Friday, May 24, 2013

Old Fashioned Southern Seafood Boil~

Southern Seafood Boil

one bag of Zatarain's Crab Boil Seasoning
3 bay leaves

10 med potatoes
8 ears of corn~ halved
1 ring kielbasa cut in chunks
2 lemons~ cut in quarters
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
5 pounds of shrimp
3 pounds clams
crab legs

In a large stock pot add potatoes and corn and cover with water enough to cover all ingredients. Add  Zaterman's Crab Boil Seasoning bag.  Bring to a full boil and boil for five minutes.

Add kielbasa, lemons, onion and garlic and boil for 7 minutes.

Add clam, and crab and boil for 5 minutes.

Add shrimp and simmer until clams open.

Strain out liquid and pour onto butcher paper placed on table. Serve with melted butter , cheddar biscuits and southern sweet tea.

Cheddar Biscuits~
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
4 tablespoon cold unsalted butter~ cut in 1/2 inch pieces
6 ounces grated cheddar cheese
3/4 cup whole milk

Sift dry ingredients. Fold in shortening like you would a pie crust until it is worked into the flour. Next add butter using a pastry cutter~ until it looks pea -sized.  Add the grated cheese careful and work with pastry cutter into flour. Add the milk and work in~ not too much!

Drop the dough onto the baking and bake until golden brown. 15 -20 minutes.

Cover with garlic butter.

Garlic Butter~
Melt together~
3 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon chopped parsley

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Homemade Hummingbird Food~

 I am so excited the Hummingbirds have finally arrived. 

Hummingbird Food Recipe~

2 cups sugar
6 cups water

Place sugar and water in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 6 minutes. Watch and stir often so the syrup does not boil over. Remove from stove and let cool to room temperature.  

Fill the feeder and watch them come flocking to your yard. Today it took only a couple seconds. 

Homemade Fabric Softener~

The great thing about keeping a stocked pantry is that you can whip up whatever you need when you need it. Today it is a cool day at Farming On Faith so I thought I would make a few of my cleaning products. I love the smell of Downy but you can add any natural scents you like. I just happen to be a girl addicted to scents that smell strong. 

Fabric Softener Recipe

1 cup vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner  
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!****

Friday, May 17, 2013

Do You Remember How The Summers Felt When We Were Kids?

Oh~ I can still remember that last day of school when we knew we were free for three months~ pure Heaven!  If I could  only capture that freedom once again. I would bottle it and save it  to pull out on a day like today. Sometimes life just has a way of weighing us down.

 I have been singing along with Amy this morning~ thought you might be blessed by her song too.  

Ah ~we didn't think much about it ~ we just lived. Taking our time beautiful leisure. When did we start trying to measure up? When all this time love has been trying to tell us. Don't try so hard God gives us grace and you can't earn it. Don't think that you're not worth it because you are. You're lovely even with your scars. Don't try so hard.

I think I was born trying to please ~ always trying harder ~ pushing higher. How about you?

 Do you need a dose of that sweet summertime feeling? I sure do! We try so hard to please our Heavenly Father and goodness knows I try way to hard to please people. Maybe today we need to just relax in knowing that God loves us and He gave His Son to die for us. He knows all our faults and shortcomings and He loves us anyway. We can be free from trying to please when we rest in God's gift of grace.  

Don't try so hard~ maybe we even need to throw out that to-do list today.

Psalm 51:12

 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Expectations~

~Lemon-Slice Flowers~ 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.- Isaiah 55:8

Has life turned out just the way you expected? What about last year? What about last week? What about yesterday? Boy~sometimes a bump in the road just throws me off my path. Life never seems to turn out the way we expected!

As a certified perfectionist~ I really do not like it one bit either. I get my feathers in a ruffle when things do not go according to my plan. I make a plan and work the plan~it is my life's motto. So who do I run to when my plan~my expectations are dashed?  Well, sometimes I run to my husband, my children, my politicians~but it won't do me any good. No~ I need to go to the boss and complain directly to God.

Am I the only one who blames God for unexpected life events? Surely you do too!?

 In the Bible, God takes responsibility for many things that people of old were not happy about. You know like~ floods, barrenness, death, plaques, manna, wilderness trips, bad fruit, bad women, womanizing. I could go on forever!

 However~ we get to see the end of their stories. We can read how God uses a bump in the road for their good. Why He allowed such difficult things in their life I can't understand. 

Oh, but can you imagine the joy, mercy, forgiveness, restoration and grace that they experienced from the loving Father?

God does not allow difficult circumstances in our lives to wipe us out.  He wants to grow us into His image. I don't know about you but I have a long way to go to be just like Him!

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God has a plan much better than mine and I can trust Him when He chooses his plan over mine. So I can make my plans and smile when my expectations are not met knowing that His plan is always best.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Look What The Storm Blew In~

Last night I noticed the most beautiful bright orange bird at the hummingbird feeder. He was the prettiest bird I have ever seen. I did some research and discovered he was a Baltimore Oriole and they are migrating right now to eastern Northern America to herald in spring.

 The male looked so confused last night in the snow.

I put out some oranges and look who has been here all morning on my deck~ Mrs. Baltimore Oriole.

 They tend to stay high up in the trees and are known for their sweet song. The female weave remarkable hanging nest from slender fibers. The male is known for its flaming bright orange color that can be spotted high in the branches like a torch.

 I am hoping they decide to stay and nest for a little while.

 It never ceases to amaze me just what a wonderful artist our Creator is~ what a beautiful Creation we are blessed to enjoy!

Psalm 34:8

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

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rare May Winter Storm~ You've Gotta Be Kidding Me

No kidding~ who ever heard of a Winter Storm in May in Missouri?

Pippa Lou~ the Corgi~ yesterday when it was still spring and 80 degrees!

Pippa Lou ~ the Corgi~ today when it is 35 degrees.
I think she may have the right idea.

I am trying to pretend that it is not freezing outside and spitting winter. 

I will be back when I am not so grumbly!

Right Now
Light Snow / Windy
Rain / Snow / Wind
Light Snow / Windy
A mix of wintry precipitation is occurring nearby.

Day May 3

Rain / Snow
Rain / Snow
Photo Source ~
Rain / Snow / Wind



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