Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Wow! Only a few days left till Christmas Day! I hope and pray everyone is having a lovely Christmas season! And dwelling on the true meaning and reason for this season! God bless you and I hope you enjoy the sings over on Shawntele's blog, "Saved by Grace"! There are some great songs to get you in the Christmas and praising spirit!
Today I am sharing two special Christmas songs and more of my favorites too!
"The Night Before Christmas"
By Amy Grant
"Christmas Canon Rock"
By Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
several Pumpkin Rolls a lot like THIS recipe at LIBBY'S,
several loaves of Cranberry Fruit Nut Bread,
and a Ginger Bread recipe, but I want to use a pan that has little teddy bear shaped! The girls should love that!
And of course some cookies so I want to try making my
WORLD'S BEST SUGAR COOKIEs,
and let the girls cut them with their Christmas cookie cutters and sprinkle with colored sugar!
I decided I would share all these recipes (and more) that I plan to use in this post! So you can scroll down and find them, if you would like to use them too!
If you would like to share some links to your Christmas recipes, I have added a linky to the bottom of this post!
Also do not forget to check out this Festive Corn recipe HERE in an older post, and you can find my favorite Carrot Cake recipe that I already posted a few days ago, HERE!
So here are the recipes:
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. molasses
Preheat oven to 325. Mix dry ingredients (except soda). Combine molasses, butter, water and soda in a suacepan and bring to a boil. Mix with dry ingredients and add egg. Pour into well greased pan and bake 25-30 min.
You can Serve with whipped cream and butterscotch syrup, though I have not tried that yet!!
Cranberry Fruit Nut Bread
A bread with cranberries and nuts to go with all of your holiday meals.
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 tbs grated orange peel
2 c all purpose flour
1 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbs shortening
3/4 cup orange juice
1 egg, well beaten
Directions: Preheat oven to 350*. Generously grease and lightly flour a 9 x5 x3 loaf pan. Prepare cranberries, nuts and orange peel. Set aside. In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and soda. Cut in shortening. Stir in orange juice, egg, and orange peel mixing just to moisten. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake 60 min or until tests done. Cool on rack 15 minutes. Remove from and, cool completely. Wrap & store overnight.
WORLD'S BEST SUGAR COOKIE
1cup powdered sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup oleo or butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Cream sugar, oleo and oil until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Sift dry ingredients together. Add first mixture to second and mix well. Roll into balls. Press with glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° F for 15 to 20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
And now two recipes that I do not plan on using it this year, but I thought you might enjoy them though!
Here is a great sweet bread recipe, that can be healthy too! I used half wheat flour and honey when I made this recipe!!
Apple Nut Bread
Apples and pecans are stirred into this cinnamon-spiced quick bread.
3 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tbl vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
4 cups chopped, pared, cored apples
1 cup chopped pecans
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pans. Stir together the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla until well mixed. Combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir into liquid ingredients just until evenly mixed. Stir in apples and pecans. Divide between 2 prepared loaf pans. Prepare Topping: combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over tops of loaves. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool breads in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove breads from pans and allow to cool completely. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or foil and store at room temperature. The breads are better the second day.
Number of Servings: 32
Notes from the Cook: Using pure convection: bake at 325 for 50-55 minutes
Here is another great sweet bread recipe!
From Being a Virtuous Woman
Submitted by: Carrie Dicus
Makes: 1 loaf
1 c. apricots, diced
2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
2/3 c. orange juice
3 T. vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a smaller bowl, combine eggs, orange juice, and oil. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in the apricots. Spoon into a lightly greased 8x4x2-in. loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes; remove from pan.
And here is the linky for if you want to share what you are baking this Christmas!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Our wood pile of split wood was starting to shrink this week, so I went out Thursday afternoon and spilt a lot of the cherry wood that my husband brought home the other day.
And this was the wood pile, 6 wagon loads of splitting later!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
My Favorite Carrot Cake recipe!
