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Oct 14, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

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Spider webs are an amazing part of God's creative design!

In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

"Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge till the storms of destruction pass by."

Psalm 57:1
* We are expecting a hurricane to hit us this Saturday. Hurricane! I had no idea we got them here! Apparently, large ones don't come often, but they do come. They are comparing the one expected this weekend to another that hit in the 1960s and destroyed buildings all over town. We are a little concerned, because we have a lot of windows, but no way to cover them. But the previous owners of our house said it was built above and beyond the hurricane code; let's hope they were truthful.

In preparation, I picked the remaining apples off the tree and harvested any figs that were ripe or close to it (I can't stand to see food go to waste), and tried to remove as many light things (like lawn chairs) from the yard as possible. I do still have potted plants out. We have extra water, plus firewood, food, and paper plates and plastic utensils (so we don't have to boil water to wash dishes if the power goes out).

Last night, was a strong storm with rain and wind. We could see our windows flexing. The puppy, who sleeps in a sheltered area in a large crate outside, barked so much last night, we had to get up in the wee hours and move him to an outbuilding. He's afraid of the wind. (He needs to get over that because we live in a windy area!) Tonight, maybe, we'll bring his crate in. The bunny can come in, too...but not the chickens!

I'm reading there have been tornadoes in nearby areas today - again, rare, but they do happen here sometimes.

Please pray for the safety of everyone in our area. This is not Florida; we aren't used to this type of weather and most people are completely unprepared. We need God's protection.

* Several recalls: Blue Bunny ice cream, Nestle Drumstick ice cream, and Lunchables.

* A report that Similac formula may contain maggots.

* I've written before  about the fact that our ancestors, who sometimes canned veggies in a water bath canner (which is now known as a good way to poison someone) may have gotten away with it because they boiled canned veggies before serving them. But here's a great article that explains some other reasons past generations may have (or may not have!) gotten away with unsafe canning procedures.

* Intestinal diversity protects against asthma. Fermented foods are your friend!

* Fire cider is easy to make, and many people swear by it's ability to keeps colds and flu at bay!

Christmas Countdown

This week, I didn't post any gift ideas, but here are a few I mentioned on Facebook the week previous that didn't make it into last weeks' Weekend Links. See last weeks' suggestions here. See part one of the Christmas Countdown here and click here for part two.

Christmas Countdown Gift #16: Family Games. Yes, kids enjoy games. But when the whole family plays, games take on a whole new, important place! Board and card games are an easy way for families to spend quality time together, building relationships. Here are some of my family's favorites.

Christmas Countdown Gift #17: Food Saver. They really do make food last longer in the freezer - or if it's dehydrated. Truly a must if your recipient preserves food or shops sales to get more affordable meat and produce. We have this exact model and love it!

Oct 8, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

As seen on our homestead.
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In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

* Fall is hitting us hard, and it's a good time to reflect on our first months on this new homestead. I think we've accomplished an awful lot: Put in a new well (with hired help, and the work of the Mr., the kids, and me); dealt with a variety of plumbing issues; began unpacking; harvested and preserved from most of the orchard (some apple trees are still producing); started a modest winter garden; acquired a rabbit and a puppy; acquired chicks and built a brand new run for them; hauled some of the garbage that was left by the previous owners to the dump; cut brush back from some of the trails in the forest; painted one room - all since moving here in June. Now the Mr. is busy gathering wood for the winter; there's lots of dead wood in the forest, so at least it will be seasoned. We also think our little house is so well insulated, we won't need nearly as much firewood as we did on our suburban homestead. That's a blessing! (Unless Hubby starts a fire in the stove in early fall; then it feels like a curse because the house is to hot!)

