Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Are You Reaching For The Son?

 Last autumn as the temperatures began to drop I decided I just didn't want to see all my potted plants die. My brilliant idea was that I would save them all. It seemed like a great idea. I would not have to spend money to replace them all after Winter. I brought them into the house. All 20 pots~I have plants in every window of my house~no kidding.
 Christmas came and along with it all the decorations. I had to find temporary places for the plants until all the Christmas trees were stored back away. Snow, ice, sleet and freezing temperatures came and stayed it seemed like forever. My plants all looked a bit dormant. I continued to move them to the sun and fed and watered them all LONG winter long. I am most pleased to say~ I still have them all. However~ about a month ago~ the flowers started to look more vibrant~in fact they have almost tripled is size. They are blooming and filling out~ they have been reaching for the sun. The temperatures have warmed up and the sun in shining more.

It is as if they know it it is time to go back outdoors and believe me I am just waiting for the night temperatures to warm up in order to put them all back outdoors. I feel like we are living in a forest all the sudden.

As Christians~ we too are like my plants. We need to be reaching for the Son! We should be spreading out our branches and bursting forth in bloom. It was a long hard Winter and sometimes in life we have dry dormant spells where such a thriving condition is not always evident in our lives. It is easy to become bored and listless in our lives.  It is easy to become stale with our daily activities. Like my plants~ why not on purpose reach for the Sun~Son? Why not branch out and serve God with a renewed excitement?  Why not renew our walk with the Lord?  Spring has sprung ~well I am sure it will again tomorrow. ( So the weather man says anyway.) It is a good time to be feeding on the Word of God and grow in our walk with the Him~we must never stop growing!  It is a good time to find something new to do for the Lord.

When we are at a spiritual standstill we must allow Jesus the "Sun of Righteousness"  to warm our hearts anew with His love.

Malachi 4:2 (King James Version)

 2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

We must dig deep into the roots of God's Word and allow it to work in our lives.

Psalm 1:2 (King James Version)

 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

When we do we will be like a tree planted by the rivers of of living water.

Psalm 1:3

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.

My plants are all blooming~ because they are reaching for the sun. If we want to be filled with blossoms that reflect the beauty of righteous living we too need to reach for the SUN!
I don't ever want to become boring and dormant~ I want to always be alive and growing!

If God can make a tiny seed
Into a flower so fair,
What can He make, O soul, of thee
Through study, faith, and prayer? —Anon.


Reach for the Sun today~
and have a blessed day!

Monday, March 28, 2011

What Does A Chicken Farmer Do With So Many Eggs?..........

Welcome Homestead Barn Hop Friends~
I am so glad you stopped by today~

What Does A Chicken Farmer Do With So Many Eggs..........?
Well eat them~of course.
But why not~Decorate too~ I love the look of eggs in the Spring. 
I just love my farm fresh eggs~they are so cute. 
While browsing a local Shop I noticed eggs are the thing this Spring ~
they are in nest, appearing on platters and under cloches .
I decided to make my own~for free.

How To Blow Out An Egg.....so much fun!

  • Take the egg between the left thumb and fingers and position in the hand so that the smaller end is pointing upward.
  • Prick a hole in the top of the egg with a sewing needle. Make the hole a little wider by swirling the end of the needle around the perimeter of the hole. Be careful not to use too much pressure and crack the egg.
  • Turn the egg upside down and use the sewing needle to place a slightly larger hole in the wider base of the egg.
  • Hold the pricked egg over a clean bowl between the thumbs and index fingers of your hands and begin to blow air into the smaller hole. Puckering the lips around the hole and blowing as hard as you can is the best way to get the insides to come out. Once the egg begins to flow, less intensive air blowing will be necessary.
  • Keep blowing into the egg, letting the yolk fall into the bowl below. A good way to tell the egg is empty is to watch the egg leaving the larger hole. It will be white, then yellow, then white again as it nears the end.
  • Rinse the empty egg carefully under water to remove any residue egg and to clean off the shell.
  • Allow the shell to dry completely before decorating and remember not to waste the yolks. Put them in the fridge for an omelet after you finish your craft project.
  • I tea stained the eggs with very strong tea water. Next~ I spattered the eggs with black craft paint and an old toothbrush. It helps to get your toothbrush wet first.

