Monday, 18 February 2019

Homemaking Mondays: A Reason to Smile

Isn't it lovely that no matter what happens in life, that the Lord can always bring
to mind something that can give us a reason to smile. 
One thing that makes me smile are little notes just because.

 I find that in our society today that little notes give people great pleasure. 
Whether expected (as in a birthday) or just out of the blue.
It doesn't need to be handmade or fancy.
Just the knowledge that someone took time out of their life for you.

I was talking to a sweet older Christian lady that I know.  
She isn't able to get out and see people as much as she used to.
She says that just little phone calls or notes in the mail 
cheer her heart so very much. 

I got one of those sweet out of the blue cards in the mail from a friend this week.
Just to know that I was thought of and that she took the time to send me this note 
made me feel very loved and cherished.  

Do you take the time to let others know you are thinking of them? 
Perhaps it is a shut in or elderly person that you know could use the encouragement.
That they know they are not forgotten. 

Or really anyone could be blessed by the simple act of being sent a note, a phone call, a card. 
Are you willing to take the time to do that?
To add this simple act to your homemaking day?
If you do, it will be greatly treasured and appreciated. 
Just a little simple act of kindness.

Love and Prayers,


Monday, 11 February 2019

Homemaking Mondays: A Matter of Timing


Today I wanted to share with you a mistake that I made that turned into a blessing.

I thought...I'd try to make a new bread that rises overnight.  
I followed the recipe...but it didn't turn out as expected.
Well....I suppose I added too much water and it was kinda soupy in the morning.  
So I did what I often do...I left it.  While deciding what I was going to do with it.  
I didn't want to waste it...but if I just added flour then it wouldn't rise, so how much should I add...and of what? So in truth, it sat for a couple days, nice and warm beside my wood stove. 
Then when I picked it up to dispose of it...I smelled it.  
It was sour...but not a bad kind of sour.  
Sourdough Starter. 

So I used it to make some bread.  
One loaf in my dutch oven, and the rest in regular bread pans. 
It made enough for the week, and it was just what we needed.  
I only took a pic of some of the loaves.
Now...I have sourdough starter in my fridge.
Where it sits awaiting my next sourdough baking need. 

Have you ever done this? 
Perhaps not with bread dough, but with anything?
Do you just automatically toss something because it's not working at the time, or do you wait?

Sometimes in the waiting more understanding comes. 
Better ideas...or like for me this time...sourdough. 

This also made me think about waiting on the Lord as well.  
Do you just give up because the Lord doesn't answer your prayers  
in your timing? or in the way you expect? 

I have learned that the Lord's timing is not my own.
His understanding is so far above my own that I just need to 
rest...and wait...and trust in Him.

Proverbs Chapter 3: 3-6 

 "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Love and Prayers,

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Homeschool Study Snipits

Hello!  Thanks for dropping by!  

Today I'd love to share with you about a couple things 
my kids have been doing this week. 

My younger daughter decided to make some bubble solution from scratch 
and some bubble wants out of stir sticks and pipe cleaners.  
As it was so super cold up here,
she wanted to see how they froze. 

So she and her older sister went out and blew some bubbles,
and took pictures as they froze.

They would freeze and then they'd collapse on themselves.
So beautiful and interesting. 

My younger son was studying bees this past week and finished up a project today. 
 It was a part of his been report. 

He added yellow pom poms for honey and pollen. 
Then he made all the stages of life of the bees.
From egg to emerging bee. 

He used modeling clay, and then pipe cleaners for legs.
 He also cut out a bit of plastic and covered the last larva, and the pupa stage 
since they are sealed in until they are fully ready to emerge.  

It was a fun hands on exercise for him, and I hope he will remember it more 
then just reading about it. 

Monday, 4 February 2019

Homemaking Mondays: Getting out of the House

It's been super cold here in the Yukon the last few days. 
The weather has warmed up from -40C to -16C today.
So....we decided that after morning lessons we'd go on a picnic in our yard. 

I made some hot dog buns and we tried out some new hot dogs that don't have all the same additives that most do. So a bit healthier choice for the rare occasion that we eat hot dogs.

We made hot chocolate, and pulled out some canned/boxed juice 
that had been stashed in the cupboard.
My daughter sharpened up some sticks and we were ready to roast!