* A Day in the Life of a Homesteader: Wake up to the puppy whimpering to get out of his crate (which protects him from cougars). Bleary eyed, walk puppy down our private road and let him maul me with love. Stagger back up the private road to grab a cup of tea before the kids get up. Wipe the mud off puppy, then walk inside to discover kids already up. Time for breakfast! But first, let the chickens out of their house. Let the puppy out to go potty again. Clean the mud off him. Breakfast, devotions, let puppy out and clean mud off him twice. Our read aloud (currently The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, which I strongly recommend), which is interrupted seemingly endless times by me telling the puppy "no!" Tell kids to get ready for school. Run a load of laundry out to the out building while the rain takes a break. Check to make sure puppy isn't trying to kill chickens. Run into the greenhouse to check plants. Water. Prune tomatoes. De-muddify puppy. Do homeschool with lots of me saying "no!" to the puppy. Clean house, with puppy chasing vacuum and mop. Declutter just-unpacked items, since there will be a party at the house this weekend. Let puppy out for the billionth time and clean the mud off him. Harvest veggies. Puppy. Do more laundry inbetween rain showers. Puppy. Blog. Puppy (!). Organize recently preserved foods. Puppy. Sit down (finally!) for a cup of tea. Puppy interrupts endlessly. Make dinner. Puppy. Serve and eat dinner while puppy interrupts as often as he can. Do dishes. Puppy! Vegetate with a book while saying "no!" to puppy. Make hubby's lunch. Puppy!! Get kids to brush and change. Puppy!!! Put puppy to bed (hurrah!). Put kids to bed. Put self to bed, exhausted. The end.
The chicks are getting big!

* So far this year, my family's birthday gifts have been free because I've earned gift cards through Swagbucks. I'm working toward making Christmas free, too! If you don't already belong to Swagbucks, but like the idea of free gifts, now is a great time to join. If you click this link, join Swagbucks, and complete one "gold survey" by Oct. 31st, Swagbucks will give you 400 points to get you off to a fantastic start! To learn more about Swagbucks, click here.

* Why Discipline Often Backfires with Kids. Interesting stuff!

* Your Birth Control Might Raise Your Depression Risk. It's full of risks, actually; this is just the latest "discovery."

* Natural Help for Gassy Tummies.

* Harvesting and Using Horseradish. 
The tomatoes in the greenhouse and really producing now, and the greens in my fall garden and starting to give us salads!
I never get tired of this view.

Christmas Countdown

See part one of the Christmas Countdown. Click here for part two.

Christmas Countdown Gift #12: Food in a Jar. Homemade gifts show you put time and energy and thought into the gift; plus, they are a good way to give more with less $. Check out my gifts in a jar ideas here.

Christmas Countdown Gift #13: Food. It's hard to miss the mark when you give away delicious food. Some ideas include cookies, cinnamon rolls, delish but easy bread, amazing cranberry bread, or even homemade sauerkraut!

Christmas Countdown Gift #14: A chicken. Or, if you prefer, a goat or a pig. My kids BEG to give this gift. Because it makes such a difference in the lives of the truly needy. Check out World Vision to see what I'm taking about. 

Christmas Countdown Gift #15: Books! Most books are excellent gifts, but today I'll stump for The Jesus Storybook Bible. This children's Bible is such a blessing on the whole family! It's entire focus on Jesus, and even the adults in the house may find themselves learning something. I recommend buying the book and the CDs.


Oct 1, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

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In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.
Our house and the outbuildings were bursting with - stuff - when we moved in. Most of it, frankly, is only good for the garbage dump. But once in a while, I find something like this little table. It's not in perfect condition, but I think it's nifty. (And yes, that is my ancient cell phone charging.)

"Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:13-14

* Preserving our apples has been a bit of a challenge, since my canners and most of my jars are still packed. Thank goodness my mom-in-law lets me take over her kitchen and canner once in a while. However, her immersion blender broke, so a few days ago, I canned a large laundry basket full of apples using the really old fashioned method: a chinois. Can't wait to get my immersion blender back! (Check out my easy applesauce recipe, here.)

