Thursday, June 28, 2012

Inescapable~ An Amazing Book

The minute I picked this book up I was hooked. I read the first 150 pages way into the morning hours. I was captivated by Lizzie who had run away from her Mennonite family and town of Kingdom, Kansas. She is a struggling young mom with a daughter who is doing her best to raise her  child on her own.

She has worked hard to build a new life for her and her child when she is followed and frightened by letters from an unknown man. Scared ~ she has nowhere to turn but back to her home and her father. Her father who was an unfair and unloving example of a Christian.

When she returns after six years she finds nothing is much the same but her condemning father. The town accepted her with open arms~ full of God's love and compassion. For the first time in her life she finds God's love through the people of Kingdom~ she opens her heart to Jesus.

Only the trouble follows her and she fears she must run again. She soon discovers she really has nowhere to run but into the arms of Jesus. 

I loved~ loved~loved this book.  I have never read any books from Nancy but I loved her writing style and will be looking forward to reading her other books. I give this book a 5+ stars. 

I was provided this book by Bethany Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Fiddler~ Amish Book Review

Oh ~ did I ever enjoy this book. This book is the first book to the Home To Hickory Hollow series. Beverly outdid herself on this book. And I should know because I have read all of her books and series. 

Amelia Devries is a talented  musician who has spent her whole life performing as a classical fiddler. She feels like life is passing her by and she is missing out on a "real life."   Not wanting to hurt her father who taught her all he knew she keeps performing.

She secretly picks up a new hobby as a country fiddler with a different stage name. How long before she will be found out? 

A happen stance meeting with an Amish man named Michael Hosteler changes her whole perspective on a simple life.  Only she is English and he is Amish~ their love can not be allowed to blossom for it could never be~ or could it?

I loved this book and I give it 5 stars.  This is my favorite summer read of 2012.

This book was provided to me by Bethany Publishers in exchange for my honest review. 

Travelers Rest~ Book Review

Travelers Rest

Jane Morrow has found true love. Seth~ has promised that they would marry when he returns home from Iraq. Only he has been wounded in the war and returns home a different man. He refuses to let Jane commit to a lifetime of caring for him.

Jane ~ who does not have a strong faith in God learns through the bitter taste of war and a Veteran's Hospital that God is in control and has a plan. She discovers that when she prays ~ God hears her.

This book has many twist and turns and is not a happy ever after book but ends in a way that makes one stop and think and realize that God can bring peace in the most difficult of circumstances. Jane learns as we all must that we can trust God and sometimes in sorrow is where we grow the most.

This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I give this book 3 stars.

About the book~

A YOUNG WOMAN determined to honor her commitment...
AN INJURED SOLDIER convinced life is no longer worth living...
A RETIRED DOCTOR certain it's too late to be forgiven...
Jane Morrow has a dilemma, and love alone may not solve it. Her faith has never been strong, yet somehow she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do. The answer she finds may not be at all what she expected...
"Stellar writing sets Tatlock apart from her peers."
--Romantic Times

About the Author~
Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review fromLibrary Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wild Blackberries~

Looky what I found~ yummy wild blackberries growing on the back of Farming On Faith. They are as sweet as candy. They were a little prickly getting to but they were oh so worth it. 

Blackberry Cobbler~

1/2 stick butter
1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
2 cups fresh blackberries (rinse and pat dry)

Whisk 1 cup sugar with the flour and milk. Whisk in melted butter.

Grease a 3 quart baking dish with butter. Pour batter into dish. Sprinkle berries over the batter and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar. Bake for about an hour ~folks. Can't ya just hear Paula saying that? Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar and bake 10 more minutes. Serve with ice cream! Yummy!

Welcome Barn Hop Friends~ so glad you stopped by!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Soap and Suds Party~ Buttery-Vanilla Soap Recipe

There is a little soap store in Jamesport, Mo that I visit when I visit my Amish friends. They have soap by the slabs and you cute the size you want. I just love their soap. My favorite is Goat's Milk Soap~ it is so moisturizing. But I don't have a recipe~do you have one? 

