Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bread

Bread I've been making a lot of homemade stuff lately and bread has been on the top of the list. I usually make 2 different recipes. Multigrain health bread and plain white bread.The white bread uses milk in the recipe and makes about 4 loaves and is good also to make cinnamon buns. But I haven't had all the ingredients lately so been trying new recipes without milk or eggs. I used an oatmeal bread recipe i had in my recipe box recently and John wanted to take pictures of the process so here they are. Just click on the picture to see all the photos. I also found
a recipe last night on allrecipes.com which i modified slightly and wow what good bread. I even made part of it into cinnamon raisin bread for breakfast. You can see the recipe if you click here. Just thought i'd share some of the goods!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blessings and other things!































Well I'm a serious slacker here on the blog. We have welcomed Levi James Campsall into our family on August 23rd 2011 weighing in at 7 pounds 5 ounces. He's almost 2 pounds heavier now 3 weeks later! He's definetely not wasting any time in catching up to his siblings in size! :) Dave has had the opportunity to take parental leave from work until thanksgiving so he is busily enjoying a change of pace and accomplishing some home projects as well as being a super help around the house with children and other things! Thanks Dave! I am recovering well from a fairly easy delivery so I'm very thankful for that. We are so blessed just now i'm thanking the Lord for his provision. First my grandmother, the children's great grandma, came and stayed with us over the last week before and a few days after the baby was born. Helping where she could and baking up a storm. Dave's mom also came and stayed a similar amount of time and put up meals in the freezer as well as cooking most days either lunch or supper! Then if that wasn't blessing enough my friend Melissa organized several of my friends here in town and they provided us supper every night for a week! Talk about grocery savings and recuperation time! Thanks to all those friends! Then... :) God grew our garden so well this year that i had several pick overs of my 2 bean rows.Enough to share with neighbours and still have some in the freezer thanks to Barb cornthwaite. Who babysat one day AND did up the beans I picked but hadn't the energy left to do anything with! lol We had zucchini and spaghetti squash galore and are still considering what to do with it all. Zucchini marmalade is a new hit here! Loads of tomatoes some carrots and onions and potatoes have really filled in our menu, its awesome! Another blessing came from one of Dave's uncle who took us to HIS blueberry spot and then proceeded to pick with us and gave all he picked TO us! I have blueberries in the freezer for the winter!! yay. Even small gifts of clothing and such for the new little one has been most gratefully accepted!

School has begun and my 3 oldest are now attending the public school on the next block over. It is with a bit of sadness and thankfulness that I send them. I haven't been able to put away the homeschool room quite yet... I miss them but after months of prayerful consideration thought it the best decision for now. They are doing well and seem to enjoy it. They are in french immersion which is more difficult as we are not french. I can help them to a certain extent but so far so good. Reuben and Levi are still at home with me. Reuben is having a bit of a time adjusting to no playmates so I am trying to get to playgroup and spend some playtime with him too. We recently had some family photos done by my friend at Northern Accents Photography. We hadn't had one done since Nahum was just a little baby and he is now in JK! :) Looking forward to enjoying those and sending some around.

Well hope the update is helpful in filling you in on our details! Hope that God is blessing all of you as well!

Amy

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Father's Day Surprise


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The children and I thought to do something a bit different for father's day this year so they helped me make a short movie for daddy to watch while we brought him coffee and breakfast in bed. I asked and he said I could share (and this way you have some pics of the children which I haven't posted any in forever! two birds with one stone eh:) Just for fun


What if...?

My little boys are napping and the older children are at school and Dave is at work. It is sooooo quiet... I found myself pondering (perhaps because i just read the book of Ecclesiastes??:) what life would be like now if some tragedy were to take all of my family from me...
Well, it would be quieter, I'd be able to go out on girls nights whenever I wanted, could read books, watch movies other then bob the builder and veggie tales, I could cook whatever whenever I wanted....
when I cleaned the bathroom the towel would stay on the rack the soap woul not be all over the counter, there would be no water on the floor or a stool to trip on....
when I swept and mopped the floor there would be no one traipsing through with work boots to the basement for tools or muddy puddle boot prints to the bathroom...
there would be no toys to trip on while cooking supper or no one spilling sauce on the floor while helping stir...
there would be no one drawing happy smiles or other interesting things on my freshly painted and washed walls...
there would be no handprints smudged all over windows and patio doors from trying to wave goodbye to daddy as he goes to work or looking at the latest antics of the neighbours dog...
when i woke up in the morning it wouldn't be to someone having peed the bed or throwing up...
I suppose we could all think of the things there would or wouldn't be if we had no children...
but for all we complain and are frustrated... i wonder..
I guess I'm thanking God today for water on the floor in my bathroom and stools to trip over and dirty boot prints and smudgy fingerprints...
Thanking God for the gift of my family...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The many faces of Reuben











Reuben is a very busy little guy but how exciting it is to raise him. He has such a colorful personality. Just thought I'd share some of my joy with you today. God's Blessings for you and your family in 2011!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Another Birthday! 1 year old Reuben!
















These are just a few shots from the cake portion of the birthday. He's a fun little guy. Soooo busy and inquisitive! Happy Birthday to Reuben.