Monday, March 30, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today...Monday...March 30, 2009


Outside my window...
Beautiful sunshine and our grass is starting to turn green and the trees are budding!! Spring is so wonderful!

I am thinking... how thankful I am for family, we have a huge extended family and through an email list we've begun to communicate more and are getting so much closer, such a blessing.

I am thankful for... a mother that loved me so much that she sacrificed over and over again to allow my two brothers and I to have the things we needed and occasionally things we wanted, her love shines through in so many ways, she's still my best girlfriend.

From the kitchen...
homemade pancakes courtesy of Puritan (who dislikes cooking but can cook very well), tonight we're having steak, bow ties in white sauce and some veggies with sweet tea to drink.

I am reading... ESV Bible, also a series by Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer called Four Seasons

I am hoping... to get some seeds planted this week, there are so many things we want to grow this year!

I am creating... had lots of cards to make this weekend, hope to get lots of sewing of both seeds and skirts done this week!

I am hearing...
Maiden commenting on everything I'm writing, she catches my errors for me!

Around the house...
through the week we have beds to strip, sheets to wash and put on the line, bring out the spring and summer clothes and put away the heavy winter clothes, mulch the flower beds, scrub down front porch and rockers....lots of spring cleaning!

One of my favorite things...
talking to Woodsman on the phone!...but having him visit is even more wonderful!

A few plans for the rest of the week... chauffeur my sweet in-laws tomorrow and then run errands with Maiden and Puritan, visit with my sweet mama and daddy later in the week...the rest is not planned but we love to do things on a whim so we never know what the next day may bring!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
my sweet hubby (Wildcat Man) holding his new little great-nephew Will, hubby is 6'4" so babies always look so very tiny in his arms!
It just seems like yesterday that he was holding ours....where does the time go?
Now ours are 24, 22 and 19...but I remember those baby years as if they were
just yesterday!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Simple Blessings

Wow, it seems like so much of us are getting deluged with rain these past few days and I know there are many that are dealing with flooding but here it's just a good steady rain and its' already greening things up. I pray that will be a sign of what's to come, as last year we had a terrible drought and simply had nothing growing, the trees turned brown, the grass simply burned up and died and it was impossible to keep things watered.
Not only is that so bad for the crops, but it's also such a sad thing to see. Our Kentucky is just a beautiful, lush green place to be...whether it's the trees or mountains or valleys it's just so beautiful and when there is no rain it seems like it's just all so bare and so pitifully wilted. Oh, we've been to some beautiful places in this country; West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, Florida etc....we are blessed with such a beautiful country to live in and I know that we all have our own idea of what home and its' beauty really is, but to this country girl it's the hills and mountains of KY, to me that's just 'home'!
For today we've had lots of rain and there's more on the way for the next few days, of course the hope is that these wonderful March showers will bring us some beautiful April/May flowers! Maiden and I saw some daffodils yesterday...they were so beautiful to see, it gives us such hope of spring doesn't it?
Well, I'm off to go check on my seed packets and get my garden journal all set to go, what an incredible time of year this is!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Simple Showers of Blessings

The photo above is of Lantana, aren't they simply beautiful? They're some of my favorite flowers!!

