Saturday, April 30, 2011

Driving Miss Billie~ A Salad Bowl


Friday as you know is my driving Miss Billie day. Yesterday we ventured to Lowes and they had every kind of  flower you could imagine~ they were reaching well into the sky. Miss Billie thought she had died and gone to Heaven~they were so beautiful.

 As we strolled along the isle and discussed the proper feeding and care of each flower~ I took in all the knowledge of a lifetime of gardening that she passed along to me. Miss Billie is a creature of habit. She has been buying her flowers from ACE Hardware for 50 years. She was pleasantly surprised at all the the big chain store had to offer.

 It was a wonderful day and one I will store away in my memories forever. As we walked along we were discussing the Royal Wedding which prompted her to tell me about all the Royal Weddings she has watched in the past decade. Wow~was that ever interesting.  She is a walking history book for sure. 

Miss Billie does not like the casual appearance of today! " Why it looks like people are dressed to go to bed most of the time"~she said. Which led us into a conversation about proper attire. We begin to discuss all the beautiful hats that were worn to the wedding.  To which Miss Billie gave me another lesson. Did you know that  it was once our custom to wear hats in our country too.~(which I had known most people would wear them to church in days of old.)  Well~ That is until John F. Kennedy appeared at his inauguration with a bare head. Miss Billie said, " He sure was a fine looking man." I think she had a little crush on him~tehe. Up until that time even men wore hats out in public, to church and to town.  From that day forward men took off their  hats and the women in our country soon followed.  I think it is kind-of of shame. I sure did think all those hats were wonderful. 

Miss Billie proceeded to tell me that the year that the Queen was born was a monumental year. Queen Elizabeth was born in April, Miss Billie was born in May and Marilyn Monroe was born in June. " What a splendid year indeed." ~Miss Billie said. Oh what a fun day we had!




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Back to the  Salad Bowl~ I was not about to pay $14.99 for a bowl of lettuce but decided it sure would be cute on my patio table and nice for salads too. So I went to the Dollar Store and bought a Salad Bowl  and planted Salad Mix seeds in my bowl. Mine is not pretty yet but it will be soon. Such a cute idea!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Welcome Gooseberry Patch Friends~ Happy Easter

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~Welcome Gooseberry Patch Friends~
Once again Farming On Faith has been asked to be linked on Gooseberry Patch. 
I am so excited to be included. 
I just love~love~love~ Gooseberry Patch cookbooks.
All of the wonderful Easter ideas and recipes will be shared on Friday~ 
You won't want to miss them~ I already have one picked out from Mommy's kitchen to try!




Psalm 34:8 


 8O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

I love to buy jelly and jam from My Amish Friends~it is oh so good. Last year I started making my own. My neighbor brought us some wild cherries. Oh this recipe is so good and simple. ENJOY!

I did pit mine because they had worms and I wanted to make sure we had no worm jelly~tehe!


 EASY HOMEMADE CHERRY JELLY~
JUST LIKE THE AMISH
3 1/2 c. cherry juice (about 3 lb. or 2 qt. boxes sour cherries and 1/2 c. water)
1 pkg. powdered pectin
4 1/2 c. sugar

To prepare juice. Select fully ripe cherries. Soft; wash and remove stems. Do not pit. Crush cherries, add water and cover. Bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Extract juice.To make jelly: measure juice into a kettle. Add pectin and stir well. Place on high heat and stir constantly. Bring quickly to a boil that cannot be stirred down. Add sugar, continue stirring and heat again to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from heat; skim off foam from top quickly. Pour jelly immediately into hot containers and seal. Makes about 6 (8 ounce) glasses.




Jewish Sweet Bread~Challah Bread



Jewish Sweet Bread (
Challah)
This bread is so delicious and so pretty because it is braided. It's not terribly hard to make, but takes a few hours because it has to rise twice. You can easily double the recipe and actually make 6 loaves by separating the dough into smaller parts. Also~ the butter is very important. If you use unsalted butter~ the flavor isn't as good.

1 pkg. yeast
1 1/4 c. warm water (as hot as you can comfortably touch it)
1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. oil
2 eggs
4 1/2 c. flour

Mix yeast, water, and tsp. sugar, set aside. Mix the other ingredients together, then add yeast mixture. Lay out on floured surface and knead 5 minutes. Put into greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise to double~ punch down. Cut dough into 3 parts (there will actually be 6 parts because the recipe makes 2 loaves). Make 2 braids and let them rise on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 min. or until golden brown. Pour 1/2 cube of melted butter over bread before baking and 1/2 cube of melted butter just after baking.

This bread is so good and so easy! It has become an Easter tradition for our family!


The Jelly Bean Story~




Have you heard the story of the jelly beans?
Little jelly beans
Tell a story true.
A tale of our Father's love
That's just for me and you.
GREEN is for the new spring grass.YELLOW is for the sun above.BROWN is for the soft earth where
People sat hearing of HIS love.
PURPLE'S for the robe he wore,RED is for that precious blood~He shed.BLACK is for the sins He washed
From your soul and mine.
BLUE'S for the sadness of
HIS friends and family,
and 
WHITE is for the glory of the Day
HE rose for you and me.
Now that you've heard the story
You know what each color means.
The story of our Father's love
As told by jelly beans.

