Saturday, August 13, 2022

Free Kindle Books for today 8/13/22!

 Free Kindle Books and deals Saturday 8/13/22!  Make sure you check the price before you buy, Amazon prices can change frequently. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download your favorite Kindle Book on any tablet or smartphone with a free Kindle app

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Sister Pact (Secret Valley Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition

by Cami Checketts 



Cooking the Movies: 50 Recipes from Iconic Movies Kindle Edition by Dereck Moore 


50 Things to Know About Habits That Reduce Your Housework : An Ounce of Intervening is Worth a Pound of Cleaning (50 Things to Know About Cleaning: Declutter, Organize, & Downsize) Kindle Edition by Maris Liv 


Popcorn Lovers Recipe Book: A Cookbook Full of Sweet, Savory and Spicy Popcorn Recipes Kindle Edition by Laura Sommers 


Short Adventures of a Loooong Dog (Loooong Dog's Adventures Book 1) Kindle Edition

by Jessica Neal 

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Friday, August 12, 2022

What to do with Beans that Don't Snap- My 4 Favorite Ways

 



It's been a rough year in the garden.  First we had our normal spring rains then we went into a period  without any rain for quite awhile.  Oh, there were storms but they would pass us by and go to the next town over.  Finally, the rain fell so we are caught up now and I believe we are officially out of the drought status.  We watered the garden the whole time but there is nothing like a good soaking garden rain.  

This come and go again rain can reek havoc on the garden.  We grow heirloom rattlesnake green beans and they seem to very susceptible to a drought.  They are a pole bean and usually grow well.  Problem is when the weather is like this and you think they are just right for picking but they can be  rubbery and tough. There is no snap in them at all.

You might get lucky and get half a yield that's good but what are you going to do with the beans that don't snap? 



1.  My favorite way is to get the beans out of the pod and put them in the pot.  We love the beans I think better than the green pod so the more bean the better.



2. You could also let them grow big and then save the seed for next year.   I have a post that shows you how to save the seed here.  




3.  You could give them to the chickens.  The chickens love green beans and will eat them right up.  They don't care if they haven't got a snap.

4.  If you do nothing else make sure to compost and help build your soil for next year! 

The trick I think to growing green beans is to have a variety you love to grow.  If one variety doesn't make it the other more than likely will.   Right now we have three varieties growing in our garden,  rattlesnake, white half runner, and greasy beans.   It looks like we will be eating and canning mostly white half runner and greasy beans this year.


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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Pecking Order is About to Change! (UPDATE: The Next Morning)

Oh, we have a job to do today.  Actually we would have done this job this past weekend but we were dying of a heat stroke.  So, we were waiting on a cool day and this morning it's 61 degrees in Michigan. So, today it will be done.  Listen, I'm not sure how you southern people handle the heat but this northern lady is not doing so well.

Back to the job:  You see, I got two new chickens this Spring from Family, Farm, and Home, and we want to put them all together with the other older meaner chickens.  I believe they are big enough and they have already started laying eggs this past week so they need to go in the chicken house to roost..like now.  So two pens need to become one, very soon.  

I've been through this before but each times it worries me...will those mean older chickens kill the littles by plucking all their feathers out?  They seem to be getting along together in the yard but the littles try to stay away from them.

The pecking order is going to change and it makes me nervous. It's like they are my babies!  I guess they are.  Maybe I'll sleep in a tent beside the coop...no.. well maybe.


Meet Miss Bossy and Miss Pretty- they are my two oldest Isa Brown's. Miss  Bossy is in charge and you'd better mind her.  Miss Pretty will let me pet her.


 I always thought these two were identical but looking at this picture I can see a difference.  There is a white streak on the tail feathers on one.   I think I'll try different names and see how that goes.   I'll ask the granddaughter her favorite names.  

Don't you just love how they stay in step with each other.  I just call chickens and they come.  I usually buy just Isa Browns but these were all they had last year (Wyandotte).  They are very nice and lay great.  


Then there are the Littles...I'm just going to call them that until I can tell the difference between them.  It won't be long it looks like.

Well, as husband says, "let me have my coffee first" and then we will get busy!

UPDATE:

I'm amazed at the meanness of chickens.  As I was out moving blocks around the bottom of run the older ones blocked off entrances to the coop where the littles could not get in.  I had to talk sternly to them and they would move. 

Then the twins would take and peck at the littles really hard.  I left crates in the run so the littles could have a safe place to jump up and escape to.  Finally things started quieting down towards evening.  What a stressful day but today will be better!  It's already quieter.


 


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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Free Kindle Books for Today 8/6/22!

