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February Bible Study

Printable Note Sheet

 

photo of woman sipping coffee while studying bible on bed

 

I hope you’ve been able to work on some of the creative projects you’ve had planned.  In spite of the snow and the cold, I’ve enjoyed this month.  Slowly, I’ve been able to knock some things off my ‘to-do’ list.  In addition I’ve been able to schedule some of the local craft classes I teach and doing some sewing. Over the last couple days, I also worked on a new Bible study sheet for my binder.

Bible study notes have been one of the more popular posts on my blog and I wanted share this new February sheet with you. I’m thankful for the support my readers have shown for these. To get the latest sheet, you can find the PDF file in a link at the end of this post.

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Our Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipe

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Wrap your hands around a cup of hot chocolate

My dad always quoted an old saying, “When the days begin to lengthen, so the cold strengthens.” ….Thanks Dad!

I’m not sure where the saying originated, but it certainly seems true for our part of the country. If you’re at zero or below, like we are, let’s say “Bah! Humbug!” to the cold and warm our hands on some delicious hot chocolate.

I started making my own hot chocolate from scratch, because I always had the simple ingredients at home. No need to stock packets or canisters of the powdered stuff. Just go for the real thing. In a few minutes you’ll have a cup of steaming hot goodness.

This recipe brings back memories of when the kids would help Daddy hunt for the Christmas tree. He would take anyone who was old enough to walk, so imagine a guy walking through the Christmas tree farm with 7 or 8 kiddos trailing behind. Yet they always got it done and brought back the perfect tree. Of course they needed a snack when they got home and Mom knew just the thing. Hot chocolate!

On those snowman building days, it takes longer to clean up all the wet clothes, than it does to make hot chocolate on top the stove. So simple and economical to boot.

My kids are pretty grown up now, but I still use this simple recipe for making hot cocoa from scratch. I love it and I know you will too.

So don’t let cold weather get you down, Stay cozy and warm. We’ll see you next time.

 

 

 

 

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Favorite Hot Chocolate
This is a very simple and basic hot chocolate recipe. Make your own variations with special flavorings or creamers, or try one of ours from below.
hot chocolate
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
hot chocolate
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa and salt.
  2. Add hot water. Bring Mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk; stir and heat through. Do not boil.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Recipe Notes

Variations:

Top with Marshmallows

For a spicy treat add:

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
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Devotional Note Sheets

Bible Study Note Sheets

The Bible study note sheet can be a helpful tool for looking into God’s word and applying it to your life.

As a SAHM of older children, I no longer need to feed, dress, and keep out of mischief the little ones. The family dynamic has changed greatly. It has been about 5 years since I last homeschooled. Gone are the days of everyone sitting around the table studying God’s word together. Gone are the days of memorizing catechism passages with them in hopes that they remembered them for their lesson, and also hid them in their hearts.

One thing has not changed about my parenting. There is still a need for me to share the word of God with my family. Whether it be on my daily runs taking my son to school, or time spent with my grandchildren. As a middle age mom, I also need to keep God’s promises close to me as I daily serve Him as a wife and mother.

I like a focused morning devotional and often times I turn to Bible Gateway. Bible gateway has a number of versions to compare, various commentaries and other tools to enrich your study. I enjoy pouring my coffee and sitting down in a favorite chair in the quiet part of my day.

Writing down the passage, recording related scriptures, commentary notes, questions I have, help me to focus on the passage and take it to heart. “How does it move me to worship and praise God, serve my neighbor and share the gospel with those around me?” 

I’ve designed a couple of Bible Study Note Sheets and I’m sharing them with you.  These can be used for family devotions or personal study. They may also serve you as a journal to record thoughts you may want to look back on.

I currently have a Spring/Summer themed one, and I also have also created a fall sheet for you to use.

 

May you be richly blessed in your studies.

 

Fall Note Sheet

Fall Note Sheet

 

Hope you have a great day!

