Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Finally!!!!! A New Post!!!!!

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted, yet again :-)
It has been an extremely busy time, plus a crashing laptop made it really hard to motivate myself to post.  Plus, I really haven't taken that many pictures lately...except that most of my card was filled up with pictures of my ADORABLE little sister.  Sadly, rules and regulations keep us from posting and sharing her adorableness with the world until she is 100% adopted.  So looking forward to that time! 

 I finally did get my new laptop, and with that, I am now able to use Photoshop!  Yay!

Brownie and Ginger give us lots of laughs.  If I stop petting one of them for just a second, they paw at me.

 For some reason I noticed I didn't have any recent good pictures of Muffin.  So, we had to fix that!
 This is Richie's 1# favorite thing to do. 
 He disked up a big plot behind the barn for planting grain or whatever else we decide to plant!
 This is what happens if you squat down to pet the get all but buried! 
 Home-ground flour cookies!

The sunset illuminated these fall trees so beautifully one evening. 
Wishing all of you readers a very blessed Wednesday!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Some good food and snacks :-)

This is my 3rd batch of sauerkraut this year.  Yes, we had a great cabbage harvest!!!
I never liked sauerkraut, until I tried the homemade stuff.  It's SO much better...and much much healthier, especially if you eat it fresh before it is canned at high temps.
All you do is shred the cabbage, and add 4 tsp of salt for every 2 lbs of cabbage, crush it up for several minutes until it is very juicy, and pack it tightly into these jars.  
The funny looking dohickies on the tops are airlocks.  They let the gas escape without letting air in.  Richie found that he could make them much cheaper than you can buy them online by drilling holes in the tops of these wide mouth plastic storage lids.  He then put in rubber grommets and airlocks that he bought at the local brewery store inexpensively. Each airlock cost a little over $1, and the grommets were around $.30 I think.  You can buy the plastic lids at just about any store that has canning stuff.  They run about $8.00 per pack of 8. 
 Hank warming up in the wheelbarrow yesterday.  Pretty good camo, isn't it?! 
 This honey granola is one of my favorite things in life :-) 
It is so simple to make, and is delicious on yogurt and in trail mix!  

Here's my very secret recipe:  :-)
2 C. Oatmeal
 1/4 C brown sugar
5 TB flaxseeds
1tsp cinnamon
1/2 C. Honey
3 TB Olive or Coconut Oil
1 tsp vanilla
Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, and then mix them together.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350, stirring the oatmeal around every now and then to ensure even toasting.  Keep in mind that it will harden up quite a bit after it cools.       

 Homemade trail mix! 

I don't know what I would do without the vacuum-sealer that Richie bought.  It does such a nice job compacting things and keeping them fresh.     

Another thing I did yesterday was pop some pop corn.  It is a super tasty and healthy snack when it isn't drenched in artificial butter or cheese.  I didn't know that popcorn was not just a fattening junk food until my sweet momther-in-law told me so!
To make popcorn, you don't even have to have one of those fancy stove-top poppers that cost so much to buy new.  I just used a heavy deep pan with a lid. Melt 1/8 inch of coconut oil in the bottom of your pan over medium-high heat.  Add one layer of popcorn, put on the lid, and shake often until all of the popcorn is popped.  Then just add salt and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Yay! I'm back...(with photos even! :-)

I went and picked up my laptop from the computer guys yesterday.  They say there is nothing wrong with it.  After two weeks they couldn't find anything????  It hasn't crashed on me yet, so maybe it was going though a "terrible twos" (ha!) stage in life...or something.  I almost wonder if they did fix something and didn't tell me or charge me. 

Anyway, here are some pictures that are long overdue...
I took Timmy "out town" for his birthday a couple weeks ago, and he helped me do some shopping (for his own gift too of course) and run some other errands.

Here he is reading off my grocery list for me  :-)

His extremely healthy lunch?
And this was his present...

Wouldn't want to be at the wrong end of Timmy's air-soft gun!  Very good shooting, T! 

 Richie visiting the sheep. (The sheep visiting Richie.)


It looks like a real greenhouse now!!!  Thanks to some wonderful help from a wonderful friend, the plastic went on last Saturday.  Now we're working on the end wall.

 My little dog is doing very well.  He's still shy to other people, but getting better I think ;-)  He's such a hoot...especially when he chases his tail!  I am so extremely thankful that the Lord brought little Hank into my life.  He brings me so much joy :-)     

This is my latest new project....spinning!  I've made some pretty nice yarn lately out of Romulus' wool.  It's so much fun!  I have found that the yarn is very nice for crocheted hats. :-)

 This verse has been on my mind and heart the last few days.  It is so good to be God's special possession! 

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Love Like the Lord

What a great sermon again on Sunday. Thank you Lord for speaking to me though Pastor Dean!

God’s love is:

1 Unconditional (Rom. 5:5-11) He does not love us according to how “good” we are.

2 Sacrificial (Matt 9:36) He gave his only son to die for our sins that we could not pay for.
3 Steadfast (Psalm 136) His love for us will continue forever.

4 Seeking (Luke 15) He seeks us out, even when we have sinned or turned against Him. 

5 Sanctifying Proverbs (3:11-12) He does not let us wallow in our sin, redemption requires repentance.

We should strive to extend love to people in the same way that He does to us.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

When I start to think I’m a pretty loving person, I realize just how many areas within this verse that I still need to work on!


Happy October everyone!
Time just flies, doesn't it?
I am sorry for my apparent absence in the world of blogger and other electronically-enabled communications.  My laptop is still in the early stages of diagnosis for a very annoying "crash" that was constantly happening about every 5 minutes.  This has been going on for awhile, thus I haven't been able to do much on the internet (except when I have access to Richie's laptop while he's at work. :-)

So, that plus the usual seasonal business around the farm...preparing for the bad weather that has already suddenly struck us, getting our dairy cow Rosie bred, and preparing to sell soap at craft shows, drying and freezing fruits, veggies, and jerky has kept me off the internet for the most part.  Which is kind of nice, really :-)

The power was out for part of the night and half the day yesterday, so we got to see just how prepared we were to handle life without electricity.  Hmmm...think we need to work on it some more!  After all, with as dark as it is during the fall/winter/spring months, it's good to have a few lanterns that don't catch on fire.
   In the short-term, (when we are expecting the power to come back on soon) it's nice to have ways to wash dishes and warm up food without firing up the generators.  I am really loving propane appliances. :-)

  Well, I can't figure out how to compress my photos with Richie's computer, so that will keep me from posting anything for awhile.  Hopefully we'll find out SOON whether I need to buy a new laptop or if the computer guys can fix my old one (relatively) inexpensively.