Weeping Cherries

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Movie/Music Review: Eden String Quartet October 30, 2008

Filed under: Media Review — Jen @ 1:37 pm
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So, listening to reader’s feedback, several mentioned they would like to see some movie/book/music reviews here at Weeping Cherries.  Leave me a comment if you have something in particular you would like me to watch/read/listen to and review.  Thanks ever so!

The Miller sisters are amazingly talented musicians.  This movie/documentary (Franklin Springs Media) features a full length concert of music interspersed with home life from an extraordinary family that is sure to encourage your hearts as well as your family’s vision for serving the Lord with talents.

Movie Trailer:

I was most moved by the musical selections of “Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing” and “Amazing Grace”.  The plucking technique combine with the flute on Amazing Grace is probably the most beautiful arrangement I have ever heard of it.

This movie truly encouraged me as a parent to teach character to my daughter through her pursuits along with the value and fun (yes, fun!) of hard work.

The movie is available for purchase through Franklin Spring Media, The Eden Quartet Website, and Behemoth Media Website for instant download.


Mason Jar Monday October 27, 2008

Filed under: Mason Jar Monday — Jen @ 2:39 pm
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What more obvious use for mason jars is there than canning? Today, I am going to bring you an excerpt from Heavenly Homemaker’s blog on canning 101. If you haven’t visited her site before, I highly recommend it.

So, here you are: Canning 101by Heavenly Homemaker

“Just in case you may be unfamiliar with the beautiful art of canning fruits and veggies…I thought I’d do this post to explain some of the basics. Then later, I can post about the specifics!

Here are some of the basic supplies you will need in order to can food. Some of these supplies are not entirely neccessary…just really, really helpful. Some of these supplies are entirely neccessary.

If you are planning on canning fruits or veggies, you will need jars.
(Oh, how I love jars!) I like having both quart and pint sized…
and my favorites are the wide mouth jars.

You’ll also need lids and rings. The rings you can re-use year after year,
but in order to have your lid seal, you must use new ones each year.

This handy dandy tool is a magnetic wand, which I use to retrieve lids
and rings out of hot sterilizing water. (See below) I love this tool!!

This tool helps me grip the jars as I pull them out of the hot water bath.
Since I’ve had this tool, I have broken fewer jars and burned myself less often.
I SO recommend one of these.

This wide mouth funnel is a lifesaver when you’re trying to get
your produce into the jar without making a big mess.

A water bath pot is pretty neccessary…
if you’re planning to seal your jars in a water bath.


Here are a few things you need to know if you don’t want to die from botulism

*Using the hot water bath system to seal your jars is only safe if you’re canning something acidic. Otherwise, food must be sealed in a pressure cooker. Food that I know of to be safe to can in a hot water bath: tomatoes, apples, peaches, pears. If you aren’t for sure what’s safe…please look it up to be sure before you use a hot water bath to seal your lids!

*You need to sterilize your jars, lids and rings before you put food into them. All I do is put my clean jars upside down into a shallow pan of boiling water for a couple of minutes.


I do the same with my lids and rings.

See, this is where that magnetic wand comes in very handy!

*When you put your jars full of yummy fruits or veggies into the hot water bath, I recommend putting them in before you start to boil the water. If your water is already boiling hot, you run the risk of breaking your jars and losing all of the work you put into filling. So, put your jars into the pot of water, then turn it on to begin to get hot. Once it finally starts to boil, then start your timer for the recommended boiling time.

Okay…this will all make more sense with my other posts about canning specific fruits and veggies. But…that gives you the basic information you’ll need so that those posts will make sense. Or maybe none of it makes any sense and you’d rather just come over and watch. (Watch, nothin’. I’d hand over a knife and some apples and tell you to get busy.) )

Sidenote: Sarah, I am holding you to your word that we are going to can next year.

Side-question: To all readers- what is your favorite thing to can/favorite canning recipe?


A Halloween Dinner and a Plea October 26, 2008

Filed under: Seasons — Jen @ 6:05 pm
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Last Halloween, my family and I went to dinner at Applebee’s.  Side note: If you have never been to Applebee’s on Halloween- I wouldn’t recommend it.  Our waitress greeted us in a pirate wench costume that left very little to the imagination and as we looked around us, all the other waitresses were dressed in like manner.  One walked by us and exclaimed in a loud voice that she could not keep her skirt covering her rear end and how she kept feeling a draft!  After a very uncomfortable dinner with our waitress leaning over every chance she had to serve food to my husband, she actually announced in front of my daughter and I that if he were to stay or come back around 9 pm that “Marilyn  Monroe”  would be performing a tease for the gentleman patrons.  As we left, feeling quite disgusted we stopped by Walgreen’s to notice more scantily clad girls some around eight or nine years old, painted with makeup and ripped fishnets, pushed up fake cleavage and all.

