Tuesday, May 22, 2012

1 Corinthians 6:19

In first Corinthians we read this truth "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore, honor God with your body."  I think  this relates to what we eat, the exercise we do and the rest we allow ourselves!  It is so important that we take care of ourselves so that we can be ready to do the work God calls us to.  How are you doing with this?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gratitude

Take time today to ponder the way God has taken care of you.  Spend a few moments thanking Him and expressing your gratitude. I love to hear the stories people share of how God has provided and shown his love for them. Let us show the same love and care for each other.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring into Health!

Check out the website www.ChooseMy Plate.gov for information on healthy eating.  One publication provided is "Eating Better on a Budget"  Listed below are ten ideas:
  • Plan, plan, plan (plan menus for the week and take inventory before making a list)
  • Get the best price (coupons, store flyers)
  • Compare and contrast (check unit prices listed on the shelves)
  • Buy in bulk
  • buy in season
  • convenience costs...go back to basics (cook from scratch)
  • easy on your wallet (beans,carrots, greens potatoes, apples and bananas)
  • Cook once...eat all week (double recipes and freeze)
  • Get your creative juices flowing (use leftovers in new ways-stir fry or garden salads)
  • Eating out (go early or better yet, eat out for lunch instead of dinner, look for 2 for 1 deals, drink water)
This is a great way to get the most for your food budget and eat better at the same time.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Paul's prayer

I love this prayer that Paul wrote to the Colossians, I believe it is for us today as well:

"Father, may they clearly know Your will and achieve the height and depth of spiritual wisdom and understanding.  May their lives be a credit to You, Lord; and what's more, may they continue to delight You by doing every good work and growing in the true knowledge that comes from being close to You.  Strengthen them with Your infinite power, according to Your glorious might, so that they will have everything they need to hold on and endure hardship patiently and joyfully.  Thank You, Father, as You have made us eligible to receive our portion of the inheritance given to all those set apart by the light.  You have rescued us from dark powers and brought us safely into the kingdom of Your Son, whom You love and in whom we are redeemed and forgiven of our sins [through His blood]."

Col 1:9-14 The Voice (Step Into the Story of Scripture)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday 4/7/2012
1 pm
Bel Air Church of the Nazarene
2430 Conowingo Rd
Bel Air, Maryland

Monday, April 2, 2012

Natural dyes for Easter Eggs

This information came from http://chemistry.about.com/od/holidayhowtos/a/eastereggdyes.htm

Here is the preferred method for using natural dyes:

  1. Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered.
  2. Add approximately one teaspoon of vinegar.
  3. Add the natural dye. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color.
  4. Bring water to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. If you are pleased with the color, remove the eggs from the liquid.
  7. If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs). Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight.
  8. Naturally-colored eggs will not be glossy, but if you want a shiny appearance you can rub a bit of cooking oil onto the eggs once they are dry.
You can use fresh and frozen berries as 'paints', too. Simply crush the berries against dry boiled eggs. Try coloring on the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them. Happy Easter!

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

ColorIngredients
LavenderSmall Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
Violet BlueViolet Blossoms
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Hibiscus Tea
Red Wine
BlueCanned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
GreenSpinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish YellowYellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
YellowOrange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Celery Seed (boiled)
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Green Tea
Golden BrownDill Seeds
BrownStrong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
OrangeYellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Cooked Carrots
Chili Powder
Paprika
PinkBeets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
RedLots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Canned Cherries with Juice
Pomegranate Juice
Raspberries

Monday, March 19, 2012

Yellow Cake



Homemade yellow cake without artificial coloring!

2 1/4 C flour
1 1/2 C sugar
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 C milk
veg oil
1 stick butter softened
1 TBSP vanilla
3 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray three 9 and 1 1/2 inch round pans with cooking spray
Lg bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
In measuring cup combine 1 1/4 cups of milk and add veg oil to bring liquid to 1 1/3 cups
Add this mixture, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture and beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes
Add eggs and continue beating for another 2 minutes
Pour batter into pans
Bake at 350 for 20-25 min or until wooden pick inserted at center of cake comes out clean
Cool on racks for 15 min and then remove from pans
Frost as desired
Enjoy