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Building Bridges Connecting Hearts

Looking back through some of my posts, I felt I should reblog this. It’s important to build bridges, and keep them strong!

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There’s a song made popular by a mother daughter duet several years ago entitled Love Can Build A Bridge. The words go on to say… between your heart and mine.

My sister, and a good friend of ours, and I sing this karaoke song quite often. I have had this song in my heart this morning and as I ponder the meaning of building bridges between two hearts, I thought about the bridges I have connected with through the years.

Of course our hearts are connected with our parents from birth. We make friendships with our siblings and other people we meet. Sometimes, unfortunately, these infrastructures get damaged and aren’t as stable as they should be.

So just how do you build bridges between two hearts, and how do you strengthen those ties that bind human beings together? How can you repair the structure of a bridge that has been damaged?

I thought about several friends…

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Remember Shake and Bake Chicken?

over the kitchen sink!
 
Growing up with a houseful of people on a farm we spent a lot of time cooking! (And no, I don’t generally wear my hair down while in the kitchen.)

The following is my parents’ recipe for a coating mix for baking chicken. In our kitchen, we tripled this recipe!

You could make a larger quantity and store in an airtight container in the fridge for a quick and delicious meat dish! It never lasted that long at our house! 🙂

Grind or finely crush ¼ lb. (one tube) of crackers. (Use saltine or Ritz type)

Add 1 tsp. garlic salt

1 Tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp. onion salt

1 tsp. poultry seasoning

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ tsp. oregano

Mix together in large covered bowl. Coat chicken with the mixture thoroughly. Place in baking pan. Bake at 400 for about an hour; lower temperature to 300. Cover with foil and cook 1 hour longer or until tender.

Now eat!

In memory of: Mom and Dad

Here’s some dessert to go with!  http://eviesgardens.com/2012/04/24/lime-in-the-coconut-macaroons/

~evie

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Saturday!

eg garden veg

Sitting here relaxing with my hubby, he’s watching a movie, I am catching up with my friends (That’s you!)

My morning started differently. Early phone call from my hubby’s friend, he wanted to come by and show us some peppers his friend grew, and have me show him how to save the seed.

Then my sisters come knocking…

First my younger sister comes in bringing me books that my sweet friend Shelly sent for the book drive. The neighbor said it was in his mailbox, and he gave it to her. (Thank you, Vicki and neighbor!)

She leaves, and my older sister comes in bringing my food saver rolls she picked up for me in the city… oh, and spice containers! 🙂 (Thank you, Pat!)

Then the friend shows up. Big bell peppers. 9 inches long. Any one know what these are? They taste like bell peppers.

Any way, I saved the seed.

He left. (and, too, left a wide mouth Mason jar he was drinking tea in, as well as the peppers and the seed.) Thank you! They are dehydrating nicely! 😉

Another knock on the door. My sisters are carrying in three bags of clothes from my youngest sister and her friend. Oh, Pat and I had so much fun trying on clothes! (Can you say SCORE?)

I love shopping with my sisters like this… our total cost is nothing! It’s fun, too, because we say all through the session, I think I gave you that! Love time with my sisters! We modeled!!

Another good thing… my hubby has decided I need more closet space. All for that! You know me, I love storage spaces!

Then we had a great time and meal with some of my family! After our meal and visiting a bit, the ladies (and we are all ladies! 😉 ) carried the food to put away in the camper.

Guess what? We didn’t go back outside. We all sat around in my sister’s camper, comfy and having a hen session with our niece Dez!

We talked of everything from great sales on food to canning meat, herbs, jobs, grand kids, and clothes. Pinterest ideas were flying, and wedding rings were mentioned!

It was a pleasant afternoon with my sisters, brothers in law, sister-in-law, and niece.

And to ice the cake… my oldest sister is buying a place just up the road a bit. It’s going to be awesome when we can all retire and be neighbors!

Blessed with all good things! Hope your day is, as well!

❤ ~evie

Opinionated?

I started earlier to write, but I was distracted!

Unfortunately I lost my train of thought… the one I was going to post! I’m sure it had to do with being opinionated! 🙂

We had a visitor this morning. Although I try very hard to tolerate this person, I have no patience with this being. And while I do not want to judge another person, facts remain… you can’t see eye to eye with everyone.

That being said, how do you converse with someone who talks over you, who… when to try to add to the conversation doesn’t even acknowledge you had spoken?

The blue jays were louder than usual! I think they were warning the trailer hood that something was going on! (Yes… there was… a loud mouth!)

Okay, off my soapbox… but seriously, just how do you shut out that nonsense?

❤ ~evie… longing for peace and stillness! 🙂

 

Okay next post is the update. How things change… it all evolves! (I am just going to use the current one and go from there!)

Memorial Day Weekend

Mirandy rose bush

I feel pretty bad that I have not written a  post on my blog in a while… life happened here, and it happened hard. We have had eight deaths in our circle of family and friends in the last 6 weeks.  (Okay, I know… my most repeated words are… you love a lot, you lose a lot. I prefer the love!)

Then the tornadoes hit Oklahoma. My sister, my niece, and a friend’s neighborhood was hit, and we have been consumed with all the sadness and trying to help those in need.

My granddaughter also graduated from high school. It’s been busy… that is all I can say.

I stay connected on Facebook and have done most of my posts there, but I felt I should get busy and start blogging again.

