Thursday, April 30, 2009

Aunt Kim's Lasagna


Lasagna
 
1 1/2 lbs hamburger, browned and rinsed
 
Add~
 
1 large can tomatoes
1 large can tomato paste
1 tsp oregano
 
Simmer~
 
Cook noodles~ (not too mushy though)
 
In another bowl:
 
1 and 1/2 carton of cottage cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup of parmesan chees
1 tbsp parsley
salt and pepper
 
Alternate layers in pan~
 
noodles
1 bag of mozzerella chees
cottage cheese mixture
meat mix
 
Then repeat~
 
Bake 350 for 30-40 minutes, check until hot inside and cheese melty!  Enjoy!
 



Friday, April 24, 2009

Mexican Rice Recipe

Tomato Seasoning
Brown 2 cups of rice in oil~watch closely it burns easily!
Boil 4 cups of water~add 2-3 T. of Tomato Seasoning
 and one Beef bouillon cube in another pot ~bring to a boil.
Add one small can of tomato sauce to the browned rice.
Pour boiling water into rice, cover and simmer for 2o minutes.
This is one of the Shindorf's favorite side to serve on 
Mexican night with tacos and burritos~Yum!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tillie Lays An Egg~


Here is the owner of the Hen Cam in a TV interview! 
 You just have to watch. It is so much fun!

"Excuse Me"~Mrs. Carrie


We just finished up our Spring Homeschool Classes for this year. This past Tuesday was our last class. I had such a great time getting to know some new students and it was so fun connecting with some old ones. 

I received these beautiful Mums from Troy and Megan. They are a well trained brother and sister with wonderful manners~taught by a diligent Momma. They are 4 and 5. I continue to hear~" Excuse me Mrs Carrie" which they always said before they would speak. They were such a delight to get to make friends with! They were part of my "In Like A Lion~Out Like A Lamb"  Pre-K and Kindergarten class. We had so much fun. Each child was such a ball of joy and I had many laughs. I can't wait to see you all in the fall. I just know you will grow by leaps and bounds in the fresh air & sunshine this summer.

I also taught a "Sweet Chocolate" class to 3rd and 4th graders. We did an 8 week unit study on chocolate. I have to tell you we enjoyed a lot of Sweet Chocolate Treats. The entire Homeschool Support Group peeked in ~in  hopes of any left overs. We learned that chocolate could once buy you a mule and that white chocolate is not chocolate at all. We learned all about the harvesting from the Cacao tree to the chocolate we so love and enjoy today! We learned that Christopher Columbus was the first to get Cacao beans from the Indians. We learned much but the children still said the treats were their favorite part of the class. Imagine that!

I will see you all in the fall!


Mrs. Carrie

My Inspiration




Here is one of my favorite sites to watch for fun~it is my inspiration for my new little flock. Terry shares her girls with the world to enjoy! Take a peek~you will be glad you did





Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Heat & Hold Scrambled Eggs


This recipe is so good for company ~
I make it and put in my crock pot on warm. It can hold for about 2 hours. 

1/4 c. butter
12 eggs
1 1/3 c. milk
1 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
2 T. flour

Melt butter in skillet over low heat. Combine remaining ingredients in large bowl; beat until smooth and pour into skillet. Heat until eggs are set to desired consistency. So good~Yum!

No Fairy Tale Here~



 My~ not so perfect mess!

My sister has a friend who gets discouraged reading blogs thinking we who blog sometimes portray a perfect life as if we have it all together!  I am here to tell you~ I do not have it all together. My heart's desire is to encourage and lift the spirits of woman who are just like me~trying to keep all the plates spinning without crashing to the ground.  SO~I just had to share my mess this morning at 7 AM.

This is Secretaries Day. I was just a little sleepy! My Brian and his co-workers decided to make breakfast for the Secretaries in their office to show their appreciation for all their hard work. Which really means I made breakfast. My morning started at 4 AM so I could make homemade cinnamon rolls and make hold and heat scrambled eggs. Needless to say ~I had to enjoy a little siesta this afternoon so I could be awake for mid-week church service this evening! I was so off balanced I forgot to walk my weekly trash down the 2 block long drive way for my trash service to take away. 

Then I hurried to get things back in order for a day of homeschooling~we are so far behind. I think we may have to school most of May. I normally try to be finished with all those books by the first of the month. It has been a busy Spring. We are kicking it in high gear. 
Here is my little country kitchen put to order once again!