The Lord's blessings sometimes just seem to go on and on don't they? I know that I'm so undeserving of it all, I don't deserve one ounce of the love and blessings that He continues to shower me with every single day. Isn't it wonderful that He doesn't give us what we deserve, His Love is more powerful
than we can possibly even begin to fathom. Our lives are not trouble free, nor should they be, the blessing is that He helps us and comforts us in times of trouble, if necessary He carries us, hurts deeply with us, mourns with us but through it all, He loves us
. I think this coming Easter season of all the pain and suffering that He must have felt, the aches of knowing that His Son was suffering as He hung on that cross to die for our sins, all of us undeserving people that most of the time don't even take the time out of our lives to pray, utter a prayer of thankfulness even, or to go worship at His House...of course we have time for jobs, school, and all those important things...but we cannot take one hour to attend a service and listen to His Word being read, and feel the calm and peace that being in a service wholly devoted to Him can bring, and yet He watched His Son suffer and die on that cross for our sins. The incredible thing is that it doesn't cost anything, we don't have to do anything but sit there and listen, there are no deadlines, phone calls to make, people to see, appointments to keep, cell phones to answer, questions to answer, all we have to do is sit there and listen. It's like after that long week of bills to pay, appointments, school, car repair shops, hair appointments, meals to cook, dishes to wash, laundry to do, house repairs to fix or have fixed...after a full week of everyone wanting us to give, give, give and sometimes feeling like there is nothing left to give we have this incredible opportunity to go sit quietly in His House and have this nice person read the Scriptures and Preach a sermon...all of this for us, yet we find every reason in the world not to be there. What a waste. He loves His People and those that come to worship Him, I'm so very glad that He saved me...this totally undeserving young lady that I was, He welcomed me and I hold tight to that promise every day, indeed I can't imagine living one minute of my life without Him, I need Him, He doesn't need me, but He loves me, little old me...that's just almost too much to comprehend. Yes indeed....showers of Blessings!!! May you be showered over and above with blessings today....and as a sweet little 90 year old lady I once knew used to say: If you need something you ask the Lord and when you get it don't forget to thank Him!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today...Monday March 23, 2009

Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window... my clothesline, how wonderful that it's finally warm for a few days and we have the windows open!

I am thinking... just got off the phone with my oldest son, I love that he calls and gives me updates on his life and to check up on us!

I am thankful for... God's Love and Grace

From the kitchen...
some kind of soup, blueberry bars

I am reading...
the Kanner Lake series by Brandilyn Collins

I am hoping...
for some warmer days and continued good health in our family

I am creating... working on having a simple home

I am hearing...
birds chirping

Around the house...
right now lots of laughter and fun, lots of work to do though

One of my favorite things... seeing my oldest sons' phone number on my caller I.D.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Dr. appointments, visit with my sweet little mama

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Sweet Maiden with her new little second cousin Will, he was six days old in the photo...he's now 10 days old! What a couple of cuties!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Another Question Tag from Bekah

Let's see how well anyone knows me: answer in a comment.
1. Where you and I met:
2: Take a stab at my middle name:
3: How long have you known me?
4: The last time we saw each other?
5: Would I ever go skydiving?
6: Your first impression of me upon meeting/seeing me?
7: Am I funny?
8. My best physical feature?
9: What's my favorite music?
10: Can I sing?
11: What do I want to do more than anything?
12: What is the one thing you think I should do?
13: Do I have any special talents? If so, what are they?
14: Have you ever hugged me?
15: My favorite food?
16: If there was one good nickname for me, what would it be?
17: Your favorite memory of me?
18: If you and I were stranded on an island, what would I bring?
19: Where do you think I will be in 25 years?
20: Will you re-post this so I can fill this out for you?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

