those who believe a boxed cake mix is the end of quality times and that a certain brand of vegetable shortening starting with a “C” and ending with a “-risco” is a sure fire way to illness. This treat is definitely on the side of boxed mixes and commercial shortenings. However, it is just as wonderfully delicious (and in all honesty much healthier) than a store bought cake. There really is something to a good homemade cake and some splendid fresh fruit that just isn’t in cake that comes in a package.

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe!

Quick and Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 box yellow cake mix and the ingredients listed on the back to make the cake

Frosting:

I used the butter cream frosting recipe as in my lemon-berry cupcakes post minus the fruit juice flavoring

1/2 c LIGHTLY salted butter

1/2 c vegetable shortening of your choice (I prefer the one in the blue packaging with a giant “C” in the name)

4 c confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping:

1/2 lb of fresh strawberries sliced thin

Instructions:

Make the cake per instructions on the back of the box mix.

Following the baking directions for the 9×13″ pan

While the cake is baking…

Cream together the shortening, butter, and vanilla.

Add 1c of powdered sugar at a time until it is all thoroughly mixed in

Mix until desired consistency and chill until ready to frost

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ONCE the cake is cooled frost and layer the strawberries evenly on top.

Serve fresh or cover in the refrigerator and let is sit overnight.

I like it better served chilled overnight but fresh is just as scrumptious!

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“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?” 

– Samwise Gamgee, The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkein

 

Spring Break in Pictures

Spring has sprung here at Mt Hope! So much to do, and with the lovely weather like we’ve been having, it’s easy to get distracted in the beauty of the day. It has been a full week. Now that the good weather is come, many adventures are sure to be on their way. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures from this week:)

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The third installment of the series I’m revisiting:)

 

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Henrietta in full bloom with her gorgeous pear blossoms

 

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Still working on that blue-striped sweater

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board games, bike rides, cleaning, and visiting with Anne Shirley and her friends in Avonlea have been the entertainment for us girls this week

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The most perfect batch of rolls that I have ever made

    I used the 30-min Roll recipe for the batch above. They were absolutely divine!

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“…Thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over…”

Psalms 23

What did you do this past week?

A Week in Pictures| 2nd week|March

We live in a time of insurmountable blessings.

I have been reminded that God is ever good and is always watching.

Here are some of the fun and light things that happened last week!

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Met up with my dear friend Anne to help decompress from the stress of dead week and finals. To paraphrase the great Mrs Lynde, “The sun will go on rising and setting whether I pass in digital electronics or not”

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My little sister met a frog named Fred and he spent the night in the kitchen

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Fred had to go home the next morning

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Found an 18-wheeler in front of where I parked the other morning while going picking my brother up from Bible Study.

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FINALLY got the truck cleaned out and detailed! So good to have it back up and running!

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Continuing the adventures with Anne:) She never ceases to bring comfort to a troubled mind and a heart in need of a kindred spirit.

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And lastly, a return to a large project started months ago

What did you do this week?

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 “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”

~Alma 37:37

10 Uses for | Baking Soda | That Will Change Your Life

As you are probably well aware, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate: NaHCO3) is a magical compound-when mixed with vinegar, it fizzes up and kids of all ages love to watch it go boom!

However, what you might not know is that baking soda has many more uses than basic volcano demonstrations.

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1. Toothpaste- replacement for regular toothpaste. I like using regular paste and oil pulling, but in a bind, 2tsp of baking soda and a drop or two of clean peppermint essential oil mixed with enough water to make a paste works great! It’s a little salty to taste, but sure gets your teeth fresh and clean:)

2. Shampoo- I actually use baking soda and baking powder instead of regular shampoo. I like the way it makes my hair feel after I use it. Typically 2 TB of baking powder with 1 TB of baking soda does the trick. I put it in a cup and add warm water to make a paste/rinse. Then put it on my scalp and massage until there is a bit of a lather. Slightly diluted Apple Cider vinegar works as a fantastic conditioning rinse afterwards. Rinse your hair in moderate-cold water until the smell is gone and you can no longer feel the grainy texture of the soda. You can use straight soda or powder. The powder tends to thicken up hair and accentuate curls, while soda cuts the grease. As baking soda is abrasive, it is important to use this method 3-5 days apart or your hair will become extremely dry and tender.

