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Books Read in 2017


A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Death in the Black Patch by Bruce Wilson

Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible (NASB)

Joni by Joni Eareckson Tada (re-read)

Keeping Watch by Kathryn A. Sletto

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins (re-read)

Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle (Miss Julia #12) by Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Miss Julia series book #1)by Ann B. Ross (re-read)

Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble (Miss Julia #14) by Ann B. Ross

New Testament (NASB)

Nicolae by Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins (re-read)

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The House by the Lake by Ella Carey

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (re-read)

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon

Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland

Why the Passion? A Personal Guide to Meeting the Jesus of the Passion by Greg Laurie

Books Read in 2016


A Light to the Gentiles byJesslyn De Boer and Hazel Timmer

Facing The Facts by Stan and Brenna Jones

Hawaii by James A. Michener

Her Daughter's Dream (Marta's Legacy #2) by Francine Rivers

How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor by Mark M. Yarbrough

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

Life Application Study Bible (NASB)

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson

Miss Julia Delivers the Goods (Miss Julia #10) by Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia Paints the Town (Miss Julia #9) by Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia Renews Her Vows (Miss Julia #11) by Ann B. Ross

NIV Study Bible (finished a once a week Bible reading with family that took just over 4 years)

Red Dog by Bill Wallace

Ruled Out by Randy Southern

Seeing Jesus by Jeffrey McClain Jones

Snapper by Brian Kimberling

The Berlin Game by Len Deighton

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Life of J.E.B. Stuart by Mary L. Williamson

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Tower by Richard Martin Stern

What's the Big Deal? by Stan and Brenna Jones

Books Read in 2015


A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl

A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

And the Good News Is... by Dana Perino

Big Love: The Practice of Loving Beyond Your Limits by Kara Tippetts

Boyhood and Beyond by Bob Schultz

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

Choking in Fear: A Memoir about the Hollandsburg Murders by Mike McCarty

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon (Mitford)

Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional by Ave Pennington

David Livingstone The Pathfinder by Basil Mathews

ESV Study Bible

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers

Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story by Ken Tada & Joni Eareckson Tada, with Larry Libby

Knowing God by J.I.Packer

Mama B: A Time to Speak by Michelle Stimpson (Mama B Bk. 1)

Miss Julia Stands Her Ground (Miss Julia book #7) by Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia Strikes Back (Miss Julia book 8) by Ann B. Ross

Near to the Heart of God: Meditations on 366 Best-Loved Hymns by Robert J. Morgan

O Little Town by Don Reid

The Discovery by Dan Walsh

The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Holy Bible (NASB)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

The Shell Seakers by Rosamunde Pilcher

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Books Read in 2014


Now that February is nearing an end, I am finally remembering to enter my list of books I read in 2014.I am posting this later each year. I try to read a mix of Classics, fiction, & non fiction. I always read at least one of my dad's books, & this year I read his copy of Joy in the Morning, by Betty Smith. This was by far my favorite Betty Smith book. She also wrote A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & Maggie Now. I enjoyed a time travel book that was written in the 1970's. I have also been reading through the Little House books, because I never read them as a girl. I read the 1st one, & then read it to our daughter when she was young. And I also read the first couple books to our son. I think I ended up reading Little House in the Big Woods 3 or 4 times, but I never even came close to finishing all of the books. Now I just have one more to go. I have enjoyed reading them. For my Bible reading this year I read The Apologetics Study Bible (HCSB) I also enjoyed reading East of Eden & A Christmas Carol. I also really enjoyed Fannie Flagg's newest, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. The non fiction book that I read was Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WW2 Story of Survival, Courage, & the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis by Edgar Harrell, & David Harrell. I learned a lot about why the Indianapolis was not even noticed as being late in arriving, & I have to say that it was a bit shocking. My dad served in the Pacific during WW2, & I know he would have enjoyed this book. He may have read it, because I think it was originally published a while back. I also loved the newest Mitford series book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. And the Miss Julia books always give me a good laugh. I love her.Well, that's it then. Until next year!13 Easy Tomato Recipes by Joyce Zborower 30 Delicious Ice Cream Cake Recipes by Lori Burke 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens A Woman's Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year by Diane Storty By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder Crazy Jacob by Jim Ware Daily Wisdom for Women January 2014 by Barbour Publishing Inc. East of Eden by John Steinbeck Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Holy Bible (NASB Giant Print)I still Dream about You by Fannie Flagg Iron Scouts of the Confederacy by Lee McGiffin Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen Man of the Family (Little Britches #2) By Ralph Moody Miss Julia's School of Beauty (Miss Julia #6) by Ann B. Ross Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WW2 Story of Survival, Courage, & the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis by Edgar Harrell, & David HarrellRosa by Elaine Cunningham Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (Mitford #10) by Jan Karon The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg The Apologetics Study Bible (HCSB) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Detective Agency #1) by Alexander Smith McCallThe Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer Time and Again by Jack Finney Under My Skin: A Kid's Guide to Atopic Dermatitis by Karen Crowe Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen [...]

