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Entering The Christmas Zone!

It’s that time again!

Believe in the Spirit of Christmas Printable

Gearing up for Christmas!

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Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday have all passed without further ado! Now is the time to think about the reason for the season.

LOVE!

Brrr, baby it’s cold out there!¬† I need hot chocolate. (I love hot chocolate!)

Cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream

Cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a¬† quick¬† holiday idea for making gifts teachers, friends, etc. My kids love¬† this hot chocolate mix.¬† Adapted and tweaked from Grandma Dot’s recipe to…

Evie’s¬† Hot Chocolate Mix!

1 Р8  ounce jar cocoa powder

1 Р8 quart package  non fat dry milk (about 10 cups)

1 -16 ounce package sifted powdered sugar (about 3 -3/4 cups)

1 -10 ounce jar powdered non dairy creamer

Optional * pinch of cinnamon and whipped cream or marshmallows. I like to add a peppermint stick to my gifts!

My grandson, Justin doesn’t like cinnamon so I just add it to my cup!

~ In large bowl mix all ingredients except optional items. Store in airtight container. For one serving add about one fourth cup hot chocolate mix to one cup boiled water. Let cool before drinking!

Last year for teachers and friends, the grand kids and I did Rudolph Hot Chocolate Treats .

For over a year I have pinned these holiday ideas, and here’s the mother load! I thought maybe you would like to check out my Pinterest board full of Christmas ideas.

Many are do-it-yourself, easy decorations, crafts, and ornaments that will make your holiday brighter.

Enjoy and don’t forget to follow Evie’s Gardens here and on Facebook!

Thanks ~ Evie

Inspired Again!

Every day something inspires me to do better. Pinterest boards inspire me to do so much more… I love the hints, tips, and recipes!

Hot chocolate, anyone?

Last year while living and spending time with two of my favorite kids, we  looked on Pinterest to make Christmas presents for their teachers. We decided  to make our own Rudolphs!  After seeing  hot chocolate gifts, we started with a basic hot chocolate mix and did our thing.  This is the end result! We had fun making all them all.

You can use store-bought mix, or just comment and let me know, I will send you a link to the recipe that I have tweaked and used for years. It’s G’ma Dot’s!

Check it out… there are lots of inspiring links on my Pinterest boards. People inspire me to do crafty things around this homestead!

My friend and auxiliary sister turned eighteen recently. She inspires me!

Always amazes me to see a lady (Yes, you are a lady!) at this age, knowing what she wants from her life, and making to effort to do the best she can.

I get inspiration from those who supports our military at this young age and doing good for others,  when most are concentrating on the fun side of life.

The auxiliary I belong to… you inspire me, sisters!

Thank you for your service and your friendship!  I hope what we do helps someone along the way!

If you would be interested in joining the cause, check out www.ladiesauxvfw.org

Will you be my inspiration tomorrow? Looking forward to finding out.

My sister-in-law inspires me. Happy birthday, Evelyn Kay Thompson. Sharing her world tomorrow, maybe. ūüôā

Have a fruit filled day! ~ Evie

Hi, It’s Just Me!

For those of you on Pinterest… just thought I would introduce myself and share a¬† few flowers in Evie’s Gardens! For those of you who read my blog… I¬† am back!

If you follow me on Pinterest, and wonder who I am and why I pin such diverse objects, let me introduce myself.¬† I’m Evelyn aka Evie. Passionate about life in general, I wear many hats. A gardener and crafter at heart, I incorporate both.

My yard and greenhouse are usually full of handmade, recycled, DIY objects. My many family members and my friends are the perks in my life. I enjoy making peanut butter sandwiches… aka… random acts of kindness.

I started this blog last year, then my computer crashed. My daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma and my husband was diagnosed with skin cancer. So… the blog was put on hold.

Unfortunately all of my Evie’s Gardens files were lost when my computer crashed. So I must start over. ūüė¶

Computer is fixed. Life goes on. (Still haven’t retrieved all my files, but we are working on that.)

My news years resolution was to embrace the life God has given me, to live it, love it, and laugh and enjoy it and definitely be thankful for it!

No worrying about what ifs, no dwelling on why I didn’t. To do what I am led, no questions asked!

This is  my granddaughter Ashley. I have challenged her to eat healthier.

We’re working on this! Click on the picture and see what Doctor Oz says about healthy foods!

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We are making healthy choices this year!

When cancer strikes your family you question your mortality. We have a challenge to eat healthier! We are doing this daily in the choices we make!

Oh, to have the energy this little guy has!

Let's get healthy!

If my grandson Cooper can hoola hoop, I can, too!

My daughter Mirandy received the results for her pet scan. Halfway through chemo, the cancer has shrunk in half! Yeah, I’m praising the Lord!