* So thankful our water problems seem to be over now. First, our well went dry. Then the plumbing in the house is so fragile, it sprung leaks, which meant going periods with the water turned off. And since we've moved in, the exterior filter has leaked on and off. Last week, water was pouring from the filter! My poor hubby tried to fix it, but the darn thing is defective. Since it was put on right before we moved in, we called the installers. It took them a while, but they finally showed up and replaced it. It was painful to see all that water go to waste! (Buckets filled up instantly, or I'd have tried to capture it.)

* I am sitting here laughing because one popular search on the blog is "cook time rooster soup." If you want to know how long to cook a rooster (or an older laying hen), go here.
* Ground beef, veal, and bison recall due to possible E. Coli contamination.

* How to make fruit trees thrive, even in a small garden.

* There are now three types of GMO apples approved by the FDA. Buy organic or from a farmer you trust!

* According to this, there is a cheaper alternative to outrageously expensive EpiPens.

Christmas Countdown

See last week's Weekend Links for more information about my Christmas Countdown.

Christmas Countdown Gift #7: Family Movie Night. There are so many variations on this gift and you can spend very little to make it happen! Start by either purchasing a good, old fashioned family movie...OR buy some Redbox codes so your gift recipients can get free movie rentals! (In fact, a nice card with coupon codes in it makes a perfect neighbor gift!) Now add a big bowl, some popcorn, maybe some candy...Viola! Instant family movie night!

Christmas Countdown Gift #8: Date Night at the Movies. This is similar to gift #7, except it's just
for married couples. Begin by purchasing movie passes for two. Throw in an all-important, homemade coupon for free babysitting. Add cash for popcorn and drinks.

Christmas Countdown Gift #9: Build Your Own Puppet. Finding good, creative play toys can be a challenge, but these build your own monster puppets are terrific. You get one puppet base, plus a variety of features (eyes, hands, etc.) that come on and off with Velcro. Both my children are older than the target age for this toy (7 and 11), but they still love this thing!

Christmas Countdown Gift #10: Snap Circuits. If I could only give my children one toy, it would be this one. Using the special circuits and the project-packed books (yes, there's more than one!) that come with this set, kids can build a lie detector, a doorbell, a fan, and hundreds of other the separate book that explains the science behind the circuitry.
things. It's easy - the pieces snap together and apart. I even love the box, which makes it easy to organize all the parts. A terrific add on is

Christmas Countdown Gift #11: Egg Basket. Confession: I've always wanted an egg basket. Chances are, if your recipient has chickens (and doesn't already have an egg basket), she wants one, too! They are not only great for gathering eggs, but for storing them, too.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Organic Gardening Isn't Just About Ditching Chemicals
* The Easy Way to Remove Grease from Fabric
* Helping Dawdlers Notice Time Pass

Sep 24, 2016

Weekend Links

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In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

"In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
Psalm 4:8

* I got my tomatoes in at least a month late, due to our move. (Most gardeners in our area experienced a bad year for tomatoes, anyway.) So I was thrilled when my mom- and dad-in-law brought me a couple of flats of huge tomatoes from a farm stand they visit yearly. But I've been so exhausted (you know, homeschool, preserving, trying to unpack, autoimmune disease), so instead of canning them right away, I froze them. This is totally the lazy way to do things because it's lightening quick - but it also makes canning the tomatoes later better, too, because the skins come off much more easily than if they weren't frozen. To learn more, click here.

* Recall on certain BlueBell ice creams due to possible Listeria contamination.

* Eggo Waffles recalled due to possible Listeria contamination. (Make your own instead! They are so easy to whip up and freeze beautifully, too.)

* I'd never heard of turning Apple's into "sugar." Gonna have to try this next year!

* Delaying the feeding of certain foods to your baby is increasingly seen as a bad idea

* Just Plain Living shares her homesteading mistakes and how you can avoid them

* Are you lazy? Or truly tired? Here are some excellent thoughts on how to tell the difference.

