"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..........

Friday, March 27, 2009


Today is restful compared to yesterday!!
Yesterday was full of bread making and canning
and making several pans of Enchiladas, some
for the Shepherd's House on Monday
and one for our dinner and one for
a freezer meal (yay!! love it when that happens!!)

Today...I am blogging....studying for our Titus 2
Group tomorrow....this afternoon we get to go to
a friends for our monthly "Sewing Circle" (no one really
sews anymore, but sometimes.....)

Then come home take a "homemade" pizza crust out of the
freezer, spread it with some of that "homemade" spaghetti
sauce, top with "cheapo" pepparoni from Costco that is in
the freezer and some cheese that
is already grated and in the freezer.

How easy is that?!?!?
My kind of day. :D

I ran across this quote this morning...it is so good for so
many circumstances in life, I just have to share it....
it is from an old magazine from 1993...
I think that word "inconveniences" can be translated to
mean anything that we are dealing with...
it could be something in our past, it could be illness,
unemployment,.....anyway, here it is.......

"God uses all those inconveniences to plant
tender seeds of endurance when
you are not even looking.
And before you know it, tiny sprouts of
perseverance and contentment
begin to crop up where resistance
and impatience used to thrive. You hardly
notice itin the beginning, but one day there it is -
the sweet flower of long-suffering
bloomingright there in your very irritation.
God has us here inthis flower garden of
patience, long-suffering,
and perseverance."

Have a great weekend!! See you Monday!!

Spring Fling!!

Remember I said I had another tea since I had been on here.....
Spring Fling!! A Healthnut Tea
My color theme was mostly purple and green, but I could
not pass up these very SPRINGY daffodils since they
were 2 bunches for $3!!!!!
The tables were drapped with a sheer green cloth in the
middle topped with purple pansies......

The little bag is actually a bath bag. That was the take-
home gift for the ladies. Filled with luscious smells
and lavender......
My....there is that beautiful cabinet that my
dear sweet husband made for me.....
it just keeps showing up in the pics :D

Touches of spring all around......

Love this little butterfly candle holder. There is a
set of 3...each table got one. They were a gift
to me several years ago and I have had fun
using them....especially at Spring Teas!!
Oh, yes,....and there was food.....
Spring Greens with Strawberry Vinegrette
Boysenberry Whole Wheat Scones
Cucumber on Dilled Whole Wheat Canape
Yogurt Cheese and Sprouts on Wheat
Pepper Roses
(instead of more bread for a healthy tea :) I
found these cute little roses, filled
with cream cheese
and parsley.
Mmmmmm, then dessert!!
Carob Confections
Apple Carrot Cake
Honey Pound Cake
Whole Wheat Shortbread
And the finale...
Rhubarb Sweetie
(all of the desserts were made with either honey
or Stevia or Turbinado)
One of the ladies brought me this sweet gift,
it is actually a salt and pepper shaker.

Happy workers!!
Next to me in the purple is my daughter and then
her friend who both helped serve at tea. And then
her friends sister stayed to help clean up.
Thank you girls!! Your the best!!
This was one of my favorite teas, this is how we eat
anyway, so it was all very good to us!! LOL.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Background

Well.....there you have it!! I will try this for awhile.
I could not find ANYTHING "springy" that suited
me or that I liked.......so here it is,
just thought it would be a fun one for awhile
since I will be sharing some recipes, canning and such.

Winter Preserving

Well, I guess technically it is Spring!! But it is still very
cold here like winter!!
I enjoy canning in the winter when it is not so hot.
Here is my recipe for some easy Spaghetti Sauce to can
and have on hand. Very nice to open a jar for spaghetti or
pizza or chili or soup or.........whatever you like!!
Spaghetti Sauce
1 can Tomatoe Paste
(the large almost gallon size, I get this at
Costco for around $3)
2 cans of water
1/4 C Italian Seasoning (to taste)
(I buy this in bulk from my food co-op, so
it is not very expensive)
2+ T Salt (to taste)
(also in bulk from food co-op)
Mix all together and warm in pan on top of stove,
stirring occasionally to keep from scorching.
Warm your jars and lids.
Fill jars, wipe rims, put lids on.
Cook in boiling water bath for 20 minutes.
This makes 8 or 9 quarts.
I have not calculated the cost of my seasonings exactly,
but this comes out to be right around 30-40 cents
for a quart. I do not know about your area
but we do not ever see a sale like that!!
TIP: When you bake your bread, roll out a couple
pizza crusts for the freezer, nice to be able to just take
those out, use this sauce, do some toppings, have
grated cheese in the freezer and VOILA! Easy Pizza!
Other things that are fun to can in the winter are
soups, beans and meats and things that you do not
have to do something with right now because it
is ready in the garden.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Yummy Muffin Recipe

