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Sunday, December 29, 2013

My favorite eggnog recipe

is the one that my sister, Laura, made. She is what I call a cave-girl cook. She doesn't usually use the recipe and so invents new ones. Many times they're worth keeping but she never writes them down-always has them in her head- so I have to ask her what they are every time. Now if the eggnog recipe is on the blog, you all can make it and so can I-even if she's not around.
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups whole jersey milk
nutmeg or allspice
Blend the eggs and sugar really well in a blender. Nothing is worse than a mouthful of slimy egg white. Then add milk and spice. If you don't have rich jersey milk then use some cream and milk.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I will be their God

He says it over and over

Genesis 17:7
And I will establish my covenant between me and thee... be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

Genesis 17:8
And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Exodus 6:7
And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God...

Exodus 29:45
And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

God had a dream and a vision. He wanted a people. That is why he made them. He wanted to be their God.

Leviticus 26:12
And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

Leviticus 26:44
And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the Lord their God.

Do you know what it means to have a God?  The orphan does not understand what position a father fills. Sometimes he may feel an ache or emptiness. But if he is adopted, he must learn how to relate to this new person.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Jeremiah 7:23
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

Jeremiah 11:4
Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:

Our culture today does not understand it. No people, across the ages have understood it. Only a remnant who have allowed Him to teach them know what it is to be his people.

Jeremiah 24:7
And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Jeremiah 30:22
And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Jeremiah 31:1
At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

God; Savior, Judge, Friend, Brother, King, Priest, Creator, Sacrifice, Author and Finisher of our faith. So that we might be his people.

Jeremiah 31:33
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Jeremiah 32:38
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:

Ezekiel 11:20
That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

He kept trying. Never gave up. He tried Israel. They wouldn't. So now He is taking anyone who will come, Jew or Gentile, and writing his law on their hearts.

Ezekiel 34:24
And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.

Ezekiel 36:28
And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Ezekiel 37:23
Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

He died for this.

Ezekiel 37:27
My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Zechariah 8:8
And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.

Hosea 1:9
Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.

There is a time when the call is over. Israel, as a nation, missed it. Will you miss it?

Revelation 21:3
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Even so Lord Jesus Come.

Revelation 21:7
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Exodus 15:2
The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Two Videos

My siblings have been busy. They made this when Papa and Mom were out. I wasn't home either so we all had to sit and watch it and the mess ups as soon as I finished milking. They really did do a good job. Mom has done this as a one person skit for us several times with the paper bow.
The second video is a link. It happens to be my favorite music video on youtube, at least for now, mostly because the girl who sings it is named Amy Joy just like me.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My favorite way to skim milk

When you look up how to skim milk on the internet you'll find tons of different ways and tips. Those must work for somebody but this is what I have found.
If you skim all the cream and then try to whip it, it won't work. Trust me. We whipped and whipped and whipped and finally got butter. Just sort of skipped the whipped cream stage. Now we know the only cream that whips well is the thickest cream right on top. Now that I think about it you can get different kinds of cream at the store too; heavy whipping cream or light cream.
 If you drag a spoon in it it should wrinkle.
 bad picture but maybe you can see the creases. Some of the cream just below this will also whip even without the crease. Experiment a little and you'll figure it out.
The heavier cream does well with a ladle. It helps you be precise but after the whipping cream, I find it easier and faster to use a baster.
Skim milk.
and somehow the bacon bits got in the picture too:)
The reason that picture at the beginning has 15p written on the jar is that we milked that milk on the 15th in the evening. We found that dry erase markers work well on glass without sticking permanently.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pictures (by Micah)

Hello. My name is Micah. (I am Amy's brother.) I had a few pictures from a weak or two ago that I wanted to show a friend so I put 'm on here. The first picture was taken today with my trail camera. All of the others I took with a camera that our friend gave me. My favorite is the last one. So here they are. (drum role please.) ;)
I took this picture with my trail camera. It's a buck.

 This picture and I match. We are both cool.

 I like the snow in this one.
This one Too.

 This one is awesome. (Just like me) Ok, Ok. not funny.

This is the best one. don't ya think.
Once, a long time ago, there was a family who lived by the river. One day the Ma and the three boys where sitting at the table when Pa came in, mad as a wet hen. He yelled "who pushed the out house into the river?" Nobody said anything. So the Pa calmed down and said "well, when George Washington was little he chopped down a cherry tree and when his Pa asked him if he had done it George Washington said he had. So his Pa didn't spank him. Now, who pushed the out house into the river?" One of the boys stepped up and said "I did it." Well, Pa put him over his knee and spanked him. The little boy asked him "If George Washington didn't get spanked when he told the truth why did you spank me?" Pa answered him by saying "His Pa wasn't sittin' in the tree."

