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A friend on Facebook shared this with me and it is too good to not share with you!
It takes a brave and hearty (and spartan) soul to give up coffee and tea in the name of food miles. Many do, but morning caffeine is the guilty pleasure that whispers in a voice too alluring for many to resist. One thing is for sure; it's generally a long journey for beans and leaves to travel from exotic climes to the kitchen counter -- so we may as well honor them with some extra chores before condemning them to the trash. For those who add their spent dregs to the compost bin, you can still do so in many of these applications once their mission has been accomplished.Coffee Grounds
1. Soften Skin
Exfoliate with a body scrub made of coffee grounds, coconut oil, and a little brown sugar. Gently massage it on in the shower, rinse, be soft.
2. Please the Flowers
Use coffee grounds as mulch for acid-loving plants – like roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, hydrangea, and camellias – they like coffee grounds for the natural acidity and nutrients they add to the soil.
3. Sadden the Ants
Sprinkle coffee grounds around areas of ant infestation to deter them.
4. Deter Gastropods
Used grounds are said to repel snails and slugs, sprinkle in problem areas.
5. Simplify Fireplace Cleaning
Before cleaning the fireplace, sprinkle with dampened used coffee grounds -- which weigh down the ash and thus eliminate clouds of smoke-flavored dust.
6. Make a Sepia Dye
Soak used grounds in hot water and use as a dye bath for Easter eggs, fabric, and paper for a lovely, soft brown tinge.
7. Keep Cats at Bay
Keep kitties out of the garden with a mixture of orange peel and used coffee grounds distributed around plants.
8. Encourage the Carrots
To boost a carrot harvest, mix seeds with dried coffee grounds before sowing. The extra bulk makes the wee seeds easier to sow, as well, the coffee aroma can nourish the soil and help repel pests.
Some tips call for dried leaves, here’s how. When you’re finished brewing tea, place the leaves into a large strainer or colander. Press out as much moisture as possible, and then spread the leaves on paper. Let the leaves dry thoroughly, turning over several times in the process. Also note that wet tea leaves stain, so if you are using wet tea leaves on or near a porous surface be sure to test in an inconspicuous place first.
9. Tame Stings and Burns
Cool tea bags can bring relief when applied to bug bites and minor burns, including sunburn. For overall skin irritation, put spent tea leaves in a bath and soak.
10. Soothe Your Eyes
The tannins in tea have anti-inflammatory effects, which is why cool ones are often employed on puffy eyes. (The chill also helps with swelling.)
11. Feed the Garden
Use tea leaves as food for garden plants – green tea is high in nitrogen, and as a bonus, the leaves can ward off pests and insects. Also good for houseplants, add old tea leaves to their water.
12. Boost Potted Plants
When potting plants, place a few used tea bags on top of the drainage layer at the bottom of the planter before adding soil. The tea bags will help to retain water and will also leach some nutrients into the potting medium.
13. Quell the Cat Box Smell
Sprinkle used, dried tea leaves in litter boxes to help reduce the smell.
14. Eliminate Pet Odors
Sprinkle dried, used green tea leaves on your pet’s pillow, bed, in the doghouse, or other smelly spots to eliminate odor.
15. Freshen the Carpet
Sprinkle dry tea leaves onto the carpet, crush them lightly and let sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum. This will refresh the carpet and deodorize your vacuum cleaner and bag. (Especially helpful if you have pets.)
16. Treat the Dog
As an extravagance, loose leaf gunpowder tea is a treat for dogs to roll around in. It’s great for the aroma and luster it adds to the coat.
17. Freshen Mats and Beds
It is common in Southeast Asia to wash straw sleeping mats in tubs of water to which tea has been added. The tea works as a deodorizer, you can apply this method to yoga mats and air mattresses.
18. Save the Fridge
If you’re out of baking soda, place dried, used green tea bags or leaves in a small open bowl in your refrigerator to help absorb odors.
Our Daughter has been so excited about this Mother's Day! In fact, this photo is of her, handing me some beautiful flowers she picked as an early Mother's Day gift.
What on earth did I do to deserve this?
To be honest, lately I have been a bit cranky, and still, our Children hug me and tell me they love me.
I have been feeling overwhelmed with laundry, dishes, meals, daily activities, people coming and needing to go to places,... and then having a Coffee Roasting Business on top of it all can be a bit much.
