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Written by Sue, Wednesday,July 16, 2014        Clouds with showers, temps. 80's,  a great day for blogging.
If you come looking for me from  May through August you will probably find me here in the kitchen canning and preserving foods from the garden, or out in the garden. To  plant a seed and watch it sprout,then grow into a beautiful plant that produces either fruit or veggies, and then to be able to gather the fruit, walk a few steps into your kitchen and  begin to create your master pieces is so rewarding. 
A big hug and thank you to my two, ever present helpers, I could not do this without your help and support!
This corn is called Ambrosia, so sweet, this was our first year growing this variety! We finished canning the corn yesterday. I had 54 pints, you might ask why so many, it is divided with our children who live many miles away, our deal is this, we grow and preserve they pay for shipping! ~Grin~ So many times while I am preserving, I am praying for the one who will receive the food! The best reward is when I get a phone call and a child says "Mom, you will never guess what we had for dinner last night, some of your peas, and corn, and it was so delicious!"
I will try and put the steps of canning corn in my recipe page soon.

This is blueberry jam, I made 15 half pints this week, most for gift giving, before it is given it must be taste tested, by none other than Mr P. ahhh!! it passed with flying colors! A true cook will also taste her own concoctions, I call this a concoction because most times I never make something the same way. The recipe only called for sugar and berries, but Sue added cinnamon, lemon juice, a dash of vanilla flavoring, and several pats of butter,(the real thing). These extras only enhances he flavor of the berries!

The color is so rich looking!
I  will be finishing with  the cucumbers, today,here are 5 kinds I have made, a most delicious sweet pickle recipe given by a friend,  dill relish, sweet relish, Kosher dill, and dill chips!

This is our first cantaloupe for the season, what a whopper, I asked Mr P. if there were more like this in the field, "Sorry this is the only large one" he replied. This will last for a while. ha ha you think?

Enjoy your day,
love,
Sue 

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~Friend of God~

Written bu Sue, Sunday June 28, 2014                     A most beautiful day, low humidity, temps. in low 80's


 It is early "Pa" and Susan are peacefully sleeping, I slip quietly out to the screen porch for some alone time with my Friend, as I sit here listening to the birds, and other animals give praise to the One who made this day,  I too join  them in giving praise, glory and honor, to this Friend of mine.
In my devotions I have been studying in Genesis and of Abraham's life, today I read in chapter 17-18 of how God changed Abraham and Sarah's name, and of the covenant that was made between them, with the promise of Abraham being the "Father of many nations,"Sarah being the "Mother of many nations."  it being sealed with the covenant of male circumcision.

The power point for me was of how unique God and Abraham's relationship was, their relationship was so solidified that Abraham could ask God for anything, even bargain with him over the  wicked city Sodom, where his nephew Lot and his family lived, and God so willingly listened and agreed, sadly the end result was destruction, but God saved Lot and his family.

There is such a big difference between "knowing about God", and really "knowing God intimately", Abraham had this intimate relationship with God, in Isaiah 41:8, Abraham was called "The friend of God," Isaiah 41:8~ "But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham, my friend,

In this study, I am challenged more than ever to maintain my friendship with God, How about you? I have learned through life experiences that friendships take time, they need nourishment,  open communication, always listening and willing to heed advice.  I find this to be even more so with my friendship, and relationship with God!

On a personal note: I have been very busy with gardening, and preserving the fruits and veggies, and enjoying visits from family, with more to come during the 4th of July! What a blessed summer this is for me, I love having my family home!. I so apologize for not visiting your homes,please understand. I will try harder, I promise

Comments are off on this Sunday, rest with your Friend

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"In times of troubles"

Written by Sue, Friday, June 7, 2014,,                Overcast temps. 80's

God is so good to me, yesterday with temps. in the high 90's, and very high humidity, let's say it was "HOT". I noticed the air condition was running all day and it wasn't cooling like it should, so Mr P. called the repairman, he stopped by this morning, the unit was frozen, before it could be fixed it would need to be cut off until it thawed, and that he would be by this evening to fix it. Today, I am about to be in the kitchen most of the day canning yellow squash, and making the last strawberry caramel sauce, (oh so yummy great for pouring over  ice cream and pancakes).You might wonder what's the big deal?
Sooooo with no cool air and a hot kitchen, God gave me an overcast sky, and much cooler temps.today! "Thank you heavenly Father."
Nahum 1:7~The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. I noticed the words,"in times of trouble," meaning this won't be the first nor last time troubles come, but He will always be there for He cares for me. Aren't you glad God doesn't lie? And yes, He cares about strawberries and squash

Washed and ready for slicing

This time of the year finds me almost meeting myself coming and going, but oh! how I love and enjoy it. I just tip my hat, smile, and say,"Carry on my Dear!"
I am trying to take the time to realize how much God is involved in my goings on each day,and to always take the time to say, "Thank You Lord, I Love You".  We as parents and grandparents love to hear the words, "Thank You"," I Love You." I imagine our Heavenly Father does too!
Be Blessed today,
hugs, 
Sue

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~Pajama Cowboy~

Written by Sue, Friday, May 23, 2014,                         Showers, temps. 90's
Per our usual routine first thing in the morning, we have coffee and devotions sitting on our porch, so what was different about yesterday? I was the first out  and what did I see, a big pile of dung on the front lawn, actually there were four big piles that weren't there last evening.

