Saturday, April 30, 2011

Square Foot Garden Layouts

Below are my 2 square foot garden layouts.  I've already planted the onions, strawberries, carrots and leaf lettuce and planting the kale, mustard greens, spinach, oak leaf and sugar peas tomorrow.  I'm trying to find broccoli to plant as well.  The tomatoes aren't planted until mid-to-late May and then I will be planting different things in the areas where the spring plants will be removed.  The North side of the first garden is where I will have a trellis for the tomatoes to grow vertically.

With the square foot garden method that I'm using, which I will share more on in another post, you can fit a lot in one square foot!  I put the number of how many of each in each square.



I'm not sure what I'm going to plant in the empty spaces of my 2nd SQF Garden below, but I may hopefully find some good June-bearing strawberries to plant to make jam with - we can never have too many strawberries!! ;-)



* I changed my 2nd garden layout to add in 4 broccoli and you can see that here: http://www.christianhomekeeping.com/2011/05/organic-broccoli-addition.html

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bev's Recipes Re-Opened

I still haven't gotten round-to-it of adding the rest of the recipes to my recipe blog but figured I would go ahead and open it back up until I do.


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Sunday, April 24, 2011

2011 Garden Preparation - Part 2

Hubby removed the grass below each bed and then we placed the weed block cloth on the dirt and then placed the beds on top of that.  You can use newspaper or cardboard and from what others have shared, it will actually kill the grass for you (so less work) and over the years it turns into compost.  I wish I had known that before we did all the work in removing the grass but we worked some muscles we forgot we had so not so bad I guess lol. ;-)

My daughter and I mixed the composts, then added the peat moss and mixed it throughout and watered slightly. Then the last step was to mix in the vermiculite thoroughly and mist.  It took us about 1 1/2 hours as we were doing enough for 2 beds and it was quite the back/shoulder/arm workout!  I was so sore and so was hubby from pulling up the grass that we both slept 10 hours!  These cedar beds should last 5 years so we will not have to do any of this the next 4 years.


For reference the 5 different composts we used were: composted steer manure, composted chicken manure, mushroom compost, organic compost and 5 blend organic compost.

We have rabbits hop through our yard every spring and he was waiting on us when we came home today, so we are glad we got the fencing today!  I have to move the fencing to get to all sides of my gardens, so we just propped it up for now and it seems to be working.  Next month, we will do the vertical trellis and possibly some netting for the strawberries when they start to blossom to keep the birds away.




I planted the leftover onions in the "non"-organic soil in the containers and will be selling all the onions from these when they harvest.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 Garden Preparation - Part 1

We are a bit behind on getting started this year as I would have liked to have all this done by now but better now than never!  It's actually a good thing we started late because we had snow recently - can you believe that?  Its's been cold as well so procrastination can sometimes be a virture lol.

Hubby put together one of our cedar garden beds and is going to do the other soon.  We still have to get the grass out under the garden bed and then place the weed cloth before we can add the soil.  I was going to do that today but it was very windy when I went out and you DO NOT want to mix dry/dusty ingredients when its windy. ;-)  The garden beds are for our vegetables and I will do a post on my layout plans later.


I cleaned out our containers and not sure what I'm planting in those as they have leftover miracle-gro soil - probably just flowers or something.  These recycle containers are where I had great success with tomatoes, squash and peppers, but since we are doing organic gardening, I'm trying a new method with the garden beds this year, more on that later.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Poll: Have You Started Your Garden?


Please answer the poll on the right-hand sidebar if you have started your garden or not, don't want to garden or wish you knew how to garden.  I'm contemplating doing some gardening how-to posts because I've been getting a lot of questions lately and don't want to have to repeat the same thing over and over again lol! =0

I'll be posting our garden this year as we go along and we are doing our first organic garden.  I know how to do "chemical-full" gardening as I grew up doing it every summer but organic gardening is a whole new challenge for me but I'm well armed with lots of study!  I'm so excited that I've been on a gardening high for a few days now lol, just ask hubby - he can't work fast enough to keep up with my excitement.  Oh, and the lifting, carrying loads, etc that I did today counts as a workout in my book!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Are You Really a Christian?

A friend emailed this to me and I took the time out to listen and what a message! If we want to go to God's heaven, we must go God's way. Makes you really stop and think and examine yourself - which is what every Christian should be doing constantly.


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Monday, April 11, 2011

Decades-Old Views on Homeschooling - Who is Really Caged?


