Saturday, August 29, 2015


DATE: AUGUST 29, 2015
Hagipe, a friend and Balama businessman, called me when I returned from S. Africa.  He asked if there was anything special I needed to help me with my limited diet during the next 6 weeks.  I told him the only thing needed, but not available, was AVOCADOS.  Since this is the end of their growing season in Moz., I had not found any in Pemba upon my return.
He told me he would check in Nampula, the city 7 hours drive south of Balama, as that is where the Avos grow in northern Moz.   Last Saturday, Hagipe called to say none were available in Nampula, so I thanked him, and thought no more of it.  I’d make do with what foods I had on hand.
Hadipe, showing off the bucket of avacados for de Bush Bunny.
  UNKNOWN to me, Hagipe called someone in Maputo City, the National Capital of Moz. that is a 3 day drive from Balama.  His friend organized 15 Avocados, packed them in a plastic bucket, boxed and shipped them BY AIR FRIEGHT to Pemba.  Hagipe called me late Wed. afternoon to see if I was home.  He said he was bringing me a gift of AVOCADOS, and would be there Thursday morning.  When he showed up and told me how he had obtained them, I was so overwhelmed, that I had tears in my eyes. 
All I could think of was the Bible story of the man who carried his burden the extra mile.  Hagipe is a modern day example of what Jesus expects all of us to do for one another.
I’m a happy Bunny as I just ate a whole avocado for lunch before sitting down to write this story!
Aunt Nazarena bottle feeding baby Mezies for the first time.
MEZIAS, a new born baby boy, lost his mother in child birth.  (Death in child birth is the 3rd largest killer of mother’s in our area).
  His aunt and uncle brought him to our door late Wed. afternoon.  They’d just walked in from Sirimula Village, 37 km away, (22 miles) to ask for help.
Sirimula is where most of the corn is grown that feeds our orphans, so out assistance programs to orphaned babies is well known.
  Where is Mezias’ father, I asked?  They told us he had died from an unknown sickness just before Mezias’ birth.  They were the only family he has left.
I praise the Lord that Mezias has a family who truly loves and cares for him.  Both Aunt and Uncle listened and repeated the instructions we gave them for bottle feeding Mezias. My staff was thrilled that this family seemed to truly understand the important of “doing it right”.
Because most Moz. babies are breast fed, the average mother, especially one living in a remote village, have never seen anyone bottle feed a baby.  This next week is critical for Mezias, for if the Aunt doesn’t boil the water before mixing the dry milk powder in the bottle, the bacteria in the local well water could cause Mezias to  perish from the #1 killer in Africa:  DYSENTERY.
We need both types of water to have a complete life, both here and in the hereafter.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange

Friday, August 28, 2015

One of these things is not like the others.

This is the way Sandy laid out her toys.  I think she is playing that game, one of these things is not like the others.  I couldn't believe she lined them up like this.

The story of the little red hen

The little red hen found a seed. It was a little seed. The little red hen found a seed. It was a wheat seed.
The little red hen said, “Who will help me plant the seed?”
The pig said, “Not I.”
The cat said, “Not I.”
The dog said, “Not I.”
The little red hen said, “I will.”
The little red hen said, “Who will cut the wheat?”
The pig said, “Not I.”
The cat said, “Not I.”
The dog said, “Not I.”
The little red hen said, “I will then.”
And she did.
The little red hen said, “Who will thresh the wheat?”
The pig said, “Not I.”
The cat said, “Not I.”
The dog said, “Not I.”
The little red hen said, “I will then.”
And she did.
The little red hen said, “Who will grind the wheat?”
The pig said, “Not I.”
The cat said, “Not I.”
The dog said, “Not I.”
The little red hen said, “I will then.”
And she did.
The little red hen said, “Who will make the bread?”
The pig said, “Not I.”
The cat said, “Not I.”
The dog said, “Not I.”
The little red hen said, “I will then.”
And she did.
The little red hen said, “Who will eat the bread?”
The pig said, “I will.”
The cat said, “I will.”
The dog said, “I will.”
The little red hen said, “You shall not eat the bread. I will eat it.”
And she did.


