Sunday, February 27, 2011

Happy Lord's Day~ More Boston Photos





Oh looky what I have ~ new Boston pictures.


 His Momma was a handful~ I am happy to see Boston is giving it back to my sweet girl~LOL!



Is that not the cutest little smile ever?
Please keep praying that Boston's daddy gets direction from the Lord about his job.
I am still praying God gets them a little closer.
You can visit my daughter's blog here for here entire post!

Have a wonderful Lord's Day!



 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue;
but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18 (KJV)


For Lord's Day Evening
by Isaac Watts 


Lord, how delightful `tis to see
A whole assembly worship thee!
At once they sing, at once they pray;
They hear of heaven, and learn the way.

I have been there, and still would go
'Tis like a little heaven below!
Not all my pleasure and my play
Should tempt me to forget this day.

O write upon my memory, Lord,
The text and doctrines of thy Word,
That I may break thy laws no more,
But love thee better than before!

With thoughts of Christ and things divine
Fill up this foolish heart of mine:
That, hoping pardon through his blood,
I may lie down, and wake with God.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Are The Robins Confused? Miss Billie Says So


I am not so happy to report that here at Farming On Faith we are covered in a blanket of snow. We have 4 inches of snow on this Saturday morning.

Yesterday ~ I ventured over to Miss Billies in the snow. She was worried about the birds. I am just sure she feeds all the birds in the world. Miss Billie was so worried ~ all the birds were frantic! I began to fill feeder after feeder. I wish I could have captured the sight to share with you.  The birds came in flocks. 

 First came the Cardinals. It was a splash of red~ I mean about 50 of the most beautiful ~graceful birds. It was the most gorgeous sight.

Next came the Robins~ it seemed like hundreds. Robins are ground feeders and do not eat at the bird feeders. Miss Billie is sure that the Robins are confused. "They have arrived way to soon"~ she says. 

I am wishful thinking and hope that these little creatures know that Spring is around the corner.  

I did a little research to put Miss Billie's mind at ease. She is so very worried for the confused Robins ~ they will not get any worms from this frozen ground. She is sure the warm weather  just has them so very confused. If it does not warm up next week she will have me looking for worms~ I am just sure of it!


This is what I found ~ (taken from Bird Education site)

Birds know when to migrate by the length of daylight. Through autumn, daylight hours grow shorter. Then, when winter begins, the days begin to get longer. At mid- to late-winter, birds begin to feel restless. They have an internal clock, and they know that soon it is time to start moving north. Their restlessness (ornithologists call this pre-migratory restlessness zugunruhe) becomes irresistable depending on the length of day...but birds won't start to migrate just any ol' time. They wait for the weather and temperature to be right. Robins follow behind the spring thaw, waiting for the average temperature to reach 2=B0C. And they wait for favorable winds. They want a tail wind-for the south wind to come along and help them move north. So, knowing when to migrate involves an internal clock, a feel for temperature, and the right weather patterns that create south winds.

So what can they eat~  ( taken from learner.org)

A Robin's Favorite Winter FoodsIn winter robins concentrate on berry bushes, trees and vines, like the bittersweet vine above. (On warm days, though, you might spot a robin running on lawns, searching for worms!) Winter robins eat berries, other fruits, and seeds they find on shrubs, trees, and vines. If robins happen to overwinter near you, you can offer them frozen or fresh fruit. They'll go for apple slices, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cherries.
Birdseed? No Thanks!
Did you ever wonder why it's hard to attract robins to a bird feeder? Most robins have simply never eaten at a feeder before, so they lack the experience to know what feeders are for. And even the hungriest robin would never eat birdseed.







I stood just watching bird after bird eat~ all were singing in three part harmony!~ I was so excited to watch the little finches take their turn along with some familiar and some not so. I had such a great morning watching all of these wonderful creatures that the Creator has created.


Lastly came the Starlings ~they are pushy birds for sure. Miss Billie says that they are bullies and they are. They ran off all the other birds in such a rude manner. Miss Billie says that they are bullies. Yet she said, "We can't all be Cardinals." She even gave grace for those mean bullies. 


 I assured Miss Billie that God will take care of the birds just fine ~ and she reminded me that God needed her help.


What a fun lesson I had yesterday watching Miss Billie's birds~   The Bible tells us that God cares when a bird falls from it's nest~ oh how much more He cares for you and me. 


What an awesome God!





Matthew 10:29-31 (KJV)


 29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
 30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.












