Archive for October, 2009

Grinding wheat and baking bread

October 31, 2009

I’m feeling a little guilty because I’m bailing on my husband tonight to drive 2 hours to see MercyMe in concert! He’s outside right now finishing the concrete around the pool and it wouldn’t be so bad, but it’s really HOT out – and humid! 85 and 65% humidity – which doesn’t sound too bad, but I’m hot and miserable here in the AC, so he must be too! ūüôā¬† Browsing blogs today I see lots of snow out west and it makes me think of soups, stews, cozy fireplaces, and fresh bread baking.¬† Which made me blow the dust off my bread maker,

 open up a new bucket of wheat,







 break out my grinder, IMG_0764






IMG_0768find my favorite recipe and if worse comes to worse, my husband can enjoy a “Heidi” dinner: fresh bread, butter and delicious goat’s milk.

Here’s my favorite breadmaker recipe, taken from “The Breadman’s Healthy Bread Book” by George Burnett:




makes one  1 1/2 pound load

1 cup plus 2 TBSP water

1 1/2 TBSP flaxseed or canola oil

1/2 tsp liquid lecithin¬†¬† (what’s that?)

3 cups whole wheat flour – (I use 2 cups¬†ww and 1 cup white flour so it’s a little lighter)

1/2 cup whole flaxseed  (I use a little less to make it go further)

2 TBSP gluten flour

3 TBSP powdered whey  (I substitute milk powder)

1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

2 tsp active dry yeast

Put all the ingredients in the inner pan in the order listed, or in the reverse order if the manual for your machine specifies dry ingredients first and liquids last.  Select Basic Wheat Cycle, Light setting. Push start.



Beautiful You!

October 31, 2009

¬† I was blessed with tickets to see MercyMe in concert last night, and what a powerful night it was! Jonny Diaz was the opening performer and though his name I didn’t recognize, his song I did.¬† If you struggle with self-worth, if you don’t feel beautiful, if you have daughters, this song – this video is a must!¬† Watch it.¬† Embrace it. Know that this is the Heart of God.¬†¬† More Beautiful You

Johnny DiazThere could never be a more beautiful you
Don’t buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you

words and music by Jonny Diaz

Anticipating Big Changes

October 30, 2009

Out to Lunch

¬†¬† Bob brought Uncle Tim in from the farm yesterday to have his first consultation with the surgeon and it looks like his surgery will take place the first week in November. The recuperation time for this particular procedure is 6-8 weeks with no lifting. I mean none. Nothing heavier than a gallon of milk. Not hay bales, not milk pails, not hardly anything. That means big changes for us.¬† It means we’ll be going to live at the farm for the duration of his healing.¬†I have mixed feelings about it, but I know that it’s something that must be done – the surgery I mean.¬†¬†My heart’s desire is to one day live at the farm, but right now the timing is less than perfect. J will stay in town and continue her Nursing degree and hold down the fort here. The boys will stay at the farm for the most part with some commuting to school twice a week.¬† Thankfully my husband’s new job is still¬†on hold while the details continue to be worked out, so that will allow him to be available to help at the farm as well as finish the pool, the gazebo, and other assorted jobs that¬†need to be done before he leaves for an extended stay.¬† The thought of running both the farm¬†and¬†the house in town and all that they entail without him here is daunting. But I know that my God is faithful and His timing is perfect. I look forward to milking goats everyday – to spending time in the country, putting in a fall garden, gathering¬†eggs and getting things ready for cooler weather. The farm house has a fireplace – and lots and lots of downed brush that needs gathering and burning! I could have an outdoor bonfire every night for weeks¬† and i very well may!¬† But there’s lots to do and to plan for and to¬†take into consideration.¬† We’ll be there throughout the holidays which means that this year there’ll be no Cookie Swap – no Channukah party – no holiday travel… I’ll have to be clever and think of wonderful ways to spend time together¬†as a family so that there is less disappointment, which I know there will¬†be as this situation is not to the children’s liking.¬† I’m open for suggestions as to ideas for holiday cheer out in the country.

