How to Make and Can Pear Butter

Sharon’s Pear Butter( I double the recipe)

We have an abundance of pears on our property. We just found another tree drooping with pears a couple of weeks ago in our field. Some people are allergic to apples so pears are a great way to enjoy the same recipes with a fruit similar. I would recommend using apple cider in this recipe if your family members can have apples. I posted how to make your own pear cider in here.

10 cups chopped pears (approximately 5lbs)

2 cups pear cider (you can use apple)

3 cups sugar (you can make it without sugar)

1 tsp ground gloves

1/2 tsp allspice

3 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Wash, peel,core and quarter pears. You don’t have to peel the pears if they’re blemish free.

2.Cook pears in cider and sugar until done, 20 min’s on high.

3. Pour pears in small quantity into blender and puree.

4. After all pears are pureed put spices in and stir

5. Pour into a pan and cook in oven on 350 degrees for at least 7 hours. It becomes thick and rich the longer it cooks.

Don’t use iron pans, it turns the pear butter a dark color and takes on the taste of iron. I learned this the hard way. Glass, stainless steel or ceramic are good choices. Test for desired thickness by spooning a drop of pear butter on cold plate. If no liquid oozes around edges, it is ready.

6. Ladle into sterile jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.

7. Process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

Yeilds 5 pints

 

Eating Your Weeds- Milk Thistle for Your Liver

Butterflies enjoying Milk Thistle next to barn

Butterflies enjoying Milk Thistle next to barn

Jonathan is doing well. Would you continue to pray? He needs our prayers. Thank you!! After walking the halls of  the hospital  and seeing all the sick people it makes you want to be healthy, doesn’t it! Hence, this post on Milk Thistle.

Milk Thistle is growing all over our property. For years I thought they were a pain and to some extent they are if you touch the thorns. They’re weeds that literally grow like wild here in VA.  Our cows and sheep wouldn’t eat them, nor our goats! Finally I did some research and found that God was saving them for us. The above ground parts and seeds are medicinal.

The seeds most often are used for liver and gallbladder disorders.

Some people use milk thistle for diabetes, diseases of the spleen, prostate, cancer, depression and, uterus. It is also used for allergy symptoms. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

In foods, milk thistle leaves (cooked)and flowers are eaten as a vegetable for salads and a substitute for spinach. The seeds can be used to make coffee substitute and tea.

I’m using my Milk Thistle seeds raw on salads, in our smoothies and in our oatmeal. Having a healthy liver is vital for our health. Here are just a few things the liver does:
*Controls the production and removal of cholesterol
*Makes clotting factors
*Produces immune factors such as gamma gobulin
*Creates bile to help digest food and absorb nutrients
*Helps to clear the body of waste, toxins, and drugs
*Helps to maintain blood pressure
*Helps to support the liver’s ability to regenerate damaged tissue
*Reduces inflammation of the liver and gallbladder
*Improves digestion by stimulating bile production
*Helps to detoxify the liver from poisons
*Provides the body with antioxidants
*Helps to treat cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, and chronic hepatitis.

Milk Thistle is a super nutrient for liver health. For more info on Milk Thistle read these links:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-milk-thistle-seed/

http://naturallivingsocal.blogspot.com/2012/04/milk-thistle-seed-liver-regenerator.html

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/milk-thistle-benefits-and-side-effects

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” I Cor. 6:19-20

Chop the tops off the milk thistle plant-wear gloves

Chop the tops off the milk thistle plant-wear gloves

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Let the tops dry for a week in a dry place

Pull the purple top out and you'll find this fluffy stuff with seeds on the ends

Pull the purple top out and you’ll find this fluffy stuff with seeds on the ends

I held the fluffy part and with one gentle tug the seeds came off easy. If you do a bunch you can shake the heads in a big bag and the seeds will drop to the bottom of the bag.

I held the fluffy part and with one gentle tug the seeds came off easy. If you do a bunch you can shake the heads in a big bag and the seeds will drop to the bottom of the bag.

We eat the seeds on our salad, in our smoothies and in our oatmeal

We eat the seeds on our salad, in our smoothies and in our oatmeal

 

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Elderberry Elixir- Flu and Virus Remedy

Elderberry Elixer

Elderberry elixir

Elderberry is prolific on the Glasgow Farm. Our honey bees were in bee heaven early this summer with all the  Elderberry blossoms. Elderberry is famous for it’s ability to treat flu and virus symptoms.  This was my first year to make my very own Elderberry elixir. For years I had read how Elderberry  trumps Tamilfu for flu and virus remedy ability, so I decided to make a batch! It is so like God to put the very remedies we need in close proximity to us.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

Elderberry Elixir Recipe
Two pint canning jar (or other glass jar that seals well)
Two cups washed ripe elderberries (it took an hour to pick the ripe one’s from the unripe!)
Two cups of high quality brandy
One cup of raw honey
Pour all ingredients into mixing bowl together and stir well. Pour into sterilized pint-sized jars. Secure top on and shake carefully. Let sit in cool dark place for four to six weeks. Strain well, reserving liquid and store in airtight jar in cool, dark place. You don’t have to strain if you don’t want. Shake  before using. Store in small tincture bottles if you have any. The elderberry tincture (elixir) will last a year or more. This is the first year I have made it! The remedy goes back to Hippocrates.

Take a teaspoon every three hours at onset of flu or virus. You can put a teaspoon into a cup of water and drink as well.  Take until well! If you’ve come into contact with someone with the flu or virus I suggest to take 3 or 4 times a day.
Of course- rest and eat chicken soup along with your Elderberry elixir!

“Elderberries have been a folk remedy for centuries. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1951.”

Make sure you don’t eat unripe elderberries, the stem or leaves. They can make you very sick.

A Elderberry bunch- the unripe ones and the stems are dangerous to eat. Only use the ripe berries, the black ones

An Elderberry bunch- the unripe ones and the stems are dangerous to eat. Only use the ripe berries, the black ones

Unripe elderberries, in addition to the plant’s leaves, twigs, stems and roots, contain traces of cyanide- So be careful!

