Friday, October 22, 2010

Peach Cobbler or Blackberry Cobbler - the perfect fall dessert

I cannot believe I haven't put this recipe on my blog yet. What is wrong with me? This is my "go to" recipe when I need a dessert quick. I double for parties or church meetings. I haven't met a person that doesn't love peach cobbler. They may be out there, but they don't hang around me. I must only attract the "pro-cobbler" kind of people!

Peach Cobbler

1 c. flour
1 Tbl. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. milk
1 egg

1 bag frozen peaches
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. sugar
1 Tbl. cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup of cold water. Mix well.
1 tsp. lemon juice
pinch allspice

Preheat oven to 400.
Boil the filling ingredients together until thick in a pan on top of the stove.
Mix the dry ingredients of the topper together. Cut in the butter. Stir in the milk and egg.
Pour filling ingredients into a 9 x 9 x 2 pan (if you double the recipe, use a larger pan). Put spoonfuls of the topper all over the top. Sprinkle with sugar (I use raw sugar).

Bake for 20 min. Top hot cobbler with ice cream. Enjoy!

Same recipe as above except you can substitute blackberries instead of peaches and leave out the cinnamon and allspice.

Feeds 6-8 Persons

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Needle Felted Mushrooms - a beautiful addition to your fall decor

Fall decorating is so beautiful. I think mushrooms and acorns add just the right touch. I was looking online for how to make homemade mushrooms and stumbled on these beauties. I never heard of sculptural needle felting, so I was intrigued. I found several helpful tutorials online and off I went.

This is a great tutorial on You Tube. I want mine to look more realistic like these. They are very well done!

The tools and materials were inexpensive, simple and the technique wasn't hard to master. Now this is a craft this girl can love!

Warning: the needles are very sharp and brittle. One broke off in my kitchen and has yet to be located. You have to be very careful not to bend the needle when doing this craft. Be careful to go straight in and straight out of the wool.

I found this beautiful website and was amazed by what can actually be done by masters. This wasn't the direction I was going for but lots of fun to look at.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What about Christian Yoga?

OK, picture this... you and the Lord are walking together in the mall. You stop in front of a nail salon and see a statue of Buddha that has food offerings. You bend down and pick up a piece of fruit, polish it on your shirt and hand it to the Lord. Would you ever do this? I venture to say no.

Act 21:25 says (emphasis added): But as to the Gentiles who have the faith, we sent a letter, giving our decision that they were to keep themselves from offerings made to false gods, and from blood, and from the flesh of animals put to death in ways against the law, and from the evil desires of the body.

That's pretty plain. Yoga was invented by men to worship false gods. No amount of polishing will make it pleasing to the Lord. Just because you call it "Christian" Yoga (which makes me throw up a little in my mouth) makes it acceptable.

A little background on yoga here. The actual postures themselves are an offering of worship to Hindu gods. Understand this, aside from a chant or words spoken, the movements are offerings. Psalm 81:9b says, …nor shall you worship any foreign god

You say "I'm just doing the moves because they are healthful. I'm not worshipping a Hindu god. In fact, I'm praying to God while I do the moves." OK, just say you just ignore my "polishing the fruit" argument for a moment. Is it really possible for a Christian to isolate the physical aspects of yoga as simply a method of exercise, without incorporating the spiritual side? Nope.
- Yoga teaches one to focus on oneself instead of on the one true God. 2 Timothy 3:2 People will be lovers of themselves...rather than lovers of God--having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
- Yoga focuses on emptying one's mind. This is contrary to the Word of God. We are told to take on the mind of Christ. (I Corinthians 2:16) We are also instructed by God's word to renew our minds (Romans 12:2)

- It encourages its participants to seek the answers to life's difficult questions within their own conscience instead of in the Word of God.

- Yoga originated as a worship of other gods. Yoga at its core is the worship of other gods.

- It leaves one open to deception from the enemy. Be on guard friends. Satan comes in like a thief. (John 10:10) Before you know it, you have been robbed. 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

In an article entitled “An Open Letter to Evangelicals” from the January 1991 issue of Hinduism Today, Swami Sivasiva Palani writes, “A small army of yoga missionaries – hatha, raja, siddha and kundalini – beautifully trained in the last 10 years, is about to set upon the western world. They may not call themselves Hindu, but Hindus know where yoga came from and where it goes.” Where it goes? Where does it go? It opens the door to false gods.

