“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back to School

So yesterday was the first day of school for my kids, I think they were officially the last kids in the state of Alabama to start school. I'm glad they started a little later we were able to eek a few last days out of summer and get in one more trip to the grandparents. This year begins a new chapter in my life...both kids in school...how did that happen? The night before when I was putting Ella to bed is when I got all sentimental and as I looked at her and we talked about school I did actually have the thought I need another baby! don't worry that has passed;)

Our traditional silly faces and poses picture

Who couldn't love that face...sweet girl!

Aren't' they cute and so sweet

I'm ready to go mom
headed in with supplies in hand

Yes we brought some cookie bribes for the teachers...yes I'm a nerd but the teachers always love me.
I am pleased to say nobody cried on the first day, Ella thought she needed to a little but we got past that and I thought I was going to but held it together. It was a good day.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

On the Table

OK so this is late I promise I am trying to get better

Monday - Pork Tournedos with Mango Salsa and Backberry Sauce, garlic whipped potatoes and green beans
Tuesday - Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Texmati Brown and Red Rice
Wednesday - Church
Thursday - Angel Hair with Shirmp, Scallops and Pesto Sauce
Friday - Pizza Night

Monday, August 3, 2009

Inspiration for Monday

On the Table

I am back to doing weekly menus with school starting soon we have to get back on a schedule and this really helps

Monday- Flounder with Bread Crumbs and Vegetable Tian
Tuesday- Grilled Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa *dinner at family Group home
Wednesday-Dinner at Church
Thursday-Bourbon Glazed Baby-back ribs with Fresh Corn and Sweet Potato Fries
Friday - Pizza Night

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Honey of a Day

Last week we harvested the first of our honey from our bee hives. Herman, Dan's bee mentor, helped us with the first batch. We have now cared for hives from establishment of a hive to harvesting honey. Now if we can keep our hives healthy and happy to harvest again we will be doing good.

Removing of the first frame most bees should be gone but you still have to be careful of the hangers on. Jack oversees the whole process
The honey is sealed off with a wax seal that must be removed to get the honey

Cutting away the wax seal. Wax, comb and honey all go into a bucket together

Look at that beautiful honey

You would not believe how heavy these frames are they are full of honey at least 5 pounds

Everything goes into the first straining this removes all the big stuff
Next it is run through a fine mesh then it is ready to bottle. This year we got 48 pints from our 2 hives next spring it is possible to double that number...honey anyone?
When we were done we invited a few neighbors over for an evening of biscuits and honey
Now if we could some how fit a cow in the back yard we would be the land of milk and honey.