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40 till 40 – Page 2 – Scraps In Bloom

Category: 40 till 40

date your spouse (day 17)

Something I have learned over the last 18 years of being married…. 

never stop dating your spouse! 

It’s the little dates that I love. 

I don’t need huge expensive dinners. 

…how about your favorite donut at a local drive-thru donut shop, hot coffee at another place, a quick errand, a little driving around, listening to music, then home to watch a movie… 

I would rather have 50 little tiny dates, than 1 big deluxe date. 

i love dating my hubby. 

and 17 till 40!  YIKES! 

(**bonus info: favorite donut: Glazed Sour Cream Cake Donut, tonight’s movie: 500 days of Summer**) 

on your heart (day 18)

Ever wake up in the middle of the night and instantly someone comes to your mind, but you don’t understand why? 

I believe that God has placed that person on your heart

What do I mean? 

I feel that it is a call to prayer. 

To action. 

God has placed that person on your heart, so that you can remember them in prayer. 

Maybe even send them a card in the mail, (or email or text). 

Or bake some cookies for them. 

Just to let them know YOU were thinking about THEM. 

Maybe they need encouraged. 

Maybe they are going through something and they feel all alone. 

They need to know they are loved

They need to feel God’s love…..maybe THROUGH YOU!  

I encourage you, the next time someone comes to your mind, out-of-the-blue, 

stop & whisper a prayer for them. 

You don’t need to know the details.  God already knows. 

Today I baked some cookies.  Snickerdoodles.  (My hubby’s favorite.) 

Plus God had placed someone on my heart that was having some physical problems, so I thought that maybe some homemade cookies would help sweeten their day. 

Here’s the yummy recipe for Betty Crocker Snickerdoodles

This is the recipe, plus my timing for using baking stones instead of cookie sheets: 


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose/unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon


  1. Heat oven to 400′.
  2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in a large bowl. 
  3. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. 
  4. Shape dough into 1 1/4inch balls. 
  5. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. 
  6. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Place 2 inches apart on baking stone (or ungreased cookie sheet). 
  7. First batch (on cold stone) bake 12 minutes, removing from oven and allow them to rest on stone for another 3-4  minutes.  Then move to wire rack.
  8. Remaining batches (on warm stone) bake 10 minutes, removing from oven and allow them to rest on stone for another 2 minutes.  Then move to wire rack. 
  9. (Using cookie sheet, bake 8-10 minutes or until set.  Then move to wire rack.)

Yields: approx. 48 cookies 

*These cookies are peanut-free. 

Above is an altered clipboard that I made.  It can be used to display a favorite photo or a t0-do list.
I love wrapping homemade goodies in pretty cellophane.  I also made this tag to match the card & clipboard. 

Below is the finished “Warm Winter Wishes” set. 

Only 18 days till 40! 

give me your eyes (day 19)

Give me your eyes for just one second 

Give me your eyes so I can see 

Everything that I keep missing 

Give me your love for humanity 

Give me your arms for the broken hearted 

Ones that are far beyond my reach. 

Give me your heart for the ones forgotten 

Give me your eyes so I can see 

This needs to be my prayer. 

This is a lesson that I haven’t completely learned yet. 

I need to see others as the Lord sees them. 

19 till 40! 

manners matter (day 20)

Am I crazy, or do less people use their manners these days? 

Manners Matter! 

I’m not saying that I am perfect, or always use complete manners, but come on! 

One example:  Walk through the grocery store…how many kids (OR worse, adults) will walk right in front of you, or literally stand in front of you and pick what they want off of the shelf.  The same shelf that you were standing there looking at!?  Yikes!  Sometimes I am so shocked at the lack of manners people use.  A simple “excuse me” is all I’m looking for! 

Or a simple “thank you” would be nice now and then.  Or “you’re welcome”. 

It may just be me,   

Maybe I’m getting cranky in my old age.  LOL. 

After all, only 20 days till 40! 

exercise is good (day 21)

I hope that everyone had a great weekend! 

Something else that I have learned over my 40 years….exercise is good

It’s not something that I enjoy doing. 

It’s not something that I look forward to. 

but, I know that I will feel better once I’ve exercised. 

I try to remember that it’s good for me….especially the older I get…yikes…can’t believe those are words that I have to say or think. 

Keep my heart healthy.  My bones strong. 




Depending on the week/month/mood, I have different exercise routines that I enjoy.  Currently I am enjoying Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home…it’s on the Exercise On Demand channel.  I can walk 3 miles (in 45 minutes) without leaving my bedroom!  Surprising, huh? 

What’s your favorite exercise routine/type?  Pilates?  Treadmill?  Spinning? Tae-bo? 

i got a good one (day 23)

The 1st of February will be our 18th anniversary. 

Kevin & I dated for about 5 years before we got married. 

We’ve been friends since we were about 5 or 6 years old. 

He’s my best friend. 

I love him dearly. 

He understands me like no one else. 

He loves me even when I’m unlovable. 

He’s been in my life almost all of my 40 years, and I look forward to spending another 40 years with him. 

I am truly blessed. 

