"A Single Prayer Moves Heaven."
"Dr. Eben Alexander's near death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon... one of the crown jewels of all near death experiences... Dr. Alexander is living proof of an afterlife."
~ Raymond Moody, MD, PhD
"Proof of Heaven" is a very thought provoking book. I read it a few weeks ago and each chapter is fascinating. Yet, I can't stop thinking about the segment where the author tells us
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- Every evening, after dinner, I would choose an old movie to watch on video or television (I enjoy watching those with a holiday theme...to spark my enthusiasm). I settled myself in a comfortable seat in the family room to prepare the apples [for the apple pies I planned to give as gifts]. Flanked by two large mixing bowls, I peeled and cored apples over bowl #1. Next I cut the peeled apples into slices directly over bowl #2 (I also added a bit of lemon juice at the bottom of the bowl beforehand, to prevent the apples from browning). This process continued until all of the apples were processed, taking about two hours. I then seasoned the apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and cloves and set them, covered, in the refrigerator. The following evening, while playing my favorite Christmas music, I prepared a quantity of pie crusts, and proceeded to bake the apple pies. [See HERE for more on easy food prep.]
- My "movie watching strategy" is also quite effective for many craft projects as well. You may settle yourself in a comfortable chair and hand sew or craft over a deep (2 inch) lap-size tray (you may substitute cardboard boxes, or jelly roll pans if you have no trays available). Doing this keeps your mess within a confined space (the tray) and makes clean up simple and easy. If your project requires several days, you may set aside your tray (perhaps on a closet shelf) until you have a chance to finish.
- Create a master craft and cooking/baking list helps you to budget your time. Because you are able to see at a glance... click HERE to read remainder of this (much longer) post!
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"I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered."
~~Robert Louis Stevenson
I've been putting together a few Frugal Feast for the Gift Pantry to give as token gifts to neighbors, friends and hosts/hostesses. It's pretty simple, as you can see from the photo...
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Delight in ordinary things.
"Every state of society is as luxurious as it can be."
Many people confuse luxury with opulence. To understand luxury you must look at the true sense of the word...
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Posted by Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® at 4:24 PM
" ' Lounging and larking don't pay,' observed Jo, shaking her head.
'I'm tired of it and mean to go to work at something right off.'
'Suppose you learn plain cooking; that's a useful accomplishment,
which no [one] should be without,' said Mrs. March."
--Louisa Mae Alcott, Little Women
I was practicing the art of cookery today and wanted to share the results of making use of just one of those super~sized zucchini I had mentioned HERE (bought from the farm stand, 3 for $1).
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"All things on earth point home in old October...." --Thomas Wolfe
As you probably already have guessed, I am a list~maker and leave very little to memory. In fact, the only thing I really leave to memory is where I put my lists! I've found that lists are an invaluable tool for staying focused. My memory is on overload most of the time so I especially love the idea of a Master List of Potential Accomplishments and have long used this tactic to unburden myself mentally.
I firmly believe there is a kind of a natural magic in list~making. The very act of writing out your potential accomplishments sends a message to your central nervous system and consequently you find yourself doing the very things you want to get done! CLICK HERE TO READ FULL POST.
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As promised, here is the basic recipe for the gluten/sugar free muffins I wrote about!
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"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship."
How are you practicing the art of frugality lately?Here are some of the ways I've recently exercised the art...plugging the small leaks in my ship.
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Lacto-fermented carrots and garlic after about eight days of fermentation।
"You are an alchemist; make gold of it."
-- William Shakespeare
-- William Shakespeare
Several years ago after reading about...and being intrigued by...a somewhat mysterious food-alchemy called "fermentation" ....
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"It is the thrifty who prepare today for the wants of tomorrow."
~ Aesop (circa 550 BC)
"It was the children who spied them first. Our bare ankles and sandal~ed feet scraped scraped against the cactus~like needles as we stepped gingerly over the vines sprawled across the landscape. They had buried themselves inside a mysterious, shadowy tangle of Pepper and Avocado trees like long forgotten treasure. A colossal patch of blackberries lie before us, not unlike an ethereal gift, the type of gift that night~fairies might leave to mere mortals. The dark glistening berries seemed to blink at the sun's brightness as we gently lifted the brand of an ancient Pepper tree to examine our cache'. Click HERE to continue reading.
Since Mike returned to work a few weeks ago I have been trying to de~clutter my closets and office. This morning I came across several of my old newsletters from the 199o's and early 2000's. (Frugal Times: Making~Do With Dignity which evolved into our Frugal Luxuries newsletters and book series). I confess to spending far too much time reading through them. Happily it wasn't a total waste of time as I rediscovered this little insert in one of the newsletters from 1999 titled "Today's Potential Accomplishments" and decided to put it to use getting my life in order in 2012!
Originally, I had included this sheet... CLICK HERE TO FINISH READING
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We're sprouting new ideas all the time...."