Harvest Season

Whether you are putting a garden to bed and getting everything put by for winter or doing your shopping at the grocery store, it’s time to think about winter. It’s a season of warm food.  Spicy cookies and pies. Soups. Bread. All of the things you didn’t even want to think about during the hot summer. Here in Wisconsin, summer is very short, and some days were cool enough that I did make soup and bread, but this is the real season for it.

Apples and pumpkins and other late-season produce are readily available, and it’s a good time to start processing them for winter. Apples are so useful and versatile – it’s easy (but time-consuming, I admit) to make applesauce, cider, apple butter, apple pies and cakes and breads, and to freeze slices and diced apples for use later in the winter. Dried apples, too, are a sweet treat.

Pumpkin is good in a variety of forms. The pies are the most common form, but pureed pumpkin is good in soups, bread and muffins and even pancakes. Sweet pumpkins can be eaten like other squash. Last year, I used the pressure cooker to cook pumpkin. Cut off the stem, cut in pieces, scoop out the seeds and pressure cook for a little while.  When it’s safe to remove it from the cooker, spoon out the flesh. No need to puree… it’s already done.  If I had cooked mine for one minute longer, I could have pureed the skin, too, because it was so soft. If it’s too runny, cook it down. Freeze it in Ziploc bags.

Even if you don’t have a garden or orchard of your own, it’s a good season for putting food by.

Freebies!, Inspiration

Free Inspiration

Christian resources abound on the Internet. You have to wave the winnowing fan, of course, to separate the grain from the chaff. 

One of my favorites is John Piper’s ministry, Desiring God.  I wrote more about it on my Kept Woman blog. All of his books can be purchased on his website or from other retailers,  but he has also made them available as free downloads on his website. You can also download accompanying sermons and supplemental Bible reading schedules for many of the books.

Another source of audio downloads is OnePlace – an up-to-date catalog of radio broadcasts and sermons from hundreds of  Christian teachers. They even have an extensive collection of Spanish resources!

For general Bible study, searches and resources, I use Bible Gateway. I can search by keyword or passage, use a few different Bible commentaries and look at my passage of Scripture with many different versions of the Bible, until I find one I like. (Just kidding!!)  There are several English versions (all of the ones I have ever heard of) and many many other foreign languages.

Individual, focused ministries can be found for specific needs, also.  Even Christians can google!  Again, compare everything with Scripture to be sure that what you read is true:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:5