“Happy Christians, Ruth once said, were a part of her heritage. Her parents, Dr. Nelson and Virginia Bell, were medical missionaries at Love and Mercy Hospital in Tsingkiangpu, China, in the difficult years from 1916 until World War II began. A 1911 revolution had overthrown a regime that had held power since 1644. Foreign countries had exploited the nation in the 1800s, and, as a result, the Chinese people resented all foreigners, calling them “foreign devils.” …
If you’ve never made snow ice cream, you’re in for a treat!
And, btw, this can be made dairy-free, gluten-free and white (refined) sugar-free
“Grandma…poured hot syrup on each plate of snow. It cooled into soft candy, and as fast as it cooled they ate it. They could eat all they wanted, for maple sugar never hurt anybody!” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods
Are you looking for wholesome, classic family films for family night this school year? I have three for you to consider.
When I was a girl, nuts were almost always served at parties. Overflowing little dishes just awaiting someone to nab a handful. Sometimes, they were the mixed variety you got in tin cans, but usually my mom would enjoy making her own roasted cashews and finish them in a cast iron skillet.
I remember eating roasted nuts when Dad and Mom had friends over to play cards or our family would sit around the fireplace. A television in every home was relatively new and not the norm in the early 50s. Sunday evenings was the only time we would watch. Well… maybe Lawrence Welk on a Saturday night. Our family’s choices were Candid Camera, Lassie, the Wonderful World of Disney, and as we got older, Bonanza, until bedtime.
The bluebird was an American Indian symbol of happiness, good health and hope. They displayed the bird in their art and told tales of its beauty and humility in their folklore. They hung hollowed out gourds over their refuse piles and meat drying areas to house the bluebirds, which would eat pesky bugs attracted to such places.
From 1920-1970 there was a major decline in the bluebird population. The bluebird went from being as common as the robin, to being so rare that birders were sure of its inevitable extinction….
We loved having our chickens when we were at the farm. In the season of life we are in now with our young people closer to leaving and having their own families, no dog to guard them, and having moved recently, we are not there. But I would be surprised if our young people didn’t keep their own chickens someday. The eggs they lay are just so good for you and the work ethic built is so good for children!
I have had this on my mind for a while, so I want to show you how we did it! Below is the chicken tractor my husband and sons built. It had to be pulled along by our old Kubota lawn-mower. We encircled it by an electrified fence by Premier 1 (like this). Outside of that was our Great Pyrenees who made rounds all over our farm.