Friday, July 17, 2015

Book Review- Lazarus Awakening

In this third of the trilogy (Having a Mary Spirit and Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World),  Joanna Weaver has completed an important series of lessons and learnings from the bible.  By taking an in depth look at the contributions of Lazarus,  this book provides ways and needed information on how each of us can move toward simply knowing God to living with the spirit of God in our hearts.  I have found pieces of each of these books that are relevant to my own life and circumstances, and recommend that this could be true for any reader.  The Lazarus Awakening edition is also available with a study guide and learning DVD that is good for individual or small group discussion and growth.  
~I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my review.

Want to buy Lazarus Awakening, or other Christian Books?  Click HERE!

Corn Salsa

What a blessing it is to be able to harvest so much corn this year!  We have been stripping the kernels (with this awesome tool- the Zyliss Corn Stripper) and preserving them for the cold winter months.  I couldn't help using some of those kernels to make a batch of fresh Corn Salsa! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Corn....and more Corn!

Do you plant corn in your garden?  We have always planted a small section, just enough to enjoy some sweet ears doused in butter.  But this year, Mags used her horse power to plow up and plant a new, much larger area for those sweet Ambrosia ears. And boy, oh boy, have we grown some corn!
As the one who gets to play with all of that delicious fresh produce when it's harvested, I had a challenge ahead!  For the last week I have been up to my ears (pun intended) in corn.  

I know many of you would just throw those ears in the freezer, cob and all, and eat them later.  Or you would get out all the canning tools and put them up in canning jars.  Well, those full ears take a lot of freezer space that I don't have, and I have not learned the art of pressure canning, (yes, I'm afraid it will blow up!).  So my best alternative was to get the kernels off the ears and freeze them.  I was able to borrow the absolute best tool from a friend (the Zyliss Corn Stripper- see it here) and off came the kernels. I now have a great supply of corn packaged in quart size bags, ready for the winter.  I was even able to make a gallon of corn salsa for us to enjoy as we work!   Here are some pictures of my corn process-
It all began with Mags (and her human helpers)
plowing up the fields
Then the corn grew, and grew......
What a blessing to be able to borrow this
amazing little tool- the Zyliss Corn Stripper
I was able to really zip the corn off the
cobs and then get it into quart size bags to freeze
Next up...What to do with all these corn cobs?
I am thinking fire starters?  Any ideas?
I don't like to waste, so they are drying.
Check back for our Corn Salsa Recipe- and to see what we
end up doing with all of the now empty corn stalks, and those drying cobs!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Time for Tomatoes! Time for Salsa!

Things are really starting to heat up here in the south, and that means
gardens are producing summer fruits and veggies like crazy, 
and tomatoes are on the top of that list!  For us at One Ash that can mean only one thing-
Maybe being originally from the west has something to do with it,
but our entire family loves mexican food, and to us the one item you
cannot do without is Salsa.  We like it fresh, chunky and seasoned, but not hot.
And there is nothing better than a big bowl of fresh Salsa, some crunchy chips,
and a cold drink, to cool you down from the inside out!

The way we make it is very flexible, depending on your taste and the quantity you need,
 but here's the basic recipe we use for Pico De Gallo Salsa-

Pico De Gallo Salsa from One Ash Farm Recipes

5 ripe tomatoes
1 vidalia (sweet) onion
1/4 cup chopped dried cilantro (you can buy it here)
1 TBS. Oregano (you can buy it here)
2 tsp. Salt
1 Jalapeno finely diced

Chop the tomatoes and onions into 1/4"-1/2" chunks.
Mix together with the other ingredients.

Add more or less of each ingredient to taste.  
If you like it hot, add more jalapeno, or experiment with other peppers!


Friday, July 3, 2015

Celebrate America

It sure seems like there is an awful lot going on in the world right now.  Every day, sometimes every hour, there is a new event or monumental decision from our government, leaders and citizens.  I don't know about you, but to me it is a bit overwhelming some days. 

So on this eve of our nations celebration of independence I have decided to hold on to what I have always known about our country- our freedoms, our rights, our unity to celebrate what we believe in. 

I hope that you can find some possibly long-lost memory of 4th of July celebrations that will help you remember how strong our nation has been, and can be, if we all live by what our founding fathers set forth. Enjoy these photos of our pride in America, and I hope you have a blessed 4th of July!




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