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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fun Homemade Christmas Ornaments

This star ornament is made of the shiny sides of potato chip bags!


























This cute little guy is made from the vintage type of clothespins.






















These ornaments are made from used CD's!













Ribbon and pearl wrapped silk ball.























A bead necklace for a pretty Christmas ball!























This beautiful Heather Bailey ornament was made from candy wrappers!






















Poinsetta made from pipecleaners.
























This funny reindeer is made from a painted lightbulb!












This beautifully painted ball is lovely! I have some Christmas balls that were painted by our Aunt Ruth.























These balls are painted styrofoam and then colored headed pins hold down the beads.



A ribbon ornament made to look like ribbon candy.


These elegant balls are made from styrofoam balls and ribbons.
I found these wonderful pipecleaner deers on Martha Stewart's site.
















This kicky ornament is made up of wires and beads!













A crocheted bag cinched over this white white satin ball.
Cute crocheted ice skates using paperclips.
These starched crocheted angels are lovely. A friend of mine made some for me one year.



















This is easy enough! Just pop some popcorn, remove the metal cap off clear glass balls and pop them down the chute!
















These gorgeous knitted ornaments are so cute! The wool felted cherry on top is a really nice finishing detail.
Print a picture on a transparency, cut it down to the right size, roll it up and stick it down into the clear glass ball. Add some fake snow. Such a simple idea and yet so creative!
Find a paper pattern and make these ornaments using old Christmas cards.
These felt ornaments look really nice with the blanket stitch on the edges.



















This simple angel is made from a styrofoam egg crate, pipecleaners, wooden bead and some glitter.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Timeline of Important Biblical Events

Timeline of Important Biblical Events

3000-2500 BC Noah and The Flood time period

2091 BC God’s call on Abram

2066 BC Isaac born

2006 BC Jacob and Esau born

1885 BC Joseph in Egypt

1876 BC Israel settles in Egypt

1526 BC Moses born

1446 BC Ten Plagues in Egypt and Exodus from Egypt

1445 BC Ten Commandments given to Moses and the Children of Israel

1445-1406 BC Laws of Moses

1004 BC David becomes King of Israel

971 BC Solomon becomes King of Israel

967-960 BC Temple built in Jerusalem

931 BC The Kingdom of Israel divides into 2 countries called Judah and Israel

870-425 BC Prophets

723-721 BC Israel falls to Assyria

597 BC Great Deportation (the Diaspora)

588 BC Jerusalem under siege

586 BC Babylonia captures Jerusalem

538 BC Jews return to Jerusalem

516 BC New temple rebuilt and completed

444 BC Nehemiah rebuilds the walls of Jerusalem

330 BC Persian rule ends in Israel. Alexander the Great defeats King Darius III. By 332 BC Israel was in Greek control.

190 BC Antiochus IV Epiphanes desecrates The Temple in Jerusalem and plunders it. He orders complete Hellenization and forbade the Jews to practice their religion. He was the first pagan monarch to persecute the Jews solely for their faith.

163-143 BC Maccabean Revolt

135 BC Jews gain their independence and are ruled by Hasmonean Dynasty.

63 BC General Pompey invades Palestine. Due to the instability in the area because of 2 claimants of the High Priesthood, Rome gained control.

37 BC Herod the Great was made King of Judea (or King of the Jews)

Latter part of 5 BC Christ is born

March 13-14, 4 BC Herod the Great dies

4-2 BC Wise Men worship Jesus

27 (just 6 mos before Christ begins his public ministry)

AD John the Baptist began his ministry in the wilderness to herald the coming of the Messiah

30 AD Christ is Crucified

32-37 AD Stephen is martyred. The first of the Apostles to be martyred. About 2,000 Christians (including Nicanor, one of the 7 deacons) were martyred during this time after Stephen’s murder.

34-35 AD Saul is converted and his name changes to Paul

34-38 AD The first Gentiles become Christians

44 AD James the Great (brother of John, sons of Zebedee, one of the Twelve Disciples/Apostles) is beheaded by Herod Agrippa. His accuser repented of his betrayal and fell at James’ feet to beg his forgiveness then he professed himself a Christian and volunteered to die with James. They were both beheaded at the same time.

45-47 or 48-49 AD Paul’s first missionary journey. Barnabas, Paul and John Mark (who later left them and Paul saw it as a desertion and Barnabas didn’t).

49-50 AD Jerusalem Conference

50 AD Letter to Galatians

50-52 AD Paul’s second missionary journey. Paul and Barnabas separate due to their disagreement over John Mark. Paul & Silas go one way and Timothy and Luke join them. Barnabas and John Mark go another way.

51 AD Letter to Thessalonians

54 AD Philip (one of the Twelve Disciples/Apostles) labored in Upper Asia and was scourged, thrown into prison and crucified.

54-57 AD Paul’s third missionary journey

55-57 AD Letters to the Corinthians

58 AD Letter to Romans

58-61 AD Physician Luke, companion of Paul, wrote the Gospel of Luke and Acts.

Before 50 or 50-60 AD James’ letter (James the Less, the half brother of Jesus and Jude’s brother)

58 AD Paul’s arrest at Jerusalem

60 AD Paul’s voyage to Rome and Matthew (one of the Twelve Disciples/Apostles) had labored in Parthia and Ethiopia where he was killed with a halberd.

60-70 AD John Mark, companion of Paul and then Peter, wrote Peter’s reminisces in the Gospel of Mark.

Late 60-early 61 AD Paul’s shipwreck on Island of Malta and his stay there until voyage could begin again.

61-63 AD Paul under house arrest in Rome. Letter to Colossians, Philemon, Philippians, Ephesians.

