Spinach Enchiladas

This is a really different spin on a classic dish we love. We came up with these on New Year's Eve as we were eating spinach dip waiting for midnight, turns out they are as tasty as we thought they would be!


Ingredients:

10 Ounces frozen spinach thawed
8 Ounces cream cheese
1 Cup shredded white cheddar
1 Cup Jack cheese
1 Cup Mozzarella
2 Teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Salsa
Cheddar cheese (topping)
Tortillas

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix spinach, cream cheese, white cheddar, Jack and Mozzarella cheese, garlic, salt, sour cream and salsa in a bowl and set aside. Lightly fry tortillas in oil, remove from pan, spoon spinach mixture down one side, add some shredded cheddar cheese to the top and roll tortilla. Place in a casserole dish, continue until the dish is full. Cover with more cheese and bake until cheese is melted.

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It Doesn't Have To Make Sense

Have you ever noticed that when God tells us to do something or calls us to a place it doesn't always make sense? The bible is filled with these moments, from God telling Moses to strike a rock for water to holding his staff over his head so the Israelites can claim the victory, or even when Jesus tells Peter to throw his nets into the water in the heat of the day. Often times the things we are called to, the places He leads us to look ridiculous to others and even ourselves.


As we slide into Joshua 6 we find yet another instance of this as the Lord tells Joshua to lead his soldiers around the walls of Jericho - not once, not twice but every day for 7 days. Not only that, but the priests carrying horns and the ark of the covenant are to go as well. As they are making this hike around the city, the priests are to blow their horns while the people remain silent.


Day 1, they set out and make their way around the walls of the city, we can only imagine the reaction of those inside the city- they were already frightened of the Israelite's, they'd heard the stories of the Lord's provision. The story of the Red Sea and countless other times have been passed around for the last 40 years. They are frightened, they've shut up the city behind them, and they can see the procession get closer and closer, with just the sound of the ram's horns and the stamp of feet, power doesn't have to shout. They can see the dust curl into the sky from all of the feet, this is it, the moment they've all been fearing- but the Israelite's don't attack they keep walking. The people inside the city watch, waiting, ear straining for the sound of battle. But nothing happens after they circle the city they return to the camp. Day 2, same thing. I wonder how many days it took for the intimidation to start wearing off, "ahh guys, don't know if you missed it but the gate is back that way. You've only walked by it twice now..." Day 3... the Israelite's are back at it, I wonder how many times around these city walls before the whispering started. We've done this already and nothing happened. We look ridiculous. It's hot, we're tired, so when is God going to come through on His side of this. How long before the age-old question rose to the surface once again, sure He came through back there with Moses, He came through for our parents or grandparents but what about this time? Will He do it for us?

Day 4 same thing. Day 5, by now it's beginning to feel like a broken record. The people of Jericho have got to be confused because to them this looks ridiculous. This is the army they have feared, so much that they have retreated into the city and shut the gates behind them, but all they've done is walk, and blow their horns. Day 6 looks a whole light like the last 5, but what they don't know is God's getting ready to move, each step around that city takes them closer, each blast of the horns ushers it a little closer, I wonder did they know in those inky hours of darkness before dawn on day 7? Did they sense the difference? As the darkness on the horizon shifted, and the Israelite's once again prepared to repeat what they have done all week. Could you feel the anticipation in the camp, that God was going to come through just like He's promised so many times? Or feel the nervousness,  that comes when we know He is going to come through, we just don't know how. Did the townspeople go about their business as normal as Rahab gathered her family into the very thing that is about to fall? I wonder did she explain the promise that she was clinging to?


God doesn't ask us to understand, He just asks us to show up, and then keep showing up- when you've been doing the same thing over and over again and nothing changes, when you've been praying the same prayer day after day but you can't see a difference, when you've walked around your personal Jericho again and again but the walls are still standing and you can't see any result, keep showing up. Keep praying that prayer, keep doing the last thing He told you to do until He is ready to move.

