“Proverbs tells us that a virtuous woman ‘works with her hands with delight’ and ‘does not eat the bread of idleness’. A Godly woman is one who sees her life as a mission of service.   What others view as a burden, she views as a blessing and opportunity.”

~Christina Russell


Mary Jane’s Outpost

We love all of Mary Jane Butters’ books, and recently discovered her newest one 😀  Please know that  some evolutionary thinking and feminism comes through in the book, however, it didn’t stop us from gleaning the good stuff and enjoying it 😀


17 and Baking – Patriotic Cake

This is so neat!  A disclaimer though…at the end of the video when they’re done talking about the cake, they are looking ahead to a Twilight look alike contest.  We don’t know about you, but we do not like that movie, or even seeing the pictures!!! *shudder, shudder* 😀




Bread & Butter Pickles

 We’ve been making quite a few of these recently 😀 Yummy!

32 (5″) pickling cucumbers (3 lbs.)

 They should be on the small, skinny side, or however big you like your pickles to be on your sandwiches! 



1 quart apple cider vinegar

4 c. sugar

2 T. pickling spice

1 t. celery seed

1 t. ground turmeric

1 t. black pepper

4 onions, sliced

   Wash cucumbers; discard ends and slice cucumbers as thin as possible ( 1/8″ approx.).  Layer 1 layer of cucumbers, 3/4 tsp. salt, cucumbers, salt, cucubers, etc, in a crock, ceramic bowl, or metal stock pot until almost full, leaving enough room for ice on top.  Put ice on top and chill in the fridge for 3 hours, adding ice if needed.  Drain well.  Boil vinegar, sugar, pickling spice, celery seed, turmeric, and pepper for 10 minutes.  Strain the brine to get the pickling spice out.  Put cucumbers and onions in a pot and pour the brine over the top.  Stir and let come to a rolling boil.  Put in pint jars, leaving a 1/4″ headspace.  Water bath for 10 minutes once the water starts boiling.  Makes 7 pints.




Our latest Treasures at our Etsy shop



The cake Susannah copied from the above video, made for Cassia’s birthday as a surprise!



Inspired by Mary Jane Butters (see the book featured above), five of us girls decided to sleep right out under the stars one night. Some were worried about what animals might come along, but the only 'animal' we encountered was a spider while we were laying out our blankets, and he was quickly disposed of! It was so much fun!



Drug-test spiders weave their way home

By Roger Highfield, Science Editor

A SPIDER’S skill at spinning its web is so obviously affected when it is under the influence of drugs that Nasa scientists believe the creature could help them to test the effects of chemicals.

Different drugs alter the architecture of the web spun by a house spider in various ways, according to research reported today in New Scientist.

Spiders on marijuana are too laid back to finish the job, while those dosed with the sedative chloral hydrate drop off before they can lay down more than a few silky filaments. On an “upper”, such as the amphetamine benzedrine, the spider demonstrates great gusto but not much planning, leaving large holes in the structure. Caffeine jitters turn webs into a haphazard affair.


The deformity in the web is related to the toxicity and dose of the chemical. Using a computer program, a Nasa team at the Marshall Space Flight Centre in Alabama has analysed the alterations in the webs and thinks it will be possible to quantify these effects to measure toxicity.

The spider could then offer an eight-legged alternative to testing on mammals. The team has found that one of the most telling measures of toxicity is a decrease in the numbers of completed sides in the cells within a web. The greater the toxicity, the more sides that the spider fails to complete.



Spaghetti Pie


A while ago, Mommy found this blog post, on the “Spaghetti Pie” blog.  It is a neat story that is encouraging to those of us who are waiting for God’s perfect timing 😀


Noah was playing with his Little Tikes workshop, “cutting” some “wood” on the toy saw.  Susannah asked him if he was cutting his wood; Noah replied [with a cute little laugh!], “No, I’m cutting my toy.”

A little people’s way of saying ‘interesting’:  “inchstirsting”

Noah:  “When you say “shake hands” to Fred, he like, puts his hand out!”

Jessica: “Does he have hands?!”

Noah: “Ya, like, to crawl.”

            “He has four and we have two!”


One night Isaiah brought some flowers to the kitchen and told Leah to put them in ” a stand thing” –he wanted them put into a vase 😀

Note: The Seven Sisters Treasures is a weekly post where we share some of our favorite things.  Hope you enjoy!  ~the Farmgirls


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13 thoughts on “Seven Sisters Treasures #47

  • August 6, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    What is the pattern you use for the bag?! It is so cute and I love new tote bag ideas!

    • August 7, 2010 at 8:19 am

      It came from a book on purses called, “Bag Boutique: Making fabulous purses and totes” by Amy Barickman 😀 Sorry we took a little bit in getting back to you…we couldn’t find our book! :0


  • August 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    This is a really nice post! That cake looks great!! LOL
    God Bless,

  • August 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I agree with the Twilight comment. 🙂 *shudder* 😀
    Y’all are so funny.
    One of the things I really like about y’alls blog is that you respond to your commenters. That’s not really common. 😀

    • August 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks Madison! All you lovely commenters make blogging so much fun! 😀


  • August 7, 2010 at 12:10 am

    As always, I loved your “Treasures post” but my favorite thing, is that LOVELY bag!!!! Oh, how I wish my birthday or Christmas was close so I could justify buying myself such a nice gift! 🙂 Of course, you all know how much I love purple!!!!! 🙂 Anyway, whoever made the beautiful purse and wallet, you did a marvelous job!!!!!

    {{{HUGS to ALL!!!!}}} (Soon to be real hugs…)

    • August 7, 2010 at 8:02 am

      Thank you, Kelley! I liked it so much myself, I almost kept it!!!


  • August 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I love reading your Treasures!!! 🙂 They are sooooooo neat! I love you gals!

    BTW, did you get my email? 🙂 just curious!

    Thanks for the comment, also. 🙂

  • August 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    who all slept under the stars?? it looks kinda fun….except i would kinda be afraid of racoons and coyodes and such (or how ever you spell coyodes 🙂 ) i can’t wait for friday!!!!!!


    P.S. tell anna i emailed her 🙂

  • August 11, 2010 at 3:14 am

    OK, that is just an awesome cake!! (not literally, but you know what I mean ;)) Is it just food colouring?

    The research on the spider is very interesting. I haven’t heard about spiders being used as research before – only guinea pigs and rats. Scientists once raised three groups of rats with different hearing enviroments from birth to six weeks. One group listened to rock 24/7, another classical, and yet another nothing at all. At the end of the six weeks the scientists put them in a maze to walk through, and the results were quite interesting. Surprisingly, the classical music listeners navigated their way through the maze twice as fast as the one who listened to no music, and the one with rock music went crazy!

    Sleeping under the stars – no tents, no mattresses – sounds nice! Of course, we’d have to make sure to turn off the sprinklers first!! lol 😉

  • August 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I love your posts! The picture that you captured is absolutely amazing!!! A friend and I watched the meteor shower, and wanted to sleep out there all night! It was amazing to watch God’s work.
    The cake looks yummy, and it looks like you had a fun time at the fair.
    P.S. LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!:)


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