Welcome To My Colorful World!

Welcome to my colorful world. I am a happy (most of the time!) wife, mom, MeMaw, artist, and art teacher. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I also love to create, cook, nest, decorate, entertain family and friends, laugh, collect vintage stuff, snuggle my cats and dog, play outdoors, and so much more! In addition to all this, I also publish an online magazine with my dear friend, called Mermaids of the Lake. Oh, and I love a big cup of coffee with cream, a dry martini, red wine, blingy jewelry, pink lipstick, blue fingernail polish. I love color! Beautiful colors inspire, motivate, and move me!!! What's my favorite color? I can't choose. I love them all! Yellow, pink, red, turquoise, blue, purple, orange, green and every variation in between!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Bible Verse for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!!


Let the heavens rejoice,
let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound,
and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant,
and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest
sing for joy.

~Psalm 96:11-12

For more inspirational quotes and Bible verses please see my Colorful Quotes page.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! He Is Risen!

He is Risen!
~Mathew 28:6

Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus,
  who was crucified. He is not here.
He is Risen, just as he said.
~Mathew 28: 5-6

This is one of my favorite childhood songs from church.
Because he lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because he lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know, he holds the future,
Christ is worth the living, just because he lives.

Happy Easter!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Colorful Quotes: Wise Words About Dealing With the Inevitable -Trouble!

How often do we conjure up potential problems in our minds; building all kinds of negative scenarios. This kind of mind game is like saying, "Come on trouble; bring it on. I want you here!" So I created these simple images with quotes about trouble that I love! Have a blessed and trouble-free or trouble-ignoring, or trouble-stomping day!

When things go bad,
don't go with them.
~Elvis Presley

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, 
hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 
"I will be bigger than you.You cannot defeat me.” 
~Ann Landers

Don't trouble trouble
until trouble troubles you.

For more of my images with inspiring quotes please see my Colorful Quotes page. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

No-Bake, Chocolate, Almond Clusters With Coconut and Sea Salt! And they are Gluten Free and Vegan too!

I have an auto-immune disease that has made me allergic and or sensitive to a pretty long list of foods. I'm allergic to egg whites.Yep, just the whites, but I avoid eggs altogether. I'm sensitive to processed cane sugar, and I was also diagnosed through a blood test, with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. I get as sick from consuming gluten as a person with Celiac disease. Ugh! So, for years, I have avoided almost all deserts. I now know there are many options that are allergy-free, so it sure is fun to occasionally indulge in something sweet again!

These no-bake yummies are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy free (I also avoid soy), and vegan. (no dairy or eggs) They taste much like an Almond Joy bar! Yum! They are also delicious with other nuts and even with roasted sunflower seeds! 

With only three ingredients and a microwave, these are the easiest candies to make ever! My microwave has since died and so now I melt my chocolate chips in a double boiler - still easy!

Ingredients
  • 1 Bag chocolate chips, For guaranteed gluten and dairy free, use allergy-free chips (see my favorite brand at the bottom of this post)
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • Optional - sea salt

Directions


Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. If using stove-top method, melt in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.


Stir in almonds and coconut.

Spoon approximately tablespoon-size drops onto a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cool in fridge until hard and set.

This is my favorite allergy-friendly brand of chocolate chips. 

So Yummy and Healthy too!


Enjoy!!!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Colorful Quotes: A Quote By Trina Paulus About Becoming a Butterfly

"How does one become a butterfly?" she asked.
"You must want to fly so much that you are willing
to give up being a caterpillar."
~Trina Paulus

This quote really spoke to me today. The process of metamorphosis that a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly is so symbolic of what we go through as humans as we grow through adversity. As a Christian who is actively putting my faith in Christ alone for physical healing and physical and spiritual transformation, I am especially feeling the discomfort of no longer wanting to be resting in this cocoon! I left the caterpillar stage about three years ago and as I've had these past three years to rest and Be Still in God, I am really getting excited about being free to fly. 

Be Still and know that I am God. ~Psalm 46:10

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her. ~Luke 1:45

For nothing is impossible with God. ~Luke 1:37

Having HOPE will give you courage. ~Job 18:11

And then I found this beautiful poem!

I tell of hearts and souls and dances...
Butterflies and second chances;
Desperate ones and dreamers bound,
Seeking life from barren ground,
Who suffer on in earthly fate
The bitter pain of agony hate,
Might but they stop and here forgive
Would break the bonds to breathe and live
And find that God in goodness brings
A chance for change, the hope of wings
To rest in Him, and self to die
And so become a butterfly. 
~ Karen Kingsbury, Oceans Apart

For more inspirational quotes please see my Colorful Quotes page. I also have a very encouraging Faith board on Pinterest.