Despite all of this, my Husband patiently reminded me of all the things to be thankful for. He said, "I am thankful that all of our Children have all of their fingers and toes.... that they are healthy and happy.... that they are not missing.... "
He was right, and with that gentle rebuke,... I started thinking about the laundry, dishes, meals, juggling work, home and Family.
It is difficult, but,...
the never ending pile of dirty clothes just means we have a Family, and that they are well and able to get those clothes used and dirty!
The pile of dishes just means that we have food, to feed our Children, and even though they might not have liked what I put, they still were able to eat. I am thankful they can eat, and not need a feeding tube.
I am grateful that they are here with us. That my overly protective self is that way, so they are safe and home, (even when I get tired of the noise and just wish for some peace and quiet).
Sometimes I get tired of people needing me, but yet, it just means that they think of me when they are having hard times. I am grateful for them, and those opportunities.
Sometimes I get tired of my Husband's never ending energy! His ability to go camping, and fishing, and hiking, and bike riding,.... all in a day! But, I am so thankful that I have a Husband. My life would be incomplete without him. He truly is the love of my life.
Be thankful for what you have today Mom's. Be thankful every day.
Pray for Wisdom (Ephesians 1:17)
Pray for protection of your Family , and those around you. (1 Peter 3:9)
Pray for your Children's future or current Spouse (Isaiah 54:13, Isaiah 49:25)
Remember those who have no Children, or have Children that are missing. Pray for them! If you don't know what to pray, pray in the Spirit. God knows what they need!
Pray for Children that have lost their Parents.
Stay Humble, stay loving, forgive quickly and keep God first.
I was on Facebook today and saw this article. It talks of Christians going to the Gay Pride Parade in Chicago, having on t-shirts with, "I'm sorry" and signs with the same message for judging.
This is true LOVE!
God NEVER told us to go around judging anyone, or condemning ANYONE! We have our own issues, our own faults we need to deal with, within ourselves!
I am truly thrilled, to see a healing begin between Christians, asking for forgiveness, for something they may have done, or not.
That is a hard task, but love never fails!
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There are so many hardships going on all around the world.
Maybe you have been struggling,
maybe the only thing you have been feelings you think you have is sadness, hurt, let down, abandoned,... hopelessness.
Maybe you are wondering where God is,...
maybe you are even upset with Him, wondering why He hasn't stepped in and fixed everything.
He said, "Be strong, courageous, and
firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your
God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 AMP.
He has not left you.
He has not abandoned you.
Ha has not turned His back on you.
Get alone with Him, go somewhere quiet, soften your heart towards Him. He loves you with an everlasting love!
"The Lord appeared from of
old to me [Israel], saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting
love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My
faithfulness to you." Jeremiah 31:3 AMP.
"Therefore also now,
says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with
fasting, with weeping, and with mourning [until every hindrance is
removed and the broken fellowship is restored].
your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for
He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in
loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His
conditions are met]." Joel 2:12-13 AMP
Don't give up on God,
because He has NEVER given up on you.
We are more than willing to pray for anyone.
Notice we said FOR anyone,... not against.
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Here is a song that really speaks to my heart, "Let Faith Arise!" by Chris Tomlin
Blessings to you and your Family.
Just a great message from Jesse Duplantis!
It's that time of year again.
The falling leaves, the cooler weather, a crackling fire,
and the gathering of good Friends and Family.
We gather to celebrate Thanks Giving and Christmas during these colder months, but a lot of Christians have forgotten about, (and many don't even know about) The Feasts, which are God's appointed times for celebration.
If you are unaware of these special Feasts, I would encourage you to get the book, "Seven Blessings Of The Atonement" by Steve Munsey.
This is a important part of our Christian walk with God, and this is the time of year that it starts!
"1. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts
of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these
are my feasts." Leviticus 23:1-2
This book is filled with eye opening information, deeper relationship with God, as well as gives us a much better understanding of what Jesus did for us through His life, death and resurrection.
Truly, one of my favorite books, as well as many others.
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This is a newer song by Jamie Grace. I just love it, and I hope it brings a smile to your face as well today.
As for me, the Fall orders are pouring in, and I need to get back to work.
I saw this today, and thought it was very fitting.
"While we remember the attack
of 911, we must above all remember the Lord our God. He is our
Strength. To forget Him is to be weak & defenseless. He is our
Comforter. To forget Him is to remain in grief. He is our hope. To
forget Him is to...
embrace despair. He is our Victory. To forget Him is to lay our future
at the enemy's feet. From the Lord comes honor. Without Him, honor for
our heroes fades and we will soon forget." - Terri Copeland Pearsons