Saturday, October 10, 2009



Orginal Design by Amanda Formaro

Scarecrows are synonymous with Autumn. This little guy is so adorable you just can't resist him! Paint several to give away as gifts, or make one just for yourself to keep in the kitchen.

What You Will Need:
glass jar
liner and shader brushes
Micron black craft pen
old toothbrush
acrylic matte spray
printable pattern
Acrylic Paint Colors (we used Delta Ceramcoat)
Antique White
AC Flesh
Georgia Clay
Pink Quartz
Bonnie Blue
Trail Tan
Dark Forest Green

Craft Project Instructions:

Base coat surface with 2-3 coats of Antique White.
Trace pattern onto base coated surface.
Paint pumpkin with Pumpkin paint. Shade lines with Tangerine and Georgia Clay.
Paint face, hands and feet with AC Flesh. Paint nose with Georgia Clay and shade with Black. Draw on mouth eyes and stitches with Micron craft pen. Use ratty or scruffy brush to dot on cheeks with Pink Quartz.
Paint hat with Bonnie Blue. Mix a very small amount of black with Bonnie Blue to use for shading hat. Patches are Trail Tan, criss-cross with Georgia Clay.
Paint pumpkin stem and vines with Dark Forest Green.
Use fine liner brush with Yellow and Georgia Clay for straw around feet, hands and face.
Use Micron craft pen to draw on all stitches around hat and pumpkin.
Splatter completed surface with White and then with Black using the bristles of an old toothbrush.
Sign your work! Spray your completed project with 2-3 coats of acrylic spray sealer according to directions on can.

Tip: If you are painting on jars, prepare your surface by washing the jar, completely removing all labels and glue, then giving the jar a rinse in white vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Allow the first coat of base to dry completely before attempting second coat!


(Be On The Alert)

Terrorist Groups Operating in Churches
There are some credible reports that five terrorist cells are actively operating in many churches.
They have been identified as:

Bin Sleepin,
Bin Arguin,
Bin Fightin,
Bin Complainin,
Bin Missin and,
Bin Boastin,

Their leader, Bin Lucifer, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ.

The plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy.
There are also reports of a sixth group.

A tiny cell known by the name "Bin Prayin."
It seems they are actually the only effective counter terrorism force that has been effective against the Bin Terrorists .
Unlike other terrorist cells, the Bin Prayin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along.
Bin Prayin does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ.
We have noticed that the Bin Prayin cells have different characteristics than the others.

They have Bin Watchin,
Bin Waitin,
Bin Fastin,
Bin Actin
And Bin Longin for their Master,
Jesus Christ to use them mightily until He returns.

Which "Bin" group do you belong to?

"Live your life in such a way it demands an explanation."


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pumpkin Pie

1 egg
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Add the sugar gradually to the pumpkin puree. Beat well an stir in the flour, salt and spices. Stir in the corn syrup and beat well. Stir in the slightly beaten egg, then slowly add the evaporated milk, mixing until well blended. Pour the batter into the unbaked pie shell.
Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 10 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees F) and continue baking pie for an additional 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the mixture comes out clean.

Monday, October 5, 2009


what says summer into fall more than sunflowers? Bring that feeling into your home with this lovely sunflower design painted on a jar. You can use it as a sunny decoration for your kitchen, or easily turn it into a candle by adding a glass or clay pot candle holder to the mouth of the jar.

- empty glass jar, washed, dried, all labels removed
- white vinegar or rubbing alcohol
- paper towel or soft cloth
- pattern

- Liner, shader & scruffy brush
- Micron black craft pen
- Stylus
- Old toothbrush
- Acrylic matte spray
- Scrap strip of homespun material
- White craft glue

Crocus Yellow
Antique Gold
Autumn Brown
Dark Forest Green
Forest Green


Base coat the surface of the jar with 1 coat of white. Allow to dry for 24 hours. If you don't, you risk peeling the paint off with your second coat. This rule does not apply when painting on pourous surfaces such as wood. Remember, the paint does not soak into the glass like it does on wood, therefore your drying time is increased!

Paint of second and third coat, allowing 20 minutes dry time in between coats. Allow third coat to dry for a couple of hours before moving on to the next step.

Trace the pattern onto base-coated surface. Paint petals with Crocus Yellow. Outline petals with Yellow, shade with Antique Gold.

Paint center of flower with Antique Gold, then use a scruffy brush to dab on Autumn Brown over the top of the Antique Gold, leave a little showing underneath in spots. Use a Stylus to dot Dark Forest Green in the center of the flower.

Use Forest Green to paint stems. Use scruffy brush and Forest Green to blend stems into the bottom of the design.

Use black Micron craft pen to draw lines around center of flower.

Dip the bristle tips of a toothbrush into some black paint that has been lightly thinned with a drop or two of water. Test your splattering ability on a piece of scrap paper before doing this on your jar. Hold toothbrush horizontally and drag your finger across the bristles, causing the paint to splatter spots wherever you aim it. When you are comfortable with this method, go ahead and splatter the entire surface of the jar with black paint. Clean out toothbrush and repeat this method with white paint. Let dry.

Dot white craft glue around the rim of the jar. Position strip of homespun material around the rim and tie in a knot or bow.

Sign your work! Spray completed project with 2-3 coats of acrylic spray sealer (matte) according to directions on can.

Hint: Small glass votive holders or small clay pots work great in the mouth of the jar. Place votive candle on holder and you are all set!

Chocolate Chunk Magic Cookie Bars


Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
8 (1 oz.) Baker's Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate Squares, cut into small chunks
1 1/3 cups Baker's Angel Flake Sweetened Coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)


1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Spray 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.

2. COMBINE graham cracker crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chunks, coconut and nuts. Press down firmly with fork.

3. BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Loosen from sides of pan while still warm. Cool completely. Cut into bars or diamonds.

TIP For perfectly cut cookie bars, line entire pan with foil, extending foil over edge of pan. Coat lightly with no-stick cooking spray. After bars have baked and cooled, lift up with edges of foil to remove from pan. Cut into individual bars.

Servings: 4 Dozen

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes