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Friday, October 22, 2021

Good News Friday


Let's all find a way to tell our government NO! We like our freedom, thank you very much! Take a stand, speak truth to others, help people wake up!

Did you see the big walk outs from General Electric? 

Southwest Airlines has now said they will not place unjabbed employees on unpaid leave. They saw how disrupted their flights were last week, when employees took their unused paid vacation time, and the holidays are upon us. They don't want a repeat of that during Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Have you seen this video?

Again, let me be clear. I support your right to be jabbed. This is the land of the free. I just also want American's to be free to say no to the jab. When a government starts threatening businesses to force them to demand that their employees are jabbed as a condition of their employment, we are in dangerous waters.

But look at this list of individuals and companies pushing back and having success.

Have you seen that the NIH has now admitted that they funded "gain of function" at the Wuhan Lab? I'm sure that Fauc* said that they didn't fund that, and that Senator Rand Paul, who is a doctor, didn't know what he was talking about and was lying.

It'll be interesting to see what happens. Will Fauc* be held in contempt for LYING UNDER OATH? Will the different scientists start turning on each other now? The truth always comes out eventually.

The big news from yesterday is Truth Social!  You can sign up {here}. DJT has begun a social media platform that will be similar to Twitter. There will also be Trump Plus which sounds like it will be a place for streaming movies, etc. Won't it be great to have a platform for information that is not censored?!

Did you see that it came out that, you know those fact checkers making sure people don't spread misinformation about cov*d and potential treatments, is funded by vaccine companies?!

I'm telling you, you can't make this stuff up?

Merrick Garland, the US Attorney General, has been having family make money off of issues that the government is promoting. His son in law owns the company that produces the CRT materials. His wife works for a company that opposed audits. Corruption much?

For interesting reading look up Fauc*'s wife. 

The circle of corruption is tight among those families. It wouldn't take much to get the dominos falling.

Truth is on the move, friends. I can see it everyday. Let's keep our eyes open for it and share it with others! Let's all do our part! Be brave, be bold!

God allowed us to be here at this point in history for a reason!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (Miss Mustard Seed Recipe)


I saw this recipe on Marion's blog and thought it sounded great. I love a good creamy soup. (This photo is from her blog)

Here is the recipe and at the end I'll tell you what I did differently.


  • 3 T butter
  • tsp olive oil
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 T chopped garlic
  • 1 small vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots (chopped or shredded)
  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 64 ounces unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 boxes near east original wild rice (save 1 spice packet)
  • 1 cup whole or 2 % milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • splash of white wine (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • fresh chopped parsley for serving


  • Preheat dutch oven to medium-high heat with drizzle of olive oil and 2 T butter.
  • Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. Salt and pepper chicken. Brown in dutch oven on both sides, about 4-5 minutes per side until cooked through. Remove chicken and set aside.
  • Add chopped onions, carrots, celery, thyme, garlic, and 1T butter to the dutch oven. Cook on medium heat until soft.
  • Add two boxes of wild rice, one spice packet, and 31 ounces unsalted chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Once soup is boiling, turn heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Mix 1 cup milk and 1 cup cream with 1/4 cup flour to make a slurry. Set aside.
  • After 20 minutes, remove lid and stir. The broth will be mostly absorbed into the rice. Add slurry of milk, cream, flour, and remaining 32 ounces of chicken broth. Stir and bring back to a boil over medium-high heat. Once soup reaches a boil, turn down to medium low heat until thickened. Add a splash of white wine for flavor (optional.) Shred chicken with a fork and stir into soup. Salt & pepper to taste. Top with fresh chopped parsley.

This soup is fantastic!

I did a few things differently but only because I used what I had.

1. I cooked it in a regular pan and not a dutch oven.

2. I used wild rice I bought at Aldi and the flavoring is in with the rice, and not in a separate packet. It was delicious.

3. I didn't use celery, or top with fresh parsley, because I didn't have any of either item.

4. I didn't give a splash of white wine for the same reason as above.

I did not miss the celery, parsley, or white wine. My family raved about this soup, and I will be making it again.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Knitting Season


Mom wanted to go to Costco yesterday, and I had a gift card for Hobby Lobby that I wanted to use, so she and I headed out in the afternoon.

They have all their autumn and Christmas things on sale, so I had a good look at those items. I really have paired down what I do for the holidays, and I didn't need anything. 

I looked at various other things, then headed for the yarn. It's knitting season for me. I love to have things to do with my hands while I watch something or listen to a podcast.

I'm addicted to their color and the feel of these velvety yarns. I also bought a new size of needle, and have determined that this winter, I'm going to get on youtube and learn to knit new stitches and maybe even how to do cables.

I really want to be able to knit sweaters for my grands, and I may try mittens this year. Kennedy is definitely getting a hat for her little, nearly bald head!

Do you knit or crochet? If so how did you learn? I learned to knit from a Klutz book, and have used the basic knit, purl ever since!

Monday, October 18, 2021


 This weekend was all about our Fall Fest. Friday night though, Tim and I went to dinner with the realtors that sold my parents house. Tim does inspections for them during the year, and he always highly recommends them for buying or selling a house. They wanted to thank us for the referral and they said the sale for my parents house was so easy and smooth. Apparently that doesn't happen very often.

