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Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

I am sharing two recipes for this Recipe #1 2-pounds elderberries – woody stems removed and rinsed 4 cups water 2½ cups sugar - one nice-sized squirt of freshly-squeezed lemon juice 1. Put the elderberries in a large, non-reactive pot with the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low boil and cook for 15-20 minutes, until tender and soft. 2. Pass through a food mill, then discard the skins. 3. Pour the juice back into the pot (I use … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canning, Cookhouse, Jams and Jellies

The Very Best Apple Pie Filling

The Very Best Apple Pie Filling

4 – 4 1/2 cups white sugar (depending on how sweet you like it) 1 cup cornstarch 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg pinch of cloves (to taste or preference) 1 teaspoon salt 10 cups water 3 tablespoons lemon juice in a large pan, mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add salt and water and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook until thick and bubbly (doesn’t take long). Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Fill jars with apples and pour … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canning, Plain Lifestyle

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 »

Filed under: Canning, Plain Lifestyle, Vegetables

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 »

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Ellinor Rebekah Robinson

Ellinor Rebekah Robinson

It’s a girl!!!  With the greatest joy and delight that we share the news of our newest grandchild. Erin and Andy Robinson along with big brother Paul Obadiah announce the birth of  Ellinor Rebekah Robinson!! She was born February 9th and weighed 7 lbs and 4 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Ellinor is a tiny, precious, bundle of love and our entire family is overwhelmed with joy! … Read entire article »

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Goal Unawares

For most of my life I have not been a goals oriented person. Whenever someone asked me what my goals were I usually was at a loss for words. When the New Year came around and everyone set resolutions, I had none. I really just set nothing for myself and dealt with life day by day. I want to go to a passage first before I really explain my message. Turn with me to Matthew chapter 21. In verse twenty three there is a section that tells the story of priests at the temple who challenged Jesus to tell by what authority He did His miracles. He returned the challenge by asking them to tell under what authority John baptized. Have you ever had someone challenge you? Just like in the instances … Read entire article »

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Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup white sugar 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 egg, beaten 3/4 cup milk 1 cup chopped cranberries tossed with a little flour to coat Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease muffin pan or use paper liners. Mix together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In another bowl mix beaten egg, milk and oil.  Add egg mixture to flour mixture all at once  and stir just until mixed – (batter should … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breads, Breakfast, Cookhouse

Finnish Pulla

Finnish Pulla

1 cup milk 1 TBSP Active Dry Yeast ¼ Cup Warm Water ½ cup sugar 1 tsp ground Coriander 1 tsp salt 2 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature 41/2 to 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 stick unsalted butter, melted 1 large beaten egg with 1 TBSP milk, for glaze Scald milk in small saucepan and then cool lukewarm. In a large bowl, whisk yeast into warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes or until yeast is dissolved and creamy. Whisk in the milk, … Read entire article »

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Salzburger Raisin Bread

Salzburger Raisin Bread

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons salt 2 Tbsps dry yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 1 cup warm water 2 eggs, beaten 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour, divided 2 1/2 cups raisins 1/4 cup all-purpose flour Butter or margarine, melted Preparation Scald milk; remove from heat, and add butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt, stirring well. Let cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water; stir well, and let stand 5 minutes or until bubbly. … Read entire article »

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Dealing with Depression

I get a lot of letters asking me to speak on certain subjects. Lately, depression has been a topic that a lot of people are struggling with. While I often give intriguing titles to the message I hope this one is just to the point. I don’t want anyone to miss reading it that needs help. Depression can strike anyone. We do know that certain personality types suffer more with it than others. For instance, some people seem to never have a care in the world while others seem to be attacked daily. It almost appears unfair at times but let me present to you today that as Gods children we are all treated equally. He doesn’t have “favorites”. The scripture tells us that God is no respecter of persons … Read entire article »

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Propagation by Seeds

Propagation by Seeds

Every gardener desires to be able to reproduce their plants.  With that in mind I want to share with you a few of the propagation techniques that I have learned beginning with seeds. Seed Gathering The most basic way to reproduce plants is by collecting the seeds.  This seems to be a fairly straight-forward idea but there are some things to know that will help you be more successful in this endeavor.  Before we get to those … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Gardening, Propagation

