DIY : Tassel And Wood Bead Garland

Published December 7th, 2018 by Ccwestside

We thought we would change it up a little bit and give you a fun Christmas DIY to try!

What you'll need...

Wood beads (available at most craft stores)
Thick string
Tassels! There are ways to make your own, or you can cheat like me and buy 'em all pretty and ready to go.
Spray paint in a color that compliments your tassel selection.

I won't even spell out the steps for you because I think this one is a no-brainer of a DIY. All you need to do once you have all the supplies is spray paint a few beads in the colors you want (we probably did about 6 of each) and start stringing!

I didn't really count the spacing too much - I wanted to have it feel somewhat organic, so I did a bunch of the plain wood beads at each end, but in between just went with whatever spacing I wanted for mixing in the tassels and painted beads, alternating colors as we went.

Pro tip: use tightly wrapped tape around the tip of the string to guide it through the wood bead holes a bit easier.

DIY idea found on COCO Kelly - -

"The Day Of Small Things" - From The Daily Christian Challenge

Published December 7th, 2018 by Ccwestside

“For who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10).

“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9).

Small things, little incidents, trifles, go to make up our lives. Carelessness as to trifles leads to grievous falls; attention to trifles makes us developed men and women.

It is the little things, the minor duties that are constantly occurring, that form our characters and augment our powers. If we despise the small, we shall fall by the small; but if we are faithful in little, we shall be faithful in much. A word fitly spoken may seem a trifle, but it is full of joy and blessing; a trifling handshake may be a benediction; a cup of cold water shall not lose its reward.

Accomplish the little things well. Do your best; simply, sweetly, quietly, and quickly; do it not for self, but to the Lord. Strive not after great things, not after that which is self-love and desire of applause, and is not pleasing to God.—Stephen Merritt.

    Letters joined make words,

And words to books may grow

    As flake on flake, descending,

Forms an avalanche of snow.

    A single utterance may good

Or evil thoughts inspire;

    One little spark, enkindled,

May set a town on fire.

    What volumes may be written

With little drops of ink!

    How small a leak, unnoticed,

A mighty ship will sink!

    A tiny insect’s labor

Makes the coral strand,

    And mighty seas are girdled

With grains of golden sand. . . .

    Our life is made entirely

Of moments multiplied,

    As little streamlets, joining,

Form the ocean’s tide.

    Our hours and, aye, our months and years,

Are in small moments given:

    They constitute our time below,

Eternity in Heaven.


From: The Daily Christian Challenge, November 6th, 2018 - - 

White Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Bark

Published November 30th, 2018 by Ccwestside


20 ounces white chocolate candiquick or white chocolate morsels
16 Oreos, roughly chopped
? cup crushed peppermint candy canes


1. Line a 13 x 9 baking tray with parchment paper, making sure that extra paper hangs over the sides for easy lifting once chocolate is hardened. Set aside.
2. Assemble Oreo cookies and crushed candy canes so that toppings are ready to use.
3. In a medium bowl, break 8 ounces of white chocolate into pieces and microwave until fully melted and smooth. Be sure to stop and stir every 30 seconds so that chocolate doesn't burn.
4. Once chocolate in melted, spread onto prepared tray using a spatula or knife. White chocolate should cover entire pan in a thin layer.
5. Top white chocolate with crushed Oreo cookies.
6. Place pan in refrigerator for 10 minutes to harden.
7. As chocolate mixture is hardening, melt remaining 12 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave until smooth.
8. Remove pan from refrigerator and spread remaining white chocolate over the top in an even layer, coating the entire pan.
9. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over top of chocolate.
10. Place into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden completely.
11. Once ready, lift parchment paper by overhang and set on counter. Chocolate will lift right out of paper.
13. Break into pieces by hand or using a knife.
14. Bark will keep in an air tight container for up to one month if left on the counter, or will keep in the refrigerator for several months.

Bearing & Sharing the Burden of Others

Published November 30th, 2018 by Ccwestside

Thanksgiving is behind us and now the focus is on Christmas! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s about having a grateful heart! Not about presents or about all the fun characters, it’s not all the glimmer and glamour or holiday festivities, it’s just a simple holiday of giving thanks! I try to keep that same perspective going into the Christmas season! Jesus really convicted me to keep a heart of gratitude this season.

As we just wrapped up Galatians 6 in our Graced studies until we meet again next year we have so much to meditate on! Such an awesome chapter to go into this Christmas season with. It speaks about bearing and sharing the burdens of others. When we see someone struggling we should go to them in love and help restore them, or when we’re able to bless those in need we should do so with a cheerful heart. Whenever we sow in the spirit, we reap God’s blessings. The same principle applies to the flesh. I would rather please the heart of God and receive His blessings than reap the results of my flesh.

So often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season that we can forget the true meaning of Christmas. It’s because of that first Christmas that we have salvation today. Jesus showed us unconditional love and He wants us to extend total same kind of love to others.
All the enchantment of this holiday season is beautiful on the surface but real beauty is giving out the love of Jesus! When you reach out and bless those in need you’re blessing the heart of Jesus.

So as you are enjoying the gaiety of this season ask the Holy Spirit to keep you sensitive to the needs of others! Remember the acrostic JOY ~ Jesus, Others, You!

Fiesta Turkey Tortilla Soup

Published November 23rd, 2018 by Ccwestside


4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
3 cups shredded cooked turkey or rotisserie chicken
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 cup medium salsa
5 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1/4-inch strips
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Additional salsa, optional


1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first five ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Meanwhile, spread tortilla strips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° 4-6 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
3. Stir cilantro into soup. Top servings with tortilla strips. If desired, serve with additional salsa. Freeze Option: Reserving tortillas for later, freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Meanwhile, bake tortillas as directed and sprinkle over each serving. Serve with additional salsa if desired.

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