"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, May 1, 2009

Extreme Makeover!!

Well, it has actually been a few years since we bought
this little basket at the Goodwill. It had broken hinges
and so the lid was never connected, if I took it anywhere,
I had to carry it under one arm......
And it remained quite a mess for some time.....
All it needed was the hinge to be fixed!
How hard is that?!?!?

I decided to use fabric....looped it through the
remaining wire that was left....

then through the whole for wire on the
lid to the basket.....

Tied a nice tight bow and there you have it!!
A basket makeover!!
Things fit well inside.....
even room for extra fabric for my project....
even room for some crocheting.....
and the yarn!
I usually keep more than one project in my
basket in case i get tired of working
on one .... I can change. :)
Boy, a basket makeover, a bucket makeover...
what will be next?!?!?
The weekend is here, so will not be around
for a couple days. Finishing up planting seeds
inside and going to finish some that
go outside. My wonderful hubby
put pvc hoops over my raised beds,
so I will be turning those into
little cold frames.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Spring, Canning, Organizing.....

This is our usual Spring/April weather here
on the High Desert........
This is exactly why gardening in the spring can
be very challenging here. But...know what?!?!?
My garden is surviving!! Yay!
But in the meantime, while we wait for warm
weather I keep doing some canning for my stockpile.
Bought a 25 pound bag of Navy Beans to can Navy Bean
Soup, Boston Baked Beans, Pork and Beans and
anything else I think of with Navy Beans.....
I found the recipes in the Ball Blue Book. The Pork
and Bean recipe uses tomatoe juice boiled with
onions and spices.....mmmmmm.....
That recipe only had you boil the beans for about
3 minutes, boil the juice and pour over beans
in jars and process.
The Boston Baked Beans had to cook 3 1/2 hours,
so I had those cooking in my roaster pan in the back
room while I canned the others. Then when they
were done, I processed them.
A pretty full day, but don't you just love the results
at the end of the day when you can sit back
and enjoy the fruits of your labor.....
Soooo, all this canning lead me to organize my
canning pantry which is outside in a shed. Something
that I probably should have done first. :D
So, how about a bit of sillyness....
Designer Buckets!! LOL.
Yep! Someone gave me some old wallpaper
books....I keep forgetting to use up any
of the wallpaper....
So, how about this, it only took minutes!
You need a small bucket, this is my dishwasher soap
bucket from Costco. (Once I have used up all this
store-bought stuff, I plan on making my own:)
I chose the wallpaper strips that are trims.......
how about apples for canning??
Cut it to fit around the bucket then slit it
up 3/4 of the way as the bucket is not

and Voila!!
Designer Buckets!!

I put them in the bottom of my canning
pantry to keep my jar rings in......
What a great feeling to get an area organized. :D

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Baby Blessings!!!

I cannot leave you today without sharing my
latest little Blessings!!!!
I am sooooo happy to have chickens again.
When we thought we were leaving the
country for a year, (by the way
that story is on our other blog
"Bendites in Cornwall" that you
can find by going to my profile)....
we got rid of many,
many things. I gave all my chickens to
a neighbor. So, sadly for some time
we have not had our own fresh eggs.
I love having eggs to
1) use for ourselves,
and 2) sell some to pay for ours and
3) give to others who may need them.
Just one of those little
things I can do to
help with the state of our household.

Garden Beginnings.......

I took a day awhile back
and layed out a calender
and planned my garden backwards!! I looked at when
I wanted things to be harvested and counted back to
when I would need to start them. I did this because
last summer we had a killing frost in August. (GRRRR)
It was actually an enjoyable
process, I had my seeds and
I had a couple of books to determine what things
were cold hardy and how long things took to
grow and I also threw in the idea of planting
some things together that help the growth of
the plants they are near.....
all with a cup oftea and "Pride & Prejudice"
soundtrack in the background.........
Very lovely time indeed :)
This year I want to work really hard for the couple
of months that we can garden and get the harvesting and
preserving done before we have frost. So, I have planned
what can get started inside now and what
could possibly go outside while it is still cold.
Since my husband still does not have much work,
I cannot just go get little starting pots, so have
been making several different types
with whatever I have on hand......
Newspaper pots.....
and below I was blessed to find in my shed these
starting pots.....and I had these plastic lids from
some pans I bought at an Outlet store. The pans
were for taking meals to the Shepherd's House, but
I did not use the lids, I did however save them!!
as well as these little starter pellets........