Elderberry Elixier ingredients: Raw honey, good quality brandy and Elderberries

Elderberry elixir ingredients: Raw honey, good quality brandy and ripe Elderberries

Pour all ingredients into mixing bowl

Pour all ingredients into mixing bowl

 

Stir elderberries, brandy and honey

Stir elderberries, brandy and honey together

Pour into pint sized jars-this recipe fit into 2 pint jars

Pour into clean pint-sized jars-this recipe fit into 2 pint jars

 

Elderberry Elixier

Elderberry elixir

 

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Elderberry elixir Secure top on and let sit for 4-6 weeks. You can strain out the berries at that point or let them stay and get stronger.

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You can order  Elderberry bushes from  Gurneys.com.

 

Elderberry tree/bush grew up  through our baler

Elderberry tree/bush grew up through our Baler they would take over our field if we let them!

 

Elderberry bush hanging over bunny

Elderberry bush hanging over bunny

Retro Mint Patties

Retro Mint Patties

Retro Mint Patties

The most requested recipe from our  vintage barn wedding last month? The mint patties! They were a HUGE hit, here is the recipe!

RETRO MINT PATTIES

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 4 cups  confectionery sugar (organic confectionary sugar doesn’t perform as well in color but  non organic is genetically modified)
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 4 tablespoons milk ( I use raw with full cream top)
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil (don’t use imitation flavoring PLEASE)
  • 1 tsp pure organic vanilla extract (the better quality you use the better tasting it is)

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Coating:

  • 1 lb  white chocolate, chopped (the better the quality the better the taste)
  • soft gel paste colors ( for weddings and showers I use regular food dye. For all other occasions I use all natural dyes. The photo is representing the regular food colors)

 

Instructions for the Filling:

  1. If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer now’s the time to pull it out (with paddle attachment)! If you don’t, get your arm muscles ready for a work out.  In mixing bowl combine sugar, butter, milk, peppermint oil and vanilla.
  2. Mix for 2 minutes on medium high. My mixer started to overheat, if that happens turn it off and let it cool down. Don’t burn your motor up.  Cover and chill filling in bowl for about 30 minutes.
  3. After chilled, roll into 1.5″ balls and place on wax  or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with the palm of your hand to create a patty. Chill for another 30-60 minutes until firm and remove when your coating is ready.

Instructions for the Coating:

If you have a double boiler- use it. I don’t have one so it makes this recipe more difficult.  In a double boiler, bring water to boil. Once boiling, turn the stove to low and add your chopped chocolate. Stir until smooth. Stir continuously. We borrowed a melting pot for chocolate from a friend, they’re around $20- it helped a lot.

Divide your chocolate into 3 bowls. Add a couple drops of color to each bowl and stir. WORK QUICKLY at this point, once the chocolate is 80 to 84 degrees on a candy thermometer you can begin dipping the mints into chocolate. The chocolate starts to harden in the bowls when the temperature decreases.  Dip patties into chocolate, coat both sides. Set in a cool place but not refrigerator to set. After hardened you can refrigerate. You can make in advance and freeze.  They were WONDERFUL!!

*filling recipe adapted from Joy of Bakingmintjennifer_mint

 

Retro Mint Patties

Retro Mint Patties

Rachael and Jonathan’s Whimsical Vintage Barn Wedding!

Fireworks and sparkler's sent them off!

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Curry-the sparkler send off!

 

 

'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

On May 18, 2013 Jonathan and Rachael were married. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19:4-6

 

 

 

Bridal Party

Bridal Party

Front: Dale, Sharon, Rachael, Jonathan, Hannah, Ellie Back: Heather and Jennifer

The Glasgow Family

 

The Curry Family

The Curry Family

 

Rachael and her bridesmaids (sisters and and best friend)

Rachael and her bridesmaids

 

 

Jonathan with his Groomsmen

Jonathan with his Groomsmen

Jonathan Rachael- black and white dancing

The wedding favors-Homemade jewel shaped truffles-YUM! Recipe and directions to come

The wedding favors-Homemade jewel(treasure) shaped truffles-YUM! Rachael and I made truffles for DAYS!

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44

 

Homemade marshmallows coated in organic coconut held each name written in gold

Homemade marshmallows coated in  coconut held each name written in gold- The china plate is from the  complete set we bought at an antique store for $20. Dishes used at wedding were from our family collection and from thrift stores

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Vintage dollies starched like great grandma used to do-hung all over barn on twine- Recipe and directions here.

We starched vintage dolies just like great grandma used to do and hung all over barn on twine

Table numbers- the frames are from thrift stores. No more than a dollar a piece- Rachael designed and printed the numbers inside the frrames

Table numbers- the frames are from thrift stores. No more than a dollar each- Rachael designed and printed the numbers inside the frames

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Table runners- Bought bolt of sheer fabric- cut to size of each table and  dyed them warm pink. Clothe napkins- bought white and dyed them warm pink Books on tables- Antique books from our collection sat on each table. Rachael did have to acquire some additional ones- which she got for free at a couple of estate sales!

Table runners- Bought bolt of sheer fabric- cut to size of each table and dyed them warm pink.
Clothe napkins- bought white and dyed them warm pink
Books on tables- Antique books from our collection sat on each table. Rachael  acquired additional ones  free at estate sale!

Flowers- we bought the flowers at various places and our friend Beverly put the bouquets and arrangements together at the barn on wedding day

Flowers- we bought the flowers at various places and our friend Beverly put the bouquets and arrangements together at the barn on wedding day w/ help of Hannah

 

 

Rachael designed the delicious menu

Rachael designed this framed piece that announces the reception menu

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All the food was prepared and made on the farm--except for the chicken. We prepared the stuffed chicken and our friend Jose grilled it for us

All the food was prepared and made on the farm–except for the chicken. We prepared the stuffed chicken here and  our friend Jose grilled it for us

Vintage China arch with hanging tea cups

Vintage China arch with hanging tea cups

Wedding cake- made by our friend and artist Beverly Toves!

Wedding cake- made by our friend and artist Beverly Toves!

Dale and Rachael made these tea cup light fixtures- Typically mason jar light fixtures hang in barn. Rachael wanted a sophisticated barn wedding so she bought these fixtures for $6 each, painted them white, drilled holes in bottoms of yard sale tea cups and wired them!

Dale and Rachael made these tea cup light fixtures- Typically mason jar light fixtures hang in barn. Rachael wanted a sophisticated barn wedding so she bought these fixtures for $6 each, painted them white, drilled holes in bottoms of yard sale tea cups (25 cent each) and wired them!

Our kitchen--a lot of creating took place here!

Our kitchen–a lot of creating took place here!

