Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thankful~ Amish Book Review

I am celebrating Summer with my summer reading list. I was eager to read this one~ it was an easy read. It captures your heart from the very first sentence.

 Aden is orphaned and has to go live with his childhood sweetheart's family. He wanted anything but to be considered their adopted son and Christiana's brother.  Even though the Kempfs treated him like their son he had always knew that he wanted one day to court Christiana and now he just can't for fear of taking advantage of their love and kindness. 

He will just have to leave. In fact~ he needs to find someone else to court and marry. 

I so enjoyed this book and rate it 5 stars. It is a must for your summer reading list.

About the Book~

Thankful, Book Two in the Return to Sugarcreek series
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.
Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he's been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.
Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything---except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can't betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.
Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek's young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?
Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

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About the author: Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Timesbestseller, a two-time USA Todaybestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Creamy Homemade Laundry Soap~

I have been making homemade Laundry Soap for four years and I have finally mastered a nice creamy~ no more goopy~ watery ~ soap. Here is my new and improved soap recipe.

Farming On Faith's Laundry Soap Cast of Characters~
1 bar of Fels Naptha
1 1/2 cup of Borax
1 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA)
4 cups of water

Easy Directions~
1*Grate bar of soap. Put in an old pan and cook with water until completely dissolved on medium heat.

2*Next~ add the Borax and Washing Soda and whisk. It will start to thicken like frosting. Whisk and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. (Use an old pan so you can whisk it good.) It will begin to thicken.

3* Pour the soap in a large mixing bowl and let it cool. This will take a few hours~ whisk it when you think about it. As it cools it will thicken~ a lot. Keep adding small amounts of water as you whisk it until it completely cools and you get the texture you like. Mine resembles cream cheese frosting in texture. Remember this is very concentrated so only use a couple Tablespoons for an HE Washer and maybe 1/4 cup for a regular washing machine. It works wonderful and no more goop!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Yum Yum Burgers~It Is What's For Dinner Tonight

Yum Beef Burgers~

This our my version of the old fashioned St Joseph, Mo  Bucket Shoppe Beef Burgers ~ 
a place where my Dad would take me for lunch when I was a little girl. 
They are oh~ so good.

1 pound hamburger
1/3 cup water
minced onion to taste
salt & pepper to taste
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 tablespoons chili sauce
chili powder
hamburger buns
Cooking Instructions:
Mix hamburger, water, onion, salt, and pepper. Fry until almost done. Add tomato paste, mustard, chili sauce and a bit of chili powder. Simmer till done. Place on a hamburger bun with a pickle.

Love Finds You In Sugarcreek Ohio~ I Just Love That Place

Oh ~let the Summer Reading begin! I am switching gears for the lazy days of summer. No better way to start the celebration than to curl up on my front porch with a great Amish book.

This book starts out with ~ what appears to be~ a homeless man showing up with a small boy at Rachel's aunts~ Amish Bed and Breakfast. He is homeless, penniless and seems to be running from only God knows what. The Amish aunts are all about taking in this pair of drifters. Only Rachel who just happens to be a Police Officer is suspicious that this man is only after money. She will discover the secret and protect her beloved aunts at any cost. Only she really never expected her heart to get involved.

 I think my favorite part of this book is the mystery around the verse to be hospitable for we never know when we may entertain angels unaware. I so enjoyed starting out my summer reading list with this book.  I give it 5+ stars. Great Job Serena Miller!

Guideposts Books is excited to announce the premiere of a new film based on the book Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio (Summerside Press) by Serena Miller. The movie, produced by Mission Pictures International and filmed last fall in the actual town of Sugarcreek, will premiere on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM EDT on Up TV (formerly the Gospel Music Channel). Visit the movie website for more information.
The story: A mysterious outsider casts a long shadow on Ohio's Amish country. Policewoman Rachel Troyer has always looked after her three elderly Amish aunts, proprietors of a farmhouse inn near Sugarcreek, Ohio. The idyllic town is popular with tourists, who come to sample its famous Amish goods. But one thing is clear to Rachel --- Joe Matthews is no tourist. When the bearded stranger lands on her aunts' doorstep, begging shelter for himself and his young son, Rachel is suspicious.
Will she be able to uncover Joe's secrets despite her aunts' --- and her own --- growing affection for him?

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About the author: Prior to writing novels, Serena Miller wrote for many periodicals, including Woman's WorldGuideposts, Billy Graham'sDecision MagazineReader's Digest,Focus on the FamilyChristian Woman, and The Detroit Free Press Magazine. She has spent many years partnering with her husband in full-time ministry and lives on a farm in southern Ohio near a thriving Amish community.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Well Hello May~

 Happy May~
May is my favorite month. I mean the flowers are blooming~ the birds are singing and summer is ahead of us. The whole world looks lovely in the month of May.

I love this song Amy Grant sings.  I am an "80's" girl who still comes through sometimes~ Amy will forever remind me of the that great time in my life.

"Do you remember how the summers felt when we were just kids ~ we didn't think much about it we just lived. When did we start trying to measure up. Don't try so hard!  "

I just love those words. May seems to bring back that girl who just lived ~ each day having fun and enjoying the journey. We are covered in God's grace the day we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. I have to remind myself  of that often! I somehow forget that I don't have to try so hard. I am a child of the King~ covered and redeemed in grace. 

This week I am getting ready for our son's graduation and open house.  I am preparing with a few tears. Our son is the baby~ he turns 18  on his graduation day. Somehow this seems to be the end of the line of birthday bashes. I mean I have decorated cakes and orchestrated parties from Minnie Mouse to Buzz and Woody~ the worst being Nemo. I had a heck of time getting that fish to look like a fish.

 Caleb's Graduating Class.

Caleb and Andrea
 Homeschool Prom 2014

Oh~ what this Momma wouldn't do to turn back those hands of time. Only we don't get the chance to do so~ do we?  No~ we need to be living in the moment~ enjoying the journey today.  Instead of having myself a pity party I have decided to count my blessings. There is no greater way to cheer up than start singing that old hymn. Count your blessings name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done.  God has done so many wonderful things in my life ! Wow~ when I get to counting I feel a little spoiled. 

Psalm 95:2

 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
 and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

It is amazing how you can get carried away from worries and woes when you start naming our  blessings one by one. When we start naming out loud all the things God is doing in our lives~ right away our focus starts shifting from the troubles and trials to the Father's graciousness and love. It truly works~ try it!

I will be back soon~ for now I am polishing floors through the tears.



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