Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Tea Tray

I recently had the opportunity to do some fun shopping, (while my awesome husband watched all the children). :) I decided to stop at Home Sense and was glad I did! I found a wooden tea tray for a good price.  The children broke my last one and I've been wanting to get another one since then. I also found some other nice items for the tray that I'm excited about. :) 

 
The tea tray, looking forward to using it! 

Some of the things I bought.

I love this unique wooden sugar bowl! 

I was probably most happy to find the blue and white enamelware teapot!! I really like enamelware, and have searched eBay many times for a teapot, but never could find one within the price range I was willing to pay, shipping always made it way to expensive. 

I thought the design on these little bowls was pretty! I almost passed them up, but I'm glad I got them in the end. 

Now to plan a tea party! Actually, I liked using my old tea tray regularly when I'd have a cup of tea. There is something cozy and fun about serving tea or coffee from a real teapot on a tray with maybe a few yummy treats. :) 
 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Making an Ant Farm

When I was younger I used to want to have my own ant farm.  I thought ants were amazing little creatures and enjoyed watching them work.  Recently, one of the boys discovered several ant nests under rocks in the flower garden and was excited.  I thought it would be fun to capture some of the ants and teach the children a few things about them. Here is what we did. 

We started with two large mouth mason jars. In order to use less dirt and encourage the ants to make their tunnels closer to the outside where they would be more visible, we put a filler in the middle. You can use a empty paper towel tube, or whatever will fit in the middle of the jar. 

The boys had fun turning over rocks looking for ants. 

After searching a bit, we found enough ants with larva to dig up and add to our jar.

The two jars after being filled with dirt and ants. I only put them in the sunshine to get this picture. It's a good idea to place them in a cool dark place. 

After about 12 hours the ants had made lots of progress and dug many visible tunnels. As much as I tried, I could not get a clear picture.  It was lots of fun watching the ants work!  We kept them for around a week and a half and then let them go outside again. I wasn't sure what species of ants we had captured, so I didn't know what exactly to feed them. The bread, honey and veggies we gave them seemed to remain untouched, so I'm assuming they ate something else. 

It's interesting to me that ants are called "exceedingly wise" in God's Word! They are worth learning about, and "considering" as the Bible also says. :)  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

My Newly Organized Kitchen Cabinets

After posting about ordering some lazy Susan's and a few other things to help organize,
I finally took the time to actually tackle the chaos of the cupboards, and then took a few pictures to share. 

The Spice Cabinet 

Before picture. This cabinet is right above our stove. The top shelf is high enough that it's hard for me to reach everything, and with the lower one it was also hard to reach items that were pushed toward the back. It was a scrambled mess, and it wasn't fun trying to find a certain spice when I was cooking

After picture. It's nice what a difference two lazy Susan's can make! Now I can find the spice or herb I need super easily. Everything that I don't use frequently is on the top shelf


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The Baking Cabinet 

This cabinet was a disaster, one of my sisters had tried to help me organize it awhile ago, but it quickly went back to disarray. There was no real place for anything and the measuring cups and spoons were always buried behind something.  Whenever I would try baking, the little ones would also scramble things up more trying to find chocolate chips, walnuts, sprinkles and other things to make a mess with. 


And here we are after! I'm happy about how it turned out. :) Again just a couple lazy Susan's and a under shelf basket made a difference. 


It feels great to get these two cabinets done! It may not seem like much, but it's sometimes hard for me to find time and the motivation to do things like this with all six little children around wanting to "help" getting into everything and needing me crying etc.  Anyway, I'm very happy with both cabinet results, now to tackle the bathroom cupboards. :) 


"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.." Ecc. 9:10a


 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fixing an Ant Problem 🐜

Here is a quick tip to help keep ants out of you humming bird feeder. My feeder is hanging on a shepherds hook so the ants have access to it from the ground, they were taking full advantage of it too, this morning it was covered with them! 

I started noticing that the humming birds were not coming nearly as often as before, and wondered if it might have something to do with the ants.  

To fix the problem, I rinsed the feeder and refilled it with fresh sugar water, then I took packing tape and starting with the sticky side out, wrapped the pole with it. Two sided tape may work as well, but I think if it rains I may have to replace the tape, and it would be messy to remove. This way, using regular tape, it will slide right off because it's not sticky on the inside and it only takes about a minute to put on again. 

Here's the pole after I put the tape on. 
 

It was funny to watch the ants after! They would crawl up the pole and when they reached the tape they stopped short for one to two seconds then promptly turned around and headed down again, only to be replaced by another one coming up from behind. I watched, off and on, for around 20 minutes before they started slowing down. It looks like the tape is a big success! :) 

Hopefully the humming birds will start coming back as much as they were before the ant problem! 
 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spring Cookout

A few weeks back I thought it would be fun to have a cookout. The weather was beautiful and the children were excited, especially about the idea of roasting marshmallows. :) 

Getting all the food together. 

Out at the picnic table.

The fire.

