Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Black Beans and Rice, A Cute Bunny, A Grumpy Rooster and More - The Walnut Acre Daily Tuesday August 6, 2013


All Your words are true, all Your righteous laws are eternal. ~ Psalm 119:160


This is Amanda vacuuming her hair!

 Why is Amanda vacuuming her hair? 

Because she poured glitter in it. 

Why did she pour glitter in her hair? 

Your guess is as good as mine. 

Doug worked on installing red lights on his truck for when he runs emergency calls with the rescue squad. Once again, he had plenty of help and supervision. 


Blacks Beans and Rice - it's what was for lunch. I've made several different variations of this recipe, tweaking it until I have it the way I like it. It's one of my very favorite meals - and it is pretty much a whole meal by itself. Here's how I made it today.

Black Beans and Rice

3 15.25 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 lb ground meat (today I used ground chicken, but ground beef, turkey, or sausage works as well) 
1 onion, chopped
1 pepper, chopped (today I used a yellow pepper, but any pepper is fine)
2 cups frozen corn
3 cups water
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon  ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
3 cups grated cheddar cheese

Cooked rice

In large saucepan or skillet saute peppers and onions and brown ground meat. Add black beans, water, seasonings and corn and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Turn off heat and add cheese, stirring until melted. 

Serve over cooked rice.


We have a little bunny that likes to come hop around in my poor neglected garden and in the yard. It will even act like it's teasing our grumpy white rooster, hopping toward the rooster until the rooster looks at it and puffs up and then hopping off again until the rooster settles back down. Then it will start the process all over again. It's so fun to watch.

Michael saw the bunny and decided to go down and see if he could touch it. I didn't think he had a chance but when he got to the bunny it actually started hopping toward him. However, the rooster (below on the left) had just had enough excitement and decided to take his frustration out on Michael. I don't know if I've seen Doug move as fast as he did running after that rooster and chasing it away from Michael! I think the rooster learned his lesson.  However, the bunny was scared off too and we haven't seen it again today. 

Austin's like the Pied Piper of the chickens when he goes out to feed them. They come running from all over the yard to follow him to the feed pan. 


God tells us 150 times in the Bible to "fear not." He wants us to move from fear into faith. There is an open Kingdom of God sitting above us waiting to be poured out over us if we will simply open our lives in faith for Him to pour into. It is out of a perspective of fear that we make decisions that are contrary to the will of God. Sometimes the decisions we make when we move out of fear and into faith will look strange to others but we can rest in the assurance that when we are moving in faith in His leading we know that we are headed the right way. And faith gives birth to more faith so with each step we take our faith increases. 

So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,  and all these things will be given to you as well.  ~ Matthew 6:33

~ notes and thoughts from sermon preached by David Chappell 8/04/13




  1. Hi Rose! Thank you for visiting my blog today, I love meeting new bloggers.

    I LOVE the conversation at the beginning of your post. It made me smile, and that is a precious thing. Loving your chickens (including the kids!) and reminding myself not to fear today.

    I am your newest follower :)

  2. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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  3. Loved this post - you do have to watch out for roosters! Vacuuming her hair to get out the glitter - clever! Miss my children being around to have fun family time together - LOVE black beans - this recipe sounds marvelous! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  4. That vacuuming the hair just cracked me up. Love the pictures of the chickens. Thanks for sharing!

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