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Filed under: Angie, Daily Journey

Jams and Jellies

Jams and Jellies

Kudzu Jelly 4 cups kudzu blossoms (make sure that they haven’t been sprayed with chemicals or harvested near a road -exhaust fumes) 4 cups boiling water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 (1 3/4 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin 5 cups sugar Directions Wash kudzu blossoms with cold water, drain well and place them in a large bowl. Pour 4 cups boiling water over blossoms, and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Strain liquid through a colander into a Dutch oven, discarding blossoms. Add lemon juice … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canning, Cookhouse, Jams and Jellies

John and Carol

  It is true that on any given day someone can come into our life that is there for just a short period of time and then they are gone. The meeting maybe as profound as two families meeting in the waiting room of a hospital awaiting the birth of a grandchild or simply a happenstance like sitting on the same bench at a park.  The outcome of these chance encounters are as varied as the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Angie, Daily Journey

Homesteader’s Weekend 2012?

Shepherd’s Hill Followers – We are planning on arranging another Homesteader’s Weekend in the Spring of 2012. However, we must have enough interest to start the planning process. Homesteader’s Weekend is a  3 day weekend featuring “How To’s” on different homesteading skills. Some of the topics covered include: Blacksmithing Basket Making Beekeeping Gardening Soap Making Lots More! There will be a fee charged for attending. This fee will cover meals and supplies for classes. There will also be camping spots available for tents. The biggest part of the Shepherd’s Hill Homestead’s Weekend is the Christian Fellowship! We have morning devotions together, breaks during the day for fellowship and plenty of time for worship at night! We want Christ to remain the center focus during these events! If you are interested in attending this 3 day weekend event, please email us … Read entire article »

Filed under: Plain Lifestyle

THANK YOU TO JOHN AND CAROL, FROM THE ROBINSONS!!!!!

THANK YOU TO JOHN AND CAROL, FROM THE ROBINSONS!!!!!

Just wanted to share pictures of the new addition to Paul’s Bedroom! We just purchased a Glider and Ottoman! We would also like to say THANK YOU to our dear friends, Mr. John and Mrs. Carol for the wonderful gift !!! When you come down next you will have to come rock Paul in it 😀  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Erin's Journey

Disciplined

            This week’s message is about discipline. In our society there are many views that are different than God’s people. Since there is often a lot of crossover influence from the world to the church some Christians may not have a clear picture of it. Let’s face it; discipline can be a confusing subject. We will go to the Word of God today since this is where God speaks to His children. All of us have a different view of this subject depending on the paradigm we learned about it in. Let me explain. Each of us grew up in a different culture. Not only do we have cultural differences from nations but also areas of those nations. In theUnited Stateswe speak a version of English which is not like … Read entire article »

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Olivia Brooke

Olivia Brooke

~ August 26, 1991 ~ The Beginning of a Most Precious Life!!! Olivia Brooke was born and brought tremendous joy to all who knew her. Thank you Jesus, that she has grown into such an incredible young woman and continues to be a blessing and joy to all who know her. Happy 20th Birthday Olivia!! [nggallery id=19] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daily Journey, Liv

Evan’s Birthday Party

Evan’s Birthday Party

On Saturday, August 20th, we celebrated our grandson, Evan’s 4th Birthday!  Amanda arranged a wonderful party for him at Oxford Lake and we all gathered together to share some birthday goodies and give him his gifts.  It was a hot day but there was a pleasant breeze and we had a great time!!!  God blessed us mightily with this precious little boy and we are so proud of him and his momma, our daughter Amanda!! [nggallery … Read entire article »

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Build A Solar Oven

Here are pictures of building our solar oven: [nggallery id=17]   … Read entire article »

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French Baguettes

French Baguettes

2 1/4 tsp instant yeast 2 cups warm water 5 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour 1 tbsp salt – I use sea salt     Mix all ingredients and make a stiff, shaggy ball.  Let rest for 5 minutes then knead for about 5 more minutes until dough is smooth. The dough will be dense. Place dough in an oiled  bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  You can place in refrigerator at this point to use the next day or allow … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breads, Cookhouse, Recipes