Books Read in 2013


Another year has gone by without any blogging. Of course I never really blogged. I only put on recipes with very non professional pictures, & my once a year list of the books I read that year. Now it's the 4th year in a row that the only activity here is a copy & paste list of books. So be it. LOL. My list is smaller again this year. I have the same excuse as last year. And the year before. And so on. I did have some really enjoyable reads though. My favorite of the year was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. I have found that I lean towards WW2 stories. That time in history fascinates me. I read stories this year about the men in Easy compnay, some of the women who worked on the Manhattan Project in the secret factories in Tennessee, & an historical fiction set on Guernsey Island, the only British land that the German's occupied during the war. I also like to read at least one of my dad's books each year. This year I read his copy of Treasure Island & a book called Indiana, Indiana. I loved Treasure Island, & didn't really care for the Indiana one. It was written in a very modern "artish" way and it just wasn't my thing. I don't think it would have been my dad's thing either, and this was confirmed when I found a grocery list used as a bookmark & it was only about 30 pages in, LOL. I cracked a smile knowing my dad and I felt the same about the book. It was a book that was set in a rural area, near our county, mentioned many of our local areas, & even mentioned Sugar Creek, which was surely the reason we were both drawn to read it. I plodded through & stuck to it to the very end, but Dad chose the wiser path & bailed at 30 pages. :) I need to learn this lesson.I really enjoyed Little Britches & I hope to read more by Ralph Moody. And I enjoyed all the Erica Bauermeister books. Oh! I read my 2nd Maeve Binchy book, Circle of Friends, & it was my favorite so far.And I read a book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer about praying the Psalms. I really enjoyed it. It was a library loan (my library borrowed from another library), but this is one that I would like to own. And, now that we are well on our way to mid-February, here's my list of books read in 2013. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest by Stepen E. AmbroseBringing up Boys by Dr. James DobsonCircle of Friends by Maeve BinchyConfessions of Joan the Tall by Joan Cusack HandlerHappy, Happy, Happy by Phil RobertsonI Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren TarshisIndiana, Indiana by Laird HuntJoy for Beginners by Erica BauermeisterLife Application Study Bible NASBLife of Pi by Yann MartelLittle Britches: Father & I were Ranchers by Ralph MoodyLiving by the Book by Howard G. Hendricks & William D. HendricksMiss Julia Hits the Road by Ann B. Ross (Miss Julia #4)Miss Julia Meets Her Match by Ann B. Ross (Miss Julia # 5)On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WilderOutlaw by Ted DekkerPinocchio's Quest by Robert RoglandPsalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible by Dietrich BonhoefferThe Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War 2 by Denise KiernanThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie BarrowsThe Lost Art of Mixing by Erica BauermeisterThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettThe School of Essential Ingredients by Erica BauermeisterThe Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie MacomberTreasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonTrouble Times Ten by Dave LambertTunnel Vision by Gary BraverWhere the Heart Is by Billie Letts[...]

Books Read in 2012


Yep, it's clear that I am unable to keep up this blog. This makes it 3 years now that the only post I have made is my list of books read for the year. Maybe someday I can get back to it. In the meantime, I can at least copy & paste the list of books I read this year. The number of books read this last year went down quite a bit, and that is because I had a very busy year again. Also, some of the books were big ones (LOL...).
I like variety when I read, so each year along with fiction I like to read some biographies, some theology, along with some science fiction, & some classics. Most of the books I read this year were wonderful, & only one or two that I didn't really care for. I really enjoyed reading The Hobbit with our now 10 year old son. I loved 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It was NOT a horror-I can't read horror-but a great sci-fi time travel book. I would love to re-read this one. The theology that I enjoyed this year were books by J. Vernon McGee & Charles Stanley & both were re-reads because I love them very much. I like to read some of my dad's books each year, & this year I read his really old copy of Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I read a lot of John Steinbeck this year & was amazed by his writing. I also read Jane Eyre this year. I thought I would not like it at all & I really enjoyed it. I was also very moved by Elie Weisel's Night Trilogy. Elie is a holocaust survivor. One of my favorite books this year was Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard. I want to own a copy of this book. I also wrapped up the Mitford series this year & even read the two Father Tim novels that continue his story. I didn't read as many books as some previous years, but I did have a really good year of reading.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey

Archaeological Study Bible

Doctrine for Difficult Days by J. Vernon McGee

Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon

In the Company of Others by Jan Karon

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias

Jesus Calling: A 365 Day Journaling Devotional by Sarah Young

Julia's Kitchen Wisdom by Julia Child

Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Light From Heaven (Mitford series#9) by Jan Karon

Miss Julia Throws a Wedding by Ann B. Ross

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery #1) by Cleo Coyle

Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Series #8) by Jan Karon

The Didymus Contingency by Jeremy Robinson

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, The Accident by Elie Wiesel

The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters by Logan Marshall (copyright 1912)

