Monday, November 14, 2011

A Good Kick in the Pants

Yesterday I went to church by myself with the girls since Adam was hunting. At the end of the service we sang the song I Surrender All. I will be honest here and say that seeing the beautiful words on the screen convicted me of voicing them out loud. Let me share these words with you.

I Surrender All

  1. All to Jesus I surrender;
    All to Him I freely give;
    I will ever love and trust Him,
    In His presence daily live.
    • Refrain:
      I surrender all,
      I surrender all;
      All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
      I surrender all.
  2. All to Jesus I surrender;
    Humbly at His feet I bow,
    Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
    Take me, Jesus, take me now.
  3. All to Jesus I surrender;
    Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
    Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
    Truly know that Thou art mine.
  4. All to Jesus I surrender;
    Lord, I give myself to Thee;
    Fill me with Thy love and power;
    Let Thy blessing fall on me.
  5. All to Jesus I surrender;
    Now I feel the sacred flame.
    Oh, the joy of full salvation!
    Glory, glory, to His Name!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mr and Mrs

I would consider myself to be a "crafty" person in that I enjoy a good do it yourself project more than most people.

That is the problem with pinterest.

There are about 50 projects I want to do on there right now, but I am currently working on an intense sewing project so I don't have time for most of them.

However, here is one that I did do.

Pinned Image

I know mine is not as pretty as the one that I found on pinterest, but I was too excited to start my little notebook that I did not care about the way it looked on the outside. I was lucky enough to find a plain colored notebook that I did not need to cover any of it.

I also went off the idea and made a notebook for Adam and me. When we have a lot going on, we don't get as much time to talk about things going on in our life and so I thought this would be a great way to catch up on the busy days. Besides most of the time we leave little notes for each other and they end up getting left all over the place and eventually get thrown away since we have no place to keep them. Now we have the paper and a place to keep them.

Can't wait to make one for Ella when she is a little older.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cookie Verdict

I know all of you are ever so anxious to know how the cookies were.

Drum roll please......

They were good! They were not the best I have ever tasted, but they were good.

It was a fabulous recipe though in that it was by far the BEST dough I have ever worked with. It was easy to scoop and did not stick to my fingers. The cookies were chewy and not hard. It made fluffy cookies and I really didn't try to make them that way. I usually use the recipe on the back of the chocolate chips bag and my cookies usually end up flat. These were beautiful.

I will use this recipe again, but I am going to adjust it in hopes to make it exactly what the recipe says it is.

The BEST-EVER Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Me Want Cookies

Tomorrow we are going to my brother-in-law's house and I was asked to bring something sweet so today I am trying out a cookie recipe from Hopefully, the recipe will be worth the hours of naptimes that I have been wasting looking at recipes and do it yourself projects.

 Here is the website, but I helped you skip a click by providing the recipe below.

Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
barely adapted from Anna Olson, Food Network Canada

3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened 
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.

3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.

4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)

5.  Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Try not to eat them all.

Cookies will be done in 3 minutes. I will post later with pictures and tell how the taste test went. :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Love Language

I read the 5 Love Languages book by Gary Chapman several years ago. After reading it, I immediately thought my love language was quality time. Recently, I stumbled up a quiz on-line that you can take to find out your language and while quality time is pretty high, it is not my primary language. It is words of affirmation. I'll be honest I was surprised.

Love Language Scores:
10 Words of Affirmation
7 Quality Time
5 Receiving Gifts
3 Acts of Service
5 Physical Touch
Interpreting and Using Your Profile Score:
The highest score indicates your primary love language (the highest score is 12). It's not uncommon to have two high scores, although one language does have a slight edge for most people. That just means two languages are important to you. The lower scores indicate those languages you seldom use to communicate love and which probably don't affect you very much on an emotional level.

Words of Affirmation
Actions don't always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, "I love you," are important--hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.
Interesting. It makes sense now that I think about it, but I would have never guessed that that was my language.

Take the quiz. Tell me what your love language is. Do you think it fits you?
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