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Giveaway Winner...

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Well, today I get to announce the winner of my first giveaway...and I meant to get this done sooner. Oh, well...you don't really mind, do you? :)

I made a list of everyone's name from the comments left here on the blog and those that 'liked' and commented on the Facebook page...as close to the order that they came in as possible. It came to 32 entries and I used a number picker...

This program will generate a random number between two numbers of your choice. Enter a lower limit: Enter an upper limit: Random Number:
So our winner is...  Kimberly R.

She left a nice comment and became a new follower of the blog...Thanks and Congratulations! Sending out an email to get your mailing info!

Thank you to everyone who entered! Hopefully I'll be able to host a few more giveaways :)


In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1
The Bible never tries to convince us of the existence of God...we just know He was the Creator and has a plan for us.

Amanda

Matching Skirts...

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They're finally made! These girly skirts were suppose to be one the girls' Christmas presents, but alas...they didn't make the 'cut'!

But, what was still mostly a pile of material yesterday...
and originally only meant for two skirts for the girls, became skirts for all three girls :)
I'm really excited to have these done. I was afraid it would be one of those projects that I would just keep pushing aside and never do. Now, the three girls, as Liz likes to call us...{especially if we are going some where, I'll get "...just us three girls?", when Chad isn't home} have matching skirts for church on Sunday.

Adding this great accomplishment to the great weekend linky parties on the right side bar...along with the wonderful Finish it up Friday party hosted by Amanda Jean from crazymomquilts...just love that party!

Also, don't forget to checkout my giveaway...it's not over till Monday :)

Another side note...for those that want to help me ou…

Day 25 - Working Wednesday...

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Let's Celebrate! Today is the last day of The First 25 Days of 2012...so today is also my Birthday! It's my 32nd and it's been an interesting year... last year on my birthday I made my first comment on a blog (to the talented ladies at Sweetwater) to enter a giveaway. Less than two months later, March 17, 2011, I started blogging!

Before we get into more celebratory activities, I'm going to show you my WIP. Lee at freshly pieced is graciously hosting the weekly WIP Wednesday, so here's my new project...

Skirts for the girls (and me)...
I have the girls' cut out, just need to put them together...mine needs cut out still (it will take a little more work than the girls'. They're from flannel I got on sale on Black Friday...and were to be for Christmas. Oh well, better late than never :)

** UPDATE: I was able to get Amber's skirt sewn together today...very cute! Working on Liz's and mine tomorrow.

I also did a little...very little...work on Liz'…

Day 24 - Tasty Tuesday...

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On this last Tasty Tuesday for The First 25 Days of 2012 I'm going to share an easy recipe that is greatly enjoyed around here. This is one of the easiest dinners for me to make - Easy Stromboli!


Easy Stromboli

1 loaf frozen bread dough
4 oz block of Mozzarella cheese
pepperoni
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Around lunch time I get the loaf of dough out of the freezer. I don't follow the package directions exactly...so here's how I do it. I place the loaf on a cookie sheet lined and sprayed with cooking spray, then cover it with a piece of plastic wrap (also sprayed). I preheat my oven to it's lowest temperature (170 degrees) and turn off the oven, then place the loaf in the oven.

At dinner time I preheat the oven to 375 and stretch the thawed loaf out on the cookie sheet, alot like making a pizza crust. Once stretched, I layer my filling...which can be anything that you like on pizza...

I start be slicing the block of Mozzarella cheese, laying it down the center of …

Day 23 - Ministry Monday...

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The final stretch of The First 25 Days of 2012...and I'm going to spotlight Cherith Bible Institute today on Ministry Monday.

I found this correspondence school online in 2008 or 2009, and started taking their classes to get some more in depth Bible knowledge in a structured coarse. I enjoy the workbook set-up for the classes...however, I'm contemplating going to online because it is taking me an extremely long time to complete one workbook. The online class would give more concrete deadlines...but I guess I'll decide on that later!

For now, I'd like to introduce you to Cherith Bible Institute...


Who We Are
Cherith Bible Institute is a correspondence Bible training program offered throughout the world through the internet and mail. The Program is Baptistic in nature and reflects the doctrine and distinctives of Independent Baptist beliefs.

The course of study is a thirty unit Diploma of Biblical Studies program designed to help local church pastors, workers, missionaries…

Day 22 - Singing Sunday...

Our final Sunday for The First 25 Days of 2012... and we are going to sing another great song that really touches me...even now, after I've heard it many, many times. Today I'm going to share Once Upon a Cross on Singing Sunday.

I listen to this song sung by the Grace Baptist College Tour Group from a few years back. I could not find the CD, Once Upon a Cross, for sale on the website anymore, nor a good YouTube video of the song...so this week will just be the words - which, really, are the most powerful!

Once Upon a Cross

Once there was a King who sat high upon His throne
The ruler of the Universe, God, and God alone;

But His heart was broken by the world held captive by their sin
Ransom must be paid to redeem them back to Him

So, God in His great wisdom revealed His master plan
He'd send the Son of God to become the Son of Man.

Once and for all the sacrifice for sin would finally be Christ,
The perfect Lamb upon the cross of Calvary...

Chorus:
One single act of matchless grace brou…

Day 21 - Show, Show Saturday...

