Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

Scripture to Live By:  
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Isaiah 41:10

Recipe Post:
I really like popcorn and I like cinnamon sugar.  Oh, the combination of the two is yummy.  It is so simple to make.  All you will need is a bag of microwaveable popcorn, cinnamon and sugar.

Cook popcorn in microwave oven according to directions on the box or use your popcorn setting on microwave oven.

My microwave oven setting is for 2 minutes and 10 seconds.  Some microwave oven settings may be different.  Do not let popcorn cook any longer than you hear the popcorn popping or it will burn.  

Remove from microwave oven. 

 Make your own cinnamon and sugar, or you could purchase it already made.  
 Measure out 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon.
(You will not need this much for a bag of popcorn but you can make this much and store it in a plastic sealed container and have it on hand to use at a later time.)

 Mix this up in a bowl until well blended.  

Put desired amount of popped popcorn in a brown paper bag.  

Add 1 tablespoon at a time of the cinnamon sugar mixture. 

Pour it into the bag with the popcorn.

Fold the top of the bag down and shake to distribute the cinnamon sugar through out the popcorn.  Taste and see if you have the desired amount.  If you do not, add another tablespoon and repeat until you get the taste of cinnamon sugar popcorn you desire.  

Pour into a bowl and repeat the above with the remainder of the popped corn.

It is good to eat as a snack or serve for a crowd.  I think all will enjoy a new taste for popcorn.  
You can make this with your children.  I know they will enjoy making it.  

If you have some unexpected guests this can be a quick snack to make.  
It taste like gourmet popcorn.


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tasty Baked Potatoes

Scripture to Live By:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20

Recipe Post:  If you would like baked potatoes that you can eat the skins, then this is the way to fix them.  The skin is soft and tasty.

Wash the potatoes thoroughly with a vegetable brush. and dry with paper towels.

Put some oil in a bowl that is large enough to roll the potato in to coat with oil. 

                                            Coat potatoes with oil. 

Place potatoes in a pan to sprinkle with Kosher or sea salt.

Once you have the potatoes oiled and salted, pierce the potatoes with a paring knife 8-12 times each.  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place potatoes on the oven shelf and place a pan on the rack underneath to catch any drippings.  
(There will be only a small amount.)

Bake 1 hour when baking  4 potatoes.  I baked these five  potatoes for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  

Remove from oven and cool slightly.  Split in half and squeeze potato slightly for the inside of the potato to pull away from the side and make it look fluffy.  Add whatever topping you would like.  I like sour cream, butter and bacon bits.  My husband likes salsa on his.  

I served the potatoes with corn on the cob, broccoli  and strip steak, grilled on the grill.  
What can I say?  It was absolutely delicious.


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Key Rack for Dad

Scripture to Live By: 
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
 Isaiah 55:8-9

 Craft Post: I am constantly misplacing things and my keys are one of the items I misplace along with my glasses.  Since Father's Day is coming up I thought this might be a craft that the Father's would like, since they seem to have a number of keys for different things like: lawnmowers, buildings, boats, cars, trucks, tool boxes and etc.  Also I thought it is a craft that mom's and children could work on together.We made these with our Children's Church children.

Here is how we made it.
We used  scrap lumber that is l inch by 6 inches wide and made the length 7 inch long.

We took a 1 X 6 inch board and measured it into 7 inch lengths and marked it with a pencil.  The we made 45 degree angles in the upper corners, as seen below.

Next we cut the the board into as many 7 inch length as we had marked off in pencil using a miter saw.

Next we l cut the  45 degree angles on the top corners.

We used scrap lumber we had on hand and made enough for our children's church class.

The next job was to sand all corners, edges, angles and flats. We used a belt sander to do the sanding.

Using the Cricut I printed out the letters DAD, PAPAW, MOM AND MAMAW
so each child could choose what he/she wanted to put on her Key Rack.

After cutting out the letters with the Cricut, I ran them through a Xyron create a sticker gadget to coat with letters with adhesive.

I gathered everything I would need and laid it out on the plaque.You could paint or stain the rack what ever color you would like.  I chose to leave it the natural wood.

I made some with Dad, Papaw, Mom and Mamaw to use in our Children's Ministry for the children to put together and give to the authority figure in their home.   Not of all of the children are living in the home of their parents or may only have one parent.  
In the picture below, at the top of the rack you see two holes that have been drilled with a quarter inch drill bit.  They are placed a quarter of an inch down from the top of the rack.  Across the  bottom of the rack you  see three drilled holes to put the eye hooks in to hold the keys. They are placed 1/2 inch from the bottom and the first and third hole is 1 inch from each side.  The one in the center is 2 1/2 inches from the first hole and the third hole.    

I had some samples of vinyl siding colors so I thought they could be used as the background for the Bible verse I was using on the plaque.  I typed the verse onto card-stock paper, then printed it off and trimmed it with decorative craft scissors. You could put what ever saying you would like on the plaque.  I chose this bible  verse to teach the children to respect those that God had placed as the authority figures in their home.  

I stapled the vinyl sample on the plaque.

Then I centered the verse and glued it in place using Elmer's Craft Bond permanent tape.

Next, I used a leather shoe string to make the hanger for it and fed the leather through the back of the plaque and tied it in a knot on the front of the plaque, as seen below.

Next I centered the letters for each plaque beneath the vinyl and the bottom of the rack where the screw holes are,

Next, I screwed the eye hooks into the holes to be able to hang at least three sets of keys.

Next I Mod Podge the entire plaque.  

Let dry thoroughly.  It is ready to give to that special person in your life.   

So if you are looking for something to make for Dad perhaps this will give you and idea of what you could do.  









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