Thursday, January 13, 2022

Taste and See!

Last Friday night we had a Chocolate Tasting for our women at church.  It was titled, "Taste and See that the Lord is Good!"  We made these cute little recipe books full of chocolate recipes for each lady.  I got the inspiration from the beautiful artwork here from Julie Collins.
Every cover was different.  We used paper flowers, beads from a thrift store necklace, lace from my heirloom sewing projects and buttons from my grandmother's sewing box.  I also tea dyed little tags with the date.  They were very labor intensive, but a BIG HIT.   This young lady was one of our speakers.  She shared her incredible story of God's faithfulness through extremely different circumstances.  This picture was taken before she was to speak.  Do you sense a little apprehension? Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of our second speaker.  It's difficult to take pictures when you're in charge! Sandy was one of my council that helped.  She even dressed with pink and brown, our color scheme. We ate LOTS yummy chocolate desserts, even a chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries.  There were a lot of great door prizes and pretty decorations.  It was a great evening!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Better Butter

Last weekend I had a big event at our local church for the women of the congregation. If you've been here over the years, you know that I often lead our Women's Ministries in our local churches. However, I only was in charge of this event this time. I've done a similar one before. We had several demonstrations along with other samples of ideas for the holidays. Some were for entertaining, gift giving and others were decor. I wanted to share this particular one with you today.  

I made three different compound butter recipes. These would be perfect as gifts or when you have company. Each lady got to taste them and took home the recipes. I brought the leftovers home and popped them in the freezer for future use. Cutting them up into smaller pieces means I don't have to waste any. Tonight we grilled smoked pork chops with roasted asparagus and new potatoes. I thawed out the Lemon and Dill butter and it was very delicious with this meal.  Perfect for the asparagus and potatoes. My husband also ate it on a baguette.  

The three flavors are Lemon Dill, Cranberry Walnut Orange and CafĂ© de Paris.  I've linked the recipes so you can find them easily and try them out.  I think the Cranberry, Walnut, Orange would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.  Doesn't that sound good? There are many similar recipes on Pinterest or just a google search.  Check these out, it is an easy way to enhance your holiday meals. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Missouri Getaway - Day Three

We left Hermann, MO and drove backroads down to the Lake of the Ozarks and specifically to Camdenton, Missouri.  I had seen pictures of a castle ruins that are now in a state park.  The park is called Ha Ha Tonka State Park which means "laughing waters".  There are a lot of interesting and beautiful natural features in the park and many trails to hike.  There is a short half mile up-hill trail to the castle from the parking lot. The Castle was built in the early 1900's by a wealthy Kansas City businessman.  Unfortunately, he was killed the year after construction began in one of the first automobile accidents in Missouri.  His sons finished building it in 1922, however it wasn't as elaborate.  Eventually the property was leased for a hotel and in 1942 sparks from a chimney ignited the roof.  The fire gutted the castle and the carriage house.  In 1976 vandals burned the water tower.  The ruins are massive and give an idea of how lavish the house was originally.  It has a stunning view from the top of a bluff over the Lake of the Ozarks.  

remnants of the carriage house

The castle ruins

overlooking the lake from the bluff
A natural spring that pumps 48 million gallons of water daily into the lake.

The water tower was stabilized and a roof added back on after the vandalism in the 70's. The caretaker of the property lived in it with his family before the castle was burned. 

There are many wildflowers blooming in the park.
The park boasts one of Missouri's best oak woodlands with almost 3,000 acres preserved.
Next time we will go more prepared to hike.  
For more information on this beautiful state park go to 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Missouri Getaway, Day Two

On our first full day we planned on hiking on the Katy Trail State Park.  It is the longest developed rail-trail in the country.  It was built on the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad line and is 240 miles long.  It runs between Clinton and Machens with 26 trailheads along the way.  Part of it has been designated as an official segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.  The trail runs closely along the Missouri River and there are many ranches and farms along the way.  We only went five miles (round trip).  But, are hoping to take bikes next time and go farther.  

The main reason I wanted to get on the trail was because of an important story in my family.  My Papaw, Marquis Frank Turner, was born in McBaine, MO and my family was from the area.  When he was a young adult, his father, Jesse Porter Turner, was killed in an accident on the MKT line when he jumped off a moving handcar to retrieve his sister's hat.  She never wore that hat again.  It was 1918 and he was 49 years old. It was a Sunday afternoon and they were visiting family, traveling from McBaine to Providence which is about an 8 mile trip.  I didn't get to that location this time, but I will in the future. 

The trail is fairly flat which makes it a great trail for bicycling.  We saw mostly cyclers and a couple of dog walkers.    

There are many trestle bridges from the train days.  There is one original tunnel in the Rocheport area, which I really want to photograph.  The trail where we were was surrounded by corn and soybean fields.  There are sections that go right along the Missouri River and the bluffs which are beautiful.  

This was a former mercantile that was built when the railroad went in. 
Notice the large, carved ear of corn on the right.  

Check out more information on the KATY Trail State Park at 



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