Happy birthday Mollie on the 23rd.

My beautiful daughter Mollie turned 21 on the 23rd and I forgot to make a tribute for her birthday on my blog so here it is.  I love you Mollie.

Happy birthday Hannah

My youngest daughter Hannah turns 19 today.  She is a beautiful woman inside and out.  I love you Hannah.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Walker bag

I was privileged to be invited to a dear friends 90th birthday party.  I wanted to get something for her but at 90 you pretty much have everything you need.  WELL, she called me a couple of days ago and asked if I could make her a new bag for her walker.  Of course I said yes.  She doesn't know it but now I have a useful gift to give her.  I went over to her house and picked up the one she has now and loves but its just worn out to use for a pattern.  I like the way it turned out so much that I am thinking of making a few more to sell.
                                                       This is the front of the bag.
                                                    The straps attach it to the walker.
                                                     There are two large pockets on the outside.
                                                  This is the back of the walker bag.

This is the inside of the bag.  There are two large pockets.
Her party is Saturday.  I will try to get a picture of her with her new bag attached to her walker.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Happy birthday Mother

Today is my mother's birthday.  I am thankful that her mother gave life to such a beautiful and wonderful woman, who in turn gave life to me.  I love you mom.

The water bearer

A Water Bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and one half pots of water in his master's house.

The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the Water Bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you." "Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?" "I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The Water Bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologize to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We re all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table. In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste. So as we seek ways to minister together, and as God calls you to tasks He has appointed for you, don't be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and allow Him to take advantage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway. Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find His strength, and that "In Him every one of God's promises is a Yes."

Never feel bad about your brokenness my lovelies. God can use your story, your life to bring beauty/encouragement/inspiration to places you never imagined! The cracks in your broken life will allow light to shine through your life to reach people you don't even know you are reaching! Be vulnerable, be broken, shine anyway!

Monday, August 24, 2015



1 lg. container sm. curd cottage cheese
1 sm. box cherryJello (dry) or any flavor...
1 sm. can mandarin oranges (drained)
1 lg. can crushed pineapple (drained)
1 med. container Cool Whip
1/2 cup pecans
Mix cottage cheese and 1 small box of dry jello together. Add oranges, pecans,pineapple mix well. Then add Cool Whip and mix well. Refrigerate.

The 23rd Psalm

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bring to boil: 1 stick of butter 1 c water 4 T Cocoa Remove from heat and add to: 2 c flour 2 c sugar 1 t salt 1 t baking soda Beat in : 2 eggs 1/2 c sour cream Pour into large greased 15.5" x 10.5" pan.Bake 20 mins 350 degrees.Let cool 10 mins and then ice cake. Icing recipe: Bring to boil: 4 T cocoa 6 T milk 1 stick butter Remove from heat and add: 1 box powdered sugar 1 t vanilla 1 c pecans (optional) Pour over cake and spread. Enjoy!!

Homemade Russell Stover Candies

Homemade Russell Stover Candies

 2 cups powdered sugar
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup coconut ...
1 cup shortening, not butter
12 oz. chocolate chips

Mix sugar, milk, coconut and shortening and chill over night. In saucepan melt chocolate chips over low heat. Form filling mixture into small balls or squares, dip in melted chocolate and set on wax paper to harden. Do Not Refrigerate.

Chocolate Crazy Cake Recipe

Chocolate Crazy Cake Recipe
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp.  pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil 
  • 1 Cup water 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8" square baking pan.  Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients - two small, one larger (see #3 in photo below). Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression.  Pour water over all.  Mix well until smooth.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes.  Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.  Cool.  Top with your favorite frosting.  Enjoy!

Note:  Oven cooking times may vary, be sure to check your cake to make sure you do not over bake.

