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.


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