Mac N Cheese

3 Cheese Mac N Cheese

Serves 4-6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk
Meal type Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 16oz Elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups Half & half
  • 2 Eggs, beatened
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Mild Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar cheese, Shredded
  • 1/2 cup Monterrey Jack, Shredded

Directions

Grease a 2-3 quart casserole dish.
Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°
Step 2
Cook macaroni for 2 minutes less than package suggest. Drain. Set aside.
Step 3
Combine all the cheese in a mixing bowl, Stir well. Set aside.
Step 4
Melt the butter in a saucepan; stir in cooked macaroni
Step 5
Add 1-1/2 cups of the cheese to the butter and macaroni. Mix well.
Step 6
Add eggs, half & half & half. Add the salt and pepper. Stir until mixed well.
Step 7
Transfer to the greased casserole dish. Top with remaining shredded cheese.
Step 8
Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Serves 24 (1/2 Cup Servings)
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy Tree Nuts
Meal type Breakfast
Misc Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 9 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Butter, Melted
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Toasted Wheat Germ
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped

Note

Serving size: 1/2 cups, serves 24

Calories 214, Fat 8.5, Total Carbs 34.5, Cholesterol 10.3, sodium 31.6, Fiber 3.8, Protein 4.8,

 

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°
Toast oats in oven for 10 minutes. Set aside.
Combine dry ingredients and add to toasted oats.
Stir in melted butter and vanilla.
Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
Keep this stored in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.

Home Remedies For Tick Prevention

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This is a picture of the common deer tick.
If you live out in the country, this can be essential. Back in 2006, my husband & I were both bitten by ticks and developed a bull’s eye rash, which can be an indicator of Lyme Disease. We saw our family physician and was put on a round of antibiotics.
I read somewhere that tea tree oil is a tick deterrent.

In a Spray Bottle:

1 part tea tree oil
2 parts water

Shake well before each use.

*Before heading outside spray on shoes, socks, and clothing.

Running The Race

The 2012 Olympics are over, and what an Olympics they were for the United States’ women gymnasts. Their team won the gold medal for only the second time in Olympic history, and many other medals along the way. Many of the women on that team excelled at their sport during the Olympic events, but the Olympic champion who sticks out the most in my mind is Gabby Douglas, the all-around gymnastics gold medalist.

All the women who competed worked incredibly hard to earn their chance for Olympic gold. Yet Gabby Douglas stands out for more than just her amazing talent. Gabby decided to thank God for the opportunities she has been given and the talent she has worked so hard to perfect.
What can we learn from Gabby’s example? Are we thankful for the opportunities we have been given as women, both young and old? Are we working hard and overcoming so we can win a crown of gold at Christ’s return? As impressive as Gabby’s example is, her reward is purely physical. How much more thankful we should be, and how much harder we should work, knowing our goal is eternal life!
Throughout the Bible, physical examples are often used to teach us spiritual lessons. The Apostle Paul gave us this example: “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
There are several characteristics needed besides talent for a gymnast to obtain Olympic gold—and Gabby had them all. Gymnasts need to be extremely self-controlled, or temperate, in all things. They need to have great discipline as they train. Elite gymnasts (the ones who qualify for the Olympics) train 40-plus hours a week. In other words, being a gymnast is a way of life.
Being a Christian is also a way of life, even more so than being a gymnast. We as Christian women are called to set an example for our children and other women, to serve and love our husbands, and most of all, to serve our Father in heaven. To do these well, and be the Proverbs 31 woman, takes great self-control and discipline (Galatians 5:22).
We commonly hear, from gymnasts and other Olympic athletes who have won the gold, that while they were training they sometimes wondered whether the prize would be worth all the hard work and long hours. But when they stand on that podium and the gold medal is put around their neck, they all agree that all the hard work was indeed worth it—and they are glad they persevered.
Much is expected of us as Christian women. Often we may feel unappreciated and exhausted, and even feel that everything is working against us—even ourselves. Yet, like Gabby Douglas, we must remain self-controlled and persevere, and we cannot do this without God. So, it is vital that we always remain thankful to God. Above and beyond all her hard work, thankfulness to God is the most important trait Gabby exemplified to those who watched her excel at the recent Olympics. Gabby kept her eyes on the gold, and received the prize for which she had worked so hard. As Christian women, we need to keep our eyes on the prize we seek, and the One from whom we will receive it, as we work to accomplish all we do.

Written By: Shelby V. - Living Chuch of God

My 2013 Farmer’s Market Garden (seeds & plants ordered)

Burpee’s

Sweet potatoes for the North-east

Sweet Potato, Georgia Jet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia Jet Sweet Potato ($20.95 for 25 roots)

A red-skinned sweet potato with a deep orange, moist flesh that is well-suited to the North-east. Large tubers in just 90 days.

Bailey’s

50 lbs of Yukon Gold Seed potatoes

50 lbs of Kennebec Seed potatoes

$45.53/100 lbs

Baker’s Creek Heirloom Seeds

Waltham 29 (BR105) Broccoli – $ 2.50

Premium Late Flat Dutch (CB 109) Cabbage –  $2.00

Chantenay Red Core (CR 111) Carrots – 2/$4.00

Boston Pickling (CU 105) Cucumbers – $1.75

Blue Curled Scotch (KA101) Kale –  2/$4.00

Red Romaine (LT115) Lettuce – $2.00

Henderson’s Black-Seeded Simpson (LT108) Lettuce – 2/$5.00

Bronze Beauty (LT 149) Lettuce – $2.25

Lollo  Rossa (LT 127) Lettuce – $2.50

Orange Bell (PP137) Orange sweet pepper – $2.75

Golden California Wonder (PP 108) Yellow sweet pepper – $2.00

California Wonder (PP 106) Green sweet pepper – $2.50

Saxa 2 (RD 130) Red radish – $2.50

Beefsteak Tomato (TM 111) – $2.00

Marglobe Supreme (TM 104) Tomato – 1.50

Rutgers (TM 102) Tomato – $2.00

Connecticut Field (SQ 129) Pumpkin for pies/large – 2.50

$3.50 Shipping and handling

Grand total for Baker’s Creek $52.50

 

 

 

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Are You A Delilah?

