Monday, 29 February 2016

First Driving Lesson For Teen One!

 
Well today was one of those mini milestone days...Teen One having her first driving lesson!
It seems just a short time ago I was worrying about  nappy rash and sleepless nights...I still have the sleepless nights...but this time because I am voluntarily letting her go in a car with a man I have never met before and I have no idea where he is taking her!!
 
 
 
Here she is about to be taken who knows where!! But I am happy to report she was brought back safely at the allotted time and seemed to enjoy her first taste behind the wheel.
Hats off to that brave man to take a complete novice on the road! Of course he did find somewhere quiet for her to burn the rubber...and by the sounds of it they probably didn't go above 20mph.
She is looking forward to next Monday and said the instructor...Trevor...made her feel at ease.
 
 
 
 
Being Monday, I went to see my Recycled Teenager, had a cuppa and a catch up before heading off to the supermarket.
She has only two weeks to go to hear how her cancer treatment has gone.
She doesn't have any of the symptoms that took her to the doctor initially, so lets pray the tumour has gone.
 
 
 
In the afternoon Teen One and I made a cake for our friend who we are visiting tomorrow.
She had her plaster removed last week so I am eager to see how her ankle is doing and how she is getting on with the boot she was given.
She will be glad to be a bit more mobile that's for sure!
 
 
 
Before going to get Teen Two from revision, I  called in to see Grandma, who needed her curtains putting back up after having some decorating done in the living room.
That of course entailed a cuppa...I am rather awash with tea today!
 
 
 
I am still thinking of traditional English gifts to take to our friends in the US and thought they might like the Be-Ro recipe book, especially when I tell them its a book my grandmother used regularly and I grew up learning to bake from.
At only £2.99 each they are a bargain....I bought six hoping that will be enough for the baking loving ladies I will meet up with over there.
I love the fact many of the recipes are now available online...but I also enjoy the process of flicking through the pages looking for some inspiration.
 
Daily Blessing
Monday February 29, 2016
Today's Verse:
   Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
 
 
 

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Busy Day At Church


 
Today was our monthly Family Service and lunch at church, so this morning was spent getting the food ready and then cooking it.
 
 
 
 We are already a small congregation, so with one of our members being away ill, and her husband of course still with her, we really missed them. They may be well into retirement age but are very hard workers..,so after the big clear up, I wasn't fit for anything much other than chilling out on the sofa.
 
 
 
Tea was  thankfully quick and easy, some left overs from lunch...cold pizza which the Teens love and some of the left over desserts, and then it was back to church for the evening Gospel Service.
 
 
 
 
Once back home, it was an early night for me, some surfing on the net and catching up with blogs.
It doesn't feel like I have achieved much today, but I guess plenty of people have gone to bed with full tummies as a result of my efforts so that's something at least!
 
 
Daily Blessing
Sunday February 28, 2016
Today's Verse:
   And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 27 February 2016

They're Back!

 
Today started the way I like Saturdays to start....with no alarm....just the sound of hubby coming upstairs with a cuppa and some ginger biccies!
Once up I spent most of the morning in the kitchen....lasagne for tonight's dinner...
 
 
...butternut squash, carrot and lentil soup for lunch...
 
 
...pineapple sponge as one of the desserts for tomorrow's family service lunch...
 
 
 
...then a new idea...hot on the success of the Oreo Brownies I make, I had some party rings left over so thought I would try them in place of the Oreos...but the baking discoloured the icing, so it doesn't look very appealing...but hopefully the kids will enjoy the taste still....
 
 
 
...and finally the current favourite White Chocolate Torte.
I have experimented this time with replacing the fromage frais/crème freche, with greek yogurt.
 
 
For our soon coming trip to visit friends in the US, I have been trying to source locally made products.
About half an hours drive from us is The Lavender Fields company.
They grow their own lavender and make many products using it.
Having passed it many times, today was the first time Teen One and I have visited it.
 
 
Of course today was not the day for seeing the beautiful lavender fields in all their glory...in the height of the season professional photographers come to get shots for their various projects.
 
