God - Pray. Read from the Bible daily. Live your life for Christ, and joy in the Lord always.
Husband - Be kind to him, appreciate him, and never nag, or try to change him. Read and live the book Fascinating Womanhood.
Children - Praise them for good deeds daily. Be consistent when discipline is needed. Provide steady structure, and a steady diet of love. Have a good attitude - little eyes are watching and learning
A) Your appearance - make sure you look nice. Wear a pretty and modest dress, and head covering. Look your best every day, regardless if you plan to go somewhere or not. Make sure you are healthy - take care of your teeth, hair, skin, and figure.
B) Regular meals for you and your family - three healthy, square meals a day
C) A tidy house - even if you are behind on housework, you can still take five minutes to tidy up each room, which will make your home look clean and inviting.
D) Education and self improvement - homeschool/home educate your children, and don't forget to continue enriching yourself via reading good books. There are many books recommended on this website, and some of them are free. Take advantage of these.
Basic Daily Cleaning Routine
Tidy the house every morning, afternoon, and evening
Dust main living areas
Vacuum main living areas
Keep things picked up and put away
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
-4 medium sweet potatoes
-1 cup white sugar
-½ cup milk
-1/3 stick butter
-½ tsp salt
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 beaten eggs
-Bag of small marshmallows
1)Peel, cut, and cook sweet potatoes
2)Drain and mash
3)Mix everything, except for brown sugar and marshmallows
4)Pour mixture into large baking pan, and top with brown sugar and marshmallows
5)Bake at 350 for 35 minutes
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Cranberry Cobbler Recipe
-3 cups fresh cranberries (or frozen peaches or other type of fruit)
-1 ½ cups sugar, divided
-½ cup chopped nuts
-¾ cup flour
-½ cup butter, soft
1)Butter a pie pan, or square baking pan. Spread cranberries on bottom, and sprinkle with ¾ cup sugar, and the nuts.
2)Beat eggs until fluffy. Gradually add the rest of the sugar (3/4 cup), then gradually add in the flour, then the butter. Spread mixture over cranberries.
3)Bake for 50 minutes. Serve hot or cold.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
My family celebrates Election Day. It is a celebratory day that did not originate as a pagan religious festival, so that is one reason why we know it's okay to celebrate. This celebrated day traces back to the 1770s. Bible believers didn't celebrate hellidays like Christmas and Easter, because they knew these unholy days were actually pagan hellidays which were repackaged to appear "Christian."
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." -Ephesians 5:11
Instead of the world's big holidays being Christmas and Easter, the Bible believer's big days eventually were Thanksgiving, Election Day, and Independence Day. On election day, people would visit other homes, and try a slice of everyone's cake, to determine who had the best one. This cake is a hearty, bread-like cake, and also served to give energy and strength to the voters, after a busy day.
Election Day is a very important day, and one that should be saturated in deep, earnest prayer.
We celebrate by having a special cake and an election day party. Below is the recipe I follow for making an official election cake:
2/3 cup warm water
5 teaspoons active, dry yeast
4 cups sifted white flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk or soured milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
LET'S MAKE ELECTION CAKE
1. In your mixing bowl or in my case, in my Kitchen Aid mixing bowl, put in the warm water and yeast. Let it sit for five minutes. After five minutes, the yeast and water mixture should be puffy. If it didn't change, then your yeast is dead.
2. Mix in all of the cake ingredients, in the order given under the cake ingredients.
3. Put the mixture into two buttered bread loaf pans, and leave it to rise for one hour.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
5. Remove cakes from the loaf pans, and let them cool completely, and then make some Lemon Glaze...
6. Mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice, and heat gently on the stove, until the sugar dissolves, and the mixture thickens.
7. Pour the lemon glaze over the tops of the two loaves, and let it drizzle down the sides. Slice it like thick bread, and serve. Enjoy.
For fun, below is a vintage election cake recipe from "The American Frugal Wife," written by Lydia Child in 1833:
Old fashioned election cake is made of four pounds of flour; three quarters of a pound of butter; four eggs, one pound of sugar; one pound of currants, or raisins as you choose; half a pint of good yeast; wet it with milk as soft as it can be and be moulded on a board. Set to rise over night in winter; in warm weather, three hours is usually enough for it to rise. A loaf, the size of common flour bread, should bake three quarters of an hour.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Food, Fitness, and Health
The Christian woman should have a properly placed focus on her health. She should also be fit, so that she can better complete her daily tasks..