You can't separate its religious practice from its physical. The physical moves are forms of prayers. The very moves are the practice of worship to other gods.

Romans 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
How do we renew our minds? By reading the Word of God. John 8:31-32 “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Still not convinced? Pray, read the Word and ask God to reveal to you the truth about Yoga.
My thanks to Lee Brockinton of Life Church, Katy for his inspiration message on this topic. Many points in this article are taken from that sermon.

The Face of Illegal Immigration: A Challenge to the Church

I posted a story about immigration on this blog site here. It is a personal story about my grandparents coming into the country and the stand that others took for them when they tried to gain their citizenship. I have a dear friend who was brought into this country illegally as a small baby. She had no choice in the matter. After she became a Christian and was old enough, she made application for her citizenship. In the meantime she had married a legal citizen and had two children. She was active in the homeschool community and her church. She is a loving person with an amazing servant's heart.

It has been a long, hard battle for her to work toward her citizenship. Doing what is right isn't always the easy way. Along the way, this friend, who is always there for others, needed a hand herself while in a foreign and dangerous place. She needed a guide in the dangerous city of Juarez while she was there for her meeting with the consulate. She reached out to the Church and Christians for help. No one was willing to help her. They turned her away. She was bruised and hurt. Satan saw his "in" and sent workers of iniquity to help her. Doubt crept into her heart. She is currently in a crisis of faith. My heart is so very sick for her. She is far away from her husband. She is living amongst evil. Her faith is being challenged. I pray for her that this deception is revealed to her. That she runs to Jesus in  her pain. He will never, ever leave her or disappoint her.

Guess what? Her crisis of faith is our fault. As Christians and the Church we need to sensitive to our stand against illegal immigration. We need to realize that the face of illegal immigration isn't always the repeat offender we hear about on the news. Sometimes it is the little girl that was brought here unaware that she would be labeled an "illegal". What is wrong with us? Can't we see past the label of "illegal" to the human inside? Shame on us.

Her friendship has challenged me to question my knee-jerk reaction to labels. To get to know the person behind the label. I'm ashamed to say that I don't always do that. Isn't that what Jesus did? He wasn't afraid to talk to the woman at the well who obviously didn't have the best reputation. He spoke with prostitutes and thieves. He saw past their labels. He saw into their hearts. He never, ever excused their sin but loved them and called them out of it.

Please pray for my friend. God knows who she is. Pray that she find forgiveness in her heart for those that have wronged her. Pray that the truth would be illuminated in her heart. Pray that we as the church can look with others in compassion and with His eyes. May we be sensitive to his leading.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Giveway on Frazzled Mom!

Something for nothing? Yes, it exists! Would you like to win a beautiful collection of paper napkins so you too can become obsessed with them like yours truly (read about my paper napkin obsession here)? Alright, maybe you won't be obsessed with them because you aren't weak like me. But hey, it would be fun to see if it happens.

I love to entertain guests at my home. I use beautiful paper napkins like these at tea and when I'm serving dessert after a dinner. How would you use these?

This is a beautiful collection from Cypress Home. Each package (except the Christmas one) contains 20 napkins.

They include:
Harvest Gathering: (perfect for your Thanksgiving crowd)
Antiquities du Jardin (make an every day affair special)
Song Bird Bouquets (a lovely spring napkin)

A beautiful napkin based on Fleurs de Paris artwork below by Kathryn White.
(makes me want to go to the flea market)

A special bonus! 100 (yes, one hundred)- 15.75 x 13" Christmas Woodland Birds Cardinal set.
Let's have a party!

You must leave a comment below telling me how you might use these gorgeous paper napkins.

Extra entries (let me know you did these in separate comments each):
*Link to the giveaway in your own blog. Please include the link from your website.
*Follow my blog (look to the right and go down a bit to find the title "Friends of Frazzled Mom")

Winner to be announced October 9, 2010!

In the interest of disclosure let me say that the folks at Cypress Home don't even know I share the planet with them. They did not give me these for a giveaway. I purchased ones I couldn't resist and decided to give them away. Wait... I really want those Christmas ones. Can I put my name in the pot? Uhhh... no.


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