Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Call of the COOKIE!!!

The Call of the Cookie?.... Have you ever heard that call? I have.

Sometimes the smell of warm chocolate chip cookies gently calls my name and I enjoy the chewy goodness of a comfort food.

Sometimes hunger sends me hunting for something to snack on.... and cookies are just so easy to eat.

Sometimes there are no cookies made... and we need to make them... Now!. :)

 Sometimes they accompany a little tea party for one.... as a break in the day or a special moment of quietness.

Sometimes they are to be shared with friends and neighbors.... over tea or just on plates given.

Cookies come in so many flavors... of course, there is chocolate chip... but  there are also Snickerdoodles, Oatmeal Raisin, Shortbread, Butterscotch Bars, Brownies, Molasses Crinkles, and many more.

 A cup of tea goes so well with those cookies. A cup of tea sipped from a pretty cup tastes even better, for some reason. In fact, I have started carrying a china tea cup in my purse when going to a church potluck in the winter, sometimes. I just love drinking the tea... but NOT out of a styrofoam cup.







A small teapot works well for one... my girls have enjoyed bringing such a tea tray to me when I needed extra rest. The adrenal issues I suffer from require extra rest - no, they don't require cookies :) ,  but there is something special about them. :)









 These cookies were made by my 14 year old son... he likes them BIG! :)

Cookies can minster to someone... we can give cookies to show we care and are thinking of someone.... to feed people.... to encourage.... to uplift. Yes, we give breads and other baked goods too, but there is just something about homemade cookies. Yum!

Now, we want to be careful how often we heed that Call of the Cookie... or we will have other problems to deal with! :)  But once in a while, in moderation.... listening for the Call of the Cookie.... can be enjoyable. When we use moderation, then we can REALLY enjoy the ones we do eat.   Do you ever hear the Call of the Cookie?  Thank you for visiting my blog today.... I hope you have a wonderful day!!  :)


























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Monday, July 28, 2014

A Monster In My Garden!



 I feel like there is a monster in my garden. I'm serious.... .that's how I "feel".  This morning, one son came in and said, "Mom, come and look at this worm... I don't know what kind it is."  Okay, I do NOT like worms (except for the work they do in the soil... but I don't like to SEE them!), but I am a home school mom and I can be brave. (I think I can, I think I can, ......). SOOOO, I went out to see the worm.... expecting an earthworm type worm.



NOOOO, instead it was a big ugly hornworm.... not sure if it is a tomato hornworm or not, since we have never seen this color, but whatever he is, he is not welcome in my garden! He was right there on the garden path... and he sort of blended in a bit with the flagstone. I go out there every day and several times a day and I shuddered to think about stepping on that... that... that thing! Ewwww!  Hideous. My son saw it because a catbird was trying to eat it, but the thing was too big, and there was a bit of a ruckus. (See, I said it was a monster!)


Being the calm and cool home school mom that I am (ahem), I sent my son to get a clean peanut butter jar as a prison home for the monster, so that we could see what he turns into.... while he is imprisoned contained. Meanwhile, I escaped to the house, I mean, I went to the house where I had lots to do(like staying away from garden monsters!)

After he was safely inside the container with the lid on tight (it IS on tight, right Honey?), I remembered that we should put some holes in the lid, so my son did that and then a bit later, I realized I should get some pictures... so we can try to identify this thing.... My sons released the thing and I snapped a couple of pictures while my boys laughed at my shuddering and "ewws" while they loved protecting me from the thing. They can't understand why he repulses me so much, but he does. After a very brief photo session, the guys returned the monster back to his cage.

Anyway, now the guys have gone somewhere with their dad and I am working on this post. I was going to tell you how huge the thing is... because it is like 4 1/2"-5" long or so... I'm just sure.... Well, I like to be really honest, so I went out to the jar and measured that thing (ewww) and he is actually about 3"-3 1/2" long and is about 1/2" in diameter. Trust me, he looks a lot bigger. (I felt quite brave to do this by myself!)

