Saturday, 21 October 2017

Saturday this and that . . .

In thinking about my problems this week I remembered some of the challenges which had been given over our last several church conferences and the promises given about Reading the Book of Mormon. In our April 2017 Conference, President Thomas S Monson (the President of our church) gave a very short, but compelling talk about reading the Book of Mormon, entitled "The Power of the Book of Mormon." 
This morning I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this Church to study, ponder, and apply its teachings in our lives. The importance of having a firm and sure testimony of the Book of Mormon cannot be overstated. 
Our Prophet, President Monson is very elderly now and not in the best of health.  This was probably one of the last real talks he was able to give. He was not able to speak to us at all at our last conference.  His testimony of the Book of Mormon was so strong in this talk that millions of Saints all over the world renewed, with determination, their desire to read the Book of Mormon again.  I was one of them. 
My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.
I started  reading the Book of Mormon each morning, and listening to it as I put my makeup on, etc.  But I have not been studying it earnestly and prayerfully . . . pondering what it is trying to tell me. 
 This week, I have been inspired to begin again, with a renewed effort to do just that, to study it daily, prayerfully and with sincerity of heart in wanting to know what it is trying to teach me about myself, about the world, and about the things I need to be doing.  If you want to, you can do it along with me and we can share in the comments section each day what  we got from the Previous days reading. In any case, I will be sharing in a small section of my blog each day that I can, what I have read and what I have learnt from it. Who knows, we may be able to discover something together.  Now, that's an exciting thought! 
Book of Mormon Corner: Today's reading 1 Nephi 1: 1-15 
What I learned today was that Lehi read the book and he was taught of things to come, he saw destruction and yet called God merciful and good. He teaches me that as I come unto Jesus I shall not spiritually perish. Even if there is 'destruction' around me, I can come to know God's goodness for myself. Through reading the scriptures I can come to know God's character and understand better His plan. 
 Tomorrow - 1 Nephi 1: 16 -2:16 
We were sitting here last night just watching telly when all of a sudden Todd pipes up about how proud he was of me when I won the Turkey Award.  It is hard to believe that was five whole years ago now.  
It was such an exciting night for the both of us really.  Just to be there in attendance, and to have my recipe in the running was very exciting to me. This was a really big deal, but to win.  Never in my wildest dreams had I even considered that I might win.  When they called my name out I was completely gobsmacked. 
The Savoy Hotel is such a ritzy hotel.  I remember feeling a little bit like a country mouse in a city mouse setting.  It was all pretty stupendous.  Just to be there experiencing this once in a lifetime kind of event (for me at any rate) was pretty special in and of itself.  I wish someone had gotten a photograph of me and Todd together in our finery, but alas we did not. 
I was really surprised last night when he popped up with that statement about how proud he had been of me. It made me feel really good to know that.  That award is gathering dust now, in a bookcase upstairs, it all seems to be so long ago now, but for just a moment last night, I was able to feel again some of the joy that I had had in winning it.  I had not realised how proud Todd was of me, it made me feel proud of myself.  (In a humble sort of way.)  I really have accomplished a lot in these past 17 years that I never ever thought I would be able to do. 
When I was married before I was so shy, and had so little confidence in myself, that I was afraid to answer the telephone half of the time, unless I absolutely knew who was calling.  I didn't think I was really any good at anything. I have come a long way since then.
For the first time in my life, when my marriage broke up, I found myself actually living on my own, and totally reliant on only myself.  I had gone from my parents home to my husbands, home, both times I had gotten married.  I had never lived on my own, ever.  It was a difficult six or seven months, but I did it.  That was my first step towards independance!  Circumstances meant that I ended up moving back in with my mom for a short time after that, but at least I had done it "on my own" first, and successfully too.  To think that it took me until the age of 44 to be completely independant is kind of mind blowing! 
To think that only a year or so later I would be getting on an airplane to fly to England (again, all on my own)  and to begin a new life is also a pretty amazing thought  to me.  That woman who was afraid to answer the telephone. Since then, I have gone back to school and done not one but two diplomas.  Medical Secretarial, and Chef.  I have worked several jobs, but the most amazing one was to work as a Personal Chef for a wealthy family and get to live in a country cottage on a Manor Estate.  I learned, developed and grew so much in that job. That's where my culinary skills and talent really took off.  I'd had them all along, but had never had the opportunity to use them in that way.   That woman who was afraid to answer the telephone was planning/shopping/preparing and serving multicourse silver service dinners to groups of very wealthy people and doing it very well. (Not to brag, I would never brag) 
I write two blogs just about every day.  I've served a Mission for my church. I have helped bring a husband through his battle with cancer. I have artistic creations that I have painted living in homes all over the world, and in just a few weeks/days now I will have my first professionally published book out there on the book shelves.  I am truly living a "pinch me" kind of a life, and I guess I can really be proud of the things I have accomplished  in my later years. Things that just 20 years ago I would never have thought I was capable of, or could ever do. Praise God for showing me who I was and could be!
It may sound a bit cliche for me to say it, but  . . .  it all began with me reading  studying and pondering on The Book of Mormon. Who knows what will happen next, now that I am going to read and do the same again!!  😉 The mind boggles.
Not a lot on my plate today.  I think I will bake Todd some cookies and then tonight we have the first session of our church Stake Conference at the chapel.  There will be a second session tomorrow morning. There is no rest for the wicked as my mom always used to say! haha!
A thought to carry with you through today  . . . 
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 *.˛.°Dreams and dedication
are a powerful combination.
~William Longgood •。★★ 。* 。 
In The English Kitchen today  . . . .  Lemon Rice Pudding. This is so simple and very delicious.  You will be sure to love it!
Have a great Saturday!  Don't forget!
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And I do too!  

