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Green Beans for Winter {plus some tips for surviving canning season}

Green and yellow beans. Are they not a staple in most canning pantries?

I have fond childhood memories of snapping beans with my brother and sister while watching old black and white movies in the our cool basement … then hearing the noise of the pressure canner in our blue and white kitchen the following day as my mom canned up beans for winter.

 

Two bushels later, the girls and I are finished the green and yellow beans for winters. What a great feeling to wipe down the jars and know you have fully stocked your Provision Room with fresh organic vegetables. We work in the morning and try to finish the messy work by lunch time, giving the afternoon time to run the canner and allow the children to play outside and have a summer day of pressing flowers, jumping on the trampoline and riding their bikes. Often times, I find canning stretches two days, so be prepared when you are going to can something to give yourself some room for prep, the actual canning and cleanup.

 

I thought I would add a few tips to help you out during your busy canning season:

  1. Have quick easy meals ready to serve your family at meal times. I find on days I need to can all day long that having a quick lunch or dinner to serve your hungry and ever-needy family is helpful. This would be a great time to pull out a freezer meal you have prepared, or even a store bought meal (at least with some of it from the store) to help you out. Your time will be limited and you will not be able to devote all your time to cooking meals for the day. A crockpot is your best friend during the canning season.

2 . Prep your fruit or veggies ahead of time. If you can prepare your vegetables or fruit the day before or even the night before, it will also help your workload for your canning day. Not all fruits and vegetables are able to be prepped ahead of time, but things like carrots, zuchinni, even applesauce can all be made the day before, then warmed up before canning.

 

3. Have your children help. To some, this may not seem like a good idea, but many hands make light work. Children love to snap beans or cut up apples for applesauce, chop zuchinni (nice and soft for them to cut) or help lid the jars. There are lots of ways for them to help. Yes, it may take a bit longer and you may need more patience but you are also teaching them a skill. Think of it as home economics. Yesterday I had to leave to pick up a daughter at a friend’s house. I was able to leave my older girls in charge of filling the jars with our vegetable and lidding the jars to prep for the canner. It was a great help, even if I was only gone for 45 minutes.

4. Have all your supplies ready. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of canning peaches to find out you have run out of lids or sugar. Do a tally or a checklist and ensure you have all your goods ahead of time. Buy extra lids to have on hand. Our local dollar store sells the smaller lids for $2. I constantly buy those lids and have a drawer full. Also, lemon juice, salt and vinegar are a must for canning. Have lots in stock.

 

5. Start early and finish in time for dinner. If you can manage, start your canning work early in the morning, try to finish up the messy part by lunch and hten you will just have your canning to do in the afternoon. It makes it much more manageable. And when I say early, I just mean by 8 or 9 a.m.

6. If you are able, can outdoors! My grandmother Ann always canned outside, so I have been told, and I follow in that fashion. I rarely can inside, unless it is winter. Even in our last house, where we did not have an outdoor setup for cooking, I still prepped all the vegetables and fruit outside. This allowed the little beans ends to fall in the grass or the peach juice to trickle to the ground that can easily be hosed off. Imagine the mess in your kitchen! Ugh! It is not pleasant. Save your kitchen from being completely messy and move the process outdoors. I definitely love to can outside – and the benefit is you are still spending time with your little ones, seeing them play and enjoying summer. Find a table, set it up outside and peel those apples, dice tomatoes, or snap beans in the summer fresh air. In tomato season, you can set up a propane burner outdoors to help cook the sauces and such.

Now, for canning green beans, it is very simple and a great way to introduce yourself to pressure canning. (Green beans MUST be pressure canned.)

After you have prepared your jars and have everything ready, cleaned and lids in hot water, wash and snap your beans. (Or, rather, snap them the night before and save yourself loads of time.) Place them into your mason jars, packing them tightly. Fill with hot water and a bit of salt per jar. Use a knife to get all the air bubbles out of your jar. Wipe the rims, lid and seal.

 

As many of you do not live near my area, check your local altitude for your processing time for your particular pressure canner.Β 

Follow this link for detailed instructions if you are new to canning.

 

Now, how do we manage our regular chores along with a busy canning schedule? That is another topic for another day!

