Happy Love Day

Happy Love Day

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to You!

LOVE NEVER FAILS!

My Mad Card Making Skills

As usual I can’t help myself when it comes to making cards for special events and holidays.  Here are examples of the past two years; 2017 was more vintage and sweet and this year more graphic and gold.

 

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

(Make a heart shaped crust for Valentine’s Day) 

Ingredients

1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed

¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

¼ cup mozzarella cheese

1 egg

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup marinara sauce

1-2 cups mozzarella cheese

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Remove the stems from the cauliflower and cut into chunks, Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse it until it resembles the texture of rice. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a cheese grater or chop it very finely. But quickest way is to just buy the pre-chopped (riced) packaged cauliflower at your local grocery store.

Microwave the chopped cauliflower uncovered in a microwave safe bowl for approximately 4-5 minutes on high. Remove it from the microwave and allow it to cool for at least 4-5 minutes (trust me don’t rush this step!). After the cauliflower is slightly cooled, place it in a kitchen towel and squeeze all the liquid out of it. Be sure to squeeze as much liquid as humanly possible.

Combine the cooked cauliflower, egg, garlic, cheese, and seasonings. Stir until a dough texture forms. Spread the cauliflower mixture out onto lightly greased parchment paper or a pizza pan in the shape of a pizza crust.

Bake the crust for approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven), or until the crust is golden and crispy. I cooked mine for approximately 15 minutes. After the crust is golden remove it from the oven and add your toppings, you can use marinara sauce and cheese for a simple margarita pizza.

Place the pizza back in the oven but this time turn on the broiler, bake for about 2-5 minutes until the cheese melts. be sure to keep an eye on it because the broiler can burn the cheese quickly.

Slice and serve warm , enjoy!

Thanks, Layla! Curtesy of givemedelicious.com

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New Year, New Opportunities

Happy New Year!

2018 is off and running quickly…we are already half way through January! In a new year people become  expectant about hearing from the Lord and anticipating what they can look forward to in the next twelve months.  It is exciting to to hear what new beginnings and hope our lives will experience in the days ahead.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is speaking to our hearts about His purpose for each of us in this season. Our purpose will become more and more defined as the year progresses.  As we surrender all to Him, this defined purpose will begin to change our identity. We will see more of His moving in our lives, our outlook, and perceptions of who we thought we once were. This will be characterized by our deepening relationship with Him.  He is looking for hungry people.  Hungry people draw attention to His favor and anointing.  This is a year of new beginnings, begin yours now.

I begin each new year with a Detox…

The detox I’ve used for years is the Lemon Detox.  I have more than enough lemons growing on one tree to last me a couple of years.  I really makes you feel good with energy to spare; great liver cleanse.

This detox recipe is easy and the ingredients are readily available, but it only gives you the amounts for one glass and I usually drink about a gallon of it in one day. No other food (except coffee which I can’t ignore…busted)!

Lemon Detox

  • 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of organic, grade A or B maple syrup
  • 1/10th teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
  • 10 oz. of filtered water.       Stir and enjoy.

New Beginnings

I’ve begun new paintings and creative projects, can’t wait to share them with you!  Coming soon!

This is a partial snapshot of a painting I’m working on, continuing my “Angel” series, done with a pallet knife and finger painting. The big reveal coming.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

From my house to yours.

  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  I hope each day is filled with great delight and spiritual significance in this season of new birth.  We have much to celebrate, reviving new hope and new paths before us in the coming year.  May all your desires, promises, and expectations be fruitful, coming to pass as we live each day with the blessings of Heaven.  Lovingly thankful, Annie

 

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Thankfulness

Thankfulness

Okay, my life is not entirely in my control at this moment.  I am totally trusting God for the “whys” right now.  I have to say though, that I am so thankful for the miracles He has provided for me and my family.  We have a primary home in Santa Rosa, California, and just two weeks ago our neighborhood was burnt to the ground.  Without the extraordinary effort of the Berkeley Fire Department, our house would have been part of the 5,000 homes and structures entirely destroyed.  Prayer changed everything, the fire stopped short a half a block away from all that devastation.  Without the valiant efforts of the fire department hosing our houses down with water, all would have been lost to us, too!  The thankfulness that we feel cannot be adequately expressed. We were evacuated in the middle of the night not knowing the fate of our house until thirty-six hours later when satellite pictures showed our house still standing.  Praise God!  So many of our dear friends and neighbors lost everything and our hearts are so extremely saddened by their loss.

(The following photos are of our neighborhood and personal friend’s homes.)

Though it was a terrifying ordeal, we stayed in peace and found thankfulness in the situation.  The area was closed to us for a week because the fires still burned and toxic smoke and fumes made it almost impossible to breathe.  We are so thankful for family who took us in and cared for us, and the unbelievable door open to stay at the last hotel room in the area, in Occidental.  The air was so clean closer to the ocean.  My family is back in our home, dealing with the emotions and feelings of having gone through the “fire”, getting adjusted to new changes and the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

Thank you Lord for Your great mercies and abiding love.  You are so good, gracious, and kind.

It will be a long journey for the residents of our town who lost everything…but God is in the restoration business and will provide for needs beyond imagining.  Keep praying, this is just the beginning of many days ahead and a new beginning for so many.

 

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Season of Change

Turn, Turn, Turn

Summer transitioning into Fall is a great picture of what’s going on in our lives now; in our spirit, and in our understanding.  It is a time of change and renewal, a season of transforming.  We are discovering that the change is sometimes hard to articulate…. we just “know” that something is different.  I have been experiencing it in my own life; my thoughts are changing, my heart is changing, I want something new, something tangible, something fresh…I am hungry for the season of change in my relationship with God.  Are you hungry for the deep things, the lasting things of the Spirit, and His Kingdom, now is the time to turn, turn, turn?  Turn to the Lord, turn to the believing for new things, turn to finding your destiny as you wait for Him.  This is a beautiful time of the year when God draws close, will you turn aside to engage His heart?

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