Dump, Dump Pound Cake

katherinehpurdy:

A friend shared a link to this recipe on facebook. I must try it!

Originally posted on Just a Little Something Sweet:

Get a pen and pencil out cause’ this one is a keeper.

Southern Living Pound Cake

4 cups all-purpose flour

3 cups sugar

1 pound butter (yes, that’s 4 sticks)

3/4 cup milk

6 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla

Let all your ingredients come to room temperature before starting! Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan. Add all the ingredients in order into your mixer bowl (at the same time).  Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Then turn it up to medium speed  for 2 minutes.  Pour into the pan. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack.  Then take it out and enjoy!

*** I don’t know if i’ll ever make another poundcake now that I’ve got this recipe! It is so moist and easy!!

***I used fat…

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Don’t forget the Birds!

 

These are a few of my favorite things

These are a few of my favorite things

John and I bought a live Christmas tree for our apartment. I had already strung popcorn for an old fashioned look.

It was a cold evening when we bought the tree and John decided to leave the tree on the deck overnight. Imagine our surprise the following day when we decided to bring the tree into the house and found a little bird nestled inside the branches!

Our First Christmas Tree 1985

I had always loved watching birds and among the gifts John gave me on our first Christmas was a book about birds.

http://http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Field-Identification-Birds-America/dp/B001BS58B6/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419302553&sr=1-2&keywords=golden+books+birds+of+north+America

 We have had bird feeders for many years but the first time feeding birds that Christmas was very special.

After Christmas when I took the tree down, I placed the strings of popcorn on trees and bushes outside for the birds.

When I saw this vintage card and poem on Pinterest, it reminded me of our first tree and the little bird.

Have fun feeding the birds this Christmas and all winter long.

I often go to my computer to help with identifying birds. For information about identifying and feeding birds, click on the following link. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1189. if you’re like me, you will want to photograph and keep a list of birds who come into your yard! Through the years it has been a joy to give families with children the gift of a birdfeeder, birdseed and a bird identification book.

Did you know that Our Heavenly Father knows when a sparrow falls? Birds must be very important to Him but He cares about you even more!

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Little Isabel’s Christmas Joy ~ Part 3

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Little Isabel’s Christmas Joy ~ Part 3 was first posted on January 11, 2013. I hope you enjoy the update and like Little Isabel will find joy in Jesus Christ our Savior this year. Merry Christmas! Kathy Purdy

Originally posted on Katherine H. Purdy:

10417447_10203818825624347_3564944154437375154_nMadison 2            Isabel awoke the following morning to the sound of clinking in the kitchen. She sat up, rubbed her eyes and looked around the room. Frosted window panes pelted with sleet diminished the sleep in her eyes. Isabel jumped on her bed, singing. “It’s Christmas Eve and it’s snowing. Get up Maggie, get up and see!”

Maggie jumped out of bed and ran to the window just as Mama opened their bedroom door.

“Well, it looks like our little ladies are already awake,” Mama said with a smile. “Get dressed quickly girls, breakfast is almost ready.”

“Snow, Mama, snow!” Maggie exclaimed.

“Yes, it is really snowing and sleeting too. That means it is very cold and slippery outside. We need to hurry before Papa and the boys come in from doing chores. They must be chilled to the bone!”

Mama had both girls dressed and beds made in record time…

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Little Isabel’s Christmas Joy ~ Part 2

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Little Isabel’s Christmas Joy – Part 2 was first published in January, 2013. I have added new pictures. I hope you find joy in Him also.

Originally posted on Katherine H. Purdy:

 

 Christmas Joy

Part 2

Isabel’s Story

By Katherine Hinchee Purdy

            After the dishes were done, the popcorn strung and handmade ornaments hung on the tree, Mama picked up the family Bible and the children gathered around her.

“Did you know that the people of Israel waited for the birth of Jesus – the “Messiah” for a very long time?”

“As long as we waited for baby Sylvie to come?” Maggie asked softly.

“Yes,” Mama said as she reached down and touched the child’s cheek. “They waited many years.

“That’s a long time!” Isabel exclaimed, walked closer to Mama and sat cross-legged on the floor.

“Almost since the beginning of time – since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.”

“Did Abraham wait for Jesus to come?” Eugene asked as he folded a piece of paper to cut into the shape of a snowflake.”