Friday, 20 October 2017

My Friday Finds

A few of the things I find each week that pique my interest. Maybe they will pique yours also. 

People who think of things like this are so smart. I would never have thought of that.  Imagine using an empty thing of gum and an altoid tin in such a way.  Brillliant!  From Painting Demos.  A tutorial on travel sketching.

Cuddly Baby Wrap Sweater.  A free pattern from Ravelry.  Sweet.  

Faux Flowers Fall Wreath, from How to Make a Burlap Wreath.  Love hydrangeas.  

Witch Mason Jars from Mason Jar Crafts. I think I would take it one more step easier and use Washi Tape instead of paint, then I could just take it off after Halloween and use the jars for something else.  You could do Santa  Hats and Christmas washi tapes for Christmas, etc.

Free Printable Halloween Treat Boxes from I should be Mopping the Floor! Cute.  

Candy Corn Bunting.  Free Printable from One Creative Mommy.   

Crochet Granny Hat.  I LOVE THIS!  I might even be tempted to wear a hat!  From Revlie.  A free pattern.

Baking a Moment.  Stenciled Bread Rolls.  Cute! You could do this for any holiday! 

Peppermint Pound Cake.  Its a dishtowel you can buy.  I think it is really cute. From Love of Dish Towels

From One Good Thing.  I like the idea of using natural ingredients.  

Recipes that Crock.  Easy Crock Pot Chicken & Rice.  This looks pretty tasty.  I need to use my crock pot more. 

Baked Apple Pie Dip.  Mom on Time Out. I think Todd would love this, except for the dipping part.  He is so not a dipper.  He likes a knife and a fork or a spoon. He doesn't "get" dip.

These mouse ornaments are soooo cute.  From Noia Land on Etsy. Very affordable and great reviews.

Free pattern for a hanging tea towel from Love Knitting.  I love these things. I always have one in the kitchen for drying my hands after I wash them.

 Garter Yoke Vest Pattern, a free pattern from Lion Brand.  

The Crafting Chicks.  A Garden Gnome costume for your dog.  That would last about two minutes on Mitzie.  But its cute.

Cool Creativity.  A free Pattern for a crochet Crown.  Love this.  Wish I had a little girl in the house!  

YES!  I could not find a source but this would be very easy to do.  That is the one flaw in the iPad charger cables, they are weak, weak, weak and always break. This might solve the problem and is worth a try. 

 Again, no source but what a BRILLIANT idea!  I love it.

Just because. We can all use a little inspiration every now and then! 

And those are my finds for this week.  I hope you found something useful here!  Oh boy, was I ever ill yesterday.  I barely got through the morning and ended up in bed all afternoon.  Woozy and blah feeling.  Yuck yuck yuck. I felt much better by evening however.  Ariana stopped by with her mom who is visiting from Spain.  I love that even several years later she always stops by to check on us.  I miss her living with us.  She is a sweet, sweet girl. 

