Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #275

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #275!
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 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
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. "The Little Stepladder That Could" by The Apple Street Cottage
2. "Peonies" by Thelma's Days
3. "5 Tips To Know About Painting Your House" by The Dedicated House




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!

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Portable "Veggies Made Great" Foods GIVEAWAY

Portable "Veggies Made Great" Foods GIVEAWAY!
Enter for your chances to win!

Part of The Back To School Giveaways

but first - read this great post:
Freezing Goji Berries for Winter Smoothies
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click HERE to view the entire post

(the following post was written by Laura from Michigan Saving and More )
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Welcome to the Portable “Veggies Made Great” foods Giveaway!

2 winners

This giveaway is part of our Back to School Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Host that put together this giveaway is Michigan Saving and More and Saralee’s Deals, Steals, and Giveaways
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.
Teach Your Child As They Grow Giveaway
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Each winner receives 3 product coupons each for

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from this sponsor in the last 12 months. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/29/18. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them! Don't forget to stop by for your daily bonus entries.

Enter below and Good Luck!
 
 


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Click the button below to enter the Great Giveaways going on now!!:
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GoWiseUSA Air Fryer GIVEAWAY

GoWiseUSA Air Fryer GIVEAWAY!
Enter for your chances to win!

Part of The Back To School Giveaways

but first - read this great post:
Lemon Mulberry & Pecan Muffins with Crumb Topping
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click HERE to view the entire post

(the following post was written by Laura from Michigan Saving and More )
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The GoWISE USA Retro Collection Air Fryer Giveaway! Ends 8/31 @GoWISEUSA @SMGurusNetwork

Welcome to The GoWISE USA Retro Collection Air Fryer Giveaway!

1 Winner Will Win A GoWISE USA Retro Collection 2.75-Quart Air Fryer ~ Winners Choice Of Color! RV $140

This giveaway is part of our Back To School Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
 

Host that put together this giveaway is:

Deliciously Savvy

My co-hosts for this giveaway are:

Michigan Saving and More, Missy's Views And Savings Clues, My Silly Little Gang, Holiday Contest & Sweeps, and Sweet Southern Savings

 
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.

WEBSITE ~ FACEBOOK ~ TWITTER ~ PINTEREST ~ INSTAGRAM ~ YOU TUBE

1 Winner Will Win A GoWISE USA Retro Collection 2.75-Quart Air Fryer ~ Winners Choice Of Color! RV $140

Read My Review

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/31/18. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to mcushing7 at hotmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Melissa Cushing at mcushing7 (at)hotmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!


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Click the button below to enter the Great Giveaways going on now!!:
God’s Growing Garden Giveaways



Monday, July 30, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#1 GARDEN (August 2018)

Our garden is overflowing with delicious food!  I hope that you are all enjoying some local produce this season.
Thank you again for joining us!
There are many ways to follow me:
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WELCOME to the August 2018 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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Flowers by Color - GREEN
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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the August 2018 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
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#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the July 2018 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Lavender Festival at Chatfield Farms by Mille Fiori Favoriti


Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, Why Doesn't Your Garden Grow by Comfort Spring


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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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Click the button below to enter the Great Giveaways going on now!!:
God’s Growing Garden Giveaways



Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fruit of the Spirit #9 - SELF-CONTROL

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Fruit of the Spirit #9 = SELF-CONTROL
When we become a Christian, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and these "fruits" (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) are the characteristics that overflow from us.  This does not mean that we automatically produce Spiritual fruit without effort - we are still sinners and fall short of the Glory of God.  However, this fruitful Spirit will become easier and be like a good habit after years of practice.
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Today we will concentrate on SELF-CONTROL.

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."  Whether it is physical, mental or emotional stimulation, it's an "anything goes" attitude with no regards for other people.  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.   

"It (God's Word) teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age." Titus 2:12

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 - self-control is a characteristic that we should all strive to become. 

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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.

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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. 

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Then there's TEMPTATION.  Look at the verse above and how vivid it is - "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 of 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 above.

What will you do with your shed full of self- control this week?





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Friday, July 27, 2018

RECIPE - Lemon Basil Scones

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Lemon Basil Scones

This title is a little confusing since I used the herb "lemon basil" - I did not combine the two flavors of lemon and regular basil  (although you may substitute regular basil for this recipe).  Lemon basil still has anise undertones like the regular basil that we are all accustomed to using in tomato sauce or Italian cuisine.    These two flavors of lemon and basil are delectable. 

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2 tablespoons chopped lemon basil (washed and patted dry)
1/3 cup butter
1 3/4 cups flour
5 tablespoons cream
1 egg
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
lemon rind (a couple teaspoons worth)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
extra granulated sugar for sprinkling on top

Prepare the basil as listed above. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar (1/4 cup), lemon rind, baking powder and salt - stir until combined.  Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is crumbly In a small bowl lightly whisk the egg and cream together.  Add the egg/cream and lemon juice to the dry ingredients and stir. Finally stir in the chopped basil (see top left picture above). Form the dough into a ball with your hands and on a lightly floured surface gently knead/work the dough just until smooth (or until it resembles the picture above on the right).  Roll the dough into a cylindrical shape & cut into 5 equal puck chunks. Form each dough chunk into a square & roll it to about 3/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface (repeat for all 5 chunks).  Cut each rolled square dough chunk diagonally to make a triangle shape (see picture below) (this will make a total of 10 scones).

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Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and sprinkle (or dredge) each scone with extra sugar (see picture below).

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Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes (or until desired doneness is achieved) - Be careful NOT to bake too long - then they will be too dry.

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For extra lemony flavor you may drizzle lemon glaze on top of each scone


LEMON GLAZE
2 1/2 tablespoons butter (melted and cooled to lukewarm)
1+ cups powdered sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon

Stir the butter and lemon juice together.  With an electric mixer slowly blend the powdered sugar into the melted butter - only adding 1/2 cup of sugar at a time.  (NOTE: The reason why you only add 1/2 cup of sugar at a time is because you don't want the glaze to become too stiff.). 

With a spoon drizzle some glaze on top of each scone.

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Serve plain or with a little jam;  with tea and/or coffee & ENJOY!


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