About The River

Friday, March 29, 2013

On the Road Friday

Today we are going to travel to a special place. A place that if you have not entered, I want to encourage you. 
" I accept you as you are."
"I believe you are valuable."
"I care when you hurt."
"I desire only what is best for you."
"I erase all offenses."

We could call that the ABC's of love. 

It may seem a bit scary at first. I know, I was scared. I did not grow up in a home who went to church, read the Bible or talked about God. 
I was 28 years old, when I first entered a church and started to learn about Jesus. Yes, I was afraid. I did not know anything! 
If you are scared and are not sure, no worries, you do not have to know anything. You just need to have an open heart.

Yes, Jesus, really loves you. 
I know this for a fact!

This Easter season open your heart.  Give Him your heart.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Day and Hour Unknown

The Day and Hour Unknown
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It's like a man going away. He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
Therefore keep watch because you do  not know when the owner of the house will come back - whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do no let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone; "Watch!"
Mark 13 32 - 37

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins
 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 t. baking powder
3/4 ground cinnamon
1/2 c.  milk
3 T. vegetable oil 
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 t. baking soda
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg white, lightly beaten

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper cups or spray bottoms with cooking spray. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. In smaller bowl combine applesauce, milk, sugar, oil and egg white. Blend well. Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Fill muffin cups almost full. Sprinkle with topping.
Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until a deep brown.

Combine 1/4 cup oats, 1 T. packed brown sugar, 1 T. melted butter and dash of cinnamon to form a crumb mixture.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My prayer for you

My prayer for you this Easter...
Let Jesus guide you down the river of life.


Monday, March 25, 2013

12/12/12 to ......

Many of you will toss snowballs at me for this post. 

We are so excited about this goal of ours, I just have to share it with you all.

We started our ski season, 12/12/12, my birthday! We are still skiing! Yesterday, March 24th we skied, what might be our last ski of the season. The trails are starting to melt.  We have a goal to make it until April 1st! 

March 24th is already a record breaker for us. Oh my, we would love to say we skied April 1st. No fooling!!

Now my husband came up with, " maybe we can make it to April 7th, Sam's birthday."  Atticus came up with, "maybe we can ski until May 18th, to my birthday."  We have shared this goal with some of our friends. Most just smile, and think we might be a bit crazy for wanting snow in April. Others, you can tell they are holding back from strangling us, especially when we tell them of our great idea of skiing on everyone' s birthday, clear into May!

Yes, we skied on Jeremy's birthday January 24th. 

Next Monday is April 1st! 
I will let you know if we make it.

Happy Monday!  


Saturday, March 23, 2013

God's household

1 Timothy 3   12 - 16

A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.  Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:

He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring

Happy Spring
 Our winner is...

Thank you for entering our giveaway.
And thank you for reading The River!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rock Candy

Rock Candy 
Take One

Our first attempt at making Rock Candy.
 "Mom, is this candy suppose to be this small?"

 We do not think it turned out so well.
So, we asked if anyone had a different recipe or any tips.
Lucky for us, we have a friend who seems to be a Rock Candy Professional! Thanks Julie :-)

Rock Candy
 Take Two

Our second attempt. Yes, that looks better, kind of like what you buy at the store.
The boys had fun with our experiment.
If you would like to give it a try, here is the second recipe we used. Our first recipe had us using a paper clip and cotton string to form the candy.   IIt worked, but the wooden stick seemed to work better.

Have fun!
What experiments have you tried?

Rock Candy
3 cups of sugar
1 cup of water
Boil water, add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
After sugar is dissolved, cool sugar water in the refrigerator. Just cool it, do not let it start to harden, you will need to watch how fast it is cooling.

After it is cooled, pour into jars. 
Roll sticks into sugar before placing them into sugar water jar.

You can add food coloring to make colored rock candy.     

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Easter Cards found only at Studio206

 Featuring our new Easter card collection.
Sam created this amazing card to celebrate the HOPE we find at Easter.

For all that He has overcome, let us be overcome with love.
Happy Easter
 A fun way to wish a loved one a Hoppy Easter!
And best wishes for a bright and beautiful spring.

Friday, March 15, 2013

On The Road Friday

Today, we are taking a trip to Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. We stopped at Rose's Bakery & Coffee Shop after a morning of skiing in the Brule River State Forest.

Rose's was just about to close, but the owner let us in and we picked out some great treats.

 Atticus picked out this cute bunny cookie. I just loved the decorating.
  Sam picked out this lucky leprechaun cookie. 

We enjoy stopping in at bakery's on our road trips. What we have found to be fascinating are what the different tastes are. My hometown loves poppy seed. My hometown bakery is full of poppy seed filled goodies. The community I live in now, does not care for poppy seed. We think that is interesting. Soon you learn a lot about a community, just by learning what they like to eat. Who settled in my hometown? You guessed right if you answered, German, Polish and Slavic. Can you guess who settled in the area I live today? Norweigen.

  We love to try new treats.

Do you like stopping in at Bakery's? 
What is your favorite treat?

Thank you for coming along with me, On The Road Friday!  


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lemon Poppy-Seed Cookies

Lemon lovers, rejoice, these cookies are crisp, have a delightful zest of lemon and poppy seed.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon
2 sticks of butter
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Bring lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, cook until reduced by half. Add 1 stick of butter, stir until melted.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream remaining stick of butter and 1 cup sugar on medium speed. Mix in egg and lemon butter. Mix in vanilla and  1 1/2 of lemon zest. Mix in flour and poppy seeds.

