Deep Discount Tuesday

I know that many of you are total fans of T-Tapp.  It is so easy to do, yet you really see great results.  It helps to cleanse your lymphatic systems and also has helped many people overcome knee and back problems.  Today is July’s DEEP DISCOUNT TUESDAY!!! This month there are 2 specials. They are both walking workouts with built-in high-intensity intervals. I think I forgot to share last month’s special with you, so wanted to be sure you knew about this one!

For the Step away the Inches DVD (normally $19.95) check it out here:
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For the Step Away Super Set DVD (normally $30) check it out here:
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Are You a Ragamuffin? Review and Giveaway

“Ragamuffins are the unsung assembly of saved sinners who are little in their own sight and aware of their brokenness and powerlessness before God.  A Ragamuffin knows he is only a beggar at the door of God’s mercy.”

“God loves us for who we are, not for who we should be.  None of us are who we should be.”

“You know you are a Ragamuffin if you are not ashamed to be a Ragamuffin.  Much like having thing simplicity of a child, the poverty of a child.  You come before your Abba Father and rest in your identity as the beloved of God.”

I watched a movie called Ragamuffin.  It is based on the life story of Rich Mullins.   I came away with such a mix of emotions.  There were so many lessons for us all to learn from his life.  Some good ones and some ones to steer clear of.  This movie covers his whole life, so you can see where he came from and some of what made him the way he was.

Review of this movie based on the life of Rich Mullins

First of all, if you are any kind of an artist, you will see yourself in this man.  People who are not artists are given a rare glimpse of what is actually given.  If someone ever writes you a song and especially if they sing it to you, they are giving you a piece of their heart.  If you are flippant or light hearted and joking, it almost feels like rejection to them.  This would also be for something they made you, or drew for you, etc.  Even if you can’t express yourself well, try to make them see it is important to you.

I do think that his life was sad on so many levels, many of which he chose.  He lost a lot of people, but I think God ended up using that to help him see God’s love for him.  He did turn to some vices when the stress of the road and life got to be too much for him.

I think there is a lesson here for Dads.  They are SO important in their children’s lives, even when they are grown up.  They need to hear you say that you love them.  They need the hugs and security of your love.

I like the theology he shares, but I think there is more to it.  I don’t think we need to be hypocrite trying to be perfect, but I do think that we need to be obedient and God is a God of order.  He does love us and accept us right where we are, but He loves us enough to not allow us to stay there.  I realize this was just a movie and may not truly reflect Rich Mullin’s life totally, but there was no real showing of him studying the Word and feeding on it, other than Bible college.

It was a good movie over all and I think it helps us all to see that we need to be doing what God put us here to do.  We can’t put our eyes on people or go by our feelings.  Some of the sweetest people I have ever met went through some of the toughest times.  It is easy to talk the talk, but when you truly walk the talk and allow Him to move through you, it takes off your rough edges.

Here is the trailer…

I also get to give away a copy of this movie.  If you would like to enter to win a copy, leave a comment below that answers this question….   Do you BELIEVE that God loves you?

Ends at midnight on the 12th of July, 2014.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Jumbo July Giveaway for Gardeners & Homesteaders

This time of year gets to be extra busy for those of us who love to raise and grow our own food.  Some call themselves farmers, others homesteaders, others simply gardeners.  In the process of taking the step to be responsible for providing your food from your plot of ground, or even going to the farmers market, we are preparing and planning for the future.  You hear a lot these days about “Preppers” and sometimes people picture someone out in the middle of nowhere with a huge gun and ammo supply and enough food to last a lifetime and they are hiding out.  However, if you are planning out your food for the year through garden or homestead then you are technically a “Prepper”.  :)  It is a very good thing and very useful.  To help celebrate what you do, we are helping to sponsor this HUGE July giveaway to make your life easier.  The bloggers you will see listed at the bottom along with myself have all gotten together to share this bounty with one lucky someone.

Come sign up to win!!!

Giveaway Items

Gardening

The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil (e-book)
Whitney Farms Natural Blood Meal 12-0-0 (3 lb. bag) (similar to this link item)
Whitney Farms Natural Bone Meal 6-9-0 (3 lb. bag) (similar to this link item)
Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard (paperback)

Cooking

Seasonal Favorites from The Organic Kitchen: Spring/Summer Menus Cookbook (e-book)
The Practical Produce Cookbook: How to Plant, Pick, Prepare and Preserve Produce
Outdoor Cooking Cookbook
Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Spiral Vegetable Slicer
Miracle Whisk – Sports Edition Mini Whisk
Bamboo (Wooden) Spoon
Fruit & Veggie Keeper