20 Random Things About Myself from Bekah!

Well, Miss Bekah has tagged me with a new one and I might as well do it now while I have the time. These are 20 random things about me:
1. I have two older brothers and a much younger sister.
2. I didn't date much when I was a teen but I went out on a date with a fellow from the band that folks said was real nice and he turned out to be a real doozy....told me that I reminded him of Morticia from the Adams Family...that is so very strange because I've always been short and I had brown curly hair....trust me I looked nothing like Morticia, now you can see why I turned down dates from people I didn't really know well after that!
3. I've never been able to do a cartwheel, although I tried repeatedly for years, I could though, do a backbend no problem at all.
4. I absolutely detest gossip, I will avoid people if I have to if they want to share gossip, I just can't stand it.
5. I do not know the intricacies of a computer at all but I can generally fix anything that goes wrong with it, I'm a problem solver so I have to get to the bottom of it.
6. My mean brothers used me as a BB target when I was young...although they'll deny it every time it's mentioned.
7. I am terrified of grand-daddy longleggers (that's what we call them here), when I was little my cousins and the afore-mentioned brothers threw them on me and I simply freeze up when I see one.
8. Sadly, I'm a perfectionist, which makes things difficult when I have a huge task. I can't just do this and that, it has to be completely in order or I don't want to do it at all.
9. I'm terrified to fly, I have flown a few times but my fear got worse with each flight. (sadly Wildcat Man works for Delta)
10. I can look at anything and in my mind know how to make it myself, drives Wildcat Man crazy! because he can't see the results like I can going into something.
11. I absolutely love to drive, when my kids got their temps I dreaded not being able to drive them everywhere but now I'm okay with them driving, since they're very good drivers, but I still love to drive, it's such an incredible freedom!
12. I would really love to live totally off grid. I love to learn about how the pioneers and colonials lived and do those things myself. Wildcat man would have to have a very, very, very long extension cord because he'd never be without cable TV.
13. Although the general consensus is that people don't like their in laws...I think mine are just so cute and sweet!
14. I have to say that all of my life my mother has been my very best girlfriend, she is the sweetest, kindest, cutest and most loving person I have ever met. Now, I can add my kids on as my very best friends too, we have such fun together!
15. The person I admire most in this whole wide world is my husband, he has an incredible work ethic and takes such wonderful care of his family.
16. I'm not only addicted to coffee, I really love it! Starbucks is mine and Maidens favorite place to go!
17. I love the colors orange and yellow, I believe the whole world should be yellow and orange...we'd all be happy all the time!!!
18. I would love to be a carpenter, I love the feel and smell of wood!
19. I homeschooled all three of our kids and found out later that I learned so much more from them than they ever learned from me....my opinion of course!
20. I'm a terrible procrastinator!!!...see I waited until the end to tell you that!!!

I tag anyone that reads it but let me know so I can read yours also!

Another Question Tag from Bekah

***********FOODNESS***********

What is your salad dressing of choice? Ranch

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Oatmeal, I love it

What are your pizza toppings of choice? Cheese, mushrooms, sauteed green peppers and onions, and pepperoni.

What do you like to put on your toast? Apple Butter

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I always get a Cherry Limeade

Do you like pulpy orange juice? The pulpier the better!

***********TECHNESS***********


How many televisions are in your house? 3

Do you own a digital camera? Yes

How many email addresses do you have? 4, all for different purposes

How much time do you spend on the internet each day? More than I should.

Do you always answer your phone? Nope!, a phone call doesn't take priority over anything, unless it's from family.

***********BIOLOGYNESS***********


Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right-handed

What (if anything) have you had removed from your body? Babies...LOL, actually my gall bladder, actually with Bekah I had a c-section and they took our her and my gall bladder!, she was a totally new surgery to that hospital!

Do you have any tattoos/piercings? my ears are pierced but I seldom wear earrings

What is the last heavy item you lifted? a box that I shouldn't have lifted!

Can you do push ups? no, never could

Can you do a chin up? no, but I could years ago

How many times (if any) have you been knocked unconscious? once, the hatchback on my car slammed down on my head...ouch

***********WOULDYOUNESS***********


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? no, now why take away the mystery?

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? I'm not sure

If you could change your name, what would you change it to? you know I've just always felt like a Judy, I'm a simple girl and can't imagine why I would want to change my name, such a waste of time and effort


If you could change your eye color, what would it be? Once again, the Lord made me this way, why would I want to change

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000? No, I detest spicy things

Would you be a pirate? Well, I like the boldness of it but I could never hurt anyone or steal

***********FAVORITENESS***********


Season? Autumn

Holiday? Christmas!

Day of the week? Dear hubbies off days!

Month? Probably October, when the weather is cooling off, that's such a wonderfully refreshing time

Christmas songs? Mary, did you know?

