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Friday, June 29, 2012

SHOPPING: Filling your pantry

(because of technical difficulties this post may have some errors)

Today's theme is SHOPPING from the proverb's 31 series.

-seeks wool and flax
-is like the merchants ships and brings her food from afar
-considers a field and buys it
-percieveth that her merchandise is good

In today's modern world it seems that we must "buy"  a lot of stuff in order to survive.  However, that is not always the case.  There are many ways in which you can become more self-sustainable and work with your local community to avoid becoming a massive consumer.  There is also a way in which you can store up enough food for a while to survive for a great length of time from your own home.  You are also capable of being very creative and working with what you already have.  Try turning cereal boxes or milk cartons into a miniature village, homemade boxes or birthday cards.  All you would need is a little glue, glitter and good imagination.

Below is a menu that is developed from the Prudent Homemaker's website (http://www.theprudenthomemaker.com).  Keep in mind the woman is of LSD faith but that does not diminish the effectiveness of the resources she offers.

By clicking on the recipe's you can create an effective pantry list so that you won't have to wander to the store all the time because you'll have all the supplies on hand.  I have been able to fill up a month's worth of supply from Wal-Mart for about 100$-150$ to feed a family of 5.

Strictly Pantry
When you look into your fridge, and lament that it is empty, with no chance of filling it again soon--clean your fridge! Its empty shelves will sparkle at you and amazingly make you feel better.
Then look to your pantry for ideas, and pretty soon, there will be something in your refrigerator: leftovers!
The meals on this menu are made strictly from shelf-friendly items found in
my pantry.
For more pantry recipes that include items from the freezer and garden, click on the seasonal menus. If you're living on your food storage and need some more ideas on lunch menus for schoolchildren, see the winter menu.

Week 1

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Oatmeal with Raisins and Brown Sugar

Barley Soup menu
Barley Soup
French Bread
Spaghetti menu
Green Beans
French Bread
Peach Pie Popsicles menu
Peach Pie Popsicles
Tuesday Pancakes
Apple Juice
Minestrone Soup menu
Minestrone Soup
French Bread
Rice and Bean Burritos Toast with Pear Butter
Wednesday Banana Bread  menu
Banana Bread
Tuna Sandwiches
Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad menu
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas menu
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
(without cheese)
Green Beans
Banana Bread  menu
Banana Bread
Dried Fruits
Thursday Chocolate Muffins
Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad menu
Macaroni and Cheese
Vienna Sausages
Tuscan Tomato Soup menu
Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup

 Homemade Crackers
Friday Bagels menu
Chicken Noodle Soup
Spanish Rice menu
Spanish Rice

Bagels menu
Saturday Waffles menu
Whole Wheat Waffles
Canned Peaches
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Dried Apricots
Chicken Curry menu
Chicken Curry

Popsicles menu
Sunday Gingerbread Pancakes winter menu
Gingerbread Pancakes
 Leftovers Chicken Cacciatore menu
Chicken Caccitore
Green Beans
Canned Pears

Week 2

Breakfast Lunch Dinner  Snack
Monday Walnut Muffins menu
Walnut Muffins
Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad menu
Gluten (wheat) Burgers
Pasta e Fagioli menu
Pasta e Fagioli
Rosemary Olive Oil Bread
Hot Chocolate
Dried Apricots
 Tuesday  Oatmeal Chicken and Rice Soup menu
Chicken and Rice Soup
Rosemary Olive Oil Bread
Chicken Fried Steak menu
Chicken Fried Steak
Green Beans
Peach Pie
Rosemary Olive Bread
 Wednesday Crepes menu
Taco Soup menu
Taco Soup
Pumpkin Gnocchi
French Bread
Mandarin Oranges
English Muffins
Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad menu
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Canned Pears
Black Bean Burgers menu
Black Bean Burgers on
English Muffins
 French Bread with Apple Butter
 Friday  Biscuits and Gravy Alphabet Soup menu
Alphabet Soup
French Bread
Stir Fry Menu
Stir Fry with Sprouts
Biscuits menu
Biscuits with Apricot-Vanilla Jam
 Saturday Donuts menu
Leftover Soups Herbed Crepes menu
Herbed Crepes
Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad menu
 Sunday Lemon Poppyseed Muffins menu
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Citrus Fruit Salad
Citrus Fruit Salad menu

 Bean and Rice Burritos Fettucini Alfredo
Green Beans
Canned Pears

Sunday, June 24, 2012

CHARACTER: Fascinating women bless your husband

(there may be some technical errors on this posting as my blogger/internet isn't working too well)

A while back I started writing a proverbs 31 series .  I would like to begin writing that series again.  I have acquired more wisdom and experience since that time and I would like to share that information with you once again.

Today's theme is CHARACTER.
-Does him good and not evil all the days of her life
-strength and honour are her clothing
-opens her mouth with wisdom
-in her mouth is the law of kindness
-her children and husband rise up and call her blessed
-her own works praise her in the gates.
-she feareth the LORD

What is beauty through the eyes of your husband?  How can you become a better woman?  Is there a way to save a failing marriage?  Is there a way to make a good marriage better?  Are our days becoming so EVIL and overcome by feminism that no woman can raise a home and family under the protection of a man?

 It IS possible to live a life that the little girl inside you always wanted!  You can find information from the book fascinating womanhood by Helen Andelin at http://www.fascinatingwomanhood.net/.  Although the book was written in the 1960's, the condition of man and the "natural" reactions men have towards women have not changed since that time nor will they EVER change according to God's word. God didn't suddenly put eyes on the back of people's heads or grow three legs instead of two.  Of course when grounded with biblical truth, it is easy to see how to build the best in your husband, simply by trusting in his protection and provision.  An additional book in .pdf format and story format is found here.

There are others who thoroughly enjoy the book and have even written blogs surrounding the theme of the book.  http://thefascinatingwoman.blogspot.com/

Some of the secrets you will find include the following:
Accept him as he is.
Look to his good side.
Don’t try to change him.
Forgive him for past hurts.
Allow him his freedom.
Compile a list of his masculine virtues.
Humbly apologise to him for your past mistakes.
Admire his masculine qualities.
Never wound his sensitive pride.
A man’s greatest need is to be admired for his masculine qualities.
His deepest misery is to be belittled by a woman.
Make him Number One in your life.
Comfort him tenderly when he is tired or discouraged.
Appreciate the heavy responsibility a man carries.
Use the great power of sympathy.
Comfort him lovingly when he comes home weary.
Do not raise problems until after he has eaten
Your husband’s God-given role is to lead you and provide for you. Allow him to do it.
Your role is to be his companion, a mother and a homemaker.
Let him know your views, but support his final decision 100%.
Let him worry about the finances.
Men deeply admire inner serenity
and goodness in their wives.
Your husband wants you to be a better person than himself.
Goodness and inner serenity are required in a woman for a man to love her deeply.
Inner serenity develops in a woman when she becomes free of pride and self-righteousness, always does and says the right thing, is free of guilt, and has a forgiving heart.

I wish you the best and many blessings in your wonderful marriage.

Songs of Love and Hope