Saturday, 4 February 2017

It's a Beautiful Day

This morning's view outside our back door...



Just a relaxing morning, enjoying my coffee....have lots to do today, but for now, peace and tranquility :)

Hope you have a blessed day as well.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Christmas in California

It was time to take a break, from the cold, from the snow....although it's been a mild winter so far this season, but California seemed like a great get away.....

.....but it seemed we had brought the snow with us!!! Ha!

 A few photos taken December 24, 2016....Christmas Eve in California:




This was taken on route to my brother's home from my daughter's home going through the Cajon Pass. It had just snowed the previous evening. It was weird seeing the desert flora together with the white stuff.





We did get to spend some time at the beach...


 
Brr the water was chilly!

The birds didn't seem to mind it....

When we got back home the temperature was definitely colder,  I caught a cold while in California....I'm almost recovered, still coughing and sneezing, but not as much :) I wore my flip flops most of our trip, but I put them away when we got back....

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Winter Scenes

Sharing a few photos I captured today...






 Perfect Christmas trees!





Snow-capped  thistles


 This is where I'm taking these photos...
that's our house is at the top of the road


This little weed just looked so sweet decorated with snow...
I had to get into knee-deep snow to get this shot :)



Hope your day is richly blessed!!!
💝

Monday, 28 November 2016

New Friends....and a New Recipe!

A few days ago I was out and about because I had several errands to run. I had passed by this way several times before and have always wanted to capture the horses on photo, but never had the time. This day I had decided to make the time. As I drove up, these guys (or are they gals?) seemed quite curious to meet me.




They let me pet their noses and scratch behind their ears. They were quite sweet!



 This was a neighboring farm,
 I liked the silhouetted appearance of this shot
so I just wanted to throw this one on as well...



 
A parting photo.....until we see each other again!!! 
Our visit ended much too soon...



...and now for this recipe....a confession: This was my first attempt at banana bread

I looked online to find a recipe, and found two that seemed good. I combined things from both and came up with this one:

My Banana Bread Recipe 


In a medium sized bowl combine these dry ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl combine the wet ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil

The original recipes called for 1/2 cup butter, but I decided to cut back and use a bit of olive oil instead...trying to be "heart healthy"...

So at this point cream the butter/oil with the sugar. Once it is nicely mixed together, add:

2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream these into the butter mixture.

In a separate bowl, mush together 

3 bananas and add 
applesauce to make 2 cups

then add to this banana mix(if desired)
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup cooked quinoa 

Add this banana mixture to the butter mixture and mix until well blended. 

Now all the wet ingredients are all mixed together. Add your dry ingredients that you reserved at the beginning into this larger bowl of wet ingredients, and fold it together until the dry ingredients are combined but don't stir it too much. It is ok if it remains a bit lumpy, do not over stir!!! Just stir until the ingredients are barely combined, maybe about 7 or 8 turns.

Have your loaf pan buttered and floured and pour the banana batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar over the top of the batter. I like the dark brown sugar best.

Place the loaf pan into the center of the oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 65 minutes.



Enjoy!!!
  

Monday, 21 November 2016

Redirecting....

I am resolving to do a couple of things differently in regards to these two blogs of mine and keep with the original intention of them more consistently (I hope, lol) and make this blog about day to day life and recipes, photos that I take (unless there is a scriptural connection) and keep my Bible Treasures and Pearls blog strictly on the topic of anything scriptural such as things regarding the church and poetry and music and Christian books and authors, sermons etc, as well as any musings that I have on Bible passages.

The summer went by much too quickly, but it was wonderful. My DH and I were able to enjoy it even though it flew by us so fast. One of the highlights was our trip to Florida. I will share with you one photo that leaves me with that feeling of the nostalgia of the trip.

My next blog post I will share a recipe creation of mine. Here's a hint: It was DELICIOUS!

Daytona Beach, Florida

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Busy Summer and Eternal Security in Jesus




Tending the garden has sure kept me extremely busy. Last night we had a nice bit of rain, so it affords me a few extra moments that would otherwise be spent watering the vegetable garden. God is so good! ...even when we forget to thank Him, which is more often than not.

