Thursday, December 31, 2009

Harvey~



Today we went to somewhere in Kansas~out on snowy hills~ to only God knows where~ to collect our new farm truck. Now don't laugh just yet. My Brian can do just about anything. I have watched him take down to mere pieces~ a 1967 Chevy truck and a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. In the end they were beautifully restored. So I have no doubt my ugly little truck will one day shine again! I have learned to never question his abilities. He really can do anything! So come Spring ~Harvey will look like the cute little truck on one of my favorite Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks.

The owners were sad to see Harvey go~he belonged to their father who was the first and only owner until now. They had many offers to sell him to be made into a "hot rod" but the family was sure their father would have wanted him to remain a handy dandy little farm truck to be used on the farm. Which is just what is in store for Harvey as Farming On Faith's truck.

I wish to have him restored in a bright red or candy apple red color. However~ his true color is the little bit of yellow you see~kind-of gold. What do you think? What color would you paint Harvey?



Once In A Blue Moon~


Once in a Blue Moon ... is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?

There will be a full moon tonight for New Year's Eve~and it will be blue to boot. In fact here at Farming On Faith it is just beautiful.
The second full moon in a single month is commonly known as a 'blue moon,' and that's what we'll see on New Year's Eve.

Provided the weather is clear, you will be treated to a view of what's commonly known as a blue moon, defined as the second full moon in a single month, or as the third full moon in a season that has four full moons.

Tonight's moon is the second full moon of December; the first occurred Dec. 2.

Though the expression "once in a blue moon" is used to describe extremely rare events, blue moons aren't all that unusual, occurring every 21/2 years or so. But a New Year's Eve blue moon is somewhat more remarkable -- we haven't had one since 1990.


So as you ring in the New Year don't forget to look up and praise the Creator of this spectacular Blue Moon!



Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Evening~

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Ours was very quiet and very nice. We were snowed in but that was just fine.
We will have Christmas again tomorrow with all my family.
I will wake up to Christmas again tomorrow~how fun.
I am so looking forward to it.
My brother, sister and I all live in the country.........so
it really will be over the hills and through the snow to Grandmother's house we go!
This is out my back door this morning. It has been much like a blizzard all day.








My Nativity made by Brian's Grandma~a prized treasure!



You might think these boots belong to Santa~
but they are really one of my Christmas presents.
Being a chicken farmer requires some boots~I so needed these!
I am so excited!
I did receive my favorite perfume~Pleasures.
I am sure my chickens will enjoy me smelling good.
My Brian always gives me the most romantic gift basket filled with all
my favorite things; bath and body, lotions, magazine and all sort of things.
I got so many wonderful gifts but my favorite is a
wireless Printer-Scanner-Copier-Photo and Fax Machine.
Oh my goodness can my mind run wild with all the possibilities!
I am so blessed~I got more than I deserve!
More snow!






My chicken coop door was frozen shut this morning.
My Brian had to work a bit to get it open.
The girls were not so thrilled with the blizzard conditions and refused to step foot outside.
I fed them some Christmas treats and they cuddled together all day inside their coop.
This is one of their eggs~frozen solid. Poor girls!

We have cuddled by the fire all day and watched Christmas movies and worked on our most difficult new puzzle. I am looking forward to a brand new year to see what God has in store.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Baking Day~



I love to bake and I have been at it all day. I think I need another full day to finish up. I shared some of my favorite Christmas recipes that I made today. I hope you enjoy! Read down my post to take a look~ see. I loved the new Christmas Candy Apple Jelly I made. It looks so festive and tastes so good~thanks Mrs. M. It will be a yearly favorite from now on! I can't wait to get my tags made~it will be a wonderful homemade gift.
I am tired ~Good Night My Blog Friends. I am sure I will have vision's of sugar plums dancing in my head tonight. Sweet Dreams!



Hot Chocolate Mix~




  • 6 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 (5 ounce) package non-instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup powdered chocolate drink mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. In a large bowl, combine powdered milk, chocolate pudding mix, chocolate drink mix powder, creamer, confectioners' sugar, and cocoa. Divide the mixture between two 1 quart jars. Seal, and decorate as desired. These can be stored in a dry area for up to 3 months.
  2. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Hot Cocoa: Dissolve 1/3 cup cocoa mix in 1 cup boiling water.



Look What I Found In My Mailbox~

Boston has another Grammy~her name is Nora. Nora sent me this wonderful book for Christmas. Thank you Nora! I absolutely love this book!! The book contains stories written about Amish and their peaceful way of living.