If you don't already do so, consider sitting down once a week, and writing out a breakfast, lunch, and supper menu plan for the family. Try to include healthy things. For example, yogurt and fruit smoothies with some breakfasts, homemade flax milk to drink with lunch (great cancer fighter, and source of omega 3s), Kombucha to drink with supper. Include fresh fruits and fresh veggies for side dishes, instead of just for snacks. Utilize whole grains for pastas, rice, and breads. Add various legumes to your diet. They can be side dishes with lunches, and part of some of your main dishes with supper.
If you are trying to drop some pounds, then consider exercising one and a half to two hours a day, but not all at once. Put in your hardest exercise in the mornings, for up to one hour. Then, in the afternoons, take a walk. In the evenings, take a long walk. If you have a dog, these are great times to take your pooch for a walk. Dogs need exercise, too.
In addition to the exercise, consider a special eating plan that will energize you, and give your body needed nutrients. For example, you may want to have a nice fruit and yogurt smoothie for breakfast, sweetened with a tablespoon of raw honey. Add a good liquid calcium supplement, if you are "dieting." For lunch, have a salad, or some legumes, and some homemade flax milk to drink. For supper, have mostly veggies, and just a little bit of the main dish. Have Kombucha for your drink, and don't eat after supper. The weight will come off, and your skin, hair, nails, and waistline will thank you.
An important part of Christian simplicity and suvival, is learning to make things and cook from scratch. Learn healthy food from scratch. Whenever possible, use whole wheat, or spelt flour, instead of white. Instead of sugar, use raw honey. Many recipes in regular books can be made healthy, simply by substituting healthy ingredients in place of the processed ones. This will work with many recipes, but not so well with others. It takes practice and experience.
Note: Limit frying food, if not stopping it all together. Instead of frying, bake. When you do need to cook something in the skillet, cook it over low heat, with little to no oil. It Put a focus on being healthy and fit. It's never too late to start.
Monday, October 31, 2016
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. -Joshua 24:15
I often have a different name for the unholy day of Halloween. I prefer the more accurate term of "Helloween." We have never celebrated this helliday. (Not holiday, as it is certainly not a holy day. At least, not for Christians.)
Helloween was the pagan Roman feast of Pomona, which was in celebration of their false goddess of fruit and seeds. This false goddess’s name in the Bible was Ashtoreth, or the "Queen of Heaven." Helloween was also a pagan holiday called Parentalia, which was known as "the day of the dead."
Parentalia then points us to Samhain (pronounced sah-win) which was a Celtic pagan holiday. Samhain was seen as a time when the spirits of the dead would walk the earth. The ghosts of beloved dead ones were welcomed into homes for great feasts.
Some Roman Catholic churches celebrate their "All Saints Day," in which children dress up as their "patron" or favorite "saints." Most families celebrate Helloween by having their children don costumes and go door to door, asking for candy. Many Helloween costumes are of evil creatures, or the dead. This part of "All Saint's Day," and Helloween are throwbacks from their pagan helliday predecessors.
A stroll through some towns show decor of fake skeletons hanging from streetlights, massive stuffed spiders sticking to cottony webs, and more. A stroll through a dollar store or a grocery store reveals masks which portray serial murderers from horror movies, masks of faces contorted in expressions of pain, agony, or the appearance of evil surmisings. The other day, I met with some friends at a restaurant, and there were little skeletons hanging from each light, above each table. My, how appetizing. Eating food, while looking at a fake dead body hanging in front of your face. Not appetizing, and a poor choice of restaurant decor.
It is very clear that Helloween is a celebration of death, evil, devils, torture, murder, and all sorts of gore.
Some Christian families combat this by only allowing their children to wear cutesy costumes, such as those of princesses or police officers. They go with their children door to door to trick o treat.
Some Christian families feel this is still too much of the world, and an appearance of evil, so instead, they take their children, in their cutesy, non-violent costumes, to local churches that host "trunk o treats" in their parking lots, and/or "fall festivals/carnivals" inside or in their parking lots. Here, there is a total flesh-fest of sugary excitement, and costumes galore, all in the name of "getting the children off the streets on Halloween."