 
 
Teen One and I had a pleasant walk round, sampled some tasty lavender biscuits and came home with a bag full of locally made products to indulge our friends with.
 
 
 
I was rather taken with this book called "The Scented Kitchen" cooking with flowers by Frances Bissell.
 
 
 
As well as recipes with lavender...and I think this one sounds delicious...
 
 
....and as for this one!!! Mmmm....
 
 
 
...then there are the more unusual recipes.
The whole books looks very interesting and  I shall carefully thumb through it before passing it on...ensuring not to dog ear any of the corners!
 
 
 
 
I also bought several tea towels by Emma Ball depicting some of the places our friends have visited...and one picture happens to be the lavender fields themselves!
Emma has plenty of regional pieces of work for sale and I can highly recommend them as gifts.
 
This evening Teen One and I went to a Bible teaching meeting and enjoyed listening to a message on God's Progress in our lives, His Provision in our lives and finally His Protection.
The speaker happened to be the father of one of Teen One's tent leaders at camp a couple of years ago, so it was nice to touch base with him for the first time.
 
 
 
And finally....I was relieved to read in the paper today United Biscuits in Cardiff have restarted baking Ginger Nuts after their recent flooding!
It will be some weeks before the supplies make it to the shops...and no doubt there will be a run on them once they are back...thanks to FQ2FF we are well stocked for a while...but its good to know things are almost back to normal!
 
Daily Blessing
Saturday February 27, 2016
Today's Psalm:
   Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 26 February 2016

Kids Have The Best Ideas!

 
This morning was spent catching up with some much needed housework....
 
 
 
...and  a pile of ironing I had been ignoring for far too long!
 
 
This afternoon I booked a night at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont USA
Being  life long Sound of Music fans Teen One and I especially are looking forward to learning more about the real story behind the film, which promises to be even more interesting!
Hubby has been doing some research for other places of interest whilst in Vermont and a trip to Ben and Jerry's factory looks like a possibility...hope they do sampling!
 
 
Our story at Friday Club tonight was the boy Samuel being called by God when he was asleep.
 
 
We used  these card cut outs, which are readily available at £1 shops....got the children to design some PJ's for Samuel, then used scraps of fur fabric for a pillow and scraps of fabric for his blanket.
It was one of those activities that was very simple to organise and yet the kids were happy to spend ages doing...infact three of the boys wanted to make two and one even glued extra card to make Samuel sit up in bed!
Had I been as clever as him, I would have got the children to bend the cut out shape at the waist and leave the top half unglued...then  Samuel could "sit up" when called by God!
Kids have the best ideas don't they!
 
Daily Blessing
Friday February 26, 2016
Today's Verse:
   Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Pancake Day Finally Arrives!

 
Starting with last night, Pancake Day finally arrived in our household!
I made a stack using the Be-Ro recipe and then let everyone help themselves to a selection of fillings.
 
The strawberries were delicious....
 
 
 
...but not quite as delicious as bananas with caramel sauce!
I bought this tube in France last year...I don't know if we can get anything similar in the UK?
 
 
 
I was rather tired after the early start so around 8.30 started to think about going to bed.
I noticed that my neighbours bedroom light was still on...which was unusual, so I monitored it until 10pm by which time I decided I needed to act as that was way passed his usual routine.
I donned my dressing gown and slippers and nipped next door...I found him on the bedroom floor in his birthday suit!
I quickly threw a jumper over him to protect his modesty and spare my blushes...but he really was unaware of the situation.
He was rather confused, first looking for some soap and then worrying he was going to fall ( still lying on the floor)
I called his son who was round in minutes, he then got him dressed and with the help of hubby got him in bed, before going home to get some overnight gear so he could stay over.
This morning my Recycled Teenager seemed no worse for his several hours of being on the floor completely starkers...infact he still didn't know, he just said "I wonder how I managed to fall out of bed" but of course he had never actually made it to bed.
I personally think he may be having mini strokes, which would account for the regular falls, confusion, then being almost back to normal very soon after.
I have mentioned my concerns to the son, but in reality, his dad is so frail I doubt there is much that could be done, even if he agreed to see the doctor.
We shall just have to continue to offer our support as we have thus far and take each day as it comes.
 