Well, there you have it. We don't know where this thing was feeding... maybe on my tomatoes? The guys looked a bit but didn't see any relatives on the tomatoes, but they will look again... carefully.... it is hunting season for those monsters. Meanwhile, my trips to the garden are not quite as pleasant as they were yesterday when I had no idea of the intruder who was lurking somewhere out there. My eyes were darting around today when I went out there.... eventually I will stop expecting one of the monster's siblings to come into view, but for now, I am on high alert.

I am SO thankful for my wonderfully brave guys... and I am glad they are curious about the things God has made, so we will hopefully see the moth this guy will most likely turn into. It really is a miracle that God created such a process. I appreciate the marvelous design.... but I can appreciate it from afar. :)

Seems there is never a dull day here ... things stay pretty exciting. I have been loving the tomatoes we are getting - they are just coming on pretty good, so I hope this threat to them is temporary. We'll see. I know that I will be MUCH more careful about tying up tomato plants now and what I touch out there.

Thank you for visiting my blog and listening to my tale of woe about the monster in my garden... it was so nice to have you. I hope you have a wonderful day (and that there are NO monsters in YOUR garden! )  :)

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Quick Garden Stir-Fry

We like stir-fry, but I don't have a specific recipe for it.... especially in the summer when things are ripening in the garden.  Many different things could end up in the stir fry. :)

 Here I started out with olive oil, cooked chicken breast, and onion.
 We had three squashes(2 yellow, 1 zucchini) from the garden, so those were cut up to add....
Along with the squash, there were also just a few green beans and a pepper which were cleaned, cut up and added to the pan...


There are so many possibilities - and it is a good way to use some of the garden veggies. :)






 I also added chunk pineapple.... and many times I will put apple cider vinegar and some brown sugar... and make a sweet and sour stir fry.... there are many possibilities.


 I added chicken broth, water, some seasonings, and then thickened it with corn starch...


We served it over rice.... with herbed cheese bread on the side.  The ingredients can be many different combinations...  it is a quick and nutritious meal.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.... .I hope you are able to enjoy the fresh produce of this season. :)
 
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Project In Progress- Any Ideas?

It seems we always try to make just a little more room in our house.... change just a bit more.... Well, we have some short walls with spindles.... and we have liked them, but after 18 years here, we are ready for them to be gone.... and we have talked about removing them. The problem is that we didn't know if we could remove them and have the ceiling still be supported enough.

After a visit over the weekend from my brother who is a builder, we decided the spindles could leave! Actually the walls can go too, BUT the two half walls by the front door both have electricity in them (in the form of light switches and outlets) which is too much of a challenge for us right now. Also a few years ago, we put hardwood floors in... and we love them. Tearing out those walls would mean having to piece in hardwood pieces to match.... under where four walls are right now, which is also beyond our ability and time. We try to do work ourselves and not have to pay big bucks to do projects, so we aren't taking the walls out........at least not right now. :)

We did take the spindles out.... and I LOVE it.... it opens things up a lot.... and it looks different..... although now those half walls really seem to be in the way.

I don't know why, but we seem to be more aware of the walls and are bothered by them.... like they look incomplete. Maybe it is just needing to get used to it.... and we haven't repainted yet, either.

This was not a planned project, but it is so fun to make changes to the house.... little things CAN make a big difference and it can be so encouraging. I know that this makes me feel the need to rearrange! (My guys grumble a bit when I want to rearrange since they are the muscle for the big items, like the piano.  :)  Anyway, normally I wouldn't share this until we have it all figured out.... and just the way we want it.... and this is really only a work in progress as we really don't know WHAT we will do to finish this project. Today, one son suggested modifying the walls so they are out of the way visually, but are still at the floor level so we don't have to change the flooring.... maybe making a bench or something..... Hmmmm.

While my brother was here, we also discussed ideas about the decks, windows, an unfinished walkway and more. It helps to have his professional opinion and advice.... and his creative ideas.  Of course, what we REALLY want to do is to move to a house with more property, but for now, we are here and we can continue to make improvements as we can afford the time and the money and this house just gets nicer and nicer. :)

So, this job is not complete.... not sure what else we will do to it, but this is where we are now... content with where God has us and excited about the possibilities! Thank you for visiting my blog today and if you have any ideas about those half walls, we would love to hear them.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Garage Sale Prayer List

 Garage Sales!  They can be fun as we hunt for some treasure.... maybe a book we wanted to read or a pair of jeans... maybe a pair of earrings or a toy for our child.... a bike or tent or ?  The possibilities are quite endless. I have shopped at garage sales for years.... and God has really provided.
I found that I would go, hoping to find this or that... maybe a pair of sandals, a sleeping bag, or something.  I started to ask God to let me find one of the treasures I was seeking..... If I did, I would thank Him...