Jericho never falls on the first round, only in the repetitive act of faith that brings us back each day. It's in the obedience, that the Israelite's returned each time that the walls fell. It's easy to do something once and then give up when the walls don't immediately fall, when our request isn't instantly met, but the lesson of this place is in the waiting. The lesson is in the following even when it doesn't make sense and continuing when we've already done this.

God likes to use what the world deems as ridiculous, He likes taking what we would say is out of place -like Rahab and using it for His glory. So often we want to throw our hands in the air and walk away after the first round, but there are some Jericho's, some strongholds in our lives that can only be won when we buckle down and keep walking. It is here that our faith grows - I don't see the way, but I'm still here. It doesn't make sense, it's not physically possible, but this is where He has called me and this is where I will stay. I may look weird, people may not get it- but my God has promised me this place and I am going to keep walking around this city until the walls fall.


Day 7 dawns and the Israelite's head out but this time when the priests blow their horns the people shout and God moves just like He promised, and the walls crumble. The battles we fight aren't always quick, sometimes they take the day in day out kind of fighting that requires the faith to move past the disappointment of not seeing a change, we get so caught up needing to understand, needing it to make sense when we just need to keep going, to keep obeying and keep walking around our Jerichos until they to fall.


How To Add New Chickens To Your Flock


Adding new birds to your flock can be super stressful for you and your birds, so we put together this article to help you navigate your way through introducing new chickens to your flock. 


  • If you brought home adult chickens they will need to be placed in quarantine for 7-14 days to ensure that they aren't carrying anything that your flock hasn't been exposed to. Now is the time to check them for mites under their wings and treat it so they do not transfer it the rest of your flock. Keep an eye on them over the quarantine stage to make sure they aren't showing signs of being sick or stressed from the trip to your house. Even if you know the place you got them from was clean and the birds well cared for it's best to keep them in isolation for at least a week.

  • Introduce them in groups, introductions can be hard on single birds so it's best if they have friends.
  • Only introduce new birds to your flock when they are around the same size as the ones already in your flock. Chickens can be really mean to outsiders this will help to give the new birds a fighting chance to successfully enter the flock.
  • Ease them in slowly, place a cage with the new birds inside near your coop where they can see each other.
  • Slip them into the flock at night while the rest of the flock is quietly roosting. This gives the new birds a chance to get used to their surroundings.
  • It helps if you introduce new birds and your existing flock in a separate area, we have a temporary fence around our coops where we have been allowing our older birds and new Black French Copper Marans get used to each other.
  • Some picking on the new birds is normal, but keep an eye on them if the other birds begin to draw blood you'll need to remove them from the flock until they heal up. We treat ours with colloidal silver or any ointment we use on ourselves.
  • If you notice one bird being more aggressive then the rest toward the newcomers, place it in isolation for a few days.
  • Don't rush new birds into your flock, do it in bits. You may need to pull them back into a separate cage where your other birds can't reach them.

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What We Are Planting

Gardening season is upon us here in Tennessee (if you happen to live in a place that is still cold, we're sorry!), with highs already hitting the low 80's F. Over the last three weeks we have been busy prepping our flower beds and raised beds for plants and getting our seedlings started. We buy some at the store ready to go in the ground but we like to start a good chunk ourselves, this helps to keep the cost down and we know exactly what the plants have been exposed to. It also gives us a wider variety of plants to grow, instead of having to go with whatever the local stores have.


This year we are experimenting with some new varieties and we challenged ourselves to grow most of our flowers from seeds (we did buy some plants for $1-3 on clearance but we want to grow everything else ourselves).






