Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. First Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT)

Monday, March 28, 2011

More Seeds Planted

I got more seeds planted today.

Virginia Sweets Tomatoes - 6
Rutgers Tomatoes - 12
Rocky Paste Tomatoes - 6
Super Italian Paste 6
Orange Bell Peppers - 6
Red Bell Peppers - 6

About half of the cabbage seeds have come up, all the brussel sprouts and only three tomatoes from the first batch. That's why I planted so many more today.

Mrs. B

Friday, March 25, 2011

Women's Bible Study

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 (NLT)

Why do we make it so complicated?

Mrs. B

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Strawberries - Day 2

More strawberry processing today. I now have 15 8oz jars of sugar-free jam, 10 16oz containers of sugar-free freezer jam, 5 16oz containers of sugared freezer jam, 10 packs of sliced strawberries with sugar - 3 cups each, 4 packs of sliced strawberries with Splenda - 2 cups each, and three trays of sliced strawberries in the dehydrator. I still have 4 pounds left. If the dehydrated slices turn out, I may do more of those. They will be good added to cold cereal, cream of wheat, oatmeal, yogurt and as a snack. I may also try making a fruit bread with other dried berries later this summer. I'll experiment and see what I can come up with, I am thinking of a zucchini bread with strawberries, raspberries and walnuts.

Supper tonight will be baked chicken breasts on spaghetti noodles covered with spaghetti sauce and topped with parmesan cheese, green beans, and fresh veggies.

I got the last of my seeds and some of my plants today. I need to pick up another light and build another seed starting station. I am not sure where I will put this one! Probably be this weekend before I can get that done.

We have started the 30 days of Prayer for Neighbors and Nation "Revolution on Our Knees" by David & Kim Butts along with our church. Today is Day 2. The song "He Reigns" by the Newsboys has been going through my head since I read todays devotion -
It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain
It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain
The song of Asian believers
Filled with God’s holy fire
It’s every tribe, every tongue, every nation
A love song born of a grateful choir
It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
Let it rise about the four winds
Caught up in the heavenly sound
Let praises echo from the towers of cathedrals
To the faithful gathered underground
Of all the songs sung from the dawn of creation
Some were meant to persist
Of all the bells rung from a thousand steeples
None rings truer than this
And all the powers of darkness
Tremble at what they’ve just heard
‘Cause all the powers of darkness
Can’t drown out a single word
When all God’s children sing out
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
All God’s people singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" Psalm 46:10

Mrs. B

Monday, March 21, 2011


They are on sale this week, $1 a pound, so I got 32 pounds. So far I have made 9 pints diabetic freezer jam, sliced and froze 8 pounds, and eaten another 2 pounds (with help from the family). I will finish the rest in the morning by making low-sugar strawberry preserves.

For supper tonight we grilled pork chops and fresh veggies (yellow squash, mushrooms, tomatoes, red and orange peppers, and onions) on the grill. Yumm!

Mrs. B

Saturday, March 19, 2011


My seeds have finally started arriving. I got 135 started. I am going to have to set up another grow station so I can get more started.

Brussel Sprouts - 9
Chile de Arbel - 5
California Wonder Green Peppers - 4
Sweet Banana Peppers - 9
Ancho Chili - 4
Sweet Pickle Peppers - 2 (These are a test, haven't had them before)
Matina Tomatoes - 3 (Small, early tomato)
Rocky Tomatoes - 9 (Paste tomato)
Super Italian Paste - 9
Virginia Sweets Tomatoes - 5
Rutgers Tomatoes - 4
Cabbage - 72 (I plan to make lots of saurkraut, or at least try)

Plans -
The chilis will be dried. The anchos are great when making tamales. The chiles will be ground and used for spicing up anything.
The brussel sprouts will be eaten fresh and if any are left they will be frozen. I plan to start more seeds in two weeks and again two weeks later. This will spread the harvest out. Our favorite way to eat them is fresh, placed on a cookie sheet and drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt and fresh ground paper. Place in oven on 350 until done. I think it's usually 15-20 minutes.
The green peppers will be dehydrated for storing and adding to soups and other dishes. If they reach a good size I will probably make porcupines for a meal or two.
The banana peppers are a great condiment. I will remove the seeds, slice them in rings and can them. These can be used on sandwiches, salads, and I also use them when I make Ham-fried rice, a family favorite.
Paste tomatoes - catsup, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce.
Cherry tomatoes - fresh for salads and snacking, sun-dried for year round use.
Tomatoes - canned tomatoes for chili and other recipes.
Cabbage - sauerkraut, fresh and cooked with meals, cole slaw. I will do a later planting and store those for the winter.
Sweet Pickle Peppers - this plant has several colors of peppers that I will can for fun.

Mrs. B