Author Archives: bethanyswanson

About bethanyswanson

I am a Christ follower, wife, mother, writer, teacher, artist, cook, sister, daughter, grand-daughter, friend, laundry lady, house keeper, taxi service, sensory of movies and tv, and work in progress.

13th Birthday Party

  The invitation: the sleeping bag is clip-art from MicroSoft Word. I changed the color of the bad for each invitation. (It can be printed in black and white onto different colored paper if you don’t want to use up … Continue reading

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Indoor Smore Recipe

When you can’t (or don’t want to) go outside (or build a fire), make smores in your oven or toaster oven. I like the square marshmallows for this, but cylinder-shaped work well too; I lay them on their side if … Continue reading

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

Makes a 9X13 pan Preheat oven to 375°F. Ingredients: 2 cups Parmesan cheese 1 (10 ounce) box thawed chopped spinach from frozen 1 (14 ounce) can drained and chopped artichoke hearts 2/3 cup sour cream 1 cup cream cheese 1/3 … Continue reading

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Taco Seasoning – Homemade

1 Tbsp. Chili Powder (If you have chili lime rub, use it here) 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder 1/4 tsp. onion Powder (or dice a bit of fresh onion) 1/4 tsp. Oregano 1/2 tsp. Paprika 1 tsp. Cumin 1 tsp. Salt … Continue reading

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Apple Dippity Cake recipe

Ingredients: Cake: 3 Cups flour                                  1 Cup veggie oil 1tsp. baking soda                          2 Cups sugar 1 tsp. salt                                        3 eggs 1/2 … Continue reading

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Chicken Taco Bowl

Serves about 6 Ingredients: 4 thawed or frozen chicken breasts or thighs 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (I make my own) 1 jar salsa 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained) 1 lb. corn (frozen or canned) Topping: Shredded Colby … Continue reading

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Caramel Apple Spice Muffins

It couldn’t be easier! Two ingredients + 20 minutes = 1 dozen caramel apple spice muffins One can of caramel apple pie filling (or pumpkin pie filling) and one box of spice cake muffins Mix together with the back of … Continue reading

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Mosaic of Life and Loss

I have never had alcohol aside from cough medicine, so I had to take the nurses at their word when they said, “The effects of magnesium sulfate are like being drunk.” Everything was blurry.  The room and the sheets smelled like … Continue reading

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Laundry Soap Recipe

Ingredients: 1 – 55 oz. bottle of Purex Crystals (for scent) (opt.) 2 bars of Zote soap grated (I used pink. Doesn’t matter which color though. Fel Naptha may also be used.) 1 – 3 lb. container of OxyClean 1 … Continue reading

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A Prayer For the Foolishness of God

O God, give me power and wisdom now, but that of another kind. Keep before me all that I cannot do and do not know and help me to find my identity there. Give me your strength through my weakness … Continue reading

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