Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chicken Love

My love of chickens is a recent ~ as in the last 6 or so years ~ phenomenon.  I love them!  I've got ceramic chickens, cross stitch chickens (thanks Mom) and real chickens.....14 of them. 

I found this cute garland on pinterest this morning ~

These chickens are too cute!  B/W spotted felt chicken garland. Móbile Decorativo - Galinha D´Angola:

Which would be adorable hanging over my kitchen window ~ I would make different color chickens since mine are all different!  This is adorable!  Hopefully the link has directions.

Here are some more chicken goodies ~
Galinhas lindas:
cute little chickens to cross stitch ~ would be great on a kitchen towel


Cross stitch chickens:
more little cross stitch

They grew sunflowers up against the coop to help provide shade in the summer and the hens ate any bugs that came around.:
Know where I am planting my sunflowers next year ~ shade for the girls!

Emptying a few cans of corn into a muffin tray, adding water & then freezing it is a very small act of kindness. But on hot days, it means the world to the chickens that live here. Pecking away at an ice block to finally be rewarded with a cold corn kernel is a great way to help them keep cool .:
great idea for hot days and my chickens love vegetables and scraps!

Try a Wheatgrass Wagon (Your Birds Will Thank You) --> http://www.hgtvgardens.com/chickens/backyard-chicken-coop-ideas?s=5&?soc=pinterest:
wheatgrass wagon ~ I would use some of the planters the previous owners left




beautiful eggs ~ who needs artificial dye?

Thankful for~
the sturdy coop Greg built
beautiful chickens
variety of egg colors
fresh eggs

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Eggy Breakfast Muffins

I found a recipe on pinterest this week for Easy Breakfast Muffins ~ I was intrigued.  They have a shredded hash brown potato crust and looked easy and yummy.  The original link is http://www.playpartypin.com/2015/03/easy-breakfast-muffins.html.

Here are my pictures of the process ~

hashbrown, cheese, and egg crust

added ham to each cup after the hashbrowns baked

next came eggs and cheese

looks yummy ~ right out of the oven


even though I greased the pan, they still stuck
My take on this recipe ~ I would do it again....but with modifications.  They needed more flavor ~ so sausage or bacon may be a better addition than ham or more than one meat if we have it.  The original recipe called for bacon but I had the ham handy.  The hashbrowns added a little to the recipe but I am not sure if it was enough for the carbs.  Think I will try next time with liners in the muffin pans. 

This recipe is Chihuahua approved....they gobbled up what I scraped out of the pans.

Thankful for ~
new recipes
having all the ingredients
easy pinterest links
time to experiment


Monday, February 1, 2016

Be Careful What You Say

In reading the Bible last night, I was reminded once again to be careful what I say and how I say it.  Its ok to disagree or even argue your point, but do it in love and be in control of yourself.

2 Timothy 2:22-26 (NKJV)

Flee also youthful lusts but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.  And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

2 Timothy 3:2-5 (NKJV)

For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness buy denying its power.  And from such people turn away.

These are Pauls words in a letter to Timothy, cautioning him on how to act toward and treat others in his ministry.  As applicable today as they were several thousand years ago.

In wanting to "win" and argument or "make" the other person see our point of view or agree with us, do we cross over into the 2nd set of scriptures.  I continually have to remind myself that no one will see the real Truth unless the Lord opens their hearts and eyes to it. 

I watch with amusement and caution many of the conversations and arguments over different topics on facebook.  Both sides want their own point of view to be first and foremost on any topic and if the other person doesn't agree, the name calling and unhealthy speech start  The only real authority on any topic is the Lord and His Word, the Bible.  What was called a sin then, is still a sin now...it doesn't change with the passage of time.  It is ok to correct someone who is in opposition to what the scripture says...but argue it with scripture not the latest fad, book, speaker or Pastor.  We can all get it wrong or pull a passage out of context to make it say what we want. 

Thankful for ~
wise words
revealed truth
opened eyes
the Holy Bible



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It Came

We were really excited when it did snow here on Friday ~  the first 15 or 20 minutes were huge, wet beautiful snowflakes and they instantly stuck to whatever they hit.  Then they became little tiny snowflakes and continued off and on (probably mostly off) overnight.  But, it doesn't take much to get us Southerners excited about snow ~ no matter how small the amount.  And it certainly was beautiful coming down.  On the other hand, Gregs sister and cousin live outside of DC & my nephew is up there at Marine Officer Candidate School.....they got 29+ inches ~ show offs!



