refreshing others · refreshment at home · Winter

Perk Up An Afternoon With Winter Tea

Rather than sharing a recipe today, I’m sharing an idea using food that might perk up your lingering winter months! February can be snowy and cold, so perhaps having a fun event in the afternoon will make it a little more enjoyable!

Last month I spent a good part of one week with my parents in Kentucky. I always love being with them in their home. It’s cozy, inviting, has sunny rooms and comfy places to sit. I was there to help out while my poor mom was dealing with Sciatic nerve pain. I had the fun of cooking and helping with some of the household chores while she rested. My dad does a great job of keeping the house cleaned up, so there wasn’t a whole lot to do when my mealtime work was ended.

But as many older couples have experienced since March, they’ve had few outings, for safety sake. Life can get very routine and drab in the wintertime, and especially so when someone is not well, so I thought it would be fun to do “Winter Tea” one afternoon. I’ve enjoyed that treat many times when I’ve visited them in the past, and I knew it would be something they would enjoy.

I didn’t do a full-fledged tea with cookies, cheese and all the sandwiches – I opted for just dessert. My sister had made a delicious sponge-like cake with raspberry filling for my dad’s Christmas Eve birthday and my mom had popped the leftovers in the freezer. It was perfect. Not only was it good, it also looked really pretty on the Country Roses dishes!

I set the table with the Country Roses dishes, got the hot water in the tea pot and put out flavored teas bags. Then I went to Amazon music and found a playlist of piano songs for an afternoon tea. It added a nice atmosphere for our “event.”

We had such a good time sipping tea, enjoying the cake and ice cream and just lingering at the table chatting. It was a fun way to spend an hour together.

Children would also enjoy a tea! You could use dishes that were a little less fragile, perhaps, but still make it special, pretty and delicious. It takes a little effort, but you could make a fun memory for a child, a group of friends…or your parents.

Why not refresh an afternoon with a lovely cup of tea and cake?

Celebrations · refreshing others

Birthdays and Blessings

Last weekend was my husband’s birthday. It wasn’t one of those “monumental” numbers, but I believe every birthday should be the best day in the year for the one who’s celebrating. I asked my husband if we could go away for a couple nights. We had an even greater blessing of a quiet three night get away to a lovely lake cottage about an hour away.

The picture below is my favorite place to sit and have my Quiet Time in the morning. The first morning we woke up to a skiff of snow. How beautiful!

I took very simple foods with me for our meals, but we always say that even a peanut butter sandwich would taste like gourmet food at the lake! Breakfast on his birthday didn’t get pictured, but consisted of Eggs in a Basket with sour dough bread, Canadian Bacon, fresh fruit and coffee.

Even oatmeal with fresh fruit tasted heavenly! The view is always breathtaking.

For Birthday supper I made one of my husband’s favorites – Turkey Burgers. I picked up pretzel rolls that put them over the top! I served oven fries and Broccoli Salad to go along with the burgers.

Dale got triple Birthday desserts spread out over the week. We celebrated with our small group with brownies and ice cream and again with our family later in the weekend.

Then we met up with some special friends at Aubrey’s where they brought him a free Turtle Cake and Ice cream. Yum.

For a Non-monumental birthday, I’d say we did lots of celebrating! We are so grateful to the Lord for every day the Lord gives us and for the blessings from His hands.

What do you do to make birthdays special?

Refresh every day like it was a birthday!

Coronavirus · Encouragement · refreshing others

Five Blessings During the Coronavirus

I want to show you some of the blessings of this very different week.  We quote Romans 8:28 often to others who are going through hard times, because we want them to remember that God is doing good things even in their hard situation.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

What about you right now?  Are you seeing some good things that God is doing during these weeks of the worldwide crisis? Time will continue to show us more good things that God is doing, but in my little world, I can see with my little eyes some good things around me and I can’t wait to show you some pictures to illustrate them!

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refreshing others · Time management

A Time to Serve

You just looked at your “to do list” and it’s a mile long.  You’re late for where you’re headed, you haven’t eaten breakfast, the laundry’s piled up waiting to be folded, and then you get a phone call and learn of a friend in need. You also remember the requests that were mentioned in church of hurting people and want to help, but where is there time to be able to minister to others in the busyness of every day life?

Solomon reminds us that there is  time for everything…

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecc. 3:1

Perhaps we need to be a little creative so we might make the opportunity to be able to serve others.

One solution would be to find a day or even just part of a day each week that is a little slower than the rest.  There has to be at least one – even if it’s on Sunday afternoon.  Make that your “ministry day.” It’s not that you can’t minister to people on other days if needed, but make that your time where you really focus on writing cards, making calls or even making a visit.  Through the week, keep a list of people that need ministering to, then on that day put your thoughts into action.

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You might even use that day to bake some things to put in the freezer for upcoming opportunities to minister.  Prepare an extra casserole, batch of cookies or bread so you’ll be prepared to serve others.  This will cost you some time, as well as expense, but

Ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing. – J.H. Jowett

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Stop just wishing you could do something for others and starting planning a day to put your hands busy doing what’s in your heart.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

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