Thursday, September 29, 2011

National Coffee Day..

In celebration of National Coffee day, I thought I'd post about my new coffee pot.

We have had every type of pot, and yes we even have a Keurig , but my most favorite thing for coffee I have found so far is a .............................french press~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love it!!!!

Now we are on a slow journey to self sufficiency. This little gem is a start. It's eliminated a need for a coffee pot on my counter, uses no electric and is easy to use and clean! :)

This along with my breakfast blend coffee is a perfect start to my morning!!! :)

From Our Home to Yours!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Corn Corn Corn.........

Through a friend I bought a very large bag of corn. 70 ears to be exact! :)

Check SpellingBesides my own free child labor, I recruited Ashley's friend to help us along! :)

All 70 ears shucked and ready for the boiling pot!!! :) Aren't they pretty!!! :)

I actually used my turkey fryer to boil the corn in. I was able to put a lot more in and in this pic it's on my kitchen floor, from there I would lift out the draining insert and go to the ice bath in my kitchen sink. :)

All 70 ears drying. :)

Cutting it off the cob.

Kernels laid out to dry a little more..

5 Cups put into freezer bags. We got 6 bags, at 2 servings per bag..

The hardest lesson I'm learning about this path to self sufficiency is that, it takes a whole lot of food to have enough for my family. The corn will basically get me 12 meals.

Where and how are you all buying for large families?

From Our Home to Yours! : )


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Potato, Broccoli, Cheddar Soup

This recipe is scaled to feed 12. :)

4C chopped onions

1/4 C butter

5 lbs peeled and cubed potatoes

10 C boiling water

8 cubes chicken bullion

2 fresh head broccoli-steamed then chopped

Sea salt and Pepper to tastes

6 C Shredded Cheddar

In large stock pot throw in butter let it melt then sweat down the onions. This will start your house smelling Yummy!!!

Then add, potatoes, water, and bullion.
Cover bring to boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until potatoes are tender.

add broccoli when it's done steaming. :)

Once potatoes are tender and after you've added the broccoli, take out half of the soup and add to food processor or blender and blend. This will make it nice and thick. Only to the potatoes and broccoli, try not to take a whole bunch of liquid. :)

Put blended mix back in pot, give a good stir, heat can be medium to low now, add the cheese!

Serve with warm crusty bread, or a salad!

Super delicious!! :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wild Outdoor Expo..

Yesterday, we went to the Wild Outdoor Expo.

What a fun time. Everything outdoor related was represented.

Kayaks, fishing, hunting, water dogs, hunting dogs, survival dogs, shoot a 22, shot a shotgun, 3d bow and arrow trail, climb a rock wall, learn about conservation, (shiver) learn about NJ snakes...

Civil War Encampment and so much more....

Jake and Matt shooting a .22. They hit every target!! :)

Matt going for that deer!!!

Here's his turkey!!!! :)

Bella just wondering! :)

Isn't he pretty???

EEEWWWW GROOOSSSSS EEEKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tomahawk throwing!!!

End of day, ready to go home!!! :)

And to end it all, we stopped by Aunt Lisa's where, there was go cart riding, dirt biking riding, and playing on the farm.

From our home to yours!! :)

Then we all went out for pizza!! :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Brag on the hubby...

My husband and I wait for a lot of things. We are cheap! LOL .. I'm actually a big one on finding things second hand. So that means cheap or free!!! We have been looking for a roof top carrier for a couple of years now. With our growing family and the amount of stuff it seems we take along. We needed something. Last year we invested in a hitch mounted thing that goes on back of the suburban and it usually carts our large cooler. Good investment for the amount of raw milk we bring back from PA. However, a roof top carrier is what we need to keep all our junk out of the suburban, to make some more room for Mr. Darcy while traveling. :)

While yard sale shopping two weekends ago, hubby spotted a roof top carrier out for garbage!!!
He pulls over, checks it for cracks, and throws in back of suburban. We take it home, clean it up, the only thing missing was the key for the lock.

NO PROBLEM!!! Hubby takes key thingy off, take it to lock smith and for $21.00, we have this:

Price from Sears $249.00!!!


It's pays to wait!!! :)

I'm am always reminded that God will supply all our needs and some of our wants in HIS timing!! :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My reflections on James 3.

James 1:~My brethren, let not many of you become teachers knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement.

That's a big statement. When we become teachers of the word that we shall receive stricter judgement.

When I think of that, I think of all the people I teach, my children being first and foremost, my friends and any unbeliever I come in contact. What am I teaching them? Are my children being taught God's holy word, completely or is becoming "bible time" and "we've got to get this done".