63 AD Peter came to Rome shortly after Paul was released. He labored in Rome until his death.

50-64 AD Peter wrote his 2 letters

63-64 AD Paul’s last travels. First letter to Timothy and a letter to Titus were written.

64-47 AD Paul’s second imprisonment. Paul wrote the second letter to Timothy.
Late 66 or early 67 AD Paul is martyred by Nero by being beheaded. The men who were sent to announce his sentence of death asked for him to pray for them so that they may be believers.

60-80 AD Jude (half brother of Jesus and James The Less) wrote his letter.
65-70 AD Hebrews was written. It is unsure who the author is.

Before 70 AD Matthew (aka Levi and one of the Twelve Disciples/Apostles) wrote his Gospel of Matthew

72 AD Jude (the half brother of Jesus and brother of James The Less) was crucified in Edessa in 72.

73 AD Barnabas died

74 AD Simon (one of the Twelve Disciples/Apostles) preached in Africa and Britain where he was crucified in 74.

90-95 AD The three letters of John were written

95 or 96 AD John wrote Revelations

98-100 AD John, last of the Apostles, died.

This information was collected from my MacArthur Study Bible, Bible Dictionary, Fox’s Book of Martyrs, and the NIV Narrated Bible in Chronological Order.

We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry

We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry
In the fifth and final entry in Perry's World War I series, the war is drawing to a close. The Reavely siblings are active in the last days. Matthew Reavley, British intelligence officer, has received word that a high-ranking German officer is willing to defect to identify The Peacemaker, the man who has been undermining Britain's war effort and is responsible for the death of Reavley's parents on the day that the War started. Matthew travels to Ypres and his brother, Joseph, a chaplain, and his sister, Judith, an ambulance driver, meet him to help bring a swift resolution to the family tragedy that has haunted them. But when a young nurse is viciously murdered and Matthew is charged with the crime, Joseph and Judith find the real killer so that Matthew can complete his mission.
In contrast to the previous entries in the series, there is little action here and much talk. We had heard all about the horror, changes, how the men were affected, how it would change the social landscape of England forever in the previous books. It was too long in this one.
You will want to read this to complete the series and yet, the War ends on the last page, literally. Ever since the first book of this series I have looked forward to this book about the end of the War and I was very disappointed. In fact, I skipped much of the book. So you don't know what is going to happen to the brave siblings, except for Judith. Judith decides to marry and go to America after the War. That was a disappointment in itself. I had two prospective husbands in mind for her: Wil Sloan (American Ambulance Driver who worked with her closely all through the War) and Dr. Cavan (British surgeon who worked at the Front all during the War and who showed exceptionally high character like her brothers). It was not like a Reavely for Judith to marry who she married. We don't know what happens to Joseph, Matthew, Hannah and Archie. I wanted everything wrapped up.
So read it to finish the series but it wasn't that great.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Little Miss MoneyPenny

Christmas Prime Rib


Christmas Prime Rib

1 (10 pound) prime rib roast
6 cloves garlic, sliced
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup Dijon mustard

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Make slits all over the roast by pricking with a small knife. Insert slivers of sliced garlic. Season the roast with salt and pepper, then spread generously with mustard. Place on a rack in a roasting pan, and cover. Roast for 60 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn off oven. Leave oven closed, and do not peek for 90 minutes. The internal temperature of the meat should be at least 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) for medium-rare, or 155 degrees F (68 degrees C) for medium.

Notes: Meats graded "Prime" are sold almost exclusively to restaurants, so while you may have eaten prime rib in a restaurant before, you probably won't be able to buy a prime rib roast at the grocery store. Instead, look for a choice cut by the name of "rib roast," "eye of the rib roast" or "standing rib roast." A rib roast can be boneless, in which case it may be called an "eye of the rib" roast, or it can have the ribs still attached--and may be called a "standing rib" roast. The meat will be more flavorful if you roast it with the ribs still attached, but a boneless roast is definitely easier to carve; the choice is up to you. Allow at least six ounces of cooked, trimmed meat per adult. A boneless roast will give you about two servings per pound, and a bone-in roast will give you one to one-and-a-half servings. Place the meat in a roasting pan that's slightly bigger than the roast itself. If the pan is too big, the juices from the meat will spread out in the pan and evaporate. For a boneless roast, it's best to use a roasting rack. If you've chosen a bone-in roast, the bones themselves will serve as your roasting rack. One side of the meat will have more fat on it; you want this side facing up so the meat will baste itself as it cooks. Don't add water to the pan, and don't cover it!

There are two ways you can roast:
At a low temperature for a long time, or
At a high temperature for a shorter time.

Your roast will shrink less if you cook it low and slow, but you won't get the same flavorful, well-browned exterior that a high roasting temperature gives you. It's possible to combine the two methods by starting the roast at a high temperature to sear the outside of it, then turning down the oven after 30 to 45 minutes to finish the roasting. If roasting at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C), the meat will take about 17 to 20 minutes per pound. If you start the roast at 450 degrees F (235 degrees C) for the first 30 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C), allow about 13 to 15 minutes per pound. A thermometer is the absolute best way to guarantee the roast turns out exactly the way you want it. For an accurate reading, push the thermometer into the middle of the roast, making sure the tip is not touching fat or bone (or the pan!). We recommend you cook this cut of meat to medium rare (130-140 degrees F/55-60 degrees C) or medium (145-155 degrees F/63-68 degrees C). Cooking it beyond medium is a waste of a superior cut of meat.


Horseradish Sauce

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup nonfat sour cream

In a small bowl whisk together horseradish, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, ground red pepper and sour cream.
Soure: Allrecipes.com

Spunky Monkey Trying To Eat Some Bread

Luke And His Grandma

Luke with his Grandma Peggy!

Luke With Stan And I


Our nephew, Luke, with Stan and I.

Luke and His Granddaddy


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