My One Word for 2017

Saturday, 31 December 2016

I dont know about you but making new year's resolutions just dont do it for me and they dont work. I have come across a site entitled My One Word which you can get HERE which basically all you do is pray and choose one word - yep just one word for the coming year.

I have chosen the word Discipline as I need much more of this in life and I need to be disciplined in different areas such as:

  • Prayer
  • Reading His Word
  • Excising 
  • Losing Weight
on a daily basis plus I need God to be in my decision making first and foremost. I need to be disciplined in all areas of my life and a couple of things I have not listed here ....... but for me this is my one word for 2017.

What is your word for the coming year - please let me know by posting a comment on here.

Be blessed

Every Blessing,

Wednesday Snap Shot

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Wednesday Snap Shot is a quick peek into my week.

If you'd like to join in on my Wednesday Snap Shot.. copy and paste my post, add your answers (you can also copy the pic).. link your post to my blog and then come back and let me know you shared your week. I'll come and visit you and read about your homemaking week!! :) and you can go to Crystal's Blog here who started the Wednesday Snap Shot HERE

So Far This WeekThis Christmas has been a hard one and though at the same time it was nice being able to spend this special time with friends. Two Christmas meals and turkey and ham to bring home to my kitten Jack of which he was thankful for lol - well it didnt take him long to polish off his food :)

On My To-Do ListYesterday I put away all my Cards and threw out the table wreath as it was falling apart lol. The door wreath I took down and put it back in its box which is now in one of the hall cupboards until next year.

My goals for this week are:
to make a card for my Niece which I have done plus I have written two birthday cards and wrapped up two presents for friends ready to post on Saturday

Grocery Shopping online
Go into town to do some therapy shopping

Projects I'm Working On I am starting to think about the New Year right now and starting a prayer journal and my planner. If I become more organised I will get prayer pages for my planner which I am aiming on doing in the next week or so. Something which is new to me is working on my one word for the year and apart from Crystal, does anyone else do this. If you are not familiar with this you can see more info HERE.

Today's WeatherHigh of around 9 degrees and a low of 4 degrees. it has been sunny all day but with a hard frost on the ground for most of the day

The View from where I am sitting:

This is Jack my seven month old kitten sprawled out on the bed lol

What I'm Reading
I am still reading Beauty for Ashes from Joyce Meyer and this is a brilliant book for women. The book is about receiving emotional healing from all kinds of areas that may be needed during your life. It is a good book and one I hope to come back to time and time again.

In regards to the Bible - I will be starting a new reading plan on January 1st plus a study book on how to study the bible when I hopefully get this in the mail next week with an online group of women called Lamp and Light on Facebook - feel free to join us if you feel led :)

What I'm Listening ToThe soft purr of my cat which soothes me and the quiet gentle hum of my laptop. Otherwise you can hear a pin drop in my apartment lol

Something Frugal I've Done This WeekI had some left over tomatoes and onions so I made a Lentil and Tomato Soup which is very yummy and the recipe you can find below. I also have some turkey bones to make stock out of which I will do towards the end of the week.

Fitness for the WeekThis has not started yet but I aim to start walking for about an hour a day if I can and I plan on getting a fitbit charger or something similar if |I can to help me with the exercise I need to do.

Every Blessing,

At The Pulpit - A Fictional Short Story

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

One Wintry November evening

Brrr, it was cold outside and Mr Frost had already begun his visit I noticed as soon as I opened my front door. Wrapping the scarf around my neck so as to keep out the winter chill, I closed the front door. I made my way down the steps and out onto a pavement that was buzzing with people – unusual for this time of evening I thought. Where did all these people come from?  Where were they going? Then it dawned on me, middle of November; today was Thursday, which meant late night shopping had begun.  Great, just what I didn’t need! I felt a little pang of guilt then and as quickly as this thought popped into my head - I got rid of it.   

It seemed to me that Christmas seemed to be getting earlier and earlier each year, even the Christmas lights were all switched on I noticed as I neared the shopping mall.  All along the sidewalks, shops were gaily lit with colourful lights, windows adorned with decorations & lots of gifts displayed in the windows to entice the shoppers.

I hurried along wanting to get away from both the gaiety that seemed to be all around plus the sharp crispness of the air – I wrapped the scarf even tighter around me, boy it was cold. Crossing the road, I hurried down a side street which was also brightly lit and for this I was thankful. I checked my watch to realise that I was running later than intended, so I quickened my pace until finally I was outside the gates to the church.

I hurried on into the building to find that I was not the only one who was late which was a relief. I removed my gloves and scarf – it was so nice to be in the warm and away from the coldness outside.  The church building, I suddenly realised, was already packed full of people as I looked around for a spare seat which I eventually spotted over on the on the far left hand side of the large room. 

The speaker had already begun which meant that the worship was going to take place later on in the evening.  If I had left home a little earlier then I wouldn’t have missed the beginning but, at least at the end of the service I could purchase the teaching on cd – this was something that had only just started and was a fabulous blessing especially for those who couldn’t make any of the services. Oh yes, this was a blessing indeed!

I reached into my bag, took out my bible, notepad and pen and settled myself back into the seat to listen to the words being spoken by the speaker at the front. This was a guy who was very well known in various countries. A preacher, who over the years had become renowned for his gift of teaching; A preacher, who had the ability to capture and hold the attention of his audience, who also had this perfect knack of making  them laugh at exactly the right moment.  Oh indeed, he was good and he was a man whom I had come to admire & respect over the years. 

