This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I did it.

I voted this morning. I feel relieved to have this done, but I actually am not proud of who I voted for.  For the first time in my voting career, I have had this feeling. I do feel that this person is the better of the two. It's so sad what our country has come to. Ultimately, I KNOW that GOD is IN CONTROL no matter what the outcome. THY will be done! Whoever gets voted in, I will pray for them. I believe we American's must stand together. In God we trust.

In God I trust.

"God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne." Psalm 47:8

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Can't sleep...

 It's 2:17 am and I'm in my kitchen taking photos for my blog.


Insomnia is a new thing for me. It started about 3 years ago and I HATE it!
 It can start at any time of the night, but usually starts about midnight or 1:00 am with me stirring and rolling over. Then the brain starts up and the mind starts racing. Thoughts pop into my mind. I start thinking and then my thinking leads to worry and worry leads to fear. It's usually about my children. I immediately start praying. I continue to lay there wide awake. I try to make myself think happy thoughts and I start thanking God for all of my blessings, but alas, I lay there wide awake. I tell myself to stop thinking, relax, go back to sleep, but sleep wont come. I fight this battle for about an hour and then I finally get out of bed.
 I head to the kitchen and get a glass of milk.
Sometimes I read my Bible, sometimes I get on the computer and look at my photos, Facebook or Pinterest, sometimes I read a book and sometimes I get on my knees and pray. On this particular night I started reading a new book called, "Having a Mary heart in a Martha World"
 Sometimes I take a 1/4 dose of Tylenol PM (the bottle says to take two pills and I take half of one). I don't like to take it in the middle of the night in fear of being too sleepy and groggy in the morning, but this particular night I felt like I needed to take it.

Having insomnia is very unpleasant and it leads to fear of having it again the next night. My pattern is that I have one sleepless night, so then the next night I take 1/4 dose of the sleep med and I will take it for several days in a row until I think I will sleep again. During the stress I have been under the past three years, I believe I took the sleep med every night for a good solid year. I am happy that I have cut back to just randomly taking it.
I have researched insomnia and it does go hand in hand with menopause, and the timing for it would be accurate in my case (starting 3 years ago). However, I do know the root of a lot of my sleepless nights is worry for my sons, my daughter-in-laws and my grandson.  I know worrying is wrong. Worrying means I am not trusting God. My kids are God's children and I know He has a plan for them, but these worries sneak up on me in the middle of the night and wake me up.
I actually have placed comforting scriptures of God's promises by my bed to help me.
 "For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, fear not! I will help thee." Isaiah 41:13

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7

"Cast all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you." I Peter 5:7
 I also believe that sometimes God wakes me up just so that I will pray for my loved ones. Sometimes the urge is so strong that I feel like it can be spiritual battle and I want to be obedient and pray for the person/situation that God has placed on my heart.
 Tonight I prayed and read some of my book. This is a good book. I want to love Jesus like Mary did and be at His feet listening to His teachings with a humble and sincere heart.
 Well, I finished my milk and I'm getting drowsy.
It's only 2:41, so if I can get to sleep now, I will still get 3 more hours of sleep before the alarm goes off. I'm going back to bed. Goodnight!

"When thy liest down, though shalt not be afraid; ye shall lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet." Proverbs 3:24

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Get'n saucy with my husband...