 

August 18, 2017 - 4:56 pm

Gigi - I agree with you on the freezing – which is why I prefer to can. I understand your concern re: mushy vegetables. I don’t think the beans and carrots are too mushy if they are not over processed. Perhaps you just tried a bad batch? Steamed veggies are so lovely though! I find even frozen veggies soggy. I am looking forward to doing the corn soon! Sounds like you should do it too with such great options of yummy corn nearby! πŸ™‚

August 16, 2017 - 7:29 pm

Amy - Pretty much my whole life would only eat vegetables steamed. I have never been able to accept mushy vegetables much to my mother’s dismay…until she obtained a steamer.
I don’t serve my kids beans as a side vegetable other than in season. In season we eat them like crazy. In the winter they get them pickled (but I don’t think that counts as a vegetable any more). Winter we mostly do root vegetables and frozen peas or corn.
I was thinking of canning corn this year since our local farmer (Welsh Bros.) produce the BEST corn ever! They cold water plunge it as soon as it is picked and it stays the perfect sweetness.
I am hesitant to freeze much as one year I lost the contents of my chest freezer and it was a terrible loss…especially the blueberries.

August 14, 2017 - 6:05 am

Gigi - Thanks, mom!

August 14, 2017 - 6:04 am

Gigi - Amy, yes a side dish for dinners. You can also use them for a yummy bean salad. They are cooked so they only need warming. I find that in winter, we have to adjust our tastes to the season. You could always freeze them if you did not want to can them.

August 13, 2017 - 9:01 pm

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - WOW! That’s a lot of beans but certainly nice to have them all done!! They look like very nice beans too. Love the BIG canner … 14 quarts at once … that will be a great time saver. And I LOVE that you have an outdoor kitchen! What a great space to have, especially when it’s hot out AND like you said, it keeps the mess outdoors πŸ™‚ xox-

August 13, 2017 - 8:42 pm

Amy - do you use the canned beans as a side vegetable during the winter? or just in soups and stews?
I canned some last year and my kids like crunchy vegetables so they only really worked for us as an addition to soups

When You Do Things …

… things get done!

 

{Little “Lazer” – as he is nicknamed – is getting so big and just enjoying this lovely summer of ours.}


 

I read that statement somewhere last night and thought – aha! Amen and amen! So boldly practical and so true!

I also recall hearing lovely advice from a mother of nine a few years ago – when I had four children or so. I asked her how she handles everything, gets everything done.

 

Her reply …

“If you see something that needs to be done, just do it.”

 

If a drawer is messy and needs cleaning, make time to clean it.
Pick up the stray toy before you step on it.
Keep floors clean.
Weedy pathways don’t weed themselves, nor do garden beds.
Help or instruct your child to clean under the bed when you find out they have been stuffing their (clean) laundry there for the past week.
Put laundry away as soon as it is cleaned.
Prep or make dinner in the morning.
Get stuff done.

 

Now as a mom of soon-to-be-eight, I think that is wonderful advice!

Just do things. Everyday.

Granted, there are times when you can’t just stop life and clean out the junk drawer or throw aside your schedule to tackle the untidy basement. And there are days your children desperately need you to put aside that to-do list and focus on their needs at hand. But many times, these projects can be accomplished together – mother and child or as a family.
If something needs doing, and it bugs you enough, you’ll get it done.

When you do things, things get done.

There are some pesky projects on my to-do list before baby arrives. Projects that are not as enjoyable as, let’s say, canning. πŸ™‚ {Yes, canning is enjoyable!}

It always seems to be the same list before a baby shows up – tidy up the pantry, clean up the Provision Room, organize the two closets we have in our house (I am so glad we don’t have more for the simple reason of organizing them constantly!) two bedrooms that need fresh painting, and yes, Lord willing, tidying up the basement … oh, and let’s not forget homeschool planning and cleaning up the school room with new markers, paints, glue sticks, etc. {but who am I kidding? That part is fun indeed!}. There’s more to do but I am keeping my goals low as I don’t have much time left before baby arrives.

The garden is starting to pick up a bit now so there is the canning and produce to preserve, as well. August will certainly fly by.

{See this lovely stove picture below? My father in law spotted it for sale locally for a great deal and told my husband about it. Abby promptly purchased the used propane stove which was an answer to prayers! As you know, I cook with wood only so it can be quite, well, HOT, for the summer months of cooking. This propane stove answered my prayers! Abby set it up just outside my kitchen door on our back patio (my summer kitchen) and I can cook and bake and can away all while being outside. What a treat!}

This morning, before the girls came for breakfast, I was able to hang out the laundry and clean out one kitchen cupboard that has generally been very untidy and unorganized for quite a while. Later, I was able to clean out all my dresser drawers, fill a bag with clothes for the thrift store and tidy up my closet.

