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Morning Devotions: Joshua 1:1-9

Joshua 1:1-2 Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. nasu

It is time. Receive the promise. Cross the Jordan, walk the inheritance. It is yours, and you will own it when you live on it. That is the opening message of the Book of Joshua. The details of this crossing will be the subject of our ladies devotions class for this year. But for this morning, the important message is that the people have been called to “cross over” or to be a Hebrew. But what does that mean?

Just a few of the Toy Box Pumpkins and Squash. We have already been enjoying more then our fair share of squash. We even made enchiladas with squash cubes. YUM! We have a new one from uprising seeds that makes us wonder why we bother to grow any other squash or pumpkin. Called Potimarron, it is a dry flesh, bright orange squash that makes the best pumpkin biscotti ever!

Just a few of the Toy Box Pumpkins and Squash. We have already been enjoying more then our fair share of squash. We even made enchiladas with squash cubes. YUM! We have a new one from uprising seeds that makes us wonder why we bother to grow any other squash or pumpkin. Called Potimarron, it is a dry flesh, bright orange squash that makes the best pumpkin biscotti ever!

To be a Hebrew in the most technical sense is to be a descendant of Noah’s grandson Eber, a son of Shem. The letter Hey (meaning “behold”) is prefixed to Eber and has a vav suffix (which connects the word to what comes after), making our modern transliteration, Hebrew.

During the time of Nimrod, the evil leader of Babel, who was known for being a hunter of men, Eber (Genesis 10:21-25 and Luke 3:35 for instance) and his family refused to participate in the rebellion of Nimrod. They “crossed over” the river Euphrates to an unknown land, looking for the place God would provide for them. By doing so they were exempt from the confusion of languages at Babel and were able to keep their “Hebrew” language.

Slightly cooler days and a lot more rain then we have had all summer made the little tub of spicy mesclun mix took off. Suddenly it is salad season again. We just skipped the whole micro-greens stage.

Slightly cooler days and a lot more rain then we have had all summer and the little tub of spicy mesclun mix took off. Suddenly it is salad season again. We just skipped the whole micro-greens stage.

Who are the Hebrews today? Certainly they are the descendants of Eber through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob-Israel. Hebrews are also a spiritual people.  They are “separated” from the world of men who follow or submit to other powerful men. They have left the comfort and familiarity of where they were (places like Babel) to live for God. They are pilgrims, or sojourners on this earth, looking for the city of God.

The Tomatoes in the main garden are long gone but these neglected vines are still producing fruit... or should I say, they are finally producing fruit. I kept forgetting to get out and pinch off suckers so it is a mess. A productive mess but still, what a tangle. These will be good with the greens growing in the blue tub.

The Tomatoes in the main garden are long gone but these neglected vines are still producing fruit… or should I say, they are finally producing fruit. I kept forgetting to get out and pinch off suckers so it is a mess. A productive mess but still, what a tangle. These will be good with the greens growing in the blue tub.

Like Eber, those who believe in God through his only begotten son Jesus separate themselves from the world, meaning from the normal pattern of living in the world. We look to Jesus as the one who can lead us, not to men. Spiritually we have “crossed over” to a new land, heaven is our home. We are living on earth, but it is not our home. We, like Abraham are looking for the home that God has provided for us through Jesus. We live in a way that pleases God, not ourselves. That is how Jesus lived.

The motto of Hebrews is, “Come out of her (Babylon) my people!” Do not partake of her sins, that you do not receive of her plagues. (Revelation 18:4) This is the reason we are told to memorize and meditate on the word of God. To live in the world but not of it.

How about you? Have you crossed over? Will you?
Mrs. Hagerty, September 21, 2015

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A Pumpkin and a Monday Bento

Just before the Polar Vortex (November 2014) Ray found and brought inside one last pumpkin.

The last pumpkin of 2014, unceremoniously dropped into the potato bucket.

