Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What She Read: The Loving Kitchen by LeAnn Rice

I love to read!  Always have...there is a story that as a child I would read the encyclopedia for fun.  
OK it's not a's the truth. 

About a month ago I ran across a blog post from Rachel Wojo that sparked my interest.
It was targeted at bloggers and helping to grow your blog.  One of the things she mentioned was doing book reviews.  Well I love to read so I thought I would give it a try.  I signed up, was approved and began scrolling through the selections.  I picked on of my favorite genres...cookbooks.  I found this gem in there.



My favorite quote from the book is simple and true.  It's an overwhelming statement that evokes a flood of emotions and memories in me.   "Good food has always been a way not only to nourish but to thank, encourage, console, serve, celebrate, and ultimately love,"  LeAnn Rice.  I am so excited to use her Hummingbird Cupcake recipe for an upcoming church function, a new twist on a classic dessert.  

This is a wonderfully complied cookbook with tasty recipes and a dose of Southern hospitality.  This book had me highlighting from the introduction and bookmarking throughout.  Rice has done a great job of ensuring no fancy equipment or grocers needed.  Everything can be made with what you are already using and found at your local store.  In addition to wonderfully written recipes Rice has included practical tips and encouragement throughout the book.  

Each chapter begins with a short introduction that tugs on your heart, helping you to remember how much we can share God's love through simply delightful meals.  The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow allowing even the most inexperienced cooks to create magnificently delicious morsels to share with family and friends alike.  

So friends I encourage to you grab your copy of "The Loving Kitchen" to grow your cookbook collection or share with a newlywed in need of simple, practical and encouraging guide to cooking with love.

Until we meet again,


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Titus 2 Tuesday

I am making some changes on the blog and one of them is to devote specific content to each day.  On Tuesdays I plan to share how God is working in my life to meet the calling given in Titus 2. 

If you are unfamiliar with this chapter read it below 

Teach Sound Doctrine But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (Titus 2 ESV)

As you read above God has called each of us to fill a long list that we know we can't possibly do perfectly. However I can work towards the goal of doing my best to glorify God in all that I do and say. There are a few areas in this chapter I really need to work on and those will be the ones you see popping up most often. I hope to share with you how I am working to overcome the temptation to gossip, how I am loving my husband and children, learning to be self-controlled, and working at home. You will read what is working for me and what's not. There will be many days when I share about how God has humbled me. My goal is to grow in Christ...won't you join me? Share in the comments below how does this passage speak to you?

Until we meet again,


Friday, August 22, 2014

#Farmlife Friday

To many folks surprise farm life doesn't just include what's happening on the farm.
In our farm family farm life is our it includes everything that is going on...
from new calves being born,
teeth being cut,
to starting new journeys... all of it is part of life on the farm.

Last weekend the boys and I had to work on fence.
Some of the beef cows kept visiting the neighbors who apparently didn't want house guest :) 

The cows always seem to inspect my work when fixing fence.

The boys enjoyed splashing around in the creek and playing in the sandy bottoms.

Wyatt's hens have started laying eggs consistently.  We have 16 chickens now as one of our hens have wandered off.  Of the 16, four of them are old enough to lay.  We are getting on average 3 eggs a day.  Our other 12 should start laying around the 1st of October.  Not really sure what we are going to do with 16 eggs a day!!

School started this week and the farm baby has been having a blast riding in the silage truck...
well that is until he gets covered from head to toe in silage and then he pitches a fit.  I think he's loving his only child time.  Those sweet curls you see above are no more :( The baby got his first haircut Wednesday.  

I am always amazed at how much a hair cut can change a person.  It is official we now longer have a baby.  He is quickly growing into "Big Boy" status.

Speaking of big boys...the farm boy started 1st grade on Wednesday.  (Side note: Wednesday was a very emotional day for this momma).  He was excited to know many of the others in his class but nervous about a new teacher and new expectations.  

The Farm Boy was getting settled in at his table on the 1st day. 

It floors me how much he has grown up in the last year.  I can't wait to see how he flourishes in 1st grade!

Needless to say this week has been busy and full of re-establishing routines.  
The Farmboy wasn't very happy about "having to quit work" to return to school but all good things must come to an end.  So as we say goodbye to summer we pray that all of you will have a blessed school year! 

Until we meet again,


Friday, August 15, 2014

#Farmlife Friday

Periodically throughout the year I take a couple of weeks off from blogging.
I do this for a couple of reasons but the main one is to refocus. 
Blogging doesn't make me any money and requires a fair amount of time,
but I really enjoy it.  It allows me to express myself and share a little about our life.

With that said over the last couple of weeks I have really thought about what I wanted to share on the blog and have a developed a schedule.  Today kicks off the first new feature #Farmlife Friday!  
On Fridays we will be sharing all about what is happening around our farm.

Over the last few weeks things have been super busy.

Farmboy's hens started laying their first eggs.

Since they have started laying the hens need more room so
the Farmer & Farmboy have been working on building a bigger coop.

The Farmboy has also been working with his show lambs and calves 
to get them ready for the upcoming shows

Sunday afternoons have been devoted to catching up on naps
and hanging out with the Farmer at the barn.

These farm kids really love to help during milking times as well.

We are winding down our last few precious days of summer,
hoping to grab a few more afternoons at the pool before school starts back.
So what has your family been up to? 

Until we meet again!