Friday, September 30, 2011

Baking with fresh pumpkin

Now that's its that time of year would like to share with you pumpin recipes.. Enjoy and I hope you find something you will like...

What's for supper tonight??

What's everybody having for supper tonight??? I think English muffin pizza here and applesauce cake maybe?

What to do with what you hear..

Be quick to receive the truth when someone corrects you and be quicker to dismiss the gossip about someone else.
It's easy to get distracted from what you should be thinking about. You can start the day by reading the Bible and meditating on a few spiritual thoughts. But during the course of the day, someone will say something that offends you (and then you;ll have resentful thoughts),or you;ll hear a rumor (and get caught in the snare of gossip).It is a constant struggle to keep your mind on the things of God. Moving to a monastery isn't an option for most of us,so you;ll have to learn to manage your thought.
If you hear a personal criticism, don't overreact. while some of the comment may be false, there just might be a shred of truth in there.
Maybe you can learn and from it. And if you hear a criticism  of someone else, don't dwell on it. When your mind strays, refocus on God.
Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right.
Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable.
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Decorate the Outside of Your Home for Fall

Decorate the Outside of Your Home for Fall

From , former Guide
Fall is the time when people move indoors and welcome guests to warm visits over cider. Greet your guests with a beautifully decorated entrance. We've put together a slide show of beautiful and simple decorations for the outside of your home for fall. Using materials you may have in your yard or can pick up at the market, the outside of your home will look as warm and welcoming as it is inside. You'll want to see our Slide Show of Easy Indoor Decorations for Fall too!


Spectacular Plant Arrangment on Stairs and PorchMini Pumpkins on Fence PostsTwig Wreath on Weathered Shingled HomePumpkins on Stone Steps
Pumpkin Over White House DoorPlants and GourdsScraggly Twigs Over Outdoor LightTwo Big Pumpkins
Basket on Door of Red HouseDried Corn on Green HouseTopiaries and PumpkinsPumpkins Over Door

Friendships Fit Together

The best way to compensate for your weaknesses is to find a friend who has strengths in those areas.
Friends can be useful. If you are moving to a new apartment, you need friends to help you pack up the boxes and lift the furniture. If you are traveling across the country, you need a free place to stay. (or is that what relatives are for?)But the value of friendship is more than a matter of convenience. It is a matter of completeness.
You are a person with strengths and weaknesses. Your friends can complement your weak areas. Although you have much in common with your friends, they will have perspectives and opinions that are different from yours. As a team of two or more, you can be more effective that any of you could be individually.
Take time to thank the Lord for your friends. Then call a few of your friends and than them for their friendships.
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated,
but two can stand back to back and conquer
Three are even better,
for a triple braided cord is not easily broken.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Striped Bag Leaf Bouquet Centerpiece



What you'll need:

  • 1 brown paper lunch bag
  • 1 cup rice
  • Re-sealable zipper sandwich bag
  • Fresh and silk leaves
  • Twigs
  • 3-4 green chenille stems, cut into fourths OR tape
  • 2 feet twine
  • Paint: yellow, brown, green
  • Scissors

How to make it:

  1. Paint bag with wide green stripes. Let dry before painting other colors. When dry, add thin lines of yellow and brown. (See photo.)
  2. Place a leaf at the top of a twig and secure with a section of chenille stem. Repeat with several twigs and leaves, both fresh and silk. You can also use tape instead of chenille. (See photo.)
  3. Trim three inches off the top of the bag. Place rice inside sandwich bag, place bag of rice into the brown paper bag. (See photo.)
  4. Place twigs into the bag. If twigs are too tall (leaves should touch the top of the bag), snap bottoms of twigs to shorten. (See photo.)
  5. Wrap twine around the bag twice. Tighten the twine and adjust leaves and twigs as you tighten. Tie twine in a bow and trim the ends. (See photo.)


  1. Using fresh leaves is a temporary thing. The leaves will wilt and curl up, but they make a nice addition to the table. Try using dried fallen leaves for a more permanent arrangement.
  2. For an even simpler project, paint stripes with only one color.
  3. Instead of twine, use ribbon or yarn.

