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  • Abraham Lincoln on Criticism

    "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
  • Consider the Cost

    "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." ~Winston Churchill
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  • Charles Spurgeon

    "Our blessed Lord reveals himself to his people more in the valleys, in the shades, in the deeps, than he does anywhere else. He has a way and an art of showing himself to his children at midnight, making the darkness light by his presence."
  • Progress through Perseverance

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight of life, knowing neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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    God will uncase the hypocrites ere long, and make them know, to their sorrow, what is was to trifle with Him." - Richard Baxter
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  • The Reformed Pastor – Richard Baxter

    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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YouTube Explanation of How to Use Freeze Dried Food from Honeyville Farms

On my other blog, Love My DIY Home, I’ve been talking about preparing your pantry for a food crisis. This is an interesting YouTube video from Nutnfancy exploring the use of freeze dried food from Honeyville Farms in every day living as well as in your food storage. Check it out!

Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Soap

This is my second venture making soap. The first was laundry soap, now I’m shooting for two out of two and making dishwasher soap. This one is a piece of cake as it’s only mixing a few ingredients and you’re done. I’m thinking I’ve got to do pretty little bar soaps next for my guest room.

Here’s the recipe for making your own automatic dishwasher soap:

1 Cup of Borax – at Walmart for $3.38
1 Cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda – 55 oz. box at Walmart for $3.24
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt – $1.68  at Walmart
1/2 Cup Citric Acid – Find this at Walmart in the canning aisle. Ball brand is $2.97
I have read that you don’t need the Kosher salt if you have soft water. We have soft water at our new house, so I may find out I don’t need the Kosher salt. Mix all ingredients together and that’s it!

Free E-book Gifts in a Jar

Download a free copy of Gifts in a Jar from Heavenly Homemakers.

Homemade Chai Tea Latte

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Do-It-Yourself Ideas

LiveRenewed.com shows you how to make Homemade Dairy-Free Chai Tea Latte.

Taste of Home Deal

Right now, you can get Taste of Home subscription for only $3.99 per year (up to three years) from Tanga when you use coupon code TASTE at checkout. This would make a great Christmas present for someone who loves to cook or bake!

Please note: As this is a Tanga deal, the price might vary by a dollar or so throughout the day.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Coffee Cake Anyone?

Here are some Coffee cake recipes I got off FaveDiets.com:

Holiday Chocolate Coffee Cake – Great all year round

Almond Chocolate Coffee Cake – Chock full of flavor

Honey Cinnamon Coffee Cake – Light and yummy

American Cowboy Coffee Cake – Giddy up for flavor!

Friendship Coffee Cake – Perfect for potlucks and parties

Gingerbread Holiday Coffee Cake – Brings the Xmas cheer

Crumbly Apple Coffee Cake -Great for breakfast or dinner

Sour Cream Cinnamon Coffee Cake – A Super sweet treat

Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake -Crumbly deliciousness

Caffe Espresso Coffee Cake -Perks up your taste buds

European Coffee Cake – So much sophistication

Hawaiian Tropics Coffee Cake – A tropical delight

Lemon-Poppy Seed Citrus Coffee Cake -Layers of flavor

Nutty Streusel Coffee Cake – One of the best cakes around

Tooty Fruity Coffee Cake – Unbelievably tasty

Nutty Almond Coffee Cake -So scrumptious

Easy Brown Sugar Coffee Cake – Super simple to make

Delightful Caramel Coffee Cake – An absolute delight

Fruity Cream Cheese Coffee Cake – It gives you energy

20-Minute Coffee Cake – Great for the unexpected guest

Click here for some chocolate cake recipes from FaveDiets.

Cooking Day

For school today, the boys had a cooking day. I looked though some of my cookbooks and handed both them two recipes. They took it from there.

Here are the four chicken dishes Levi and Jacob put together. Below are the actual pictures of their dishes. The aroma of these chicken dishes are amazing! We’re going to freeze them to enjoy another day (after a taste, that is!).

Scottish Chicken Stew from Reader’s Digest Just One Pot cookbook (Jacob)

Italian Chicken from Southern Living cookbook 1986 Annual Recipes (Levi)

Chicken with Dijon Creme from Terrific Chicken, 100 Great Meals in Minutes (Jacob)

Breast of Chicken Balsamic from Terrific Chicken, 100 Great Meals in Minutes (Levi)