Our dog is getting older and gets cold if she's not moving.  
So she found a pillow left on the ground by the fire and settled herself down. :)  
The sun had come out for a short while and that helped as well.

After a couple hours she needed a bit more help staying warm. 
We bundled her under some blankets on the pillow and she was quite happy there. 

We all enjoyed watching the slow retreat of the snow from around the fire pit.

We also had some shovelling to do.
They worked extra hard today...perhaps it was the knowledge 
that there were marshmallows to roast when they were done?

It was so nice to be out of the house...for four hours.  Just enjoying the outdoors and each other's company.  Taking care of some needs around the yard and having fun.

The Lord is so good and I thank Him for these moments He gives us together.

Love and Prayers,

Monday, 28 January 2019

Homemaking Mondays: In Progress

Thanks for dropping by! 

We have been enjoying some lovely warmer weather here in the Yukon. 
It's been up close to and then over the freezing point.  
It has been so nice to sit out on our bench under the trees by our home 
watching the birds at the feeder nearby. 

We have also been blessed with some more snow! 
Not a lot, about four-five inches.
 Then the wind came and it was like avalanches coming off of the trees.
It was quite moist snow and so it was a bit of a work out to shovel.

  Today I have some in progress items to share with you. 
I rescued an old birdhouse from the dump and added some wood 
we had to the roof as it was missing. 
It is now slated to be re-painted before spring 
when I hope it will be used once again.

I absolutely love the gift of having birds around my home. 
It always makes me think of God's great care and provision for all 
of His precious creation, even me.  
Our lives and very souls are in the hands of the Lord when we have been saved
by the Lord Jesus Christ.  Through repentance and faith in the Jesus of the Bible.

Luke 12:6-7
 "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows."

Then I have some socks that are partially finished.
Still learning how to do the different stages.
I'm trying to still learn some practical skills.
There are always things to learn...but I am seeking 
to learn things that have more value then just for looks.

Lastly I have a crochet project on the go as well.  
It is of an octopus pillow. 
It will be a gift for a special little someone that enjoys octopus.  
The pattern can be purchased HERE if you're interested.

Thank you for dropping in.  
Do you have some in progress things to share?

Love and Prayers,

Monday, 21 January 2019

Homemaking Mondays:

Well, the morning dawned bright and beautiful here in the Yukon. 
The clouds were stunning and gave me camera couldn't capture the splendor.  

There is much of winter that many do not enjoy, but winter is another of the wonderful seasons the Lord has created.  
I think we need to look at the details of it...and find things to be thankful for.  

My children and I went snowshoeing this past week.
It was a beautiful day and the temperature not to frigid.  
I love to hear the crunch of the snow underfoot. 
We are very dry in the Yukon so the snow has turned into crystals with a bit of a harder crust.  
Not good for snow forts, but great for walking in. 

We didn't venture too far from home, but meandered through the forest. 

My youngest son has taken naturally to knitting 
and has just finished himself a new cowl to wear outside.   
Perfect to try out today as we are going skating.

Praying you all have found some lovely thing to occupy 
yourself on this winter's day. 

Genesis 8:22 
 "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest,
 and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

Love and Prayers,

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Homemaking Mondays: Family Recipes

Today I'd love to share with you a family recipe that I have for mincemeat cookies. 
It's from my Grandmother Pettit.  
I dearly miss this lady and since my family is far between, it's like having the comfort of family.  
I'm not into family secrets... I think that special food should be shared. 
One thing that makes this batch special that I made is that it includes some homemade 
green tomato mincemeat my mother made from my grandmother's (her mother's) recipe.  
These cookies are moist and chewy. 

Mincemeat Cookies
1 Pint mincemeat (2 cups)
1 cup shortening (I use olive oil)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour

*Mix together and spoon onto cookie sheets
Bake at 350F for about 12 minutes 

One of the special parts of homemaking to me are the little things that we pass down to our children.  
Those times of sharing food that has been shared for generations in the family....but mostly it's the moments we share while we enjoy this food.  
Around the table...thanking the Lord Jesus for His Word and opportunity to be together. 
There are many blessings the Lord gives.  
As we perform hospitality in our homes...and that also includes our own family... we have wonderful opportunities to speak the words of Life (The Bible) to each other. 

Love and Prayers,