Be Complete

September 19th, 2015

Jordan River rapids


All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for restoration and for training in righteousness, so that the person belonging to God may be capable, fully equipped for every good deed.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Wartime Cooking

September 16th, 2015



While cleaning out a drawer a couple days ago I found some notes that I as a new bride had copied from a library book. The book was Thrifty Cooking for Wartime by Alice B. Winn-Smith. I thought I would share them with you. Today I’ll share what I wrote down about almond flavoring and bread.

First the almond flavoring

Save peach, plum and apricot pits; when they are dry enough to handle, crack the pits and save the meats by spreading them in a warm place to dry. Pound to a pulp or grind in a food chopper. Keep any unused in a tightly covered container in a dry warm place.

Now the bread

It should be kept in a dry, almost airtight container in a warm, dry place. Quick cooling prevents mold. If bread shows the least sign of mold, cut in slices and spread to dry in a warm place. If you have a slow oven for baking, place thin slices in a shallow baking pan and when they are thoroughly dry and crisp use them for melba toast.

Try sprinkling leftover toast with a little grated cheese; place under broiler until cheese is melted; cut into strips and serve with salad and fruit dessert.

Separate the sweet and plain dried breads. When thoroughly dry, run them through the food chopper or roll them into fine crumbs. Store in dry containers in a warm dry place. Cover tops with cheesecloth tied down tightly. Do not seal too tightly, or they will become rancid. Use the sweeter crumbs for puddings, etc.

Bet your mother never passed along these tips, but maybe some grandmothers remembers these kinds of things happening in kitchens during WWII. This book was published in 1942. Next week I’ll share some more interesting things from this book.

A Flounder Is a Flounder

September 14th, 2015


See that picture up there? That man is holding a flounder. There are so many authors, journalists and especially bloggers who don’t have a clue. I would presume that the word floundering means fishing for flounder. Logical, right? That’s what always pops into my head when I see that word.

Then why are so many people fishing in all kinds of situations? I think they would more likely be foundering. This is why I think writers need to know what they are talking about. They really should know the difference between a noun and a verb.

Merriam-Webster says:

Definition of FLOUNDER
noun floun·der \?flau?n-d?r\

: a type of fish that has a flat body and that is eaten as food

plural flounder or flounders

Full Definition of FLOUNDER
:  flatfish; especially :  a marine fish of either of two families (Pleuronectidae and Bothidae) that include important food fishes

noun found·er \?fau?n-d?r\

Definition of FOUNDER
:  one that founds or establishes
: to experience failure : to be unsuccessful
of a boat or ship : to fill with water and sink

Full Definition of FOUNDER

intransitive verb

1:  to become disabled; especially :  to go lame
2:  to give way :  collapse
3:  to become submerged :  sink
4:  to come to grief :  fail

transitive verb

:  to disable (an animal) especially by excessive feeding

So, now are you going to founder or be a flounder?


National Sewing Month

September 13th, 2015

My Pfaff

It seems that I haven’t been making any seams. I moved to a smaller place on the island, and have just flat out been busy unpacking boxes rather than doing any sewing. Oops! Just remembered that I did some mending on a couple of Consumer Man’s scrubs. Almost forgot that since it’s been awhile. In fact it’s been so long that I now have another set of his scrubs reclining across the top of my sewing machine. I guess that’s a hint.

Since September is National Sewing Month, I guess it’s a good time to rev up my machine and get back into action. Yes, you just heard a big sigh. I’m going to have to start with mending.

It’s so much more fun to start from scratch and make something new. Except for the cutting out part. I always do better if I make myself cut out several projects at once since I really don’t much care for that part of sewing. Do any of you all have that same dislike? Or do you have a different part of the process that bugs you?

Avoid Them

September 12th, 2015


But understand this, that in the last days hard times will come – for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, hardhearted, unforgiving, backbiting, without self-control, brutal, hating what is good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to an outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Amish Values for Your Family

September 12th, 2015

Amish Values for Your Family


By Suzanne Woods Fisher

Award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher inspires readers to slow down and understand the values that help build a strong family in Amish Values for Your Family. Studies are finding some alarming trends in the daily life of modern families -family time is a vanishing commodity. Compared to thirty years ago, today’s parents spend 40% less time with their children. This decline coincides with the rise in internet use, the popularity with social networks, and the swell of children’s organized sports and activities. What is competing for your family time? Who is winning?

The Amish have maintained one of the strongest and most stable family systems in America. Harvard School of Medicine recently found that Amish people have a lower rate of heart disease than do average Americans as well as lower rates of cancer. Could their simple way of life, hard work, and value of family contribute to a healthier way of life? And, if so, how is it possible to incorporate some principles of the Amish into a modern family without “goin’ Amish?”

