No Pay Again Today

Vocabulary word of the day: Remuneration – money paid for work or service.

Use the word in a sentence: My remuneration makes me wonder if it’s worth it!

Read the following poem: Continue On – by Roy Lessin

A woman fretted over the usefulness of her life.

She feared she was wasting her potential

being a devoted wife and mother.

She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband and children

would make a difference.mom

At times she got discouraged because so much of what she did

seemed to go unnoticed

and unappreciated.

“Is it worth it?” she often wondered.

“Is there something better that I could be doing with my time?”

It was during one of these moments of questioning that she heard the still, small voice

of her Heavenly Father

speaking to her heart.

“You are a wife and mother

because that is what I have called you to be.

Much of what you give is done without remuneration.

But I am your reward.

Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be

without your support.

Your influence upon him is greater than you think

and more powerful than you will ever know.

I bless him through your service

and honor him through your love.

Your children are precious to me.

Even more precious than they are to you.

I have entrusted them to your care

to raise for Me.

What you invest in them is an offering to Me.

You may never be in the public spotlight,

but your obedience shines as a bright light before Me.

Continue on.

Remember you are my servant.

Do all to please Me.

 

Follow-up question: What does this poem say to YOU?

Lesson finished. Have a great day.

Beat the Winter Blues…. Make Smores Indoors!

Gotten a case of the winter blues yet? By the middle of February in the mid-west, the majority of us have had a severe case of it! We’ve had snow here since before Thanksgiving and frankly I think it’s been quite long enough! Today, I’m dreaming of shorts and t-shirts, campfires and bike rides! And since I can’t speed up the seasonal-clock, I’m planning to stay in where it’s warm and simply pretend it’s summer!

How about making some Smores? smoresTo make them, you’ve got to have marshmallows and for a family with food issues, that can be a challenge! After a few years of trying different corn-free  marshmallow recipes, I came across this gem from www.freeeatsfood.com and I’ve never looked back!  It’s my all-time favorite! Here it is… because won’t Smores be absolutely lovely tonight?

Corn-Free Marshmallows (also egg, dairy, gluten and soy-free!)

(A.K.A. Fluffy Delicious Pillows of Sweetness!)

½ c cold water

3 envelopes of gelatin (1 envelope = 2 ½ t.)

marshmallows

½ c cold water

2 c. sugar

½ c. light agave syrup (or honey – but we prefer agave)

¼ t. salt

2 t. vanilla extract

2/3 c. corn-free *powdered sugar, divided (for sprinkling in the pan and on top of the marshmallows)

  • Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Then coat pan with 1/3 c. powdered sugar. Set aside.
  • Fit the bowl of a standing mixer with the whisk attachment (the mixing takes a long time!). Add the first ½ c. cold water and the gelatin. Set aside while proceeding to the next step (allowing the gelatin to soak for at least 10 minutes).
  • In a medium sized saucepan, heat the second ½ c. water, granulated sugar, agave syrup and salt over medium heat. Stir a bit and when the mixture just begins to simmer, cover for 3-5 minutes. The steam that is created by putting the lid on will help wash away sugar crystals that may be clinging to the insides of the pan.
  • Remove the lid, and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Let the mixture gently boil until it reaches a temperature of 240 degrees (F). This takes me about 8-10 minutes, but will vary. The temperature is the most important part, not the time!
  • When the mixture reaches 240 degrees, remove from heat and turn your mixer (with the standing gelatin) on low speed. While the mixer is running, carefully pour the hot syrup between the sides of the bowl and the moving whisk attachment. Don’t pour the syrup onto the moving whisk!
  • Once you’ve added all the sugar syrup, gradually increase the speed to High and mix for 10-12 minutes or until the outside of the mixing bowl feels just a bit warm (this is important, since improperly cooled marshmallows can get wet and sticky later!). Towards the end, add the vanilla extract. Throughout the mixing, the mixture will change from a clear, shiny mess into a beautiful fluffy, bright-white cloud. Just be patient and keep the mixer at high speed!
  • Using an oiled spatula, scrape the marshmallow mixture into a pile in your prepared pan. It’s a gooey-mess but it’s fun! Sprinkle the remaining powdered sugar on the top and use your hands to press and spread the marshmallow into the pan as evenly as possible.
  • Allow them to sit out, uncovered, for 4 hours or overnight (especially if planning to roast them).
  • Cut the marshmallows with an oiled pizza wheel or kitchen scissors. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.

*(Even powdered sugar has corn in it! To make your own powdered sugar: use a food processor to grind 1 c. cane sugar with 1 T. potato starch. Keep pulsing until the sugar becomes fine and powdery.)

**For rice-krispy treats: make half the recipe… and after whipping for 10-12 minutes, add 1 T melted palm or coconut oil and a pinch of salt, then whip again. Remove from mixer and stir in 7 cups of GF rice krispies and pat into greased 9×13 pan. (powdered sugar not needed!)

A tip from me: Check your ingredient list AND equipment list before beginning! You MUST have a candy thermometer. And you MUST have a mixer on a stand. Hand held mixers may hold up but your wrist won’t! And the thermometer makes it so much easier than the old candy-drip-test. We did make the marshmallow cream for rice krispy treats without a thermometer once (only because we’d started the recipe before we realized we’d left it at Grandma’s and I refused to throw out all those precious ingredients!) but boy was it a mess…and we were just plain lucky that we actually salvaged the batch enough to eat it!

Thanks again to www.freeeatsfood.com for this scrumptious recipe! We think these marshmallows are so much better than anything from the store! They are truly delicious!

(Psst. Before leaving,  you’ve GOT to listen to this Veggie Tales song! My kids l.o.v.e. it! If you like it too, go ahead and listen Smore!)

Graham cracker, graham cracker, chocolate bar…. Sittin’ round the campfire under the stars… We’re roastin’ marshmallows, marshmallows, sticky and sweet!  Put ‘em all together and you’ve got a treat!

After the Last Tear Falls

Tears are falling. Hearts are breaking.

And Valentine’s Day is just hours away.

Right now some of you are staring, glaring, at the face of frustration, disappointment, anger, questions of enormous size… not feeling one bit “loved”.

Before you turn away, before you close the door, let me tell you why you can have hope.

I know someone whose very name is Love. And He knows you. He has caught every tear that has fallen from your eyes…  and He is waiting for you to come to Him. His name is Jesus.

Life can be difficult. Very difficult. And the pain of life is real. Intense. Our need for answer can be too. But sometimes… we just have to wait. For the answer. For the reason why. For the explanation.

Sure, we want it now. We want to be able to make sense of it all. But sometimes, we just don’t get to. That’s the truth. So today, in the meantime, I want you to know this:

After the last tear falls, there is LOVE.

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Click HERE to listen to the song “After the Last Tear Falls” by Andrew Peterson.

Be encouraged!  

If you need someone to talk to with, call 888-NEED-HIM.

Or send me a message. I’d be glad to listen.

Shared Adventures

Sharing an adventure has a way of bonding families. And so does listening to a good story together. Through them, we get to know the same people, share emotional experiences, and visit new places. In a story read aloud, we become part of another world…together… as a family.

Reading aloud is a wonderful way to spend the winter evenings, but so is being read to! As a family, we have been enjoying listening to others read stories and books to us, all of us…on cd or over the computer.

Visit your local library to borrow audios

or listen to the stories on the internet

or search for audio books to download for free…

rich tales of wonder and excitement,

courage and loyalty,

trials and entertainment.

It’s a relaxing and fun way to spend time together!

It’s priceless – in more ways than one!!!

Here are a few websites to get you started!toes