Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Free Copy of Fireproof!

There's just a couple of days left in the Vision Forum New Year's Clearance Sale, and everything in the store is still 25-50% off.

But the deal just got BETTER because between now and January 31, every order of $100 or more will include a free copy of the hit movie, Fireproof!

This incredible new movie by the producers of Facing the Giants, staring Kurt Cameron, was the number one grossing independent film of 2008!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

How to Make an Ice Ring

Ice rings are a simple and elegant touch to any punch bowl.

You can use an ice ring pan or a bunt pan. I like bunt pans because they are deeper, which makes a thicker ring that will not melt as quickly.

Place fruit, pineapple, cherries, grapes, strawberries, edible flowers, mint leaves, etc... to fill about a third of the pan. Pour just enough punch or water to cover the fruit. Don't fill past the fruit, it will cause the fruit to float; you want it all to be settled in the bottom.

Place in freezer until frozen.

Add an inch of punch or water at a time and freeze. Repeat until pan is full. If you add too much punch/water at once it will cause the ring to float.

With this ring after the fruit and first layer were frozen in, I added a bunch of ice cubes and filled the rest with water.

Let the ring sit at room temperature for 20 minutes and it should slide right into the punch bowl. You can also set it in water for a few minutes.

One thick ice ring will last for about 2 hours.

You can make your rings weeks ahead of time and store them in bags in the freezer until party time.

Other things that can be added to an ice ring:
Mint Leaves
Orange Rind
Lemon Rind
Lime Rind
Rose Petals

Think COLOR!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Mood Rings

This is a hoot!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

1 bottle ketchup
1 cup brown sugar
1 can chunk pineapples
3-4 T Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup vinegar

In a sauce pan, on medium heat, add all ingredients. You can adjust to your taste by adding more sugar or vinegar.

Once it is hot, add:

1-2 T Corn Starch, this will thicken the sauce a little.

Let simmer for 10 minutes.

Add a bag of cooked meat balls. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes to allow flavor to penetrate the meatballs.

Pineapple Almond Punch

1 c. sugar
6-8 cups water

Bring water to a boil, stir in sugar until dissolved. Let cool. This insures that the sugar does not settle to the bottom.

2 lg. cans unsweetened pineapple juice
2 sm. bottles almond flavoring

In a large container add the water-sugar mixture, pineapple juice and almond flavoring; mix well.

Pour into gallon buckets or gallon Ziplock bags. Freeze

Take out of freezer 2-3 hours before serving, allow to get slushy.

2 2-litters of 7 -Up, Twist-Up, OR ginger ale

Add 7-Up or your choice of soda, just before serving.

Serves 20-30 8 oz. servings

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Austin Wedding Reception Pictures

Here are a few pictures from the wedding reception we catered this weekend for 150 people. The reception was held in the beautiful home of the Groom's parents.


Pineapple-Almond Punch

Children's Table- Goldfish crackers, Gummy Bears, Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, Orange Slices, PB&J Sandwiches.


Chicken Salad Croissant

Goat Cheese with Fruit/Nuts
We also did a baked brie, but I didn't get a picture of that.

Marinated and Un-marinate Cheese, Crackers
Marinated Olives to the left.

Vegetable Display

Fruit Display

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Pigs in a Blanket

Ham and Cheese Croissants

Mints, Roses and Leaves

Room with the Groom's Cakes.

Groom's Cakes, Strawberry, Chocolate and New York Cheese Cake.

Fruit and Vegetable Displays

Food Table

Sheet cake with the family initial on it for extra servings.

Dining Room with Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake, serves 125

One of my wonderful 'Servers'...Emma :o)
I don't have a picture of my STRONG, WONDERFUL husband,
who did all the heavy lifting and kept the trash emptied! :o)
Olivia was also a server, and a great one at that.

Events like this is a team effort, everyone putting in 110%.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Cake Tutorials

I posted a couple new tutorials on my Cakes and Candy Blog, check them out.

How to make decorations from Royal Icing.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pill inventor slams ... pill

Here is a very interesting article.

Oh the mess of things we make when we reject God's plan.

Pill inventor slams ... pill

He described families who had decided against reproduction as "wanting
to enjoy their schnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get
on with it."

The fall in the birth rate, he said, was an "epidemic" far worse, but
given less attention, than obesity. Young Austrians, he said, were
committing national suicide if they failed to procreate. And if it
were not possible to reverse the population decline they would have to
understand the necessity of an "intelligent immigration policy.

