Sunday, July 27, 2014

Homemade Dill Pickles

Homemade Dill Pickles

Growing up my mom made pickles and they were often on the table for any meal we were eating or family gatherings. The only bad thing about this was the fact they were sweet pickles, ugh. I know, I know, I am probably the only person that doesn't like sweet pickles or bread and butter. I don't know why I just don't. When I started to learn to can and make stuff with our garden goodies. I called Daniel's mom who happened to have a great and easy recipe for Dill Pickles. Daniel grew up making these with his mom and often times friends (Allen) of his that happened to be at his house. So when I called her and asked for her recipe she was more than glad to pass this onto me. She has said it's great to know I can pass the torch to someone else. The first time I made them, I thought that was to easy and I surly got the recipe wrong. I also prayed they turned out as good as Daniel remembered his moms. The pressure was on. I've been making this recipe for the last several years and each batch, I can honestly say, has turned out good. I do only make pickles every other year sometimes two. And they still taste as good as they did when I first made them. Enjoy this quick and easy recipe.

Dill Pickles

garlic cloves
dill- fresh (seed pod)
1/2 cup salt
4 cups of white vinegar
8 cups of water
small/medium whole cucumbers
7 quart wide mouth canning jars, lids and rings

Put cucumbers into jars, do not cut, add dill and 1 garlic clove to each jar and put aside
In a sauce pan bring salt, water and vinegar to a boil. Remove from heat and pour into jars. Add the lid and ring and put on a towel to sit and cool off before storage.
Let them sit up to 1 month before you eat them.

Yes it's that easy and you don't need any special equipment. Or worry about canning in a pressure cooker or water bath.

* If you have a hard time finding fresh dill you can substitute dill seed and dill weed from the spice section of your grocery. Read the side for the equivalent amount to fresh.*

This year we were on a family trip when our cucumbers starting to come in. So needless to say we didn't have small or medium cucumbers where I could make the above recipe. I called Jennifer and asked if you could  cut- slices or spears- and still make them with them turning out good. She said she never had luck. So I thought all was lost. Then I remembered that Daniel's stepmom Denise makes refrigerator dill pickles. So I called her. She told me to go to the store and purchase Mrs. Wages Dill Pickle pouches and use them. You can can them whole, make spears or slices and they would turn out good.  This is how she usually makes her dill pickles. So off to the store to find some. Using this recipe you need to put them in a water bath for storage and later use. But Denise doesn't always, she usually makes some and puts them straight in the refrigerator and they are ready to eat in a couple days. We've already ate a couple of jars. So don't let those big cucumbers go to waste make some spears and slices to enjoy. Just read the back of the package for the directions, all you need is cucumbers, jars, and vinegar, water bath canner and the Mrs. Wages season pouch.
made with Mrs. Wages dill pickle season pouch

Monday, April 21, 2014


Me: Promise you won't get mad?

GOD: I promise.

Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

GOD: What do you mean?

Me: Well I woke up late,

GOD: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start,

GOD: Okay....

Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait

GOD: Hmmmm..

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call

GOD: All right

Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn't work. Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

GOD: Well let me see..... the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me (humbled): Oh...

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road

Me (ashamed): ............

GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work

Me (embarrassed): Oh.....

GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered

Me (softly): I see God

GOD: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm sorry God.

GOD: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust all things, the good and the bad

Me: I WILL trust you God

GOD: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

GOD: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children.

Mike S. Isnady

We sometimes forget the PROTECTION God gives us as we go through our busy days. I pray when I start to get aggravated with things that are out of my control or even somethings I have a little control over but don't go my way, I remember maybe that is when God is protecting me the most.

hugs and prayers~

Thursday, January 23, 2014



1. to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
2. to give ability to; enable or permit

Instead of a setting resolutions at the New Year, I choose a couple words :

Crave and Intentional.

Then I had to decide what I was going to Crave and be Intentional about.

I have been a this road the last few years of craving God, one bible study after another. So when Online Bible Studies decided to do Made to Crave and sign ups started I wasn't sure if I was going to join again or not. I very much enjoyed the last two studies and my Group 63 ladies. But I wasn't sure about the book. I really don't struggle with food or my weight.  And I knew this book was more than a food/ weight thing. So I prayed about what to do. Then my answer came when I knew I wouldn't have the accountability I so craved with my Group 63 ladies. There are days I am closer to them then people I see everyday, weird how you can be close to ladies that you have never met expect for one. We have gotten close the last year. and shared our struggles with each other and that only happened because of God. He has done that. So I told our leader Cindy, I was staying in the group and signing up. So here I am in this study Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. Along with this study I am also involved with Community Bible Study as a 3 year old teacher and am joining in the Good Morning Girls bible study of Intentional Focused. And just because I am doing all these studies trust me when I say I still struggle with the bible but I am soaking in God's Word even if I don't feel as I am. So with these studies it helped choosing my words for the year: Crave and Intentional. It means not  being at the beck and call with my phone, iPad, computer, buying clothes or stuff. It means I'm going to CRAVE God,  and be INTENTIONAL with God first, my husband second, our kids third, family and friends fourth.

As I said I don't struggle with food or weight but I do struggle with my time management, shopping, not exercising, generally zoning out, rushing to do all these bible studies on time, my prayer time. Putting everything else before God but I pray this is the year I turn it all around and truly put him first. Exercise more and really dig deep into these bible studies and my prayer life. So the first word being EMPOWERED is a great word to start out with. You almost can't say the word without feeling it it deep inside. 

And as Psalms 84:4 states:

My soul yearns, even faints,
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
    for the living God.

