Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's All About Home!

Allow me to share some quotes this morning from one of my very favorite authors and Bible teacher, Kay Arthur.

"A sanctuary you can create, a harbor of safety for loved ones from the storms of life, your shelter in the world - from the world."

"This is part of the joy, the wonder, of being a woman.  Here you celebrate the expression of being you as you take a house and make it your home.  What you create in your setting makes it uniquely you."

"Like the fragrance of a delightful potpourri, your sanctuary is filled with the scent of a woman.  For, in large portion, the presence of you, the essence of you, permeates and sets the atmosphere of this place called home."

"You know, for you've watched the power of a gentle smile, of a non-condemnng, listening ear, of open, forgiving arms, of your words and tone of voice, the mystical effect of a soft answer that turns away wrath, the power of words of kindness and encouragement when they grace your lips . . . "

"As you walk through your home, turning out the lights, closing another day, there's a sense of satisfaction, of accomplishment, as you give one last, loving touch, putting away the remnants of the day. . . knowing that with everything in place, when you awake you can begin with a sense of peace and grace."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ABM Cinnabon Rolls

ABM means automatic bread machine and with it you can make these incredible cinnamon rolls to bless your family and friends.  Ooohhhss and aaaahhhsss will be heard if you dish these up with a pot of hot coffee.  Oh ya, they are a winner.

Cinnabon Rolls

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup water
1/2 box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup milk
1 egg. Beaten
1 tab. Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
4 cups bread flour
2 1/2 teaspoons Yeast

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon milk

Place ingredients in the bread machine and set on dough cycle.  After complete, roll out to a 17 x 10 rectangle.  Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.  Spread soft butter over dough and sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Roll tightly from long end, pinching edges closed when completely rolled.  Slice rolled dough into 1/2”slices.  Place into greased pan.  Let rise until doubled.  Bake at 350*  for 15-20 minutes, until golden.  Do not overbake.  Frost while still hot from the oven.

Usually I make these up at night and refrigerate after putting them in the pan.  Then in the morning I take them out and let them rise and bake them. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Allow Me To Brag

This is a long over-due post.  My Precious Husband is what causes the sun to rise each day for me.  How can I begin to tell anyone, let alone someone who has never met him, what an extremely special man I am married to?

This man with the big heart is the most unselfish person I have ever known.  It amazes me how giving one person can be with no thought of anything in return.

Our family most certainly would not be what it is if it were not for this husband and father that gives us all our stability.   Last night as we spoke to our daughter Michelle in Kentucky she remarked that she is a "daddy's girl" and proud of it.  Truly 5 children could not have a better father.

This month began a new season in our life.  Precious Husband is now retired and I am happy to report he is loving his new status.  I am thankful to the Lord that Precious Husband now has time to give of himself and get involved with our church family in ways he could not before.  It thrills my heart to see him take his Bible and study books out to the pond to ready himself for Tuesday night Bible study with the men.

I have waited a long time for this season and yes, I give thanks to the Lord for the season and for my Precious Husband to share it with.

Life will always hold challenges but I am thankful that God in His mercy and grace brought my Precious Husband into my life nearly 30 years ago to truly complete me.