The last pumpkin of 2014, unceremoniously dropped into the potato bucket.

This is where the pumpkin landed about a week ago, I forgot that we even had it… until I came home from school today.

The pumpkin formerly known as Cinderella

The pumpkin formerly known as Cinderella

Pumpkin Snicker Doodles, Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Pie and roasted pumpkin seeds. The house smells AMAZING! We have the puree of four other pumpkins in the freezer… it’s gonna be a yummy winter! I bet there is some left for next year when we do not plant because of the Sabbath Year.

Monday Bento, Nov. 17

Monday Bento, Nov. 17

Beautiful blue sky but who shut off the heat? Burr! MSN is saying the high will be 50, but I don’t think it got that warm today. I do believe it will get down to 26 tonight. Sunrise was at 7:18, it’s fixen to set at 4:29 (9 hours and 11 minutes of daylight)

About the Monday Bento, slim pickings today. No starch in this one but I’m sure the two cookies I wolfed down after school make up for that! By the way, it surprised me that peeps were liking the last bento post. It is my everyday and I forget that bento is interesting to some of you. Thanks!

Protein from chicken salad left over from our Sabbath dinner.

  • Red = tomatoes and strawberries (on the yogurt)
  • Green = broccoli
  • Yellow = cantaloupe flowers
  • white = cucumber slices and cauliflower
  • Black = grapes, blueberries and blackberries

Todays hydration came from lemon-mint infused water. The morning snack was sliced apples, dates and almond butter for dipping.

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Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Pie

I have been baking this pie since 2008 when I found it in “Fine Cooking” magazine. Before the magazine falls apart I’ll rewrite it here.

Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Pie

Heat the oven to 325*F  Prepare a crust for a single crust pie.

  • 2 cups pumpkin (a 15 oz can of pumpkin works)
  • 2 large eggs + a large egg yolk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Brandy

Whisk the pumpkin, eggs, cream and Brandy (we like Apple Jack) in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the following.

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

Blend the sugar and spice mix into the pumpkin.

Pour the filling into the pie crust. Bake for about 1 hour. The pie should be set around the edges but still slightly wet and jiggly in the center. The filling will continue to cook and set as it cools.

Let your pie cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 2 days before serving.

Make a Brandied Ginger Cream just before serving. Whip 1 cup of cream to soft peaks (about 2 minutes). Add 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 1 teaspoon brandy to the cream. Continue to whip until it forms medium-firm peaks, about 30 seconds longer.

I keep it just for Thanksgiving

Side note… if you use roasted pumpkin like I did this year (2012) remember to run the pumpkin through the blender to free it of pumpkin strings! I’m jus sayen.

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Tall Clover Farm Pumpkin Soup.

The original post on Tom’s page is well worth your time, go have a look then come on back.

Warm Up to Roasted Pumpkin Soup

First things, roast the fruit, veggies and herbs in good olive oil.

Pumpkin is such a pretty vegetable. For all the times I have cooked pumpkin, I have never roasted on. Always they were steamed for pie or some other sweet. The moment I laid eyes on Tom’s roast pumpkin soup, I knew I would try it. Of corse pumpkin would be a perfect candidate for roasting. The apples, onion and herbs looked perfect with pumpkin.

Remove the skin from the pumpkin and apples.

Once the roast vegetables have cooled, use your hands or a spoon (and probably your hand) to release the pulp from the skin of the pumpkin and apples. Discard the herbs but add the thick juice on the bottom of the roasting pan with the roast onion to the soup pot. I was just a little worried that the stringy pumpkin flesh would make a unpleasant soup. However, after the finished soup is puree with a stick blender (or whatever you call the handy tool that my guys refer to as a boat motor) it is perfectly smooth. I saw no need to sieve the puree or run it through my food mill.

