Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Here we are at another Monday!  The weekends go by SO fast.  My back is messed up.  I think we need to purchase a new bed.  I have not had a restful nights sleep in weeks. 



Breakfast time…what is on the plate this morning...
Just coffee this morning. 

On today’s to do list...
Watching 2 very cute children (my niece and nephew) then home.  Andrew has flag football tonight. Then I may do some baking.  We will see how my energy holds up.

Currently reading...
Bible
"One Heartbeat Away" by Mark Cahill

On the TV today...
Waltons maybe later

The weather outside is...
We have been in the mid to upper 70's lately.  By the end of the week we will be in the 60's.

On the menu this week...
Chicken Parm nuggets, Cheeseburger Mac N Cheese, Sausage and Potatoes, Eggs and Bacon

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will...
Read, or go through my crochet and knitting. 

In the garden...
Grass.  We have completely covered up the garden and put grass seed over it.

Favorite photo from the camera...


Homemaking Tip...
Place a basket at the base of the stairs.  When something needs to be taken upstairs put it in there.  Next time someone goes up they can grab the items.

Visiting with Blog friends (blog to share)...
No new blogs this week.

Praying for...
A few people we know going through some trials.
Our church
Family
Friends

Bible verse, Devotional speaking to me...
Psalm 37:5-6
"Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday"


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Good Morning!

I have some extra time today so I thought I'd check in with everyone.  We have been busy canning up the produce that has been given to us.  We were heartbroken when we discovered our garden had been eaten by wildlife.  When we lived in the country we never had an issue with deer or any wildlife eating our garden.  We didn't even have a fence around our garden.  Then we move into the village and its like the wildlife is saying, "wooohooo free dinner". 

God is SO good at providing for all of our needs!  The main reason for having a garden is to offset the cost of groceries.  So what I can or freeze does just that.  Each week we find ourselves humbled by God's provision in our lives.  I mentioned before that our dog groomer shared her left over tomatoes.  I was able to can 24 quarts of sauce.  That will be such a blessing come winter. 

Then there was the peach juice my mom gave us that we made into jelly. 


My good friend Jen asked if I would be interested in some hot peppers.  SURE! So I made pickled peppers.  We love these on nachos and pizza.  A man that works for my husband has chickens.  He has been blessing us with eggs.  He mentioned a while ago he loves hot and spicy foods.  So we shared a couple of jars with him.  I am going to make hot pepper jelly soon.


The blessings do not stop here!!  My friend Jen contacted me again and asked if I would be interested in a box of concord grapes!  WOULD I!  We have been going through a difficult season of life the past 2 years.  I have been brought to tears with God's graciousness!


So last night I got to work on these.  I was able to can 12 pints of grape juice concentrate.  That didn't even put a dent in this box.  I'm going to make more juice.  I'm going to try my hand at the grape pie filling as well.  It takes a lot of work but I've been told it is SO worth it. 

I will post about that once I make the filling.  I am just in awe of how God uses the people in our lives daily.  I was busy with the grapes when my mom asked if we would be interested in some corn she got from an Amish family.  Again I said WOULD I??!! 

I cooked it all up and decided to freeze it since the canner was busy with the grapes.  We have missed the fresh corn.  I praise the Lord for His goodness and mercy over our lives.  Every time we open a jar of something I will say a prayer for the person (family) who gave us the produce.  I will most defiantly be paying it forward. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday


Is it Monday already??! Where did the weekend go?  It seems like the weekends go by so fast.  I cherish the weekends because during the week my husband and I only see each other an hour a day.  An hour in the morning.  When he gets home from work I am already sleeping.  But this is our season of life.  We have to do what we need to. 


Breakfast time…what is on the plate this morning...
Toast and homemade peach juice jelly.  So good!

On today’s to do list...
Work today.  I sometimes do not feel like it is work.  I babysit my niece and nephew.  They are so much fun! 

Currently reading...
Bible~ 2 Peter
"One Heartbeat Away" by Mark Cahill

On the TV today...
Nothing much today.  Perhaps some Waltons later.

The weather outside is...
Fall-like!  Beautiful!!  There is a crisp breeze rustling the leaves outside.  This is my favorite time of the year.  I do like winter as well.  But now that I will be out in the snow more this year we shall see if I feel the same. 

On the menu this week...
I have been making nothing during the week.  It is a simple soup and quick meals for my family.  I try to do my big meals on the weekend.  We have been busy canning so there has been nothing new.  My daughter Katrina has been taking over the cooking.  That has been a big blessing!

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will...
Enjoy the peace and quiet.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week...
I made the Peach Juice Jelly this week.  It is SO good.  Today we will be making up some hot pepper jelly.

In the garden...
Nothing from here.  But we have been blessed beyond anything we could have imagined!!  God has provided so much for us this year in the way of produce. 

Favorite photo from the camera...


Homemaking Tip...
Have everyone pitch in to help out.  I do the major scrubbing of the rooms but everyone is expected to do their part.

Visiting with Blog friends (blog to share)...
No new blogs this week.

Praying for...
Family
Our family as we work to get services for our daughters
My husband to find a day position

Bible verse, Devotional speaking to me...
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.  And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation."