Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Treats!

So it's Easter. The time of the year that has the most significance in a Christian's life. At least it does in mine. I have in my bag of tricks certain Easter projects I like to pull out year after year. Here are a few links that might give you inspiration to add a little meaning to your Easter Celebration.(be sure to click on the pinkish/reddish link and not the picture. I didn't set them up right)

  The  Jelly Bean Prayer Box  is a perfect craft for a Sunday School Class. You can also print off the poem and just attach it to  little bags of Jelly Beans. This would be a great little treat to give to the special kiddos in your life (or slightly older fluffy friends). Provided you don't eat all the Jelly Beans first. That is a hazard of giving out edible treats.

Resurrection Rolls are an old standby I have used for years. Not only do they teach a story, but they are a great Easter Morning treat as well. They basically just call for those Pillsbury Crescent rolls, marshmallows and either brown sugar or cinnamon sugar. And an oven. So plan wisely before carting all your ingredients off to Sunday School This particular recipe is found at All Recipes.
 I have used purchased sets of Resurrection Eggs over the  years (and in fact still have one or two sets in the homeschool cabinet. Minus a part or two. The communion cup (from the Last Supper) keeps disappearing. Josiah likes to use it has the Holy Grail while playing "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Here is a craft you can do at home. I plan on making them with our group of kids during Children's Church this Easter Sunday. Here is the link for Resurrection Eggs.
 This treat doesn't have any Religious significance.But it is pretty cute. Do you have any extra ice cream cones in the pantry? I have been known to stick some Easter grass and a Marshmallow Peep in the cone as well.  Easter Basket Ice Cream Cones
Somewhere in a box in the abyss that is our Storage Unit, I have some of the cutest lettuce leaf plates. I am trying really hard to be bitter. They have missed quite a few Easters. But I digress. I love setting a pretty table for special days. And what is more special than Easter Dinner. I think you will agree that a beautiful table makes even the driest ham seem juicer. One of my favorite little Table Scape Sites "Between Naps on the Porch" has some beautiful ideas for every occasion. You can find this table here. Easter Tablescape

Here is another Easter Tablescape at Between Naps. I think I have just the bunny rabbit that will make our Easter Table something special. That is if he isn't being used as some sort of Villainous Mastermind plotting to overtake the Universe. You never know at my house. I found the tiny eggs off of the miniature Easter Tree being used as precious artifacts that Indiana Jones had unearthed. Sigh.
Have a Lovely Easter!

My Apologies

I am so ashamed. My cousin just informed me (via FB) that she couldn't become a follower on my blog. So I did a little investigation and realized that I had disabled the "follow" feature on my blog. I just now remember doing that. Undoubtedly I had a good excuse. So after my 'let me make you feel extremely guilty" tirade yesterday about having no followers I accept full responsibility.

In other news...It is chilly in the Ozarks this morning. That is one of the hazards of living in Southwest Missouri. One never knows what season you might wake up in during certain parts of the year. In January we had a tornado one weekend and the next a full force Blizzard. And I don't mean the kind they sell at Dairy Queen. Well, I must go and do other things. Josiah just came in and asked me how to bake a potato. I guess he's hungry. I was kind of hoping he'd forget about breakfast ;<)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Two Cents (more random thoughts)

Okay. I realize that I haven’t been a faithful blogger. And while all 2 of you who actually read this post (Hi, Mom!) will be glad to see me back …I do have a good excuse. It’s called …wait for it…Life! Life is kicking my hiney.  Between illness, homeschool, housework, new challenges and just plain “can’tputagoodbookdownitis, “ these past few months have been a bit overwhelming.  Trust me, I’ve had plenty to say. It’s just been floating somewhere around in my brain. Which could be a good thing. Not everything I have  to say is particularly edifying.  So here they are. Ready or not.  A few random thoughts. (hey! I rhymed!)

1.     1.   Back in March we started a new adventure. We are now assisting my Mom and Dad at their church in Diamond, Missouri. They had been asking us to come for quite some time. But the commute and just plain being comfortable where we were at kept us from committing. God has a strange way of working things out. Josiah and I are still going to our beloved King’s Chapel on Wednesday nights (and whenever they will let us hang out).  There is nothing like great friends. And we certainly have them. Anyhoo, our assignment will no doubt lead to some great things and some new challenges. It’s been harder getting “back in the saddle” than we thought it would be.
2.      2.  As we are now at Mom and Dad’s most of the weekend Josiah is able to wander about their farm with freedom. Every little boy’s dream. A big dog. A fishing pole. And no neighbors around to keep up at night with the endless Just Dance face offs (oh..sorry…this is not about me). He and Papa took an adventure walk in the woods on Saturday. Josiah was viciously attacked by a thorn and barely made it out alive. Well. At least that’s the version I got from our resident story teller.  Poor city kid. Somebody get us a back yard. Quick.
3.      3.  I hate spring. Maybe I should rephrase that…I love Spring, but I hate the allergies that come with it. Yesterday I was driving and it seemed like every business had some sort of lawn care truck in front of it. The lawn mowing and weed eating was completely out of control. I drove down Jefferson Street with one eye shut. My left eye swelled so much I almost lost a contact. As I type this I am squinting at the screen. My contacts are so irritated I am surprised that they haven’t just popped out in protest.
4.       4. Our nice apartment fix-it guys came into to change our air filters today. And to check the smoke alarms. Ooopsie. If I had known they needed in our bedroom I would have picked up a little. Instead it looked like a tornado had taken a nap in my room. I mumbled something about cleaning out closets and hoped he didn’t notice the stack of cereal bowls on the printer. Yep. I tried to tell myself that at least the rest of my house was clean, but the man will probably have nightmares about being chased by large stacks of laundry.
5.    5.    I had an opportunity for a writing job the other day. This was not a paying job, but a steady one in which people would actually read my stuff. And do you know why I couldn’t apply? Because I have not one follower on my blog. Not one. (and If you are a follower and my blog has not told me so I apologize) You had to have at least 25. Not even my own mother will admit she follows my blog. This is sad, my friends. I know I seldom post things of spiritual significance. I don’t have life changing recipes or all those free things real bloggers like to give away…but where else will you get an honest to goodness tirades and a variety of frivolous fluff.  So dear friends.  Stoke my slighted ego. Become a follower.
6.      6.  Yesterday, after Josiah had is class at the Y, we headed off to buy a pizza at a place which shall remain nameless (but it rhymes with Mapa Purphey’s). They were busy, because like me there were a lot of folks who just needed a ready to put in the oven pizza” on Monday night. Unfortunately, the young woman behind the counter was having trouble with her Customer Service skills as well as her “playing well with other” skills in general. She was nice enough to me, but snipped at the lady in front of me and spent the rest of the time snipping at a fellow co-worker. Hello! We can hear you out here! Do your snipping in the breakroom! A big pet peeve of mine are those who have chosen to work amongst the general public, but have trouble just being nice to anybody. As a former(we are talking decades ago now) counter worker for a large fast food burger joint (that rhymes with DaMonald’s) I can speak to the frustrations that a busy counter can bring. Just deal with it! Put on a smile. You can punch something later. Maybe she was having a bad day. But come on. A lot of us have bad days. Just play nice with others. And that is my two cents.
7.      7.   I have suffered a major catastrophe. My laptop has been infected by a nasty bug. I am currently pounding away on The Studly Muffin’s much inferior computer. He only uses it to keep up with his fantasy Nascar team, golf scores and buddies on Facebook. I am really insulted. I also just found out that it is going to cost more money than we have right now to let the boys at Best Buy debug it. It’s always something. Woe.

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