Friday, December 25, 2015

Shabbat Blessings!


The Shabbat candle has been lit -
time once again to celebrate the first of G-d' s feasts 
and to rest in Him after a busy week!
May His Light fill your heart and home tonight!
Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Shabbat Shalom! Happy 6th Night of Hanukkah!


Tonight is VERY special - 
not only is it Shabbat
(the first feast day that Adonai gave us)
but it is also the 6th Night of Hanukkah!
It has been a joyful celebration 
of God's blessings and light all week
here at Little Prairie Home!
And tonight is even more special because
it is two holidays in one!
Lots of good food
(gotta love latkes with sour cream & applesauce! Mmmm!)
Great music, and friends!
So, from my little patch of prairie
to your sweet home -
Happy Hanukkah!
Shabbat Shalom!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Happy Hanukkah!

It's time to light the candles,
and celebrate our Messiah Yeshua, the Light of the World! 
This is the first night of Hanukkah,
also known as the Festival of Lights, or the Feast of Dedication!


Here is my simple menorah,
from last year.
"Light is shed on the righteous,
and joy on the upright in heart."
(Ps. 97:11)
Chag Hannukkah Sameach!
(Happy Hanukkah!)

Friday, November 27, 2015

It's Time To Celebrate Yeshua!



For my friends in other countries,
here in America, we have just
finished a wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving.
But as believers in Yeshua,
we have an even greater day to celebrate Him . . . the Sabbath!
So please relax, light the candles, enjoy studying Torah,
and enjoy this lovely video that reminds us of the AWESOME G-d we serve!
Shabbat Shalom, Chevarim!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Come Ye Thankful People, Come!





Happy Thanksgiving!
This is my favorite Thanksgiving hymn -
sung every year in the Presbyterian church
I grew up in.
Just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it!


Come Ye Thankful People, Come


Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.
For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day all offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store in His garner evermore.
Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified, in Thy garner to abide;
Come, with all Thine angels come, raise the glorious harvest home.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We Plow The Fields And Scatter ~

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This wheat field is precious to me.
For it once belonged to my grandfather, and later, my uncle.
I often saw my uncle riding out on his tractor
to work it - would have loved to come along!


We Plow The Fields And Scatter


We plow the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.
He only is the Maker of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower, He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey Him, by Him the birds are fed;
Much more to us, His children, He gives our daily bread.

We thank Thee, then, O Father, for all things bright and good,
The seed time and the harvest, our life, our health, and food;
No gifts have we to offer, for all Thy love imparts,
But that which Thou desirest, our humble, thankful hearts.

All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord for all His love.

(Matthias Claudius)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Harvest


Autumn in Kansas brings
many beautiful and unusual sights -
like this looonnnggg row
of round hay bales!

An Autumn Greeting
"Come," said the Wind to the Leaves one day.
"Come over the meadow and we will play.
Put on your dresses of red and gold.
For summer is gone and the days grow cold."
(Anonymous)


Another unusual sight
is all the cold rain we've had here lately -
very unusual for Kansas in November -
Brrrrr!!!




Monday, November 16, 2015

One Little Leaf . . .




One little leaf . . .  ⇝〽
                               
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⤾                     ৲ ⤾
                                                        ⤹
                                   ᔚ ⤻ᔚ
                                              
                                                 came
                                                          softly
                                                                   drifting
                                                                                d
                                                                                  o
                                                                                w
                                                                                   n
                                                                                     ⤹
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                                                                            ᘡৣৣৣ ᔚ〽
                                                                         §᷇᷆̆̃֊ᐣ
                                                                          
                                                   =3)  to sleep . . .
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Shalom & Stitchin'!!


I purchased this sweet little stitchery piece
many years ago in a thrift store.
It has become one of my treasures!
Just wanted to share it with you
and wish everyone here
Shabbat Shalom!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

God's Mosaic





It's harvest time in Kansas -
Milo harvest, that is!
The last harvest of the year here.
It is brought in by the semi-trucks
and deposited in two HUGE piles at the edge
of our little town.
Each pile is several stories high,
and nearly a block long!
Soon it will be headed out of town
in the train cars that roll along
the track in front of it.
How they do that is a mystery to me!
It is used to make feed for cattle.
But I think God intended it
to add some spectacular
Autumn color to our little town
before Winter comes!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Last Daisy of Summer

I had a little garden on my porch this year -
Tomatoes, Four-o'clock, Geraniums,
and Daisies.  LOTS of daisies!!

I think they are so cheery!
And it's quite surprising that any have lasted
until November -
but this one brave little soldier did!

Something worth celebrating!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Shabbat Shalom, chevarim!


