Friday, October 28, 2011

Butter- Making

Verse of the Day: Isaiah 7:22a "And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter."

Half a gallon of cream...

in a hand crank churn...

Burn those calories!

My cream was too warm :-/
Hence the small granules that don't want to stick together.

The solution: a milk strainer.

strained butter granules

Get it to stick together...

washing it till the water runs clear. (Milk in your butter will make it spoil fast.)

"The Ball'

Working the water out (this takes quite a while)


In lieu of a butter mold I used the paddle to shape it, using a store-bought stick (ugh!) for reference.

End result: 3/4 pound of fresh, homemade butter. I t doesn't keep as long as that pasteurized junk, so I froze 2 of them. "Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter..." Proverbs 30:33

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Glorious Autumn!

In spite of the cold, wind, and rain; it really is one of my favorite seasons of the year. (the others are winter, spring, and summer;-)Some of the blessings of fall...

(a sneak peak at my attempted chainsaw furniture. more later...)

Friday, October 7, 2011

My Trip to the Bahamas

Just kidding... but I did take this picture. Can anyone guess what this is a picture of and where it was taken? ;-)

The person who gets the right answer will receive a postcard of the place.

Post your guesses by clicking the comments button.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

No pictures today. I couldn't put them up if I had any. My Amish landlord plowed up the internet cable today! Conspiracy perhaps...? So I'm on Modem over Bluetooth link with my Verizon cell phone. Like dial -up. It's not too bad, unless you're trying to post pictures or watch videos.

But, yes, I'm still hangin' in here, watching the autumn season move in, gently but firmly shoving summer out of the way. I know winter is at it's heals, waiting to take a foothold. The firewood pile is growing, but not as fast as I'd like. Some sunny days this week, but chill nights and shortened days can be depressing to the spirit. Do you ever feel like you are in an autumnal season of life? Everything that was bright and warm has been turning drab gray, and chills the soul. I seems like all I have to look forward to is harder days, increasing trials.

But don't stand there with that glum face, making greasy spots on the rain-streaked window with your nose.

A good time to curl up by the fire and enjoy the warmth of fellowship with believers.
Let faith cover you from the cold rains. Faith reminds you of the bright sun above those dreary skies.
Drink the warm soup of the Word of God and let it nourish and strengthen you.

Then go out and face into those winds of adversity. Lean on the mighty arm of God and fight your way through. The exercise is good for you.

Spring is only five months away. Followed closely by summer.

I can't wait.