Monday, May 31, 2010

Have The Ants Come Dancing?~~ Natural Ant Control

Natural Ant Control

getting rid of 6
Borax is the most common ingredient in house ant control products, and get this: it's absolutely 100% natural. The best way to use Borax is to mix 1 cup of warm water with 1/2 cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of Borax. Then soak the Borax mixture up with cotton balls and place those cotton balls near any trails the ants have established in your home.

NEW Gooseberry Patch Cookbook~

Look what I just found in my mailbox~oh my I think I just have to have to try this recipe! Yummy!

Just in Time for Celebrating!

Click here to buy the book!Celebrate the holiday with this luscious dessert! It's perfect to take along to
picnics or enjoy in your own backyard
and can be found in our book, 101 Homestyle Favorites. Originally shared
by Martha Doyle of Rome, New York, it
tastes just like summer to us. Hope this
weekend is one to remember!

Summertime Strawberry Shortcake
Click here to buy the book!3 to 4 c. strawberries,     hulled and sliced
1/2 c. plus 2 T. sugar, 
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. butter, divided
1 egg, beaten
2/3 c. light cream
1 c. whipping cream, 

Toss strawberries with 1/2 cup sugar and set aside. Combine flour, remaining sugar, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs; set aside. Whisk together egg and light cream; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Divide dough into 6 parts; pat into biscuits and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden. Cool biscuits briefly on a wire rack. Split in half with a serrated knife; spread bottoms with remaining butter. Top with berries and whipped cream; add tops. Garnish with remaining berries and cream. Makes 6 servings.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

10 Ways To Use Your Time Wisely

Does Your Heart Need A Rest?

 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Psalm 90:12 

Do you think God is concerned about time management? Did you know He mentions time in the Bible over 4oo times?  I think that I can safely say time is of great importance to God. Time is a precious gift. 

As you all know I tend to be a MARTHA~always busy with too many things. 

One of the most valuable investments with our time we can make is spending time is solitude. An African proverb reads~ " Lord Jesus make my heart sit down." As a Christian~ profitable solitude is taking time to "sit down at Jesus feet." It is at these quiet and still moments that God speaks to us and we can gain strength for the journey that lies ahead. He will give us the wisdom we need for our lives. We are just foolish when we neglect to get His wisdom when He freely hands it out to. us. 

We  need to take a few minutes this morning and give our heart a rest~ 

10 Ways To Use Your Time Wisely

1. Evaluate How You're Spending Time
  • Keep a time log for 5 days~My Christian Womanhood Teacher at College taught me this concept.
  • What are my time wasters?
  • Am I spending to much time on unimportant things?
  • Do I have any time for rest or fun? ~this is my biggest problem. All work and no play leaves one unhappy Momma~!
2. Set some goals
  • If you feel like your are working hard but getting nowhere~take some planning time. 
  • Make some plans.
3. Be Willing To Let Things Go For Life's Interruptions
  • People are more important than things~ drop everything to be used by God!
4. Learn To Say NO!!!!
  • Let the good things go to do the best things in life. 
5. Eliminate The Unimportant
  • Remove things from your to-do list that will not matter for eternity.
  • Remove time wasters.
  • Learn to delegate~ Mommas have a hard time with this one!
6. Develop Decision Making Skills
  • Don't be afraid of conflict ~sometimes this brings it.
  • Study your errors and don't repeat them.
7. Do The Tough Jobs During Your Best Time Of The Day
  •  Everyone is unique ~know your best time of the day and take advantage of it. I happen to be a morning person. My energy and mind become foggy in the evening. So I run with the wind in the morning. 
8. Plan The Work And Work The Plan~ (this is my life saver)
  • Set a time aside once a week to make a plan. When I get to busy I fail to do this~ everything gets out of timing!
  • Make a daily to-do list, a weekly to-do list and a monthly to-do list. Then when it is on paper let it go and just do the nest thing on the list. This will save your sanity!
9. Prioritize
  • Develop the ability to see what task are most important at any given time~ spend your attention and energy on those.
  • Set your deadlines and pencil them in a datebook.
  • Keep a datebook!
10. Reward Yourself~ 
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of your goals~even the baby ones.  Enjoy a special night out or a trip to one of your favorite place.
  • The biggest reward will be decreased frustration with chaos and a sense of accomplishment when you begin to feel that you are using your time  wisely.

