What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Today brought to you by the number 80

Helter-Skelter thoughts for today:

I think I may have reached a new record today: I used 80 eggs in one day.

Actually, the day is only half over.....

51 of those eggs were pickled early so they have time to marinate for church on Sunday.

I have been struggling with Sunday mornings lately because it seems like they are very unrestful for me. Our church is using a Lutheran church to meet at until we can find/purchase our own building-which means we have to meet AFTER them. When all is said and done, we don't get home until 8:00 at night so the only time on Sabbath days TO rest is in the mornings.

Even if I bathe the children the night before (as I try to always do), after making breakfast (and doing dishes) and then making church snack (and often communion bread)-it is time to fly out of the door. I hate that.

So I thought making a snack earlier in the week might help and, since we have so many eggs (and not many groceries), pickled eggs might be the perfect solution for this week! Now they are done and require only to be taken. Maybe, just MAYBE I will be able to enjoy a restful Sabbath morning.

The other eggs were for breakfast, for recipes and for deviled eggs to take to a luncheon tomorrow.


I just realized that St. Patricks day is right around the corner-the day when we start seeds each year! And guess what I haven't done yet?


Even if I were to order them today, it would be a VERY close call in receiving them before the big day. But the terrible realization is: even if I WANTED to, I couldn't. bah humbug.

I'll have to think about that one. (I have been planning on buying all heirloom seeds this year and still will. But I think I may have to buy some of the early things, like tomatoes, as starts this year.


I was
asked in February to lead a class on herbs for a local library in the middle of March. This hasn't worried me in the slightest.... until I realized that today is March 7th and this class is less than two weeks away. Now~ my stomach~ how it does churn.


It is 62 degrees today. In MARCH. In PENNSYLVANIA!!!!!

This calls for a celebration of some sort. And a nice long walk.


You know you are accomplishing a lot each day when you can't keep up blogging.

I am WAY backed up on sharing the projects I have been doing lately, blogging about the maple syrup progress (it's sticky!) and just generally blogging the goings-on here at Hopestead; all this despite the fact that I blog regularly.

I think this is a good thing, though, and am thankful to see it. I am living life and the blogging about life is in its rightful (backseat) position.

Speaking of which: I have been asked several questions lately so I am going to be putting up a new Q&A post over the weekend. I am telling you this now so that if you have any recent questions for me-LEAVE THEM IN THE COMMENTS SECTION and they will get answered by the weekend!


And lastly:

Tuesdays' Menu

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, homemade whole wheat toast. Water.

Lunch: Peanut Butter and Strawberry freezer jam on homemade whole wheat bread. Water.

Childrens' Snack: Salt and Buttered Popcorn. The last of the mini marshmellows. I found in the back of our (empty) cupboard and boy were they stale! But the kids liked them and said they tasted like gum! hehehe

Dinner: Pineapple Peach Chipotle Pork Chops over Rice minus the shredded cheddar and bacon pieces I usually top it with.
Creamed Corn
Canned Peaches


Tracy said...

Our local Extension Office hosts a cookbook club once a month, and Abigail and I have been faithfully attending for quite some time now. Monday's theme was appetizers. We boiled up a bunch of eggs and deviled them to take as our dish. With the exception of a little mayo and onion, they were free! I love that!

Your meals sound adequate, and delicious. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I love pickled beets and eggs...that's one thing my grandma always had in her fridge...I especially love how you captured the embossing on the jar...the red just makes it pop. I even went to my jar stash to see if I had that same design on some of my jars.

Thank's for the post, and the reminder of my grandma.



Mary said...

Please forgive the nosy question. If you are making meals like this without going to the grocery store, what are you buying there that you need to go often ?

Mar said...

You mentioned eating lunch at Wegman's one day. They have a bunch of heirloom seeds (sorry, don't remember the brand) at our store, so maybe you'll be able to find some there when you are shopping again...

ulli said...

The eggs are beautiful. You're doing great--keep it up!

Bonnie said...

The eggs are gorgeous! B. likes them, but me, not so much.
A restful Sabbath? That sounds like a dream!
Rush to eat, rush to dress, rush out the door, get home rush to get lunch, rush to eat, rush to clean up so B.'s parents can come over (every Sunday), rush to get supper when they leave, get the kids into to bed. By the time I get to sit down, its time to go to sleep!
I started seeds last saturday but have yet to order my strait into the garden seeds,
Warm here too! We went to a friends house for Purim, and were outside almost the whole time- wonderful!

Rosemary said...

That is a lot of eggs! Your chickens must be very happy in their new home.
You are doing an amazing job with your latest challenge.

Anonymous said...

Rebecca, you are SUCH an inspiration to me, I actually talk to my husband about you, as if we are friends *Blush* He only realised the other day that I have never actually MET you. Heehee. Thank you for blogging about your life, I know that its primarily to document the goings on of your family, but it also a huge help to young mom's all around the world ( we live in Tanzania now!)I have about a thousand questions for you, but I'll just pick a few for now:)
- how do you manage your weight when you're always making such delicious, abundant meals?
-what advice would you give to young mom's who aren't falling pregnant as quickly as they'd like? (I had a miscarriage in august, but am longing for another) My Olivia is already 19 months old and I SO wanted small gaps:-(
- how did you learn to crotchet/sew/all the other amazing things you do. I am now living in the middle-of-nowhere! I would love to learn more of the domestic arts but am not sure where to start.
- Do you read out of a children's bible or just a normal bible?
- Lastly, how old was Corynn when you started having bible/school time with her. What age would you recommend having a set time for those sorts of things.

If that's too many questions, please just choose the ones you would like to answer:)

thank you so much:)

Rebecca said...

Tracy~ isn't it nice when people who aren't being bombarded with eggs think it a special treat to get them...so we can use them up when we get tired of them! :-)

Janet~ Matts uncle gave us all sorts of canning jars when his wife died and many were of interesting shapes and had interesting designs-some of which I had never seen before. I was so excited and gushed so much that Matt chuckled about how bad it is when canning jars get people excited. I am glad I am not the only one!

Mary~ I am going to save that question for my Q&A post...frankly, because I need time to figure it out! This challenge has got me wondering what (or why) I buy things myself!

Mar~ you are brilliant. And I am going to check! THANK YOU.

Ulli~ thank you!

Bonnie~ yes-you totally have me beat there. Yours sounds 100 times more exhausting. *snore*

Rosemary~ or maybe we have so many that ought to die because they are older than dirt but we just keep them on to get out of the defeathering. I'll pretend it is because they are happy.....

Sandy~ aren't you so nice! I love to hear that sort of thing! This is one reason I love the internet- kindred spirits pop up in your life, even if they live continents away, and that could never happen before the blessed (and cursed) internet. Blessed in this instance. ;-)

And I will be happy to answer your questions...look for a post coming up this weekend!