Our Favorite Homemade Granola

Yogurt and granola is one of my favorite breakfasts. The boys love it, although they prefer warmer breakfasts in the winter.

Years ago I spent a weekend at Cricketwood Bed and Breakfast in Bend Oregon. They served wonderful breakfasts and this granola was one of them. They have since ceased operations but the granola recipe lives on in our household.

I love to make homemade yogurt and someday will share my recipe with you, but for the time being I enjoy the Greek yogurt brand Fage. If I want a little fruit flavor in it then I will mix in some homemade strawberry freezer jam.

I thought I would share this recipe with you.

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4 cups Quaker Oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup flaked/shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped/slivered almonds
1/4 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Measure all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together.
Pour mixture into a 9×13 dish. Bake for 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
If you like larger pieces of granola then do not stir when the 30 minutes are over. Give it one last stir if you like it crumbly.
Let it cool then store in a tightly sealed container ( I use a Ziploc gallon freezer bag)

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
Have a great day,

Karen

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Moses (part 4/4)

To read “Moses part one” click here.

To read “Moses part two” click here.

To read “Moses part three” click here.

10) The ten plagues.

This was new to me. Sometimes when I read the Bible, especially the Old Testament, I read it like a book. Not really looking for the reason behind why something not only happened but was recorded in the Bible. What I learned about the plagues was one of those times.

The purpose of the plagues was to prove the Egyptian god’s to be false and to show everyone that the God of the Israelites is the one true God.

In order to do that God chose plagues that would prove their gods impotent.

Plagues one and two were against the gods of the Nile River. Osiris was a chief Nile god. When the water turned to blood and all the fish died and an invasion of frogs out of the Nile River covered the land, where was Osiris?

Plagues three through six were against the god’s of the land. God brought hordes of insects from the soil to torment the Egyptians. Then more swarms of flying insects. Where was Geb the god of the soil? What about Apis the bull god or Hathor the cow goddess when all the livestock were struck down? And when the ashes that Moses spread over the land caused boils on the people, where was Imhotep who was worshiped for his healing ability?

Plagues seven through nine were against the god’s of the sky. Egypt is a land of cloudless skies. Almost year round sunshine. When hail fell from the sky it was unheard of. The hail struck and killed people and animals. It flattened crops. However, we see some sunshine at this point because the Bible records (Exodus 9:20)  that some of the Egyptians heeded Moses’ warning and moved their animals and servants into shelter. Wind brought locusts in another plague that ate everything green. No warning was given for  the ninth plague which blotted out all light for three days. The sun god Ra, whom the pharaoh was to be the son of, went missing. Where was the power of pharaoh if Ra is gone?

The tenth plague , the death plague seems so horrible. Horrible like the Egyptians ordering the murder of all male Israeli babies. Yet we see mercy. Mercy for those who will believe in the one true God. This plague was a death blow to the Egyptian gods. They could do nothing about the death of the first born because they were nothing. God proved it. Some Egyptians believed and fled with the Israelites.

I always read the section of the plagues as one after another. A closer look supposes a long period of time for all these plagues to take place. Probably a varying amount of time between each.

11) Why would God harden pharaoh’s heart?

In Exodus 4:21, before Moses ever returns to Egypt, God told Moses that He would harden pharaoh’s heart so that he wouldn’t let the Israelites go. That doesn’t seem fair.

Again, I go back to what I know about God. His characteristics. God is holy. He is completely without sin. He cannot do anything wrong. He also knows all things. Past, present, future. He created time. His is not dictated by time.

Exodus records that in the first five plagues pharaoh hardened his own heart. In the last five plagues God hardened pharaoh’s heart.

I believe God knows who will believe in Him and who will never believe in Him. He knew that pharaoh (who was considered a god) would never believe in the one true God. Pharaoh was a human created by God and would be used by God whether he wanted Him to or not.

There are multiple places in Exodus that God gives His reason for the plagues. Exodus 9:14 “…so that you may know that there is no one like me in all the Earth, 9:16 “….that I might show you my power and the my name might be proclaimed in all the Earth, 9:29 “…..so you may know that the Earth is the LORD’s”,  to name a few. God so loves us that He wants us to know Him. He will go to great lengths to reach us.

12) The Passover

The Old Testament is full of a gradual revelation of God’s plan for mankind.  Over the years God showed the Israelites their sinful human nature. He showed them that death would be required to make amends for sin.

