Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Crew's Thanksgiving Menu

I love Thanksgiving time!  I enjoy the whole nine yards as far as the feast goes, and thought I would share our menu with you this year.

The turkey is brined in a mixture of 2 gallons water, 2 cups of kosher salt and 2 cups of white sugar.  I added three bay leaves and an orange and lemon sliced up.  After heating, to dissolve the sugar and salt, add some ice to cool it.  Not too much!  Brine the turkey an hour per pound.  My husband is smoking the turkey this year on our outdoor wood barbecue.

Also cooking outside, in a roaster oven, is a ham from Costco.

Side dishes will be homemade mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, buttered corn, Granny's Stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce (and canned for the sickos that prefer it), and french bread rolls.  This meal will be neither gluten-free nor low-carb!

Desserts will be lemon meringue pie, cherry cheesecake, and cherry pie.

What are you serving?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Angelina in 3G

Angelina is in Abbott's region. I imagine them adopted together and growing up as brother and sister!  However, she is in need of heart sugary.  She's not a baby any more, she's four and a half years old! She's probably been transferred already, but news is sparse, so we are not sure. Who knows how she is doing and if she's being followed by a cardiologist?
She has an excellent Warrior who is working hard all year long to raise the ransom for her future family.  There are many ways you can help Angelina.  Firstly, pray for her.  Pray for her health, for her safety and for her family to find her soon.

To help financially, you can give $35 (or more) to her FSP and get a beautiful Christmas tree ornament with her beautiful picture  on it.

If you like to shop online for gifts, Deb has a great shop called Love Leaving Legacy.  She has a facebook page and an Etsy shop.

She's also doing a Wreaths of Maine fundraiser.  Just select "Wielhouwer L 5084"  as the affiliate upon checkout.

You can shop with purpose for many of the Reece's Rainbow children this upcoming Christmas season.  Just visit "Intentional Christmas Shopping" and visit the many links.

Monday, November 12, 2012

'Tis the Season....

...for coughs!  Make up a batch of this remedy to have on hand when they arrive.

Honey Cough Remedy
 ¼ teaspoon Cayenne
 ¼ teaspoon Ginger
 1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar (an organic one is preferred)
 2 Tablespoons Water

 1 Tablespoon Honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible)

 Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water.
 Add honey and shake well.
 Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough.

You can also take raw garlic and grapefruit seed extract to help stop any infection that may be developing. 

found this recipe at Organic Herbal Solutions on 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kitty Korner

Winter must be coming on....the kitties are all wanting to laze around and even spend time on laps!  The Lambies thought it funny that all three kitties were snoozing so close to one another the other day, and asked me to take a picture of "Kitty Korner".

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Abbott's Teamwork Tuesday

My Abbott was chosen to be this week's Teamwork Tuesday child!  That means that several others will be posting about him and sharing the different ways that people can help him.  Also, to celebrate his $200 matching grant, at least 50% of each purchase made at Hooked on Hope will go into Abbott's account.  So far he has met one $100 matching grant during Angel Tree. Can we get this one met before Saturday the 17th?  His account needs to read $2985 for the match to be met.

Here's links to the posts about Abbott:

Flip-flops, Aprons and Pearls
Love Leaving Legacy
You Will Go Out With Joy
Tripping Differently
Once Child One Voice

Friday, November 2, 2012

Abbott Has A Matching Grant!

My dear Abbott.  He's been waiting SO long!  Five year ago, a tiny boy was born in Eastern Europe. I imagine his momma had been waiting eagerly for him.  When he was born, the doctors were quiet. They examined him....they noticed his almond shaped eyes, the creases in his palm, his little toes.  They told her sadly that he was defective.  They encouraged her to cast him away. I wonder if she held him. I wonder if she whispered her love into his tiny ear before handing him over?

Whatever happened, he ended up at a baby house. An orphanage.  He lay there, just one of many other babies.  He spent his days laying in a crib, staring at the walls and ceiling, with little stimulation and no mother's love. Later, he was moved to an institution.  Some institutions are better than others.  I have no idea how Abbott's life is now.  From his profile: "Recently he has been transferred to an institution and nobody knows how he is now." How very sad.  I PRAY someone will visit his institution and get an idea of how he is doing,  Even better, GO GET HIM!  There's a darling little girl in the same region, maybe in the same institution!  The very best of brothers and sisters, I think. Someone go get them out of there!

On the first night of Angel Tree, I was blessed to be able to announce a matching grant for Abbott.  $100 automatically doubling to $200 as soon as it was raised!  I went to bed, praying that my boy will find a family in these two months, and that I could help with some of the financial burden.  I woke to find the grant MATCHED and $200 offered as a new matching grant!

So if you donate to Abbott, using that handy little widget on the right sidebar or the donate button on his profile, your dollars will DOUBLE!  $5 becomes $10, $10 become $20, Slowly, slowly, $50 becomes $100 and $200 becomes $400 more dollars to help Abbott find a family to call his own! When his grant reaches $2985.00, this matching grant will be met.

Angelina has almost $5000 in her grant, which will be $6000 very soon, because she was one of the children selected to benefit from the Cultivate Wines grant!  Her advocate is working tirelessly for her, and has some mighty big fundraisers planned for Angel Tree.  Much of these children's adoptions are paid for in advance.  The Lord want to place the lonely into families!  Will you pray for Abbott and Angelina?  Will you share some of your blessings with these that have nothing?  Will you pledge to pray for them; that they would be protected in their health, their spirits and that a family would choose them SOON?  Please?