Thursday, December 29, 2011

Homemade Yogurt

We use a lot of yogurt. Mostly for smoothies, but we enjoy eating it as well. I generally find good coupon deals on it. But after reading a blog post on how to make homemade yogurt I decided to try it. I think it will turn out being very cost effective.

I've been wanting to try this for awhile. Finally got around to it yesterday.
It was actually very simple.

The crock pot definitely makes it easy to heat the milk.

 Mix in yogurt and thickener. (Next time I will not use a whole package of gelatin).
Insulate and let it sit! Easiest part :)
In the morning, the yogurt was a bit thicker than I expected (due to too much gelatin). I realize now, after the fact, I could have left it like this and not strained it.

I strained and left in refrigerator about an hour or so longer than I needed to. Producing  very thick yogurt.

To smooth it down a little bit I ended up mixing in store-bought yogurt, mixing well in my KitchenAid, and adding a little cream.

Even though I learned not to use as much gelatin, and next time I might just try powdered milk, I'm pretty happy with how my yogurt turned out. With adding yogurt, and cream, I ended up with two, 32oz cartons of thick yogurt! And a very small amount of, gelled whey!

It tasted good! And am looking forward to enjoying it! I even made a blueberry-banana smoothie!
(The good thing about it turning out too thick, is that it doesn't make a difference blended up in a smoothie)! :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy CHRISTmas!!

What I've been meditating and thinking on regarding Christmas!

Favorite Christmas verse:
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Christ's Humility and Sacrifice:

The Creator became the created. He sacrificially humbled Himself because of His love for us!

Luke 2:4-7 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him is swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 

Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Why lies he in such mean estate, where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian fear; for sinners here the silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear, shall pierce him through: the cross be borne for me, for you:
hail, hail the Word made flesh, the babe, the son of Mary
(2nd verse of What Child is This)

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendor, all for love's sake becamest poor;
thrones for a manger didst surrender, sapphire- paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who was rich beyond all splendor, all for love's sake becamest poor.
(1st verse of Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor)
Christ Revealed to Mankind:
Because God send Christ to dwell on earth we have access to God and can know Him!

John 1:9-18 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will or the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.' ") And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

Luke 2:15-17 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.

Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come, offspring of the Virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the God-head see; hail th'incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King."
(2nd verse of Hark! the Herald Angles Sing)

"...All the truths about You unveiled in Scripture, all the great doctrines, all aspects of the unfolding story of redemption come down to this: that we might know You, the only true God, through Jesus Christ, and walk in obedience to Him for our own eternal joy as a loving community of believers, bringing glory to Your holy name forever..." --John MacArthur, At the Throne of Grace

Christ is the Good News:
The Gospel is given through the birth of Christ.

Luke 2:8-14 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"

It came upon a midnight clear, the glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, good will to men, from heav'n's all gracious King";
the world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.
(1st verse of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear)

Fear not then said the angel, "let nothing you afright;
this day is born a Savior or a pure virgin bright,
to free all those who trust in him from Satan's pow'r and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.
(3rd verse of God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen)

O Come Let Us Adore Him:Christ came to give us salvation. Let us fall down and worship Him, being filled with joy, and give Him all the glory!

Matthew 2:1-2, 10-11 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying "Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.... When they saw the star they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning:
Jesus to thee be all glory giv'n, Word of the Father,
late in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
(4th verse of O Come, All Ye Faithful)

Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Something different

I've been seeing these cute, crocheted stuffed animals (amigurumi)
on crafting sites recently! I really like them! But more so, I think I liked the idea of the challenge they were to try to make one!

I've recently  joined "Craftsy" . A website with discounted craft supply deals, as well as a site where crafters can post about the projects they have made. It also has classes and workshops! Which is where I got the pattern for this little stuffed Owl.

Now that I have a feel for how to make these cute little toys, I might make a few more.
As for this little owl, I think I'll give away to a my friend's little 10 month old baby.

Christmas time

This year we are staying home for Christmas rather than traveling to Idaho to see family. We are hoping to get to see everybody after the first of the year.