Is this okay? There is nothing Christian, whatsoever, about Helloween. If a Christian is not partaking in the yuck of it, then is it still okay to celebrate? What does God say? Let's look to His Holy, Inerrant Word, and find out:
"Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain" -Jeremiah 10:2-3a
1) Learn not the way of the heathen. What is the way of the heathen on or around October 31? It is the pagan festivals of Pomonoa, Parentalia, Samhain, All Saint's Day, Helloween, and more. We are told NOT to learn the way of the heathen. This means we are NOT to partake.
2) The customs of the people are vain. Helloween is a tradition, a custom. It's vanity. Christians are to have no part in it.
"Abstain from allappearance of evil." -1 Thessalonians 5:22
Christians are to not partake in something that even looks evil. Helloween is NOT a Christian thing. It is undoubtedly pagan - undoubtedly! In fact, it is considered one of the highest Satanic holidays. Therefore, Christians, even if they are going to "Fall Festival," or a church "Trunk or Treat," are still showing the appearance of Evil. Here, let me give you a real life example:
Christmas and Easter: two helladays that are also pagan, however the Roman Catholic church took those well-known pagan helladays and replaced the terminology with Christian sounding terms, and proclaimed these to no longer be pagan holidays, but Christian ones. Does that make it any different? Those helladays are still largely celebrated the same way as their pagan predecessors were. You can call Christmas Christmas, but that doesn't change the fact that Jesus was NOT born then, and that the pagan god Mythra was.
Therefore, a Christian church taking an obvious helladay such as Helloween, and turning it into a Christian night, is no different than the sin the Roman Catholic church committed, in taking the pagan god Mythra's birthday, and changing Mythra's name to Jesus, or taking the day of Ashtoreth worship - Easter, and proclaiming it a celebration of Jesus' resurrection, when in actuality it's a celebration of Baal's false reincarnation via Ashtoreth - the pagan "Queen of Heaven."
Taking Helloween and changing the name to fall festival, and inviting kids in costume to pig out on candy is not helping. "ABSTAIN from ALL appearance of evil." - 1 Thess. 5:22
This is an evil appearance. Pagans see the church's Trunk o Treats and Fall Festivals and laugh. We need to wise up, and cut it out. Make a choice - God, or world? Church alternatives to Helloween is WORLD. God says NO to Helloween, and Christian brethren, so should you.
"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." -Romans 12:9
Helloween should disgust us. We should treat the day like any other day, except be willing to share the gospel (via tracts and such) to the lost souls who knock on our doors on that unholy night. Or just turn off the porch light. You can hand out tracts any time. Cleave to the GOOD. Helloween is not good.
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." -John 15:19
Helloween is of the world. So, if you do the RIGHT thing, and refuse to partake in it, in any way, meaning not even doing the hypocritical church festival stuff, then the world will hate you for it. You will receive persecution. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and He will always see you through. Do what's right - ALWAYS.
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty" -1 Corinthians 1:27
If you shun Helloween, you will be called a legalist, foolish, stupid, and more. But brethren, we know the truth, don't we?
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." -Colossians 2:8
Helloween is a tradition of men. It started as a pagan helladay, and morphed into a night of evil imaginations, evil things to behold, gluttonous feastings on sugar, and the glorification of death and torment. The tradition of men is to dress up and trick o treat. The philosophy is that it's "harmless fun," but the truth is that if you are partaking of this stuff, then you are going after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." -James 4:4
Adultery isn't just physical. We learn from the Bible that there is also spiritual adultery. Helloween is just that. The world celebrates Helloween. Christians are to be set apart and shun that. You cannot be a friend of the world and Christ’s. You have to choose.
According to the above Scriptures, and James 4:4, a professing Christian partaking in Helloween is committing spiritual adultery against God!
Please take the below warnings very seriously:
"For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning." -2 Peter 2:20
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." -1 John 2:16
"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." -Matthew 5:13-16
"And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you." -Ezekiel 11:12
"Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain" -Jeremiah 10:2-3a
If you celebrate Halloween, and you still choose to celebrate Halloween, and you claim to be a Christian, heed the below warning, and then change your mind:
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." -James 4:17
The Word of God is CLEAR that we are not supposed to partake of the stuff of devils, and also of the stuff of God:
"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils." -1 Corinthians 10:16-21
If you partake in Halloween, then you are a partaker of that altar, regardless of what you "make it mean." The above Scripture is clear on this. You cannot be a partaker of the Lord's table, AND devils'. You can only choose one. A choice for both is a choice against the will of God.