Tuesday, April 21, 2009

May I Introduce You To My Girls~

These twin girls remind us of penguins.
These are Rhode Island Reds~and they have red tempers too!
These black beauties are Black Stars and are to become giants~not so sure about that!
We are hoping these two blossom~ maybe to beautiful swans!
These are my favorite!
I just love their eye liner! They will lay pastel eggs!

I am so excited to introduce you to my new laying flock. My girls are just 11 days old. Each day it is so exciting to see how much they have grown over night. They are losing their fuzzy hair and growing their feathers by the hour. We are having a time with our girls. 

The temperature was at 95 degrees the first week and now we raised the heat lamp to adjust to about 85 degrees. They seem very hardy and strong.
 
I have always heard the saying~Up with the chickens. It is so true! We have them in a cage in our house until they are about 6 weeks old. It is just to cold outside as of yet. So~every morning at 3 AM they are making so much noise it wakes the entire house hold! I love them dearly but I am looking forward to the time they can move to their own house~ Speaking of which is not built yet. 

I am hoping seeing the girls will bring a smile to your face. They sure do mine! Stay tuned for more Farming On Faith's Flock adventures!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I Am Still Here~



It has been such a busy week here at our Home. Our church is hosting a huge Retreat. We have ladies coming from all over. The theme is Mary Engelbreit~Bloom Where You're Are Planted. I think when this is over I will not be disappointed if I never see fried egg flowers again! Please be in much prayer that God will speak to each heart and meet the needs that each lady may have! We have worked so hard but it is all in vain if God does not show up! I think we have 550 registered. 

I am waiting for my out of town guest for the week end to arrive!  I am so tired~ so we are eating out this evening and we are going to relax.  Looking forward to putting my feet up and having someone wait on me!

 My baby chicks are growing their wings~they are just too cute. I will get pictures up soon.
I will be excited to share photos and highlights next week.

I hope you have a restful week end. I have missed keeping in touch with you my blogging friends. I will be back next week!
Until next time~

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Easter Delivery~









Late Saturday evening we got our special delivery call from the post office~just in time for Easter.  I am so excited to share with you my girls. I have 12 of the cutest baby chicks you have ever seen. Enjoy~

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Fun



Easter Cookies with Bible Lesson

Easter Cookies

To be made the evening before Easter.
You need:
1c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1c. sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
tape
Bible
Preheat oven to 300.

Instructions:

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden
spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He
was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to
drink.
Read John 19:28-30

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His
life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush
the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by
Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1c. sugar. Explain that
the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He
wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are
formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God' s eyes of
those whose
sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons (you don't want them too big or it
won't work, so I'm told) onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that
each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give
each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb
was sealed.
Read Matt. 27:65-66. GO TO BED!

Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.
Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.
Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the
first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matt. 28:1-9

Cookies can be left on a very very low temp..like 250 degrees. and be ready
in a couple of hours...when surface of cookie looks dry and cracked....they
are ready to eat!!!!!

This is so much fun~and a learning moment!


Friday, April 3, 2009

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned~Are you spending to much money?

Money Saving Tips~

I have always been a frugal person. However~I like to spend money. I like to get as much as I can for a buck but  I can be a spender. I love to give gifts!  My shopping  has consisted of  shopping at Aldi, shopping grocery ads for sales and meat and  the $ stores. I noticed my bill was creeping up to the $200 a week mark. Now unless you write down everything you spend for an entire month don't say how much you are spending. I challenge you~keep a notebook on you at all times and jot down every time you spend any money at all. You will be amazed. My former Pastor's wife challenged us all to do this and most people stop after one week because it was so earth shattering that they did not want to know. Try it! I dare you.

At the time the economy fell apart we had just started building our new home in the country and had our home in the city to sell.   All the sudden the housing market crashed to a halt. We found ourselves in a really bad place. My husband makes a good living and we were almost debt free. All the sudden we had to make some great sacrifices. Long story short after God's mercy and a year and a half later our home is sold and we are living in the new home that we mostly built ourselves. That is a whole other story for a later time. ( My Hannah is working on a power point of our building to come soon.) God taught us so many lessons through this storm~but after the storm it is time to clean up the mess.

That takes me to my money saving journey. I am a Homeschool Mom. My husband is currently working towards his Doctorates in Education ~which costs a fortune. I am not willing to take a job and not be here at home. I have always worked at home. I now live in the country so that is a bit of a challenge. This is a new faith walk for me. I feel like God wants me to trust Him more, not get caught up in this material world. Now I am not saying that this is for every family~this is our calling. 

