Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We have been waiting for our kitchen designs to be done, and tomorrow night we meet with the builder to see what he has in mind! We are both really excited, he had some ideas that we really didn't even consider and so we are anxious to see the plans and get started! I am hoping he doesn't have a waiting list and will be able to start soon. I gave the kids the heads up this morning that we will probably have a few weeks of paper plate meals and lots of sandwiches! We have never had a major remodel done like this so I am not sure what to expect. I am looking forward to getting it going and done though! We knew 10 years ago when we moved here that the kitchen would need an major overhaul eventually, especially for our big family and all the food I make. So excited!
If you are up for a challenge in your faith walk go to Terri's blog and the post here http://ourcrazyfarm.blogspot.com/2011/03/celebration.html she has a long post on the celebration of her son Trent's life with pictures. I have been challenged by many of her posts lately (in a good way) and this one is been the hardest. She shares some very personal things that we all need to consider. It has made me re-think the idea of the death of our earthly bodies. I had a near death experience, that actually brought me to my faith in Christ. I have known since then that there is something beyond this life. She and her husband have been able to use their son's death to share this with others in an amazing way. P.s. have a box of kleenex close.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Now to get the permanant goat "barn" up and the really tall fence! With the weather cooperating the way it has been we might be able to get it up next weekend, although the rumor is that there is more snow heading our way next week!! UGH! I usually LOVE winter, but for some reason this one has overstayed its welcome like a really bad guest.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
When my kiddos were little, I started making special breakfast's on certain holidays like Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day. I would get the holiday themed glasses or mugs at the dollar store and sometimes fill them with candy or something. Then I would make special heart shaped muffins, and of course Irish scones for St. Patrick's day. Even though they are much older now, (the oldest turns 18 this fall!) I have kept up with these traditions for the younger ones and I still enjoy it too!
During the season of Lent the kids and I usually work through special devotions and work on "fasting" from something that is hard for us to give up, or maybe bad habits that we really need to work on! I was so excited this year when I found the book "Amon's Adventure" which is a Lent Devotional Story Book. We have read all of the Christmas Advent books (there are three of them) over the last 8 or 10 years. The kids pick one of the three to go through. Some years we have read them all, because the adventures connect. The author was able to do it again with this fourth book. I won't give away the plot, but there are some surprising connections to the three Advent stories!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
One of my goals for this year was to learn how to make and do as much as I could here at home. Things like homemade soap, laundry detergent, food, bread, deodorant, and my list could go on and on. I am learning to keep the right stuff stocked on the shelves to make these items. I have made bread for about 15 years now and can't tell you the last time I bought bread from the store, I just don't need to. So for my first Make-it-Yourself Monday I am going to do yogurt!!
Now I was blessed recently by a friend, to be be given...for FREE a brand new, not even out of the box, yogurt maker!!!! So that is what I am showing you in the pictures today, but I know there are recipes for yogurt making in a small cooler (that is how I was doing it before) So if you don't have a machine, get on-line and check out some recipes, I know the West Ladies at Homestead Blessings has an easy one.
Yogurt is expensive, especially if you buy organic, so by using our raw milk I am pretty sure I am saving money on this.
My Yogurt Maker
Heat up the milk to 203 degrees and cool to 95 degrees
You will need six ounces of plain yogurt as a starter to mix in milk
Let them set for six hours in the maker
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Even though the weather is not cooperating (we have snow showers again today !!UGH) TSC says that it is chick days, and in my book that is about as close to spring as we are going to get right now! The three youngest and I took a field trip today and picked up 25 cornish rocks and 4 black Australorps (just because they are so cute I couldn't resist). So they are comfortably settled in their box in our master bathroom. I figured the only way to get out of my winter blahs is to jump in with both feet and be productive.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Homemaker Ang over at http://eclecticculturefarm.blogspot.com/ is having a giveaway! She is giving away reusable canning lids from Lehman's. With this winter being so long, I am dreaming about the garden and with that comes all the canning with it and I think these would work great! I was lucky enough to spend the day with Angie and her family on their off grid farm this fall. They live about 45 minutes north of here. For my birthday, Hubby got us a gift to stay at their off-grid cottage in May! I am counting down the days. Go check out her blog to sign up for the giveaway and read more about the really cool things this family does!!