* Announcing The Proverbs 31 Woman Christmas Countdown! I'm not a big believer in giving people gifts that will burden them. "Here, little Johnny, have another stuffed animal!" is not my style. But when I find items I find wonderfully practical and helpful in my life, or I run across something I believe will add a little joy to the receiver's day, I'm all over it. Since Christmas will soon be upon us (91 days left!), I'm going to share some of the gifts - some homemade, some not - that I'd most love to give. I'm running these gift ideas most days on Facebook, but I'll also share them here on the blog once a week.

Christmas Countdown Gift #1: Boot tray. Sure, you can make one from wood (but it will leak water on the floor) or from a rimmed baking tray, but I love, love, love this jumbo boot tray. It's plenty big for a whole family's shoes (plus small umbrellas, if needed), is super easy to wash off with a garden hose, and is even made from recycled plastic. Imagine this by the door, capturing all the water, snow, mud, and muck, which the recipient will no longer have to vacuum and mop up! As the photo indicates, the tray has other uses, too - like keeping the back of your car clean when you bring home plants, or keeping a house pet's water and food off the floor, or preventing kitty liter from spewing all over the place.

Christmas Countdown Gift #2: A Waterhog door entrance mat. This is not just any door mat. The Waterhog is designed to removing water and dirt from shoes, yet it also dries quickly. The mat has a heavy duty rubber backing to protect floors, and all Waterhogs hold 1.5 GALLONS of water per square yard. (!) To top it off, Waterhogs are 20% recycled content and are made in the U.S.A. 

Christmas Countdown Gift #3: Chef's Knife. Until I finally bought myself decent chef's knife, I had no idea how much easier it would make my life. One example: Now I can dice food with ease! Unfortunately, chef knives are often over $100, but mine - the Victorinox Swiss Classic 8" Chef's Knife - is way under that price, making it an affordable gift! In fact, right now the price is so good, you might be leery. Don't be. I've had this knife for years and I can't recommend it enough. (To make the gift even better, consider adding on the plastic Blade Safe that goes with it.)

Christmas Countdown Gift #4: Sleeping Mask. But this is not your typical sleeping mask! It has a special design that prevents light seeping in where the mask naturally rises around your nose. I would probably be a insane, sleepless woman without this mask; it's the perfect gift for any tired mama in your life!

Christmas Countdown Gift #5: Food Mandoline. If you cook from scratch or preserve food at all, this little tool saves a ton of time. Decent mandolines that don't cost a bundle are hard to find, but I've really found this one to last well and be affordable. I fact, it's currently much cheaper than when I purchase it! (A great add on to this gift is a pair of cut resistant gloves. Here are the ones I use.)
Christmas Gift Countdown #6: Owl Nesting Set. I got these for my son last Christmas, and he absolutely loves them. They are well made, from wood, and come with a tiny booklet telling a bit about each owl that's realistically represented on each nesting doll.

Oldies But Goodies:

* The holidays are coming! Be prepared with a delish, easy, and healthier pie crust!
* Why I Don't Watch HGTV (And Maybe You Shouldn't Either) 
* Apple Skillet Cake Recipe


Sep 17, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

I can't stop taking photos of the big, big moon on our mountaintop homestead!
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In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?"
Psalm 8:3-4

* I'm ridiculously excited because I finally have some boxes to unpack! (Translation: Hubby finally had time to unload some boxes from our shipping container and bring them to the house.) The kids are finally sleeping with sheets! (They've been in sleeping bags on their beds.) And I have a few more cooking utensils and pans! It's the little things, people.