Our whole body wants to be empowered for God.  Just as a child cries out for their parents when they want something. Our soul, heart, flesh Cry out for God who is our Father.  The word, empowered, means to give or delegate power or authority to. So to me, who or what I give power to is what I crave. This year I choose to Crave God and be EMPOWERED by Him because He is inside of me as a believer.

1 Corinthians 6:19

  Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

~hugs and prayers~ kms

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Jesus Sandwich

The last few months I did an online bible study through Proverbs 31 Ministry and we read the book, What Happens When Women Say YES to God by Lysa Terkeurst. This book really made me stop and think about my walk with Christ. During the course of this study the leaders encouraged us to step out and let go. They also showed us great examples or physical things that we can see or touch to remember that God is with us when we feel alone.

One of the chapters we looked at was titled: You never know how God will use you until you let Him. In this chapter we learned by letting go it can be the stepping stone for what God can do in our lives. And then with this stepping stone we can be AMAZED how God is working. 

So what does it mean to REMAIN?
Choose to stay connected, to stay put, stay connected
So what does this have to do with being AMAZED.?.?

If we choose to REMAIN where we are not moving things more than likely will not change but if we choose to REMAIN in Christ then things are going to change. So what holds us back from Letting Go and Letting God use us? Fear, the loss of control, the unknown, outside our comfort zone......
But for God to use us we must remember, " God must be Lord of All if He is our Lord at All."
So how can I let God use me???
I must CHOOSE to Him.
I must stay CONNECTED to Him.
I must stay FOCUSED on Him.
Remember He is INSIDE of me as a believer.

In John 15:4 Jesus states:
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. ~NIV 

He is with me through every minute to every second of the day. If I move from one thing to the next guess what He is still there. Jesus is physically moving me, not me moving Him. 

 So what happens when I get discouraged or forget my way? I need to remember to to REMAIN in Jesus. Those little nudges I get  are the Holy Spirit, Jesus inside of me, working, moving me to let go and let Him. He promised that when He left the disciples he wouldn't leave them alone or us. He would send another counselor in His place,  
John 14:16,
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.
Through this chapters in John we learn Jesus is with me always and not just Jesus but because of Him we are in the God our Father.
John 14:20
In that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in Me and I am in you.

So to help us as a group to remember this verse and that Jesus is always with us the Proverbs 31 team gave us this example to see, touch and share.
Take 3 envelopes in varying size and one index card.

On the biggest envelope write the name GOD, the next size write Jesus, the smallest envelope write your name (in my case I wrote Kim) and on the index card write Jesus again. Shown below.....
Also on the GOD envelope write the bible verse, John 14:20 and if you want to flip the index card over and write the bible verse, John 15:4. As a reminder to REMAIN in God and in Jesus.Now take the Jesus index card and put inside your name envelope then add this into the Jesus envelope and last but not least put them all into the GOD envelope. Now you are a Jesus Sandwich because
In that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in Me and I am in you.
John 14:20
So what do I have to fear. God and Jesus are EVERYWHERE I go! I just need to CHOOSE to REMAIN.
Because I am a 

This visual had a big impact on me when I first did it and ever since then. What a great thing to have stuck in places that I will see and so I can remember I am not alone.

hugs and prayers~ KMS

Friday, August 30, 2013

Family Trip 2013

Bayse, VA to the Real DC

Our Family Big Family Trip for 2013

We loaded up the suburban with our clothes, food, drinks, kids, us and my mom and headed on our surprise family trip  for a week of family fun. So glad my mom got to go with us. I say a surprise trip because we don't usually tell the kids where we are going just that we are going somewhere for a certain amount of time. It drives them batty but it is so worth it for the looks of happiness on their faces.
On Monday we spent time visiting with my Mom's best friend, Mary Jane at the Udvar-Hazy Center that is a part of the Smithson, it houses the extra stuff from Air and Space Museum. Tuesday was a  full day in DC touring All the sites.We surprised the kids with a trip to Washington DC. They didn't have a clue where we were going until they walked out of Union Station to catch a double decker bus tour. They kept asking, "Is this the real DC?!?!?!"  It was so worth the planning for a day of fun! The rest of the trip we stayed close to where we were staying in Bayse, VA.  Wednesday we stayed around the resort for a day of swimming and canoeing. Thursday we went to the Shenandoah Caverns where the walls looked like bacon afterwards we saw some old parade floats that were used in the Presidential Inaugural Parades. Also on Thursday we toured the Route 11 Potato Chip factory where we got to sample the chips, all for free. Friday was a day of rest. Saturday we celebrated Isaiah turning 4 with a Scooby-Doo cake, I hand drew using a butter knife, topped off with swimming and hot dog supper. Then Sunday we traveled back on with a stop in Bristol,Tn so Daniel could see the Speedway for Father's Day. 
 June 2013

Rest stop in Virgina for a picnic lunch

So cool to see the space shuttle Discovery up close

Mary Jane and Starr, best friends since they were kids

the Metro heading into DC

Still no clue we are in DC, about to walk out of Union Station

Our reflection in the Vietnam Wall

Going in to see the sites from the old Clock Tower

Our transportation in DC. Worth the time and money

Amelia Earhart plane

outside of Air and Space

View from our room

Bacon in the cave

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more bacon

one of the many floats

Daniel, Amos, and Carter canoeing. I took this picture from the deck of our room. Thank goodness fro zoom.

Barns were like this every where we looked.

Gorgeous old churches

Isaiah's birthday cake

total miles of this trip of Fun