Dressing in "non violent costumes," going to church trunk or treats or fall festivals is PARTAKING. If you are a professed Christian, and doing these things, then you are trying to Christianize the devils' table as you partake of the Lord's table. This is the same sin the Israelites committed at the foot of Mount Sinai, when Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments. They decided to keep a feast unto the Lord, AND keep a religious festival they were used to from Egypt, involving a golden calf. It if wasn't for Moses' intercession, all of them would have paid for this infraction against God with death.
This is serious stuff. If you are really for Christ, then you must be against these pagan religious festivals. Else, you are committing spiritual adultery. This is like one's taking their spouse dating other people with them. It is wrong. It is unfaithfulness, regardless if the party we are cheating on is with us, or not.
COME OUT OF MYSTERY BABYLON. Halloween is one of her many deceptions. May we purify our hearts, and truly live for the Lord, and not for the world, gluttony, fitting in, etc.
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." -Revelation 18:4
"Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens." -Lamentations 3:40-41
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Are You For Foraging?
How are you doing in your Simplicity and Survival adventures? While it's true that many homemaking ladies tend to grow some of their food, not everyone can. Another way to get delicious, nutritious, organic food is via foraging. You may have wild edibles growing right outside your back door, and not even know it.
Anyone can forage. It doesn't matter if you live in the desert, forest, prairie, or in the middle of the city.
In today's article, I am just going to scratch the surface on the world of foraging...
Please Note: You forage at your own risk. I take no responsibility, should you or anyone reading this, forage and eat something poisonous, or have a bad reaction, etc. If you choose to forage, educate yourself, and take full responsibility for what you do or don't do.
Acorns grow on oak trees. White oak trees have leaves that are more rounded at the edges, while red oaks have leaves that are pointier. There are also other varieties of oak trees.
Not only can you use acorns to make things such as acorn bread, but you can use the brown water from boiling them as well. The brown water is full of tannins, and you can use these to tan hides. Tannic acid is what makes the boiling water brown, and gives acorns that very bitter taste, if you don't boil it out, well enough. Tannins are also why black tea is a bit bitter.
You can use two cups of the brown acorn water as a laundry detergent. It cleans really well, and the laundry comes out smelling fresh. However, do not wash lights or whites in tannin water, or they will turn slightly tan in color.
This tannic acid is also great for poison ivy, cuts, and rashes. Simply rub it onto the problem areas. It's been reported that the tannic acid water gets rid of poison ivy rash within three days. I haven't tried this myself, but this is what I've heard.
In a previous article in this series, I gave you a few recipes for acorn bread. Below are a few more acorn recipes. Before following the below recipes, make sure you properly process your acorns, as per the instructions in the the previous article...
Combine two cups of acorn flour, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, and 3/4 cup of water. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the batter onto a hot griddle or skillet, and cook it like a normal pancake. Repeat, until all the batter is used up. If you like this recipe, and have a larger family, then double, triple, or quadruple this recipe the next time you make it.
Combine 2 cups of acorn flour, 3/4 cup white or cattail flour, and 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Let the dough sit for a half hour, and then divide it up into several little balls, use a press or rolling pin to flatten them, and cook them in a hot skillet. Cook them just until they begin to brown. Flip them every ten seconds or so.
Bring four cups of water to a boil. Mix together 1 cup acorn flour, 2 cups corn meal, and 1 teaspoon sea salt. Add the mixture to the boiling water, and use a whisk to stir constantly. Turn heat down to a simmer or light boil. Keep stirring for about three minutes. Then, turn off the heat, and mix in 1/2 cup of honey, and a stick of butter.
Also in the previously mentioned article, we learned how to make cattail flour, which naturally contains gluten, and is therefore a wonderful companion wild flour to acorn flour, in making acorn bread (recipes and instructions in mentioned article.)
Not only can you make a glutenous flour from the roots of cattail, but you can also use new cattail shoots in the spring to put into all sorts of dishes. Make sure you are positive you are using cattail shoots, as there is another plant that can look like the shoot, but is toxic. If you stick to the shoots from the tall cattails, you should be okay, as the other plants that look similar don't grow any taller than two feet.
Peel and chop the shoots, and put them into pasta dishes, such as spaghetti. In anything where you like to put in veggies like zucchini and/or cucumber, put in peeled and sliced cattail shoots, and see what you think.