This has been a family favorite (on my side of the family) for I am not sure how many years now! I believe Mom had it in her "Whole Foods for the Whole Family" cookbook! Anyways, I love it because it has no white or brown sugar, or white flour, yet it taste Sooo good! And the cream cheese frosting!!!!! I love cream cheese frosting!
With the Holidays here, I hope I get a chance to make this cake! I do not think I have made it since Easter! Wow. That sounds bad! I should make it just to eat for us! =)
Hope you get a chance to make it too, and you enjoy it! If you know of anyone who is diabetic, this would be a good treat for them!
Carrot or Zucchini Cake
2 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. grated carrots or zucchini
4 large eggs
3/4 c. oil
3/4 c. honey
1 c. unsweetened, crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 c. chopped nuts
Sift together the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, beat together until blended the eggs, vegetable oil, honey. Stir in the carrots and pineapple. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, keeping batter smooth. Stir in nuts.
Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13-inch pan or three 9" layer pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in a 350o oven, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for a few min. in pan.
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 tablespoons of butter, softened
2-4 tablespoons of honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in honey to taste. Add vanilla and nuts. Ice cooled cake.
I have been following/subscribing to "One 2 Try" blog for a while now and she has some great reviews and giveaways!
One of her new giveaways going on right now (till December 18th), is from Mighty Leaf Tea. They have some really great looking products and their teas sound wonderful! I am always looking for some herbal teas and companys that sell herbal products, so I had fun checking out the Mighty Leaf Tea!
Hope you get a chance to visit "One 2 Try" and join in on the great reviews and giveaways!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A line that is often said by my husband or I is, "You can't make this up"! After you read this blog post you will only see a few reasons why we say that!
We have been using our wood cook stove for heating the house this winter. It has already helped out a lot on our electric bill! =)
It is a small stove though, so you really have to stay with it to keep wood in the small wood box.
My husband said we should start putting wood in, whenever one of us gets up at night, since the nights are getting colder. So on last Saturday morning, I woke at 3 am. and it was pretty cool in the house, so I went down and started a fire. Husband got up when he heard me and I went on back to bed.
I had not been in bed long when I heard some noise in the kitchen. It sounded way to big for a mouse and I knew the cat could not get in, so I went down and sure enough I could hear something in the empty/broke junk drawer under the coffee maker!
I went up and woke husband back up to tell him!
Well I went down first, just in time to see a skunk fall out of the cabinet door!!
I took this picture a week or 2 ago, of the skunk eating the cat food! So as soon as I heard the commotion in the drawer and cabinet, I just knew it was the skunk, but I was really hoping for a rat or raccoon!
Well I went and opened the back door and thankfully the skunk moved on out, after he went into the washroom, looking for a way out!
We started going thru the kitchen trying to find were it came in, but could not see any where! While we were still talking about it, there was the skunk again in the cabinet! We could hardly believe it! This time when it came out of the cabinet, it went all the way around the house, following the walls, looking for a way out, till it found the back door! Well it ran back under the porch, so we tore into the cabinets again. This time we took out the broke drawer and found a small hole in the wall! The wall had the duck work in it that goes upstairs, so the skunk had gotten under the house thru a small hole by the AC and then found or made a hole in the duck work to come up into the cabinet!
We put a big towel in the hole to block it up for the day, but by then it was almost 5 a.m. and Princess S. was a wake! I tried to go get a nap, but the other Princess woke up too! So it was a very long day! And all my lower kitchen cabinets were emptied out all over the floor of the kitchen! I was needed to clean the cabinets, so I got to do that!
Husband went to the solar project he has been working on lately and brought some boards home that evening to fix the hole, but found we need stuff to repair the duck work first. Husband threw a lot of bleach around in the hole that they made in it made in the duck work, though.
While we were checking what all we needed to repair, the skunk somehow was back under one of the cabinets! So we threw more bleach in under the cabinets!Then somehow went back out, without us seeing it! Unreal.
Husband put the boards up to block the hole, till we can fix it all.
