Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Free Children's Book!

For the next 3 days, Old Grizzle Back will be free on amazon.com!  If you are interested in having a great read aloud book for your family, this is your chance. I am offering as many free books as I can give away during the next three days. Remember the kindle app is also free from Amazon to add to your smart phone or your computer!

Old Grizzle Back is also a good chapter book for children ages 7-12.  The  high adventure and Christian values set forth in this series help reluctant readers to grow in their interest of reading.

In rural Oklahoma during the 1930’s, two boys live out their adventures in the woods and fields of a small community. Jeb and Skeeter are best friends who despite their differences are inseparable. Faith, family, love, and high adventure together create the cornerstone of this heartwarming series.
The first adventure takes Jeb and Skeeter to Harley’s pond. It is the greatest pond in the entire county. The famous pond has the biggest fish, coldest water, and the meanest dog protecting it from any would be visitors. On a hot summer day, Jeb and Skeeter are lured to the pond despite the threat of a mean dog and against Momma’s warnings.
Jeb soon finds himself as the old dog’s enemy. The danger is great, but Jeb’s courage is even greater.

Don't miss out on this chance for adventure!

Blessings to each of you today

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Little School on the Prairie!


Forgive me, forgive me, forgive me please! There is too much to tell at this moment but I will tell you that I have not been sitting idle for the past 2 years. Life has changed on the farm. It is not the same place.

Although we still care for the animals and grow a garden, the prairie woman (me!) is no longer creating recipes from the 1800's and making Victorian teas. Life on the farm has become an extremely busy place with children everywhere!

God called us 2 years ago this month to begin a Christian school in our home. This is the reason I have disappeared from view. Everything we have belongs to God. The school was His plan. I, on the other hand, was almost through homeschooling the last of our six children and planning for a break from teaching. How quickly things changed!

The telephone rang and it was a young mother from church who asked if I would homeschool her daughter. I was completely surprised and didn't know quite what to say. But, within, days I knew that God was preparing our family for a new mission. We began last year with 6 students and ended the year with 9. This past year we ended the year with 15 students. This coming fall we have 20 children who want to come to the farm homeschool and we will be moving out of our house and into a new building.

What can I say except that God is amazing!

But, wait! there is more. I have begun to publish the books which I have been writing for many years. I first wrote the books for my children and for the students which I taught in Christian schools for over 25 years. Today these books are being cherished by a new group of children because they are filled with adventure and encourage children to grown in the Lord while still being entertained.  I think we can all see that today's families could use these types of books for their children. I am selling these chapter books at the lowest price in order than any child can afford them. At this time there is one book on Amazon Kindle, and more are soon to follow.

Right now anyone can receive a free sample of the book (the first two chapters) downloaded onto their kindle or on their kindle app on a smart phone. The app is also free from Amazon.com. Follow this link to read about the app.  I hope you enjoy reading about life and adventure from the eyes of two young boys!

I hope to have caught you up on life at this very busy farm!

God bless you all my friends.
Here is our new playground equipment. You will see that is it sitting right in front of our red barn. The three big kids are mine and the little ones go to school on the farm. God is so good!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Everlasting Yeast from Grandmother's Pantry

Here is a recipe we found in our 1890 cookbook and felt it might be important to pass along to everyone. You may never have need of this little recipe but in the event you do it could certainly come in handy.

Boil 4 medium size potatoes and run through a fruit press (ricer). Add enough potato water to make 2/3 of a quart. Mix in 4 tablespoons of sugar. Set in a warm place until it ferments and bubbles form on top. Use 1 cup each time you bake. Replenish the yeast by adding potato water and sugar as needed. Store in a tight glass jar in a cool place after fermentation. Use this yeast when making light breads. (circa 1890)
This yeast will not have the same effect as modern yeast but it will make bread rise and it will have a nice flavor.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Time to Remember

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Today I told the true story of Squanto to the children at church.
They were captivated by this story.
If you are looking for a story of the pilgrims and how God allowed them to survive and thrive in this new land, then possibly, this could be the story for you to share with your children this Thanksgiving.
God bless you all!

Friday, November 1, 2013

DIY Fire Starters!

Whether we are camping or starting a fire in our fireplace, we always like to have something to help start the fire quickly.
In grandmother's day, she would have kept a small jar of full of rag strips near her stove.
On these strips she would pour a little oil and kerosene.
When she wanted to start a fire she would wrap one of these strips around a small stick and light it.  Today the kerosene in the house is a bit to flammable for us. 
So, here is our version of homemade fire starters! 

Normally we purchase a case of fire starters from the hardware store but this can be costly and often times these "fire starters" are hard to light and we need to use more than one to get the fire started.

After a few experiments I came up with the following, and the great thing is everything was recycled from a stack of junk mail and a few cereal boxes.

These starters did not cost me anything and took about 15 minutes to create!

I began by cutting up a few old catalogues and a couple of empty cereal boxes.

First I put the small pieces of cereal boxes in my large muffin tin,
 then I covered them with the shreds of paper from the catalogues.

Next I cut the last bits of some old candles that had seen better days.

I placed a chunk of wax in each cup of my muffin tin
and placed the whole thing in the oven until the wax melted.
The oven was set at 350 degrees.

Melting extra wax on the stove top to add to the muffin cups.

Here you can see me using a measuring cup to press the paper down into the wax
to make a firm paper and wax "cake."

It took only a few minutes for the wax in the oven to melt over the paper shreds. Just to make sure I had enough wax in the cups to hold everything together I added the extra wax that I had melted on the stove top.

I sat the muffin tin outside for a few minutes until everything was cold and hard. 


They work great.

Everyone in my family was amazed by how quickly they were to make
and how quickly the fire started when we lit one.

The total time to make the fire starters was about 15 minutes or less.

Mmmmmm nothing like a warm fire on a cold night!