The Shabbat candle is lit,
and the Kiddush and Hamotze is ready.
For me, it is the most precious part
of the Erev Shabbat home service.
Does it look familiar?
It is the bread and the wine
(or in my home, grape juice).
representing the precious sacrifice
that Yeshua made for our salvation
on the Cross!
Yes . . . it may surprise you to know . . . . .
that it is Communion!

Messianic Blessing over the bread-
"Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe,
Who brings forth the Living Bread from Heaven."

Messianic Blessing over the wine-
"Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe,
Giver of the True Fruit of the Vine - Yeshua, our Messiah."

Shabbat Shalom in Yeshua!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mommy's Little Helper . . . In The Kitchen!




Because I just couldn't POSSIBLY put
the groceries away without his help!

( He's the extra "sugar", you know!  ;)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pumpa's Painting



In my kitchen hangs a very special painting.
Special to me, anyway.
Others might look at it and think,
"Oh, that's nothing much."
It's painted on cardboard,
not on a fancy canvas.
What makes it so special?
It was painted just for me -
by my grandpa!
We kids called him "Pumpa"
because my oldest cousin could not
for the life of him say "Grandpa"
when he was little - and it stuck!
And we all loved it!

And we loved him!

Years ago, I had this humble cardboard painting
professionally framed.  What??  you may ask?
Isn't that kind of expensive for such humble material?
I wasn't framing the cardboard,
I was protecting a little piece of my heart!

How about you?
Do you have something special you'd like to tell us about?
I'm all ears!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sunshine!


Sunshine-y yellow Mums -
picked them just for YOU!!
Hope you have a day filled with
GOD'S SON-SHINE!!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Red Box Recipes - Oopsies CAN Be Delicious!!

So if you're looking for the perfect
Better-Homes-N- Gardens
cooking post, ummm . . .
this isn't it.
Unless, you're looking for a surprise,


in which case, you've found it!
Now, you may be thinking
"this looks like granola" -
and, yes it does, but . . .
no, it isn't.
Or, "hmmm, this looks like
something whole grain", and
yes, it does, but
no, it isn't . . . not totally,
anyway!
This (drum roll, please)
is a cookie recipe gone
DELICIOUSLY WRONG!!!

Yep, you read that right - sooo wrong,
and yet so yummy that I
decided to blog about it anyway!
Because it really is worth trying!



I followed the directions exactly,
except I used real butter, not margarine.
What I actually ended up with was
chocolatey-peanut buttery-oatmeal goodness!!
This can be enjoyed as a breakfast cereal,
as a topping over, oh, pretty much anything
- OR -
just with a spoon right out of the pan!
(I speak from personal experience . . . trust me on this one!)

Here is the vintage recipe -
taken from the Salina Journal, Salina, KS
(not sure what year??  1950's or 60's probably)

Unbaked Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

2 Cups sugar          3 Cups quick unrolled oats
1/3 Cup Cocoa          1/2 Cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 Cup margarine           1/2 Cup peanut butter
1/2 Cup milk                                   1 tsp. vanilla




Enjoy!
And if you make it, I would love to hear what you did with it!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ringing Out His Praises!



A lovely old church near my home . . .
where the church bells still ring every Sunday morning!
Such a beautiful sound!

Have a blessed Sunday, dear friends!



Friday, October 30, 2015

As Shabbat Begins . . .


The moon was so pretty here awhile back - 
just had to share it with you!
The Jewish day begins at sundown,
and as the moon rises on another beautiful Sabbath,
this is my wish for you!
It means 
"Sabbath Peace to you, dear friends -
Rest well, dear family of God"!


Red Box Recipes - Cocoa Ripple Ring

Today I'd like to share with you a special, down-home recipe from my family's treasured red recipe box!
It's one my Aunt Pauline gave my Mom - probably back in the 1970's when she first got a Bundt pan!


Cocoa Ripple Ring ~

Ingredients -                                                  

Cream together:  1/2 Cup shortening
                            3/4 Cup sugar
                            2 eggs

Sift together:  1-1/2 Cups flour

                       2 teaspoons baking powder 
                       3/4 teaspoon salt

Mix all of the above together alternately with 2/3 Cup milk - beat thoroughly.

Directions ~

Spoon 1/3 of the above mixture into a Bundt pan.  Sprinkle 1/3 Cup instant sweetened cocoa powder & 1/3 chopped nuts (walnuts work well) on top.  Then spoon half the remaining dough on top of the cocoa and nuts, and sprinkle another 1/3 Cup sweetened cocoa and 1/3 Cup nuts on that.  Top with the remaining dough mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Little Country Church




Little Country Church.
Found this sweet little church
one day when I was out meandering
the Kansas backroads . . . 
hope you enjoy!


