Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Earth Fare Simple Cranberry Sauce


1 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
12 oz. package fresh cranberries
1 tsp. of ground cloves
1 Tbsp. of ground cinnamon
4 oz. of candied pecans or walnuts (optional)


1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve sugar in the orange juice

2. Stir in cranberries and cook until they start to pop (about 10 minutes)

3.  Add ground clove and cinnamon.

4.  Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.  Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Optional:  Mix it up by adding in candied pecans or walnuts.

Tip: Save your cranberry sauce all year by placing it in the freezer. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Apricot Chicken Divine

4 boneless, skinless Chicken breasts
1/4 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup non-fat yogurt
1 tbsp slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Shake chicken in a plastic bag filled with flour and salt until chicken is coated.
Place chicken in a single layer into a shallow baking dish and bake for 25 minutes
Combine apricot preserves, mustard, and yogurt.
Spread apricot mixture on chicken and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until done.
Just before serving, brown almonds lightly in toaster oven. Sprinkl almonds over chicken and serve over rice.
Makes 4 servings
Calories per serving : 215 total, 23 fat; 5 sat. fat.

*1/4 cup of nonfat yogurt (0 fat calories) replaces 1/4 cup of sour cream (108 fat calories) to create this divine chicken.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Shamefacedness and Sobriety

Much has been written and much can be said on the issue of being Modest.  As simple as it may seem, this act of worship is seldom mentioned or taught in the 'modern day church'.  Therefore, it is misunderstood and often made more complicated than needed. 

True Biblical modesty goes deeper than just how a lady is dressed.  It is her attitude, her femininity, her way of life.  It is found in her subjection to her Lord, her husband, the way she carries herself and conducts herself not only in the presence of men, but at all times. 
To begin this Bible Study, we will start out simply with the most needed:  How should a Christian lady dress? 
Many people think if they are "covered" they are being modest.  This is not always the case.  One can be covered seemingly from head to toe and still be improperly attired. 

 Although the basics of what I share in this study could be deemed "too strict" or "legalistic", I can tell you that what I share with you my sisters, comes from deep conviction and much study and discussion with my man of God, my husband.  We believe our views to be completely Biblical according to the True Word of God ~ the AV 1611 King James Holy Bible ~ and everything we teach and share with others comes from this Word and our desire to share what we know to be the Truth.

(May I add that these 'guidelines' are for ALL THE TIME, not only at church functions and meetings).
Basically, a lady should be covered.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with being "pretty".  However, one should strive to be attractive to none other than her Husband.  He is the only person a lady needs to be "attractive" to. 

We should always be clean, kempt, and of course, wear dresses or skirts at ALL the times, not just at fellowship. I realize there are exceptions to this (i.e. hiking in the wilderness), and also in the winter months when it is freezing, you must wear underclothing to keep you warm.  This is a non issue. 
The most important is too LOOK like a lady at all times.  It is never acceptable to dress like a man
I believe it is just as wrong for a lady to wear pants or jeans as it is for a man to wear a dress or make-up.  It is truly obsurd.  That being said, what you wear to bed, in the privacy of your own home, is between you and your husband.  I do believe you must maintain modesty around ALL of your family  members.  For the sake of time and length of this study, I will stick to the basics for now. 

Skirts ~  Since the uncovering of the thigh is nakedness according to the Word, skirts should be at LEAST mid calf or longer (to compensate for sitting, crossing your legs, etc.).
All clothing should be loosely fitting and NEVER form fitting.  As a lady most of us have curves, which are natural. However, it is NOT modest to accentuate these curves by wearing form fitting clothing or fabric that is "clingy" or would be deemed as "sexy".  If your clothing HUGS your body and outlines your form it is IMMODEST.