I envy the Amish and their simple ways. I follow a blog of a family who are going Amish. However, I believe that for Amish or English alike according to the Bible ~salvation is only by trusting in all that Jesus did on the cross not working out our salvation. If we did nothing to get it~we can do nothing to keep it. The spotless blood shed on the cross is the only way to Heaven. That being said I still believe there is much we can learn from the Amish. They have found the key to family living! I am challenged by their frugal life style. They truly do not live to lay up treasures here on this earth!

I could have been born Amish~I would have loved it. But I wasn't! There are many who do inquire about joining the Amish~ and some even do. If you want to follow a family who are going Amish~you can find Homemaker Ang on my blog roll. Her blog is Living Off Grid. You will enjoy reading her story! I so admire her and her husband's journey to a Simple Life!

Become Amish? Oh~ I would love to but my family not so much!

"Uncle Amos" an Amish man who wrote occasionally for Small Farmer's Journal, wrote this thought provoking response.

"If you admire our faith, strengthen yours. If you admire our sense of commitment, deepen yours. If you admire our community spirit, build your own. If you admire the simple life, cut back. If you admire deep character and enduring values, live them yourself."

I say AMEN!!!!! I so agree with Uncle Amos. I want to live a more simple life. I decided about 2 years ago to cut back in all areas of our life. I just love this book and I will share more as the days come!

For now I have to put down the book and this computer. I am going to bake all day. I pray you all enjoy this week ~I plan to. With only a week until Christmas I plan on cherishing the moments with my family~celebrating the ultimate gift~salvation. Which is truly the reason for Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Questions and Answers~



1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
I like both but I like a wrapped gifts the best!

2. Real tree or Artificial?
For sure ~a real Christmas tree~I love the smell!

3. When do you put up the tree?
This year due to my trip to Washington a week before Christmas.
See our magical tree shopping moment below~lol!
Normally I put it up on Black Friday.

4. When do you take the tree down?
Beings this year I put it up so late it will stay up a week or so after Christmas.
In most years past it comes down the day after Christmas.
I decorate the house for New Years ~clean fresh and full of snow flakes to
be replaced with Valentine decorations.
So I keep some greenery up until after Valentines Day.
It brightens the long Missouri winter.

5. Do you like eggnog?
To tell you the truth I have not tried it since I was a teenager.
I didn't like it then. I buy it for my family because they all like it.
I have some in my fridge~maybe I will try it again!


6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My Baby Alive Doll~it was the very first year they came out!
I remember sitting under the Christmas tree that night
with only the Christmas lights on~ feeding and changing her diaper!

7. Hardest person to buy for?
My Brian~

8. Easiest person to buy for?
My Mom

9. Do You have a nativity scene?
Yes~maybe I will take a picture for you.
My Brian's Grandmother made and painted it. She is such a great painter.
It is one of my prized treasures! She painted it in bright colors ~
which reminds me of her . She has always been so full of fun and color.


10.Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail...but not this year, sorry.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I just can't think of any! I am blessed!

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Its A Wonderful Life...it brings me warm and fuzzy memories!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
December 26Th, does that surprise ANYONE!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Only if I have to!.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
The traditional Christmas ham, mashed potatoes, 7 layer salad, fresh cranberry relish~yum!

16. Lights on the tree?
On the tree? I have lights on all four of my trees and everywhere else!

17.Travel at Christmas or stay home?
We will have a nice quiet Christmas at home.
Each year I put out a Christmas puzzle on the coffee table and we all work on it each time we sit still.
I have not yet found one this year. I am going to work on that today!
Our big Christmas with Family will be the next day at my Mothers.
I love spending it with all my family!

18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Contrary to my children's wishes every year to cheat and open gifts early~
It is always Christmas morning before my chickens are awake!
I am a "It has to be the day~ Girl."








Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree~






My Home Sweet Home is filled with the sweet smell of our fresh Fraser Fir Christmas Tree~it smells so good! I am going to confess that I have not put up a real Christmas tree in several years. So I decided this year we would go back to the tree farm and chop one down. I grabbed Subway sandwiches and eggnog to have waiting upon our return. We were going to have the perfect tree trimming evening! We headed to our tree farm to find it absolutely treeless. It appears that while I was celebrating with my Hobby Lobby tree that our tree farm closed. I frantically called around to find only one other farm but it was closed until the weekend. I then decided we would at least go to a picture perfect stand that looks like something off a Christmas movie. I found one I liked but it was $60.00. So~ we went on to Lowes. They looked horrible. By now this is the movie we were in~
It was freezing and my toes were frozen. It wasn't my picture perfect moment. However my children were having a great time laughing about my expectations and laughing at me! All the trees were mashed and looked like Charlie Brown's tree. My husband suggested we get out our artificial tree once again this year but I was determined to not go home without our tree. Walmart had all their trees bound up so it was going to be my last choice with a grab bag approach but at least they were on clearance!
Finally~ We found the perfect tree at none other than Home Depot. Although it was not my picture perfect moment we had a fun time. When we returned home we were greeted by a plate full of Christmas goodies from our thoughtful neighbors~thanks Jill. We enjoyed the evening and each other's company. It was great for our tree trimming evening. We truly did find the perfect tree!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Legend Of The Poinsettia~

