Sunday Psalms

Sunday, November 16, 2014

For some crazy reason I love this picture of our peppercorn tree's leaves.  I think it is how the sunlight filters through them...

Direct me in the path of Your (God's) commands,
for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward Your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.

Psalm 119:35-36
(italics added for clarity)

All on a quiet evening...

Friday, November 14, 2014

It happens almost every evening.  
They all join forces and try to get their Daddy to the ground.

Of course it used to be so easy ~ they couldn't even get him out of his chair.
Sure, he'd play with them that they were so strong and they'd flex their little muscles so proud of their feat!

But now....
I'm not sure what happened...
...I guess I just kept feeding them because they just keep on growing!

Because now, inevitably, Dad will end up on the ground with four triumphant children stacked on him.
Now he has to try very hard to get away!  
Now they always win, because it's four against one & one of them is bigger than his mother!

If only you could hear the giggling & laughter that accompanies this play time...

Meanwhile the Mama, she grew up with just sisters.  There was none of this crazy roughhousing :).  
She's still trying to adjust....
....usually she just leaves the room! 
This is Daddy's department ( & he does a fantastic job at it!!)!

How about you? Does this happen in your home too?

Have a wonderful weekend friends 

Easy Farmhouse Cheese

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Probably the easiest of all cheeses to make is the Farmhouse Cheese.  Farmhouse cheese is the same as paneer cheese except it has vinegar in the place of lemon juice.  Farmhouse cheese is mild, grates well & slices well when pressed sufficiently (otherwise it crumbles beautifully)!  Because it is so easy to make, this is the cheese I make for our family each week.  It replaces cheddar in most things, although it does not melt which is a little strange at first.  I use a mix of this, cheddar & mozzarella on top of pizzas (although I still buy cheddar as I haven't found a good recipe that suits our palates ~sigh~).  I thought I'd take some photos of the process & share them with you.  Please note that the original recipe came from Abigail's Build-a-Belly blog. This is a gorgeous food blog and every recipe that I've tried from it have been delicious.  Sadly her Dad is very unwell at the moment.  Please could you all pray for him and their whole family through this tough time.
~Sadly her Dad passed away.  Please keep them all in your prayers during this time ~

Farmhouse Cheese 

4L  (approx. 1 gallon) milk ( in our case we use raw milk straight from our house cow); 1/2 cup white vinegar; 1 Tbs cheese/artisans salt;


1. Bring milk to the boil. Stirring constantly. 
 (Note: this is when I catch up on blog reading ~ which is why I rarely comment any more as my one hand is busy.) :)

2. Once the milk froths and begins to boil up the sides of the pan, add the vinegar.  Continue stirring.

3.  After a minute turn off the heat.  Continue stirring until the milk has settled completely.  The curds will have separated from the whey.

4.  Pour through a cheesecloth lined sieve.  Don't forget to collect the whey and use it or give it to the animals.  Your chickens or pigs will love you!

5.  Add the cheese or artisans salt to taste.  We use 1 Tbs which works well for our family.  I tried using normal table salt, but it wasn't strong enough for our tastes.  Mix the salt through the curds.

6.  Press the curds in a cheese press overnight.  Make sure you have sufficient weight on it, otherwise it will crumble.
Yes, the beetroot tin is necessary ;)  

7.  Enjoy.  The cheese often looks crumbly on the outside, but has always stayed together in a block for us.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! 
 Although I am definitely a novice cheesemaker, I find it an interesting science & I hope to delve more deeply into it as time permits!

Have a lovely day friends

Sunday Psalms

Sunday, November 9, 2014

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to Your (God's) Word.

Psalm 119:9 
(Italics added for clarity)

Imperfectly Fine

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blogging is a strange endeavour.  I personally tend to hate posting pictures that show messy, real life happenings here on my blog, but let me tell you, real life does happen all the time here and often it's messy & it is almost never pinterest worthy. And you know what?  That's alright.  