Sit-down restaurant? Cracker Barrel


***********CURRENTNESS**********


Missing someone? Yes, Tommy my oldest he lives on his own and I miss seeing him every day...but, I'm so proud of him and happy that he's content in his life

Mood? Joyful!

Listening to? Puritan and Bekah watching an English Premier League Soccer (Football to them) Game

Watching?....umm the computer screen as I type

Worrying about? My sweet cousins Lillie and Angela, they're really going through a rough time and I wish I could help, I love them very much!

Current hate right now? I don't like to feel hate, but I do hate that the changes we want to make are not possible right now...I'm so ready for the next step....but God knows and I really need to learn patience!

Are most of the friends in your life right now new or old? New mainly. Actually most of the friends in my life I'm related to, I have been blessed with a huge extended family and all of us live within appr. 200 miles of one another and keep in touch also through email.

Plans tonight? ???

Sleeping alone tonight? I generally sleep with my dh, have been for 26 years!


***********HAVEYOUEVERNESS***********


Have you ever had a pet fish? Yes...I'd rather not talk about it though, it involves a very upsetting garbage disposal accident.

Have you ever been in a car wreck? yes

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? yes, but then I go the Lord and He pulls me back up

Have you ever been given roses? Yes

Have you ever dated someone longer than a year? well I've been married for 26 years, does that count

Have you ever had someone sing to you? yes and I'd rather not talk about it!!!LOL

Have you ever met someone who changed your life? Yes

***********RANDOMNESS***********


First place you went this morning? kitchen for coffee

What's the last movie you saw? Vertigo, the original

Last person you talked to? Puritan

Last person you hugged? Wildcat Man, when he left for work this morning

Three things you bought yesterday? nothing

Last time you had a run-in with the cops? define...run-in.....no, never

Last person you took a picture of? Bekah

When did you last cry? a few weeks ago at the hospital with dfil, the tears were wasted though because he's doing fine!!!!

What is the last song to make you cry? I can only Imagine....gets me every time

Held hands with anyone today? Bekah's, she has the softest and warmest hands


***********MISCELLANEOUSNESS***********


Do you smile often? Yes, life's way too short to not smile all the time!

What's on your wish list for your birthday? Just love to be with my family, not one for wanting gifts, if we need it we get it...we don't like frittering away money on non-essentials

How many pairs of flip flops do you own? none, but I do live all summer in my Birkenstocks

Does the future make you more nervous or excited? Tomorrow is in the Lords' Hands, who am I to question it?

Do you have an accent? Maybe a bit, we are from Kentucky!

How will you bring in the New Year? I imagine we'll have game night with snacks (just the four of us unless Tommy comes:)) and watch the ball drop. That's just kind of a long ways away though;)

What song represents you? The Warrior is a Child by Twila Paris

Does anyone love you? Well, I would assume my dh, kids and my family


What songs do you sing in the shower? I'm not a singer, I'm a hummer (got it from my sweet little mama)

What kind of music did you listen to during your elementary school years? That was 40 years ago, I doubt I really cared much about music except maybe hymns at church

Do you believe in staying close with your exes/prospects? I think that's a dumb question. People go in and out of your life at times, some it's best not to hold on to

What is something your friends make fun of you for? My family make fun of me for different things, probably mostly my self-diagnosed ADD, they have to call my name repeatedly to get my attention when I'm reading or doing something that I need to keep my attention on.

Well now that was simply lovely....and I'm glad it's over!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Simplifying - The Art of De-Cluttering

