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I love the Lord and my big crazy family. My husband and I have been together for 40 years. I am a mother of two grown children and a grandmother to four biological grandchildren and six others. I own and operate my own home care business primarily for the elderly. I have written online articles for Bubblews, Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Triond. You may still find some of my articles on Ehow/Demand Studio. You can also find my work on Bukisa as they have stolen our content and stopped paying us.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus



Our Beautiful Daughter

Today seems to be the day of doubt and the feeling of defeat for so many and for different reasons. For our family it is financial crunch time as the hubby works for the RV Company, called Keystone, which is shut down for 2 weeks for the 4th of July. For others it may be personal reasons I cannot share.


Friday June 26, 2015 many were celebrating the fact that same sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, however, for the Bible and Jesus believing Christians it is a huge set back for our nation.

It grieves me to think how many people think that being gay and or homosexual is quite normal, even people who claim to be a Christian or attend church. How does it make God our Father, the creator of the world and author of the Bible feel?

Many places in the Bible it is quite clear that living a homosexual life is a sin. It is not a bigger sin than any other sin, however, still a sin. How can Christians turn their eyes against God and his word? How can they say drinking and or drug use is wrong and a sin and yet agree to the homosexual lifestyle simply because they know the person. Yes love that person and it is the greatest commandment, however not the sin.

“Praise You in this Storm” by Casting Crowns came to my mind Friday morning and “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” to my sister while she was at work.

Our family, a big family with 10 siblings, was raised going to church and believing in God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ the son. It has gotten us through many a hard time and I often wonder how others do it without a faith-based life.

Newsboys Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus 



Now, while the song she first remembered was the old hymn we once sang in church, Turn your eyes upon Jesus, the Newsboys a few years back, took that song and gave it an up beat and even a better song. Many will be familiar with the old hymn; however, in case you do not know the words, here are the lyrics to follow along with the You Tube video.
 
Our family has undergone test and trials, however, we know where to place our trust, turn our eyes and give praise, do you?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Freezing or Canning Tomato Salsa



With the garden season upon us, and tomatoes growing and coming on faster than you can eat them fresh the thoughts of making your salsa recipe comes to mind.
Once you have made your tomato salsa or your zucchini tomato salsa; there is a good chance you will be unable to eat it all, however, why should you? By freezing or canning your salsa, you will have that fresh summer taste all year long. Make your tomato salsa or zucchini tomato salsa either using my recipe or using a recipe of your own. 



Instructions to Freeze or Can Tomato Salsa



  1. Wash your freezer container and or canning jars. I do not care if they are brand new or old containers you have used for years. Wash them in hot soap water.
  2. If you are freezing your salsa, put the hot salsa into your freezer containers leaving an inch head space. It will expand when in the freezer so if the container is to full it will pop open the lid. Let it cool completely and place in the freezer. ** Don't forget to label (so it is easier to identify when looking for it) and date so you know what year it was frozen so it is not kept to long.
  3. If you are using the water bath canning method, use a large stockpot or pressure cooker with enough water in it to cover the jars, heat the water until boiling. While that is heating pour, your hot salsa into hot pint canning jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Take a wet paper towel and wipe off the lip of the jar so you will have a clean seal.
  4. Put the warmed canning lid on and tighten the canning ring. Snug it on. Place it in the hot water bath (with the lid of the pot on) and process for 40 minutes. If you are using the pressure cooker without pressure do not tighten down the lid. Simply cover to keep heat in.
  5. When you take the jars out of the hot water bath, set the hot jars on a dry towel to cool. Keep the jars separated, so the air can circulate though them to cool evenly.
  6. Let your jars set out on the counter for at least 24 hours to make sure the jars remain sealed before putting in your pantry. Mark the lid with the name of the product and the month, date and year.  
Read More: Salsa Recipe made from Scratch


Monday, June 8, 2015

Salsa Recipe: First Attempt from Scratch



Usually when I have tomatoes coming on too fast to eat fresh, I make either tomato juice or salsa. However, I usually take the easy way out and use Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix. I opened the cabinet and low and behold, I did not have any. Well I had too many tomatoes and I needed to do something, therefore I tried my hand at making salsa from scratch. 

 

Ingredients for Salsa made from Scratch 

  • 15 fresh tomatoes 
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 large onion2 large green bell peppers
  • 1 large sweet red, orange or purple bell pepper
  • 2 banana peppers; yellow, green or red
  • 4 fresh jalapeno peppers; whole thing for heat 

 

 

Step Two for Salsa made from Scratch 

  • 1 large onion, purple or white; minced or finely chopped 
  • 1 large sweet pepper; red, purple, orange or yellow; minced or finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin 

 

Instructions for Salsa made from Scratch



  1. In a large stockpot, mix the tomatoes, onion, green bell peppers, red bell pepper, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers and garlic. We like a smoother consistency so I ran it through a ricing mill just like making tomato juice.
  2. Stir in the chopped onion, sweet pepper, vinegar, sugar, and season with chili powder, cumin, and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer 1 hour or until the desired consistency is reached.
  3. Transfer salsa to sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headroom, and seal. Process jars in a hot water bath 15 minutes. Store the unsealed jars in the refrigerator.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cucumber and Watermelon Salad Recipe


Cucumber and Watermelon Salad
Are you looking for a refreshing yet simple recipe to take to your next picnic? Two years ago I do had an abundance of English burpless cucumbers, in fact in one week alone I picked 34 cucumbers with plenty more still growing, therefore, I started searching for recipes and remembered the cucumber and watermelon salad recipe from the previous summer.
  Any cucumber will work; however, I prefer the burpless cuke with tender skins and little seeds.