So when you see jelly beans on this Easter season,
stop and remember,
Jesus Arose!

Happy Easter from Farming On Faith



 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Matthew 28:6 




Friday, April 15, 2011

Challah Bread~ Spring Is Around The Corne





Jewish Sweet Bread~Challah Bread



Jewish Sweet Bread (
Challah)
This bread is so delicious and so pretty because it is braided. It's not terribly hard to make, but takes a few hours because it has to rise twice. You can easily double the recipe and actually make 6 loaves by separating the dough into smaller parts. Also~ the butter is very important. If you use unsalted butter~ the flavor isn't as good.

1 pkg. yeast
1 1/4 c. warm water (as hot as you can comfortably touch it)
1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. oil
2 eggs
4 1/2 c. flour

Mix yeast, water, and tsp. sugar, set aside. Mix the other ingredients together, then add yeast mixture. Lay out on floured surface and knead 5 minutes. Put into greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise to double~ punch down. Cut dough into 3 parts (there will actually be 6 parts because the recipe makes 2 loaves). Make 2 braids and let them rise on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 min. or until golden brown. Pour 1/2 cube of melted butter over bread before baking and 1/2 cube of melted butter just after baking.

This bread is so good and so easy! It has become an Easter tradition for our family!




Friday, April 8, 2011

Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap Recipe~ SAVE $$$


~Welcome~ 
Farmgirl and Farm Friend Friday Friends
I am so glad you are here!

Who doesn't need to save some money with the way prices are rising at the gas pumps to the grocery isle?  Here is a huge way I am saving money!

I have been making all my own cleaners and laundry soap for three years. I can't tell you how much money I save. Now ~ if you happen to see me in the grocery isle and I have a store bought cleaner it is because I have a good coupon that may even be free~lol. Often times I use it with my homemade ingredients to stretch them even further. It saves so much time~I make less stops at the Market!

 Perhaps~the greatest savings has been making my own laundry soaps.

 I get many questions~ so here goes the list of answers~
 I do have a HE Washing Machine. Our clothes are very clean and smell good. I do have a septic system~ my plumber said these ingredients are the safest to use. I buy all all my scents on-line at Nature's Garden Candle Supply. I save a lot of money! They really work!


So today I am featuring my Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap~


 1 bar  Fels Naptha Soap (grated finely)
1 box Washing Soda
1 box Borax

*Optional~ add one box of favorite store bought powdered soap for scent.*

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.








Fabric Softener Recipe

1 cup vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner  ( I used Suave's new Wild Cherry Blossom this time)
6 cups of water

Mix all this together. You may use this like any other Fabric Softener.

 If you prefer dryer sheets you can try this~I diluted this down with water~ 3 parts water, 1 part softener. I then poured it into this glass container.  Next I added  sponges.  For each load~ wring out the sponge and add to the dryer as you would fabric sheets.  I added a few drops of  Downy scent!  Smells wonderful!

***I buy my scent at Natures Garden Candle Supplies. Due to copyright laws the scent is now called NG Clean Breeze.  Click Here!****



* I promise they really work~give them a try!

Here is a link to all my homemade cleaners~  Click here!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Cleaning~






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

I love living in Missouri because I like change. Just when I get bored with a season the new one comes rolling along just before I think I am going to go crazy. (The past two winters have been way too long!)  Each season brings a little spring to my step. I change my decor and welcome it with great anticipation.  I just love getting out my Springy things. We have been cleaning out all the nooks and crannies and even had a Garage Sale last weekend. (Oh my~ I forgot how much work they are~ all left overs have been dropped off at Good Will.) It sure feels nice to lighten up for Spring. 

As Spring approaches I feel the need to make everything in our house clean and orderly. Everything outside is singing with new life and it inspires me to bring newness inside my home as well. So I begin turning everything upside down and inside out cleaning every square inch. I clean closets and cupboards. I frantically look for hidden cob webs and clean every dark corner. I want everything in my home to sparkle! 

Often we need to do the same thing with our spiritual houses. We need to turn everything inside out and expose those spiritual cob webs that need cleaning. After all~ God Himself is living in my spiritual house. I need to  freshen up my life so that it is sparkling and presentable to Him. Sometimes in our winter of life we allow our hearts to become cold and stale.  We tuck things into our spiritual closets that are not necessary and we need to get rid of them~things like little sins! God sees the hidden corners of our heart.  

"Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."  Psalm 119:1

After I get my home in order and my Spring cleaning is all done I stand back and admire it. I vow to be more organized and keep things free of clutter. I love the feeling of a clean and orderly home. Everything runs more smoothly and peaceful.  It is the same with our spiritual life. When we keep a short account with God and keep our minds and heart clean and sparkling then life is full of peace and contentment.

God gives us His precious Word and forgiveness as our cleaning tools. We just have to do a little work~read it and apply it to our lives! 


Here is a link to my homemade cleaning recipes~


Click Here!
Do you have a great recipe you could share?

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A Prayer In Spring
Robert Frost (1915)
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Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Cook Book Giveaway~



One of my favorite blogs~ 
Farmhouse Country Style~is having a great giveaway!



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