Patriotic Oreo Pops

by Lynn on July 1, 2017

Patriotic Oreo popsTo celebrate the Fourth of July, I wanted to share these easy-to-make patriotic Oreo® pops. I originally saw them on Pinterest, and thought they’d be fun treats to bring to work.

For the ingredients you’ll need red, white, and blue chocolate melts, lollipop sticks, assorted sprinkles, and Oreo cookies. Additional supplies include wax paper, microwave-safe or disposable paper bowls, spoons, and a small plastic baggie. I purchased the chocolate melts, sticks, and sprinkles at my local cake and candy-making specialty shop, but the Wilton® brand is available at many retail outlets which are easy to find online. The remaining supplies can be found at your local grocery store.

The first step is to separate the Oreo cookies into two halves, by gently twisting the sides in opposite directions. A lollipop stick is then pressed into the cream half.

A small amount of white chocolate is melted in the microwave. I used 10-20 second intervals with stirring in between. A dab of chocolate is applied to the center of the cookie to cover the stick, and the non-cream half is gently placed on top.

Be sure not to press the halves together as this will cause the cookie to break. The pops are set aside for several minutes to allow the chocolate to cool and harden.

The next step is to dip them. Using about ½ pound of chocolate melts in a microwave-safe bowl, I heated them in 10-20 second intervals, stirring throughout. When the chocolate had a smooth and fluid consistency I dipped the pops, using a spoon to ensure that all the sides were covered. After allowing excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, the pops were placed onto wax paper. Sprinkles were added before the chocolate cooled completely.

To apply an alternate color drizzle use a plastic baggie as a pastry bag, by transferring some melted chocolate to the bag and cutting off a small corner. Line up the pops and drizzle across all of them at the same time.

Patriotic Oreo popsThese were super easy and fun to make. And by alternating chocolate and sprinkle selections, these pops can be adapted to celebrate any holiday! Very versatile little treats, if I do say so myself!

On the journey toward Home,


When God’s Answer is the One We Dread

by Lynn on June 21, 2017

The month of June always brings my thoughts back to 2007. Up to that point, I had endured a few life-altering trials, but that year my family was broadsided by the most difficult challenge we’d ever faced. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer in late 2006, we earnestly prayed for her healing. In fact, we begged God to intervene and prevent the outcome we all dreaded. Holding onto hope in the furnace of affliction is hard. We don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. We are tired and worn out, both physically and mentally. At times it seems that we’ll never get through, the struggle will never stop, and the pain will never end. We know that God hears our pleas and we know that he is able to rescue us from the turmoil we’re in. But what if he doesn’t? What if the answer to our prayer is the one we dread?

It can be hard to maintain hope when we are not delivered. But as we see throughout Scripture, sometimes God intervenes and sometimes he does not. Paul described a “thorn in the flesh” for which he prayed to be removed, but his deliverance was not part of God’s plan.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NIV

Paul’s attitude of obedience might seem odd to the world, but Christ-followers see the big picture when it comes to suffering. God often uses hardship to teach us things we can’t learn otherwise, to give us perspective as to what is important, to focus and make us more like Christ, and to work in and through us as a testimony to non-believers. The Bible tells us that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours, and so we’re never going to fully understand why he allows trouble to come our way or why he may not rescue us from such trouble.

Another example of bold faith under fire comes from the Old Testament book of Daniel, where his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are threatened with death unless they agree to worship an idol set up by the king. In obedience to God they refuse to bow and Nebuchadnezzar instructs they be thrown into a fiery furnace. Their response to the king is worth noting.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18, NIV

Daniel’s friends recognize that God is able to save them, but they also acknowledge that he may allow them to perish. Their faith being anchored in God and not in their circumstances enabled them to be bold even in the face of death.

So what can give us that same boldness when we face trials? It is remembering God’s faithfulness, and trusting in his goodness. It is choosing to remain faithful even if we are not delivered from our affliction. Even Christ himself was denied deliverance when he asked to be spared from the cup of wrath God laid upon him instead of us. He willingly endured the cross, and became the greatest example of obedience that we could ever see. As Christ-followers, we know that there is more going on than we are capable of understanding, and that any suffering in this world is a mere blip on the radar when compared to the eternity we will spend with our Savior.