Ingredients for cucumber and watermelon salad recipe:



  • 3 cups English cucumber, cubed in bite size pieces  
  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed in bite size pieces  
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice 
  •  ¾ tsp Himalayan salt 
  •  ground pepper; optional



Instructions to make cucumber and watermelon salad recipe:

  1.  In a large bowl, toss the cucumber and watermelon cubes with the lime juice. 
  2. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and serve immediately.


The cucumber and watermelon salad recipe is so refreshing and great on a hot summer’s day.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries




Do you like asparagus and need a new recipe? Crisp baked asparagus fries were great.
Asparagus is loaded with vitamins and cancer fighting abilities.

According to world healthiest foods, “As a result of its very strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrient composition, we would definitely expect to see a food like asparagus showing up as a risk reducer for certain cancers.”


Ingredients needed to make Asparagus Fries:


  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • ½ -cup flour; all purpose or wheat
  • 2 eggs; lightly beaten
  • 3/4 -cup cornflakes; crushed
  • ¼ -cup grated Parmesan
  • Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions needed to make Asparagus Fries:


1)    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
2)    Dredge the asparagus in the flour
3)    Dip the asparagus in the eggs
4)    Roll into the mixture of the cornflakes, Parmesan, salt and pepper.
5)    Place the asparagus on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 7-13 minutes.

Try crispy baked asparagus fries, they are fantastic.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Homemade Fly, Bug and Mosquito Trap: Plastic Bottle Bug Trap

When I read about the mosquito trap on Facebook, I said OH YES; we need that as the mosquitoes have been out in full force. It seems no spray will distract them from biting me. The other problem this garden season is the flies. Where did they all come from and why do they insist on biting me hard enough to draw blood. These bugs have to go.
We do not drink a lot of soda pop so we did not have a 2-liter bottle; however, after the 24-hour period I could see why the larger bottle was necessary as my little water bottles filled up with flies, garden pests, picnic bugs etc. The one thing I could not see was mosquitoes, so I am not sure if that part is true, however, it is getting the flying pests.


 Supplies needed to make bug trap:


• 1 cup of water
• 1/4 cup of brown sugar
• 1 gram of yeast/ Equals: 0.32 teaspoons (tsp) in fresh yeast
• 2-liter plastic bottle
• Scissors
• Tape

Instructions to make bug trap:


1. Cut the plastic bottle in half, no matter what size you choose to use.
2. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them securely together. The flies here in Indiana, liked it so much, they were forcing themselves in-between the tape and the bottle to get to the mix.
3. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (the color black or white will draw mosquitoes too)
4. Mix brown sugar with hot water and let it cool. When cold, add the yeast to the mix and there is no need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which is said to attract mosquitoes, again I cannot testify to the mosquito part but other bugs and slugs like it. Change the solution every 2 weeks or when you bottle is full for continuous control.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Homemade Wet Burrito: Authentic Mexican Enchilada Sauce



Homemade burritos or wet burritos, the kind topped with homemade authentic Mexican enchilada sauce are delicious.
Smother the burrito with authentic enchilada sauce
Why go to the local Mexican Restaurant when you can make them at home?

Making homemade burritos and enchilada sauce will fill your kitchen with the scents of chili powder, cumin, garlic and onion. Oh, what a heavenly scent, therefore doesn’t it make sense to save money, eat healthier and learn to make your own?
Making burritos or wet burritos, topped with an authentic enchilada sauce, are not as hard as it might sound. It might take a little longer than going to the local Mexican restaurant and ordering one, but oh how much more rewarding it is to make your own and you can make them to suit your family’s eating styles. Do you need Gluten-Free? Are you a vegetarian, or do you prefer to avoid red meat? Whatever your diet needs may be you can create your burrito designed just for you.

 Ingredients to make a Homemade Wet Burrito:

  • 1 lb ground turkey/Boca crumbles/ground beef/chicken cooked and shredded
  • 1 can of vegetarian re-fried beans
  • 1 can of gluten-free chili beans
  • 1 onion
  • 1 sweet pepper; red, orange or green
  • 1 tomato, fresh or home canned tomatoes
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Shredded co-jack cheese, or cheese of choice
  • Authentic homemade enchilada sauce
    or sauce of choice for the vegetarians
  • Large flour burrito shells
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions to make a Homemade Wet Burrito:


  1.  Brown your meat, green pepper and onions and heat your chili beans and refried beans on low.
  2. Shred the lettuce and cheese and dice the tomatoes.
  3. Using a large flour or corn shell lets start building your burrito. In the center of the shell, place some beans. The amount of beans you use, determines how large you want your burrito will be in the end.
  4. Add ground meat, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and a little cheese.
  5. Fold the sides of shell towards the middle and turn over on your plate. Top with enchilada sauce, homemade or purchased, and cheese.
  6. Place in microwave for approximately 30 seconds to melt your cheese
    Homemade Guacamole without Cilantro

Tips:

  • For Gluten-free: eat GF corn shells and cheeses.
  • You can make your re-fried beans a little healthier by cooking pinto beans with a little olive oil and blending.
  • Homemade salsa, guacamole and nacho chips are great with your burrito.

