Saturday, February 17, 2018

Keeping It Fresh


Hey Y'all!

 I wanted to share with you how to keep your fresh cilantros fresh and last in the fridge for over a week. 

Simply trim the ends and place them in a glass of water.  You can keep it out on the counter if you use them a lot.  I placed mine in the door of the fridge.  These photos of the cilantros is a 9 days old and still fresh. After a week, I will trim the ends off again, just as you would flowers to make them last longer


I love fresh greens but they weren't lasting long in the fridge before you could use them.
So, I came up with this idea!   

This is a photo of the kale looking great over a week now.  You can also put parsley bundles in water as well.

Also, when buying spinach in the clear container, take a knife and poke air holes all around the container they come in.  I have found this will keep the spinach from wilting and going bad.  My spinach has lasted over a week now as well.

A funny story about my grandsons who are 4 & 6.  Our daughter was trying to get them to eat spinach but they wouldn't touch it. She told them that Popeye eats spinach and it makes him strong.
That got their attention and they became very curious  "who is Popeye"? She pulled Popeye up on her phone and cast it to the screen.  After watching one Popeye, they said "mom we need some of that spinach."  They now watch Popeye with a bowl of spinach in front of them eating every leaf and asking for more. 

Have a wonderful weekend!
Love to hear from you as always.
Simply Farmhouse

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Words


  Words.  Little do people realize is how powerful words are.  Words can heal or destroy the other person.  I have never understood why others need to be "in the know"  of people's business?  It saddens me when I hear a person who wants to know the latest of others.  Using words like I'm concerned or I was just wanting to know so I can pray for them.  Seriously?!  Oh how we need to check our hearts and motives to be in the know.

 Beware of those who can't wait to tell you what someone has said about you.  Words are spoken oh so carelessly in each day of our lives.  Words can't be taken back, the damage is done.

Christ tells us in His perfect Word how we are to pray for one another.  It's hard to talk bad about someone when we are praying for them.  Chances are God will change us first.

When we commit our lives to Christ, even our words to Him, and we allow Him to purge our hearts and our words; we will find a heart that is fully surrendered to the Master's use. Will this stop the talking, gossiping or tale-bearing in others?  No, but it will keep our lives pleasing to the Lord.  God hates gossip, tale-bearing and telling things that aren't true.

I think of Mary (Martha's sister), each time you read about her she was always at the feet of Jesus. We read where Martha talked and complained about Mary how she wasn't helping.  Christ said "But Mary, has chosen the good part."  This is where we need to stay at the feet of Jesus giving our words into prayer and praise.

Am I perfect in my words, I wish I could say "yes"  uh no, I am not perfect. But I do try very hard to watch what I say and put a guard over my month as we are instructed to do in the book of Psalms.

Psalms 141:3
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.


We cannot keep others from speaking words that hurt or tear down; but we can stay on our knees and ask God to help us not to be that way.  We must help our prayers out by keeping a guard on our words.  Also, stay away from the ones who constantly are destroying and gossiping about others with their words.

The Lord intends for us to build up others not tear them down.  To pray for others and to love one another.  Often times it is jealousy that promotes others to talk about someone.  Recently my girls and I were sitting in a restaurant and the young ladies sitting behind us were running down a girl that wasn't present in their company, quiet loudly.  I felt sorry for the young lady they were talking about.  I thought of moving to another booth, but they soon left.  I was so thankful! My girls got to hear how ugly it is to talk about someone. My goodness, why do we say the things we say?

Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers

The true mark of a Christian is one who has the compassion of Christ in their hearts.  One who loves everyone and sees others like Christ's sees them , with eyes full of love and really to forgive.  Can we become this way, Oh yes, a thousand time yes. 😊

When we all stand before the throne of God on Judgement day and all that matters is did we please Him?  Were our sins covered by His blood? Did we stay at His feet, surrendered, committed, living by His word? Did we build up others and lead others to Christ?

Matthew 12:36 - But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.



Psalms 19:14 - Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

☕Thank you so much for stopping by, thank you for listening to my heart on this subject. 

I want to be found speaking good, what about you?
🌼Simply Farmhouse

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

20 Years of Home-Schooling


Our school year has been going good this year. We have had a few things to come up to knock us off track. But we have learned not to stress over the small things and keep on going! 

This is my 20th year to home-school!  I should be a pro or a veteran at this. But really, I don't feel like either of those.  I am just thankful that God has provided for us to keep on home schooling each year. I love having my kids home and I believe this has always been His will for us to do.  20 years has proven that over and over.  We have peace in our hearts about homeschooling.

If you home school enjoy this precious time with each of your kiddo's. Let God do His work and leave the outcome to Him. The most important thing is to live in harmony with the Lord and with our kids.

Homeschooling has been my life, by the time our youngest graduates I will have 29 years in homeschooling. Shew!  I don't even want to think how old I will be.  Let's not even go there! LOL

Moving on, we hope to be out of school by the first part of May!

How is school going for you and your home?  I hope the rest of your year in school is a great one!!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Spring & Summer Reflection




   



While we wait for spring let's keep our hearts joyful throughout our day.    Let's set the tone in our homes, and make it a joyous home.