The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life by Charles Stanley

Books Read in 2011


It's been just over a year since I last wrote anything here. And now, I'm just listing my "books read list" for last year. I got some good reading in this year! And not much internet time, obviously. I finished up the Yada Yada series this year & am still reading on the Mitford series. I've read a few good biographies & a few classics that I've always wanted to read. I want to read a few classics every year. One of my favorite books I read in 2011 was Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler & Lois Tverberg. I also enjoyed The Hunger Games series, although I did not like how it ended. And there is one book in this list that I really didn't like at all. It was very popular, but not with me. Another favorite was finishing up the Narnia series as a read aloud with our now 9 year old son!
Here's my list of books read in 2011:

A Common Life (Mitford series #6) by Jan Karon

A New Song (Mitford series #5) by Jan Karon

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Adventures of B.J. The Amateur Detcetive by Toni Sortor

America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag by Sarah Palin

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Catching Fire by Suzanne Cullins

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Dick Van Dyke My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo & Lynn Vincent

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terrror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

In This Mountain (Mitford #7) by Jan Karon

James Herriot's Yorkshire by James Herriot

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lunatic (The Lost Books #5) by Ted Dekker & Kaci Hill

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My Life in France by Julia Child

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Out to Canaan (Mitford series #4) by Jan Karon

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler & Lois Tverberg

Southern Plate by Christy Jordan

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

The Complete Jewish Bible

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

The Duggers: 20 and Counting by Michelle Duggar

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Hunger Games by suzanne Collins

The Inheritance of Beauty by Nicole Seitz

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Lord God Made them All by James Herriot

The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out by Neta Jackson

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling by Neta Jackson

Books I Read in 2010


I haven't forgotten this place. I just have a hard time getting here. At the end of every year I post the list of the books I've read in that year. I figured I should get it done before I forget & end up doing it in July! I had a really good year in reading. I enjoyed almost every book. I read Truman Capote for the first time. I enjoyed In Cold Blood, but didn't really care for Breakfast at Tiffany's. To say that I "enjoyed" In Cold Blood seems really weird to say, but I did like the book. It was not my usual kind of read, but I could see that I really liked his writing. But I just didn't like Breakfast at Tiffany's. I read a few Bios. I read both Laura & President Bush's books. I enjoyed both of them. I really liked the new Bonhoeffer book. It was very meaty & not a quick read at all. I really liked it. It was an honor to read this book about this faithful man. I've been reading The Chronicles of Narnia to our almost 8 year old son. That's a lot of fun, & it brings back memories of reading them to our almost 20 year old daughter when she was his age. Both our kids have birthdays this week, so I couldn't just say they were 7 and 19. :)I really enjoyed the Circle Trilogy books by Ted Dekker. Wow, they were amazing. I do not have the words to describe them. I started reading the Lost Books that follow the charactors in the Circle Trilogy, but I have not finished them. I have two more to read, & then I think there are three more books that follow another storyline from that series. It's a bit confusing, but it is a fun series. Love it! This year I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird, which I want to do every few years. I love that book, like most folks do. And I re-visited with Corrie Ten Boom. Loved those books too. It's been a year of great books. I'm starting off 2011 with one of my dad's books, so I'm starting the year with a great book.It's been a year of not getting on the computer very much. It's been a year of growth, especially with our kids!It's been a year of loss, as we lost my husband's mom. I miss her & am still grieving her. I find that I cry when I talk about her, even if it's a funny story (it usually is something funny!).It's been a year of battling cancer for my mom. She's a survivor. :)So here's to another year.Here's to life, growth, & most of all, trusting in God. Here's to giving our lives, every day, for Him. And here's to another year of great books!Here's my list of books read this year:All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich by Eric MetaxasBreakfast at Tiffany's by Truman CapoteDeath Comes for the Archbiship by Willa CatherDecision Points by George W. Bush Healing Foods from the Bible by Bernard WardIn Cold Blood by Truman CapoteIt's Not About Me by Max LucadoNext by Michael CrichtonSpoken from the Heart by Laura BushTara Road by Maeve BinchyThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. LewisThe Circle Trilogy Book 0: Green by Ted DekkerThe Circle Trilogy Book 1: Black by Ted DekkerThe Circle Trilogy Book 2: Red by Ted DekkerThe Circle Trilogy Book 3: White by Ted Dekker The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton OurslerThe Hiding Place by Corrie Ten BoomThe Holy Wild by Mark BuchananThe Lost Books #1 Chosen by Ted Dekker The Lost Books #2 Infidel by Ted DekkerThe Lost Books #3 Renegade by Ted Dekker The Lost Books #4 Chaos by Ted Dekker The Oath by Frank PerettiTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Tramp for the Lord by Corrie Ten Boom [...]