These cattail shoots can also be peeled and eaten as is. Just make sure they are positively cattail shoots, and clean them well.
There are several forms of cacti that can be consumed. Some species of yucca cactus produce a fruit, and I'm told the fruit is edible. I've never tried it. You can also make nature's needle and thread from the spines of the yucca. Just peel a thin part of the spine off, and you'll have a tough string with a point at the end, which works as a needle. You can really use this to fasten things together, or to sew a hole in clothing, in an emergency situation. The roots of the yucca contain saponins - natural "soap." The root will suds up a bit in water, and you really can use it to wash your hands, or even do laundry, etc.
Another edible cactus is the prickly pear. Both the fruit and cacti paddles can be eaten.
Prickly pear fruit tastes kind of like a cross between bubble gum and watermelon. For those who like to make jelly, the juice of the prickly pear fruit makes an excellent jelly.
To harvest and prepare prickly pear, you must be careful of the cactus spines. The bigger spines are easy enough to avoid, but there are also small, hair like spines which can be hard to see, and may only be realized after they have pierced your skin. These little hair spines can get stuck in and under your skin, and be harder to remove than a sliver/splinter.
You may want to consider wearing thick gloves when harvesting this fruit. Also, have a good, sharp knife with you. Shave off all the spines, especially paying attention to the smaller spines, which you don't want to overlook.
After you've brought these beauties home, you need to do a bit of work to them, before they are ready to be consumed. Like many fruits, these delicious gems need to be peeled. First, cut both of the ends off. Then, slip the knife under the skin, and cut a line down the fruit, so that you can reach under the skin and grab it. After that, just peel the skin off and discard.
The fruit will have a lot of little seeds in it, and the seeds are edible. Some people prefer to just have the juice. To extract the juice, put the clean, prickly pears into a blender or food processor, and blend them to a pulp. Then, pour it all into a large, clean flour sack cloth that is placed over a large bowl. Gather the flour sack cloth into a bag, and squeeze. Squeeze the juice into the bowl. The pulp that is leftover in the cloth can be added to recipes or discarded. Enjoy the juice, and consider making some jelly with some of it.
To prepare the paddles to be edible, again, pick them carefully, and then scrape off all of the spines with a good knife. Clean the paddles well, and then trim and cut them into strips. Boil these strips for about 20 minutes, until they are tender. They can be seasoned and served as is, or added to salads, casseroles, and more. Some people find them similar to green beans in flavor, but it varies. I've seen these paddles for sale in the produce department of many grocery stores.
Warning: this wild lettuce can create a drowsy or even a somewhat drugged state in some people. If you haven't tried this wild lettuce, try a bit first, and make sure you don't have adverse reactions.
Prickly lettuce is very common. Most people probably have it in or near their back yards. Its leaves are slightly bitter, depending on the season, and how big the leaves are. It can be used in salads and sandwiches, or as a garnish.
Sometimes what looks like a wild tuft of grass can actually be a treasure. I'm referring to wild onions. Many people pass this right up as wild grass. You can use a small shovel or your hands to pull or dig these up. The bulbs will be small, white onions. It should smell like onions, with no question. The onion bulbs can be used just like the regular onions you buy from the store, and the green stems can be chopped, and used like scallions. Wild onions are very common. Once you get used to spotting them, you may start finding them all over the place on nature walks.
As with foraging all things edible, make sure you know what you are foraging. There are poisonous, dangerous things out there, so make sure you educate yourself.
What's foraging, without berries? Mulberries, black berries, dew berries, raspberries, strawberries, etc. Learn what types of berries grow in your area, and where to forage them. Generally with berries, if you find some that are white, don't eat them, as white is often poisonous. Red is 50/50, and dark blue or black, is usually okay (but not always), don't consume these berries, unless you are sure they are okay.
You may be surprised to find more nut growing trees around than you are aware of. Learn what types of nut trees grow in your area of the world, and take some nature hikes and see if you can find some.
Who hasn't had crab apples? While eating too many has been shown to give silly children tummy aches, that doesn't stop these from being harvested by creative moms all over the place. Crab apples can be made into a fabulous jelly.
Yarrow is a powerful, medicinal herb that many mistake for a common weed. Do not get this beautiful plant mixed up with water hemlock, which is poisonous, and looks similar. Yarrow is a plant worthy of research, so look into it, and see what you think.
