Three New Testament Bible Study Guides from Grandma's Bible

People, who used Have You Got Mustard? study guide to grow their faith, have asked me when I might do another Bible Study.  This summer I put together three books to cover studying the New Testament (NT).  These guides are in a study series based on my Grandma's Bible.  Each book includes my Grandma’s notes and selected verses she highlighted for personal study.

Every Christian should know what the Holy Bible says for themselves.  Study guides help  Christians dive deeper into God’s Word. All Christians should study Acts and Revelation so they know what is there. Studying the Gospel is an excellent way for new Christians to learn who Jesus is. Some say the four Apostles writing the Gospels seem to report things differently or even contradict each other. Consider how a detective investigates and interviews multiple witnesses. Each witness give the detective information based on their viewpoint so he can form the full story of what actually happened.  So each Apostle shares the story of Jesus from their unique perspective.

Below are details on these books and the subtitles link to Amazon to purchase 5x8” paperback or Kindle ebook .  For group study, discussion questions are provided at the end of each Bible book covered.

1.      Grandma's Bible: Letters to the Body of Christ is on the letters to the seven churches from the Apostle Paul, published June 18, 2018. 

The Bible books covered include:
I Corinthians
II Corinthians
I Thessalonians
II Thessalonians

2.      Grandma's Bible: Letters to the Followers of Christ is on letters to Christians, published July 10, 2018.  

Books covered include:
I Timothy
II Timothy
I Peter
II Peter
I John
II John
III John

3.      Grandma's Bible: The Gospel and Signs of Christ is on the 4 Gospels, so Christians learn who Jesus is. It includes signs of Jesus in "The Acts of the Apostles" and of his second coming in "Revelation of Saint John the Divine", published July 24, 2018.

The Bible books covered include:

Why did I choose these cover colors?  Green is for spiritual Growth, which was the purpose of letters written to Christians.  Red represents Words (and Blood) of Christ, so the books of the Bible in that guide include lots of red-letter text for Jesus speaking.

All the above guides recommend studying the Bible using at least two versions and have lots of space for note-taking.  This can be done with versions of print Bibles or on-line.  Verses in these Bible Study guides to re-read are formatted so they may be easily copied from e-book version to paste into electronic Bibles.  Underlined verses are those that included a handwritten margin note by my Grandma, which shows in the image at beginning of personal study. is an excellent source of multiple Bible versions on-line.  Check out how to view multiple versions on one screen from their instructional blog post.   If you want to dive deeper for your notes, BibleGateway also has a few  FREE options under the Study link.  This link is to the right of the verses.  To find out about these options, check out how to use commentaries, study Bibles, and more on their blog.  

Interesting finds in the week following publication of last book in NT series when doing searches of my chosen series name. I found a few wonderful things to share.  On the Godly Women Blog,  I found examples of Christian grandmothers, each of which reminded me of parts of my own Grandma's character.  On Nona Kelley Carver's poetry site, I found a poem about her Grandma's Bible.  (You can find my poetry and other books on my site.)  Also there was  that this old "Grandma's Bible" song from 2008 album recording by the Heritage Singers.  These song lyrics emphasize the importance of both Grandmas and the Holy Bible.  You can still buy the vintage CD on Amazon or on the singers website from the link above.  Lastly, I found this audio story regarding a lost/found Grandma's Bible on Guidelines International Ministry site.

Quick Chicken Alfredo Soup

Like my mother, I like soup and have shared my recipes on this blog before.  I have seen recipes for from-scratch  Chicken Alfredo Soup and easy recipes using a  jar of Alfredo Sauce to create a soup.  I wanted to try this soup but without pasta so it would be less carbs.  I decided to make my own version as a pantry soup (meaning you keep most items ready in your pantry so you can make it anytime).

You need the following ingredients:
1/2 Roasted Chicken (or cooked canned chicken
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 (20 oz) can Alfredo Sauce
1 (15 oz) can Peas and diced Carrots

Bring everything to a boil in pan, then reduce heat to let simmer for 6 minutes.
Makes 4 bowls of about 1.5 cups each.

