Friday, October 28, 2011

Mexicorn Dip Recipe

  • 2 cans (11 Oz. Can) Mexicorn, Drained
  • 1 can (4 Oz. Can) Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 whole Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 3 whole Green Onions, Chopped
  • 2 whole Jalapenos, Chopped (without Seeds)
  • 8 ounces, weight Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • Mix all ingredients together and serve with Fritos!  To make this a skinnier version use fat free sour cream and fat free mayonnaise!  Yum!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Fall Day!

(This picture is not mine, but looks EXACTLY like this area.. and what it looked like here today.) 

Today was a typical fall day. The weather was windy and cool with overcast skies. The rain fell on and off all day long.  Other than running out to the chicken house twice, I've stayed inside all day.

Because this is the type of weather that makes me want to cook, I found myself in the kitchen making Caramel Apple Jam and then later a big pot of chili with deer meat and sausage.

I am so thankful for laid back, easy going days.  Our soul just needs them sometimes... and today was a perfect day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jesus, Our Example

I must be about my Father’s business– Luke 2:49

Jesus lived in perpetual awareness that his Father had a purpose for his being here, and that he must therefore be constantly about his Father’s business.

What is the driving motivation of your life? Whose “business” are you usually and primarily concerned with? Are you mostly working toward your own ends and purposes, toward the pleasure and admiration of your colleagues, toward the fulfillment of your friends’ expectations? Jesus determined that his Father’s business was his one driving, overruling interest.

You may excuse yourself as being too young or too new to the faith to make such an all-encompassing, single-minded resolution. But do you know how old Jesus was when he uttered these words? He was twelve years old!

It is never too soon to give your life to the service of the Lord, to dedicate your time and energy and labors to His glory and pleasure. Can you hear the urgency in Jesus’ words, at the age of twelve, to accomplish this purpose in His own life?

You, also, are here for the glory of God. Like Jesus, you must determine to pursue your Father’s purpose for you now, no matter what family members or coworkers or classmates might say or think. Sadly, Jesus is here having to remind his own parents, in a gentle and respectful way, of the God-centered nature of his calling and life.

Friends, you must be about your Father’s business! Do not let any personal ambition or conflicting counsel get in the way of that great purpose.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stepping Stones

God is SO good!  He knows just what we need, all the time, every day. 

I am breathing in and out fresh, new air! 

When you tell God in prayer that you desire a freshness, a newness, a deeper relationship with Him, you never know what He's going to do..

He will shake your boat and at the same time He will give you joy!

The excitement bubbles up within me tonight!  No more boring days of wondering what I'm doing in a place that's going nowhere.

Luke 2:1-32 says:  Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail.

Did you see that?  Jesus said that he pleaded in prayer that his faith should not fail!! Ah, and I know mine won't either!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Doing Right is Never Wrong

Sometimes we need to pray about things that we have no desire to see come to fruition.  Sometimes we need to do what we know is right, even when we don't feel like it.  This morning God reminded me that to make an intentional habit we have to do something for 21 days.  And, because of that I have promised to pray about what I said I would.. although I really don't want to.  God knows my heart, yet, I know and believe He can change it if He desires.  Make me willing.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Some will find Religion, Some Truth

I can't take credit for the title of my blog.. I found it through another blogger who speaks wonderful truths into my life and my heart.

Some will find religion, some truth.

How true that statement is.

There are so many that sit the pews on Sunday to live their lives of no difference in the week.  They have attened for years, in fact have been on the membership since early childhood.  Yet, they just go in and out of the church building....  They have "religion" but they have no "relationship" with Jesus.  They can give you Sunday School answers, but they are only learned answers from classes or preachings and not answers that they know themselves from reading God's Word.  They think they are ok.


Are they?

Do you have religion?  Or, do you have Jesus~ a truthful relationship with the One who saves us from our sins with mercy and grace?  Do you know Him?  Know Him by talking to Him?  Listening to Him?

Or do you come and go... thinking the church building gives you all you ever need?......

Monday, October 17, 2011

Watch Out!~ Deer Hunter!

