Crock Pot · How-to Video

Make Good Use Of a Leftover Chicken Carcass

I just hate to see good food go to waste!  That’s one reason I’m the Queen of the Freezer!  Leftover baked potatoes get scooped out and frozen for future pots of Potato Soup.  Leftover Chicken Carcasses get cooked in pots of herbed water so we can enjoy homemade chicken stock.

Last week when I used five chickens to feed a group of people, the Lord brought a spiritual truth to my mind. Even greater than wasting good food that can be used for a future meal, how tragic it is when I waste a lesson He has taught me.  It’s so crucial to journal the truths that I’ve learned by means of a trial, sickness, or difficulty so I won’t forget them – this would be the boiling of the chicken bones!  I need to get down to the bottom of what I’ve learned.  That takes prayer, quiet and then time to write in a journal.

The next step is pulling it back out and reminding myself of the Truth on days when I need it.  Preaching to myself is something that happens frequently because my mind likes to dwell on things other than truth (ever been there?).  I’ll flip back to my journal and reread what God did in my life, what He taught me or how He answered a prayer request and provided a need and I have food to go on for that day!  This is the freezing process of the stock making lesson.  I can pull that frozen stock out and make a meal with it such as Chicken enchiladas, pot pies or Golden Winter Soup . I’m always so thankful that I took the time to make the stock!  I’m doubly glad to have that truth hidden away to encourage my heart.

Sometimes I also get to make a meal for someone else with that stock!  I love to give other people good food.  The spiritual application here is that sometimes I get to take the lessons God has taught me and share them with others.  When I do that, I’m giving them Divine view point rather than my human view point.  That will help them so much more than my feeble words ever could!

If I threw that chicken carcass in the trash I would be wasting something good.  If I finish a time of trial and simply breathe a sigh that it’s over, I’ll be wasting those precious lessons God has graciously given to me.  It wasn’t a waste of time in my life, so I should value it enough to hold fast to it so I can benefit from it in the future!

Here’s a simple video and pictures of the process I go through to make my own stock.  It helps you make good use of the whole chicken, plus it’s a real money saver, considering that a can of broth is a dollar or more and you get less than two cups in each can!

Do you ever make your own stock?  

What spiritual lesson has the Lord recently taught you that you could share with others or remind your own self of in the days ahead?

Don’t waste it!

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Bread · How-to Video · Mentoring

Making Sour Dough Bread & Mentoring a Life

I’ve been making Sour Dough Bread for many years.  I often think to myself that if people knew how easy it is, everyone would be baking these loaves in their ovens!  You just can’t beat the taste of Sour Dough.  I especially love this bread toasted.  I love it for my morning toast, BLT’s or grilled cheese.  But honestly, you will never go wrong with this yummy gluten!!

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Christian growth · How-to Video · Prayer

Setting Up An Effective Prayer Journal

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I’ve shared often that I love looking at the answered prayers marked in my prayer journal and many of you asked how I set it up, or what I use.  Today I’m giving you a tour of my journal via the video below!  I hope this will answer your questions and set you on the path to the blessing of much prayer!

Leave any questions you may have in the comment section.  Don’t forget to email me at RefreshHerblog@gmail.com if you would like the download for the prayer journal!

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Cleaning · How-to Video

My Daily Kitchen Cleaning Routine

Not many care to have to scrub and scour by the hour!  The remedy to that is to keep on top of chores so it doesn’t take long.  If you let the counters in the kitchen pile high before you get to un-cluttering for Thanksgiving, you’re going to be working much longer than if you clear it off at the end of each day.

Here are a few tasks that I do every day after I finish cooking:

  • Wipe down all the counters with warm, soapy water
  • Wipe out the microwave
  • Use window cleaner on the microwave, stove top, oven door, refrigerator, trash can and dishwasher
  • Wipe out the sinks
  • Empty the dishwasher and dish drainer
  • Sweep the rugs

These tasks are complete in about 15 minutes, and the kitchen is clean when we get up in the morning and start the process of cooking and cleaning all over again!