I have never tried the whole lye thing but I want to. 

I have this great idea. I am looking for good soap recipes. Please leave  your favorite soap recipe or a link to your recipe in the comments. I would love to try your recipe. 

Buttery~ Vanilla  Soap

5 pounds of melt and pour glycerin soap
3 bars of Dove (cut in chunks)
6 capsules 100 IU Vitamin E
2 Tablespoons Powdered Milk
 Butter Cream Scented Oil
Vanilla Scented Oil

* I buy my oil from Nature's Garden Candle Supply online.

Use a double boiler or use an old pan and melt on very ~very low heat or you will scorch your soap.
I melted mine on very low heat. I left some of my Dove in chunks instead of melting it all the way.

Pour into a bread pan that has been generously oiled with olive oil. I topped mine with course oatmeal and lavender from my garden~ makes it look beautiful. Cool completely. Pop out and slice into desired sized bars. Enjoy!

Oatmeal Soap Recipe~

Oatmeal has been known for many things besides for breakfast. A good oatmeal soap recipe that can help protect and nourish the skin and can be used to remove dead skin is available here for you to try.
1 bar of mild soap (a large Dove bar soap is recommended)
3 to 4 tablespoons oatmeal
4 to 5 tablespoons water
1. Finely grind the oatmeal in a blender or miller. It should be finely ground but not too powdery.
2. Using a cheese grater, grate the bar of mild soap in a microwavable bowl.
3. Add the 4 to 5 tablespoons of water to the grated mild soap.
4. Put the soap and water mixture in a microwave for 2 to 3 minutes on high temperature. The mixture will tend to rise due to the heat. Do not let it bubble over. When the mixture rises, stir the mixture before it bubbles over.
5. If the soap has dissolved, take out the bowl of mixture from the microwave.
6. Gradually add in 3 to 4 tablespoons of the finely ground oatmeal, mixing well after each addition. Add and mix the oatmeal until the consistency of the mixture and the proportion of the oatmeal to the soap are to your liking.
7. Pour the mixture into your molds. Suggested molds for oatmeal soap are muffin pans, small bowls or 1 inch height round tin cans (you can use taller ones but you will have to remove both ends and slice the soap into round bars once it is cooled).
8. When the oatmeal soap mixture has slightly solidified but still warm, remove it from the mold and let it stand to cool thoroughly.
9. When the oatmeal soaps have completely cooled, wrap or package as desired.
Oatmeal soap is a good exfoliant and can be used to relieve itchiness due to insect bites and dry skin.
You may also add any of the following:
goats milk
cocoa butter
essential oils
Enjoy or wrap in cellophane with a bow and homemade tag and you have a wonderful gift for giving away!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy First Day of Summer~


Oh Summer~ Remember that last day of school and the feeling of freedom from schedules~school books~ pressure. It was just a great feeling. I have decided that I just needed a summer like that! And we have been taking one~ and enjoying every minute of it!

Life just sometimes demands that we take some time to rest and restore~ this is our summer of restoration. I feel the winds of change blowing already for the school next year.

Mindless Thinking~

I am so guilty of mindless thinking~ My Brian just shakes his head at me now rather than scolding me like he once did in the early years of our marriage.

Have you ever locked your keys inside your car? Or worse yet locked a child in the car~ poor Hannie!
Mailed a bill without placing the check inside or worse yet~ make a deposit without putting the check in the ATM. They treat you like a criminal. I reassured them I was just mindless thinking rather than trying to commit a crime. (I mean I would have tried thousands of dollars instead of $40 if I were trying to kite myself a little cash)  Then there is the cheese cake ~ without the sugar~oops I forgot. It is horrible with no sugar. I promise you that!

These are the kinds of things we do when we don't give careful thought to what we are doing.  Careless thinking means we fail to do something we should do or that we do something we should not do. Sometimes these wrong actions or irresponsible inactions can create minor inconveniences or ~ they can have lasting consequences.

