Sunday, September 13, 2015

Storing Food for the Winter

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, December, 2012.}


If I got up in the morning and said to Jim.."Honey we need a miracle today." he would say, "Well we have needed one before..."

Well, yes we lived in a nest planted on a branch that hung over troubled waters........As long as ya didn't look down you were ok.. God often made a way for us where there was no way...Often I prayed for food.  We had 6 children to feed..One day in prayer the Lord told me to clean out my cabinets as the Lord was going to give us a lot of food.  And that was when I started buying the fruit and vegetables at the back of the store that was outdated...  I would pay like a buck or 2 for a box filled with lettuce..Most of it would be good but some of it not so good.  So I would throw the rotten parts on my compost pile. . I would have a garden in the summer with mostly tomatoes and green peppers..and cucumbers.. I always grew herbs and country flowers around the house.. I dried some of the herbs and some I froze..I loved the different basils and I would plant them in pots and then bring the basil pots into the house when the weather turned cold.. The basil would last a few months in the house by a sunny window..

At times I would get up to 15 boxes of produce from the back of the store..You had to take all of the leftover produce or not at all.  Once we got about 4 boxes of bananas..Oh mercy the boxes wouldn't even fit in the car..So we took all the bananas out of the boxes and stuffed them in the car in every available place..I had this huge freezer we had bought for a song...So I froze a lot of the bananas just as they were in the skins..  These are good for banana breads..or I would just put them in regular yeast bread.. Now this was back in the 1980's.. But we lived on about 50 bucks a week for food. . In the produce boxes I would maybe get a whole box of grapes.. I would just freeze these .. I would take the grapes off the stem and put them in Ziploc bags... I made grape juice by putting the washed grapes into a gallon jar..Then I poured boiling water over the grapes..Then a few cups of sugar..Then you just let it sit for a few days .Then sift the grapes out and throw on the compost pile. You could make a lot of grape jam too.. But I had grapes growing in my backyard and so I used these for making jam in the Fall.

I got a lot of fruits like apples and all kinds of different fruits..So I would freeze the fruits in Ziploc bags..And then in the fall when most everything was stored away, canned or dried.. Then I would make jams and jellies..We had a wild plum tree and in the Fall I would make plum butter..and can it..I didn't can the stuff from the store because they spray a lot of it ..And washing the fruit doesn't get all the spray off.  So to store the produce from the store I would freeze that..  But I made ketchup and tomato sauce etc. from my fresh tomatoes from my garden...  And about my tomatoes.. If I was real busy and didn't have time to can my tomatoes ..then I would cut them up and freeze them..Then I would use these tomatoes for chili or any kind of tomato based soups.. You can just throw these tomatoes in frozen.. I didn't even peel them if I was in a hurry, because the peeling will float to the top in the hot soup anyway and you can just ladle it off and throw the peeling away..

I guess I think to write this as winter is coming. . And it was always harder to feed my children in the winter then in the summer..love connie


* Order Connie's book, "Dear Kitchen Saints," available on Amazon. It is autobiographical and tells the beautiful story of her marriage testimony!* 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Teachings on Marriage

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, December, 2012.}



When I was a young mom like many of you...I was so zealous for the Lord...I wanted to be used of God..And I had thoughts of wanting to be a missionary to China...or to some far off land...But I had such a horrible marriage I didn't have time to think of going anywhere..let alone out of the country.

It soon became very apparent that my mission would be to my marriage and to my child...My marriage was so impossible..Jim would leave and not tell me he was going. . And he would be gone for months..I hardly ever knew where he was..My life and home was a mess..And yet I knew some how that God had called me to be a teacher to women.

There was not much teaching on the home or in the churches at this time..This was in the early 1970's..I remember begging God to let me get a divorce..I told the Lord that Jim would never straighten up and that I needed to be free of him to do the Lord's work..The Lord and I went around and around on that one. . I would read the Word of God on marriage and divorce..It said that if the unbeliever would leave, let him go. . be at peace..Well Jim was an unbeliever but Jim never stayed gone. . he always came back.

Sometimes I didn't know what to do with him, so I would pray him home.Then he would be home a while and leave again. . He said to me once. . "You don't know what you want and I feel like a Yo-yo.." Well he was right about that..But my calling from God seemed to keep me... I wanted to do right before the Lord..I knew that if i wasn't faithful to God in my marriage...how would God ever use me for His glory in any calling?

I just felt I had to get this marriage figured out..if it took all of my life to do it..Well it did take 12 years..but it was worth the wait...The Lord taught me many things during this time..He taught me how to cook and bake.  Later some good books came out about Marriage and I read every one of the books I could.

God kept me in the hallow of His hands..He protected me until I could understand how to be a good wife..  And how to raise a family for the Lord..Mostly He taught me to submit to my husband..Thank the Lord..!! The teachings on marriage are the key teachings to about any ministry there is..Love connie


* Order Connie's book, "Dear Kitchen Saints," available on Amazon. It is autobiographical and tells the beautiful story of her marriage testimony!* 

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