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Can You Put a Price On Knowning Where Your Food Comes From? Is Gardening Worth It?

Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Posted by Dana

As gardening season comes to a close I am reminded of all the harvest I have canned for feeding my family though the winter months.

I have canned green beans, squash, kraut, tomatoes and pickles.  I have in my freezer many, many bags of corn and cabbage.

Is it worth it all the hard work and labor that is put into knowing where my food comes from?  My answer, a resounding ABSOLUTELY!

And I am not the only one that feel this way.  A very dear friend of mine, Mrs. Tangi Wheet, feels the same way.  As a matter of fact, she is the inspiration for this post.

Tangi

She writes …..

Is gardening worth it? Can you put a price on knowing where your food comes from?

Well, for kicks and giggles, let’s do a little math.   I will not count labor, because I don’t know how long I have spent out there, but I enjoy it so much, that “labor” is way too severe of a word.

Actually, for me it would be therapy, so that’s MORE savings, right? What is therapy running?  $100 an hour?

Anyway– We put in $42.36 into our garden.  That includes seeds, tomato plants, jute string, and weed barrier.

To date, we have picked close to 300 lbs of organic produce from it.   Just this morning I have picked 32.8 lbs of organic tomatoes that would have cost us about $60 at market or grocery store.

Is gardening worth it?   At the Wheetshire, without a doubt!

Here are a few pics of her beautiful garden and her bountiful harvest.

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Tangi basket

Tangi veggies

Tangi is a beautiful, talented, Christian woman (whom also happens to have a green thumb) and I am proud to call her my Sister-in-Christ!

Hopefully, I will be able to share more of her talent in the very near future.

Proverbs 31: 10-31. Are there any in today’s modern world?

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Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

I fall very short, but what a wonderful world this would be if all women could be more like the virtuous woman!

I think I will print this off and post it on my fridge to remind me every day that I need to strive and be more like this virtuous woman.

God Bless,

SGC

Strawberry Jam Recipe Contest! Who Will Be The Winner? YOU?

We have a lot of strawberries and we want to make Strawberry Jam!

DSCN2773We have a little problem though!  We have never made Strawberry Jam.

I know, right …… your thinking, “WHAT?”  but it’s true!

We have made pear preserves, blackberry jelly, apple jelly and apple butter, but never strawberry jam!

So, we are asking for your help.  Yep, that’s right, you, the person that’s reading this right now.

We are looking for heirloom strawberry jam recipes.  So, if you think you have the best heirloom recipe please share it with us in the comments section.  Tell us how you acquired the recipe and why its special to you and why we should use your recipe.

If we use your recipe we will share it with the world.  It will be posted in the jams and jellies section in our Recipe Box and we will give full credit to you.

Contest ends at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.

I know, its short notice but my (Dana) Aunt Tenito was driving down the road yesterday and found a couple of little Amish boys selling strawberries for $7.00 a gallon, so I had her to get us 2 gallons!

So, hurry and get out those recipe boxes and share, share, share!  Can’t wait to see all the great recipes!

 

Help Us Welcome A New Member To Our SGC Family!

Numbers 27:11 And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Jen and I are so excited to welcome a new member to our SGC family!

Welcome aboard Laura Young-Wolfe.

Laura

Laura and I (Dana) have been friends for 20+ years.

Even though Jen and Laura only met a few months ago they have become fast friends and I couldn’t be happier!

Laura will be telling you all about herself, her family and her cooking experiences on the About page in the coming days.

So, join us and give Laura a big shout out to let her know how excited you are that she will be adding her own special flavor to the SGC family!

YAY!!!!!

To Paint or not to Paint? Help me decide!

Posted by Dana

I had this old oak entertainment center that didn’t fit any TV we have.

And here it is.  I made the curtain to go over it because I had a bunch of needless stuff shoved in it.

I thought about getting rid of, but then again, I just knew it could be good for something.

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And this is what I came up with!

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My husband, Lance, worked very hard to put me some shelves in this old thing so I could store my canning and I love it!!  He’s just the greatest!

It still houses our DVD player, WII and a speaker for our surround sound and I use the bottom for storing my crockpots and miscellaneous kitchen items.

Now here is my dilemma!

Do I leave it as is, stained oak, or do I paint it to make it look old?

I thought about painting it a milk paint color (which is an antique color) and then crackling the paint and sand here and there to make it look as if it’s an antique.

Please vote, because your opinion matters.

You 24 hours before the poll closes.

If y’all decide that I should paint the ugly ole thing (subliminal message) I will post pics when I have the job, task, ….. when I have completed the project!

So have fun deciding ……

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