Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve Open House~Welcome


The Christmas decorations have been replaced with Winter snowflakes and the greenery has been decorated with Valentine decorations. I hate to see Christmas go ~so I always find a reason to keep celebrating. I just have to keep some twinkly lights up for the dreary months of Winter still to come. 


 I am so glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy your visit!


It has been a good year~we are blessed. I am excited to welcome in 2011. I just can't wait to see what God has in store for the new year.  May God bless you and yours in the coming year!



For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
 and next year’s words await another voice.

 And to make an end is to make a beginning.



~ T. S. Eliot ~

































Happy New Year from Farming On Faith!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Blessings~





I am up at 4 in the morning. If Sarah Palin  and Martha Stewart can start their day at this hour in the morning ~surely I can too. I was wide awake with visions of my to-do list dancing in my head. I just might have to have a long winter's nap this afternoon.

I am getting ready to brew this~

I think I just might drink it with one of these sugar cookies.

But first~ I think I need to start my day with my devotion. I opened my morning devotion with this story.

 An article in National Geographic several years ago provided an interesting picture of God's wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. At the base of a tree, one ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes. Dismayed by the strange sight, the ranger knocked the bird over with a stick. To his amazement, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, sensing the impending disaster, had carried her chicks to the base of the tree and gathered them under her wings. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. The blaze had descended upon her, scorching her small body, but the mother remained steadfast, willing to die so those under the cover of her wings would live. 






Psalm 91:4 (King James Version)


 4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.


Our Heavenly Father loves us so very much! God's love changes everything. It breathes life into everything it touches. It gives meaning to this life.

 We can celebrate Jesus. Never believe the lies that the enemy whispers~ telling you that God has forsaken you. NO matter where this Christmas Eve finds you remember that God is with you ~ Emmanuel. He suffered the cross completely alone because He loves you~ you are so very important to God!  We have so much to celebrate on this Christmas Eve.



From where I sit ~

Outside my door~

I think there may be more ice than snow. It should make delivering my Christmas goodies today fun!

One of our favorite things to do on Christmas break is to master the Christmas puzzle. We accepted a puzzle challenge from my son-in-love's family. They gave up on this puzzle last year and decided to mail it to us. Of~ course we accepted the challenge. It really was hard.



My family finished it so I went to buy another one.

 ~And they finished it too! I added Hobby Lobby to the list today to buy one more puzzle.   After Christmas deliveries are made we are going to eat Chinese and watch Christmas movies.
We will celebrate Christmas Eve with a little of this!
  Have a wonderful day.
Merry Christ Filled Christmas ~ I think ours just might be white!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Amish Sugar Cookies~











Amish Sugar Cookies~

1 cup of sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup of butter
1 cup cooking oil
2 eggs
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugars, butter and oil and beat well. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Be careful to not over bake.

Corn Flake Wreath Cookies~




  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 package (10 oz. about 40) regular marshmallows
  • - or -
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Corn Flakes® cereal
  • Red cinnamon candies~ I used gum drops.
  • Prepared vanilla frosting
1. Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring.

2. Add corn flakes cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Portion warm cereal mixture evenly by using a 1/4 cup dry measure coated with cooking spray. Using sprayed fingers, quickly shape into individual wreaths. Dot with cinnamon candies, using prepared frosting to hold candies in place.  Store in single layer in airtight container. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Blessings~ From My Heart To Yours




Luke 2:16-20 (King James Version)


 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
 17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
 18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
 19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.


Ready or not here comes the Christmas week.  I love Christmas~ I love the shopping, baking, decorating and all that comes along with the celebrating the birth of our SAVIOUR. We all want to have that "Walton" kind of celebration.
Yet~ for many~ it is just not so. I have heard many comments over the weekend of friends and family who are struggling. Did you know that 110 million Americans take medication for stress and depression each week?  Depression is an emotional, mental, physical and spiritual disorder. Something is out of balance. It is an indication that some pain has been buried instead of confronted. In order to keep our joy we must come to a place of complete surrender to God and His plan for our lives. God's heart is healing and restoration for all His children.

Sometimes at the holidays our emotional buttons can be easily pushed. Schedules demand every ounce of our energy. Financial pressure can steal our joy and destroy our peace. And those silly ol' false expectations of living up to the "Waltons" can leave us feeling hollow and empty. I know for me just dealing with those in my life that are depressed~has me fighting dark feelings instead of joy.  Before we realize it ~we find that we are in that slimy pit~ Yuck!!

So what is a girl to do? ~~~~

Let me tell you!  Make Christmas a time of praise. Choose to focus on all the victories God has given you this year. Make it a priority to be thankful for the blessings in your life. Find a way to bring joy to others. Get your mind off SELF!  Christmas time is a time of celebration. Because of Christmas~ I do not have to fear death or eternity. I have had my sins forgiven and I stand redeemed in the sight of my Lord. Because of Christmas ~I do not have to fear~ anything!!! God is in control of my life~He holds my future in the palm of His hands. That first Christmas my Saviour came to be born so that He could die for my sins. All the darkness can be destroyed because Jesus Christ died and rose again and now sits on the right hand of His Father.  Right now~ choose to focus your mind on the things of heaven- not earth~ then you will have the joy of Christmas in your heart today and every coming day in the New Year.

