Tuesday, April 8, 2014

{Raising Daughters} her restoration project

A while back I shared about my daughters treasure chest she discovered at the antique shop, it's currently serving as her hope chest... however her other discovery was this old treadle sewing machine, in which she hopes to restore to a sturdy useable state.

So far we have been able to locate the serial number and model, it's an Eldredge - a National Model A, from around the late 1800's to the early 1900's - we think... again I repeat think.

She is working on it slowly. Admiring the sparkle that is emerging from under the layers of dirt and grime, curious how this machine will look when it is fully restored. Knowing it will take a lot of work and time...

Very similar to our restored state, our journey with the Heavenly Father. Image what we will look like when all of our dirt and grime is washed away in Him. I think we too, will shine...

She makes linen garments and sells them, 
and supplies sashes for the merchants.
~ Proverbs 31:24 ~

Before I go... if any of you happen to have any information you would care to share regarding this machine, please take a moment to leave a comment. I would really appreciate it...

~ Blessings!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

{Biblical Festivities} preparing for Passover

Preparing for Passover/Pesach involves many things, everything from cleaning and organizing, to menu planning and seating arrangements. Are we standing up, sitting down, or are we leaning to the left? Are we purchasing Matzah or making our own right here at home? What about the Lamb? Do we even need a Lamb? Music? Are we having any? If so what kind?

So while we are neck deep in planning mode, and eagerly awaiting the sighting of the new moon, please take a moment to peek at something my husband shared with me last Shabbat. This is something Abba led him to do for personal reflection... as he prepares his heart for Pesach.

~ Personal Reflections for Passover from Psalm 1:

  • Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. 

Reflect Questions: Am I walking with the ungodly, or participating in wickedness? Seeking counsel from those who are not walking in the ways of our Heavenly Father? Have I been mocking, a scoffer, or taken part in ridicule? Am I standing in judgment of others?

  • But his delight is the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.

Reflect Questions: Is the Word of God truly my delight? Are the commandments truly something I enjoy? Do they really bring me peace? Do I read and memorize the Word? Do I seek to apply it to my life? Does the Word really guide and keep me?

  • He shall be like the tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

Reflect Questions: Am I rooted in the true River of Life, the Messiah? Am I grounded in the Word or am I being a fence walker? Am I am yielding fruit that is full and ripe or does it rot and die for selfish reasons? Does the new growth I have die before the fruit even comes? Do I allow God's Word to fall on the infertile soil of my life? Do I allow the weeds of the world to choke out my fruit?

  • The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 

Reflect Questions: Like the unusable portions of wheat, am I allowing sin and doubt to make my walk be without purpose? Am I flexible? Able to withstand the winds? Can my life be cultivated into nourishing bread for those around me?

  • Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

Reflect Questions: Am I walking in manner that dishonors my King, in word, thought or deed? Am I am walking in manner that would put me outside the camp as a leper?

  • For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish

Reflect Questions: Does my King know my heart, mind and Spirit? Do I truly know my heart, mind and spirit? Is my life like a dirty rag? Or am I being made clean through repentance and then  re counseled back to His commandments through the blood of the Lamb?

I had asked my husband why he decided to weigh his self against Psalm 1 over any other portion of Scripture and he shared with me that it was because this is something I read over him every Shabbat, as a blessing... and as Abba brought it to his mind, he had to ask himself if this was something he was really doing. To be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only...

 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” ~ Revelation 7:17

~ Family Passover Resources for 2014:
  1. A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller - Family Read Aloud
  2. A Family Guide to the Biblical Feasts by Robin Sampson & Linda Pierce 
  3. Israel's feasts and their fullness by Batya Wootten 
  4. Our personal family feast notebook... by this momma
  5. The Scriptures - in English & Hebrew

Before I close, I also wanted to share with ya a link to a video, that I absolutely enjoy... because of the message.. and it has nothing to do with Pesach. So please consider it a bit of pleasant randomness.

Thank you 'bunches' for encouraging modesty and virtue...

Virtue Makes You Beautiful - You Tube Video Link

~ Enjoy & Blessings!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

{Winter Recipes} rustic Irish American soda bread

So - this has taken me forever to share.

It's been one of those things that I have been wanting to post for sometime, but have never remembered to take the photo's for... until now. It's our version of Irish American Soda Bread and I call it rustic, because... well, that is usually how most of my baking is done.

It drives my daughter crazy that I rarely follow every step in a recipe and that I will often swap out ingredients for whatever I have on hand that is semi similar. It's how I roll ~ hope you like it!

"The American idea of Irish soda bread looks like a giant golden brown scone studded with raisins and caraway seeds. It's richer, sweeter, and more cake like than authentic Irish soda bread, which we are assured never made the acquaintance of a raisin or a caraway seed either." ~ Joy of Cooking, pg 772

The Recipe: adapted from The Joy of Cooking's Irish American Soda Bread recipe, pg772
  • 1 2/3 cup of freshly ground whole wheat flour
  • 2 T sucanat
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t real salt
  • 2 t caraway seeds
  • 1 large, organic egg
  • 2/3 cup of raw milk kefir
  • 4 T of melted butter

Throw all the ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well. Of course you need to preheat your oven to 350 and oil your pan. For this recipe I use a small round stone ware pan. Place the mixture in a semi round shape in the center of the pan and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, until golden brown. Remove and cool out of pan completely. Serve with butter or home made cranberry sauce.

And I never add raisins to my soda bread, but I do add the caraway seeds. It comes out kinda scone-ish and crumbly... but ever so tasty. Personally I think this bread makes a wonderful addition to afternoon tea or along side a cool glass of raw milk.

~ Blessings!