Friday, December 11, 2015

The True Meaning of Christmas....

Luke 2:1-20

2 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah,[a] the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,[b] praising God and saying,
 
14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’[c]

 
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. ~ Biblegateway.com
 
May your heart always know the true meaning of Christmas!

Blessings,
Julie

Friday, May 1, 2015

Congratulations!




Congratulations....

NANCY!!!

You are the winner of my Spring drawing.
 Please send me an email with your mailing address, and I will get your gift out to you.

Thank you for all the comments everyone! I really loved reading what you were all up to.

Have a great weekend!

Blessings, 
Julie

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Past Week and A Spring Drawing....


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 Homemade toast on the cookstove...
with a hot cup of tea, of course.
Mmmm!!

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Time with Papa.

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 A bit of cupboard rearranging.

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I re-upholstered our bench with burlap.
 
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Dehydrated zucchini and summer squash.

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Pumpkin patch biscuits. Simply delicious!
Recipe  

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I stenciled our entry...

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...and found more pewter on Ebay to add to our collection.

It's been a fun week, and a busy one. The snow has melted tremendously. I cannot believe just how quickly it has gone. Today it is raining a bit, so even more will go. 
There are lots of flood warnings in our area, as this is the time of year when the ice breaks up and causes problems. I do love spring though. The flowers, the smells, the GREEN! I didn't know how much I missed that color. It has been a LONG winter for everyone this year, but spring is here now. FINALLY! I think we all wondered if we would ever see it again. LOL! 

Well, you have seen what I have been up to. What about you? Has the snow melted quite a bit in your area? Is spring your favorite time of year? Leave me a comment, and your name will be entered into my spring drawing. I have a "special something" waiting for someone! 

I will announce a winner on May 1st.

Blessings, 
Julie

Friday, April 10, 2015

April Keeper's of the Home...


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 Yup! It's just that kind of day today... 
Sleet and freezing rain.

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Which for me, calls for footy pajamas! 
(Giggle)


Last night we had our monthly Keeper's of the Home meeting.
We had a wonderful time making homemade ricotta cheese and rosemary bread.
Both were delicious!

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 This is the kit we used for making the cheese. All you need to add is the milk. It's fun and easy...even if you have never made cheese before.

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 Jean made sure we stayed on track, by constantly checking the milk temps. VERY IMPORTANT!

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Time to drain the cheese curds, which is done using cheesecloth and a strainer.
 
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Just look at that yumminess!

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 You'll have to trust me when I tell you just how delicious this cheese really was. 
Everyone was happy to take home a little dish of ricotta.
 
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The bread recipe we used, is one I have used MANY times over. I have also made this recipe using sundried tomatoes and basil instead of the rosemary. It tastes like pizza bread. 
The bread recipe can be found on Faye Henry's blog...www.theblessedhearth.blogspot.com

You can find lots of great recipes on her blog, as well as daily inspiration. Please visit her and check them out.
 
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Oh the goodness!
 
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Let me give you a closer look...
Can you smell it?? Mmmm! 

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Go ahead, have a slice. You won't be disappointed!

Blessings, 
Julie