Marshmallow Fruit Salad- GF

Marshmallow Fruit Salad-No photo can capture the taste!!

Marshmallow Fruit Salad-No photo can capture the taste!!

Some recipes are so special that you use them only at  holidays and special occasions–this Marshmallow Fruit Salad  is one of those recipes! It’s a labor of love that’ll be passed down for generations. Serves 40 people-6 0z each or 20 people with leftovers for the next day.

Use organic ingredients when possible for longevity of your life.

2 cups of cooked Arborio rice

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour (I use GF)

½ tsp. salt

3 egg yolks- beaten

1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple

2 15 ounce cans mandarin oranges

1 ¾ cup of juice from pineapple and mandarin orange’s

7 cups homemade marshmallows -Homemade makes a huge difference, but you can use store bought. I actually wouldn’t make this without homemade marshmallows. It’s what makes it special.

2 ½ cups Truwhip (homemade whipped cream is the ultimate ingredient but lactose intolerant people can’t eat it. Most tolerate Truwhip which is 70% organic w/ trace amount of sodium caseinate. Cool Whip is genetically modified- don’t use it)

  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Only use Arborio rice for this recipe.
  2. Combine sugar, flour, salt, egg yolks, juice from fruit- stir well and cook on medium until thick. Stir into cooked rice. Refrigerate overnight- to absorb all the goodness into rice.
  3.  Next day, stir into rice mixture; Truwhip, marshmallows, pineapple and mandarin oranges. Mix well.
  4. I make this for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
    While rice is cooking make fruit dressing in skillet--fruit juice, egg yolks, sugar and flour- cook till slightly thick

    While rice is cooking make fruit dressing in skillet–fruit juice, egg yolks, sugar and flour- cook till slightly thick

    Thickened

    Thickened

    Add to cooked rice, stir- refrigerate over night so rice absorbs all the yumminess

    Add to cooked rice, stir- refrigerate over night so rice absorbs all the yumminess

    Stir into rice mixture- marshmallows, Truwhip and fruit

    Stir into rice mixture- marshmallows, Truwhip and fruit

    Marshmallow Fruit Salad- refrigerate until ready to serve

    Marshmallow Fruit Salad- refrigerate until ready to serve

     

He Rolled Out the Red Carpet for Our Guests

Our dining room table set for dinner guests

Our dining room table set for dinner guests

If you’re visiting from Proverbs 31′s Encouragement for Today devotion, welcome!

I prayed weeks for this dinner. The couple we invited was sweet but tormented on many levels —they needed Jesus. I wanted to roll out the red carpet and treat them like royalty; God knows they needed a big dose of His love.

Time got away from me—cleaning the house, making the dessert and all.  I still had to run to the store to get the filet mignons. I know, they’re expensive, but I wasn’t going to spare any cost for them—it would be a feast!

I sat the grocery bags inside the front door and then ran back out to light the fire in the grill. They would be there in less than half an hour! I ran back to the front door, grabbed the bags of gold, I mean—filet mignons—and laid them on the kitchen counter. I reached in for the first steak and pulled out an empty package. Puzzled, I pulled out the second package, it was empty, the third and fourth . . .all empty, not even a trace of steak, just perfectly clean empty packages!  “What in the world?  Where are my expensive delicious steaks?“ I cried.

About that time my large greyhound dog, Cuzi walked around the corner, with his head cowered. He wouldn’t look at me. I called for him but he lowered his head even more and ran behind the couch. I followed him, and not a trace of a steak did I find, just one guilty dog with a very full tummy. He had done this kind of thing before; eaten entire large pizzas, cakes and whole plates of fried chicken without a crumb left behind. Yep, he was the thief, alright. Guilty was written all over his face.

I heard knocking at my front door. They were early, I had no main course to serve and I couldn’t find the red carpet to roll out (you know my mood—it was eaten by the dog).

While we were welcoming them, I remembered that I had a homemade Chicken& Dumpling Casserole in the freezer. It was my only choice so with a groan I turned the oven on and popped it in.

