Faith

Behold

Behold

by Joseph L. Smith

Behold the man!

These are the words

That Pilate calmly said

As soldiers placed a crown of thorns

Upon the Savior’s head.

See Him as He stands alone

Among the sons of men

With no defense, without a friend,

No fault they found in Him.

Behold the Lamb!

God’s chosen Lamb

Who came to set us free.

He bore our sins upon the cross.

He died for you and me.

My name is written on His hands,

My sins, upon His soul.

He suffered all the pangs of death

To make the wounded whole.

Behold the King!

His throne, a tree

Outlined against the sky,

As all creation quakes in fear

And angels wonder why.

But, then in might and majesty,

He robs death of it’s sting.

He takes his throne in Heav’n on high,

The Lord of everything!

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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…

 

 

Faith

Palm Sunday

See,

Your King Comes to You!

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout, daughter of Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you;

righteous and having salvation,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9

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Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

“Hosanna, loud hosanna”, The little children sang;

Thro’ pillared court and temple The lovely anthem rang.

To Jesus, who had blessed them Close folded to His breast,

The children sang their praises, The simplest and the best.

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From Olivet they followed ‘Mid an exultant crowd,

The victor palm branch waving, And chanting clear and loud.

The Lord of earth and heaven Rode on in lowly state,

Nor scorned that little children Should on His bidding wait.

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“Hosanna in the highest!” That ancient song we sing,

For Christ is our Redeemer, The Lord of heav’n, our King.

O may we ever praise Him With heart and life and voice,

And in His blissful presence Eternally rejoice!

These are lyrics to an old hymn from Germany, the music written in 1784, the words penned by Jeannette Threlfall in 1873.

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Preparing our hearts for Easter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden

Fridays Flower-Hyacinth

Spring Hyacinths

spring hyacinths

Hyacinth-one of the early spring blooming flowers.

What a welcome the blooming hyacinths are, for their rich color and wonderful fragrance!

Hyacinths are very easy to grow, requiring very little care, but so rewarding after a long, cold winter.  They are the essence of the fragrance of spring, blooming about the same time as daffodils and tulips, March to April.

Hyacinths grow from large bulbs that should be planted in the fall, usually in September to October, any time after the first light frost but before the ground freezes they can be planted.

Bulbs can be purchased at your favorite big box store or ordered from seed or nursery catalogs.

Hyacinths are hardy from zones 4-8.

They do best in full sun but will still flower in partial shade.

Hyacinths come in a wide range of colors from white, peach, apricot, salmon, blue shades, yellow, pink, red to purple and lavender.

Hyacinths grow to 6-12 inches tall, with a dense flower spike surrounded by strap like leaves.

The bulbs should be planted 4-6 inches deep with the pointed end up and 4-6 inches apart.

They like rich loose soil that is well drained, and only need water when dry.

Hyacinths do not multiply and spread like daffodils.  One bulb per flower-the bigger the bulb the better.

Hyacinths tend to decline over the years-some people treat them as annuals and replant new bulbs every fall, but if left alone they will bloom for many years, just not as pretty and lush as the first year. The faded flowers should be cut back as soon as they begins to turn brown, and the leaves left to grow.  The leaves will store energy for next years bloom.  When the leaves brown off they can be cut back or gently pulled off.  Some compost or fertilizer is appreciated at this time.

Hyacinths are best at the front of flower borders.  Emerging perennials will hide the dying foliage.  They are lovely lining a walkway where their fragrance can be enjoyed.

Hyacinths make good cut flowers and have a long vase life.  They can also be planted in containers, or forced for indoor winter/spring blooming.

One warning-the bulbs are poisonous-they contain oxalic acid, so use care while planting and around children and pets.

I am enjoying the beautiful colors and fragrance of my hyacinths this spring.  In the photo above is one of the beds that I made at our new house.  The stone wall on the right was already here-I made this flower bed, bordered by my signature stacked stone borders from stones that I have gathered over the years. Seems like every time I was digging I ran into stones-I decided to put them use as border stones.  Now I look for stones everywhere, and have been known to stop the car and grab stones from along the side of the road.  No stone is safe around me if it is the right shape and size!   Also the stepping stones were brought from our last house and reused as a walkway between the stone patio and stairs to the deck.

The garden here is a work in progress, and I am enjoying the progress of it!

 

Poem by Gerald Green


HYACINTHS PERFUME

I lingered to enjoy the moment,
ending the eleven-month intermission,
as the sweet aroma reached me
from the garden behind the house.

The hyacinth had returned
without fanfare or recognition
by bulbs not yet broken forth,
or buds pregnant with the glory of spring.