Herb Garden 2010


HELLO! I'm Back!Well, I haven't really been away.Just not able to be online long enough to keep things updated here.I have been busy as usual, but hope to be able to get back to posting recipes & things about our garden. We've been gardening for years, but this is only my third year to have an herb garden. I love having an herb garden. Love it!So here's the first garden update of 2010, specifically an herb garden update.Today I havested my first load of Chamomile this year. I enjoy drying the flowers & having nice chamomile tea with honey in the cold weather.You can see that our chives have flowered. Some folks like to add these flowers to a salad. Our 7 year old son likes to eat them right off the plant. Wow, it gives him BAD BREATH! LOL You'll be able to see that I haven't weeded yet.Actually, I haven't done anything in the herb garden yet, except pick chamomile flowers today.You can see, it is quite a mess. But the chamomile are flurishing & flowering. The cilantro (to the left of the chamomile) seems to grow so quickly that it goes right to flowering & then to seed. I'll probably just pull them up, because I still have tons of corriander seed. Tons! You can't see the thyme, it's right behind the camomile, & I have plenty of it. Ha Ha, yes, I have plenty of thyme, but not plenty of time. It is flowering & looks beautiful with all its little pink flowers, & smells divine. There's a sage plant back there too, & the fennel is back also. I hope it flowers & goes to seed because I use a lot of fennel seeds. I also have weeds flurishing & I hope to get those out of there soon. :) The dill is coming back, and the basil has not arrived yet. I thought it was annual so I bought new seed last year, but the basil ended up returning. So we'll see if it comes back this year.We have also planted most of our regular garden. We have planted our rows of corn & green beans, our hills of zucchini, 24 tomato plants plus 1 yellow tomato plant & 1 cherry tomato plant. We also planted our green pepper plants, broccoli, & cabbage. I planted half a row of radishes, & will finish the row in a week or so. That way we don't get all our radishes at once. We still have some planting to do. We've just been doing a little here & a little there, & we are almost done. We need to plant our beet seeds, & find a new place to plant cucumbers. We also still need to plant our onions.Sorry I've not been able to keep up here. I have taken lots of food pictures & hope to post some recipes soon.Tomorrow we're going to grill chicken, & I'm make KFC cole slaw this evening to go with it.[...]



Freezing Fog


Now that it's almost Spring, I'm finally getting around to adding my pictures of the freezing fog.
I'm running a bit behind on things on this computer.
That's an understatement.
This winter season has been a long one on a few fronts.
I've had a lot of extra babysitting kids, which is a wonderful thing.
I had to quit a set of brothers that I've been babysitting for 2 1/2 years, which was an incredibly hard thing.
We've had a hard winter weather-wise. We've has lots of snow & wind & ice, & even some freezing fog.
February was the hardest with the loss of my Mother-in-Law. I was blessed to call her Momma for almost 25 years. I'm so thankful to know that she called Jesus her Savior, so I KNOW she's in no more pain & living with Him for eternity. Praise the LORD. I miss her & the grief hurts, especially for our children.

I'm ready, oh so ready for Spring. I've seen my first robin, which always brings tears of joy to my eyes, some years even more than others. I really had to choke back the sobs this year!

So just before we shout HELLO SPRING, here's one last quick look at something wintery:
Freezing Fog

This fog hit us for 3 or 4 mornings in a row. I'm not sure I understand how this freezing fog works. We had about 10 inches of snow on the ground, & these few days the temps were staying around ZERO, & we got this fog every morning. I wouldn't want to drive in it, but it sure was beaufiful to look at what this fog left behind.


The freezing fog left this really thick layer of what looked like snow, but was actually more of a freezing mist or frost. It was really cool.



Then the sun came out & burned away the fog, & left this beautiful sight.


Books I Read in 2009


Here's my list of books that I read in 2009. I enjoyed reading almost all of these, but thankfully I have learned that I can put a book down & stop reading it if I'm really not enjoying a book that much. I used to have to finish a book I started. My least favorite in this list was Before the Sun Goes Down by Elizabeth Metzger Howard. I just didn't like the story at all, & didn't care for the writing either. It was after reading this book that I decided that in the future I would put a book down & not go back to it if I wasn't enjoying it. I just do not have the time to put into a book I don't like. I had a few favorites this year & can't pick just one. I would say my favorites were Chesapeake by James Michener, All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot, any books by Beth Moore, The Chronicles of Narnia books (I'm reading them out loud to our almost 7 year old son), & I also enjoy the Yada Yada Prayer Group books by Neta Jackson.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty SmithAll Things Bright and Beautiful by James HerriotAngry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik Anne of Avonlea by L.M.MontgomeryArmageddon by Tim Lahaye & Jerry B. JenkinsBefore the sun Goes Down by Elizabeth Metzger HowardBible (NASB-started read through 5-5-08 reading 4 chapters a day, finished 2-27-09Blue Ribbon Recipes: Country Fair Winners (published 1968)Chesapeake by James A. MichenerDesecration by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. JenkinsGoing Rogue: An American Life by Sarah PalinIn The President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald KesslerInkheart by Cornelia FunkeJesus the One and Only by Beth MooreKingdom Come by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. JenkinsLevi's Will by W. Dale CramerMaggie-Now by Betty SmithMoon River and Me by Andy WilliamsMy Sister's Keeper by Jodi PicoultPoems of Faith by Helen Steiner RicePrairie Tale by Melissa GilbertPraying God's Word by Beth MooreProphet by Frank E. PerettiStealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh NguyenThe Case of the Runaway Corpse (A Perry Mason Mystery series) by Erle Stanley GardnerThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew by C.S. LewisThe Gardens For All Book of Tomatoes by Dick and Jan RaymondThe Glorious Appearing by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. JenkinsThe Remnant by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. JenkinsThe Shack by William P. YoungThe Winds of War by Herman WoukThe Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real (book 3) by Neta JacksonThe Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough (book 4) by Neta JacksonThese High, Green Hills by Jan Karon [...]