Sometimes I wonder if others are as attached to their clutter as I am, as much as I hate to say it I find so that I have emotions attached to things. Most of the items I'm speaking of are of sentimental value anyway, things our kids made when they were small, things people that mean something to me have made, things from my little mama (if her hands have touched it, it's just so precious to me!) or my sweet little in-laws, cards from hubby. It all just sort of compounds doesn't it?...until you get to a point where you realize if you had to move tomorrow it would be an impossibility...I truly hate feeling like that because I want to have things simplified and let go of things but I know that years down the road these same kids are going to say 'Mom, why did you get rid of this or that?' and I'll feel really bad.
Although I certainly don't have this down to an 'art', I have figured out some ways of dealing with these items and have begun with some of the things but really need to stick with it.
These are my rules as to what to keep:
  • 1 outfit from the kids baby years and 1 pair of baby shoes
  • pictures: maiden and I love to scrapbook so we'll use them all eventually
  • just a few items from individual people...pretties
  • homemade items - only if they're functional or I can put away simply to hand them down
  • tools: only one of each but we buy good quality tools so they should last a long time (I learned this because my father has a lot of each kind of tool, for just in case and those things take up so much room...this works well for him but I don't want that)
  • Kitchen: only functional items, our kitchen is not a showplace, it's completely functional and so it would not be conducive to our 'work' in there to have a bunch of pretty things sitting around.
  • Plastic: I've talked before about my hope of de-plasticizing us and do try to never buy plastic, so we don't bring anymore into our home and to use what we do have as containers for non-food items.
  • Clothing: Our clothes are worn over and over again, we've never been people to have tons of clothes hanging in our closet that we don't ever wear. Our only really nice clothes are church clothes and they will be worn year after year. We don't buy expensive clothes but we do only buy natural fabrics and maiden and I make many of our clothes. Also, we own very few pairs of shoes and we wear them until they wear out, which takes years and years.
  • We do occasionally have yard sales but actually prefer to give all of our items to goodwill, so they can be used over and over again.
  • We only buy used vehicles and we drive them until they are in need of new engines, transmissions etc. and then give them to goodwill also, they have some volunteers that work on vehicles for them and then they can make some money on them.
  • Gifts: we do have a lot of craft items but we do use them all to make gifts and then have a specific place we keep the gifts until the occasion, we also keep wrapping paper in the house so we can wrap the item after it's made to be ahead of the game when gift-giving time comes. We also make our own cards but do try to keep all of those items together and not go overboard buying wooden stamps etc., we find there are certain ones we love and use over and over and we do love to use stickers with them also but always recycle the ones that we don't really like after all...no need to leave something sitting around that you don't love when someone else may be able to put it to good use.
We did homeschool our kids which meant a lot of paperwork but we sorted through them and simply got rid of the unnecessary items at least once a year. Now we have their portfolios for the end of each year and their final portfolios but that's all, of course we have their diplomas displayed on the wall. We sold a lot of our books etc. on ebay or gave them away, you really want to hold on to those things because they did cost a substantial amount of money but you just can't keep everything and it always feels good to help out another homeschool family.

One place that I think you can have fun with 'more' is in gardening....of course you can grow more veggies, herbs etc. and share your leftovers after canning and freezing but also we really love to plant flowers and although they may not be functional, they are so pretty and I just know that the Lord gave us all those pretty flowers to enjoy and be in awe of the colors He made!

Even after all of our thoughts and work with cutting down the clutter I still find that there are things I really should and could do without....especially when I think of my
Grandma and all the things she did without...but to her I'm sure she felt like she had everything as long as her family was happy and healthy, of course those kids had a lot of work to do so I'm not sure keeping a smile on their face was a priority with her...just so they understood contentment I think...that's what would make her happy.
Well, in writing this I've thought of a couple of places I need to work on in our simplifying process so off to work I go.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Simple Homemade Recipes - Knorr Soup Mix

Once again in my quest to cut out packaged foods etc. from the grocery and because the Knorr mix has some questionable items in it I was forced to come up with my own. I found the initial copycat recipe online but tweaked it a bit. I have some scratch soup recipes that called for this Knorr soup mix and I really found that they needed this soup mix in them for the flavor and texture, so I had to make it work for us. In addition you can make up a large batch and it will be there whenever you need as opposed to a packet size, this is much more cost friendly.