The girls and I also picked two bushels of green and yellows beans this morning before the rain fell and we worked together on our peach canning.

 

Peaches, of course, take priority as they ripen ever so quickly.

And this was a quieter day. It was good to listen to the rain fall, the stillness of the animals before the storm, to just sit and wipe down the many amber jars of peaches that are ready for the Provision Room for another year.

It’s challenging, indeed, to stay on top of everything – gardening, cleaning, organizing, home school preparations, meal cooking and canning, parenting… There are definitely some projects that fall to the wayside and areas of the house that really need a good clean up. I will get to them – as I get to them. I’m doing things, things are getting done and that is good, I think. Progress.

If we do one or two things per day on our list, it won’t take long to cross most of the projects out.

On to canning peaches … I have heard from some of you you have started your peaches. I am grateful for the girls’ help. Sometimes it is faster and quieter to do it myself, but I do want them to learn how to can and put up and help out in the kitchen. Thankfully, we do all our work in our outdoor summer kitchen – we listen to stories on CD while we work and that helps with the children’s willing attitude.

 

We made peach jam, canned peach slices and made peach pie filling.

{And may I tell you a secret? We do not peel our peaches. It saves a lot of time and energy. My mom does not either. When you can them, the skin just slides off anyways… so if you are not fussy … you can save a big step in the canning process …}

 

Here is the recipe for the peach pie filling – it is from Canning Granny:

16-20Β  approximate cups of sliced peaches

4-6 cups of sugar (I always just taste and see how sweet the filling is – canning recipes call for a lot of sugar – you be the judge in this one)

1 Tbsp. Nutmeg (Optional)

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon (Optional)

5-6 cups Water

Β 2 cups Lemon Juice

3 cups ClearJel

If desired, blanch and peel peaches. Quarter and remove pits from peaches.
Combine water, spices, sugar and ClearJel in a large, heavy pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring continuously until it begins to thicken.

Add lemon juice and then fold in peaches and bring up to simmer.

Simmer for 5- 10 minutes until peaches begin to soften and then can immediately.

Can using hot pack method with 1″ of headspace. Processing with a water bath boiling for 30 minutes for quart jars.

 

 

 

 

What would you like to get done this week?

August 12, 2017 - 5:03 pm

Chipmunk - I gave up canning peaches a few years ago because it was so difficult and time consuming to get the peels off. I believe I’ll try it your way!
Your comment to just do a couple of things on the list daily, and to accomplish things as you see them is so encouraging. Since I’ve retired a year ago, my goal has been to get to the place of “keep up, don’t have to catch up.” There is 12 – 15 years of catching up to do, so it’s been a challenge.
Your new stove is an awesome blessing!

August 9, 2017 - 10:09 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Again, love all of the canning!! I was wondering if you could send me info on the place you took your children a few years ago with the Aboriginal longhouses? My daughter has shown some interest in Aboriginal teachings/culture. My email is jenheemskerk@gmail.com
thanks

August 9, 2017 - 6:53 pm

Gigi - Hi Stacy, thank you for your encouragement. I hope your canning is going well!
I have not posted a home tour – it is challenging to do with so many people living in our home. πŸ™‚ Not sure it is as wonderful as some would imagine. Maybe it would be a good winter project …

August 9, 2017 - 6:39 pm

Stacy - Hello!!! Love your posts. We are new to canning this year. I love finding inspiration even among the children to care for. Have you ever posted a home tour? I love your style.

August 9, 2017 - 5:37 pm

Gigi - Oh, what a shame! The website says they do not ship to Canada. πŸ™

August 9, 2017 - 5:31 pm

Gigi - Thank you! I have looked at those magazines online but was not sure if they were printed format or ebooks. I will check it again! Thank you for the reminder and great suggestion!

August 9, 2017 - 4:40 pm

Audrey Gleason - Gigi, I keep meaning to post this but my abundance of little ones has kept my mind elsewhere lately. I wanted to recommend The Girlhood Home Companion by Remembrance Press for you and your girls. It’s such a lovely magazine and they have several books I’m sure you would enjoy. Growing up, I spent many hours pouring over these. Your girls remind me so much of myself from years gone by!
Audrey Gleason

August 9, 2017 - 11:08 am

Gigi - Bobbie, you’re so sweet. Glad the recipe will help you out! πŸ™‚
Homeschooling is a whole different story. We do official school from 9-noon from fall to spring. I tried to do summer school (it would be a blessing to spread things out!) but it is too challenging with all our outside projects on the go. CM is our way to school, as well. We use Teaching Textbooks for Math and an online French program but that’s it for online/computer work {for now}. I suppose I should post more about homeschooling – it is such a large subject to cover!

