Posted: 5:51 pm Friday, January 6th, 2017

A Prayer for the New Year 

By Delilah

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As everyone is breathing a deep sign of relief that 2016 is over, I thought I’d offer up a prayer for the new year. We need hope, we need peace, and we need to have something wonderful to look forward to.

God I pray that with a turning of the calendar you would turn our hearts towards you, and towards one another.

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God let us leave the past in the past and let us move forward into this new year with hearts renewed. Fill our hearts with hope, and remove the trepidation and the fear that has paralyzed so many.

Remind us Lord that not even the sparrow falls in the woods without you being aware, and that you have your eye upon the sparrow and each and every one of us.

Where there has been division bring unification. Where there has been anger and bitterness bring peace and reconciliation. Where there has been disillusionment bring excitement for possibilities that lay ahead. Where there has been a loss bring healing and sweet memories.

God, let the promise of a bright tomorrow keep us ever looking forward, not backwards, and guide us with your wisdom and your everlasting love.

Amen


How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets | Dana K. White, Creator of A Slob Comes Clean

Available at Thomas Nelson and Amazon

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I’ve got a great new book for January’s Book Club! For those who truly know me, or who have ever been to my home, they know clutter is an everyday reality.

I won’t say I “struggle” with it because I have come to accept (for the most part) that having 18 children between my husband and I, a gaggle of grandchildren, foreign exchange students, friends who need a place to stay, a farm to run, etc. etc., comes with clutter. Lots and lots and lots of clutter. But at some point I have to say “Enough!”

When I pack away Christmas, it’s always a good time to take stock and get rid of things I don’t need or use. Somehow taking down the tree brings on a cleaning bug that makes my tidy temperment extend to the rest of the house.

My January Book Club pick couldn’t come at a better time! Dana White’s How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind is a fantastic guide for bringing your home out of the mess and learning how to keep it under control!

“The dirty little secret about most organizing advice is that it’s written by organized people,” says blogger, speaker, and decluttering expert White.”But that’s not how my brain works. I’m lost on page three.”

A Slob Comes Clean is Dana’s blog, which chronicles her successes and failures with her self-described “deslobification process.” I’m told that at first she used the name “Nony” (short for aNONYmous), because she was embarrassed about sharing what a disaster her home had become.

With How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, Dana K. White has truly come clean. No longer a silly pseudonym, White shares her name and the strategies she’s developed, tested, and proved in her own home.

She now knows how to reclaim space, the habits that make the largest impact, and how to keep the clutter under control… and she’s willing to pass on all her tips, tricks, and secrets to those of us who still have challenges to overcome.

I appreciate her REALITY-BASED cleaning and organizing techniques. We are not robots. Life happens. White gets this. She debunks the biggest housekeeping fantasies and helps readers learn what really works in real homes, with real people (not Pintrest Peeps.)

Here’s a step-by-step process with strategies for getting rid of enormous amounts of stuff in a little time. Start your New Year off with a clean counter and move on from there!

Pick up your copy of How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind at
Thomas Nelson
Amazon


Craft Time! |Ice Crystals (Borax)

I’ve been seeing more snowflakes this year than in the last few winters. Watching the falling snow is so mesmerizing and calming. The kids and I have been filling the windows with paper snowflakes so on the days we don’t get at least a dusting, we still feel justified having a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace in the afternoon.

A friend recently told us how to make these cool ice crystal decorations using borax and boiling water. We’re going to add them to our snowflake collection.

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Want to try it?

Materials:

• Borax Laundry Booster
• Boiling water
• Pipe cleaners
• Glass container
• String
• Pencil

Instructions:

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1. Shape the pipe cleaners into twirls, swirls, stars, hearts, etc. (They can’t be wider than the opening of your glass container.)
2. Tie a string to the pipe cleaner design.
3. Pour boiling water into a wide mouth glass container (pipe cleaner shouldn’t touch the bottom or sides). Add about a cup of Borax – enough that the water is very cloudy.
4. Suspend the pipe cleaner by tying the other end of string to the middle of the pencil. Place the pencil across the top of the jar.
5. The pipe cleaner needs to be completely immersed and not touching the sides or bottom of the jar.
6. As the Borax/Water cools, crystals will begin to form. Leave overnight then take out of the jar and let dry. (You can leave it in for less time if you want – it all depends on how thick you want the crystals to be.)
7. A coat of clear spray paint will prevent the crystals from falling off too quickly.


Easy Cheesy Quinoa | Borden®

I love it when I discover a new side dish that my family will eat. I really love it when they not only will eat it, but ENJOY it. I really, really, love it when it’s super easy, like this Easy Quinoa “Mac n Cheese” from Borden®! A warm wonderful winter side.

Ingredients:

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• 2 tsp. olive oil
• 1 tbsp. minced onion
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
• 2½ cups water
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup non-fat milk
• 1 cup Borden® Cheese Sharp Cheddar Shreds

Instructions:

1. PREHEAT oven to and spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. HEAT oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 1 minute or until onion is tender. Add quinoa and cook, stirring, until golden brown and toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2½ cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. WHISK eggs and milk together in a large bowl. Stir quinoa into egg mixture, and whisk in ½ cup of the cheese. Spread in the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped tomato and green onion, if desired. Serve immediately. MmmmMm!

Head to the Borden® Cheese web site to check out more great recipes, products and the Borden® story.


I wish you all a bright and beautiful 2017. I implore you to turn towards the light. While remaining alert and aware, do not dwell in the dark places. Look for the bright spots in each day, celebrate them.

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I start off the new year with a heart that is full of hope and gratefulness for this life I’ve been given, especially the part that I get to share with you!

Blessings for the New Year. Don’t forget to Love Someone!

~ Delilah