Personally I never wear anything that has a V - neck, but if you do, make sure it is a high neck.  Your chest should always be covered, it is NEVER ok to show any cleavage, no matter how you are built. 
Sleeves should be at least to your elbow.  It is NEVER ok to go sleeveless. Even when it is 100 degrees outside.  Nor it is modest to wear anything off of the shoulder or with an open back.  A rule to go by is this: if you have to question your clothing, CHANGE IT! It is better to ere on the side of safety, than to leave the house immodestly dressed.  On this note I would like to once again add: it is OK to be pretty.  Some men will be PIGS no matter what, and you cannot be responsible for thier atrocious behavior. However, if a woman willingly dresses or conducts herself improperly and causes someone else to stumble, I believe she is also accountable for thier sin.

Next on the list would be your shoes. Yes, shoes are an issue.  There are very immodest shoes that should not be worn at all, and there are some that are acceptable at home but never at church. 

I will post a few images to make my point.  Keep in mind this blog is written by a woman and is to teach the other women! If you are a man viewing this blog~ PLEASE STOP~ it is not for you, unless you are sharing it together with your wife.

Some shoes are made for the sole purpose of being Sexy,  you know what they are, and NO you should not wear them.  Spiked heels (which I like to call "stripper heels") are Never acceptable.  Any shoe that is made to make your legs look long, sleek and sexy are not modest.  They are quite the opposite. 
The heel on your shoe if any, should ideally be no higher than 1 1/2 ". 
The best bet is to wear shoes for comfort, basically they will cover your feet and be flat.  These can be as hard to find in the age we live in as a skirt or dress that is modest.  Trust me, I know.

Personally, I wear sandals at home in the summer, but do not wear them to fellowship.  We believe it is not modest to wear sandals, flip flops, or anything that uncovers your feet to fellowship.  If you need to show off your fancy pedicure, do it at home. 

This should cover the "basics" of clothing.  But what about jewelry and make-up? What on earth does "broidered" hair mean?  I will go over these in our next lesson. 

Please, dear sister, please comment on my post and pass on to your Christian friends and ask them to do the same.  Your input is important to me, as we strive to study, divide and teach His word to our sisters in the Lord.



Thursday, November 24, 2011

....on being Thankful

Thanksgiving Day 2011
6:43 am
33 degrees outside

The juiciest, most tender bird I have EVER cooked is now resting in the kitchen...
The desert is cooling (the childrens favorite "punch bowl cake" in honor of my son's upcoming birthday)
Most everything else I need for todays feast is either prepared or almost complete.
My daughters are sleeping, my wonderful husband is dreaming peacefully....
My grown, handsome, God-fearing son with be here for dinner in just a few hours...
All is Well....

Then, why, do I ask myself, is my face drenched with tears?  Why can I hardly see through the blur to type this blog note today?  Why do I tremble when I ponder the goodness of my Savior?

My dear, sweet, precious friends, I cannot begin to write to you of God's goodness to me, and what His Divine Love, Grace and Faithfulness means to me.  Like John said in one of my favorite scriptures ever "

This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. "
John 21:24-25

You see, things have not always been so boutiful, peaceful and blessed in my life.  I have seen way more than what others would say is "my share" of hard times.  The Lord has saved my life more times than I can count, and I cannot even begin to thank Him. He has healed my  mind, is continuing to quicken my mortal body, has seen me through so much and brought me to where I am today for reasons unknow to me.  I stand in complete AWE at His goodness, the fact that I am alive typing this is a miracle... the rest of my life..... I AM AMAZED to say the Least.  Dare I ask Him why?  His ways are so much higher than Mine.

 "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? "

Some of us have harder times than others coming up with a long list of what we are thankful for.  Maybe because we are selfish, maybe because we are depressed or downhearted, maybe sick, despaired or otherwise brokenhearted.  Even so, did not Job himself say "though He slay me, yet will I trust Him"?

So many equate monetary gain, material blessings, something Tangible with whether or not we are blessed of God. But what about others who are despaired, who have no where to live, or do not know exactly how their bills will be paid or even where their next meal will come from?  What of those who have lost their health, or are hospitalized, diseased, or unable to get out of bed today?  What about them? Are they any less Blessed of God?  Have they somehow sinned, been cursed or not found His favour?  God forbid.