“Yes…

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Little Isabel’s Christmas Joy ~ part 1

Originally posted on Katherine H. Purdy:

Little Isabel’s Christmas Joy was posted in 2012 but I thought someone may enjoy reading the story again as we prepare for the most wonderful day of the year – Christmas!
Christmas Joy

Isabel’s Story
By Katherine Hinchee Purdy

Isabel’s long curls bounced as she jumped and clapped her hands. “Papa’s coming, Papa’s

coming,” she sang while skipping into the kitchen where Mama was taking out a tray of ginger

bread men from the oven.

“Isabel,” Mama softly chided the child, “you will be out of energy before we trim the tree if you

keep that up!  Besides, Papa and the boys have work to do before they bring the tree into the

house. Climb up on the stool and help me decorate some of the cooled cookies.”  Mama

walked around the kitchen work table, tied Isabel’s hair back with a ribbon, placed Isabel’s

Christmas apron over her head, and…

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The Light of Christmas

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“Jesus answered and said unto them saying, I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.”

John 8:12

Last night, I put up the Christmas tree but haven’t added the decorations yet. I love to see the lights shining brightly, reminding me that He is the light of the world. It also reminds me to allow His light to shine through me.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16

Tonight I will decorate the tree but I am anxious to have Christmas lights on our porch as well in order to share the Light of the World with our neighbors. What an opportunity to share the Gospel!  I am so thankful He came as a babe in the manger knowing He would become the sacrificial lamb of God that we may be saved. This lamb, however did not stay dead. He arose from the dead; conquering death. We may have everlasting life in Heaven because He lives.

What did John the Baptist say when he saw Jesus coming?

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

John 1:29

Perhaps I should find a lamb decoration to put on the tree! I must get busy decorating the Christmas tree so enjoy the lights and remember who they represent.

Blessings!

Kathy

Little Isabel and Rainy Days ~ Conclusion

Photo used with permission.

Photo used with permission.

It seemed as if they had been in the cellar forever but if Isabel had been able to tell time, she would realize it had only been an hour. She sat on a wooden bench with her head in Mama’s lap and dozed as male voices droned on about the old days.

Suddenly, the sound of breaking glass and a loud thump made Mama jump; almost dumping Isabel on the dirt floor. “I’m sorry, Isabel,” Mama said with a soft, quivering voice. The quiver in Mama’s voice frightened the child more than the loud noises above them.

“Don’t worry. Probably just a broken window.” Papa stroked his chin and walked to the ladder leading to the trap door.

“We should wait a few minutes until we are sure the storm has died down,” Mr. Scott stepped ahead of Papa, climbed three rungs of the latter and put his ear to the trap door.

Isabel smiled at the sight of the man whose hair matched the wall. He also had red dirt smeared on his face, hands and shirt. She looked at her own dirty hands and then up at Mama who smiled.

~*~

Eugene followed Papa and looked up at the door. “I wonder if this is how Noah and his family felt?”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, it was raining hard outside for a long time and they were stuck inside the ark wondering.”

“Why didn’t they open the door and look out?” Curtis asked seriously.

“They couldn’t do that, silly. Remember? God shut the door!”

“What if lions, tigers and rats tried to eat them?” Curtis said with a smile.

“Did that happen, Mama?” Isabel’s enormous eyes turned to Mama.

“No dear.” Mama said softly. God protected them. The ark was a place of safety. God took care of them and of the animals that lived in a separate part of the ark. Noah and his family took care of the animals God sent to them.”

“Oh, that’s good.” Isabel looked at Mama cat curled on the floor at Mama’s feet with kittens cuddled closely. She reached to pet the velvety coats but Mama took Isabel’s hand into her own and then lifted her onto her lap.

“The kittens are like babies. They need lots of sleep.” As if on cue, Mama Cat opened her eyes and began grooming her little ones.

~*~

“Looks like we can go back upstairs now,” Mr. Scott said as he opened the trap door. “Doesn’t look too bad from here,” he said as he turned back toward the family. “Something smells awfully good too!”

“Oh, the stew,” Mama exclaimed as she lifted Isabel to the floor and rushed to the ladder. “I hope it didn’t burn. I remember sliding the pot to the back of the stove.”

“Ummm. Smells just right to me,” Papa said with a grin.

Mr. Scott stepped into the kitchen and reached for each of the children, cat, kittens, cradle, Mama and baby before Papa stepped into the kitchen, closing the trap door securely.

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Everyone stood in the kitchen as if afraid to move. “Well, it aint too bad,” Papa said as he ran his hands through his salt and pepper hair. I’ll cover that kitchen window with a tarp for now.”

