Fall update

by Maggie

Dec
02

Okay ya’ll, time for a much needed update on what’s going on around here!
You probably thought we’d abandoned you for good.. but we are staying super busy!

CNA
Abbie is now officially a CNA, and she is working part-time at a nursing home nearby.

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A couple weeks ago John-Clay and Abbie went down to TX for a video project that   J-C was in charge of. This fun group of folks spent all week videoing Andrew Pudewa so his sessions on writing will be up-to-date!set up
The set-up in the back.

BBQ 
One night they went to this amazing restaurant, you know
the moan-and-groan-and-can-hardly-walk-after-you’re-done-eating type of restaurant.
It was obviously good enough that it made it on the blog.
A rare occurrence. If ever.
So, if you need some great BBQ.. look ‘em up.

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And speaking of great food… Thanksgiving always has LOTS of it! Winking smile

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We had a fun time eating, playing games, and great fellowship with the relatives that came to our house this year for Thanksgiving!

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Now to the thing that, for a few of us, has taken up the majority of our time…
(and money) =Phunting
Hunting… Oh. Yeah!

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A little bored, Benj?

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During Youth Season, Benj shot this nice doe.
This is his first deer, and also his first year to hunt (besides being nice and sitting with someone so that they can hunt).

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The first day that I was able to hunt rifle season, I shot this guy within 45 minutes of being out, and within 15 minutes of it being light enough to see!
Yeah, I kinda got a big break!

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After we had gutted my buck, Benj decided to stay out and hunt the same spot, hoping to catch a deer coming to check out the guts.

We got the call while skinning and quartering up my buck that Benj had shot this fella’…
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His first buck!!

Aaaand 3 days later Carinna shot this doe.

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With four deer harvested, there is a lot of meat to cut up and package for the freezer!
And hunting season is far from over! We are praising the Lord for His provision!
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Yum… look at those beautiful butterfly steaks.
Well, okay.. they don’t exactly  look beautiful.. or yummy yet, but use your imagination.
Chicken fried steak coming right up! Now you can say yum.cutting up meat
When you spend hours, upon hours, cutting up raw meat.. and Christmas songs are playing.. and you’re hungry.. and/or a little tired… weird moods are just going to happen.

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There’s still work to be done.. I have jerky marinating, and we have burger to grind up, most of which, Carinna will make into some AMAZING summer sausage!
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We are also super busy with grandpa’s estate sale that will be going on this weekend. 
Grandpa has been living with us for about two months.
It’s great having him live with us, not without it’s challenges.. but we are so grateful for him and the blessing he is to our family!!!!

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Dustin, Hannah, and this cute little guy are on their way to move back down here!!
Smile We are SO excited!  (that’s an understatement!) Smile

 

Ps.126:1-3 

“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”

 

Praise the Lord, for He has done great things for us indeed!!

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Ferraro Family

by Abbie

Nov
18

Don’t you just love good Christian fellowship?! A couple weeks ago, our friends, the Ferraros came down from Illinois to visit us for several days. We thoroughly enjoyed their time spent at our house! =)

They arrived on Friday, and on Saturday, a pile of us went out to the farm and “used up a little ammo”. =)

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Of course we had lots of conversations and also played tons of games – including, Occupation Telephone, which is sure to get many laughs!

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Thanks to Granddad, the Ferraros were able to have a tour of our little town in the model T. =) It’s a classic!

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Benj enjoyed lots of time with Joel and Benny F. They spent hours and hours playing baseball together. =)

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…and you know if you come to the Burnett’s house, chances are, it may just happen to involve a bowl or two of homemade peach ice-cream. =)

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Sunday evening we pulled instruments out of the cases, warmed up our voices and had one hum-dinger of a hymn sing (and a few random selections =). This was my highlight of their visit!!!

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“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Col. 3:16

Ya’ll come! =)

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Birthday+Painting+Craft shopping= FALL!

by Charity

Nov
07

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I know, Hannah’s birthday was a month ago, but here are some pictures of their surprise visit down here!! I think our faces were priceless as they just walked in the front door! *absolute shock* But totally the best surprise ever! We had a great weekend with them!
A big ‘ol scoop of molassas/peanut butter/and chocolate chips served as her birthday cake!

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Okay. These are some rather embarrassing pictures. But I guess I’ll post them anyway.
When we first moved into our house, our girls’ bedroom was painted a fresh coat of beautiful pinkish-mauve. maggie, carinna
After 8 yrs of that wonderful color we refreshed our room with a lovely yellow and textured blue with daisies to accent! Cute! For 9 yrs.

