Pastor Appreciation Month & A Gift Idea

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Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation Month? October 13 was also Pastor Appreciation Day. Have you done anything special for your pastor to show your appreciation?

We are extremely thankful that we have a Pastor at our church that is definitely “worthy of double honor”. Clint and I went through a rough patch a few years ago and he helped us through it and we will be eternally grateful to God for placing him in our lives when he did. Sometimes I wonder, what if he hadn’t been the pastor at our church at that time?

Besides that though, he and his wife are great friends to us. We both know that if we have something we are struggling with we can pick up our phones and call or text them and they’ll be there for us.

We’ve always wanted to do something special for him but have sort of never gotten around to it. We’ve thrown ideas around and that’s been the end of it. Recently, since he is human, I felt like maybe he needed a little encouragement and to know how much our family appreciates all that he does. I decided I was going to make him…something. I just wasn’t sure what. I headed to Mr. Google and searched Pastor Appreciation Day and to my surprise it was October 13. What perfect timing, right?

So I started brainstorming and knew I wanted to make something out of wood. I know he used to be some kind of Forestry guy, so it just seemed fitting. I thought a wall plaque or maybe something he could put on his bookshelf in his office would be best. I text his wife and asked her what some of his favorite verses were and she thought it was a great idea.

I hadn’t thought of anything besides that something planked would be cool. I had planned to make a trip to Home Depot or Lowe’s closer to time and pick up some wood for Clint to cut down for me. Then, I was driving home one day and saw a crib all busted up outside of a storage unit. I jumped out and took a side of it–perfect sized slats! Clint sanded the finish off of the next day and then cut them off.

Slats Collage

Then I mixed up some different paint colors I liked and added some water to thin it out and put it on each slat. I didn’t like the first color, but I did like that each slat was a little different.

Slats Painted

So I mixed up more paint and went over them again. I really don’t think it was possible to mess this up, just keep painting over it until you kind of like what you have. Here’s the consistency with the water added.

Paint Consistency

After they were dry, I laid them out the way I wanted (upside down) and glued 3 staggered slats onto the back. Sorry– I forgot to take pics of that part. Hopefully you understand what I’m saying. I didn’t have any screws short enough so we were going to just glue it and get some screws later. I left that over night to dry.

The next day, I grabbed an ugly old paint brush and barely dabbed the bristles in white paint and brushed them across the front of the slats, parallel to them. I loved the way it looked so I kept going. Here is the design I made for the verse we chose of his favorites:

Verse Design

I printed that out on transparency paper and used an overhead projector to project the design onto the plaque on the wall. Impatiently, I used a pencil and traced the outline of every single letter.

Transparency Trace

Last, I used a little brush like this and black paint to fill in all of the letters 2 or 3 times.

Paintbrush

It was EXTREMELY sturdy after we were done, so we decided against the screws. We were very pleased with the finished product and our Pastor seemed to be really pleased too. Here is the photo he posted to Facebook. 🙂

Robby's Picture of Plaque

Have you ever considered that your Pastor is human and probably needs encouragement, just like we do? Have you done anything special to make you Pastor feel appreciated this month? 

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Yummy Homemade Hummus

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Mmmm.. hummus. I love hummus. Especially Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Back to that in a second, though.

My plan is to post 2-3x a week. Hopefully. I had originally planned to post this the other night and then SURPRISE, our AC drain was apparently full of years and years (and years) of gunk. As a result, it was clogged and overflowed. Luckily, my husband, Clint, found it when the laminate wood floors squished as he walked across them. Errr, not the sound you want to hear under your laminate, soak-up-all-the-water-and-swell, floors. So after a trip to Home Depot and my Mom coming to help out, we have new squeaky clean drain pipes and bubbled up laminate floors. Oh, the joys of homeownership.

Oh, I also plan to post my homebirth birth story soon. So keep your eye out for that!

Back to hummus land…

This stuff is so good, you should definitely make it. And yes, it does have peanut butter in it. I’ve heard Tahini is pretty expensive—and they didn’t have it at Walmart when I looked either. I promise you don’t taste the peanut butter, but it is needed. Here’s how I do it:

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

1 16 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

¼ jar roasted red peppers

1 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp olive oil

Juice from ½ a lemon

1/8 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp paprika

Dash cayenne pepper

Dash salt

Open and rinse the chickpeas in a colander. Then, you need to take the skin off of each chickpea. It’s really easy. You just squeeze it between your fingers, slightly, and it comes right off. The first time I made this I didn’t do it and my hummus was not the silky smooth hummus that I wanted. So, it’s worth it!

hummus skin

Next, add all of ingredients except the roasted red peppers and chickpeas to a food processor and puree for around 1 minute. Now you should add half of the chickpeas and run the food processor for about a minute, add the second half and run for another minute. You will probably need to stop the processor and scrape the sides a couple of times in there.

It will not be the consistency of hummus at this point and may still have some whole chickpeas. This is okay!

hummus almost ready

The last step is adding the roasted red peppers. Process this until it looks smooth and silky (about a minute or two).  If it is too dry for your liking, add a little olive oil – a little goes a long way here.

Lucas certainly approves of this recipe! I would say this is one of his absolute favorite foods.

hummus lucas

I’ve also heard of another version where you would leave out the Roasted Red Peppers and add a ½ packet of dry Ranch seasoning. You would need to add some additional olive oil, which I would do at the end to get it to the consistency you want. I’m going to make it and serve with raw veggies at Lucas’ 1st Birthday Party-which is only 15 days away!!

Do you like hummus? What do you like to dip in it? Ever made it yourself?

Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Laundry Soap
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Hi everyone! I’m so glad you’ve found your way here. I hope you’ll check out my About Me page and Subscribe for future posts.

So – let’s get right to it. I recently made this homemade gift basket for my cousin’s Housewarming Party and everyone at the party loved it.

I have to admit, I would be thrilled to receive this gift myself. I love the idea of someone spending time on a homemade gift. I made antibacterial all purpose spray, window/glass cleaner, laundry soap, and a jar of brownie mix. (My cousin loves my little sister’s brownie recipe.) I made my own labels for each container, too.

This is the laundry soap recipe I’ve come up with after several adjustments from the original recipe I found and I use it on my own clothes and I think it cleans very well. I even use it on Lucas’ cloth diapers, so this stuff works! I buy everything for this at my local Walmart, so hopefully things will be easy for you to find.

Laundry Soap Recipe

1 Box Borax (76oz)

1 Box Washing Soda (55oz)

1 Large Box Baking Soda (4lbs)

½ tub Sun Oxygen Powder (3lbs)

1 large container Purex Crystals (55oz)

2 bars Zote laundry soap

Shred the Zote using the grater attachment in your food processor. Then run it through the food processor, again, using the regular blade attachment. Mix all of the ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket. Enjoy!

 

I like to use a funnel to fill the Purex bottle back up and keep that on the shelf in the laundry room. On the Purex cap, a regular load is the middle line on the cap and a large/especially dirty load is a full cup. You do not need to use as much of this detergent since it doesn’t have all of the extra fillers that commercial detergents do. Think of it as super concentrated.

Sounds good, but you aren’t sure if it’s worth it? Well here’s the cost breakdown for you. At my local Walmart, all of the ingredients cost $24.26. You will only use half of the Sun, though, so accounting for that, the recipe costs $21.52 and is enough for 326 loads.

Homemade – 6.6 cents/load

Tide Orignal – 17.6 cents/load

Gain Original –   12.4 cents/load

If you wash 10 loads of laundry a week, like we do, you’ll save at least $60 a year.

 

Is that worth it for you? Do you already use homemade laundry soap? I’d love to hear your comments!