Sunday, January 11, 2015

Life Extra-Large Convection Countertop Oven

Oster Designed For Life Extra-Large Convection Countertop Oven

We purchased this counter top oven from Walmart.  Our oven no longer worked and we really needed something to cook in. A large oven is not presently in our budget, ($500 and up) this cost less than $90, at least before taxes.I believe in being good stewards of our finances.
Even if it was in our budget, I"m perfectly content with this. 
I like the thought of it being  somewhat portable and I am able to move it in the summer time to a different location to not heat up the house, as we do not have an air conditioning system. My old oven is still in the kitchen, I use the burners to cook on. (free gas) and the oven is now additional storage, as I have limited storage space. I did find it to cook about 25° hotter, but my old oven did that too. No biggie, just adjust the temperature accordingly.

Monday, March 18, 2013

How To Make Lace Earrings

This is a craft I would like to do in the future. 

Lace with pretty easily cut out shapes icon
Chain (cut in 4 equal size pieces) (if you are making the top left earrings)
Earring hoops
Jump rings
Fabric stiffener

  • Cut two equal shapes from lace.
  • Attach 2 pieces of chain icon 
  • to an earring hook. Repeat this step.
  • Attach opposite ends of chain with jump rings to each side of your lace shape

Tip: White lace can be dyed to a color of your choice.

Click here to see where the directions originated from. (I got this idea from Pintrist)

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Apology

While perusing some family photos recently, I came across the picture of a childhood friend. The photo reminded me of a wonderful carefree summer and of a profound childhood lesson.

In the summer of 1959, I developed a friendship with a neighborhood girl. Nancy and I did everything together. I would stay overnight at her house and she would stay at mine. We rode our bikes together and played games; she would eat with my family and I would eat with hers. We were inseparable.
One day, when I was playing with Nancy at her house, her mother discovered that Nancy had not cleaned her room as she had been told. She was scolded and then grounded for the rest of the day; I was sent home, in tears. Well, I did not like being sent home and I did not like it when Nancy’s mother scolded and grounded her. “I’ll show her,” I decided. So, I got out my crayons and wrote Nancy’s mom a nasty letter to express my anger and then drew an ugly picture at the bottom of it. Then I personally delivered the letter to Nancy’s mother! Of course (sigh), my mother found out about it. In fact our mothers had quite a giggle over it. Later that day, mother showed me the letter and asked if I had written it. When I acknowledged to being its author, she corrected me and sent me to my room where I had to think about what I had done. Later, she offered a remedy by strongly suggesting that I apologize. The next day, after we discussed the letter again, mother took me to Nancy’s house where I humbly apologized. I was forgiven and restored to my former friendly relationship with Nancy’s mother.
Having been reminded of that fateful summer day many years ago, I pondered that lesson again. Why should my mother have taught me to apologize? And, when I became a mother, why did I feel it prudent to teach my child to apologize? Why should I practice this principle now?
Although there are no specific biblical commands for one person to apologize to another, teaching this principle to our children reaps qualities of good character and spiritual fruits, and it can also help prepare our children for their relationship with God (Proverbs 22:6).
When children learn to apologize:
  1. They are forced to examine their behavior; to think about what they did or said. This self-examination process is also done at Passover (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).
  2. They must change their wrongful behavior. Changing one’s behavior is repentance. Repentance is required before baptism (Acts 2:38); it is a life-long process.
  3. They restore their own inner peace and the peace between themselves and another. It’s not enough to be right with God, we also must be right with others (Matthew 5:23-24).
  4. They learn to be tender-hearted, gentle and kind; respectful to others (Ephesians 4:32, Galatians 5:22-23).
  5. They learn humility. One becomes more teachable in a state of humility (Psalm 25:9). How would a child apologize?
A mother’s wisdom is very important in determining the appropriate mode of apology, often depending on the age of her children. It may simply involve giving a hug or a kiss to the offended party, shaking hands or saying the word “sorry.” It may also involve acknowledging one’s negligence and paying for damages due to a broken window—or (ahem) by making a formal apology for writing a nasty letter.
The principle of apology is not only for children. If a mother teaches this principle to her children, then she also should demonstrate it.
Teaching the principle of apology to our children cultivates qualities of good character and spiritual fruit. As a mother, practicing the principle of apology can set a good example to our children and also help smooth the bumps in relationships with others.