In the Passover those who had faith in God took a male lamb without blemish  into their homes for four days. At the end of those four days the lamb was sacrificed and consumed. The blood of this lamb was brushed onto the door frame of the house. When the angel came and saw the blood on the doorframe He would “passover” that house and not kill the firstborn child.

What is important about this is that the Israelites were on the same level as the Egyptians. Death would come if they didn’t have faith and act on it. In other words  they too were sinful. Just because they were God’s chosen nation didn’t mean they were without sin. Their faith in the one true God, put into action, is what showed them different from the Egyptian families who lost loved ones that night.

I love to study God’s word. I think that I could study it forever and always learn something new.

We have moved from Exodus to Leviticus. Not surprising but there is a lot of very cool stuff in Leviticus. When I read it on my own it seems boring. When I read it in a formal Bible study with people who have masters or doctorate degrees  from some of the best Bible colleges I learn stuff I never would have known.

Thanks for listening.

Have a blessed day,

Karen

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Goat Update

We really like having goats. They bring us much enjoyment and entertainment.

Halle is still shacked up with Jasper so Brown Sugar is alone with the three doelings.

We give them treats every now and then.

This is some winter squash. They all love it.

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Since the doelings came from the same herd they are pretty tight friends.

So cute sleeping together.

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About once a month we trim their hooves.

Give them a little alfalfa to eat and they handle it quite well.

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That is Calvin on the stancion. It is the “bench” that will be used daily when we start milking. It is also handy for hoof trimming, giving shots and just checking out the goats to make sure they are healty.

We will be visiting DiJi Farm tomorrow. It is Halle’s birth place. Hopefully we will have a little time to pick Carol’s brain about goats. It is always great to talk to other goat people.

Enjoy the day,

Karen

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Luke

Over the almost seven months we have lived with Luke we have learned more about him. He was given to the previous owners when he was a puppy. They were not dog people. He wasn’t allowed in the house at all. He lives in the garage which allows him to go in and out as he likes. We bought him a nice comfy bed and it is a nice arrangement.

From the beginning we knew Luke needed people. As dog people ourselves we wanted him to be a larger part of our family. We wanted him to spend time with us when we were in the house. However, when we “forced” him to come inside he was very nervous and wanted out immediately. All his training told him he wasn’t allowed in the house.

It has taken months of working with him but eventually he was comfortable in the house. He constantly wanted to be petted. It was never enough. So we had to teach him that he needed to be content just being with us. He is getting better with that.

One of the problems with Luke not raised indoors is that he isn’t potty trained. Multiple times he has gone potty in the house. I began to wonder if the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” was true. We persisted and as of now it has been a couple of weeks since he went potty in doors.

I decided that Luke needed a bed in the house. His eleven year old body shouldn’t be laying down on the hard floor. Not knowing if he would sleep in the indoor bed I purchased a less expensive bed. It took all of us, over many days, to teach him that he had an indoor bed. He finally figured it out. Now when he is tired he goes to his bed to sleep.

Another thing he wasn’t taught was how to go up and down stairs. During the day all of us are mostly downstairs. Michael is in his office and the boys and I do most of our school downstairs. Two or three times we have put a leash on him and helped him down the stairs but it is rather scary. Going up isn’t any easier. For the most part we don’t do that much any more.

Speaking of leashes, a couple of times during the summer months we would try to take Luke for a walk. I would put the leash on him and he would immediately plant is bottom and feet and wouldn’t budge. I worried that we wouldn’t be able to take him to the vet or get him groomed.

About three weeks ago we decided that Luke needed to be groomed. Michael and the boys were going to town so we made an appointment and dropped him off. I was in charge of picking him up. I wasn’t involved in getting him there so I still worried about how he would act on a leash. What a good boy. Everyone at the groomers loved him. We walked around the store (Petco) to get him a couple of things and customers and employees were petting him. He was loving all the attention.

It wasn’t long before Luke was dirty again. He gets so muddy that we don’t want him in the house. Yet we do want him with us. Our only option was to give him a bath.

Michael carried him in to our bathtub.

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This is the only time I have been grateful that this bathtub is so big.

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What a dirty boy.

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Can’t let him go to bed wet. Hair drying time.

