Lydia got the idea for Modest Mondays from Hannah C. and her modesty posts.
Here's a little bit of what we did while at Shofar Mountain. Hope you enjoy!
A picture of the boys and Mr. Bauer bringing in the shabbat.
We left for Shofar Mountain at 2:00 in the morning on Wednesday, the 15th of May, it was a long drive there but we made it there after lunch. We got out of the car and they gave us a tour of the developing places.
The Shofar Mountain Community had a community kitchen, a wash station to wash clothes, two
goat pens, and an aquaponics system. They have what they call "The Village" which is where they have all their temporary dwelling places (trailers) and it is where the community Kitchen is located.
We all had a lot of fun helping them with things that needed to be done like pumping water for drinking, helping make and clean up after meals, and planting a garden. We also did some things just for fun like holding a baby!
One of my favorite parts (besides the Betrothal) was taking a walk down to the creek on one of the hot days and getting to play in it, the water was so cold, but it felt good if you just put your feet in for a little
while. Some of the kids that went down with us were up to their knees in the water, COLD!!
On Friday morning Naomi, Bethany, Joe, and his parents left to go to Kansas so that they could go to Joe’s sister’s graduation. On Saturday they came back and brought Joe’s two sisters with them.
Sunday was the Betrothal it was so beautiful. After the ceremony we went back to the kitchen and had lunch. After lunch we sat around in the woods and talked about taking a walk to “The Museum House” .
The Museum House is a house owned by this a local man who owns a lot of land on top of the
mountain. His aunts used to live in the house and he keeps it up so it looks like people still live there.
It was like walking into the '30s.
When we got back to Shofar Mountain we had to take all the goats and put them in their pen for the night that was a lot of fun. When we finished doing that we moved our chairs to where the campers are and did some dancing, but we couldn’t dance for too long because it started to rain so we went into the
kitchen to have dinner and dessert.
The whole time we were there was a great experience and I can't wait till September when we get to go again. If you want to know more about the Betrothal and see pictures you will have to wait for Naomi's second Betrothal post.
Mr.Bauers Aquaponics system. (if you would like to learn more about Mr. Bauer's aquaponics click here)
Mr. Fox and Joe making the bench for the Betrothal.
Some wild Oregano that is growing all over Shofar Mountain.
Trying out the bench for the Betrothal.
The creek we played in one of the days we were there.
All of us girls holding one of the cutest babies in the world! We all enjoyed helping out with Celeb.
I hoped you liked hearing a little bit on what we did at Shofar Mountain.
Have a great week!
It’s time for another Flip-Flopped Friday. It’s time for Apple Quiche!
Lately I have been enjoying the diversity of quiche recipes. It all started when a friend texted me a picture of a perfect quiche
she made and it was that picture that inspired me to try out my quiche making skills. She told me that the picture was deceiving because it was a flopped quiche that lacked any tasty flavor but I was determined to make the same quiche regardless.
After finding the recipe I doubled the spices and tweaked a few more ingredients (did I mention that this was a vegan quiche that replaced eggs with tofu? My friend and I both un-veganed the recipe and used eggs instead, haha) and threw it in the oven (Not literally of course, but it looked like I did because eggs are spillable when in pie pans, oops).
The result was a eggy textured quiche with a very strong Italian (read ‘garlic’) taste… not the best for eating first thing in the morning. In spite of my flopped attempt at a tasty quiche I wanted to try again. So this time I made the recipe up from scratch using curry, less garlic, onions, spinach, bell peppers, salt, cumin, and pepper powder… better but not great.
My next attempt at quiche produced yet another mediocre quiche.
By this time I was tired of quiches! What does it take to make a truly great quiche? How do you make them taste as good as they look? And why do they all taste so similar? I wanted something different, something tasty and unique. And what could be more unique than an apple quiche? After formulating the recipe in my head I new I had a winner. But first I had to do what I always do when I think that I have an original idea- I googled it.
Nooo.... Someone had already come up with an apple quiche recipe. So it’s not original but I made it anyway and I like it. It’s tasty, it looks good and it’s super easy to make.
Here’s the recipe if you would like to try this custardesque appley deliciousness.
½ cup whole milk
1/3 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
1TBS powdered milk
3 TBS stevia
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all together with beaters and bake at 350* for 45 minutes- 1 hour
1 large apple
Decorate top of quiche with sliced apple (I also like to sprinkle with cinnamon and oats)
Personally, I prefer to bake this the night before and eat it after it's been refrigerated.
p.s. I know the last FFF post was about pie but I promise to stop with the pie themed posts soon!
Here are some questions you may have about my Betrothal/Marriage.
What exactly is Betrothal?
A Betrothal is an establishment of the marriage covenant. Many people have different definitions of Betrothal, ours is: “A covenant marriage made between and man a woman in the presence of their families, they are separated for a time, until the groom’s father tells his son to return for the bride, at which time there is a wedding celebration.”
In Genesis 24 we see a type of Betrothal between Isaac and Rebekah.
We were legally married at our betrothal ceremony. In Matthew 1:18-19, you can see that there was some sort of legal agreement between Mary and Joseph, because he wanted to divorce her when he found she was pregnant.
