Thursday, July 29, 2010

What I Learned This Morning And My Little Kitchen

Poppa Phil whispering into the ear of his grand baby.
"The LORD is good Reid, He will never Fail you!"
You are welcome to use this photo on your blog if you like.

Hello sweet ladies,

We were without internet again for 24 hours. I wasn't able to write back on the comments from the other day. Thank you for all the sweetness!!!!! I wrote to you all late last night.

Since we got back from camp, LIFE has been so BUSY!

The tomatoes are ready! I am so thankful that my prayers have been answered. I ask the Lord who thought up gardening, to help my garden grow. I think it is special, when He answers. The tomatoes are doing very well this year. I am grateful. My cellar is needing replenished. I have canned for our older sons families over the years. The recipe for our Tomato Stew for our soups is wonderful! Yesterday afternoon I started canning. It excites me! I have been over at your blogs and I see that you have been doing the same.

We will have it for the fall and winter months. I posted a post last year for the Tomato Soup Base. It is the best recipe. You will love it! We make Veggie Beef Soup and Chili. Click here. It works better if you have a food processor. I couldn't get as much done if I didn't have mine.

Mr. Phil planted me a little fall garden. We hope it works. Praying it will! The little corn and green bean babies are coming up. It is a precious site. See in the top left pic, how the little plant is coming up out of the ground? It is amazing!
I wish you could come to my farm and see. Know that the door is open, at any time!

I have also made some Currant Jelly and Red Plum Jam. The red plum tastes so nummy.

When I lived in Alaska there was a wonderful berry called Nagoon Berry. You had to go out into the woods and crawl on your hands and knees to get these little gems. It was so worth it. We would make jelly every summer. Well, I was so excited when I made the Red Plum Jelly, because it had the same taste. It is a treat now that takes me back home.

We have been listening to a new Bible reading. It has been very good.
Shawn at Extreme Kansas Camp, told us about it.

Today I was personally encouraged. I need that..........everyday!

I was made to live in Christ. Christ has been pursuing me from my beginning. Thank you Jesus! That is a precious thought, for me. I was reminded of who I used to be. I didn't even care about living right. Rebellion was my life, but He came and picked me up. Cleaned me off, because that is why He came. He made me new, because of HIM and the price was paid at the cross! Jesus set me free. I am so thankful that I am free from my past life. I had to give up, my rights for His rights! It was a good thing. I am still being transformed by HIS word.

Read this scripture carefully.
It will penetrate your heart, if you ask. I was again convicted.

Romans 6

1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?3Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Heard this song for the first time today. The girls are a little strange at the end,

but I love the song at the beginning.

Please pray that God would protect every marriage. Marriages are being attacked!!!! If you read my blog today and your marriage is not what God wants it to be pray, and don't give up! I want you to know that you are being prayed for! Ladies lets all pray for marriages today. Thank you!

Today I will be driving to go pick up the parts to the new fence, we are going to build. It will be a long drive, but I will be with my honey. That is a gift from the Lord! We will talk............. about you and your families and ask God to meet all of your needs. We will ask Him that if you don't know HIM, that He will whisper in your ear, that you are so loved by Him. Can't wait to see in Heaven what He did this day, for the most precious women and families in the whole world.


Have a nice day!

Blessings and hugs from the farm,



  1. Linda, I am so enjoying your blog after discovering it the other day. Love the photos of your vegetables, I will be looking up your recipe for tomato soup base!

    Thanks for the e-pattern for 'Lilly & Her Chicks', I will have a try at making the tea towel!

    Your words here are so inspiring - my walk with God is recently rekindled after a long time away and I am grateful to have found you!

    Lindsay x

  2. I love the name Willow!!!!!! It suits you! I love your blog also. I am so glad you downloaded Lily and Her chicks. It is one of my favorites.

    I am so glad you have been rekindled. I remember when I was away. It was a lonely time. I am so grateful that I found you! God is so good is He not?

    If we were together I would share a cup of tea with you and some of our new baked biscuits and Red Plum Jam. We will have to wait for heaven, they will taste even better.
    Blessings, Linda

  3. we are doing alot of canning too..tons of tomatoes this year..what a blessing..thanks for the recipe also..I need to get some celery and onion so I can make some...

  4. Linda,
    Thanks so much for sharing all you have been doing. I especially thank you for the Scripture you have shared! I needed that today.

  5. Plans have changed and we are not going to pick up the fencing until tomorrow. That is fine with me. I will get some things done. I have a surprise coming soon.

    Hi Dani, so glad you have all the tomatoes!!!!!! You will love the recipe. We open a jar sometimes and let the it cook down so it doesn't have so much liquid. Add some spices and it is num!

    Denice, hello! I am so glad you came over. You have the sweetest header. I am so glad the Lord spoke to you today! We all need encouragement don't we?