I was always deadset against homeschooling and the reason for my views against homeschooling had been based on one girl in our high school who had been homeschooled all the way up until they released her into our high school.  She was weird, too smart for the rest of us (haha) and just didn't know how to function in the environment or so it seemed.  I had let ONE homeschooled person influence my view of homeschooling as do so many others.

I know some people now that think just because you homeschool your child is living in a cage or something.  However, once you actually do homeschool (or get educated on the "current" homeschooling movement) you realize that they are actually LET OUT OF THE CAGE of the public indoctrination institutions!  You realize they are more outgoing than their peers, can talk with any age - from children to adult - and seem to have a better grip on "socialization" than those in the cage.  I've seen some local kids that attend PS and they can hardly even talk, much less socialize but they can sure act like some Hollywood starlet but that is another story........

Public school socialization teaches the kids to be like the other kids, mimicking the popular to try and be accepted.  They lose their own self and personality in their endeavor to be like Jennifer-Cooler.  In essence when released from the caged life of this improper socialization, they can't seem to function in the workplace with those that aren't their age.  So HOW did this 'associate with only your age' socialization really prepare them for REAL life?  It doesn't - very rarely will you ever been in a social situation of just those your age again, thus they are ill-prepared for real life scenarios and are those usually drawn to cliques.

There are some homeschoolers who have backward kids and its the parents fault!  If you keep that child locked up all day, everyday and never let them talk to people - then HELLO, you are setting them up for failure.  However, very rarely does that ever happen nowadays - maybe back in Grandpa's day when only one mom on the block homeschooled but honey, homeschoolers are growing at rapid speeds and we got several moms who homeschool on our block alone!  You can't take decades-old skewed views of homeschooling and demean those today who homeschool - things have changed!

This is where the homeschool group comes in.  The groups aren't just for the kids, in reality they are more for the MOMS!  I've met so many ladies in my area that are Christians, even though they don't attend my church - they exemplify Christ in their lives.  There is a camaraderie not only because we are all Christ-followers but also because we can relate to each other.  We are moms who give our lives to God, our home, husbands and children fully and we need to know there are others like us out there somewhere.

It is time to take off your worn decade-glasses so you can see that we are a group of moms who are training our children to make it in this world with a God-view, not an atheist-view!  Moms are producing better-educated children everyday that excel and even Ivy League schools are recruiting homeschoolers because, let's face it - a mom just knows her child and is the child's best teacher!  You can't look at my child and say she isn't socialized, on the contrary, she is one of the most social kids I know!  She invites complete strangers to church, talks them up at the store and doesn't fit the "caged-homeschooled" view that everyone claimed she would be.  So who is really caged?

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

What a Conference!

Our church organization just finished its spring conference here at the headquarters and wow, what a time we had!  Normally our church conference is held outside of St. Louis, Missouri on the campground we have there but they decided to have one here at the Seminary/headquarters.  I've only been to one conference in Missouri and that was all the way back in 2002 and my husband has only been to one and that was way back in 1998.  So this was an awesome experience for us both and we still can't get it over!

For starters, you may remember my post asking for prayer here that I would be delivered this conference from past failures and abuse that haunt me off and on throughout the year.  Well - I'VE BEEN DELIVERED!!!!!!!!!  I can't even say in words all that God did in my life this week and my husband's but it was life-changing!  I now understand WHY others say they don't want to miss a conference, I now understand how God moves in a special way like no other services and I want to go to the future conferences if God will make the way for us!

I was able to meet so many new people because I just started introducing myself because how else would they know me?  A lot of times people come in and see just those they knew/know but really need to bring out of our cliques and meet new people!  I got to know some dear sisters that I've thought a lot of over the years that I only knew through this blog/online - those that have helped me, encouraged me and seemed to be always right on time in my darkest hours.  It was a blessing to finally meet in person!

We also had quite the family reunion as our dear friends that helped lead us to God came in from Alaska and some other dear friends from England and another brother from New Mexico - it felt like old times but better really because we have all grown in God and are better than before! It was very encouraging to my heart to know they are still serving God and on fire for the Lord - how it increased my steadfastness for the Lord!

The services were simply amazing and a friend of mine prayed for salvation the last night of conference and you should have seen the joy on her face when she got up!  She was glowing and it really touched my soul!