It wasn't long before the skunk was on the back porch eating cat food again! So husband opened the door enough to throw bleach on it! It just ran back under the porch. We went looking around to see if we could find it and for sure of how it was getting in under the house. I got brave and opened the little door that is for getting under the house and I was meet by the sight of TWO skunks, standing not too far away! Well that answered a lot of questions! Now that was why one time the skunk went right out the door, but the other time it went all the way around the house!
We still have a skunk around, as of last night, but I do pray it never gets back in and I am SOOOOOO THANKFUL none have squirted at us or in the house!!
I have learned a lot about skunks...
1. They are Not afraid of anything!
2. They are not very smart,
3. They can fit in Tiny holes!
If you have one, you most likely have 2!
I also made up some of my new tea to try! It was SOOO good! I think it is some of the best tasting herbal tea I have ever tried!
I left out the garlic though, since I thought fresh garlic would be better to add as we drink it. I ended up not putting it in the tea I made the other day though, since I wanted the girls to drink it and knew they would not with garlic in it! =)
Monday, December 7, 2009
Christmas Music Monday! Yippee!
I wanted to share two more songs! Hope that is okay! They are two great songs by two great groups! I am sure everyone will enjoy them! =)
For more great music, go to Shawntele's blog, "Saved by Grace" and check out her song and the other ladies links!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Hope ya'll will join in on Music Monday! There should be some great Christmas songs shared over the next month! If you have one to share, I hope you will! Just go to Shawntele's blog, "Saved by Grace" and link up! One lady shared a really great A Capella song today! It the singers are just so talented and the song is very....well you just have to go hear it! =)
Well, I have so many Christmas songs that I love it is hard to choose, especially since we only have 4 Monday's left before Christmas!!
I decided to share Jars of Clays song "Love Came Down at Christmas"! But then I found the Jars of Clay version of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas", and the youtube of it is very beautiful! So I just had to share both!
Christmas is such a busy time for everyone and I think it is important that we remember the true reason for the season and that Jesus came to bring love, for He is love and Christmas should be a time to show our love! Not so much in how many gifts or how great the gifts are, but that we show actions of love! That we are a good example and keep our hearts and minds on things above and not on things that do not last. Christmas is a time to love, to make an extra special effort to show those close to us how much we love them and to do good to those in need! To show love to someone hurting, lonely or someone that is just not giving much attention or appreciation.
Hope you enjoy the song, "Love Came Down At Christmas" and may you keep Christ love in your heart, thru the Christmas season and Always!
Things are not very good in this country right now. I do not believe that we will ever see it back to how it was, but then again I do not believe it was all that great from my Christian stand point. We have been killing millions of babies for years now, we throw our children out to the wolves and they grow to be products of a sinful world, we tolerate what is evil and we compromise.
Everything seems really upside down right now, but God can and I believe will give His strength to good people and there will be peace on earth for many, again!
Praise the Lord! He gives peace, no matter what the world gives or takes away!
As I said the video of this song is amazing! It takes you thru Christ life and is very touching! I hope you will take the time to watch it while you hear the song. Jars of Clay did a great good on the music, I think!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Looking for some great games for gifts this Christmas? Here is a great review and giveaway You should check out! I have never heard of these games, but they look so fun and great for children! I know my girls would love them!
One is called "Giraffalaff Limbo" and the children have to spin to see what animal they have to walk like as they do the limbo!
The other is "Scatterpillar Scramble" which is a balancing marble game, with music and looks very exciting and entertaining!
While you are checking the games out, be sure to check out the other giveaways at The Mommy-Files!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
We did out Thanksgiving crafts on Monday (the 23rd) and made some turkey pictures! First we did the "hand turkeys" tracing the girls hands on construction paper and drawing the head on the thumb and making legs for the hand turkeys! I also printed off some cute Thanksgiving pictures for them to color that I found linked up on HERE.
For the main, big craft, we made "Thankful turkey place mats"! I just made my own patterns, drawing and cutting them our of construction paper and we used an old desk calender pages to glue them onto! Very frugal, huh?
