Monday, February 26, 2018
For Monday, February 26th, 2018
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
The moments of our lives may be bright with possibility, dark with fear or sadness, or even plain everyday gray, but God's glory never fades. May God's glory shine into the exciting lights, upsetting darks, and boring grays of your every day.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018
22 DAYS UNTIL SPRING
Sunrise: 7:07 am
Sunset: 6:15 pm
Life is a Special Occasion!
Today is Tell a Fairy Tale Day which is a good opportunity to read to your children or grand children. If the kids aren’t around it’s ok to read them alone, because every body loves a good fairy tale. a fairy tale is traditional a short story with mythical and fantastic characters such as elves, fairies, gnomes and more. These stories are meant to enchant readers.
To qualify as a fairy tale, a story does not have to begin with... Once upon a time, but, they usually do. It is a requirement that the story has a happy ending. There's nothing better than a good story that ends with...and they all lived happily ever after.
There are countless stories to choose from. Little Red Riding Hood, Rumplestitskin, Hans and Gretel and the Princes and the Pea are just a few that have entertained children and adults for many years.
If you can't see the Bright Side, polish the dull side
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an in clench on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
I used to be able to tell all the old fairy tales as I knew them by memory, but sadly I couldn’t do it any more. I remember traveling in the car with one of my sons and his daughter one time and telling her a story as we traveled. She was amazed at the fact that I could tell a story without having a book to read it from.
After growing up with these old tales and then telling them to my own children over and over, I didn’t need a book in front of me. But that was a long time ago, and I’d need a book to read from these days for sure. I’ve gotten out of practice.
To this day I prefer stories with happy endings and for that reason you’ll find my reading choices to be just that…they lived happily ever after.
Today is supposed to be a sunny day! Hooray! We haven’t had one of these in quite awhile and I for one am celebrating ! Sunshine is much needed here. There is nothing quite like it to make one feel better !
I hope you all have a GREAT start to this new week. Happy Monday!
NEW IN THE KITCHEN
It’s National Pistachio Day! Pistachios are used cooking and are enjoyed fresh or roasted as a snack. Pasitashio Ice Cream with its distinctive green color is also popular. Pistachios have more antioxidants per serving than green tea. They are also an excellent source of fiber, copper, manganese and Vitamin B6.
I do love Pistashio Ice Cream and Pistachio Pudding Mix is a favorite too. I use it to make my family's favorite birthday cake. I know I’ve shared this recipe before but it is worth sharing again.
1 box yellow or white cake mix
1 box instant pistachio pudding mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
1/2 cup chopped pistachio nuts for garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put cake mix, pudding mix, water, orange juice, oil, and eggs in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for two minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl periodically.
Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan. Pour 3/4 of the batter into tube pan and spread. Add chocolate syrup to remaining batter in mixing bowl and blend. Pour remaining batter on top of batter in pan and spread.
Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into middle of the cake comes out clean Allow to cool about 10 minutes before removing from pan
Cool completely and then frost with chocolate buttercream frosting and sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired.
COUNTING MY GIFTS
A ray of sunshine, a balmy breeze
Are a gift from God above
And he also gives us faithful friends.
To warm our hearts with love.
Counting at least 3 things every day that I'm thankful for. There is truly is always something to be thankful for.
5746. for fairy tales, that often teach good lessons
5747. for pistachios good and good for you
5748. for sunshine, it’s magical
Enter into His courts with thanksgiving — and in His presence is fullness of Joy!
PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Almighty and eternal God,
Protect our military
as they discharge their duties
with the shield of your strength,
may the power of your love
enable them to return home in safety
that with all who love them
they may ever praise you for your loving care.
AND bless our Police Officers, Firefighters
and Paramedics and EMT’s
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
ADVICE FOR TODAY
Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Anderson
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone dear…