Eating like a Shepherd!

Last night we enjoyed pie….

Not your regular pie. A Shepherd’s Pie, as we call it. I wanted to make something that represented the Shepherds on the day of the birth of Christ. These were lowly men in some people’s eyes yet honoured through God, to see the birth of His son. Before I came to Christ I was lowly too. What a wonderful God we serve!

Shepherd’s Pie came to be known as that around 1877 when they used meat such as mutton and lamb. But, it originally was for the poor when potatoes were introduced as a food staple in 1791. Then, it was called Cottage Pie.

Below I will show you how I feed my hungry crew of 7. This includes 4 boys, 1 man and two ladies ūüėÄ

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My Shepherds pie uses venison because my husband hunts and is a cheap means of meat for us. Plus, it is super lean and natural to eat–Which would have been similar to the foods resourced for back then, and it stays true to being a cheap meal today!

So Enjoy!

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Cooking Venison is cheap for us and may not be for others…

Use whatever you have available. However, if you use fattier meat. Omit the oil later and drain some of that fat out!

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Gather the amount of potatoes you will need. I need a lot.

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Peel potatoes. If you are like my mom and still use the old-fashioned knife…then, you probably still have all your potatoes–and you wouldn’t have accidentally dropped two in the garbage while peeling them, like I did!

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Chop into Bite-sized pieces! This cooks faster.

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Wash potatoes!

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Drain the dirty Potato water.

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Add clean water to your clean potatoes!

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Add salt to your potatoes. This is my little secret! Bring them to a boil and let them continue boiling at Medium heat as to not over cook them. You want them soft and falling apart but, not absorbing too much water!

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Add oil to your venison! About 2 tablespoons and start cooking on Medium/High heat.

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Gather 2 small onions and garlic cloves. I used about 5 cloves.

Chop into small pieces and mince garlic if you don’t have a garlic press.

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Gather spices that you would like to use.

I chose these to enhance the natural taste of venison and give it more of an authentic taste. I have:

Organic Better than Bouillon (I LOVE this stuff) 1 HEAPING Tablespoon.

2 Bay leaves

1/3 Cup of Rogers or Organic White Flour

2 Cups of water

Seasoning Salt of your choice

Thyme (1Tablespoon)

Marjoram (1 Tablespoon)

Sage (1 Tablespoon)

*We love herbs and spices ūüėÄ

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Add ingredients–except water, bouillon, and flour, to pot of cooking meat

(when it is about half way done cooking)

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Whisk water, bouillon and flour together.

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Add to meat, stir and cook a little more.

Take out Bay leaves, they are not edible!

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Drain Potatoes when done–that is when it is soft and mashes easily.

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Get some Organic frozen corn or another veggie you want to use. Layer on top of the cooked meat.

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Gather the Ingredients for making your potatoes.

You will need; butter, salt (to taste..use enough…)¬†and cream

I like using half and half cream or full cream. I know, I am such a rebel!

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Use 1/2 Cup of cream and 1/4 Cup of butter.

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Whisk/Blend all into potatoes until very smooth.

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Spread potatoes evenly on top of corn layer. Sprinkle some paprika and marjoram on top for added appearance and flavour.

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Have oven pre-heated at 400 degrees.

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Place your pie into the oven!

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Set timer for 18 minutes.

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Now it is time to clean up the mess of making your wonderful Pie. 18 minutes should be enough!

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I had two minutes left and…

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got it all done ūüėÄ

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Take out your wonderful and nummy Dinner!

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If you are Canadian, you will want it with Ketchup. However, my kids have eaten all the ketchup which is perfect for me because I love it, just, as is.

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Enjoy!!