  • I use the meat from thighs, legs, and wings for the 1/2 I put in soup.  I eat the breasts at other meals or chop them up for chicken salad.  Also, you can substitute 2 large (approx.10 oz) cans of Chicken Breast for the roasted if you want to have ingredients handy in your pantry for a quick meal.
  • If you are using a 14-15 oz jar of sauce instead of Hormel Simmer & Satisfy Skillet Meal Starter Chicken in Alfredo Sauce like I use (not really much chicken in there), reduce broth to 1 & 1/2 cup.  
  • Do NOT add SALT as it is already salty from broth and sauce.  Soup may seem bland to people who like some spice, so I recommend adding pepper or turmeric as desired into serving bowl rather than putting it in the pan.  This lets the people you are serving decide how they like the soup.  Kids may even want to put a little grated Parmesan or other shredded cheese on top.
  • I added the veggies for color and to stretch the recipe a little.  If you do not want to drain veggies, then you will need to reduce broth to 1 & 1/2 cup to allow for the water in can.
  • If you don't like peas and carrots, consider making Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo or using diced potatoes instead so it seems more like chowder.
Other soup recipes on this blog include:
My Chicken and Rice Soup with Sage Seasoning
Grandma’s Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe
Our Verde Carnitas Soup and Recipe Variations

Fourth of July Food, Decor, and Clothes

Two magazines this month have great ideas for fourth of July.  Better Homes and Gardens has lots of DIY home renovation and decoration tips, plus gardening suggestions.  The July 2018 issue also includes some creative decorating ideas for the July 4th holiday.  You may also want to check out the really delicious sounding ice-box desserts and outdoor entertaining ideas. 

Family Circle has 12 easy and chic summer dress ideas near the front of this month's issue, although they are nothing really new: sundresses, maxi's, and peasant tops along with the resurgence of dolman and flutter sleeves.  The July 2018 issue includes DIY painting tips for home walls and finger or toe nails.  For 4th of July, there is also BBQ and picnic food options near the back of the magazine.  

Free Helpful On-line Tools for Weight Loss

You can find lots of diet books and guides that help you count calories or carbohydrates in print or PDF.  As well as cookbook for planning meals at home.  Sometimes you need to know information when you are away from your books and printed paper sheets.  Or maybe it is not a nutritional diet plan but rather a physical activity plan.  Perhaps you plan to go to a store as you are looking to buy some exercise equipment so you can work our at home, rather than a gym or walking around town.

Below are a few links you might want to take a look at, then bookmark/favorite the ones you think you will use often.
  • Calories burned per exercise or equipment type on 
  • Workout videos for popular equipment types on YouTube channel OldWorkoutVidz 
  • Daily caloric intact to reach weight loss goal calculator on 
  • Calories for fast food chain by restaurant/brand and food/drink category on
  • Calories for fast food menus by restaurant/brand on
  • Calories and serving size for foods at home to plan shopping on
Help me build a better list!  If you know a calculator site or downloadable PDF page, share the link in comments on this post.  I will review it and decide if it is a good one to add.  Thanks!

It’s Fruit Cobbler Season! Two Recipes for Quick and Easy Peach or Other Fruit Cobblers

Peach Cobbler
I love cobblers!  Even as a child, when my mom would ask what I wanted for my birthday, my reply was either Pound Cake or Peach Cobbler!  Mom would say, “You can’t have cobbler as a birthday cake.”  So of course, it would be the pound cake.  The cake was usually preceded by or followed by a cobbler within 2-3 days. 

Sometime after I got married, I began a pursuit of the perfect (yet easy) peach cobbler.  I found what I thought was the perfect recipe for me in the June 1982 issue of Southern Living in a column called “Scrumptious Fruit Cobblers in a Hurry.”  The prized peach cobbler recipe was sent to the magazine by Mrs. Horace Edwards of McCormick, SC.  Besides peach, the column included blackberry, cherry, and apricot cobblers.  Below is Mrs. Edward’s recipe with my notes plus a recipe from my grandmother that is very similar using canned fruit.  Both make a cake-type cobbler rather than a piecrust style.

Mrs. Edwards Fresh Peach Cobbler (circa 1982)
¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2 cups sugar, divided (Note – you only need 1 cup if using pre-sweetened jar or can of peaches)
¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Dash of salt
¾ cup milk
2 cups peeled and sliced peaches
1, Melt butter in a 2-quart baking dish.
2, Combine 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt; add milk and stir until mixed.
3. Pour batter over butter in baking dish, but do not stir.
4. Combine peaches and remaining 1 cup sugar; spoon over the batter. Do not stir.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Yields: 6-8 servings

Grandma Parrish’s Quick Fruit Cobbler (circa 1985)
1 stick margarine
1 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
3 level teaspoons baking powder
¾ cup milk
1 can fruit (peaches, cherries, apples, berries)
1. Melt margarine in a baking dish.
2. Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder, with milk to make a thin batter.
3. Pour batter over melted margarine, and put fruit on top of batter.
4. Bake 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

If you would prefer a cool dessert, check out family’s vintage ice-box (aka refrigerator) recipes in Five Cool Spring thru Summer Desserts.  Or if you prefer a stove-type almost-cobbler, check out Cherry Crumb Cake recipe.