August 9, 2017 - 11:01 am

Our Home of Many Blessings - We are so similar it’s like were the same person!! I want to know more about your homeschooling time!When during the day do you fit this in and how long.Do you break it up during the day?Are you guys doing work online or textbooks?We are Charlotte Mason homeschoolers for sure!Just curious during your day when you fit that in.Do you take a summer break time at all also?Thanks so much for the peach recipe!! If been waiting to find something like this.Please don’t ever stop posting!!I love them!

August 8, 2017 - 10:41 pm

Gigi - Danessa, it is busy, yes, but we do not go out and about often. I limit my errands and my outings that require me to leave the home – so that leaves my entire day at home. If I have to do an errand, I try to do it before the children need me (ie. grocery shopping at 7 a.m. and back by 8 a.m.). That makes a huge difference. I aim to get up at 5 a.m. – in the winter months, it was earlier but I am sure with a baby coming, I will enjoy snuggling him/her in the cozy mornings and not rush to get out of bed too quickly. I think 5 a.m. is a good time for moms of children – it gives enough time to read the Bible, pray, have a cup of tea/coffee and start the laundry before everyone else is up and needing your attention. πŸ™‚ I try to take a break in the afternoon during nap time, before husband arrives home, so I am not depleted and exhausted. It is my time for tea/reading/blogging and putting my feet up for a bit!
Hope that helps!

August 8, 2017 - 9:38 pm

Danessa - Just curious, you seem to get so much done, and must be so busy with 7 kids, what time do you get up in the morning and start in? And by the way, I LOVE your post on canning:)

Garlic Harvest

It was a warm sunny August day – time to harvest our garlic from the garden!

We invested in a good lot of bulbs last fall and were delighted to see the results. This fall, we will plant double and hopefully have a larger harvest for next year.

 

Here is a video of the girls and their dad taking the garlic to back barn to cure for two weeks. They found a creative way to move the garlic with ease … Lovelyn followed along on her bike to spot for any stray garlic that fell off the tarp. It will cure for two weeks and then we will braid it for storage and save some for planting back into the garden. Abby says if he could be a farmer, he’d do bees and garlic. He seems to like both harvests the most. πŸ™‚

 

August 18, 2017 - 4:57 pm

Gigi - Nikki, for curing, it is similar to a potato – laid out in a dark dry spot for two weeks. I am going to see about preserving some in oil, as I’m sure that is possible. If not, dried and braided it shall be!

August 18, 2017 - 10:03 am

Nikki - I’ve never thought of growing garlic! That’s such a good idea! How do you cure it so it doesn’t go bad? Could you preserve it another way as well?

August 8, 2017 - 6:49 am

Our Home of Many Blessings - Iv never done garlic before but would love to!…The girls enjoy seeing these little clips of their writing buddies!

August 7, 2017 - 9:30 pm

Gigi - We have worked on green beans this weekend, too. Peaches, yum!
Garlic is quite easy to grow. You should try it!

August 7, 2017 - 9:14 pm

Katy - Cute idea to transport the garlic! I Have never grown garlic before! I’m so glad yours is doing so well for you! I have been busy canning green beans from our garden. I also did some peaches. πŸ™‚

Canning up Blueberries

Our family went to our annual camping trip last week -but now we are back now into real life. It was a wonderful relaxing week away – the children had a great time connecting with camp friends. Abby and I truly enjoyed coffee and tea around the campfire, reading books, sitting and chatting and watching the girls play at the beach.Β  This was our 10th year at the same Christian campground – so thankful for a great week away.


When we returned home very late in the evening, my heart filled with joy as I quietly walked through the still home on my way to my nice comfy bed. The house smelled clean and fresh and, of course, it felt so large after being in a camper all week long! Even though I loved being away, I love returning home {even if it means the relaxing week is over …}


Right away, we started back into life during our busy summer season, beginning with a thousand loads of laundry, weeding the garden {still not fully accomplished!}, pulling up the garlic and picking the lovely beans that are ready. My head is full of ideas and projects and to-dos before the baby arrives, as well {why does that happen we I’m pregnant and not truly able to accomplish all these great ideas?!}.