Only one life~so soon it will pass. Only what's done for Christ will last!

Ephesians 5:15-17 

 15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Treasure Hunting~Anyone?

Thrift Store Directory

Hebrews 13:5 (King James Version)

 5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

I was recently listening to Crown Ministries on the Radio just a few days ago. They were giving facts about our not so wonderful economy. Yet they said there are many profitable things that this recession has brought about for our society. For one~ people were hit by this without preparing for it. Most of the public has decided to get back to penny pinching~ much like " dear old Grandma did." We have become a lazy society with a throw away everything mind set. Our society spends money foolishly with no thought of tomorrow.  The Bible tells us something about this~

Proverbs 6
6Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
 7Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
 8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

Since the recession people as a majority have stopped spending money on things that are not a necessity. As a result the retailers are losing money~ therefore they have started lowering prices and having~  "to hard to resist sales."
It is a great time to get on board, if you have not already. Make that dollar stretch as far as possible. Earn money by saving it!

They predict that when we come through this recession that people will not quickly forget and will continue to penny pinch.  Have noticed the web sites that have popped up everywhere helping us to save money ? There are tons of them. I love them all ~they do all the work for you. They tell you how to clip coupons and even the best place to shop each week ~ to save even more money. I get e-mails daily with great deals!

If you read my blog often you know I have really started making~ "My earning money by saving it" ~ a treasure hunting experience.  You can read about my homemade laundry soap on the side along with all my other money saving tips.

It is so tempting to run out and buy the newest thing.  But I have a new idea~how about discovering a new use for something old?

I love to decorate my home. I spend most all my time here so I want it to be a place of beauty and I like to surround myself with things I love. The best decorating bargains are the ones that cost us little money. I recycle used materials all the time. It is amazing what fun redoing old things can be. Last weekend I stopped at a Garage Sale and loading my car with items from Hobby Lobby~ that still had the tags on them. I spent $19.00 for four large boxes of things to decorate my home. Garage sales, swap meets, estate sales are all dependable sources for decorating your home.  My Grandma said, " Something old, something new, something borrowed......." ~this is more than a wedding formula- it can be a secret to decorating and living on a budget. 

* I have a little secret ~I find most all my skirts at thrift stores. I wear skirts almost every day~I think they are so much more comfortable. It seems many people buy skirts for special occasions and wear them once. So~I find new skirts for just a couple dollars. I will match it with a store bought blouse or sweater and save tons of money. No one ever knows~ well until now. 

I love to treasure hunt~for that bargain, a vintage item, something that I can bring to life once again with a little creativity. Really! Give it a try~ you might just discover you like treasure hunting! 

While you're hunting here is something else to think about~

2 Corinthians 5:17 (King James Version)

 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

What a treasure for sure~He makes us a new creature in Him. What a wonderful promise ~ a great treasure indeed!

Hannah having a good time~treasure hunting!

You never know what friends you will make along the way!
 The one and only Jessie James Antique Junk Shop Dog~

My Hannah always brings the camera along~you just never know what she will find!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Jewels Is Sick~ Chicken Advice Needed

I noticed that Jewels has not been acting like herself. She has lost the feathers on her neck and tail. I was sure she was just molting but they still have not returned after about a month. She has been laying in the nesting box for two days and will not get up. I have researched all I can find. I checked her for parasites but found none. I treated her anyway. I think maybe she has come out of a molt but may be having a hard time laying.  I checked her for a bound egg but I can't see one. I have her on the porch in a kennel and have started a round of antibiotics. All chicken advice is welcome. She is acting a bit better but still laying around. I am not sure what else to try.  My Chicken Farmer Friends~do you have any advice?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fast Food At Home~ Big Mac Copy Cat Recipe

Sometimes I just get hungry for a Big Mac. So tonight we are having homemade Big Macs and French Fries for supper.