On Saturday, I went to the pumpkin wagon and bought four pumpkins for $6.00. Two pumpkins were $2 each and two were $1 each.

After church, and a lunch of fund raiser pretzel bread sandwiches (perfect for a busy afternoon) we set up tables on our driveway for hot and cold drinks and food. Kay made her excellent chili, we had hot dogs, and people brought something to share. We had cider we bought at our local produce stand. They make their own and we love it.

Tim and the guys (Kyle, Nate, and Wes) hung our outside lights on our patio area, and we had my fire ring and lots of seating on the patio.

Tim gave his famous hay rides, probably about 8 or 9 and mostly the same people. The last one of the day was in the dark with the nearly full moon shining brightly! They loved it! A few of the teen boys were howling at the moon and it set the farm dogs to barking! LOL!

I'm hoping my kids got some photos and will let me share them! 

The teens, who are a sibling group, stayed later, so did Kamryn and Klaire and they played hide and seek in the dark, and freeze tag. They all had fun and I had fun hanging out with them by the fire, talking and drinking hot mulled cider! One of the sisters, aged 19 said, "We should do this more often!" 

I agree!

It's a gift to offer hospitality, and to give love and receive it back. I'm thankful for the ability we have to host people on our property.

It was a chilly day, and a cold evening. The first real autumn weather day we've had. It was lovely in every way.

Now I have time to slow down a for a week or so. Then Tim and I head to Florida for his mom's 100th Birthday on October 31st! Amazing.

Did you all have a good weekend? Do you have good fall color where you are? We are starting to get good color here. It's a little later than most years, but not by much. Our drive to church was lovely yesterday.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Good News Friday

 Well Friends, here we are at another Good News Friday! 

There is a lot going on everyday, a lot of it is scary, but most of it, I believe, is leading us to a new awareness of how our country has been run for many years. We thought we were electing people who were on the side of the people but it always turned out that they weren't. We always wondered why conservatives gave in every. single. time. Now we know. They are all on the same team.

The term rino means Republican In Name Only, and it applies to so many in the senate and congress. We have to be very careful who we trust. I do believe though that a change is coming. With the people of  America awake, I believe that we will see a fundamental change in our politics. It's going to take a battle, not physically, but of the will. 

We've believed for too long, that we have no power. But the people are realizing we hold all the power! 

I was happy to see this!

There are NBA players, and others who have not gotten the jab, who are speaking out because of the right to medical freedom. Brandon Goodwin of the Atlanta Hawks, got the jab then struggled that week playing games. He went to the doctor and found out he has blood clots. You can read about it {here}.

Miss World Netherlands has pulled out of the beauty pageant final in December saying, "After I was crowned, we were told that if you want to go to Miss World you must be {jabbed}. So I thought about it carefully and considered taking the jab, but ...I don't feel good about it. This was simply the best choice for me. I think I would have regretted more if I had done something that I actually don't feel comfortable with."

Parents all over are still speaking out and realizing they have a say in their children's education.

Some parents have started small 'pod' schools. They've hired teachers who didn't want to be jabbed or deal with the masks, etc to teach their children in small schools! Genius! We need to change education from the way its been indoctrinating our kids and not really teaching them academics, to places that teach the truth. The US hasn't been perfect in all of her dealings around the world. It's okay to know that, but it's also not right to teach that we are the worst nation in the world. That simply is not true!

Airline employees are taking a stand, and we should be grateful! This administration wants to make it so that they only passengers who can fly have to be jabbed. That's what they want to be the next thing because American's are not complying. If the airline employees can break this mandate then they can't really apply it to passengers! So let's back the employees!

I can't find where I read it but I read that the person who owned the restaurants in one of the terminals at the Denver airport, had mandated that all of his employees get the jab, by like November 1st. (he owns 6 restaurants) All of the hostesses, servers, dishwashers, bussers, etc, walked out and wouldn't come to work. He did away with his mandate!

This admin uses words like "Federal Law" then walk them back when/if someone calls them on it. There is no law, no rules about companies having to have their employees jabbed. They just want you to think there is! They know they can't make Americans do anything like this, so they are trying to get the corporations to force it.

We found out this week that Bid*n called the airline CEOs and threatened to take contracts away from them if they didn't do it. Is this legal? 

Is anyone keeping track of all the illegal things this admin is doing?

What this shows me is that they are desperate. They know they cheated, they know we know they cheated and they are trying to keep us under control, like we had been until DJT woke us up!

Governor DeSantis has told all shipping companies that they are welcome at Florida ports! Texas and other states should do the same thing!

What is happening in this country isn't because of cov*d, it is a purposeful plan to bring America down. This is what they had planned if HRC had become president. O set the stage and HRC would have finished the plan. Elevate China, reduce the US to a third world country. They are working hard to try to accomplish this!

Research how many shipping ports in the US are owned by Chinese state run companies. (it's five) Research how many companies are owned by Chinese companies. {here}

Infiltration from within.

