Monday, April 20, 2009

Mamaw's Jalapeno Cornbread

3/4 can of corn
1 cup cooking oil
3 eggs
2 1/4 cup self-rising cornmeal
3 medium jalapeno peppers, chopped
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cup grated cheese

Mix all ingredients. Pour into iron skillet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour.

This could be a meal in itself and is so so so tasty. Very likely my favorite cornbread of all time. The fact that it's Mamaw's might have something to do with it :)

And I am loving the comments from the last post! So enthusiastic :) but not quite as much as me, hehehe. Actually, I am having to learn restraint with my excitement for things "un-technified" because I think it scares my husband. It's kind of like a weird backwards Green Acres. Oh the stories we will have for our kids one day, LOL

Mrs. B, I love sunflowers! Natasha, you can bet the swing will come in handy this summer...alls I need is a table for the fresh lemonade after the weeding :) I do love our chickens, even if Deuce did punch me in the eye when I tried to put him and his ladies in the cage to share our lawn with them. But I try not to hold grudges ;)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Praise GOD from Whom ALL blessings flow!!

The past couple of days have been quite busy for us around here. I have a wonderful true story of God's provision for us to share with you, when I am not so sleepy and can give it the brain-power it needs. But I will share with you for now just a few nibbles of the sweetness I have felt from Him this week. It just amazes and baffles me why I should even be blessed so enormously. It just swells so big in my heart that I can hardly stand it.

This pretty insect was enjoying a rest on our little raspberry plant. I was somewhat concerned that he might try to munch on it, so I stared at it quite sternly until it flew away. Guess I told him ;)

A porch swing. It might be the old-fashioned country girl in me, but home just doesn't seem right without one of these. We bought it this morning from the Mennonites on Cedar Creek. DH and I have already given it a good "test swing".

And now, I'd like to introduce you to the newest "members" of our family!

This is Hazel, in front, and Hennie (original, I am not!)

And this is Deuce! Isn't he a handsome fella?
His full name is Lonesome Dove II, given him by his previous keeper, but I like things simple ;)

Those big black timbers? Those are the ones I mentioned in my "8's" post.
Not exactly an enjoyable exercise, but maybe after going through all that it'll be worth it.

With dirt! I added a 10-10-10 fertilizer to it this afternoon. It's forecasted to rain tonight, tomorrow and some Monday, so hopefully Tuesday I can start planting! Hopefully that's enough time in between fertilizing...anyone have any idea how long you should wait before planting?

Until next time, I hope everyone has a beautiful and blessed Sunday!

Crazy 8's!

I bet you thought I wasn't going to post ever again, huh? No? I guess that was just me :) Well, not only do I have happy things to share, but I now have a happy obligation to do more than one tonight! So, if you ever wanted to get to know more about me, like my sweet sister-friend Kim, here's your chance! :)

Here's the run-down on the 8's:

  • Mention the person that tagged you.
  • Complete the lists of 8's.
  • Tag 8 of your wonderful bloggy friends.
  • Go tell them you tagged them!
  1. Seeing my Savior and being with my Father and King FOREVER!
  2. Family reunions. Hey...not all the things you hear about southern families is true.
  3. Being with my DH for the rest of our lives
  4. Being a mommy someday
  5. Adventures with our first vegetable garden
  6. To another beautiful day tomorrow!
  7. Eventually expanding our little flock of chickens
  8. Learning how to be a better servant, cause I'm not so great at it right now...
  1. I had coffee too!(lol Kim!) Decaf :)
  2. Moved the 4 200-lb railroad ties all by myself. (this "bigger than acceptable" rear-end comes in handy!)
  3. Played in the dirt with my flip-flops on
  4. Broke one of our 2 eggs for the day
  5. Finally cleaned up the porch
  6. Worked on my cross-stitch
  7. Read Blogs!
  8. Enjoyed getting my "sunnin" in, the old-fashioned way :)
  1. See better without my glasses (almost the same as Kim's)
  2. Sew really really well! (ditto for me too!)
  3. Become a super-woman and guarantee my husband I can finish the class before July.
  4. Blink my eyes and be 125 lbs again.
  5. Not worry about my weight so much.
  6. Meet all my blogging friends in real life! (ditto again)
  7. Live with Mennonites for a short time and learn what real "sufficiency" is, lol
  8. Take back the time I wasted chasing what "I" (read: what the world said I ought to) thought was best.