What We're Planting

Flowers:

Zinnias - Purity, Giant Cactus, Fruit Smoothie, California Giant, Forcast & Bonbon.
Marigolds - Mission Giant Yellow & French Vanilla
Impatiens - Butterfly & Flavors Mix
Petunia - Tutie Fruity
California Poppy - Watermelon Heaven, Icelandic, Lady Bird
Moss Roses
Sunflower - Giant & Dwarf Teddy Bear
Lupine -
Larkspur - Kaleidoscope
Holly Hocks - Double bloom, Nigra, & Double mixed
Calendula - October Fest
Tulips - Darwin Hybrid, Happy Generation, Candy Prince, Miss Elegance, & Emperor Mix
Columbine - McKana Giants Mixed Color
Dahlia - Unwin's Dwarf Mixed Colors


Veggies:

Tomatoes - Heirloom Abe Lincoln
Tomatillo - Purple
Lettuce - Romaine, Red Romaine Black Seeded Simpson, & Head Lettuce
Kale
Spinach - Bloomsdale Long
Peas -
Watermelon - Rattle Snake
Pumpkins - Green & Giant White
Peppers - Jalapeno, _
Egg Plant - Black Beauty & White
Beans - Roma
Onions - Sweet
Carrots -
Okra -
Cucumbers
Corn -
Artichokes
Asparagus
Cantaloupe
Squash - Yellow Sumer & Spaghetti
Beets
Radish
Potatoes - Yukon Gold & Red
Broccoli
Zucchini

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Raspberry Pancake Recipe

Who doesn't love pancakes? Growing up they were our go-to breakfast item for sleepovers, mom would get up early and make homemade syrup with fresh fruit and delicious pancakes for all of us. It was always so good! So we thought we would share one her yummy recipes with you! These are easy to make and taste amazing- best yet they don't have any artificial colors or flavors.

Ingredients:

1 cup of organic flour
1 1/4 teaspoon of non-aluminum baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
2 free-range cottage eggs
1 cup of cream, half and half or sour cream
1/2 cup milk
coconut oil

Direction:

Place dry ingredients starting with flour in a mixing bowl. Add your eggs (beaten) sour cream and milk to the top and let sit 5 -6 minutes. You will start to see the cream or sour cream and eggs reacting to the leavening. This will make your cakes more fluffy. Gently fold in the ingredients. Do not over mix. Cook on an oiled griddle on medium heat. When bubbles form on top and pop making air holes, flip your pancake. When finished keep on a plate in a warm oven until all are done and ready to serve.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cup Raspberries
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup Honey

Directions:

Place ½ cup of blueberries in a blender and blend well, add lemon juice. In a small pan put honey and add your berry puree. To this add remaining berries and heat gently. Keep warm and pour over buttered warm pancakes.

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Keep Walking and Let God

In the darkness of Good Friday, it's easy to ask why God has abandoned us -in the wake of broken dreams nailed to a tree, in the face of tragedy that struck out of nowhere in the breathtaking triumph of evil that leaves us speechless- as a hammer prepares to strike a nail that will pierce the Savior. The story of the birth of Christ that we just celebrated a few months back comes to a crushing, agonizing stop.


We know the end of the story- but His disciples didn't have the luxury of reading it like we do, they had to live it and when you are in the moment, you can know all the right answers and battered by the storm you didn't expect. We can't see around the bend, we can't see the light of Sunday while we are walking through the darkness of Friday and Saturday. All they could see is their savior, the one they had waited for, their hope, their dream that had come to pass nailed to a cross. This was the end as far as they could see.


We've all been here, wandering in the darkness, of our own personal Friday' when the pain is just too much, the disappointment too overwhelming and we find ourselves saying it can't end like this... Why God?... Why have you forsaken me? Why did you let it end here? It's easy in these moments to forget that Sunday has already been promised. No matter how dark it gets, no matter how much evil gloats at the win, Sunday is on its way.


Where there is even a shred of light the darkness is shattered. It may look like it is over, it may look like your hope is dead. The people closest to you, the people that we're supposed to love you have hurt you the most. The betrayal of a parent, the reveal of the true character in someone you thought you knew. The broken place that you just can't fix, you've been trying so hard to follow Him, the best you knew how. But now you find yourself in an unfamiliar place and what you thought was going to happen didn't happen. The mission you abandoned the boat for has ended on the cross while "It is finished" echoes in your ears.

We like to skip to the Joy of Easter and the resurrection, the triumph and avoid the darkness before, the pain and the disappointments of the dead places. The places where find ourselves not as lost children restored at the foot of the cross, but followers disappointed because our dream ended here. Everything we thought we knew, withers in this dead place and there's nothing we can do.


