Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Inspiration

It hit me as I was "doodling" my notes as Pastor Bryan was giving his sermon this morning.  If anyone sees me as I doodle on my church program they probably think, "that girl is setting a real great example for her kids...(sarcasm), but i really am drawing my notes.  
So today, the sermon was based on Abram and the legacy he was leaving as he learned to faithfully follow God's will.  Faith to go when the going seems unreasonable.  Faith to trust when trusting seems irrational. Faith to wait when the waiting seems impossible. 
It's easy to forget how important it is to wait on God.  Sometimes we do want to step in there as if we are "letting God take a break on this one".  Like we can fix anything without Him... been there, tried that!  
Dogwoods will soon be in bloom here in Arkansas.  They always bloom at Easter time.  It's another reminder of the sacrifice God made for me; and you.  Abraham left a legacy and just as it was then, it is now.  We have to TRUST, BELIEVE, have FAITH, and WAIT on Him.  Let me tell you, life is way easier to handle when I am mindful of those words!

Mixed Media: Acrylic on canvas beeswax collage
Blessings all,

Monday, February 8, 2010

Another Snow Day in the South

Because it looks like this:

we had some fun in the craft room making these:

inspiration for these valentines found here.

As we munched on these:

Happy Happy Day!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Best Sugar Cookies....EVER!!

 Little Miss Fancy Pants and I have been in the mood to bake up a batch of sugar cookies again.  Do you ever have a hard time with your sugar cookies spreading once they hit the oven?  Or loose dough that's hard to transfer to the cookie sheet?  Well I have.  I've tried several recipes.  I've chilled the dough, chilled the name it.  BUT NO MORE TRIALS, I've found the holy grail sugar cookie recipe and here is where you can find it.

Bridget of Bake at 350 is Queen Cookie Baker in my book.  I was about to give up until I discovered her lovely masterpiece of a blog. (those are her artwork/cookies pictured above) Check it out, and read her lessons and FAQ's.  You'll learn something!
So I took her advice and used cold butter (instead of chilling the dough), and subbed vanilla bean paste for vanilla extract.  Surprisingly, the butter and sugar mixed easily.  I never chilled my dough.  It rolled out nicely, the cutouts transferred easily from countertop to cookie sheet, AND they kept their shape without swelling.  Best of all is they taste GREAT.  To quote Miss Fancy Pants favorite new word of the day..."SNAP"!