Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
As much as I enjoy reading curriculum driven art books for children with step by step projects for the children, it seems that they get much more out of just creating. As they get older, I observe them looking through these art books themselves and choosing a project to do. These programmed projects seem more appropriate for children once they reach the age to follow the directions themselves and are self-motivated to follow through to completion.
Also, as parents we set a wonderful example for our children by working on and completing creative projects. Children are very observant and before you know it, they may ask you to teach them to knit, crochet, sew, etc....
Monday, August 24, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
My days now are filled with making food with our harvest for our meals and canning some to eat this winter.
Just today as I was picking beans AGAIN, I found myself grumbling again and was immediately filled with remorse. How grateful I should be for the bounty! God has provided us with healthy, delicious food and I need to go into the gardens eagerly to provide food for my family this winter. If anyone has some string bean recipes to share, canned or fresh, please do.
When searching for a canned pickled beet recipe, I came across this great blog - A Bushel
Another three pints of beets done today - six pints all together.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
If you have many, many green beans right now, this is a wonderful way to preserve them.
Pungent Green Beans
Using a Boiling-water bath canner, makes approximately five 1-pint jars
3 pounds green beans, washed and trimmed
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water
3 cups white wine vinegar
¾ cup sugar
1 Tablespoon celery salt
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Cut the beans to a uniform size. I like to cut them into pieces about 2 ½ inches long.
Cook the beans in boiling salted water until tender, about 5-6 minutes.
In a large saucepan, heat the oil and sauté the onion and garlic until soft.
Add the water, vinegar, sugar, celery salt, salt and pepper to the onion mixture and boil until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the beans and boil in the vinegar mixture for 2 minutes.
Ladle into hot, clean jars, leaving a ½ inch of headspace.
Seal and process in a boiling-water-bath canner for 15 minutes.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Mike is busy filling in around our new house now that the foundation work is done. He put drainage all around to keep our basement dry.
Here is riding a tractor (that a very kind neighbor lent us) with Abraham (who could not keep his hands off the controls).
I am continually reminding myself to enjoy the moments of this life we have been given.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
½ cup melted butter
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup half and half or milk
2 c. flour (I used ½ cup millet and 1 ½ cup whole wheat)
1 ½ t. cinnamon
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 c. blueberries
2 T. sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and egg.
3. Add half and half, flour, 1 t. cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Fold in 1 cup blueberries.
4. Pour into an 8” square pan (I used a bunt cake pan). Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries, ½ t. cinnamon, and 2 T. sugar over the top.
5. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes. Wonderful served warm.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Here are some of our children with two friends - all dressed in costumes representing imagination....