I then excused myself to the restroom, closed the door and said, “Jesus, help me, help me get over my own expectations of what tonight would look like. I’ve asked You for weeks to lavish this couple with Your presence. You don’t need steaks to make it grand. Bring Your presence powerfully into our midst. Jesus, you are all we need to make this night a royal feast. Come Lord Jesus and fill this place with Your glory.” And I walked back out to my guests.

Oh my, oh my-The dinner (though, not the food) was spectacular as His glory more than filled our house while we shared Jesus that night. None of us wanted the night to end it was SO good.

Jesus rolled out the red carpet, brought us to His banqueting table and His love enveloped us. It could not have been any more royal a night.

I surrendered my plans for His, and His were better, ah Jesus!

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For my Chicken & Dumpling Casserole recipe click here.  

I Peter 4: 9-11, “Be hospitable to one another…if anyone ministers (entertains), let him do it with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever, amen.

Vintage Decorating-Starched Doilies

Ironing starched dolies

Ironing starched doilies

If you are visiting from Karen Ehman’s Vintage Blog Hop, welcome!

People come to our house every week inquiring about our barn weddings. I think what  attracts so many is the vintage memorabilia. It lures the imagination to the past. People long to relive memories of days gone by. In the olden days, life was more simple and people depended on friends and family for the very essence of life itself.

Hence, vintage parties are a huge hit.  The cool thing is, you can create the old-fashioned look and food on a tight budget. When I throw a party I do most of my decorating shopping at the local thrift store. My budget is typically $1 and I rarely go above $3 for any given item.

Our daughter, Rachael who got married in May  came up with the idea to decorate our barn with starched doilies for her wedding. It turned out great! We borrowed doilies from friends, used ones we already had and bought some for less than a dollar a piece at thrift stores. We couldn’t have spent thousands of dollars and been any happier with the outcome.

I spent hours cooking up batches of starch and then starching the doilies.

Every  good party has to have homemade goodies. Back in the day you wouldn’t have had anything but- homemade. We spent days making truffles for Rachael’s wedding.  It took a long time, but the memories we made while making them will never ever be forgotten. They cost a fraction of what store-bought truffles  cost and people love them so much more.

Did you ever see the movie, Pollyanna? If you haven’t you must watch it. One scene in the movie they’re making cakes for a fair, the cakes are GI-NORMOUS! Who doesn’t want huge yummy homemade cakes at their party?

I write all this to say- people love old fashioned parties with authentic fellowship and yummy food.

The fall is a great time to have a vintage party. The goal is to spend the least amount of money, but make it special.  Ask  people to make and bring homemade goodies. Now all you have to do is, DO IT!

Simple + Family +Friends=Spiritual blessings!

“ The neighborhood bar is possibly the best counterfeit that there is to the fellowship Christ wants us to give his church. It’s an imitation, dispensing liquor instead of grace, escape rather than reality – but it is a permissive, accepting and inclusive fellowship. It is unshockable. It is democratic. You can tell people secrets, and they usually don’t tell others or even want to. The bar flourishes not because most people are alcoholics, but because God has put into the human heart the desire to know and be known, to love and be loved, and so many seek a counterfeit at the price of a few beers.” Charles Swindoll

1/2 cup starch 1 1/4 cups water 1/2 cup cold water Dissolve starch in cold water. Boil the 1 1/4 cups water, stirring constantly. Remove from flame, then slowly stir the starch mixture into boiling water, stirring constantly. Place back on flame until it thickens. As soon as the starch is cool enough to handle, dip doily and squeeze through it thoroughly. Wring out the extra starch. The doily should be wet with starch, but there should be no starch in the spaces or openwork. Pin center of doily in true shape and allow to dry thoroughly. After it is dry, press with a steam iron. If a regular iron is used, dampen the doily slightly before pressing. Pin folds of ruffle in position and leave until thoroughly dry.