* I took this photo last Thursday. It's an apple blossom. (!)
We had two potted columnar apple trees at our suburban home, but when we moved them to the new homestead, they got eaten by deer and were generally neglected. I really thought one in particular was going to die. But when the chicks were still in the brooder in the house, I emptied their dirty (i.e. poopy) water into some of my potted plants, including the dying apple tree. Now, typically you would not put fresh chicken manure on any plant, because it can actually "burn" or kill them. But I figured the chicks were pretty little and there wasn't a ton of poop in their water, so it would be okay. I was right! The apple tree not only revived, but it's growing new leaves, and yes, blossoms! The other plants I water with poopy water also rapidly shot out new leaves and blooms. Animal manure is the best fertilizer!

* If you've read my children's chapter book Midnight Ride Without Paul Revere, and you liked it, would you please take just a minute right now and leave a review? It will make a huge difference in whether or not Amazon suggests or lists the books for other readers. Thank you so much!

 * How many years of your life will you spend shopping? And how much stuff will you throw away? 17 Staggering Statistics About Our Shopping Habits.
Mornings on the homestead are often foggy now.

* If you're thinking of joining Swagbucks, now is THE time to do it! If you join using this link, Swagbucks will give you (and me) 300 Swagbucks each! But you must join before 9/30/16 to take advantage of this offer. Learn more about Swagbucks and how I use it to get free giftcards by clicking here.

* Pretty soon, you won't even be able to buy medicated chick feed without a vet. Flea and tick treatments, either. And all those wormers and things homesteaders regularly buy at the feed store for their livestock? Gone.

* Not surprising, but definitely depressing. FDA finds Round Up found in U.S. honey.

* How the sugar industry bought scientists to put our health complaints on fat, instead of sugar. A cautionary tale.

* Many common kitchen herbs are good medicine, and thyme is among them. For best results, dry your own, or buy a brand that is as fresh as possible.

* Herbal tea for painful periods.

* Be sure to show this video to your kids! Inspirational, for sure!

* Why Tylenol is not a great choice if your child was just vaccinated.

* Last week, as an introduction to our study of the election process, the kids and I read Duck for President. I can't recommend it enough, especially for lower elementary. It's laugh out loud funny, and is a great intro into the basic election process.

* A super easy way to teach your kids to tie their shoes

Oldies But Goodies:

* Now's a terrific time to harvest dandelion roots. Here's how - and how to use them! 
* This is so easy! How to Clean Ceilings & Walls - even in a greasy kitchen. 
* Tips for Teaching Kids to Sew.

Sep 10, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

September dusk on the homestead.
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

"An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life."

Proverbs 31:10-12

* It was a crazy week. I suddenly realized, as I prepped for homeschool, that my daughter's new bedroom still looked like an ugly, dark cave. I couldn't bear to have her trying to do school work in there. So in addition to preserving apples, taking care of a puppy, and prepping for school, I ended up painting her room. The original owners painted it dark red with a dirty white ceiling. It took a lot of paint to cover that up. It's amazing how much bigger and more cheerful the room looks painted Frosted Lemon!

* There will always be some food contamination, but the percentage found in processed or commercially prepared food is higher than it is on the homestead!

* Antibiotics early in life may lead to allergies later. 

* Sadly, this is an increasingly common garden problem and an excellent reason to use only your own compost and hay you're 100 percent sure is organic.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Resources for Teaching Kids About 9/11.
Keep Your Fall Leaves! They are valuable.
* We love our small space homeschool workboxes.
* How to male your own SCOBY for kombucha. 
* Choosing the perfect paint color every time.

Sep 3, 2016

Weekend Links

In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.
"He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding."
Daniel 5:21
 * UPDATE: Friends, I found another apple tree. I previously overlooked it because a small wild tree is trying to grow through it. But even though it's been neglected, there are some apples on it. I think that brings us up to 11 apple and 11 plum trees. Amazing blessings.

* My newest Pinterest board is all about raising sheep...because hubby thinks they should be our next homestead addition. Turns out, they are very good at keeping down vegetation - better than goats. Plus...lamb chops. 

