Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I Have A Charmed Life~

James 1:17 (King James Version)

 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 I have a charmed life~a blessed life. First of all~ let me just say that does not mean that I have money in the bank and no problems! A blessed life does not mean a sense of attainment or obtainment. Nope~ a blessed life can't be bought or pulled from our hat. We can't earn it or climb our way up the ladder to it. We can do nothing but ask for it. You see in Autumn 1984 ~I accepted Jesus Christ has my personal Saviour. I did not get religion that day~I received a relationship. From that day forward I have been living a charmed life. Oh I have had my fair share of heartaches but God has gently and lovingly guided me each step of the way. You see~ I have had a charmed life! I feel as though I am God's pet.

 Receiving this charmed life I talk of is really simple for us~we only have to accept the free gift of salvation by grace. It was not so simple for our Saviour and I owe such a debt of gratitude.

Romans 10:9-13 (King James Version)

 9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
 11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
 12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

It is my prayer that you too~ have accepted Jesus as your Saviour. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Tuesday~ Finger Paint Recipes

Hannah is attending the New York Institute of Photography and has her first set of assignments due. I just had to share this picture with you.

I am off today to teach classes for our Homeschool Support Group. I just found this cute art idea and thought I would share it!

It is hard not to be thankful today with a beautiful Autumn day like today. I hope you have a thankful Tuesday too!

 *I found the best site~ It has a Fall Finger Pumpkin Patch Idea! Check it out!*

Original Fingerpaint

Ingredientsfinger paint hand print from child craft
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups cold water
food coloring

In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together to make the finger paint. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool.
After cooling, divide the finger paint into storage containers depending on how many colors you would like. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container. Stir the coloring in to the paint to determine the shade of color. You're ready to finger paint! Cover tightly when storing.

Cornstarch Fingerpaint

3 cups water
1 cup cornstarch
food coloring
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Dissolve cornstarch in a separate bowl with water.   Remove boiling water from heat and add cornstarch mixture.  Return to heat, stirring constantly.  Boil until the mixture is clear and thick (about 1 minute).  Remove from heat.
As the mixture is cooling, divide into separate bowls and add food coloring.  Let the children carefully mix in the coloring.
  1. Add 1 tbsp of glycerin to make the mixture shiny.  You can find glycerin in most drugstores or pharmacies.

Easy Fingerpaint

2 cups white flour
2 cups cold water
food coloring
Put water into a large bowl.  Slowly add the flour, while the children are stirring.  Once it's all mixed together, divide into smaller bowls and add food coloring.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Fall Y'All~ Caleb Returns To Children's Mercy

Oh ~ I am so excited! I just love Fall. It is a grand thing that I live in the Midwest because I love the start of a new season~each and every time. Although Christmas is my favorite Holiday~ Autumn is my favorite season~. I love crisp cool mornings~It gives me an excuse to sip my coffee a little longer. This morning it is mixed with a little Hazelnut creamer~Mmm! It's time for apple dishes, chili and bonfires. Don't forget the hot apple cider!

The Bible has much to say about the changing of the seasons during the year and during our lifetime. I am simply amazed at Creation~ the master mind behind it all planned it so well. I am praising My Heavenly Father this morning as we celebrate the first day of Autumn~ God is so good!

Genesis 1:14 (King James Version)

 14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Psalm 1:3 (King James Version)

 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 104:19 (King James Version)

 19He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

Galatians 6:9 (King James Version)

 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we 
faint not.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 (King James Version)

Ecclesiastes 3

 1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
 2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
 3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
 4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

First Day Of Autumn Menu~ 
Let's Celebrate!

Mexican Pork Chili
Navajo Fry Bread
Apple ~Caramel Dip

Mexican Pork Chili


  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds pork loin or lean pork shoulder, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large can (28 oz) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can of Retell type tomatoes with the hot peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • minced jalapeno or other hot chili pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin


In a large skillet, brown pork cubes in hot oil over medium heat. Drain. Place pork in crockpot; add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Serve with flour tortillas~ and a side of Spanish Rice~YUM!!
Serves 4-6.

Navajo Fry Bread~
4 ½ cups flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ cups water
½ cup milk

Oil for frying

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir in water and milk. Knead several times. Roll onto 5-inch circles. Make a small hole in the center with your fingers. In the skillet, fry in several inches of hot oil at 375 degrees. Dough will puff and bubble. Turn when golden brown Drain on paper towels and serve hot for tacos and honey and powdered sugar for dessert.

Here is our favorite Crockpot Hot Apple Dip~ Farming On Faith's recipe will be featured in the  new Mary Engelbreit ~Winter 2010/2011 Cookbook. It will be on sale the first part of November. I am so excited to get my autographed copy! It looks wonderful from what I have seen of it so far!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix together all ingredients and put in crockpot on low. Cook for about 3 hours! Enjoy~ 

October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came -

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,

And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October's Party"

Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes.  Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.  ~Samuel Butler

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.  ~Elizabeth Lawrence


Caleb Update~

Can you believe this incision?  

Caleb is doing remarkably well. We went to get another x-ray yesterday and all is healing well. Although they took the cast off he will need to wear his sling for about 6 more weeks. The 13 screws and 2 plates they put in are acting the same way a cast would. He can not lift anything heavier than his toothbrush. For a teenage boy who likes to clean his room as well as any teenage boy~he is using it for all it is worth. Today he is real sore and has began trying his physical therapy exercises.  It is crazy how weak that arm is~ it will take work for sure. We still can see the brakes good and clear among the metal. 

Caleb works at Hunt Orchard each Fall in the Petting Zoo. The Surgeon was not so hip on him starting that this weekend ~due to the possibility of infection. However~ my debater talked her into it. We will cover it good~ this Momma is praying we get no infection.