5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Give-a-Ways


Yes, I am still here.
There have just not been enough hours in the day for me to get on the computer very much.
I know...I'm a broken record.
My son wanted me to look something up for him, & as I was bringing up the Moose A. Moose & Zee balloon math counting game, he asked me if I remembered when I went to 5 Minutes for Mom. LOL! How did he KNOW this or REMEMBER this?! So as I laughed, I clicked on over.
And I saw that they have a big Christmas give-a-way, that ends TONIGHT, if I'm reading it correctly. They also have an Under the Tree program for needy families.
So click on over to 5 Minutes for Mom (if ya see this in time) & enter to win some cool prizes!
I have added to linked buttons on the right hand side of my page, since I can't figure out how to add it in this post. LOL
You can click on my links or the buttons!
Hope ya win something.

Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup


I got a great new comfort food soup recipe this month. I got it from the sample lady at our locally owned grocery store. This store is what used to be considered a large grocery store, but that was in the days before the gigantic super WalMart super de duper mega ultra stores.
I have to get our regular groceries at WalMart, just simply because of the prices. BUT, I will not get our meat or produce there anymore. I just simply refuse to now. This "little" grocery store just has what I need. Good food. Plus, an older lady who comes in on Saturdays to pass out samples. And it's not just product samples. It's almost always something homemade. And she has copies of the recipe for you to take along with your sample. Isn't that just really neat? One day it was chicken bbq pizza, another it was a hamburger & rice casserole. Last fall I remember trying a 3 bean chili that I really liked ( I even made it & took pics...I wander where that went to...I'll have to find that & post it!). Well a few weeks ago it was this potato soup. I took the recipe copy & after making sure I had all the ingredients, I took it home & made it that day. It was THAT good.


Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Approx. 2 pounds potatoes, scrubbed & cubed fairly small (don't peel)
1/2 pound bacon, sliced into small bits
4 C. chicken stock
4 green onions, sliced
2 C. milk
1/4 C. flour
2 C. cheddar cheese, shredded
1 C. sour cream
salt & pepper

Cook bacon in a large soup pan until just crisp. Add cubed potatoes & cook on medium for about 10 minutes until they begin to cook. Add stock, green onions, & pepper. Continue to cook until potatoes are tender. Whisk together the flour & the milk until combined. Add to pan & stir while heating & thickening. Add shredded cheese & salt, & more pepper if you need it. Once all cheese is melted, add the sour cream. Server garnished with bacon bits & green onions.

This really is SO GOOD! I've never thought of a loaded baked potato as a soup before, but really, it works! And it's great on these nippy fall days. Look how much it thickens up in the frig overnight.

I just had to include this picture of the potatoes cooking with the bacon.
Nuttin' like taters & bacon cookin' in a cast iron skillet. :)

I hope you enjoy this comfy potato soup. We sure did.

Zucchini Custard Pie


Here is a new zucchini recipe! You know how I am about zucchini...
An older lady from church gave me this recipe. Actually, she made this pie using zucchini I had given her, & then she called & asked for more zucchini to make another pie! She had told her sister she would save her a piece of pie, but then she got company & she served the rest of the pie to them. She told me her sister was mad at her, so she wanted to make another pie for her sister. I told her I must have this recipe! She gave it to me at church a few weeks ago.

As you can see from the picture, you put little pats of butter on the top when you put this in the oven. I don't think I'll do that again, it really doesn't need that. It was good, but I just didn't see the need of it, really. This is a wonderfully creamy, custard pie. And to be honest, you can't even taste the zucchini. So if you didn't want to tell anybody that it has a cup of zucchini pulp in it, you really don't have to. I didn't tell my family it had zucchini in it until we were nearly done eating it. *snicker*
Here's a picture of the piece I ate.

Zucchini Custard Pie
1 cup of zucchini pulp (peel & seed a zucchini. Cut it into chunks & cook in water until tender drain well. I used my hand mixer to turn it into pulp.)
1 C. sugar
1 C. evaporated milk ( like Milnot)
3 T. flour
2 eggs
pinch of salt
1 t. vanilla

Blend all ingredients in blender (I used my food processor) for 1 minute, put in pie shell. Top with cinnamon & add about 3 pieces of butter in chunks. Bake 375 for 45 minutes.

This was very tasty. It's a nice old fashioned custard. I had my pie cut into 8 pieces. I would say that my family of 4 really liked it, because there were only 2 pieces left.


And we had to split these last two pieces up the next day so we could all get another piece. :)
When we had this for dessert after supper that first evening, it was still a little warm. But I have to say that I thought it was even better really cold. Oh! it was delicious!
I want some more!

Sweet 'N Sour Beef 'N Cabbage


(image) I know I'm a week late, but I would like to submit this to Tammy's Recipe Swap. She featured cabbage last Wednesday, & I've thought all week that I'd like to get on here & post this recipe.