Today, as married women, the society around us teaches us to be strong, independent and outspoken. We are told not to play second fiddle to any man. We are asked to “wear the pants” in the family and be supermoms who “do it all.” Yet, while “doing it all” may at first sound like a noble goal, we need to ask: For whom and for what are we trying to “do it all”?

As women who may often find ourselves over-committed with duties in the workplace and at home, we need to ask ourselves: Are we keeping our priorities straight? Are we putting God first, husband second, followed by others—and ourselves last? Read Proverbs 31:10-31 and Ephesians 5:22-33.
In the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one character observes, “The man is the head [of the house], but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.” This mentality can be inharmoniously true today. Wives often are fully aware of our ability to bat our eyes and to manipulate conversations to get what we want, “guilting” our husbands into withdrawing.
Yet the Bible teaches us not to be manipulative of our husbands (or anyone else)—nor is it to be “all about us.” We need to understand that submissiveness to our husbands is not a weakness. Though the term “submissive” has in some contexts gained a negative connotation, this was not God’s intent at all. God intended a balance in life between husband and wife.
In Judges 16, we read of the story of Samson and Delilah. Delilah was using these same tricks to obtain the truth behind the secret to Samson’s strength from him. Verses 15 and 16 portray Delilah nagging to get what she wanted. Finally she wore Samson down, learned his secret, sold it to the Philistines, and it ultimately led to his death. Most likely what we desire will not lead to our husband’s loss of sight and death, but the manipulation and pestering is just as undesirable.
We can be supermoms and superwives, but without the skew and abuse of power that modern secular society often expects of us. “Biting our tongues” may be easier said than done—especially in our own homes. We need to remember that we as wives have our roles, and our husbands have theirs. That is God’s intent. Together, when the two halves pull their weight, life can work beautifully—unified and balanced.
With the correct attitude and respectful communication, let us as women be the neck that supports the head—keeping it steady, not trying to “turn the head any way” we want. No pouting. No nagging. No trying to foist work on our husbands by making an exaggerated show of end-of-the-day exhaustion, hoping they will take care of the children or do some of our other chores. Remember, if your husband is pulling his weight—just as you are—he is likely to be just as exhausted as you are at the end of his busy day of work. A wife is doing a world of good even when she is observed as a quiet pillar of strength for her family.
Are you feeling stressed, even overwhelmed? Stop, say a prayer, and take the time to remember what God asks of each of us. Put your husband before yourself. Try complimenting him instead of nagging or venting. And ask yourself, to echo Ephesians 5:33, have you used your voice today to tell your husband that you love and respect him?
Through it all, we should remember the promise of God’s Kingdom, which can be obtained if we obey God’s desire for us as wives. When we are tired or at wits’ end, our goal of pleasing God should come to the forefront. Let us recall that goal daily as we strive to remain motivated in all we do for our husbands, our families and all those we serve!

Written By: Sarah W. –  Living Church of God

My Very First Give-Away!

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m happy to announce my very first Give-A-Way! Compliments of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. A special thank you to Kathy McFarland, in public relations for making this happen.

The give-a-way consist of 8 packets of heirloom tomatoes.

Varieties include:

  1. White Wonder
  2. Hawaiian Pineapple
  3. Glowing Orange Beefsteak
  4. Herderson’s Pink Ponderosa (I grew these last year!, we enjoyed them)
  5. Tomato Aunt Ruby’s German Green (one of the largest green beefsteaks)
  6. Tomato Ingegnoli Gigante Liscio (Giant fruit grow up to 2 pounds or more)
  7. Tomato Yellow Mortgage Lifters
  8. Tomato Carbon (A taste test winner)

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is owned by Jere and Emille Gettle. Their company offers a nice variety of rare and unique herbs, flowers and vegetables from over 70 countries. It has the largest selection of heirloom varieties offered in the Americas.

They strive to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage.

All of their seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-patented and non-treated. They do not buy seeds from Monsanto-owned Seminis and also boycott all gene-altering companies. They network with about 150 small farmers, gardeners and seed growers to bring you the best seeds available. Many of the seeds they offer have been collected by their travels abroad.

I ordered from them for the first time last year (maybe even the year before) and was very pleased with their service and can highly recommend them.

Below is a picture I took last summer of a pretty butterfly paying a visit to the Canary Bird Zinnia, which I got from Baker’s Creek. I also ordered several other colors of their Zinnias to include the Orange Hawaii, Orange King, Envy, & Miss Willmott. They also sent me a free gift, Love-in-a-mist mixed colors. I sowed mine in the fall of last year so I am eagerly awaiting for their arrival.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I could make one more recommendation….Their red romaine Lettuce was very flavorful. and is a good cool weather crop; great for early spring planting here in WV….reminds me; I need to re-order some for this year………

The contest will last for 4 weeks. It starts today and ends on Friday, April 19th. I will pick a winner on Sunday the 21st. I will put all the names in a jar and pick a winner by pulling out a name.

Contest Rules:

  • Sign-up for my free newsletter!
  • Multiple entries not allowed.

Good-Luck!

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