Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Days of Photography Fun {Day 31}

This marks the end of the 31 days project. It has been a lot of fun. Doing mine as well as reading others. This does not mark the end of photography on my blog, though. With my love of photography, I will be still putting photos on my blog. In fact, I am starting a new series called Photo Friday. So be on the look out!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

May the Mind of Christ, My Savior

May the Mind of Christ, My Savior
words by Kate Wilkinson

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.

May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.

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Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5

31 Days of Photography Fun {Day 30}

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Desk Redo

I have been wanting to paint my yellow-y desk (that didn't have the best paint job) white for a long time. About a month ago I decided that I would start the process that I thought would only take a few days. I was wrong. By the time I finished, one month had elapsed.

* Removing all hardware (that could be removed).
* Painting with the primer.
* Painting with the white paint coat 1.                                                  
* Painting with the white paint coat 2.                                                    
* Patching up places that chipped.                                                         
* Sanding the edges to get an antiqued look.                                       
* Putting on the glaze.                                                                         
* Letting the glaze dry for 1 week.                                                      
* Patching up more places that chipped.                                              
* Putting on more glaze.
* Letting that glaze dry for 1 week.
* Putting on polyurethane coat 1. (Main part of the desk.)
* Putting on polyurethane coat 2. (Main part of the desk again.)
* Putting on polyurethane coat 3. (Inside part of the desk.)
* Putting on polyurethane coat 4. (Inside part of the desk again.)
* Then add Dad fixing the drooping shelves and antiquing the brass knobs for me.

31 Days of Photography Fun {Day 29}

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Coconut Mocha Cookies

I'm linking up with Kristin's Comfort Food Friday.
This week is...dessert week!

Coconut Mocha Cookies

        2 cups all-purpose flour
        3/4 cup cocoa powder
        1 teaspoon baking soda
        1/2 teaspoon salt
        1 cup shredded coconut, plus more for sprinkling
        1 tablespoon espresso powder
        1 1/4 (2 sticks plus 4 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
        2 cups sugar
        2 large eggs
        2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, coconut, and espresso powder. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter, sugar, and eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Gradually add flour mixture and combine on low speed.
3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1-inch balls (or larger for bigger cookies). Place on prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Slightly press down balls and sprinkle with coconut. Bake until set, 8-12 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to a rack to cool. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

For the original recipe from Martha Stewart, go here...

31 Days of Photography Fun {Day 28}

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

In the Garden

In the Garden
words by C. Austin Miles

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

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Thinking He was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him."  --John 20:15

31 Days of Photography Fun {Day 23}


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Friday, October 21, 2011

Greek Olive and Feta Bread

I am linking up with Kristin's Comfort Food Friday. This week's topic is side dishes. I think bread is the perfect side for soups, stews, or summer salads. And while the bread is baking, your house will have that yeast-y herb-y smell to it. This is a new find from a book my grandmother gave me a few years ago called Making Fresh Bread.

Greek Olive and Feta Bread
makes 1 loaf

     3 1/4 cups white bread flour
     1 tsp salt
     1 1/2 tsp sugar
     1 packet of rapid rise yeast
     scant 1 cup lukewarm water
     1 tsbp milk
     1/2 cup pitted black olives, chopped
     2 oz feta cheese
     olive oil
     1 tsp thyme
     1 tsp oregano

1. Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl and stir in the sugar and yeast. Make a well in the center and pour in the lukewarm water and the milk. Stir until the dough begins to come together, then knead until it leaves the side of the bowl. Turn out onto a lightly floured counter and knead in the olives and feta, then knead for 5 minutes more, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

2. Brush a bowl with oil. Shape the dough into a ball, put it into the bowl, and cover with a damp dish towel. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.

3. Brush a 9-inch round cake pan with oil. Punch the dough down with your fist and, with floured hands, shape dough into a ball and put in the prepared pan. Cover with a damp dish towel and let rise in a warm place for 40-45 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 400. Brush the top of the loaf with oil oil and sprinkle with the herbs. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

31 Days of Photography Fun {Day 21}

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
words by Walter Smith

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most bless├Ęd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
But of all Thy rich graces this grace, Lord, impart
Take the veil from our faces, the vile from our heart.

All laud we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee,
And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,
Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.

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To the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  --1 Timothy 1:17

31 Days of Photography Fun {Day 16}

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hope of the Broken World

I am a fan of the christian music group Selah. We own many of their albums. We listen to them while driving around town and when we put on some music on Grooveshark  Selah is one of our frequent choices. So we are always excited when they come out with another album.

Back in August, Selah came out with Hope of the Broken World and, even though we haven't purchased the cd yet, there have been some songs put on the Selah website and YouTube that I have enjoyed listening to. I have really enjoyed this one...

On The Mountain
Song on the new Selah album, Hope of the Broken World.

*** If you want to listen to this song, you can go to the bottom of my blog and pause the music that I have programed onto my Mixpod.

31 Days of Photography Fun {Day 12}

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