Grape Juice Recipe – for canning

To make the juice: In clean, sterile hot jars, place 1 Cup cleaned, de-stemmed grapes 1/2 – 1 Cup sugar Hot-boiling water to within 1/2 inch of top Put on lids and rings, and process for 10 minutes.   To use, strain, into a pitcher. It’s been a while since I made this, but I […]

“Breathing Room” by L. Tankersley ~~ Susan Karsten’s latest book review

This young author (a mom and wife) has been through a lot. It seems she has had trouble enjoying life, even though her current life is very nice. She was tense, not emotionally healthy. She gives a lot of information on how she got better, and shares suggestions for other tense, unhappy people. I personally […]

An Excellent Woman: Hannah K. of Hannah’s Homestead

Hello, readers! Susan Karsten here. Following is my interview of Hannah Kooiman, one of the most talented ladies it is my privilege to know these days. She farms, gardens, cooks, cans, mothers, teaches, crochets, and so on. Read on to find her bio at the end. Thanks! So Hannah, what’s a typical day like for […]

Interview with Hannah of “Hannah’s Homestead” An Excellent Woman

Hello, readers! Susan Karsten here. Following is my interview of Hannah Kooiman, one of the most talented ladies it is my privilege to know these days. She farms, gardens, cooks, cans, mothers, teaches, crochets, and so on. Read on to find her bio at the end. Thanks! So Hannah, what’s a typical day like for […]

Parenting Thought: Trust your Mothering Instincts, post by Susan Karsten

To write this post, I paged and paged through a book, looking for the quote. It resonated strongly with me. I couldn’t find the quote, but I shall try to reconstruct its thoughts. I wish I had this thought when I was in the beginnings of the struggle to learn how to deal with, and […]

Susan Karsten’s latest book review: “I Need Some Help Here!” by Kathi Lipp

Hi, all! I am an experienced mom, actually nearing the end of my every-day, hands-on parenting years.  But this book…one of the few I wish I’d had as a younger mom.  Full of encouragement and wise counsel, the Holy Spirit breathes through the prayers and scriptures given for each heart-wrenching topic.  Very good perspective for […]

“100 Days of Blessing” (Volumes 1 & 2) by Nancy Campbell ~ a book review by Susan Karsten

When I saw that the second volume of the “100 Days of Blessing” devotional book was now available, I ordered it immediately. For someone who gets almost all her abundant reading material from the library, or from used book stores, this is saying a lot. The devotionals are exceptional and oh, so relatable. If you […]