As we read through the crucifixion of Jesus in Mark 15 and slip into chapter 16 we find the women who followed Jesus on their way to anoint His body- they don't know He's risen, as far as they know their hope, their dream died on that cross. But here they are, returning to the place in which it was laid to rest. When we are disappointed, it's easy to throw in the towel and walk away, to hide like the disciples. The truth is we're angry, and hurt that God would let it end like this. Like the little boy in the Princess Bride, we want to interrupt shouting "Hold it! You read that wrong!" it can't end like this. So I find the faith of these women remarkable. They witnessed the same thing as the disciples and yet here they are returning to the grave, they don't wait for the others, they don't wait to be directed, they just go, even though they know that there is a stone that they can't move on their own. It is hopeless, many would say pointless, but they go anyway. How many of us need to follow in these ladies footsteps and go anyway? We don't understand it, we don't see the way, but we're going anyway... I think sometimes that's all God wants- for us to show up anyway. Even when it's hard. Even when all we see is the darkness. Even when it looks like it ended in death and disappointment. Even when we can't move the stone in the way, show up.


The same cross that represents death in chapter 15, now bridges the gap into chapter 16 where the stone is rolled away. God is already working out what you are worried about. We may not be able to see Him, and the world around us may feel so dark, it may look like it has ended on the cross- but the Lord is at work in the darkness and the cross has no power because the stone is about to roll away. Even if it ends on the cross, it can't stay there. Friday- with all of the disappointments, and pain and failure is the hinge on which the doors of God's grace will swing wide open. It can't end in the dead place, the end of the book is already written. Evil may win the battle, but it's already lost the war. The victory has already been claimed and He can take every mistake, every broken piece and turn it into a miracle.


Often we see the stone in front of us, and we know we can't move it so we walk away- He won't leave it on the cross, or in the grave, but often we do. In our panic to avoid the pain and disappointments, in the fear that we may end up in uncomfortable places, that He may lead us to a place we don't want to go, that it might end up on the cross we hide and allow the story to die here instead of returning like these women.

The devil can try to destroy what God is doing, he can attack it, he can bury it, he can even try to kill it, he'll bring people into your life to try to tear down what you've been building, to speak death over the dream the Lord gave you. He can try to send people to discourage you, he'll try to make you believe that this is where it all ends. That there is no way out of this dead place- but He can't stop what the Lord is doing so keep walking and let God move the stone.

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Soar Like Eagles Book Review

Here we are gathering again talking about one of my favorite things! What is that? Reading really good books. The last book that I have finished is the book Soar Like Eagles by Terri Wangard.



This is book 3 in a three book series called Promise For Tomorrow.
I had not read the first two books in the series but feel like this can be a stand-alone as I didn't feel lost in the story at all.

This book starts out in the United States during WWII and then you follow the characters overseas as their lives unfold.  In the beginning, we meet Carol and Chet at a railway station serving as a wartime canteen where she is part of a group showing hospitality to the servicemen taking the train headed off to war. The women are serving these brave souls giving their all and they use their ration cards to provide comfort for them. Carol is a writer for Chet and Carol have but a few moments talking but later as he is chugging away on the train wish that they would have shared information to keep in contact. Carol shrugs it off knowing that she too is headed out of the country and going overseas where she is joining the Red Cross in England. She is wanting to see the war up close and longs to be a part of it.






I didn't know much about the Red Cross ladies in WWII and this was something new for me. The story follows Chet and Carol. He a navigator stationed in England and Carol a Red Cross doughnut girl and how their paths cross as war wages. I don't want to give it away but I really enjoyed and recommend this book. It has romance but is a clean book. It reveals another side of the war. One fought from the air as D-day is viewed from a Plexiglas window on a bomber from four miles up and then from below when the unthinkable happens.





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Book 3: Soar Like Eagles
Book 2: No Neutral Ground
Book 1: Friends and Enemies


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