Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Home, A Recipe and Organization!

For a few days, we were having fall-like weather! That put me in the mood to make *soup*! I made cheeseburger soup, vegetable beef soup (pictured below) and chicken noodle soup!

I thought I would share the chicken noodle soup recipe I used (as well as the homemade noodle recipe I used). I have the recipe written down...I am not sure where it came from to leave credit. Please note...I didn't measure out the veggies I put into this soup even though there are amounts given. I just put a *ton* in! I guess it depends if you prefer a chunkier soup or more broth! :) That's the beauty of cooking...you can tweak things to how you prefer them! We like *more* veggies in our soups!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

4 c. chopped, cooked chicken
1 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped carrots
1/4 c. chopped onions
1/4 c. butter
8 oz egg noodle (the recipe I used is below)
12 c. water 
9 cubes chicken bouillon 
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T dried parsley (I didn't have this so I didn't put it in!)

In large stockpot saute the celery and onion in butter...

Add the rest of the ingredients (except the noodles) and simmer for 30 minutes. 

While that simmers, I made the noodles! I got the noodle recipe from HERE.

Egg Noodles

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 pinch salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. milk
1 T butter

In a large bowl, stir together flour and salt. Add the beaten egg, milk and butter. Knead dough until smooth (about 5 minutes). Let rest in a covered bowl for 10 minutes.

On a flour surface, roll out to 1/8 or 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired lengths and shapes.

** After the soup had simmered above for 30 minutes I added the noodles fresh and let it all simmer again for 10 minutes..until noodles are done. You CAN use bagged noodles...but it isn't anywhere near as tasty! :)

The soup was delicious and a *huge* hit with my family as well as our BIL and my FIL!

 On the back porch as night settles in...

The temperatures have been a bit warmer again lately as well as humid (with lots of rain)...so I have been getting a lot done inside as well! I've been working on organizing my closet as well as Chris's.

Organizing things can be a lot of work....but oh it is such a satisfying feeling to have things look neat and orderly! :)

I've also kept busy with homeschooling with the children (and planning it), daily housework, going to the gym and normal day-to-day things!

This past weekend I donated blood...I should do that more. I have a universal blood type which can be used for anyone who needs it. It doesn't take long. It's a little painful...but worth it to know you can bless someone else with it. My Jesus shed his blood for me....and His pain was excruciating. He suffered and bled for me. (I think I can take a tiny bit of momentary pain so that I can share my blood with those who need it.)

Yesterday was our first homeschool co-op day for the year. It was a change as we have changed facilities this year....after calling one facility *home* for our co-op for years! It was an adjustment...but a good one. :) I was in the nursery for a part of the day...and got to hold and feed the sweetest little boy. He was 4 or 5 months old I think. He giggled and was just so happy! It was an absolute *joy* to me! And then....despite being well-burped...the little guy threw up his formula on and down inside the middle of my shirt! Friends in the room were laughing...saying my face was hilarious! It was so warm and gooey and gross! Needless to say....I was happy to get home an hour or so later so I could change! haha! :)

I have a lot of things I would like to accomplish today...so I best get to them! If you try the recipes above, I would love to hear what you think of them! :)

Thanks so much for dropping by! I hope you have a great week ahead!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

"Making disciples...

My Three Fellas!

...by going, baptizing, and teaching people the Word of Christ and then enabling them to do the same thing in other people's lives -- this is the plan God has for each of us to impact nations for the glory of Christ." 

~ David Platt

As a stay at home, homeschooling mother ~ my primary role (other than serving my husband) is making my children into disciples of Christ! My boys asked to be baptized recently and my pastor, church family and we were happy to oblige! It is Chris and my greatest prayer that our children grow constantly in their faith and serve and glorify the Lord in all they do! 

Madelyn took photos while I videoed. You can watch the videos (if you so desire) on my IG account HERE and HERE.  I am also *so in love* with that picture at the top of this post. My three guys....my heart is full! :) 

If you are not a Christian (or if you are and don't understand baptism and its importance) you can find a good explanation HERE. HERE is another one...this one by Desiring God (John Piper). 

Jaxson (with our pastor in the white shirt and Chris in the blue)...


 The rest of the pics of X being baptized didn't come through email...and instead of having Madelyn try to send them to me again....then have to save them to a zip drive and then unzip them etc....I figured these were enough and the videos I linked to above were better to watch anyway...if you want! :) (It's getting late and I am *so* ready for bed! Please forgive my laziness!)

The baptism was held this past Sunday evening at a member of our church's farm. They had it in their pond. Two other young people were baptized that day as well. We all brought snacks to share, had prayer and sang a couple hymns! It was a lovely, warm evening celebrating with loved ones (Along with our church family Chris's parents as well as mine were able to attend! We were so thankful!)! A lot of the children then spent time swimming in the pond! They all had a great time!

We serve a resurrected Christ! What a truth to comprehend! If Jesus had stayed dead....He would not be God. But the truth is that He did rise and He lives today...sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for His people! What a God we serve! May we obey Him and live as light in this fallen world! May we not just say we are born again believers....let us also live it out in deed! Let us proclaim the gospel while also bearing fruit of salvation....the fruit that shows we truly belong to Jesus Christ! :)

Thank you for sharing in this exciting time for us!

I pray that if you, dear friend, don't know the Lord....that you *will* come to know Him! Please, truly, feel free to email me (email is in my left sidebar) any time. If you have questions, I will do my best to answer them (or *find* the answer to them). The salvation of your soul....your relationship with the God of the universe is *THE* most important thing you will ever know. If you *do* know the Lord....and haven't been baptized, please do so as it is a public showing of our being *born again* in Christ. The Lord commands it....making it quite important! :) And finally...if you know the Lord and aren't in His Word every.single.day....then you need to be. Devotions and other books are extra. They don't count as being in His Word. Read, process in context. Even if you don't understand everything. Pray for wisdom (as the Lord will give it to those who ask). Ask your pastor questions....ask trusted friends or trusted websites on the web (which I know many...so if you are unsure ~ I'll be glad to help!). You *can* know Him more and more. What a treasure that is for us! To know God loves His people...and knowing that you *are* one of His people...makes everything else seem insignificant! Are you one of God's beloved?

It is the end of another busy day....full of housework, homeschooling, exercising, dog-grooming (haha) and more! I'm ready to jump into bed and get out my Bible. I enjoy reading it before I go to bed...and spending time in prayer. Sometimes I add devotional readings by Randy Alcorn, Joni Eareckson Tada, Spurgeon, and Jerry Bridges. Sometimes I am just pooped and just stick to my Bible reading! :)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope your week is blessed and full of joy!
Cheerfully ( *yawn* and sleepily),