Preserving

At Home Canning for Beginners and Beyond (DVD)
Canning Essentials Tool 6 Piece Set
Tattler Reusable Canning Lids & Gaskets – Widemouth (1 dozen)
Canning Chart Magnet
Pomona’s Universal Pectin (1 oz. box)

Foraging

Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat
Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle
Stainless Steel Tea Ball
Apple Corer with Plunger
Cherry & Olive Pitter

Homesteading

Hand-Forged Lantern Hook
Botanical Beauty Cream (4 oz.)
Kaytee Mealworms Pouch (7 oz. bag)

 

Participating Host Bloggers or Sponsors

Be sure to visit the other fabulous host bloggers or sponsors participating in this giveaway.

Faulk Farmstead – Learn all sorts of homesteading skills and some great farm food recipes.

Good Not Perfect – These 2 are college buddies that have kept in touch.  There is a lot of good humor here as well as recipes and crafts.

Learning and Yearning – I have been reading Susan’s blog for awhile.  You will love to read all of her gardening tips and how to build your soil to have nutrient dense foods.

New Life on a Homestead – Full of all things country living.  You will enjoy the variety of information given here.

Pantry Paratus – I have enjoyed Chaya’s post for awhile.  We have similar interests in that we both have stores.  You will love to read her blog and learn how to organize your kitchen and pantry.

Peaceful Acres Farm – Lots of variety of topics on this blog.  You will love her animal pictures.

Reformation Acres –  I had the recent pleasure of meeting Quinn and her family.  We live fairly close to each other.  I loved hearing all the things they are working towards.

Schneider Peeps – You will learn about gardening and then great recipes using that real food.  They share their homesteading and their homeschooling.

The Organic Kitchen – This one is all about recipes and healthy cooking.  You will love to see all the pictures she shares from her travels.  Many of her recipes are very unique to an area of the world where she has visited.

Timber Creek Farm – There is a wide variety of topics covered on this blog.  DIY projects, homesteading, prepping.  Check it out.

Trayer Wilderness – This family is truly amazing.  They live out in the wilds (to me) and truly love it.  You will learn about living off grid, plus they have some awesome little tools they sell.

We Got Real – There is always recipes for scrumptious looking real foods on this blog.  She has lots of DIY items as well.

Your Gardening Friend I have enjoyed reading Holly’s blog.  She loves gardening and birds and nature.  You will learn lots of gardening tricks and tips from her.

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This giveaway ends Monday, July 21, 2014, at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Breakfast Or Snack?

Granola is great for breakfast or snack time.

Granola is a very versatile food.  It can be chunky or fine.  It can have a whole range of different ingredients including grains, nuts, fruits and even candy.  It can be loose or made into a bar.  The ingredients can be tweaked for what you have on hand, or to what your family likes. It can be used as your breakfast cereal or you can use it for snack time.  You can eat it dry or you can pour milk over it.  You can add it to the top of your yogurt or ice cream. There are many ways to enjoy granola.

I used to keep granola on hand at all times.  I have gotten away from making it, but want it to become a staple in our house once more.  I use a sort of rough recipe, but I will share it with you below.  I use my grain flaker and roll my oats.  I put the other grains through the flaker as well.   They don’t all become flakes, but it does break them down or crush them, depending on how soft they are.

Homemade Goodness Granola

Dry Ingredients

  • 8 cups of freshly rolled oats (or any combination of grains such as millet, buckwheat, barley, rice, etc.)
  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground, but you can substitute whatever flour you like)
  • 1/2 Tbs. Salt
  • 1 cup raisins or any dried fruit or combination of fruit (optional)
  • 1 cup pecans or any other nuts (optional)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup whole millet (optional)

For the dried fruits, I usually just use raisins, but have used pineapple and cranberries.  I want to throw some of my dehydrated strawberries in, but may wait to do that when I eat it, instead of letting them bake.

Wet Ingredients

You will need to add more honey or maple syrup if you are going to press them into bars.

Combine all of the dry ingredients above. Combine the wet ones in a separate bowl. Mix the 2 together and pour into 2 or 3 large cake pans. Sprinkle cinnamon generously over all pans. You can leave the cinnamon out or even mix it in with the dry ingredients, but it really adds good flavor and you taste it more adding it at the end like this.  Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.

This usually fills a gallon jar, a quart jar and a wee bit left over.  Enjoy!!

 

Do you make granola or granola bars?  We would love to hear from you.

 

 

Goodbyes are Hard

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I just get back into the swing of blogging and things happen.  You may know that I had a friend die very suddenly on the 18th of this month. There has been some loose ends to tie up and it has kept me busy.