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It was exhausting for Luke. Joshua gave him a stuffed fish to cuddle.

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So Luke has finally adjusted to life with us. We love him and are happy that he is able to spend more time with us and to know that he is a part of our family.

He is our Cool Hand Luke.

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Have a great day,

Karen

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Our First Egg

Well, it happened. Sooner than I thought it would.

Yesterday Michael found an egg in the chicken coop. Yeah!

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Being green, it was laid by an Americana. It is a good month earlier than I thought we would have eggs.

Maybe she is an early bloomer.

It is small, which we expected. My understanding is that the older the hen is the larger the egg is.

Here it is next to a store bought large egg.

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Our egg weighed in a 1.3 ounces. The store bought egg beat it out at 2.3 ounces.

We have our first egg….how cool is that.

Ta Ta For Now,

Karen

 

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Moses (part 3/4)

To read “Moses part one” click here.

To read “Moses part two” click here.

7) I Am Who I Am

Wow. God tells Moses His name (one of many). That name, it speaks volumes.

God is. He wasn’t created.

He lives. Life came from a living being.

God has no end. He is.

He is self sufficient. He needs nothing and no one.

8) God does the work.

I love how when God tells Moses the job he wants him to do and Moses responds “Who am I that I should go to pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Rather than God giving Moses an ego boost God lets Moses know that it is He who will do it.  God simply says, “I will be with you.” In other words, you are the man that I will work through. Moses just needed to follow God’s lead.

It is a good lesson for all of us. Apart from God we can do nothing good. If we try it on our own then it doesn’t turn out so well (see #5). Follow God’s lead.

9) Did Moses lie to pharaoh?

Exodus 3: 8 clearly states God’s intent to permanently remove the Israelites from Egypt. Yet, in Exodus 5:3 Moses requests from pharaoh that the Israelites be allowed to take a three day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to God.

Some of the ladies in my BSF group felt that Moses was speaking a lie. Moses and Aaron were speaking for God. There are probably many different ways that the “scholars” interpret this. For me, it is simple. God would never ask anyone to lie. It is a sin and would go against His character. What I think was happening is that they were “testing the waters” so to speak. If pharaoh would agree to this then, when they came back, maybe he would be more favorable to a permanent departure.  Just know that God will never ask you to sin. With God, the end does not justify the means.

Part four coming soon.

Hugs,

Karen

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Love is in the Air

I’ve been noticing our Rooster pecking at the hens lately. I guess he is showing his loving feelings by pecking the ladies. He has pecked me. Not because he has any loving feelings for me (like Calvin does) but probably to keep me away from his harem. It hurts. I’m glad I’m not a hen.

“Yes, I’m the master of this coop.”

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“Look at all my ladies. Mine, all mine.”

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Over at the barn we are hoping for some love action of the goat kind.

Halle isn’t pregnant yet. Three dates she has had with Jasper and still NOTHING. It is our fault. Being new to this sort of thing, we haven’t been taking good notes and really watching when she comes into heat. Remember, she is the subtle one. Very quiet. So we have had to take drastic measures.

Let me reveal the “Love Shack”….

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The extra boards on the top are to keep Jasper from jumping out.
You were first introduced to Jasper on this post.

He is now living with Halle.

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Halle isn’t exactly thrilled with the situation.

“Let meeeee ooouuuut!” she says when we are around.

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So far there hasn’t been any co-mingling. Which simply means that Halle isn’t in heat. Jasper will stay for weeks. One way or another were going to make this happen!

Our other three bucks are quite interested in what is going on.

Here is Calvin checking out the competition.

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Is this curiosity or a more serious issue? Can you say “Peeping Bucks”?

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Just Jasper being there has some interesting effects on the boys. These are all “rut” things they do.

What cute little doe wouldn’t be attracted by this face?

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Here is our lovey dovey Calvin. (on a side note….he is getting wethered on Monday. Sniff, Sniff. No more babies for him. All of our new girls are his though).

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Back to Halle and Jasper. Don’t they make a cute couple?

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What cute babies they will make.

Hugs,

Karen

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Field Fencing

After papa goose disappeared Michael thought it was best to replace the field fencing that was around the pond. It was old and had places that the geese were able to get through.

The Saturday after Christmas Michael and the boys took down the old fence and some of the useless posts. They bought new rolls of fencing and some new wooden posts.