Well I am off to get this first day of Autumn moving~Have a lovely Autumn's day!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hot Caramel Dip~ Published In Mary Engelbreit's New Cookbook

Well ready or not Autumn is here.  The Bible is sure accurate when it reads~

James 4:14

 14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away
Time has a way of slipping by without us noticing if we are not careful. The older I get the more I realize just how important it is to cherish each and every moment. The little things are the most important in our lives.
It is so hard to believe that this is my 19Th year of homeschooling. Each and every September that I can remember I would load my children up in and we would head over the bridge to Kansas to the Jones Orchard. We would be greeted by Mrs. Jones in her cute bonnet. She was the farm grandmother type and such a delight to visit with. She would remember our names and make our day with her smile. She sold her goods for only pennies and you could pick a 5 gallon pail of apples for only $5.00. Pumpkins would be in a 50 cent pile, a dollar pile or a two dollar pile. We would buy squash of every kind. The whole back of our car would be piled high. Apple picking day was such a delight to us. I would always make this dip on that day to celebrate the beginning of many apple family favorites that would be in store on the Shindorf table for that Fall season.

Here is our favorite Crockpot Hot Apple Dip~ This recipe will be featured in the  new Mary Engelbreit ~Winter 2010/2011 Cookbook. It will be on sale the first part of November. I am so excited to get my autographed copy! It looks wonderful from what I have seen of it so far!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix together all ingredients and put in crockpot on low. Cook for about 3 hours! Enjoy~ 

My favorite sayings are~ "We are making memories."  and " Cherish the moment."
We just never know when our last day on earth will be or how long we will have those we love. So~ I think it is so important to live every day as if it could be our last. Little did we know~ the  year before last  was the last time we will get to have our favorite~Apple Picking Day! Mr. Jones has suffered a stroke and Mrs. Jones has cancer. Now don't be sad for them. They are saved~born again Christians and have their reservations made for a Homecoming in Heaven. I am sure they will find the Apple Trees first!  But~would you please remember to say a prayer for them and their family. We will surely miss them and the love they spread through their beloved little Orchard.
Although we will have to find another place to pick our apples ~it will never be the same. I will cherish our time at the Jones Orchard forever and hold the memories in my heart! Mr. and Mrs. Jones you both are in our hearts and prayers!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Applesauce Bars~

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup golden raisins

  • Beat sugar, applesauce and oil until blended. In a small bowl~combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and cloves. Gradually beat in sugar mixture until blended. Stir in raisins.

Put in 9x 13 pan ~that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fat-free milk
Mix together to the consistency you like~

Monday, September 6, 2010

Pumpkin Spiced Latte~

Pumpkin Spiced Latte
2 cups milk
1 cup very strong coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 heaping spoonfuls of canned pumpkin
Pour all of the ingredients into a pot and heat over medium-high heat until the coffee is steaming hot. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream & cinnamon.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Pie~

This is a really good recipe~Just like the Amish make it!


7-10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
Place sliced apples in 9 inch unbaked pie shell. Mix and sprinkle over apples:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water (or fresh lemon juice if you have it) over top.
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 stick butter
Mix together sugar and flour. Cut the butter into the sugar and flour mixture using a fork, pastry blender or food processor.
Sprinkle over top of pie.
Bake at 400°F for 40-45 minutes. If the pie begins to brown too rapidly, cover lightly with foil.
Served every Fall in Pennsylvania Dutch country. A combination of green (such as Granny Smith) and red (such as Cortland or Mcintosh) works best. A few drops of vanilla can be mixed into sugar.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hello September~ Apples Of Gold

"By all these lovely tokens

September days are here,

With summer’s best of weather

And autumn’s best of cheer."

-   Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

Effort, and
Trying your best
Each hour of the day,
Making new friends,
Being good as you can
Exciting discoveries,
Reading books with a friend."-  
Boni Fulgham

"the air is different today
the wind sings with a new tone
sighing of changes
the harvest gathered
a flower, a nut
some mead, and bread
a candle and a prayer
returning the fruits
in thanksgiving
to the grove
and receiving
it's blessing
-   Rhawk, Alban Elfed

"The goldenrod is yellow
The corn is turning brown
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down."
  Childrens song

It is apple picking time. My children and I would pick apples each year at the "Jones' Orchard" when they were growing up. Mr and Mrs Jones were the cutest little elderly couple. We loved visiting with them every September. She would remember our names each year. She wore the cutest old fashioned bonnet to keep the sun off her face.  They had a small little building~no bigger than a phone booth. There would be piles of fresh produce laying in big piles on the ground that you could buy. She sold her produce for pennies. They both have taken ill and last I heard not doing well. This will be the third year we have not gone to visit them.  What sweet memories we have had going to the "Jones Orchard."  

September air calls me to start baking apples~how about you? I love this time of year. You can smell the air changing ~bringing in the Autumn season.

Proverbs 25:11 (King James Version)

 11A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

How much better would relationships be if we would obey this scripture? If we were careful with all our words~ our lives and our relationships would run more smoothly. I had a Sunday School teacher when I was a small girl that thought me this saying.

Is it kind?
It is true?

Is it necessary?

If it does not fit all three questions~don't say it. Somehow as we get "SPIRITUALLY MATURE" we sometimes do more damage with our words than good.

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.  ~Robert Brault

If only we would guard our mouth and consider the damage our words can do to another person! 

Here is a devotion that is so good from Julia Bettencourt~the owner of Creative Ladies Please take a minute to read it~you will be glad you did! Click here!

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.  ~Author Unknown

Don't be yourself - be someone a little nicer.  ~Mignon McLaughlin,



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