Christmas Blessings ~ from my heart to yours.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What A Man~








Psalm 145:1-3 (King James Version)


Psalm 145

 1I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
 2Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
 3Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.


I have been loving My Brian almost half of my life now. We have been through the thick and thin of times. I can testify to his character and his strengths and even his weaknesses. I have come to cherish his touch. And although sometimes~after all these years~ I still think ~who is this man?~ I know this man. I will never have all the mysteries solved about him but~ I do know my husband. I know most likely how he will respond to any given situation. I know his personality and his ways. I know his voice ~ I recognize his touch~I just love this man I married over two decades ago.

The same is true about my relationship with My Heavenly Father. I recognize His touch. I have come to know His voice. I have come to know His personality~His likes and His dislikes.  I know that He desires for us all to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ~I accepted Him as my Saviour when I was only 18.

 God longs to have a relationship with each of us. He sent His only begotten Son that we may spend eternity with Him. He desires that we walk with Him every single day of our lives.


John 3:16 (King James Version)


 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God longs for us to have an intimate relationship with Him.~

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Have a wonderful day!



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Be Blessed~Not Stressed *** Blog Highlight****


Hope you are having a festive day like My Hannah!
She looks like she is related to Cindy Lou Who from The Grinch Movie!





I just love this site~Hillbilly Housewife. It has changed a bit from when I first started following a couple years ago and it has even changed owners. If you need a little boost in stretching your money~you are sure to find it here. If you need some good ideas~give her a visit!

Today her newsletter that came out was titled ~ Be Blessed~Not Stressed. If you would like to visit her blog click here~ be sure to sign up for her newsletter.

Click here for today's newsletter!



The Trouble Tree
~author unknown~
The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farm house had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire had caused him to miss an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pick-up truck refused to start.
As I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. When we arrived he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked to the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles; he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.
Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed by the tree and my curiosity got the better of me.
I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.
“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure, they don’t belong in the house with my wife and children. So, I just hang them on the tree when I come home in the evening and then I just pick them up again in the morning.”
“Funny thing, though,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ‘em up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remembered hanging there the night before.” 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

We Can Never Out Give God~




Proverbs 11:24-25 (King James Version)


 24There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
 25The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

There are those that are givers~yet there are those that withhold more than they should!  I want to be a person who freely gives~after all ~it all belongs to God anyway!

We make a living by what we get out of life but we make a life by what we give and how we give it. I truly believe that the One who gave His most beloved Son expects us to be willing to give too. What can I do to give to someone today? Maybe the gift you give today could be the answer to someones prayer.

I have learned that we can never out give God~no matter if it is our money or our time! Through the years when I have listened to the Lord and gave ~He has always given back.

One winter the children and I were coming home from running errands and when we returned home we found a strange man shoveling our driveway. It was at our old home and the driveway was really long.This poor man had shoveled ~by hand~ the entire drive. I simply asked him who had paid him to shovel my drive~after I drove around the block and debated how to handle the situation. I knew my do-it-yourself man would have never hired someone to do a job he could do himself~LOL~he had a snow blower!

Long story short the man had the wrong house. I felt so bad. I only had a ten dollar bill in my wallet. I needed my ten dollar bill but the Lord told me to give it to him. I apologized to the man ~explaining that it was all I had and I gave it to him along with an invitation to our church and a Gospel Tract on how to get to Heaven. I prayed for the man and to this day pray that he accepted the free gift of salvation. I may have just planted a seed or maybe watered a seed that others had planted. He thanked me and went to the neighbor's house that he had been hired to shovel. I even prayed they would pay him better than I just had.
 A few days later my Brian was working in the yard and a ten dollar bill just blew to him~no kidding.

I have many stories in my life like this where God gave back to me. The amazing thing is~ He was was simply showing me that I could trust Him~for it was only $10.00. We can NEVER out give God!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

I Am So Excited~


I opened my mail yesterday to find 2 autographed copies of Mary's new cookbook. Two of my recipes have been featured~even a little story about our apple picking days as a family. I am just so excited and a slow cooker cookbook just in time for the busy season is great. I am trying one of the recipes today because Hannah and I are baking all day today. You can preview the cookbook by clicking on the Amazon box below. It is really good~and would make a wonderful gift to any lucky girl on your list!



My recipes that were published are~

Crock Pork Chili~

Ingredients:

  • 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 (16 oz) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • minced jalapeno or other hot chile, to taste (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

Preparation:

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~
Serves 4-6.



Crockpot Hot Caramel Dip

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~

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