Is my life mirroring God's teaching? Or have I become caught up in what others think about me?

Is the unbeliever convinced that I love Jesus with all my heart based on my actions or am I just another hypocrite?

James 3:3~Indeed we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and turn their whole body.

Am I obeying God in this way?

James 3:7-9 ~ For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue, it is an unruly evil full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father and with it we curse men, who have been made similitude of God.

No man on his own can tame his own tongue, we can only do it through our Lord.

We bless our Lord, call out to him in trials, rejoice with him when he has blessed us, yet use the same tongue to shame our children, hurt our friends, gossip, lie, use foul language. etc.

James 3:10~ Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing, my brethren these things ought not to be so.

How can we effectivly bless and curse our God from the same lips. How can we expect his blessing when we are not honoring his heart? How can we say we love him, but curse our brother sitting next to us in church? How can we express our love when we criticize or judge the unbeliever?
These things ought not to be so. We can't! We simply can't!!

James 3:11-12~Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree bear olives and a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring bears salt water and fresh.

This scripture tells us it's impossible to do. We can NOT bless and curse our God from the same lips..

Enter by the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and their are many who go in by it. because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who find it. ~Matthew 7:13-14.

James 3:13~But who is wise among you, let him show by good conduct his works are done in meekness of wisdom.

Are we showing our own good works in meekness? Or are we making sure everyone knows how hard we work. What committees we're on? Are we making it public that we are serving at the soup kitchen today? So everyone will see how good we are......

James 3:14-15~But if you have bitter envy and self seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.

Admit it! Repent from it!

For this wisdom does not come from above but it earthly, sensual and demonic..

Admit and Repent!!!!

James 3:16~ for where envy and self seeking exist confusion and every evil thing are there.

Pretty scary? eh?

James 3:17- But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Is our wisdom coming for the Lord? Or have we gotten caught up with what the world is saying? Is Dr. Phil and Oprah our sources of wisdom? Is our unsaved best friend our source of wisdom? Is the feel good tv preacher our source of wisdom?

Or are we simply seeking God and his word. Allowing the holy spirit to work on us, through our own trials and joys. Are we remembering that God will give us the wisdom we seek, all we have to do is ask. Are we waiting patiently on the answer or are we trying to rush God..
We can't rush our Lord.
All is done in HIS perfect timing, and by his will for us.. Are we willing to accept his will for us, or do we think we know a better way.

James 3:18~Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Are we at peace with our adversaries? Have we made peace with the family member who insults each time we see them? Have we forgiven those who have hurt us? Have we been willing to see our own faults in our faults with others?


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Where were you when the world stop turning? 9/11 Rememberence

I can't believe it's been 10 years since the terrorist attacks on our country.
10 years of husbands with out wives, wives without husbands, children without mothers, children without fathers, grandparents lost.
I think about all the babies that were born that year, that fathers never got to see.
They are now 10 years old.
My heart still aches for them all.

I remember it being a beautiful Tuesday Morning. At that time I had a 6 yo, a 3 yo, and a little chubby 10 month.

We left our home to travel to church for a MOPS meeting. I loved MOPS. Mothers of Preschoolers a place of encouragement, and many moms sharing our joys and trials of parenthood.

I remember pulling into the parking lot with my kids, and since I'm an avid talk radio junkie, I had been listening to the station.
They announced that they believed a small Cessna plane hit the World Trade Center. The newscasters at that time were assuming it was a small private plane.
I remember feeling like wow, that's bad.
Unloading everyone out of the car, I walked into the church and made a comment to another person there. We went into the church office to see if it was on the news yet. They had a very small television in there.
I remember standing there with my little children, watching the news and a couple of ladies were coming in saying the radio was saying a plane hit the WTC.
There was about 5 of us in the office, when while watching the news, we tried to determine to keep the meeting going or shut it down for the day.
You see where I live in Jersey is about a 2 hour commute to Manhattan, Lots of the women's husbands travel to and worked in NY. And then as we were listening intently to the news we saw the other plane hit the other tower.
I was stunned, scared, and just remember feeling like I had to get my husband and get home because we were at war.
A couple of woman whose husbands worked in the city and they were calling their wives telling them to "go home" and "wait" ... A couple were telling their wives they were sitting on the bridge in traffic and saw the whole thing happen.
It would take people a full day to get home from the city, if they were there already and hours upon hours for people who were on the bridges and saw all this unfold right in front of their eyes.
I remember driving to get my husband at work. We only had one car at this time..and thinking...
we are at war. what to we do. I really thought that another country was attacking us here on our turf.
I remember placing calls to family members who at the time were currently serving in the Armed Forces, Calling my Mom, My aunt who is a postal worker, my uncle who is a truck driver. etc. etc.
I got my hubby and we drove home, just listening to the radio the whole way. Once we got home we were stuck for days in front of the television watching all of this unfold.

