Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Can't Keep Up

I can't keep up with the three blogs that I write on, so I'm sending you to another one. :) If you'd like to see some new goat pics, go HERE.
Today, I'm busy cleaning, teaching, and bringing one of our doe rabbits to the vet. I think she has some type of skin mites. Gotta run! Have a great day, all!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sugar on Snow

Please see THIS POST over at the homeschool blog to see what we were up to this weekend. It was an incredible day, for which I'm very thankful. It isn't often we have an opportunity like the. The kids brought home candles they dipped themselves and bowls they threw on the pottery wheel. And, it was absolutely free (except for the food they sold there, which was very reasonable)! If you're in my neck of the woods, you have GOT to check this out next year.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mama Pea's Rug Tutorial

I've been following Mama Pea's rug tutorial, and this is what I've got so far. It's hard to get good pictures of it because it's so long. I decided that I was going to start with a bang, meaning big. I started with a 24" chain for a rug that should be 4 by 6 feet when finished. I wonder when that will be... I'm making my rug out of recycled t-shirts with random colors. Mama Pea has been making hers out of cotton fabric left over from her quilting projects. Check it out at A Homegrown Journal
Thanks, Mama Pea! :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Counting Blessings #228

228) I'm thankful that the two mistakes I made in making waffles today taught me some wonderful things! :)

I found a waffle recipe that's simple and good, but I've always disliked the amount of vegetable oil called for in the recipe, as well as wanting it to have whole grains in it. Today, I began making a batch of waffles before I remembered that I'd used up almost all of my white flour making bread yesterday. I had no choice but to try using almost all whole wheat flour. I also forgot the vegetable oil entirely, and low and behold, they were still great waffles! So, here's the original recipe, and the recipe the way I was using it, and finally the recipe as I made it today.

original recipe (x2, because I have four growing and very hungry kids)

4 eggs
4c. flour
3 1/2c. milk
1c. veg. oil
2T sugar
2 1/2T baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1t. vanilla extract

My usual

4 eggs
1c. whole wheat flour
3c. unbleached flour
3/4c. veg. oil
2T sugar
2 1/2T baking powder
1/2t. salt
1t. vanilla extract

the mistake that got me on the right track

4 eggs
1c. white flour
3c. whole wheat flour
Zero vegetable oil!
2T sugar
2 1/2t salt
1t. vanilla extract

easy method (very good)
whip eggs until light
add liquid ingredients
add dry ingredients
mix until smooth

still easy and supposedly better, but I really can't tell the difference
separate eggs and reserve whites
beat yolks until light
add liquid ingredients
add dry ingredients (except egg whites)
mix until smooth
whip egg whites until soft peaks form
fold egg whites into batter