Monthly Archives: November 2016

humane chicken death

Humane chicken death

Yesterday we slaughtered a rooster.  We had two roosters and 7 hens, and really only need one.  Our farmlet was Crownos’ third home, after he got too aggressive with other birds on his last farmlet.  For a few months he was just fine here, watching over his two hens and guarding their pen.  But as time went on, he became more aggressive to me and to the kids.  I became very wary of hanging my laundry out to dry because he would body slam my legs.  Little A would come running to me crying because he was chasing her, and he pecked R once pretty hard and drew blood.  Once we discovered that our pullet Beulah was a cockerel, we made the decision that Crownos would have to go in the stew pot. Continue reading

thankful for family

Thankful for family {Thankful Thursday}

When I first started Thankful Thursday on my blog, I never gave thought to the fact that Thanksgiving is the ultimate Thankful Thursday.  I did not write my post ahead of time, and I have just come back from a delightful day with my in-laws.  Today I am thankful for my family – my family of origin, my family by marriage, and my family by choice. Continue reading

processing pumpkins

Processing pumpkins – What to do with them all

Despite my not planting any, I harvested a few pumpkins this year from my volunteer garden.  Since the killing frost a few weeks ago, they have been sitting on my counter taking up space and waiting to be processed.  Today I finally got around to tackling at least some of them.  I started with three large pumpkins, two small pumpkins, and a Hubbard squash.  The three large pumpkins are now in the freezer as purée, ready to become pies. Continue reading

Tangible Thoughts

Tangible Thoughts Sermon

As I discussed on Thursday, I was in the pulpit last Sunday.  So many people have asked for a copy of my sermon, either so that they can study it in more depth, or because they were unable to attend church that morning.  So I decided to publish it as today’s post.  I hope you enjoy it and learn something new. Continue reading

opportunity to preach

Opportunity to preach {Thankful Thursday}

I know I’ve been thankful for my church before, but it is such a fabulous place that I have new reasons to be thankful this week.  This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach the sermon.  It was an unforgettable experience.  Sunday service is so different from behind the pulpit than it is from the pews. Continue reading

Apple Crisp Pudding

Apple Crisp Pudding {Recipe}

Last month I bought a bushel of Cortland apples that were on sale from a local orchard.  My kids were in an apple phase, when they would eat apples faster than I could bring them home.  Of course, the moment I brought home a whole bushel, they lost their ravenous appetite for apples.  So now I had a huge bag of apples just sitting around, waiting to be eaten.  They got bruised as we moved them hither and thither in the kitchen since they had no assigned home.  Finally, I took the whole bag and sorted it by whether they were bruised or not.  There were at least three times as many bruised apples as not.  So I began doing what any sane person would do.  I started making apple crisp pudding. Continue reading

love is expensive

Love is expensive?

I was reading a post on Facebook by Sharon Astyk (here is her quiet-for-now blog) who used a personal example of a crisis in her life to explain that we really don’t understand our fellow countrymen right now, and we are only just now realizing we have been completely miscommunicating for a long time.  That we need to sit down and really listen to discover how our neighbors see the world because it might be radically different than we do.  In the comments (I know, never read the comments, but her Facebook friends are generally very respectful), someone remarked, “We all desperately want to be “read” by others, and (at least for me) it’s so hard to get past innate self-centeredness and lack of communication skills. And yeah, a neighbor could be all the things we fear. Love is stronger than fear, but is expensive. But why else are we here? We’re all so needy and broken.”  Love is expensive.  Is it? Continue reading

Election campaigning is over

Election campaigning is over {Thankful Thursday}

Election Day in the US was two days ago.  That day we chose our fate.  Some are elated, and some are grief stricken.  We are a divided nation and the Us versus Them rhetoric has never been stronger.  Now it is time to pick up the pieces of our lives that we put on hold as we waited with bated breath to learn the outcome of this election season.  I am so glad the campaigning and mud-slinging and agonizing waiting is over. Continue reading

Ben's beans and rice

Ben’s Beans and Rice {Recipe}

When we first started dating, my husband cooked beans and rice for me while we were out on a picnic.  Over the years, this has become a staple in his lunch box.  It is simple to make and inexpensive.  This recipe will make 6 man-size lunches, or probably 8-12 family servings.  This is a great stand alone meal because it has protein, carbs, veggies, and fat. Continue reading