The Longing For Power

Embrace the power of love. Reject the love of power.
The last of the "big three"temptations is power. From your position as a student or laborer or office manager or pastor, you may fell that power will never temp you. Think Again.
Jesus came to earth as a servant (Phil.2:7). The prophet Isaiah wrote that Jesus was "despised and rejected a man of sorrow"(Isa. 53:3)If anyone was immune to the temptation of power, it was Jesus. Yet that's exactly where Satan tempted Him. He offered Jesus the world if only Jesus would kneel down and worship him (Matt. 4:9).
Satan used that tactic on Jesus, and you can be sure he will use it on you. Th only way you can resist is to do what Jesus did. Tell Satan to take a hike, and rely on the Word of God.
"Get out of her, Satan, "Jesus told him.
"For the Scriptures say,
'You must worship the Lord your God;
serve only him.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Lure Of Sex

Six is God's wedding gift to the bride and groom.
It would be easy t think that sexual sin is the worse kind of sin, but that's not true. All sin is equally bad in God's eyes (it's all a violation of His perfect standard and His will for us).However, we may be more susceptible to sexual sin than other sins, because it can invade our thoughts as well as our bodies (Matt. 5:28).
Of course, you can get physically sick as a result of sexual sin. But don't think that just because you are disease-free,you're off the hook. God designed sex for marriage, and anything else degrades your relationship with Him. It infects your thoughts and drives out the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit in your life. That's why God doesn't want us to be passive about sexual temptation. He wants us to run the other way.
Run away from sexual sin!
No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Love Of Money

Money can do a lot of things, and one of the things it does best is take your eyes off God.
There are lots of things you should pray for, but money isn't one of them. Pray for God's provision, but don't pray for riches. It isn't that money is wrong." Money is the root of all evil." It's "the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil"(Tim.6:10). The problem isn't money, but our desire for it.Friendships end,marriages break apart, crimes are committed,and people stay away from God-all over money.
Money is 0ne of the "big three"temptations for the Christian, especially if you are in a position of leadership (the other two are sex and power). Money is a weak spot for us, and Satan knows it. Count on him to attack and entice you with the almighty dollar. That's why you need to count on Almighty dollar. That's why you need to count on Almighty God to help you keep your eyes on Him.
"you cannot serve both God and money."
LUKE 16:13

Friday, September 23, 2011

Let's Make a sunflower pillow

What you'll need:

  • ½ sheet gold felt
  • ½ sheet brown felt
  • 4-6 cotton balls
  • Small scrap of red felt
  • Black craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pattern

How to make it:

  1. Using the pattern cut out 2 large circles from brown felt and the flower from gold felt. Cut out the center circle of the felt flower.
  2. Glue one of the brown circles onto the center of the flower.
  3. Turn the flower over and glue the other brown circle to the other side, leaving about an inch or so open for the filling.
  4. Carefully stuff the center of the flower with cotton balls.
  5. Glue open end of the circle shut.
  6. Cut an oval from the red felt to make a ladybug.
  7. Paint one end of the red felt with black paint to create the head. Use the handle end of the paintbrush to add dots to the ladybug’s back. Let paint dry.
  8. Glue ladybug to the flower.


  • Hot glue can really hurt, so have a grown-up help you with those steps.
  • When gluing the last part of the center circle closed, use a toothpick or craft stick to press the felt onto the glue so that you don’t burn your fingers.
  • Keep plenty of different colored felts on hand for fun and quick projects!

Living The Truth

You can't claim to living in the light if you are walking in darkness.
It is easy to get absorbed with religious lingo and forget what is really mens. For example, we use a phrase like "living in the light"without remembering its significance. Withouthout pretending to explain the meaning in full, here are three practical aspects for you to remember:

Living in the light involves consistent conduct:behaving in a manner that is pleasing to God.
2--Living in the light involves transformed thinking making deisions based on God's wisdom instead of your own
Living in the light involves purpose:being motivated by God to work for His Kingdom.
Meditate on the meaning of what you read in Scripture. What you read should change the way you think. How you think should change the way you live.
If we are living in the light of God's presence,
just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin
1 JOHN 1:7

Public School Prayer

By a 15yr old school teen. Since the Pledge of Allegiance And The Lord's Prayer Are not allowed in most Public schools anymore Because the word 'God' is mentioned..... A kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer: "New Pledge of Allegiance" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd. If scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now. Our hair can be purple, orange or green, That's no offense; it's a freedom scene. The law is specific, the law is precise. Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice. For praying in a public hall Might offend someone with no faith at all. In silence alone we must meditate, God's name is prohibited by the state. We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks. They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible. To quote the Good Book makes me liable. We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King. It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong, We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong. We can get our condoms and birth controls, Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles. But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, No word of God must reach this crowd. It's scary here I must confess, When chaos reigns the school's a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make: Should I be shot; My soul please take! Amen If you aren't ashamed to do this, Please pass this on. Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.' Not ashamed. Pass this on....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What's Left After Death?

Be more concerned with the legacy you'll leave to your children than the inheritance you'll receive from your parents.
Your tombstone is likely to be engraved with the year of your birth and the year of your death (such as 1948-2027).On that grave marker, the sum of your life will be represented by the hyphen that separates the two dates. But the impact of your life is not relegated to the etchings on a tombstone. The heritage that you leave behind will be the influence you had on others.
Many people worry about the assets that they will leave for their children. But assets can be squandered, or, or stolen. Wouldn't you prefer to leave your friends and family with something of eternal, everlasting value? Leave  them an example of a life committed to God. Let your legacy be reverence for God.
I could have no greater joy than to hear
that my children live in the truth.
3 JOHN 4

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Make a scarecrow from coffee can

Let's do a fall craft today ready .... enjoy...