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The last Saturday for The First 25 Days of 2012...and I'm gong to show you what I made TODAY!

These cute little cases are a condensed version of the Quilted Book Saver Clutches I showed on Wednesday. The size of these are made for keeping gift cards or appointments cards in them...ooh, business cards would fit great in here...
They do need a few more kinks worked out of them...but they are adorable.
I made the red flower one first, and it was going to be part of the giveaway I'll be hosting to finish off The First 25 Days of 2012... BUT...

It had some issues on the sewing, especially where the hook for around the button is attached. I need to reconfigure my approach for that.

So, since that one was kind of a flop, I decide to make another one without the closure hardware...
This pretty green one is a little bigger and is useful for a few more things...still can hold gift/appointment/business cards, but can also do a contact case and drops, or a standard flip phone. However, m…

Day 20 - Fabulous Friday...

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Another weekend is upon us...our last for The First 25 Days of 2012! So, here again are some of the things that caught my pinning fancy for this Fabulous Friday post. You can check these and more out on my  boards... [remember, to see any of these directly from here, just click on the picture :) ]

Starting this week is the Spectacular Spaces...
Like this great kitchen!

And this great kids room. Someday I think this might be great for the girls, especially if they share a room.
I've always liked benches at the dinning room table, and this week I found some cute ones, here is my favorite...
I must have been house dreaming this week because I seemed to see alot of great spaces...
But now we need to eat, right? So, how about some great looking pretzel rolls...
This looks great...hope I can remember to make it before Liz eats the last banana :)
And who doesn't love a good dessert...especially BROWNIES!!! And a warm one in 2 minutes, ohhhh... by the way, it was really good! The bad…

Day 19 - Teaching Thursday...

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It's the last Teaching Thursday of The First 25 Days of 2012...and I'm going to share a tutorial for a mug rug.

I made this Fan Mug rug as a gift to one of Chad's coworkers. I found a picture of one...but no tutorials or directions to make it. So, I took what I saw and made this:
I thought it turned out nice and was glad I took a bunch of progress pictures so I could write up the tutorial...did that this morning. So, here is the PDF tutorial of the Fan Mug Rug.

Now, I need to go add the merchadise shown yesterday to the Etsy store...alot of computer time today! I may need another cup of coffee :) and I can't wait to sew some more...while typing up the tutorial, it made me want to make another one. When I get to it, I'll probably add it to the store too!

Also, I'll be adding this to the great linky parties...there is so much to see on blog land!


For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. Proverbs 5:21
God is always paying…

Day 18 - Working Wednesday...

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And boy, have I been working! Which makes today's post SUPER late...almost into tomorrow - YIKES...but I need to do one today to keep up on The First 25 Days of 2012!

My work has been steady over the past week, working on the bookkeepers I mentioned in last Wednesday's post...I completed a small collection of a variety of them, and I'm labeling them as different types of Quilted Book Saver Clutches... I also made another Simple Bag from my own tutorial, however, with some different structuring...but using the same basic design. I'm hoping to get most of these items posted to my Etsy store tomorrow. Also, hope to set up a link from here on the blog to the store, too.

But, now on to the pictures of my work...

This first one is a beauty...to me, because it's the one I made for me! ;)

 Pretty star patchwork on the front, with great pinks and greens surrounding it....ooohhhh! Makes reading even more fun. I'm looking forward to making another on for my new Bible... a…

Day 17 - Tasty Tuesday...

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Today's Tasty Tuesday of The First 25 Days of 2012 also lands me on my 100th post...COOL! When I first started formulating the idea for The First 25 Days of 2012 I didn't even realize that it would also include this bloggy milestone...but it's a great place to include it!

Now for today's recipe...
It is technically named Mexican Relish, but around here the vegetables are a little chunkier and it is eaten on tortilla chips as salsa! So,

Mexican Salsa
6 large ripe tomatoes¼ cup salt 12 green peppers3 cups vinegar 4 cups chopped onions3 cups sugar 1 Habanero peppers                                5 Jalapeno peppers Chop all the vegetables, add salt, and drain overnight. Boil vinegar & sugar for 5 minutes. Add the drained mixture of vegetables and bring back to a boil. Pour relish into 5 pint jars and seal in a water-bath canner for 35 minutes. [The Habanaero and Jalapenos add some heat to the mixture...however, this many still made it only a medium salsa - to me :)]
Chad lo…

Day 16 - Ministry Monday...

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In the spotlight today for the Ministry Monday post of The First 25 Days of 2012 is Commonground Baptist Ministries...which is a ministry of Southeast Bible Baptist Church in Penfield, N.Y. [You can also check them out on Facebook.]

I'm mainly going to cover the Summer Junior and Teen Camps that our church kids excitedly look forward to every year. However, they do also have a Bible Institute that has an emphasizes in distance learning, as well as an online store.

But back to camp...Commonground Baptist Camp is a great camp! Here is an excerpt from their website on what the camp is all about...

What is Commonground Baptist Camp?Commonground Baptist is a local church camp ministry under the direction of Southeast Bible Baptist Church, and it is designed to serve local churches of like faith and practice. The ministry started when it held its first ever Winter Retreat for teenagers in 1995. Winter camps have been held every year since and Genesee Valley expanded to include summer cam…