  • You can double this recipe, just use a 9x13 baking pan.
  • You can also mix the batter in a bowl for neater, easier mixing.  Be sure to follow the directions the same way - mixing the dry ingredients then making the depressions for the wet ingredients.  Don't forget to grease your pan.  You can also make cupcakes - be sure to adjust baking time. 
  • Although I have not used Gluten Free flour mixes for this recipe, many people have and said the cake turns out wonderful!  This is a great tip from someone that made the cake using a GF mix -  "...the mix I use is 1c. brown rice flour, 1c. white rice flour, 1/3 c. tapioca starch, 2/3 c. potato starch, 1tsp. xanthan gum. I've used it in everything from bread to cookies to cakes, and I love it. I do add just a bit more leavening agent *usually baking soda* than the recipe calls for.  For instance, in this recipe I just added 1/2 of what it called for more. So the recipe called for 1 tsp, so I added 1 1/2.  And it was SO good. Hubby didn't even know it was vegan.  And he's a full on man lol. Meat, potatoes, you get it."  She also added another note for this GF mix - "I only increase the leavening on cakes and bread. cookies are fine."   A big thank you goes out to the sweet reader for being so helpful and sharing this tip with all of us! 
  • Many have shared that this recipe is great served warm or cold with just sprinkling powdered sugar on top!  
  • This cake is also a great activity to do with kids!

A sweet reader, Lesley, shared photos of her Layered Crazy Cake and Cupcakes.  Thank you, Lesley, so thoughtful for you to share with all of us!
  • For the layered cake, she greased her pan and used baking paper (parchment paper) on the bottom.  She didn't double the recipe, just cut the cake into a layer.    
  • For the cupcakes, she made a dozen using her muffin tin and cupcake liners.  The cupcakes were baked at 350 degrees F for 13 mins.  (Oven cooking times vary)

Fresh apple cake

1 c vegetable oil
2 c sugar
3 eggs
3 c flour...
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c chopped pecans
3 c peeled and chopped apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13" pan. Combine oil, sugar, and eggs. Stir in flour and baking soda. Add vanilla, pecans, and apples. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool for 2 hours. Then prepare frosting.


1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar, packed
1/4 c evaporated milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Boil all ingredients in a small saucepan for 2 minutes. Set pan in bowl filled with ice water. Beat icing until of spreading consistency. Spread over top of cake.

Peach cake

Peach cake:

 1 large can sliced peaches, drained and mashed (I used 2 regular cans since that is all I had at the time) You could also use fresh peaches.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar............
2 teaspoons baking soda
Drain the peaches and empty into a large bowl. I just used my hands to mash them. Add flour, sugar and soda and mix well. Spray a 9 x 13 inch cake pan and pour in batter. Bake in a preheated 350F degree oven for 35 minutes. See recipe below for icing.
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 regular sized can of evaporated milk
1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup coconut (I used a little more than a cup of coconut)
1 cup nuts
Boil everything but the nuts on top of the stove until thickens, remove from heat, stir in nuts and spread on cooled cake.

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Donna's corn

Wash and slice a jalapeno and an onion.
Sauté in butter.
Add 4 cans of drained whole kernel corn.
Chop up one block of cream cheese and add to corn.
Heat on stove or crock pot.

Donna at this at a church dinner and she said it was really good.  I named it Donna's corn just so I can remember who gave me the recipe.

Skillet Fiesta

Skillet Fiesta

1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon salad oil...
1/4 cup diced onion
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 can (16 ounce size) tomatoes
1 can (12 oz size) kernel corn
1 1/4 cup beef bouillon
1 bouillon cube dissolved in
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 1/3 cup instant rice

Brown meat in oil over medium heat in skillet, leaving meat in coarse chunks. Add onion and cook until is tender but not browned.

Add seasonings, tomatoes, corn and bouillon, bring to boil. Stir in green pepper; boil again. Stir in rice, remove from heat. Cover. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.

Hillbilly CAST IRON Cooking


This delicious chicken enchilada soup is thick, cheesy, and ready to go (once your ingredients are prepped!) in just 20 minutes!