Each of our daughters made and myself made deserts- This one is a 5 layer gluten free cake with buttercream frosting

Each of our daughters and myself made deserts- This one is a 5 layer gluten free cake with buttercream frosting

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The first dance

The first dance

The fullness of celebrating with friends and family

The fullness of celebrating with friends and family- this friend came  from Canada for the wedding

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Vintage cast iron tub used for salad bar

Vintage cast iron tub used for salad bar

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Father of bride dance

Father of bride dance

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It was a magical night

It was a magical night

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Fireworks remind me of the throne room of Heaven. Revelation 4 says that from the throne proceeds lightening's, thundering's and the sound of many voices. Seven lamps of fire burn before the throne. The four living creatures around the throne never tire but every second get a new revelation of the glory of the Lord and day and night never rest saying, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!"

The spectacular lights and sounds of fireworks  remind me of the throne room of Heaven.  Revelation 4 says that from the throne proceeds lightenings, thunderings and the sound of voices. Seven lamps of fire burn before the throne. The four living creatures around the throne never tire but every second get a new revelation of the glory of the Lord and day and night never rest saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

Fireworks and sparkler's sent them off!

Conclusion to a perfect wedding day! The sparkler send off!

 

Mulberry Harvesting-10 Ideas of What to do With Mulberries

 

We have five Mulberry trees on the farm.

We have five Mulberry trees on the farm.

Who doesn’t love-making memories or recounting old ones? This past weekend 200 people came to our farm to enjoy family and friends. Dale and I had harvested mulberries the day they got here. Buckets and buckets  were waiting to be processed in my kitchen. My first thought was, I need to get this cleared out of here before all our company comes. But then they arrived before I could get to them and the mulberries became the focus of the night.

Many older people who strolled through the kitchen  mentioned the memories of seeing piles of harvest in their grandparents kitchens when they were growing up. They would bring the younger people aside and tell tales of their families mulberry picking and how incredulous it was! Even people who had no memories of mulberries were mesmerized by the mountains of produce in our kitchen. It must be something innate in mankind to feel the pleasure of a bountiful harvest.  I processed the mulberries that night and many who came through said they would never forget the wonderful memory made in our kitchen.

Mulberries are rather mild in flavor, but chock full of nutrients. God planted our Mulberry trees Himself, He knew we would need them. I’ve put up three bushels so far and we’ve only harvested for 2 days! That’s almost 30 gallons! Thank You Lord, You are our Provider!

Ideas for Mulberries:

1. Make a mulberry pie. Find your favorite blackberry pie recipe and substitute mulberries for the blackberries. Just remember–they’re not as sweet.

2. Make a mulberry cobbler. 1 cup of baking flour (I use Pamela’s baking mix it’s gluten free. You can use self rising flour), 1 cup organic sugar, 3/4 cup milk (I use raw), 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 stick of butter. Melt butter in bottom of baking dish. Mix flour, sugar, milk and vanilla together then spread on top of melted butter. Mix 2 cups of mulberries in 1/3 cup of sugar- heat to melt sugar.  Pour on top of flour mixture in baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes in 375 oven–or until done (won’t wiggle when you shake it). Serve with homemade ice cream! Eat on front porch with family and friends. This is truly delicious!

Mulberry Cobbler

Mulberry Cobbler- I ran out of organic sugar so I used 1/2 organic brown sugar in this cobbler- hence the darker color

3. Make mulberry pancakes. Use my pancake recipe, add mulberries to the mix and top with whipped cream and berries on top.YUMMMMY !

4. Make mulberry smoothie. 1 cup of yogurt, 1/3 cup crushed or juiced mulberries, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tsps. raw honey and 1/2 tsps. organic vanilla- you can add nuts or flax seeds if you eat with a spoon.

5. Make oatmeal with mulberries. After my oatmeal is ready I add butter, honey, raw milk and a handful of frozen mulberries to the top. YUM!

6. Make mulberry granola.  4 cups walnuts, ½  teaspoon celtic sea salt, ½ cup water, 4  dates pitted and chopped, 5 dried apricots  chopped, ½ cup dried mulberries, 1 teaspoon cinnamon

7. Make your favorite salad and pour fresh or dehydrated mulberries on top.

Dehydrating mulberries in dehydrator

Dehydrating mulberries in dehydrator

8. Make homemade mulberry ice cream. I use 4 cups of raw milk, 1 cup organic sugar, 5 organic and free range egg yolks and 2 tsps. vanilla. Mix all and let sit in fridge for an hour or so. Pour into ice cream maker–use your directions for how long to process. Mine takes 25 minutes. In the last five minutes I add 1/2 cup of crushed mulberries. When I serve the ice cream I add more berries to top!

9. Mulberry Sorbet

Mulberry Sorbert- Super Hero Food

Mulberry Sorbert- Super Hero Food

10. Make mulberry muffins. Use your favorite recipe and substitute mulberries for any fruit called for in recipe.

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Unripe Mulberries

Make sure you don’t use the unripe ones, unless of course you’re in need of a laxative! After you harvest mulberries they deteriorate quickly. They’ll stay good for a couple of days, they keep longer in the fridge.

“Mulberries are very high in antioxidants, which help the body cleanse damaged cells which lead to many complications. They also contain large amounts of vitamin C as well as Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, really high levels of Iron, and Dietary Fiber which all help to give the body and mind incredible energy to live happy and healthy lives! They are also high in minerals like potassium, manganese, and magnesium and contain the B vitamins, B6, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Folic Acid.

Mulberries contain flavinoids and phyto-nutrients and are extremely high in anthocyanins which help to fight against cancer as well as reduce aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections. The berries also contain resveratrol, a powerful blood flow increasing antioxidant which you have probably heard promoted through the wine industry as their new claim to fame. Resveratrol is a powerful healer for many conditions such as aging diseases, inflammation, and a number one go to as part of an herbal protocol for the treatment of lymes disease.” Nutrition facts from www.ReturntoNature.us.

The Mulberry tree is directly behind everyone

The Mulberry tree is directly behind everyone

Dale harvested 30 gallons of mulberries  in two days! 4 hours of labor. There's a ton left to harvest!

Dale harvested 30 gallons of mulberries in two days! 4 hours of labor. There’s a ton left to harvest! He puts a sheet on the ground below the branches and then shakes the branches. The ripe ones gently fall onto the sheet. Easier than picking blackberries amongst thorns and poison ivy!