I also used some toilet paper rolls......

This is what I rigged up for the seeds that needed
higher temperatures to germinate. I used my roaster
oven as a container only (not turned on) and put
our heating pad in the bottom of that. Then I
used some baking cooling racks first to hold
the bottom layer up off the heating pad, then
to hold the second layer up off the first pots.
I also used egg cartons......
I lined the lids with a bit of plastic to hold the
water. At night I put the lid on the roaster,
but kept it off during the day when it was
warmer so the plants would get some light.
Did not take long and there were
baby sprouts everywhere!!!
and they just kept growing and growing!!!
Now they are ready to be
transplanted into a little
bit bigger pots. All I have to do is plant the whole
thing into a bigger pot. All of my starts are this
way so as not to disturb the roots.
Some of what I started has to stay inside until
the beginning of June, then I can put them out
but still have to watch and cover at night.
The cabbage and the broccoli I started inside
because the germination temperature was a bit
warmer than outside is right now, but as soon
as they are growing well and established
I can put them outside as they are both cold
hardy. I will probably put out one little
plant first to be sure. Wouldnt
want to kill them all at once. :)
How is your garden coming???

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Springtime happenings....

Well, when life keeps going on, it sure is hard
to think a about blogging. Or rather, sit down
and do it.....I do think about it. :D

I had planted some cold hardy seeds outside
and am happy to say most came up. Here
in the High Desert, that is a big
accomplishment. I also have several seeds
that came up in my back room.

So far inside: Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplant,
Roman Chamomile, St. Johns Wort, Broccolli,
Cabbage, Squashes, and maybe a couple
more things.

Outside things that came up are: Kale, onions, radishes,
lettuce, beets, maybe I see some
carrots and spinach. Our nights are in the
low 30's sometimes high 20's, so I am
pretty excited about these things working.
I am just trying to figure out now, with small
sprouts, do I keep covering them with plastic
or just straw or what?? Much experimenting
going on here. I knew from the beginning that
this is an experiment, so that if I do have
to replant anything I will not be too disappointed.

Today I am going to plant turnips and peas, these
could have already been planted and hubby is
going to make me potatoe boxes, so Iwill
plant potatoes today.

I have also been canning some more. I canned
Boston Baked Beans and Pork and Beans the
other day. Grama Belle where we crochet
on Tuesdays gave me alot of jars from her
shed, so I have been pretty busy just
running jars through the dishwasher
Very few real canning jars and lots of
odd ball jars. But I used to can with mayo
jars, so will try it again for fruit and applesauce.
Also, there are alot of jars with lids just
right for freezer jam, since I am always
short of plastic containers and plastic
lids can easily crack.

As I started canning and cleaning jars, it was hard
to get into my shed where the canning goes.
So, I decided to clean that first and get
it organized and hubby put in the extra
shelves I needed!! Happy day.
I had planned on doing something else and my daughter
said, Mum, do what you are passionate about
today, you will get more done that way.
And, she was right!! I made wonderful
progress on the shed.
I am sad to say that I do not have the pics of
all these doings yet. Something happened
awhile back and I cannot load my pics like
I used to, so I do not know how to do
it anymore and have to always wait
for someone to do it for me.
That is why my posts get so far apart.
It is my hope and prayer that wherever you
are and whatever stage of life you are in
you are enjoying peace and contentment.
Living life as shared above gives me a true sense
of contentment and inner joy and peace.
Knowing that with God's help I am doing all
I can do to make our home a shelter and
restful place for my family.