Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Why I Love Homemaking....


I love homemaking because...

It is such a blessing to have a home to make, even if we don't own it.

I realize that being home with my children is a great privilege. Thank you Honey!
I love knowing that I'm here for my husband and kids whenever they need me.
I answer to my God and my husband.
I can take time to "carpe diem", sieze the day, whether it be checking on the groundhogs at the corner, stopping when we see elephants outside at the circus' out of season barn, watching a plane land at the airport in the next town, or just stopping to see a bug or flower or whatever my kids are excited about.
I get to be here to help my children learn new skills, like cooking!

Thank you God!
Thank you Honey!
Laura
Thankful to Be Home

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Chuck Graham's book The Company.

Okay, this is another one of those books.  You know the kind.  They keep you up way too late into the evening.  They burn precious electricity while darkness surrounds you.  What if... what if darkness always surrounded you? 

Terror reigns as a meteor hits the earth shaking it to its foundations.  Cataclysmic repercussions leave the small village of .............. in total darkness... the last people alive on the face of the earth. 

This is not actually an end times book, although it sounds like it.  It's not meant to explain prophecy.  It is a fictional book.  It does, however, reveal spiritual truth.  The foreshadowing was skillful.  Knowing that it was a parable, I was puzzling through it as I read.  I still found surprises.  This is not usually my genre; but, I found this to be a very intriguing book.  I would be happy to read more of Chuck Graham's books.  Five stars from this reader.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
A meteor strike plunges the world into darkness. A stranger to the village of Brigos Glen restores power and light, supplied by three businesses, known as “The Company,” located beyond the forbidden mountains. The stranger reveals a plan so the Brigons can maintain the power and share the light with outlying territories, which remain shrouded in darkness.

Now, seventy years later, The Company summons six Brigons, including the young engineer Sam Mitchell, to attend a conference in the mountains of the forbidden Outlands.

Responsible for compiling a report about Brigos Glen from his five companions, Sam learns how managers and villagers largely ignored the plan or compromised it to self-interest, forsaking their duty to share the light. They also took for granted The Company responsible for generating and transmitting the power.

In an ordeal fraught with failure, revelations, and judgment, Sam discovers the true identity behind The Company and learns the fate that may befall Brigos Glen . . . that is, unless he can stop it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chuck Graham's legal career as an attorney in private practice spanned more than thirty-one years. He represented many local, national, and international clients, acquiring intricate knowledge about the often-overlapping structures of the corporate world.  Chuck is also a speaker and the author of Take the Stand and A Year of Encouragement
In 1997 he founded Ciloa (Christ Is Lord Of All), a ministry devoted to sharing God’s encouragement with the world and teaching those who follow Him how to encourage others. Chuck serves as executive director and principal author of A Note of Encouragement, a weekly e-zine reaching 175 countries. 
He and Beverly, his wife of thirty-four years, have lived in Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta, for fourteen years. God has blessed them with three children. In his free time, Chuck enjoys backpacking and hiking (especially on the Appalachian Trail), playing the guitar, dabbling in photography, and reading extensively about the Christian faith.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just a Little Bit

...of what I've been doing lately.


Kiwi, strawberry, Harvest Peach, and regular peach jam


Preparing the review for this riveting book


Zucchini Zucchini Zucchini



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Visit to Texas

Contrary to my Recent Posts... This is not a review blog.  Reviews are a welcome addition to my blog.  I used that wonderful little scheduling tool on Blogger for my reviews so that I could take a vacation.  So, things should begin to be a little more interesting around here again.  Hubby also bought me a new camera.  So things should begin to look a little more personal around here, too.  Now, if I can just master the camera!  He got me the simplest one on the market.  Point and shoot.  Well, if you know me, I am a bit techologically delayed.  I'll get it, though; just give me time.  ~smile~ 
So what did I do on vacation?


I drove clear across Oklahoma by myself.
With four kids, I don't go anywhere by myself!
Well, maybe the grocery store once in awhile.

I used MapQuest to plan my route. Unfortunately, though I had instructions about how to get to Little Elm, Texas, I didn't know how far any point on my route was from my destination. Lake Eufala seemed to go on forever!   Note to self: MapQuest is great; but, get a real paper map, too.


I was so happy to see the Texas Visitor's Center at the state line.


My new camera was tucked safely in my purse.  Out of sight out of mind.  I forgot to take photos until the evening before I left!  So, grandma and I jumped in the car and drove around taking photos.  Yes, the Little Elm sign says it's 107 degrees.  Thank God the air conditioner was working in my car.  Neither Grandma or I do well in the heat. 


Just one view of the enormous Lewisville Lake that Little Elm is built around.  Grandma lives in a house on a peninsula that goes into the lake.


Here's my wonderful Grandma Mamie.  She just celebrated her 90th birtday.  Isn't she just beautiful?  Her secret?  She stays active, mind and body, and exercises regularly.  Even after a recent illness, she refused to just stay in her rocker.  She believes in living life to the fullest.  She is a gift to me.

Just before I left, we posed for a photo, Grandma Mamie, Cousin Gloria, and me.  I think that's Gloria's cat, Patches in the back, looking rather odd with white eyes.  I told you I've got to learn to use the camera.  ~smile~

Great memories.  Thanks to my husband's willingness to keep the kids, provide the gas, car, camera, phone, and money I needed.  Thanks also to a wonderful gift of two new tires from someone who loves us.  Thanks most of all to God who made it all possible.

Next time, I'm going to take the kids.  They will love seeing Grandma and all their cousins.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Wise Shine Like Stars




"Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever."
Daniel 12:3

Wisdom is found in the Word of God.  I'm using Professor Horner's Bible Reading System to read through the Word this year.  You can find it at YouVersion.

Daniel 12:3

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Summer Harvest Meal with Summer Zucchini Skillet


The first onions from our garden.


Several of our first zucchini shredded and packaged for zucchini cake this Autumn.


Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Red Onions, and Rosemary, all from the garden ready to saute.

Summer Zucchini Skillet

Cut up zucchini, yellow squash, red onions in bite size pieces.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of rosemary.  Mine was dried.  If you use rosemary from the store, you'll have to season to taste.

Melt 4 T butter in a saucepan; add veggies and stir-fry over medium until crisp tender.


We served it with grilled burgers and salad.
Oh my, summer pleasure.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wisdom from Past Presidents of the United States

Just a few Presidential quotes I came across recently....


 "The United States is the best and fairest and
most decent nation on the face of the earth."
~George Herbert Walker Bush~




"You ain't learnin' nothin' when you're talkin'."
~Lyndon Baines Johnson~




 "I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say."
~Calvin Coolidge




 "The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing."
~Theodore Roosevelt

God bless America!
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage


All photos are from Wikipedia. 
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Monday, July 2, 2012

It's Jam Time! Kiwi Jam


I looked and looked for a kiwi jam recipe.  Every recipe I found called for strawberries, pineapple, pineapple juice, or rum.  So, I just modified a recipe and made it my own. 






KIWI JAM

4 1/2 c crushed, kiwi fruit
1 pkg powdered pectin
7 c sugar

1. Mix fruit and pectin in a large pot. Bring it to a full boil.






2. Add sugar and bring it to a rolling boil.






3. Following the instructions in the pectin box or Ball Blue Book, process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.






Note: I made half of this recipe with 12 small kiwi and used a bit more than half the powdered pectin packet. It turned out just fine.

Enjoy!

Laura
Busy in the Kitchen
and the Creek!

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