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup diced white onion (about 1 small white onion)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup masa harina
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1 1/4 cups (or 1 10-ounce can) red enchilada sauce, homemade or store-bought*
1 (14-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juices (I prefer fire-roasted)
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
1 teaspoon salt, or more/less to taste
optional toppings: tortilla chips/strips, diced/sliced avocado, grated cheese, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, and/or pico de gallo

Heat the oil in a large stock over medium-high heat. (To save time, peel and dice the onion for the minute or so that the oil heats.) Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, or until cooked and translucent. Add the garilc and saute for an additional minute until fragrant. Stir in the masa harina and cook for an additional minute.

Pour in half of the chicken stock, and stir until completely combined. Add in the remainder of the chicken stock, and stir to combine. Immediately add in the chicken, enchilada sauce, black beans, tomatoes, green chiles, salt and cumin, and stir until combined. Continue stirring occasionally until the mixture reaches a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the soup does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Then stir in the cheese, one handful at a time, until combined. Taste, and season the soup to taste with salt.

Serve the soup warm with desired toppings.
Hillbilly CAST IRON Cooking

Saturday, August 22, 2015


DATE: AUGUST 23, 2015
  Sozinho, now 8 months old, weighs 6.5kg (14.3 lbs)!  Nothing like lots of prayer, a loving foster mother, great food, and proper care to spark the growth of a child in trouble.  JESUS SAVES is more than words.  It’s LIFE around here!
Finally got home to Balama late Tuesday afternoon, as I was met at the airport on Monday with the news that I needed to organize 1 more licensing document for our orphanage before I returned to Balama.  Our licensing process is almost completed in Maputo, so with a bit more patience, we should complete this 4 year challenge with the most sought after document that any orphanage program can obtain.  This will legalize our program and bring more security to the orphans who benefit from it.
  More Government visitors are coming to Balama on Monday, and have asked us to host them for 4 nights.   They plan to visit all 4 Distribution Posts where we feed approximately 2,000 orphans and widows.
Our Meluco orphanage had Government visitors last Friday.  They praised our program highly after visiting our home that hosts 6 orphan girls.  They also contributed a gift of 3,000mts ($85 or R1,020) to help us buy new Gardening Hoes for the 150 widows.  New hoes will be a blessing to them all, as the ones we gave them are about worn out.
Carltios Jorge and Bertino Alberto are presently traveling by bus to the city of Chimoio (600 miles south of Balama) to attend the National AWANA Conference in Mozambique.  This 4 day conference will expand their teaching skills so that these 2 young men can train up more Awana Leaders within our Province (state).  Our goal is to begin training leaders from other churches to do what we do, and thus spread the gospel to tens of 1000’s of children in other Districts (counties).
Each District has over 80,000 school age children, so the challenge is great!  Keep us in prayer as we begin to approach these different church leaders with our training program.
  Orphan Sozinho (left) and Master Carpenter Mario, repairing a widow’s door.  Sozinho is one of many who received an education and a prosperous future because of YOUR LOVE GIFTS.  Now 20 years old, Sozinho has completed a 3 year internship with Mario to become a master carpenter.  He will continue working along side Mario as his first assistant.  A perfect example of giving a “hand up” and not just a hand out.
Pastor Fred, National Pastor for Aguas Vivas (Living Waters) in Mozambique, will represent us next week in Blantyre, Malawi at the 30th INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF LIVING WATERS CHURCH IN AFRICA.  Living Waters Church, Blantyre, Malawi is our Mother Church, and the International headquarters.
It is at this church 16 years ago, where I met with the 20 member missions board who mandated me to register Igreja Aguas Vivas (Living Waters Church) in the Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique.  The GOAL: Bring the good news about JESUS to the 1000’s of orphans and widows in the remote areas where the Gospel had never been preached.
  I would have attended this conference, but my medical needs got in the way this month.
So the Bunny stays home to host our government visitors this week.  Keep us covered in prayer that all goes well with their visit.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Extra security

This is a simple and inexpensive way to add security to your doors.  The screws used in most door strike plates are barely an inch long.  Replace them with 3 inch screws and it makes it much harder to break down the door.  This at least might give you time to grab your gun or escape through another exit.