Everything is coming along well with baby-in-tummy – and now it is really is time to get canning and prepping for baby, as we are now at 30 weeks. By Monday, the laundry was finished and I could progress to the next to do on the list.Β  I checked the local flyers and noticed blueberries were on sale. Comparing them to a local u-pick, it was actually thriftier to buy them from the grocery store (and, yes, they were still grown in Ontario).

 

So I bought 50Β  pints on my way to my midwife appointment this morning. The weeding has since paused while I resume some canning impulses. πŸ™‚

 

This afternoon, the girls and I made blueberry jam and canned whole blueberries (a very simple project, if you are new to canning – this one is super easy and tasty). Raw packing blueberries makes a great addition to oatmeal in the cold winter, homemade muffins, over ice cream, in crisps, and more.

And, the jam is just so tasty!

 



Β Pectin Free Blueberry Jam
6 cups of blueberries
2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of lemon juice

Wash the berries and place them in a large pot. Mash them down as much as possible (we used a potato masher and a pastry cutter).Β  Add your sugar and lemon juice and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
Hire a trusty taste tester to ensure beautiful success.

Bring to a boil for about 15 minutes, stirring non stop.Β  I actually used our immersion blender to break up the blueberries as I am not a fan of super-chunky jam.
Using the metal spoon in the freezer test, you can check to see if your jam is ready at any time.
[Here’s how: place a metal spoon or plate into the freezer. Once it is cold, drop a bit of your warm jam on the spoon and run your finger through it. It is stays separated, it is jam! It it runs back together, you need to cook for a bit longer.]

Once the jam is ready, skim off the foam (and save it for your children because they love to eat the fun, purple foam!) and ladle into clean mason jars. Process in water bath for 25 minutes.

 

 

I also have two bushels of peaches on order from the local Mennonite store and 200 cobs of corn coming from the local organic farm around the corner. If they all happen to be ready at the same time, that would be very interesting. Let’s hope the corn waits until the peaches are safely put up for the winter.

Our green and yellow beans are also ready for canning from the garden. I am waiting for one more day so I can make sure my canner is full before I process them.

Have you been canning lately? What is on your canning to-do list? Have you ever canned corn? Last year, I froze it but I think I will try canning it this year. I prefer to see my jars lined up rather than have the produce stuffed into the freezer. It feels more organized, requires less hydro and is easier to use in a pinch.

Personally, I also think it tastes better!

 

 

 

 

 

August 3, 2017 - 6:28 am

Gigi - Caitlin, thank you for your encouragement! Well done with your first canning round! Watch out – it’s addictive. But why not invest money and time into a way to feed your family and build up tradition? It is a great way to have the children involved, as well. Many hands make light work. I’m so happy to hear about your peaches. Well done!

August 2, 2017 - 11:00 pm

Caitlin - I love your canning posts! Actually, I was inspired by your last canning post, and we just did our first canning ever. We went to a local farm and picked peaches. I adapted your canning recipe for strawberries and just used peaches instead- it turned out to be delicious! My husband can’t wait for us to do more, as he insisted it was better than store bought!
I have to say, I just love the pictures of your children. They are so sweet and wholesome, and it’s nice to see. My husband and I are hoping to be able to move to a more rural setting to have our own garden and more room for the children to spend time outdoors. I’m very inspired by your home and all you do!

August 2, 2017 - 9:41 pm

Gigi - Danessa, you will need a pressure canner for the corn. You slice the corn off the cob, fill jars and process in the pressure canner (not a a pressure cooker). Sometimes you can cook the corn sightly before canning, or you can choose to raw pack (fill the jars without cooking). Here is a link for you with detailed instructions: http://www.simplycanning.com/canning-corn.html

August 2, 2017 - 9:23 pm

Danessa stride - I was wondering how do you can or bottle your corn?

August 2, 2017 - 8:22 pm

Gigi - Katy, you have been busy! It is a great feeling to see all those jars, isn’t it? I don’t think we planted enough beans this year. I may have to get some more. I underestimated our growing family’s needs.

August 2, 2017 - 8:21 pm

Gigi - Sarah, glad to hear that canned corn is the way to go. Do you have a recipe to share? πŸ™‚

August 2, 2017 - 8:20 pm

Gigi - Oh Jen, congratulations on moving! Did you find that farmhouse of your dreams? πŸ™‚
Blueberries are fun to can – easy and something the children can help with. We are starting our peaches tomorrow. I do so enjoy canning! It is a good pastime to fill up that provision room!