It is important to be extremely careful with your hair and to make sure that if you do decide to use baking soda instead of shampoo, you condition, condition, condition, and massage your scalp. If you don’t, your hair will get dry and the blood flow to the hair follicles will stop, causing negative hair growth.

Conditioning treatments with olive oil, honey, avocado, or coconut oil work wonders for dry hair and scalps. Also a couple drops of rosemary, or peppermint, or lemon, or lavender essential oils make wonderful additions to any conditioner or shampoo. Just remember to rinse out any oils before about 30min.

3. Toilet bowl and surface cleaner- baking soda makes a toilet bowl sparkle! I was out of regular cleaner and pour a little sodium bicarbonate in the bowl and scrubbed with the brush. After a couple rounds of cleaning like that, the bowl was the whitest I had ever seen it. As it worked in the toilet, so it works in the sink basin, on counters, and applied dry to the carpet (let it sit then vacuum it up!)

4. Tarnish remover in silver and aluminum- be careful with this as excessive cleaning and polishing will do more than just remove the tarnish, but it works to really add a bright shine to the metals if done properly.

5. Bread Leavening Agent- if you ever wonder why there is baking soda in a baking recipe or why it’s called baking soda, this is why.

6. Baking Powder- baking powder we buy at the store is baking soda, cornstarch, and a powdered acid compound. But if a recipe calls for baking powder and you don’t have any, mix a 1:1: ratio of cornstarch, baking soda, and

7. Antacid- completely dissolve 0.5 tsp of baking soda in water

– do not give to children younger than 6, someone who is pregnant, someone who is on prescribed medications, or someone who is on a low-sodium diet,

be sure to talk to a doctor before using this just to be safe:)

– for more information visit armandhammer.com

8. Itch relief from poison ivy, Oak, and sumac- mix with water into a paste and apply- be careful it may dry out skin

9. Deodorant- put a container of open top baking soda in the fridge, in a room, almost anywhere and it will deodorize the foul stenches lingering in the air

10. Drain cleaner- for those of you who LOVED the vinegar and baking soda experiment at the science fair, do the same thing down your sink drain and if there was a clog from natural buildup, it will (in most cases) clean itself out!

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Baking soda is truly an under-appreciated household item. I hope this helps inspire you to not fret the next time you are out of your go to product. Or possibly even save a little money if you need to pinch some pennies.

 

Purim

This last Thursday was Purim.

Although I have never traditionally celebrated the holiday, as I am not Jewish, it is amazing to think we still know the date of when Esther freed her people.

I hope this video helps you better understand what happened on that day so many years ago.

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“To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves ad for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.”

Esther 9:31 KJV

Historical Sewing|Chemise and Drawers

As I explained in my first historical sewing post, this skill is something I have wanted to learn for very long time. I had done a preview of the mid-1800’s styled chemise and drawers a couple weeks ago and wanted to wait to give the project revue until I had worn the clothing a couple times and tested the strength of the stitching.

Now that that is done, I can give a truthful analysis of the pattern, the technique, and the practicality of this project.

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To begin my historical sewing endeavors, it seemed logical to start from the inside and work out. So the first piece I made was a chemise, or lightweight under dress similar to and often used as a night gown.

I used the Simplicity Pattern 9769 as a basis for both the chemise and drawers. A couple modifications were made to the design due to personal preference. I used a lightweight, soft, off-white muslin. The entirety of the project is hand-stitched.

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Full front view

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Front drawstring adjustable neckline with overlap

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gathered banded, gusseted sleeves

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Back view

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The drawers I made are split, as is consistent with the time era. They are trimmed, at the bottom of the legs, with cream lace that I found at a thrift store. It was a bit of a challenge attaching the lace because it was about a centimeter short and getting the hem even was rather tricky. But overall, the fit was rather comfortable, and the chemise tucks in rather nicely to preserve modesty.

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Full side view

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Front view, gathered waist

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Lace trimming

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Un-tied drawstring back closure

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Inside back view of front waistband detailing

I was very nervous to start an entirely hand sewn article. However, it was a relatively simple pattern that didn’t take as much time as I thought it would. I probably spent about 10 hours max on both pieces. I used double thread for most of the seam work and it seems to be quite durable, I’ve slept in the chemise and there has been no fraying, ripping, or feeling it would fall apart. I am quite pleased with how this turned out.

If you are interested in completing this project for yourself, or would like to commission a set, let me know and I can share more details regarding these garments:)

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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak…”

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3