"The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:3-5

About Me

Oregon, United States
I am a happy, Christian, wife and post-homeschooling mother. I have spent the last several years homeschooling and now I am "adjusting" to a new season of life as "empty nester". In 2010 we moved to be Host/Caretakers at a Bible Camp. We look at our ministry here as preparing the way for the gospel to be shared as well as encouraging believers in their daily walk. I am a farmgirl at heart and love the country, I love gardening and food preserving. I also, love tea parties!! I also have a Titus 2 heart and want to share with anyone willing to listen and learn. I love having friends over and teaching them how to make bread or put up pickles. And as we work, I love to encourage them to love their husbands and their children and to be Keepers at Home and all that implies and I love that you let me do that here!! Hope you enjoy visiting my farm and walking through a journey in life with me.......I hope at some point in time I can encourage you in your walk and in your home..........

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Rather Quiet Day........

Just a peek......

OK, I am back......I made it through the week, but today will
be a very "hardly do anything at all day"!!!!
The Tea went well. I ended up having 27. I am always happy
that Iam back in the kitchen and that the ladies have NO
idea what is going on back there, so many things were going
wrong, but on their sideit remained calm and enjoyable.
Praise God for that!!

When I do teas at the Hall, I bring most of the dishes home
dirty :( so have to spend the next couple of days cleaning
up at home. We werehome about 10:30 or 11:00 last night,
and sat up even later, AND I was up until 1 a.m. two
nights before Tea........so I for one
am very tired today, and doing Tea just does
me in for a couple days anyway. I am not
as young as I once was. :(
For today, I am still relaxing with my cup of coffee
and later this afternoon a friend will pick me up and
we are going to Lark Gardens new store Grand Opening.
It is a Lavender farm!! In the summer they
do Tea outside and in the winter you can arrange a
Tea inside and they have had their store inside their
home. They just built a new store!! The actually
sell Lavender Jelly!?!?! I must
experiment with that some day. :)
I am anxious to see this place....this is sooooo much
what I want to do!! Have a store and Tea
at home on my own property!! Maybe
some day........I will keep dreaming!!
I must go......thank you for all your wonderful,
encouraging comments lately.....
see you soon with wonderful pictures of Tea!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Tea Time!!

Turns out I do get to do the Nutcracker Tea
this Friday......sooooo much to do!! Food to prepare....
Crafts to finish for sale......soooo, I must disappear
for a few days and I will see you after Tea with
pictures of Tea, finished crafting projects
and so on. But, until it is over I must stick to
the task of being ready!!
But first....I just have to share my menu! ;)
A Nutcracker Tea
Scene 1
Stahlbaum's Christmas Party
~Sparkling Cider
~Savory Refreshment
Red and White Christmas Rounds
(Sundried Tomatoe and Basil)
Turkey Relish on Wheat
Saurbraten Tartlets
Then off to dreamland......
Scene 2
Nutcracker battles the Mouse King!!
~Potatoe Cheese Soup
~Sliced Pears
Scene 3
The Land of Snow
~Fluffy Snowy Cream
~Cranberry Relish
~Served with Orange Scones
Scene 4
The Land of Sweets
~Sugar Plum Fairy Tarts (plum jam)
~Spanish Chocolate Truffles
~Arian Coffee Crisps
~Russian Wedding Cakes
~Mother Ginger Stars
~Chinese Almond Cookies
Scene 5
Back Home Christmas Morning!!
~Frozen Cranberry Mousse
See you after Tea....hey....want to join us?!?!? :)

Over the River.....

and through the woods.......
but not to grandmother's house (very sad to say :( )
But only to arrive at the coziest spot I know on
this particular Saturday.....
Camp Sherman Christmas Bazaar!!

A stroll through this very fun sale and then off
for the "Christmas tree hunt!!"
We searched and searched......then it was time for a break....
and turkey sandwiches!!!
It was one of the most beautiful days ever for tree hunting!!
I only remember snow and cold......
My daughter did quite a photo shoot of her own, there
were so many fun things to see. On her blog she
has a very fun display of mushrooms. :)

I thought the needles on this tree were really pretty, although
theyare hard to see here. I would have brought this
tree home,but it was too tall.
Manzanita!!! These branches make a beautiful wreath!!

Finally....we found it!! Trouble is we were getting two trees....
so we had a bit more looking to do.
Wow...a bit scarry if you ask me!!
On home again for some hot potatoe cheese soup with our
leftover veggies from Thanksgiving added....garlic roasted
asparagus and brussel sprouts and
a fun Christmas movie.....

Good Bye Autumn!!

Hello December!!
I Love Autumn and all it's colors and all the Fall dishes there
are to enjoy with squash and nuts and putting things up from the
garden or locally bought produce, I love it all.But I am always
happy to enter December. December is full of so much.
Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ!!
That He came, only to give His life for me!!
Without Him I am nothing!!
Giving to those we love and care about as an expression of Him
giving Hislife for me. His coming to earth was a gift
for anyone willing to take it.
Taking time to find those people that may be without or not have
loved ones to share with and blessing them in some way.
This of course always depends on how we are doing, this year it
will be homebaked goodsor something handmade. We do have a
neighbor that keeps to himself out here and we take him a plate
of Christmas dinner at the end of the day. He is always
happy aboutthat. He prefers that to sitting at our table. :)
Everything is so beautiful in December, I love all the lights!! I wish it could look like that all winter long. In some parts of our town, they do keep lights up through the winter. :)
I love the smells December brings, cinnamon
and spices, pine, cedar....mmmmm!!
Every year, I try to slow down and focus on why we do what we do. This year that is even easier because we really have $0 to spend.....so I am having fun thinking of things to make
for my family with what I have. I am so happy that
I have a stash to build from.
I love creating memories, still today with grown children.....I have so many happy memories from Christmas with my Mom and Dad, I will cherish them always.
It is my prayer for you all to enjoy this season and remember to take time to reflect on Christmas's past and the present and how we can share the love of Jesus to those around us.
Bless You All!!