Here I baked them in my bread~too cute!

Happy Decorating!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

How Safe Are Your Eggs?

These are some of my farm fresh eggs~ I just think these eggs are so cute. Something about eggs make us just think about new life. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and are used in most everything we cook. But~

Did you know that any chicken can lay an egg one day that is just fine but one day may lay an egg that is infected with salmonella?

There's always some threat of salmonella poisoning from raw eggs. An infected hen can lay normal eggs and then occasionally lay an egg contaminated with salmonella. You will not be able to tell if an egg is infected by look or smell.
Salmonella enteritidis can infect the ovaries of healthy-looking hens and contaminate the eggs before the shells are formed.

Can I get sick from handling raw eggs contaminated with salmonella?
Yes, so wash your hands with soap and water after handling raw eggs. It's rare to develop salmonella poisoning from handling eggshells alone.
Can salmonella from raw eggs spread to other surfaces in the kitchen?
Yes. Disinfect (don't just wipe down) all surfaces that have come into contact with raw egg.
How should I store eggs?
Eggs should be refrigerated at 45 degrees or below. If an egg is stored properly, any salmonella in that egg will be less likely to grow.

Information Source~Wiki Answers.com

  • Eggs can remain edible for even longer than a month, but freshness (egg yolk that sits firm and high, and a thick viscous egg white) will be noticeably less after two weeks. 

    If eggs start out as Grade AA, they remain AA for only two weeks if properly refrigerated. After that, they'll be Grade A for another 2 weeks. 

  • Here is a true test of freshness: Get a bowl of cold water. Put the whole egg in the water. If it sinks, it's fresh; if it floats to the top, it is old. It will kind of lay almost on its side. You can see the age of it by how much it floats. It's a good idea to do this test before selling any eggs if you suspect they are older than two weeks. 

    However, by putting the eggs in water, you wash away the bloom from the egg, a protective layering that prevents bacteria from entering the egg. Therefore, unless you are not expecting to keep the eggs for very long, you should not put them in water. If you must wash the eggs, use HOT running water. 
  • Farmers have 30 days from the day an egg is laid to get it to stores. Then, the stores have another 30 days to sell the eggs. The USDA recommends a maximum of 5 weeks in your refrigerator before you discard your eggs. What does this all boil down to? On April 1, you could be eating an egg that was laid on Christmas.
  • Many eggs in the U.S. get to market within a few days of laying. If there is a USDA shield on the carton, it must have at least a Julian pack date. A use-by is not required, but if used, it must not be more than 45 days from packing. If the eggs are not distributed interstate, state laws will apply and are variable. 
  • Keep in mind that farmers generally get their eggs to stores within a week, and both the "pack date" and "sell by" date are stamped onto the carton. The numbers run from 1-365, depending on the day of the year. Lastly, there is a big difference in taste between farm fresh eggs and week-old eggs. If you want the freshest eggs, you can buy from a local farmer. 

  • There is an expiration date on the carton. If in doubt, put the egg in water. If it floats, do not use it. 

  • Eggs last about 4-5 weeks in your refrigerator. If you don't know how long the egg has been in the refrigerator, fill a cup with water (enough to cover the egg), and put the egg in the cup. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it is still good to eat; if the egg floats, however, it is bad and should be discarded.

Eggs are a wonderful source of nutrition and should not be avoided ~however to prevent getting sick eggs should be cooked properly. My research found that cooking an egg until both the yellow and white are firm is the safest way to cook an egg. 

**I found this video~ How To Tell If Your Eggs Are Good~ **
Turn off music at the bottom of blog before starting the video!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Most Moist Banana Bread~

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray one 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray coating.
  2. Blend together the eggs, buttermilk, oil and bananas.
  3. Sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir in pecans. Mix well.
  4. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Time To Spring Clean The Coop~ Life Gets Messy!

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Life Gets Messy~

 With warm temps my chicken coop has defrosted. You guessed it ~chicken poo~ mud~ and muck. I walked into the girl's house and my handy, dandy chicken farmer boots squished. Well one thing you must know about keeping healthy chickens is that they must stay dry.NO~this just will not do!