Homestead Knorr Soup Mix Powder

1 c vegetable flakes
2 T wheat germ
1/4 c dried pasta - cracked into small bits
3/4 t dried parsley
3/4 t dried sweet basil
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder

Mix together in bowl. Use as you would the packaged soup mix. I store ours in a qt mason jar and it keeps for at least 1 year.

I couldn't find the dried veggie flakes at the grocery store so I ordered them online from www.spicebarn.com. Theirs are great because it's all natural.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Simple Homemade Recipes - HVR Powder




I have been making Hidden Valley Ranch cheese puffs for many years, I always make them on Christmas day to take to our families homes and everybody loves them. Sadly, the HVR powder mix in the stores has MSG (and some other questionable items) so I learned to make my own years ago and it is what I've used for years. No one ever noticed a difference when I switched to this, of course you can also use it to make salad dressing but the cheese puffs were the initial reason I had to make it up.

Homemade HVR Powder

14 saltine crackers
2 c dry parsley flakes
1/2 c dry minced onion
2 1/2 T dry dill week
1/2 c each of:
onion salt
garlic salt
onion powder
garlic powder

Put crackers in blender or food processor until they become powder
Add parsley, minced onions and dill weed, blend again until powder
Put in a bowl and stir in rest of ingredients.
I store mine in a pint size mason jar and have kept it for almost 2 years
and it still works perfectly.

A recipe I found online for salad dressing, I haven't tried it:
1 T mix
1 cup mayo
1 c buttermilk
Makes 1 pint salad dressing.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

To visit Peggy's blog and to read hers and other dear ladies daybooks click the above image.

For Today...Monday March 16, 2009

Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window... cloudy but warm enough to have a few windows open! Tomorrow will be in the 70's...we'll get to initiate that new clothesline!

I am thinking...
about my daughter's post on her blog, click here to see her post on who's al and why do we need to save him? (a little tip though, turn your volume down, she's got some wild music on there!!)...she's a very funny young lady!

I am thankful for...
The new great grandchild that was born on Friday, the first one for my dear in-laws...it's a boy and he and mama are doing fine.

From the kitchen...
swiss steak, mashed potatoes, green beans....a cake (a little late for dh!)

I am reading...
ESV bible, reading and re-reading Ruth, Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins

I am hoping...
to get our sewing area tidied and ready for lots of sewing

I am creating...
lots of skirts in the plans, crochet dishcloths, do some more experimenting with our new velvet puffy paint markers, they're so fun!!!

I am hearing...
birds chirping, dd saying wahooey....not sure why...remember she's a funny one!

Around the house...
need to put some winter items away and bring out the spring and summer things, need to air things out a bit with the windows open and do some major spring cleaning!

One of my favorite things... dh calling me throughout the day while he's at work and being back to his old funny self...he's been really down worrying about his dad but things seem to have calmed down right now so he can have a bit of peace and feel the joy once again.

A few plans for the rest of the week... sewing, making extra meals to take to my dear in-laws, she's a diabetic so we have to be very careful in our cooking and baking.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
here's the pic I alluded to earlier in my post...you have to go to Bekah's blog to get the whole story!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Simple Homemade Recipes - Cream of Chicken Powder Mix

I had a dear lady ask for the recipe for the 'cream of chicken soup powder' I mentioned in my earlier post. First I have to say that the reason for coming up with the recipe is because we cannot tolerate MSG in our home, it does very strange things to us so we stay away from it as we can. Since Campbells had MSG in every soup they made, I had to come up with a different way to have cream of soup because we use it in not just casseroles but other recipes as well. This recipe was one I found and then tweaked it a lot to fit our needs and I have it down pat now, this is actually better than that chunky blob you get in the cans, in my opinion :O)
I do have to specify that I use Watkins chicken soup and gravy mix.