She was just a little excited!






And because Pinterest is so much fun & this is what really happens when the word Snow is in the forecast.....
Woohooo!! I love snow days :.....only in the south ❤️:

Thankful for ~

our little bit of beautiful snow
quilts & our propane heater
mugs full of hot chocolate & spice tea
Gregs omelets for breakfast

Friday, January 22, 2016

Creative Week

We've been staying inside and warm this week.  So leads to lots of creative time fillers.  I've been busy at the embroidery machine and getting some goodies made ~ well, they are getting embroidered but not put together yet. 
I made 3 rice heating bags & am making flannel pillow bag covers for them

This Martha Pullen design is on a baby bib ~ I am going to add a big round button to it.
I did 2 of these ~ one with red thread and one with hot pink

dressed up some of our bathroom towels ~ this is a Bunnycup Embroidery design from their
Quilt blocks set

little scraps of flannel to make rice bag hand warmers with
Another Bunnycup Embroidery design from their Farm Faces set
this is on a baby bib but I am thinking of stitching out each face in the set
and making a table runner for me.  These faces are adorable.
There will be more stitching done today with everyone at work and the wintry weather outside.  The big question is....will it snow?  Its supposed to but time will tell!  If it does ~ there will be lots of snowflake watching and picture taking going on! 

Thankful for ~

cute embroidery designs
ideas to use the designs on
time to be creative
not having to drive to work in this nasty weather every day
4 seasons
the anticipation of snow
warm drinks
quilts
cozy nights with everyone home

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pieces if the Past ~ A cookbook Review

Not long after Thanksgiving, I was approached about receiving and reviewing a cookbook on the blog.  I love cookbooks!  This request was immediately answered and I received the online copy of the cookbook.  And then the holidays happened ~ lots of holidays!  So here is the review ~

If one word can sum up a cookbook ~ it would be AWESOME.  Pieces of The Past is written by real women, using wholesome, common ingredients and contains many recipes my family will love.  It is along the same lines as a church cookbook ~ where you know the cooks, you've tasted the food, and know this is what they serve to their families daily.

With all the busyness, I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but we have quite a few bookmarked for the future ~  our "want to trys" are ~

Cream Cheese Herb Spread
Salsa Mix
Amish Breakfast Casserole
Easy Egg Bake
Sausage and Grits Quiche
Sausage Casserole ~ I've eaten this before, now I have the recipe!
Potato Soup Mix ~ this would be great for gifts
Basic Flavored Rice
Broccoli & Cheese Casserole ~ my family would like this!
Hashbrown Casserole
Spanish Rice
Cheeseburger Quiche
Chicken Alfredo
Hamburger Bake
Taco Casserole
Underground Ham Casserole
Pie Crust (diabetic ~ made with almond flour)
2 minute fudge
Basic Brownie Mix
Brownies
French Silk Pie
Miniature Turtle Brownie Bites

The above is by no means an exhaustive list ~ this book is packed full of recipes.  Some are foods we have tried over the years but never gotten the recipes for ~ now we have them! 

There are several added bonuses in the book ~  first would be the beautiful pictures of homestead life, second are the handy tips and charts to aid you on your cooking adventures, third would be the notes from the contributors, fourth is the contributors of the recipes ~ I love knowing that someones Aunt or Grandma passed down these recipes and now they are being shared. 

I am excited to try these recipes and add them to our family favorites list.  Time to make a grocery list!

The link to the cookbook is http://www.piecesofthepastcookbook.com/

Picture

In exchange for reviewing this cookbook, I received an online copy! 

Happy cooking! 

I am thankful for ~
homemakers sharing their family recipes
recipes using regular ingredients (not exotic, expensive ing.)
beautiful, old timey photos
being asked to review this book
time spent reading the cookbook
being a Keeper at Home

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Extravagant/Frugal Purchase

Sometimes I can make a purchase that seems extravagant at the time but in the long run, turns out to be quite frugal.  In June 2013, I bought a huge roll of really good quality aluminum foil for around $20.  Just to see how long it would last, I wrote the date on the top of the box in sharpie marker.  The roll came to an end this past Sunday.  If you have bought aluminum foil lately, you know I got a great deal!  About a year ago, I remember thinking it should run out soon and I bought another one for about the same price....it got opened on Sunday.