Saturday, December 19, 2009

How Should A King Come? Even a child knows the answer of course.

Listen here to this BEAUTIFUL song.

"How should a King come.
Even a child knows the answer of course,
In a coach of gold with a pure white horse.
In the beautiful city in the prime of the day,
And the trumpets should cry and the crowds make way.
And the flags fly high in the morning sun,
And the people all cheer for the sovereign one.
And everyone knows that's the way that it's done.
That's the way that a King should come.

How should a King come.
Even a commoner understands,
He should come for His treasures,
And His houses and lands.
He should dine upon summer strawberries and milk,
And sleep upon bedclothes of satin and silk.
And high on a hill His castle should glow,
With the lights of the city like jewels below.
And everyone knows that's the way that it's done,
That's the way that a King should come.

How should a King come.
On a star filled night into Bethlehem,
Rode a weary woman and a worried man.
And the only sound in the cobblestone street,
Was the shuffle and the ring of their donkey's feet.
And a King lay hid in a virgin's womb,
And there were no crowds to see Him come.
At last in a barn in a manger of hay,
He came and God incarnate lay.

And the angels cried "glory glory to God".
Earth was silent so heaven rang!
"Glory glory to God."
Men were dumb so the angels sang,
"Glory glory to God,
Peace on earth good will to men,
Glory glory to God".
(Carol and Jimmy Owens)

Words by Carol Owens, music by Jimmy Owens / arr. Tom Fettke, orch. Michael Lawrence. Choral Octavo. SAB. A majestic Christmas march! Tom Fettke has arranged Jimmy and Carol Owens’ powerful chorus with solid choral writing and colorful sequencing keys that respond to the magical poetry of the text: King Jesus will come, not in splendor, but in a humble manger in Bethlehem. A timeless masterpiece, certain to become a seasonal favorite!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Watercolor for Show and Tell Friday

I love this watercolor. It was done by our daughter Jill during one of her home schooled high school years. I love the soft colors and the glow of the little church in the snow.
Learning to paint with watercolors is on my "bucket" list :)

by Edgar Guest

The little church of Long Ago, where as a boy I sat
With mother in the family pew and fumbled with my hat--
How I would like to see it now the way I saw it then,
The straight-backed pews, the pulpit high, the women and the men
Dressed stiffly in their Sunday clothes and solemnly devout,
Who closed their eyes when prayers were said and never looked about--
That little church of Long Ago, it wasn't grand to see,
But even as a little boy it meant a lot to me.

The choir loft where father sang comes back to me again;
I hear his tenor voice once more the way I heard it when
The deacons used to pass the plate, and once again I see
The people fumbling for their coins, as glad as they could be
To drop their quarters on the plate, and I'm a boy once more
With my two pennies in my fist that mother gave before
We left the house, and once again I'm reaching out to try
To drop them on the plate before the deacon passes by.

It seems to me I'm sitting in that high-backed pew, the while
The minister is preaching in that good old-fashioned style;
And though I couldn't understand it all somehow I know
The Bible was the text book in that church of Long Ago;
He didn't preach on politics, but used the word of God,
And even now I seem to see the people gravely nod,
As though agreeing thoroughly with all he had to say,
And then I see them thanking him before they go away.

The little church of Long Ago was not a structure huge,
It had no hired singers or no other subterfuge
To get the people to attend, 'twas just a simple place
Where every Sunday we were told about God's saving grace;
No men of wealth were gathered there to help it with a gift;
The only worldly thing it had--a mortgage hard to lift.
And somehow, dreaming here to-day, I wish that I could know
The joy of once more sitting in that church of Long Ago.

Cindy of My Romantic Home has lots more Show & Tell Friday Posts!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mom-Mom's Workshop

ahhh... I wish I had a workshop! It's really Mom-Mom's kitchen table, counter top, dinning room, garage and everywhere else my craft making overflows.

And like many others dealing with some sluggish economic times, holiday spending isn't an option this year.

But

LOVE

is not in short supply

so...

It's gonna be a homespun Christmas!

Want to peek at some of the projects?My helpers sanding wood that will become toys for their little brothers
(Question: Do all men have new toilet plungers on their workbenches??? (see top left)
A vintage-looking Jalopy for Silas
A stacking toy for Caleb
Theatrical peg doll families for Keri, Brenna and Shaela
(inspiration from the many talented Flickr and Etsy people)

Soon I'll give you peek at the gift projects for the Mommy's and Daddy's

Wooden Tic-Tac-Toe

I made this Tic-Tac-Toe board game for our little guys, Ryan and Noah but it would work for any age or as a coffee table item. Here is how I made them:

* I began with a sanded pine board that was cut to an 8.5-inch square. You can paint this to add color. I like the look of the natural wood to contrast with the paper so I left mine plain.
* I purchased a piece of scrapbook paper with a relatively non-busy background and cut it to an 8-inch square.
* I had a bag of 1/4-inch wooden rectangles that I cut in half so each measures 1.5-inches. You can purchase little wooden squares or circles that are just the right size. You will need a total of 10 for each game. Again, you can paint these or leave natural.
* For the Tic-Tac-Toe pieces I used images with a theme I thought would interest our little guys. I scaled them on a photo editor and printed them to just shy of 1.5-inches. Then I had them copied at Staples. For an easier version, use stickers or images from cute scrapbook paper. Then you can skip the trip to Staples and move right along without interruption :)

You will need two different images for each game.

* Using Mod Podge, I applied the 8-inch piece of paper to the 8.5-inch board.
* I used electrical tape to make the grid. I cut 4 strips 1/4-inch wide x 7 3/4-inch long. It would had been much easier to just cut strips of paper and glue them on but somehow I manage to find a more difficult way to do things :)
* Then I applied each image to the playing piece.
* I glued four little wooden thingies (see pic) on the bottom four corners for feet.
* I finished with a couple of coats of water-based varnish for durability.
* I tossed the playing pieces in a small draw-string bag and there you have it!
Now, who thinks they can beat Ryan at his favorite game?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

From the Christmas Album ~ "I Know That Wiseman!"