Part of the reason I am so behind on blogging is because I've been busy baking and getting gifts together to ship to family. I sewed 2 gifts (which I'll post about after Christmas ;) ), as well as baked goods, jar gifts, and crocheted dishcloths as well as handmade potholders.

I saved out some of my favorite holiday candies, Almond Roca, for us too,

 Our women's Bible study group did a 'cookie exchange' for our last study for the year. So we've had plenty of sweets to consume here. Which takes awhile with just two of us!
Everything was soo yummy though!

I'm excited for Christmas this year. While I will miss family and traditions I grew up with, I'm excited this year will be a little different, and we can begin our own family traditions!

Favorite Black Friday deal

Obviously this post is very late.

In addition to Christmas gifts I bought online on Black Friday I bought myself a little something.

This is something that has been on my wishlist for awhile.
I found this particular set, 65 piece with chest for 75% off! Pretty good for a $200 value!

I'm really happy about it. And the lovely chest was a bonus!

I'm happy it came in this lovely red color too!

Yay for good deals on Black Friday -- And I was able to get it online! :) Didn't even have to deal with crazy shoppers!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Transition from brain to keyboard

I haven't blogged in almost a month!
I have lots of blog entries in my head, and sort of in the process. But my to-do list is never ending.

I hope to get back to blogging very soon!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


We had the privilege of having family here in town for the Thanksgiving weekend!
All the brothers stayed here at our house, and mom and Rebecca stayed with friend's from Church.
We all had a great time with one another, and friends.
 The boys enjoyed the xBox throughout the weekend.
I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the food we ate, except for the pies!
This was my first time getting to plan and cook almost the entire Thanksgiving dinner. The menu was Pork Roast, Mashed potatoes, Stuffing, Croissant rolls (made by mom), home canned Pears, Cranberry sauce, Deviled eggs, and Cheery, Apple and Pumpkin pies! It all turned out great, except for the stuffing which came out a little soggy :( But being my first time making stuffing, I wasn't too upset about it!

The rest of the afternoon we relaxed and played games until my Man had to go work a graveyard shift. He was able to take a couple of his brothers for ride-alongs!

Friday morning Ben made breakfast and Matt did dishes! :) And the boys continued to play xBox.

Friday afternoon we spent time at the range.

And Saturday evening our good friend, Jeff took us all out for Mexican dinner!!

 We were all able to go to the gym a few times over the weekend.

And at the end of the weekend I was able to get a phone camera shot of an awesome sunset!

It was a wonderful weekend! I have so much to be thankful for! I'm thankful for family and friends, for a home where I can host family and friends. For my wonderful husband who worked 2 long overtime shifts on his holiday weekend, and always is willing to help out at work and home and take care of those he cares about. I'm thankful for the Church family God has blessed me with and for the beauty He gives everyday through creation, and the people in my life!

Yesterday, this particular Psalm was very meaningful to me, and I think it's a fitting one to meditate on while considering being Thankful!

Psalm 92:1-6
"It is good to give thanks to the LORD, so sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, 
to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!
The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:"

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Helpmeet in Training!

I've been married for 1 year 9 months, and 18 days! (I'm too lazy to figure out hours, minutes, and seconds, sorry).
I'm still very new to this wife stuff. I have learned a lot in the past almost-2-years (I'm lazy, now rounding). I thank God for the blessing of His Word, Christian authors who have written books on the subject, mothers, friends, pastors, and others along the way that have helped encourage, edify, instruct, teach, help, offer advice & counsel me in my journey of being a wife.

We often think of wives (at least I do) as women who are matronly housekeepers who are supposed to be loving, supportive and submissive to their husbands. They are the ones with the duty of keeping the house clean, meals cooked, laundry clean.... and folded. They do the grocery shopping, and the bookkeeping, pay the bills if needed, and keep track of calender appointments. All while their husbands go to work 5 days a week, 9-5 and earn the pay check.

All of those things are true, and good. And I understand completely that every good wife doesn't look like the stereotype I just described because each woman is unique, and has different lifestyles and circumstances. But you get where I'm coming from.