Ephesians 5:15-17

King James Version (KJV)
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

As I stated above ~My Brian and I have found ourselves at a not one but several crossroads in our lives. I just hate crossroads. I want to just keep going on the road like always before. It feels comfortable~ safe~ without risk and oh so familiar. I like things to stay the same~ like a comfy pair of flip flops on the first day of summer.

God wants us to give careful thought to our actions, words, and relationships~  and most importantly making decisions that would bring honor and glory to Him.

Whatever I do today~ I want to give it careful thought. I am asking you to pray as we make some important decisions in our lives.

"Long Way Home"
I set out on a great adventure
The day my Father started leading me home
He said there's gonna be some mountains to climb
And some valleys we're gonna go through

But I had no way of knowing
Just how hard this journey could be
Cause the valleys are deeper
And the mountains are steeper than I ever would have dreamed

But I know we're gonna make it
And I know we're gonna get there soon
And I know sometimes it feels like we're going the wrong way
But its just the long way home

I got some rocks in my shoes
Fears I wish I could lose
That make the mountains so hard to climb
And my heart gets so heavy with the weight of the world sometimes

There's a bag of regrets,
My should've beens, and not yets
I keep on dragging around
And I can hardly wait for the day I get to lay them all down

I know that day is coming
I know its gonna be here soon
And I won't turn back even if the whole world says I'm going the wrong way
Cause its just the long way home

When we can't take another step
The Father will pick us up and carry us in His arms
And even on the best days, He says to remember we're not home yet
So don't get too comfortable
Cause really all we are is just pilgrims passing through

Well, I know we're gonna make it
And I know we're gonna get there soon
So I keep on singing and believing
What all of my songs say

Cause our God has made a promise
And I know that everything He says is true
And I know wherever we go
He will never leave us
Cause He's gonna lead us home

Every single step of the long way home
(Keep going, we're gonna make it)
(I know, we're gonna make it)
(We're just taking the long way home)
(Keep going, we're gonna make it)
(I know, we're gonna make it)
(We're just taking the long way home)
(Keep going, we're gonna make it)
(I know, we're gonna make it)
(We're just taking the long way home)
(Keep going, we're gonna make it)
(I know, we're gonna make it)
It's just a long way home

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Indian Fry Bread~

When I was a little girl my friend's mother went on a mission's trip and learned how to make Indian Fry Bread~ that is what the Navajo Indians called it. It is so yummy.  She served it with stew but I like mine served with my favorite taco fixings on top.

Here is my recipe~

2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
3/4 cup water
vegetable oil for frying 

* In large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add oil and tap water. Combine everything and mix with a fork or your hands. Dust with four if it seems sticky. Add a little more water if it seems dry. You need a nice soft dough. Divide the dough into 6 balls and roll them out like a tortilla. Fry in a skillet of oil  on both sides. Top with your favorite taco fixings. YUMMY!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Oh Happy Day~ Homemade Cherry Jelly

Good Morning Blog Friends~
It is a beautiful day here at Farming On Faith. I have a whole day to spend in the kitchen. I am going to "piddle" as I like to call it today. I have cherries going bad ~ so today I am making cherry jelly and while I am at it I am going to make some jalapeno jelly too. I have been promising my Brian a homemade Lemon Meringue I have a date with myself in the kitchen with the food network. (it always inspires me)

My Brian and I have decided once in 23 years to vacation at home~ it has been a taxing school year for us. We are enjoying some rest ~ relaxation~ and a little work mixed in.

My Brian has been working on our pond. For the first time we have added blue dye and it sure looks nice~ it will help keep algae from growing too. I think we need a water fountain now~ I am still trying to convince him so. 

That would be my pond guy~ and my gardener~ I think he is really cute!

It is really fun to watch the turtles sun bathe and the bullfrogs are huge this year~
with tons more to follow.

Which is a really good thing because this is George ~
and he likes to eat the frogs. 

The hydrangeas are blooming~ which makes me so happy.
I just love them!

 The garden is growing~

“Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.”

I am off to the kitchen~ you have a blessed day~

Homemade Cherry Jelly~ 

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!

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.



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