Team Mandy

 This is my daughter Mirandy (front row Рcenter), her family, my son and his family, and me!

This guy on the right is my husband. At this time I am staying with my daughter in IL while he remains at home in OK.

We are just a small part of Team Mandy. There are so many who support her through this battle in her life. We had t-shirts made as a gesture to show her we care, and they are proudly worn in Illinois, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas! Go Team Mandy!

Even though we are having some bumps in the road, life is not going to get us down! We are fighting like a hoot! (Mirandy, aka, Mandy’s nickname)

I Pinned This!

I tried out the aluminum foil ball for the dryer that is supposed to get rid of static electricity. It didn’t. If anyone else tried it and it worked, tell me what you did right and what I didn’t!

If you would like to follow me as I go through my life in Evie’s Gardens… jump on board.

I’m you will find something that interest you, whether it is gardening, spiritual, crafts, food, DIY, kids fun, or just some good humorous fun! Please get involved!

Glad you dropped by.

Today I just wanted to introduce myself.

Hope your day is blessed beyond belief! ~Evie

In remembrance of¬† MLK… ‚ÄúFaith is taking the first step, even when you don‚Äôt see the whole staircase.‚ÄĚ~Martin Luther King

The Flowers In God’s Gardens!

I grew up around flowers, am a grower of flowers, and totally¬†a flower lover. As a youngster, when my mom and her mom walked around my grandma’s yard, I followed closely… probably driving them crazy wanting know the flowers names.

I don’t think there is more beautiful art than a flower. They are¬†full of God’s glory. Each flower is an individual, you won’t find two exactly alike. Anyway, I have never. Each has its own unique petals, fragrance, and beauty. I named my daughter Mirandy after the rose in the above picture!

It’s like people! None of us are the same. Some think they are more normal than others, several are healthier, some are tall and skinny while others carry excess weight. While part of the population think they are smarter than everyone else,¬†maybe some are while¬†others have no self-esteem.

There are meek people, overly outspoken, beautiful, homely, etc. I could go on forever, but I won’t.

My point is it takes all kinds of people to make up this world. Some are beautiful roses, some are dandelions. I love dandelions. I also love sweet violets, red roses, yellow roses, daffodils, and zinnias.  (Okay, for real, I love all flowers.)

My hubby however thinks dandelions are weeds.

In a child’s eyes, a dandelion is as pretty as any flower in God’s great garden.

Today my friend sent me an email. As I read the story entitled The Blue Rose, I thought of all the differences in flowers and people. (Link to this email at the end of this story.)

This started me thinking again. I know… there she goes again!

Several years ago my mom, my sisters and I were in Connecticut. My younger sister Vicki was driving  us around, showing us her part of the country! We were admiring the peak season of the beautiful New England state, and talking about how vibrant the colors were.

One thing led to the another, and soon my older sister Pat¬†asked this question, “If you were a flower, what would you be?”

Vicki said she would be a daffodil, Pat – a red rose, and me… well I have always loved friendship, so I always thought¬†I would be¬†a yellow rose.

When we asked our mother what she would be, she said very meekly and quietly, “Oh, a violet.”

I was thinking… a violet?

That is so small and common, and Mom, you have raised some of the most gorgeous flowers in the US… a violet?

Then she turned to us and grinned!

Breaking into¬† a beautiful song, she sang, “Sweet violets, sweeter than the roses!”

Oh the memories of sisterhood!¬† We always knew you were her favorite, Vicki! ūüôā

Here’s the link to The Blue Rose. (author unknown)

So what kind of flower are you in God’s garden?

Socialization Rocks… Or What’s Your Story?

Third Grade,¬†9 years-old¬†~ What’s Your Story?

Friends, I would like you to tell me…¬†what’s¬†your story? Please comment at the end of the post. Share with me just what it is that you get from this social networking site¬†we use online on¬†our computers?

Playing scrabble with my friend Patty,¬†from childhood, this morning transported¬†me to pondering about life. As I was thinking about my friends, I wondered how different life would be if we didn’t have this tool.

For one thing, communication with so many of your family and friends would be next to impossible. With social networking sites, we are able to stay connected to many lives. In an instant you can pray for someone, rejoice with them, or congratulate a friend! You can send birthday greetings, hear sad news, see milestones happen, and so much more.

Here’s my the beginning of my¬†story. I hope you will share yours.

Rewind:¬†…to my preteens. Living in a rural area,¬†neighbors are not¬†a few feet away. Growing up, we didn’t have close neighbors.

As I recall,¬†one day¬†Dad went to our neighbor’s house for some reason. Don’t remember why. Some of us kids were with him, and when arrived he said we could get out and play.

This little blonde headed girl lived there, and we immediately became friends. Living in another school district, I had never met her. Long story, short! We were childhood friends, who through the years saw each only  occasionally. Through Facebook we have connected with each other and started right back where we stopped.