On another note…¬†Being at the farm¬†may give me concentrated time to scrap. I’ve decided that I cannot, in right conscience, begin another December Daily this year when I have so many unfinished projects in the works.¬† Like my Project 365 book.¬† Are you doing that?¬† Here’s where I learned about it:¬†¬†¬†¬† If You’re unfamiliar with the concept go here and read all about it.¬† Then,¬† if it’s something you want to participate in you can find free down loads here:¬† My understanding is that the kit sold out immediately last January¬†and was no longer able to be purchased, so Becky Higgins made some of the artwork and journaling pages available.¬† Keep an eye on her blog – she has recently hinted that there may be something in the works for a similar kit for 2010!¬† But my point is that i am SO FAR BEHIND!!!¬† My last finished¬†week is sometime in August!¬†I have been taking pictures and journaling somewhat, but it’s time to catch up!¬† I’m learning how to take pictures of my pages so I’ll post some soon.¬† I’m trying to find balance between my personal life and my crafting on this Blog (truly, my personal life is much more exciting than my pages!)

So, to recap… Today: *Took Tim to¬† the surgeon¬†*Mr Wilburn came¬†to talk with Levi¬† *¬†Met Zach and Tab for lunch *Brought Tim back to the farm *worked on 21st birthday page *Levi sold popcorn for Scouts *Joel mowed a lawn

Journal/Scrap Ideas

October 29, 2009

I don’t consider myself a very organized person, so I’m hoping this blog will help me to keep my¬†scrapbooking ideas together in one place. Today i was going through¬†boxes¬†of memorabilia, notes, stickers, ideas… all those things i¬†stack in piles on my scrap table until there is no room to create and then i sweep them all off into boxes – do you do this too?¬† Anyway, I came across something I had downloaded from¬†a long time ago.¬† If you’ve never been there you’ll love it!¬† It can be a little overwhelming because¬†there’s so much to see.¬† If I’m trying to find a quote or song lyric I’ll go there and under “library” I’ll search in Pea Soup for that poem, song, quote, title – you name it.¬† So here¬†is a list¬†to give you some creative inspiration for your next scrap page or journal.¬† Pick one!

                All About Me Рauthor unknown  

  1. Favorite color (page done completely in a favorite color)
  2. Pieces of me (picture of me and words that describe me)
  3. All things to all people (list of “things” I am)
  4. Favorite things
  5. Top 10 things that make my day
  6. You’ve got mail (a pocket page with e-mails)
  7. A day in my life (things about my day)
  8. Worth remembering (things I don’t want to ever forget)
  9. Those TV shows (about all the TV shows growing up)
  10. Schools Revisited (all about my school days)
  11. Once Upon a Time (page about my teddy bear – or favorite doll)
  12. My collections
  13. Books (favorite books and authors)
  14. Birthdays
  15. Dream House
  16. 100 Things I love
  17. Various family shots and journaling about each
  18. Favorite food
  19. Favorite music
  20. Hobbies
  21. Sports
  22. Sounds and smells
  23. Movies
  24. Vacation/relaxation spots
  25. Experiences
  26. Till we meet again ( those who have gone before me)
  27. Office (pics of my scrapping room)
  28. Favorite childhood vacation memories
  29. Birth announcement
  30. Room by room
  31. What I hope and dream for each child
  32. Letters to daughters for the birth of their first child
  33. Letter to husband for 50th anniversary
  34. Favorite memory of each grandparent
  35. Things that make me cry
  36. Where I got my talents from
  37. Heirlooms – things I own to pass down from one generation to another
  38. The view from my window
  39. Things i wish I’d known when I graduated from high school / got married / had kids
  40. Phobias
  41. The feats I’d attempt if I had the courage
  42. E-groups i belong to
  43. What I learned from my mother / father
  44. If I only had one more day
  45. Marriage brings…
  46. Reasons I’m a stay-at-home-mom
  47. Family traditions
  48. I feel safe when..
  49. Blast from the past
  50. Words to live by
  51. Things I miss from… childhood, teen years, young adult
  52. A dream or goal I failed to achieve
  53. The most difficult phone call I ever had to make
  54.  People who have touched my life
  55. Friendships
  56. Cars
  57. Jobs
  58. Siblings
  59. Seasons
  60. Travel
  61. Most memorable date
  62. How I pamper myself
  63. What I’d tell my teenage self
  64. Missed opportunities
  65. Leaving home
  66. Things that bug me
  67. Modern conveniences
  68. Things that bring me joy
  69. My ultimate anything goes weekend
  70. The meaning of my name
  71. Thought and feelings o9/11
  72. Family time
  73. What matters most
  74. Thanksgiving menu
  75. Being a wife means
  76. Being a mother means
  77. Family traditions
  78. Favorite quotes