 Free Kindle Books and deals Saturday 8/6/22!  Make sure you check the price before you buy, Amazon prices can change frequently. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download your favorite Kindle Book on any tablet or smartphone with a free Kindle app

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Jonah's Redemption (Book 1): An Amish Romance Kindle Edition by Sylvia Price 



A Good-Hearted Man Kindle Edition


Flee the Darkness (Harmony Grove Series Book 1) Kindle Edition by Carol J. Post 



Rice Recipes: Cookbook Full of Quick Healthy Rice Recipes Kindle Edition

by Laura Sommers


Copycat Recipes: Making Tex-Mex Restaurants’ Most Popular Recipes at Home (Famous Restaurant Copycat Cookbooks) Kindle Edition by Lina Chang 





The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Series Book 1) Kindle Edition by Mark Twain 





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Friday, August 5, 2022

Pure Flix's Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters Review and Giveaway~#StrongFathersMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork!

 


When a wealthy businessman learns his daughter is engaged to a missionary, he embarks on a quest to keep her closer to home. But when his efforts go awry, he must learn to give up control and trust God with her future.

Steve loves all three of his daughters – but does he really know who they are? Discover the heartfelt journey of a dad who is desperately trying to hold onto his little girls but learns he must give up control and trust God with their future. 


STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS is exclusively on Pure Flix! Pure Flix is a streaming service that has faith-filled and family-friendly movies and shows! When you sign up for a subscription you are able watch this movie here. 

 

My Review:

The movie, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, is so true to life it's uncanny.  Although the circumstances where different, things like this happened in my family as I was growing up and now our family.  As the children grow up you begin to realize that suddenly you are no longer in control of their lives.  Oh, you can guide them, help them, and love them but's it's so hard trust God and let them go to pursue their own dreams.  

I really loved the characters of Maria and David, Oz's parents. They were the calm in the storm because they too had went through things with their daughters.  They supported Abbey's parents with love and  without judgement. 

It was also kind of neat also to learn that both sets of parents in the movie are also married in real life. 

Based on book written by Dr. Meg Meeker, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters has many Godly life lessons where in this movie for the Dad and the girls and was very entertaining.  It's definitely a movie that you will enjoy with the family and will talk about around the dinner table.

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Disclosure: Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

There is a Gold Mine in my Backyard and the Menu Plan for 8/2/22!

 


I braided the onions this past week.  Not the greatest job but it serves the purpose.  We will be storing these in my daughter's basement.

We stay busy outdoors every day.  There can be some hard work but it's so fun and rewarding to garden.   This past week we harvested a small mess of green beans, peppers, one cuke, lavender, and rosemary.   If I was to add up all the produce that we hope to get there is a gold mine in our backyard.  



In order to get our mess of  green beans we had to harvest rattlesnake, white half runner, and greasy beans.  They were soo good when we got them done cooking.  Soon though (if it ever rains) we will have enough for canning.  Now that is a little bit of work too but it's so worth it in the winter time to have some great food.  

Menu for this week:

Do you ever look up the weather for the week and plan your menu accordingly?  Man I do.   I don't want to be heating up the house when it's 95 degrees out.  They are saying that Saturday and Sunday will be the highest degree weather here so I think we'll grill our dinner. 

Monday          Chicken fajitas (peppers and onions were from the garden)

Tuesday           zucchini lasagna (didn't have last week)

Wednesday      Egg roll in a bowl

Thursday         Leftovers

Friday             Eating out (daughter's treat)

Saturday         BBQ Spareribs, baked potato 

Sunday           Grilled rosemary Pork Chops (rosemary from the garden) and a salad


It's so sad to watch the news about Kentucky flooding.  Everyday the death toll rises and the amount of missing people is unbelievable.  The survivors  have a hard road ahead of them.   I can't even imagine.

There are so many disasters right now in the U.S. from fires, droughts, to flooding.  Prayers are needed all around.  

So tell me how are things going or what's on your Menu?  

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Free Kindle Books and Deals for Today 7/30/22!

  Free Kindle Books and deals Saturday 7/30/22!  Make sure you check the price before you buy, Amazon prices can change frequently. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download your favorite Kindle Book on any tablet or smartphone with a free Kindle app

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Fishers of Menace: Faith and Foils Cozy Mystery Series Book #1 Kindle Edition


Cheap Recipes Cookbook: Delicious Cheap Recipes That Can Feed the Whole Family Without Breaking the Bank Kindle Edition by Thomas Kelly (Author) 


The Big Book of Homemade Mixes Kindle Edition

by Gia Scott 


Scuba Matt's Underwater Adventure Kindle Edition

by Echo Morgan


The Galloping Pony: A Tale of Hope and Dreams! (Magical Adventures & Pony Tales Book 2) Kindle Edition by Angharad Thompson Rees 


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Just .99! Sensibly Wed (Bradwell Brothers Book 1) Kindle Edition by Kasey Stockton 

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