Sunday, November 17, 2013

OK I just took about 2 hours to put those leaves on the banner so I may or may not be back on here again.

My Favorite Time of Day

Today I am going to try to write several posts plus work on the "about me" page. Just letting you know so I will feel held to it and perhaps have a better chance of getting it done. :)

My favorite time of day is morning. I love the sunrise, the light, the birds, and the air. I love the feeling that I could get anything done today.
The last while milking time happened to fall just after sunrise and almost every morning I find myself wishing I had brought a camera.

 Yesterday there was such pretty fog. It made lovely sunbursts but again I didn't have a camera.

 These pictures are all from this morning on our walk to the barn.

Snyder's Knob is this hill in front of our house. It always gets beautiful light at sunrise and sunset but somehow in pictures it always hunches down and doesn't look like the tall mountain it seems.
 Can you see the chimney?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Of Cinnamon Rolls and Woodstoves

So a couple weeks ago our family went to the community center to help pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. It was the first time we had heard about it and we really liked it. Basically you pack a shoebox with toys, soap, toothpaste and brush, paper, pencils, crayons, candy, and anything else a child might like or need. Then you can add a note to your box and pray for the child it will go to. The Samaritan's Purse Organization sends your box to some place where children don't normally get Christmas presents.

What does this have to do with cinnamon rolls and woodstoves? Well actually it doesn't have to do with woodstoves but I'll tell you about the cinnamon rolls. We decided to pack our own shoeboxes at home. Of course it takes some money to fill and ship 9 shoeboxes so we are selling cinnamon rolls to pay for it. We made around 20 plates of rolls on Saturday and 15 so far today.

caught liking finger!
Don't worry though, since we are selling them we are being extra careful to keep everything clean. I can assure you that Laura washed her hands before touching anything else.
Now for the woodstoves:
In the summer the woodstoves are ignored. Completely abandoned. In fact, stuff gets piled on and around them so that you hardly know they're there. But in the winter it's all different. The fireplace is the middle of the house. Everyone gathers around so that some times you can be five feet from it and still be cold! You can't walk past the stove. It's true. It's impossible. There is like a magnetic force pulling you towards it. Then once you are there you are stuck, sometimes for hours!
Edit: This post was supposed to be done yesterday but I really wanted pictures of the woodstove and couldn't find any. I may still add some if they pop up.

Katie's post

Katie and I

Friday, November 1, 2013

My favorite way to put up my hair

I must admit my hair was something I fought with for a long time. It seamed to take me forever just to learn to take care of it let alone put it up.
 I did eventually figure out how to wash and brush my hair but still I needed Mom to twist it into a bun when I felt too old to need that. I was in despair, envisioning myself having to live with it down the rest of my life and anyone with long hair knows that is impossible.
There are so many things you just must keep your hair out of or away from. Then one day I was looking for long hair up-dos on you tube and I found this lovely lady's bun.
I got a pencil and tried it. It worked! Of course I had to practice some to get it to stay more than an hour but I now have a bun that works in my hair and is fast to put up wherever I want with just one stick.
My sister tells me I always make this face when putting up my hair. :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Amanda's Quote of the Morning

(Said dramatically out of the blue) "And there you have it folks: The broken graham cracker!"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My favorite snowfall

The first one! On Tuesday (before winter hit) some of my siblings were cutting out paper snowflakes. I said, "You can't start that yet it hasn't snowed."

The next morning we went to the barn and misty rain was falling but by the time we came out there were big snowflakes. You know the kind that make you think you're in a snow globe.

Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,  (Job 38:22)

We have a tradition that on the day of the first snow, we must eat gingerbread and homemade applesauce. On the way up from the barn Laura and I were trying to decide if the tradition required snow on the ground. We needn't have worried because those big fat flakes fell all day and we had an inch or two by nighttime. 

 The fire is going and this morning we had people sitting in front of it doing school. That's how you know it is winter. All summer the woodstove is ignored but come cold weather it is the center of the house. :)
My favorite snow song at the moment:
Let it Snow
Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!
It doesn't show signs of stopping
And I've bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
When we finally kiss goodnight
How I'll hate going out in the storm!
But if you'll really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm
The fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we're still goodbying
But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
 Today Amanda decided there was enough snow to make snow ice cream and Mom agreed.

Monday, October 21, 2013