I smiled then remembering how we first met, which was at Bible College many years ago. From that very first meeting, we both somehow knew that the Lord had not only bought us together, but we were destined to be together for the rest of our lives. Just at the moment, the preacher in the pulpit at the front, caught my gaze and smiled. My heart melted as always when he smiled at me in this way. You see, this man in the pulpit was not only a gifted international speaker who was loved by so many, but to me he was even more special. For at the end of the day this was a man whom the Lord had given to me all those years ago – this very special man was my husband.

Every Blessing,

Lentil and Tomato Soup

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

A hearty and satisfying soup, sprinkled with grated cheese - this is a meal in itself......

small onion 1
Tomatoes 8oz (225g) I used to large Beef Tomatoes
Oil 2 tbsps
Lentils 4 ozs (100g)
Tomato Juice 1/2 pint  = 2 cups (I used 1 pint = 4 cups)
Vegetable Stock 1.1/2 pints - 3 cups....(I used 1 pint = 2 cups)
Thyme 1/2 tsp
yeast extract 1/2 tsp
salt and pepper to taste

Chop the onion and tomatoes. Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion until transparent. Add the remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.Adjust seasoning to taste.

I did blend the soup but you dont have to do that. Serve cheese on top if so desired and/or serve with nice crusty bread or toast.


Every Blessing,


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The poem below I wrote about a store called Roots that was an up and coming food store/coffee shop in the heart of Taunton. Sadly this store is no longer there but I had so much fun writing this poem I have to say so enjoy :)


Deep in the heart of a Somerset town
Is a store that is becoming very renowned
For all of its fare is quite simply the best
Everything produced; comes from the west

Tucked down a bustling country lane
Is where you’ll see them and Roots is their name
So next time you are heading out this way
Don’t forget to pop in at some point in the day

The cheeses & cakes you’ll simply adore
And will have you come back begging for more
Their chocolate and yoghurts so divine
Will bring back memories of childhood times

Everything made is local and fresh
Even their produce you’ll find full of zest
Organically grown and pesticide free
Nothing but goodness, just taste and see

You can even go in for a coffee and chat
And catch up on news, so how’s about that
Whilst there make sure you look around
For their info you’ll see is quite profound

On entering, you are met with a smile
For customers, Roots will go one extra mile
So helpful and friendly, knowledgeable too
Enthusiasm shines through in all that they do

The girls who run it are so full of mirth
And they regularly support friends of the earth
Hard working, charming and so full of wit
Their ease with customers is quite simply a hit

Also proud sponsors of Skippy the hen
She was rescued from living in a battery pen
As well as Skippy there is much more to say

If you love local foods, this store is for you
A delight to the eyes as soon as you walk through
A joy and experience not to be missed
Shopping there is none other than simply, pure bliss

Copyright Page Alexanda 2006

Every Blessing,

Forward To The Past

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

This poem I wrote when I first started a different blog around four years ago and I thought I would post the poem on here :)

Forward to the past sounds complicated right? wrong
Standing at the crossroads wondering which way to turn
To move forward or to take a turn to the left or the right
Whichever decision you make, it has to be one that is bright

Forward to the past means not turning the clock back
And there is no turning round and turning away
For that would be a foolish thing to do for sure
As standing here in a quandary, thoughts are bound to be raw

Forward to the past, which way is the way to go
Therefore ask and you will see, seek and you will find
Look at the old paths and you will find rest
Rest for your souls, and walking therein is best

Forward to the past hearken until his Word
For this is what you are called to do throughout life
For if you follow his calling you can only go onwards
And on and on and on, all the way going forward

Forward to the past, moving on into the future
Make sure you are not standing at the gates looking back
Looking back into the past and yesteryears of life
Hearken unto His Word and step into the gateway you know is right

Forward to the past sounds complicated right? Wrong
Just look at the road ahead and keep going
Moving together into the Promised Land
Where you will find God’s promises are all at hand

From Jeremiah 6:16
Copyright Page Alexanda 2012

Every Blessing,

Menu Plan Week Beg 26/12/2016

Monday, 26 December 2016

Merry Christmas Dear Friends :)

Here is my menu plan for this coming week and starting the new year I will be adding a bit more each week to my menu plan :)

Monday - Christmas Buffet with friends
Tuesday - Christmas Buffet with more friends 
Wednesday - Christmas Dinner left overs plus Yule Log and Christmas Pudding
Thursday -Lentil and Tomato Soup (recipe to follow) with bread
Friday -Spagetti Bolognase 
Saturday - Smorgosboard 
Sunday possibly out to lunch with friends

So how is your Christmas menu week looking :)

Every Blessing,

How to make vegetable stock from scraps

Monday, 26 December 2016

Here is what you'll need!

How to Make Easy Veggie Stock With Kitchen Scraps
Makes roughly 3 quarts

Onions (tops, bottoms, and skins)
Celery (tops and bottoms)
Carrots (tops, bottoms, and skins)
Mushrooms (stems)
Garlic (tops, bottoms, and skins)
Potatoes (tops, bottoms, and skins)
Parsley (stems)

You can add many other vegetable scraps (think sweet!) - i.e. corn cobs, winter squash, zucchini, and other squash, beet greens, fennel, chard, lettuce, parsnips, green beans, pea pods, bell peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, asparagus, and herbs like dill, thyme, parsley, cilantro, and basil.

Remove the tops/bottoms/skins/stems from any vegetables you are preparing (avoid vegetables like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or cauliflower as they will add a bitter taste to your stock) and place them in a ziplock bag - they can stay frozen up to 6 months.
Continue like this until bag is full.
Dump bag into pot and fill ¾ of the pot (or until scraps just start to float) with water. 
Bring water to a boil and then let it simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Strain water out of stock.
Refrigerate stock up to 4 days, or freeze up to 3 months.

Every Blessing,