Mulberries make a great all natural dye for clothes!

Mulberries make a great all natural dye for clothes and fingernails!

Mulberry smoothie! Homemade plain yogurt, raw honey, mulberries and a little  organic vanilla-YUM!

Mulberry smoothie! Homemade plain yogurt, raw honey, mulberries and a little organic vanilla-YUM! We eat them on our salads too! Dehydrate, freeze or can the berries for preservation!

Making memories

And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Luke 10:2

Every time we have a bountiful harvest, I think of that verse and it convicts me of God’s harvest!  People are ripe for hearing the Good News of Jesus, we just need to do it! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, Shall not perish- but have eternal life.” John 3:16

The Good Wife Bridal Shower

 Rachael with all her sisters, niece and me at her Good Wife Bridal Shower

Rachael with all her sisters, niece and me at her Good Wife Bridal Shower- Everyone was asked to wear an apron, bring a favorite recipe and piece of wife advice

We had a wonderful bridal shower this past weekend for Rachael(daughter). We had so much fun all together, I wish we could do it every weekend! Every time there’s a wedding or bridal shower I think about how important wedding festivities have been throughout the centuries. Back in Jesus’ time whole towns and villages would celebrate a marriage.  One of Jesus’ first miracles was at a wedding feast–just imagine Jesus coming to your shower or wedding! How powerfully amazing that would be! Isn’t it beautiful that the beginning of His miracles He did at a wedding? He manifested His glory at a party(John 2). . .let’s never forget to bring His glory to every party we attend and everywhere we go.

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Cupcakes made in large cupcake pans with 1/2 pound of frosting on each! A sweetaholic's dream come true!

Cupcakes made in large cupcake pans with 1/2 pound of frosting on each! A sweetaholic’s dream come true! For Party Cupcake recipe click here!

Buckeyes streaked with white glaze and topped with pink frosted rose

Buckeyes streaked with white glaze and topped with pink frosted roses- Brought by sister-in-law Marianne

Homemade cupcakes made in large muffin pan with  1/2 pound of frosting on  each one! A sweetaholic's dream come true!

Homemade cupcakes made in large muffin pan with 1/2 pound of frosting on each one! A sweetaholic’s dream come true! Made by mother of the bride-me

Fresh flowers Hannah got from Trader Joe's and then arranged in tea pots

Fresh flowers Hannah got from Trader Joe’s and then arranged in tea pots

Homemade mint patties under glass dome-made by sister-Jennifer

Homemade mint patties under glass dome-made by sister-Jennifer

Chocolate covered strawberries and fresh flower arrangement- both made by sister, Hannah

Chocolate covered strawberries  made by sister, Hannah

Bridal Shower cookies- made by Grandma Marilyn

Bridal Shower cookies- made by Grandma Marilyn

Truffle cake pops-made by Chris

Truffle cake pops-made by Chris

Vintage tin cans Rachael found at thrift/antique stores

Vintage tin cans Rachael found at thrift/antique stores

 

Antique frosting decorating kit- I've had it for years and still use the kit! The donut maker broke a couple  years ago--I used to make donuts with it.

Antique frosting decorating kit- I’ve had it for years and still use the kit! The donut maker broke a couple years ago–I used to make donuts with it.

Guacamole mountain w/ organic chips, sliced veggies and dip and an organic rice casserole made by sister Heather

Guacamole mountain w/ organic chips, sliced veggies and dip and an organic rice casserole made by sister Heather

On the back table; Grandma Shanaberger's chicken salad sandwiches and Heather's organic party meatballs

On the back table; Grandma Shanaberger’s chicken salad sandwiches and Heather’s organic party meatballs – whoops where did the meatballs go? Punch on the buffet- Made by Mother of the Groom, Barbara Curry. Good Wife Bridal Shower Poster created and printed in our home the night before the shower

Pink and Cream colored truffle cake balls- seriously amazing

Pink and Cream colored truffle cake balls- seriously amazing- made by Chris

Vintage Aprons

Vintage Aprons- Dales great grandma made the one with pink embroiderer on it and his grandma made the yellow one

Game #1- Hannah had 20 kitchen items on her. She walked around the room pretty quickly letting everyone see her then she left and everyone had to write down the items they remembered. Who ever remembered the most won- Dawn won!

Game #1- Hannah had 20 kitchen items on her. She walked around the room pretty quickly letting everyone see her then she left and everyone had to write down the items they remembered. Who ever remembered the most won- Dawn won!

Everyone was asked to bring a recipe and a piece of wife advice

Game #2- Rachael told her and Jonathan’s love story and then everyone was given a piece of paper and asked questions to see who got the most answers correct. Chris won!

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Game #3-Bridal Bingo- Everyone was given a bridal bingo sheet and stickers. They had to write items they thought Rachel's gifts would be in each box. Every time one of the things they wrote down was opened they got to put a sticker on it. First person to get a row finished called bingo-winner was Kim!

Game #3-Bridal Bingo- Everyone was given a bridal bingo sheet and stickers. They were asked to write items they thought Rachel’s gifts would be in each box. Every time one of the things they wrote down was opened they got to put a sticker on it. First person to get a row finished called bingo-winner was Kim!

 

 

Grandma Marilyn(dale's mom) and Grandma Shanaberger(my mom) with Rachael

Grandma Marilyn(dale’s mom) and Grandma Shanaberger(my mom) with Rachael

Mother of the groom to be-Barbara and Mother of the bride to be- me

Mother of the groom to be-Barbara and Mother of the bride to be- me

Present opening time

Present opening time

Present opening time!

Present opening time! Ellie is taking notes on who gave what presents

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Rachael and Bethany have been friends since they were 2 years old- Her mom (Beverly Toves) did  all the photos at the shower!

Rachael and Bethany have been friends since they were 2 years old- Her mom (Beverly Toves) did all the photos at the shower!

 

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Rachael with cupcake

Party Cupcake recipe here!

Jonathan had been working outside but came in for an appearance

Jonathan had been working outside but came in for an appearance

Eating Weeds for Your Health-Dandelion Fritters & Sautéed Dandelion Greens

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.  3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2

I started the week off by making Dandelion Fritters! Yep, with the weeds from our yard.  Dandelions are the most amazing plant ever and just to think people spray killer on them in their yards. Don’t use yours if you’ve sprayed them!! The flowers, the greens and the roots are all medicinal. The flowers  taste a lot like zucchini blossoms, if you’ve ever had those. They’re addicting with your favorite dressing or with honey!