My passion in life was always to be that stereotype, and someday add children to it. I wanted to be the stay-at-home homemaker, to plan meals, keep house, and build a comfortable, happy home. To take care of my husband, support and submit to him.
But in almost-2-years of marriage I am beginning to understand being a wife goes a little bit deeper than that. For a few weeks now I have been contemplating "What is a helpmeet? How does a woman become a "helpmeet/helper/helpmate"? How can I help my husband, what is the best way to help, how do I know if I'm being helpful or not? etc.
So, I've been studying my husband, trying to figure out and discern how he, as an individual needs help. What his specific weaknesses and strengths are and what the most effective way to aid him in them is. After a few weeks of doing that, and still not having it 100% figured out I was prompted, through various circumstances, to look at the Bible.
The Bible actually has lots to say about wives even if the word wife/wives is not specifically mentioned.

Here is what the Bible says to and about wives:

Genesis 2:18 "Then the LORD God said, "it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him."  We are created for man.

Genesis 2:23-25 "Then the man said, "this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."  Reason Man is the head and woman submits.
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed." Intimacy is good!

Genesis 3:16 "To the woman [God] said, "I will multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he shall rule over you." Submit, even though we desire to rule over our husbands.

Proverbs 31:10-31"An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. she rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. she opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. she looks well to the way of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates." (emphasis added).

1 Corinthians 13:1-8a, 13 "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliever up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends....So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." Complete self-LESS love.

Ephesians 5:1-2, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 33b "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ love us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.... for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.... Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.... Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.... let the wife see that she respects her husband."

Colossians 3:18 "Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord."

Titus 2:3-5 "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled."
For the sake of sparing you an extremely loong blog post I have only recorded a few passages directed to wives, and a few that are not as directed, but still apply.

I am guilty of failing in many of these commands. Especially the ones on Love. I am thankful for the rebuke and correction from the Bible, and even more so thankful for God's forgiveness when I fail. I'm looking forward to continuing this journey, even though I know how challenging it is, and that at times it will be painful and overwhelming.... and I will fail again. But through the power of Christ I can succeed!
In my almost-2-years of marriage I am a very long way from achieving all of this. But I recognize I have only just begun my journey becoming a helpmeet, and have lots of time to learn. I'm am content as long as I am continually learning. When I stop learning, growing and maturing there will be a problem. I am soo thankful that God has given me instruction in His Word on how to fulfill this duty as a helper to my husband!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Prayer


"Sovereign Commander of the Universe,

I am sadly harassed by doubts, fears, unbelief, in a felt spiritual darkness.
My heart is full of evil surmisings and disquietude, and I cannot act faith at all.
My heavenly Pilot has disappeared, and I have lost my hold on the Rock of Ages; I sink in deep mire beneath storms and waves, in horror and distress unutterable.
Help me, O Lord,
to throw myself absolutely and wholly on thee, for better, for worse, without comfort, and all but hopeless.
Give me peace of soul, confidence, enlargement of mind, morning joy that comes after night heaviness;
Water my soul richly with divine blessings;
Grant that I may welcome thy humbling in private so that I might enjoy thee in public;
Give me a mountain top as high as the valley is low. 
Thy grace can melt the worst sinner, and I am as vile as he;
Yet thou has made me a monument of mercy, a trophy of redeeming power;
In my distress let me not forget this.
All-wise God,
Thy never-failing providence orders every event, sweetens every fear, reveals evil's presence lurking in seeming good, brings real good out of seeming evil, makes unsatisfactory what I set my heart upon, to show me what a short-sighted creature I am, and to teach me to live by faith upon thy blessed self.
Out of my sorrow and night give the name Naphtali - 'satisfied with favour' - help me to love thee as thy child, and to walk worthy of my heavenly pedigree."

from The Valley of Vision (emphasis added)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christians, Members of the Body of Christ

