Monday, February 20, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (February 2017)


It feels like Spring - we are supposed to reach over 60 degrees today (February in Michigan - definitely a record breaker)!
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WELCOME to the February "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
Calla Lily Birthday by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo 005_zpsa9dfaf82.jpg
My Calla Lily Birthday Surprise


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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the February "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Host 
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Cohosting Team:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  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#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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We have an extra feature this week - 5 features instead of 4!
(All features were chosen from the December 2016 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Ice Cream Cone Rice Krispie Treats by Love My Big Happy Family
Rice Krispie Treat Ice Cream Cone








 Easy Tuscan Bean Soup by Comfort Spring
Easy Tuscan Bean Soup2


Planning Your Housework by Chronically Content
Ehlers Danlos Panning Housework
Just a Few New Dishes & a Few Old Ones... by Debbie-Dabble Blog



 
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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, February 19, 2017

Celestial Celebration - It Only Takes One


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Celestial Celebration - It Only Takes One


This will be a short post today because I want you to really reflect on these featured Bible verses.  It only takes ONE person to repent and accept the gift of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to cause God's angels to celebrate.  God loves you so much - there is a celestial party planned for whenever ONE person accepts this free gift of forgiveness.  Just pray to God and ask Him to forgive you (He will!).


It also only takes one person to be the vessel;  to do God's will and be a witness to those who are lost.  One person filled with the Holy Spirit allowing God to shine through them so that those sinners might see the Truth.


Will you be the ONE? 


"I tell you in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."  Luke 15:7


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Essential Oil Saturdays#1 - Introduction

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Essential Oil Saturdays#1 - Introduction


I have been using "lavender oil" for many years now as a relaxation and sleep aid but my knowledge and experience with essential oils in general was just that "lavender oil."  However, this past Christmas I was given the gift of Essential Oils (specifically Young Living Essential Oils) and I am amazed at the vast wellness possibilities.  Essential oils can be used topically, internally (certain oils only) and most amazingly through aromatherapy (through our sense of smell).  I was also astonished to learn that the use of essential oils is ancient and Biblical.


I'm sure that we are all familiar with this Bible verse (both frankincense & myrrh are essential oils):
"On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." 
Matthew 2:11


Every Saturday I will share something from my own experience or feature one specific essential oil and share with you any information that I have found through online research.  If you are regular to this blog then you know that I am NOT "pushy" when it comes to selling - I just enjoy sharing anything that I have found helpful.  However, if you are interested in buying from "Young Living Essential Oils" we would be so appreciative if you would use this number: 10283796 (it is my sister's membership number & she will receive a small commission - Thank you)




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This is a picture of the 10 essential oils part of the Premium Starter Kit

These essential oils are part of the "Premium Starter Kit" available if you sign up as a member (click HERE to learn more)

Amazon Gift Card
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This starter kit also includes a sample of "Thieves Hand Purifier" and a sample of "Ningxia Red" (wolfberry drink)

If you are interested in just ordering as a customer & not as a member then that is also possible (click HERE to learn more)
Young Living Customer Number

Thank you & ENJOY!



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #53

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#53 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge last year, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I am thankful for Emergency Room doctors and nurses, for over-the-counter flu medicine and for rest.  I am most thankful that God hears our prayers. 

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And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints"  Ephesians 6:18
This Bible study post was from a "Spiritual Weapon" series that I wrote about 5 years ago.  This focuses on the importance of prayer - pray continually in all situations!
Read: The Ultimate Spiritual Weapon - PRAYER

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We have been dealing with the flu in our household so my seed order will have to wait until next week.  It is supposed to be 60 degrees this weekend (which will break a record here in Michigan) - this will certainly get me into the gardening mood.

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- Here are my Follower stats:
GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 2,272
Bloglovin - 4,279
Twitter - 6,583
Pinterest - 5,859
Google+ - 2,297
Facebook - 4,449

Linky Followers - 109
Networked Blog - 1,243

Activate - 574
That's a grand total of 27,665 34 followers in some form or another (which is up 31 from last week).

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About 3 years ago I was creating different versions of crème brulee - this one below was all about sweet & salty (topped with chocolate covered pretzels):
Sweet & Salty Cocoa Crème Brulee
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Canning Advice - NEVER Use Cheap Lids



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CANNING ADVICE: Never Use Cheap Lids


The cost of everything including canning supplies has been increasing incredibly over the past few years.  I have been trying to economize by buying the cheap "no-name" brands of everything from clothing to groceries and last year was the first year that I tried a "no-name" brand canning lid.  That was a huge mistake!


These pictures do not show the true discoloration of the "cheap-lidded" tomato sauce.  In both pictures (above & below) you will notice that the middle jar is different in color than the other two jars.  In real life that middle jar is a brownish red color similar to that of a rotting tomato.



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On the top of this jar I wrote: "USE FIRST 16" (16 is for the year 2016).  Somehow this jar was shuffled to the back of the row and I did not "use it first" (thankfully so - I'm sure that we would have become ill if we had eaten this jar since it obviously did NOT seal properly).


These cheap lids are so thin, plus the quality of the metal is very low.  The heat and pressure from the sealing process of canning warped and creased this cheap metal (see the arrows pointing out these dented areas in the picture below).


The lesson:  It is worth spending a little extra money on either "Ball" or "Kerr" name brand canning supplies.



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Some of my favorite canning recipes (previously shared on this blog):
Sandwich Sliced Dill Pickles
Blackberry Applesauce
Blueberry Syrup
Canning Your Own Grape Juice
5 Different Dishes Using HomeCanned Tomato Sauce
Canned Pears - Using the Peelings in the Syrup
Mulberry Syrup
Strawberry Mango Jam



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Time To Link Up! Tuesdays with a Twist #199

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #199!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

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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. "How To: Braid Your Own Large Rag Area Rug" by Grandma's House DIY
2. "Paper Towel Roll Craft" by SimpleJoys
3.  "Building a Pantry: Why We Should"  by Simply Living the Dream




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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* 

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Monday, February 13, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (February 2017)


Wishing everyone an enjoyable Valentine's Day tomorrow!
Thank you again for joining us!
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Welcome to week#3 of the February "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

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VERSE by VERSE - Love Is Series
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
February "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  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#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the January "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 Vegetarian Chili by Silver Foodie
Fudge Ripple S'mores Muffins | Healthy Helper @Healthy_Helper All the flavor of your favorite childhood treat bundled into a light n' fluffy, fudge-filled muffin! Topped with a perfectly golden marshmallow and stuffed with graham cracker pieces, these gluten-free muffins make the perfect healthy snack or sweet treat for the family!


Can You Work & Homeschool by Sandy Toes Creations
(the pictures were not copyable - please visit her blog to view)


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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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