Recipe for starched doilies: 1/2 cup starch 1 1/4 cups water 1/2 cup cold water. Dissolve starch in cold water and stir. Boil the 1 1/4 cups water and then pour dissolved starch into water.  Cook on medium low until thick. Take off heat. As soon as the starch is cool enough to handle, dip doily and squeeze through it thoroughly. Wring out the extra starch. The doily should be wet with starch, and be no dry places.  Press with  an  iron. Lay flat to dry.

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 Photo's from Sharon's iPhone Sept-July 1 1588

 Photo's from Sharon's iPhone Sept-July 1 1590

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We made 300 of these truffles inside of jewel shaped ice cube molds. I only had one mold that made 6 at a time. That's way it took so long. They are made with crushed hazelnuts, crushed hazelnut wafers and Nutella-YUM

Homemade truffles-made with crushed hazelnuts, crushed hazelnut filled wafers and Nutella- taste just like Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut truffles- We made them inside jewel shaped ice-cube molds.  We only had one mold. One mold only made 6 truffles at a time. That’s what took so much time! We made 300 of these. The photo isn’t showing it well, but they have gold glitter on them.

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

A five layer cake is a hit at any party- 5 layer gluten free cake with buttercream frosting

Decorating set

I’m giving away a cake decorating kit and a $25 ebay gift certificate at Karen Ehman’s blog hop. Hop on over there to enter for a chance to win!

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

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!

recipe card 2                                                                      Everyone was asked to bring a recipe and a piece of good wife advice

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

Thanksgiving Day- Let’s Celebrate like the Pilgrims

Our first semblance of Thanksgiving was in 1621 after the colonist first harvest at Plymouth.  The Wampanoag Indians were invited to join the celebration with food as the colonist lifted their hands toward heaven and thanked  God for His protection and provisions in their new country. The pilgrims invited people outside of their own tribe and were not ashamed to make it a 3 day worship service unto the King of kings and Lord of Lords, God almighty!

Foods that may have been at the 1621 first Thanksgiving celebration( History.com)

pilgrim-thanksgiving-feastSeafood: cod, eel, clams, lobster
Wild Fowl: wild turkey, goose, duck, crane, swan, partridge, eagles
Meat: venison (deer or elk)
Grain: wheat flour, Indian corn
Vegetables: pumpkin, peas, beans, onions, lettuce, radishes, carrots
Fruit: plums, grapes

Cranberry Sauce: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar.

Pumpkin Pie: Hard to make without sugar, plus the recipe didn’t exist at this time. However, the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.

Chicken/Eggs: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it’s unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.
Milk: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it’s possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.

The first historic proclamation entitled “General Thanksgiving,” was issued by George Washington during his first year as President on October 3, 1789. It set aside Thursday, November 26 as “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer. . . to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God.”
Thanksgiving Day two hundred years ago was a day set aside for prayer and fasting, not a day marked by a feast of food.There were other Thanksgiving observances in America both before and after Washington’s proclamation. But this represents the first to be mandated by the new national government.

You really must read Washington’s decree : Read the Text Version of The First Thanksgiving Proclamation.

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for the observance of the fourth Tuesday of November as a national holiday. He also announced that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.

This Thursday as we gather with our family and friends lets not neglect thanking  God that He brought us here, for His provisions and His faithfulness to a people who honor Him.God has blessed us with freedom and abundance; we can’t take it for granted any longer. We need to pray for our country, He is our only hope. The pilgrims overcame much trial by His leading. George Washington led our country to freedom by His divine power and authority. May we turn our faces to Him and beg of His mercy and supernatural leading for our country this Thanksgiving.

My kitchen window decorated for Thanksgiving

This was an exhibit at Mt. Vernon. There were church pews you could sit in while you watched the short film. I took a photo of the part talking about George Washington signing the Thanksgiving proclamation.

 

 

A Thanksgiving Tradition -The Children Dress like Pilgrims

When we visited the grandparents the girls would perform a
Thanksgiving Play (Heather and Jennifer )

When the girls were young I used to dress them up like little pilgrims for Thanksgiving. They loved it until they got too big for it. By the time Ellie (our youngest) was old enough to be an adorable pilgrim, Heather protested and wouldn’t be one anymore. So, I never got a picture of all five being pilgrims at one time (photos are from various years).   Each one got to make a desert of their choice to bring to the grandparents’ house for the big Thanksgiving dinner. Then, after the  meal and the dishes were washed, the girls would present their Thanksgiving Day play.