This is a Chocolate Chip Bread recipe that can be changed
to use whatever you have and you can make bread
or muffins. It calls for mashed banana, I keep "old" dark
bananas in the freezer. If I am thinking ahead, I peel them
and stick them in ziplocs or I just toss them in the freezer
peel and all, then zap them in the microwave about
20 seconds and can peel them and mash them for
the recipe. Never throw away an old banana!!
Recipe: Just About Anything Bread/Muffins
(Makes 1 Loaf or 1 dozen muffins)
1. Set aside 1/2 - 1 C Chocolate Chips or Raisins or Nuts or
Berries or "just about anything"
2. Blend and set aside:
1/2 C plain yogurt
1 tsp baking soda
3. Blend in order:
1/4 C oil
3/4 C honey
2 eggs
1 C mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla
4. Blend in another bowl:
2 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
5. Alternately blend dry and yogurt mix into liquid, fold
in chocolate chips or raisins, etc. last
6. Fill pan, bake, til knife comes out clean in center
7. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan, if bread, lay on
side to cool.

These are with raisins, because that is
what I had on hand. :D
Yummy for a Sunday Morning!!

Also, just a side note: Slightly sweet muffins arevery good with some soups or macaroni andcheese for lunch or dinner.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Valentines Tea

During the daytime tea everything was "PINK"...even the
food was pink.
Our daytime menu consisted of.....
Cranberry Whip (pink*)
Heart Shaped Scones
Heart Shaped Cucumber Sandwiches
Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwiches (pink*)
Broiled Salmon & Chedder on Canape (pinkish*)
Linzer Hearts (pink*)
Chocolate Truffles
Berry Tarts (pink*)
and the finale....
Black Forrest Torte (oozing with pink*)

The ladies enjoyed themselves, lingered and slowly filtered
out as we began preparations for our next
group, the couples.......who were greeted
by twilight glows in the yard as the arrived....
Hurricanes along the walkway in the snow :)........
I was sooooo EXCITED to find these roses!!
I found them at the Dollar Store!! They were a dollar
each, but that is less than half of what that normally cost.
The Couples menu was almost the same, only they
had Greens with Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinegrette and
with the sandwiches they had beef or chicken pasties
and with the finale....they had choices,
Black Forrest Torte or Apple Upside Down
Torte with Caramel Sauce or Cheesecake with
Rhubarb Sauce. :) Yum!
For the couples, I added these table toppers to give
them a more "elegant" feeling......
I was happy to be able to use something I had on hand,
my sister-in-law gave me a whole roll of this decoraters
fabric, I also plan to make curtains out of it!! :) But I
thought it went well and was fun to dress up the
tea tables for a "Candlight Tea".
And those "little bit bigger" red teacups I bought for
the gentlemen...well, they worked very well.
Happy couples!!

Happy Tea Time!!

We all had fun, none of my helpers were available, so my daughter served as usual, but my husband had to help us, especially with pouring tea!! It was funnyat first, but he was AWESOME!! It actually added a touch of class having agentleman serve tea. The ladies especially loved it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm Back...........

Although, I am not sure where I have been!! LOL.
Just busy, living life and taking care of the family!!

Anyway, I am sorry for those of you who are so kind to
check in regularly that there has been nothing new since
Valentines Day.....but I will take the next few
days to catch up, I promise. :)

I loved this winter cheer in my kitchen window.......
It bloomed just in time for the Valentines tea,
gave us a touch of fresh red.....
So, where have I been, what have I been up to??
On Valentines day I did two teas....
one for the ladies at noon.
and one for couples that evening......

I am still canning.....I am trying to stock up on some meals
and have a back up if I should not be able to use my
freezer or the electricity would go out or something.......

This is, from the left, kidney beans, spaghetti sauce
and chili without beans.
I am thinking I could use one of each and have a pretty good chili.

In this time some where we had another Titus 2 meeting.
We talked some about gardens, brought healthy, easy kids snacks
to share and had "Gramma Belle" come to help with
our crocheting. She loved it so much, we are
going to her house next time. :)

We have also been keeping our daughters dog for a bit, she can
not have animals where she is renting.....our only grandchild..... :)
Oh me, then since I talked to you last....I have done another tea!!
Spring Fling, Health Nut Tea
and of course, I keep on baking.....
Sunday morning Banana Raisin Muffins.

My husband has been very slow for work but he has just enough
to keep us going mostly. And we are very thankful and
Praising God for providing work in May that will help us alot.
We are looking forward to that. In the meantime,
we keep going, keep busy, and most of all keep our
eyes on Jesus the only one who can work all this out.

I am planning on getting some recipes on here soon, as well as
more canning info. Right now, though, I am "home alone".... :),
so I think I shall go spread all my stuff out on the table and make
a plan for my garden!! Just bought seeds and want to try some
early covered with plastic, so I need to make a plan.

I will show you all these things as they happen, as well as
catch up on some of what has already happened.

Hope your still with me....are you enjoying spring weather where
you are? We will have a "spring" day, then a snow day....
that is why I am not too worried about changing my background
yet...it looks "springy" to me :) our joke is for the rest of the world
April showers bring May flowers....i
n our part of the world April (snow) showers
might bring a few May flowers. :D