Friday, February 5, 2016

Spring Must Be Coming

      The chickens are laying eggs again!

           And the goats are kidding.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Frozen Lemon Zest and a Smoothie

My husband and I love our green smoothies. They don't always look green but they always have a green base of  baby spinach, kale and/or chard. In the winter when I don't have a steady supply of raw goat milk for our kefir I use water and cultured  plain greek yogurt, frozen bananas for sweetness and creaminess and then I have a large variety of options. Yesterday it was tangerines, pineapple and banana. Today it's banana, pineapple and strawberries.
Lately I've been zesting frozen lemon into them. It adds a lovely zip, but the real benefit is health. Check out some amazing information here.
I now keep several frozen lemons in my freezer so I always have them. I use a little spice grater and grate the lemon over all kinds of things- add it to hot water in the morning, to hot tea, to pasta, salads and dressings, and baked chicken. Delicious.

Look here for my go-to kefir smoothie recipe




It's Not What You Think Review

So this Jefferson guy got famous on YouTube for his "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" video. He has gone on to have his own YouTube channel, a wife that he does a podcast with,a daughter, and quite a following. After reading his book "It's Not What You Think" I can see why. He's only gotten better over the years.

This guy knows his Bible! And his Jesus. He very thoroughly explains very deep theology in ways that even the simple can understand- makes things concreate and tangible. I so much enjoyed this meaty and satisfying book. Don't mistrust or discount all young people my friends- this guy has lots to teach us. In this book he explains with an overview of God's plan of reconciliation with mankind- His beloved people. He explains some misconceptions in religious life and he does so very well.

In the back of the book he gives TONS of resources for further reading. I plan on taking advantage of them. All in all my bottom line review on this book is; it's a game changer for those who are interested. It's well-written, it's relevant and what I really love is that even though is deeply theological it's written for the simple to become wise. Really- you will get something out of it no matter if you are a studious theologian or a highschool kid looking for some answers, or a housewife like me, homeschooling kids and always on the lookout for a good read.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review

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Book Description

New York Times best-selling author of Jesus > Religion challenges the accepted thinking of contemporary Christianity with the world-changing message Jesus actually brought.
Jesus was most upset at people for seeing but not seeing. For missing it. For succumbing to the danger and idolatry of forcing God into preconceived ideals. What if there were a better way? What if Jesus came not to help people escape the world but rather to restore it? Best-selling author and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke says that “Christians have the greatest story ever told but we aren’t telling it.” So in this new book, Bethke tells that story anew, presenting God’s truths from the Old and the New Testaments as the challenging and compelling story that it is—a grand narrative with God at the center. And in doing so, Bethke reminds readers of the life-changing message of Jesus that turned the world upside-down, a world that God is putting back together.
About the Author
Jefferson Bethke is the author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion. Bethke's message connects at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Life Giving Home Review

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This book by the well-known author and speaker Sally Clarkson and her daughter Sarah is like having a hospitality mentor. It's a gentle and sweet instruction in creating an atmosphere of rest and love and peace in the home. From meal times, bedtimes, caring for a sick child, welcoming company, etc. there's a plethora of homey topics. It puts me in mind of Edith Schaeffer's old book, The Hidden Art of Homemaking, except the homeschooling aspect because the Schaeffer's didn't homeschool. This book would suit anybody needing a little homemaking inspiration, especially young women just starting out.
The book is nicely done and in particular I liked the chapter entitled, "February: The Culture of Love". Sally said in it: " All our life accomplishments, from God's point of view, will be summed up by how much we loved God, and how much we loved other people." I love that! It pretty well sums up the message of the book too, and how to practically love each other- family, friends and neighbors.
*I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an unbiased written review.

About The Book:
How to make home your family’s favorite place to be . . . all year long.
Does your home sometimes feel like just a place to eat, sleep, and change clothes on the way to the next activity? Do you long for “home” to mean more than a place where you stash your stuff? Wouldn’t you love it to become a haven of warmth, rest, and joy . . . the one place where you and your family can’t wait to be?

There is good news waiting for you in the pages of The Lifegiving Home. Every day of your family’s life can be as special and important to you as it already is to God. In this unique book designed to help your family enjoy and celebrate every month of the year together, you’ll discover the secrets of a life-giving home from a mother who created one and her daughter who was raised in it: popular authors Sally and Sarah Clarkson. Together they offer a rich treasure of wise advice, spiritual principles, and practical suggestions. You’ll embark on a new path to creating special memories for your children; establishing home-building and God-centered traditions; and cultivating an environment in which your family will flourish. (Don’t miss the companion piece, The Lifegiving Home Experience.)

About the Author

Sally Clarksonis involved in ongoing discipleship and teaching ministries to women, parents, homeschooling mothers, and Christian mothers and their children. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Christian motherhood and parenting and leads WholeHearted Mother Conferences.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cowboy In The Window

Cowboy found his way to the front porch and discovered the window! He seemed to notice our "barn" has a few amenities his doesn't. Like a cozy fire. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Homemade Kitchen

The author of this cookbook, Alana Chernila has another book out called The Homemade Pantry that I want to get my hands on because if it's anything like this book, it's a feast for the eyes and soul. 

Mrs. Chernila has a way of inspiring you with word pictures of homemade comfort and brave experiments in the kitchen. 
She discusses why we cook and who we are, and delighting in creative acts in your kitchen. She lays out a calm way of life that's just as nourishing to your bellies as it is to your family's hearts. 

The photography is outstanding. Gorgeous. The recipes are surprisingly do-able. Alana makes it look and sound easy and you find that astonishingly it is!
This is a book that not only encourages creativity it also reads in parts like a letter from a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed this!
It looks so inviting on my coffee table and when I had a spare moment to sit it often found its way into my hands. 

The recipes range from comfort food to cheese making and fermenting. From Spicey Pumpkin Hot Chocolate on page 87 to Cheesy Fish Crackers (176) to Jambalaya (272) to Preserved Lemons on page 95. 
The variety and range of delicious ideas and photos will keep you busy for a year!

She goes through the basics like roasting a chicken and using fresh green herbs, making a pickle, as well as turning your beautiful garden offerings into delightful dishes to accompany the impressive dinners you might decide to make. 
This author gives you the courage to get your hands dirty and your apron tied on. Invite people over, deliver a meal to someone, make a picnic, and have a well-fed work party. You will NOT be bored! 
This is hands down one of the best. For every reason.

*I received this copy free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased written review.