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. . .The girls’ getting their deserts ready to take to Grandparents’ houses. Rachael (smallest), Jennifer in center and Hannah (big smile). Each child got to make one desert to bring on our trip.

Ellie in her pilgrim clothes at the close of Thanksgiving Day. She’s having left overs from the big meal.

I love vintage cards. I love Thanksgiving.

This is a recipe from the year, 1671. I thought it was interesting to see that there are almost no measurements included.  I haven’t tried the recipe yet…but I’m going to!  I’ll let you know how it goes! There wasn’t even a name for the recipe. Go figure! It’s a pumpkin dessert.

Take about half a pound of Pumpion (pumpkin) and slice it, a handfull of tyme, a little rosemary, parsley and sweet marjorum slipped off the stalks, and chop them small, then take the cynamon, nutmeg, pepper and six cloves, and beat them, take ten eggs and beat them, then mix them and beat them all together and put in as much sugar as you think fit, then fry them like a froize*, after it is fryed, let it stand till it be cold, then fill your pye, take sliced apples thinne round wayes, and lay a rowe of the froize, and layer the apples with currents betwixt the layer while your pye is fitted, and put in a good deal of sweet Butter before you close it, when pye is baked, take six yelks of eggs, some whitewine or vergis*, and make a caudle* of this, but not too thick, cut up the lid and put it in, stir them well together whilst the eggs and pumpions be not perceived and so serve it up. www.pilgrimhall.org

*froize = a kind of pancake or omelet *vergis = verjuice, juice from unripened grapes or from crab apples or other sour fruit *caudle = a warm spiced and sugared drink

Our beautiful turkey’s in our field.  Sad to say, they both got killed by a fox in the night. The good news is…Dale killed the fox the next night!

 

 

The Farm Wedding/Reception-Preparations Commenced this Past Weekend

 

Rachael, Hannah, Heather and Felicity(me taking photo) at another vintage shop looking for wedding dress and brides maid dresses.

Our 4th lovely daughter Rachael has never asked for much. She’s always been a hard worker, had a job in high school to help buy the things she wanted and has held jobs in-between college semesters. So, when she came to me and asked this vast question I didn’t know how to respond.

“Mom, what’s the budget for my wedding?”

I wanted to be able to say, you’ve worked so hard and your dad and I love you so much, we’ve got $10,000 sitting in the bank just for your wedding. But truth be told, we don’t, and most weddings cost at least $20,000…

So, I humbly said, “Umm… Do you mean today? Well, today there is no budget. Meaning, we don’t have money for it today (we still have two in college). However, if we are frugal and wise with the little we acquire along the way, it will be the wedding of your dreams-I’m sure of that.”

Rachael didn’t seem to be concerned in the least. She’s discerning and wise in money matters and immediately set her mind to be creative with her resources and find a vintage wedding dress for the least amount of money.

It’s actually exciting and fun to be thrifty with your spending. God blesses our efforts and we never miss out on the pleasures of life—it seems as though they’re even more intensely pleasurable!

Back in the day many weddings took place on the family farm with all the family and friends decorating, picking flowers from your fields and cooking for the big day.

Our wedding preparations began this past weekend. The men worked in the fields preparing it for the reception festivities. The girls and I went vintage shopping for the wedding dress and bride’s maid dresses.

Oh the fun we had!

Sparky (our border collie) and Dale survey what needs to be done in the field.

I made pancakes, french toast, eggs and bacon to start the day off right

Jonathan and friends started working in field early Sat morning. Chopping trees and clearing brush for reception festivities

Guys clearing the area–chain saws, axes, tractor, hand tools and muscles were required

After breakfast Ellie, Rachael and I made sandwiches for the guys lunches, put them in the refrigerator, put dinner in the oven and then left for a day of shopping. This vintage wedding dress was in a shop just outside of Washington, DC. Rachael didn’t find her dress here, but had fun trying some on. We didn’t want to take a full view because we don’t want Jonathan seeing her in any wedding dress until the big day!