 OOPS! Someone must have left the gate open last night. When Pajama Cowboy, saw the pile, he immediately jumped on his ATV with ever faithful, Lucy, following closely behind and off they went, round and round, chasing the horses. What did Sue do, grab her camera of course, we bloggers have a job too you know, our cameras always near by! Grin~

 Folks! this is what freedom looks like!!!


 Na Na Boo Boo catch me if you can!!!

 This went on for about twenty minutes. Finally Pajama Cowboy got off the ATV opened the gate, and walked them through.
You should have seen the look Rusty gave  PJ Cowboy, it was like he was saying, "That's what you get for leaving the gate open, just wait until next time, it won't be so easy!""HE! HEEEE"
 Now the sheep on the other hand were begging to leave their small pasture to get into the main pasture, go figure. It just goes to show that most creatures, animal and humans alike think "the grass is always greener on the other side!" ~smile~ There is never a dull moment on a farm when you have animals!

 Lots of thinks going on here at the farm, but first there is a wedding we must attend this weekend!! We are so happy for this young couple.
 Until next time.

Wishing you a most blessed,and safe Memorial Day weekend., as we remember those who gave, and continue to give  their all that we might enjoy the freedoms we have!
Sue
Personal note... To all of those who visited me at Vee's Note Card Party, I say "Thank you so much."

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~Notecards for May~

Written by Sue, Tuesday, May 20, 2014                A beautiful day, sunny and warm 70's

I call this month's note cards....
~God's little Creatures, Designed and Created by Him~

~I am praying for you~

 ~If I can do it, so can you~


~Congratulations I knew you could do it.~


Hang on, things will soon change

~My note card box top~

I don't think I did this post justice, my only excuse is, I am so busy here at the farm, but I could not let the day go by without joining one of my favorite friend's party, and the  hostess with the mostess. Thank you Vee for hosting. I will be by this evening to visit all of the guests, as we are working on a major work project today. 
Blessings, 
Sue
Please join us at A Haven for Vee, and share photos that you think would make great notecards.

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Would you like to know how to....?

Written by Sue, Wednesday, May 14, 2014       Sunny, very hot and humid, 90's, 

Though I have been sweating up a storm,(old southern saying) I won't complain about the heat and humidity, because I promised Mr P. last winter I wouldn't, no matter how hot and humid it got. ~smile~ I sure hope I will be able to keep this promise, cause a promise is a promise, I forgot to tell him my fingers were crossed. ~smile~

      ~Herb gathering, and preserving~
Has anyone bought herbs at the grocery store lately, such high prices they are charging. Do you use herbs, if so, I am here to tell you that you can grow, harvest, dry and make your own herb blends for minimum money..
You don't have to have a large space, herbs do well in containers, and in raised beds, they even like living among your flower beds.
 For some reason my herbs are producing early this year, last week, I gathered, different thyme's, oregano's, parsley, and marjoram. This week sage, and more of the same, herbs should be gathered about mid morning not early, as mid morning is when their flavors are at their peek for the day.

 Wash in cold water,handle with care and  try not to bruise the leaves as that releases some of the oils,
 Place in salad spinner, my salad spinner has become one of my best go to for veggies and herbs, makes work a lot easier and quicker, and quicker works for me, see that brown speck on the leaf it went the way of the trash can, always inspect leaves and stems.
I then place them on the counter with paper toweling underneath, feed sack towels work well too! I also picked strawberries and made more jam.
 There are several methods for drying herbs, a dehydrator is quicker, but I am told, vie the internet, this method might dry the oils to much, I used this method last summer and didn't find that to be true, however.. I have decided to try both ways this year. And then there is
 the old fashion way.  When you air dry, you don't have to keep rotating trays,  I bunched the herbs and placed a small rubber band around them, hung them on  a wooden clothes dryer in a bedroom that is dark, this bedroom has a ceiling fan which I ran on low just to keep the air circulating. 
This is what the herbs look like today, coming along so nicely, I have added a bunch of Mother's Day roses and lavender to dry. Once they are dried I will show how I store them, so stay tuned.
Not hard at all, was it.  
While out dead heading roses today I decided to bring a few inside along with more lavender to dry.I have some great ideas for using lavender, absolutely one of my favorite herbs.

