Friday, January 17, 2014

From Cats to Goats

I know having pets is wonderful and a responsibility.  We had this stray cat show up one day and we all embraced it.  This really cute cat is so lovable that let's Liberty pet her and won't run away.  I don't know why or how it came, but she has stayed since the first day it came.  She was given the name, Kitty, of course.  Danielle, Destiny, Noah and even Liberty love to play with her and play with her.  Sometimes they forget she is a real cat and not a stuffed animal.
We keep her outdoors, so she has learned to catch field mice and birds.  The joy of having Kitty around is wonderful and fitting for our surroundings at this point.



The goats are another story.  When Vana and Jubilee were born, on January 2013, Danielle and Destiny took care of them for about a month.  They woud get up early in the morning, or not so early and go feed the goats with alfalfa and provide them with fresh water.  They loved taking care of them.




 Now the goats are bigger and have longer horns but are still workable.  It was a great expirience  to see the be born and grow.  We hope to have a milking goat someday.  These ones are meat goats and would only give milk briefly after they give birth, for about 3 months.

These two have been so far our family's exposure to pets and farm animals.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Article By Danielle on the King's Blooming Rose

We were all encouraged to see Danielle's article published in The King's Blooming Rose this Winter issue.  It motivated Danielle to continue to write and read.  The magazine is an excellent resource for young girls to encourage each other in their walk with Christ.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Happy Birthday to Dad and Best Chocolate Cake Recipe with Real Food Ingredients!


Our beloved Dad turns 44 today!  What a joy and a blessing to have a man who fears the Lord.  Danielle got to play “Happy Birthday” song in the piano while Noah drummed in a couple of my food pails.
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Then, she turned the environment jolly and militant with “When the Saints go Marching in”.  We enjoyed this delicious cake with milk and Jose got to open presents that we put together.  He enjoyed all the little love notes from Danielle, Destiny, Noah and even Liberty who runs to him crying “Papa, Papa” every time he comes home from work.
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This is a chocolate cake you can actually eat a second serving without feeling guilty.   Even Liberty Joy enjoyed a bit.  We have modified and replaced some ingredients from the Hershey’s one.
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You will need:
  • 2 cups flour.  I make a sprouted soft wheat flour.
  • 2 cups Rapadura (sugar) I use 1 1/2 cups
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant “barley” coffee powder (or espresso)
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1/2 cup  of kefir and 1/2 cup of milk)
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Butter two 9-inch cake pans or one 9 by 11.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and barley coffee powder in a large bowl.
  3. Add milk,  oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together.
  4. Slowly and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter if you have a hand mixer.
  5. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until done.
  6. Let it cool before applying the frosting

Chocolate frosting
  • 1 (8 ounce) package organic cream cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1/4 cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup organic semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions:  Melt the chocolate.  I put the chocolate in a glass measuring cup over a small saucepan with water.  Add all ingredients to a blender or to a bowl if using a hand mixer and combine well.
I have doubled this recipe for a larger crowd and it turned out well too.
Enjoy your birthday celebrations with your whole family!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Easy Homemade Laundry Soap - One Year Supply for less than $20!

Of course the “one year supply”  will depend on how many loads you do a year.   We used to do the liquid laundry soap recipe, but since we found this one at Being Creative, we think is a better idea.  This makes much more to last and there is no hot water handling or stirring and it is done instantly.
You will need:
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  • Container or bucket to hold about 2 gallons which is how much this mixture adds up to.
  • A box and a large plastic bag for mixing
  • 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax
  • 1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • 1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3 lb 7 oz)
  • 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap or 2 bars of Zote from the Mexican store
  • 2 small containers of Oxy Clean or one that’s about 3 lbs. (optional but highly recommended if you have children like mine)
  • 1 TBS of essential oil, lavender or lemon (optional).  You can also add it as you are doing your load.
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1. Line the box with the bag and mix all ingredients in it.  Grate the soap or you can process it into powder in a food processor or dry blade vita mix.
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2. Add the oxy clean.
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3.  Add the Borax.
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4.  Add Washing Soda and Baking Soda.
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5. Using the plastic bag, mix them all together in the box.
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6.  Make a nice label for it, “Laundry Soap” and on the other side of the container, you can tape the recipe for next year’s supply :)
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**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load.
Try it and let us know how it works out for you!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Our Family Rules from the Duggar's

We have these new fun rules at home.  We like them because it protects us from getting hurt by others around our house.

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These rules we took from the Duggar’s family.   God gave us 10 commandments and then He spelled it out in many specific situations to show us what it looks like to love Him and to love others.

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Here they are.  We put ours in a very visible place because we tend to forget easily.