Depending on where you live, you may have seen these beautiful plants growing on roadsides. Some people have problems with these plants taking over their farmland or gardens, as they can spread rapidly. While they look like little watermelons on a vine, they are NOT. Do NOT eat the flesh of the buffalo gourd, or you could be looking at several days of bad stomach cramps and diarrhea, or worse. It can even make you pass out.
The seeds of this wild gourd are edible, however. Make sure you clean them well, and roast them first, and they make a great snack. Like the yucca, the roots of the buffalo gourd contain saponins - meaning, you can suds it up to wash your hands, or even use it for doing your laundry.
Peaches, Apples, Pears, and More
One house I lived in had three peach trees in the backyard, and no one even knew about it, because everything was all overgrown back there. After a bit of clean up, I enjoyed these hidden treasures.
Driving through neighborhoods, I often come across people with pear or apple trees in their front yards, and around harvest time, their yards are often just littered with these wonderful fruits. Don't be afraid to ask if you can have some of the fruit. Many people will be very GLAD for you to take it, because sometimes so much fruit is produced, they get tired of it.
Find out if there are persimmon trees in your area. Sometimes you may see these delicious little fruits in the produce aisle of some supermarkets. Persimmons will be intensely bitter and drying to the mouth, if eaten before they are ready. Persimmons are generally ready to pick and enjoy after the first frost of the year. If they are firm, leave them be. You want the more squishy ones.
They are great eaten as is, but also make a nice jelly, or you can make a fabulous persimmon wine.
Sand plums grow along roadsides and by cow pastures in many areas of the U.S. They are the size of berries, but taste like little plums, because that's what they are. I like to make sand plum preserves or jelly just about every summer. These are great eating right off the tree, or as a jelly. I often see sand plum jelly entries at our yearly county fair.
Red and White Clover and Dandelion Greens
I don't know about you, but during spring and supper, I can walk out my door, and pick a small salad. One part of my yard literally becomes a natural carpet of white clover. Sometimes I pick red clover at parks. These clover heads can be eaten picked, just as they are. They are a bit bitter, and full of nutrients. The leaves also can be eaten, and have a bit of a vanilla taste to them.
I have also used the clover flowers/heads to make clover teas.
And don't forget about dandelions. Just about every part of that plant can be used, including making a wonderful dandelion wine.
As you can see, you can forage not only for food, but natural "soap," "needle and thread," and even medicinals. Foraging is something that I believe the Christian homemaker should be educated on. While it's great to grow some of our food, wild food also grows, and sometimes it's just outside our back door. May we never tire of learning more about God's amazing creation.
Find yourself a good foraging book for the area in which you live, and integrate nature walks and discovering edibles in your area as part of your children's education. Go out exploring and learning, and have fun.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Time keeps slipping away, and I have so much I want to do, but the day runs out, LOL. I will be putting up more videos and articles, but it may take a few days. Blogging and YouTubing are low on my priority list.
We've been Nibiru-watching and studying, we've been on the Star Trek Enterprise (oh, yeah 8-) ) and so much more. Life has been busy, but fun.
In an earlier article, we studied the biblical roles of different family members, and saw why it’s important to live within those God-given roles. The Christian woman should not only do the many varied and exciting acts of homemaking, but she should also dress the part.
Think of it this way: When a man starts a job, he is often expected to dress a certain way. Some jobs have uniforms, while others require the men to wear suits. Other jobs are more lax, but still have a dress code, where men still have to dress within a certain code for work.
The wife can benefit from a "uniform" of sorts, as well. If you've ever spent the day in your night gown or a comfy pair of sweats, you may have found that you didn't get as much done as you could. You may also have felt lazy, fatigued, or tired. For a fabulous psychological boost, which can provide a physical energy boost, dress the part. Dress for success.
Perhaps you are not where you want to be in your homemaking skills. Instead of waiting for x and y to occur, why not live right now as if your goals are already accomplished. Dress the part of the Christian wife and mother, and make sure your attitude, thoughts, and actions follow suit.
The Bible tells us that women are to dress modestly, such as wearing long, flowing dresses. They are also to cover their heads. Now, a lot of ladies want to read this article no further, and think I am blatantly wrong on this. I'm not going to invite you to any deep theological debate. Instead, I'm simply going to show you where in the Scriptures I came to these beliefs, and then you can make up your own mind. Below are links to articles I've written, where I show how I came to these beliefs from studying the Scriptures:
When the Christian homemaker/wife/mother dresses for the part, it helps her keep her thoughts, actions, and attitude in check.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Trying a Different Purse
I go through purses, sometimes literally. The lining tears out, the straps fall off, the zippers break, etc. It's rare to get a purse to last me more than several months, before it pretty much dies.