DIY Deoderant

I found two recipes for homemade deodorant that I want to try.  I think I will start with the one made with diatomaceous earth.

Recipe #1
3/4 c. arrowroot or cornstarch (I will use arrowroot)
1/4 c. DE
7-9 T coconut oil
essential oil of choice
Mix and put into a container or your choice

Recipe #2
1/2 c. arrowroot powder or cornstarch
4 T coconut oil
5 drops tea tree oil
5 drops lavender oil
Mix and place into a container of your choice.
This one makes a very small amount so you would need a very small container or increase the amounts and use a bit bigger jar with a lid.

Make sure that what ever container you use that you will be able to dip your fingers in to get some out and that it has a lid.  I like to use the squat half pint jelly jars and the white lids that screw on.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Life Planner

Do you use a life planner?  Agenda?  Appointment book?
I have always used an appointment book to keep track of things.  I found myself writing down recipes, cleaning lists, addresses and such in my appointment book.  Recently I read about life planners.  I searched and researched and finally settled on the Lilly Pulitzer agenda in the medium size.  It is suppose to arrive tomorrow.  It will have calendars from August 2015 to December 2016.  I am excited to begin using it.  I think it will fit easily into my purse so I can carry it to meetings and shopping.
This is the agenda I ordered.  Do any of you use a planner daily?  If so what kind do you use and do you like it?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Texas Agri Life Extension Unit

I am vice president and treasurer for our extension unit.  I was just vice president but the treasurer had to move so I took over that job as well.  I have never been treasurer for a club of any sort so I have to learn how to make the monthly reports.  UGH

Today I went out of town to a meeting where we finished up the meeting year books for each of our different units in this district.  There were only three of us plus the county agent.  I guess everyone is busy.

At this meeting we decide on inspirational quotes, thoughts, roll call and hints to put in our yearbooks.  It went very well as those who came were prepared with many items to choose from.
My only request was that the cover be turquoise.  So we will see what we end up with.

In other news: I ordered a life planner July 31st and am still waiting for it to ship.  I wish it would hurry up because I want to begin using it.  I am hoping it will help me organize my days better and do a better job with my house.

I have been trying to cook more.  Its just so darn hot here.  The only thing good about south Texas is the winter.  Its the only time I can stand to be outside for very long.  We quit going to the lakes and beaches to swim because of all the bacteria in the waters.  It seems too dangerous now days.  Also we wont eat fish any more because if the water can kill a person who swims in it, it seems that a fish who lives in it would be unsafe to eat.  That's just my thoughts.  No scientific data of course.

Missionary report August 16, 2015

DATE: AUGUST 16, 2015
Will be on restricted diet for 6 weeks to allow my system to heal from the infection.
No wheat, corn, or dairy foods (booo! ).  Nothing tests my will power more than being in the land of plenty, including ice cream and cheese, and then be told to not eat any of it. Pure torture!
Been great 2 weeks here, and I am thrilled to have heard from many friends while here.
I miss my Moz. Family, and will be happy to get back to them tomorrow.
Went to a Grace Outreach Woman's Camp last weekend, and had a blast worshipping, fellowshipping, and making new friends.
God knew that was exactly what I needed, but the lack of transportation for the 90 min. Drive to the camp, looked impossible.
  Elzabe took me half way and we were met by 2 members of the camp staff who gladly picked me up in exchange for a few of my African Adventure stories as we drove to the meeting. 
I was treated like royalty, and given a testimony time to speak to the woman who had no idea who I was.
Refreshed and energized is what best describes me when I left the next day.
I also received an invitation to speak at the next woman's camp Feb. 5th.
The cabins were just above freezing that night with NO HEATERS, for this is a mountain campsite which serves as a summer camp for kids.
BUT! Three layers deep in clothing, wearing my ALL AROUND COWBOY JACKET all night INSIDE a sleeping bag, this bunny was nice and toasty.
Getting out of bed at dawn was not fun, for I never was the polar bear type.
It will be summer in Feb., PTL!
To all my RSA Friends: 
Thanks so much for welcoming me with open arms!
My phone number will remain the same during my next visit, so plz save it.
060 431 8464.
Words can not express my debt of thanks to Elzabe for the 4 days she stayed by my side at Unitas Hospital, and to both her and Eric for all their help with the shopping.
Hope the next trip is purely fun!
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange in RSA