This chicken soup base is gluten and msg free, there are other ingredients in it that I prefer to do without but this is the best powdered chicken soup base I could find. I actually use so much of it that I became a Watkins associate simply for the discount I get when I order it, of course I also love alot of their other products and use them also, I love the made in USA and their natural way of making things and you have to love a company that's been around as long as they have.
I truly have never made a sale for the company, it just saves us a lot to be associates and get the discount for our own products, turns out a lot of people do this and the company is just fine with it. If you go to their website www.watkinsonline.com you can find out what all is in the soup base, they have a full list.
Now to the recipe:

Our Simple Cream of Chicken Soup Mix
(mix makes the equivalent to appr. 9-10 cans)
2 c powdered/dry milk
3/4 c cornstarch
1/4 c chicken stock powder
2 T dried onion flakes
1 t dried thyme
1/2 t basil
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t marjoram
1/2 t pepper

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
To use: Mix 1/2 c dry soup mix with 1 1/4 c water, whisk while heating until thick, add 1 T butter. It is now ready to use as you would out of the can.

If desired you can make this cream of:
mushroom - add sauteed mushrooms when you add the butter
celery - add slighty sauteed celery when you add the butter

We use this for quite a few recipes and the soup base itself is perfect for making soups, we use it in our cheeseburger soup, potato, southern greens soup and many more!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

To visit Peggy and read her's and lots of other dear ladies daybooks click the above photo!

For Today...Monday March 9, 2009
Here in Kentucky

Outside my window... sunny and getting warmer, can't wait for things to start turning green again!

I am thinking... about how wonderful that Wildcat Man is going to be on day shift starting in April...after 22 years at Delta Airlines...finally day shift!

I am thankful for... the wonderful love and support of a huge extended family, in the past couple of months we've really seen the love of Christ shine through in so many ways!

From the kitchen... something with chicken!, we've been cooking for my hubbys sweet parents and we're kinda running out of ideas...they eat like birds!....we send over a nice amount in case they have company and they make that meal go for days and days. We sent stuffed shells on Friday and tonight she said they're going to have the last two!!!...how cute is that! My hubby can eat about a dozen of them in one sitting! Anyway I have thighs, legs and boneless skinless breasts so I'm sure we'll think of something for them and us!

I am reading... my Bible (can't seem to get enough of reading Ruth!), also some Terri Blackstock books, I'm hooked on them

I am hoping... for some time soon with my sweet son Woodsman, he lives on his own and works a lot so I don't get to see him nearly as much as I would like. I'm missing him so much lately.

I am creating... some organized recipe books, they're actually just some journals but I'm trying to get all of our tried and trues together and organized. Also need to make up some homemade Knorr soup mix, theirs have MSG and I found a wonderful resource for the dried veggies flakes so we can finally make it ourselves.

I am hearing... my fingers hitting the keys, very quiet here

Around the house... plenty of laundry, need to clean vents around the house and get the spring/summer clothes brought out and freshened up.

One of my favorite things... making things from scratch and figuring out how to make things that my family loves in a way that's healthy and without preservatives etc., I love when we find recipes that work great. Last week we made some vanilla pudding for the first time from scratch, we needed it for a dessert with angel food cake so we made our own, it was out of this world...so much better than boxed and not a lick of 'weird' stuff or preservatives!

A few plans for the rest of the week... lots of cooking, visiting my sweet little parents on Wednesday, some shopping on Thursday, also need to do some major damage to paperwork now that the taxes are done.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
This is the top shelf of our baking pantry, looking at it reminds me that I need to make up some more cream of chicken soup powder and refill and replenish the rest of the jars, love having a full pantry downstairs to just fill things up as we need them!


Friday, March 6, 2009

Tag from Bekah

  1. the rules: erase my answers and put yours in. Use the first letter of your name to answer ALL of the following questions. If the person before you has the same 1st letter pick a new one. You CAN NOT use anything twice, and you CAN NOT use your own name for the boy/girl question. After you are done, tag 5 people...