Enjoy your day,
Blessings,
 Sue


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Wishing you a most Blessed and Happy Mother's Day

Written by Sue, Sunday, May 11, 2014            warm, sunny, temps. high 80's

~My Mother's Hands~

Several years ago as I was sitting by my mother, I just happened to glance at her hands, there they were all proper and prim so well manicured, with shinning gold and diamonds rings.I also noticed that at age 80 her veins were more prominent as her skin was thinning and I could see a few age spots too! I remember thinking of how beautiful her hands were, I also thought of all the things those loving hands had done for me over the years....

Mother was the first to feel my body move as she was carrying me,and one of the first to hold me, as a newborn her hands fed me, bathed me, and dressed me. When I was a child  I had very long strawberry blond hair, most days she french braided my hair, and  at night she would unwind my hair and brush it. Many times, when I was sick those precious hands would touch my forehead to see if I had a fever, while praying over me and she would administer medicine as well as taking care of my cuts and bruises.

Those hands washed my clothes using a wringer washing machine as well as using a scrub board. Those hands have made many meals for me, So many times I can remember sitting beside her and her hand would rub my shoulder or she would reach for my hand. 

In high school I wanted to enter our school's annual beauty pageant, we didn't have a lot of monies back then, as military personal weren't well paid, so no money for a gown, while in Korea my dad brought back some beautiful brocade material and I can remember coming home from school one day and seeing this beautiful green brocade material laid out on the floor, my mother was kneeling and  cutting out my evening gown, it turned out so beautiful, I still have that gown somewhere in a trunk.

Many times  I have seen those hands thumbing the pages of her Bible and have walked by her closed bedroom door hearing her pray. She has always walked the talk!
As a young bride my mother's hands helped me with getting my first home established, and as a new mother, who knew absolutely nothing about taking are of a baby, those same hands taught me how to care for my baby while she was holding him.

She has been my food preservation buddy for many years, and still is.

Many times in my life those loving hands have held me while I cried until I could cry no more, all the while I was crying those hands were patting me on the back, as she was softly praying in such a gentle way, that at times I thought it was the hand of the Lord comforting me, actually those were His hands. Even at my age she can call and just by the sound of my voice know all is not right, she then will ask"what's wrong?" I might say, "nothing", she says "that's not true, I now something is not right." And so on it goes until I fess up!

I am so blessed to have my mother still with me, Lord willing, I will see her today, and once again I will look at those beautiful hands,and remember all that she has done for me, and give "Thanks".  She also has such a special fragrance about her, and a smile that lights up a room, I truly believe it is the fragrance of the Lord, I will always remember her scent,and her smile!
Dear Friends I know that as we celebrate our Mothers today there will be a void in some of your hearts, I will be thinking of you and praying for you.
Wishing you a most blessed and Happy Mother's Day,
Sue
Proverbs 31:29~ "Many women do noble things but you surpass them all."
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The farmer and his friends
Thank you so much for coming by, please come and visit anytime.

~Welcome home~

This blog is dedicated to my dear family who live many miles away, and to you dear ladies , who have a heart for keeping the home fires burning. You, who love and cherish your family, and have a desire to create a home that says "Welcome, you are loved and cared for."

My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.

Sue~

The phrase "There's no place like home", is so true.

No matter where I go, I always love turning the key and hearing that clicking sound in the lock of our back door . Even if I have only gone shopping, I am so happy to be home.

Did you know that every home has its own scent, the first thing I do is sniff the air, and I offer a quiet prayer of thankfulness, and for safety.

My decorating style is my own, I decorate with the colors and treasures that are me. One of the things that I have enjoyed about blogging is the difference in how we all view the world, and our homes. Just like our Creator made each of us to be unique, we create our own unique styles and colors in our own homes. I have learned so much from you and enjoyed your homes so much, and have learned so much about you from your homes...

I truly believe that God wants us to have a safe haven to come home too, a place we can claim as our own,... just like us, homes come in all shapes and sizes if love is there it is our home.., if our things are there it is our home. When we add our own personal touches, it is our home

Home is a place we can go to when the storms of life are raging. I often listen to the wind and rain when it is coming down hard and am reminded of the safety of our sheltering home. It is the one place that we control what and who comes in, (well,most of the time. lol)

Sometimes late at night, when I am unable to sleep I will get up and as I am walking across the room, I hear the floor creek beneath my feet, I go, sit, and listen to other sounds that my home makes, a pop here and there in the wall, it is like the wall is talking to me. A home not only has its own scent, but it also has its own sound. I truly believe that a home takes on its own personality, US!!

So why this blog?....
I wanted a place that I could come, talk about, and share of how my day was spent here at the "farmhouse", and about the things that I do to make it a "home". Making a house a home is a lifetime endever, and I might add a joy, as our lives are always changing.

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