We fellowshipped all throughout the week and I got so used to being around people that on Friday, when it was just my husband and I - I was like, I need some fellowship lol.  So we ended up going to a get together and also had a chance to say goodbye to some of our dear friends, we also did a lot of reminiscing and laughed our heads off!

I feel revived, restored, refreshed and on fire for God and it was just what I needed!!!  Thank you Jesus!!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Free Choir Music

One of my favorite groups, The Ambassador Youth Choir, has a page where you can download about 97 of their songs!  A lot of these songs our church choir sings and I love them all just about, enjoy!

http://www.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MemberId=2021648898

Scroll down and you will see the long list of songs on the left-hand side and right click "download" and save each one to your computer.

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Sitting Your Children Under False Teaching

Something that Pastor mentioned in conference caught my attention: "If God doesn't do it to you, why would you do it to your children?"  Got me thinking about public schools and how if God wouldn't want us to listen to lies and sit under false teachings then WHY do you sit your children under it?  If God teaches us He created all then WHY would you let your child be taught a science that says He is not the Creator?  Why are you putting your children under false teachings?  Why do you let your child be taught LIES?

Then I saw this today and wow......still so amazed and shocked that Christians would let their children be taught perverse things against God and his design:

The California Legislature could soon pass a bill that would require school textbooks and teachers to incorporate information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans into their curriculum.

Explain to me please and back it up with God's Word on WHY you let your children be taught:

“This is teaching children from kindergarten on up that the homosexual, bisexual, transsexual lifestyle is something to admire and consider for themselves"

Read the rest here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/06/include-gay-rights-movement-info-california-textbooks-clears-hurdle/?test=latestnews

Yep, I didn't think you had any scripture to support children sitting under false, perverse, ungodly teaching!  If you won't be taught it then WHY ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH would you let YOUR CHILDREN be taught it!?!?  It is so past time for people to open their closed eyes and realize before its too late and their children become teenagers and no longer want to be in the house of God.  Why do you wonder why they don't want God at 18 when you sat your child under false teaching, atheistic science that was against God and a Christ-less history for 12 years.......then what did you expect?  You trained them to be full of the world, its ideologies, social system and it should be no surprise to you that that is who they become.  You gave their mind over to error, you were too busy to teach them Bible at home - after all, you have to be the greatest Children's Church teacher but your own child doesn't know the Bible!  You missed the most important soul.......the one in your house.  Sadly, its a story I see too much of.

What does God have to say about it?

Train up a child in homesexual acceptance, atheistic science and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Oh wait......oops, my bad, I was writing the scripture as thus saith some Christians......let me get God's version:

Pro 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

Well, obviously, God is NOT for training your child in the way it SHOULD NOT go but rather the way it SHOULD GO! Hmm, just doesn't jive with what some have said so who is wrong?

"Through the public school's precepts my child gets understanding: therefore they love every false way."

Oops, sorry about that again, I was reading out of that other version again, "The Tolerant Souls Version", *ahem*, let me get God's:

Psa 119:104  Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way
Tolerant Souls Version says:

Fathers, provoke your children to wrath; bring them up in the atheistic learning and admonition of the homosexual teacher.

God's version:

Eph 6:4  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord

Let's dig into some more of God's Word:

Isa 54:13  And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Jer 10:2  Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

1Co 15:33  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Parents, don't feel bad if you get criticized (as I do all the time), about homeschooling your child!  Your reward is coming when they won't depart from the house of God!!  It will be worth it when you child gets saved, filled the Holy Spirit and wants to go soul winning!!  It will be worth it when you can lay your head down at night knowing your children are going to Heaven with you!  It will be worth it when your child chooses to read their Bible instead of Facebook!!  Train them up in the way they should go and bring them in the instruction of the Lord!  Tell satan they aren't for sale!!!!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Freezer Guide Q & A

I have been putting these off for too long, sorry for those whose questions I'm not getting answered until now.  I tried to answer all the questions in the Freezer Cooking Guide but some I wasn't able to, so I will go ahead and answer all of them now.

Q. When I go to cook a meal that's already been frozen, what's the procedure? Do I need to defrost for a period of time, or simply pop the frozen dish in the oven?

A.  Here is what I do: for meals that have any type of pasta, I do a quick-thaw, which is basically filling up a large bowl or the sink with room temperature water and placing the ziploc bag in the water for 10-20 minutes or until you can break it up and get it out of the bag.  Then, I put it on a skillet on the stove and heat it till very hot, constantly turning as it starts to melt even more.  This way helps to prevent soggy pasta, and heating it on the skillet also helps to make the noodles crispier.  I've done it the other way and let it thaw for hours in the fridge or counter and its a soggy mess.

