Saturday, July 31, 2010

Easy French Bread~


4 c. flour
1/2 c. milk
1 c. water
1 pkg. dry or 1 cake compressed yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 1/2 tsp. shortening
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
Heat milk with 1 cup water until boiling and let cool to lukewarm. Sprinkle the yeast over the 1/4 cup warm water, leave 5 minutes or until dissolved and add the cooled milk with the shortening and 3/4 tablespoon of the sugar.Sift the flour into a warm bowl with the salt and remaining sugar, make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture. Stir thoroughly to mix but do not knead. The dough will be soft. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
Set the oven at hot, 400 degrees.
Work the dough lightly and turn out on floured board. Cut in half and pat into two flat rectangles 12"x9". Roll up and continue rolling, tapering the dough at the ends to form a thin loaf that is 15" long.
Place the loaves on a greased baking sheet and cut diagonal shallow slits 1/4" deep across the tops. Cover and let rise again in a warm place for 15 to 20 minutes or until almost doubled in bulk.

After 15 minutes reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake 30 minutes longer or until the loaves are crisp and brown. Cool on a wire rack.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Homemade Easy Blueberry Muffins~



These are so very good!

1/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
One-half cup milk
2 c. fresh or frozen blueberries


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Grease and floor muffin pan.

Beat together butter, eggs, salt, and sugar.
Mix flour with baking powder and sift into first mixture, alternating with milk.
Blend in vanilla.
Add blueberries.
Pour into muffin pan and bake for 25 minutes.



Thursday, July 15, 2010

"The Little Momma From Down Under"~




When I began blogging over a year ago I did not know anything about blogging. I had taken a little part-time job with The Schoolhouse Magazine. It sparked my interest in the blog world. I never knew the real friendships I would make and the amazing things I would learn. You my followers~friends are so talented, smart and wise. I have learned so much~you have enriched my life.

This morning I am going to tell you about my friend "The Little Momma From Down Under~Named Ann."  She was one of the first friends I made. I don't remember if she became my follower or if I found her and became her follower first. I was mesmerized by her stories from Australia. I loved seeing  the koala bears in the tree in her back yard. I enjoy her stories of poisonous snakes. I am amazed at her recipes and have attempted several. She is one awesome cook. I call her the "little Momma" because she can shop for her clothes in the children's section. But make no mistake she is a giant in wisdom. She is a seasoned Mom who homeschools. When my little Boston was about to enter the world Ann shared her last pregnancy with my daughter~encouraging my Ashley along the way. She sent the most amazing gifts to my little Boston~all the way around the world.  They will be treasured for always! She is~ for sure~ a rare jewel as found in Proverbs 31.

Today marks her 100th post. I am posting her giveaway here on my blog~not to win another chance at her wonderful $40.00 gift card to the CSN Store~

 but rather to introduce you to my special friend so you can celebrate with her too.



I want to introduce you to my friend~ Ann at Eight Acres of Eden. Congratulations on your 100Th post!
Our Forest Home
Click here to meet Ann~










Sunday, July 4, 2010

Traditional Southern Deviled Egg Recipe~




  • What is a chicken farmer to take to a church potluck? EGGS!

  • 7 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • Salt and pepper, for taste
  • Paprika, for garnishing
  • Sweet gherkin pickles sliced, for garnishing
  • Pimentos, for garnishing

Directions

Halve 7 eggs lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in a small bowl.
Mash yolks with a fork and stir in mayonnaise, pickle relish, and mustard. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Fill egg whites evenly with yolk mixture. Garnish with paprika, pickles and pimentos. Store covered in refrigerator.





Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Birthday America~

From our Family at Farming on Faith 
to You and Yours~
We wish you a happy and safe Independence Day.
God Bless Us All!


Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, 
undergo the fatigue of supporting it.  ~Thomas Paine


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.  ~Elmer Davis

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. 
 ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.  ~Benjamin Franklin

The United States is the only country with a known birthday.  ~James G. Blaine


We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. 
 ~William Faulkner


My God!  How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!  ~Thomas Jefferson


From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, "America"

My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue.  ~Author Unknown

I love you ~My Beautiful America~


Friday, July 2, 2010

Jewels Is Confused~ Fabulous Friday








It is a fabulous Friday at Farming On Faith once again. Boy~ these Fridays roll around faster and faster.

Jewels is confused. I only have a flock of hens with no rooster. I was warned to beware of adding a rooster because they are mean. 

I remember as a young child going to gather eggs with my Grandpa. Those mean roosters would chase me and peck me. On more than one occasion I would loose track of time while playing with the baby rabbits and Grandpa would go back to the house without me. I would stay cooped in that rabbit coop for as long as I could and then make a mad dash run~ for my dear life~ to the pasture's gate. It was no funny matter. It happened time and time again. 


So Farming On Faith has no rooster. Therefore we have no fertile eggs. However~

Jewels has been sitting in the nesting box for two weeks. She thinks she is going to hatch those eggs.  She fusses at me and the other hens every time we enter the coop. The problem is that she is in the box that all the girls lay their eggs in. We have four nesting boxes but they all want to lay in the end box. So as you can imagine all morning we have a chicken war~for Jewels will not get out of the box~creating a traffic jam all morning. They sound like a flock of hens gone to war~you never heard such arguing. They all just push and shove and try to lay in the box together. The most that can possibly fit in that box is three. And believe me they are packed in and top of each other like sardines.


Several times a day I pick her up and put her in the yard. She will quench her thirst and eat a bite or two and head back to lay on the eggs. She is keeping them as safe and warm. As you can see from the picture I have to take the eggs from her. I think she thinks she is going to hatch those eggs. She is going to be waiting a long time~poor Jewels!


I am looking forward to a lazy 4th of a July weekend. We will be celebrating the Holiday with our church family with dinner on the grounds after morning church followed by our evening service being held after lunch.  


Today~ I am off to drive Miss Billie. 8)


 I am looking forward to our day together. I will be taking to Miss Billie to take all her recycling to the center. Miss Billie says, "We only get one earth ~we best take care of the one we have."  Then this Baptist girl will be taking Miss Billie to a Friday afternoon Episcopal service and then to lunch. After that we will float in her pool. Miss Billie loves soaking up some sun and water as much as I do. I am sure to have a fabulous Friday. I hope you will too!




Isaiah 65:14 


 14Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart,


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