1. Always use soft words, even when you don’t feel well.
2. Always display kind actions, even if you have been mistreated.
3. Show joyful attitudes even when no one is looking.
4. Have sincere motives with no thought of self-gain.
5. Think pure thoughts.
6. Always give a good report of others. Never tale-bear unless physical harm will come to someone. Use Matthew 18 as your standard.
7. Never raise a hand to hit.
8. Never raise a foot to kick.
9. Never raise an object to throw.
10. Never raise a voice to yell.
11. Never raise an eye to scowl.
12. Use one toy/activity at a time.
13. Never let the sun go down on your wrath. (Don’t go to be angry or guilty.)
14. Amendment J.O.Y.: Put Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last. Make serving your family a priority.
How about your family rules?  Do you have any? What are they?

Monday, August 26, 2013

We would like to invite you to join our Girl's Book Club. 


As an introduction to the club, Lamplighter has an amazing moving sale.   Click the here to go to their store and stock up on some great books.




Girl's Book Club


Part of the training to be a great helper to our family is to acquire as much knowledge as possible.  One great way to be well equipped for our upcoming challenges and God assignments is to have well rounded education in different areas such as Law, Science, Economics, Business, Marketing, the Sciences, History, Theology, Home management, the Arts, Communication, Nutrition, Health, Natural Medicine, current events, media & technology, missions and aesthetics.

We would like to welcome you to this Girl's book club as a way to encourage one another in reading books that will help us in our role and the good works God has prepared for each of us.

"The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge..." Proverbs 1:7

How the book club works:

1.  Sign up below and introduce yourself
     (name, age, what books you like to read...)

2.  Pick a book or topic you would like to read. 
     (For suggestions go to    
     www.blessedhomestead.com search A Book
    List for Girls, or you can go to our
    Lamplighter Link on the right or to our store)

3.  When you are done reading it, you may
     a.  Just leave a comment about the book, what you learned and if you
          recommend it.
     b.  You may share with us a book report or summary.
     c.  Share how this book impacted you, what you liked or didn't like.
     d.  You may also post a thread of discussion on the topic you are reading 
          about or the book you chose.
     e.  Choose to do an activity or something that inspired you by the reading and
          share about it, post some pictures.
      f.  Lapbooks are fun to do about the
         topic or book you read.  Don't forget to 
         share some pictures too.

4. Then begin another book and keep going!

5.  When you have decided on a book, let us
     know.  There may be others who
     would like to read the same book.  This 
     would be fun to have some discussion
     as we read together.

6.  Girls, young ladies and mommys of all  
     ages are invited to adventure in the club. 
     Encouragers and wise input is desired.

Girl's Book Club

Friday, August 16, 2013

Homemade Multi Purpose Healing Salve


We made this healing salve for all the awees we have everyday.  It is very easy to make, smells great, and heals the skin wonderfully.  We adapted it from http://campwander.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/10-ways-to-use-all-purpose-healing.html.  But we didn't want to make a whole pint so that it will stay fresher next time we need to make some more.  But if you have a large family, quadrupling this recipe will suit you better.

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All Purpose Healing Salve Recipe:
1/4  Cup Cold Pressed, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1 /4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1  T. Beeswax Pastilles
1/8 t. vitamin e oil (optional)

To the jar add:
5  drops Lavender
4  drops Lemon
3  drops Tea Tree
1/4  teaspoon Vitamin e oil (optional)

Fills {1} - 4 oz jar of choice.

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer as well as antibacterial.  Olive oil has lots of anti-oxidants, including Hydroxytyrosol as well as anti-inflammatory properties.  Lavendersoothes and heals, Lemon cleanses and disinfects while Tea Tree or Melaleuca is antibacterial and antifungal!


Melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm bath, stirring with a knife every few minutes until melted.
This will take at least 15 min, you want a slow melt.

Add the EOs to the empty jars and pour into glass jars of your choice and let cool.
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Suggestions from experience:  Use small jars and keep several around the house and few travel sizes handy.  We filled out one lip balm to keep in my purse and another small for the diaper bag.

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10 ways we've used All Purpose Healing Salve

1.  Crazy good hand moisturizer!

2.  Amazing on dry, cracked heels and crusty elbows.

3.  All round moisturizer for dry climates.  I use it as a body moisturizer and even on my face, sparingly!

4.  Soothes and heals chapped lips or any chappy place.

5.  Soothes welts, burns and sunburn!

6.  Great for diaper rash.

7.  Keep your animals in mind! Great antiseptic wound care for animals (except cats).

8.  Antiseptic properties make it great for cuts and scrapes!

9.  Wonderful for elderly folks and their thin, fragile skin.

10.  A good remedy for eczema!

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What are other homemade remedies you use?