Reheating Turkey Stock

Tom suggested vegetable or chicken broth. I happened to have Turkey stock so that is what I used.  Turkey stock is probably a stronger broth then I would usually use but hey, fresh beats boxed or canned any day of the week. It is certainly better than a powered “base” mixed with water.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with bits of left over chicken

I am enjoying my second bowl as I tap out this post. If I was not so full I would have a third. I wish I had made cornbread to go with this. I should have run out to snip parsley and celery to sprinkle on the soup but it was dark and I had not picked up after the dogs yet.

One addition I was happy I added was a teaspoon of coconut oil. Tom used coconut milk in his soup. I did not have any so I used about a half a cup of half and half with a little more than half a cup of skim milk. It seemed just a little bland so I dropped in the dollop of coconut oil. Perfect.

Thanks Tom!

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Whats for supper momma?

Pumpkins, squash and what was left of the corn.

We had a bit of free time in nice weather to harvest the pumpkin and the squash. We also picked what is probably the last of the tomatoes. Fried green tomatoes were on tonight’s menu.

Isn’t it a beauty.

I bragged that it was a giant. Maybe I stretched that a little, but it is a good size even for the toy box. I grew this same pumpkin last year. Then it was about half the size of this one but colored the same way. It will become brighter orange as the month rolls on.

What the farmers in the toy box do for lunch.

One hundred percent chance of rain. It has been a long time since I’ve heard that. The rain sounds nice on the roof and the window. 61/50 The day is not very long. Ten hours and 43 minutes. We are running out of daylight. Need some easy winter reading? click on over to Rainsong for a study on Mark.

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Mid September

Black Garbanzo beans ready to finish.

Spent Sabbath in the garden. Putzing about. I feel so refreshed and ready to face another week of Junior High (and my beloved home-schoolers). What is it about dirt in my finger nails that is so relaxing? We ate a simple meal of boiled red potatoes, beans (Ray wanted his raw, I dropped mine in with the potatoes for a couple of minutes), sliced cucumber and tomatoes. All of them were growing in the garden 10 minutes earlier. Turkey and that earthy Trader Joe’s french bread finished the meal. There might have been a glass of wine at some point. It could have been the latest Merlot from Red Rock.

Todays Harvest

Some things cannot be rushed. Farm life is all about patience with just the right amount of hurry. I have been waiting all year for my cipolini onions (some call them donut onions) to be ready to harvest. September 14th was finally the day. Now I wait again as they cure in the crisp fall air. Hopefully it won’t be in a heap on the porch.

All week we have been pulling ears of corn and skipping dessert. Fresh sweet corn IS a food group that covers dinner and dessert. We could not wait any longer. The bulk of the harvest had to be put into the freezer before it wandered past its prime. I wish I could grow ten times as much sweet corn as I have room for. I keep eyeing my HOA contract while looking at all that open space in my front yard. Someday desire will be stronger than the contract.

After the Harvest…..


The corn stalks are bundled and standing behind the green house for fall decorations. The two flint corn need to dry on the stalks. Both are heirlooms. Painted Mountain is a multi color corn from Uprising Seed and Hooker’s from a homestead in Olympia Washington.
Thank you for praying for Maxwell. He is home from the hospital. Is this what an Indian summer feels like? Deep blue sky, 72/52. Sunrise comes late (and Standard Time is still a few days away) at 6:48 AM, setting 13 hours and 29 minutes later at 7:17 PM. The fire that is raging in the Cascades makes a pretty sunrise. Still I hate that fire….Liberty, Washington has been evacuated!

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Cold, cold July (until today)

The Toy Box

Suburban Farm Episode #25 (Season 3)

I have no idea why or how you-tube chooses a cover picture. This looks liked my pumpkin vine growing outside of the fence. By the way, I did finally get my lawn mown. Sorry about the mess.

Is that a dragon fly sitting on my corn?

Today was warmer outside than it was inside, we have not had many days like that. Blue sky, 75/57 sunrise at 5:37, 15 hours and 15 minutes later the sun set at 8:52. I am missing my late walks with the dogs.

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