I found this recipe in an old cookbook that I was getting ready to donate to the library. I went all through it first to see if there were any recipes that I wanted to copy. This recipe jumped out at me! I love cabbage & I love cabbage rolls, though I haven't had them in years. This cook book is titled, Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorite Hamburger & Ground Meats Recipes. It was published in 1980, so the cover photos look a bit dated. It's funny, but back in the late 70's & early 80's I don't remember things looking this dated. LOL

Sweet 'N Sour Beef 'N Cabbage
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped celery (opt.)
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
2 T. quick-cooking rolled oats
2 T. chopped parsley
2/3 t. salt
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/8 t. pepper
1 medium head of cabbage
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 C. cider vinegar
3 T. brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
dash pepper

In slillet cook ground beef, onion, celery, & green pepper till meat is browned; drain off fat. Sprinkle meat mixture with rolled oats, parsley, 3/4 t. salt, garlic powder, & 1/8 t. pepper.
Core cabbage; cut into six wedges. Place atop meat. In bowl combine tomato sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, & the 1/2 t. salt & a dash of pepper; mix well. Pour over cabbage & meat. Cover & simmer for 15-20 minutes or till cabbage is tender. Serve at once. Makes 6 servings.

This is really good. It has a wonderful sweet 'n sour flavor that is perfect with the cabbage.
I made this again a few weeks ago & my cabbage was pretty large. I cut it into more than 6 wedges, but I still had to cook it a little longer. I also go just a bit heavier on the seasonings too.

I hope you try this & enjoy it as much as we do!

Homemade Ketchup


Yes, I made homemade tomato ketchup! I have to say, that for years we've joked about it. I've heard more than just a couple people say that their moms made homemade ketchup once when they were kids. And they made a bit of an 'icky face' when they said it. LOL And, if you've ever watched the "Vacation" movies with Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, there's the scene where they are having a picnic with Cousin Eddie & his family. Ed is fixing hamburger helper (on the grill!) without any hamburger, & Ed's daughter Vicki is stirring the cool-aid with her hands. Trying to be polite, yet showing a bit of sarcasm, Clark fixes his "hamburger" & as he dips a thick red substance from a jar he says, "Reeeal tomato ketchup Ed?" LOL!I found a recipe & I thought I'd just try making it once. It's a small recipe (& I even halved it so it would be smaller), so I figured it wouldn't be too much work or too many tomatoes wasted if we didn't like it. But, if we did like it, well, great! I found this recipe here.It's a nice link that tells about canning tomatoes. It's also where I got one of my spaghetti sauce recipes, but that's for another day...or two.Tomato Ketchup24 pounds ripe tomatoes3 cups chopped onions3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)3 cups cider vinegar (5 percent)4 teaspoons whole cloves3 sticks cinnamon, crushed1 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice3 Tablespoons celery seeds1 1/2 cups sugar1/4 cup saltYields 6 to 7 pints Wash tomatoes. Dip in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds or until skins split. Dip in cold water. Slip off skins and remove cores.Quarter tomatoes into 4-gallon stock pot or a large kettle. Add onions and red pepper. Bring to boil and simmer 20 minutes, uncovered. Cover, turn off heat, and let stand for 20 minutes.Combine spices in a spice bag and add to vinegar in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to boil. Remove spice bag and combine vinegar and tomato mixture. Boil about 30 minutes. Put boiled mixture through a food mill or sieve. Return to pot. Add sugar and salt, boil gently, and stir frequently until volume is reduced by one-half or until mixture rounds up on spoon without separation. Fill pint jars, leaving 1/8-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process. I processed mine in a hot water bath canner for 15 minutes.Also, I really wasn't sure how I felt about using so many tomatoes for this in case we didn't like it, so I halved the recipe. My yeild was 5 pints.Here is a picture of the juice. This is after you have cooked the tomatoes & have added the vinegar that has been seasoned & then run it through your colonder or food mill, so it's actually ketchup flavored juice.And here it is after it has cooked down by half. It took me a few hours of simmering to get it to cook down by half & become thick enough. I couldn't get a good picture because of the steam.My 5 pints are in my new water bath canner in this next picture. One of my very best friends sent this to me. I actually have no idea which one sent it, but I do know that it was 1 of 8 lovely ladies that have been my very best friends for years. Or maybe all of them sent it! Thank you ladies!(There's some jars of tomato juice next to my stove that I hadn't found storage space for yet. And behind those jars sits my jars of my dried herbs. )I forgot to take a picture of all my pints of ketchup until we had already opened one, it's the one in the middle with a different lid. And here's a close-up. See, it does really look like real ketchup.Oh! I forgot to mention this, & it's really important!We really like it! The first time our daughter tried it, she dipped a french fry into some. I watched her with intent anti[...]



This is what I am doing today:

Today I'm making 2 different recipes for spaghetti sauce. I've never canned spaghetti sauce before, so this is new to me. I have enough tomatoes here that I'm sure I'll be canning some more juice today too. One recipe calls for 4 gallons of tomatoes, so that's why I have some tomatoes in that 5 gallon bucket. That was the best way I could figure to measure 4 gallons of tomatoes.
Last night I made 5 pints of ketchup. I have never done that either. I wanted to try it. We'll see how it tastes in a day or two. If it's good I'll post the recipe.
And I'll post about today's spaghetti sauce too.
The house smells AMAZING.