Princess S. got to cut out most of the feathers for the turkeys! I let her come up with most of her things to write, but we had to settle for "animals" and "bugs" instead of each individual animal and bug!! =) She wrote all the things she was thankful for on her feathers too. She is a very good writer!
Princess A. "wrote" with her markers on her feathers, making circles and squiggles! Then mommy wrote the words that she approved for her turkeys feathers!
Both girls had a good time and are very proud of their turkeys! I plan to cover them with clear plastic so they will not get tore up and we can keep them better for future Thanksgivings!
Happy Gratituesday! =) I hope you will join Laura and the other bloggers over at "Heavenly Homemakers"! You can leave a comment on Laura's blog about what you are thankful for, or make your own blog post and link up to her blog! Remember, she has some giveaways for this Month's Gratitusday Challenge!
I love Thanksgiving! I was really looking forward to spending it with family I have not seen in years, but we have started coming down with headcolds.
With us coming down with headcolds, I am reminded to be more thankful for our health! Praise the Lord, our family has not been sick much! And for that I am VERY thankful! God is sooo good!
Homeschooling, staying home a lot, and not being around a lot of people helps keep from being sick so much. So I am thankful we can be home a lot and really thankful we homeschool! I do enjoy seeing friends and family ever so often though! =)
I am also thankful that I have been learning how to use herbs to take care of my families health!
I hope everyone else has good health this winter too! And pray that our family is over this soon and does not get sick the rest of the winter!
May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 23, 2009
There are some great songs linked up over on Shawntele's blog, "Saved by Grace" today! Hope you will go over and hear them. It is a great way to start your week out!
I wanted to find a special song for this week on giving thanks, and I think this is it! I had never heard it before but it is really good! It is a good reminder during this busy week, that we need to be thankful for God's gift of His Son, for us! A good song with Christmas coming up too!
Hope ya'll have a very blessed Thanksgiving week and week-end!
God is Sooo Good!
By Don Moen
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
It was a good week to can, since we were in between just finishing Kindergarten and starting 1st Grade!
Here is the first roast. Remember there were 4 of these to do!
Two bowels Full! Yippee!
I had to cut out a lot of fat. If I had been making sausage, I would have left more of it, but for canning chunk meat, I cut a lot out. Here was the bowel of fat and the 4 bones, one out of each roast.
Here are the 16 quarts with the meat in them, and 1 tsp. of salt in each, ready for seals and rings and to go into the canners.
Since the meat was cool, I bring my canners up very slow. Takes a while, but I do not want to crack any jars!
Since I had 16 quarts, I put 6 in each canner the first round and then I ran the last four after those were done.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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2. To seek the reasons why we all love blogging.
3. Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it.
4. Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
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Monday, November 16, 2009
Wow! Shawntele has a great song up today! Newsboys, "Something Beautiful"! Love it! Hope you stop by her blog, "Saved By Grace" to hear it and check out the others who joined Music Monday! I can't wait to see/hear what the others have picked for this week!
This week I wanted to share "Brave" by Nicole Nordeman. When I first heard this song I was breathless! It was like I could have written this! So close to my own hearts cry! Amazing. Praise the Lord, He gives us the strength to let go and to trust and to truly live! It is His love that sets us free and free we are in Him! "What can man do to us....?" Praise the Lord! God is sooo Good!
It is amazing how long we may hold onto some things, afraid to give them to God. It is like we can trust Him with some things, but others we think are just too big to hand over! Or maybe we think they are too small to bother Him with! LOL! How simple we can be at times! He is God! He can handle everything and what a load that takes off of us! We just have to be brave, to trust!
We have to be brave and not worry what others might think about us! We are no longer of the world, we are set apart, we are lights to shine and be a good example! We cannot compromise, meet half-way, or straddle the fence. We have to take a stand and remain standing! Praise the Lord, He gives us strength!
Okay, enough of me rattling! Here is the song!!!!!