“Don’t worry about that,” Mama said as she nodded toward the window. Looks like the rain has stopped and the fresh air feels wonderful. Just as she finished speaking, a hiss and a whine came from the basket near the stove. Mama Cat looked with consternation at two brown puppies shivering by the bowl formerly filled with cream. To everyone’s amazement, Mama Cat placed her kittens into the basket and then herded the puppies into the basket, lay beside them and began grooming them as if they were kittens.

“I’ve never seen anything like that.” Papa exclaimed and Mama smiled.

“She isn’t seeing puppies,” Mama said softly. “She just sees puppies in need of a mama. Now, why don’t you men clean up the glass and leaves that have blown in while I prepare lunch? Isabel, would you like to help me?”

Isabel nodded vigorously while Mama pulled out a flour sacking cloth and tied it around Isabel as an apron.

“Look!” Curtis pointed to the kitchen window to a beautiful double rainbow. Everyone ran to the window and Papa lifted Isabel to his shoulder.

“Jesus did keep us safe just like he did for Noah!”

“I know today isn’t Thanksgiving but today, I am very thankful,” Mr. Scott said as he pulled a handkerchief from his pocket and loudly blew his nose.

“Well then,” Mama said as she sliced bread and slathered them with butter. “Let’s sit around the table and give thanks.”

~*~

Later that evening as Mama was tucking Little Isabel into bed, Isabel reached for the toy rabbit her friend Sally Anne had given her at their first real tea party.

“I’m sorry you didn’t get to have a tea party for your friend, dear.”

“That’s okay, Mama. This was more fun and Jesus gave us our own rainbow!”

Christmas Tree Gospel Revisited

The Christmas Tree Gospel

Have you ever considered using your Christmas tree as a witnessing tool? I used to love using a small Christmas tree to present the Gospel to children.

  • First, we discussed the evergreen tree which reminds us of eternal life. It is ever green with sap running through it (before it is cut down)
  •  The shape of the tree points to God.
  • Of course, the tree must be in a stand to remain upright, as we need The Lord Jesus as our firm foundation.

The Next thing thing I would do (especially in Awana at night)  is to have someone turn out the lights so that the room would be dark – just as the darkness of sin. The world was in darkness until the Savior came.  I would then turn on the tree lights. White lights because they shine brighter then red, blue, green or even yellow lights.

  • The lights on the tree remind us that Jesus is the Light of the world. “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
  • The lights also remind us that we are to let Him shine through us ”Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
  • The lights also remind me that there will be no need of sun or moon in Heaven; for Jesus is the light. “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it; and the Lamb is the light thereof.” (Revelation 21:23)
  • Gold decorations & tinsel remind me of the streets of gold in Heaven. (Rev. 21:21)Christmas Ornaments 2012 026
  • Red decorations remind us that Jesus was born to die.  He shed His blood that we may be saved.  He paid the penalty for my sin. (John 3:16)Christmas Ornaments 2012 006
  • White on the tree reminds me that he washed me white as snow.
  • The star reminds us of the Bethlehem star which signified the birth of the King of Kings and was a guide for the wise men to follow that they may find Him, and worship Him.
  • Angels remind us of the Heavenly Host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on the earth peace, goodwill toward men.”
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(In the Bible, Angels appear as men.  They are not portrayed as beautiful women in slinky or fancy dresses with wings and a halo. They are messengers of God.  They came to announce His birth and to Worship Him! We are to worship Him and not the angels.)

  • Ice-cycles hung on the tree reflect the light – just as we are to let The Light of the world reflect through us. When I was a child, the Ice-cycles were silver tinsel cut into long strands. Granddaddy always insisted on hanging them on the tree one by one so that they would hang perfectly. (I must admit to giving into the urge to take a hand full and fling them on the tree and allowed them to fall where they may. They often landed on the floor!) Today I use crystal or clear plastic. When the light shines on the crystal ones, we can almost see a rainbow reflected on the wall!
  • The tree skirt reminds me that He has clothed me with HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • The gifts under the tree remind me of the greatest gift of all. Salvation wrapped in love. The perfect gift from God – His only begotten Son; the lamb of God who was born to die for us. Our virgin-born Savior, wrapped in swaddling clothes was the best gift ever given!

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When doing the Christmas Tree Gospel presentation, sometimes I gave each child a card with a verse to read as we came to the appropriate moment/decoration. Of course, each was given the gift of a candy cane to take as a reminder of God’s wonderfully sweet gift to us.

God's gift. Immanuel - God with us.

God’s gift. Immanuel – God with us.

I would love to hear how you share the Gospel at Christmas. Please feel free to give us your stories in the comment section. Have a blessed Christmas season this year!

Love,

Kathy