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Now ladies and gentlemen… the latest refresh…

The painting crew. We’re good. But don’t look too close to the walls, you might just see some writing that went on between primer and paint! =D
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Silver walls with dark fuchsia bedspreads. I guess when I’m almost thirty it’ll be time to update again!  
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It has been tradition for YEARS for Mom and Granny and our aunts to go craft shopping together in AR every year. Well this year some of us granddaughters got to join in and get the experience for ourselves!
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Super fun to run in to friends from 23yrs ago!
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We got to watch a guy paint these pictures using spray paint! Pretty impressive!
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-Fall- 
pumpkin everything, hayrides, bright leaves, sweaters, hot chocolate, scarves, candy corn, boots, football and apple cider.
What would you add to the list?

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Fall

by Carinna

Oct
29

It is feeling more and more like fall here…
soup, jackets, hot chocolate, everything-pumpkin…
speaking of pumpkin we had these yummy
pumpkin scones the other day for breakfast
and I thought we’d share the recipe.

Pumpkin Scones
Prep Time: 25 minutes     Cook Time: 15 minutes     Yield: 8 scones

Ingredients

    Scone
    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/4 tsp ground ginger
    1/8 tsp ground cloves
    1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
    3 Tbsp granulated sugar
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
    1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp canned pumpkin puree, chilled (don’t chill in can)
    3 1/2 Tbsp buttermilk
    1 large egg
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 Tbsp honey
    1 Tbsp half and half

    Glaze
    1 cup powdered sugar
    2 Tbsp half and half, then more as needed

    Pumpkin Icing
    3/4 cup powdered sugar
    1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
    1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/8 tsp ground ginger
    1 Tbsp half and half

    Directions
    For the scones:
    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well blended. Cut in butter. Create a well in the center.
    In a bowl whisk together chilled pumpkin puree, buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract and honey. Pour mixture into well in flour/butter mixture. Stir mixture with a wooden spoon to incorporate, then knead in bowl (or on work surface) by hand several times to bring mixture together. Dust a work surface with flour then invert dough onto surface. Pat and shape dough into an even 8-inch round. Using a large knife, slice into 8 equal wedges (dust knife with flour as needed while cutting, it will be fairly sticky).
    Transfer scones to a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush tops with 1 Tbsp half and half then bake in preheated oven 13 – 15 minutes until tops are golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool 10 minutes (no longer) before spreading with glaze.

    For the glaze:
    In a mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar and half and half, adding more half and half as needed to reach desired consistency (it should be fairly thick not runny). Spoon and spread mixture scones to evenly coat tops (use all of it). Let glaze set at room temperature.

    For the pumpkin glaze:
    In a mixing bowl (I just used the one from the glaze above without cleaning out) whisk together powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and half and half. Transfer mixture to a small Ziploc bag, seal bag, cut a small tip from corner and drizzle mixture over tops of scones. Allow icing to set. Best served day prepared.

    And if you’re Benjamin you add a couple more layers of icing. ;D

Job 5:8-11  “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.”

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Possum grapes

by Carinna

Oct
21

Well, it’s that time of year again…When the possum grapes are ripe and
just begging to be picked.
They were more than abundant this year. I mean there were SO many grapes
on this one tree we didn’t even bother looking for more.
Granddad said, “In my short life I’ve never seen so many possum grapes in one place so thick and big!” Now that is saying something.

In case you don’t know what possum grapes are…you could look it up…

…or I could just be nice and just tell you. :D They are small, black, wild grapes. They grow in Oklahoma and Texas, and you can find them climbing up trees on the the side of the county roads, or along fence rows…etc. I’ve always been told the reason they’re called possum grapes is, they are about the size of a opossum’s eye. True or not. That’s the story. :D

This year Grandpa, Granddad, Charity, Maggie, Benjamin, and I
loaded up and hit the prime spot.
We put the ladder in the back of the trailer to help with the height factor.

The first of many bags.

Don’t we look so well balanced?
Truth is we were going, “Bump. Whoa!!!” snip “You’re shaking the trailer!” snip “Oops! Open the bag a little more.” snip-Shaking. “Whoa!” “If only my arms were longer”…snip-streeeetch-snip…"If this branch broke I’d be a goner!” snip “Almost”…snip “Whew! got ‘em.”

Once the picking escapade was done, we got a few reinforcements and started picking them off the vines. :)

Benj toughed out the poison ivy.
You really can’t tell but his arm was really swollen.

And no, Abbie wasn’t skipping out on all the fun. She was upstairs studying very hard for her CNA class she has been going through the past 2 weeks.

Next we washed, boiled, and pressed them.

Then turned the juice in to jelly. Overall we used around 30lbs. of sugar!

It took us an afternoon and the next morning.
We made 10 batches. Which equaled 50 pints.

Ta-da!

Just one piece of homemade bread (or maybe two or three) with
this smothered on it, and it makes all the pain worth it!

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