"Since Christ is the head of the body of which Christians are members, he has a right to expect the same services from them, which we expect from our members. Now what we expect from our members is, that everyone, in its proper place, should perform the services allotted it; executing the purposes, and obeying the commands of the head. We do not expect that each member should have a separate will, or pursue a separate interest, or act in any respect as if it were independent. If any part of our bodies does not fulfill these expectations, and yield prompt and implicit obedience to our will, we conclude it to be diseased; and if the acts of the will produce no effect upon it, we conclude it to be dead, and remove it, if possible, as a useless encumbrance. We further expect that our members, instead of attempting to provide, each one, for its own wants, will depend upon the wisdom and foresight of the head, for all necessary supplies. In a word, we know that it is the part of the head to plan, direct and provide, and the part of the members to obey and execute. Precisely similar are the duties of Christians, considered as the members of Christ. No Christian must have a separate will, or a separate interest of his own, or act, in any respect, as if he were an insulated, independent individual. As there is but one head, so there must be but one governing, guiding will, and that must be the will of Christ. If any neglect to execute his will, they are spiritually dead. and were never really united to Christ, for his real members never die. It is also their duty to depend on him for everything, for the supply of all their temporal and spiritual necessities; and never to attempt any thing but in reliance on his wisdom, grace and strength. As well may our feet walk safely, or our hands work skillfully, without assistance and guidance from the head, as Christians can perform any service without the grace of Christ their head, in whom are laid up all the treasures of wisdom, and knowledge, and grace."

Legacy of a Legend, Christians, Members of the Body of Christ. by Edward Payson

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Project!

While browsing around on coupon blogs and frugal websites I stumbled upon this blog post. A simple tutorial on how to make a knock-off version of the Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Patch wreath priced at $99.95. The original blog post I saw about it said they could make it for $22.75.
Since I had a shopping trip to "the big city" and hour away ;). I decided I'd look out for some of these craft supplies, because I liked the wreath, and it looked like a fun project to do (Not like I need more projects).

Williams Sonoma Wreath 
I found 2 packages of 8 faux mini pumpkins at Walmart on clearance for $3.00 each.
I then stopped in a JoAnn's and found the grapevine wreath for $4.99, bag of Spanish Moss for $2.49 (had about half left over too), paid $3.49 for glue and already had some ribbon.
My total cost for supplies to make this wreath was $16.97. But considering I didn't use all the glue, and moss, It was actually less than that! There were a few leaves that came with the pumpkins that I glued on mine also.

This was my first time making a wreath. It was fun. I really like the way mine turned out, and I am pleased I got such a lovely wreath for not much money. I actually like mine much better than it's "inspiration".

Epic Shopping Trip 11-5-11

This will be my first "couponing" blog post. I don't have the resources to be an "Extreme Couponer" but I do clip lots of coupons, have a binder full of them, study store ads, and plan my monthly shopping trips days in advance. Do all the sales, promos, and coupon match ups! Here are a few of the really good deals I got yesterday
I only paid $2.56 for all of this at CVS.

Transaction #1:
Bought 2 Aveeno lotion 2.5oz. $3.69 each.
Total with tax $7.89 Received a $7.00 Extra Care Bucks (aka, CVS cash coupon to use on next order).
Almost FREE after ECB(extra care bucks).

Transaction #2:
3 chapstick $1.50 each on sale.
1 Tide detergent 40oz. $5.94 on sale. Used a $2/1 coupon.
Also used my $7.00 ECB I just received. Bring my total down to $1.67 w/ tax!

At Raley's I scored FREE eggs and really cheap frozen pasta.
Dozen eggs were FREE after spending $20. And Raley's had a store coupon sale going on their Nob Hill frozen Tortellini pasta. Priced $3.99 each with a coupon for $3 off (limit of 4). Making them $0.99 a bag!

All 4 bags, only $3.96 total!! $0.99 each!

At Walmart I picked up a FREE box of Idahoan Farmhouse Fix'ns cheesy hashbrowns. Used a coupon good for 1 FREE up to $1.50 value from the All You magazine, Nov. issue.
I also got FREE ketchup at Walmart. In the Deli section they sell individual servings of Heinz ketchup in cute little glass bottles.