We drove through DC, past the Capitol building. Ellie took photo’s for me.

Rachael, Hannah, Heather and Felicity(me taking photo) at another vintage shop looking for wedding dress and brides maid dresses.

Baked chicken fell off the bone and melted in our mouths after being in the oven all day. Green beans cooked in the pan with the chickens, so all I had to do was cook and then cream five pounds of potatoes when we got home. Served with the cucumber salad and finished the meal off with banana spilt cake(Ellie helped me make) and coffee. Wonderful fellowship continued into the night.

Early  Sunday morning on Glasgow Farm, started new day. Dale and the guys rested from labor. Hannah convinced Dad to come along for an antique’s shopping day.

Rachael found this china set, 42 pieces for $20!! It will be our bridal shower present for her. Thank You Lord!

Check out the price for yourself! Rachael had to go ask the shop owner if the price was correct. We thought the price could have been for one piece!

Felicity taking a nap on our way home. She was an angel for our adventure.

Last weekend to enjoy our freshly cut Zinnea’s from yard. Temperatures dropped Sunday night. Zinnea’s like heat not cold.

It was a wonderful weekend. The only thing missing was our daughter, Jennifer who was busy painting for a big art show she was debuting in yesterday in New York City. It was a huge hit. The Lord was glorified big time! The girls left Sunday night and Dale and I watched the 1966 movie A Man for All Seasons. It was very good!

 

 

 

 

 

The Sweet Secret to Hospitality

If you are visiting me today because you read the Encouragement for Today devotion, welcome! If you haven’t read the devotion and want to here it is http://www.proverbs31.org/devotions/midst-dirty-dishes-2012-09/

I’ve always had a hard time being perfect like other people—I guess it just wasn’t my calling.  So, when I visited the missionary mentioned in the devotion today I was more than pleased to meet someone who didn’t have a perfect kitchen but had the sweetest gift of hospitality–and  brought many to Christ in it.

I’ll never forget this one time years ago. . . I worked so hard to be perfect for a women’s planning committee that was coming to my house for the first time. The day came; the house was immaculate, the food I prepared gourmet, the atmosphere serene, our five daughters wore matching dresses with aprons and their hair all curled in ringlets.

The ladies arrived and the luncheon went perfect. Not one detail failed me. As I cleaned up the table the ladies finalized plans for their next meeting and it was concluded.

All 5 daughters were perfect angels and my hosting etiquette flawless!

A month passed, and one early morning there was a knock at the kitchen door. I wasn’t dressed to open the door, but they could see me standing there—you can’t just run at this point. It was the ladies planning committee! I had been so busy at the last meeting that I missed the plans for our next meeting—at MY house!

I graciously welcomed them in. I stood there  without make up on or my hair brushed. They walked through the kitchen; the sink was stacked with dishes and the trash full and rolling over into the floor. About that time my three youngest children ran through the kitchen in a parade like fashion. They only had their underwear on and had drawn with ink pens all over their bodies. They were strutting their new art work for our guests.

About that time I gathered my humility off the floor, gracefully led our beloved children to the bathroom to clean up and asked the company to make themselves comfortable.

The committee actually had a wonderful visit  that  day, even though everything wasn’t PERFECT! We laughed, cried, prayed for one another, we ate together and praised God together. It was actually the perfect visit.

Entertaining isn’t about our house, our decorating, our cooking or how perfect our children are. Hospitality is when you open your home to all those who come, invited and uninvited and minister the love of Christ no matter what your circumstances are. The Lord fills our home with His presence and ministry becomes the sweetest fragrance when we surrender our human abilities for His supernatural ones.

Our kids are all grown now. This past weekend they were home and they brought guests with them.  We all sat around the table, prayed and talked. One guest later said to our daughter, “I’ve never been to a home like yours, sharing Christ and fellowshipping with one another, it was the sweetest!”