What about your kitchen is most bothersome and hard to keep clean?

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Cleaning · home · How-to Video

My Morning Cleaning Routine

A sweet reader recently asked me if I had a daily cleaning routine.  My immediate thought was, “No, I don’t.  I just clean when I see a need.”  THEN I began to go through what I do each morning, and I realized that I certainly DO have a routine!  It’s so ingrained in my morning, that it’s just natural and doesn’t even feel like I’m working on a list of household chores!

I’ve made a short video to take you through what I do in the first hours I’m awake – just as I go through the regular parts of each day.  I work as I go along, and by mid-morning, many tasks have been completed! Come along and see…

Just as I ended my video by saying, let me repeat – the comment from a reader inspired this video.  If you have a question or comment, let me know and perhaps it can be answered in a future post!  I ‘d love your input!

Happy cleaning!
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Dinner · entertaining · Family life · home · Home making · How-to Video

Setting the Dinner Table

A part of every day life is eating a meal.  So, too, is the need to set the table.  I’ve heard many women say they don’t really know how to properly put the silverware and tableware out.  Is it just being too fussy to set the table?  No!  But if you don’t know what to do, fear not; it’s not something that requires lifted pinkies or tea cups!

My video today will show how to set a simple table, making it pretty enough for company, but also perfect for your family.  Don’t let them have your leftovers (no pun intended!). Make them feel special by making mealtime an event.  It’s really up to us to make the table pretty, and this simple video will give you a few ideas to show how.

 

What centerpiece do you have on your table right now?

Refresh your family’s dinner table!

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freezer · Home making · How-to Video

(L)Oven Monday – Pictorial Guide to Strawberry Freezer Jam

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One of our favorite summer treats is Strawberry Freezer Jam.  I’ve made it for years and we smear it on toast, PB&J sandwiches, biscuits, and muffins (especially these).  I also love taking a jar as a hostess gift.  I make up several “runs” of the recipe each May, and we try to ration it out to make it last until the next fresh/local strawberry season.  It could be called a domestic crisis if we run out!

The freezer jam is quicker to make than the cooked jam, and it’s a really simple process.  Another great thing is that once you get a stash of jars stocked up your only cost is the ingredients for the jam.  This recent batch cost me $20 and I made 18 jars!  That’s a great value!

But spite the fantastic taste and the value, sometimes people are afraid to try making it for fear that it won’t set up, and then they’ll have wasted all the ingredients and money involved.  But If you’re one of those people who are afraid to try it on your own, I thought I’d walk you through each of the steps, using my pictorial guide below.

Note: I make my Strawberry Freezer Jam using the recipe on the Sure-Jell box. 

  1.  Sterilize your jars and lids in the dishwasher, or in very hot, soapy water.wp-1495049602796
  2. Wash the strawberries before hulling.
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  3. Cut off the stems. Slice berries.
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  4. Using a potato masher, mash the berries – don’t make them soup.  Leave it a little chunky  See next photo.
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  5. There should be some chunks
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  6. Add sugar.  Be sure to measure it exactly as recipes states.  Level off cups.
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  7. Let set for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
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  8. Put Sure-Jell and 3/4 Cup water in a small sauce pan.wp-1495050470442
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  9. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly and boil 1 minute —–

10.  Stir cooked pectin into strawberry/sugar mixture.  Stir for three minutes, or until sugar is dissolved.wp-1495050654139

11. Ladle into jars, leaving 1/2 inch at the top.  Wipe rims and screw on lids.wp-1495051677817

12.  If you like, do a little test with a small amount of jam, just to see if it has set up —–

 

12.  Leave on counter for 24 hours, then either refrigerate for immediate use, or freeze up to a year.

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Enjoy the fruit of your labor!

Have you made jam?  If not, what is keeping you from trying?  Will this pictorial guide encourage you to try?  

Refresh your family and your freezer with some Strawberry Jam!

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