It started happening.... not all of the time, but often enough to get my attention. I already was used to praying about other needs... when we needed a different vehicle... I would pray specifically about what we were looking for... the same with house hunting. Then it hit me, why not have a Garage Sale Prayer List?
 I found some of my old  prayer lists... This one shows that I wrote down most of the items all on one day as I thought about it.... it also shows that most of the items are checked off... there are a few notes about what I found.
 This list is undated... oh, how I hate undated items!! It is fun to look back and so frustrating not to know WHEN it was. *sigh*  I am pretty good w/ adding dates to everything now. :)

This list wasn't marked off and no notes, but I can think back to some of the items that were provided for us. Number 5 says piano... and at one garage sale where they were tired of  having the garage sale and didn't want to take it back in.... they GAVE it to us! There was no bench, but still, it was a piano... and we are still using that same piano today. :)
 Some items ... like the Vita-Mix mixer, seemed ridiculous.... after all they sell for about $500! Still I prayed about that one.... it didn't come... for a long time. Eventually, I found one w/ a price tag of 250. I went to ask the person if that was $250.00. She laughed and said, "Honey, it's only $2.50!" WOW! I had prayed, but my faith was a bit weak because I was shocked by this. :)  We used that Vita Mix for a few years... almost every day... until a bearing went out.... after a while a friend and my guys worked to replace the bearing and we used it longer.  Eventually God provided a different Vita mix mixer for $45.00.  I don't know what I would do without my mixer now.... we use it for smoothies most days....and love it.

Some items on my list never came.... and later I realized we didn't need them after all. The Whisper Mill on my list never has happened.... and I am okay with that... we are doing fine without it.... although it would be fun to find it sometime. :)

God has provided SO many things for our family through garage sales, thrift stores and more.
 This list shows dressers, purse, piano bench, snow shovel, rake, etc. I wish I had kept up with filling in my little chart.... because God DID provide all of those.... but I don't remember when or details about it.

Do I look at God as my genie to give me what I want? NO! He is my Heavenly Father and He loves me and has promised to provide for us. I do not make my list TELLING Him what He should provide. I am asking... and when He says "no", I thank Him... when He provides it, I thank Him. He IS providing our needs, whether God meets my list or not. He IS good.... and His goodness doesn't depend on Him meeting my list or requests. He doesn't change..... but it is so much fun to specifically request something ... and see how God answers.

Years ago, our old house had hardwood floors in the upstairs-we loved them, but they were so cold in the winter and the boys slept up there. Money was terribly tight, so I told my husband that I was going to pray for God to provide some carpet for their room - a low nap one that would be great for little boys to play with their cars and trucks on. He laughed a bit and said to go ahead.... to tease him, I said I would ask God for it to be a bluish gray color. He laughed again.  I continued and said I would pray for carpet pad also. He laughed loudly and said, "Oh right..... do you know how much that will cost??" Like I said money was really tight. I laughed with him and said, "I am going to pray that I can find it for $5.00." Well, he really laughed then and told me, "Don't hold your breath." I started to pray and I looked at every garage sale I went to... but didn't find it, so I started asking at garage sales  if they had carpet for sale. Finally at one sale, the man said he had just carpeted the basement and they had a big piece left over.... when he showed it to me, I was tickled to see that it was a flat nap and it was bluish gray. Wow.  Then he told me to wait a minute as he had some leftover carpet pad also that I could have with it. By this time, I was nervous because this was NEW carpet and pad and I knew I couldn't afford it. I asked how much he wanted for it. He said, "Oh, how 'bout 5 bucks?"  I almost started crying... and I told him this was a BIG answer to prayer. By the way, it fit almost perfectly into the boys' room - which was oddly shaped with a dormer window. My husband was very shocked.... and he stopped laughing at my garage sale prayer list.  :)  

So, am I trying to say you will always get what you want? No. How nice to ask for what we need... or even hope for... and see God's answers. I think sometimes we are so quick to shop and feel like I found this or that... and leave God out of it. He is the One providing for us.

