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Happy 17th BabyGirl!

a verse from Scripture~
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Psalm 127:3

family gathering in Pittsburgh * ice hockey win * home school Spring Formal * yard work * Sunday dinner with family

a view beyond the front porch~
tulips ready to bloom * violas * wild dogwoods dotting the forest

from the garden~
herb plot planted * Brussels sprouts & black-eyed peas in * three more beds to go

around the kitchen~
meals to plan * dishes to wash * a puppy patiently waiting for her chow

school notes~
off week * lots of ‘Home Ecc’ projects * field trip to FBI Academy

currently reading~
Slave by John MacArthur

at the morning watch~
JMac:  Islam and the 7 year Tribulation

thinking about the week ahead~
tidy desk * rainy days ~ get back to parlor prep * sunny days ~ work in veggie garden beds

one of my favorite things~
seeing something I’ve planted actually survive and thrive  =)


Have a lovely week!





a verse from Scripture~
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light.”
Ephesians 5:6

train rides * long talks * mulching gardens * a snowy spring morning

a view beyond the front porch~
tidy gardens ready for flowers * lots of birds at the feeders 

from the garden~
pea shoots * a new herb garden * spinach

around the kitchen~
French onion soup * crusty oatmeal bread 

school notes~
Algebra 2 starts today * Driver’s Ed complete * research papers * formal proofs in logic 

currently reading~
Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

lessons learned from the Labs~
love leftovers!

at the morning watch~
Warning about Calvary Chapel & ‘Rediscovering God in America’ conference

thinking about the week ahead~
‘office’ work * new suit & tie for son * home school mom’s tea * plant herb garden * pack for trip to PA!  (-:

one of my favorite things~
the smell of fresh mulch


Have a wonderful week!




a verse from Scripture~
“And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur.  And the LORD shall be King over all the earth.  In that day it shall be–‘The LORD is one,’ and His name one.”
Zechariah 14:8-9


date night with Hubby * a four-course, birthday dinner from daughter * son struggling with strep throat


a view beyond the front porch~
the first blooms of spring


from the garden~
tomato seeds planted


around the kitchen~
chicken soup to sooth sore throats * cheese burger bread roll


school notes~
starting Algebra 2 * last week before daughter’s well-deserved Spring Break * finish driver’s ed


currently reading~
how-t0 manual for new smart-phone


lessons learned from the Labs~
lying in the sun all day is a good thing


at the morning watch~
another warning about American Girl dolls


thinking about the week ahead~
more cleaning in parlor * get peas and spinach planted * home school board meeting


one of my favorite things~
Nutella on a cinnamon bagel with a hot cup of coffee


Have a blessed week!



meditating on ~
“…be imitators of God as dear children.”  Ephesians 5:1

remembering ~
a fun evening with friends

beyond the front porch ~
the puppy barking to come inside ~ a balmy, spring-like morning ~ blooming snowdrops

from the garden~
wooden pallets ready to start composting area ~ pea seeds for planting

around the kitchen~
leftover blackberry cobbler ~ bread baking day

school notes~
algebra 1 finished!

currently reading~
the latest ‘Living’ magazine looking for gardening tips

lessons learned from the Labs~
free toys can be found in the woods

at the morning watch~
Rob Bell’s new book comes out next month.  Does he believe that Hell is empty?

thinking about the week ahead~
parlor clean-up ~ errands Tuesday ~ an entire week with my husband not on travel

one of my favorite things~
playing games with my family

Serve your King today!



I absolutely love making mixes for cookies, cakes, muffins or brownies, etc.  Recently, I discovered a fantastic pancake mix that my family thinks are the best pancakes they had ever had.  Stephanie, of Keeper of the Home, posted this recipe  below:


Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancake Mix

4 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup packed brown sugar (or other dry sweetener)
1 cup instant dry nonfat milk
3 Tablespoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
5 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Mix these ingredients together in a large bowl. I use my hands to make sure the brown sugar is mixed in well. Store the mix at room temperature in an airtight container or gallon-sized freezer bag.

Yield: 10 cups of pancake mix.

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes

2 eggs
1/3 cup applesauce
2 cups of Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancake Mix (recipe above)
1 cup water
Optional: one mashed banana or fruit of your choice

Beat eggs in a large bowl. Gradually beat in applesauce. Alternately add mix and water to mixture. Blend well. Preheat and oil griddle. Pour 1/3 cup batter per pancake. Cook until bubbles form around edges, flip and cook until done.

Yield: about 10 pancakes



We live in difficult times.  Many Christians are confused and disillusioned wondering how we should live.  Some blogs I have visited would have us storing up food in preparation for shortages.  Others would have us buying solar panels and batteries in case we lose access to the power grid.  I’ve even read some families gathering guns and ammunition in case the government takes away the right to bear arms.

Sounds crazy, right?

Today’s ‘Question For the Day’ in the ‘Good Morning, LORD! devotion gives us a biblical perspective.


Dear Compass:

I have some Christian friends who are telling me that the United States is being dismantled by a world conspiracy, the dollar will be worth very little in the near future and Obama isn’t a lawful President—something about his birth certificate. They are fully convinced of all this and it worries me. They are saying I should store food and purchase a radar-deflecting tent so I can get my family out of the city to a safe place when it all falls apart. Is this predicted anywhere in the Bible?


If they really are, “Christian friends,” they don’t have a clue about leading a Christ-centered life. The number one problem is that they leave God out of the equation. Whether we understand what’s going on or not, and whether we like the circumstances or not, we are assured that God is fully in control and He allows each and every leader to be in power, for His purposes.