Dandelions are SO good for you; for liver disorders, diabetes, acne, cancer, anemia, for your  bone health, helps in weight loss and the list goes on. . . Read the benefits here! The juice inside the steam of the flower is used for warts, age spots on skin and other skin aliments.  1 cup of dandelion provides vitamin A (186% RDA) and vitamin C (21% RDA)! One cup of chopped dandelion greens are  good sources of vitamins B1, B2, B6, vitamin E  and especially abundant in vitamin K (357% RDA)!

Dandelion Fritters

A bunch of cleaned dandelion flowers—only use clean and organic, meaning no pesticides.

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup of cornstarch-organic if possible

¼ cup of flour-(I use GF flour)

½ cup of water

Oil for sauteing

Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix egg, cornstarch, flour, water and salt together. Let sit for 10 min-gets thicker. Then dip dandelion flower’s into the batter. Drop on to hot greased skillet. Cook on medium high for 3-4 minutes and flip. Flatten down with spatula and cook for another 3-4 minutes until slightly browned and becomes soft inside.

Dandelion Greens w/ Walnuts and Blue Cheese- (The greens are on the bitter side. Go easy when you first start eating and build up your amount- they are a powerhouse)

Bunch of washed Dandelion greens- in the spring time they are the best, tender— I use all summer

2-3 garlic cloves minced

¼ cup of olive oil or grape seed oil, plus 2 tablespoons

Balsamic vinegar spray

4 ounce crumbled blue cheese—I used my homemade goat feta

Chopped walnuts

Chopped dates

In skillet, saute garlic in a tablespoon of oil. Add dandelion greens and additional 2 tablespoons of oil, cook until they wilt- just a minute or so. Transfer to serving dish. Spray balsamic vinegar over the greens, sprinkle with chopped nuts, blue cheese, chopped dates and salt if you want.

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

One of many dandelion plants

One of our many dandelion plants

 

 Dip dandelions into batter and then onto a very hot greased skillet. Fry for 3-4 minutes on medium high then flip and flatten just a little with spaula

Dip dandelions into batter and then onto a very hot greased skillet. Fry for 3-4 minutes on medium high then flip and flatten just a little with

spatula

 Flipped and flattened

Flipped and flattened

YUMMY Dandelion Fritters!! dip in your favorite sauce (mine was curds with garlic and seasonings) or honey. HONEY is DELICIOUS with it!

YUMMY Dandelion Fritters!! dip in your favorite sauce (mine was curds with garlic and seasonings) or honey. HONEY is DELICIOUS with it!

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Saute with garlic in oil

Saute with garlic in oil

Yummy and healthy

Yummy and healthy

Dandelion Blossom Syrup

Dandelion Blossom Syrup

Easter with family!

Coconut Cream Cake

 

Coconut Cream Cake

Coconut Cream Cake

My mom makes the best fresh coconut cake you’ve ever eaten in your life. She buys a  fresh coconut, uses the milk inside it and shreds up her own coconut. I could  eat the entire cake all by myself. She’ll be shocked that I used organic dry coconut out of a bag, but I didn’t have time to go get the real deal.

Any time you use fresh coconut, you can’t lose. It’s amazing. If you use fresh in this recipe, don’t toast the coconut. The moisture from the fresh is delectable so keep it that way.

Yellow Cake

2 3/4 cups self-rising flour (I use Gluten free flour)

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

2 cups sugar (organic if possible)

4 large eggs, beaten

1 cup coconut milk- I used organic coconut milk in a can, but if you use fresh it will be yummy!

1 tsp vanilla extract (organic if possible)

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Add the eggs and beat for 1 minute. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Spoon batter into two greased and floured pans 3/4 full.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until done. Watch it! Let cakes cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

Coconut Cream filling

1/2 cup of organic corn starch

1 1/2 cups sugar, organic if possible

4 cups milk- use goat milk for lactose sensitive

6 Tb. butter

4 egg yolks

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup of shredded coconut- I used organic dry in bag, but freshly grated coconut is divine!

Mix  starch and sugar into milk, stir until everything is dissolved. Add butter, cook for five minutes. Slightly beat egg yolks in small bowl. Add a little of the hot milk mixture to the beaten yolks, slowly. Add a little more to the eggs, then add all that back into the big pot of milk mixture and stir all together. You just don’t want to shock the eggs and have them turn into scrambled eggs in your milk. Once you pour them in cook stirring constantly until thick. Add vanilla and coconut–stir. It will get thicker as it cools. Don’t let it scorch!

Set aside in waiting for cooled cake. After cakes cool slice them in half and top each layer with yummy cream. Wipe the sides if any drips down or the frosting won’t stick to the cake.

Frosting

1 1/4 stick of unsalted butter, softened

3 3/4 cups powdered sugar (Organic if possible)

1/3 cup coconut milk, canned or fresh

1 tsp vanilla

In large bowl mix butter and sugar, add milk and vanilla. Mix with mixer for 3 minutes. If it is too thick add more coconut milk.

*Roast 1 1/2 cups of coconut in 425 degree oven for 10 minutes or until browned. To be used after you frost cake. If you use fresh coconut don’t toast it.

This recipe makes three layers

This recipe makes three layers

Then I sliced the three layers in half and made them into six layers. As you can see I messed up. i was on the phone the whole time I was cutting them with the electric knife. It didn' t work well with one hand

Then I sliced the three layers in half and made them into six layers. As you can see I messed up. I was on the phone the whole time  cutting them with the electric knife. It didn’t
 work well with one hand!

Pour a generous portion of filling onto the first cake halve--I added more than this

Pour a generous portion of filling onto the first cake halve–I added more than this

Keep stacking with a new layer of cake and filling

Keep stacking with a new layer of cake and filling-don’t put filling on top!

Frost top and sides

Frost top and sides- the organic powdered sugar had some lumps in it- doesn’t really matter

II browned 1 1/2 cups of coconut in the oven on 425 for 10 min's--While cake is still moist add the browned coconut to the top and sides. Just toss it all over, the counter will be a mess!

Brown 1 1/2 cups of coconut in the oven on 425 for 10 min’s–While cake is still moist add the browned coconut to the top and sides. Just toss it all over, the counter will be a mess!

You can freeze this cake whole--wrap tightly

You can freeze this cake whole–wrap tightly

French pressed coffee and coconut cream cake--oh my, this is good!

