10/14/14

Book Giveaway!

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Good evening all! 
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© Monika Hardy

Fall has arrived!

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Fall has arrived and school is on the brain! Time to crack open books and dig deep. Of course my favorite book to dig into is the Bible. There is so much buried treasure in the Bible just awaiting discovery. 
I began attending a Ladies Hebrew study recently and it is so wonderful to get into what is considered "meat and potatoes" in the Bible. The first four verses of chapter one of the book of Hebrews is filled with an endless amount of doctrinal importance. 
Doctrine seems to have been set aside in recent years for the purpose of gaining more "practical" application of these weightier issues. However, it is important to understand that they go hand in hand. I suppose it is the old nature that just wants to get the rules down first so we can figure out how to get around them. 
Practically applying doctrinal issues to one's life is important. Case in point, I was just searching my blog for an old Pumpkin Biscotti recipe I knew I had posted on my blog years earlier. I rejoiced over  finding the recipe but had I stopped there, being happy to have the knowledge in my possession, friends and family would not enjoy the benefit of the finished product. It is one thing to share a recipe, or knowledge, but another to share a batch of  Pumpkin Biscotti, or application of that knowledge. 
I can only share my knowledge online, but I can apply it in my life to those around me, and you are able to do the same to those around you. What if we all decided to dig deep for Doctrinal truths and  share them? It's not that difficult, just open the Bible and read to learn. The world be a better place, and we could all be enjoying Pumpkin Biscotti!  







© Monika Hardy

10/1/14

Apple Galette

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A Taste of Fall.....

 The cool, crisp air of Fall along with thunder clouds yesterday was a welcome change in season around here! The leaves are beginning to turn, the air is fresh, and the smells of soup and cider and spices fill the home. It was nice to be able to turn a recent apple Harvest into a few apple pies to share with the family. The pie on the left is an Apple pie that my daughter in law made, while I made the one on the right.  I hope to talk her into sharing her recipe in the future, when she has a few minutes to spare from caring for our grandchildren. There is plenty of pie to go around, and a nice mix of flavor to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea and some wonderful conversation.

We enjoy the flavor of many different apples, and the contrast of flavors and textures offered in the area are tremendous. Local apple orchards are a fun destination this time of year. The Fugi apple was the apple of my choice for this recipe, but others will work fine as well. The Fugi apple  brought a crisp, tart finished flavor to the Apple Galette, a french farm style pie. 




French Apple Galette

For Dough place following ingredients in a food processor:
3 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour * 1/4 cup organic cane sugar * 1 cup butter (very cold)
Process in short bursts until mixture resembles coarse meal
Add 3/4 cup ice cold water 
Process until incorporated then wrap dough in cling wrap and place in refrigerator while preparing filling.
Filling: Wash, core, peel, and slice about 12 apples. (keep slices in bowl with cold water and a teaspoon lemon juice or citric acid to prevent browning)  *Pre heat oven to 425 Degrees Fahrenheit 
*Remove dough from fridge and place between two sheets of waxed or parchment paper. Use rolling pin and roll out dough to desired shape. Move dough to deep dish pie plate, removing paper  (Dough should extend a few inches beyond edge of dish.)
*Drain apple slices and stir in: 1/4 cup organic cane sugar, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 tablespoon almond extract, 1/4 cup melted butter. Place filling into crust. 
*Fold the dough up over the filling around edges, and sprinkle filling with 1/2 cup dark brown sugar. 
*Cover pie with aluminum foil just around the edges, not the top. 
Place Apple Galette in hot oven at 425 for 40 minutes. Serve with a drizzle of honey, or ice cream. 

Enjoy!


© Monika Hardy

9/9/14

Luscious Lemon Loaf

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It has been a while since I have visited my own blog! Recovery after thyroid removal two years ago has been slow, but thankfully I am doing better and slowly moving into the areas of life that have not had much attention. My health had to be my first priority for awhile, and then family and now beyond the circle of life into virtual world of friends again. It has been a difficult but amazing journey and now wonderful to be able to think past low thyroid brain fog and write again! 
It is amazing how much of life can fall by the wayside in a few years time. 
I have been enjoying being able to read and comprehend my Bible again, spend time with family, spend time in the garden and finally make my way back to the blogging world. 

I picked up a bread machine this past summer at the thrift store and have been able to enjoy making bread with out fake ingredients. It has also been a blessing to be able to not turn the oven on in the summer to heat the whole house. I am still experimenting on a good recipe using whole wheat flour to use in my bread machine, but we all enjoyed the following last night. It was the second time I tried a quick bread in the machine and it was a hit. I prefer it without the glaze, but the Mister prefers something sweet now and then since I have taken most of the sugar out of the diet. Certainly not the sort of thing I should make often, but so nice to share with others over a cup of tea or coffee.
Enjoy!