"Somebody above suspicion like Carl Djerassi ... is saying that each
family has to produce three children to maintain population levels,
but we're far away from that," he said.

********Kathy here: So if 3 were enough to MAINTAIN, what would 6-10
do, we would flourish and prosper, just as God commanded us to!*****

Read the whole story here:

I also posted about the movie Demographic Winter a few months ago. If
you have not watched that you need to. You can watch it for free online.

It's not about having 'one more baby'!!! It's all about obeying God.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

What's going on this month at TGT

Over on our Teaching Good Things site we have begun a series on teaching responsibility. This is a month long series, don't miss it!

We are also doing a give away! Hop on over there an get entered, even if it is not something you'd like you could give it as a gift!

This month I will be giving away a custom made crocheted name. You can choose from block or script letters, and the colors beige or white.

Because this is custom made it will not be shipped until the end of February.

Giveaway ends January 31 at midnight.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

True Worship

He (God) has done such great things for us, and he has shown so much good will towards
us, that to pay him reverence seems not so much the call of duty as the natural
impulse of love.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Important Techie Reminders

This is some wise advice from a friend of ours who deals with this stuff every day.


With the 2008 coming to a end and the new year upon us, some might think
that cyber attacks where a thing of the past... which I wish was true
but is not..

I would like to point out a couple of "tech tips" concerning cyber
attacks which are on the raise.

At work I'm seeing more spam/junk email, viruses and other cyber attacks
than in previous years. (one of my geek things I have to do is review
daily reports so that is how I keep in touch with the cyber attack
levels) Just within the past 2 months, I have seen more viruses infect
computers at the bank then I have in 8 years combined.....

The following tech tips are good reminders for your home computer use.

...Tech tips....


- Watch out for emails that come from 'me' aka 'you', this is
called a 'spoofed' email, where the sender of the email uses 'your'
email address

- Be careful of opening emails from unknown senders

- Sell gimmicks

- Strange email attachments, especially emails that have an
attachment that requires you to type in a so called 'secret' password to
open it

- Email forwards, when you see a email that has a 'fw' in the
prefix of a subject means that it is a forward, however if you see
multiple 'fw' it could be a spam or a junk mailing


- Pop ups... be very very careful about pop ups, if you just click
once an infected pop up could infect your computer with 'malware'

- Downloads... remember that downloading anything from the
internet should be a work related function and from a legit website

- Strange website names... take notice of the website address and
watch out for .edu,.org and third world nations, ending websites. (i.e.
.en, .fr, .uz, .pl)

- Personal info, you should never give your personal information
out over the internet unless you trust that website. I would never do it
unless that webpage had a SSL security certificate which would show up
as a 'key lock' in the bottom right of the internet browser

- watch out for websites that auto redirect you to a different

- if it is too good to be true on the a website, then it is a
gimmick, don't believe everything that you read online

- malware and adaware are hot buttons in the internet security.
These are normally transmitted by a pop up or a fake web site that
requires you to click on it.

A local bank internet banking website was hacked last month and had amalware root trojan virus that was being hosted on their website.. I say this only as a reminder that it is huge thing going on right now and it is important to be mindful of what/how you do online.

Another real life geek story, is just the increased amount of spam/junkemail, the bank that I work at gets about 11,000 incoming emails a day and of that only about 1,200 of it is good email.. of course these levels of spam are in a corporate environment but the amount of this being pushed/sent over the internet is on the raise.


I can tell you the amount of spam to our website has skyrocketed. I delete hundreds of spam comments each day.

I just thought all of you should be reminded of these things, just like I do. Also, go over these things with your children, often!

What does your name stand for?

This is what we came up with last night for our name challenge. We had a lot of lively discussion while choosing our traits.


B-Benevolent………………Giving to others needs without expecting in return.

R-Resourceful……………..Making the most if what we have. Finding value in things other discard.

O-Obedient to Christ……Continually learning more about Christ and obeying His commands.

D-Dependable…………….Always keep your word. Go the extra mile to finish all tasks. Serve others.

O-Overcomer………………Never indulge in self pity. Call on God's grace to find ways through a problem.

C-Content…………………..Being thankful for where God has placed you; being satisfied with what you have, not doubting God's providence.

K-Kindhearted…………….Take your thoughts captive. Believe the best in others. Using words and actions that put others first.