Saturday, April 26, 2014

Recipe - Homemade Window Cleaner

Spring is officially here, and although many may already have their spring cleaning all wrapped up, there are a few of us that need to tackle some housekeeping projects.  Here is a recipe that will make your window washing experience a little less cumbersome.  If you try it, come back and leave a comment telling us how it worked for you.

Homemade Window Cleaner
-submitted by Wendy Bailey 
 2 tablespoons Prell shampoo
16 ounces rubbing alcohol
1 gallon distilled water
Pour out 2 cups of the distilled water
Add shampoo and alcohol to gallon jug
Shake gently until shampoo is mixed well
Pour into spray bottle

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recommended Resource: Hymns

Have you ever noticed how quickly kids memorize things when they are set to music?  A great way to capitalize on that is by soaking them in the great Hymns of our faith.  Good hymns have depth and history and theology and a powerful upward focus on God.  I want my kids' heads to be filled with lyrics that will help them through the days of life.  And they memorize them so easily!  All we have to do is remember to play them (on our radios, record players, cassettes, 8-tracks, ipods, ipads, computers or cd's)...and our kids will almost effortlessly soak in the tunes and memorize the words.

Hymns for a Kid's Heart is one great resource for kids.  The books are beautifully illustrated and tell the stories behind the hymns.  The CD recordings are quality, traditional and kid-friendly. 

Hymns for a Kid's Heart Vol. 1

 Hymns for a Kid's Heart Vol. 2

Passion Hymns for a Kid's Heart

Christmas Carols for a Kid's Heart

Unfortunately, as copies of some of these become harder to find, the prices are going up.  I certainly wouldn't suggest spending $42.00 on one.  But if you ever see a copy at a yard sale or homeschooling sale, grab it!  And whether you find a copy or not, it's easy to teach hymns to kids.....just choose a time each day to play hymns that are performed and recorded with quality and excellence.  Choose a style that appeals to your family. Here are a few ideas:

  • Purchase an all-hymns recording from your kids' favorite Christian artist (even if they're not your favorite. : )
  • Search iTunes to purchase and download single hymn recordings for around a dollar and make a "Hymns" playlist in your itunes so you can easily click them on during breakfast or whatever you choose as your listening time.
  • Search goodwill CD shelves for hymn recordings
  •  will play a simple midi version of many hymns and provide the lyrics
  • Listen to entire hymn albums online with Spotify (as always, use proper caution and supervision)
  • (They obviously play more genres than hymns, but many hymns would be included here.)
  • Purchase personal-sized hymnals for your kids to use during family devotions.  Our kids think it's cool to have their own, and the novelty factor is a good way to get them involved with the words in front of them.

What can compare to the richness of lyrics like these:

My faith has found a resting place - Not in device nor creed:
I trust the Ever-living One -- His wounds for me shall plead
I need no other argument; I need no other plea.
It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee. 
Ponder anew What the Almighty can do
If with His love He befriend thee.

Did we in our own strength confide, Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, The Man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus - it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His name  From age to age the same;
And He must win the battle!


And my spirit is lifted, just typing those few little hymn excerpts.

The truth is:  I need to listen as much as my kids!  The combination of uplifting music and Truth-filled lyrics is just what I need to bring perspective to many of my days.

There are so many, many powerful hymns and ways to listen.  Please share your favorites in the comments below!

~ Sarah Fry

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dessert Delight

(Recipe from Anita Walter)

1 cup flour
1 stick of butter/margarine

Mix together and press into bottom of 13 x 9 inch baking dish. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until light brown

Mix by hand,
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup cool whip
1 cup Confectioner’s sugar
Spread over crust

Beat with mixer:
2 boxes of instant pudding (4 oz. serving size) (I use 1 chocolate and 1 vanilla mixed together)
3 cups of milk
Spread over crust and cream cheese mix

Top with cool whip and add cherries, nuts, shaved chocolate, etc.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Angel Biscuits

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   (Sheila Wolf)

1 package (1/4 oz.) (2 ½ tsp.) yeast

¼ c. warm water 105-110 degrees

1 tsp. sugar

3/4c. buttermilk

2 1/2 - 2 3/4  c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp soda

1/2 t. salt

2T. sugar

1/2 c. (8 T.)  shortening or butter (1 stick)


1.       Dissolve 2½ t. yeast in 1/4c. warm water(warm to arm- too hot will kill yeast) and 1 t. sugar.  Let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes.

(If your yeast is too old, it won’t be expanding in 5 min.)

2.       Add  buttermilk to yeast mixture, and set aside. (If you don't have buttermilk,  Add 1 tsp. vinegar to milk.)

3.       In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in yeast mixture until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead 6 to 8 times. Over kneading makes tough.

4.       On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ½ -3/4  inch thick (This is a lot thicker than pie dough)

        Cut out biscuits with cutter or cut in squares. Place on lightly greased baking sheets, barely touching each other for softer biscuits or slightly apart for crisp edges. 
       Cover lightly to keep tops from drying, and let rise in a warm place free from drafts for 20-50 min. or until almost doubled in size.  (To help rising, you can turn oven on lowest setting for a few minutes then TURN OFF the oven, open the door and set biscuits on the oven door OR inside with a pan of hot water underneath.)

5.       Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until browned. Butter tops if desired.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Featured WOW Group - Cincinnati Chapter

The Women of Worth chapter in Cincinnati, Ohio has been in existence for several years.  It has been led by a number of different leaders and has reached out to a large diversity of ladies in the Tri-state area. Mrs. Linda Davison is the current leader for the organization and has been for the past 7 years. 

