I have two babies. No, they are not twins. They are just under a year apart. Here are some pictures of my baby boy Matthew.
Oh Leah, you are 2 months old already. Your daddy just turned 50 yesterday and I will be 40 in a matter of a few months. We know that you may be one of our last children and though our desires are to keep having children we know the Lord will close my womb one day soon. Our bodies are tired and our backs ache but we love you and the others dearly. I will miss you too as a baby in my quiet place one day. Therefore I better get off this post so I can hold you and kiss you again sweet one. There’s not much time left….
Oh, how I wish this picture would have turned out clear and in good color from our camera but it did not. This is the best I could do with it but at least it captures her pretty little smile and eyes.
Here’s a happy baby! It looks like she’s smiling at one of her sisters. I love this little, pink outfit. Hannah wore this just a couple of years ago. It makes me a little sad when I pull out another outfit that Hannah wore. She’s just not so little anymore. But, I have my precious Leah now to enjoy for a time as a baby. : )
A woman I used to work with suggested “Sweet Pumpkins” to grow for canning or using for pie. We didn’t grow these sweet pumpkins this year but sure do plan on it next year. I got these for .19/lb recently and decided to give this recipe a try: http://www.pickyourown.org/pumpkinpie.php
It turned out beautiful and delicious. By the way, did you know that canned pumpkin is a combination of squash? I believe it doesn’t even have pumpkin in it!
We sold some of our roosters to a fellow the other day. He called us up one night to share with us that his wife made some homemade tamales with the meat from the roosters and he wanted to bring them by. They were so scrumptious that we decided we best eat the meat of our own roosters and quit selling them. Anyways, these tamales were wrapped in banana leaves. I will have to ask my husband where they originate. Here’s a couple of pictures of the tamales. Oh, I wish I had a pan of them now. My mouth is watering….
Recently it’s been on me again to make homemade crackers for the kids for snacktime. I found this recipe that only calls for 1 1/2 ounces of cheese – I’m sure I used close to three. Anyways, they were so very good. I am not going to buy Cheese Nips anymore. They stored wonderfully and stayed crisp the three days we had them (we ate them pretty quick). I will try to post the recipe this evening. : )
1 1/2 ounces cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of tepid water (90 to 100 degrees)
2 Tablespoons solid vegetable shortening, room temperature butter, melted.
Shred the cheese or cut into small chunks. Mix 1 cup flour, add dry ingredients and cheese. Add water and shortening, mix well. Place dough in fridge with plastic wrap for 1 hour. Can sit up to 2 days.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Divide dough in half and roll one half no longer than the length of pan. Fold the dough from ends to make 3 layers. Turn dough and roll it again into a 1/16″ rectangle. Lift the dough and lay on prepared baking sheet. Prick surface with fork tines then use a pizza cutter, cookie cutter or sharp knife to cut dough into desired size. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
Bake until lightly browned and crisp – 8 to 15 minutes. Usually towards the longer side to crisp them. Don’t worry if a few become almost scorched along edge of pan. I had to throw a few away. Brush with melted butter and enjoy! The crackers will stay fresh for 3-4 weeks if stored in an airtight container.
This is the short version of the recipe from http://www.amazon.com/Bernard-Claytons-Complete-Book-Breads/dp/068481174X
I thought I would play catchup on some pictures taken in the past that I haven’t posted. And just some random ones I thought would be fun.
Here is our partial view outside of our kitchen window. We love looking out at this gorgeous scenery each morning and evening. The day this was taken it was very cold outside. There is a river across the way where goose hunters were nearby and their dog would run out onto the river that is frozen to retrieve the downed goose. We often spy a local herd of elk outside across the way too.
Our little Leah is 6 weeks old already and momma is feeling great! Here are some pictures taken just today.
At times it feels like I have Hannah back as a baby again. Leah reminds me once again of what it is to have a little baby girl in the home again. She has a sweet disposition and beautiful, beautiful eyes. Leah in the Bible was spoken of as having “soft eyes”. The Lord knew this little girl would definately have soft eyes.