Friday, July 3, 2020

Fun Fridays #41 - BEACH BURYING

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Fun Fridays #41 - BEACH BURYING
Happiness and laughter are so good for our health!
"A happy heart makes the face cheerful" Proverbs 15:13
(click HERE to read the health benefits of laughter)

This is a series called:  "Fun Fridays".  On the first Friday of every month I will share with you an old photo or something from the recent past that made me happy;  in hopes that it will at least make you smile 😊

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On the weekends during my childhood we would always spend every Saturday at Point Pelee National Park.  Those summer days are precious memories.........except being buried on the beach.  I don't know who ever thought that being trapped in burning hot sand was fun (I am claustrophobic).  I'm glad that this picture was taken because I didn't allow myself to play the "sand bury game" again - haha.  (My dad and cousin are also in the picture above)
ENJOY!

Click to view other Fun Fridays:
#28 Sour Cherries & Bunny Rabbits
#29 - Farm Cat Fun
#30 - Summertime Sisterly Stretching
#31 - Coffee & Cake on the Beach
#32 - September Sumac at Point Pelee
#33 - Non-Scary Happy Halloween
#34 - Fall Farm Dog
#35 - And Santa Said....
#36 - One Piece Snow Suit
#37 - Macrame Kitty-Cat Hanger
#38 - Crocheted Pillow Baby Props
#39 - Braided Beauty
#40 Garden Boy

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #375

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #375!

Before we get to the blog hop today - checkout this post:
Lemon Mulberry & Pecan Muffins with Crumb Topping RECIPE
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Grow a COVID19 Victory Garden!  There are many wonderful seeds available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds (click picture below):


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Click the button below to enter each Giveaway!!:
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

(click HERE to view & follow)
Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:


1. "Bee Unit Study" by Homegrown Adventures
2. "The Race We Can't Win" by A New Lens
3. "The Loss of Animals" by Floyd Family Homestead
If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!





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Monday, June 29, 2020

You're the STAR - Week#5 EXTRA (June 2020)

We had so much rain over the weekend that some areas of the garden were like quicksand the next day.  I'm sure by next weekend I'll be saying that it's too dry - lol.
Thank you again for joining us!
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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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Sandwich Sliced Dill Pickles

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WELCOME to the June 2020 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the June 2020 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)


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(All features were chosen from the May 2020 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Make Your Own Copper Plant Markers by Pretty +Efficient



Get Ready for Emergencies by Comfort
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Toilet Paper Tree by B4 and Afters
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If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )






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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Recipe for the Christian Life - SELF-CONTROL

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Recipe for the Christian Life - SELF-CONTROL

Today is the fourth post in the series on growing in our Christian Walk.  Developing a Christian life is kind of like baking a recipe - good ingredients create a perfect treat.  Adding good characteristics to our faith produces good Christians.

If you recall, last month we started with an empty mixing bowl - our FAITHA few weeks ago we added GOODNESS and KNOWLEDGE to our faith.
Today we are going to add in SELF-CONTROL.


It's always good to start with the very basic definition of "self-control" (from the online dictionary):

self-control - the ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires or the expression of them in one's behavior, especially in difficult situations. Self-discipline, self-restraint.

Self-control is a characteristic that has been forgotten about in our modern world.  In society today, anyone can say and do what they want, just as long as it makes them "happy" or just as long as they have a political stand to make (however, recently we have seen that opinions on the conservative side are not allowed by society).  

Often, if you are self-controlled you are being considerate of other people.  Striving to be self-controlled will not only benefit yourself but it will benefit those around you.   

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If you read all of Titus chapter 2 you will notice that "self-control" is mentioned many times. In these verses "self-control" should be practiced by EVERYONE.  In other words, it doesn't matter what stage of life you are in, or what class status, or what gender, or what race.  
Self-control is a characteristic that we should all strive to have in our faith. 

In everything that we do, we must be self-controlled through our ACTIONS.  We must show restraint in good and bad times, we must have a strong willpower and be disciplined showing the grace of Jesus our Lord & Savior.

"Therefore prepare your minds for action;  be self-controlled;  set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed" 
(1 Peter 1:13)

I find it so interesting that our "minds" must be clear and prepared for both PRAYER & ACTION.  Have you ever had difficulty praying because your mind was racing on things happening in your life? - That has been the case for me many times.  If your mind is not clear then it is impossible to honestly have quiet time with God.  Prayer is so much more listening than talking.  God molds us through prayer and how can we understand anything if thoughts are racing through our mind?  Thoughts like: "I have to do the laundry" or "I better help the kids with their homework" or "I'm hungry - doesn't chocolate sound good?"  We must clear our minds of all of this clutter before we pray. 

"The end of all things is near;  Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray" 
(1 Peter 4:7)

Then there's TEMPTATION.  Look at the verse below and notice the vivid detail - "the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."  Being self-controlled & alert is necessary to help defend ourselves against Satan and temptation.  I wonder if our heavenly Father wants "self-control" to become second nature - like a good habit.  Especially since self-control is vital for prayer, for our actions & during temptation.

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There is a vacant rundown house in my neighborhood and it is literally out of control.  This dilapidated house has skunks, opossums and stray cats living on or under the porch and garage.  There is junk piled to the ceiling on the front & back porches and there are also many wasp nests and the worst smell of mold coming out of this house.  This state of disrepair is what I think of when I read the verse below.

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Self-control is an essential characteristic for a righteous Christian Life - Let's strive to make that a priority!


Over the next few weeks we will continue adding to the GOODNESS, KNOWLEDGE & SELF-CONTROL in our faith (from 2 Peter 1:3-11).


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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Betty Salad (Made With Fresh Garden Spinach)

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Betty Salad 
(Made with Fresh Garden Spinach)

Have you ever heard of Betty Salad?  If the answer is yes, then you're probably from the Toledo, Ohio area.
Betty Timko was the creator of this delicious salad.  Her original recipe includes spinach, romaine lettuce, hard boiled eggs, bacon bits, bean sprouts and her own unique dressing.  I prefer this salad with using only 3 of those ingredients:
Spinach
Boiled Eggs
Chopped Fried Bacon
(and Betty dressing - store bought)


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We have had a wonderful spinach year in our garden this season!

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Below, you will see a picture of Betty on her dressing (I bought at Kroger)

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I don't have measurements when making this salad - it's just as much spinach, eggs and bacon that you want to add.
ENJOY!!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #374

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #374!

Before we get to the blog hop today - checkout this post:
Who Takes Care of the Caregiver? - Dealing with UNFAIRNESS
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Grow a COVID19 Victory Garden!  There are many wonderful seeds available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds (click picture below):


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Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
Click the button below to enter each Giveaway!!:
God’s Growing Garden Giveaways
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

(click HERE to view & follow)
Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:


1. "Tomato Zucchini & Cheese Pie" by Mille Fiori Favoriti
2. "Patriotic Fife & Drum" by TeeDiddlyDee
3. "DIY Reusable Makeup Remover Pads" by Hello Sewing
If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!





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Grow your own!
Many wonderful garden products from

 "Mary's Heirloom Seeds"!!
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