I followed the unforgettable scent
to its humble position beside the hellebore,
and admired my early spring friend
before me in perfect health.

With one whiff, everything changed.
Last year’s faded images of spring renewed,
and the value of life increased
in a moment. In a breath.




Cooking

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir Fry

Today I have a very delicious, easy, one-pot meal for you.

Ingredient List

Butter, 1/2 to 3/4 of a cube

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts-cut into bite size pieces

1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 medium onion, cut into small size pieces

2 garlic cloves, minced

Stir Fry Sauce, 1/2 bottle  ( I used Kikkoman)

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Assemble all the ingredients.

Chop the peppers and onion.

(This is so colorful, and my favorite part of making this dish!)

Cut the chicken into pieces.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat-I use a cast iron fry pan.

Add the peppers and onion,

cook and stir for 3-5 minutes.

Press the garlic cloves into the pepper mix.

I use a garlic press, which I just love.  It makes mincing garlic so easy!

Stir the garlic into the pepper mix.

Cook and stir until the garlic is fragrant, the onions are translucent

and the peppers cooked through.

Push the vegetables to the outer edges of the skillet.

Add the chicken pieces to the center of the skillet.

Cook and stir the chicken until the chicken is cooked through.

You can add more butter here if needed.

Salt and pepper to your taste.

Add the stir-fry sauce.  I use 1/2 of a bottle of Kikkomans.

Bring everything to a low simmer, simmer for a few more minutes.

Ready to serve over rice, noodles or alone, just as it is.

So delicious!

I like to serve this chicken stir fry over rice.

The chopping of the vegetables takes the longest, and I’ve found that as soon as all the veggies are chopped up, I can put the rice on to cook, and both the rice and chicken are finished cooking at about the same time-ready to serve.

To cook the rice-

Bring the rice water to a boil.  The ratio is 1 part rice to 2 parts water.  (Example-2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice.)

For this recipe, I used 4 cups water and 2 cups rice.

I add a couple chicken bouillon cubes to the rice water for more flavor.

Add the rice to the boiling water.

Bring back to a boil, cover, and cook for 14 minutes.

Turn off heat and let sit, covered for a few minutes so all the water will be absorbed.

Fluff the rice.

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Psalm 55:22

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: 

he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

 

 

 

 

Garden

Reasons to Start Your Own Seeds

 

It is the time of year to start thinking about starting seeds

for this summer’s garden.

What are some of the reasons why you should start your own seeds?

  1. More choice of variety.  With the variety of seed choices, mainly through seed catalogs-see here– the choices are almost endless.  Nurseries, greenhouses and big stores mainly sell starter plants and seeds of the most common, familiar, and tried and true varieties. There is nothing wrong with the old tried and true varieties, that is why they are sold year after year, but there are so many more varieties to try.  By ordering your seeds, you are not stuck with the small choice of varieties.
  2. More plants for less money. Most seed packets contain 30 or more seeds, and it is much more economical than a 4 or 6 pack of bought starter plants. This point needs qualifying-the initial cost will be greater.  You will need certain supplies to begin with, but these are mostly 1 time expenses.  Once you have these items, the main yearly cost is mostly just the seeds and soil.
  3. Seeds can be started for the proper and extended planting times in your area.  You can start seeds earlier than usual if you want to plant out early if you have the proper season extending covers, or seeds can be started later for an extended fall and winter harvest.  It is nearly impossible to find starter plants to buy in mid to late summer for a fall and winter harvest.
  4. Seeds can be saved from year to year, and varieties can become custom to your locale. By saving seeds from plants that display certain traits that you desire, such a bigger size, different color or taste, or better disease or pest resistance, or just in general do well for you, you can eventually end up with a custom variety well suited to your specific growing area.  This is how many of the heirloom varieties have come about, they have been saved and passed down through the years.
  5. You can control how the seedlings are grown in regards to watering, fertilizing, and thinning.  Actually there is very little thinning needed if you start your own seeds as you control how they are planted.
  6. The crowds are avoided in the spring planting rush.  I am always amazed at the frantic folks buying their starter plants and rushing to get them planted in the short planting window.
  7. You won’t be disappointed when many of the starter plants are sold out  You won’t be left planting what you really didn’t want because what you wanted was sold out.
  8. You can experience the fun, excitement, and enjoyment of gardening while it is still winter outside.  What better way to spend part of your days stuck inside-watering, tending, and watching green, growing things.

Let the planting begin!

Do you start you own seeds?