I love connecting with my family and friends playing scrabble and WWF on Facebook. With chat on the page, you can laugh with each other while you play. Kind of makes you feel like you are there!

Visiting with and getting to know my friend Barb better has been a blessing in my life. We love talking about our grandchildren and have a lot in common. She makes me laugh and sometimes makes me cry. I enjoy her friendship!

I admire her for her courage in the battle she has fought to survive cancer. It’s¬†rejoicing to know that my grandchildren have wonderful grandparents to love and care for them.

I can go on and on about the connections I have made, but I would be here all day!

I think we should start a blog roll and share our stories on the blog.

Here’s¬†some people who I connect with.

My children, sisters, sisters-in-laws, nieces, brothers, brothers-in-law,nephews, grandsons and granddaughters, cousins, aunts and uncles. This includes childhood friends from church and school, and people I have met in my life. There are students I have taught, teachers I worked with, my some of my scout troops from many years ago. Many of my friends through life are on here!

It doesn’t take long to scroll down through your news feed and stay in tune with your people’s lives.

This is time I give to my life and living it… me, time! We may not¬†be¬†able to comment on every¬†post, or¬†read every link, but only clicking the like button shows we are¬†alive, well enough to be online, connected, and interested in what the other person is going through in their lives!

That’s the start of my story! What’s your story?

Fruit of the Spirit

There's peace and contentment in serving the Lord!

It’s three o’clock in the morning, and I can’t sleep. I did get a few hours before I woke up, coughing my head off, and now I just can’t seem to get back there. It makes for such a long day, when I don’t get my beauty sleep! ūüôā

I can’t shake this thought of the “hate mail” I received yesterday from someone who doesn’t know me, and hasn’t a clue about life in the first place. This person pretty much said to me that our whole nation is a bunch of imbeciles and that the gods are going to make us pay for believing in Christ. Being a Christian, it saddens my heart that there are people in this world that are so totally off the mark… crude, rude, and totally ignorant of what life really is about.

My husband wanted to fire a response back to this person and give him/her a piece of his mind. I don’t think that is the way to handle situations like this. It isn’t¬†the Christian way. I am really praying for this person to have understanding, because it will be a sad day when he/she meets the real God and stands in judgement for what has came forth from his/her mouth and heart.

That being said, I wonder where¬†or if compassion ever¬†enters the picture in a person’s mind that thinks that way. I realize there are people in this world so full of anger and hate that their life is miserable. I am glad that I have peace and contentment in my life, and that I have a Saviour to call upon, to keep me steady and walking on solid ground. It is a blessing¬†to have love in my life, family and friends to enjoy along the way, and hope and faith to carry me through.

Sadly for many people, one day they will meet their maker.¬†It is sad, too,¬†that people live in such a closed world that they can’t enjoy the life God has given them, and feel the need to bring others down with them.

The one thing this has brought to my mind is… I am going to write more, share goodness with as many people who will read what I write and not let the devil have a foot in my door! To all the non believers in this world, I pray one day your eyes pop open and you can feel the love!

To all my believing peeps, keep spreading the word, living the word, loving your life and all the blessings God gives you!

God bless you. Evie

Sista Friends

You really do!

Our ladies auxiliary gathers once a month and visits with a sister member who is pretty much housebound. We bring a dish of food to share! Today was the first time I was able to go, and I have to say, I had a wonderful time.

It was so good to see my friends, and just kick back, enjoy some good grub, and relax! Usually we are in a meeting, and don’t get to just sit back, visit, and chill.

Nona, the sister that we went to visit, was as excited to see me as I was, her. I have really missed her smiling face and bubbly outlook!

Thinking back to when I first met her, I recall sitting in our meetings. She was the secretary, I, the assistant conductress. I would get so tickled at her, sitting behind me, mumbling to herself about something she had messed up on.

God bless her! It was such a blessing to get to hug her neck today and visit with all my friends that were there.

I do have to say this, I ate too much! Everyone brought salads, and no one brought the same thing. The dessert was awesome, too! Thanks, Kay!

When I stop and think about the blessings God has given to me, I think that friends and family are the greatest blessing of all. Everyone one brings something to the table, and I am not talking about food. (Although that was some pretty good chow!)

My friend Shirley, (thank you very much,) picked me up and gave me a ride. I enjoyed the time we had to spend together during the commute there and back.

I guess what I am trying to say is this. Cherish your friends. Life is short. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, and who will still be in our lives. Make the effort to see them.

I think back to a morning I got a call from my cousin, Annette, telling me my friend Junie had passed away in the night. Such a shock, but it has made me realize just how short life really is, and how much I do cherish my family and friends.

Junie and I had bumped into to each other at Wal-Mart, just a short time before she passed on.