Luke 2:13-20  from Bible Gateway

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!‚ÄĚ[c]

15¬†So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‚ÄúLet us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.‚Ä̬†16¬†And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.¬†17¬†Now when they had seen¬†Him,¬†they made widely[d]¬†known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.¬†18¬†And all those who heard¬†it¬†marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.19¬†But Mary kept all these things and pondered¬†them¬†in her heart.¬†20¬†Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”


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A Handmade item¬†is¬†not only¬†sentimental; it is detailed, it is crafted, it is refined, it is quality, it is time worthy and most of all it is beautiful. It is a work of art! I remember one Christmas Ornament that I love to this day. It was a handmade one from my oldest sister. It was made from the shell of a walnut and wool. Inside the walnut, a little mouses body appeared with a little blanket covering him, two glued on wobbly eyes and a cute little tail curled out of it. I adored this little creation and wondering how they made such an amazing thing that could hang on a tree. I marvel at the little gift today and in my past memories. Such a joy handmade gifts can be! We have made many gifts handmade, especially for Christmas. I believe it adds a personal touch of care and without actually writing it, the words ‘I love you!’ I love to hand make a lot of things that go into my home to say those same words in the curtains I put up, to the desk they work off of, or the food they eat. We say a lot with our hands. Here are some cute Christmas Home~made¬†Projects that you can make, with the whole Family in mind:

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Isaiah 66:2 …”Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being” declares the LORD…


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Celebrating Christmas by Decking the Halls

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Matthew 5:16

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and your Father which is in heaven.” | KJV



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Merry Christmas….

…from our Wonky¬†Family!

Christmas 2014 Snowball Family

When picking out our Family Christmas Photos, we looked at all the perfect ones where everyone was sitting well and straight. Chin’s are¬†up and smiles were on; It was too perfect! A¬†picture has to represent your family as a whole and the personalities that represent each person.

The picture above, caught us perfectly!

The photographer was telling the kids to hold tightly on these very large snowball things. They were googling at them and were standing almost with ants in their pants–they wanted to throw those balls so badly. Being boys, these was a huge temptation for them. Then, right before the picture was taken the photographer yelled out, “Throw your balls!” Of course they did and obviously to my very big surprise! To my embarrassment, they chucked them so hard, the photographer actually got hit with one.

This would not be our family photo, without mom getting embarrassed at least once. So when we saw this picture, we thought it displayed us to the *T*!

Enjoy and please share your family photos with me as well!

Merry Christmas

…don’t be embarrassed¬†of who God created your family to be!

Instead, share it with the world…

Changing the World, one little star at a time…

Changing the World, one little star¬†at a time…

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We all know Christmas is right around the corner and if you attend Church regularly and have small children, you know this is Christmas Pageant time! I was in the middle of our Sunday School Class and a little boy put up his hand after he heard me say that those visiting can enter the play as angels if they wish (given they are the proper age etc.)

He asked me if we can put guards up and that those *kid* guards would make sure no one entered the play that did not have strict access. I asked what the strict access was and he said it was only for those children who had been attending the Sunday School classes and that any child that doesn’t attend the class would NOT be allowed into the Play.

I could really see this little guy’s point and recognized that he, along with the whole class, were preparing for this event. It wasn’t fair that the people who only came once or twice got to participate in something he was working hard for. BUT, then I thought of the parable of the workers and what Jesus said. He promised wages for each man and gave them all the same reward in the end for their work…Whether it was in the long hours, or in the short.

I want to show Christ at any given moment in our classroom. After-all, we want this Christmas Play to be a time to share the gospel and celebrate our salvation through the Saviour, who was sent to us by God our Father, right! What better way to show this to those that may need it the most!

I explained this to him and said we need to show more love to those that need it the most and that those children and their family will be welcomed in as if they are our family….even, if they are in the last hour…even, if we have been working longer than they have! What better way to live in Christ, then to act on our faith and His words!

This little star of the show’s heart was changed and that was enough for me…

Mathew 20:12 | http://www.Biblehub.com/kjv

So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 9And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 12Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 14Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? 16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

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Why I don’t go Black Friday Shopping & deals for Cyber Monday!

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the hub-bub! 

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Confessions of one mom:

I am not a shopper.

I really am not!