I share this story so that perhaps I can make a plea.  A plea to any young lady that may be reading this:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, for the sake of Fathers, Brothers, and Sons everywhere, PLEASE do not use Halloween as an excuse to portray yourself in a manner you wouldn’t every other day of the year.  PLEASE dress modestly.

And a plea to parents who may be reading this:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, for the sake of your daughters, do not let them out of the house on Halloween flaunting something that you most definitely don’t want them giving away!

I realize that it is hard to find modest costumes these days.  Scanning the Walgreen’s ad recently I noticed that even they have a wide selection of what years ago would only be found in a lingerie boutique.  Make your costume, find things around the house to use, wear long underwear underneath your costume- goodness knows it is nippy out anyway!  Or not celebrating at all is an option.  Host a movie night with some friends and drink apple cider, or come to my house for pity’s sake and we can play board games and munch on popcorn in celebration of Reformation Day!

Thank you.


Walgreen’s Sales Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Filed under: Deals — Jen @ 3:33 pm

Palmolive Dish Liquid on sale with WA coupon for .99 minus .25 off manufacturer’s coupon from this Sunday’s insert= .74 cents

Van Camps Pork and Beans are .39 cents with WA coupon.

Campbell’s Tomato and Chicken Noodle Soup on sale for .59 cents with WA coupon minus coupon for .40 cents off four cans= 4/1.96 or .46 cents ea.

Arm and Hammer and Arrid Deoderants on sale with WA coupon for .99 cents.  If you still have the manufacturer’s coupons from some time ago this could further sweeten things.

Walgreen’s Baby Oil and Powder is on sale for .99 cents with WA coupon.

Puffs Facial Tissue .99 with WA coupon minus .25 cents off manufacturer’s coupon= .74 cents.

That is all I see this week worth noting. If you found something that I did not mention please leave it in the comments section or drop me an email and I will add it to the list.  Thanks!


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Almay One Coat Mascara


Politics: I know, I know… (cringe) October 23, 2008

Filed under: America — Jen @ 10:44 am

I thought I would never do this. I never thought I would blog about politics. I am cringing even as I type. (shudder) Okay, here goes.

The purpose of this post is not to start a debate of any kind. If comments are made in the comments section that are to inspire debate among readers, I will delete them. I NEVER delete reader’s comments, but in this case, I ask that they remain positive as is the purpose of this post.

So, why am I posting about politics?

To get the name of my 2008 candidate more publicity among my readers and also to address the issue of the “wasted vote”.

If I were voting for Obama or McCain, I wouldn’t blog about it simply because they get more ‘face time’ and most of my readers are familiar with where they stand on the issues; however, I am voting for Chuck Baldwin, a candidate that you may not be as familiar with. All I ask is that you read up on where he stands on issues and then decide for yourself if he is a candidate you will back. To read more about Chuck Baldwin click here.

About the issue of the “wasted vote” (which seriously bothers me to hear as a reason to justify voting for one of two candidates that don’t meet all a person’s/God’s standards), Chuck Baldwin addressed this in a recent email sent out to the Constitution party:

“When asked why they will not vote for a third party candidate, many people will respond by saying something like, “He cannot win.” Or, “I don’t want to waste my vote.” It is true: America has not elected a third party candidate since 1860. Does that automatically mean, however, that every vote cast for one of the two major party candidates is not a wasted vote? I don’t think so.