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chile Rellenos Casserole

Chile Rellenos Casserole                                        2-4 servings
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey or chicken)
  • 1/4 onion (chopped)
  • 1 10 oz. can whole green chilies (or 2 roasted fresh green chiles)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 375F. Cook hamburger meat and onion. Drain, then add cumin, salt, and pepper.
I think I will make this and put it in my crock pot to cook.

Weekly chore list and or cleaning schedule

  • Monday ~ Bedroom
  • wash bedding ~ remake bed when done
  • vacuum carpet
  • straighten end tables and headboard and dust
  • Focus project ~ such as wipe down ceiling fan, or wash windows, etc.
  • Tuesday ~ Kitchen
  • wipe down counters
  • wipe stove, refrigerator, dish washer and oven on the outside
  • de-clutter and wipe down island (this is where we tend to pile stuff)
  • sweep and mop
  • Focus project ~ such as clean the oven, clean inside of refrigerator, run the cleaning cycle on the dishwasher, wash ceiling fans, etc.
  • Wednesday ~ Bathroom
  • clean toilet
  • clean shower
  • clean sinks and counter
  • wash mirrors
  • wash out tub
  • sweep and mop
  • Focus project ~ such as deep clean toilet, or shower
  • Thursday ~ Living room
  • dust, going in a circular motion around the room so as not to miss any pictures or furniture.
  • water plants
  • tidy up and put away anything that is out of its place
  • vacuum
  • Focus project ~ such as deep clean and dust the shrunk or china hutch, wipe down ceiling fans, etc.
  • Friday ~ Front and back entry ways and hall
  • sweep and mop
  • straighten
  • Focus project such as wash door and glass inside and out, vacuum edges of hallway, etc.
  • Saturday ~ help with outdoor chores as needed, mowing etc.
  • Sunday ~ No chores today.  Church and relax.
  • These chores are to be accomplished in the morning while it is still somewhat cool.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Slow cooker swiss steak

Cut one round steak into serving sized portions.  Place in crock pot.  Cover with a can or two of stewed tomatoes and one chopped onion.  Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low for about 8 hours.   My family likes this with mashed potatoes and a vegetable like corn, peas or green beans.  This is a super easy meal because you don't even have to brown the meat before you put it in the crockpot. 

I ended up not getting this started in time so I transferred it to my pressure cooker and it was done in about 20 minutes.  I am going to start using my pressure cooker more often because it makes the food tender and it uses less fuel.  Both of which are good things.

Friday, August 7, 2015



I just did a little research and found a form of this recipe on Pillsbury, but we ate it through our growing up days, thinking it was our own. :)


1 1/2 c. boiling water

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. white sugar

1/2 c. shortening

1 c. oatmeal

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt


Topping: (I usually 1 1/2 times this part)

1/2 c. butter, melted

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. cream or evaporated milk

1 c. chopped walnuts

1 c. coconut

1 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together sugars, shortening and eggs.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Pour boiling water over oatmeal in a separate bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.  Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until combined.  Add oatmeal and mix until combined.  Pour into a greased 13" x 9" cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.


Let the cake cool, and then prepare the topping: Stir all ingredients together in a sauce pan over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is well-combined.  Pour over cake and spread evenly.  Put cake under a broiler and broil until coconut is brown, but not burned.  I set the timer for one minute and keep checking it so it doesn't burn.  The broiling is crucial and lends a wonderful flavor