"Merry Christmas, c.1910" Giclee Print

THE LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA

Maria and Pablo lived in a tiny village in Mexico. Because Christmastime at their house did not include many gifts, Maria and Pablo looked forward to the Christmas festivities at the village church with great joy and anticipation.

To honor the birth of Christ, the church displayed a beautiful manger that drew crowds of admirers. Villagers walked miles to admire the manger, bringing lovely, expensive gifts for the Baby Jesus. As Maria and Pablo watched the villagers place their gifts in the soft hay around the manger, they felt sad. They had no money to buy gifts for their family and no money to buy a gift for the Baby Jesus.

One Christmas Eve, Maria and Pablo walked to the church for that evening’s services, wishing desperately that they had a gift to bring. Just then, a soft glowing light shone through the darkness, and the shadowy outline of an angel appeared above them.

Maria and Pablo were afraid, but the angel comforted them, instructing them to pick some of the short green weeds that were growing by the road. They should bring the plants to the church, the angel explained, and place them near the manger as their gift to the Baby Jesus. Then just as quickly as she had appeared, the angel was gone, leaving Maria and Pablo on the road looking up into the dark sky. Confused but excited, the children filled their arms with large bunches of the green weeds and hurried to the church.

When the children entered the church, many of the villagers turned to stare. As Maria and Pablo began placing the weeds around the manger, some of the villagers laughed at them. “Why are those children putting weeds by the manger?” they asked each other. Maria and Pablo began to feel embarrassed and ashamed of their gift to the Baby Jesus, but they stood bravely near the manger, placing the plants on the soft hay, as the angel had instructed.

Suddenly, the dull green leaves on the tops of the plants began to turn a beautiful shade of red, surrounding the Baby with beautiful blooms. The laughing villagers became silent as they watched the green plants transform into the lovely star-shaped crimson flowers we call poinsettias. As they watched the weeds bloom before their eyes, Maria and Pablo knew they had no reason to be ashamed anymore. They had given the Baby Jesus the only gift they could–and it was the most beautiful gift of all.

Today, poinsettias are a traditional symbol of Christmas, thanks to young Maria and Pablo and their special gifts to the Baby Jesus.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

No Bake Cookies~


No Bake Cookies~Sounds yummy!

2 cups sugar
4 Tbsp. Cocoa
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup milk

Mix together milk, sugar,and cocoa in a sauce pan until blended. Add stick of butter and stir over medium heat until butter is melted, stirring often to keep from burning. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from burner and stir in the following:

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir well and when melted,add 3 cups quick oats. Stir thoroughly for 1-2 minutes until no longer glossy. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Allow to harden and enjoy!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas~




It is my favorite time of year. We took Boston on his first outing today. It was fun to see the sights and sounds of Christmas with my new grandbaby. We all enjoyed an airing~after we convinced Mom it would be okay to leave the house. Which was no easy task let me assure you.

We are having the best time with Boston. It has been a beautiful~ sunny day here in Washington with a beautiful view of the mountain! We are taking Boston to church tonight for his very first service. I am so looking forward to hearing what the Lord has for us tonight.
I am sorry I have been missing in action but will try to come down from the clouds soon and get back to blogging~well maybe. I pray you are all enjoying this most wonderful time of the year.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Keep Christ In Christmas~

"Christmas Chapel Model, Bavaria, Germany" Photographic Print

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I've received this before, and still love the idea.

 

 

Pass this on to your church, co-workers, family, and friends

What do you have to lose but 44 cents, what do you have to gain ----------- more than you will ever know.


A clever idea!

 

Yes, Christmas cards. This is coming early so that you can get ready to include an important address to your list.
Want to have some fun this CHRISTMAS? Send the ACLU a CHRISTMAS CARD this year.

 

As they are working so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this holiday, we should all send them a nice, CHRISTIAN card to brighten up their dark, sad, little world..

 

Make sure it says "Merry Christmas" on it and "In God We Trust".

 

Here's the address, just don't be rude or crude. (It's not the Christian way, you know.)

