This weekend I made a lot of homemade stuff. For a couple different reasons, one being that I am cheap.
I have been looking at Strawberry Jam/Preserves lately, we eat a lot of PB & J in our house, and I don’t know why but it completely annoys me that there is corn syrup in my Jam. Especially when I now know you can make it with 3 ingredients. Strawberries, Sugar, & lemon. I love that I’ve learned to can, food tastes so much better when its homemade. Meijer had strawberries $1 per pound, so I bought 5 and made homemade jam. Yum. So I’ve got 1 pint open in the fridge, 3 pints in the cupboard, and one pint at my friend Netta’s house
I also made homemade bread for the Alive leaders. I found a recipe that makes 6 loaves at one time. The problem is that my mixer couldn’t handle all the ingredients so I had to knead the dough with the last two cups of flour, but it was good! I think next time I may let it rise a little longer. Everyone really seemed to enjoy it. I’ve learned that making homemade really is so much cheaper than buying store bought, and yes, I realize that it takes time, but I think it is SOOO worth it (though I did ‘cheat’ and used jar spaghetti sauce when I made mostacolli)
I love making homemade goodies for people. I love when their bellies are full and they are able to do what they need to do because they have energy.
I believe that everyone has a different gift, I believe that some people are great seed planters, some waterers, I also believe that some people need to fill the watering cans (encouragers) of 'waterers'. I believe that there are so many ways to love people, and I love the gift of encouragement and sometimes that looks like a compliment, or a hug, and sometimes it looks like mostacolli, bread, & cupcakes saying 'I love you, I love what you're doing, keep it up, keep striving, keep loving'.
Encourage someone today, even if it doesn't look conventional.
Proverbs 31:15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.