Thursday, February 16, 2017

Goals for 2017

I am not one to make new years resolutions because I know I'm not going to stick to them. I did however, decide to write down a few goals for the new year. I believe that if you right it down you are more likely to follow through. So this is an overview of some of my goals, and how it is going.

1. Read through the entire Bible.  I have attempted this more than once, and I have finished it never.  We are midway through February and I am ahead in my ready.  I have been using the audio NIV on biblegateway.com, and that is a game changer for me. I had no idea I could listen to it and take it in as well as I am. I've had to stop and go read it for myself sometimes because I'm learning things I had never remembered learning before now.  I encourage you to try the audio bible even if you don't think you learn best by listening.

2. Get Healthy. I have a goal to exercise at least 3 times a week. I had done this and more up until I got the flu. Until yesterday it had been about 2 1/2 weeks since I had exercised. I started again because I have come too far to stop now!  I also really have been enjoying the exercise I'm doing.

3. Create more. (there were several things listed under this, one was sew more). I started a quilt

 Here are nine of the 13 squares I have done. I am using precuts and making a logcabin pattern.  I have 8 squares left to make, then I will decide on how I am going to put it together. I am really enjoying this process.


So those are just some of my 2017 goals, mostly the ones that have updates. I am pleased with my progress.

Have a blessed day

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Back Again

The flu was rough, after I got better, the hubs came down with it. So far the kids are still healthy, praying it stays that way. 

I've been doing a fair amount of baking, so I'll share that with you today.

Actually let's start with wheat berries. 



Here we have hard red wheat, hard white wheat, and soft white wheat.  Hard wheat is used for yeast breads, and soft wheat is used for cakes, biscuits, and non yeasty things. Hard wheat can also be used for cakes and biscuits, but soft wheat is a lighter texture. 

I ground some popcorn to make cornmeal and made cornbread.

It was delicious! I don't remember what we had for dinner that made make cornbread. I had no idea I could use popcorn to make cornmeal. My favorite thing about that is popcorn is non gmo. 

I made pancakes. 


My griddle isn't cooking evenly anymore, but that didn't affect the flavor. Something I love more about these pancakes than any other pancakes I have ever made is they were just as delicious the next day.  Never before have I been able to reheat pancakes without them being mushy or weird. These tasted and looked freshly made.  

Biscuits. I love biscuits like A LOT! 

These biscuits are light and fluffy, and delicious. I think they are the best biscuits I have ever made. I used my regular recipe, but they are so much better! They also are very good days after being made. It is interesting to me, they don't get hard in a day the way the other biscuits I have made do. I love it.

Then of course there is bread.
I made bread on a Sunday and since we were sick we didn't use it up very fast. On Saturday it was still soft, no mold and made a delicious sandwich.


It slices perfectly and has basically the same calories as the bread we've been eating, but is much more nutritious. 


Overall, so far this is going very well. We have been sick so I can't attest to any health benefits yet. We also have been still consuming some processed foods in effort to use them up. This week will really be the first full week for my husband to be only consuming gluten in things I make. I have been gluten free except what I make for the last couple weeks, but having the flu sucked the life out of me. I have noticed the hip pain I had been having is going away. It used to hurt to touch my hip, now it is only a little bothersome when I lay down. This is a huge improvement. I had been blaming our mattress, but perhaps my diet has more to do with that than I thought. I will be reporting back on any other changes, good or bad we see. 

have a blessed day

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Little Home Maintenance

I am one of those people that gets and idea and thinks I must execute it right now, or it doesn't tend to happen. That would be why I was scrubbing my washing machine at 5 am this morning. (Obviously, I'm feeling better from the flu, altho I sound pretty bad).

When I took a load of laundry out of the dryer last night there were grease looking spots on nearly every piece of clothing. This has happened over the years, and sometimes I thought it was the laundry soap, other times the dryer, sometimes I blamed the washing machine.  I looked in my washing machine and around the rim was pretty gunky looking. I decided to clean the machine.  I have a top loading washing machine, and have no advice for a front loader.

To do this I do the following: 

1. Run the hottest longest biggest cycle with just water and 1 quart of bleach.  Leave the lid open so it doesn't rinse and let it set for about 2 hours, or in my case over night.

2. I put on gloves then use the bleach water and a magic eraser to scrub a dub all the areas I can.

3. close the lid and let it finish the wash/rinse cycle

Next I repeat these step except I use vinegar instead of bleach with the hottest, longest, biggest load cycle and I used a gallon of vinegar, but really a quart will do. I took apart my fabric softener dispenser from the agitator and let it soak down in the water once it was done agitating as well. 
Again, let it sit for a couple hours.   I then went in with blue scratch pad and scrubbed all the areas.  
Then let it finish out the cycle. 

While the washing machine was finishing the rinse cycle I took the opportunity to use the rag soaked with vinegar water to wipe down the outside of my washing machine and dryer.  

While wiping down the dryer I thought about how it isn't drying as well any longer, and figure I need to clean out the lint trap.

So I took the dryer apart and used a dryer lint brush (I don't know what it's really called) and went to town cleaning out the door.

That is the brush next to the pile of lint from the door.

Seriously, all that was in the door.  I would like to add I clean my lint filter after every single load. 
After putting all that in the trash. I vacuumed out any little bits of lint, then put the front panel back on my dryer. 

While doing all this cleaning I decided I should go ahead and wash the lint trap filter. 
Did you know fabric softener will build up on it making a film that will hold water.  It wasn't too bad but it did hold some water. I used dishsoap and a soft brush to scrub a dub it, rinsed it well then dried it off with a paper towel. 

Water didn't stand after its washing. Which also means air will flow thru it better. 

I did take a look at the dryer vent hose and think I'll be having my hubs change that out. We have clear hose and it is looking pretty full of lint.  I am not interested in a dryer fire, so this is an important step.  

It didn't take long or much effort to any of this, maybe 30 minutes to clean out the dryer, altho I have done this several times, I do think the first time takes a bit longer.  

Cleaning the washing machine should take care of the spots that have been happening, and hopefully the dryer will be more efficient.  

Just a little bit of time to make things work better and last longer. 

I'm gonna go rest now!  ha ha !

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Influenza

I have the flu, so it's going to be a few days of rest for me.

As soon as I am feeling up to it, I will be grinding my wheat berries and making bread.

Guess I'm getting an extended lesson in patience, and some forced rest.

Have a blessed day!