Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tasty Jello Salad

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Scripture to Live By:
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
Hebrews 2:1

The Word of God is so powerful.  This week we are having Revival Meetings at our church and God has used the meetings to revive my own heart as to where I am in my walk with God.  The speaker ask this question.  "Has there ever been a time in your life that you were closer to God than you are today?"  Then he said, "If there has been, then you are drifting."  

He used the example of a pilot drifting off course and the dangers involved with that, if you don't stay on course.  Even a tenth of a degree would take you of course and miles away from your destination over distance.  

He asked, "Have you gotten off course in your spiritual walk with God?

The following are some of the Scripture verses he used.  
Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 

With this verse he used Mary and Martha and the attitude of Martha's service.  She wasn't serving with gladness.  She was finding fault with her sister.  She wasn't focused on her relationship with the Lord and spending time with Him, but on her sister.  Are you serving the Lord with gladness or is your focus on what others are or are not doing?

2 Corinthians 6:16-18
 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:“I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore,“Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,says the Lord Almighty.”

Revelation 2:4,5
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

He said God will put us on a shelf if we continue to drift.  We are the loser when we drift.  
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8

I am a sinner saved by the grace of God.  My desire is to honor God in my relationship to him.  I am so thankful for God speaking to me through this man using His word.  

Recipes Post:
My sister-in-law gave me this recipe many years ago.  I like to make it for family get togethers and  for many other occasions,  especially holidays and  church gatherings.  This recipe makes one 9 x 13 dish and a 6 x 6 inch dish.  It is very refreshing in hot weather, as well as colorful and very tasty. You could cut it in half, according to your needs.

What you will need:
2 packages of Strawberry Jello
2 packages of Lemon Jello
2 packages of Lime Jello
2 apples
1 cup of pecans
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese
1 can of crushed pineapple

Bottom Layer - 1 package of Strawberry Jello.  Follow the directions on the package. Peel and dice apples into bite size.Then add prepared apples. 

Choose the dish you want to serve your jello salad in.  I chose a bowl for this salad but most of the time I use a 9 x 13 dish and a 6 x 6 inch dish.  I was serving this at a ladies meeting so I chose a bowl instead.  

After you mix the strawberry jello and the apples together, pour mixture into a dish that is deep enough to hold all three flavors mixed.  Put in the refrigerator and let set. Make sure each layer is set before putting the next layer on top of it or it will run together.  

While the red jello with the apple is setting,  mix up the lemon jello according to the directions on the box.

To the lemon jello you will add 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese.  I mix this with a mixer on low speed just long enough for the cheese to be broken up and then add 1 cup of chopped pecans

Put this mixture in the refrigerator for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or just long enough for the jello is cooled down but not set,  and then pour over the red jello.

Return to refrigerator and let set.  

Mix up 2 package of lime jello according to the direction on the box with one exception.  Add only 3 cups of water and add the juice with the crushed pineapple. Mix thoroughly and put in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes until it cools down. Then pour it on top of the lemon jello that has set.
  Let it set firmly before serving.  

It looks so pretty on a plate.

You can serve it with out a topping or you can add ice cream or cool whip. 

As I look forward to warmer weather and all the tasty salads, this one tops the list.
Try it and see if you don't agree.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kitchen Office Nook

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Scripture to Live By:
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:15

Easter is upon us and the verse above says what Christ Jesus did for us.  He died for our sin, he was buried and he rose again in three days.  Why is this so important?  It is of utmost importance because if He had not we could not have a relationship with God and have our sins forgiven.  As a child of God, by faith in what His Son did for me,  I am to no longer live for my self-center desires. I am to live for the one who gave His life, that I might live eternally for and with Him. 

Home Improvement Post:
In our kitchen there is a space which goes into the furnace room.  It is a hole in the wall to get into where the furnace is .  It cannot be closed off because if something goes wrong, you have to go through this hole get to the furnace.  So we decided to use this space for a desk and an kitchen office.  

Here is what we did:  We took the door off the cabinet and the drawer out, as you can see it the picture.  Then we made a shelf to go where the drawer once was.  We are using this space to store paper and odds and ends.  We took the drawer out because once we put the desk top on you would not be able to open the drawer. 

We took the screen off the hole to the furnace and painted it white.  We also painted the inside of the cabinet white. 


Taped it off to paint.

We made a bracket for the desk top to rest on and screwed it beneath the drawer opening.

After the screen had dried we put it back on the furnace room opening.

We purchased some metal brackets and painted them white to add extra strength to the desk table top.

After they were dry we screwed them to the wall.

Brackets are in place but before we put the desk top in we wanted to install a light under the wall cabinet above this area to give more light to the desk area.  

We purchase a 24 in Under Cabinet light to go here.

We installed it according to the direction.   

The lighting is great.  Now it is time to put the desk top on.  My son-in-law made my kitchen counter tops so he made this extra piece for this area.  In the picture below is the desk top a back splash to match the rest of the kitchen and a white board to cover the place where the drawer once was that would give me access to this storage area. 

We set it in place and it fits perfect.

Looking good.

Next step is to screw the desk top to the brackets to hold it in place.

So nice.

Next we installed a decorative shelf right above the desk to put books and various office supplies.

The shelf went directly below the light we had installed. 

I painted the screw heads.   

Now the light was in the book shelf was in and the desk was in. 

We had purchase a leg to go on the side that was not supported by a cabinet.

Now it was time to set up my office space.  We ran the wires for the speakers and hooked them to a surge protector strip. 

Next we hooked up my computer.

Added a printer on the cabinet.

I have always wanted a computer in my kitchen where I could store my recipes and pull them up and not have to look through paper recipes.  So now I can just pull up a recipe in my computer and make the desired recipe reading it from my computer screen. 

How nice is that?

I also cleaned our the cabinets that were above this office space and stored various office supplies. Now I don't have to leave the kitchen  when I need office things.  I can just open the doors above this space where I have my office supplies. 

I also purchased plastic shoe boxes to uses for various office items and labeled them to know what is in each box and used the cabinet under the desk to store them in.  It is working our great. 

I went to Better Homes and Garden website and downloaded Printable Labels and made the labels to go on the shoe boxes.

Using my Xyron Machine I laminated the  labels so they would last longer..

 We drilled holes in the boxes to attach the labels with ribbon so we could change them if we desired.

 We used a paper punch to make holes in the label so we could pet the ribbons through.

Then I stacked them alphabetically in the cabinet under the desk. 

The ones I would be using more frequently I put beside my printer on the cabinet top. 

 I am very please to have my office in the kitchen.  I can download music or sermons and listen as I work as well.  I am thankful for this office space.  It is very convenient and useful.  What do you think? 


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