A Scentsy Giveaway~


A Joyful Chaos is having this wonderful give-a-way. She is hosting it for Scentsy! Hop on over to her blog and get entered. If you have never visited her blog ~you will love it. 


Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's Snowing and Blowing~Snow Ball Cookies Turned Mud Ball Cookies




We are snowed in again~makes one want to bake! Oh~ no my diet! Why is it that when it snows we want to bake and eat?

**We decided to change the white cake mix to a chocolate cake mix~ Hannah says we should call them Mud Ball Cookies. I say we just call them ~ oh so good!**

Snow Ball Cookies~


    • 1/2 cup light olive oil
    • 1 1/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
    • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) packages white cake mix, Pillsbury brand recommended
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla, recipe calls for the clear kind
    • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
    • powdered sugar
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F.
  2. COMBINE olive oil and oats. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in cake mix, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Fold in nuts. Form into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. BAKE 8 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute. Remove cookies to cooling rack. Roll in powdered sugar while still slightly warm.



Sunday, February 13, 2011

Homemade Valentine Gifts From The Kitchen~




Did you know that if add a dollop of mayonnaise and use milk instead of water when making a cake mix~your cake will taste homemade?


I wrapped my mini loaves and large muffins in coffee filters and tied them with a bow.






LEMON POPPY SEED BREAD-CAKE
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. milk
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
1 1/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 tbsp. poppy seed

(1 tsp. salt, optional)

GLAZE:

1/3 c. sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. butter, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
 Grease bottom only of 4 (5 3/4 x 3 x 2 1/8 inch) loaf pans.In large mixer bowl combine all bread ingredients. 

Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes). Pour into prepared pans. 

Bake 32 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.


In small bowl stir together glaze ingredients. Pour over warm bread. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen edge with knife; remove from pan.


Yields 4 mini loaves, which are great for gift giving. Freezes well.










Snow Ball Cookies~

    • 1/2 cup light olive oil
    • 1 1/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
    • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) packages white cake mix, Pillsbury brand recommended
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla, recipe calls for the clear kind
    • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
    • powdered sugar
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F.
  2. COMBINE olive oil and oats. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in cake mix, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Fold in nuts. Form into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. BAKE 8 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute. Remove cookies to cooling rack. Roll in powdered sugar while still slightly warm.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chickens In The Road & In The Kitchen~ Oh My





Happy Saturday~
Oh I am so excited we are expected to hit 50 degrees today. It is time to bleach down the chicken coop. I know that may not sound so exciting to you but it does to me. During the summer I clean it once a week but in the winter~it is impossible to do. My Brian cleaned it for me last and it was about a month ago. So today my girls will be getting a house cleaning.  They will be so happy.

Hannah giving Sami a bath~she has a soft spot for Sami too!

Sami is all better and we are real tired of having her in the kitchen. We tried putting her out last Sunday but she acted sick again. My kids are sure she is pulling my leg. With the warmer temperatures for the next week~ I am hoping she will want to be back with her sisters and transition this time. 

Now to answer a few of your questions. 

Where does Sami live in the house?  In a big kennel. I put paper down and clean her cage one to two times a day depending on what is needed.

What about bugs? Yuck~ I know. Sami was given a dust bath ~ per the Vet~ before entering  the house just to make sure there are no extra guest coming into my clean house. I did not see any. You turn the chicken upside down and sprinkle her . It does work. It has been so cold here I am not sure little bugs could survive. ~
When necessary~she just gets a bath!
What in the world does your husband say about a chicken in the house?  I had a man tell me yesterday~ "I can't believe your husband lets you bring a chicken into that brand new house."  First of all My Brian brought home an alligator without asking his mom when he was just a boy. Second of all ~although he will not admit it~ he gives poor Sami a little more attention too. Sami  has become a pet more so than the other girls because she is handicapped.  So ~ he rolls his eyes and does not say a word~now is that love or what?




Sami is very tame and lets you know just what she wants. She loves treats and Hannah loves making her do tricks for them.  If you have never visited The Hen Cam~ you should. Terry Colson wrote a children's book about her chickens~ Tilly Lays An Egg. In her book are pictures of her actual chickens~ whom she taught all to do tricks. Chickens are easy to train because they will do just about anything for treats.

Click here to visit ~you will enjoy it I promise. Terry has helped me so much with my chickens. She is quite a gal!

Sami has been the talk all over the US in blog world. One follower in NY said when she went to MOPS~ all her friends were talking about Sami getting a bath. I was shopping in town one day and I had a friendly lady ask~ "Did you really give Sami a bath?" Well yes~ if she is coming in the house she had to have a bath!  Someday I think I will write a book about Sami~ she  has quite a story!


