Summer Reading – Day 4

Hey! Happy First Day of Summer! I have been keeping up with my summer reading of Psalms. I was thrilled to hear Jordan was doing it too. When the kids were younger we would read through different parts of the Bible or do devotionals or scripture memorization together, but now we just do our own thing. It is fun to share with Jordan what we both have read. We are both reading My Utmost For His Highest, which I highly recommend too. It’s so funny how your relationship changes with your kids as they get older. It is so great how we can discuss what we’ve read and she has so much to share- I love to hear what she has to say because she is teaching me things. Wow! So cool!

Today I read Psalm 17 – 20, it was hard to not share everything I read. I love reading Psalms!

Psalm 18:1-3, “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to The Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”

Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Have a great day!

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Zucchini Bread French Toast

We must be doing a lot of baking if we have a whole loaf of leftover zucchini bread. Because of the surplus, we decided to experiment a bit. Using our standard French Toast recipe, we substituted zucchini bread in the place of Texas Toast- not the most successful experiment.

When I’m trying to be creative in the kitchen, and deviating from the norm in the process, there are some groans about “Mom experimenting again.”

I thought it was a good idea- I mean Denny’s has Cinnamon Roll French Toast, how could homemade Zucchini Bread French Toast go wrong?? Apparently it can, cause even the dogs were hesitant.

_DSC0038Since there’s some extra room on this post, I had to include a little something about my new kitchen sign.

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Isn’t it awesome? Our little town has an annual street fair, and I happened upon the JunkArtGypsyz’s booth, and fell in love with their signs.  I just had to have an “EAT” sign for my kitchen. And then, of course, I had to make it a special order, removing the vintage lights. Luckily, they were very helpful, and were happy to oblige. A short time later, my special-order “EAT” sign was hanging on the wall in our kitchen.

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Summer Reading – Day 1

Today I started my own summer reading program. As much as I love summer, I sometimes have a hard time when I’m not running 16 different directions, trying to keep up with with sports, homeschool activities, Biblestudies, and all the other fun stuff that goes on during the school year. But seriously, after a busy home school year you would think I would be thrilled for the break – and I am, but I am such a control freak that when I have free time I don’t know what to do with myself. If I actually just relax, I feel guilty. Weird, huh? So besides the regular summer activities such as beach days and bbq’s, and the summer projects such as cleaning out the school cabinets and closets, I have decided to start a summer reading program.

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Today was my first day. I plan to read through the Psalms this summer. Not a huge stretch, I know. There are 150 Psalms and like 90 more days of summer, but this gives me focus and for me that is good. Today I read Psalms 1 – 5. Piece of cake, but so encouraging- you should join me.

Psalm 3:3-4 says, “But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To The Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.”

Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Have a great day!

The Treat of the Month: June

(In case you missed it, here’s the back story, and May’s Treat of the Month)

Out of all of our friends, Danae is, by far, the most excited about zucchini season. She adores our grilled veggies. Seriously, I’ve never known someone to like vegetables that much. Considering the amount of meals she eats at our house, you would think that by mid-summer she’d get tired of them like the rest of us do, but somehow she’s always excited to hear that grilled veggies are on the menu.

Because of this love for squash, I decided to make her a loaf of Zucchini Bread for June’s Treat of the Month. When I called to ask whether she wanted walnuts or chocolate chips (she didn’t want either), she was thrilled to hear about the upcoming delivery. Here’s the link to the original Zucchini Nut Bread recipe, except I obviously left out the walnuts.

All ready to deliver…

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Jordan

Garden Update – The Farm Stand is Open

Well, it’s official! We opened our farm stand yesterday. I know, you didn’t see it in the paper or anything, right? Let me explain how the farm stand started. Several years ago we put in a MASSIVE garden, I’m not exaggerating – it was huge. We had such a bountiful harvest that we just couldn’t keep up, we were handing out bags and bags of stuff, freezing, eating until we couldn’t stand the sight of all the veggies. So the kids set up a table at the top of our property and started selling the fruits of our efforts to strangers.
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It was so successful that the kids each paid for their own water-park membership. The next year we borrowed an amazing farm-stand from our neighbors that was self-serve. I use the word borrowed loosely- we’ve now kept their farm-stand for the last four years, so really we stole it. So back to our awesome new business. People would drive up, pick out the veggies they wanted, and drop the money into the money can. It was always so exciting to go up and empty the money can and count up the dough. We then write it on a piece of paper to tally up how much we make. It’s all very exciting. So we opened our stand with much fanfare and made $5.25 yesterday! Sometimes we sell our eggs or even bake bread to sell. It’s really fun and people start coming by to see what else we have available. Sometimes we get notes stuck in our money can telling us how much they love our veggies. So fun!

When walking around the garden the other day I noticed a lot of insect activity. Since we don’t use pesticides – we share with the bugs. Such a drag. We also share with the peacocks at times, that’s how it is in the country. Here you can see where the snails have started eating the beautiful purple beans that I have been waiting anxiously for. Errrrrrg!
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So back to the garden, our grapes are going crazy and look beautiful.

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Also the cucumbers, tomatoes and onions are coming along great. We also have some hot peppers that are looking like they will be great for salsa along with the cilantro that is thriving.

Yesterday I made an amazing vegetable lasagna using zucchini and yellow squash. Watch for a post about that soon. So yummy!

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^^just a teaser- more to come!

I’m off to the garden.

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