Our apples are ready for harvesting!
My husband and I have been having so much fun canning together, we decided to make applesauce together too!
He has made applesauce every fall for many years, but he always seemed to do it when I wasn't home, so it was just his thing, but this year I really wanted to make it with him.
It was so fun just going out the backdoor to pick the apples!
And pick we did! Look how many gorgeous apples we got!
We brought them inside and got busy!
We held a little contest. He wanted to peel them with our wind-up apple peeler.
I saw a neat video how a person peeled several apples in one minute using a drill. Well, I can tell you right now that it looks easier on the video than in real life! It probably does work if you have the correct type of peeler, ours didn't work very well at all, so needless to say, the drill went back out to Eric's workshop.
We went back to the apple peeler and it worked great.
It's pretty simple to do and you can probably peel two apples in a minute. Not bad!
We saved all the scraps for a treat for our cows!
We had a pretty good assembly line going. He peeled, I cored/quartered, then we switched jobs.
Once we got a bowl full of quarters, I started removing any pieces of core that were left.
The next step was to cut into small pieces.
We use the recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.
You put the apples in a pan with about a cup of water and cook them down very slowly so they don't burn.
You add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and......
.......two teaspoons of cinnamon.
Keep watching and stirring until they start breaking down. Use a masher to work them further to get the consistency you like. We like it chunky!
Once its to the consistency you like, you let it cool a bit.
Then you spoon it into freezer containers.
We made several 1-1/2 pints and a couple of quarts. We have learned from past experience that the applesauce does expand in the freezer, so we left a little room at the top of the containers.
 We let them sit on the counter for several hours before putting the lids on and freezing. I love the feeling after preparing foods when the kitchen is clean and my hard work is sitting on the counter. It was such a fun day with my husband too!
Now they are in the freezer waiting for us! This sure feels good!
We had apples left over, so I decided to try and make apple liqueur. We made plum and raspberry liqueur this year and had left over gin, so I thought I would give it a try. I filled the jars with apples, poured 1-1/3 cup of gin over them and added 1-1/3 cup of brown sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon.
I will put them in the pantry and keep them there for a few months, turning them once a week. I sure hope this turns out, it sounds delicious!
Oh, and one more thing that I did with the apples, I made this pretty centerpiece! My friend, Shannon, gave me the neat tiered stand for my birthday and I filled it with apples and hydrangeas.

"Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings." Psalm 17:8

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I can CAN!

 Oh how I love having a garden! It is just so wonderful to go out and pick fresh produce to eat for dinner!
 I also love the feeling that we canned and froze a lot of our produce so we will have food for the winter!
  What a haul!
This year we dried our onions, froze berries, canned beans and made pepper jelly.
I'm so happy that my husband is interested in this and we worked together.
 We cleaned the jars.
Next step is rinsing the beans and....
 .....snapping them and filling the jars.
 We added 1 tsp of salt to each jar.
 Then filled them with boiling water leaving an inch of room at the top of the jar.
 Then we put them in the canner and sealed.
 My hubby set up his propane burner out in his shop.
 We started timing it when it got above 12 pounds of pressure.
I sat there and watched it to make sure it never went under because if it does go under 12 pounds, they won't seal properly and can grow botulism. We also didn't want it to go over 14 pounds.
 We did another batch and this time added yummy garlic!
 They look so beautiful! I hope they taste as good as they look.
 A few days ago my daughter-in-love, Rachelle, came over and we made Dilly Beans, which are picked beans.
 I made them many years ago, but forgot a lot, so I basically was starting over.

 We didn't make very many, but they turned out great!
 A few days later, Eric and I made more pickled green beans. This time I'll show you the steps. First you must blanch the beans for 8 minutes.
 Meanwhile, boil vinegar and spices.
I bought this dill at the store, but next year I am going to plant some!
 Fill each jar with garlic, a little dried pepper and a sprig of dill, then fill will beans.
 Put the lids on tightly and boil for 20 minutes.
 We broke into them and they turned out delicious!
 Now it's time for peppers! We grew some dandies this year!
 This time, my other beautiful daughter-in-love, Megan, came over and we made pepper jelly together. We also made plum liqueur
 This was very special to me as we used my dear mother-in-love's recipes. Alice was known for her delicious pepper jelly and plum liqueur!
 We had so much fun together.
 I wish blogs had smellavision, the scent is marvelous.
 They turned out perfect and such a pretty shade of green!
 Next we went out to the garden and picked berries and made raspberry liquire along with the plum liquire. The plums were given to me from a friend at work. It's really simple, you fill jar with fruit, pour gin and sugar over the fruit and seal. Put the jars in a cool dark place and turn them weekly. In a few months we will strain them and put the juice in pretty jars just in time for Christmas!
Everything turned out great! I am feeling so domestic and productive! I'm so thankful for my helpers too!  It's so nice to know that I can can! :)

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord." Colossians 3:23a
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