Luscious Lemon Loaf
Domesticlady
(Bread Machine Recipe)

Place ingredients in Bread Machine in the following order
2 teaspoons poppy seeds (optional)
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons softened butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
Zest from one lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup raw cane sugar
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder 

Select Quick Bread Setting and Bake

After the Loaf has finished baking

• Make the following glaze
• Using toothpick poke holes in top of loaf
• Pour glaze over warm loaf
• Let cool

Glaze

Mix following ingredients with mixer
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

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© Monika Hardy

5/17/13

Tender Greens

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There are two sides to every story. In the following story there is good news and bad news.
First, the good news:
This beautiful bunch of greens was just collected from my raised garden bed a short while ago. As I write this story I have already eaten a salad without salad dressing and enjoyed the incredible flavors of the following tender greens...
Radish 
Bachoy 
Beets
Kale
With....
Tender Garlic Snipes
Sweet sliced onions
Green onions



The first salad from the garden is something I look forward to after a long winter in North Idaho. The flavor is incredibly intense compared to what is shipped in from somewhere else. I am thankful food is shipped in from somewhere in the winter, but also thankful to have the health and strength to garden again after a long year of health issues last year. 

Now that the weather is warmer and we have more sunlight I thought it was time to get the window sill ready to grow sprouts and micro greens. So I was carrying these boxes from the back steps to a table when something happened....

The bad news:


As I was carrying these boxes and I tripped on a chair leg, I think, because it all happened so fast, and down I went with the boxes flying and landing on and around me. The concrete and I are not friends! I have a few good welts, scrapes and bruises that flared up instantly, and I can feel the jar to my spine. 
The boxes are for Micro Greens that I like to grow inside for salads. I just add a good potting soil to the individual cups, add seeds and let them grow a few inches high and snip above the dirt line. The cups can then be re-seeded. It is a good supplemental green source in the summer time for a short while, and leaves room for the cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, and several sorts of tomato plants I have hardening off right now. 

Hope you are enjoying the dirt in your backyard this season. Stay safe. :)




  

9/25/12

Ode To Fall

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Ode To Fall



Long strolls near the river cause sorrows to roll,
Away from my heart, far from my soul.
My Beloved is with me and all is well,
Of His loving embrace I must tell.

Bring the day quickly when faith becomes sight,
Roll back the heavenly scroll with Your might.
Oh the bliss, the glorious thought,
With Your precious sacrifice, I am bought!

The fall of man has kept us apart,
The Fall You created brings hope to my heart.
To see the Creator of all good things,
Face to face soon, now in creation as it sings.

Through the mist on the river as it whispers by,
Through the leaves as they fall from tree tops high.
This Season of beauty, this season of grace,
Will fall from memory, because Jesus took my place.

Weep not for me when I am gone,
For in His presence I’ll be singing the song,
Of the redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb,
Who is altogether lovely, the Great I AM.

Fall on your knees, for He is worthy,
To receive honor, and power and glory.
When in creation you see the majesty of the King
Fall into His arms and find shelter, under His wing.



© Monika Hardy

9/20/12

Recovering from surgeries, Hello out there! :)

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 Flowers from my hubby after surgery

Hello out there! I can hear the ripple effect of sound waves across the Great Divide as I call out. It has been a long year of car accidents and surgeries. I am just six weeks post op from the last surgery...a total thyroidechtomy. The entire thyroid, goiter and nodules and all had to be removed. I will try to share my story of this in the future as I found so many others stories helpful before I had to go under the knife. Prayerfully, we decided to go ahead and have it done as the mass was causing too much compression in the swallowing and breathing area. 

I am tired most of the time now, but am recovering nicely.
I am learning that not everything has to be done in this season of life.
I am learning that my brain is waking up again, and I can read, and write without much brain fog! 
I am praising God for all His loving kindness and healing!

So whilst I was checking on the condition of my blogs I found a lovely surprise! Miss Mandie dropped by with a kind comment which led me to her new blog. Mandie has blessed my socks off, and I just have to share her with you. As I type my eyes are getting heavy and I know dream land is nearby. So let me leave you with the words of a wonderful new online acquaintance that feels more like a friend already! I'm sure you will be blessed as I am. 


© Monika Hardy

7/19/12

What Did I Do Today?

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To all the young ladies who take motherhood seriously, 
God bless you, 
may He give you the strength to continue
 to care for the little ones He has blessed you with!

 What Did I Do Today?

