Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lovely Victorian Graphic

When God allows extraordinary trials for his people, 
He prepares extraordinary comforts for them. 
Corrie Ten Boom

In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Psalm 94:19

This beautiful Victorian graphic is from a lovely scrapbook of the Victorian era, given to me by my daughter.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Shredded Wheat Bread Recipe

Many of you asked for my recipe for shredded wheat bread after reading my post A Promise in a Loaf of Bread. I will share it with you today.

I have two go-to cookbooks written by a woman named Marjorie Standish. They are:

Cooking Down East, published in 1969 and
Keep Cooking the Maine Way, published in 1973
both published by the Maine Sunday Telegram

They are favorites of my mother, myself and now my daughter. The recipes are easy to follow, there are no exotic ingredients, and there are interesting notes about each chapter such as:

Baking beans is one of the best of all Maine cooking customs, isn't it? Have you ever stopped to think of the many times you have walked into a cozy Maine kitchen and smelled them baking? All kinds of beans, baked in all sorts of ways and by all kinds of fuel. 

There are two other booklet style cookbooks that she wrote which I have.  One is a how to guide for making chowders and stews, and the other for cooking seafood.

My husband, who was raised by his grandparents, speaks fondly of his grandmother's cooking. These recipes follow her style. There are some recipes however I won't attempt like the Jellied Veal Loaf which does not appeal to me in the slightest.

Mrs. Standish began her Cooking Down East  newspaper column in the Maine Sunday Telegram in 1948. It was published in the newspaper for 25 years, and prompted the writing of her cookbooks. Having a degree in Home Economics from the University of Maine at Farmington (then called Farmington Normal School), she taught for five years as a home economics teacher. Imagine my surprise one day when an older woman I know told me Mrs. Standish was her Home Ec teacher.

Now for the recipe as it appears in Cooking Down East:

Shredded Wheat Bread
2 cups boiling water
2 shredded wheat biscuits
2 tablespoons shortening
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup molasses
1 yeast cake
1/4 cup lukewarm water
about 5 cups flour, unsifted

Measure water, shortening, salt and molasses into mixing bowl, crumble shredded wheat into this. Dissolve yeast in warm water, add to first mixture when it has cooled to lukewarm.

Add flour by cupfuls, using as much as batter will take, until you have a stiff dough. Knead for 8 minutes. Grease bowl, place dough in it, let rise for 2 hours, covered. Punch down, let rise another hour.

Turn out on floured board, whack down, let relax for 10 minutes. Make into 2 loaves, place in greased pans, let rise until doubled. Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes. Turn onto rack, brush tops with butter, cool and store.

I would think there might be some (myself included) who wouldn't wait for it to cool before trying a slice, and I doubt you'd need to store it for long.

There are more little gems in this cookbook. I have fond memories of my mother's Melt in Your Mouth Blueberry Cake, and Doughnut Muffins. I'd be happy to share those with you as well if you'd like.

These cookbooks are available on Amazon, or you may be able to find some on ebay or in used bookstores.

Thanks for stopping by Little Birdie Blessings today. I'm appreciative of each of you.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hymn Story ~ God Will Take Care of You

Around the year 1904, a woman named Civilla D. Martin was at home confined to bed due to illness.While her husband was away one day preaching, she wrote the hymn God Will Take Care of You. When he returned home, she gave the words to him. He sat down at his organ and wrote the music. 

I’m sure this hymn has impacted many lives, and to this day still does, including my own. One man in particular, about 25 years or so after this was written (1930), was hospitalized with a severe care of shingles.  Prior business deals had failed, he was in physical pain as well as emotional pain, filled with despair and little hope.
One morning while in his hospital bed, he heard this hymn coming from the hospital chapel.  

Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through every day, over all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

The man followed the music into the chapel and as he listened, he felt his burdens lift. All worries left him, as he realized just how much God loved him. He later recalled those moments in the chapel as the most dramatic and glorious twenty minutes of my life.  

Who is this man who was so filled with despair? Mr. James C. Penney, founder of the American Department store chain, J.C. Penney.
Thanks for visiting today. Whatever your circumstances, know that you can look to God for your strength and help. I take comfort I can claim the words of this hymn as my own.

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you 
with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Promise in a Loaf of Bread

compliments of The Feathered Nest

It was my birthday, and the day God provided for me in a mighty way. My daughter was 4 years old at the time, and I was struggling as a single parent. I remember specifically wanting to make shredded wheat bread. My senses took over and I could almost taste and smell it. Reaching for my go-to cookbook, I found the recipe. I was ready!  There was just one problem. I didn't have all the ingredients. Going to the store was not an option.  I didn't have funds to make the purchases and I didn't think the store clerk would give me the items based on the fact it was my birthday.

In despair, I sat down at the table and started crying.  Not because I didn't have the ingredients for shredded wheat bread.  I was crying because I felt very alone and I was tired of life being incredibly hard.

