Friday, October 25, 2013

How To Pop Fantastic Microwave Popcorn~

Tomorrow morning we have granite counter tops being installed in the kitchen at our new house. So tonight we prepared the kitchen~ killing the power to our stove.  I decided to try my luck at some microwave popcorn. It was really good!

Place 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a Pyrex bowl. Cover the bowl with a ceramic plate. Making sure the plate covers the bowl well. Microwave about 3 minutes ~ give or take. Watch closely until you notice the kernels have stopped popping.

Be careful when removing bowl from the microwave because it will be very hot and use pot holders to remove bowl from the microwave. Immediately remove lid to keep popcorn from becoming soggy.

No oil needed~ no waste and tastes real close to stove popped version.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Overnight Rolls~


2 pkg. yeast
2 1/2 c. warm water
3/4 c. melted shortening
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
8 to 8 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 tsp. salt
Soften yeast in warm water. Add shortening, sugar, eggs, 4 cups flour and salt. Stir in remaining flour. This will be a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate overnight or until needed. This will keep several days. Shape into rolls or loaf and let rise in warm place until double.
Bake at 400°F for 15 to 20 minutes.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday's Chat From The Farmhouse Porch~

  1. How many animals do you have? Well as you all know ~ I had to give up my chickens when we moved. I really miss my girls. I drive by and get a peek at them once in awhile. I have Pippa Lou~ the Corgi and two cats my Gypsy girl abandoned~ Patches and Annie.
  2. Have you begun Christmas plans, travel, decorations, crafts, menu, etc.? Yes ~ but just starting. We are planning to head to Colorado to spend Christmas with my Aunt. First time in 47 years we will not be home for Christmas. Still trying to decide on a color scheme for decorating. 
  3. Do you celebrate Harvest Season or Halloween? I decorate for Fall but will light up the house and hand out treats.
  4. How do you heat your house?  Our home is all electric but I am excited I have a gas fireplace and a wood burning fireplace this year. We had our first real fire last night~ it was so much fun! Well except the smoke alarm went off several times. Not sure what to do about that~ tehe!
  5.  Do you like dishes with white centers or centers with patterns? I have a dish fetish~ so it really doesn't matter to me. I like to have seasonal dishes.~colors. 

Delight thyself also in the Lord
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psalms 37:4

Friday, October 11, 2013

It's Beginning To Look Like An Amish Christmas~

I was so excited when this little book came in the mail. I love a good Amish book and I love Christmas. This book was such a fun read. It was inspired by a true story which made it so much better.

It is written in the time of World War II . Rose finds out that her life has been a lie ~ she is not really Amish at all. She was abandoned and taken in by her Amish parents ~ whom she loved with all her heart.  Why did her birth parents leave her behind? Why had her family not told her the truth? What will the man she loves do when he finds out she is not really Amish? Will he love her? Will she even be allowed to stay according to the the Bishop? Does she even want to stay Amish? So many questions to answer in this little novella. 

I loved this book and could not put it down. What a great Christmas gift this would make. I give it 5 stars!

Book Description

Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.
Born in the midst of the hardships of the Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But as she prepares to marry, she's thrown into confusion when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when the family moved on in search of work.
Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind-Englischers? And was her intended's gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?

The Pumpkin Man~

In the city of Colorado Springs, people called Nick Venetucci “The Pumpkin Man.” Every autumn for 50 years, he invited thousands of school children to visit his farm along the banks of Monument Creek, pick a free pumpkin, and take it home. Nick loved walking through his fields with the kids, helping them find “just the right one.”
The principal of the local elementary school, which was named in Venetucci’s honor, said, “He taught our kids the definition of generosity. He gave, gave, gave, and never expected anything in return.” When Nick died at the age of 93, the community saluted him as a hero because of his kind and generous spirit

The Pumpkin man shared the fruits of his labor because he wanted to be giving. The Bible encourages us to be giving people. Are you stingy or are you giving? I think stingy people are just stinky. I don't want to be a "stinky" person.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8

 7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

The Pumpkin Man gave what he had to bless others and he touched many lives. What do you have to give?  The grace will come from God if you ask for it~ but the giving comes from the heart. How would we feel if God was stingy with His resources as we are with our resources? (Just a thought.) The story of the Pumpkin man blessed my heart and challenged me to see where I could be more giving. Remember we are not going to take anything with us when we make our final journey Home.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Autumn Fruit Salad~

What to do with all those apples? Here is a keeper~ so yummy!

Cast of characters~
  • 6 - 8 apples
  • 1 14oz can pineapple tidbits
  • 2 cups pineapple or pineapple/orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
Here's what you do~
Pour pineapple tidbits and juice into a large bowl. 
Peel and chop apples into small sizes, adding to the pineapple as you chop. Stir in between to allow pineapple juice to coat apples~ this keeps them from turning brown.
In a small pot, bring 1 cup pineapple juice to boil.
 Place sugar, cornstarch and 1 cup juice in a tightly covered container and shake, then add to boiling juice, stirring until thick and smooth. Stirring constantly.  Then let it cool.
 Lastly~Pour chopped fruit through colander and then mix with sauce. 

Chill to before serving.



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