Sunday, March 30, 2014

Simple Sunday Blessings - The Walnut Acre Daily - Sunday March 30, 2014

WORDS TO LIVE BY

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11


OUT AND ABOUT


Most of our day we've been out and about. This morning we were at church. Sunday School was good as usual with lots of discussion. Our topic this morning was the importance of being a welcoming church and making sure that those who enter for the first time feel like they are seen and cared about.   After Sunday School the rest of my family went to the infant and toddler nursery to watch kids. After worship and choir I went down to help. 

After church we went to my Dad and sister's house for lunch and stayed the rest of the day. We had a very good afternoon together.




IN THE KITCHEN

We had a delicious lunch of deer roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, garlic bread, angel food cake, and peaches and coffee (of course).My sister and niece made most of it, I only provided the bread.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time With Friends, Roasted Turnip Wedges and Smoothies - The Walnut Acre Daily: Saturday March 29, 2014

WORDS TO LIVE BY

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. ~ 2  Corinthians 5:21

WORKING, LEARNING AND PLAYING TOGETHER

We had a good day today. Austin's friend was here for the day and his mother, Jennifer, who is a good friend of mine, came over for the afternoon and evening. We spent the afternoon talking, laughing, spending time with the kids (she also brought her two younger daughters) and working on our blogs. The kids had fun playing games on the computer.







The kids also enjoyed having Doug help them with the train set. Doug used to play with this train set when he was a kid. 

It was too rainy to be outside today so Doug and Micheal also spent some time working/playing in the garage this afternoon. 

Michael did have a rough time settling down for bed this evening, after having a wonderful time today. But we've had a few good nights that I am grateful for.

OUT AND ABOUT

This morning Doug, Michael, and I went grocery shopping. Micheal loves to help get groceries. 


After we got home and unloaded and put away groceries, Micheal and Doug took trash to the landfill. 


IN THE KITCHEN


A friend (the same friend who was here for the afternoon) gave me a NutriBullet recently and I have to really enjoyed it. Now there are two things I don't want to do without in the morning - a big smoothie and my coffee. I love knowing I have a good start on my fruit and veggie needs for the day. This morning I made a smoothie with a handful of kale leaves, a carrot, a stalk of celery, half of an avocado, a banana, some frozen strawberries, milk to fill in the spaces, a large spoonful of yogurt, and one tablespoon of flax
seed.



This evening for dinner I made baked chicken and roasted turnip wedges, and I also gave the kids applesauce. I've made turnip wedges before and Doug and I enjoy them although the kids aren't all that thrilled with them. 


Roasted Turnip Wedges


4 turnips, cut into wedges 
vegetable oil
salt
pepper
tumeric
garlic powder

Place turnip wedges on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Brush lightly with vegetable oil. Sprinkle on seasoning to taste. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 - 50 minutes. Enjoy.


FURRY, FEATHERED AND FOUR FOOTED FRIENDS

Amanda was sad today because the little guinea pig we had gotten as a friend for Little Red died. He seemed to doing just fine and then suddenly I found him laying on his side in the cage unable to move and soon after he died. I don't know yet if we'll get another one or not. Little Red did seem to enjoy having another guinea pig and Amanda would also enjoy having another one around.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT






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Friday, March 28, 2014

Garden Beginnings, Small Group and More - The Walnut Acre Daily: Friday, March 28, 2013

WORDS TO LIVE BY

My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. ~ Psalm 62:7 

WORKING, LEARNING AND PLAYING TOGETHER

This morning we went (as usual) to my sister's for a combined learning time. We did some worksheets and played some games. Amanda went along and helped with the younger children.







Austin has a friend over this evening and I can hear them in Austin's room now, playing games, talking and watching videos. 


IN THE KITCHEN


 Today for breakfast and lunch we had whatever random things we wanted - soup, crackers, oranges, applesauce, juice, eggs, cereal, etc. For dinner this evening I fixed a big kettle of cabbage, sausage and onions, another kettle of pasta with seasonings and also heated a can of baked beans. This is one of Doug's favorite meals.


YARD AND GARDEN

I am so excited that a lot of the seeds I planted in flats are growing so well. There are lots of tomato plants -three different varieties. Also cantalope, eggplants, and peppers. The peppers aren't growing much yet but I think I see a few peeking through.




There are also lots of seeds planted in the garden - lettuce, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, broccoli, onions, and beets, and okra. So far though, I haven't seen any little green plants poking through the ground. It's been cold, wet, and snowy since I planted them though.


FURRY, FEATHERED AND FOUR FOOTED FRIENDS

Our chickens are doing well but not laying many eggs right now. We have nine hens and are hoping to start getting lots of eggs again soon. 

OUT AND ABOUT

This afternoon was Amanda's afternoon to go to the SPCA. She took two dogs out to play. The first one was Lia. She's a sweet dog and Amanda really enjoyed her time with her.



The second was a pit bull/terrier named Jenny. She had a lot of energy and a lot of personality.



Before we leave Amanda likes to give each dog a treat. 



Tonight was small group night for Doug and I. It has been a wonderful experience to be in a small group again. We are six weeks into an eight week study called Don't Just Go to Church, Be the Church. This study was written by six different members of our church. It has been so nice to share thoughts and laughter and to learn from each other. Tonight was no different. We talked, laughed, dis cussed, prayed, ate, and enjoyed being together. There were three gone tonight and we missed them. But the remaining seven of us had a wonderful evening. 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Grace is not a teaching. It is not a doctrine. It is not a topic in Bible school curricula. Grace is a person and His name is Jesus. ~ Joseph Prince

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Eve Fun - The Walnut Acre Daily: Wednesday January 1, 2013

WORDS TO LIVE BY

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33

WORKING, LEARNING AND PLAYING TOGETHER


Yesterday we went to Covington to spend the day with Doug's side of the family. His parents were gone over Christmas so this was our holiday gathering. We had a wonderful time as usual. 