For meals that are casserole dishes, I simply take them from the freezer and put them in a pre-heated oven and bake.  With spaghetti and pizza sauce, you can either thaw them in the fridge or counter and heat them on the stove or microwave or you can quick-thaw them in water and heat them up.

Meals such as BBQ Beef and other sandwich fillings, taco fillings or those that go with rice, I simply let them thaw on the counter or in the fridge most of the day.  Then I will heat them on the stove, in the oven or sometimes the microwave in a microwaveable-safe glass dish.  You will find that while they are thawing, the sauces really help marinade the meat.  The meatloaf, for us, is way better after its been frozen then before!

Q.  Can rice be cooked and froze in the freezer?  I would also like to start making meals for up to at least two months and one of my family's favorite side dishes is rice. I know it would be nothing to cook it that day that we eat it but if it can be cooked in big patches and froze and then popped in the microwave that I would love to try it.

A.  Yes it can though we prefer freshly cooked rice.  If you want to freeze rice, simply cook it and then let it cool and transfer to ziploc bags.  You can portion it out but you don't have to because rice is easy to break off, even when frozen.  Do the same with rice as you would with pasta, do a quick-thaw and then heat, although I would think you would need to add some water to the rice when re-heating.

Q.  will you be putting a 3-4 month menu of how you divided and eat your delicious dinners?
how much do you spend at the store for cooking 3-4 months of meals at one time?
do you have any leftovers? if so what do you do with them? 

A.  The guide I did was geared to once a month cooking and all I can offer right now to show how I do the 3-4 month freezer cooking is my posts under freezer cooking on this blog.  It is so strange how it works out but it is cheaper for me to cook 3 months of meals at once, than if I did 1 month, 3 months in a row.  I think its because I buy larger sizes of certain ingredients and it seems to cost less.  I average about $150 for what I need to cook 3 months of freezer meals.  That is from getting my meat on sale, usually buy one get one deals and purchasing a lot of my other items directly from a farm, thereby cutting out the "middle man" and saving money! ;-)  I portion out our meals to last for one meal, so we don't have leftovers.

Q.  i would love your recipe for granola bars.  I have been looking but can't seem to find it. 

A.  I use this recipe.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

1st Night of Conference

I had thought I wouldn't have time to blog during our church's conference this week but I'm finding time and wanting to share what God is doing too! :-)

Tonight was the first night of conference, which is basically like an old-fashioned camp meeting, full of shouting, dancing and praising the Lord!  We shouted the house down tonight and I even pushed my husband out of the way and got in the aisle and danced before the Lord with all might lol! I think I shocked myself but I figured..you know what!?  I don't care what anyone else thinks of me and I feel the Holy Spirit so strong - I just have to let this out!  It felt awesome!  There wasn't even preaching because the Spirit was so strong - we just followed the leading of the Lord.

We have seen so many that we haven't seen in years, those from the church we were reached in Anchorage, Alaska and also others who we knew here that had gone out to start churches or help at other churches.  I even reached out and introduced myself to those I didn't know and there were a few I was so anxious to FINALLY meet that I have known "virtually" off and on for so many years!  ;-)

There is something that I need to be completely delivered from this week in this conference and I want to ask my readers to please lift me up in prayer that God WILL deliver me!  I need a breakthrough!  I don't want to get into specifics but I can say that is a lot of past failures that have haunted me for years, keep me up some nights crying and feeling hopeless and hindering me in my self worth.  I started the healing process when I read about the mind/body connection and have been able to deal with things but some things are just too much for me and I've been haunted by them for so many years that I'm growing so weary!  At times, I've almost completely given up and told myself and even God......there is no way I will ever get over these things.  Then God would sweep in and give me peace and victory once again and I would go on.

I want total deliverance so that I can fully go on and let the hauntings of my past abuse and failures die.  That is my prayer this conference and I'm expecting and waiting on God!!

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The Window Through Which We Look

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood
The next morning while they were eating breakfast,
The young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean,' she said.
“She doesn’t know how to wash correctly.
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry,
The young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see
a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

“Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this.”

The husband said,”I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life.

What we see when watching others
Depends on the window through which we look.

Author Unknown

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