  1. Biggest Loser ( I'm sure this doesn't help my body image deal)
  2. Super Nanny
  3. 18 Kids and Counting
  4. the really good Hallmark shows (example: I'm watching Little House on the Prairie right now)
  5. Andy Griffith
  6. Sorry I don't have more but that's about all the t.v. I cant stand
  7. To be honest, it wouldn't hurt my feelings much if we didn't watch it at all.
  8. I do watch the news and occasionally some FoxNews

I'm tagging people I don't know very well, YET. If you do this please tell me so I can come learn more about you.

Actually, I'm going to skip this part. Not because I want to make anyone mad, but I feel kind of weird picking people out to do things I'm not really sure they'd be comfortable or even have time to do. I personally like doing these, I guess it's probably like my weirdness about not liking to drop in on people but not caring a bit for people to drop in on me. I know...weird.

So, if you see this and take a notion to, you're more than welcome to join me! It was really pretty fun :) Thank you for inviting me, Kim!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hallelujah, Praise the Lamb

From the moment man first disobeyed the Father,
We were then held captive by our sins.
The Law of God demanded a sacrifice
Restoring to Himself His own again.

So the Lamb, His only Son was freely offered,
Atonement for our sins forever made.
He, innocent and holy, still God and God only
Could ransom and redeem us back again.

Hallelujah, praise the Lamb
Hallelujah, praise the Lamb
My heart sings HIS praise again,
Hallelujah, praise the Lamb

So to the cross they carried Him
With all our guilt and all our sin,
The Lamb of God was slain for our transgressions.

And on the cross, those nail-pierced hands
Reached up to God and down to man.
And just as if I'd never sinned, He took me in His arms
Embracing me, He willingly forgave!

For mercy, grace, and love that knows no bounds.
Though guilty and condemned, I now am clean!
Forever I'm forgiven, for CHRIST the Lord is risen
And risen with Him we shall one day be!!

Oh, hallelujah, praise the Lamb!
Hallelujah, praise the Lamb!
My heart sings His praise again,
Hallelujah, praise the Lamb!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Springtime on the Hill

First, I want to share with you how thoughtful my husband can be. The other day, when he was close to a "computer store", he stopped in to get a new mouse for his computer. While he was in the area, he stopped by Hobby Lobby and had a look at what they had on sale. He felt bad that he had bought himself something that he wanted to pick a couple of things for me. Is that great, or what? :)

He thought this little box was "me", lol. I thought a couple of little flower pots might fit in there.

And this cute little table for my little green buddy! I have been sitting the pot on the window sill and he was afraid it might fall off one day. He's so sweet!!

And speaking of my little green buddy, look how pretty it's gotten! Oh....and what do I see...?

A baby green buddy!! :)

And I thought I would share a few pictures from the past week, spring is definitely in swing, no matter that we had flurries in the state later that week!

These guys have been popping up all over the hillside, I just call them "umbrella plants". :)

"And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

Matthew 6:28, 29

A nice azalea bush ready to burst into bloom!

The greenery is returning to the hillside.

Wild strawberries :)

The sun through the plum tree leaves

Not really sure what this tree is, but I like it :)

Just a little taste of spring on our hill in Tennessee. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!! :)

Monday, April 6, 2009

So honored

My dear sister-in-Christ over at Evening Shade Morning Latte informed me this morning that she had something for me over at her blog. What did I find? A gift! All I could do at first was think "Awwwwww". I've had a crummy couple of days, but to know that this lady who I do think alot of myself would consider me worthy of something like this (something I never expected), well it did bring a smile to my face.

It is the "Love Award" and the following description accompanies it: "These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find & be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated."

The rules of the award are as follows: Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to 8 bloggers that then need to choose 8 bloggers of their own to pass the award to. Include the following text depicting the award..."Each of the following ladies, I simply love. They each have faced their own challenges in their lives & the way they encapsulate their expierences endears them greatly to my heart."

The 8 ladies I would like to pass this one on to are:

I know that it's possible that some may receive this twice. I certainly do not want anyone to feel obligated to pass this on. I simply felt like these ladies deserved some recognition, 'cause they've been blessin' my socks off! Again, Nichole, thank you. I truly am blessed.

*****EDIT: I don't know how I could have done this. I feel so awful. This beautiful woman deserves to be included, more than I can describe, so I am going to have to add a ninth linkie :)

Sweet Mrs. Denise at Shortybears Place