thank you to our friends in France for this lovely picture!

Quote  of the Week


“Make my heart pure, Lord, that I may will to do Your will.  give me the courage to see my world with all its evil and pain, but change the focus of my life.”

Elisabeth Elliot




The Bookshelf


Thank you to one of our blog readers for recommending this book to us!  We loved it!  Some parts made us laugh and laugh, like the Amishman using a toaster for the first time, and other stories were sad…the book kept you wanting to read more!







Videos of the Week


From the same guys who did “The Cello Song”





From the Jostie Family 😀  We love their channel and are always looking forward to their next video.  The videos are always so ridiculously hilarious!





The Recipe Box



Chicken Broth

We found this recipe at, when searching for tasty chicken broth recipes.  This is our favorite so far!  This is especially tasty for our ‘daily cups’ of broth we drink with two of our meals 🙂


We’ve tweaked it a little, but you can compare recipes and see which you like best 😉


3-4 lbs. chicken carcasses (backs, necks)

4 chicken feet, optional 🙂

1 large onion, quartered

4 carrots, scrubbed, cut in half, and end chopped off

4 ribs celery, cut in half

2 t. thyme (approximately)

2 whole cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half


Place chicken, vegetables and spices in large stock pot.  Cover with water (about 2 gallons).  Cook on high heat until you begin to see bubbles break through the surface of the liquid.  Turn heat down to medium low so that stock maintains a low, gentle simmer.  Skim the scum from the stock with a spoon every 15 min. or so for the first hour of cooking, and twice each hour for the next 2 hours. Add hot water as needed to keep bones and vegetables under the water. Simmer uncovered at least 6-8 hours.   We often simmer ours for a whole day or two.   Keep it only simmering…you don’t really want to boil it 🙂

Strain through a wire mesh strainer. Refrigerate,  or for later use, pressure can (1 inch headspace, 10 lbs. pressure, 25 min.) or freeze the stock.

You can use this in sauces, soups, or for our GAPS friends…just heat it up and drink it straight 🙂   We were really happy with this batch we made because it tasted almost like chicken noodle soup (without the noodles of course!)








Farmgirl Favorites


Go :here: to see some amazing pictures of reflections…



Click :here: to see a collection of lovely hair accessory tutorials




Cute Quotes


The boys (and some of the girls) love scraping the rinds of melons when we’re done cutting them up…whenever Isaiah sees us cutting up watermelon, he asks,  “When you’re done cutting the mar-melon, can we have the grinds?”


While on our recent trip to Michigan, somebody was suggesting we go to Chick-Fil-A for lunch.  Isaiah said, “Can we have Chick-A-Flay on our diet?”  😀



While traveling in Michigan, Isaiah asked, “Are we still in Mick-a-shin?”




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7 thoughts on “Seven Sisters Treasures #81

  • September 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I think that I MIGHT be the first commentor. Oh, I love those cute quotes! They’re my favorite part of Seven Sisters Treasures. So, was Chick-A-Flay on your diet? 😉 😆

    • September 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Lol! Well, kind of…we were going to make it work (not eat the bread), but there wasn’t any ‘Chick-A-Flay’ on our route!

  • September 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Is the GAPs diet a low-carb diet? There have been many nutritionists lately saying that graisns aren’t motabolized easily by humans, and my mom feels better and loses weight when she lays off of bread. (I like my bread, though. :mrgreen: ) I know that you don’t eat sugar on the GAPs diet, but what about grains? I hope that I’m not being nosey! 😀

    • September 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      It’s kind of a low-carb diet…only you don’t stay totally off carbs, and you gradually add some back in 🙂 Without being too complicated, the four basic things we try to stay away from are grains, sugar, leavening (yeast, baking soda, etc) and starches (potatoes, beans). We’ll be adding some beans in a couple of months 🙂 We love bread, too! That was one of the hardest things to give up when we began this way of eating! If you want to see *all* the foods you can and can’t have on GAPS, you can see it here 😀 ANd don’t worry, you’re not being nosey 😉 😀

  • September 20, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I love the “Suitor’s tale” video 😀 it was great!


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