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Hebrew 12:15

See to it that no one misses the grace of God

and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

 

 

Garden

Winter Winds

Wild winds

come a-blustering,

Clearing a path

for the feet of Spring,

To dance her way

along the lane,

Bringing

daffodils

again.

Patience Strong

These last few days we have been battered with the worst winds that I can remember.

Trees down, power outages.

Winter is going out with a bang.

The first month of Spring will soon arrive, and none too soon!

I am so ready for Spring to dance it’s way in.

I am tired of being cold!

Are you ready for Winter to be over?

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Psalm 40:3

And He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

 

Garden

Growing Amaryllis

 

Say hello to Amaryllis!

Amaryllis bulbs are such a fun thing to grow in these long winter days.

I purchased pre-potted amaryllis bulbs this year, gifting some of them to my daughter and daughter-in-laws for Christmas, and keeping a few for myself.  I thought that my Sunday School class would enjoy growing a bulb, and took one into class.  The children enjoyed watering it and watching it grow-amaryllis bulbs shoot up very fast-and it bloomed prolifically, much to our joy.

Lovely pink and cream blossoms.

We were out of town for a week and

my sweet Sunday School scholar, Rachel,

faithfully watered and tended to the bulb while we were gone.

It bloomed so beautifully for us!

We also grow 2 jade plants in our class.

They are hard to kill!

Growing Amaryllis

  • Amaryllis are very easy to grow.
  • Amaryllis bulbs can usually be purchased from the big stores, already potted up.  This is the easiest way to start them.
  • If you have bare bulbs, plant them in a pot of good potting soil, leaving the top 1/3 of the bulb exposed.
  • Keep the soil barely moist-about 1/4 cup of water per week, until growth begins.
  • They like a cool room-60-65 degrees.  (This is probably why our Sunday School bulb bloomed so beautifully!)
  • Keep in bright, indirect sun.
  • Use a pot that is 6-8 inches and is heavy.  The stalks can grow quite tall and when it blooms it can become top heavy.
  • The bigger the bulb, the better.
  • Amaryllis should bloom 6-8 weeks after planting.  My bloomed much earlier.
  • The bloom time should last a few weeks.  Dead head the spent blooms to keep tidy.
  • After it is done blooming, cut back the flowing stalk.
  • Continue to water and fertilize, the bulb will continue to grow its leaves.  The leaves need to grow to feed the bulb for re-blooming.
  • When the danger of frost has passed, the amaryllis can be placed outside.  It can be left in its original pot if it has drainage holes. If there are no drainage holes, the bulb will rot.  The bulb can also be planted out in the flower garden where the foliage can be enjoyed.
  • At the end of summer, quit watering and let the foliage die back.
  • Store the bulb in a cool, dark place for at least 8 weeks to let it rest.
  • After it’s rest, you can re-pot the bulb in fresh soil, and begin watering again.  It should re-bloom for you in 6-8 weeks.

Have you ever grown an amaryllis bulb?

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Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow;

for tomorrow will care for itself.

 

 

 

Uncategorized

February’s Moon

and you are

just like the moon

…….alone……

but you shine bright

at the darkest

of times

savspoetry

The full moon of February arrives tonight.

This months full moon is known as the snow moon due to the snow that falls in February.  It has also been known as the hunger moon, so named by eastern American Indians as food was scarce this time of year.

This full moon will also be a ‘super’ moon, meaning that the moon is closet to earth in it’s annual orbit and will appear bigger on the horizon as it rises.

With the snow covered ground, it should make for a ‘bright’ night.

Here is hoping that the night is clear!

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Acts 24:16

“And herein do I exercise myself, 

to have always a conscience void of offence toward God,

and toward men.”

Garden · Uncategorized

In Concern of Spring

 

In Concern of Spring

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintery birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

Sing Robin, Sing!

I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring!

Christina Rossetti

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Winter still has a grip on us-cold, snowy, windy, icy, all the things that accompany these winter months.

Spring seems so far away, though, in reality, I know that spring will ‘spring’ upon us before we know it….

and I will be behind, as usual.

The ground outside is dead and lifeless, or so it seems,

though I know the growing things are stirring underneath this snow and ice.

(See my winter surprise HERE)

And just because I am missing the wonderful color

and the growing of the spring and summer months….

I am so enjoying the growing of Amaryllis indoors.

Do you grow anything indoors during the winter?

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Romans 8:14

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

 

 

Faith

Sunday-To Please God

Love to God must penetrate

and possess our whole nature

and all the powers of it.

The mind must think of God,

the will must delight God,

in short, our whole being

must be employed to please him.

Samuel Annesley

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Matthew 22:37

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.