Trademark Of God

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 Trademark Of God

Trademark of God
Young boy crosses between cliffs with faith

 

Think about it for a moment, how do you represent God?  Do others recognize you as a child of God?  What is your Trademark of God?

The definition of a trademark from the Merriam Webster Dictionary: A distinguishing characteristic or feature firmly associated with a person or thing.

What is your distinguishing Godly characteristic that people that know you would say about you?  Each believer should be able to be described as a one that represents God in all they do. When I think about bible characters several come to mind, but there is one that really sticks out and that is Daniel, the adversity he faced along with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  Daniel was placed in the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the king wanted children of Jerusalem that were without blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom. Consider this for a moment, how Daniel carried these character trademarks with him the whole time they were in the kingdom, withstanding many obstacles.

As a Christian when we go through difficult times in our life do carry that trademark of God through those times, even if it isn’t difficult times, can others say you are like Daniel and represent God faithfully?  

How do people see you?  When you go to work are you that one that everyone knows you will complain or that others can come and complain to and they know you will listen?  Or when you go shopping are you that one that gets so frustrated with the way other people are in the store, some people can be so rude and inconsiderate, but how do you handle it?  God wants us to reveal ourselves through our actions, remember the old saying, “Actions speak louder then words,” how true it is.

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Each of us need to purpose in our hearts that we will represent ourselves as God would be, that is what Christian means being Christ Like, being as he would be, doing as he would do!  Can we stand during those trials and still carry the trademark of God or do we fail and fall to the temptation?  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were put in a position where they had to prove their Trademark of God and they said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of the thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou has set up.  Daniel 3: 16-18

Trademark of God
Fiery Furnace

 

How does your Trademark of God stand up?  Can people recognize you as one of God’s children because of your character?  

Book of Daniel:  http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/book.php?book=Daniel&chapter=1&verse=1

 

Route 66 Road Trip

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Route 66 Road Trip

Route 66 Road Trip
Route 66, Williams, AZ

 

 

Sitting here watching American Pickers and Mike and Danelle are on a Route 66 Road Trip.  As I was watching the show made me want to go on such a road trip, wouldn’t it be fun?  

I always have liked to take road trips!  My 2 oldest granddaughters and I have taken a couple of road trips.  Doing special things with your grandchildren will leave an everlasting memory for them, plus really builds a bond.  One of these days I will post one of the road trips that my granddaughters and I took in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  

So let’s check out the  Route 66 Road Trip.  What I found online is that you can start in Chicago and go to California or vice versa.  As I am looking through the route it strikes me that I actually have been on Route 66 when we visited Arizona.  The Route 66 photo above was one I actually took in Williams, AZ., I was so excited to see I actually have pictures of our travels on our mini Route 66 Road Trip.

There is a lot of history with the Route 66 Road Trip, here is a link to give you the history of Route 66:  http://national66.org/history-of-route-66/  so very interesting, a great look at our great America.

So let’s take a look at some of the sties you would see on Route 66.  As we start in Chicago there are a few different sites connected to our travels and one is Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant  https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/lou_mitchells_chicago.html

And as we travel on from Chicago we will stop at Belvidere Café, Motel, and Gas Station, Litchfield, Illinois.  Then we will head to near Saint Louis, MO and there we find, Red Cedar Inn, Pacific, Missouri.  As we travel along we will now leave Missouri and head into Oklahoma and Texas, Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park, Foyil, Oklahoma.  Then as we travel through Texas we will find a number of interesting American sites, Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café, Shamrock, Texas.
Here at Amarillo, Texas we find U.S. Route 66-Sixth Street Historic District, this place is full of history. We are now going to enter New Mexico, Arizona and California, we are going to find so many wonderful sites, Bowlin’s Old Crater Trading Post, Bluewater, New Mexico. I loved when we visited Arizona, looking at these sites on Route 66 makes me want to go back there, so check out this Painted Desert Inn, Petrified Forest National Park.  And as we get to end of our journey and enter into California, our final stopping spot will be, Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena, CA.  There is so much more to see that I didn’t list here, all I can think what a great vacation and such an educational journey.

 

Route 66 Road Trip
Twisters on Route 66
Route 66 Road Trip
Twisters

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a couple of links that would assist you in your own Route 66 Road Trip.