Sorry I haven't been on here much, I'll try to do better! :)

Baby Corn


We had a nice little harvest of baby corn along with our regular corn this year. Actually, it was the biggest amount of baby corn we've ever had. Baby corn isn't just corn that's not ready yet. It is little bity ears of corn that grows with a larger ear of corn. Not every ear has baby corn on it. Sometimes there will just be one, usually there's two, but every now & then there's three! I picked up one ear to shuck & it had four! As soon as I started shucking it, I realized I should have taken a picture of it. It was really amazing looking. So the next ear that had three babies on it, I snapped this picture. You can see that everything about the baby ears is a miniature of the big ear. And you can see in the background to the left are the regular ears that have been shucked, & to the right is the growing pile of baby corn that has been shucked.Also, sometimes the baby corn doesn't grow on the outside of the big ear, but on the inside, just under the first few layers of husk. So you may think you have two baby ears, & then start shucking to big one only to find one or two more on the inside! Our baby corn filled a WalMart bag full. You can see that there's one piece in there that's not actually baby corn. It had produced a few kernals, so it was just an immature cob. Immature cobs do not taste good. It snuck into this bag, but it did get tossed out.Here's what a nice bowl of cooked baby corn looks like. You can either boil it or steam it. Add a few tablespoons of butter & some salt & pepper when you serve them. They are pretty good. They don't taste anything like regular corn. I think you have to have a taste for them. My husband doesn't like them. I like them, & our both our kids LOVE them.I fixed one bowl for supper that night, & then blanced the rest (boil for 6-7 minutes then submerge in ice water) & fill up some quart freezer bags. We've never had enough to freeze before. I usually just cook up all we get to be a side dish with our supper, & if it's a large batch there's enough left overs to have again the next night. But this year I got 6 freezer bags full! To think that years ago I used to just toss these babies out when I was shucking corn!If you get a chance to grow corn, don't throw the little babies out, steam 'em up & eat 'em.They're delicious. That maybe didn't sound quite right. But you know what I mean. LOL[...]

Harvesting our Indiana Sweet Corn


One of the things that I love about Indiana, is the sweet corn. It's so sweet & delicious that you don't care if you have butter running down your chin while you are eating corn on the cob. Actually, that's part of eating it. :)We had 3 50 foot rows of corn this year, & we were blessed with a wonderful crop.This wheelbarrow is full of 1 row of corn.Here the tractor wagon is holding the other 2 rows.It took me quite a few hours to shuck this load. We also had a lot of baby corn this year, but I'll do a seperate post on them later.We had a lot of really nice ears.I love to see a sink full of corn!Here is our process for preserving the corn by freezing it. Freezer CornShuck the corn & remove all the silk.Rince the corn in a sink full of water.Bring large pots of water to a boil.Place the corn in the boiling water, & when the water returns to a boil, time the corn for 5-6 minutes.Immerse the boiled corn into a sink full of ice water.Cut the corn off the cob.Place into freezer bags. (I put 3 cups into quart freezer bags.)Write the date on the bags & put them in the freezer.To prepare the freezer corn:Remove from freezer & thaw overnight in the frig, or pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Add 1-2 T. butter & some salt & pepper. Cook (microwave or stovetop) until warmed through. Easy. Delicious. It really is easy. It's not near as tedious as green beans. After canning green beans I always look forward to doing the corn!One 'trick' that I use is that I have a 'system' using my double sinks. If you've got a LOT of corn, you can set it up as sort of an assembly line. The corn can be stacked on the counter to the left of the sinks. The corn getting rinsed sits in the left sink. The corn that is done, that has been boiled for 5 or 6 minutes sits in the right sink. You wont get them mixed up, because the corn that has already been blanced is a deeper color than the un-blanced corn. As far as cutting the corn off the cob, my husband likes to use a nice sharp knife. After you cut the corn off the cob, be sure to use the back of your knife & go over the cob again to get all the 'corn juice'. I like to use what I call a 'corn cutter'. I know that's not the name of it. It's not one of those plier looking things, it looks more like a slicer. I really like it. I can cut corn really fast with it. I've never cut myself with it, but it wouldn't be pretty if that ever happened. I have used this 'corn cutter' for at least 15 years. My M-i-L gave it too me, & I think she got it at a garage sale. You can also use an electric knife. That's what my dad always used. Here is our table full of corn! You can see my corn cutter on the left side of the table. My husband & I work together & it makes it go faster. We each have a spot at the table with a pan of corn ready to be cut, our cutting areas (LOOK at those two mountains of corn!), & we also have a bag for the cobs but I moved it for the picture. When we've cut a bit of corn, I stop cutting & get it all bagged up. I put 3 cups per quart freezer bag. Then I rinse the bags (they get sticky) & set them on a towel to dry & go back to cutting. When I go to bag the next load I date the load I did earlier & put it in the freezer.This year I didn't get a picture of all the bags when we were done, because we had so much I needed to put them away in the freezer as we worked.Our total this year was 54 quart bags.It's so great to fill the freezer back up with corn.Thank you LORD our Provider for a wonderful harvest. [...]