In the first place, a wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A wasted vote is a vote for the “lesser of two evils.” Or, in the case of John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the “evil of two lessers.”
Albert Einstein is credited with saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. For years now, Republicans and Democrats have been leading the country in the same basic direction: toward bigger and bigger government; more and more socialism, globalism, corporatism, and foreign interventionism; and the dismantling of constitutional liberties. Yet, voters continue to think that they are voting for “change” when they vote for a Republican or Democrat. This is truly insane!
Take a look at the recent $700 billion Wall Street bailout: both John McCain and Barack Obama endorsed and lobbied for it. Both McCain and Obama will continue to bail out these international banksters on the backs of the American taxpayers. Both McCain and Obama support giving illegal aliens amnesty and a path to citizenship. In the debate this past Tuesday night, both McCain and Obama expressed support for sending U.S. forces around the world for “peacekeeping” purposes. They also expressed support for sending combat forces against foreign countries even if those countries do not pose a threat to the United States. Neither Obama nor McCain will do anything to stem the tide of a burgeoning police state or a mushrooming New World Order. Both Obama and McCain support NAFTA and similar “free trade” deals. Neither candidate will do anything to rid America of the Federal Reserve, or work to eliminate the personal income tax, or disband the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Both Obama and McCain support the United Nations. So, pray tell, how is a vote for either McCain or Obama not a wasted vote?
But, back to the “he cannot win” argument: to vote for John McCain is to vote for a man who cannot win. Yes, I am saying it here and now: John McCain cannot win this election. The handwriting is on the wall. The Fat Lady is singing. It is all over. Finished. John McCain cannot win.
With only three weeks before the election, Barack Obama is pulling away. McCain has already pulled his campaign out of Michigan. In other key battleground states, McCain is slipping fast. He was ahead in Missouri; now it is a toss-up or leaning to Obama. A couple of weeks ago, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida were all leaning towards McCain, or at least toss-up states. Now, they are all leaning to Obama. Even the longtime GOP bellwether state of Indiana is moving toward Obama. In addition, new voter registrations are at an all-time high, and few of them are registering as Republicans. In fact, the Republican Party now claims only around 25% of the electorate, and Independents are increasingly leaning toward Obama.
Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama is headed for an electoral landslide victory over John McCain. John McCain can no more beat Barack Obama than Bob Dole could beat Bill Clinton.
I ask, therefore, Are not conservatives and Christians who vote for John McCain guilty of the same thing that they accuse people who vote for third party candidates of doing? Are they not voting for someone who cannot win? Indeed, they are. In fact, conservatives and Christians who vote for John McCain are not only voting for a man who cannot win, they are voting for a man who does not share their own beliefs and principles. If this is not insanity, nothing is!
So, why not cast a vote purely for principle! Vote for someone who is truly pro-life. Someone who would quickly secure our nation’s borders, and end the invasion of our country by illegal aliens. Someone who would, on his first day in office, release Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean and fire U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton. Someone who would immediately, upon assuming office, begin leading the charge to dismantle the Federal Reserve, overturn the 16th Amendment, expunge the IRS, and return America to sound money principles. Someone who would get the US out of the UN. Someone who would stop spending billions and trillions of dollars for foreign aid. Someone who would prosecute the Wall Street bankers who defrauded the American people out of billions of dollars. Someone who would work to repeal NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, the WTO, and stop the NAFTA superhighway. Someone who would say a resounding “No” to the New World Order. Someone who would stop using our brave men and women in uniform as global cops for the United Nations. Someone who would stop America’s global adventurism and interventionism. Someone who would steadfastly support and defend the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

As John Quincy Adams said, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.””

I will leave you with this thought, “if you are afraid of voting your principles because “the worse guy” might win, remember-God has not given us a spirit of FEAR. Do what’s right, and leave the results to God!”- Mitch Turner

Watch the Free and Equal Debates tonight on CSPAN at 9ET/8pm CST.

Now back to our regularly scheduled, politics free, blog.  🙂


What’s Cookin’ Wednesday October 22, 2008

Filed under: What's Cookin' Wednesday — Jen @ 7:43 am
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Good Morning!  Around noon I am throwing together some beef stew in the crock pot and then cooking up some sweet potatoes about 60 minutes before dinner.  Here is the recipe I pulled from Allrecipes.com:

Candied Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  1. In a frying pan, melt the butter and brown sugar together until bubbly. Add the orange juice and stir until smooth. Add the cut-up sweet potatoes and cook slowly, turning occasionally until the sweet potatoes are caramelized, about 20 minutes. If syrup is too thin, add a bit more brown sugar.

Serves 5

What’s cookin’ at your house?


20%-70% Off Sale at Vision Forum! October 21, 2008

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To quickly open up warehouse space for new products, Vision Forum is reducing stock levels and discontinuing more than 100 items. From now through midnight (CDT) October 27, 2008, visit Vision Forum’s online clearance section for great savings on 100+ family books, CDs, and toys for boys and girls!

Many of these clearance items will be permanently removed from the website as soon as their current inventory is depleted. So, hurry to place your order while supplies last!

Clearance Items Click Here