A new release by the Christian band MercyMe has really resonated with me. Every time I’ve heard it on the radio, I relive the days of prayerful vigil, pleading with the Lord to heal my mom, and tearfully submitting to his will when he chose to take her home instead. To me, the song is a prayer of trust and a choice to place my hope in Christ whether I am delivered from my trial or allowed to endure it.

We can have peace in the midst of pain by remembering that God is good, even when our situation is bad.

On the journey toward Home,


Next week we will honor the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our great country. In the photograph above, older family members representing three branches of the armed services, take a moment to pose with my dad, age four. The year was 1944, and many families had loved ones fighting in the war. No doubt, some of you have similar pictures in your own collection of old family photographs.

From the founding of our nation to the present day, these brave Americans have embraced the hard job of maintaining our liberty. In the face of tyrants, dictators and evil empires, our men and women in uniform have consistently showed courage, strength and a willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep our country safe.

In his 1981 Memorial Day proclamation, President Ronald Reagan reminded us why we pay tribute to these brave heroes.

Today, the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are resolved to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we cherish. We are determined to achieve an enduring peace — a peace with liberty and with honor. This determination, this resolve, is the highest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our Nation. –Ronald Reagan, Memorial Day, May 25, 1981

The members of our military have always understood the cost of freedom, and so with steadfast determination they bear the burden of our protection. And while we remember that fact today and next week, we should make more of an effort to remember it every day.

May God bless all of our troops and their families, and may he continue to bless the United States of America.

On the journey toward Home,


vintage style Easter greetingsEaster is a great time to make holiday crafts, especially when there are so many lovely vintage images available online to work with. Owning a few antique doily cards myself, I wanted to see if I could duplicate the vintage layered paper look with modern materials.

I found some old Easter card images online and downloaded them. There are several websites and blogs that provide free vintage images. One of my favorites is The Graphics Fairy, but I also like Free Pretty Things for You, Vintage Holiday Crafts, and the New York Public Library Holiday postcard collection.

The images were resized to roughly a 3×5 inch dimension, and then printed on semi-gloss photo paper using the best/high quality setting.

Once the images were cut out, the remaining supplies were assembled—gold and silver paper doilies, an assortment of scrapbook paper, white craft glue, scotch tape, and metallic pens. If you don’t have metallic colored doilies, you can buy white ones and spray paint them.

Using an assortment of scrapbook paper, I chose three that would complement each image with respect to color and style, when arranged as first, second and third borders. For these, I used a variety of papers—some in solid colors, some with patterns, some textured, and some with glitter designs. The first border measured about ½ inch larger than the image. The second border was another ½ inch larger than the first border. The third border measured about ¼ inch larger than the second border.

With all the border papers selected and cut out, I prepared the doily pieces. I used both gold and silver, and cut out sections to make several sets of twin doily edges. The sets will be used in either a side to side placement or a top and bottom placement.

I placed the first set of doily edges behind the image and adjusted them to show about an inch of decoration, before securing the pieces to the back with scotch tape.

The image was then centered over the first paper border and glued.

I placed the second set of doily edges behind the first paper border (opposite the first doily set), and secured the pieces with scotch tape.

The first paper border was centered over the second border and glued—likewise for the third border.

I then used other parts of the doily to cut out decorative pieces, which I applied to the card front with glue. Once the embellishments were completed, I highlighted some areas with metallic pens to give the greeting an extra little sparkle.

Vintage style Easter cardThis technique was easy to use and the cards have a custom handmade look.

Victorian style Easter cardThe method would work equally well with other vintage holiday cards for Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and for Christmas.

Victorian vintage style Easter cardsI’m linking up today for Pink Saturday!

On the journey toward Home,

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Wearing the Right Clothes

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Our human existence was never supposed to be this way. In the beginning we were perfect creations. We walked with God. We had everything we needed to be content and happy, and we were at peace with our Creator. But God didn’t want automatons who would blindly worship him, so he gave us a free […]

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Give Thanks to the Lord

November 24, 2016
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You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:28-29, NIV Blessings to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving! On the journey toward Home,

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Victorian Pink Vintage Style

October 22, 2016
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A few years back I had a bit of trouble with a leaky roof. When the roofer decided to save himself some effort by nailing down only every other tile, the Santa Ana winds unfortunately unseated and broke a few of them, leaving the paper exposed to the sun which quickly disintegrated it. And since […]

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