Here is the area with the fencing removed and some new posts in place.

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The next day, after we went to church, Michael and I went out to put up the fencing.

Each roll of fencing is 330 feet. One roll wasn’t quite enough. We would have to splice a section towards the end.

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First we unrolled the whole 330 feet of fencing.

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Then you have to stand it up against the posts.

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The next step is to stretch the fencing in sections. From one wood post to another.

Rather than buy an expensive stretcher thingy Michael made his own. Two 2 x 4’s screwed together in three places with the fencing between the boards.

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Then he hooks up the “come along” (real name) to the board,

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and pulls it taut.

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Before we undo the “come along” we need to secure the fencing to the wooden post for that section.

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I was amazed at how straight that gizmo pulled the fencing. Of course, that is the whole point of that gizmo.

Then comes the fun part. Hooking the fence to each t-post. I tried, I really tried, but I just couldn’t make it work. Michael did all of it (ok, let’s face it…..he did all the work period.)

Here is how it works with someone who knows what they are doing…

Put the hook where you want it,

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Twist the one side around the fencing,

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Clamp it down and the other side too,

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and your done. Three for each t-post.

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Doesn’t it look good?

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It took us about 5.5 hours to do it. It was dark when we finished. And cold.

I waited until the next day to take these last two pictures (I was cold and hungry)

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I might not be a huge help but I sure like working with him.

Another family project completed.

Enjoy the day,

Karen

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Moses (part 2/4)

To read Moses part one click here.

4) The Faithful

Moses’ parents were Amram and Jochebed. They were some of the possibly few Israelites who held to their belief in the one true God and did not worship the Egyptian gods.

When Moses was born they hid him for three months. Finally it was impossible to keep him a secret. As a woman of great faith Jochebed put Moses in a basket prepared for him and put him to float in the Nile River. She sent Moses’ sister, Miriam, to keep an eye on him.

I can’t imagine the faith that this woman had to literally put her child in the hands of God. God rewarded her with giving her back her son after pharaoh’s daughter adopted him. She probably only had him three maybe up to five years at the most. I believe that during that time she taught Moses about his people and their belief in the one true God.

Fast forward. Moses was 40 years old when he left Egypt. 80 years old when he returned. His parents were most likely dead by then. She would not have seen the way God would use her son. She had faith. She acted on that faith and like many people she probably didn’t live to see the fruit of her faith.

As parents we “train our children in the way they should go” but we may not get to see the results of that training. God is faithful. It is in Him we put our faith.

5) Moses’ good choice but a bad method .

At 40 years old Moses chose to associate himself with his people. He saw their suffering and wanted to help them. Excellent decision. However, how he chose to do that was wrong. He murdered an Egyptian  slave master.

How might things have been different had Moses, in his desire to help his people, prayed and asked God what to do?

Moses chose association with a slave nation over royalty. God planned to rescue His people and Moses was His man. However, we can’t do God’s work  on our own.  We must do it His way and in His power. Anything else and he will mercifully let us fail lest we learn to look to ourselves and not to Him.

Moses was God’s man for the job, he just wasn’t ready for the job. It would take another 40 years as a shepherd in the dessert for God to prepare him for this job.

6) Mt. Sinai

Isn’t it interesting that God never told us exactly which mountain is Mt. Sinai? God appeared to Moses in a burning bush speaking His plans to him. Later Moses would receive the Ten Commandments and instructions on building the Tabernacle on that same mountain.

It is a religious and historic landmark.

It is probably because we would have ended up worshiping the mountain rather than the God who made it special. Can you imagine……”Disney Mt. Sinai”.

To be continued…..

Have a great day,

Karen

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A Joyful Visit

My sister and my two nieces came down New Year’s Day to stay the night.

When we lived in Milwaukie we were minutes from all of my family.

I miss them so much. I thought I would be able to talk on the phone to make up for it but life is so busy especially schooling. It takes up most of the day.

They arrived around lunch time and we immediately started with the fun.

We took them to see the goats. They had not seen the bucks or the doelings.

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A day or two before their visit a neighbor gave the boys a broken down “scooter”. Michael, who can fix anything, worked with the boys and got it working.

Everyone was enjoying it.

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That night we played Apples to Apples. There was a lot of laughing.

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We had a lot of fun. I can’t wait for them to visit again.

Love,

Karen

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