Written By: Laurel M. - Living Church of God

Monday, March 11, 2013

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Sunday, March 3, 2013


Children, what do you know about your grandparents? Grandparents, what do you know about your grandchildren? Grandpa and Grandma can have a very special relationship with their grandchildren that will be with those young people for their entire lives. It takes special effort to stay connected in this day and age, when so many of us live so many miles apart. Even so, however much effort it may take, there are many ways to accomplish this.

I knew all four of my grandparents, and they were alive for a good part of my growing-up years. I have also had the example of my parents spending time with my children. So, I know how important it is for grandparents and grandchildren to be a part of each other’s lives, when this is possible. As I have grown older, I have come to realize more and more each day just how much influence my grandparents have had on my life. My grandparents spent many hours with my two sisters and with me. They loved us, and we loved them, and our parents taught us to respect them in every way.
My grandmothers spent many hours cooking and baking for us, and teaching us other skills like canning and crocheting—which I still enjoy today, and have passed on to my granddaughters. Grandma Ochs did not have any recipes for the things she baked, but I spent time with her and wrote down ingredients and the directions for many items she made. She has been gone a long time now, but our daughters and I still enjoy making many of the things she made that we loved so much. Doing this brings back many memories, and is a part of our family heritage.
Many memories also come flooding into my mind from time spent with my Grandpa and Grandma Ochs, like fishing trips to Northern Wisconsin—fishing all day, and in the evening playing Canasta by the lantern light in our cottage after hauling water from the pump (which was my job). These are precious remembrances, and I treasure them.
My Grandpa Lorenz thought I cut his small plot of grass in the city, with a push grass cutter, better than any of my cousins! It is funny what we remember as a child. Talk about those memories with your grandchildren now. They love to hear all the stories you can remember. They love to hear them over and over again, and we like to tell them over and over again!
Music has been a part of life for every member of our family for many years, and has added many hours of enjoyment and shared fun in so many ways. Whenever we get together there is always music, and we are continuing that heritage with our grandchildren.
If your children do not have any grandparents living, encourage them to get to know and spend time with the elderly. Many older people appreciate children coming to sit and talk for a while. It works both ways, being beneficial to the children as well. It is good that we as grandparents make the effort to love and spend time with children, and it is also good for children to reach out and do the same for the elderly.
Grandchildren and grandparents are a special blessing to each other, and I want to pass on to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren all I can about our family heritage, while making new memories with them as long I am able.

Written By: Dorothy M. - Living Church of God

Friday, March 1, 2013

How To Can Peaches And How to Make Peach Jelly

To peel peaches easily, drop into boiling water for 20-30 seconds. 

The peels will fall right off.

Remove Pits.

(Don't throw away the peels & pits, you can save these and make jelly out of them.)

Slice peaches and put into sterilized jars icon, within 1/2 inch to top.

Make a syrup of 1 cup of sugar to 2 cups of water.

 Place the syrup in a saucepan and bring to boil right before pouring into jar

Fill to within 1-1/2 inch of top with boiling syrup.

Put on cap, and screw band firmly tight.

water bath. (see the times below)

 Pints for 25 minutes and quarts for 30 minutes.

To make jelly place the peach peeling and pit (minimum of 4 quarts) in a pan.

 Barely cover the peelings and pits with water.

Bring to a boil and let simmer for 30 minutes.

Let stand overnight. (I put mine in the refrigerator)

Strain juice though a cloth (I use an old sheer curtain....Thanks Crystal! for the idea!....easy to reuse and easy to clean)

Measure 3 cups of juice into pan.

Add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice.

In a separate bowl; measure 4-1/2 cups of sugar. Set aside. (Do not try to lessen the amount of sugar, jelly will fail) If you want a lower sugar jelly there is pectin for no or low-sugar jams/jellies.

Stir 1 box pectin into juice. (I use Sure Jell)

Add 1/2 teaspoon butter (it reduces foaming)

Bring to a full rolling boil on high heat. Stir constantly. ( A rolling boil is defined as a boil that will not stop bubbling when stirred)

Quickly stir in the sugar you set aside earlier. Return it to a full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute. Continue to stir constantly.

Remove from heat.

Skim off foam.

Ladle into sterilized jars.

Process in a water bath for 5 minutes.


The peach jelly is the set of jars in the middle. I had canned all of these in one day.

These were canned this past summer; but if you need some jelly now; you can always pick up some fruit from the grocery store. Its is best if you can pick up some organic fruit.