I have learned to wait for what I am asking for.... and not rush right out to buy it new.... to WAIT for God to provide it.... It is amazing what He provides and how He stretches our budget. I have also learned that if He doesn't provide it.... we really don't need it... and we do without it or pray about buying it new.

Garage sales really are a blessing... but we don't want to just be greedy or covetous either - or materialistic - and that is easy to do when we can afford more at garage sales... maybe we don't really need some things that we want.

Sometimes my kids will look around a room and ask what came from a garage sale in the room. We laughed one day when we couldn't find anything in the living room that didn't come from a garage sale.... until one of the kids reminded us of one item that we had bought new. I know people who feel cheated when they have to buy from garage sales.... and your kids will be dissatisfied and feel cheated also if you keep that attitude. We aren't cheated out of "new" things... we are so blessed and so thankful. Also, we can afford much better quality items from a garage sale that we could afford new. I want to be thankful... and to teach my children to be thankful. Over the years, God has provided thee things as an example:  Jeans - the sizes my kids needed, sleeping bags before we went camping, new reams of paper for school, various cabinets for herbs, essential oils, fabrics and more, computers, sofa, lots of books and school books, school manipulatives, jewelry, bookcases, cds, clothes, blankets, china, purses and bags, wireless mouse, stainless steel pans, essential oil, candles, phones, furniture and so much more.

My lists are not always written down.... now they are usually just in my head... but I still pray for what we need.... or want(within reason!). In all of this, God is the one to be glorified as He is the provider.



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Removing Pine Sap.... From Hair!

How can I remove pine sap from hair?

We have had to figure that out.... we have 2 beautiful pine trees... and we really like them.... but where we have trimmed them, they can leak sap and when that sap gets on something, it wants to stay and it is really sticky!






 It can ooze from the cut......
 The drops can hang.... and look beautiful....
 but, you do NOT want to touch it.  (Although, I am sure I can find some use for the pine sap... I have considered making a pine sap salve which should be very good.... but haven't tried it yet!! :) Another idea for another time. :)

 
 Recently my youngest daughter accidentally got too close to the pine sap.... and it stuck in her beautiful thick long hair.... yuck.

It isn't possible to just wash it out of the hair with shampoo.... it won't come out that way.






 The sap can look pretty, but it can sure make a mess.  We are around those trees every day and usually don't have a problem... we stay away from the parts that are dripping and we don't let the kids climb those trees... I do NOT like to clean pine sap out of clothes OR hair!
  Even pine cones and needles can have some sap on them.


Well, like I said, she got too close and had sap in her hair.  We sure didn't want to cut it out, so we tried something I had heard or read  .....   sometime. :)




 Peanut Butter!  My daughter was horrified... so the only other thing I remembered hearing could work was mayonnaise - she agreed to the peanut butter but asked us to hurry before her brothers could see and make fun of her.

My oldest daughter (Wholesome Joy Photography :) applied the peanut butter while I took the picture. :)  It worked well.... you have to work it in and not just apply it.  By the way, I had them use creamy peanut butter.... imagine trying to wash the chopped nuts out of the hair.... better to use creamy peanut butter. :)

Here is the nice clean hair a couple of hours later.... it was soft and not sticky or greasy.  Just wash it out good with shampoo.... she fixed her own hair here... and did a pretty good job.

I read a lot.... and I remember tidbits of information that I have learned... this time it proved useful.

We still love our pine trees.... and enjoy them.... just need to stay away from that sap!

Thank you for visiting today... I hope you have a wonderful day! :)




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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First Salad From Our Garden!

This week, we picked the first cucumber, the first pepper and the first tomato from our garden.... and they formed the base for a wonderful salad.