Arizona Vacation Guide:  http://www.arizona-leisure.com/williams-arizona.html

Route 66 Map:  https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/maps66.html   On this link you can click on the Bing map and find different sites of interest.

I hope this has encouraged you to plan a fun Route 66 Road Trip!

 

 

 

Sharing Your Opinion

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Sharing Your Opinion

Sharing Your Opinions
Sharing Your Opinions

 

Do you have an opinion, do you like to earn points to turn into cash or gift cards? Sharing your opinion can have benefits, so why not sign up with Opinion Outpost and start sharing and earning. http://tracking.surveycheck.com/aff_c?offer_id=1915&aff_id=2619&aff_sub=myDashboard&aff_sub2=ZLP0a8y8Tbg6-43QXyxww4R18uK6yp9h

I use a number of different opinion survey sites to earn cash, gift cards or entries into sweepstakes.  I especially like the earning cash or gift cards, the gift cards come in very handy for gifts.  This year at Christmas I gave out a number of gift cards to my teen-age grandchildren.  

A few of the earnings you can make with sharing your opinion on Opinion Outpost is cash into a paypal account, earn 50 points and you can gain $5.00 towards paypal.  Or earn points for Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/ or itunes, so why not start earning those points today?  

One of their opportunities with Opinion Outpost with sweepstakes.

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So once again, why not take time to sign up with Opinion Outpost, sharing your opinion and making some extra cash, gift cards or sweepstakes?

 

Be A Frugal Shopper

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Be A Frugal Shopper

Be A Frugal Shopper
Be A Frugal Shopper

 

I am back with another money saving site.  We all like to save money and here is a site that has daily deals.  Be a frugal shopper and join up with Hip2Save.

At least once a day I receive an email with some daily deals.  As I was looking through them today I saw this deal:  

hip2save.com/…/one-year-samsclub-membership-free-25-gift-card-free- pizza-and-cookies-only-45/
 
3 days ago If you’ve been waiting to score a deal on a Sam’s Club Membership, this post is for YOU!

 

Who doesn’t like to save money, get a bargain enjoy a free pizza and cookies?  I personally know this is a good deal, not only because of the price they are offering but because they Sam’s Club has good deals in their stores.  

This isn’t the only savings Hip2Save has to offer, go to their site and check out some of the other savings, sign up and receive daily deals and be a frugal shopper starting today.  Hip2Save:  http://hip2save.com/search/?q=Sam%27s+Club&x=14&y=15

Here is another good deal on Hip2Save, *NEW* Buy 2, Get 1 FREE DiGiorno Pizzas Coupon = Only $3.33 Per Pizza at Target

I don’t have a Target near me or I would be jumping in my car and heading out to pick up this great deal!! Some of the other deals of interest that Hip2Save has to offer is deals on restaurants.  And check out the Freebies, I just discovered this list of Birthday Freebies, they have a list of businesses that offer birthday freebies.

One more great deal that I came across while searching is the Rewards, there is a Kidz Eyes site, check it out, a good way for kids to earn some spending money and learn how to be a frugal shopper.

What are you waiting for?  Go to Hip2Save, sign up and start saving money.

 

 

Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos

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Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos

 

Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos
Scotcheroos

 

If you are needing a real treat for a dessert try making the “Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos.”

This is a family favorite, I normally only make them as one of my Christmas Treats, but I made a batch today for our church dinner tomorrow.  I had Rice Krispies that I needed to use up. 

 

I use to work at a Head Start Center and there was a lady my age that I worked with, and every time we had a gathering involving food she would bring Scotcheroos, it was her signature food and never fail the Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos were a hit.

Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos are easy and quick to make and I hope your family and friends enjoy them as much as my family does. 

Place sugar and corn syrup in sauce pan and heat until the mixture starts to bubble, add peanut butter and stir until dissolved.

Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos
Sugar & Corn Syrup

 

The recipe says add the Rice Krispies to the sugar, corn syrup & peanut butter, but I measure the Rice Krispies into a bowl and then pour the liquid mixture over the cereal and mix it in the bowl.  Pour the previous mixture into a buttered 9 X 13 pan, I want a thinner bar so I butter a foil 11 X 16 pan. Little Tip:  I press in the pan with damp hands, that way the mixture does not stick to your hands.

Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos
Scotcheroos with sugar, corn syrup & peanut butter mixture.

Now it is time to melt your chocolate and butterscotch chips, make sure to do this in a double boiler, I made the mistake once of trying to melt the chips in a pan and it just didn’t work well at all.  Once the chips are melted spread over the top of your Rice Krispies bars.  

Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos
Chocolate & Butterscotch Chips in double boiler.

 

Cool until firm and then they are ready to cut and you are ready to enjoy one Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroo!  

 

Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroos
Scotcheroos

 

Yummy Chocolate Scotcheroo
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Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Sugar
  2. 1 Cup Corn Syrup
  3. 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  4. 6 Cups Rice Krispies
Topping
  1. 1 - 6oz package (1 Cup) Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  2. 1 - 6oz package (1 Cup) Butterscotch Chips
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and corn syrup in a 3 qrt. sauce pan. cook over moderate heat stirring frequently until mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter; mix well. Add Rice Krispies, stir until well coated. Press mixture into buttered 13 X 9 X 2 inch pan.
  2. Melt chocolate and butterscotch morsels in top section of double boiler over hot but not boiling water. Note: you can melt chips in a saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly until well mixed. I strongly suggest using a double boiler. Remove from heat, spread evenly over Rice Krispies mixture. Cool until firm, Cut into bars 2 X 1". Makes 54 bars.
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Watching Julie & Julia

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Watching Julie & Julia

 

Watching Julie & Julia
The movie Julie & Julia

 

Lately I have read so much about just being yourself on your blog, not using anyone else’s words, “just be you.”  so hear I am watching Julie & Julia, I have watched it before but never really realized that Julie was writing a blog, probably because I had no idea what a blog was!

What is so interesting about this show and Julie writing her blog is that she has set goals and she is trying so hard to meet these goals, something I really need to be strict about on my own blog.  The other thing is how at first she was so frustrated that she wasn’t getting any comments, something that I struggle with, no comments, I am looking for more reaction to my blog post.  In one of the scenes of this show she received a number of gifts from her followers and was very happy with the number of comments she was now getting.  I guess there is hope for me.

This might seem like an awful strange post on my blog but as I sit here “Watching Julie & Julia,” it just prompted me to write this personal message about my blog. Let me encourage you if you read my blog to please comment, leave your thoughts.  As she is celebrating her birthday on the show she just turned 30, oh to be so young again, I wish I could have started a blog back at the age 30!

Let me encourage you, if you think you want to start a blog, go for it, you never know when people will love what you have to say, maybe you are filled full of information that you never knew others would really care for.  If I can figure out how to start a blog then anyone should be able to figure it out.  There are so many helps online, especially at https://www.pinterest.com/

Thirsting After Righteousness

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Thirsting After Righteousness

Matthew 5:16 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

When my husband and I were given the gift of a trip to visit our friends in Arizona we were also treated to a trip to the Grand Canyon.

Thirsting After Righteousness
Grand Canyon

Flowing down through the Grand Canyon is the Colorado River and you will notice right along the shore of the river the foliage is green, surviving because it is fed from the waters.  But as you move away from the shores of the river things are dry and brown.

Thirsting After Righteousness
Colorado River

 

As believers when we are filled with the Living Word of God we thirst after righteousness.  When we stop learning and studying God’s Word we are like the dried up foliage on the distant banks of the Colorado River.

Have you ever been so very thirsty that you want that drink to quench the over whelming thirst? We went with our church on a mission trip to El Paso, Texas to the mission work “Bearing Precious Seed.” They print bibles in different languages and distribute them.  On this afternoon we were going to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, it was 136 degrees in the sun & 116 in the shade.  I was so extremely thirsty and when I got the cold bottle of water it hit the spot, quenched my thirst.

That is how we as believers should desire to know the Word of God, to fill us to quench the dryness in our soul.

John 4:14: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

And let me end by saying if you are looking for a mission trip to go on, Bearing Precious Seed is a great ministry, you will be blessed thoroughly. The link to Bearing Precious Seed http://www.bpselpaso.org/  

 

 

 

Earn Cash Shopping Lowe’s

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Earn Cash Shopping Lowe’s

 

I said I would post this shop, take advantage of signing up with KSS https://www.sassieshop.com/sassie/SassieShopperSignup/Signup.php?EmsID=ggGNDwmEsOk%3D

Don’t miss out on making some extra cash shopping Lowe’s and other stores that KSS has available.

