Not so sure about this...
I'm a big boy now, backseat driving through Texas with my John Deere.
We hope you enjoy this blog! Our family lives in Southern Indiana on Stonewall Farm. We love our home and named it after Stonewall Jackson, a man who faced adversity and danger with a living faith because he knew we serve a sovereign God. This blog is for our parents and other family and friends who do not live close to us. We post it in an effort to share with them facets of our doings. Coram Deo, the Cannon family
Not so sure about this...
Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally when we search out a Christmas tree at a local farm here in Evansville. I (Jerlene) am not allowed to pick out a tree without my husband because I have a history of making bad choices--too big, crooked trunk, etc. However, the day after Thanksgiving Keith broke his ankle and had to spend tree hunting day (his birthday to boot) on the couch.
Incidentally, this is where he was when the tree was unloaded, set up, and decorated. We had good substitutes for Keith in the form of Kathryn and Jonathan, and Joe went along to keep things in hand. We found a good one almost right away...HmHmmm
Machen didn't really care which tree we picked.
Looks good out here...
We should have noticed the proportions at this point, but we just got carried away. There are no pictures to document how we got it home, off the truck, into the house, and balanced in the stand, because, well... things were a little tense during that time. Let's just say we owe a huge thanks to Bobby, Joe, Caleb, Jonathan, and Kathryn, who were sticky with sap for a while. But the end result worked out pretty well.
We hope your holidays are blessed with peace and joy that comes from our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. For family worship during this time, Keith is taking us through Athanasius' On the Incarnation. As we enjoy lots of family traditions, we reflect on Christ's advent in a human body, His work of redemption through His death, and His resurrection, which is our hope of salvation. We praise God for His provision to us. Merry Christmas!
Here the butter sits while the other batches are being made. Lauren just pours each batch into the same cheesecloth, as long as she has the room.
When she's done with the last batch, she gently squeezes as much whey as she can out of the butter.
Lauren then leaves the butter to sit in the cheesecloth up to a few hours, allowing any remaining whey to further drain out. This seems to make a difference in the amount of buteric acid that builds up as the butter ages. The buteric acid is the guilty party for making your butter smell rancid as it seeps to the outside surface over time. To further avoid this buildup, we rinse the butter with cold water occasionally and pat it dry.
Lauren stores the butter in an airtight container for the fridge.
The kids competed in the Turkey Shoot...
...along with Miss Brooke.
Some are enjoying the moment...
...more than others.
The Diet of Worms didn't agree with Machen.
The boys played a game of football. (Caleb is in the black hat.)
Friends were made...