I allowed myself to get tangled up on a group on Facebook that talks about end times and how to be a "prepper". There is a woman on there that talks about how you can lose your salvation and talks about the evils of Calvinism at every turn, so I kept trying to put out her fires....but this woman does not give up! Don't try to confuse this woman with the facts! lol, because she knows better than anyone else, and sadly fancies herself a teacher, one that instills in her followers a subtle lie that you can undo what God does in your life. I found myself getting frustrated, a sure sign that it is time to back away, and pray.

But thankfully I did find a couple of good blog articles on eternal security. Hope you enjoy them too!

https://snyderssoapbox.com/2014/09/04/if-you-could-lose-your-salvation-you-would/

 https://carm.org/can-believer-lose-his-salvation

 https://snyderssoapbox.com/2014/04/21/hebrews-61-8-eternal-security-perseverance-of-the-saints-justification-and-sanctification/

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Perversion, Pride, Gardening and other odds and ends

First words in the Bible that spoke out to me
loud and clear
when I was first saved in 1988
 

When I was first born of the Spirit of God, I came out of all kinds of deep darkness, witchcraft, perversions, and horrible things too horrible to go into detail. Suffice it to say God was very merciful and the fact that I am saved is a miracle beyond any "rational explanations".

It is so sad for me to see the idiotic things that are going on that are even worse and out in the open much moreso than in the 1980's when I was first saved. For people to be prideful about sin is sad, not funny. I grieve over it. Pride is the sin that got the devil cast out of heaven, and homosexual acts are called an abomination in the Bible. How could anyone think the combination of pride (I personally believe this is at the top of the list of worst sins) and an abominable act directly in God's face is something "good"? I pray for loved ones that are supportive or caught up in all of this mess, saying that it is loving....it is anything but loving, it truly grieves my spirit.

There are stages in which a sin takes a deeper and deeper hold of an individual.

 First, it is "naughty" with a smile and a wink, and still with feelings of "I know I shouldn't be doing this but I like it so much" together with the possible embarrassment if caught in the act, or unmasked or "outed".

Next the person gets a little bolder, takes it to a few close friends to gain their "moral support" (funny term to use for immoral behaviour, but yeah, oh well). The person caught in this sin trap is still unsure about it so he or she needs to get lots of encouragement to keep going in their sin and not allow their conscience to bother them about it.

As the person gets bolder, now he or she can even lash out at those who would say anything regarding sin being sin in regards to perverse sexual acts. Now it is "good" to turn the tables on those who speak up about the current moral decline, and to even attack them physically. They do not realize the demonic element to what is giving them their "courRAGE" with emphasis on RAGE.


Psalm 2:1-3 

 Why do the heathen rage, 
and the people imagine a vain thing?   
The kings of the earth set themselves,
 and the rulers take counsel together, 
against the LORD, 
and against his anointed, 
saying, 

 Let us break their bands asunder,
 and cast away their cords from us. 


Praying for those caught in sin, even those who are deeply caught, even as I was, and also as the Apostle Paul was. God is a God that can save even to the uttermost....but there is a point of no return, we do not know where that point is, but the Lord does, so let's not mess around with all kinds of false things thinking we have lots of time to turn away from them, ask the Lord now to heal you and strengthen you to the proper ways, His true ways, and battle against the demons that want to take you to hell with them. God will supply you the weapons for your battles....the main one is patience to wait on the Lord to fight and to give victory in that final battle that is to come, the one He can prepare you for now if you do not delay in responding to His tugging at your heart. It does not require a special invocation or prayer with certain words or a particular kind of water baptism to make that miracle happen in your life. It only requires a sincere heartfelt yearning for His saving grace, His redeeming power, His intervention, and that true sincerity is also a gift from Him, but ask Him and seek Him for these things, and He will provide everything that is needed.


Ok, now that I got that bit off my chest, lol, 

I have been extremely busy with gardening. The lawn cutting, the weed pulling, the compost making, the bug trapping....sheesh!!! But I must admit, I love the fruit of my labors.


 Calaliliy...


 seen from the other side...the bugs got to it! Ugh!







 
My favorite calalily is the purple one...so far
the bugs haven't attacked it yet




Ok, well, I have to get back to weeding
and bug trapping, so much to do, so little time!