J and I have slid into December with ease. I’m still amazed that we are in the twelfth month, Thanksgiving is a good memory and Christmas is around a near corner.
We’ve been enjoying very mild weather. Last week started with 3-4″ of the white stuff. Wednesday it warmed into the mid 30’s and Saturday I saw 42*. The snow is settling and we have a few wet spots, but no mud to speak of. Like I said, very mild December weather!
Last Friday I went to the Hills for a South Dakota Woman in Ag (WIA) planning meeting. I left home very early and got to Bear Butte in time to see this beautiful sunrise!
We had a productive meeting and are excited about the potential for our 2016 conference. In addition, I am now on the WIA Board of Directors vs. the Resource Committee.
Lately, I’ve been reading a christian historical fiction series. Lynn Austin writes from three different view points of the Civil War in her Refiner’s Fire series. I love Austin’s characters and their development throughout each book. Candle in the Darkness features a southern belle from a well-to-do slave holding family. Caroline, the main character, has a liberal outlook about slavery and is torn between what her family traditions are and her personal beliefs.
Book two, Fire By Night, has two main characters. It spotlights a wealthy northern girl who goes against her parents wishes and becomes a soldier nurse. She works in a Hospital setting and next to the battle field. Phoebe is a true Tom Boy. She cuts her hair, dresses as a man and becomes a front line civil war soldier and sniper.
The last book is told from the view point of two slaves, Grady and “Kitty.” I’m half way through reading Light To My Path.
In the kitchen, I’ve experimented with a chili recipe, found a new corn bread recipe and cooked up a few tired and true recipes. When I went home for Christmas 2015, Mom and I attended a University of Nebraska Extension seminar on bull buying at the Hoffman Ranch. On the way to the seminar we ate dinner at The Bon Fire Grill; I had chili. It was a red chili made with chicken instead of beef. Last week I made “Wendy’s Chili” with chicken. Delicious! It even passed the Rancher’s taste test.
Saturday evening I whipped up some Almond Joy bars. To finish off the broasted chicken I didn’t use in the chili J suggested Easy Chicken Bake for Sunday dinner. I haven’t made homemade bread in ages so Sunday afternoon I made Buttermilk Wheat Bread. I’m going to have to get back to regular bread baking.
Today I’m leaving you with a thought from Paul’s letter to the Philippians Chapter 4, Verses 7-9:
And the peace of God, witch surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and it anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.