Sunday, May 23, 2010


Adorable Youngs
Psalm 127:3
Don't you see that children are God's best gift?
The fruit of the womb His generous legacy?
Like a warrior's fistful of arrows are
the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
The Message Bible

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Strawberry Trifle

The Quintessential Summer Dessert!
This is my quick go-to dessert recipe for any occasion!
I love anything I can serve in my glass trifle bowl -
it is always a beautiful presentation and the
possibilities are endless!
Anything you can layer or stack can be
put effortlessly in this marvelous dish.

Strawberry Trifle
Pound Cake - cut into cubes (homemade or from your grocery store)
Whipped Cream
2 quarts Fresh Strawberries
2 pkg. Frozen Strawberries in Syrup (thaw)
Homemade Whipped Cream
1 quart heavy whipping cream
1/4 c - 1/2 c sugar
Place your mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer until nice and cold.
Make sure your cream is very cold as well!
Pour cream into bowl and add sugar - beat with mixer until stiff peaks form.
Wala - delectable homemade whipped cream!
Reserve 7-8 fresh strawberries for garnish.
Slice the remaining strawberries and place in a bowl.
Add 1/2 c sugar and allow to sit until nice and juicy!
Mix thawed strawberries in syrup with the fresh ones.
In the bottom of your trifle bowl place a scoop of strawberries to cover.
Layer the following 3 times - ending with whipped cream on top:
**Pound Cake Cubes
**Whipped Cream
Garnish with the remaining fresh strawberries.
Place in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to blend deliciously!
Serve chilled.

I am linking to Designs by Gollum:
Foodie Friday
hosted by Michael Lee West

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Name Legacy ~ Thomas

Thomas Charles Young, Jr.
I love to research names and find the true meaning of what that name represents.
The best part is coordinating what God says in His Word to each person's name.
A name is synonymous for an individual person ~ it is what you are known by -
your very essence, character and designation.
When someone speaks your name - even if you are not present -
it invokes a thought, an image and a feeling - it is your recognition.
Every Wednesday I would like to showcase a
new wondrous word ~ a name legacy!
This week I am starting with my beloved husband ~
Thomas Charles.

Thomas Charles
Double Portion
Two-Fold Blessing
favor - prosperous - increase - multiplied
honor - might - power - victory
favor - magnificence - splendor
Isaiah 61:7
Therefore in your land Thomas Charles,
you shall possess double, everlasting joy shall be yours!
Zechariah 9:12b
…Even today I declare that I will restore double to you Thomas Charles.
Psalm 84:11
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
He bestows favor and honor on Thomas Charles.
No good thing does the Lord withhold from him who walks uprightly.

My husband is a double portion blessing of
strength, honor, victory and magnificence.
He is prosperous and powerful and everything
he endeavors to do for the Lord will
multipy and increase!
He also has a double portion of God's favor!
Part of the meaning of both Thomas and Charles is FAVOR!
Favor means to be pleased with, take pleasure in,
think highly of, esteem in high regard, obtain approval,
show kind regards towards, demonstrate good will
support and endorse!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Kitchenettes' Spring Fling

The Kitchenettes' April Spring Fling

Our Hospitality Club had the most magnificent
time enjoying an outdoor tea party and
making homemade bread!
My talented and gifted beloved friend - Jean Crunkilton -
came to my home and taught the Kitchenettes how to make
homemade wheat bread from scratch!
The girls learned step by step how to bake bread
including grinding their own wheat into flour!
Jean is an exceptional teacher - her spirit is loving and gentle
and she is truly inspiring as she imparts her love of baking!
Thank you my treasured friend - what a blessing you are to us all!
We also enjoyed a spectacular brunch outdoors on the porch...
all served on 2 of my most exquisite china sets.
I love to pamper these girls!

Front porch decorated and ready

for the girls to arrive!
A sneak peak at the homemade wheat bread!

Wheat berries to be ground!
Perfect wheat flour!
Dough mixing in Jean's fancy machine!

Haviland Limoges
...a beautiful gift from my beautiful mama

table setting of Haviland Limoges...

me wedding china ~ my most precious set...

handmade paper pom-poms...
the most magnificent party decoration!

front porch table settings...

a table about to be adorned with scrumptious delicacies...

delectable lemon creme-filled cupcakes...

decadent treats to feast on as we sip tea...

brunch is served...

deli platter of assorted meats and cheeses...
a beautiful tomato rose for garnish!

brunch accouterments...

Crudites w/ Creamy Ranch Dip
Fanciful Fruit

Homemade Wheat Bread
Honey Butter

Cupcakes for dessert...

Little Ette Gabriella

My wonderful friends: Paula-Cindy-Jean-Toni
helped make this day even more memorable!

Time to bake bread...
Whole Fresh Wheat Berries!

Freshly ground wheat flour...

Ingredients to make magic in our oven!

The Kitchenettes making bread dough!

The Kitchenettes
The Art of Bread Baking shaping the loaves with Jean
the expert bread maker...

rising dough...good things are happening!

fresh bread out of the oven ~ buttered to perfection...


baking prizes...

the girls each received their own baking supplies...
a mixing bowl-measuring cups and spoons-
wooden spoon - paring knife - Scripture magnet...
Each girl was able to take home a loaf of bread
to share with their family!
The Littlest Ette ~ Gabriella
enjoying the bounty of the day!
I am linking to the following lovely tea party sites:
Tea Time Tuesday
hosted by Lady Katherine
Tuesday Tea Party
hosted by Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen
Tea Party Tuesday
hosted by Rhondi @ Rose Colored Glasses
hosted by Martha @ Martha's Favorites
a shared meme hosted by Wanda @ The Plumed Pen
and Pamela @ A Breath of Fresh Air

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Wonder Baby

The octopus of our life...

Today our little Gabriella Grace is 21 months old!

I am posting pictures from when she turned 8 months and was overcome with her octopi!

Gabriella was born on 08-08-08

She weighed 8lbs. 8oz.

We were married 18 years when she was born!

Gabriella is my parents 8th grandchild!

She collects 8-legged octopi!

The number 8 = New Beginnings

Gabriella is the bright-spot and pure sunshine!
She is a reminder of God's promises and all of His goodness!
For so many years - 18 - she was not a part of our life and
then all of a sudden the Lord blessed us with a surprise!
Now we cannot imagine life without her effervescent presence!


The Kitchenettes ~ A Hospitality Club

Romans 12:13
Pursue the practice of hospitality.

The Kitchenettes is all about teaching and mentoring young girls in the art of hospitality. It is so much more than cooking or doing domestic tasks ~ hospitality is the very heart of God ~ a demonstration of pouring His love onto others. This group of young girls are learning the very nature and character of God as they serve people and sharpen their skills in homemaking.



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