Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Quick and Cheap Lunch Stir-Fried Cabbage

This is a favorite quick lunch that both children and adults like in our home.


Stir Fried Cabbage

1 small cabbage, shredded
2 T butter

Melt butter in large skillet or wok. Add cabbage and stir until it reaches the level of "doneness" that you desire. I like mine a little crispy when we eat it.

Serves 4-5 as a main dish for lunch. We add Bragg's Liquid Aminos for flavor. It tastes like soy sauce; but, it's better for you. You can find it at a health food store.  Use soy sauce if you'd rather.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

All Night Long!

We started at midnight after a short nap.  
We mixed and kneaded and rolled 
and sprinkled and rolled and pinched
and cut and arranged and raised and
baked and drizzled and labled.

Lowell and I spent the night together making cinnamon rolls to sell to friends and business people that Lowell knows.  We make them every Friday.  They're big, buttery, cinnamony, frosted richness.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Beautiful Day and a New Book

It is an absolutely beautiful day.  The breeze is just right.  The temperature is just right.  Green is springing out everywhere.  I'm going to slip away to the porch to read the first chapter of my new book, Here Burns My Candle, by Liz Curtis Higgs.  I know that it will be just one chapter.  I'll have children asking what's for dinner if I read a second!

So, what is for dinner?

Sloppy Joes, corn (I always use frozen.), and celery sticks.  The ground beef is already cooked; so, it will go together quickly.

Have a great week,
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Story of The Bible, Larry Stone

  Have you ever wondered just how we got our Bible?  For most of us, history is a bit fuzzy, a once upon a time.  Most Christians believe that the Bible is the true Word of God; but, why all the different versions?  How do we know that the Bible we hold in our hands is the Bible that was written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit nearly two thousand years ago?  Good questions.  Good questions to which I found good answers in The Story of The Bible by Larry Stone.  

Often a new book will be on my bookshelf for awhile before I read it.  Not this one.  When I opened the box, I was in awe.  The quality of the book was amazing.  The cover felt good in my hands.  The paper was thick, as though it is meant to last a lifetime.   The illustrations are of excellent quality.  Throughout the book there are vellum pouches containing copies of many of the documents that Mr. Stone references.  I felt like I'd just been given a box of rich chocolates and flowers, too. 

  When I opened the book, I found that the text was very readable.  The information presented could have been for a college textbook; but, the style of writing was like sitting down with a good friend for some one on one tutoring.  He explained it all, the beginnings, the people of the Bible, the foundation of a new faith, the early years of the church, the Middle Ages, the remarkable century from Gutenberg to Luther, the Bible in English, the old Book in the New World, and "to the end of the Earth".

  This book was especially thrilling (yes, I really do mean that) for me because I just finished reading about the Middle Ages with my children.   Many of the names and events in the book were familiar to me.  So, now that I've enjoyed the book, I am reading it aloud to my 13, 11, and 9 year olds.  Do I think they will grasp everything?  No, probably not.  They will retain a respect for the truth and value of our Bible, for the sacrifices made for it, and I hope, have an increased understanding of its importance.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Seeds We Scatter ~J.R. Miller

"All our thoughts, words, and acts are seeds. They have in them a quality which makes them grow where they fall, reproducing themselves. This is true of the good we do. The mother’s teachings enter the mind and heart of her child as mere germs; but they reappear in the life of the son or daughter, in later years, in strength and beauty, in nobleness of character, and in usefulness of life. Not only is this strange power in the mother’s words; her acts, her habits, her tones of voice, the influences that go forth from her life, are also seeds, having in them a vital principle. Where they lodge, they grow.

You never can lose your mother. She may die, and her body may be borne out of your sight, and laid away in God’s acre. You will see her face and hear her voice no more; no more will her hand scatter the good seeds of truth and love upon your life’s garden. But you have not lost her. Your mind and heart are full of the seeds which fell from her hand along the years. These you never can lose. No hand of death can root them out of your life. They have grown into the very tissues of your character. They reappear in your habits, your dispositions, your feelings and opinions, your modes of thought, your very phrases and forms of speech. You never can lose your mother; the threads of her life are woven inextricably into your life."

~J.R. Miller
The Seeds We Scatter

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Monday, March 14, 2011

A Simple Woman's Daybook Entry

Outside My Window...

It's drippy wet.  It rained all night.  It's always cozy to crawl into bed and listen to the thunder~
if it's in the distance!

I am thinking...

It's going to be a long long week with my honey working in Kansas City. 

I am thankful for...

having my three little ones at home with me to teach and love. 

From the learning rooms...
We just finished Story of the World Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer.  It was a great overview of the middle ages.  I'll be looking over my shelves for the next history read aloud book.

From the kitchen...

I'll be keeping things simple.  That's always best on Mondays.  
Cereal for breakfast, PBJ for lunch, dinner to be announced.

I am wearing...

my springy peach flowered knit dress.  My feet are still in my lavendar slippers.
My hair is down.  Only my wedding ring and my promise ring for jewelry.
I am creating...

I don't have any projects going right now.  I am looking forward to starting a new patchwork apron this week.

I am going...

to stay home all week. 

I am reading...

The book of Exodus
The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone.

I am hearing...

the hum of the computer, traffic in the distance, and the clicking of my mantle clock. 

On my mind...

thoughts of how to get it all done this week. 

Around the house...

laundry and general tidying to do after the weekend.

One of my favorite things...

Zoe, my daughter's cat, loves to cuddle and nuzzle her little nose and face against me. 

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:

Begin my apron
Guests on Wednesday
Make shamrocks with my little ones
Begin a new read aloud
Special plans on Friday night. 

Small window into my life...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011


"After Laura and Mary had washed and wiped the dishes, swept the floor, made their bed, and dusted, they settled down with their books. But the house was so cozy and pretty that Laura kept looking up at it."

- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rosemary Chicken Soup

Fresh rosemary is a new discovery for me.  It resembles the rosemary in jars about as much as fresh hot homemade pizza resembles the little frozen party pizzas.  Those little pizzas promise big but just can't compare with the real thing.  My favorite use for rosemary is in chicken soup; though, it's found it's way into many a soup pot in my kitchen.  ~smile~

Rosemary Chicken Soup

1 whole chicken
1-2 onions
fresh rosemary sprigs
and a pot of water

Place a whole, cleaned chicken in a soup pot.  Cover it with plenty of water.  Salt and pepper the water to your liking.  I usually add about a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of pepper.  Bring it to a boil.  Simmer for an hour or two until the chicken is falling off the bone.  Remove the chicken to a plate to cool. 

While you're waiting for the chicken to cool, chop up an onion or two and add it to the broth.  Add about a tablespoon of fresh rosemary.  Break it up with your fingers as I do; or, chop it finely.  As soon as the chicken is cool enough to handle, debone it. Now, comes a decision. Do you want to keep some of that wonderful chicken as a start to another meal? I always do. Divide your chicken and package up the amount you're saving.   Set the chicken you'll be using in the fridge.  You'll add it back to the pot near the end.  This will keep it from falling to shreds. 


Now on to the creative part. This is where you "do with what you got". You can use a bag of frozen mixed veggies, potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, whatever you have. Rice or pasta can work, too. Just adjust the cooking time. Be sure not to put the pasta in until the end; or. you'll just have a mess. 

This post was featured at Sincerely, Paula.