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Raising Ducks

Everyone I've met says ducks are a pain- they're messy, loud, smelly. So I must be crazy because I loved my ducks! We raised them inside for the first couple of weeks- ok probably longer than that, but who can say no to that sweet little face? Mom and I would fill up the tub (when we were supposed to be going to bed) and let them swim in it- or the sink. Hey? Who needs to brush their teeth? (Just kidding.) It was so cute to watch them play in the water! The first time they went under the water on a duck dive we thought they were drowning.  We screamed, mom panicked and it turns out they were fine.  LOL! Memories and heart attacks!   They love to dive under and come up on the other side of their swimming hole.

So anyway meet Quackery and Zachery, for the first few weeks we kept them in a plastic tub with a layer of shavings, with a heat light, and small water and food container that we picked up at our local farm store. Later we moved them out into a covered rabbit hutch. When…

Mansker's Station - A Trip Down Memory Lane

Mansker's Station was a colonial American fort set up to protect the people from attacks during the Native Americans Wars. It was built by Kasper Mansker who was a Virginian long hunter. The photo above is a reproduction of the original building that you can visit today.  It is located in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. This is not the original location of the fort, it was a few miles away on Mansker's Creek. It was a log structure like the one above that he built in 1780.  This was one of several forts built upon the trail called Avery Trace.  
The Avery Trace was the main way for people to get from Knox, TN to the fort out west in Nashville. It was a was to encourage settlers to move west. The area of the road was Cherokee hunting trails following buffalo. It connected a string of colonial forts from Campbells Station to Fort South West Point then to Fort Blount from there it went to Bledsoe Fort than to Manskers Station ending at Fort Nashboro. 
This would provide protection fo…

When God Gives Us A New Dream - Heather

Twenty years ago if I had painted a picture of what I thought my life would look like now; it would be completely unrecognizable from where I actually am.  

I wasn’t a college girl who floated through school and hoped she would figure out the rest of her life.  I had known since 4th grade that I was supposed to be in the medical field.  I planned my life around becoming a medical missionary – using a medical degree in foreign countries as a way to open the door to sharing the Gospel of Jesus with others.  A medical degree became a nursing degree.  Foreign missions were exchanged for living in the United States and supporting other missionaries.    But there was no question in my mind that God was going to use me to help others find optimum physical health.  After all, not everyone can handle blood and guts and gore without flinching, right?!

I excelled in nursing.  Graduating summa cum laude was only a glimpse into the way God gifted me to learn and grow.  The hospital where I did my co…

Breakfast Calzone

Dough Ingredients:2 Cups Organic All Purpose Flour3 Teaspoons Baking Powder2 Teaspoons Organic Raw Sugar1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt1/2 Cup Grassfed Butter2/3 Cup Organic Milk

When God Gives Us A New Dream | Kaitlin Beckwith

When I was 18, I had it ALL figured out. I was never getting married, was going to a big college in an artsy city to major in studio art and arts management. I was eventually going to move to The Big Apple and live in a studio apartment with exposed brick walls and have a space in a shared art studio where I would paint and draw when I wasn’t working my prestigious job at some super cool gallery, which would lead to the Met taking interest in me and hiring me for a top paying job. See? All planned out.

Things started out on that path. I did go to the college in the cool city. I did major in art and arts management while there. And I was a featured artist and employee in an art gallery. Except…I didn’t like that school, and I didn’t like my friendships, and I didn’t like who I had become there.
So, I transferred. To the school that NO ONE expected me to ever attend…this tiny Christian college 25 minutes from my parent’s house. See, I was VERY vocally atheist. Also, I was very anti-sta…

Shrimp Linguine Alfredo

Ingredients: 1 Package Organic Linguini
1 cup of Organic Milk
2 Tablespoons of Organic Butter
2 Tablespoons of Organic Flour
1 package Pre-cooked Medium Shrimp
Himalayan Pink Salt To Taste
Pepper To Taste
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder

Directions: Boil pasta as directed on the package. Drain well.  In a pan on low, heat 2 Tablespoons Butter until melted. Add your flour and stir until thick.  To this add your milk and whisk until it is combined and there are no lumps. Add your seasonings and whisk continually until the sauce thickens. Toss in thawed shrimp to heat. Pour this mixture over your pasta and serve hot.  Great with breadsticks and a Caesars salad.

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Spring At The Cottage

Finally! Spring. Is. Here!! It looks like a wedding in the front yard when it's breezy. We thought we would share some of our favorite shots with you.

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