1. What is your name? Judy
2. A 4 letter word: jack
3. A boy's name: Joseph
4. A girl's name: Jillian
5. An occupation: Janitor
6. A color: Jade
7. Something you wear: jumper
8. A Food: jam
9. Something found in the bathroom: jar (old blue mason with bobby pins in it)
10. A place: Jasper, WY

11. A reason for being late: jam (of the traffic sort)
12. Something you shout: Jilly (an inside story but I do shout it)

13. A movie title: Jaws
14. Something you drink: juice

15. An animal: jack-rabbit
16. A song title: Jingle Bells
17. A verb: jiggle

That was hard!!! I really had to think and be creative with it!

If anyone reads this, I challenge you to do it also and let me know so I can come read it!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Clothesline and Clothespins, Gardening Styles

Since we are not yet to our 'homestead' that we hope to be at soon, we find that there are things we want to do now but don't have the yardspace for. For instance, we really want to have a large garden but for now we have to make do with a smaller garden and some plants grown in pots, actually a lot of plants grown in pots!
This is what the simple living and homesteading minds
et is about I believe, making do with what we have at the moment! We grow as many things as we can right now and are able to can some of it but most of it we buy from the local farmers, especially the organic farmers. Throughout the summer they have plenty of farmstands so we never have a problem finding them. The problem that I find is that I like to grow different things, not just what the local folks grow, but for now we grow what we can, knowing one day we'll have the room to grow our huge garden and have the farm critters that we want!
I also find that since we have no huge trees to a
ttach a clothesline to and our yard is so full of rocks that it's hard to dig down into, we have to have a umbrella type clothesline, unfortunately we've worn two of them completely out so I had to buy a new one yesterday, it's this one:
It's actually very pretty, it is periwinkle blue and a light green...if you knew us you would know that maiden and I are huge proponents of everything looking pretty! :O)
We also wanted to get some clothespins that wouldn't be destroyed in the rain so we found these:
These are very pretty! They are pink, blue and yellow and they are plastic and they have a rubber padding inside the pins. The bag is also plastic and it has a small little clasp that keeps it on the clothesline but moves along with you.
Having said that I have to say that I am not a fan of plastic, if I could get by without any I would but on the other hand for things like this I find that they are better quality which means they will last longer so my money goes further and of course that means no cheap ones that will break and have to go in the garbage for the landfill....plastic is certainly a long lasting product, maybe too long lasting!
Anyway those are my finds and my thoughts on gardening, we feel like we're learning every day and things are definitely getting pared down to the necessities and pretties...just not too many pretties!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

Please click on the above photo to visit Peggy's daybook blog and read hers and many other sweet ladies' daybooks for today!

For Today... Monday, March 2, 2009

Here in Kentucky:

Outside my window... Bright sunshine..but bitter cold!

I am thinking... how good it feels to be inside this nice warm home!

I am thankful for... good news on my cousins medic
al tests today, no cancer! God is good, all the time!

From the kitchen... smoked sausage, potatoes, green beans with peanut butter pie

I am reading... lots of recipes that I had cut out, printed out etc., is finally time to sort through them for keepers or tossers

I am hoping... we get the nice warm days that are p
redicted later this week, so ready to do some spring cleaning!

I am creating... simplification in all aspects of my life, a huge goal but I'm getting there

I am hearing... the wind whipping around outside...brrrrrr

Around the house... very quiet and restful right now

One of my favorite things... talking on the phone
with my sweet little mama, after years of being the daughter and some disagreements, we're now just the best of friends, she is such a sweet little lady

A few plans for the rest of the week... continue my quest of simplifying things, which will keep me home until Thursday when I get to go visit my little mama!

A Picture though I'm sharing...this is my sweet daughter Katie. She is 19 and my dearest friend, we've never had an argument. Not because I'm so agreeable but because she is, she never sees bad in anyone, is always smiling and joyful and allows Jesus to shine through her everyday...and is truly an inspiration to her sometimes grumpy and disagreeable mom (she still calls me Mommy!). She is an incredible blessing and so much like my little mama!