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Give

Hurricane Michael has been gone for a little over a week…if you can please find a way to give. Give of your time, wallet or heart…just give. I promise you will get something in return.

Blessings.

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2018 · beaches · blessings · encourage · Faith · family · friends · Hurricane · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized

Help–Hurricane Michael

I live in the Panhandle of Florida, approximately 75 miles from where Hurricane Michael devastated Mexico Beach, and Panama City.  Other much smaller communities were destroyed as well but aren’t talked about right now.

I have posted pictures of my family and I having fun, with no damage.  It so could have been us if the storm hadn’t turn.  We were blessed by a cold front coming from the North, that’s it.  We are helping by donating items that we purchased for the storm and didn’t use.  If you feel the need to help but don’t know where to start please see below.  If nothing else, please pray for those affected and those helping.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Many of us are being contacted by family, friends, church groups and community members wanting to do something to help in regard to Hurricane Michael.

On a consolidated effort we are recommending Volunteer Florida. They are located in Tallahassee and are the lead agency for volunteerism in Florida. Their board of commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

They can be reached at www.volunteerflorida.org info@volunteerflorida.org   https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerFlorida and 850-414-7400.  If you go to their website, you initially have 2 options, “donate” money or “volunteer” to choose from. Those links will take you to other pages to fill in information.

There are a lot of people that want to deliver supplies. For law enforcement, public safety, emergency workers, residents, animals, etc. We are trying to determine needs, the receiving point and coordinator for those efforts. It’s a huge effort and could sometimes cause significant logistical complications on site, and please don’t recommend anyone just head that way without coordination. They may arrive and not be allowed to enter the area, nowhere to deliver and the community doesn’t know it’s there to collect.

Blessings.

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Hurricane Michael Part 3

We are fine. The eye went to Mexico Beach, and I am grateful and sad.

Our family and friends in general are fine.

We ended up playing cards and having hotdogs. Super fun, and so grateful it was just a little rain and wind.

Devastation for so many in Panama City and in the path of this storm. Prayers for those not so far away from us.

Blessed.

2018 · Anxiety · beaches · Hurricane · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized

Hurricane Michael

As we wait on Hurricane Michael…

We are staying. We are not in a water or in a flood zone, although if you remember from Hurricane Nate in 2017, we lost a tree just from the rain.

As we get up this morning, Michael is a category 2, but moving farther East. Still staying here.

Prayers, good thoughts and vibes appreciated for everyone affected. Stay safe!

Blessings.

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Tropical Storm Gordon was coming through our area, and I wanted to bake something.  We had these cookies in Las Vegas, and I so wanted to try making them.

Giada’s Lemon Ricotta Cookies – original recipe below as well.

INGREDIENTS:

For the cookies:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

For the glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested


INSTRUCTIONS:

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter and the sugar. Beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing between additions until well incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat to combine. Fold in the dry ingredients. Tightly cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop the dough (about 1 1/2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, until cooked through but still pale. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 15 minutes. Continue with the remaining dough.

For the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-teaspoon onto each cooled cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours.

The lemon zest and juice…

The above pictures is the dough before refrigeration, and then right before the oven (about 7 hours of time).The absolutely worst part of this recipe is having to wait on the dough.  If you can make it the evening before, or just first thing in the morning, that would be best.  I made the dough in the morning, and baked the cookies that evening.  Also, when you mix the icing, you will need to use it quickly as it will harden.

Enjoy!!

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December 1

Ah –hurricane season is officially over.  I feel grateful that we were not impacted with major damage this year.  Losing the Live Oak was the most damage, and very thankful we didn’t have further damage than just losing the tree.img_2104Today is also National Christmas Lights Day! Yay!  I love mine, and they are already up thanks to David and Stephen.  I don’t have a picture from this year, so this is last years picture.  Basically the same but will post this years later next week.And the weekend brings time with girlfriends in Tallahassee, again the picture is from last year, but excited to have the time with them again.Happy December 1st.  Feeling truly grateful for family, and friends.

Blessings today and always.

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Bad Storms

“A bad storm can blow in a beautiful season.  The Bible proves over and over that how something begins does not get to dictate how it ends.” – Beth Moore

Hurricane Nate brought down our tree, our oven went out (igniter) and my computer crash with my final essay on it for my English class.  My Mom used to say that everything comes in threes.  Well, we had our threes.  David was wonderful in being able to repair the oven (replaced the igniter), and my computer (he does this for a living).  Purchasing a chainsaw and allowing friends to help is difficult.  Relying on help is not something either one of us like to do.

I was told once that you take away someone’s blessing when you don’t allow them to help.  This is so true.  I love helping—if able.  Why wouldn’t we want help?  Well, we are independent, secure, we can do it ourselves – right?  I love being able to say, “let them help.”  It blesses both the giver and the receiver, right?  It does!!

Storms never bring good things…but what comes out of it, can be good.  We only suffered a tree falling over.  That is it.  Well, and some tiles off of the roof.  But really nothing major.  We now have a chainsaw, and will be able to assist if others need assistance.  Love that.

I absolutely freaked out about my final essay, and my computer crashing.  I cried when David was able to retrieve the Word document.  Cried.  I used to say bubble over.   You know, when you just can’t hold it in anymore, you bubble over.  Tears flow.  Cried.

My anxiety is such that I manage fine while something is gong on…but the moment it is completed, or over, tears flow.  Relief.  My body knows that it can let go.

I am so very grateful for family and friends that were able to help David take care of the tree.  I am grateful for my hubby being able to recover my document for my English class, and to Google to repair our oven.  I am grateful.

Blessings.

 

 

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Hurricane Nate Part 2

We ended up purchasing a chainsaw.  Thankful for sweet friends and family to come and help.  So very thankful that this was the only damage.

Apparently, it only took about two hours with the many hands of help.  So thankful for these hands.

Feeling overwhelming grateful.

Blessings.

 

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Hurricane Nate

Woke up this morning to our front oak being uprooted.  So very thankful that it didn’t come toward the house or on the cars.  Julie (bestie, and neighbor across the street) took this picture from her house. We will have to wait until the storm is done before we can do anything about it.  Thankful as well that the trees in the back yard are still standing, and have a good root system.  Also thankful that David and Stephen have tomorrow off to work on this project, although both had other plans.  I am sure that the squirrels that had a nest in this tree had other plans as well.  Will post more pictures of the progress in the next days ahead.

Blessings!!