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I'm a dichotomy of blue jeans, pretty jewelry, frugalista, and Southern girl living the simple rural life. I want to live my life holistically, thoughtfully, economically, and most of all gratefully, and encourage other women to do the same.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Try Reading a Chronological Bible

I'm reading my way through a new version of the Bible I recently purchased - a Chronological Study Bible. I can't imagine the feat of taking each part of the Scripture and putting it in historical order, but I think it brings a new level of perspective to the words. Although I believe there is some debate about sections of the Bible where time references are obscure, it's an interesting - and for me, an entirely different - way to read the Bible.

This particular book is also a study Bible so there are lots of footnotes and summary pages to create a frame of reference. It's particularly handy to have the date marked at the top of every page. The entire book is divided into 9 "epochs" beginning with creation, of course, and moving to the final epoch focused on the church age/the gospel/apocalyptic writings.

I always have at least two books going at once, and I will share others later this month. If you haven't tried this version of the Bible, I say it is well worth the money.

Happy reading,

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Crockpot Cornish Hens

When I know it's going to be a crazy, busy day with office work and homeschooling and a myriad other details, I turn to my crockpot. There's something calming about spending a few minutes in the morning preparing ingredients for the crockpot, knowing that at 6 pm supper will be ready without much more effort on my part.

One of the quick-prep meats I cook in the slow cooker are Cornish hens. I wash the hens inside and out, chop an onion into quarters and stuff them into the cavities, and place them (cavity side up) in the crockpot. I salt and pepper them and add water to the cooker to reach about halfway up the sides of the hens.

Then turn it on low and let it cook for eight hours.

When I remove them at the end of the cooking time, I usually pre-plate them before I place them on the final serving platter. This allows all the water to drain out. It's a little difficult to drain them while holding them over the crockpot. They are fall-apart tender.

Hope this helps you on one of your busy days.