Deep Fried Zucchini Sticks


This is one of my favorite ways to eat zucchini.

Deep Fried Zucchini Sticks

Zucchini, peeled, cut into sticks, or wedges like big oven fries
Italian style bread crumbs OR flour
and any spices you'd like to add...I usually add garlic & onion powder. Somtimes I add seasoned salt.

In a large bowl, stir together eggs, milk, salt & pepper.
In another pan (I usually use a pie pan, it's a good size for this) place the bread crumbs. OR you can use flour that you've add some seasoning too, like salt, pepper, & garlic & onion powders.

Drop each stick into a deep fryer with the oil set to 375 (you can use a big pan with oil in it on the stove, oil temp at 375). Fry for 3-4 minutes. Drain well, blot with paper towl, sprinkle with salt.
Let it cool a little (this is hard for me!), eat, & enjoy!

Here is a picture of the deep fried zucchini sticks made with store bought Italian bread crumbs:

And here they are dipped in flour:
I love them both.

Cucumber and Onion Salad


(image) Here is another recipe that my m-i-l gave me about 20 years ago. It's that sweet 'n sour cucumber salad that used to be at all family dinners & pitch ins.

Cucumber and Onion Salad
1/2 C. olive oil
1/2 C. vinegar
2 T. sugar
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
1-2 thinly sliced cucumbers
1 large onion, thinly sliced
Combine oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, & pepper. Add the cucumbers & onions. Cover & chill a few hours before serving.

Adventures in Green Beans


We had our first pickin' of green beans last weekend. Our dogs, Louie & Otto, wanted to help us. Actually they wanted to sneak green beans & eat them. Here's Louie, pretending he's just relaxing & keeping watch while we're picking. He would get up & sneak a bean out of our boxes, & then go hide behind the onions (right behind him in this picture) to eat his bean. He thought we couldn't see him behind those onions! LOL After 3 hours, here's what we picked.My husband lit up our burn pile ( just various limbs & stuff that we burn every once in a great while) & we sat around a campfire for many hours, just breakin' beans & eating s'mores. In this picture, you can see that Louie is gaurding the boxes of beans. He's pretending that he's just relaxing with his ball, but everytime I looked over at him, he had moved just a little closer to the beans. He was just waiting for us to not look at him so he could sneak another bean. LOLAnd here are both of our gaurd dogs (bean gaurd dogs! LOL) on duty. Otto's snout looks funny in this picture...that's because he's eating a green bean! I started canning late, WAY too late in the day for this big mess 'o beans. I put the first load in the canner about 3:00pm.This is the first canning load of the season!This was a beautiful sight... but by the early morning hours, quite frankly, I was getting a bit tired of it! LOLWe had so many beans, that for the first time in my life, I didn't finish canning them. I couldn't go on. At 5:50AM I took my last load off the burner. I drained the sink full that I still had in the sink, put them in big pans, put them in the frig, hoped for the best & went to bed. I had canned 70 quarts of beans.Bless my dear husband's heart, I woke up at 10:30am (hey, I got 4 1/2 hours of sleep!) & he was finishing up canning the last of the beans! He canned 20 quarts, so our grand total for this pickin' was 90 quarts!WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!Here they are, all ready to be stored for the winter.I had to find storage place for them make room for my zucchini. LOLYou can see just some of those hiding behind the beans.To be honest, we should have picked the weekend before, but we were just so busy with things that we couldn't do it. Then we weren't able to do it through the week, so it fell to last weekend. The unseasonably cool weather saved us on this one, because if it were as hot as it usually is here in Indiana in August, those beans would have been spongy if they'd been left on the vine too long. Normally, we would have had our first pickin' over a week ago & canned 40-50 quarts. Then picked again last weekend & got another 40-50 quarts. So really, this 90 quarts was 2 pickins' done at one time. LOLWhew. It's a lot of work.But it is very worth it.I have been thanking God all week for this green bean harvest. Now, I was hoping the corn would be ready this weekend, but it may be a few more days. And the tomatoes are coming on slowly, we get a few a day, but as soon as we have a few 90 degree days, we're going to have LOTS of them. [...]

Buttered Zucchini


(image) I would have thought that I would have tried this method of cooking zucchini by now, but believe it or not, I haven't. I was looking for a quick way to cook up a zucchini the other day for lunch. I didn't feel like the mess of regular fried zucchini (dipped in egg then flour then fried...YUM)
so I just decided I'd saute them.

Zucchini sauted in Butter

2-3 T Butter (NOT margarine)
1-2 zucchini (depending on size) peeled (or not), & sliced
salt & pepper
garlic salt (opt.)

Melt butter in large skillet. Add zucchini, salt, pepper, & garlic salt. Cook until tender.
I like mine to get a little browned. The browning from real butter gives it such a nice flavor.'s so good! We'll be having some with supper again tonight.

I'm thinking zucchini needs a catagory all to its own on my side bar. Maybe I'll do that...yes, I will!