1. Decorate everything with candy canes and big bows. If they are those big, chunky candy canes even better! Tie them on the tree, lay greens (artificial or natural) down the middle of the table and garnish the greens with candy canes, tie them on the porch railing with greens looped in between…you get the idea.
After the holiday, crunch up the uneaten candy canes to use in cookies, on ice cream and elsewhere.
Biblical mentoring…does it matter? This video from Revive Our Hearts reminded me of the importance of passing on the faith to other women.
Just because it’s that time of year and you’re going to be eating goodies anyway, whip up these easy, peasy coconut balls. They’re gluten free.
Are you the mama of a toddler? Christmas can cause an already active little one to go a little beserk! Keep your little one busy with these creative, low-cost ideas.
Finally (because I don’t want you to be a dumb cluck), consider this; We are the Sorter-Outers of Our Children’s Hearts
Have a blessed week!
And even a lazy cook like me is able to manage to wow the hungry hoards with this one.
Preheat oven to 425 (yes, that’s right, HOT)
You will need:
A thawed turkey (under 20 pounds does very well with this method but the larger turkeys will work, too).
Oil or butter
Salt, pepper, garlic or whatever herbs you enjoy.
1. Take your little friend (the turkey) and make sure all his parts are out of the cavity. Pat dry outside and in.
2. Rub the entire turkey with melted butter or oil (we like olive oil but I’m tempted to try coconut oil one of these days)
My hubby sometimes lifts the skin carefully and rubs oil under it but this isn’t necessary. The oil all over the turkey will seal the juices in and keep it moist as it cooks.
3. Sprinkle salt and herbs over the turkey or (as we do) rub kosher salt and garlic inside.
4. Place the turkey in a pan (that will catch the drippings) in the middle of the oven (make sure that the oven is preheated to 425).
5. Set the timer and let that little friend bake for 20 minutes at the high heat. This is crucial because you are going to reduce the heat to a very low heat and that high heat makes that turkey safe to eat!
6. After 20 minutes reduce the heat to 250.
7. Cook the turkey at 250°F for 20 additional minutes for each pound. That means if you have a 14 pound turkey, you’d cook it for a total of 4 hours and 40 minutes.
That’s it! Easy and delicious.
No basting is necessary. You start counting the 20 minutes per pound immediately when you turn the oven down to 250°. You don’t wait until the oven has cooled down to start the timing for the second phase.
You can either let the turkey cook uncovered or covered for the second slow cooking phase. The skin will get crispier if you uncover it. Yum!
This method produces a tender, juicy turkey full of flavor. It’s our method of choice.
The only drawback to this method is the slow cooking time so be sure to add up the number of pounds and multiply them by 20 minutes to get started on time.
Want to make my birthday happy? I want to hear from you so leave a comment (pretty please with a candle on top?) and share one thing that you love to do for your children or loved one to make their birthday special.
I’ll start by sharing one of our silliest traditions!
Years ago, I knew a family that decorated the birthday child’s room after the child was asleep. They would sneak in and hang crepe paper, balloons and a sign and in the morning when sleepyhead’s eyes opened; ta dah!
We loved that idea and we started the tradition off with a bang. I’m pretty sure for at least the first year we did crepe paper and balloons. Then, our own personal “great depression” hit and we couldn’t afford crepe paper or balloons! So, we began toilet-papering the rooms and when I say, “we,” I am happy to report that this was one tradition my husband was very involved in! Farris children tend to be poor sleepers so the two of us often had to wait until the wee hours of the night to tip-toe in and throw the toilet paper roll across the sleeping bodies. It brought back fond memories of our college toilet-papering exploits! The child woke up to birthday chaos…and loved it!
Just to prove to you that we’re not totally low-class at our house, over the years our children have usually requested cheesecake for their birthday!
What about you? What tradition or silly memory can you share from your life? Can’t wait to hear from you!
I don’t remember if I first understood on a Friday. It could have been a Monday or a Saturday…but that day was a good day, a miraculous day for me. It was the day despair disguised as cool-hippie-girl met her Savior and was cleansed, redeemed and set free. I’ve never forgotten that day. I’ve never forgotten that my sins helped nail Him to that cross yet He loves me anyway. And I’ve returned there again and again…because the cross of Christ is the symbol of the most potent love in the world. It’s worth having.
And that’s why today is Good Friday. Because this day commemorates the day when your sins and mine were nailed to the cross and He overcame death on our behalf. It’s not just Good Friday. It’s the best Friday...ever.
Many Christians spend this day in fasting and prayer as they remember the agony and suffering of Jesus on the cross. It was on the cross that Jesus, the lamb of God, took away the sins of the world. For us, it is truly Good Friday. It could even be called Wonderful, Marvelous Friday! Our debts were paid by a loving God who sent His son Jesus to be the propitiation for our sin!
The biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27-28:8; Mark 15:16-16:19; Luke 23:26-24:35; and John 19:16-20:30.
“And in the article of death, as He saw the last fold of the grand design unrolled, He passed out of the world with the cry on His lips, “It is finished!” He uttered this cry as a soldier might do on the battlefield, who perceives, with the last effort of consciousness, that the struggle in which he has sacrificed his life has been a splendid victory.
But the triumph and the reward of His work never come to an end; for still, as the results of what He did unfold themselves age after age, as His words sink deeper into the minds of men, as His influence changes the face of the world, and as heaven fills with those whom He has redeemed, “He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied.”
Lord Jesus, Thank you for dying on the cross and paying the price for our sins. We worship you.
Yes, I’ll admit it. I am together putting these eggs at the last minute because Easter caught me by surprise. I just wasn’t paying attention to the calendar….but, isn’t the motto of every mother,”Better late than never?”
After talking to my seven year old several days ago, I realized that he really doesn’t know the Easter story so these eggs may remedy that a bit. I am shamelessly taking advantage of our eleven year old and using her natural “take charge” attitude to put these together. As she collects the items, copies the verses and stuffs the eggs, she’ll be reviewing the Easter story at the same time.
We’ll be doubling up on the eggs and doing two per day (instead of one per day) because I’m starting five days before Easter. Although my goal is to get through them all by Sunday, it’s not the end of the world if we are still hiding and finding Resurrection eggs a week or two from now. When I remember that my goal is to talk about Jesus and His victory on the cross, I feel less pressure to complete them in within a certain time frame. If these take a while, we’re just extending the blessing!
Young children just love these eggs! I have found Dollar stores to be the best place to get them.
First Egg (which I will skip since we just had Palm Sunday and reviewed what it was all about)
Message: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.
Passage: Matthew 21:1-11
Item:piece of palm branch or anything that resembles a small palm branch leaf
Message: Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet.
Passage: John 12:2-8
Item: small perfume sample, cloth with perfume, or a piece of cotton with cologne on it
Message: Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.
Passage: Matthew 26:17-19
Item: piece of Chex cereal; or take clay and make a small bread-like shape
Message: Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Passage: Matthew 27:3
Item: 3 dimes or plastic “silver” money
Message: Jesus carried His own cross.
Passage: John 19:17
Item: small plastic cross or use toothpicks/popsicle sticks cut and glued in a cross form
Message: Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head.
Passage: John 19:2
Item: small thorny branch or a large thorn all by itself
Message: Soldiers parted Jesus’ garments and cast lots for His coat.
Passage: John 19:23
Item: swatch of burlap and a nail (or miniature dice)
Item: 7 or 8 whole cloves, or other whole spices
Message: Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.
Passage: John 19:18,37 & John 20:25-29
Item: a nail
Message: They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.
Passage: Matthew 27:34
Item: a small sponge
Message: Spices to prepare Jesus for burial.
Passage: John 19:40
Message: The stone covering Jesus’ tomb was rolled away.
Passage: John 20:1
Item: a small rock
Message: The napkin around Jesus’ head was lying separately from His linen cloths. He was not there. He has
Passage: John 20:6-7
Item: a scrap of linen-type fabric
Celebrate Easter with these simple ideas as well!
Do you do anything to make Easter special? Please share your ideas with us!
Easy and cute. I think these would be darling with red candy or heart shaped candy. If you happen to have a little box that a ring came in from the jewelry store, you would thrill a little girl with one of these tucked inside!
What you need:
Chenille wire (also called pipe cleaners)
Candy wrapped in sparkly foil or crinkly paper
Glue (I use tacky glue)
Glitter and white glue
1. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the finger to measure the ring size. Cut the pipe cleaner and secure by twisting the ends under and over.
2.Glue the candy on top of the ring.
3. Lightly dot white glue onto the candy, sprinkle with glitter and dry.
Give the ring with some “sweet” words of love such as,
“You always razzle, dazzle my heart” or
“On the day you were born you wrapped me around your finger just like this ring”
Happy Valentine’s Day!
It’s time to get a bit crafty but, never fear, this mother of eight is not going to overwhelm you with Martha Stewart projects! I’ve scouted around and found some fun ideas that most of us can do quickly and inexpensively (do I hear a “yipee”?).
Head on over to Keeping It Simple to find out how to put together the cute “You Rock” Valentines in the picture.
Join us at the Romantic Vineyard and commit to romancing your hubby! It’s a fun challenge!
In the midst of all the fun and fluff and sparkle, don’t forget to read last years post to learn all about The Legend of St. Valentine.
We’ll be having a romantic month here at Generational Womanhood. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, married or in-between, everyone loves a little bit of romance in their lives!
What are some ways you tell your friends and relations that they make your life sparkle?
Share it with us!