Today I left some dishes dirty
The bed got made around 3:30
The diapers soaked a little longer,
The odor grew a little stronger.
The crumbs I spilled the day before
Are staring at me from the floor.
The fingerprints there on the wall
will likely be there still next fall.
The dirty streaks on those windowpanes
will still be there next time it rains.
Shame on you, you sit and say,
Just what did you do today?
I held a baby till he slept,
I held a toddler while he wept.
I played a game of hide and seek,
I squeezed a toy so it would squeak.
I pulled a wagon, sang a song,
Taught a child right from wrong.
What did I do this whole day through?
Not much that shows, I guess that's true.
Unless you think that what I've done
Might be important to someone
with beautiful eyes and soft hair.
If that is true... I've done my share.
-----Author Unknown


© Monika Hardy

7/18/12

Lacto Fermented Cabbage Relish

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 Lacto Fermentation

I went to the store the other day and saw such a beautiful display of cabbage in the grocery store that I had to praise the produce people for doing such a fine job!
Of course I had to pick up a head and bring it home. 
Unfortunately the smell of cooking cabbage disagrees with my husband 
so I thought I would try my hand at lacto fermentation! 
It turned out nice with out that sauerkraut taste, but more 
coleslaw like texture. 
(Even though I'm of German descent, I don't care for sauerkraut)

Basically mixed veggies in a jar with spices,
2tbls salt per quart jar, 4 tbls per 1/2 gallon jar, and fill with distilled water to completely cover.
I use the 2 quart/half gallon jar to use up more vertical space in the fridge. 
Place all ingredients in the jar and let stand on the kitchen counter for 2-5 days,
gently shaking each day to distribute spices,
and then place in the refrigerator. 
The fermentation creates a food filled with beneficial lactic acid, and digestive enzymes.  

A wonderful way to keep the flavor of harvest alive in winter!

You can mix and match the veggies, or layer them, 
as well as choose from many spices. 

Possible veggie list
Cabbage 
Celery
Red, Green, or White Onions
Carrots
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Green, Red, or Yellow Peppers
 Lima Beans
Kale
Broccoli
 Turnips
Cucumbers

Possible Spice list
Mustard Seed
Turmeric
Dill
Chili Peppers
 Celery Seed
Peppercorns
Coriander
Mint 
Fennel

Other Possible Additives
A tablespoon of ....
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
or
Whey (The liquid that forms at the top of yogurt,
this helps begin the fermentation process)

Be creative! Experiment! 
Keep in mind, if you are not used to pro biotics in your diet, 
go easy on lacto fermented foods at first, until your system gets used to them.

This is not a government approved method. 

We need to educate ourselves, and be responsible for our own food choices.
The US government has their own suggestions
National Center for Home Food Preservation

 
© Monika Hardy

7/5/12

Thankfulness

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Independence Day was wonderful in the Northwest. Felt guilty for the beautiful weather since most of the United States were under such oppressive heat, and many without electricity. We did take time to ask God for His mercy on all ya'all's behalf, and thanked Him for all His blessings on this Nation, and asked for His care on our military and their families.


The day started out cold, with an overnight low of 46, but not to worry, we will be joining the ranks of the overheated by the weekend when the temps get into the 90's! Now that is summertime for us! We spent some time getting some odd jobs done around the house after a "Hardy" breakfast of spuds 'n fried eggs. Around lunch time we were gathering all our things for a bbq on the front porch and we were treated to the annual traffic jam in front of our home from all the cars leaving the downtown parade. We had such a nice time waving to all the passersby as they drove or walked past, as we sipped our iced tea and ate our first hot dogs in many years! Conversations were short but sweet as the townspeople went on their merry way. Downtown is still like a Norman Rockwell painting at times. 

After taking a nap and packing food for a bbq at a friends, we ventured out to a friends home. It was a day to celebrate so we enjoyed fired chicken with all the trimmings and cheesecake! We had a lovely time visiting with friends and church family, and ran into some old friends on our way home. We made it home before being blocked out of our driveway by those parking to make it to the fireworks that night. Turns out the city changed things, and no one was parked on our street this year. So we watched Capital Fourth, with all the fireworks on the Washington DC Mall, and then got bundled up with blankets and hot tea to watch the fireworks from the Lake, while we were all cozy on our front porch. Through the years the trees have grown taller so our view is now somewhat hampered, but the fireworks are still beautiful and we are still close enough to feel the thump in our chest when the fireworks are launched. 


Again we enjoyed watching the people make their way home, and watched the neighbors set off their fireworks. While we enjoyed the beauty of the lights, it did remind us all those who have sacrificed so much for this Nation in war. As I drifted off in deep thought of these matters, speaking and listening in my heart to God I asked Him one more thing. You see, we have been eating REAL food for many years now due to allergies, and after celebrating with so many store bought foods filled with chemicals and preservatives and high fructose corn syrup, not to mention genetically modified foods, ok I mentioned it......I wasn't feeling to well. Still not feeling 100% but it's my own fault. Thank God for His mercy! :)


© Monika Hardy

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