I took some pictures of the scenery on the way down.



Doug's mother made us a delicious lunch. Austin's always likes her green bean casserole. After everyone had their fill and some casserole was put back for Doug's brother Kevin, who had to work, they just gave him the serving bowl and told him to finish it up.





After lunch we exchanged gifts and also took a lot of pictures. Doug and the kids rode four wheeler too, but it was cold outside and I didn't brave it out to take pictures. Kevin was able to be there after work as well. 




We got home around 6:30. I made us a light dinner and then we went over to my dad's house for the rest of the evening. My sister made oyster soup and we ate again. The kids played and watched movies while we waited for the New Year to come in. 





Today I worked on housecleaning all day - after I slept in this morning. I feel like I really accomplished something today - especially in the kitchen and living room. I cleared out the holiday clutter and got ready for a new start. 

TODAY'S QUOTE

Philosophy is nothing more than common sense in a dress suit. ~ Author Unknown




Monday, December 30, 2013

Ham Gravy on Toast and More:The Walnut Acre Daily - Monday December 30, 2013

WORDS TO LIVE BY

And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. ~ Leviticus 26:12

WORKING, LEARNING AND PLAYING TOGETHER


Today we started working through the ABC Jesus Loves Me Preschool curriculum. While I'm not using it exactly as it's layed out on their site I am using it as a guideline. We will be doing this several mornings a week, the mornings we do schoolwork at my sister's place with the children there. This morning was one of those mornings. 

In the afternoons Michael will be doing his own curriculum and then we will supplement with other activities if there is time. This helps to keep the things he has already learned firmly in his mind by reviewing them with the younger kids in the morning while introducing new concepts in the afternoons.








We started with Jesus Walks on Water coloring sheet and story as suggested in week 1 of the lesson plan. 

We reviewed the letter Tt with a coloring page and capital and small letters cut from construction paper and glued to the backs of their coloring page. We reviewed the number 1 - gluing a paper number to a sheet of construction paper and then adding one paper shape to the worksheet as well. 


We made pictures with shapes cut from construction paper and talked about the colors and shapes we were using. 




We watched Pete the Cat - I Love My White Shoes



and colored a coloring page to go with the story.

After all our activities we had story time. A lot of the books we read reinforced concepts we had talked about earlier in the morning. 

Michael wanted to stay and play with his cousin when we were finished with his activities, so I let him stay until after lunch. I came home and read with Austin and Amanda while the younger kids did quiet activities like puzzles, flannel playsets, or played quietly in the playroom. Austin and Amanda have been on a lighter school schedule during the holidays. Today they both did Science and English and Amanda practiced the drums. 

This afternoon, after Michael did his lessons we played games. The kids chose to play Word Memory, Uno, Dominoes and Number Matching.




Books and Games We Enjoyed Today




   


After Doug got home from work today he spent most of the evening trying to find a part for a log splitter that he's working on for a friend from church. 

Besides his schoolwork Austin cleaned the kitchen after lunch and dinner, cleaned the upstairs bathroom, took care of the outside dog and the chickens both morning and evening,walked the dog, washed the kitchen floor, swept the porches, fed and played with the baby, and a few other odd jobs. During his free time he played games on his computer and his tablet.

Amanda did her schoolwork, made lunch, made a batch of cornmeal mush for tomorrow morning,  cleaned her room, made lunch, worked on laundry, did the evening cleaning in the living room, playroom, mud room and downstairs bathroom, cleaned the guinea pig cage, and dusted the living room. In her free time she watched movies on her computer.


IN THE KITCHEN

This morning I made ham gravy on toast for breakfast. We also had bananas and apple juice. 

Ham Gravy on Toast

2 packages ham
3 tablespoons margarine
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup beef broth, ham broth or water
3 1/2 cups milk
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt to taste

Melt margarine in large pan over medium heat. Stir in chopped ham and allow to brown slightly. Add flour to margarine and ham, mix well. Slowly add water or broth, stirring constantly. Add milk one cup at a time, stirring constantly. Allow each addition to thicken before adding next cup of milk. Add seasonings.

Serve over toast or biscuits. 


Amanda made hamburger helper for lunch and we also had applesauce. I had asked her to fix some corn as well but she forgot until it was time to serve lunch so we decided not to worry about it and just eat. There was plenty of what we had. Amanda does very well with making lunch the mornings I am busy with the younger kids and I really appreciate her help. 


This evening we had baked chicken left over from lunch yesterday, baked sweet potatoes, peas and bread. 


FURRY, FEATHERED AND FOUR FOOTED FRIENDS

Mykalin had my camera this afternoon and I found these pictures of Amanda's cat, Sheena, when she gave it back. She's a spoiled rotten cat and we love her even though she sometimes makes us shake our heads in confusion. She regular falls asleep on the window sill and then falls off with crash that makes us all jump. Other times we find her asleep with her head in her food bowl. 


READING AROUND THE WEB


TODAY'S QUOTE


The heart never becomes wrinkled. ~ Marie de Rabutin-Chantal


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