A knock at my door snapped me out of my pity party.  It was my neighbor Maryanne, who knew it was my birthday and had a gift for me.  She asked if I liked shredded wheat bread as she handed me a loaf of warm bread she had just baked for my birthday.  True story!

I believe that God allowed the events of that morning to unfold this way, so I’d know without a shadow of a doubt who the source of the provision was from. God was speaking to me, and used my neighbor to accomplish His task.  I realized at that moment I was not alone, not abandoned, and not in despair.   He was right there with me.  My daughter and I were going to be okay.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8

Update:  You can find the recipe for Shredded Wheat Bread here:
Shredded Wheat Bread Recipe

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Just be Nice

Just be nice - - smile, say hello, show kindness, forgive someone. This verse basically instructs us to treat others as we would want to be treated, and forgive as God forgives us. A pretty graphic from an old book can be our reminder today. Have a blessed day! 

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Scripture & Lovely Bird Graphic

Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

God is the only one who can make
the valley of trouble 
a door of hope. 
~ Catherine Marshall ~

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Peaceful Morning

I'm very pleased to have my daughter Bethany sharing with us what's on her heart this week.

Another snowy day. . . I was shoveling out my mailbox (which was completely buried) and the snow was coming down heavy. I was thinking about what a difficult winter this has been, and was having a hard morning even before I went out to shovel.

As I was outside, I started praying for peace. All of a sudden, the sun came out, the sky was turning blue, and the snow was letting up. I got my camera and walked around the yard, enjoying the sun sparkling on the snow, making it appear like diamonds. Looking closer at the snow, I could see the details of the snowflakes and realized how amazing and beautiful this world is.

peaceful morning

I’m so thankful for all the beauty God gives us in this world. I truly enjoy having four seasons here in Maine (although I wouldn't mind a little longer summer). Winter here really is beautiful when you stop and take it in.

Watching the news last night, it was scary thinking about the world we live in now. It seems to be getting worse as time goes on. I’m thankful that I can feel safe in my cozy small town in Maine, and I’m thankful for God giving me peace when I ask Him for it.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

My daughter Bethany lives near me along with her husband and their three young boys. I am in hopes that she will contribute again here at Little Birdie Blessings.  ~ Abby

Thursday, February 19, 2015

God's Love Runs Deep

God IS love....He defines love....His nature is love...

His attributes are love.
God loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus
to die on the cross and pay the penalty for our sin.
His love is:  
personal.....never beginning or end....

He knows and loves YOU individually.  

In the year 1917, a man named Frederick M. Lehman wrote these words below that became a hymn. Here is a portion of them.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Just think about the words in that hymn, a spectacular visual way to even begin to comprehend God's love.

  • If you filled the oceans with ink and the skies were made of paper;
  • If every stalk on earth were a pen, and every person on earth a scribe
    (one who copied documents before the printing press was available)
  • It is still not enough to contain the amount of God's love for you.

So, just how much DOES God love us?

He knows the number of hairs on your head
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:7 (NKJV)

He knows every tear you shed and stores them in a bottle
You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)
His thoughts toward you outnumber the grains of sand
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Psalm 139:17-18 (NKJV)

Here is a link below to the Gaither’s singing Love of God. Just look at all their faces as they sing. They are awestruck by the magnitude of God’s love for them as an individual. Very powerful.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, 
nor angels nor principalities nor powers, 
nor things present nor things to come, 
nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, 
shall be able to separate us 
from the love of God 
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

I pray this blesses you today and you can feel the depths of God's love for YOU.

God loves YOU more than you can comprehend. Why not ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

4 steps to Peace with God 
4 steps to peace with God is sponsored by Billy Graham Internet Evangelism

Linking with: The Enchanting Rose, Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Strength Renewed

There is a period of time in my life that I was unwell and very weak. I remember lying in bed, meditating on this verse. I actually pictured myself with my strength renewed, running like the wind. The Lord brought me out of that illness, but this verse has always remained special to me when I feel weak.

Our strength can be drained physically as well as emotionally. When you're low on strength, look to God and His promises.

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; 
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, 
They shall run and not be weary, 
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. 
His eye is upon us, 
His arm over us, 
His ear open to our prayer - 
His grace sufficient, 
His promise unchangeable.

 ~ John Newton ~

Have a blessed day dear ones.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Encouragement for Discouragement

God shields us from most of the things we fear,
but when He chooses not to shield us,
He unfailingly allots grace in the measure needed.
It is for us to choose to receive or refuse it.
Our joy or our misery will depend on that choice.
Elisabeth Elliot

We are hard-pressed on every side,
yet not crushed;
we are perplexed,
 but not in despair;
but not forsaken;
struck down,
but not destroyed
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Have a blessed day my friends.