Whatever you do, please don't think we have everything together here on the farm.  We don't for a moment.  There are always jobs left on my to-do list ~ I'll get to those when the children have left home!  There is always too much to be done outside than time to do it.  There is always fences that need mending (literally) ~ many, many kilometres of the dreaded things. There is always telephone calls I never make ( because I really am terrible at calling people). There is always windows to clean, bathrooms to clean, bedrooms to clean...gulp...  

Take this picture for example...
...messy benches
...old milk waiting to go down to the pigs (lots of old milk because it's been sitting in the fridge...)
...dirty clothes  on the equally dirty boy ( hopefully his hands are clean though) from squeezing in as much outside play before Mum called  him for school-work time!

But this picture is special to me because this moment captures something so precious that I will treasure my whole life!
My precious, dirt covered, messy, energetic boy.... he offered to cook us lunch ALL BY HIMSELF!
He did it & it was delicious!  

So please don't think there isn't mess around here at times.  I'm a homeschool Mum who homesteads & keeps her home as best she can, but it's never, ever, ever perfect....and that's fine! No one can do everything perfectly!

Have a wonderful weekend friends

Melking Christmas Fun (Review)

Monday, November 3, 2014

~This post contains affiliate links~

There is little that children love more than the anticipation of waking up & discovering something fun awaiting them.   Recently, a favourite soft toy from my childhood has been visiting during the night time hours & when the children wake they find him into all kinds of mischief!  Dubbed "Melk" he's been bringing extra meaning to the Christmas season ( a little early, I know)!  
Such excitement here on the farm...

Melk is the brain child of gifted author Katie Hornor who blogs at Paradise Praises.  She is a missionary in Mexico with her husband and five children.  I am so excited to be participating in the launch of her brand new book Melk the Christmas Monkey.  The aim of this book is to teach God's Character through Bible Lessons and Activities that the whole family can enjoy during the Christmas season!  There is no doubt in my mind that it does just this.  

Melk the Christmas Monkey encourages you to choose a soft toy ( a monkey is recommended, although by no means the only kind you can use ~ we used a lion).  This toy becomes 'Melk' & visits the family in the night time hours.  The children then find him in some particular pose in the morning accompanied by a letter which explains the Bible Lesson & the activity to complete that day. Every day there is a new pose, a new letter & a new activity.  This provides a wonderful way to celebrate advent!  

 Melk the Christmas Monkey contains 30 different lessons to complete during the Christmas season.  They are not time specific so if you are a little late starting or if you only wish to complete a few that's OK.  Each lesson comes with a complete instruction sheet for the parent which includes how Melk should be found, the activity to complete ( it's a great idea to read through these ahead of time so you are prepared), materials required, a short synopsis of the lesson being learned that day & some supporting Scripture.  They also include a definition of one characteristic of God.  At the bottom is the letter that Melk writes for that day.  Copies of these letters are also provided at the back of the book to make it really easy for parents to just cut out & use.  The book begins with a comprehensive introduction for parents & then another introduction for children with some rules about Melk.  This provides a good foundation for the rest of the book.  

We enjoyed the lessons we completed in Melk the Christmas Monkey (or lion for us).  The lessons are eagerly anticipated & thoroughly enjoyed.  We love celebrating Christmas & I intend to  use this resource throughout our whole Christmas season!  The activities included in Melk the Christmas Monkey are very easy to complete. There is only a few that I need to find alternatives for due to our location.  Most of the materials are easily found around the house.  Overall we found this to be an excellent resource for the whole family! 

Melk the Christmas Monkey is available in either ebook, kindle or print form.  For print & kindle please visit Amazon.  Ebooks are available from Paradise Praises.  If you purchase from now until Nov 8th you will receive a free gift with every ebook.  If you choose to purchase through Amazon, just email the receipt dated Nov 1-8  to and they will email you your free gift!  

If you would like to see a sample of Melk the Christmas Monkey, a free chapter is available HERE!

Possibly the most exciting part of this launch is that for every book that is sold from Nov 1-8 a child in Mexico will be given a Christmas gift & the gospel!   

What a great way to help celebrate the Christmas season!

Have a lovely day friends

Sunday Psalms

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
    speaks and summons the earth
    from the rising of the sun to where it sets.

Psalm 50:1
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