Our church began a outdoor Living Nativity many years ago on a small scale back in the early 1990's. Over the years it has grown considerably and now, weather permitting, runs three weekends (7 nights) and has had as many as 14,000 visitors come through in one year.

There are 13 scenes beginning with Creation and ending with Jesus ascending into the clouds with a promise to return.

Our family has greatly enjoyed helping in many capacities from baking cookies (up to 50,000 are served each year), including running a projector, being a guide, a greeter, a "mingler", helping to set-up/take-down, helping in costumes and being a cast member. For many years my husband was a wiseman. In this scene, the three Magi enter from the right to inquire of Herod "where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him". After leaving Herod, the wisemen circle around the back of the scene and re-enter on the left where they knock on the door of a carpenter and his wife. The curtain is drawn aside and the toddler Jesus emerges with his mother, Mary.
In awe and admiration, they present their gifts to the babe.
The scene is repeated over and over as each new group arrives (about every 3 minutes)
Here John (blue wiseman) presents his gift to Jesus (our little Keri) with Mary (Keri's mom, Jamie) by his side.
It took several times before little Keri recognized the the guy in blue!
With great surprise she, cried, "Pop-Pop!"

Now it's your turn to share a special Christmas memory!

Whatever you like... no rules...
maybe a picture, craft, song, event...
just something you have tucked in your heart about Christmas !
~♥~
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The Winners!

Thank you all for making my first year of blogging such a great experience!
What fun it has been to have you visit with me and allow me to get to know you better. I have enjoyed meeting every*one*of*you!
New friends from all over the world!Flags of Countries that I have received a visit from are shown on this map.
so... exciting!

I would love to toss a basket full of stars into the air and have one land in every one of your mailboxes. Hopefully, you enjoyed the tutorial and are able to fill your sky with many stars.

Out of 267 entries, the following are the winners of my giveaway:

It is a joy to send these German Stars to

Winner # 1: Leslie of Fluff & Nonsense
gets the Blue Stars

Winner # 2: One Lovely Gurl05
gets the Multi-Color Stars

Bonus Winner: Denise of
Laughing Burns More Calories Than Crying
gets the White Stars

Winners, please send me your mailing address so I can get your package in the mail. My email address is located on my Profile page (see "About Me" on my sidebar for Profile).
:)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cafe Volcano Cookies ~ TWD

Now here was a recipe that I could not imagine would actually result in a cookie. I read and re-read the recipe and thought I would just have to proceed and see what happened. I am happy to tell you the cookies are delicious! Quite unique in texture, very light and full of a wonderful roasted nutty flavor and a hint of coffee.
The original recipe does not include the addition of chocolate and the cookies are GREAT all by themselves. The chocolate just adds a little more flavor and visual appeal.
 Café Volcano Cookies

 from Baking: From My House to Yours
by Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). Copyright 2006 by Dorie Greenspan.
Makes about 36 cookies

Light, bumpy, nutty and completely higgledy-piggledy-shaped, these cratered meringue nuggets are just the cookies to reach for with your last coffee of the afternoon or your last spoonful of ice cream at night. They are featherweight but packed with flavor, and I love the way they disappear in your mouth — quickly, so quickly and fizzily that if they didn't have nuts, you'd think you were eating espresso Pop Rocks.
  • 1 cup blanched almonds (whole, sliced or slivered), coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1. Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
2. Spread the chopped almonds and walnuts out on one of the baking sheets and toast the nuts in the oven. They will need 10 minutes or less to turn golden brown, so keep a close eye on them and stir them at least twice. When the nuts are toasted, remove them — with the liner — from the baking sheet and cool the sheet. Transfer the nuts to a plate, then reline the sheet and use it to bake the cookies.
3. Put all the ingredients, including the nuts, in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Set it over medium heat and stir constantly with a silicone or wooden spatula until the ingredients are just warm to the touch. Remove from the heat.
4. Drop the batter by slightly rounded teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about an inch of space between the mounds.
5. Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes, rotating the pans from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point. When properly baked, the cookies will be puffed, cratered, shiny and dry. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them remain on the sheets for 5 minutes before gently prying them from the liners and transferring them to racks to cool to room temperature.
Storing: Kept in a cool, dry place at room temperature (they should never be refrigerated), the cookies will hold up for about 3 days. As with all meringues, humidity will make them go soggy and sticky.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Crochet Lady's new Shop

Wow... three posts in one day... but I just have to tell you about a really sweet, talented and kind blogging friend, Crochet Lady. She loves to crochet (as you could have guessed), she makes beautiful jewelry and she has a heart for a special cause to fight human trafficking around the globe.

She just opened an Etsy shop and part of the proceeds goes toward this important issue. Please stop by her shop Tookies Trinkets to see her lovely items ~ I know she'll appreciate it!

Last chance to Enter German Star Giveaway!

Entries for my giveaway ends Monday night so you still have a little time. Please be sure I have a way to contact you as I have several entries with no email either in their post or on their blog. If you have a blog that is private, I cannot get on to get your email address. Give a check before tomorrow evening!

Mosaic Monday ~ Delightful Days

While Mommy was in the hospital, Mom-Mom spent every moment playing with these two little cherubs...
running the village trains ...
watching snowflakes dance and twirl above the bed...
dreaming of dancing sugarplums....
enjoying the warmth of the fireplace...
chillin' while watching a Christmas show...
and sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace each night before bed.

Visit Mary of My Little Red House for more beautiful Mosaic Monday posts!

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