French pressed coffee and coconut cream cake–oh my, this is good!

 

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He is RISEN! Let us celebrate that this weekend! Thank You Jesus!

 

A Simple Family Passover (Seder) Supper

Our Seder Supper- First time ever without our girls!

Our Seder Supper- First time ever without our girls!

We celebrate the Passover (Seder) meal on Thursday or Friday evening before Easter.  We’ve made it simple so that it would never be too hard to do. A traditional Seder meal is long.  In celebrating this feast we are honoring a feast, instituted by God and celebrated by Jesus himself.  “Because Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us; therefore, let us observe the festival [Passover and Unleavened Bread]… with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:7-8).  This is not to be done out of a religious spirit, or any form of “legalism,” but rather in a joyful, reflective, and instructional manner.  Enjoy!

Our Christian Passover Seder

Candles lit on the table: Representing Jesus, who is the light of the World

Food on table; Roasted lamb, unleavened bread, boiled egg, bitter herbs (horseradish), Charoseth (a sweet mixture of apples, cinnamon, grape-juice [or wine], and walnuts), salt water, parsley, and wine or grape juice

Children should know this is a special tradition.  Inform them ahead of time that the focus will be solely on the Passover and on Christ.  After the dinner they can talk about their day’s events and personal interests.

We start by reading Exodus 12:14, “So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations.”  This passage is directly discussing the Feast of Passover.

Then explain:

We celebrate this feast to help us remember that God rescued the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.  On the night before He delivered them, God told them to kill a lamb and to cover the top of their doorway with its blood.  Every Israelite family who did what God said was protected from the plague of death in their home.

Many years later, Jesus (God’s son) came to earth in human form and died on the cross- as a fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrifice.  He became the ultimate sacrificial lamb.  We no longer have to kill a lamb like they did under the Old Covenant for forgiveness of sin.  Jesus’ blood was shed so that all who receive Him as their savior are saved from sin and eternal death.  This sacrifice was all-sufficient, once for all.

Read Isaiah 53: 3-12…

In short, it says that Jesus was the lamb who was slain for all of our sins.  The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed!  He poured out His soul unto death for us, so that we may be saved.

When we accept Christ as our personal Savior, His blood covers us- protecting us from eternal death and bondage.  The night before Christ died, He celebrated the Passover dinner with His disciples and said that from now on (until the end of the age) we are to partake of the Lords supper as a reminder of His death and resurrection until He comes again.   It is good for us to tell this story to our children, especially during the week of Passover, since it is a prophetic picture of what Christ accomplished for us on the cross.  Generation after generation will be instructed on the profound importance and meaning of Christ’s sacrifice, since He was/is the fulfillment of the Hebrew law (Matthew 5:17).

Read John 3:16.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving:  For the ultimate sacrifice of Christ’s blood that was shed for us all and His resurrection.  Also, thank Him for the food that is about to be partaken of.

At this time, the head of table passes each food item (one by one) and explains what they represent…

Platter of roasted Lamb:  We eat this in memory of the lamb that the Israelites sacrificed the night before they escaped out of Egypt.  Jesus was our final perfect Lamb who was sacrificed for us all.

Unleavened bread ( I made Gluten Free Matzo): Store bought Matzo can be used.  We eat this to remind us that the Israelites didn’t have time to wait for yeast bread to rise- rather they had to be ready to go when God said “GO.” At the Last Supper Jesus told us that the bread would represent His body that was broken for us.  We eat it in remembrance of His body that was slain for us.

Boiled Egg- (In Jewish tradition it is a roasted egg) the egg stands for renewal.  The Israelites were going to start a new life and we have new life in Christ because of what He did on the cross for us.

Bitter herbs-We serve horseradish as a reminder of the bitterness of the slavery in Egypt.  Jesus suffered greatly for us that we may be saved.  Remind them that on the cross He was given the bitter vinegar on the sponge to drink.

Charoseth- This is a mixture of chopped apples, walnuts, grape-juice (or wine), cinnamon, and brown sugar.  Symbolizes the mortar and bricks the Israelites used in making the bricks for the king of Egypt.

Karpas– We use parsley for this. These plants stay green all year and represent everlasting life because of Christ’s resurrection.

Small bowl of salt water– Tears of the Israelites in bondage. Today can represent our tears for those who haven’t accepted Christ as their personal savior.  Dip the parsley into the salt water bowl and eat it.

Grape juice or wine poured in glasses– At the Last Supper Jesus said that the wine represented His own blood, poured out for us all. Drink in remembrance of Him until He comes again.

Jesus is the Messiah who died on the cross and rose again on the third day!  He is alive today and all who accept Him become joint Heirs with Him.  Our inheritance is great.  We have been given not only life eternal but everlasting peace, authority in Jesus’ name, and the last will and testament that Jesus gave us- an inheritance that is vastly immeasurable (John 17: 20-26)!

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate this feast with your family. Just celebrate, fill your home with the glory of our risen Savior with praise, worship and adoration to Him who is, was and always will be!

Halleluyah!

And at this time, the meal is concluded!

Our family watches Jesus of Nazareth after the dinner.

Easter is usually the only time of year our family eats lamb. Typically I roast an entire leg of lamb the whole afternoon before the meal. I didn’t post my recipe because most people say to cook it rare. Ours always falls off the bone and is SO tender. This was the first time I’ve ever made lamb chops, next year I’ll go back to the larger piece and roast all afternoon. This was good!

Charoseth3 chopped apples, 1 sliced banana, 2/3 cup plain yogart, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, dash cinnamon, couple tsp’s organic sugar or honey, 1 tsp vanilla-Mix all!

I made Gluten Free Matzo this year! Click here for recipe

The Seder Dinner

I got the plates here for a $1 each, the sterling silver platter for $3 and the brass candle sticks 2 for $1! Yep, thrift stores are amazing! I bought the glass dishes for pennies.

The Supper Table

Post written by our daughter Hannah Glasgow Easter. I took it off her blog today, enjoy! You can find her at http://hannaheaster.blogspot.com

“It’s time to eat!!!” My mom would cry as she clanked the cowbell with her sturdy spoon. By the third time, she could start to make out the barefooted tornado of dirt, curls, and laughter migrating towards her. As hard as it was to pull ourselves away from playing, we knew even as kids, the next part of our day was worth it.