Perhaps this is because I keep buying cheap purses on clearance for five dollars. I recently decided to try a quality purse. I love Betsey Johnson purses, and when I saw one I absolutely adore at Ross, I went for it.
I picked up a purse that normally costs 128 dollars, for 39 dollars. This is just one of many reasons why I love Ross. Why pay full price for nice dresses and bags? Go to Ross, get the good stuff, and only pay a fraction of the cost. ;-)
Below is a video where I show you my gorgeous new purse, and also what I keep in it.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Let's Get Growing
A cornerstone in eduction should be learning how to grow food. Many people think they can't, because they have little to no land. You'll be happy to know that this does not have to be the case. You can grow some of your own food, with NO land, if that's your situation. Rejoice in what you do have, and rejoice that you can grow food even in your own kitchen, with no land, dirt, or sunshine required.
Sprout it Out
Whether you have acres of land, or no land at all, sprouting is a great way to grow super-healthy food with high nutrition and protein. You can sprout grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes. Below, I'm going to give you a very simple step-by-step guide to sprouting pinto beans.
What you Need to do This
- Very clean jars (preferably one quart, wide-mouth, mason jars)
- Cheesecloth, or clean flour sack cloth (I like to use flour sack cloth for many kitchen uses. I can wash it and reuse it, instead of just throwing it away after a use)
- A rubber band or mason ring for the lid
- Filtered or spring water
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dry, uncooked Pinto beans (not canned)
Growing the Sprouts - No Land Required or Needed
1. Clean and sort the pinto beans, and put them into the jar. Fill the jar about 1/3 full only.
2. Fill the jar with water, and then drain the water out - rinsing the beans. Repeat this several times to really get the beans very clean
3. Put filtered or spring water into the jar, and a splash of vinegar, and secure the clean cloth over the mouth of the jar with a rubber band or mason lid ring. Leave the jar in a dark place, away from sunlight for at least 12 hours.
4. Drain and rinse the beans two to three times a day. Put fresh water and a bit of vinegar back on them, and let them continue to soak. The beans will sprout within three to six days.
What to do With the Sprouts you Grew
If you plan to eat the sprouts raw, then store them in a jar of vinegar to help keep bad bacteria from growing on them. If you choose to eat raw sprouts, do so with careful knowledge, and extreme cleanliness.
Raw sprouts can be put into salads, sandwiches, sprinkled on top of food, etc. If you choose to consume the sprouts raw, make sure you are certain they are clear of bad bacteria, and only eat the sprouts, not the whole bean.
If you wish to eat the sprouts cooked, you can eat the whole bean, as well, which is very delicious in cooked meals.
To cook with sprouts is simple, add them to casseroles, soups, stews, and anything else where you put in cooked vegetables - they are also great cooked in meatloaf.
Legume sprouts are a vegetable, and can provide you green nutrients. They are also a helpful protein source.
Even if you have little to no land, you can still grow some food - you can grow sprouts, and that is something, and it's very healthy. Every little bit counts.
If you have a balcony, or a little bit of yard, then you can grow some food in containers just outside your door. If you are able, you can also grow hanging gardens using a device like the Topsy Turvy.
Meanwhile, if you have a bit (or lot) of yard, you can grow all sorts of foods. If you are not a very experienced gardener (I'm not. I just make it up as I go along, and somehow food grows) then you may want to start with just a few things, and then go on from there. So far, I have found that I love growing zucchini, turnips, and carrots. I grew broccoli a few times, and didn't really like growing it. The same with lettuce. There's a lot of wild prickly lettuce around that I can pick, so if I want free lettuce from the ground, I just forage some. Lately, though, I've been growing turnips, so I use the greens from those for lettuce.
You can grow some type of food, no matter what time of year it is, and even if you don't have any land. You can always grow sprouts. Those little things are health power houses.
After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.
You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more. You don't need to find a church to get baptized in. Any born again Christian can baptize you in any acceptable body of water - even a public swimming pool.
Find or start a good home church. Here is more information on Home Church, and why you should home church, or find one to join - HouseChurch.org.
Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.