 

ACLU
125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York , NY 10004

 

Two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they wouldn't know if any were regular mail containing contributions. So spend 44 cents and tell the ACLU to leave Christmas alone. Also tell them 
that there is no such thing as a " Holiday Tree". . . It's always been called a CHRISTMAS TREE!

 

And pass this on to your email lists. We really want to communicate with the ACLU! They really DESERVE us!!

 

For those of you who aren't aware of them, the ACLU, (the American Civil Liberties Union) is the one suing the U.S. Government to take God, Christmas or anything Christian away from us. They represent the atheists and others in this war.

 

FIGHT BACK!!!!  Help put Christ back in Christmas!

 

Tony Passaro

Bel Air Tea Party Patriots

443-350-0520

Holiday Muffin Mix~In A Jar

"Christmas Tree on Snowy Night in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, USA" Photographic Print
3 cups of flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dry milk
1T. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. cloves

Combine all ingredients. Place in a quart size jar.

Attach this note:
1 egg slightly beaten
1 1/4 c. water
1/4 c. oil
1 Jar Holiday Muffin Mix

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease muffin tins. In a bowl, empty muffin mix with other ingredients until moistened. Do not over mix. Pour into muffin tins. Bake 10-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 15-18 muffins. Enjoy!





Thursday, November 19, 2009

Homemade Easy Bake Oven Mixes~ Frugal Gift Idea

"English Christmas Pudding on Silver Plate" Photographic Print

I remember when my girls wanted an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. The mixes were more expensive than the toy. Here is a homemade version of The Chocolate Cake Mix and Frosting. If you have an Easy Bake Oven to buy this Christmas ~make your own mixes and place them in festive cello bags!

Easy Bake Oven Chocolate Cake Mix~
1 cup of sugar
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup of vegetable shortening

In a medium bowl combine sugar, cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening  until it resembles corn meal. Store in airtight container and use within 12 weeks.

To Use:
1 cup of mix
5-6 tsp. water

Mix together and pour into greased and floured pan. Follow Easy Bake Oven directions.

Easy Bake  Chocolate or White Frosting~
2 cups powered sugar
3 Tbsp. dry milk
1/2 cup cocoa
6 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
In bowl, combine first three ingredients. Next cut in shortening. Store in airtight container. Use within 12 weeks.
For white frosting omit the cocoa.

To Use:
1 cup of mix
2-21/2 tsp. water

Mix with a fork.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Berry Good Wild Rice~


 Quick & Easy Family Favorites cookbook

This was in my mailbox this morning. It is from Gooseberry Patch. I just love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks. This sounds wonderful and I have not made a recipe from their books that I did not like! It would be so easy for the busy days ahead. Hope you enjoy. I am going to try it!
*It is from the new Quick and Easy Family Favorites Cookbook~YUM!*  I might just have to buy this one!

Berry Good Wild Rice

1-1/2 c. wild rice, uncooked
2 14 oz. cans vegetable broth
4-1/2 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
4 green onions, sliced
1 T. butter, melted
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 c. slivered almonds
1/3 c. sweetened dried cranberries


Mix first 7 ingredients in a 3-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting 5 hours or until rice is tender. Stir in almonds and cranberries. Cover and cook on low setting 15 more minutes. If all liquid is not absorbed, serve rice with a slotted spoon. Makes 7 cups







Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How To Keep The Holidays Stressless~

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I am planning to keep this Christmas stress free~ Plan the work and work the plan!

  • When you ask family members to share their favorite Christmas memory. You might be surprised how few meals and toys they mention. Most people remember the memories. Toys get broken, but a memory lasts forever.
  • Remember what really matters. Family and your own home should come first. Everything else should come second to your special place~your Home. The hassles can take care of themselves. 
  • A handmade gift is more special than a bought gift. 
  • It is really okay to say NO! We would  like to do it all, be everywhere, and see everything. We need time together as a family!
  • Plan some time for yourself. You can read a book, listen to music, take a bubble bath by candlelight, get a hair cut, polish your nails, buy yourself a new nightgown. Take a moment to plan what you will wear for Christmas. By taking care of yourself you will avoid the last minute hassle about your appearance.
  • Watch your spending carefully. For many years I found myself in debt trying to create the perfect Christmas~only to regret it January 1st when the bills rolled in. Talk about tension and depression! Overspending will do it! Give yourself the gift of NO DEBT this year. You will be so glad you did!
  • Remember Christmas will come even if the "To Do List" isn't totally finished. Celebrate family, friends, and above all, the true meaning of Christmas! 





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