Thursday, December 15, 2011

Enjoying the Christmas Season

 Dear Blogging Friends. 'Tis the season to be jolly...I am so thankful that I have been able to do things, things that are important to me, this Christmas season. I have been battling an inner ear infection for a week, which made both dizzy and feverish. I was able to throw a neighborhood party with 30 guests and attend our daughters' jazz choir concert and so many other things in spite of this. I'm thanking the Lord for His goodness to let me be well on those two nights.
My son Harrison is home from college for the holidays and has helped me so much. My hubby was out of town so, Yesterday Harrison helped me a lot around the house. He brought me Top Ra men and built a fire and so many other things. I am over the inner ear infection now, and so grateful. The girls did such a great job singing. We are so proud of them. One of the favorite songs they sang was "Sisters," from the movie "A White Christmas," very cute. My photos of them did not turn out. I will try to do better with keeping you informed and with more photos. Blessing to you all for a safe evening and a great weekend.
Blessings, Kathi

"For I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:26

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kerin's Green Tomato Chutney

Since my tomatoes had a hard time turning red this year, I decided to make Kerin's green tomato chutney.
It has apples, rasins, green tomatoes, onion and spices. It's like nothing I've ever tried.
It looks pretty in the jars.

For this recipe, you will need :
4 Cups of completely green tomatoes.
3 Cups of firm, tart apples
1 C. raisins
3/4/ C. diced onion
2 cloves of garlic-minced
1 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. sea salt
3/4 C.  apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
3/4 tsp. mustard seed
2 tsp. roasted ground coriander
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper

Rinse and drain tomatoes. Peel, cut out stems and any blemishes. Cut tomatoes into 1/2 chunks.
Place in heavy pot.
Peel, core and cut the apples into 1/2 inch chunks; add them to the tomatoes.
Add the raisins, onion, garlic, brown and granulated sugar, salt and vinegar. Mix the ingredients well and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and boil the mixture slowly, and uncovered, stirring often , for 30 minutes.
Add the ginger, mustard seed , coriander, cinnamon, and cayenne. Return to a boil, adjust the heat and continue to cook the chutney uncovered at a low boil, stirring it often , until it holds a mounded shape when lifted in a spoon.
Taste it carefully. Remember that the balance of flavors will improve as the chutney mellows in the jar. Add, IF NEEDED, any additional vinegar, sugar, and or salt to taste.
Ladle the boiling -hot chutney into hot, clean pint or half pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch of head space.
Seal the jars with new two-piece canning lids according to manufacturer's directions and process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath, or steam canner. Cool, label and store the jars.
Let the chutney mellow, and the flavors marry for a few weeks before serving.

Recipe and Idea came from a friend named Kerin. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and idea Kerin.


Blessings, Kathi

"Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished." Genesis 25:29

Monday, December 12, 2011

Garrett Turns Ten

Our baby is ten! Garrett turned ten years old last month. We can't believe how the time has gone by.
We celebrated with his favorite meal: home-made fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green salad.
It seems like just yesterday you were born. Jessica just loved holding her baby brother, as did all of your siblings.
What a joy to hide and watch you run up to the Christmas tree when you were two, and hop onto this tricycle. You did not know I was watching you. I heard you whisper with delight, "Thank you Daddy and Mama," you knew it was us who bought the trike for you, and you knew it was for you, not your older brother and sisters. I cherish that memory.
You've grown into such a fine young boy, always helping Daddy set pipe in the field and with the orchard. We are so proud of you Garrett.
When we found out we were expecting another son, over ten years ago, it was a joyous surprise and happy blessing. God is so good to give you to us late in our lives.
Blessings, Kathi
"Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck." Proverbs 1:8-9

Friday, December 9, 2011

An Idol

Sometimes we bloggers are going through tough times and we don't let on. I've been going through a bit of a struggle for the last four years. I switched from being a full time stay at home mom and homeschooling my four children, to working part time and now having them in public school. I did this from the wishes of my husband. Honestly, I am so happy and at peace. Here is where the struggle comes in...
I still had all of my books. Books to remind me that I failed at homeschooling. Curriculum to remind me that some day maybe I'll be a full time teacher in public school and I will use these again.
These books had become an anchor weighing me down. They were actually an idol to me. Don't get me wrong, these very books could be in another mother's home and serving their purpose just fine. Not in my home. You see instead of inquiring of the Lord to how I should teach, or even to ask His help, I trusted in more curriculum.
I bought more and more until my shelves were exploding. (No, this is not my house, I got it off the Internet). When we choose to trust in something other than our Lord God, it becomes an idol. It dawned on me one day when my sister Kelli looked at my bookshelves and said, "You don't have much confidence, do you Kathi?" She was right. It was clear that I was not trusting in God. I bought every curriculum from every company just to stay afloat and just to hope that I could do well.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Variety is the Spice of Life: My Coffee Cup Collection

