Magic Milkshakes

This afternoon, we are whipping up one of our favorite summer recipes as a Sunday treat! These no-ice cream milkshakes taste almost exactly like a Wendy’s Frosty:

Magic Milkshakes
1-1/2 to 2 cups ice water
1-1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 1-1/2 trays of ice cubes, as much as you can spare
2 tablespoons corn oil plus a 5-second squirt of non-stick spray for emulsification purposes

Place all of the ingredients into the blender, including the oil and the non-stick spray. Use less water for thicker milk shakes and more water for shakes that are easier on your blender motor. The blender should be about 3/4′s of the way full. Place the lid on. Process for a full 2 minutes, then pour into cups and serve. Makes 4 – 12oz servings.

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To create different flavor blends, you can increase the milk powder for creamier shakes, add coffee for a mocha-type shakes, etc. This is a *very* versatile milkshake. Enjoy! =]

~Courtney

Spring Cleaning….

It’s that time of year again! Can you smell it in the air?

Springtime has arrived once more and I have been bitten by the cleaning bug. I am making my to-do list of things to accomplish, not just with cleaning and organizing, but also with personal goals that I would like to achieve over this spring season.

Now that I have graduated from high school, I want to make sure I am filling my time in God-honoring, productive ways.

My parents encouraged me to find some courses and other activities that I could work on here at home to continue my studies.

I am currently working through the ‘Baking With Whole Grains’ bread baking course, written by Sue Gregg. This has been absolutely fantastic thus far, and I really like the emphasis she puts on how cooking (and anything else we do, for that matter) should be done in such a way so that we are pursuing excellence, because we ought to be doing everything unto the glory of God. There has been a lot of emphasis on memorizing scripture as well, which is wonderful in-and-of itself.

The next big thing I am working on right now is a goal to read 100 books this year. I will be updating my Goodreads account to reflect this so that I can keep track of which ones I have and haven’t read. I was accepted by the WaterBrook Multnomah book review program a couple of months back. The books they send me will be on my list as well, and I will be posting a review with each one of those. The first book they sent me, ‘Fierce Beauty: Choosing to Stand for What Matters Most’, has been really good thus far. I’m hoping to have that review up here by the end of next week, so keep watching!

I started attending an art class today with two of my younger siblings. This class specifically focuses on sketching, which is something that I love to do but I am not particularly good at. At all. Whatsoever. =] It seems like it will be a great class, and I think we will learn a lot. Today’s lesson went fairly well. I’m definitely looking forward to next week!

How are you getting started with your spring planning? I will post more on this as well as my to-do list a little later this week. =]

Blessings to you!
~Courtney

I Love Vintage

I have this love of all things vintage.

Old typewriters, calligraphy pens, and the smell of an old book; I absolutely adore it. The click-clack-click of my vintage typewriter is one of my favorite sounds. Looking at old black-and-white photographs make my heart sing, and there is truly nothing like the scritch-scratch of a calligraphy pen writing across a page (thus the name of this blog! =]). Old music, pouring out of our record player, stories passed down from generation to generation, my Great-Grandmother’s cookbook with handwritten notes all throughout- there is truly nothing like it in the world.

Are you a vintage person? Or not? =]

~Courtney

Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes, it just comes to you. Other times, you wish you could do anything to get a simple little dose.

I’m beginning to learn that inspiration can be found wherever you look.

It is in the fresh loads of laundry waiting to be folded after having just been taken off the clothesline; perhaps even still warm to the touch! The sound of little footsteps pattering around the house, maybe even the warm cup of coffee so many of us drink as we start our day. Music, paintings, garden sheds. The sunshine shimmering across the sea. The unique sound of an owl’s “whoo!” in the middle of the night and that moment when you realize that you have lost your glasses, again. Watching meteor showers with your family whilst discussing the vastness of the universe God has created…

God has provided the perfect environment for creativity. His creation never ceases to amaze me. Witnessing each new sunrise or sunset across our lake nearly takes my breath away. He created the whole world and saw fit to allow us to enjoy it.

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1:16-17

“You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.”

Nehemiah 9:6

I feel so blessed to have been placed where I am. I am thankful that God is showing me so many beautiful things, even if I’m not on the look-out for them. I’m learning it really is the little things that end up being the best things, the fondest memories and most cherished times, later on in life. =]

From where do you find your inspiration?

~Courtney

New Blog

I wanted to take a moment to welcome you to my new blog here at “little blots of ink.” =]

I decided that it was time to move on from my old blog (one of the bunch) and start something new:

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” — Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

I also wanted to give a huge “Thank You” to my brother, Joshua, who helped me set everything up here. Thanks, Josh!

I look forward to blogging here at my new bloggy home. Have a blessed day!
~Courtney

Resurrection Sunday

Jesus Christ died for me.

He made a sacrifice. He was crucified on a cross. He took on the weight of our sins, taking our punishment for us that we might live with Him forever in eternity.

Each time I think about the sacrifice that our LORD made for us, it brings tears to my eyes. The LORD took a punishment for me. A punishment that I deserve. I deserve to die for the sins that I have committed against my Saviour. The LORD saw fit to take my punishment and bear it for me that I might live forever with Him in eternity. Death has no sting. The LORD has victory over death. Praise the LORD for His goodness, His mercy, and His grace-  too precious to simply be cast aside.

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” — Romans 6:8-11

That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” — Phillipians 3:10-12

The story doesn’t end with the crucifixion. On the third day, after being placed in a tomb, Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He is a mighty savior!

Today, on Resurrection Sunday, we take the time to observe Christ’s sacrifice for us. We shouldn’t just observe the blessing of this gift today, but on every single day. May we always remember and be grateful for God’s mercy and grace. <3

I posted the following hymn, ‘Christ the Lord has Risen Today’ on my FB page this morning and wanted to post it here as well.

Christ the Lord has Risen Today by Charles Wesley

“Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection day, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia! ”

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He is Risen! He is Risen INDEED!

With love,

~Courtney~