Homemade Big Mac Copy Cat  Recipe~

Recipe from Recipe Lion~
  • 1 plain hamburger bun
  • 1/3 pound ground beef
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon Kraft Thousand Island dressing
  • 1 tomato slice
  • 1 large lettuce leaf
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 1 whole onion slice (sliced thin)

  1. Preheat a frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Lightly toast both halves of the hamburger bun, face down in the pan. Set aside.
  3. Separate the beef into two even portions, and form each half into a thin patty slightly larger than the bun.
  4. Lightly salt each patty and cook for 2-3 minutes on the first side.
  5. Flip the patties over and immediately place two slices of cheese on each one. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Assemble the burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up:  Bottom bun, dressing, tomato, lettuce, beef patty with cheese, onion slice, beef patty with cheese, top bun.

 Copy Cat Big Mac Sauce~

1 c. Miracle Whip
1/3 c. creamy style French dressing
1/4 c. sweet pickle relish
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. dried minced onion
1/4 tsp. pepper

Blend well with fork and refrigerate overnight. Use on hamburgers. To build a big mac use: 2 all beef patties, sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Walking In My Grandmother's Steps~Grandma Mary's Carrot Cake Recipe

 Recently I inherited my Grandmother's recipes. She past away 14 years ago. I am so thrilled to have them to treasure. I enjoy seeing her handwriting and bits and pieces of the past. There are many tidbits of history added to the mix. I learned some fun things about my Grandmother from the notebook pages and pieces of paper she doodled on and wrote some of her recipes upon. The recipes are all in her boxes every which way and not in order. She was as we all are~busy. I know she planned one day to get those recipes put to order as I promise to do when I find the time.

 But I must tell you as I pilfer through her pieces of history, forgotten~ out of date coupons and her pay stubs used to jot down a friend's recipe at work~ I am thrilled to uncover a little part of my history. I get to learn a bit more of who my grandmother was and I can see a bit of myself in many of the pieces of the puzzle I begin to unfold.  It is amazing that her favorite foods are also my favorite foods. What a priceless treasure.

 My Grandmother was a beautiful woman and always looked put together with her hair, make-up and  clothes. Her home was so clean you could truly eat off her floors and everything was in place. She was a wonderful cook! I never knew my Grandmother well because my parents divorced when I was young and I am thankful for this special gift.  I used her baking pan to bake this cake and it was great to walk in her shoes but for a few moments in time.

At the top of her very soiled recipe card was written ~ Homemade Carrot Cake~oh so very good. And very good indeed it was. I made this cake to give for the Cake Walk for our Mother ~Daughter Banquet. I just wonder how many special occasions my Grandmother made this recipe to share. Enjoy~

Grandma Mary's Carrot Cake Recipe
2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
2 cups grated carrots
4 eggs
1 cup mashed canned carrots or carrot baby food
2 teaspoons soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of  cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup of oil
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans) optional

1. Mix sugar and oil.
2. Add eggs one at a time.
3. Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowel.
4. Add dry mix to the wet mix.
5.  Stir in carrots and nuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting~
Package of Cream Cheese
7 oz. powdered sugar
1 stick of butter
2 Tablespoon milk

Mix together~ ( I needed more powdered sugar than 7 oz. Mix according to the texture you like)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

"Like Dear Old Mom"~2010 Mother~Daughter Banquet

~The Menu~
 Smoked Roast Beef
Mashed Potatoes
Spiced Carrots
Green Beans
Dinner Rolls
Homemade Pie
Peach Tea

Each year our sweet lady that has organized this Banquet for the past 25 years~ picks a theme. Usually months and months in advance. She then prays about a speaker. This year our speaker was Mrs. Grace Hardy ~from Oklahoma  Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City. She is a beautifully seasoned Titus woman. I so enjoyed listening to her speak. She spoke on how our daughters will grow up to act just like their Mom. Her devotion was taken from Titus. 

The decorating theme was a kitchen~ vintage look that you remember seeing in Grandma's kitchen. It was great fun to decorate. I love vintage and I love aprons. Aprons were worn, used as decoration and handed out as door prizes.  My Hannah won a new apron but decided to keep it for her hope chest.