With a fussing baby on her hip, my mom flawlessly flung potato soup into seven bowls. As my dad thanked the Lord for our meal, everyone seemed to breathe a sigh of relief. Seated at this table, all was right in the world. This was our safe haven from every storm of the day. As each daughter recounted her day, my parents would intently listen and ask questions. They encouraged us to create and work hard, always inspiring us to use our gifts and talents. The most important thing that happened at that table was how they taught us to trust in something bigger than our family. They told us in how they lived their lives and their words, that Jesus was bigger and even better than these moments together and one day we will all be seated with him at his table.
Mealtime is somewhat magical. Amidst the craziness of the day, every person on the face of the planet must stop and take a moment to refuel. It reminds us of our mortality and forces us to rest. In the Bible, God makes a point to show Himself to His people over meals. When the Israelite s cry out to God to deliver them from slavery in Egypt, God sends plagues to make Pharaoh want to get rid of them. When Pharaoh doesn’t, God sends a final plague that will really shake him up. God sends the angel of death to kill every firstborn child, including Pharaoh’s son. He instructs the Israelites to kill a lamb and spread its’ blood over their doorposts so that when the angel came to kill, He would see the blood and pass over their home. The Israelites had to believe that the lamb was killed in place of their firstborn child and only then would the angel skip their home.
God instructs his people to eat a “Passover” dinner that night, which included the lamb and bitter herbs to represent their slavery. The Israelites left Egypt that night. God commanded the people to eat this meal every year to remind them that it was He who had delivered them from slavery. The people made it a tradition to eat this same meal once a year and tell their children the story of “Passover.”
Fast forward  to when Jesus was on earth. The night before He died, He was celebrating the Passover meal with His friends. They thought He would not leave them. But Jesus knew the reason He came was to die and rise again. As they ate the meal that reminded them of the night when the angel passed over Israel’s homes, Jesus gave them a new dinner tradition. He took a loaf of bread, broke it and told them that it represented His body. He told them to eat it and remember. Then He held up the cup of wine and told them to drink His blood. Yes, that sounds a bit creepy if you didn’t grow up hearing it, doesn’t it? Jesus went on to say that his blood represented the new promise between God and people. No longer was the blood of a lamb needed to pay for their sins. His blood would be the perfect sacrifice for everybody who believes.
The next day, like a lamb he was led to His slaughter, yet he did not open His mouth to protest. And just like the Passover lamb, He was killed.
“But He was pierced for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,
and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Jesus said something during the Passover dinner that I hadn’t noticed before until now,
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.” Luke 22:15
Fulfillment in the Kingdom of God? What’s that about? I flipped over to Revelation and got butterflies in my tummy.
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come…Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Revelation 19:7-9
Another meal! This meal will definitely top all the others. I love getting a glimpse of heaven. It is at the wedding supper of the Lamb that we will find completeness in Christ. No longer will we be bound by our brokenness and tendency to sin against God. At this meal we will celebrate our redemption as sons and daughters. What a meal that will be as we find our names at the table with God, celebrating that His son, the Lamb, has adopted us into His family forever.
By Hannah Glasgow Easter 

Ellie, Jennifer, Hannah, Sharon, Rachael and Dale –Heather is  missing here

St. Patrick’s Day–Powerful Story to Share over Traditional Irish Dinner

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner- Colcannon w/ Crisp Bacon and Fermented Sauerkraut

I think it’s interesting that we rarely hear the story behind St. Patrick’s Day.  St. Patrick went down in history as being a radical Christian.  He considered himself a pagan when he was growing up. It wasn’t until he was sold into slavery by Irish slave traders that he came to Christ.  His relationship with the Lord grew while he was a slave.  After six years in slavery he escaped to Gaul.  He studied there for 12 years and then felt called by the Lord to Ireland to convert the lost to Christ, and boy did he.

Patrick was made the second bishop to Ireland. He had an exceptional ability to speak publicly and to win people to Christ. He was arrested several times for his boldness in the Lord, he escaped each time. Nothing ever stopped him from preaching the gospel.  He died on March 17th, AD 461- hence, the date we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Here are some of the many stories  that are recorded about him:

  • It has been said that he raised people from the dead.
  • He originated the symbol of the shamrock, because he used it in his sermons to represent the Holy Trinity.  Each leaf represented the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- and how they come together to create one entity.
  • Patrick’s ministry lasted 29 years. He baptized over 120,000 Irishmen and planted 300 churches.

What will be written about you when you pass from this earth?  I Chronicles 16:8-9, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.”

Lord, help it be said of me that I ministered boldly in Your Name!  That I had passion to convert the lost to Christ, and many received You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

St. Patrick’s Day is a day to retell the story of a man who made Christ known to the nations and told of all His wonderful acts.  Share the verse and story on St. Patrick’s Day even though it’s not an official holiday.

A Shamrock Plant-Do you see the three leaves?

I’ve got the perfect recipe for you to make this St. Patrick’s Day.  To be true to Irish tradition, serve Colcannon—a dish mainly consisting of creamy mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. Serve with crisp bacon and fermented sauerkraut.  The corned beef and cabbage tradition is an American tradition not an Irish one.

When you serve Colcannon, make a depression in the middle of the mashed potatoes and put a big ole pat of yummy butter in it.

Want Celtic inspiration while you cook?  Listen to Be Thou My Vision.  I love that song!

Colcannon

5 large organic potatoes, washed, peeled and chopped

1 1/2 sticks of butter

2-3 cups chopped kale- I only had two cups left in my garden

2 green onions, chopped

1/2 cup milk or half and half

1 tablespoon salt

1 lb. Bacon (nitrate free)

Fry bacon.  Set aside.

1. Fry bacon and set aside.  (After I fried the bacon I poured the grease out and added kale and spring onions to the bacon skillet.  Then, added three tablespoons of the bacon grease back to it.  Stir and cook for 5-10 min’s.  YUM!)  In my ingredient list, I included three tablespoons of butter to fry the kale.  You can fry it in butter or bacon grease, which ever suits your taste buds.

2. Put chopped potatoes and salt into pot and cover with water.  Bring to boil.  Cook 12 to 15 minutes. Drain when done.

3. Whip drained potatoes with hand mixer or mash by hand.  Add 5 tablespoons of butter and ½ cup of milk, whip.

4. Add cooked kale and chopped onion mixture to mashed potatoes.  Add more salt to taste.

To serve— mound mashed potatoes on each plate, then make depression in center and add generous pat of butter. Serve with several slices of nitrite free crisp bacon, fermented sauerkraut, and Irish bread (We don’t eat much bread so we didn’t have bread).