Phil 4:11
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

I have much on my heart today about God's grace, too much to ever write down. 
We are not supposed to be mindful of the past, eventually it becomes a faded memory. Even so we get reminded from time to time, and all I can say is, I AM SO VERY THANKFUL.  Such a mindless phrase to some, who utter it without thought, thanking God for saving them, almost habitually saying "praise the Lord" to the point it becomes almost in vain.  I tell you my friend, when I utter these words, the DEEP devotion to Him that I feel in my spirit, the utter amazement that I am HERE at this point in my Life goes beyond words.  I almost feel a physical pain deep in my gut when I think of how very thankful I am.  I could never begin to tell you why, only God Knows.  But let me tell you this, there is NO GREATER LOVE than that of our Creator, the Saviour of the World, the Lord Jesus Christ!  He will never ever Leave you, He will never Forsake you, and if you have not tasted and seen His goodness, may I introduce you to Him?  The Lover of your soul and Mine?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

He is Thy Life

He is Thy Life.

JESUS, Thy life is mine!
Dwell evermore in me;
And let me see
That nothing can untwine
My life from Thine.

Thy life in me be shown!
Lord, I would henceforth seek
To think and speak
Thy thoughts, Thy words alone,
No more my own.

Thy love, Thy joy, Thy peace,
Continuously impart
Unto my heart
Fresh springs, that never cease
But still increase.

The blest reality
Of resurrection power,
Thy Church’s dower,
Life more abundantly,
Lord, give to me!

Thy fullest gift, O Lord,
Now at Thy feet I claim,
Through Thy dear name!
And touch the rapturous chord
Of praise forth poured.

Jesus, my life is Thine,
And evermore shall be
Hidden in Thee!
For nothing can untwine
Thy life from mine.

The King’s Guests
Frances Ridley Havergal
Henry Altemus Company
ca. 1900



I am so weak, dear Lord, I cannot stand
One moment without Thee!
But oh! the tenderness of Thine enfolding.
And oh! the faithfulness of Thine upholding,
And oh! the strength of Thy right hand!
That strength is enough for me!

I am so needy, Lord, and yet I know
All fulness dwells in Thee;
And hour by hour that never–failing treasure
Supplies and fills, in overflowing measure,
My least, my greatest need; and so
Thy grace is enough for me!

It is so sweet to trust Thy word alone:
I do not ask to see
The unveiling of Thy purpose, or the shining
Of future light on mysteries untwining:
Thy promise–roll is all my own,—
Thy word is enough for me!

The human heart asks love; but now I know
That my heart hath from Thee
All real, and full, and marvellous affection,
So near, so human; yet divine perfection
Thrills gloriously the mighty glow!
Thy love is enough for me!

There were strange soul–depths, restless, vast, and broad,
Unfathomed as the sea;
An infinite craving for some infinite stilling;
But now Thy perfect love is perfect filling!
Lord Jesus Christ, my Lord, my God,
Thou, Thou art enough for me!

The King’s Guests
Frances Ridley Havergal
Henry Altemus Company
ca. 1900

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sweet Zucchini Relish

This is a new recipe I made while trying to figure out what to do with all the zucchini we were blessed with in this years harvest! I canned a batch and it turned out DELICIOUS! I will definately make more next season!

10 - 11 c shredded zucchini
2 small green bell peppers- diced
1 small red bell pepper - diced
3 c. onions finely chopped
5 1/2 c sugar
1 T cornstarch
2 1/2 c white vinegar
3/4 tsp Tumeric opt
1 1/2 tsp celery seed opt
1 c pickling salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

  1. Place the zucchini and onion in a large, non-metallic bowl, and sprinkle the salt overtop. Use your hands to evenly mix the salt throughout the zucchini. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The following day, drain the zucchini in a colander, and rinse well with cool water. Squeeze out excess water and set aside. Place the red and green bell pepper, sugar, vinegar, and cornstarch into a large pot. Add the turmeric, celery seed and pepper. Stir to combine, then add the drained zucchini. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Pack relish into hot sterilized jars, leave about 1/2 inch headspace.
  4. Process in water bath canner for 30 minutes.
  5. Should make about 6 or 7 pints.