18 hours ago
Good Morning! Welcome back to our humble homestead!
Would you like a cup of fresh hot coffee? How about coffee with a peppermint twist?
For a refreshing twist on your morning cup of java, drop a candy cane into the pot before you brew.
Then sit back and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with a friend!
The taste and aroma will astound you.
Two wonderful friends enjoying the Christmas party~ one joining as a Tiger Cub Scout soon and one about to bridge into Boy Scouts.
The sweet faces of gentlemen who will be prepared to lead our country into the future!
This is what Matt and I bought Aiden for Christmas this year... Candi says she likes Veggie Tales :) so Aiden will be getting a lot of solid Christian toys from us :)
God is So Very Good!
Awaken and check the thermometer~ 58*F and thermostat is set at 55*F, so my furnace is not kicking on. The Nicor gas bill I just received went down to $36.11, so I remain diligent on keeping a fire going when we're home!
Then I turn on the heat lamp for the chickens and stoke the fire. Once the fire is roaring I head out to open the puppy door from the coop to the run. Farmer Fred peeks his head out and informs the gikrls they are staying inside. Probably good as he's pulled all the feathers off his girlfriend's back and she's going to get frostbitten if she goes outside! Check the chicken's water, refill their food and head back into the house.
Time to make coffee, then eggs~ hey! Who forgot to buy bread? Well, guess Matt gets both eggs as he needs to be full. I'll find something to munch at work...
Matt is dressing/ playing with toys... "Please dress~ where is your undershirt?"
And so my morning progresses... dress...Load the car.. Head to work..
Welcome back to our homestead.
Last night I embarked on a new experiment~ I am learning to make my own chicken broth/ soup starter.
After simmering all the goodness out of the bones, I'll scoop these out and toss in the fire. Then cut up veggies and simmer on low until tender.
A yummy dinner ahead with little waste!
Welcome back! Check out what I'm 'baking' for supper.
My 'new' cooking plan is to make dinner every night using only food on hand. Except for this last bag of frozen chicken, and a pack of chicken bologna, this means creative meatless meals.
Although this may sound tragic to most, this really is a sound experiment in surviving off what we have on hand. Sort of a "what if there were martial law in Joliet" exercise. (Except that I still buy milk as needed).
Matt has been really good about my experiment, willingly eating 'pantry surprise' night after night. I will say, though, the fact that my pantry has allowed me to include tuna and cheese in most dinners, so Matt has been appeased.
What would meals be like if real martial law happens and we are 'grounded' to our own yards? Well, squirrel is edible... Anyone got a wildlife cookbook they can mail me?!
Good evening! How are you this fine evening? Hope you're staying warm!
I thought I'd share this photo of my crazy chickens with you as it reminds me of myself lately... I seem to be trying to do things out of order~ putting the cart before the horse.
Tonight I gave my chickens scratch grains in addition to their layer crumbles as an experiment. They are 'supposed' to eat out of the bottom of the feeder, allowing the fresh feed to trickle down to replace the food that I would prefer they eat first. The chickens do not see it my way. They never fail to rebel against this system!
More and more I am realizing I am the same way. God lays out a list of things He wants me to do and the order each must be done in... And I never fail to question His choices.
How much simpler would it be to just be obedient? After all, "obedience brings blessings!"
If I am trusting He will take care of me, why can't I just do it His way?
A new train of thought and a new chapter!
Good morning! You're just in time for breakfast!!! Don't these eggs look yummy?
Do you see the difference between the eggs? The top two eggs are brand "Mussman's Back Acres, Inc." medium eggs with an expiration date of 12.22.11. The bottom two eggs are freshly laid by my chickens yesterday.
Isn't the difference amazing? The size of the eggs and the richness of the yolks is like night and day!
A quiet time for a gentle talk with God . . Quilting time is a favorite time for sharing with God . . My thankfulness .. My joys . . My so...