Um the sweet secret to hospitality is found in the scripture I gave in the Encouragement for Today devotion,I Peter 4:7-11. Have fervent love for one another.. . Be hospitable to one another. . .if anyone ministers, let him (her)do it with the ability which God supplies; that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the doominion forevery and ever, Amen.

I promised you 3 recipes in the devotion today.

The missionary made us wonderful pancakes, here is the recipe: http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/09/best-pancake-recipe/

At her luncheon she made coddled eggs for the guests.  I’ve added coddled eggs to a wonderful brunch salad http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/09/the-ultimate-brunch-coddled-eggs-maple-glazed-bacon-crumbled-cheese-candied-pecans-and-fried-potato-salad/

And for dinner she made Orange Chicken http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/09/orange-chicken/

Thank you Stella! I love you!

 

The Year We Lived in…The Shed

The Shed-Insulation and siding installation day 1/7/11

A year ago today, we moved back into our house after living in an old shed for a year.

The shed wasn’t livable by American standards.  It didn’t have a stove to cook on, a kitchen sink, cabinets for dishes, heat for the winter, insulation to protect from extreme temperatures, a washer or dryer,  nor a closet to hold our clothes.  It was literally an old one room shed with no amenities.

Moving into a shed wasn’t something we had ever planned or ever thought up in advance.  Maybe I should tell you how it all started…

Dale and I had dreams for a couple of years of bunk beds all through our house.  We even saw bunk beds in our dining room.  They were random dreams that didn’t make a bit of sense to us.  And all the dreams ever consisted of was bunk beds filling our house.

One day I got a call from my friend, Ronnette.  She was asking for prayer for a need she had.  Her need:  cheap housing for 21 in-training missionary girls. And they needed it in less than a month. While she was telling me about it, the bunk bed dream flashed before my mind.

I asked her if I could call her back.  I got off the phone, ran outside to where Dale was, and told him of Ronnette’s need.  Then I told him I saw the bunk bed dream flash before me while I was on the phone and asked him if we could let the girls live there.  He paused for maybe a half a second.  His expression didn’t fluctuate.  Very sure and steady, he said “Sure, but where would we live?”

My body got ready to run back to the house for the phone.  But I stopped myself, and I said, “I don’t know…I’m going to call Ronnette back!”  We didn’t even know where we’d live, but we knew this was a fulfillment of the dreams…and how exciting was that!

The next morning, Dale and I discussed our only living option: the old shed on the front of our property. Most Americans would never ever consider the shed livable.  But we saw its potential.  It was built in the 1870’s and was 416 square feet.

So, this is how it all began…and we lived happily there for a whole year.  Don’t get me wrong.  There were adjustments and minor sacrifices, but it was the greatest adventure of our life.  Every month unfolded a brand new adventure, and through it all we were filled with indescribable peace!  We learned to live a radical lifestyle, and our spiritual reservoir overflowed in ways we never could have imagined.

What a year we lived!  I’m actually writing the whole story of what happened every month, so that I don’t forget one lesson and so that others can glean from what we learned.  You never know.  There could come a day that God asks you to do something radical.   Will you know when it is Him?  Will you be obedient?  Will you be ready for the adventure of your life?

The Glasgow House, Circa 1920

Our dining room became a bedroom for 6 girls.  3 bunkbeds filled this room

 

Our living room

Acts Chapter 2 Supper

 

Calin, Sharon and Dale

The kitchen was hot from cooking our meal for supper.  I opened the windows to let a breeze flow onto us while we sat at the table, ate, and listened to “God-stories” for hours. Oh my goodness, I felt like we were outside of time in one of those early church meetings in the book of Acts.  Each person (there were 8 of us) giving testimony to the power of Jesus Christ — I can’t describe the glory of our time together.

Calin was one of the ministers at our table.  He was visiting from Romania.  His grandparents and parents had lived under communist regime in Romania. Story after story, he shared of how faithful they were to Christ no matter the cost. His great-grandfather was beaten to death for going to a prayer meeting.  He died three days after the beating. Calin’s grandfather was put in prision for a year and a half for not renouncing Christ. Then Calin’s father stood in front of 300 people and testified of Christ when it was not allowed. God protected him.

