Friends

I thought of you today. 

As I met a friend for coffee. 

Coffee lunch and dinner dates, shopping, beach trips the mountains, girls night out, and craft days. 

Sweet fellowship, friendship, and laughter. 

Talk of life, struggles, testimonies, kids, and everything personal. 

Memories and laughter, we shared it all. 

Your memories, forever cherished. 

Friends and fellowship, I miss you all.

Placed in my life when God knew my need. 

Now so far away, in my heart you’ll forever be.

 

For

 

Melissa W, Melissa H, Megan, Molly, Monica, Joy, Alicia, Rebecca, Cynthia, and Teri

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Easy Individual Strawberry Cheesecake

This sounds delicious!

LauraLovingLife

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Sugar cookies cooked until soft not hard.

Heavy whipping cream 1 pint

1 package cream cheesecake flavored jello mix

Freshstrawberries cut up.

Cook the cookies and put in the bottom of individual dishes

Put the whipping cream and jello packet together and whip until firm. You can hold the bowl upside down and nothing should fall out.

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Add to the dish and top with a strawberry.  DONE!!

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I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as we did.  If you want to contact me please feel free to at LauraLovingLife@hotmail.com

Bon Appétit

LauraLovingLife

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Crunchy No Bake Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
2 cups peanut butter
4 cups corn flakes (I used Special K cinnamon pecan)
wax paper
chocolate to drizzel over the top

Bring the Karo and sugar to a boil in a small pan on the stove.
Remove from the stove and add peanut butter in a large bowl.
Add the cereal (frosted flakes or your choice) to the mixture in the bowl.
Stir well and spoon out into cookie sixed bites on the wax paper.
Cool and enjoy. Perfect for a pot luck, birthday party, family or friend gathering or an afternoon snack.

Best Sugar Cookies Ever! Cinnamon flavored and almond flavored!

Best Sugar Cookies Ever!

I made these for my husband for Valentines Day. They were awesome!

2 drops almond flavored oil (If making cinnamon flavored icing eliminate the almond flavor from the cookie recipe.)

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter or shortening (I used stick butter)

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup milk

3 cups flour

Combine all dry ingredients. Mix. In a separate bowl combine all liquid ingredients. Mix. Mix dry and liquid ingredients. I love to make thick cookies so I double my recipe. Bake 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Icing

Add icing when the cookies have cooled.

1 cup confectioners sugar

2 tbsp milk (or until desired thickness)

Food Coloring (optional)

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1 drop almond or cinnamon oil for flavor (also optional)

**Tip** The cinnamon flavored icing had a real similar taste to the Brock’s jelly cinnamon hearts that can only be found for Valentines day. They were amazing!

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Warm weather and the human barometer

I love the warm weather. Its difficult for those with chronic pain to adjust to a rapid weather change. It was freezing temps earlier this week and today its in the high thirties and low forties. When anyone suffers chronic pain it makes it difficult to live a normal life. Yesterday, though I hurt I thought about how nice it would be to have a regular job I could go to every day and how much people take it for granted having the ability to go to work. Today, as the pain is more severe the reality sets in why I do not have a job like the average person. Because I am not the average person. I do have blessings in this. When the blessings seem hard to find its best to look to all the positives and ponder all the possibilities. Upbeat music, good coffee, sunlight, and happy thoughts all lesson chronic pain. When I wake with pain I cannot stay in bed. I would think it would help to lay in bed and sleep in if I don’t feel well but my pain is worsened when I lay in bed. So I get out of bed. I shower and dress myself in a way that makes me smile and feel good about how I look. Even if I feel like the utmost worst, looking nice can bring a smile to a gloomy day. I love to write so I head to Starbucks and blog. Some days when the pain is less I make things. Crafting definitely takes one’s mind off pain. For today, I sit in Starbucks and soak up the aromas of all the different coffees, listen to soothing music and type my pain away. Chronic pain is here to stay. It never leaves me. Some days it is a 4 out of 10 and other days (like today) it is an 8 or 9 out of 10. And on those days I press into God and into whatever takes my mind to a better place. Even though I would rather be biking, hiking, running, socializing or working a daily job I will smile and do something that makes my day a sunny day. I could sit and be gloomy and mope for my gloomy day but I do not. I would rather shine and let anyone who understands chronic pain know there is hope. For I am created for something so much more than just me. I am created for the purpose of loving others and showing others love. I am created by God to show His glory in all things, even pain. If my job is surviving pain, then I will survive and let Him shine through me as though it is my full time job that I love. Today, I worship God in my toughest moments and thank Him for these moments. It is these moments that remind me how blessed I am to have the really good time! If this inspires just one person my pain has not been in vein but worth it for today. Be blessed.

Four Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

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I love love love simple recipes!

1/2 cup milk
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup Jif
1 tsp. vanilla

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In medium pan mix milk and sugar. Heat on medium heat until it boils. Boil until it reaches soft ball candy stage or just over two minutes. Stir the whole time. Take off burner and add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir and put in desired pan. The thicher the better. I suggest using a small glass baking dish.

 

There is to be …

There is to be a domino effect from what God has done in our lives until it affects everyone around us. We are to faithfully deposit and release what we’ve been given to the people God has given us to influence. This is our privilege and responsibility. ~Bill Johnson

This is borrowed from The domino effect of blessing from Bill Johnson Ministries. I love this and it made me think that what ever we have been given can be used to grow God’s kingdom. Rather it is wealth, things, or a spiritual gift of love and the ability to give from our spiritual gifts.

To read more:

http://www.bjm.org/articles/18/the-domino-effect-of-blessing.html

Calvary

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Sometimes I use my own paintings as my picture in my posts. I forget some may like to know these are available in my etsy store. I used this picture of Calvary in one of my posts yesterday. This painting is acrylic on canvas painted to look like an oil painting. The sides are painted and it is ready to hang. If you are interested in this painting or other paintings my store is called jillybeansstudio on etsy. There is also a link on my blog to my store. God bless!

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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Perfect for tea or coffee with family and friends.

2 Cups all-purpse flour

1 Tsp. baking soda

1/4 Tsp. salt

1/2 Cup butter

3/4 Cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/4 Cup milk

1 Cup Chocolate Chips (I used miniture chips.)

1 Tsp. cinnamon

3 mashed bananas

Combine flour, baking soda, salt in one bowl. In a second bowl combine butter, brown sugar and stir in eggs and mashed bananas. Blend all ingredients. Bbake 350 degrees for 17- 20 minutes.