The ongoing foundational purpose of the Cincinnati Chapter is to provide a place for “sisters” to share.  

Many local churches in the Cincinnati area have ladies meetings and outings from within their own community. Cincinnati Women of Worth comes alongside those events to enhance and strengthen ladies in an interdenominational setting. 

 Made 2 B Creative was the theme used for the year 2012-2013. "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works;” Psalm 139:14 

“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.” – Linda Naiman

  Kristina Clemens opened our first session with the topic, “Don’t Get Your Feathers Ruffled – Calming Grace”. Sharing her fascinating seamstress gifts with us, as well as lessons that God had been teaching her, were so refreshing.


“What’s in your purse? … the contents of Me“, was a fun evening watching Sheila Wolf empty a purse, with enthusiasm, as she convinced us as to what is really important in our life.

A Nutrition Cooking Demo by Linda Davison, Amber Jones and Mandy Hood, reminded us that we are “The Temple of God – Let’s talk Nutrition.”

Marilyn Muir shared with us thoughts on “Laughter and a ‘Latte’ - Overcoming the Daily Grind“, emphasizing the importance of having our quiet time with the Father. Of course, coffee and chocolate accompanied the evening.

We are very fortunate to have in the Tri-state area, the Counseling Alliance, of which Rebecca Miller, M.A., LPCC., works for and is a Licensed Counselor with. She challenged us with, “Healthy Boundaries – God Understands Our Struggle to Open Up, To Trust and To Love”. It was a powerful evening for ladies to learn to be real with themselves and who God created them to be.

The “Power of Personal Journaling” was shared by Mandy Hood. Hearing how God had been using the discipline of journaling to show her more about Him was so special. And how God can use journaling to show Himself in new ways to those who seek after Him.

An invitation to a “Strawberry Tea” party, thrown by Denise Truesdale, brought a time of refreshing and recapping the year before being scattered for the summer months.

For the 2013-2014 year, the theme, “Keeping Your Balance in Christ”, was chosen.  A woman who first fears and reverences God will develop relationships and   responsibilities that will be wisely BALANCED. She will exemplify the truth spoken by Jesus Christ, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Matt. 6:33
Rebecca Miller M.A., LPCC, Counselor at Counseling Alliance, assisted by Sue Pennellatore, office manager at Counseling Alliance, once again challenged the ladies with, “Don’t Fall Apart”. Knowing WHO God is and who He created us to be, brings about a beautiful balance to our life. Rebecca also took a second session with the ladies and shared with the group on how to be “An Ornament for Christ”. Sharing her passion to influence women to be “healthy” in Christ was very effective to those who attended.

Charlotte Frederick, B.A., M.A., and Instructor at G.B.S. is an all-time favorite speaker amongst our group. She, so adequately, brought inspiration to the evening with the “FROG” theme…“Fully Relying On God…The Secret to the Balanced Life.”  Charlotte had us jumping from lily pad to lily pad.

Our annual chocolate extravaganza had us focusing on “’Sweet’ Attitudes: The Impact of the Balanced Life”.  This was a time of sharing around the table, times in our life, when an “attitude adjustment” changed the whole situation.  

We are yet anticipating hearing from Connie Hilligoss, BA with a Major in Music , from the Indianapolis area, share with us her thoughts on , “Balancing Life Choices: If You Want to ‘LEAD’ the Orchestra You Need to Turn Your Back to the Crowd”.

Then, once again, Sheila Wolf is to share “It’s About Thyme”.  Looking forward to what that evening may have in store for us.

The ladies that attend are so good to help with the refreshments.  Patty Meyer usually fixes a delicious main entree’ and does an excellent job at setting up the food table and food items bought in to share.  

When ‘sisters’ laugh, sing and pray together, a bond of unity and strength permeates the atmosphere. 

Fund raisers are usually a necessary event to support the expenses throughout the year.  The famous Cincinnati Skyline Chili, offers a fund raiser event that we participate in. Silent auctions…selling of items,…Mrs. Reva Campbell’s fudge sales,…offerings,…donations,…etc., all help to keep the chapter going.

We meet on the second Monday evening of the month and certainly invite any ladies who are in the Cincinnati area to join us.  If you are passing through…feel free to stop in. We would welcome you as one of our ‘sisters’. 

~ Written by Mrs. Robyn Clemens

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

PARENTING RESOURCE: Shepherding a Child's Heart

It is easy, especially in the little years, to focus so much on behavior that we miss the heart.  We shape and mold and discipline the outside symptoms (and rightly so).  We want our kids to act right!  And quickly!  But sometimes we forget to shape and mold and discipline the heart.  One of our most important tasks is to help our kids to be tuned-in to the nature of their own hearts so that they can allow God into every corner.  This book is a  foundational for finding balance in parenting.
Shepherding a Child's Heart on

Instructing a Child's Heart on Amazon
"From interaction with their peers to the instruction and correction that they receive at home, Children interpret their experience from a worldview that seeks to answer their fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I exist for? Where can I find joy? We need to provide our children with a consistent, persuasive, biblical framework for understanding the world God has made and their place in it. Instructing a Child's Heart is essential to Shepherding a Child's Heart. The instruction that you provide for them not only informs their mind; it is directed to persuading their hearts of the wisdom and truthfulness of God s ways. Impress truth on the hearts of your children, not to control or manage them, but to point them to the greatest joy and happiness that they can experience delighting in God and the goodness of his ways."

 Instructing a Child's Heart - DVD Small Group Resource

(Resource recommended by Stephanie Phillips)