"Brave" By Nicole Nordeman
"The gate is wide
The road is paved in moderation
The crowd is kind and quick to pull you in
Welcome to the middle ground
You're safe and sound and
Until now it's where I've been
'Cause it's been fear that ties me down to everything
But it's been love, Your love, that cuts the strings
So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
I am small
And I speak when I'm spoken to
But I am willing to risk it all
I say Your name
Just Your name and I'm ready to jump
Even ready to fall...
Why did I take this vow of compromise?
Why did I try to keep it all inside?(chorus)
I've never known a fire that didn't begin with a flame
Every storm will start with just a drop of rain
But if you believe in me
That changes everything
So long, I'm gone
Friday, November 13, 2009
If you want to enter this giveaway, or check out some more giveaways, check out:
This is hard for me to believe, but my oldest baby has completed Kindergarten! And she did so well! We are so proud of her! Her daddy is just the most intelligent and smartest man in the whole world, so I know she is taking after him! She is her Daddy's girl too! So sweet!
Well last week end we had a little graduation party for her, to celebrate her finishing her Kindergarten books! She was excited to pick what kind of cake and picked chocolate with chocolate icing! That made Daddy happy! Lol! He dislikes the pink cakes we usually have on birthdays!
We invited our Nonnie and Papaw Steve over for supper ("adopted" grandparents)! And Nonnie's mom, "Granny" was out that afternoon mowing, so we walked over to the pasture across the road and invited her! She was very happy to be here too! It was great! We had the 2 women over who have had a big hand in her education too! "Granny" teaches phonics at a school near were she lives and has given us some great phonics pages that we are using, and Nonnie has always given us educational books, toys, etc!
We had marinated chicken, noodles, sweet peas and mashed potatoes for supper, and cake and vanilla ice cream for dessert!
I printed off a Kindergarten diploma for Princess S. and she is very proud of it!
Now we are going to start 1st grade next Monday, Lord willing! Wow! Anyone else have a 4 year old in 1st grade? =)
God is Good!
for thier future
Here is the link to the diplomas if anyone needs some!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Joining Heavenly Homemaker's November Gratituesday Challenge again this week! Yippee! There is just SOOO MUCH for God's Children to be grateful for!
After splitting firewood this afternoon, I will ramble a little about my growing up years!
I could complain about a ton, that is for sure! And I could go over all the things my parents did wrong in raising my siblings and I, but they did do some things right, and for that I am grateful!
I am glad that I grew up around animals, almost my whole life, we always had pets, and later, all the farm animals! A lot of great experience has come from that!
I learned how to garden, grow our own food, can food, make jelly, butcher animals and work the meat up, etc. I milked cows, hauled hay, harnessed mules, learned about trees and firewood, carpentry work, building barns, building houses, greenhouses, etc.
The list goes on and on, but the bottom line is, I was close to nature and for that I am Most grateful! I believe everyone should live close to nature and that children should experience living on a farm! It brings you close to reality and closer to your Creater!
"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves."
--Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787
Monday, November 9, 2009
I am sorry I missed last Monday....Again!!! UGH! Well, thought I better get over here early this Monday!
"God will Lift up Your Head"
Saturday, November 7, 2009
To be continued....or go Here to read the whole speech!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I have to share another favorite blog for giveaways right now!
If you have not visited "One 2 Try" blogspot, you are missing out on a lot! She has tons of great giveaways going on!
Tonight I wanted to share the Giveaway she has from Savespro! I have never heard of them before, but they carry a Ton of great stuff! Since she mentioned the bakeware, I had to check it out! The cake pans are sooo amazing! So I entered for a pineapple upsidde down cake pan! Husband will LOVE it! =)
Hope you will go check out "One 2 Try" and join the fun!
Monday, November 2, 2009
She has tons of great giveaways going on right now, and I am finding wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts, crafts, etc!!
The giveaway I am soo excited about today is the Discovery Toys giveaway!!! A $35 gift card!!! I LOVE Discovery Toys! Wish I could be a part of their sales team and recieve and sell all those great toys for them! Aahhhh! That would be so cool! Maybe someday...
Anyways, get over to "Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports" and join the fun!!