Every time¬†we had seen each other, we would say, “We should do lunch!”

(With eyes leaking…) It’s not ever going to happen here on this earth. But it is not too late for you and your loved ones.

Speak goodness, not gossip. Have the heart you wish others would have, and above all, be thankful for the life God has given you. Share a few minutes of your day with someone less fortunate. You will all be blessed.

Go do lunch!

Nuff said, E.

Blessings Galore!

When you open your eyes the first thing in the morning, what are you thinking? Do you dread getting out of the bed, and going to a place of employment that you don’t like?¬†Worrying about how much you have to do that day?

Or are you one of those people who jump up and greet the morning with thankfulness and praise?

I am a morning person. I love to lie in the bed for a little while, stretch the kinks out of my body, and reflect on my upcoming day, pray to my God, and feel good about the new day that He has blessed me with!

I am alive! I also can walk, talk, breath on my own, and hear without an aid. I have so many blessings bestowed on me. I live with a wonderful man (although he does have serious control issues)! ūüôā

Okay, I do have to wear glasses to read, but I am thankful that I can find a pair to put on that isn’t broken! I can see, though!

I can smell a fragrant flower, and can still bend over to touch my toes. For all my years, I am in pretty good health.

Living in this great nation, even with the crazy politics, is a blessing. Free to come and go as I please, to attend the church of my choice, to believe as I wish, is another awesome blessing.

God has blessed me with wonderful loving children, thirteen healthy grandchildren, and a healthy great-grandson. Yesterday, I¬† learned ¬†there is another blessing on the way… another great-grandchild!

Sunday night as I was getting ready to lay my tired body down, my bedroom door opened. Thinking it was my husband coming to bed, I was shocked to hear my friend telling me to get up and look at my new stove.

Wow, God is great!

My precious friend and her husband bought me a cookstove, complete with a self-cleaning oven!

We have been without a working cookstove for three years. Not that I haven’t cooked, people. I have cooked¬†on a two burner portable countertop stove, my griddle, along with a portable roaster oven. So to me this was a major blessing!

I can bake cookies¬†again! Yummy! And make jalape√Īo¬†jelly!¬†Yippee! And as my husband says, now go make me some cornbread!

Now I realize that to some this isn’t¬†a big thing, but as my kids used to say when they were young, “I am a cooker!” I love to bake and concoct great meals. Taking food to others is a blessing to me, and I love to see people enjoy good food, and if I do say so myself, my parents taught me well. It might be just country cooking, but everyone enjoys it!

Blessings are all around us, we just have to open our eyes and take them in. Right now, I am going to use one of those blessings God has provided me with, and cook a great big supper. I don’t even care if it’s hot!

Count your blessings, name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done! (Love this song!)

Right now, one of my blessings is calling, he’s hungry!

Oh yes, just wanted to share this… from a friend of mine on Facebook!

Never pre-judge what the end of a matter may turn out to be, unless God shows you crystal clear. Oft times, we think we know, and then what comes to pass, we weren’t even close. If fact, we might have hampered many blessings to others and our self. Let go, and let God …. watch and pray … and wait.

God bless you, and have a great evening!

Pulling on Heart Strings

Plant kindness, harvest love!

There are many reasons why friendships start, flourish, or end.

Everyone is different, and it would be a boring world if we were the same. Thankfully, we are not. The various personalities of people you meet bring something unique into to your life.

Maybe one keeps you laughing, another keeps you grounded. Could be you both share the same interests or hobbies. You might have a friend with a shoulder that you lean on, or you could have one that leans on yours.

Sometimes it might be a long distance move that keeps you away from each other, and you gradually grow apart.

It could be a spoken word and one gets offended, then a rift occurs.

We won’t always agree with what our friends think, or with the words that come out of their mouths. Our friends probably won’t always agree with us. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about each other.

I have a lot of friends from many places, races, different political views, and various walks of life. Some are almost destitute, while others live in fancy houses, and drive fancy cars.

I meet new people almost daily, make new friends, and reconnect with old friends quite often on Facebook. My friends are what make me complete, whether it is my sisters, friends, or sister friends. I need them in my life, I learn from them all. We all have difference of opinions, sometimes.

The one thing in common that I notice about my friends is this… they all have good hearts! If you have drifted from your friends, make the effort to reconnect.

If you are hurt by your spouse, a family member or friend, or have offended someone, try making the first step and reconciling that relationship! Both hearts will receive a blessing.

Send a card, make a phone call, go visit that friend!

Life is short, people are human and we all make mistakes!

To all my friends, thank you for being my friend, even though I am a weirdo!

I will leave you with a piece of advice that my mother told her children, and I instructed all the kids in my life!

“If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all!”

You might just save a friendship, by being silent and talking to God about the situation!

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