Cinco de Mayo: Homemade Guacamole without Cilantro

Another year has gone by and that means another Cinco de Mayo, May 5th there will be numerous people celebrating in all the Mexican or Tex-Mex Restaurants such as the, Hacienda Restaurants.

If you do not dine out, stores are running avocados on sale this week so you can make your own guacamole. Our local store has them on sale for .69 cents this week. I purchased some yesterday to enjoy fresh, and also made homemade guacamole without cilantro and fried up some nacho chips to go with them.

Of course, if you read the Bubblews review on Anheuser Busch Bud Light Straw-ber-Rita and Mang-o-Rita’s I will also have a couple of them on ice with a little lime.

Homemade Guacamole without Cilantro

I love making my own wet burritos with the homemade Authentic Mexican Enchilada Sauce covering them; for that recipe, you will have to look on Seekyt; therefore, we will be set and have all we need to be satisfied.

How about you, will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, if so how?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bible Believing Christian and Proud of It


My favorite Bible verse Proverbs 17:17

Last night on Facebook, I was shocked at a post I saw that was criticizing Christians, the Bible and essentially God. As our pastor has taught us, our sin has separated us from God, we need mercy, and heaven forbid we all need mercy and grace as we all will not make it to Heaven, Hell is a real place.

I digressed, back to the Facebook post, it started out like this: "What bugs you about facebook? there are many things that bug me but the one thing that really bugs me is the people who make comments based on what the bible says, and then quotes scriptures."
This same person has had some major events happen in her life and not all for the good. I have seen her talk about gods, little g, not the one and only wonderful living God, although she quotes scripture.

My original comment to the post was, “I quote the Bible all the time, it is to be our source. It tells us to hide it's words in our hearts.

She did not comment on what I said, however, to the lady agreeing with this writer she posts, “lately people are commenting back to me in threads with scriptures. they cannot form their own sentence in their own words, they have to quote the bible...it is not natural...they are stepford bible pushers and well god says love your neighbor but golly these bible pushers are the first ones to throw the stone at gay marriages...I don't get it...how is that love????...I am just annoyed with it all.

By the time I found the new testament verse that answered why Christians do not agree with gay marriage there were several other comments all agreeing with her. I posted the scripture and you would have thought I had personally attacked another woman that is gay, however, I did not know this, therefore, it was no personal attack I was simply answering why as a bible believing Christian we cannot agree with it.

Now, I have family and friends that definitely believe differently than I do, however, we have agreed to disagree in love. I kind of thought it was the same this way, however, it was very obvious by the comments made it is not.

Therefore, I stepped out of the conversation, while mean and nasty comments kept rolling in. I sent a private Facebook message to the women saying in lieu of making a bad situation worse I think it is best to un-friend you, I continued to add, “I try to live my life as a Christian which means reading the Bible and attempting to live the best I can. It also means sharing the Bible. I did not say I hated gay people, as I have family that is gay. Do I have to love the sin while loving the sinner, NO! I also am NOT ashamed of being a Bible believing Christian.

With that said, have any other Bible believing Christians felt attacked lately? If so how have you handled it?

http://new-song-church.com/media and listen to the Abundance streams of Mercy


Monday, April 13, 2015

Fried Parmesan Crusted Zucchini: Gluten-Free or Regular


Zucchini is one of the favorite foods in the summer. It is so versatile from low calorie pizza, breads or fried. Zucchini of course is naturally gluten-free, however, to coat it for frying; your favorite gluten-free flour will be required. I live in Amish territory where the Amish stores carry just about any flour you can think of. I use plenty of high gluten flour as well as Bob Red mills all-purpose gluten-free flour.

Ingredients for fried Parmesan crusted zucchini:


  • 2 zucchinis, medium size
  • 1 ½ cups  High Gluten Flour or All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  • ¼  tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp fresh oregano and basil or 1 Tbsp dried  
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • Oil for frying

Instructions to make fried Parmesan crusted zucchini:



    1. Wash the zucchini and cut off the ends.
    2. Slice the zucchini into ½ inch slices.  
    3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and basil. 
    1. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and milk.  
    2. Dip the zucchini slices into the milk, then coat in flour mixture, dip again in the milk and coat again in flour mixture. 
    1. Heat the oil to 375 degrees, place the coated zucchini in the hot oil and fry on each side until golden brown. Remove from the oil, put on a paper towel lined plate, and until all zucchini is fried.  

The fried Parmesan coated zucchini is an easy recipes and goes great with any meal.