 
 
 
Today was of course Mother and Toddlers.
It was harder work than usual being one worker down, but the three of us managed.
Our 85year old worker was on the activity table and made jungle scenes for the little ones to have fun with.
She hand drew the palm trees and also little bunches of bananas for the monkeys!
The tots had great fun with their projects.
 
The rest of the day has been the usual rush of housework, cleaning next door and taxi-ing the Teens to piano and football.
I am glad to be now chilling on the sofa and am hoping for a less eventful night to yesterday!
 
 
Daily Blessing
Thursday February 25, 2016
Today's Proverb:
   A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

A Week Of Firsts!

 
Today was Teen One's first Uni interview.
It was an early start to get to Brighton...knowing we had to find somewhere in town to park, and then get a bus or train to the campus...and all in the rush hour!
The weather was kind to us and the blue skies added a real feel good factor to what was already an exciting day.
 
 
 
The campus is set in the beautiful rolling South Downs...I wouldn't mind waking up to that view every day!
We were able to sit in on the talk about the course...which made me wish I was young again and able to do it myself!
The students were then sent off on a group activity, followed by their actual interview.
 

 
 
 
I was able to pass the time doing some knitting and made four beanie hats for the Neonatal Knitters
These little beanies knit up in no time and are much appreciated by the maternity units.
 
 
 
 
We were glad to see Teen One come back from her interview with a smile on her face.
She found it a very positive experience and it's now a waiting game.
The course is oversubscribed and most places are already filled, but as Christians we believe the Lord is in control of our lives and so leave the decision making to Him.
 
The drive home was very pleasant....Arundel holds special memories for Hubby and I....it was where he first kissed me!
 
 
 
The other "first" for this week is, Teen One has finally been able to secure a place with a driving school.
Having tried several schools, and been told there was a long waiting list...we were thrilled to secure a place with a local independent school, who have been going for years, on the very day which is perfect for Teen One.
So from next Monday morning, she will find herself behind the wheel of a car for the first time in her life...why am I feeling worried????
 
Daily Blessing
Wednesday February 24, 2016
Today's Psalm:
   The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Value of Prayer

 
 
Today has been bright and sunny...and I managed to get a line of whites on the line!
My Recycled Teenager next door was a little confused this morning...he seemed to think his electrics weren't working...but they were, he said he hadn't been able to make his breakfast as no power...but I found the warm remains of half a cup of tea.
He just wanted his son to come and sort out the electrics...so being unable to persuade him all was well...I called his son.
It seems he was partly right, the central heating hadn't come on, but that was it....it was obviously enough to confuse him, poor chap.
I popped in a couple of hours later and all was well.
 
 
I popped into town briefly, then back home in time for my friend coming in her lunch hour.
We shared a steaming bowl of SkinnyLiscious Fragrant Thai Carrot which is very scrummy and currently on offer £1 at Morrisons.
Yesterday Teen One and I shared their  New England Butternut Squash soup....very yummy and putting me in the mood for our up and coming visit over there!
 
 
This afternoon I made a chicken pie with the left overs of Sunday's roast, with our all time favourite condensed mushroom soup for the sauce.
Check out these recipes for more ideas on how to use this versatile and cheap kitchen store cupboard essential!
 
 
There are always plenty family and friends to pray for, and this week has thrown up two unexpected items...one good....Grandma and Grandad are eager to downsize and after much waiting, have got two viewings this week...
the not so good is the sister at church who is my right arm as far as all the children's work is concerned has been taken ill on holiday.
We don't know what is wrong, just that she had to visit Hillingdon Hospital and is not expecting to be home in the near future.
 
 
 
Daily Blessing
Tuesday February 23, 2016
Today's Psalm:
   The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.