This week’s Homekeeper’s Journal is about homemaking, of course and…… Being Gentle.
“Behold your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey” (Matt. 21:5; cf. Zech. 9:9)
Gentleness is one of the Fruit of the Spirit. We’re commanded to be gentle with others. In the Bible the word Meekness means Gentleness. Most women don’t have too hard a time being gentle or meek. The problem women sometimes have with gentleness is in thinking that gentleness equals weakness.
In my kitchen this week ….. steak, baked sweet potatoes, meatloaf, and brownies.
On my mind this week … Being grateful and remembering all my blessings.
Gentleness is one of the Fruit of the Spirit so as a Christian ….. I want to show more gentleness. It is one of the fruits that I need to work on.
When the Bible says that Moses was the meekest of all men (Numbers 12:3), it reminds me that …. I need to listen more and speak less.
The gentle person has died to self, so when I am gentle in situations that cause others to be angry and violent (Proverbs 16:32; 25:28) …..I see God working in my life.
Knowing that gentleness is not cowardice or lack of conviction (1 Peter 22-23), I am encouraged to ….have more of it in my life.
This is Bri's hat for President's Day. She made it herself.
We spent Saturday at Galveston. It was so foggy. All day. I guess that I am just not use to sea fog. It hung around all day. We went to the Strand district. It is the historical district. Lots of little shops and things. We watched the guy make salt water taffy. From pouring the candy on the water cooled table, put on the puller, then to the stretcher/wrapper. Bri watched the whole process. She was fascinated. Plus the guy tossed her a few candies. She is a fan for life. They made candy corn flavored taffy. To me, it smelled like cream soda. The guy that makes the taffy also makes about 1/2 the candies that are sold in the shop. I think that he said that he had been making candy 35 years.
I bought these items at Scent sations. Anne's site is on my sidebar. Please visit her.
http://www.galvestoncandles.com/ The pink soap is rose and the tan soap is oatmeal. The crab is a bath fizzy for Bri. The Lolipop soap is for her too. Anne is very friendly and kind. I like going in her store. Plus it smells wonderful.
I'll end with a recipe.
Quick Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 can chicken broth (14.5 oz) 2 cans tomatoes with green chilies (14.5 oz) 1 16oz jar of your favorite salsa 1 can Cheddar cheese soup 1 can Pepper Jack cheese soup 1 16oz package Velveeta cheese, cut up 2 cups of cooked chicken, shredded
Combine all except chicken and put in a crock-pot. Cook on low 10-12 hours. Add Chicken and cook on high for an hour.
One of my friends on Homeschool Lounge posted this video that her daughter did. Will you please go to the link and watch it? It is only a 3 minute video. I think that she did a fantastic job. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlpGdzXzG5Y
We went to lunch, walked thru Toys-R-Us, and stopped at the Christian Family Store. Bri loves Bearstain Bears. I do too. The books and videos are cute and have good values.
It is 73 degrees and I have Spring fever really bad. I am dreaming about gardens and plants. I want to get a 2-tiered raised bed form and a raised bed form with a trellis. I saw them at Lowe's.
Here is a recipe:
Just Peachy 1 refrigerated pie crust, at room temperature 1 16 oz bag of frozen peaches, thawed 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 tsp nutmeg 3/4 cup flour Another 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup pecans
Unfold pie crust and place on a pizza pan Cut peaches into small pieces and place on crust Mix together cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. Sprinkle on peaches. Mix together flour, sugar, butter, and pecans and put on top of that. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes.
There were rooster stickers to crow about, a beautiful Valentine, a handmade heart, chocolate covered sunflower seeds (mmmmm), a scarf pattern, and a gorgeous cross stitch kit with a butterfly in it. I love what I got. Thanks again, Mollye!!! Please visit her at http://fruitofspirit-mollye.blogspot.com/
We are going to be making Valentines, baking cupcakes with Valentine decorations, and we are all going out to lunch at Saltgrass SteakHouse. Mmmmm.
I am planning on a very small garden this year after last years failure. I need to learn more about this climate and zone. It can be extremely hot and extremely wet. Plus I haven't seen too many bees.