My Sister and her girls~

My Sister~My Best Friend

My Sister In-Love and My Niece

My Grandma Mary's Carrot Cake Recipe was used for the cake I made for the Cake Walk.
Tickets were won as door prizes to get in the Cake Walk.
The  Homemade Cakes Made For The Cake Walk

My Table

Several ladies decorate and hostess a table. It spreads the work around and our ladies do such a great job.
I so enjoy seeing all the ideas. As a hostess you bring the table settings, silverware, napkins and a favor or goodies that you might want to put on your table. You also hostess your table~ filling drinks and coffee for the ladies who sit at your table. Most items on my table belonged to my Grandmother.

My Sister's Table
My Mother's Table

Hannah and Hillary have attended all the Mother ~Daughter Banquets since they were just walking~  this picture will be added to the others. It is fun to go back and look at them from year to year. They both just graduated from high school. My how fast the time has gone. I love you girls~

A Cookbook was handed out to each lady that attended. It featured recipes from our church ladies.

It was a day to remember. We have had many of those lately~
I am about to take a sabbatical!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at our Mother~Daughter Banquet.
Have a wonderful Lord's Day~

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Farming On Faith Is Featured On Gooseberry Patch ~My Homemade Bread Recipe

Welcome Gooseberry Patch Fans~
 I am so glad you came to visit today. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy your visit with me today. I hope you come back soon!

Today Farming On Faith is being featured on The Gooseberry Patch Blog. I just love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks ~ I have many in my collection and am always wanting a new one. The recipes are tried and tested  and they are the best.

If you have not visited The  Gooseberry Patch Blog~today would be a great day to visit. Farming On Faith is on today's Featured Friday Series~ Click here to visit!

Here is my bread for the first timer~ If you have never made homemade bread this is the recipe to start with. It is wonderful. This is the recipe the Gooseberry Patch has printed on their blog.

Yes~you can make Homemade Bread! I love the smell of homemade bread baking in my kitchen.

3 cups of white or whole wheat flour, or 1-1/2 cups of each (plus a little extra flour for kneading)
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet, or about 2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar or brown sugar or honey
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup warm water (not hot, just warm)

*Place 1 cup of warm water, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and yeast in a small bowl and let this froth. It will bubble and grow about double. If it does not froth it means your yeast is not good.

*Mix together flour, salt, 1/4 cup sugar into a mixing bowl. If you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer with a kneader~put into your mixer.

*When your yeast has frothed, add it to your dry ingredients along with your oil. Mix slowly~if it is to dry add just a bit more water. It depends upon the day here in Mo. You want to make a nice dough kind-of like play dough.

*If you have a Mix Aid Mixer~knead about 3-4 minutes on a low setting then turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth like a baby's bottom. If you knead by hand~knead about 10 minutes.

*Place dough into a large greased bowl. Let rise to double size. It will depend on how warm your kitchen is at the time how quickly it will rise. It seems to take about an hour if your kitchen is real warm. It will take a bit longer if your kitchen is cooler. Do not rush this step!

* After your dough has risen, punch it down, shape into loaves. This will make 1 really large loaf or 2 small loaves. Let the dough rise a second time in the pan to double size. I like the smaller ones for sandwiches and toast. If you're making it for a meal the large loaf is pretty.

* Bake @325 for about 50 minutes. Watch it closely. I just changed to an electric oven in our new home and it cooks faster.

* You know it is done when you take it out and give the bottom a thump. If it sounds hollow it is is down. If not put it back in for a few more minutes.

This is an easy bread to make and so cheap. I use it for cinnamon bread and cinnamon rolls also. Enjoy! Nothing makes a meal more complete than homemade bread.

Rolls~you just roll into a ball about the size of a lime. Then place them side by side, cover them and let them rise until double. Bake them at the same temperature as the bread.. It will only take about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.  

Cinnamon rolls~ Same thing after they have risen~cut the dough into two balls. Take your rolling pin and roll out into a flat circle about 1/4 inch thick. Now cover with your butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Lots of butter and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon just a bit thicker than you would toast. Now roll the dough up into a jelly roll and slice them about one inch thick. Place them side by side in a large cake pan. Let them rise until double in size. Bake about 18-20 or until golden brown. I like to cover mine with a powdered sugar frosting with maple added.



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