Earn Cash Shopping Lowe's
Cash from Money Saving Deals

 

As I promised here is the information that I received, hope someone out there is able to take advantage of this great offer.  I don’t live near any of these locations otherwise I would be grabbing this up.

Once you are signed up with KSS-International go to Job Board, put in distance you are willing to travel and if any of these shops are available they will come up on a map.  Here is a list of the where the Lowe’s shops are available:

Available Shops:
* CO: GLENWOOD SPRINGS->
http://www.sassieshop.com/bnc.php?TP=1&ID=52312&AS=48915&ST=6

* IN: LAFAYETTE->
http://www.sassieshop.com/bnc.php?TP=1&ID=52312&AS=48915&ST=16

* MI: MARQUETTE->
http://www.sassieshop.com/bnc.php?TP=1&ID=52312&AS=48915&ST=23

* MN: HIBBING->
http://www.sassieshop.com/bnc.php?TP=1&ID=52312&AS=48915&ST=24

* MS: GREENVILLE, LAUREL->
http://www.sassieshop.com/bnc.php?TP=1&ID=52312&AS=48915&ST=26

* NM: ALAMOGORDO->
http://www.sassieshop.com/bnc.php?TP=1&ID=52312&AS=48915&ST=33

* NY: ONEONTA, UTICA, WATERTOWN->
http://www.sassieshop.com/bnc.php?TP=1&ID=52312&AS=48915&ST=35

Hoping someone has the ability to take advantage of one of these shops today!!!

I will post more shops as they come available to me.

Have a great day!!  Leave a comment and be looking for my newsletter sign up that I will be posting in the next couple of days.

 

Income From Home

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Income From Home

There are multiple ways of earning extra cash on Inbox.com while sitting at home or maybe while on your lunch break from work.  Use your mobile phone or your computer and earn income from home.

Income From Home
Earn Money

 

The ways you can earn!

   

   1.    Surveys – Share your opinions and earn cash for them.

   2.    Emails – Just click on emails about products and services.

   3.    Offers – Try new products and services and get paid for signing up.

   4.    Videos – Watch videos and earn.

   5.    Play Games – Have fun and make those extra    

Income From Home
Earn cash from home.

 

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Chili with Touch of Smoke

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Chili with Touch of Smoke

 

Chili with a touch of smoke
Chili with touch of smoke

 

This fall when it was rainy and chilly out I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner, usually when I ask him that he just says, “whatever you fix I will eat.” But this day he answered with, “Chili.”  What wife isn’t glad to hear a suggestion for a meal, I don’t know about you but I get tired of trying to figure out what to make for meals.  I am looking forward to enjoying this Chili with Touch of Smoke.

I usually don’t introduce Chili into our meals until the temperature has dropped down below 30 degrees F., just one of those weird things I do, but being it was rainy too sounded like a great suggestion.  

I decided to add an ingredient that would give my chili a little different flavor to it, so I added liquid smoke to it, just about a teaspoon as liquid smoke can be a little strong.  I always like to make sure I have plenty of ground beef in my chili too, we are fortunate to have a family in the church that my husband pastors who raises beef and they give us beef for Christmas, so using enough ground beef is really no problem for me.  

Chili with a touch of smoke
Liquid Smoke
Touch of Smoke Chili
Touch of Smoke Chili

 

 

 

 

 

I fry up my hamburger, add some onion, garlic, celery and green pepper. When the hamburger is just browned time to add the seasonings, as you see above and my own canned tomato juice and tomatoes.  I buy my chili beans but I was running it around in my mind about making my own next year.  Just so thankful to have those canned goodies.

 

Chili with Touch of Smoke
Browned Hamburger with veggies added

 

My husband and I like macaroni in our chili, I like to use the thin macaroni, it cost a little more but I usually buy mine at the Mennonite store in the area which is cheaper then buying it in the local grocery store.  Now to sit down with that hot bowl of Chili with touch of smoke, a nice cold glass of milk and a slice of your favorite buttered bread, an enjoyable meal.

 

Chili with Touch of Smoke
Simmering Chili