In Amish Values for Your Family, Fisher shows how you can adopt the wisdom of the Amish when it comes to family matters. In this inspiring and practical book, readers will find true stories interlaced with solid, biblical advice about parenting, marriage, and all aspects of family life – without selling your car, changing your wardrobe, or moving to the Amish countryside. Readers will learn to prioritize what’s truly important, simplify decision-making, slow down as a family, safeguard time together, and letting go when the time comes


I’ve been drawn to the simple life of the Amish for a long time now. Even though I’m not going to become Amish, I still feel a deep connection.

We can learn so much from Amish values. I’m grateful for this book which both rounds up the values and teaches us how to apply them to our non-Amish lives.

The “Read, Read, Read” chapter stood out for me as I (as well as the rest of my family) love to read.

I think that we as a family need to direct our children away from the overpowering distraction of technology. We need to focus more on the wonders of our world, as well as it’s Creator.

The first section reminds us that Amish children are loved but not adored. Now doesn’t that bring things into proper perspective?

Two more things about this book that I appreciate are the sections that tell us how to “get there from here” and the Amish proverbs. There are so many that spoke to me, but I will only leave you with one. You’ll have to get your own book to read the rest.

Keeping a neat house is like threading beads on a string with no knot on it.

***A special thank you to the author for providing a review copy***


Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, and Anna’s Crossing, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Benedict eventually became publisher of Christianity Today magazine. She lives in California. To learn more about Suzanne visit her at

While there you can download a free Amish Wisdom app.

Never Forget

September 11th, 2015

September 11, 2001

Happy Birthday, Anne Marie

September 7th, 2015

Happy Birthday to my Labor Day baby!

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 My daughter was a Labor Day baby.  Of course, she’s no longer a baby.  She’s a beautiful young woman.  But the memories of that much awaited daughter are still strong.  Her birth wasn’t expected for another two weeks or more.  Her older brother was two weeks late, so I wasn’t prepared for this child to be born yet.

Do you not think it a bit presumptuous for a doctor to go out of town over Labor Day when he has an expectant mother so close to delivering?  That’s just asking for it.  It took most of the day, but I had my daughter.  I wanted a daughter so much that I refused to hope even a little.  I wouldn’t even look at little girl clothes.  Everything that I purchased was gender neutral.  But I made up for it later.

The joy of a new mother is one of God’s miracles.  I was overwhelmed with joy when I was blessed with this beautiful baby girl.  Anne Marie, I’m glad that you were that little Labor Day baby.  I love you very much.

First posted September 7th, 2009.

The Mistress of Tall Acre

September 1st, 2015

The Mistress of Tall Acre

By Laura Frantz

There can be only one mistress of Tall Acre . . .

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz.


The war is now over, but where does that leave Sophie? Her father is a turn coat; her brother is missing and she’s hungry.

When her neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, returns he has no news of her brother. But he does have a small, motherless daughter, Lily Cate. Lily Cate and Sophie fall in love with each other. Maybe Sophie is beginning to fall a bit in love with Seamus as well.

Sophie is in danger of losing her home, and Seamus needs a mother for Lily Cate. Need I say more? A marriage of convenience ensues,and the three of them begin forming a nice little family.

That is, until another woman shows up on their doorstep and threatens to break up home and family. It’s hard to see any happy ending here.

Thank you, Ms Frantz, for keeping my hopes alive in the midst of tragedy and betrayal.

***A special thank you to Revell for providing a review copy.***


Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at

Until My Name Is Known

September 1st, 2015

Until My Name Is Known

By Sonya Contreras

The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt is a love story between God and His people. God woos His people to Himself as He prepares them to leave. Before leaving, God must fight Pharaoh for possession of His people. See how God changes all people: some for the better, others not. None stay the same. How will He change you? Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation before your eyes? Would you want Him as your Friend?

See God free His people from Egypt’s bonds before a watching world. Trace His Finger in the lives He touches. The time: 2450 BC. The Place: Old Kingdom of Egypt where Pharaoh is god. His people worship him. Israel’s God arrives. He challenges Pharaoh. His power touches all people. They must change. Some do not concede. They suffer. Others yield. They find freedom.

Until My Name Is Known brings all to see the one true God. Read it to see Him. Today’s historians and archaeologists puzzle over the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, But the world at that time heard of God. The world knew that He is the Lord. His Name was proclaimed in all the earth.


The story of Moses confronting Pharaoh and leading the Jews out of Egypt is a story most of us know. But like all historical fiction, it always teaches me something new.

This book brought my focus primarily onto Moses. How must he and his family have felt during this time. Prior to this book, I focused on Pharaoh’s hardened heart and how he allowed his people to suffer, because he refused to let the Jews leave.

In the end Pharaoh loses big time. Ms Contreras also brought insight into just how the suffering of the Egyptians might have played out. I’m looking forward to the second book of the Tell of My Kingdom’s Glory series.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***


Growing up with five sisters, Sonya Contreras asked God many questions, even when she did not like His answers. Graduating from Cedarville University and Institute for Creation Research with a Masters Degree in Science Education did not stop her questions. Marrying her best friend and homeschooling their eight sons, she found that dreams do come true, in spite of unanswered questions.

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