This adorable scarecrow made from a coffee can is the perfect decoration for your fall party table!

What you'll need:

  • Coffee can
  • 2 sheets tan felt
  • Small scrap of orange felt
  • 2 large mismatched buttons
  • 18" twine
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • Instant grab glue
  • Raffia
  • Small straw hat
  • 2 silk flowers

How to make it:

  1. Put lid on coffee can. Cover coffee can with tan felt using white craft glue. (See photo.)
  2. Place coffee can on its side and use instant grab glue to pipe on the mouth. Cut twine to fit on the glue smile and press in place. Cut remaining twine into one inch pieces. Use instant grab glue to attach to the smile in a stitch type fashion.  (See photo.)
  3. To make the nose, cut a triangle from orange felt and use instant grab glue to attach it just above the smile.
  4. Use instant grab glue to attach two buttons for eyes.
  5. Stand coffee can up and pipe a generous amount of white craft glue onto the coffee can lid. Cut raffia into 18" lengths and place on top of lid, covering the lid (be sure the raffia lines up properly with the facial features!). Let dry. (See photo.)
  6. Glue the hat onto the raffia hair.
  7. Glue two silk flowers to the hat. (See photo.)


  1. Many coffee companies are moving using plastic containers. You can still use these plastic containers to create this craft, or scale down the size and use a vegetable can instead.
  2. If you prefer a more cutesy face, use wiggle eyes instead of buttons.
  3. Yarn can be used instead of twine for the smile.

Gurad Your Heart

What you get out of your body directly relates to what you put into it.

These days we are very aware of the benefits of healthful foods and the negative effects of unhealthy foods on our bodies. that doesn't mean we eat right all the time, but at least we know how.
If all you had to worry about was keeping your physical body healthy, then you could concentrate completely on the food you put into your mouth. But your body has a spiritual dimension, as well, and you  can easily feed it with unhealthful sights and sounds. If you deliberately listen to negative words and words that contradict what God wants for you, then negative things are going to come out of you. If you choose to view unhealthful sights, your spiritual body will suffer. Above all else, guard your ears and your eyes. Just as your mouth is the gateway to your body, they are gateways to your heart.
"Your eye is a lamp  for your body.
A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul."

Cranberry-Apple Coffee Cake

Cranberry-Apple Coffee Cake

Click the link above to get recipe.. Enjoy...

Cranberry-Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

Will have to make this soon doesn't it look yummy!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Word Powder

Develop your vocabulary not to impress others, but to bless them.

Words are amazingly versatile. They can be destructive weapons, or they can be agents of peace. Words can kill,and words can heal. Every day we make choices as to  how we are going to use our words, or at least we should. Too often we speak before we think. We throw our words out there carelessly rather than thoughtfully,and once they're out there, we can't take them back.

We can do better! It's not just a matter of thinking before we speak (although that's a great place to start). We need to build our vocabulary to include those words that edify and encourage others. The negative words come all too naturally (because that's mainly what we hear), but positive words take work. You also have to know the person you're encouraging so your words don't seem like insincere flattery.

Kind words are like honey-
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

up date on the farm

Granola Bread hot from oven today..

 Didn't realize I would be so busy still... Not much time for anything else but canning and taking care of the stand.. Today I made granola bread and I'm making apple butter now.. Always something.. Yesterday I made apple pie filling.. I've canned alot.. Tomorrow I'll be making pickles my second batch..I've made soup starter and sold out and I have one jar of bread and butter pickles left.. My biscuits have been going like crazy..I won't complain cause every little bit I get helps lots.. Most all my jams and jelly have sold not sure if I'll make more.. Thought I would stay open until hunting season not sure yet..

Ray has tilled part of the garden up to put beet greens in.. This will be it for the garden plot..I pulled the tomato plants and green peppers.. We are picking green beans our last planting has just begun.. We have pumpkins and gourds left.. So if you haven't heard from me not enough hours in a day right now.. I'm so behind in letter writing so friends and family be patient I'll get there.. God Bless...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Recipe Card holder fall delight...

Thought I would mix things up alittle lets do a fall craft.... Enjoy..

These cheerful leaves help Mom in the kitchen! Recipe card holders make the kitchen feel seasonal!

Fall Craft

These cheerful leaves help Mom in the kitchen! Recipe card holders make the kitchen feel seasonal!
Supplies needed (substitutes may be used):
  • Miniature pots
  • Leaf pattern
  • Googly eyes
  • Plaid ribbon
  • Permanent marker
  • Clip to hold recipe card
  • Glue
  • Brown craft foam
  • Orange craft foam
  • Yellow craft foam
  • Red craft foam

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Are You Prejudiced?