My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary in April.  We were going to go to the mountains for a week and celebrate.  Then we heard that my nephew was getting married in Florida in June.  We decided to postpone our trip and go to the wedding and then go to the mountains on the way home.  We were planning on going, but toward the ends, details were just not coming together.  It was no one big thing, but lots of little things.  We really wanted to go to the wedding and less than a week before the wedding, I had to tell my nephew that we were not going to make it.  I figured that my husband would just go ahead and work that week and take the time off at a later date.  He decided to stay home so we could get some things done around here.  Also, there are 2 things I was supposed to do that Wednesday.  For whatever reason (GOD) I decided to do them on Tuesday.  This was the hand of God.  When my friend called us in the wee hours on Wednesday morning, we were here and able to go to her.  We were able to be there with her throughout the day.  She died that evening.  We were here to take care of details for her family.  Michael was off so we could go twice a day to care for her livestock.  It just reminded me all over again that God is moving and working all around us even when we don’t see Him.  I can rest in His watch care.

I want to share with you a little bit about my friend.  She lived all by herself out on her farm that she loved.  It is the most beautiful place.  She lived very simply and never complained about it.  Her well pump broke many years ago and she never got it fixed.  She used the water from her spring house, instead of having running water.  She would have to haul water to her animals or lead them to the stream.  She had very little money, yet gave freely if there was a need.  She loved to give and help missionaries around the world.

I have never met anyone who had more faith than she did.  She did have some strange interpretations of some verses, but she believed God and stood hard and fast on her convictions even when it cost her a lot.

She held her things loosely.  She would have given you her last morsel of food or the clothes off of her back if you needed them.  Some people took advantage of her, but she left them to God and never complained about them.  Most of the negative things I knew that happened to her were told to me, not to share the bad, but to share how God blessed her for doing the right thing.  Someone asked her for gas money.  She had $20 to her name.  She struggled inside about giving it, but in the end did so because she thought it was the right thing.  This was from someone who did not know where any more money was coming from.  She did not get any type of government assistance.  She trusted God.  She shared that story with me and then told how some other area of her life all of a sudden received a great blessing.

She was faithful to talk about the Lord with everyone she met.  Sometimes her methods were not the best and were not understood by those she shared with, but her heart was in the right place.

I loved her and she knew that.  For that I am so grateful.  I would take something out to her and she was more interested in getting a hug from me and the big kiss on the cheek I always gave her.  We never had a time where we shared something with her that we did not receive a note from her thanking us.  She loved me and I knew that.  I will always cherish that.

I will see her again some day.  I picture her up there talking with my Mom.  Good bye for now, Kathy!!  I will miss you very much!!

I will share some pictures of her beautiful farm with you.

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You Are Going to LOVE This!!!


Some of you know that I also sell Lilla Rose hair jewelry.  I do this besides the General Store full of kitchen equipment.  Many of you are already my customers and you KNOW how awesome these products are.  They are the only thing that stays in my hair no matter what I am doing.  :)  I love to be at a show and have someone tell me they won’t work in their hair because it is too thin or too short or too whatever.  Most of the time, they walk away with a new clip or bobby pins or set of hair sticks and are happy to have found something that really does work.  You have to try them to believe this.  Anyway, here is the EXCITING NEWS that you are going to LOVE!!!
THERE IS A 2 DAY SALE!!!  For today and tomorrow, you get 10% off of everything on the website.  Then to make the pot even sweeter, they released the July Flexi of the Month early.  It is ADORABLE and very patriotic.  They also have matching Bobby Pins that I love.

 

  Big Sale at Lilla Rose

FLEXI-of-the-Month for July, 2014 Plus Bobby Pins to Match

Flexi of the month for July 2014

Special Offer From Me

If you are BRAND NEW to Lilla Rose and you order 3 items, you will get an additional item (up to $16 value) for free. Do not order the free one on your order. I will order that for you. You may contact me at amazinggrazefarm@gmail.com.

If you are NOT brand new I have an offer for you as well. I have started doing 30 Minute Facebook parties. They are sort of like on line Pajama parties. :) They are fast paced and very fun and there are also door prizes given. If you would like to host one of these online parties, please let me know and I will get you all set up!!

I have openings for 2 people to join my team and get one on one training with me as they start up their business. Please email me back if you are interested.

New Item


Lilla Rose got requests for a breakaway clasp for the badge holders.  They listened and they are now available!!  Many occupations that require you to wear a badge require this type of clasp.  Now, you can wear a badge holder that is beautiful!!

New Item for Badge Clip Holders

If you have questions or need help with sizing, please contact me.  i would love to help you!!!

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