Update June 2015--When I resigned from my teaching job, I gave every person who had lovingly encouraged me, a coffee cup with a planted flower inside. I have about four more that I would like to deliver to the school, to sweet, dear ladies who prayed for me and cared about me. Those cups are treasures that I found at various thrift stores. Each day I chose a different cup from my collection to sip coffee from as I drove to work. All of the cups in these photos have been given away to my loving friends. Original post, 2011-- Today I'd like to share my coffee cup collection.  Ya know, everything does not have to be a matched set. Think outside the box.  Different colors and shapes are fun.  I have little rules for my collection. Here they are: I must have variety, it must have the design all the way around. They must be light weight and delicate. And, I adore pedestals.  I'd like to show you what I drink out of every day.  Either that or I'm crazy.  Sometimes I use a different cup for morning and afternoon. Am I nuts? This one is fun for playing cards with my kids. I have four of them.
This owl is one of my favorites, because I like the lightness of the cup; the way it feels in my hand. I drink out of him in the afternoon. He was made in Japan, as most of mine are. Of course I love all my florals. Most of my cups are from the 1970's also.
I found these at St. Vincent de Paul for .49 cents. I use the red check one for camping and for picnics in the backyard.
The one with pears is the first one I began collecting. I got the idea from my sister Sharon. Sharon always had these cute coffee cups. Many of them were pedestal cups. She told me she paid less than a dollar for them at thrift shops.
I got so intrigued by the idea that I could have variety for so cheap, and be so thrilled with my purchases. When looking for a cup I like to find a certain shape, and the pattern must go all the way around. It has to feel light and nice in my hand.
These are bone china. They are very light weight. I love the cool patterns from the 1970's.
Sometimes the crazier; the better. I couldn't resist these colorful ones. Today I'd like to share my collection of coffee cups. I love these great shapes and colors. Everyone of my cups was purchased for less than a dollar, and each one is special to me. I really do use them and enjoy them. Thank you for letting me share my collection with you today.
                                          
Psalm 23:5
 "My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Easy Enchiladas

One of the first weeks after school began I got in the mood to make enchiladas. I like to make shredded beef by searing a round steak on the stove, then slow cooking it in the oven in the same pot. I add onions peppers and enchilada sauce then slow cook at 275 degrees for  four hours.
I shred the beef with a fork.
I add sliced black olives, fresh chopped green onion and sour cream.
For the sauce I mix a can of enchilada sauce and a jar of salsa.
I add a small can of diced chiles to the sauce.
Next I spread re fried beans on tortillas and add the meat mixture. Roll them up and lay them seam side down in a 9x13 pan with half the sauce in the bottom. Pour the remaining sauce over and top with sliced olives, Jack cheese and cilantro.
Put this in an oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or hot.
My hubby and I decided to sit outside near our creek to eat them. It was such a lovely fall day.
They turned out perfectly.
What a nice surprise. Harrison came home for lunch when he heard I was making enchiladas. his classes were over that day at noon.
It's wonderful to have him living close enough to do this once in awhile.
He said he misses my cooking.
These are very easy enchiladas. I know they are far from authentic, but they do taste good. Have a wonderful day dear blogging friends.
Blessings, Kathi

"When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table." Matthew 7:36

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Analogy Lord of the Rings


For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world,

and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph. 6:12 "Take up the shield of faith"with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. This is my favorite scene in the movie "Lord of the Rings," because she is not one bit afraid of the Devil or his demons. She knows they can't hurt her. Satan is not afraid of us believers, but he is deathly afraid of the cross of Christ and the precious blood shed there.
That precious blood broke the spell of the "deep magic." He can no longer trick or deceive the one protected by the blood of Christ. He thought he had won, when Adam and Eve were deceived, and the relationship between them and God was broken. That's how Satan gets his power. God is a holy God. Satan knows God cannot look at sin.
The relationship was broken, when Adam and Eve sinned. There was a barrier between them and God. From them on a blood sacrifice was required. They were doomed. It seemed that there was no hope for them, so thought Satan. Just like the Children of Israel were doomed if they did not put the blood on their door posts.
No matter how "good" they were; no blood; no Passover. There is only One who could break the curse, and that One victoriously did. He is coming on a white horse someday, "On His robe and on His thigh He has the name written, 'KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.' Rev. 19:16"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God and pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…"Eph. 6: 16-18"The prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16
I am righteous ONLY because I have repented of my sin, and turned away from it. I sin every day, just like King David did. I don't want to, but I do. I can be made righteous and clean again by kneeling at the foot of the cross and confessing to Jesus.
He hears me, and I my heart is right with God again, and we have a relationship again. If I don't repent, there is a distance between the Lord and me. I can't stand it until I go back to Him and ask Him to make my heart clean again. Then, my prayers are heard and they are extremely powerful. I like to wear my cross necklace because it reminds me of what He did there.
Satan hates anything that reminds him of the blood or the cross. The Bible says Satan deceives the whole world. Don't be deceived. Run to the cross of Christ, it's our only hope. The Holy Spirit will open your eyes to see the truth. Speaking about the powerful blood of Christ and Him dying on the cross is not speaking about death, but rather, His VICTORY over death! He's alive!!!! "So we fix our eyes NOT on what is seen, but is UNSEEN. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is ETERNAL. " 2 Corinthians 4:18

 Never forget you are free from the curse of sin and death. Don't let Satan deceive you. Cling to the Cross of Christ and the power you now have to overcome.              I thought this was worth repeating ~ Kathi

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