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Three Ways With Blank Labels

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There is rarely a time when I go to the dollar store and don't walk away with a dozen ideas for new craft projects. Part of it is the incredibly low prices, and the other part is the ever-changing inventory. So when I saw these packages of blank labels, my mind went to work. There are between 50 and 60 labels in each package, so there are many options for decorating and creating something new and interesting.

One of my favorite ways to decorate labels is also a great way to use that huge rubber stamp collection. Combine phrases with sweet images for one-of-a-kind sticker labels. To stamp images that run over the edges of the label without them looking messy, cut masking tape to fit around the outside of the label lines. Then stamp, let dry and then peel the tape away. 

These darker labels are the perfect place for clear stickers with white lettering. It can be difficult to read white writing on many surfaces, and it can be hard to find background colors and patterns that make cle…

Words For Wednesday

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BBQ Tuna Enchiladas

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If you aren't a big fan of tuna, you'll want to try this amazing recipe. A little bit of BBQ sauce tones down the fishy flavor while giving it a huge boost of taste. You'll never look at canned tuna the same way again!

Using a grill pan for these enchiladas is possibly the most important part of the whole recipe. The ridges in the pan will make crispy marks on the tortillas, adding the perfect amount of crunch.

There are many variations of ingredients you can add to this dish, and I've chosen just one to share with you today. Once you've tried this one, create your own combination and share it here.

Ingredients:
4 medium tortillas
2 large cans of tuna
1/4 cup honey BBQ sauce
1/8 cup peach mango salsa
1/4 cup plain kernel corn

1. Spray your grill pan with nonstick spray and warm over medium-high heat.

2. Combine the tuna and BBQ sauce in a medium bowl. Divide evenly between two tortillas on a plate.

3. Divide the salsa and corn evenly between the two tortillas and …

A Week Of Insufficiency

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In a culture that emphasizes power, determination and self-sufficiency, it's impossible for a woman to keep up. Busy women are applauded, successes are celebrated and weakness is seen as something to be purged from our vocabulary. Higher - faster - stronger - louder is all we hear.

The problems that result from this mentality are worse than ever. We are exhausted, frustrated and cranky. We move so fast that we don't know if we're coming or going. And God forbid we take a break without feeling guilty.

The truth is that we are insufficient in and of ourselves. We've long believed the lies that we should pull ourselves up by our boot straps and reach deep within to keep moving, doing and thinking. It's no wonder we're running ourselves ragged because we're trying to do the impossible - function under our own power.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God. 2 Corinthians 3:5

Matthew Henry once wrot…

Cactus Pear Scones

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Whenever our local grocery store has something weird and wonderful in the produce section, we have to try it. This is how we learned about dragon fruit, rambutan and lots of other yummy treats. Grocery shopping really can be an adventure!

So when I came across cactus pears this weekend, I couldn't resist. You've probably seen them in pictures of cactus in the desert. They're all covered with spines on a tough skin, which is why they're also called prickly pears. When you buy them in the store, though, they've already been cleaned and had the spines taken off.

To make these yummy scones, I adapted one of my favorite pear recipes to work with cactus pears. Note: If you don't like seeds in your food, this is not the recipe for you. If you don't mind them so much, read on!

Ingredients:
For the scones -
4 cactus pear, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter, diced very small
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Words For Wednesday

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Ridged Scarf DIY Pattern

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This year our church is again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a shoebox program that provides Christmas gifts and the story of Jesus Christ to children all over the world. As we gather small items to put in these boxes, I used a beautiful variegated yarn to make a girl's scarf.

I don't know much about how to crochet, but I know the two stitches required to complete this pattern. If you're like me, here are some basic instructions. For those of you who do this on a regular basis, the actual pattern is at the bottom of this post. Start with a chain of 10, then add one more to make the turn (a total of 11 chain stitches).

Single crotchet in the 10 loops of the chain, then chain one more to make the turn.

On this row, single crochet in the back loop only. This is what gives you the ridges. Then chain one more to make the turn.

Continue until it is the desired length or you run out of yarn, whichever comes first.

Weave the ends into the body of the scarf so they…