I don’t like trying on clothes, or standing in long line ups with kids. We never had Black Fridays in Canada up until recent years. I was glad because Black Friday is out of the question for me in many ways.

  1. I want to keep my salvation! I think I would lose my patience way to quickly and end up doing some major damage to my reputation (as a Pastor’s Wife *yikes* I would never live that one down) But, more importantly my reputation with God. Which is way more important! AND, my reputation with my kids who will be watching and taking out their imaginary note pads, with matching pens, scribbling down every bad choice that I make when under pressure. Internally, I am screaming right now.
  2. I want to love my children; Not be disgruntled with them for every mistake they made in public with me–massively embarrassing me–and causing me to go, as red as a tomato! With 5 children under 9 years of age…this is very easily accomplished for them.

So, when Cyber Monday roles around and online Discounts is beckoning my lack of Christmas shopping, I get excited!

If you are the type of Mom that has everything bought and wrapped in October, or even JULY!

I am super proud of you!

…but for me, I am avoiding my besetting sin and I am sticking to Cyber Mondays ūüėÄ

Matt 6:13 | 1 Cor. 10:13 | Matt 26:41

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

 

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Making Traditions a family event!

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When my husband and I had our first Christmas together, we thought about Children and having a family of our own one day. Little did we know that one day would be 3 months into our marriage. So, as we sat together and thought we asked our selves some very big questions:

Now that we have left our father and mother, and cleaved to one another; how should we live our lives as one? What family traditions do we want to keep or make on our own?

Having two people come together is like two raging rivers joining into one stream. It can be trumulterous at times, learning to live as one body of water. Sometimes under-currents can kick up old debris (baggage) and other times it feels smooth and calm. Sometimes, there are big rocks that are¬†in the way. We have to rush around them to continue on together. When it comes to raising a family together, traditions¬†can be those tough rocks or decisions. One person may want a bar¬†mitzvah, the other a Silent Night, and so on….

Here are some of the traditions that we have made together, as a family:

  • Driving around late at night to see all the Christmas Lights! We blare the Christmas Music ooohhh-ing and awww-ing over ever single one…even the sad looking ones ūüėÄ Some are simply amazing , some are cute, and some are down-wright-tacky but, we love them!
  • Singing some Christmas Carols as a family while I *ahem* attempt to play the piano. It brings; Jesus, and worship, and joy, back to Christmas we feel. Even if it is clanging symbols! Overall, It is beautiful to sing together and gather around with some hot chocolate.
  • Reading the story of Christmas out of the Bible on Christmas morning. This is something we love to do! We also take the time to incorporate the story of the Christmas tree and how that relates to the cross. Then, we talk about the star on the tree and how that showed where Jesus lay. Then, we say that Jesus was our gift for Redemption & Salvation. We point to the gifts under the tree and tell them that we honour the greatest gift of all by giving each other gifts. Then we give our gifts to each other.

Here are some of the traditions we had to leave behind or change, as a family:

  • Going to Christmas dinner at everyone’s house. That sounds crazy, I know! What I mean is,¬†we have divorced families and re-married families as grandparents. That means¬†5 different Christmas Dinners and everyone wants you on 2 days…or worse, one! This got very frustrating. We now host Christmas dinner and invite EVERYBODY! This is a lot easier and we can set-the-tone for keeping Christ the centre of it all.
  • We moved and one of our traditions was going out and getting a Christmas tree-a real one-hacking it down and sitting around a wood fire-pit outside. Going on a train ride and sipping hot chocolate with our wonderful neighbors. The place we live is an hour away from them and we rent now, so they said no real trees ūüė¶
  • No Christmas baked goodies with my wonderful neighbour either ūüė¶
  • We also stopped opening one early gift on Christmas Eve. With 5 children, you want to keep all the gifts there until the very last moment. Plus, there is more money to spend and that may be their best gift, so we try not to ruin it.

How do you celebrate Christmas?

Do you have any traditions that you have made together as a family?

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Genesis 2:24 KJV

 

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