The light is shining on all of this unconstitutional and illegal behavior. The people are awake and standing up. 

Let's also be wise and prepare. We filled our propane tank about 6 weeks ago and we are set for the next year. Utilities are going to sky rocket, food costs are up, there are delays. Keep your gas tank filled on your cars. Keep an eye out on your neighbors, too.

Friends, I'd be remiss if I didn't tell you that I think the most important thing to take care of is your eternity. Our loving God gave his own son, so that we could be reconciled to God and become his children. He's a good father, a constant companion, the one who wants the best for me - including correction when needed! I hope you know him.

Isaiah 41:10 - 

'Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Let's Chat


Our color is just beginning to come on this year. I took this photo yesterday, and the photo below is from 2015, taken around October 10th.

Another difference I see is that we painted the playhouse red since this photo was taken, and I'm glad we did! I can't wait for my beautiful view to burst into color!

The small stand of maples by the creek are beginning to turn. The grey skies are a constant this month, and the tree color looks a bit brown. It's not. The Burning Bush below it is beginning to turn red.

I don't often share photos of my grands but Isla and Klaire both turned five this week! So here are a few photos of them.

Emma made Isla's cake! Isn't it great? The kids are really into dinosaurs right now.

Here is Klaire while we were singing Happy Birthday! She was pretty excited!

I made her cake. I attempted a number 5 and I threw a bunch of candy on it! Ha! She loved it. I was going to make it purple, but found out just before I colored the frosting that she likes blue now! Whew!

Today is my brother in law's birthday! He is in Africa right now but will be home in a few weeks. The siblings and a few others are going to gather in Florida at the end of the month for my MIL 100th Birthday!


Kyle and I started attacking the mess in my cottage garden. With my back issues, and the busy summer focus of moving my parents into our home, this poor garden has a lot of weeds! Today we have a bit of weeding to do, the plants to cut back. My zinnia are still going strong, and we've cut a few roses this week, too.

The zinnia are getting powdery mildew so they'll be going soon, too. I think I'll try to cut as many as I can today. I'm also going to cut a lot of Limelight Hydrangea. The colors are so pretty right now and they dry beautifully.

Our Fall Fest might get rained out on Saturday, but our rain date on Sunday is looking good. I need to get some pumpkins, mums, and apple cider! Oh and also paper goods, and cups for cold and hot drinks.

I love hosting our fall fest. It's so much fun.

I guess that is all I have for today. I hope you are encouraged in the midst of the crazy. So much being revealed, and so many people fighting for freedom. 

It's an amazing time to be alive.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tea On Tuesday

 I found some lovely tea things on Saturday. They are unique and have started me on a new collection.

I showed you this sneak peek yesterday. Here are more of the details. 

I found the one with the eagle first, and I put it in my cart right away. It's unique, and I loved the branches and stars, too.  At a different booth I found the one with the ship! Same manufacturer, of course, and same series "Heritage." 

I haven't had time to research them to see what this series or collection of tea cups had for designs. Also interesting is an American Heritage series made by an English china company!

What are some interesting tea cup patterns you've seen or own?

Monday, October 11, 2021



The weekend started out on Thursday evening, because Klaire and Kamryn spent the night! They came home with Kyle and I after co-op and stayed over because Friday morning we had our annual Fire Safety Day at the Kinzer Fire Company! I think this was our 19th year! 

Here is my dad sitting in the hall during the video presentation. Lots of good information, an impactful video about why you should always sleep with your door closed, good questions by the kids, and many happy families! We had a huge turnout from the co-op this year, about 140 people!

The Kinzer Fire Company is station 45, the ambulances and other vehicle are from a neighboring station in Gordonville, they are station 43. A cool thing about volunteer firefighters is that they work together on big fires, and even buy differing equipment that benefits them all!

My dad's station is about 40% Amish. They are very community minded. Most of these guys get there by scooter. 

After the fire company we came home. Kyle, Mom, Kamryn, and I went to get groceries, and Klaire stayed and helped grandpa. (Tim)

Family night was chicken patties and fries, and for dessert Lindsay brought amazing brownies! We played SkyJo this week.


On Saturday, Mom and I went out to run an errand and decided to go to a antique mall we hadn't been to in ages!

I found the above tea cups and a small red plaid cup and saucer. I'll show you more about those tomorrow.

It was a full weekend with church, and the girls here for the day. I also got to talk to Isla who turned five yesterday! Now today is Klaire's 5th birthday! These cousins were born a day apart but less than 24 hours apart! Amazing!

I am going to make Klaire's cake today! So fun!

This coming Saturday is our annual Fall Fest! We are so excited to host it once again! So this week, we'll be doing things like tidying my front garden, and sorting through things on the deck. Our pool is where our old bonfire spot used to be, but this year I think we'll use my fire ring on the patio and set up food at the top of the driveway!  It promises to be another memory maker!

I hope your weekend was a good one. After this coming weekend, we settle down until Thanksgiving! I'm ready for a bit of a breather! 


Good News Friday

  Let's all find a way to tell our government NO! We like our freedom, thank you very much! Take a stand, speak truth to others, help pe...