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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Review: The Christian Parenting Handbook by Turansky & Miller

  

    
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In their book, "The Christian Parenting Handbook", Dr. Scott Turanksky and Joanne Miller hit the nail on the head with teaching parents how to raise productive, happy children.  This book covers all the stages of childhood and lays out specific strategies for each stage.  The ideas presented in the book are real-life, practical things to help you as a parent. 
    When you read this book, be prepared to be convicted and challenged by the words presented.  The authors use biblical principles to help guide you to become the parents that Christ wants you to be.  I know I personally found so much useful information in the book.  I have 3 children, ages 23, 15, & 8, and I still learned a lot.  In fact, in the first 13 pages, I used my highlighter 18 times!
    Overall, I would recommend this book for any parent.  The book will challenge you to be the best parent that Christ called you to be and will inspire you to raise children that are internally motivated and spiritually strong.  Not only will you learn how to teach your child, they show you how to implement the changes suggested.  

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pound Cake Recipe


     This recipe I have used for years.  I am not sure where I may have gotten it to begin with.  As any recipe I find, I never follow the exact recipe.  If I didn't come up with it all on my own, I have taken someone else's and tweaked it until it became mine.  ;-)  Hope your family loves this recipe as much as my family does. 

Pound Cake

                                   3 1/2 c. cake flour                           2 sticks of margarine
                                   3 c. sugar                                        1 c. Crisco shortening
                                   1 c. milk (I used 2%)                       5 lg. eggs
                                   2 1/2 tsp. vanilla     

        If you do not have cake flour, you can use all purpose flour but it just will not turn out as well.  Just FYI, cake flour is made predominantly of soft wheat. Its fine texture and high starch content make it ideal for making tender cakes, cookies, biscuits, and pastries that do not need to stretch and rise much.
        Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Soften the margarine and add it in, along with the Crisco, milk and vanilla.  Beat in eggs one at a time.   Grease and flour a bundt pan and a regular sized bread pan.  Pour the batter into the pans and bake for 60 minutes.  

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This is the pound cake cooked in a bundt pan.

      This recipe will make one bundt style cake and one cake made in a bread pan.  For some reason, I think the one made in the bread pan always tastes better.  Go figure. 

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A perfect slice of pound cake made in a regular bread pan.
                


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Chicken Coop

   My hubby and 15 year old son spent last week building a new chicken pen and today they moved 11 of our layers into it.  They LOVED it!  Just thought you'd enjoy seeing some pictures...
Let's have some fun and see if you know your chickens.  Look at the pictures and see if you can "Name that chicken Breed".


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Chicken "A" is the dark chicken on the left.  Chicken "B" is the red chicken in the back.

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Chicken "C"

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Chicken "D"

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Chicken "E"

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Chicken "F"

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Chicken "G" and Chicken "H"
  In a few days, I'll list each of the chicken breeds and see how my followers have done!


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Friday, June 14, 2013

Pitching In

   There is always work to be done on a farm and even our 8 year old likes to pitch in and do some hard work.  My hubby has taught both of our boys the proper way to handle the tools and hubby was close by observing Ronny as he cut down the tree.
     Here he is cutting down small trees.   Isn't he a good, hard worker?
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Here he is as he just begins to cut it. 

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He is determined!


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Almost done, just one little push...
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He did it.  Job well done, Ronny!
    He hauled the top part over to the goats to munch on and when they ate all the leaves off, we then chopped up the rest of it for firewood!



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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Spring Time!

   Spring time is so beautiful around here.  Flowers are popping up everywhere!

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Honey bee gathering nectar.


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Honey suckle.  Pretty to look at; sweet to smell; yummy to eat!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Seasoned Baked Red Potatoes

    One of my family's favorite side dishes is my baked red potatoes that I bake pretty often.  They are easy to do and taste delicious.

Seasoned Baked Red Potatoes

3-4 lbs. of red potatoes
olive oil
Rosemarry
Freeze-dried chives

   Wash your potatoes and cut them into small chunks.  
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Just cut the potatoes in small chunks like this.

 Put some olive oil in a baggie and put a few potato chunks into the baggie at a time.  Be sure each piece is coated well.  Once all the potatoes are coated well, put them in a jelly roll pan. 
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Rosemary, chives and olive oil.


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The potatoes oiled & seasoned and ready to go into the oven.

 Sprinkle rosemary and the chives over the potatoes and bake in a 400 degree oven for 27 minutes.   

  
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All done and ready to be eaten!
                            




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