August 2, 2017 - 5:26 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Love love love all these canning posts. So far we have managed to do rhubarb relish and strawberry jam. I want to do blueberries so this was just a perfectly timed post! We are moving, so I may have to wait- as I dont think my hubby will appreciate moving tons of canning supplies- but I love the idea of having a provision in our new place!!

August 2, 2017 - 8:05 am

Sarah - Your blueberries look lovely! We purchased a crate of peaches last night, but they need a couple days to ripen fully. I am planning to can pickles today, since we have had an abundance of cucumbers in our garden this year. Here in NY the local corn has been delicious! We hope to can corn too. I think it is easier than freezing corn since you don’t have to cook the corn first. The pictures of you little ones helping are precious! : )

August 2, 2017 - 6:44 am

Katy - I have been canning as well! πŸ™‚ The green beans have been growing in abundance in our gardens! Yesterday, I canned all day! I still have another canner full to do today as well! Such a blessing! πŸ™‚ I think I will be doing peaches soon too!

Glad you enjoyed a time of camping with your family and friends! It’s always nice to have some time to relax for a bit!

{Not} Getting with the Times

“What is the name at that dentist we need to book with?”

I asked my husband this question while visiting him at work a few weeks ago. We had discussed the idea of braces for two of our children and needed to make an appointment. He pulled out a heavy barely-used phone book from the shelf near their office phone and skimmed the listings quickly for the dentist number.

His younger brother, who was nearby, scoffed, pulled out his iphone and quickly tapped the screen, saying, “Get with the times, guys.”
He handed over his phone and showed us the number we were looking for – all in the same amount of time it took for my husband to locate the dentist’s number in the actual phone book.

 

 

What does it really mean to get with the times? There is something inside me that balks at this idea of having every modern conveniences at our fingertips.

Recently, a friend and I were headed to a homeschool book sale located a few hours from our homes. We were relying on her husband’s GPS to get us to the location. Of course, to make the night interesting, the GPS battery died and we were left scrambling at a map and stopping at local gas stations for directions. We were late, but we made it eventually.

I cannot help but notice how glued society is to their screens of choice – young and old alike. It is disturbing. I really hope there is a wake up soon among my own generation and those younger on how addictive these screens are – and how they are not always as beneficial as one thinks.

Studies prove that children have more anxiety and developmental issues in this modern way to raise a child. A true childhood – free from screens and digital advancements – is hard to find. And one attached to the technology world is not nearly as lovely or helpful as you might imagine.

Perhaps, if we relied less on the modern technology, we would not stumble so much when it fails.

 

 

I’m okay with being behind the times – in more ways than not wanting to own a cell phone.

 

P.S. Yes, I am writing this from my very ancient, out dated 11 year old laptop – which keys missing on the keyboard, not to mention the non-ability to use it for printing, downloading, etc. It does a good job of helping me edit photos (when it wants to) and I can access my blog but that is about it.

 

 

July 30, 2017 - 12:49 pm

Gigi - Megan, message me at gillianclairgauthier@gmail.com. My email has not been working properly!

July 29, 2017 - 6:43 am

Maike - How refreshing to read the same that goes through my mind every day. Already seeing others being infront of their screens drives me crazy. The modern pimp machines that completely make your meal and you just add in ingredients. The coffee machines, ipads, smartphones, … I really don’t think it does any good. My family is addicted to all of these. They think I’m crazy in my thinking. And yes, sometimes I think a working cellphone, or google maps, or a quicker camera than my professional big one would be better. My laptop dying every couple of minutes sometimes is driving me crazy. Some things seem practical, but whenever I’m not surrounded by high tech people, I don’t really care. It leaves me more calm, peaceful, satisfied. I remember as child it was fun to find destinations and follow the old school road map. I honestly couldn’t be without my laptop, but everything else I don’t need. I love to use a whisk or fork for stirring dough together, it brings fullfilling joy to do it myself, trying to use herbs instead of pills, healing myself and listening. I always scribble down paths I need to walk and tell a time when to meet where. It works fine and worked fine back in time, just for the “uptodate” people these simple things are not working anymore. But it would make everyone feel so much better.

July 27, 2017 - 2:48 am

Megan - Hi Gillian,
Can you email me at the above address? I am posting & sending emails but I might be using the wrong email because I am not hearing anything back. I can pick up the childrens reference bible from abbey in town if that is easier:) i am really wanting to start using it with the kids this summer. Thanks so much πŸ™‚