These were priced at $0.60 each. I had 4 coupons good for $1 off any Heinz ketchup. Which means, since Walmart now allows overage on coupons, I made $1.60 on buying these. Which means that additional $0.40 per coupon was applied to other items I bought! (a bonus to FREE ketchup is I have lots of fun craft ideas for these cute little jars after I use the ketchup)!!

Here are the freebies I picked up at various stores

Toothpaste was FREE at Smith's. Had a sale on Crest toothpaste a $1 each. I had 3 $1 off 1 Crest toothpaste. Making it FREE!

There are the highlights of my shopping trip yesterday!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Autumn labors..... bring Spring blossoms

This past summer was my first time growing a garden! I had fun. Before getting married I'd grown flower beds at my parents house. This year I didn't bother with flowers, other than a few potted ones. It was kind of hard to grow both flowers and vegetables in the same place. And since my garden spot is behind our house, I'd probably be the only one to enjoy it.

Since our landlord moved the shed that was in the yard, I have a nice corner that looked very empty! So I decided to put in a flower bed! I'm thrilled my landlord is okay with me making changes like that to the property. Having Christian friends as a landlord is a blessing that words cannot express!

My man and I and some friends took a the morning last week to go get dirt! The dirt available where we live is full of arsenic and alkali and sorely lacking in nutrient. Needs furtilized often, and lots of care. So, in order to find enough, good soil for growing for fill a flower bed we had to go up in a hills a ways!

Was a beautiful, and dusty drive up the canyon! We found some nice, black soil, backed up the pick up's and started digging!

It was a very nice day for working outdoors! And I was surprised how fast we filled up the trucks, especially with help!

Once we had the pick ups full, we headed back down the canyon to unload and fill up the flower bed.

I'm excited to have a flower bed this next spring/summer. I've already got 50 tulip bulbs planted. And look forward to accumulating more varieties of flowers and plants this coming year!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Puree

This summer I was pleasantly surprised by finding a pumpkin plant from the previous tenants. I only got one good pumpkin from it, but it was a very good sized pumpkin!!
I had to bring it inside to allow it to ripen completely, only got partially orange in the garden.

I wasn't sure how good the pumpkin would be not getting all the way ripe.

It's been sitting inside my house for a few weeks. I decided to cut into it last week and see how it turned out.

I cut and scooped...

Baked and peeled...

Cut in chunks and pureed...

Measured, bagged, and put in the freezer!

I'm surprised I got 26 cups of pumpkin puree out of that one pumpkin!
I love baking with pumpkin and am excited I succeeded my first time making pumpkin puree and can't wait to make pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin puree.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Autumn morning hike

Wednesday morning my husband and I took a day hike up a canyon outside town. A quick 30 minute drive to the canyon, and a 4 mile hike round trip! 
The night before as we got our day packs ready, we were aware it was expected to be a very cold day. High temperatures were expected to be in the 50's. 
I enjoy hiking, but like the conditions to be just-so. I was afraid it would a bitterly cold, miserable hike. (Not to mention I would most likely be very sore from my 3 mile run the day before).
We bundled up in thermal base layers, long sleeves, scarves & jackets. 

Contrary to what I had expected it was a gorgeous morning! It was cold, but warm clothing makes all the difference. We were quickly shedding jackets just after the first half mile. With a clear blue sky, no wind, and accelerated heart-rates we kept very comfortable!

I am soo pleased we did take a hike! The autumn colors were breath-taking! And the time together and conversation was wonderful!

My favorite part was walking over a blanket of bright colored leaves and hearing them crunch under my feet. That, combined with listening to the clear, spring water running down the canyon I was overwhelmed with the beauty that surrounded me.

The striking contrast of bright, bold colors against the brown, high desert, sage brush-covered hills. 

It was a glorious morning! I quickly forgot how cold it was and couldn't get enough of the autumn beauty! 

No one but my God could paint such a unique, lovely picture! The beauty of His creation never ceases to amaze me! I am in awe and humbled every time I get out and behold His handiwork.

"By the Word of the LORD the heavens were made;
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; 
he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the LORD; 
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm."
Psalm 33:6-9