 A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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 *.˛.°A flower does not think of 
competing with the flower next to it.
It just blooms. ~unknown  •。★★ 。* 。 


In the Kitchen today, one of my all time favourites.  Chicken with Lemon & Capers.  

Have a beautiful Friday.  Don't forget along the way of your day!

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And I do too! 


Thursday, 19 October 2017

My Favourite Things

After a brief wobble and wallow in my regular programming I am back with my favourite things. Maybe some of them are yours too. 
Roast Chicken.  I took myself out of the house yesterday and went to the grocery store.  I picked up a beautiful free range, organic cornfed chicken (not the one in the photo) that I am going to roast today. I had a £10 voucher for the grocery store and I used all of it on this chicken.  It looks beautiful, all yellow and gorgeous.  I am really looking forward to eating it, and making some fab soup and whatever with the leftovers. I think roast chicken is one of my very most favourite things. 
Victorian Houses.  I wouldn't want to live in one (far too much work to keep clean) but I sure love looking at them!  There are a few in the town I am from, with tall round turrets and loads of gingerbread trim.  I think they are quite beautiful. 
I love a red front door.  The house we built in New Brunswick had a red door.  I painted it myself.  I loved that house and I loved that door.  I can't remember what colour my front door is here.  Be right back.  Bummer.  It's black.  That's probably why I couldn't remember. You never forget a red door.

Flannel sheets when the weather starts to get colder.  They are like a warm hug.  I used to have sheets just like this when we had our big double bed.  I will have to look for some single sets.  I love this candy stripe pattern. (You often see it on CTMW) They have a very vintage look about them.

Vintage, Chenille, Candlewick bedspreads.  My sister and I had one on our beds the whole time we were growing up.  I believe they were gold in colour.  They were just plain, not near as lovely as these ones are.   Wish I could get one for those prices now! 
All things Barbie.  I have always loved Barbie.  She could and does do anything!  Of course she has a perfectly unatainable body, but who cares. She's beautiful and smart and has the best clothes.  I am totally fascinated with these newer ones.  I think they are called Silkstone Barbies and they are for the collecter.  Very expensive . . .  but then again I adore Blythe Dolls also. 
 I have never seen a Blythe doll I didn't fall in love with.  
Mac and Cheese.  I love the baked version, but I really love the stove top version.  I use my sister's recipe which you can find here.  My sister has always been a great cook. 
Mexican food.  I totally adore Mexican food.  Its typically difficult to find a lot of the ingredients over here, but I make do as much as I can.  Nothing beats homemade Tex Mex.  Although I did used to love going to a restaurant called Chi Chi's.  Not sure how authentic it was, but it sure was tasty! 
Vintage 1950/60's melmac dinnerware.  My mom has a lovely set in browns and whites.  I can remember the day she got them. We had all gone into Winnipeg with my dad and he had to meet some guy in some shop that he was doing business with and we sat waiting in the car for a very long time.  The guy he had the meeting with came out to the car and as an apology for making us wait so long gave my mother this melmac dinner set.  She used to use it on special occasions. 
She also has glasses like this that I love, saved from buying mustard. I think we must have eaten a lot of mustard! 
I love painted glasses anyways.  Painted jugs.  Painted glassware.  I guess I just love 1950's vintage. 
I love the fashions . . . 
The hats  . . . 

The Dinette Sets . . . 
I guess I just love the 1950's!
I love classical violin . . .  I could listen to it for hours  . . . 

And piano music  . . .  I always wanted to learn how to play.  We have never had a piano.  I used to envy my friends who were taking piano lessons when I was a child.  I would have done just about anything to be able to learn myself.  When we lived at the Manor there was an old piano in one of the back rooms of our cottage that I was teaching myself on, but alas . . . it wasn't ours and when we moved back here to Chester that all stopped.  Maybe when I get to heaven, if I get to heaven, I can learn now to play the piano there.
or the violin.
I just love music.  Always have
and aways will.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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 *.˛.°When you talk you are only repeating 
what you already know,
but if you listen, you may
learn something  new.
~Dalai Lama .° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ • 
In The English Kitchen today . . .  Deep, Dark & Delicious Chocolate Cake. So tasty!
Have a great Thursday.  Don't forget along the way of your day  . . . 
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And I do too!