The only way to rid yourself of prejudice is to see people through the eyes of Jesus.

Prejudice is the barrier that keeps one person from accepting another. Racial prejudice is an obvious example,but there are many cultural, economic, and social prejudices as well. Whatever the distinction, if it creates a barrier between you and others, then  you may be struggling with prejudice.

Jesus was unaffected by racial,social,and cultural barriers. He wanted to share His message about God's love with everyone. That is why He ignored social differences and began talking with the Samaritan women,who not only had a bad reputation but was also a member of a despised race (John 4:4-26).He ignored economic and moral differences when He visited the home of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10).

Let Jesus be your example . Stop looking at the differences between yourself and others. See people through the eyes of Jesus, as those who need to know God's love.

Doesn't this discrimination show that
you are guided by wrong motives?


Plain Nut Bread

1 egg
2 cups sweet milk
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
4 cups flour
4 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup walnuts chopped
Beat egg until very light. Add milk,salt and sugar, beat until well mixed. Sift together flour and  baking powder;stir into liquid mixture. When blended, stir in chopped walnuts. Pour into a greased pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for nearly an hour.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Right Thing

If you aren't learning to do the right thing, you aren't acquiring wisdom.
The dictionary defines wisdom as "knowledge and good judgement based on experience."That sounds good, but what if your experience."That sounds good, but what if your experiences choices that lead to some negative experiences? About the only wisdom not to do that stuff again!
Hey, we've all been there, so we all have to ask ourselves,"How do we get the wisdom to do what's right? Where do we begin?"
Here's Solomon's advice:"Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom"(Prov. 9:10).That doesn't mean we are afraid of God. As Chuck Swindoll says, to fear God means to "take Him seriously and do what He says."When you do what God says, you do what's right. And when you do what's right, you are wise.
Those who are wise will find
a time and a way to do what is right.

How to Render Lard

Grind pork fat or chop into small pieces. Put into large roasting pan and bake most of the day in a slow oven. Squash fat occasionally with a tater masher. Let it cool a bit. Carefully strain through cheesecloth and then pour fat into jars. Cover and store in a cool place or better yet in the ice box. Save the browned crackling and use for flavoring as you would bacon.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Green Peas With New Taters

2 slices salt pork
1 lb or so new taters
2 cups green peas
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 Tablespoon flour
1 cup milk

Dice up salt pork and fry a little in a kettle. Add taters peas and enough water. When tender, pour off all water except about 1/2 cup. Season with salt and pepper add milk and thicken with flour. If you put the milk into a jar with the flour and shake it well, the sauce won't get lumpy...

What Is Your Response-Ability?

What happens to you may be an accident. How you respond is not.

Perspective is everything. A toddler cries when the stack of  blocks falls over. (the parent knows that this is no big deal.) A child quits when the peewee baseball team loses a game. (The parent knows that this loss will soon be forgotten.) And the teenage guy feels rejected if he isn't invited to the Sadie Hawkins dance. (We can speak from personal experience on this one. Life does go on).

Change your perspective. Look at circumstances from God's point of view. If you have an eternal perspective, then all of your difficulties will seem to shrink. God doesn't see insurmountable obstacles in your life, although they may appear that way to you. He is able to conquer any adverse situation, so look at it through His eyes. Before you know it, the problem will be gone, and the unpleasantness will be forgotten.

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.


Monday, September 5, 2011

An Offer You Can't Refuse

You can acquire wisdom over time, but God promises to give it to you if you ask.

What would you do if God offered you anything you wanted? What would would ask for? God posed this question to Solomon, the son of King David and a king in his own right. How did Solomon respond? He asked for "an understanding mind"( 1 Kings 3:9) . To say God answered His request is an understatement. History records that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived (for a sampling of his wise words, read the Book of Proverbs.

Would you ask God for wisdom above all else? It seems like  pretty good idea. Now, God probably won't give you the same kind of wisdom he gave Solomon, but He has made you the same offer: he will give you wisdom if you ask for it. It's not like you're suddenly going to get super smart. But you will find that as you gain wisdom, you will be gin to see things from God's perspective.

If you need wisdom-if you want to know what God wants you to do -ask him, and he will gladly tell you.  


Potato Dressings

Potato Dressings

3 cups hot mashed taters
 cup dry bread crumbs
1 onion grated
1 egg lightly beaten
1/2 cup salt pork finely chopped
1 teaspoon sage
salt and pepper

Have taters mashed quite finely. Add bread crumbs,onion,pork,sage,salt and pepper and mix with the . Use as a dressing for goose, duck, or pork.