We ate our marshmallows first to give the fire a chance to burn down a bit before I cooked the smokies. :)   Graham was able to join us, which made it even better. With spring planting on the farm he stays very busy and we love to see him when we can. :) 
 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Blueberry Muffins

I mixed up the dry ingredients for these muffins several days ago before realizing I didn't have eggs.  I have a bad habit of not checking to make sure I have all the things I need before starting a recipe. :b  It all turned out well in the end, I bought some eggs today and just finished making them. Here's a plateful warm from the oven. The children are enjoying eating them as I type. :) 

Blueberry Muffins 

1 egg
1 c. milk
1/4 c. oil
2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
3 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 c. fresh blueberries, or 3/4 c. frozen

Mix together the wet ingredients, set aside. In a different bowl stir together all the dry ingredients. Stir the blueberries into the dry ingredients. Poor the liquids into the dry and mix just until moist. The batter should be lumpy. Fill twelve muffin cups. Bake at 375 for around 12-15 minutes, or until done.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Loving Mercy


"To love mercy is to find it delightful to extend compassion where religion would judge and walk on by. Mercy sees the need for patience, for sympathy, for longsuffering, for suspension of retaliation and rejection. Mercy is putting others before your repulsion and disgust. Mercy is having pity, compassion, and understanding. Mercy is a willingness to lay down your life for another. Mercy is responding in a positive manner first, and then, if you have to judge, doing so with humility. Mercy is seeing each person as a soul destined for eternity. It is caring deeply enough to pray, and looking for any way possible to lead them to the right path....God says...[we are to] “
love mercy.” -selected 

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Micah 6:8


    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Looking Forward to Doing some Organizing!

    For what seems like forever I've had the idea to organize my kitchen cupboards.  I just never took the time and I was a bit frustrated because I didn't have the items I needed. I very rarely make it into town to just to shop,  small children make it difficult to go by myself.  In any event, it was one of those projects that I kept putting off.   I wanted a few lazy Susan turntables for the spice cabinet, and under-shelf baskets to hold other items as well as a few more space saving shelves. I finally took the time to look online and purchased the things I needed, and they have now been arriving in the mail. 

    Some of the under shelf baskets. 


    Lazy Susans!  I ordered these off Amazon.ca the large size was expensive, but after looking other places and getting frustrated by not finding what I needed I went ahead and brought them. If you live in the States you can get them for around half the price of what I paid. With our low dollar it wasn't worth it for me to buy them on Amazon.com after the conversion and shipping. 

    Hopefully I can do some before and after pictures of my cabinets soon! :) 

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Little Cats

    Its been fun having a few new kittens on the farm. :) 

    Pretty cute

    Yesterday, was the first time we took them all out of the cat box to play on the grass. The children and I had fun watching them explore. :) 
     

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

    A few days ago I thought it would be good to try making some sort of cinnamon rolls.   After searching Pinterest, I settled on this recipe : Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns.  They turned out good!  The only things I was a bit disappointed in was that they seemed to dry out quickly, and the caramel was too hard after they cooled. They were wonderful fresh and warm from the oven though. :) 

    Kneading the dough.

    Ready for the first rise.

    Rolling out the dough, with help from some of the children. :) 

    Yum! 

    The finished buns after I had flipped them out of the pan they baked in. Yummy! :)  If you make this recipe be sure to remove them from the pan while they are still warm, otherwise the caramel sticks pretty bad. 

    Hope everyone is having a good Tuesday! :) 

     

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Loving, as He Loved Us



    "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."  John 13:34


    "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." 1 John 4:9-11

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    I Just Want to Thank You Lord

    "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1Thes 5:18

    "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."  Psalm 136:1


    I was thinking about this song this morning and thought I'd post it here.  I have so much to be thankful and grateful for!  There have been times when feel things are not going how I think they should be, and I will start dwelling on the negative things, instead of looking to the Lord Jesus, and being thankful for all the wonderful blessings around me.  I'm glad for God's mercy toward me each and every day. He is so very good!

    "It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." Lam 3:22-23

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Thought this was Funny

     I'm definitely type "A", while my husband is "B"  😊 Which type are you? 

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    The First Day of Spring

    Happy Spring! While it's still cold and snowy where we live, I'm looking forward to all the coming delights warmer weather brings!  Such as...

    Seeing the first robin

    Dandelions 

    New leaves on the trees

    Having hummingbirds come to my feeders again

    Colorful flowers growing

    Green grass

    "And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:"  Dan 2:21
     

    Friday, March 10, 2017

    Planting Flower Seeds

    When it looks like this outside, I needed to do something to remind myself spring will actually come to Canada. :) 

    So we went to the store and bought dirt, pots and flower seeds! The children and I planted marigolds, asters and zinnias. 

    On Thursday we saw that some of the seeds have already sprouted! It's been good to see things growing when it's freezing cold out. :) 

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Lunch in the Basement

    A few days ago I decided to buy a few treats and have a picnic lunch in the basement with the children.  We had fun, and it helped break the monotony a bit from being in the house to much this winter. :)  It warmed up to above freezing today, which was nice, looking forward to springtime! :) 

    Making the food. 

    The children were eager to help get the plates of food ready. :)  

    Ready to eat! 

    Yummy lunch. Chips, ham sandwich, cheese stick, chocolate bar, and orange juice. :)