23 days till 40! 

He’s waiting for you… (day 24)

24 till 40 Draw near to God, He is waiting for you! 

You would think by now, I would continue to remember this, but I don’t. 

I live it for a while, 

and then I get busy and continue on with my life 

forgetting what I’ve learned. 

But God is patient with me. 

He is there.  Waiting for me. 

Waiting for me to have time for Him again. 

I’m talking about spending time with God.  Devotions.  Quiet time in prayer. 

Psalm 46:10a “Be still, and know that I am God.” 

Reading His word.  Devoting time to & for Him. 

James 4:8a reads, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” 

As an adult, a period of time that I remember being close to God, is when I was spending time with Him.  Daily.  And one of my favorite ways is to journal about my walk with Him.  My prayers to Him. 

I am a paper person.  I love to write.  I love to make lists.  I need to be able to see things on paper.  I need to be able to hold it in my hands.  See my concerns, my joys, my struggles all written down,

but then more importantly,

I need it written down, so that I can look back and see where God was in the midst of it all.  To document His work in my life.  To see how He answered my prayers. 

So that I don’t forget. 

A few years ago, my son & husband had their tonsils out on the same day.  Now, as stressful and exhausting as that month of recuperating was for them (&me), I remember it as a time that my walk with God was sweet.  I read His word.  Studied it.  Had time with Him.  I can look back at my prayer journal and see the answered prayer.  See the struggles and worries, yet, I knew God was with me (us). 

I have been a Christian since I was a child.  I am saved by grace.  Jesus took on my sins and died for me.  Even more importantly, He rose again.  He waits for me in heaven.  Because He died, I can live for eternity with Him. 

You can live for eternity with Him too! 

Simply recognize that you are a sinner.  Confess to Him your sin and your need to have Him in your heart (life).  Tell Him that you want to live for Him.  Acknowledge that He died on the cross for YOUR sins and that He rose again.  Ask Him to guide you and direct you. 

He will! 

If you would like more information about how to have a personal relationship with Christ, contact me! 

You may also read here for more information. 

Revelation 3: 20 says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” 

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Romans 10:9  “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

patience: not my virtue (day 26 & 25)

Well, as you can tell by the title of this post, Patience: not my virtue,  I am not a patient person. At least not all of the time.  Ok, not most of the time.  Today proved that.   

My blog was “down” for almost 24 hours and there wasn’t anything I could do, but wait. 

And wait. 

And wait. 

The company that “hosts” my blog had issues, so it was all in their hands. 

So, obviously, that is something that I need to continue to work on….maybe by my 50th birthday, I will be a patient person.  Maybe not. 

I did find this quote online : “Patience is a virtue, Possess it if you can, Seldom found in woman, Never found in man” 

While I was forced to not blog, I decided to paper craft instead.  

I had seen these little paper pads online a year or so ago and finally sat down and made some. Here’s how:

  • First drink lots & lots of Starbucks so that you have lots & lots of cardboard cup sleeves.  That’s the yummy part! 
  • As you can see above, I took an old notebook and removed many sheets of paper. 
  • Cut your sleeve so that it is now in two separate pieces, a front and a back. 
  • Take as many sheets of paper as you desire and cut them down to size.  I am NOT precise.  I do not measure.  I estimate. 
  • Next, using my Bind-it-All, I centered my stack of paper and punched holes. 
  • Do the same thing with the front & back covers.  (I did mine at the same time, to make sure that the front and back were lined up together).  (The smaller your paper, you may end up with a hole punched on the edge…that’s ok, it still holds together.  If this bothers you, simply make your paper slightly bigger.) 
  • Using my Bind-it-All, I bound my paper pad together.  (For this project, I used the 3/4″ binding rings.  I could have made my paper pad much thicker, but chose not to.)
  • For the final touch, you could tie some cute ribbon to the binding, but I chose not to.  I decided to keep it simple.  A quick project.  No patience required! 
The above picture doesn’t really serve it justice.  Because the sleeve is curved, when you prop it up, it looks messy…but I wanted to show you the inside. Pictured below is the back of the sleeve where your drink could have been customized & written here. 

Mine wasn’t, so this was a great place for me to sign my initials. 

Easy Peasy. 

25 till 40!! 

follow that idea (day 27)


So, another thing that I have learned in my long 40 years, is that when the urge to clean/scrub/organize/pitch hits you, STOP whatever you are doing and follow that idea! 


Because that cleaning bug doesn’t bite often.  LOL. 

That is exactly what I did today!   

Original plan: grocery shop 

Sudden idea: scrub down kitchen, sort through & organize cupboards, pitch stuff that hasn’t been used in a while  (And bake while cleaning!) 

So, about 4 hours later, at least 3 garbage bags full, dishwashers 3rd load, a dozen eggs hard-boiled for hubby’s snacks, homemade granola finished, then homemade granola bars baked, supper made… 

It’s a good feeling to know all of that has been accomplished. 

My husband is happy too.   

He hates stuff hanging on the front of the fridge, and today our fridge is (almost) a clean slate. 

27 days till 40!