* Costco has a reputation for carrying only high end products. That's why I was so disappointed when I discovered the canned mandarin oranges we got there are a product of China. No thanks; I don't want food from China. Read labels carefully, friends!

* These "Bouncy Bands" look like a great invention for young kids who must sit all day in public/private school. A reader who works for Head Start says they use them with their kids and they work well!

* I've been using these free first day of school questionnaires with my kids since kindergarten. They make wonderful keepsakes!

* "Studies show a direct link between the amount of physical possessions in a house and the stress level of the female homeowner. One study done at UCLA found that the more stuff was in a woman’s house, the higher her level of stress hormones. This same study also found that women subconsciously relate how happy they are with their home-life and family to how they feel about their homes. So the more clutter and chaos in the home, the less happy the woman is with her family and her life."

* Ibuprofen isn't especially safe for anyone, but there are special considerations if you're over 40.

* The FDA bans antibacterial soap.

* "We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex - which controls executive functioning, including impulse control - in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels - the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic - as much as sex. This addictive effect is why Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of neuroscience at UCLA, calls screens 'electronic cocaine' and Chinese researchers call them 'digital heroin.'"

* An interesting article about heirloom apples and why you've never heard of them. 

* The puppy Ed is primarily my 7 year old son's responsibility. He's doing a good job, but today he said, "He wants to go out again? I wish there were 10 of me!" Ha! Now he knows how every mama feels!

Oldies But Goodies:

* How We Homeschool on a Shoestring Budget
* Want Big Savings on Groceries? Use a Price Book!
* Quesadillas for a quick, healthy meal anytime.
* How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Source of this meme is unknown.

Aug 27, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

Meet Ed.
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3: 5-6

* Meet the newest edition to our homestead: Ed. He came home with us this week and we think he's the cutest puppy ever. So far, he's very polite with the rabbit and the chicks.

* UPDATE: All the homestead plums are picked and preserved. Most of the berries are gone, too. Now we're just waiting on some apple trees. I suddenly feel like I have tons of time...but I'm missing my daily dose of orchard-fresh fruit!

* Why we need mean moms.
We see some amazing skies, here on the homestead.

* A nice little over view covering a few of the facts and stats supporting the effectiveness of homeschooling.

* Tummy troubles? There's a great herbal tea for that.

* Super easy to for knowing when to water any tree.

* College students get a free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime!

Oldies But Goodies:

* Why Homeschool Preschool? 
* Back to School Breakfasts 
* Preparing for Sabbath, a Day of Rest

Our sunsets are pretty nice, too.

Aug 20, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

In the orchard.
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

"A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel."

* My children's chapter book, based on a true American Revolution story, is free this weekend Don't have a Kindle? No problem! Use the Kindle app to read the book on your computer or mobile device.

* When your kids, when everyone and/or everything is driving you out of your mind...remember this

* It's so hard to find beginning reader books kids actually want to read. I'm checking out this list of "not boring" early readers for my little guy.

* FREE downloadable, printable grammar and spelling books for grades K - 6

* How eliminating screen time can "magically" change your household.

* Tylenol use by pregnant women is linked to ADD and other behavioral problems in children

* Lots of lawsuits now against Mansanto, makers of RoundUp, for putting our health at risk. One of the more compelling stories (found here) is that farmers who use RoundUp have a higher incidence of lymphoma.
Some of the things I'm harvesting.

* If you own a smartphone and you want to avoid buying GMO foods, check out this app!

* Vitamin deficiencies are linked to many diseases...and, in this case, even anxiety.

* Here is something new to me: Canning jar labels that stick on...but WASH OFF in water! Nifty! And perfect for gift giving.