With remaining 1/2 cup sugar and zest, stir together. 
Roll spoonfuls of dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, roll them in the sugar/lemon zest. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Press each with a flat end glass or I used a fork - dip in water as needed.

Bake until just browned on the bottom. About 10 minutes.

I love LEMON! I enjoyed this cookie. They are best eaten with a cup of Lemon Zinger tea and a good book.       

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Giveaway

 Dear Readers,

The sun is shinning warm and bright today. I can feel spring in the air. I also ate my first jelly bean today, another sign of spring, Easter!

 I would like to give you a chance to send Easter greetings to your loved ones with fun photo cards from Studio206.

 You will receive our fun Spring Chick...

Fuzz Buzz...our sweet bunny just waiting to say "Hoppy Easter"

From our flower collection...White Lily.

All you need to do is add a comment and you are entered! Next Wednesday, March 20th, the First Day of Spring, I will announce the winner. 
Good Luck Readers!  

The cards that  are featured in our giveaway are blank inside. If you need  some ideas of what to say...

Wishing you an Easter blossoming with everything beautiful.

Me and the Easter Bunny just wanted to say, we hope you have a super - duper happy Easter day.

His is Risen
For all that He has overcome, let us be overcome with love.
Happy Easter


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"You have enemies?"

"You have enemies?
That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

Winston Churchill


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Funny On Sunday

The man says, 'A hamburger, fries and a coke,' and turns to the ostrich, 'What's
yours?' 'I'll have the same,' says the ostrich. A short time later the waitress returns with
the order 'That will be $9.40 please,' and the man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the
exact change for payment. The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man
says, 'A hamburger, fries and a coke.' The ostrich says, 'I'll have the same.' Again the man
reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change. This becomes routine until the two
enter again. 'The usual?' asks the waitress. 'No, this is Friday so I will have a steak, baked
potato and a salad,' says the man. 'Same,' says the ostrich. Shortly the waitress brings the
order and says, 'That will be $32.62.' Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his
pocket and places it on the table. The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer.
'Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your
pocket every time? 'Well,' says the man, 'several years ago I was cleaning the attic I found
an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first
wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and
the right amount of money would always be there.' 'That's brilliant!' says the waitress.
'Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as
you want for as long as you live!' 'That's right. Whether it's a gallon of milk or a Rolls
Royce, the exact money is always there,' says the man.. The waitress asks, 'What's with
the ostrich?' The man sighs... pauses and answers, 'My second wish was for a chick with
long legs and who agrees with everything I say.'

Have a Happy Sunday!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Think Quotes

Everyone has, inside himself...what shall I call it? A piece of good news!
Everyone...is a very great, very important character.
Ugo Betti 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day
New cards at our Shop - Studio 206

Our boys created this card.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

A pot of gold is waiting for you!

Kiss me I'm Irish!

What other fun greetings can you come up with to send to a loved one.
Add this card to your kids  lunch box, for a surprise smile! Add a little chocolate kiss too. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Book Review - Still Alice


a novel
Lisa Genova
 I just finished this book. It was very interesting. 
I will give you the background of the story.

Fifty-year old Alice Howland, a Harvard professor of cognitive psychology, is at the top of her game. Her kids are grown, her marriage secure, her career on fire, when after mere months of forgetfulness...she finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of early onset Alzheimer's disease. With no cure or treatment, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose in her everyday life as her concept of self slips away. Without memory or hope, she is forced to live in the moment, which is in turns beautiful, terrifying, and maddening.

Share with me if you read STiLL ALiCE and your thoughts about the book.

I enjoyed reading the Discussion Questions by Lisa Genova.

I wanted to share a little of how she wrote STiLL ALiCE.
"I wrote in Starbucks every day while my then six year old daughter was in school. I found writing from home too difficult. There were too many distractions - phone calls to return, food to eat in the fridge, laundry to do, bills to pay. At Starbucks, there were no excuses. Nothing else to do but write.  

Monday, March 4, 2013

Welcome March

Welcome March
Photo found on Pinterest
Artist unknown

Welcome March
Fun Facts about March
March 1st -  2013 Wisconsin Fishing licenses on sale
March 3rd - Watch for first waking chipmunk
March 10th - Daylight Savings time begins
March 13th - Maple sap running soon
March 17th - Erect or clean bluebird houses
March 20th - Spring begins
March 25th - Robins start arriving


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Think Quotes

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books


I am linking up with Lori at Life, Love and Laughter with

Think Quotes

Friday, March 1, 2013

On the Road Friday

Today we are on the road to Washburn, Wisconsin.
A big Thank You to Pastor Vik for sharing this place with us and now I can share it with you all.

Chequamegon Book and Coffee Company

new books, used books, purchased books, ordered books, discounted books, rare books, antiquarian books

  coffee and tea while you look at books

2E. Bayfield St.
Washburn, Wisconsin 54891

 We walked in and the first words out of our boys "Wow, we are going to love this place!"
 Washburn, Wisconsin
On the South Shore of Lake Superior
 We love this place.
The boys found many books they wanted. They had a stack that the total came to about $220.00!
I smiled and told them, "We will have to narrow that down some."
So, they came home with... 
Calvin and Hobbes, a great find for  $4.00
A book about castels for $1.00
 The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.
 We had a cup of coffee and the boys had hot chocolate. 
Fantastic service and delicious coffee.
Thank you for coming with me to Washburn, Wisconsin.
Have a great weekend!