What a great list! I hope you’re inspired!

Life Scout!

October 28, 2009

IMG_0683¬†Last night my oldest son received his Life Scout award. We’re very proud of him,¬† considering that he joined scouts when he was 15 ( a little older than most) with no enthusiasm, to say the least.¬† He has come a long way!

                 Right Now:

  • You are a Life Scout
  • You¬†are 17
  • You attend college
  • You enjoy playing Halo
  • You aspire to become a psycologist
  • You¬†have a good job
  • You’re recuperating from surgery
  • You play both¬†the piano and¬†the guitar¬†¬†
  • You’re tender and sweet and thoughtful but you put on a tough guy facade
  • We are extremely proud of you!
  • You¬†are loved more than¬†you will ever know
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Life Scout¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

December Daily Begins

October 26, 2009

My greatest scrapbooking inspiration I get from Ali Edwards’ Blog. If you’ve never been there you must! RIGHT NOW! She’s just beginning another year of her December Daily instructions so now is a great time to visit her site and¬† begin to prepare to create a daily memory book of ¬†this years’ holiday season.¬† Last year I made a book for November and Dec.¬† Still working on both of them ūüôā (Can you relate?) I haven’t decided if I’ll just add to my previous books or if I’ll start anew for 2009. I’m a great starter but I tend to fizzle out along the way.¬† I’m working on that! Making the books are the most fun – My trouble comes in remembering to take pictures or journal each day.¬† Anyway, head to her site now and check it out!¬†

PS : Look what’s happening in my backyard as i type!¬† My sweet husband is putting down the concrete skirt around the pool he built for us.¬† He’s amazing!


What's For Dinner?

October 26, 2009

The dreaded question. I almost always answer the children’s question with, “Delicious food.” More often than not I haven’t a clue. So i think it’ll be a good thing to post favorite recipes to remind myself of¬† delicious things to make.¬†Tonight I made a husband favorite:

King Ranch Casserole

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¬†1 bell pepper¬†¬†
  • ¬†2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
  • ¬†1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ¬†1 can cream of chicken soup
  • ¬†1 can Rotel (tomatos and green chilis)
  • ¬†10 flour (or corn) tortillas
  • ¬†2 cups chicken broth

Directions:  Tear tortillas into bite sized pieces and dip into chicken broth to moisten. Place half onto the bottom of a greased 13 X 9 casserole dish. Saute pepper and onion, add diced chicken and layer 1/2 on tortillas. Combine soups and Rotel and spread 1/2 of this mixture over chicken. Top with half of grated cheddar cheese. Repeat layers: tortillas, chicken, soups and cheese. Pour leftover chicken broth on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Stepping Out Of The Box – My First Blog

October 25, 2009

A  journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. 

¬† Sounds silly, but this is a big step for me – Having my own blog.¬† If you know me, you know that I am basically computer/electronics illiterate (would inept be a better word?) I don’t twitter (whatever that is), Facebook or My Space,¬†even though my kids all do, I have no idea how an IPod or ITouch work, even though my kids all have them, and¬†I can barely get a movie to run on either the VCR or the DVD player, so having my own Blog is very cool and exciting for me, though just a little intimidating.¬† But I’ve been thinking about it alot.¬† I feel like I lead the most extraordinary and blessed life! Each day holds exciting adventures and new lessons and I feel that it is so important to document life, to help others in their walk and to pass on the lessons learned to an up and coming generation. Bare with me as I learn from the very beginning how to Blog, how to post, how to share pictures and experiences in this new format. Now, off to read more about what to do next.