Men's Gifts for Father's Day

Past posts on this blog for father or husband gifts have included jewelry and technology gift-giving around Christmas time.  Links to both ideas and deals were in those posts.

Below are a few links suggesting new ideas to check out for Father's Day this year:

    Quick and Easy Cherry Crumb Cake Recipe

    Cherries on Tree
    When my mother asked my husband to prepare a favorite dessert for her, it was always Cherry Crumb Cake.  Although, he was quick to say it was his friend Faith’s recipe.  And Faith would say a friend gave it to here and so-on.  No matter who, when, where the origin of it. My family has been making this recipe since the late 1970’s. 

    You can call it a cake, a crumble, or a cobbler!  Take it to a family event or other social gathering.  No matter – it is always gone in a matter of minutes.  My aunt loves this easy recipe too.  She even made her own all-American variation by using canned apple pie filling instead of cherries, and she uses walnuts instead of pecans.  Let me know in the comments if you come up with a variation that your friends and family love too.

    Cherry Crumb Cake 

    1 stick butter or margarine
    1 package yellow cake mix (do NOT get the pudding in the mix type)
    ½ cup nuts (we southerners typically use pecans)

    1. Pour cherry pie filling into a 9-inch square pan.
    2. In a large saucepan on top of stove, melt butter/margarine. Remove from heat.
    3. Add cake mix and nuts to saucepan. (Stir until all is covered with butter and forms crumbles.)
    4. Pour or spoon crumbly mixture over pie filling.
    5. Bake about 30 minutes (until lightly browned and firm on top) at 350 degrees.

    Pearl sizes and necklace strand lengths

    Below is a common pearl size in millimeter (MM) infographic shared thanks to The Pearl Source. They offer a downloadable/printable PDF that provides a way to actually measure your pearl diameter and they also have an interactive page showing standard pearl strand lengths so you can pick the look you want.  If you have ever heard anyone talk about pearl strands, you might want to know the name commonly used for the different lengths.  Pearl Paradise provide an explantaion of how pearl bracelet and necklace strands are measured.

    Once you choose a length in inches, the interactive guide will tell you if it is called: Choker 14-16" which actually sits just about where most t-shirt/dress collars do, Princess 17-19", Matinee 20-24", Opera 26-35", or Rope 36" or longer.  The chart does not include Collar 12-14"which is smaller than a choker but sits higher/tighter on the neck and Lariat which is either a long rope tied in knot or a long unconnected stand that is worn like a scarf. Child size strands range from collar to  choker length and use smaller pearls than an adult strand.  If you buy a necklace for a child, they can wear it later in life as a collar or choker, depending on length. If you are looking for a strand to pass down, look for the Standard adult length of 18" containing around 6MM pearls. 12-14". Torsade is not a length, rather it is a style of wearing multiple pearl stands twisted together to form a chunkier and shorter look. On torsades, pearls might be mixed with other gems for a up-to-date fashionable look.

    For a text guide to wearing the best lengths for your size, visit Fine Pearl Jewelry Necklace Length Guide.  For a suggestion of pearl diameter by age, visit American Pearl Right Size.

    Infographic provided by The Pearl Source.

    Mom’s Stove Top Baked Beans

    I’ve mentioned before that my mom and my husband both love recipes.  This a recipe of my Mom’s that she gave my husband since he loves baked beans.  It is an easy recipe.  It is perfect for picnics, as you can cover it with a lid and take it in the same pan you make it in.

    Stove Top Baked Beans recipe

    2 cans (1 lb. each) Pork and Beans, drained
    ½ cup sugar
    1 small can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
    1 Tablespoon vinegar
    2 Tablespoons brown sugar
    1 onion, chopped,
    1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    ½ teaspoon yellow mustard
    ¼ teaspoon chili powder
    2 or 3 slices of bacon

    1.       In a large Dutch oven, chop and fry bacon.
    2.       Then fry onion in bacon grease, until begins to turn clear.  Drain remaining grease.
    3.       Add all the rest of the ingredients, except beans.  Simmer 30 minutes.
    4.       Drain beans well and add to the sauce.  Simmer 30 minutes more. 

    Eight Ways to Wear a Lariat Necklace

    Below is a 2.5 minute video showing eight ways to wear a lariat necklace.  In this case, a lariat is a long string of beads or a chain that is not tied into a necklace strand or using a claps to close it into a necklace.  IT is held on by knotting, twisting, or draping.  Another way to make it a necklace that is not shown is to use a decorative pin.  Hang the pin from the center as a makeshift pendant or after putting on the lariat, pin the pin somewhere along the two sides to form a bolo-style necklace.