[HCH] Icy Storms, Gratitude, New Bible Schedule, Weekly Tips

Oct 28, 2020 9:16 pm

Hello lovely ladies,

Brrr.... bring out the hot chocolate. Do you like that stuff? I usually drink hot tea. It's been icy cold. Sunday, water was out on our side of the town due to a local fire. Then, Tuesday, electricity was out due to ice storms and tree limbs falling. 

Yet, I have so much to be grateful for right now... I have had a decent meal each day and a warm snug bed to keep me warm at night. 

And there's a dozen other tiny little things that get overlooked on a daily basis for which to be grateful. For instance, I've been greatly appreciative of toilet paper since my college days when there were shortages now and then. And let's not forget about the TP shortage at the beginning of 2020. Ha! ha!

I also thank God for Duct tape, which has been another huge love of mine. It fixed all those things we couldn't afford to repair when my hubby was in Bible college, and we had little ones in diapers. LOL  

Washi tape is a new love of mine. It makes my journaling & planning a bit fancier and all my DIY projects look cuter. Ha! ha!

The point today is just look for those little blessings we take for granted. And when hectic times arrive.... re-ponder all those little blessings and your heart will be filled with gratitude for what you have today.  

Also, have a sense of humor... it makes all those days that are a bit of drudgery quite a bit lighter. :)

The new Bible reading schedule is ready for you. I've also added another coloring page printable. Do take a look. The link is further down below.

My Friend, Keep Walking in FAITH,

Rhonda White (rhondawhite@outlook.com)

~ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. I Corinthians 16:23 KJV 


7 Tidbits from my journal: (Use these ideas for your journal or ministry)

What you do today is important because you're exchanging a day of your life for it.

"The Devil is not afraid of the Bible with dust on it."

"When I begin relying on my own strength, God does not have the opportunity to use His." - Paraphrased from Loretta Walker

"When you understand that everything starts with GOD, it motivates you to give to Him first." - Refreshing Daily in God's Word, Oct. 2020

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain; and most do." - Benjamin Franklin

"A leader is easy to recognize. He is the one with the arrows in his back." - RDIGW, Oct. 2020

*QUESTION: What are you looking for? - Victory - Transformation - Power - Deliverance - Brand-new You - Forgiveness - Wisdom [**It's in the Word of God!!!**]


New Bible Reading Schedule for November  

*Side note: It's not necessary to print... you can simply bookmark the new schedule.

OR --Print only the pages you want. Feel free to download it to your own device.

Bible reading schedule link for November:



Bible Verse of the Week:

“Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” - Isaiah 59:1 KJV


Reminder Links:

Bible reading schedule link for November:


Christian Planner Printable Pages:



My Greeting Card Shop: (Looking for a unique card? Shoot me an email with your ideas.)


My Zazzle Design Shop:


Believe God collection:  



Today's Tidy Up Your Life Tips: 

Tips and Tricks for Successful Slow Cookery

Slow cookers are a wonderful way to have food "cook itself." If you're not used to using one, knowing some tips and tricks ahead of time can help reduce the learning curve. Even if you do use your slow cooker frequently, it's nice to expand your recipe repertoire and learn something new about this stand-by of busy kitchens.

Here are some tips and tricks for successful slow cookery:

1. Don't Peek!

When you're using your slow cooker, leave the lid on unless the recipe directs you otherwise. If you take the lid off during cooking, it can take up to 25 minutes for the food to resume its proper cooking temperature, and that extends your cooking time.

2. Warming "Plate"

You can use your slow cooker to keep foods warm even if you didn't make them in the slow cooker. From soups to meatballs, a slow cooker on Low with the lid off or Warm with the lid on can keep foods hot while you transport them or serve them from your buffet or table.

3. Hot Weather Friend

Did you ever think about how little heat a slow cooker generates in the kitchen? This makes it ideal for cooking during hot weather. You can even do baking in your slow cooker, helping to keep your kitchen cool. (Slow cookers use less energy than an oven, too.)

4. High, Low, and Making Adjustments

A good rule of thumb to remember is that 1 hour on High is roughly equivalent to 2 to 2 1/2 hours on Low. Knowing this allows you to adjust the timing of your dish, whether to speed it up or slow it down.

5. Blanch Veggies

Blanched vegetables do not lose as many nutrients as veggies that are placed in the cooker raw. (Blanching means dipping the vegetables in boiling water for a minute or two, then in cold water to stop the cooking process.)

6. A Special Warning about Raw or Dried Kidney and Fava Beans

If you are going to use these beans in your slow cooker, choose canned whenever you can. Dry or raw kidney and fava beans contain a toxin that only goes away if the beans are boiled for 10 minutes. The low temperature of a slow cooker doesn't quite work to get rid of this toxin. So either use canned beans or pre-boil them. 

7. What Size?

Generally speaking, a family of four can do well with a slow cooker that's about 5 to 6 quarts. However, having more than one slow cooker size can come in very handy. You can have a hot drink going in the small one while you make chicken stock in the large one; or bake bread in the large one while heating soup in the other (for example). 

8. Fast-Cooking Foods

If you are going to be gone a while and still want to cook thin cuts of chicken or fish fillets in your slow cooker, you can place them in the cooker while they are frozen. This increases the cooking time and decreases the chances of overcooking. 

9. Re-warm leftovers

If your crock pot has a "keep warm" setting, place your leftovers in there two to four hours before you're ready to eat. (Depending on the amount that needs warming, larger amounts would take at least four hours to come to fully heated stage that's ready to eat.) Butter the crock pot in advance to keep leftovers from sticking. Set on keep warm and they should be ready.  

*Tip: I often place leftovers in my small oval crock pot, cover and place in the fridge. The next day, I pull it out at lunchtime, set it on "keep warm" and it's usually perfectly warmed by supper hour.

10. Heat up hot drinks such as hot chocolate or hot apple cider

This is self-explanatory, but there are lots of recipes online to try out your favorite hot beverages. A crock pot can come in handy during the winter months for sipping on hot beverages throughout the day.

Some of these tips may work for you, and others may not be that practical or need to be adjusted according to your own crockpot. If you have a great tip for using your crock pot, please send me your tip at rhondawhite@outlooking with subject line: Crock pot Tips