 I stopped shopping once a month~Ouch! I am a planner. 

*My first step was to get my hands on a Sunday paper. Then I asked around for a friend who does not use coupons and asked her to save them for me. I cut at least coupons from two papers. This takes a good couple weeks to add them up. Organize a folder and start filing them.
I also get coupons from coupon Smart Source  and Coupon.com. Now I want to warn you some places fuss at these Internet coupons so I have gone to Walmart's site and others and made sure they accept Internet coupons. And on more than one occasion I have had to prove it. I now carry store policy's in my coupon organizer.  I had tried coupons before and got frustrated and went back to Aldi. Folks~the secret is  to stock pile coupons. Only spend your coupons with ON SALE items. If the store is out ask for a rain check~so important!  If you shop a store such as Walgreens which has store coupons, you may use a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon. Many times at CVS and Walgreens I get toiletries for free. Once in a while I end up with an overage. They owe me. 

* I have always planned my meals for a month at a time. Now I make weekly menus. I start by taking an inventory of what I have and what meals I can make with what I have on hand. Maybe I have all but a couple of needed items. I then start my grocery list. Then I see what is on sale at each store. I usually shop Hy-Vee and Walmart.  I make a list of all the other great buys from the other stores and take these to Walmart with a detailed list of where they are on sale and the amount. Walmart will match all other stores sales but it must be the exact same item and brand. I also shop CVS each week. Take your ad along in case you need to show your cashier. If you do not know about CVS ~you are missing out! Check it out here.  I end up with cash back every time~your cash looks like a coupon printed at the end of your receipt. Don't throw it away!  For my Ashley who does not have CVS where she lives~here is Walgreens.  Sometimes just double stacking coupons here is great. I get some things I love but would never spend the money on for free! It really works! I also have a stocked pantry and many things in which I use in gift baskets when the occasion arises!

*I am mostly cooking from scratch. I stock up on flour, sugars, sauces and spices.( And let go of convenience foods which is better for you any way.)  I buy these things in bulk.  I have Amish close by to help here. Spices are so cheap at a Bulk Pantry Store. If you do not have this as an option you will have to do some price comparisons. I know the $ Stores are a lot cheaper on spices than Walmart. This is a must for Homemade Cooking.  I collect old cook books. The newer ones sometimes do not have the from scratch recipes. I love Amish cook books and Gooseberry Patch the best.  When I vintage shop I will pick up old church cook books. 

*I started making Homemade Cleaners. I make Homemade Laundry Soap. I love it. Armour Hammer Washing soda is not baking soda. You can find it in a good Grocery Store~our Walmart does not carry it. The recipe is on my site!  It is so easy and just takes minutes! I get my essential oils from Natures Gardens Candle and Soap Supply~cheap!  I am making Windex by the gallons for pennies. It works just as good as the real deal. I  also make the Fabric softener. I add Downy scent but the conditioner makes it smell great without it. I dilute it by half with water and put it in a container and add sponges~to be put in the dryer for fabric sheets. You may use it as it is in your rinse cycle. I have the new front load washer and it washes all scent out of my clothes so I like putting in it the dryer. I use strong tea water for my wood floors~works great and is good for your wood. I am still trying dishwasher soap recipes but I am not happy yet~if you have one please send it to me. This step alone will save you a considerable amount of money!

*I ordered my first laying flock of chickens. We are ready. They will arrive April 12Th. We are really looking forward to our girls. I will share our journey. 

* I am planting my first huge garden. I started some things from seedlings and they look wonderful. I am just waiting for the weather to warm up~I am sure it will be soon!

* I vintage shop. I look for things that I can re~create into something else. My kids and I have the best time with this. We get our shopping fix with out spending a lot of money. When all else fails we shop the stores~only things on sale. My Hannah works at TJ Maxx~I love this store! I can always find new skirts at second hand stores and wonderful dishes. I also find really nice table cloths. I love table cloths. I love to shop Antique Malls and thrift stores.  There are some wonderful blogs who share their finds~they so inspire me. 

*I saved most of my flowers from last summer. I babied them all winter and they are just beautiful and ready to be put back outside. This is at least a $100. savings and they are much hardier than if I were to buy new ones. I have split them up to double. My secret is from the Amish~egg shells. I save all my egg shells. I break them into little pieces and add them to my water that I use to water the plants. It works wonderful. I also have stated my flowers from seed which is a huge savings. You need a sunny window and some Miracle Grow

* I am planting an orchard. Now this city girl has never canned. But she is going to learn~by God's grace. I am ordering from a seed company from Bloomington Il~so cheap!