A Betrothal is a picture of Yeshua returning for His Bride. There are several bible passages that mention us being the Bride of Messiah Ephesians 5:25-27
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and
gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing
her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to
present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything
like that, but holy and blameless.
There is a time of separation, and the Bridegroom returns at an unknown time.
In Matthew 5:1-13 The ten virgins did not know when the Bridegroom was coming.
In this day and age, it would be difficult to not have any idea when the groom could come, so we are setting
one evening aside for this purpose.
Why are you married but still living with your parents?
Because just as Yeshua (Jesus) is preparing a place for us right now, my husband is building a house right now.
When it is finished, he will return for me and we will have a wedding celebration (in September).
I will move to Arkansas after the wedding in September.
During this time, Joe and I are writing letters to each other.
At the Wedding, we will have a deeper explanation, along with telling the story of how it all came about. There will also be feasting and dancing for the celebration.
Everyone’s situation is different, there are many scripture passages that mention betrothal and marriage, I would encourage you and your family to study it out for yourselves.
Here are some links that might help explain a little better, though we did not follow any of them completely.
I hope this post helps you understand my craziness :)
I am really looking forward to the day Joe returns for me, in 111 days!
It's a Flip-Flopped Friday because an un-healthy dessert was flipped and made into a healthy one!
I love peanut butter. Growing up my mom would occasionally make Frozen Peanut Butter Pie. Not healthy.
Basically it was a pie that contained refined sugar, cream cheese (which isn’t too bad… but it’s not from healthy grass fed cows or goats), refined sugar, whipped topping, peanut butter (not the two ingredient kind, if you know what I mean), and refined brown sugar.
Recently my mom asked me to make this pie to take to my grandparent’s house- actually she asked Naomi to make it and I volunteered to make a healthy version instead.
So here’s the challenge- How do you make a healthy peanut butter pie? Even if I used our home made peanut butter and replaced the refined sugar with (slightly) less refined sugar it would still be full of refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup (from the whipped topping) and enough calories to feed an army.
After some brain storming and recipe book searching, I turned to the resource I always turn to when I just can’t do it
on my own…google.
Googling “healthy peanut butter pie recipe” brought up an abundance of “healthy” peanut butter pie recipes… Not healthy… I don’t know exactly what’s in low-fat peanut butter but I bet it isn’t any healthier than sugar-free whipped topping or fat-free cream cheese.
My second search (“healthy frozen peanut butter pie whole food”) brought up exactly what I was looking for. Five results down the page was a link to Chocolatecoveredkatie’s blog and a recipe for “No-bake Peanut Butter Pie”.
I skimmed the recipe ingredients and felt confident that this pie would definitely be healthier that the one I ate growing up. Bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, coconut oil and only a small amount of honey (or stevia)-enough calories to feed half an army but it is all whole foods that weren’t made in a factory! And a crust recipe that didn’t require store bought graham crackers? *bonus* :)
So, now you might be wondering, did it taste good? Was it as good as your mom’s pie?
The answer is more complicated than you may think. I thought it was one of the best desserts I’ve ever tried, but I also prefer a healthy dessert to a non-healthy one. If you usually like whole food desserts better than their highly refined alternatives then you will probably love this recipe. But if you always prefer store bought ice cream to banana ice cream then you will probably find this recipe less than satisfying to your sweet tooth.
Chocolate Covered Katie has become my all time favorite dessert blog. Check out the Peanut Butter Pie Recipe by clicking this link- Chocolatecoveredkatie
p.s. I made this for Shabbat tonight and it was very tasty! Minus the peanuts I threw in for crunch, they weren't such a big hit :p
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
What is Flip-Flopped Friday?
Flip-Flopped Friday posts can be about anything that's been flipped and/or flopped...Here are some examples:
A Flip-Flopped post can be about two different topics where one of them gets flipped to make a second topic (like a post about techniques for lightening hair naturally AND hair darkening naturally).
Or perhaps a Flip-Flopped Friday post is about a recipe that I tried to "flip" (the same way you 'flip' a house) that actually ended up flopping! oops.
FFF posts can also be about something that is approached from a completely different point of view- for example; beans are usually thought of as a savory food but I could make a Flip-flopped Friday post about bean brownies.
Tomorrow's Flip-Flopped Friday post is going to be about Frozen Peanut Butter Pie.
Remember this- All things God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose.
Hello readers! Fun news- Last year Naomi told me about a Torah Observant ministry called “Shining Stars Magazine”.SSM was started by a Torah Observant young lady who wanted to encourage other young ladies.
You can read more about Shining Stars’ mission on their website http://shiningstarsmagazine.com/about/
As I looked at their website I noticed the “Wanted- Interviews!” on their side bar. They were looking for Stay-at-home daughters, wives and mothers who would be willing to answer some questions and share their testimony. I e-mailed Hannah to let her know that I would be interested in taking the interview.
Are you a Stay-at-home daughter? Maybe you could take the interview too! I’d love to see your answers.
Hopefully you don’t take as long to complete it as I did. I won’t tell you how long it took me… but maybe I started it at the beginning of January.
Since then Hannah has posted my interview on the site and I wanted to share it with anyone who is interested. There are also interviews from others that you can read if you like- HERE
Here's a link for my interview- My INTERVIEW Link