Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thou lowly mortal, wouldst thou rise

To set thy name above the skies?

Know this: The self-exalted must

By God's own hand be brought to dust.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mango Smoothie

One Mango

One cup Milk

1-2 tablespoons Nectar, or honey, or 1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup crushed Ice (you can crush it your self by putting the ice in a baggie and wrap a towel around it. Then, hammer it until it resembles snow! Preferably outside)

1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice

Blend it all together and enjoy! For an optional idea, make the smoothie without the ice. Instead, put it separately into a glass and pour the smoothie over it!)


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Popover Recipe!

1 Cup all purpose flour-sifted
Place in large bowl:
1 Cup milk
Stir in flour with a wire whisk or egg beater
1 tablespoon confections sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Beat in four eggs one at a time. Beat batter well after each egg is added. Have ready six oven proof dishes. Spread with oil or cooking spray. Pour batter into dishes 1/3 Cup full. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 min. Then lower to 350 degrees and bake for 10 min. or more (or until done.)

I love this recipe and it is a favorite in the Hoppman household! I made some on Easter, because it represents Christ's Resurrection; the tomb was empty! Just as these popovers should be like, inside when they are through cooking. If that doesn't happen though, that's OK. I still don't get it right all the time! I think the trick is not trying to fill the muffin pan up too much...

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Josiah's Shadow

Yesterday, I was swinging with Josiah in our back yard, and I was trying to show him what his shadow was. It was right in front of the swing, so he finally figured our what a "shadow" was. Here is a conversation that took place while we where still swinging...

Josiah: "I'm going to 'bam' my shadow. ("Bam" meaning, "hit")
Josiah hit the ground with his foot while still trying to swing at the same time. After trying to "bam" his shadow a second time, he slipped off his swing, and tried hard not to fall down on the ground and regain his balance!
Josiah: "Shadows are naughty."
Kelsey: (me) Anything that doesn't cooperate with you is naughty, isn't it Josiah?
Josiah: "It's going to snow tonight, and my shadow will get WET!!!!"
Kelsey: "Josiah, your shadow goes with you. Wherever you go, he goes."
Josiah: "No, I know how to get him away! I'm going to go to bed without him!"
Kelsey: (me) "You've found a way to get rid of shadow?"
Josiah: (determinedly said) YES!!

Josiah is always making me laugh about something. :)

My Shadow
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—

Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an India-rubber ball,

And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,

And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;

I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,

I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;

But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Secret Truth Behind The Easter Bunny

Why do we celebrate Easter?
Is it because of the fun of hiding eggs, or the sheer delight of getting some extra candy? Is it because we take joy in saying hi to the easter bunny, and looking at the fun colors?
Of course not; but I think we are forgetting the real reason to celebrate Easter. It has been turned into a Holiday of pretend fuzzy chicks, make-believe bunnies, eggs, and candy. Why? Do you think that maybe Satan is trying to make a good holiday into a bad one, or maybe trying to make Christians forget the real reason of celebration? Does it sound familier to another common, and yet, in a way, forgotten celebration; Christ's birth?

Do you want to get the secret truth behind the easter bunny? You can find this out and more by checking out this website: (link is below)
I was shocked when I read this.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Campbell House Scones

Here is a favorite recipe of our family.
Scones are wonderful with breakfast in the morning or even with dinner in the evening! We love the way the scones in this recipe come out large and fluffy! They tastes particularly good sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Enjoy!

3 c All-purpose flour
1/3 c sugar
2 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
3/4 c firm butter (1 1/2 sticks) cut into small pieces.
3/4 c dried fruit or nuts (we don't always do this. It taists really good with craisens!)
1 t grated orange peel (optional)
1 c milk

Mix first five ingredients. Cut in butter. Stir in fruit, nuts, and/or orange peel. Make a well in the center of mixture' add milk all at once. With fork, stir until dough pulls away fromt eh bowl. Gather dough into ball' turn onto a lightly floured board. Divide dough into four parts and pat each part into a circle. Cut each circle into four parts and place on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar (optional) Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Makes 16 scones. Serve warm. Yum!*

* Taken from the Christian Bed and Breakfast Cookbook

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Simple Trust

"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."

David saw beyond the weapons, and size of Goliath. The philistines said, "here's our giant! Try to beat him!" And David said: "Here's my Giant, try to beat Him."
David knew that God was greater than Goliath and his weaponry.

We should have more of a simple child-like faith in God. It's easy to say that we trust Him, but how about when it comes down to you and your "giant"? Are you able to look beyond the sword and the spear and see God?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cowbow Jo!


Cowboy Jo! (better known to most as Josiah) He came downstairs one morning and he is learning how to dress himself... I guess he still needs some training! :) My nickname for Josiah is "goofball" Now you can see why! He is a very sweet little guy. (if he knew that I wrote "little" he wouldn't be happy though, for lately, he has been referring to himself as "big"! ) :) Whenever I put my hair up in a new way or put on something he finds pretty, he will complement me on it and let me know how nice it looks! Yes, he is only four. I'm glad for such a wonderful little brother!

Ride em cowboy!