18/08/2014

Blueberry Muffins


½ cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 cups flour
½ cup milk
2 ½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

Heat oven to 180C.
In bowl, mix butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt.
With spoon, fold in half of flour then half of milk into batter; repeat. Fold in blueberries. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and springy to touch.

10/08/2014

Be Thankful

I was a bit convicted thismorning when I was making a memory verse picture with my children. I was making one to hang up in our kitchen. I drew and glued things on that they can be thankful for. I realized as I was doing it, that some of these very things I am very 'unthankful' for sometimes.
 Food.
I thank God for my food every mealtime out of habit, but how thankful am I really? Too often I'm sighing about having to cook again, how expensive food is now etc. How many mothers in the world would love to be able to cook and feed their children like I am able to?
Toys and Books
When I pick the toys and books up off the floor I'm not usually thanking God for them. It's more likely that I'm sighing about them being scattered all over the place. How many mothers in the world would love to have toys and books like I have for my children?
House
How thankful am I for my house? Often I'm more focused on how much work it takes to keep clean. Or sometimes I even think it would be nicer to have a different kind of house (bigger, nicer etc.) I take it for granted so much. And yet there are many mothers out there who don't even have a proper house to live in. Or what about the many whose houses have been ruined in war, earthquakes, fires etc?
Children
I often get caught up in the difficulties that come with children and I forget to thank God for them. But there are many women who would love to be mothers and there are many mothers who have lost a child.
Husband
So often I take my husband for granted and forget what a huge blessing he is.
 
May God teach us all to be an example of thankfulness to our children.
 


08/08/2014

PlayBlanket

 I just finished turning an old woolen blanket into a play blanket for my baby. I hand sewed scraps of material on to make a caterpillar, a train and the letter 'J.'  Underneath the material I put either bubble wrap, crinkly paper or stuffing. I used buttons for wheels on the train and eyes on the caterpillar.


03/08/2014

Toy Animals


A sewing craft that I've learned to make that is simple enough for children to do, is a little stuffed animal.
First draw the shape on some cardboard.
Trace the shape onto two pieces of material. Sew buttons on for nose and eyes. Sew a little mouth. If you want to embroider a name, you can.Then sew it together using whipstitch. Leave some space to put the stuffing in then sew closed. If you put a bit of crinkly paper in, it gives it some sound when you press it.
These are easy baby presents to make. I used an old denim skirt for the front of these two, so a good way to use up scrap material!



First try (front)

the back

Second one (front)

The back


29/07/2014

Monotonous?

Sometimes as a mother and wife I feel that I am just doing the same things over and over every day! Washing, dishes, vacuuming, making beds, changing nappies, cleaning, cooking etc. There's not a great lot of time left over to do other things. Do you ever feel like this?
Yesterday I was talking to someone who has just started working in a factory packing frozen foods. She told me how time goes quite slow because you're pretty much doing the same thing all day--standing in the same place packing food. She said that one day she had to do a few other things and it was really nice just to have a bit of variety.
This conversation made me very thankful. I realized that my 'job' actually has a lot of variety! I am not folding washing all day, although sometimes it feels like it! :) I don't make beds all day. I actually do a lot of different things throughout the day. I have the freedom to choose what to cook and what to plant in the garden etc.
My 'job' is far from monotonous!

21/07/2014

Patched tights

I have recently been learning to handsew and have had lots of inexpensive fun trying new projects and making gifts! So I thought I would share the ideas on here over the next few weeks!
 
I used to throw tights with holes away. But this time I tried sewing on heart patches (made with scrap material from an old cot sheet) and was happy with the result! I sewed with cotton the same color as the tights and the stitching is backstitch.
My daughters were very happy with them. In fact, one of my girls wanted hearts on both knees!!
 

14/07/2014

A Quiet Mind

A poem that really helped me a few months ago when I was worrying about something!
 
What room is there for troubled fear?
I know my Lord, and He is near;
And He will light my candle, so
That I may see the way to go.
 
There need be no bewilderment
To one who goes where he is sent;
The trackless plain by night and day
Is set with signs lest he should stray.
 
My path may cross a waste of sea,
But that need never frighten me;
Or rivers full to very brim,
But they are open ways to Him.
 
My path may lead through woods at night,
Where neither moon nor any light
Of guiding star or beacon shines;
He will not let me miss my signs.
 
Lord, grant to me a quiet mind,
That trusting Thee--for thou art kind--
I may go on without a fear,
For Thou, My Lord, art always near.
~Amy Carmichael~