 

Our kale grew the whole winter! I’v been using it, so I only have two cups to use for our Irish Dinner

I chopped wild onion grass for the onion flavor, that’s the only onion growing on our farm right now–I chopped at least 1/3 cup

Chopping potatoes

Cooking kale in left over bacon grease from fried bacon

The house smells wonderful! Homemade bread fresh out of the oven would have been delightful with it! We splurged and had organic root beer with the meal. Typically we always drink water.

The third episode of The Bible comes on Sunday night! Don’t miss it. Here is a clip from it.

The Living Easter Basket & other Easter Traditions

The Empty Tomb and Three Crosses- John 11:25-26 
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

This past weekend was filled visiting with family, preparing for our daughters wedding and Easter! It was SO much fun!

I  put our permanent Easter egg collection out,  made our living Easter basket and  pickled eggs (You gotta have’m on your Easter table) .

The Living Easter basket is made with wheat grass, pansies and a vintage chick.  Easter baskets in the Glasgow family have always been all natural. I  fill them with homemade marshmallows cut into the shape of chicks, , homemade truffles and candies ordered from The Squirrels Nest. When the kids were little there was  always a bottle of bubbles, silly putty, the paddle with the rubber ball attached and other little toys that kept them enthralled all Easter Day. As they got older we  gave them things to help in their walk with Christ; Christian music, a Bible,  book or game that would challenge them, etc.

If you think you would want to make a living Easter basket, you should get the seeds right away. It takes 10-15 days to grow the grass depending on whether or not you soak them in advance.

I used wheat grass.  Mine cost  $1.69 and planted a 6 inch square. It grows fast and strong. You can use wheat grass to make smoothies or juices. Wheat grass is gluten free as long as you don’t let it go to seed. It must be juiced in order to get the nutrient packed ingredients assimilated into your digestive system.

Pansies are also edible and beautiful for the Easter basket.  Multi-colored petals in a spinach and spring mix salad is a sight to behold. Only eat organic pansies, as the ones you buy in the store are laden with chemicals. They’re easy to grow from seed.

I’ve only found a few sources that sell organic pansies.

Artfully arrange a vintage chick in the basket.  Add homemade chocolate eggs, all natural goodies and the treasures on Easter Day. Wrap the basket in yellow, pink or purple cellophane and complete it with a beautiful ribbon.

Don’t forget to cut your grass when it is the desired height, or it will over power your basket! My grass needs to be cut.

Have you been keeping up with your nightly Bible reading by candle light in preparation for Easter?

The Living Easter Basket

 

Felicity, our adorable granddaughter was quite entertained by the vintage chick in the basket

Homemade marshmallows cut out with chick cookie cutter

Recipe for Homemade Marshmallows

The Empty Tomb and Three Crosses

The Easter egg basket- These are blown eggs decorated by our children and in our permanent collection- some of these are  17 years old

Link for-Directions to make The Empty Tomb and Three Crosses center piece and a  permanent collection of  Easter eggs to enjoy for the rest of your life 

Gathering my eggs for the pickled eggs–fresh eggs are harder to shell

Put 2 1/2 dozen boiled and shelled eggs in jar, Warm 4 cups apple cider vinegar, 2 cups beet juice, 1 cup sugar(I use organic, remember regular sugar has GMO’s), 2 tsp salt and 2 tsp whole cloves until sugar dissolves and pour on top of eggs. Refrigerate. Ready to eat as early as the next day or three weeks later (Easter day). BEAUTIFUL,MEMORABLE and YUMMY!

I divided the large batch into smaller jars- they’ll be on the table for Easter

 

After School Valentine’s Day Cookies

Children will always remember coming home  to the smell of cookies baking when they grow up. Memories like those are cherished and passed on for generations.  These are as delicious as they smell.  They ooze gooey yummy chocolate, if you don’t bake them all the way. They’re especially good to have ready on Valentine’s Day when your kids come home from school. It’s a hard holiday for kids who didn’t get what others got. Make it extra special when they come home, love can erase a lot of hurts.

No one can tell there’s no flour, added fat or gluten in them! DELICIOUS!  Recipe here: Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Using a heart shaped  5 inch cake pan makes 10-12 cookies depending on how full you fill the pan.

I made one for each of our daughters. I sent them to the ones who live away from home by the mail.

5 inch heart cake pan–I got it at my local hobby store.

Dale and I mailed a box to each of our daughters– Should arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day

I piped some (all natural dye) frosting on the cookies just to make them “Pink.” Girls love pink!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Homemade heart pancakes and eggs with butter cut in shape of hearts

For Valentine’s Day Dale and I rarely give each other gifts. I’ve asked him not to give me flowers or buy me a card(we make our own). At this moment in life it’s not in the budget. I don’t need things to tell me he loves me.Instead we enjoy doing the simple things together, like having a candlelit breakfast or dinner at home.

Making things you already have the ingredients for is the easiest, like pancakes.  Just make it prettier and more intentional.

I have two pancake recipes. The one I’m giving you today I use more often than the Best Pancake Recipe. This one is just easier because you don’t have to whip the egg whites.

Pancake Recipe

2 cups flour (I use GF Pamela’s Baking mix, if you use this, omit salt and baking soda)

2 eggs beaten in a two cup measuring cup

Add plain yogurt  to beaten eggs to make two cups

2 tablespoons oil, melted (I use butter or coconut oil)

2 tablespoons organic sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Add all ingredients and mix well. I let it sit for 10 minute’s. Heat your skillet to medium high. Pour batter, when it starts to bubble–flip it. Cook for a few more minutes and serve hot! You can buy the heart shaped pancake molds on Amazon, 2 for $10 http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Nonstick-Heart-Pancake-Rings/dp/B0000DDVWK.

I used a 5 inch heart pancake mold–I only have one–so it takes a while to make a bunch

I used the same thing for the fried eggs. I did make scrambled eggs and cut hearts out of them with a regular cookie cutter

So the egg would stay pretty on top I didn’t flip it–put a top on in the final cooking minutes and it will cook completely without flipping

I let my butter get just a little soft–then I flatted it on my cold cutting board and with a small heart cookie cutter cut the butter into hearts

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