That salad had:
cucumber
pepper
tomato
swiss chard
basil
dill
purslane

Those were ALL from our garden. We also added celery, broccoli and cheese.... and ranch dressing. It was such a wonderful salad...... partly because most of it was from our garden. :) What fun to eat foods we have grown.  By the end of the summer, we start to take it for granted, I guess, but right now.... it is a delight.

We had 4 more cucumbers tonight for supper. Nothing else is ready yet..... we will wait..... and enjoy it as it ripens. What a blessing that God allows so many things to grow - right in our own backyard. He provides for us in so many ways. I hope you are enjoying the fresh produce at this time of year - whether from your garden or from the farmer's market or store.Thank you for visiting.... I hope you have a wonderful week. :)


























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Monday, July 7, 2014

Peach-Pear-Mango Birthday Cake

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A Peach-Pear-Mango Cake.  That is what my son requested for his birthday. Hmmm.  I am rather creative, and my kids sure keep me working to be more so.... they give me ideas of a cake they want for their birthday.... and I need to come up with a way to make it happen. :) Sometimes it is rather challenging. 

This is what I came up with. Actually, last year, the same son wanted a Peach-Pear Cake. When I make one of these special cakes, I don't write down a recipe, but I used a similar idea for this year. Basically, I started with a yellow cake recipe, used  bit less sugar, and added about 2-3 cups of cut up canned peaches, pears, and mangoes.  It turned out really moist and was wonderful with vanilla ice cream. :)

Well this son also has been enjoying drawing Minions from Despicable Me 2. We are not in favor of many things on the movie, but he has enjoyed the little yellow guys, so I decided to use it for the cake. The trouble is that I was really rushed.... after a very busy morning and with Adrenal issues, I HAD to sleep for a bit in the afternoon, but I slept for 2 hours and didn't get up until 4:00. That was not good when we were planning to eat at 6 pm and I hadn't started the meal OR THE CAKE yet. Not good!

So this was rushed, but thankfully it turned out well. For his birthday meal, he chose homemade pizza pockets, so I rushed to get the bread mixed and rising, then mixed up the cake... and put it into the oven. Back to making the pizza pocket filling and forming the pizza pockets, (Planning to post the Pizza Pocket recipe on my blog soon) then while they were rising, back to the cake - mixing frosting, etc. I waited as long as I could to frost the cake since I really didn't want to frost a hot cake.... it was still quite warm, but not hot.

I've never made a minion, but thought I could give it a try.....
I was looking at a picture and doing the best I could..... and rushing very much. :)













Okay, starting to look like a minion....
 Well..... he looks like one of those yellow guys -  Just needed to hurry and finish decorating the rest of the cake while the pizza pockets were baking......
 The kids were pleased....  and it all turned out to be a nice birthday celebration. I prefer having everything organized a bit better, but this day was just too busy.... and my energy was too low.... and God allowed it to still be special for our son. What a blessing. :)









The best part, though, was the taste! Everyone loved the moist sweet fruit flavor.... with ice cream, of course. :)














       Peach-Pear-Mango Cake
1/2 c. butter, softened   
1 1/2 c. sugar                                    -Cream together
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1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs                                               -  Add, to butter mixture and Beat
........................................
1 1/4 c. milk                              -Alternate adding milk and flour/baking powder and mixing until
2 3/4 c flour                                   all is used. You may need a little extra flour if batter is too runny,
2 1/2 tsp baking powder                depending on how much liquid was with the fruit.
........................................
1 can peaches, drained
1 can pears, drained
1 can mango, drained             - Cut all into pieces and add to cake batter, stir gently. You may need
                                                    to add a bit more flour if batter is a bit soupy, depending on how  much liquid was with the fruit. Again, stir gently.
Pour into greased 9" x 13" pan or 2 - 8" or 9" round pans.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
Cool when done. Frost with cream cheese frosting. 

         Frosting
1 - 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1-2 tbsp butter, softened                             - cream all together
....................................
1 tsp vanilla                                         - add, stir in
1/4 c milk                                             - add some of the milk, then some powdered sugar, keep
1-2 c powdered sugar                                mixing together until right consistency.... may need
pinch of salt                                               more or less milk and pwd sugar than recipe says.... 
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