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Proverbs 31: 26

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Proverbs 31: 26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness”

According to the Free Online Dictionary wisdom means: The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.


Wisdom comes from our relationship with God and the study of His Word. It comes from time and experience living a godly life. I find it interesting to note that this is the only verse in this section on the Proverbs 31 woman that is directed at how she speaks to others. The other verses are about what she does in her life as a godly woman. I think there is a connection between doing and working the tasks of our daily life the Lord has called us to and the wisdom this produces in us.

I think of all the foolish things I have said over the years and how I have had to learn, sometimes the hard way, the wise thing to say in my communications. I’m still a work in progress. What comes out of our mouths is a reflection of our heart .. "out of the abundance of …

Updates from the Homestead

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Well.. Thanksgiving is just one month away! So today my daughters and I got together to plan this years dinner. Wow, is all I can say about having grown daughters.. I love it!! Looks like I won’t be doing all the work to make it happen.. LOL.. so we planned the menu; everyone has their favorite dishes.. then we planned who would be making what.. then it was table settings, center pieces and so on..

Besides planning our Thanksgiving dinner we also celebrated Hannah’s birthday. She turned 23 yesterday. She is a super lady. She was my first homebirth so that is very memorable. Today Hannah is an awesome mommy to two lovely young ladies (Elizabeth is 3 and Rylee is 5 months) and she is a homemaker and just loves it. I am very proud of her!! :)

Some pics of our little planning/birthday party..

Hannah & Emily






Little Miss Rylee..





It is not to early to start thinking about planning Thanksgiving Dinner if you are hosting. I have a webpage that has info on getting organized in thi…

Beef & Veggie Meatloaf

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This meatloaf recipe is a great way to add some extra vegetables to your meal. The meatloaf comes out super moist and delicious. My family enjoys it very much. I have even used the same recipe and made them into meatballs. I served buttered spinach fettuccine noodles and a salad with this meal. The recipe below makes 2 meatloaves. If that is more than you need you can cut the recipe in half or freeze one for another meal.


Beef & Veggie Meatloaf

2 ½ to 3lbs hamburger
1 onion
3 medium to large mushrooms
1 large carrot, peeled
2 eggs
2t minced garlic
1t salt
1t pepper
½ t seasoning salt


Put hamburger in a large mixing bowl. Now take the onion, mushrooms and carrot and puree them in your food processor. Add them to the hamburger in the bowl…



Now add the eggs and spices…



Using your hands mix everything until well combined…



Divide between two loaf pans..



Optionally, if you would like you can drizzle a little bbq sauce over the top before baking…




Bake at 350 for about 1 hour. There…

A Favorite Website

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Are you an avid reader? I am! And while I love the library it is not always convenient for me to get there. So I have purchased a lot of books online over the years. I typically purchase them used through Amazon.com. I had quite a large collection of books accumulating when I came across a great site! It is called Paperback Swap. I have been using Paperback Swap now for about a year or so and love it!

The basic idea behind it is that you create an account with them, list the books that you would like to give away. Then when another member requests one of your books you mail it to them, with no shipping charge to the person who requested it (you pay media mail shipping rate and can even print out the shipping wrapper w/postage on their site) . This will give you one credit. 

Now with your credit you can request a book from another member, they pay the shipping to send the book to you. You will get two credits for joining the site to begin with so you can request a book righ…

Putting the Garden to Bed

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We had a nice string of dry days and it allowed my garden to be dry enough to rototill. My son Jacob came and spent a few days with us and while he was here he helped me (along with Isaac & Sierra) get the garden cleaned up and ready for winter.  It took the 4 of us 3 hours to get it all done.

I left my cabbage plants and a few pumpkins. Not sure if either will produce much, but we’ll see. I also left my cosmos flowers because they are in full bloom and looking so pretty.

The goats got the corn stalks and were quite happy about it!! The rest went to the compost pile.

Here are some pics from yesterday’s garden clean up…









Fall Soap Scents!

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I have my country store stocked with my favorite and popular fall goat milk soap scents!! 



Brown Sugar & Spice is a combination scent of brown sugar with a hint of spice and vanilla

Oak Leaves & Acornsis a great combo of rustic pine, wild violets and fall leaves!

I love these two scents and look forward to them each year at this time!!

Check them at Crystal’s Country Store


Pumpkin Recipes!

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One thing I do love about fall is pumpkin!! , I love to light pumpkin scented candles, use pumpkin spice soap and of course I like to bake and cook with it! I wanted to share a few recipes I have made recently.

The first is pumpkin muffins. The other night I made a big pot of chili and thought having some pumpkin muffins to go with the chili sounded yummy. So I made 2 dozen of these muffins and my family said they were delish and went great with the chili. 

Pumpkin Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1t baking soda
½ t salt
1t cinnamon
½ t ginger
¼ t cloves
1/8t nutmeg
¾ cup dark brown sugar or sucanat
3T molasses
¼ c olive oil
2 eggs
1 c pureed pumpkin
¾ c soured milk or buttermilk

In a small bowl combine flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and brown sugar or sucanat. Set aside. In a mixer bowl combine remaining ingredients. Mix until well combined. Add flour mixture and mix until all ingredients are just combined.
Spray a muffin pan with non-stick …

Updates from the Homestead & Fall Cooking

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I’ve spent the last few days dealing with some website issues. I needed to move my website to a new server. It was supposed to be a simple thing. But without going into a lot of boring detail.. it was not! But I do have it up and running again. Yea!! ~smile~ Now maybe I can get back to semi normal around here.

The days are getting shorter and cooler in my part of the world! I’ve had a fire going off and on. Yesterday was a beautiful fall day, sunny and mild. Rain is in the forecast for today and the next few days. With my attention being diverted to my website I am off my menu plan. So today I did something simple and made a pot of hamburger veggie soup. It was another “off the cuff” recipe. I also made a couple dozen carrot muffins for my family to enjoy with the soup.

My house has also suffered this weekend. So this afternoon I am working to restore some order and plan for the upcoming week. One item on my list for this week will be making another large pot of veggie st…

Soup for Fall Days!!

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October Menu

Fall had arrived and so has the cool weather and so this month’s menu has a few more soup recipes in it. Nothing like soup and homemade bread on a cool fall day. Due to some technical difficulties which I am dealing with my menu calendar is not posted on my main site but you can find it here: http://crystalscountrystore.com/MenuOct2011.pdf
1st – bean, sausage & veggie soup, zucchini muffins
2nd – leftover soup and muffins
3rd – creamy chicken & veggie soup, cornbread, salad
4th – beef stew, dinner rolls, salad
5th – tuna or salmon patties, garlic roasted potatoes, salad
6th – leftovers
7th – baked chicken, brown rice pilaf, salad
8th – sausage potato chowder, dinner rolls, salad
9th – black bean chicken chili, tortilla chips & salsa, salad
10th – leftovers
11th – homemade pizza, salad
12th –������…