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Canning Corn

Canning Corn

A lot of folks debate the issue of whether to preserve their corn by freezing or canning. I have done and continue to do both for several reasons. I want to share what I have learned about corn and also how to can corn if you decide to do so. We must begin with the growing of the corn. As most folks know there are two types of any crop grown in gardens: heirlooms or open-pollinated … Read entire article »

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One Man’s Liberty-Another’s Offense

                The message this week is looking at Christian liberty; what it is and what it is not. Turn with me to 1st Corinthians chapter 8. Paul is writing to a church in a thriving city. Some of the other topics he mentions in this book indicate that it was a carnal church in a very carnal area. I would dare say that it could have easily been written to most churches in America today. It seems that we have become so much like the world that there is often no difference between the people inside the doors as outside except for the name on the lapel.           For example, divorce is about the same rate between church members as non members today. The language people use is the same on … Read entire article »

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Fig Preserves

Fig Preserves

100-YEAR-OLD FIG PRESERVES RECIPE 5 pounds peeled figs 5 pounds sugar 1 lemon sliced Peel and quarter figs, add sugar and sliced lemon. Let stand two or three hours to draw juice, stir now and then to help dissolve sugar. When sugar has softened, start cooking. Let come to a rolling boil. Boil 25-30 minutes, stirring constantly so liquid doesn’t stick to bottom of pot. After foam disappears and juice has thickened a little, ladle into hot jars and seal. QUICK-AND-EASY FIG … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canning, Cookhouse, Jams and Jellies

Half-Hearted and Double Minded

  No man ever successfully accomplished anything if he was not fully dedicated to doing it. Now, there are those who are incredibly gifted at things that seem to breeze through life without even trying. But, if they had really tried they would have accomplished so much more. I am basing this truth from the Bible but my own life also bears witness to it. Not really trying to do something will end up in failure. We really all know that to succeed at something we must be totally dedicated. The problem is that we somewhat succeed and become content with a less than perfect outcome. Some people teach that we should try a little and then be happy with whatever results we get. Does this really sound like the path that … Read entire article »

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The Nature of God

  We live in an amazing time of world history. Science and Technology have discovered things that man never knew for thousands of years. It seems that with all of the discoveries man would be drawn closer to God. But, the opposite seems to be happening; man is making science and nature out to be a god instead. God has given us many clues in His word to science and nature that, if man had been wise enough to listen, would have proven to be true long before someone “discovered” it. As an example, the Bible lists the world as being round even though some ancient scientists believed it to be flat (Is 40:22). God told us that each person’s blood was where the life was (Lev 17:11) but as late as … Read entire article »

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Building the Whole Body

          We’ve have had plenty of rain recently and it is a completely different spring than last year. Our garden is wet and coming up nicely but the grass has gotten thicker, too.. God’s bounty has begun to give us fresh fruit and vegetables. He is always faithful! We have gone through changes in our diets over the years and continue to try and improve what we eat. Our goal is to grow everything we need. Some asked if we are self-sufficient. We always tell them that we are God-sufficient.           There is a great deal of emphasis on health these days. It’s kind of funny when you listen to the world explain how man is evolving and getting better. And yet, men’s lives aren’t getting significantly longer. Man’s life span … Read entire article »

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Breakfast Bread (Zucchini, Pumpkin and Carrot!)

Breakfast Bread (Zucchini, Pumpkin and Carrot!)

This time of year we usually have an abundance of two things: veggies and eggs!  So here is a great recipe for a delicious bread that is hearty and filling, but also nutritionally dense. Enjoy 🙂   Breakfast Bread (Zucchini, Pumpkin and Carrot!)       To Make One Loaf: 1/2 cup  Oil  1/2 cup Sugar (or preferred sweetening agent. I used Granulated Honey)  3 Eggs  1 tsp. Vanilla 1 cup Carrots, grated  1 cup Zucchini, grated**  1 cup Pumpkin puree  2 cups Whole Wheat Flour  1 teaspoon Nutmeg  1 tablespoon … Read entire article »

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