*I am making most of my gifts~homemade with love!  The Internet has so many wonderful ideas that always keep me inspired. 

*Eating Out~now I would lie if I told you we never do this. I like to save money so I have it to spend on other things. I can tell you Money Savings Mom has been great about sending me coupons for fast food. This Homeschool Mom just has to get out sometimes. I have been couponing here also. I choose wisely. I think $ signs. How many meals can I get out of this. So we do not eat out often but sometimes we just need to treat ourselves. We love the $ chicken sandwich at Sonic and we love happy hour for limeades! We also pick up Hy-Vee Oriental when they have coupons. My Brian will pick up hot and ready from Little Caesars once in a while on his way home from work. I mix up a salad or bread sticks to add with it~ on nights when we are real busy. I stopped buying soda from the restaurants and keep a stock at home. Did I happen to tell you my addiction is Diet Coke?  All of this is done in moderation. 

Now I said all of this because I believe we need to be good stewards of our money. BUT~

I believe we can trust God to meet all our needs. We do not have to live in fear. God is on the throne. He has everything in control and He has a plan. I am not at all fearful about our economy. We Americans have become a bit to big for our britches. We need to get back to doing things God's way and trusting Him by faith! God does not want us to be material minded but rather Heavenly minded!

 I for one would like to have money to give to missionaries. Everything I buy here on this earth will turn to dust and fade away. If I give money so that souls might know that there is a God in Heaven who sent His Son to die that they can have eternal life in Heaven ~is far worth more than the toys I think I might have to have or need.

 
I would like to be able to give more in a lot of areas but if I am always pay check to pay check I can not do this!

I do not believe the economy is in as bad of shape as the media is making it out to be. My heart goes out to the families who have lost their jobs! They are the ones who really need our prayers and maybe even a helping hand. For the rest of us I believe we can cut our spending in a lot of areas.  Sometimes it does us a world of good to do without!

Proverbs 14:1
Every wise woman buildeth her house; but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Proverbs 31:10-31

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13She
seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14She is like the merchants' ships; she
bringeth her food from afar.

15She
riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16She
considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17She
girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18She
perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19She
layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20She
stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22She
maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates, when he
sitteth among the elders of the land.

24She
maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26She
openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27She
looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he
praiseth her.

29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou
excellest them all.

30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that
feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.



Thursday, April 2, 2009

Amish Planter


This post is for my Pastor's wife. 
She wants to have someone re~create this planter. 
This one is for you~Mrs. Pam.
I truly had such a wonderful time yesterday

Americana Chickens~Easter Eggs






Americana Chickens~
Are these not the cutest eggs you have ever seen? I picked these up from my Amish trip yesterday! These eggs are from the Americana Chickens. They are nick named Easter Eggs  because they are pastel in color. I ordered only 2 out of 12 of these for my new flock. I sure wish I would have ordered more. I just love these eggs.  I am going to blow them out and decorate with them for Easter. Just had to share them with you!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Visit With My Amish Friends




Click on the photo for a close up view!


I had the best day yesterday. I only regret to tell you that I was so busy having the time of my life that I did not get many pictures. What was I thinking? 

We started our day at Anna's Bake Shop~for some homemade goodies. We then went to the H&M shop~where I buy all my baking and canning jars for my candles. This is where I buy my favorite Amish made Raspberry Jam~Ummm!  We visited the Fabric Barn where I purchased material for aprons. I kind of have a fetish for aprons~which I wear every day. We went to Grables green house!  My Amish friend told me it is going to be a late planting season. Which seems to be true~we are freezing again! YEK!   We then went to eat at my favorite place in all the world~Gingerich Dutch Pantry. Oh my goodness~this is a buffet of homemade Amish food~ heavenly homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes, homemade bread, picked beets and so much more! I really could go back as I write this post! Visions of Amish bread dance in my head!  I was just sure the Revival Preacher Bro. Decker was sure to preach on gluttony last! Praise the Lord he skipped over that sin! For I  surely would have to repent! 
 We visited a couple of scratch and dent stores~Yoders and Krammer and Yoders. What a wonderful day we  had! I came away with some great bargains.

My favorite scene is all the Amish children playing in the school yard with their ponies hooked up to the hitching post. What simplicity!

You can take a peek here Jamesport Missouri Amish!

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