So there you have it ~ how this city girl turned into a chicken farmer.







"Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg"? 
Gen. 1:20-25
The Bible clearly answers this question.
God made all creation~ and told them to
be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth.
That plainly says the Chicken came first.
Just like Adam and Eve were first made adults and not babies.

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Sad Day For Farming On Faith~




I will never forget how excited we were to go get our baby chicks. It was the night before Easter~it was a special Holiday delivery for sure. My 12 little chicks were as cute and fluffy as could be. I was such a proud Momma Hen. I researched all that it would take to keep these little balls of fluff alive. It was a tough job for the first 8 weeks. My girls grew and became pets. They all were given names and have added life around our little hobby farm. I have been so excited to keep all 12 of them safe and sound until today. I am sad because today we lost Margo.  We believe that whatever got her came from the sky for there were no tracks in the snow. What a sad day it is for sure!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Oh No ~Sami Is Sick~ What To Do With These Emotions?





John 14:1


Sami is sick again. She did this last year at this time of year. With the cold temperatures it appears that she has a cold. She is resting in the kennel and doing much better this morning. Sami is my special chicken~ she was born with no neck. Her head just sits on her body. Because of this she has always had special treatment. The other chickens are not so kind to her. Sami is our special bird~ she can do tricks and loves to come to the door for treats.




Sami walking right on in the kitchen door after she has dug in my plants!



We were afraid of losing her last night but she is doing just fine this morning.
I am happy she is better today. All my chickens will celebrate their 2nd birthday next month. So far I have not lost 1 of my 12 girls. I love my chickens and I love my beautiful Easter eggs!



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I have been a bit emotional lately~is that even okay to admit? I mean for goodness sakes~ should a mature Christian woman have emotions? Shouldn't I be above these silly emotions?  I have cabin fever, my daughter in Washington is in a "funk" as she calls it because they are in the middle of the "unknown land,"  ( you can read her blog post here) I have a child spreading her wings and so much more is swirling through my head~ and for Heavens to Betsy~ I have a chicken in my kitchen.


Did Jesus ever get emotional? Well let's see!


Mark 14:33-34




John 13:21
21When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.


John 12 :27



If Jesus ~who was God~ got troubled and emotional ~why in the world do I think I will never have these silly emotions? It is ridiculous for me to think I will go through this life without stress. I get in real trouble however when I give into my feelings. When I let my feelings have free reign over my mind and my body~ I get myself in trouble. That is when I become unstable~ that is when I lose my focus on God and my faith. That is when I do or say things that I will regret.

Jesus knew his hour on the cross was upon Him in these verses above.  He was talking to His disciples~ He knew His death would trigger fear, doubt and sorrow. Yet~ He warned them ahead of time to keep their focus on the Heavenly Father and His plan. 

Jesus knows all the uncertainty in our lives. He knows what our day will hold. He tells us not to let our feelings  and emotions fly about today creating an unstable and troubled heart. 
When we place our trust back in God instead of our emotions He will capture our anxious heart and give us peace once again. It feels good to trade in my troubled emotions for a strength that will get me through my days. 

Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

Psalms 51:10
10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.







The sun is shining and we are getting up to 30 degrees~ it will seem like a heat wave. I hope you have a Fabulous Friday! I am going to soak up the sun!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The 2011 Blizzard ~ Chicken Spaghetti Casserole


We are in the middle of the Winter Storm. I have never seen  our town shut down like this before. Banks, malls, schools and stores are closing. I have to admit it is brutal. The winds are so strong they are producing white out conditions.  I hope you all are keeping warm and safe. We have a fire going and company too!


My Aunt came in for the weekend to celebrate my Mom's birthday. She is still here because her flight back to Colorado has been cancelled twice~so we are having fun visiting. What are you doing?

It is a good day to whip up a cozy supper~we are having Chicken Spaghetti Casserole.  What are you having for supper?



Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

3 cups cooked cubed chicken meat 8 oz spaghetti, broken into pieces (try whole grain noodles)
1/4 cup chopped pimento peppers 
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup 
1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth 
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook broken spaghetti until al dente. Drain. Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl combine chicken, spaghetti, pimento, bell pepper, onion, soup, wine & 1 cup of cheese. Season with salt & pepper to taste & mix all together. Spread into 9 x 13 dish & bake 30 mins. Sprinkle with remaining cheese & bake 15 more minutes.





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