"Tabernacle"
.
By Karla Worley & Brent Lamb

Chorus
Down by the tabernacle, oh,
Where the June bugs danced
And the lemonade flowed
And we prayed and we sang ‘til
The sun sank low
Laughing with our sisters and brothers.
Down by the tabernacle, hey,
Where you knew you were loved
And you wanted to stay,
Though the Texas heat
Was like judgment day,
We always enjoyed each other.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

All the World




This week, as the sun is setting, and the Shabbat candle is lit
here at Little Prairie Home,
it is my prayer that each one of you, my dear readers -
will find salvation and true peace . . .
which is found only in a precious relationship with Messiah Yeshua!
Won't you consider giving Him your life today, if you don't know Him yet?
I did so many years ago, and I hope you do, too!
He loves you immensely, will forgive you completely
(no matter WHAT you have done!), and will
bring healing, hope, and peace into your life!
You will never regret inviting Him in!


Shabbat Shalom in Messiah Yeshua, chevarim!
(Sabbath Peace in Jesus, our Messiah, friends!)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Red Box Recipes - Turkey, Green Bean, & Dressing Casserole


Here's a family favorite my Aunt Pauline shared with my Mom a few years back - so easy and dee-lish!!  (And you know we looooove "easy" around here!)


Ingredients ~
Prepare one package of dressing according to instructions on the box or bag.  Add celery, raisins and sausage to taste.  Place half the dressing on the bottom of a casserole dish.

Turkey - cut in small pieces and cooked.  (Great use for leftover turkey!)
One can of green beans
One can of mushroom or chicken soup

On top of the layer of dressing place the turkey, then the green beans, the soup (directly from can - no water added), and lastly place the rest of the dressing on top.  Bake at 350 degrees until the dressing is golden brown and done.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Autumn Gold




Just out rambling around today . . .
enjoying the golden beauty of autumn.
Wonder where the train is going today?
Want to come along?


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stitched with Love . . .


I just love vintage stitchery . . .
so warm, cozy, and stitched with love.
I love to imagine the dear, yet unknown lady
who spent so many, many hours carefully
designing and turning out her work
with needle and floss.
I wonder who she was?
Where did she live?
What was her life like?

This piece is very special - to me, anyway.
It hung for over forty years in my
grandparents farmhouse -
and was always a favorite of mine!
I don't know the dear soul who
made it, but I can tell you
(having worked on a large piece this size myself - 16" x 20")
that it probably took her several months
to complete it!
It now hangs in my livingroom -
a sweet reminder of happy days on their farm!



Monday, October 19, 2015

Mums


Just wanted to share
some of the autumn beauty
from my garden a few years ago.
Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sabbath Rest . . .





Peanut and I just want to
wish all of you . . . 
a very peaceful, and restful Shabbat
in Messiah Yeshua!

Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Kansas Sunsets . . .







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Just happened to catch this as I was out
playing with my Kindle camera one evening . . .
near my home . . . 
thought you would enjoy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Somebody Got Into Mommy's Yarn Drawer . . . ;)

While working at my computer the other evening,
I got something out of my lower desk drawer,
and absent-mindedly left it open.

When I looked again -
this is what I saw.
Now who could have done this???



Next thing I knew,
my livingroom floor looked like
this . . .




because *somebody-who-shall-remain-nameless*
got into his Mommy's yarn drawer . . .
for the first time EV-AH!!
I could have scolded, but goodness sakes,
how could I when he was having so much
FUN!!!!!










So, of course, I grabbed my
Kindle camera, and joined in the fun!!!




(That's me trying to hold a ball of blue yarn AND
the camera!!!)

And this was his response when I asked him,
"Now, what do you have to say for yourself???"




(Gotta love the whole "who, me??? looking away thing!!)










Friday, October 9, 2015

Shabbat Peace To You!



As the sun slowly sets ,
it is time once again to celebrate the first holiday
Adonai gave us - His beautiful Shabbat!
(Shabbat Is Hebrew for Sabbath).
Here at Little Prairie Home, 
the Shabbat candle is about to be lit, 
the service is about to begin, 
but before it does - I want to wish you all a very
peaceful and joyous Shabbat
in Messiah Yeshua!

Red Box Recipes - Quick & Easy Dessert

This one is sooooo easy, fast, and yummy!  My Aunt Pauline gave it to my Mom - back in 1961!

Quick Dessert ~ 

Ingredients -

1 Can Wilderness Pie Filling - any flavor.

1/2 package white cake mix (dry) patted down

1/4 pound margarine, melted

  Directions -

In a 5" x 8" Pyrex (glass) baking dish, pour in the pie filling.  Pour the white cake mix on top.  Pour the margarine over all.  Bake at 350 degrees til top is golden.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Down A Country Road - Golden Beauty



Kansas is known for it's beautiful sunsets,
and about an hour before then is the perfect time to
capture the outdoor lighting at it's best.
So one evening as I was out 
wandering the byways and back roads near my home, I 
came upon this simple, limestone building,
bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun.
As I understand the story,
it was built by the Boy Scouts,
back in the '30's or so -
and they held their meetings there.

