Apr 10, 2014

It's Mommy Time

Well, I have to say this is a really hard post for me to write and my decision didn't come on suddenly.
I need to say good-bye to blogging at this season in my life....... It's mommy time.

Blogging is fun and I have enjoyed it and the experience of it. I have loved getting to know YOU! I will still continue to enjoy reading what's going on in your neck of the woods for all my readers with blogs. And I will miss those of you who I got to know through comments.:)

Somewhere along the line blogging became too much for me. I thought if I backed off blogging to only 3 or 4 times a month I would feel better. But, I can't just have it sitting here because it's in the back of my mind like a chore that needs to get done. When I do something I want it to be done right to the best of my ability. I just couldn't give blogging the time it needed, to be what I wanted it to be. and I can't sacrifice time with my family to do it.

So many projects have gone to the way side because of blogging. I don't have time to do the projects PLUS take the pictures, edit the pictures, write the post etc. and do all that I should be doing. Even if that something is curling up with my children on the couch and reading a book. That's where I should be and want to be. This is time I will never get back once it's gone.

It's mommy time. This is the time I should spend with my children or doing something special for my husband.

My free time went to blogging, like a hobby, which is fun and all, but not what the Lord has called me to do.

When I have free time I want to pour into my family. I want to continue to grow our farm, grow our home, help the kids hone their new budding interests and give every one under our roof the attention they deserve.

They want me to play chess with them, read them Little House on the Prairie for HOURS!, bake cookies, watch the clouds, swing from the apple tree, and the list goes on and on. I love that they love being with me and I want them to know that I love being with them and they have my full attention.

 No more trying to grab the perfect shot or taking 20 pictures of the same thing because the lighting wasn't right! LOL! You bloggers know what I'm talking about.:) Those precious minutes add up and so often I would lose my kids' attention. Bummer. I can't live with that. I hate to even admit it!!

Aaaannd, my husband and I recently entered the world of reverse vasectomies! Surgery went well. The Lord blessed us with a wonderful doctor who makes reversals affordable as a ministry.  So we will see what the good Lord has in store for us as far as growing our family.

Some of our brood have decided to enter the world of show pigs and showing chickens. So spring and summer are going to be extra busy, but exciting for them as they start this new adventure.

Also, we are almost finished with our kitchen! Yay! I may try to get a kitchen reveal post done as the last post because you all have been so helpful and encouraging through the redo I would like to show you how it turned out. :)

But if I don't get that chance, thank YOU so much for everything and being such faithful readers.

For now, for me, it's time to just be Mommy.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might;
Ecclesiastes 9:10

Blessings to you,

Mar 30, 2014

1,000 Island Dressing From Scratch

For your dipping pleasure, 1,000 island dressing from scratch. 
The best part though is that it only has three ingredients!

It doesn't even compare to store bought. I don't even know what store bought is made of actually. 
The taste doesn't compare as most things that are homemade usually blow store bought out of the water.

Take a cup of your homemade mayo which you can learn to make HERE
Then put 2 tablespoons of organic ketchup in with the mayo. 
Add 2 tablespoons of homemade canned dill pickle relish.

Stir it up and you're done. It takes less than 5 minutes to make! The flavor comes from the relish and the homemade mayo. If you do not have homemade canned relish you certainly can use store bought if you need to. I have also taken some of our homemade canned pickles and put them through the food processor instead of opening up a new can of relish.

The dill and the vinegar from the pickles is what gives it the burst of flavor. 
You also don't need to add any salt because of the salt in the pickles. It's plenty.

We make 1,000 island dressing for our Reuben sandwiches or Reuben egg rolls! 
So good.

This is a pretty quick throw together dinner. I buy egg roll wrappers, shred some Swiss cheese, add a little sauerkraut and some corned beef. Roll it up and drop it in hot oil for a minute or two on each side. 

Dip it in your 1,000 island dressing and you are good to go! 

The dressing is non dairy but the rueben is not. You can just leave the cheese out of the egg rolls and it will still be yummy! :)

Let me know if you try it and if you tweak it any. 
I always love to hear how others take a recipe and make it their own.


Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 34:14

Mar 27, 2014

Handmade Piggy Cutting Board

How has your March been? Can't believe it's almost over! We are hopeful that spring will start to show itself around here soon. Although yesterday we had a bit of a white-out for a little while. Thankfully it didn't stick around though.

We've been tweaking our spring to-do list and getting ready for all the animals that will make their home in our barnyard this year.

A quiet little project my husband was working on was this piggy cutting board.
 It took him about an hour and a half.
 I thought he did a really good job!

He came across a beautiful piece of wood in his "junk" pile and thought it would make the perfect cutting board. He free handed this piggy shape, sanded, and rounded the edges. He and the kids wood burned their names and sweet sentiments on the back.

I thought the simplicity of the tail was perfect!

He knows I love practical and frugal gifts especially when they're handmade.
 This one was a total surprise too!
It was really sweet of him and the kids and will forever have a place on my counter.

We love him, because he first loved us.
I John 4:19

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