What a mess!

Nosy girls watching from above~
This would be handy~dandy chicken poo. Any ideas on what I can do with chicken poo?

I raked. I shoveled. I bleached. I scraped. I did all this for about an hour. As I have shared before being a chicken farmer is not for the squeamish~that's for sure. Although I am not squeamish in the least I wore disposable gloves all the same!

I am trying to clean here~but they all wanted to see what I was up to.
They wanted to be in my way!

Layla was in one of the nesting boxes squawking because she was laying her egg for the day. She refused to get out ~she was squawking at me the whole time. They are very modest about laying~they would rather no one watch ~Momma Hen and siblings are not welcome to observe. I guess I can understand!

Finally~ Good job, Layla!

Layla finally lays her egg but still refuses to leave. Nope she wants to sit on her egg.
That is fine and dandy but they all want to lay in the same box for some reason. They have four nesting boxes. Sadie wanted to lay her egg too. So they argued and fused for awhile. I tried to referee but to no avail. Sadie finally jumps in with her and lays her egg in seconds and jumps out. No fooling around for her.

Look at the coop now. I have had those who tease me about cleaning my coop. 
Would you rather have breakfast from the mess above or this nice clean coop?
Not to mention I walk in this coop several times a day.
Nope~ my girls sure like it when it is all clean. 

What is the reward for all my work? A clean coop~happy girls and two eggs. 
What more could a girl ask for?
 Maybe a bubble bath!!!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Advice From Doctor Mom~

Complement, Not Compete

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

For many years I struggled with the idea of my worth in my work.  I didn't have an advanced  college  degree and My Brian and I had decided early in our marriage that I would stay home to raise our children.  I decided then and there I would be the best Homemaker I could be. I didn't have a good handle on who I was as a person, though. I had constant thoughts such as: 
*You are  not worth much.
*You do not have a career.
*Anyone can do what you are doing.
*I am stuck in a rat race with no place to go.

I allowed these thoughts to go through my head over and over. As you must imagine I was not a lovely person to be around.

To add insult to injury~My Brian WAS getting the degrees and was building a successful career. I found myself competing instead of complementing. The more degrees he would earn the more I felt left behind. The more recognition he received the bigger failure I found myself to be. During this time in my life, I went to many wonderful Titus women that God had placed into my life. What a help these dear friends and family were to me. 

I began to pray for God to first heal me. And then I started reading a book called, "  The Power of A Praying Wife." (by Stormie Omartian)
  I began to pray that God would heal my sinful thoughts. I started praying daily for God to bless all that My Brian's hands touched and turn it to success.  I let go of my husband and gave him to God to use as He saw fit~not as I had planned. 

Your husband will never truly be yours until you have first given him back to God. He is yours only when you are willing to let him go wherever God calls him and do what God wants him to do.-Lila Trotman

I stopped competing with My Brian~and started complementing.  We are one body and one flesh. God joined us together. I began to see each success of his as an extension of who we were as a couple and a family. After all~behind every good man you will always find an exhausted woman! I decided I was going to take Titus 2:4-5 to heart~ I would take on the role as a "husband lover" and a "child lover." This passage of scripture gave me the guidelines for my career!  I realize this whole concept of work and worth is very complex. Each woman must determine what is best for their family using biblical guidelines.  For me~ God called me to be a lover of my husband and my children.  This was refreshing for me. I found my attitude toward my work changing. 

When I gave up my idea of what My Brian was to do in life and focus on what God wanted Carrie to do~ the breakthrough came. I starting focusing on a personal relationship with God and allowed Him to fulfillment as a person! I had been a born-again Christian for a long time.  But God wanted me to enter into a deeper walk with Him. I had to learn to really trust Him. Now that is easier said than done. I mean really trust Him. I decided if I could trust Him with my eternal soul than I could trust Him with my husband, my children, and our little world. I fully surrendered to God's will~not Carrie's will. I cannot tell you how sweet this has made our marriage.  God's way is always best. Being in the center of God's will is the only place to find true happiness.

My Brian is just about to get his Doctorate~I am so proud of him and very thankful I walk this life with him.   I have had many fun and exciting jobs but none that compares with being  Dr. Mom!



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