I got my math curriculum. I purchased Horizons Grade one. I really like it. I got the teacher's edition and book one and two. If you are looking for a reasonably priced math curriculum that has nice workpages, this one may be for you. I got it at http://www.christianbook.com/ It was about 65.00. That is for the whole year.
I am going to leave you with a recipe:
1/2 cup vinegar 2 Tbsp flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 Tbsp prepared mustard 1 Tbsp celery seed 1 bag packaged coleslaw 1/2 cup chopped Vidalia onions 1/2 cup chopped green peppers (I also like orange or red too)
In a skillet, blend vinegar, flour, sugar, mustard, and celery seed over medium heat.
Stir until mixture is thickened and add vegetables.
This week’s Homekeeper’s Journal is a Hodgepodge of Thoughts and Ideas!
In My Kitchen this week ……… Stew and lots of take out.
Foremost in my thoughts this week …….. What kind of world did I bring my beautiful daughter into? I cringe everytime I see the news. Is it that bad or does the bad things make for better ratings and good things are left out?
I’ve been so busy with …….. trying to get things in order. It is very hard when you live with family. I have to put things off in order to stay out of her way. It is her place.
Could someone please …….. just do what you are told the first time and not argue or question everything? Can I just get some support and not be made to feel like I don't count?
I’ve been wanting to do this for so long …….. Go somewhere by myself and just relax.
If I manage things just right …….. maybe I can get done what I need to get done and not have to worry.
It is 32 degrees here. The fun will be coming soon. We expect sleet, freezing rain, and snow tonight. They tell us that there could be three inches of snow on the ground by tomorrow. Houston is a ghost town. You see, they own no plows. Three inches will cripple the city. All they have here is a chemical that they spray and a sandy/rocky mix that they put on the roads.
Being from Ohio, I don't think 3 inches is a winter storm. But I don't want to be on the untreated roads or with drivers that are scary when it is dry. LOL
So I spent my day doing homeschool work, crochet, and drinking tons of tea. My house smells good. There is stew in the crockpot. Something about cold and snow that makes me hungry for stew or chili. And biscuits.
I hope to have pictures of the afghan I am making for my sister tomorrow. I want to have it done so I can send it out. Not that any planes are leaving with mail. I think both airports are closed. I plan to start one for my friend and then one for my Mom for her birthday in April. Her and Dad's anniversary is in April also. I told her that I would give them their gifts when I saw them in May when we go to Ohio for a week.
I am glad to be going visiting Ohio in May. I haven't seen my parents or my sisters in almost two years. Not that we were really close. But my parents are nearly 80 years old and I know that my time to visit isn't too long. But that it is in God's hands.
Have a wonderful evening. Stay warm and dry. God Bless.
Yuck. I thought that I had left the cold and ice back in Ohio.
We hit a low of 19 last night with 25-30 mph winds. So it felt like 9 or something. The rolling blackouts started at 5:45. Oh, we needed that. So the power was on and off all morning and most of the afternoon. I have never experienced that. I think it is really weird.
Plus there is a 75% chance of sleet/snow Thursday night and Friday morning.
Please let me check the map and see if I am still in south Texas!! I was talking to my Mom in Ohio this morning and it was warmer there. LOL
Please take a moment to say a prayer for the people of Australia. They have had an awful stormy summer and are getting hit with a massive cyclone (hurricane). It is hitting where they just had all the flooding.
It has dropped from the 70's to 41 here. The Weather Channel said that it dropped from the 70's to the 40's in 17 minutes after the front went thru. That is a huge change. We expect the low 20's and really high winds tonight. Snow is in the forecast for Thursday night/Friday morning.
So I am thinking about Chili. And about cornbread. LOL
Do you put beans in your Chili? We did in Ohio. In Cinnci, they pour Chili over spagetti and put onions and cheese on it. Never did that. Sounds yucky. I like the Chili here with no beans. It can be very spicey. Love it with corn chips too.
Have a wonderful day. Please stay safe. If you are going out into the storm, please have your storm kit with you. If you are home, watch heaters and such if the power goes out.