What does Memorial Day mean to you?

I think about all the veterans… my dad, three brothers, cousins, uncles, father in law, and many friends who I have met through the LAVFW. I am a life member, secretary for our local auxiliary, and head some committees, the youth activity committee is my passion. I feel I have not done my best… but as I said, life has happened here for some time.

Today I was thinking about more than just the veterans. My mind wandered to so many places. People that have passed on, loved ones who were affected by tragedy, ones who have lost everything, or those who lost lives and limbs in the tornadoes that have hit the mid-west.

For those of you who are new to my blog, I would like to share a couple of my pages on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/eviesgardens

This page is my journey in our trailer hood. It’s life at its finest and at its worst. It’s laughter and tears from a momma/grandma/great-grandmother. It’s full of fun, tips, hints, and well, just life.

https://www.facebook.com/RandomActsOfChristianKindnesses

This page is just what it says… we share ways to help others in the Christian way.

I hope you will all join up with us and make the world a better place, sharing your insights about how to help… it’s as simple as calling and checking on someone.

I promise I will be better about posting… hopefully life in the trailer hood will calm down. Above all losing my brother was a tough one, and I didn’t want to bring anyone down. May your Memorial weekend be just that… memorable!

Please share my blog with your friends, and please leave a comment. Love to hear back from you!

God bless you all! ~evie

Thought since it we are, again, counting down the days, someone might get some use from this post! Merry Christmas!

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School is out for the rest of the year, and it’s cold outside!

What can you do while the kids are home, and impatiently waiting for the ‘big day’ to arrive?

I adapted a Pinterest pin and we made Rudolph Hot Chocolate Mix. (We made ours for the kids’ teachers.) Makes great last-minute RACK (random acts of Christmas kindness) gifts for the neighbors, friends, and family.

This is an easy craft and the children can help!

For each Rudolph you will need:

1 Wilton decorating bag

2 Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate packets

Handful of miniature marshmallows

Small handful of chocolate mint M and M’s

2 googly eyes (attach with Tacky glue)

Curling ribbon or any tying material

1/2 metallic red pipe cleaner for nose

1 metallic red pipe cleaners for antlers

Directions for Rudolph Chocolate Treats:

Empty packets of hot chocolate mix in bag.

Next drop in marshmallows, followed by…

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Prayers for Newtown Connecticut

Prayers for Newtown Connecticut

Wacky Wednesday

Wow, its Wednesday.  Hump day.

On a roll. Downhill slide.

Busy schedules and the rush of the holidays have you running short on time?

Kids want dessert?

Many moons ago, my mother was a cook at our school cafeteria, and they made this simple cake often.

Everyone loved Wacky Cake! Thankfully she taught me how to make it, too… ’cause I love chocolate and sometimes I don’t have eggs!

This is such an inexpensive dessert,  and the kids can even mix it up. (No mixer needed, just stir until the lumps are gone.)

Here it is, a delicious, easy to make dessert for this Wacky Wednesday.

Did I mention it’s chocolate?

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I made these to give as gifts!

Wacky Cake

6 tablespoons cocoa
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift or mix all dry ingredients together in a big bowl (or even in the  9 x13 inch cake pan you are going to bake it in). Add liquids and stir until smooth.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Or… bake the batter in wide mouth pint jars filled about half full of batter. (Check after 35 minutes.)

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Sterilize lids in water while baking cake.

When cakes are done (toothpick test), put lids and rings on jars, finger tighten, and wait for the ping.

Now you have gifts ready to tag! These makes wonderful troop gifts for care packages, or for when someone shows up unexpectedly. Makes nice individual mini loaf  size pans for inexpensive gifts for co workers, teachers, and friends.

Frosting

1 cup sugar

4 tablespoons cocoa

1/3 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter

Mix together and boil for 2 minutes. Stir until cool, pour over cooled cake.

Or… sift powdered sugar over cooled cake… or don’t frosted… or make a powdered sugar glaze, pour over warm cake!

The following is my favorite icing for this Wacky cake, although most times I don’t even add icing.

Powdered Sugar Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
3  tablespoons  liquid (milk – water – fruit juice, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional
Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour over warm cake.
*Glaze is good on cookies, cakes and breads.
WACKY? Well, yeah!

Sorry for the double spacing on the one recipe. This computer is wacky, too!

What Inspires You?

I often think about inspiration and find it in a lot of different ways.

This little dude is persistent… now that is inspiring! Hanging upside down to eat a sunflower seed, well… maybe if it was chocolate!

A post or a picture on Facebook or Pinterest  inspires me to be a better person, no matter how or where it touches my life.

In this picture, it’s nature… beautiful, peaceful, precious.

My Mirandy fought cancer and won! You inspire us all, Hoot!

This is one of our first times… when my son started school!

They are both grown with children of their own, but oh, how they inspire me. Period!  You don’t have the time for me to tell you all the ways, but just know… they do!

Check out my Pinterest boards for inspiring words! Maybe something will light your fire!

Scriptural and Spiritual Loves

I appreciate all you reading what I write. I think about… back in time, and connections I have made through my life! And having been online friends, I thank you for being in my life.

Thanks for the inspiration and the joy! 

More on that later!

What inspires you? Please tell us!

Have an inspirational day!

God bless you!

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