This is my nephew who shot his first deer this weekend.  My husband and him had planned this hunting trip many months ago.  They left at 5AM to start their day Saturday morning.  Apparently there was a missed shot at 11:11 (due to cell phone time)... and about mid day they stopped for a while and just drove around scouting.  Later that evening they went back to their blind and after waiting not so patiently for several hours three does walked by and my nephew was able to get one.  He was so proud and excited.  Off to the check in station and then home with his trophy.  There was lots of oo-ing and ah-ing from all his family when he walked in the door.  For breakfast the next morning we fried up the sweet bread (kidney loin meat) and it was wonderful!  Now we have another in the family that has buck fever!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Post 2 For the Day: Angel Food Cake

 Here's what you make when you discover 19 eggs in a nest in your chicken coop!

Angel Food Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 12 egg whites (the closer to room temperature the better)
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract, or extract of your choice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Sift half of the sugar with the salt the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.
In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar. After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed. Once you have achieved medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.
Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden skewer. (When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry).

Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.


Now, just add:


Sneaky Girls

Yesterday when I arrived home, as usual, I went through the house to the back yard and out to the chicken coop to feed the chickens.  I noted that one of the girls was missing.  So, into the coop I went.  I kneeled down in front of the small hole where they come in and out of their coop and stared into the blackness but couldn't see anything.  I went back into the house for a flashlight and went back to the hole.  Again I kneeled down and looked inside.. sure enough, there she was in the very far dark corner just sitting.  I though she may be sick, but the longer I shone my light on her to look at her I realized she was probably just laying an egg since her eyes looked bright and she was blinking in the light.  I reminded myself to go back and check on her after supper.  Supper came and went and I went back outside to take a look.. and what did I find??  A PILE of eggs in the far corner (from what I could see from the entrance hole.)  No, not a couple a big pile!  Maybe 10-12!  Since the girls had all gone in for the night and were in the rafters it would have been a huge ordeal for me to crawl in that small space and retrieve the eggs (yes, they were in an area that is not easily accessible to humans! ha!).  So... this morning once all the girls were out of the coop, I contorted myself through the small hole into the backside of the coop (believe me, there is no other way to do it!) and crawled back into the corner with a colander to gather the eggs.  There were NINETEEN!!  Oh my goodness!  Sneaky girls!  No wonder we had been only getting 2-3 eggs from 6 hens every day!  I cleaned their stash out and kicked the feather nesting they had made all apart.  Tonight I will be sure to check the dark back corner of the coop... and in the future we plan on making the whole bottom area of the backside of the coop (approx 4 ft) open with a hinged door so that we are able to check for stashed eggs daily!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ham and String Beans withPotatoes

 We have Kentucky Wonder green  beans that are sprouting all over the place now that the weather has cooled off 30 degrees!  Here's a recipe I plan to use~

Ham & String Beans with Potatoes

2 quarts fresh green beans or 3 cans (16 oz. each) green beans\3 lb. to 4 lb. ham or ham hocks\

3 to 4 medium size potatoes - cook until barely soft, if using with canned green beans.

1-1/2 cups water for cooking the ham + 2 additional cups water if using fresh green beans. Do not drain canned green beans.

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp.pepper

Preparation -
Trim all visible fat from the ham. Place the ham in a crockpot, add 1-1/2 cups water; set on high and cook for 2 to 3 hours. Reduce heat to low. Add the remaining ingredients, cover, and cook on low for about 5 more hours or until the beans are tender, if using fresh green beans and potatoes. Cook on low for 2 to 3 hours if using canned green beans and potatoes. Remove the ham. Discard the fat and bones; cut or shred the ham. Return the ham to the crock pot and cook on high for about 15 to 20 more minutes.

Happy First Day of Fall

October is my very favorite month.  It's the month of slightly cooler weather,crunchy leaves, colorful mums, football games, pumpkin hunting, cider making, boot wearing and snuggle making.

I am already wanting to decorate my front yard in gourds, pumpkins, hay bales, flowers and scarecrows!

So many get tangled in hating Halloween, but for my family it's only been a day of passing out candy and recieving candy.  Nothing  more.  No scary or weird dress up's~ just little cowboys and princesses.

I have been canning peach, plum and jalapeno jam  (all as one jam not individual flavors) today and the house smells like a cross between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

My heart feels light and full... and I'm ready for jeans, boots and sweaters with scarves. 

Ah, October.. how I love you!