Amanda Kate

Amanda Kate

Happy 27th Birthday!!! to our precious daughter Amanda Kate A beautiful blessing we received from the Lord in our daughter Amanda Kate!  She is the wife of Jeremy and the mother of three incredible little boys: Evan- 4 years old, Elisha who is in Heaven and brand new baby boy Wesley born May 1.  Amanda has always been very loving and giving and fearless~!!!  She very much enjoyed chasing her big brother Jacob with spiders when she was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Angie, Daily Journey, Plain Lifestyle

Samuel Isaac Robertson

Samuel Isaac Robertson

Our family has once again been overwhelmingly blessed with the arrival of a new grandchild! Haley and Sam would like to announce the arrival of their first born son Samuel Isaac Robertson, born June 1, 2012 at 8:13 at Brookwood Hospital.  He weighed 7 lbs and 12 ounces and was 22 1/4 inches long. Great are the blessings of the Lord! … Read entire article »

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Isaac’s Nursery

Isaac’s Nursery

Isaac’s nursery is complete – now we are just waiting for him to arrive.  Hope you enjoy the pictures! Note from Haley: Here are pictures from Isaac’s nursery. We decided on a puppy dog theme. Everything has come together and is so cute! Mom came and painted a cuddly little puppy on his wall. It is so precious. Samuel’s grandmother made a puppy quilt for him when he was a boy and it is on a bed … Read entire article »

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Wesley Nolen Turner

Wesley Nolen Turner

We are thrilled and blessed to announce the arrival of our newest grandson, Wesley Nolen Turner.  He is the third son of our daughter Amanda and her husband Jeremy.  He was born Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 a.m. weighing 8 lbs and 9 ounces. God has once again blessed us beyond measure and we cannot be more thankful to Him for His enduring mercy and grace!   … Read entire article »

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Haley Marie

Haley Marie

Happy 28th Birthday to our wonderful Haley Marie!   She was born on a leap year and when I went into the hospital two days before (toxemia) they asked what day I wanted her birthday listed as since she would actually be born on leap year day, February 29th.  I said March 1st and then she decided to wait till March 1st anyway.  Oh, the joy this precious little girl has brought into the lives of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Plain Lifestyle, The Robertson's

Recipes for the Garden

Recipes for the Garden

This Page is going to be a work in progress.  I will only add recipes that I have used and found to be useful.  As the garden season progresses I will add the ones that I am using as I go along, so they will actually be listed by their seasonal use.  If you want to share some of your own please do so in the comments. A Soak for Seeds and A Spray for Seedlings Chamomile … Read entire article »

Filed under: Plain Lifestyle

Recent Newspaper Article

Recent Newspaper Article

The first link is the picture slideshow that the photographer Steve Gross took and the second one is the article itself. http://www.consolpub.com/slideshows/as/20111231burrell/                 http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/16949419/article-Ashland-couple-shun-consumerism–make-things-by-hand? … Read entire article »

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2012 Garden

2012 Garden

This is going to be the ongoing record of our 2012 garden year at Shepherds Hill – will add pictures each month: JANUARY January 2nd – Monday- Very Cold, Sunny – high 44 low 21 January 7th – Moved smallest raised bed behind Kiwi Arbor to area near Tee-pee Pole – noticed termite damage on one corner.  Wood was untreated.  Lasted 3 years.  Dug up compost bin structure to turn and enlarge.  Collected all the dried gourds from growing area … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gardening, Plain Lifestyle

Cream Puffs with Vanilla Custard Filling

Cream Puffs with Vanilla Custard Filling

CREAM PUFFS 1/2 c. shortening 1 c. boiling water 1 c. all-purpose flour 4 eggs 1 recipe custard   Measure shortening into saucepan; add boiling water. Boil until shortening melts. Add flour, all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased shallow baking pan. round dough with spoon, leaving a pointed center. Bake in preheated 450 degree oven for … Read entire article »

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