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Rom. 13:1

“By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice.
Prov. 8:15

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”
Prov. 21:1

So God was not “surprised” when President Obama was elected. Quite the contrary. God allowed him to be elected and will use him for His purposes, to accomplish His will.

When Peter kept his eyes on the Lord, he could walk on water. But when he began to look at the wind and waves around him, taking his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink (Matt 14:28-31).

You are not responsible for circumstances beyond your control, but are responsible and accountable for your responses to your circumstances. A balanced response to any of your friend’s concerns would include an eternal perspective. In the scenario your friends are espousing, do you think you could better serve God by hiding on a mountain top, or by helping your friends, family and neighbors around you in a time of crisis by giving them eternal truths? If things get really bad, you will have the God-given opportunity to witness about the things that count. You have eternal answers so why would you want to hide your light? Rather than being worried, a situation like that would be an incredible opportunity to reach many who may not have been interested in the past!

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord …, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God”
2Tim. 1:8

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Mark 8:35

As far as storing food, the Bible is VERY clear that up until the Lord comes for His church at the Rapture, there will be a functioning economy, food, social events, etc.

“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed“.
Luke 17:26-30

Regarding President Obama, we are commanded to be subject to our leaders (Rom 13:1) respect our leaders (1 Pet 2:13), pray for our leaders (1Tim 2:1-2) and pay our taxes (Ro 13:7). And these commandments were given when they were burning Christians on poles for party lights. But we know that one day, everyone, including Barack Hussein Obama, will meet and bend their knees to the Lord Jesus Christ.

so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,”
Phil. 2:10

Regarding the United States possibly descending from its perch of being the most powerful nation in the world, we wrote an article about a Biblical nation whose characteristics only fit the U.S. That nation is wiped out, but it happens, thankfully, POST RAPTURE. You can read about the characteristics of that nation on our web site: Click on, “Compass Communique,” in the middle of the home page and then click on the article, “America in Bible Prophecy.”


With avocados, tomatoes, and jalapenos all ripe, it must be time for fresh guacamole.  Here’s the recipe that my family loves:

2 ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
1/2 c onion, chopped
1/2 c tomato, seeded & chopped
1/4 tsp salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded & chopped

Combine all ingredients.  Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

To everything there is a season,
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Years and years ago, we bought our first bread-making machine.  We had fun trying different recipes and experimenting with ingredients.  Our friends also had one and we shared all that we had learned.  Pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, beer bread…what memories!

Last year we had to replace our old, worn-out DAK.  After a bit of research, we purchased a spiffy, new Zojiroshi. 

We also invested in a mill and wheat berries in an attempt to make healthier bread because our little man was struggling with some digestive issues.   😦 

All that being said, I have struggled to find the same types of recipes that we enjoyed with our old DAK.  My ryes are like bricks; my banana bread failed miserably and I threw away lots of failed experiments to get a basic wheat right.  Ugh!

However, I have discovered a new trick!  Our old recipe book 
has recipes that can be doubled with success!   And one of my family’s new favorites is for garlic cheese rolls.  Yums!

Using the dough setting, I can make two, lovely pie plates of pull-apart rolls; one to serve and one to freeze for later. 

Here’s the recipe:

1.5 cups water
4 cups flour (I used fresh-milled white wheat.)
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons sugar (I used Sucanat.)
2 Tablespoons nonfat dry milk
1 heaping teaspoon gluten
1 Tablespoon yeast
1/2 cup melted butter
2 garlic cloves, crushed
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Place first 7 ingredients in bread pan, select basic dough setting, and press Start.

When dough cycle is complete, remove bread from pan, and turn onto a floured surface.  Cut dough into two equal portions.  Working with one portion at a time, roll and stretch dough into a 24-inch rope.  With dough cutter or sharp knife, cut rope into 16 equal pieces.  Shape into balls; place in a greased pie pan.  Follow the same procedure for the second half of dough.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter and garlic.  Pour evenly over two pans of rolls.  Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 

Cover and let rise in warm oven for 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size.  (HINT:  I turn on my oven to the lowest setting and let it warm for two minutes, then turn it off before placing dough in oven to rise.) 

Remove pans from the oven and preheat to 375 degrees.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. 


I made 24 little rolls instead of 16, but I think I’ll do 16 next time.



Now that the snow has arrived, it’s time for making soups, chowders and stews.  One of my family’s favorites is this clam chowder recipe which was originally published in Light and Tasty magazine.  I have tweeked it a bit as requested by Hubby.  It is particulary yummy served with some crusty French bread.  Enjoy!

Yvonne’s Clam Chowder

3/4  cup each chopped onions, celery and carrots
1/2  cup chopped green pepper
1/4  cup butter, cubed
1       carton (32 oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1       bottle (8 oz.) clam juice
2       teaspoons reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
1       bay leaf
1/2  teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2  teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4  freshly ground pepper
5       medium Yukon potatoes, peeled & cubed
2/3  cup all-purpose flour
2       cups milk, divided
6      cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams, undrained
1      cup half-and-half cream

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the onion, celery, carrots and green pepper in butter until tender.  Stir in the broth, clam juice, bouillon and seasonings.  Add potato.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until potato is tender. 

In a small bowl, combine flour and 1 cup milk until smooth.  Gradually stir into soup.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. 

Stir in clams, cream and remaining milk; heat through (do not boil).  Discard bay leaf before serving. 

YIELD:  12 servings (3 quarts)