Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Women Of Justice Book Reviews

Book 1: Too Close to Home
Meet Samantha Cash, a computer genius with the FBI and Connor Wolf a homicide detective as they try to solve a string of unsolved murders, before time runs out and they have another body on their hands.

Book 2: Don't Look Back Meet Jamie Cash, a forensic anthropologist. The survivor of a brutal kidnapping. After years of therapy and prayer she has been able to make a life- that isn't hunted quite as much by her past... But then signs begin to appear that the man of her nightmares is back. Can she escape him yet again?

Book 3: A Killer Among Us Meet Kit Kenyon, a hostage negotiator and a good one along with her partner Noah Lambert a detective. They hardly have time to get to know each other before they are thrown on the case of a murder, but as they follow the leads more bodies appear. And worse yet there murder seems to be out to get one of them.

Woman of Justice by Lynette Eason is an amazing read. This is one of my favorite Christian mystery / crime series yet! Seriously I finished them in three days- err. 24 hours each. And yes... I was extremely tired after it but it was so worth it!!!!!! If you like crime or mystery books this is definitely a series you should check out. But read them in order!!!!! Trust me!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hatching Chickens

Start with a clean incubator plug in and let sit for about 24 hours (in a forced air incubator the temperature should be 99-99.5 F. In a still air incubator the temperature should be 101-102 F) and follow the instruction that came with it on filling the tray with water.
  (You can see the chick beginning to form in this picture)
I like to use a hygrometer in my to make sure the humidity is right.  For day one through eighteen you want the humidity between forty-five and fifty percent.
 (Chick beginning to peck its way from its shell)
Select clean, large eggs that are not malformed. DO NOT WASH THE EGGS. You can stock pile eggs in a room temperature place for several days (after the first 10 days eggs hatchability drops). If you had eggs shipped eggs to you they should be allowed to rest for 24 hours before putting them into the incubator (place shipped eggs upright, with the fat end of the egg up, in an egg carton to allow the contents to settle)
Get a colored pencil and mark and "X" on one side of each egg and an "O" on the other. This will help you keep track of which eggs have been turned later.
 Put the eggs into the incubator and close the lid. Mark a calendar for twenty-one days. Twice a day flip / roll the eggs back and forth between "X" and "O". On day 18 stop flipping eggs and increase humidity to sixty-five percent. Do not open the incubator again unless absolutely necessary. Resist the urge to help them from there shells, I know it's super hard but you must. Even if you help them the chances are they will not survive. This is a fight they must have on their own.
After 24 hours the chicks should be dried out and fluffy and you can remove chicks to a brooder.  If chicks do not hatch on day twenty-one give them a few more days. Don't freak out if all the eggs do not hatch. I usually wait twenty-four hours after the last chick is free and removed from the incubator before I turn it off and remove the eggs just to make sure there are no more stragglers. Check out our post here on raising chicks.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Cornbread Recipe

1 Cup Organic Flour
1 Cup Organic Organic Cornmeal
1/4 Cup Organic RefinedCoconut Oil or Olive Oil
2 Pasture Raised Eggs
4 Teaspoons Non Aluminum Baking Powder
1 Cup Organic Milk
3/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 Cup Raw Sugar (If you like yours sweet like we do just add sugar to taste)

Stir together in a medium size bowl, flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, milk and oil. Beat until smooth and pour out into a casserole pan. Or you can use a small cake pan like we did, or you can pour the batter into individual muffin pans. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Use a tooth pick to make sure the center is cooked through and serve.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Lights... Camera... Action! | Man From Uncle New & Old

Recently I stumbled upon the Man From Uncle TV series, and instantly fell in love with this old spy show! Were in the middle of season 1 and are having such fun finding the actors we recognize. Its such a great family friendly show, and you don't even have to worry about all that junk that you so often run into with newer movies.
I have to say I was kind of excited to find out about the movie that came out this month. Mr. Cottage took Cheyenne and I to go see it. All in all I thought it was a pretty good movie. There were three words or so that I would consider bad words. And one scene involving a young lady wearing nothing but a pair of underwear that I could definitely do with out. I like how they kept it in the same time period, and how it gave a little more of an explanation on how the "team" became a team. Over all it was a pretty good movie, the acting was good and I liked the sound track. It wasn't really gory like lots of movies- which surprised me being a spy movie. But I think I still like the old one best :) I guess I am the classic kind of girl.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Wilson County Fair 2015

The place where cotton candy, funnel cakes, lights, games, shooting galleries, face painting, competitions and rides that make you question your sanity meet. Welcome to the Wilson County Fair, the biggest in our state. For two weeks every summer people flock to get the fill of fair food,  music, exhibits and rides. Heat nor mud stop this show from going on.
We decided to go on the last day of the fair, a nice smoldering day. After buying our tickets we stopped by the livestock barn to see our dear friend and a few of her goats from  Butterfly-Morn Farm.
Then it was off to get our hands stamped so we could defy gravity and "ride the wind"- or make ourselves sick, which ever comes first.
We started with the Farris Wheel, then moved onto the Gliders- then a quick stop to the mule pulling competition- umm. They didn't much like being hooked up to the thing they were supposed to pull.
 Then we stopped by the sheep competitions for a bit before going on to the cattle competition. After checking it out we headed back off to find something else we could do- we chose the "Vertigo" ie. the massive swing.
Brianna and I rode together and dad rode with another little boy. One of my shoes happened to be loose and I was a little worried I was going to lose it and it was going to fall off and smack someone in the head. Right until I looked up and noticed that my sister had her eyes shut (on the swing! LOL!)
(this is the target from the shooting gallery. Who knew we had an Anny Oakley in the family. Pretty good for her first time.)
After we got off and stopped laughing at my sister we decided to get something to eat. Then the shooting gallery, ice cream truck, and back to the "big kid" rides. We chose this monstrosity- the funniest part Brianna LOVED this one- yes the same one who had her eyes closed on the swing.
We had a great time- but by the end of the night we were so tired and our feet were killing us.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Announcing Our Grand Opening!

Well its official. We've opened our shop! Welcome to the grand opening of Cottage Bits & Bobs. Offering coffee mugs, travel mugs, clothing, phone cases, computer skins, bags, throw pillows, leggings, skirts, cards, scarves, notebooks, journals and so much more!

To add to the excitement we've also opened Rosevine Cottage Girls Photography!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bread Sticks Recipe

5/8 Cup Spring Water
1 Tablespoon refined Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
2 Cups Organic Flour (Can use non-organic)
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Organic Raw Sugar (Can use non- organic)
2 1/2 Teaspoons Yeast
 Pour the water into a medium size bowl, then oil. Follow with the flour, in separate corners add salt, sugar and yeast. Slowly begin to mix. Once combined and elastic. Cover bowl with oiled plastic wrap and allow to rise for about an hour- or until doubled in size.
Divide into small even balls and roll into long sausage shapes. Think preschool making clay snakes :) Sprinkle cookie sheet with cornmeal then sprinkle with garlic and salt  and place pizza rolls on top.
Allow to rise again. Melt salted grass fed butter with some garlic powder and baste dough with butter (or oil). Preheat oven to 350 and back for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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