    Well, I am off to do some sewing and finishing up on a new Winter All Year Long, Fall Thyme Stitchery. It is about that time. Can't believe August is almost here!

    Blessings, Linda

  6. The canning looks great - we have a couple of weeks still before ours turn.
    Thanks for the prayers....marriage is one of God's gift.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

  7. Thank you for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and for your burden to pray for our marriages. We had a rough morning, but I know your prayers helped. May God's grace be upon you. Jeannie

  8. I live in Alaska and I have nagoonberries growing in my yard. I am hoping to get out there on my hands and knees and pick them next week.

  9. Thank you for the wonderful post. I have a burden for my 4 older sons who are not living a life that is pleasing to the Lord. The pull of the world is so strong and the influences of today are much stronger than anything I dealt with at that age. Thank you for the reminders of God and his "love letter" to us. Its wonderful how the Lord can use a passage of scripture that I have read many times and show me something new!

  10. Thank you, Linda! My newish marriage is being attacked right now. I am definitely praying! The method of attack appears to be slowing right now, but I know it is going to rear its ugly head again soon. I appreciate that you are such an advocate for marriage.

  11. Love seeing your gorgeous tomatoes. Mine in NW Wisconsin are still green, though they're are getting to tennis ball size. Can't wait!

    Thanks for the wonderful pics of your farm goings on. Always enjoy them!

  12. Hello Linda... thank you so much for such a wonderful post. It was so informative as well as moving. You truly are a blessing to all of us!

    Yummm your tomatoes look so pretty.. I always love to describe canned tomatoes as "pretty"..

    Hope your drive was a safe one..and you were able to enjoy your visit with your hubby:) I too will pray for marriages (thanks for reminding us..)

    xoxo Gert

  13. Hi Tonya, I so agree with you about marriage! I am so thankful for mine, but it were not for Christ we would have been in trouble! So nice that you will have tomatoes soon. They are wonderful!

    Jeannie, we all have those rough days! I have tried so hard to remember "A quiet answer turns away wrath. It helps. Hope tomorrow is better.

    You are welcome Donna and I am sorry about your older sons. It is hard. I know, we have walked through some pretty hard times. There is a book called. Praying Your Prodigal Home by Richard Burr. It is a wonderful book and I prayed three prayers in it regularly for our sons. Powerful

    Heather, praying!!!! So sorry! Keep me posted. I will continue to pray.

    Cranberry, did you know if it starts getting cold and your tomatoes are not ripe, that you can pick them. Lay them on newspaper and they will ripe and taste the same!

    Gert, you are a sweetie! Thank you for the encouragement. Didn't go today, going on Friday instead. It will be a fun drive with the honey!

    Love you all bunches, Linda

  14. Hi Linda,
    What a wonderful post!!! How exciting a fall garden!!! That is my fav time of year!!! Yes, the veggies are coming in now!!! All the tomatoes all at once~but I love it!!! Making tomato bread tomorrow... tomato pie later next week~I'll have to give you that recipe, it's NUM! Thank you for your recipe... I will be using it for sure. Isn't the Lord good!!!!
    Have a wonderful day tomorrow

    Love Carissa

  15. Our tomatoes didn't survive the recent hot snap, but that just gives us a chance to support the farmers market for our produce!
    Have a good trip for your fencing, wonderful to enjoy time together.

  16. Hello Linda :)

    Thank you for a lovely post! His word is so important in our lives that's for sure. I love how your honey shared with Reid that God will NEVER fail. Amen to that. That is going to stick with little Reid, you watch :)

    Your jam looks wonderful! We have gone currant harvesting a couple of times in the mountains but never harvested enough to make jam. It looks yummy and so does the berries from Alaska. How neat that the taste is similar and reminiscent for you :)

    Marriages are always in my prayers for strengthening, protection, healing and restoration as well as each spouse seeking the Lord and being in one accord with Him.

    Have a most blessed weekend Linda!

  17. Linda, thanks for your sensitivity to the Lord to today. Your post really ministered to my daughter during a time when she needed just what you had to say (or what the Lord had to say, anyway!) I do appreciate you so much, my internet friend. May the Lord richly bless you as you live for Him and His glory.

  18. Dear Linda ~ What a sweet post! Such pretty photos of your lovely canning adventures! Oh you will so enjoy it all come winter. :)

    What a sweet photo of your grandson in the truck...precious!

    Blessings to you my friend!
    With Love,

  19. Hi there friend!
    Have been catching up on what is happening on your sweet farm...Love Romans 6 and a few years ago the children and I memorized it. Thanks for the attitude check regarding the heat. I don't do so well myself.
    When our tomatoes are ready, I'll be checking your recipe!

  20. You are so right about marriages being attacked and families too. I needed the reminder to pray, I'm praying.

    There is nothing prettier than red jelly, yours is gorgeous!


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