After communism ended in 1989, Calin’s father started a church. It is a growing and “on-fire” church today, thriving in the power of Jesus Christ.  Calin is the youth pastor of this church. He shared story after story of children coming to Christ and God’s power healing many. The seed that the great-grandfather planted in faith grew to this future generation of believers and now Calin who is an evangelist speaks to thousands.

We all shared stories around the table that night.  Each just waiting for our turn to testify of Jesus’ power in our life.  It was one of the most glorious visits ever.  After talking for hours, it was late, and I could hear our goat through the open window crying for us to come milk her.  We milked her, gave milk to our guests, and ended the night in prayer for one another before they left.

The breeze blew in through the kitchen window and I could hear their laugher outside as I put dishes away and treasured each testimony in my heart. This had been a beautiful night.  One I hope to repeat many times. Fellowshipping with believers, eating food together, encouraging and praying for one another — the body of Christ.

God is SO good to us, even in the midst of persecution, trial, and suffering!

 

Decorating for Easter

I love bringing out the Easter eggs that our children decorated when they were little every year. The more years pass since they made them, the more special they have become. They bring back memories of us making them together and they make a great decoration and conversation piece. Most everyone who sees the antique basket of decorated eggs for the first time raves over the visual feast. I look forward to the day when our great-grandchildren get to see the eggs in the basket and I get to tell them the fun family stories we had together making them. When Easter season is over I carefully wrap each one in bubble wrap and then place them in a large sealed tin. So far, I haven’t broken one.

Decorated Blown Eggs

1. Poke holes in both ends of a large white egg (raw).

2. With something the size of a skewer or paper clip try to puncture the egg membrane and yolk inside the egg a couple of times. This helps the yolk to come out more easily.

3. Blow the contents out of the egg. You can use a small straw (coffee stirrer) ear bulb syringe or just your mouth (that’s what I did) into a bowl.

4. Rinse the egg out and let it dry for a couple of days.

5. Decorate with enamel or acrylic paints. You can place colored tissue on some eggs and then a clear coat on top of it. Some of the eggs even have beads glued on to them. Encourage the older children to paint scenes that depict Easter (3 crosses and empty tomb)

6. Let them dry and then place on grass in an old basket.

7. Enjoy!

Another special Easter tradition we do every year is a table centerpiece depicting Calvary with three crosses and the empty tomb with an angel inside. We celebrate the first Lords Supper and Passover the night I light the candles inside the tomb and at the cross.

Directions for centerpiece:

~Ex-Large cookie sheet (it’s so big it doesn’t fit in my oven. I only use it for this centerpiece)

~I roll of sod (get from your local homeowner or farm store that sells bags of soil, flowers, etc)

~1 or 2 small pots of flowers

~Candles

~Crosses made from tree branches, held together with dental floss or twine

~The tomb was made from a big chimney pipe. I covered the outside of it with rocks.

 

Glasgow Family Passover Dinner

When our kids were really young they weren’t happy about how long a Passover dinner took, so we shortened our version of a Passover dinner. Our shortened version is this…

1. All lights off except the candles on the table

2. Pray

3. We pass each food item and tell what each represents.

Dinner; Roasted lamb, unleavened bread (Matzah- Hebrew), boiled eggs, chopped apple  recipe (Charoset- Hebrew), chopped potato recipe, bitter herbs (Parsley) and salt water, horseradish and new wine

4. Dale reads the account of the Israelites leaving Egypt from the book of Exodus… He then reads, Luke 22 about the Passover dinner with Jesus (Yeshua) and His disciples the night before He is crucified. Dale explains how Jesus was the unblemished Lamb sacrificed for us and that He arose victoriously from death. Then we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We then shift and look forward to the future Wedding Supper of the Lamb. He reads from Revelation 19.

4. Prayer, come Lord Jesus!

5. Everyone is dismissed from the table, lights turned on

5. Hot cross buns for desert and then we watch the movie, Jesus Christ of Nazareth (our kids did get tired of watching the same movie every year)