Saturday, April 28, 2012

Amaranth - It's What's for Breakfast!

Cinco de Mayo is coming up fast!  How 'bout some traditional Mexican cuisine?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Easy Handmade Card Idea

I know that sometimes when we see those beautiful handcrafted cards, it seems very intimidating.  Just choosing which papers to use can be overwhelming!  Well, I'm here today to make this a lot less stressful...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I was so pleasantly surprised when Faith (Artistic31Mama) told me the honor the Liebster award for small blogs (under 200 followers) was mine. She was kind enough to pass along this award to me! Thank you so much, Faith - I am so honored!!

For me, blogging was a way to put knowledge in one place for family, friends, and anyone else who was interested in the "what I do all day". For a long time, I've had people ask "how do you do that?" and "would you show me?" and "can I have the recipe?".  This way, I can share information with anyone who wants or needs it, a one-stop-shop for those who are new to being gluten free, or who want to learn to craft or garden or can.

To be nominated for an award for doing what I love is simply icing on a gluten free cake!

As part of receiving the Liebster Award, I am delighted to pass it on to my favorite small blogs that I think you would absolutely love. :-) Be sure to stop by and say hello to them!

Michelle and Ashley - The Tattered Quilt Cottage
Kristina - Pioneer Woman at Heart
@llie - Freshly Completed
Amy - While Wearing Heels
Angell - Passionate and Creative Homemaking

Upon accepting this award bloggers are asked to: 
1) Post the award to their blog
2) Link back to the blogger who gave the award
3) Give the award to 5 blogs with less than 200 followers
4) Leave a comment for each blogger letting them know you have offered them the award.

So stop by for a visit and leave them some comment love!


Friday, April 20, 2012


Taking a short break

Will be back
Monday, April 23rd.

Check out some recipes
or how-to's
while you're here...


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Canning How-to's and **SPECIAL GUEST STAR**

Good morning, everyone!  Today we have some wonderful canning information from my friend, Joyce.  She's sharing some great tips and how-to's so stay tuned...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Garden Party and **SPECIAL GUEST STAR**

Good morning, all!  My dear friend, Sarah, from Hope in Every Season, is guest posting for us today.  She's brought us a special treat - how to freeze basil!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Taking a short break
Will be back soon!

Check out some recipes
or how-to's
while you're here...

coming up
we have some
***Special Guest Stars***
next week
while I'm away

Be sure to stop back
again soon
so you don't miss


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!!!

The True Story of Easter

He's Alive by Dolly Parton

The gates and doors were barred
And all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness
And rose at every sound
Half in hope of sorrow
And half in fear the day
Would find the soldiers breakin' through
To drag us all away

And just before the sunrise
I heard something at the wall
The gate began to rattle
And a voice began to call
I hurried to the window
Looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches
And the sound of soldiers' feet

But there was no one there but Mary
So I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me
As she told me where she'd been
She said they've moved Him in the night
And none of us know where
The stone's been rolled away
And now His body isn't there

We both ran towards the garden
Then John ran on ahead
We found the stone and empty tomb
Just the way that Mary said
But the winding sheet they wrapped Him in
Was just an empty shell
And how or where they'd taken Him
Was more than I could tell

Oh something strange had happened there
Just what I did not know
John believed a miracle
But I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation
Couldn't lift me very high
'Cause I'd seen them crucify Him
Then I saw Him die

Back inside the house again
The guilt and anguish came
Everything I'd promised Him
Just added to my shame
When at last it came to choices
I denied I knew His name
And even if He was alive
It wouldn't be the same

But suddenly the air was filled
With a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere
Drove shadows from the room
And Jesus stood before me
With His arms held open wide
And I fell down on my knees
And I just clung to Him and cried

Then He raised me to my feet
And as I looked into His eyes
The love was shining out from Him
Like sunlight from the skies
Guilt in my confusion
Disappeared in sweet release
And every fear I ever had
Just melted into peace

He's alive yes He's alive
Yes He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive yes He's alive
Oh He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive He's alive
Hallelujah He's alive
He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive He's alive He's alive
I believe it He's alive
Sweet Jesus

Rejoice in your salvation today!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gluten Free Pretzel Chicks Recipe

Saw these today, when another customer of our local meat CSA brought them to our farmers as an Easter treat.  They are so cute!  Quick and simple, easy and delicious!

Friday, April 6, 2012



While you're here, find out how to dine gluten free for Easter, check out a recipe or two, and take a look at The Butterfly Project.  Maybe you'd like some beginning garden how-to's.

See ya' tomorrow!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tea for Tuesday - Easy Egg Mug Mat

All the fun of decorating Easter eggs without the mess...

Dining Gluten Free for Easter

 A recent "incident" brought this screaming back to our attention.  Hubby got sideswiped by gluten this weekend at a church brunch by some well-meaning, but misinformed, church ladies.  They were "sure" everything was safe, but after eating it, Hubby checked the label.  It states right on it "Contains: WHEAT".

If Easter dinner will be your first big food event after finding out about gluten issues, you want to avoid the same fate...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bunny Project for Harrisburg

Just a reminder:
is the last day
you can ship your bunny(ies)
to Harrisburg
via Priority Mail
in the continental US
and have them arrive in time
to be distributed
for Easter

Please ship to
First Church of God
1520 Mchaney Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946

I pinned several patterns
on my Pinterest board
if you'd like
to make some of those.

You can also make
or three
or a dozen.

The goal is 100 bunnies.
Can you take
some time
this afternoon
and make

If you make one (or a bunch),
please leave a comment saying so.

Thank you so much,
and have a blessed Sunday!