Puppy love!
*Another addition to the homestead is coming next week! He doesn't have a name yet, but just look at his face! Not only has my son been pining painfully for a dog for at least two years, but we really needed a dog the kids could take with them around the property, to scare away bear and cougar. This big-little puppy's parents are both working hobby farm dogs, which is just an added bonus for us! The mama is half German Shepherd and half King Shepherd, and the papa is English Shepherd. They are some of the most gentle, mellow dogs I've ever met...and this pup latched right on to my son, even letting him pick him up awkwardly (because he's heavy for a puppy). He never wiggled, let along scratched or yelped. He was perfectly content to be held for as long as my son desired. We're pretty excited to bring him home next week.
Oldies But Goodies:

* Canning Salsa - a recipe you can safely adjust to your taste!
* Canning Green or Frozen Tomatoes
* An Easy Way to Make Tomato Paste from Tomato Skins 
* Avoiding Food Waste Through Freezing

Aug 13, 2016

Weekend Links

Loki on a foggy summer morning.
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Jer. 29:11

* Recall on six brands of tumeric for excessive lead.

* If you are a Christian in some parts of the world, you are 97% likely to be killed for your faith. And why that matters to American Christians. A must read. 

* A to Z Bible verses; great for preschoolers, kindergartners, and the early grades.

Oldies But Goodies:

* 6 Ways to Teach Children to Worship God Every Day
* Why You Shouldn't Use Teflon Cookware
* 10 Ways to Save Money on School Supplies
* Free Resources for Teaching Kids About the Election

Aug 6, 2016

Weekend Links

We're getting apples by the laundry basketful!
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

* UPDATE on our well: The well guy - the most experienced and talented one in our area - has been coming late at night to work on our property. He put the pump on the well last night, between 10:30 - 11:30 PM! Today, my hubby and dad-in-law started the work to connect the two, perhaps soon I'll be able to do laundry at our own place, and we won't have to bang on the holding tank to see if there's enough water for showers!

* Why it's so important to pray for persecuted Christians.

* A month worth of dinners for $200? I think that would depend upon where you live. (Groceries are more costly in some areas than in others.) But the premise is still an appealing one! Now if I just had room in my freezer...

* Canning tips for beginners.

* QUICK TIP: When dehydrating sticky, juicy fruits like plums, peaches, and apricots, place them skin side down on the dehydrator's trays. This will keep them from sticking to the trays - which can make them very difficult to remove.

* How to Avoid Silly Fights with Your Husband.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Teaching Kids Not to Covet
* Homestead Skills to Learn NOW - before you head to the farm
* How to Make Brownies Without a Box 
* Bluelight - It's Everywhere and it may damage your child's vision

Jul 30, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

Meet Loki - the cat who came with our house :)
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

"I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life."
Psalm 119:93

* UPDATE on the well: We had to wait until this Wednesday, but the well guys finally started drilling! Thank you to those who prayed for the new well to have good, abundant water. Both the well guys and my hubby witched the location (I tried, but alas, I cannot water witch at all), and yesterday, after drilling, the well guys said there would be plenty of water in the new well - in fact, more than the original well ever had! So we are praising God for once again taking care of our needs.

Diurnal Tiger Moth in my garden. There are so many native bees, butterflies, and moths here!
* Recall expanded on flour products.

* Car seat recall.

* I didn't know you could avoid a bad reaction to poison ivy, oak, or sumac just by knowing how to wash it off.

* The yellow plums are all harvested. Now the prunes are on!

* Don't have fruit trees but want to harvest some fruit? Check out this website, which finds public areas where you can forage for fruit for free.

* Our electric company sent us an interesting flyer the other day, detailing how much it costs to use certain appliances and such. According to them, running a food dehydrator for 4 hours costs only 18 cents! I think we can now safely say dehydrating food at home is worth the electricity.

 * I love drinking my morning tea, reading my Bible, and seeing these regular visitors out my kitchen window.

Oldies But Goodies:

* 10 Was to Get Your Kids Playing Outside 
* An Introduction to Raising Rabbits for Meat 
* His Grace Is Revealed Through Parenting 
* Easy DIY Steak Fries 
* Getting Children to Listen During Devotions