Spring Note Sheet PDF

How to Create for Your Home and Family on a Budget

Some Money Saving Strategies

How to Save Money Crafting

Let’s face it. We all know crafting can get expensive. Have you ever felt like you wanted to hide the bag of craft supplies that you just bought because you knew that you spent too much? I bet we’ve all felt that guilty a time or two.

Maybe we see a neat craft on Pinterest and we know we want to try it. By the time we buy all the supplies, it turned out to be much more expensive than we thought. We often find ourselves making impulse buys from time to time. I’m here to tell you though, there is hope. These are just a few of the ways that I’ve found to make the crafting journey less expensive.

Reuse and Re-purpose

These are some of my favorite crafts. Jars, reclaimed buttons, scrap wood, denim…more and more I’m starting to see things in a new light. When we start to think outside the box, we find more items that we can obtain on the cheap and even for free.

Thrift Stores

Thrift Stores can be a great place to buy crafting supplies. Often times you can find knitting needles and crochet hooks, fabric, patterns, glassware, pans for baking projects and so much more. I’ve even created couch pillows from old flannel shirts. Sometimes you need to use your creativity, but thrift stores are a wonderful place to find discount craft items.

Organize Your Stuff

This is one of the most difficult for me because I’m limited on space, but I do try to work toward better organization of my materials. This prevents buying more of things I don’t need and also saves lots of time when I’m trying to work on a project. Find ways to organize that work for you and then spend some time getting the job done. You might be surprised how much room you actually do have.

Shop Your Own Stash

Once your stash is organized, it’s so much easier to see the possibilities. I enjoy lots of different crafts, but my all time favorite is basketry. I have a good assortment of handles that I’ve collected and my husband has teased me from time to time that I need to “get a handle on my handles”. Now and then my “self challenge”  has been to choose a handle, and now incorporate it into my next project. Offering yourself a challenge from your stash can sometimes be just the inspiration needed to get yourself out of the crafting doldrums.

Use Library Books for Patterns and Inspiration

Using the library is another way to save money on your crafting needs. Rather than buying patterns, try finding a project in a library book. Even if it’s an older book, you can use updated fabrics or yarn. There are also a wealth of books on techniques for sewing, embroidery, woodworking, and so much more.

Check magazines for farmhouse decor ideas or look for recipes that will become family favorites. Choose to focus on your passion, or explore something entirely new.

Take Advantage of Seasonal Clearance

If you have room to store some craft items, consider buying at the end of popular craft seasons. Jingle bells will still be jingle bells next year. Stock up on wrapping paper, gift bags, holiday tea towels and anything that you know you’ll use again.

Shop Dollar Tree and Other Discount Stores

It’s pretty amazing what folks come up with for Dollar Tree Crafts and organizing tips. Some of my personal favorites are gift basket bags, basket filler, ribbon, floral items, zip ties, stickers and glass items.

Watch Online Classes and Tutorials

There are so many areas to explore. Online classes, tutorials, and videos are some of the ways to learn new things, brush up on techniques, and understand current trends in arts and crafts. I regularly enjoy Creative Bug, Craftsy, and You Tube as well as a number of favorite blogs and websites.

 

These are just a few hints and tips. What are some of your favorite ways to save money crafting? I’d love to hear some of your ideas. Thanks for stopping by today. Remember to keep it simple and enjoy the journey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CTMH City Sidewalks

Fast and Fun Easel Card

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I traveled to western Wisconsin to teach a basketry class and enjoyed every minute of my time. It was a beautiful drive through the Wisconsin Driftless area.

Today I wanted to share a sweet little easel card with you.

I used the following stamps and paper:

  • CTMH City Sidewalks paper
  • Joy to You and Me stamp set by CTMH
  • Sentiment stamp from Stamps of Life.
  • A Darice embossing folder
  • Coordinations Card stock

I had a great time making this card, and I love the little surprise element when it is opened.