Pickle Recipes

Pickle Recipes

More to come!! Pickled Okra    3 1/2 pounds small okra pods 4 cloves garlic 2 small hot peppers, cut in half 3 cups water 3 cups vinegar 1/3 cup canning salt 2 teaspoons dill seed Combine water, vinegar, salt and dill seed and bring to boil. Pack okra firmly into hot jars, leaving a 1/4 inch headspace.  Put garlic clove and half a pepper in each jar.   Pour hot liquid over okra, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Remove air bubbles.  Adjust caps.  Process 15 minutes … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canning, Cookhouse, Pickles

The Blacksmith Shop

The Blacksmith Shop

  I started blacksmithing not too long before Erin and I were married. After we were married I began working on my own forge. I started off first with a brake drum forge, but quickly realized that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with it, so over the winter and spring I began working on another forge. I finished it in May. In this post I will go over the basic things needed to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andy's Blacksmith Shop, Blacksmithing, Heritage Skills, The Robinson's

Running with Horses

          Welcome to this week’s message from Shepherd’s Hill Homechurch. We are glad that you stopped by again. There is an interesting verse in Jeremiah that I am looking at this week. Look at Jeremiah chapter twelve and verse five. It says “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” A few mornings back I was thinking about a man who fell into alcoholism when everything around him was going his way. He had a good job, beautiful family and good home. Soon afterward things began to fall apart in his life and he began to drink … Read entire article »

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A Scripture For Today

A Scripture For Today

Okay, ever have something happen that leaves you going “whaa……?” This morning, Mom asked if we could each pick one day a week to be responsible for posting the “Scripture for Today” on our homepage (front page, middle right-hand side). So, since Friday seemed as good a time as any, I sat down to search out the verse I might use. My bible was close at hand (the left side of my desk is home sweet home, when it’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Plain Lifestyle, Sarah LeAnn

Evan from Heaven!

Evan from Heaven!

August 19th is the birthday of our precious grandson Evan.  I just want to stop for a moment and say how much we ADORE this little guy.  Evan is the eldest child of our daughter Amanda.  He is turning 4 years old and of course, the smartest little guy ever! Yes, I am biased – shouldn’t I be?!!!  Amanda has been an incredible mother to Evan and there is no doubt that he is blessed … Read entire article »

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Pineapple and Mayo Sandwiches, Mello-Yello, and Dirt

Pineapple and Mayo Sandwiches, Mello-Yello, and Dirt

    I was running alitte behind, but I am never late to see my honey 😀 I made Pineapple Mayo sandwichs, threw the last load of clothes on the line, ran to Hardee’s and picked up some drinks – Andy’s favorite, Mello-Yello. I ended up passing him and one of his co-workers on the road and followed them to the store. Got a kiss and then meet him at his shop. He jumped in the car … Read entire article »

Filed under: Erin's Journey

Is this really happening!?!

Is this really happening!?!

Yesterday (8-17-11) I went with Erin to her OB appointment in Birmingham. Erin and I have always been really close. We are 2 years apart, always shared a room growing-up. If there was a toy we were given that was the same she would get the pink and I’d get the blue. I remember, especially now, the time when we were little girls and we would stuff pillows in our shirts to look like we … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daily Journey, Liv

Baby Shower #2

Baby Shower #2

The first slide show is pictures of the party decorations and the next is some of the games – hope you enjoy!             [slideshow id=10] [slideshow id=12] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Shower Pics, The Robinson's

Baby Shower

On Sunday, August 14th we had a baby shower for Erin, Andy and little Paul.  He is due to make his appearance on September 12th.  The ladies who joined us were so lovely and fun and little Paul received many wonderful gifts.  I am adding a couple of slideshows here to share the event with you! This slideshow is pictures of some of the gifts they received.  [slideshow id=14] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Shower Pics, The Robinson's

Tractor Ride

Tractor Ride

Good Morning!  It is Tuesday, August 16th.  We have had quite a hot summer this year and it has caused us to miss out on a lot of normal summer time activities.  Our garden work gets done and then we head inside – the heat is dangerous this year.  But yesterday was a most welcome surprise.  The high was only 83 and the humidity was very low so we were able to actually go out … Read entire article »

Filed under: Angie, Daily Journey