Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Turkey Salad with Craisins

Scripture to Live By:   So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.  I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” ....So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.  I and the Father are one.”John 10:7-18; 24-30

Recipe Post:
If you are like our family you have been eating left overs since Thanksgiving.  We had quite a bit of turkey left over, so today I decided to make it into Turkey Salad.  Here is how I did it.

I took what turkey that I had left and ground it with my Kitchen Aid meat grinder. It averaged about 1 and 1/2 pounds of meat.



 I add one onion chopped and 3 stalks of celery.  I ran all of this through my meat grinder.



Then I added 1 an 1/2 cups of Miracle Whip, 1/2 cup of sweet pickle relish and blended well. 


Then I  added 3/4 cup of Craisins and mixed it well.  


I then was ready to make some Turkey salad sandwiches.  I used Garlic Herb Italian bread.  Added some lettuce and carrots to my plate.  Lunch served.  Yummy.  


You can also serve it as hor dourves on some of your favorite crackers. 



So if you are looking for a good way to use up some of that turkey, why not give this Turkey Salad a try.  

Blessings to all,  

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Screened Garage Door Enclosure

Scripture to Live By: 
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34

Home Improvement Post:
We have been working on making our garage into a space we can use as a family/game room and an extra sleeping space when all our family comes to visit.  We wanted to be able to open the garage door and still have it fixed so no bugs could come in.  So we decide to make a screen enclosure so it would be open and yet mosquito and bug free.  

Here is what we did.  We purchased five wooded screen doors, 36 inches wide and wood to frame them in to fit in the space where our garage door is, and yet make it to where we  can still open and close the garage door. Our lumber list is as follows: 
6 - 2 X 4 eight foot long
 6 - 1 X 3 eight foot long
2 - 1 X 6 eight foot long.


We taped/papered the wood area off to paint with the screens in the doors.  We used poster board strips to make them firm enough to push them in between the wood and the screen.  We did this to insure no paint would get on the screens.  



  We painted all the boards with two coats of white paint.  



Painted the existing frame where the screen door frames would go.  


My husband mitered the framework and screwed it to the sides and top and bottom of the existing frame.  


You can see the basic framing of the outside of the opening.


The process begins of hanging the doors.   We knew the five doors would not fill in the entire opening space.  So we began in the center of the opening and worked our way outward to each side. 


We had extra space on each side of the garage door that was wider than all five doors.  So we added boards on each side to fill in the extra space.  They were 1" x 6 " boards.  We painted them white to match the frame work and the doors. 


We caulked around every thing so water and bugs could not get in.


To seal off each set of two screen doors we used 1 x 3 x 80 inches and nailed them in place.  


This is what the screened entrance looked like when we had completed this job.  



We are so pleased with the way it turned out.  Now we don't have to be concerned with creatures getting in there and it looks nice.  It is slowly but surely becoming a recreation room and extra space when we have extra people visiting.  I am looking forward to showing you what we are doing to the inside, but that will be another time. 
Hope you like it, I know we sure do.  

Blessings, 


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Making Name Pictures

Scripture to Live By:
 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life....... Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.    Proverbs 31:10-12;25-31

 My sister's beautiful children gave her a surprise birthday/family reunion party at a very nice restaurant in Lynchburg, Va.  My sister has been the glue to keep our family together.  She is a very precious lady.  She has been such an example of Christ's love to each of us.  She is so giving of herself to the benefit of others.  There are not enough beautiful words to describe her.  All who know her would agree.  


There were 50  family members that were  present.  It was such a blessing to spend this time together.  We all left with some unforgettable memories.  My family is so precious to me, as I can only imagine yours is to you, as well.  The time we spend together is never enough.  I wish more of the family could have been there.  
My husband and I made the plaque below for my sister's 75th Surprise Birthday Party. It was so hard to know what to give her but I know she dearly loves the man whose name she bears, so I knew she would enjoy having their name on a plaque.  She always enjoys things that her family makes for her, so we decide to make her this plaque.  
Every part of the plaque is handcrafted.  

If you would like to make this plaque, follow the steps below.   (Even though the 'A' looks black in the picture you can see in the letters below it is really green.)  



1.  I began by using my Cricket machine and cutting out the letters of their name and laying them out on quilt blocks, that I had made.  Then I took pictures of each letter on the different quilt blocks. Next, I had the pictures developed.   I made the pictures 4" X 6". 


2,  When cutting out the matte for this size, I used an oval matte cutter.  It doesn't matter if you use an oval or a rectangular matte cutter, the center distance from picture to picture will be 4 & 1/4 inch.  

The first and last picture will be 3 & 3/4 inches from each end. Center the cut out vertically. The height of the matte should be around 8 & 3/8 inch. The width will be determined by how many letters you have.

3.  For the picture fame we purchased 8 feet of molding 1 & 1/2 inch wide and 8 feet of 1/4 inch thick by 1 & 1/4 wide strip.  

4.  I then rough cut these pieces to just over my desired length.

The next step is to glue the thin strips to the flat or back side of the molding and flush with the outer edge of your molding. This gives you the space where the glass, picture matting and backing will lay and be flush with the back of the frame.

The next step is to miter the corners 45 degrees to the desired lengths and, also, the end pieces of the frame. Next, I clamped the frame together square and drilled a 3/16 hole across each of the corners. Next, we took the frame apart and cleaned up the ends and the holes and now we glued the ends together. Using a 3/16 dowel rod coated with glue we inserted it into the holes, this will give the frame added strength. After the glue has dried, we can sand off the rough edges on the corners.  Now we are ready to paint the frame to our desired color.

We took the inside measurement of the frame to Lowe's and had a glass cut to fit the inside frame. Then we put the picture together.  We cut a piece of cardboard to fit the inside measurement as our backing.  We inserted clips to hold the backing in place.




My sister really liked her name plaque.  Hope you like it as well.

Blessings, 


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