Freshwater Academy

Freshwater Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Freshwater Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Friday, November 15, 2019

Black Joe Cake

I made this lovely memory of my childhood for our Community Thanksgiving Dinner next Tuesday  at the Haven. My Aunt Phyllis's recipe, I remember my mom making it for church potlucks and gatherings, and sometimes when company came to visit. Actually, I think I remember her just making it for no particular reason at all, just that it's good :). And it's pretty easy to put together.

As you can see, the recipe card is spotted and well-used. This is actually a picture Mom sent me of her card sitting on her counter :). And if you don't know what oleo is, it's just margarine :).  In fact, according to Merriam-Webster, it's actually short for oleomargarine and has been in use since 1884.

I just threw everything in a bowl and hand mixed it since I don't have a working electric mixer at the moment :). I greased the pan, poured in the mix, baked it for 35 minutes (I checked at 30 and it wasn't quite finished), then added the "pour-over". It's sitting on the counter resting for the moment, and I'll take it over to the church and get it into the fridge today since there are only a couple of days before it will be served.

I'm sure there are tweaks that could be made to make this healthier and more modern, but it's just good food, and so yummy as is. I hope you get a chance to make it soon, and when you do, enjoy!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Conti® Castile Olive Oil Sensitive Skin Bar

I received a free bar of  Conti® Castile Olive Oil Sensitive Skin Bar to try and review. All opinions in this review are my personal opinion and review of this product.

I really like the Conti® Castile Olive Oil Sensitive Skin Bar. It made my skin feel soft without leaving a greasy after film.

As you can see in the photo, this is a well loved bar of soap!


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Estroven Review for Smiley360

Okay, I have to tell you it's a little intimidating to talk about hot flashes and menopause on social media, but the itching is real :). And I figure there are other ladies out there who are suffering in silence too, because quite frankly, it's kind of personal...okay, it's really personal. But one of the stipulations for getting to try the product was to share about my experience, so I'm doing it.

And I have to tell you, this has worked for me. It does contain soy, and I have thyroid issues, so I'm careful to take it at the opposite end of the day from my thyroid medication so that it doesn't interact, but it has helped with the hot flashes, it has helped with the itching, it has helped with lots of things.

Estroven® helps me feel like myself again by relieving my worst menopause symptoms! Try it yourself with this $5 coupon and take control of your life. #EstrovenInControl #ad

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Supernatural Slayer by Devyn Janse

This is the third Devyn Janse book I've read, and I've really enjoyed them so far. Lots of action and interest, it keeps the pages turning and the brain moving throughout the story. Real characters, easily relatable.

This photo is linked to the book on Amazon.           And this one is the Goodreads link.
Supernatural Slayer: An Urban Fantasy Novel by [Jayse, Devyn]Supernatural Slayer (Supernatural Slayer #1)

One of My Latest Fun Projects

I found this beautiful cake topper at Goodwill for $1. It had a pink thumbprint on the side of the groom's jacket, and I wanted to personalize it a little for our son and his fiance, so tada!