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Cupcakes and Social Media and a Mission

 

cupcakes

Cupcakes hold a special place in my heart, not because of their yummy sweetness, but how God used them to minister to my family.

My 13year old daughter signed up for a 3-week missions trip. We then knew we had to raise support for her trip. Now my daughter took a cake decorating class a few months back and had been practicing her technique on cupcakes.

So this mama thought I can put one post on Face Book to help put the word out on our new plan.

“Local Friends, Natalie needs to raise funds for her mission trip in April. Among other service projects, she will be spending a week at The Voice of the Martyrs. She will be selling cupcakes for Valentines Day at a $1 each. If you would like some yummy cupcakes please email me how many and we can work out the details. Thank you!”

Not only did we have a list for Valentine cupcakes, but also people started asking for Superbowl, Birthday and Baby shower cupcakes! Our family rallied with her and it became a team effort for some of her really large orders.

The amazing thing was I didn’t have to research clever ways to raise money, I noticed the talents my daughter had been given and focused on using them. She may not collect hundreds of books for charity or build wells in 3rd world countries, but God has given her gifts and I pray she always uses them for His glory.

 

Since she continues to bake and travel on trips, I have updated the post here.

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BEECH Retreat

 

Beech Retreat

Yes that is an orange tree, it just happened to be the tree in the back yard at the BEECH retreat!

Do you want to know what I learned at BEECH? Well first take a look at your computer screen; the whole layout of this web page was created at BEECH. Hands-on discussions really helped my brain to latch onto the many new concepts being presented.

What a blessing and encouragement to learn about blogging from an amazing group of ladies. These women took time from their schedules to share blogging knowledge in a small cozy setting.

Now I still have tons to learn and tons to do! I can’t wait for BEECH 2013 and the excellence in blogging it will inspire in me.

If you want to read what the other ladies thought of BEECH, check out these blogs:

www.dazeofadventure.com
http://homeschoolcreations.blogspot.com
www.spelloutloud.com
http://jimmiescollage.com
www.holyspiritledhomeschooling.net
www.hodgepodge.me
www.domesticserenity.org
http://rachelmariemartin.blogspot.com
http://donnaspann.com

 

 

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Morning Coffee That Feeds my Soul

 

Coffee

My 11-year-old son faithfully makes my morning coffee. I like to have my first cup around 10am and without my asking he will appear by my side with a lovely steaming cup of java topped with whipped cream! He then will recite to me his bible verses he is memorizing.

Usually by 10am I am beginning to be frazzled by my morning duties and the welcome of coffee and my son’s smiling face to recite God’s word puts a huge smile on my face.

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Surrounded by Love

 

Cupcake Flowers

My daughter turned 13 a few weeks ago and we had a special party for her. The theme of her party was “Surrounded by Love” and we invited special friends to help us surround her in love. Each person brought a scripture verse to share with my daughter that would encourage her as she becomes a young adult.

After seeing the cupcake display Sincredible Pastries, we had our inspiration.

A trip to the craft store resulted in the necessary supplies.

  • Clay pot
  • Styrofoam ball (cut in half)
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial flowers
  • Flower cupcake liners

We chose to use the artificial flowers in between the cupcakes to help hide the Styrofoam ball. The flower cupcake liners were an extra-layered look for the cupcakes.

 

 

 

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Sea Glass U.S.A. Map

 

Sea Glass

Years and years have gone into the making of this project. Of course most of the years the glass was rolling around in the ocean. About a few times a year I take my kids to our special beach where you can hear the waves “clink” from the glass rolling in them. After looking on Pinterest and seeing a few mosaics done in sea glass we got excited to do one on the United States.

Sea Glass Map Materials:

  • Bags of different color sea glass (mad-made sea glass can be purchased at craft stores)
  • Super glue
  • Map of the U.S.A
  • Floating picture frame 16 x 12

Sea Glass Directions:

  • Place picture frame on top of the map, this allows the map to be a guide for glass placement.
  • Select pieces of sea glass to fill the size of each state. Some states need more then one piece.
  • Once the pieces have been placed begin gluing them.

I have a small window over my kitchen sink that receives the afternoon light; I placed the completed sea glass map leaning up against the window.

Sea glass mosaic

Now what to make with the rest of our sea glass…..I bet I can find some more ideas on Pinterest!

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More Menu Planning Info

Meal Planning
When you know your weaknesses and strengths, you can design a menu planning system that works for you.

  • I love organization but lack in the upkeep.
  • I am not a morning person.
  • I am limited on the amount of space I have. I only own one fridge with a small freezer on top.
  • I only have an attention span for a week worth of cooking.

On my refrigerator I keep a dry erase board that is designed to write in what is for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Sunday night I summon the kids to get their binders and make the choices on what they are going to cook. Then they check their supplies and write what they need on the grocery list located next to the erase board. Some weeks we forget or get to busy, and we find ourselves foraging through the cabinets. Oops, great plans need upkeep.

Now my 11-year-old son is in charge of breakfast, which means he needs more supervision, then my older kids. I have him cook or assemble most of his breakfast dishes the night before. If he is making pancakes, we make them after dinner and reheat in the morning. If it is a casserole he assembles the night before and dad puts it in the oven on his way to work. That leaves me with one morning I need to be present to help him cook breakfast. Remember I am not a morning person!

Every Monday morning at 8am you will find me at the grocery store with my list in hand. Would you be surprised that the grocery store is really quiet at this time of the day? I can focus on my list and get in and out quickly. Now I have 6 people living in a 950 square foot house, no extra space here. The best thing on shopping day, my son is at home serving breakfast to the family.

 

Cooking Lunch

My daughter making hamburgers for lunch.

You might like reading my post on how I created cookbooks to help my kids meal planning.