Yes, there really is a lot of
loveliness to be found
 in the simple things of life!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Crock Pot Corn and Potato Chowder - Yummy Fall Fare!



There's a crispness in the air in Kansas these days - 
Fall is finally here!  Yay!
Today is kinda rainy-drizzly-cloudy outside,
so it's the perfect time for some yummy Fall delicious-ness!

So I cranked up my crock pot, and made one of my favorite soups -
"Crock Pot Corn and Potato Chowder!"
a great recipe I found via Pinterest at the
"Crock Pot Gourmet"!
Here is the link - 



Served with crackers and cheese,
it really hit the spot on this chilly day!
Enjoy!




Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pansies and Blessings!


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‘Adonai bless you and keep you!
Adonai make His face to shine on you and be gracious to you!
Adonai turn His face toward you and grant you shalom!’
In this way they are to place My Name over Bnei-Yisrael,
and so I will bless them.”
(Numbers 6:24-27 Tree of Life Bible)

May the Lord bless you richly today!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Shabbat Shalom!


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It's time to rejoice!!  Here at Little Prairie Home, the Sabbath or "Shabbat"
table is set, the candle is lit, and the Erev ("evening") Shabbat home service is about to begin!
The special bread we serve tonight is an ancient Hebrew tradition - Challah bread!
Above is a picture of one of my early attempts at making this sweet, braided bread.
(hmmmmm . . . need a little more practice!!  Just keepin' it real here!)
Here is a link to my favorite recipe for this delicious egg bread, at allrecipes.com -
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/120327/challah/
(A side note here - it makes GREAT French toast!)


Shabbat Shalom, Chevarim!
(His Sabbath Peace to you, dear friends!)



Friday, October 2, 2015

Red Box Recipes - Great Aunt Bertha's Ice Box Cookies


  I just adored my Great Aunt Bertha!  Spent quite a bit of time with her, in her teeny tiny little house, when I was growing up.  She taught me how to make paper doilies, gave me "very grown up" Gardenia scented stationery for my 10th birthday, and introduced me to "Bozo the Clown" on TV!  (Is my age showing just a little here??)  What a sweet, fun, Christian lady she was!

Back in the 1930's, she wrote this recipe down on a little card.  That was in the days before refrigerators - when you had to keep food fresh in an "Ice Box" - that had a big block of ice in the top compartment to keep things cold (for a few days, anyway!)  Then the Ice Man had to replenish your supply - by horse-drawn wagon - old fashioned goodness!

Ice Box Cookies -

Ingredients ~

1/2 Cup shortening
1 Cup brown sugar - "roll out lumps"
1 egg
Cream together and add -

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 Cups flour - more if needed to make roll.
(Sifted together)

Chill overnight, slice, and bake in 350 degree oven.
(Doesn't say for how long - but these are done when the edges are lightly browned.  So you'll have to experiment!)

These were a favorite of mine as a child - and have a lightly sweet, old-fashioned flavor - Mmmmmm!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oak Creek School

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"School days, school days
Dear old Golden Rule days
'Reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic,
Taught to the tune of the hick'ry stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful, barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate, "I Love You, Joe"
When we were a couple o' kids"

This was a popular song when my Grandpa attended
this little one-room schoolhouse in rural Kansas,
in the early 1900's.  I've had the privilege of going inside and
seeing it lovingly restored to the way things were in his day -
wooden desks and chairs with wrought iron legs,
cursive writing charts on the walls, original textbooks,
an American flag, and Kansas state flag at the front of the room -
with Abraham Lincoln and George Washington looking on!
And the teacher's large wooden desk up front.


My grandpa was not able to attend every day, as he had to
work on the farm  (at the age of 16!) -
but he came every day when the family he worked for could spare him.
He was an orphan by that age, but did very well in his life!
Eventually, he married one of the daughter's in that family,
who became my dear grandma -
and the rest, as they say, is history!


And I love and miss him!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Busy Hands, Happy Heart ♥ ♥ ♥

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It's really true . . . . .
busy hands do help keep our hearts happy!
I've been working on this sweet sampler off-&-on
for the past few years . . . . . (it's fairly large) . . . . .
am close to completing it now, and can hardly wait
to hang it in my livingroom!
It tells a story -
of all the things I love doing!
Gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, and yes,
stitching!

So what are you doing today?
Whatever it is, I hope it brings you JOY!!!


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