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Mark 12 & Owner or Tenant

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When we moved onto our farm almost 4 years ago, we were asked by the previous owner if we would consider keeping the tenant who occupied the apartment above our garage when we took over the farm. Not wanting to jump into anything too abruptly, we prayerfully considered the request. And as follow up, I made arrangements to meet with this woman and discern how the Lord would lead our conversation. It was our intent to seek God on this matter and hear what He had to say and whether is was His desire for her to stay or go.
Upon meeting with this tenant, she was very nice to point out the number of projects she had helped with in improving the farm; the rooms she painted, the animal areas she had fenced, and many other countless projects the current owner and she used throughout the farm. But, when we finally sat down to have a cup of iced tea together, the Lord opened my eyes, rather my ears, to the way she was talking about the farm. In our conversation I realized this tenant did not…

Sweet and Sour Fried Tofu

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The other night I was looking for a recipe that was a bit out of the ordinary and at the same time my eyes hit a container of tofu and coconut oil, which got me thinking about how I could cook the two together.  What I came up with was tofu fried in coconut oil in a sweet and sour sauce.



First, I drained the extra-firm tofu and then patted it dry with a paper towel.  Next, I cut the chunk into cubes and then tossed them in 2 Tablespoons of non-GMO cornstarch, 2 teaspoons of onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon Real Salt.  At the same time I turned on my wok and heated a couple of cups of coconut oil over medium high heat.




Into the oil went half of the batch of tofu, I turned it over then it got brown and then transferred the cubes to a warm tray in the oven while I fried up the rest of the batch.



For the sauce, I mixed the following ingredients:
3/4 cup cider vinegar3/4 cup SUCANAT1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice (OR mix of 1/4 cup each of orange juice and lemon juice)1/2 cup water1 Tablespo…

Sour Dough Biscuit Recipe

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If you are looking for a new recipe to use that sourdough starter with you have in your refrigerator, than this is a recipe you have to try.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this wonderful buttery biscuits:


6 Tablespoons cold butter2 1/2 cups + 1/3 cup whole wheat flour (freshly ground if possible)1/2 cup sourdough starter1/3 cup water 3/4 cup milk1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda
In a small bowl mix the sourdough starter with the 1/3 cup flour and 1/3 cup water.  Let sit in a cool place, covered lightly with a towel, for a few hours.


When ready to continue the recipe, break up the butter in a mixer...


...and then add in 2 1/2 cups flour until the butter and the flour are fully incorporated.  Next, mix in the milk and the sourdough mixture you started above.  



Let this mixture sit for 6 hours, lightly covered with a towel.




Right before you are ready to make the biscuits, sprinkle the salt, baking powder, and baking soda on the dough...


...and…

Cruising on the Norwegian Sun

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Many of you have asked that I post about our trip - some just out of curiosity of what a cruise vacation is like and others just for the informative nature of all that traveling to different parts of the world affords you.  I am hoping that this post will be a mix that will satisfy both types of readers.

First of all, I must let you know that this is not the first cruise our family has gone on, but it was the first time we booked a cruise on the Norwegian line.  Our very first cruise was on the Disney Magic for just a 3 day short cruise to Disney's private island and back - it was a trip which was combined with a stay in Disney world and my husband's parents were the ones to arrange everything as the vacation was for my husband's siblings and their families in celebration of his parent's 50th wedding anniversary.  It was another 10+ years before we booked our next cruise, and this time we booked a 7 day cruise out of Fort Lauderdale to the western Caribbean/South Americ…

Traveling While Keeping a Healthy Gut

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These past two weeks our family has been on vacation, away from home and also away from all of our normal whole foods. For a long time we did not even venture to take a vacation like this because we needed to stick to a strict diet to heal our gut issues. Instead, when we looked at vacation options we opted to rent homes or travel in our camper so we had our own kitchen facilities where we could store our own food and cook it. But, now that we no longer deal with leaky gut or unbalanced gut flora issues, the ability to take a trip where we can just eat as we go has become an option for us.
In preparation for our trip I was asked by quite a few people how our digestive systems would handle over 2 weeks of processed foods. Well, it was a bit of an experiment on my part on how we could comfortably do it since in the past we have done this for just over a week and it was really difficult on our systems. Going from having a gut that is used to all the healthy enzymes and probotics whic…

Mark 11 & Bearing Fruit

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In reading through Mark 11, I was struck as I always am in this chapter by the story of the fig tree, a story I have found so completely confusing thus not one I have really prayed about or dwelt upon in my past. But, last week as I read through this chapter each day, I was forced to take this story into greater consideration which in the end made my push in wading through the gospels this year all the more rewarding. By the end of the week, I came to a meaningful realization of what Jesus was really doing as He looked for fruit on this tree during its non-bearing season and that is what I felt led to write about for my reflection on Mark 11.
First of all I have to ask you, have you ever found yourself in a season that you would consider “non-bearing”? Personally, I have had many instances in my past that I could classify as times when good fruit from my life had no chance for growth. To the farmer, those times are the cold seasons or the dry seasons – the times when the local plan…

Mark 10 & Questions for Jesus

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While reading through Mark 10 this past week, I was struck by the number of people in this chapter who, while heading in one direction, stopped to question Jesus. Were their actions ones He would approve? And, what advice did He have to offer to their situation?
Isn't that what being a disciple of Christ is really about? Coming to Jesus, when we are headed in the direction we think is best, and seeing what He thinks about where we are headed? For those then who are determined to live by what Jesus teaches them in their life and who are willing to change course when He reveals something new or even contradictory to what is currently happening in ones life, the walk of discipleship continues down the path the Lord sets each step of the way. But to those who find His teachings too hard, must then chose to walk away from Him and from being one of His own.
I thought I would walk through, step by step the four scenarios in Mark 10. Each of these stories offer differing perspectives o…