One of the most odd things I remember is they banned all flights for 3 solid days. I can still recall the silence, the quietness of the earth, the stillness in the air. They say silence is deafening, and it was. In another way it was cool because I got to hear what the world sounded like before their was air traffic. It was an amazing thing.

There were many people from my town that died that day. And many more who stepped up to help.
Droves of fighter fighters, First Aid Squads, Policemen you could see driving up and down our major highways for months as they help NYC recover from this mess.
The way our country rallied together to support one another was phenomenal.

Tomorrow NJ101.5 will be airing their broadcast from 10 years ago, exactly as it happened. Tomorrow we will see the horrid footage of a ruthless attack on our country.
Tomorrow we will mourn for those that passed.
Tomorrow we will celebrate for those that lived.
Tomorrow we will Thank God for his protection of this country...AND
TOMORROW, I will continue to pray for a revival of this country!

Friday, September 9, 2011

From Couch to 5 K...

I'm starting a fitness program. Right here at home. I'm scared! It involves running or in my case very slow jogging.. but still....oh yeah, and you sweat! I hate sweat, almost as much as I hate running.

But I need to do it. I am on a mission to become a healthy mama. I guess I am already a relatively healthy mama, but I want to become a more healthy mama! ;)

So this program is really cool. It starts out slow.. I like slow!
3 days a week. I can do that!!
Right now Week One:Day 1
5 min warm up ( brisk walk)
20 mins of walk for 90 seconds, jog for 60 seconds.
5 min. cool down.

When you are as overweight and as out of shape as I am jogging for 60 seconds is hard. There were points where I just closed my eyes, and hoped I would hit anything!!

Having a 16 year old daughter with me to encourage me, and exercise herself, along with counting down those seconds was AWESOME!!!! God I love that kid!!! I know I slowed her down a bit, but she didn't complain.

I will keep you posted as we roll along here!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Busy week around our homestead.

Well I'm going to start off with the most exciting news first, for the first time ever my oldest daughter is attending school! As in "real" school. She's been homeschooled since she was three years old. It's been a blessing and a gift to teach her and watch her grow up to be an amazing young lady. She was accepted into the vocational school program last March and today is her very first day!!! :) Her goal is to gain knowledge that she will be able to use to work from home. We have encouraged all our children to be entrepreneurs. She is studying Design and Visual Arts, She will learn graphic design, photography, screen printing, web design and more! :)
I look forward to see how the Lord is going to use her. Another blessing is that her friend was also accepted to the program. So at least they will have each other! :)

So since Hurricane Irene, my darling husband has been out of work. No power at his job at all. Let's say he kinda had a forced vacation. Having him home on the weekends usually leads to a ton of work, having him home for 9 days translates to a whole lotta stuff got done.

I was able to deep clean the kitchen. Here's a peek of just some of the stuff out of the cabinets! ;)

Let's just say everything came out, all cabinets got wiped down and everything got reorganized and put back in. :) It took my daughter and I almost 4 hours, with little ones helping.

In the meantime, We were given tons of pavers a couple of years ago that have been waiting patiently to be put down somewhere.

We took our small pool down this year and hubby decided that this would be a perfect place to lay the pavers. And to create some more outdoor living space.

Just getting started.....

A third of the way there....................

All done!!

Then on Friday September 2, I witnessed the Lord bring another life into this world. A while ago I told my cousin that I would be her birthing coach. This past Friday I was able to help her and be a part of one of the Lords greatest gifts. LIFE.. :)
Brittany and Shawn were both fantastic! Brittany did a wonderful job of staying focused and calm, Shawn who before had a fear of hospitals, blood etc. Came though like a champ, he was so gentle and loving to Brittany during the whole process and just smitten with his little daughter, when she was born. He watched the whole thing, and then even stepped up and cut the cord. God is soo good to us!

Brittany was saying, "don't take my picture now!"

My all time favorite photo, Daddy holding his little girl.
Miss Ava Reese, 7 lbs 140zs. 19 1/2 inches long.

What a beautiful time, where God continues to show his miracles, mercies and grace.

Thanks again Brittany and Shawn!! :)

Last thing we got done was finally repainting the living room!! It needed it desperately!


So that's what's happening around here!



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