 

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Mojo Monday 463

MOJO Monday 463

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Just a very quick tall and skinny MOJO Monday card today.  I chose papers from Echo Park “Hello Winter” and used a stamp from the Fiskars “Latte Love” stamp set. I thought that these silver hearts from Close to My Heart had been sitting in my stash long enough, and so I decided they would work for this card.

No, I’m not ready to say “Hello” to winter yet, but I do like this Echo Park paper and can’t wait to use it for some more joyous winter cards! Take care and have a great day.

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Inspired by Garden Gloves: Thank you Card.

I love to use sketches and check Pinterest for cards. Sometimes I’m inspired by a nice stamps set or stamp line. I haven’t been making cards for all that long, and so I’m still learning all the elements that make for a nice, cohesive design. I often admit, that my imagination is pretty limited, my supplies are simple (many are thrift store finds), I’d love to own a set of nice markers, but don’t, but my worst nightmares are how to use colors and patterned paper.

So I really stepped outside the box for this card and the photo tells it pretty well I think. Sounds silly, but I’ve looked at the bright green, chevron patterned paper at least a hundred times and said to myself, “What do I do with it?” So today you have it, inspired by garden gloves.

The Cricut flowers (believe it or not) are from the Create a Critter, Hedge Hog, Accessory. I did a random “flower” search and found it. For the ‘Thanks’ I used a stamp from the Hedge Hog set that I recently received from Stamps of Life. I loved the text style and I thought it went well with this fun card. I’ve decided to link this card to the Color Throwdown #405 Challenge.

My challenge to you today is to find something crazy to inspire one of your cards. If you do, share a link in the comments. I’d love to see it. That’s it! Thanks for visiting today. Hope you have a great weekend. 

 text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

MOJO Monday 458

I’m sure it’s a little bit of a stretch but this is my MOJO Monday inspired card for this week. The airplane comes from the B is for Boy Cricut Cartridge. I have 5 little boy peoples in my life and one has a birthday coming up so I wanted to create a special card. The EAA Oshkosh Fly-In is also going on, so we get a little more inspiration this week with a few extra planes going over.

I’ve been having so much fun with my Silhouette, that my Cricut Mini was getting a little lonesome. In addition to the little airplane decided to use clouds from the Create a Critter Cartridge for a little background. Blue dot adhesive ribbon was used  for the small corner banners. I’ve been using a bit of  foam tape lately to give some dimension to the cards and really like using it.

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Mojo Monday 457: Anniversary Card

Good evening! Hope you had a terrific weekend. I had a wonderful Saturday out at a local park for our city’s 175th anniversary where I demonstrated basket weaving and sold a quite a few of my handwoven baskets. It was an amazing day but was I ever tired out yesterday. After church and lunch it was definitely nap time.

I bounced back pretty well though. Today was a busy day of catching up on housework and errands, but I still managed to sneak in a Mojo Monday Card and for once I did it ON Monday. While it’s a very simple card, it’s one that is heart felt. My Dad and step mother are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary next weekend and family from several states are all going to be there to help them celebrate. It’s something we haven’t done for quite a long time.

For my card I chose stamps from the “Wishing You” set by Verve and a little flower from Close To My Heart Petite Perks Kaleidoscope Blooms. CTMH Slate, Smoothie and Honey inks were used. I layered some Cricut card stock and a piece of patterned paper for my background. The butterfly and leaves are cuts from the Silhouette Store.

That’s it. Hope you have a great rest of the week! 

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Mojo Monday 456: A Flower for You

MOJO456 Big Red Flower

I decided to bring flowers inside today with this Mojo Monday card. I had this little piece of patterned paper that coordinated nicely with some new card stock that I just received yesterday. I cut out scalloped circles of different sizes on my Silhouette Cameo and added some leaves to make a big red flower. I stamped my sentiment in CTMH Pear ink. The stamp is from Cardz TV “Mixed Messages” set.

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

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