Passover (Pesach) 2018

This is our 7th year of celebrating the Feast of Passover.  Every Passover we have observed has been different in some way or anther. New insights. New discoveries. New revelations. His Word never gets dull or old.  It always brings the refreshing wind that only the Rucah of Elohim (Spirit of God) can bring. I am humbled and so thankful to be included in the Passover meal of our King. To just sit back and observe as we partake and remember what Messiah is really an honor. How can one not consider honoring this Feast Day commanded by The Creator of the universe? Although, with that said, only His people can. The ones who choose to not know Him are left outside the camp – a sobering thought.

This year was no exception. It was different in so many aspects. Hard to explain in writing. Maybe one day I will…but for now, I’ll share tid-bits of what Yehovah did.

When celebrating any feast of Elohim it is so important that the mishpocha (family) be together. We need each other, don’t we? I invited a sweet sister to our home. We broke bread together and soaked in the presence of YHWH till the night. The children danced. Flags swayed back and forth as the sweet atmosphere of Our King filled the room. Scripture says to taste and see that Yehovah is good. That verse came alive that night. So many nuggets where brought to the table. Flowers where centered that YHWH hand picked. Candles were lit. An array of food was lined up against white table clothes decorated with colorful plates to be served. Name of Yehovah and Yeshua were hand-painted in Paleo Hebrew on our table. The doorpost smeared with the blood of the New Covenant Passover Lamb.  Oh, this is the highlight of Passover that I will never forget!

Here’s the story for that one: As I was preparing for dinner,  I realized that I needed to do something with the barren wall behind our dinning table. The wall had been used for hanging school projects over the years, and was riddled with nail and tack holes. What it needed was a paint/patch job! But that just wasn’t going to happen in the time we had left. So….this mama had to brain storm and quickly. My daughter suggested that we hang some sheets on the wall and drape them across each other for a “tent like” effect. So I pulled a couple of white sheets out of the closet, and hung them across the wall. Creative? I thought so. I stood back and stared at this blank canvas. My artistic mind went nuts. I thought of the scripture commandment for the children of Israel to coat the doorposts of their house with the blood of the lamb sacrifice so that they’d be spared from the Angel of Death. Oh my!!! I found in the garage 2×4’s (the perfect size), nailed the pieces  to form a “doorpost”, and splattered the top and sides with red paint. My son came over and asked me what I was doing so I invited him to help. Little did I know this was going to be more than just a “school project’ but a spiritual lesson he and I would never forget.

I asked him to find me nails to we could hammer the door post on the wall. He found exactly 3. Right?!?! So YAH! My son and I centered the doorpost against the wall so that I would line up with our table. He held it in place while I hammered. The sound that resonated from those nails was chilling. We both stopped and looked at each other. What was is it like for the Messiah to have felt the nails be pounded through his hands also? That sound I will never forget  My son was quiet. Well…this mama cried. It sent a chill down my spine of the re enactment of what happened on the cross years before. I am so unable to write to you exactly what I felt at that moment. All I know is that this is one of the meany reasons why I was to make this art piece. To be reminded of His death, His Resurrection, and His return. Selah.

But that’s not the end of it. When my friend arrived, we greeted her family with joy (it was to be their first Passover celebration). My friend sat at the end of the table, facing our “doorpost” on the wall. I have to admit I wondered why she was so stricken by it. She later told me that for the past 3 days, she couldn’t get the vision of the cross out of her mind. To finally see it confirmed meant so much to her. We made for multiple reasons, and Father knew she would be blessed by it. So many emotions surfaced as we broke bread and began our Passover meal.

Passover this year was also a bitter sweet moment, knowing it will be our last in this house. A new journey is taking place for our family. A new chapter in a book written by the Creator. The pages are being turned ever so quickly and we are excited for what is being written. One page at a time

Stay tuned for the writings.

Shalom,
Mama Bell

Chag Sameach Pesach Happy Passover Holiday
Yehovah YHWH names in Paleo Hebrew. One of my art pieces for Passover
Decorative flower arrangement brought over by our guest
Yeshua’s name in Paleo Hebrew. Another one of my art pieces
Gluten free coconut flour unleavened bread
Organic salad with all the fixings
Raw organic broccoli side dish made with sliced almonds and raisins
Lamb roasted over an open fire. Exodus 12
Flower arrangement brought by our guest

 

Making Coconut Milk

I have been so blessed to start a small Co-Op again in our community for organic produce  It has been such life saver for this mama of 5 to order and have it dropped of at my front door. Not to mention the prices!!  Goodness!  The savings have been tremendous for the families including mine!   The variety we have been able to order is vast and bountiful. We are enjoying feeding our families high quality organic produce and food

I am always on the  hunt for organic coconuts. After making my first batch of coconut milk, I wont go back to store bought milk. It just isn’t the same. Making food from scratch is not only healthy for your family but it does save on cost. Especially if you are part of a group Co-Op

Some of the moms of the group have asked me to put together a video explaining how I make it. I am pleased to announce, we did!  It came out pretty cool, and the graphics where done by my eldest daughter. I am impressed and very happy to share this in house video with you.

Enjoy….

Creative Spotlight: an interview with the creator of Knot + Stitch

Today we have something special for you all. I’m interviewing my daughter, who created her own business this summer – Knot + Stitch. We talk about her creative journey, what inspired her to start a business, and where she hopes to go with it in the future.

So…without further introduction: our interview!

 

First, tell our readers a little bit about yourself, won’t you?

Sure. Hi, my name is Myriah and I’m 19 years old. I’m the eldest of four, and that means I can make dinner and tutor math at the same time. I have a lot of hobbies besides knitting and crocheting, even though that’s what I’m doing right now. In the future, I want to do either web design or cinematography (or both, if it works out that way). I also play the piano occasionally and work as the engineer for Returning to Eden – a live show on WawRadio.

 

 


You’ve always been creative, haven’t you?

Pretty much. I drew when I was younger (lots and lots of horses). I learned to crochet from a book we had sitting on the shelf. I’d work with my dad on house projects, and sit in the studio with him during live shows. There probably isn’t a day that goes by when I’m not making something, or thinking about making something.


Then you started Knot + Stitch. Why?

Right. I started Knot + Stitch in the summer of 2017. I was graduated, and so I had a lot of extra time on my hands. I had developed a passion for knitting and it made sense to me that I could possibly turn it into another business for myself.

This wasn’t my first time with a creative business, either. When my family had the Co-op, I was really into macrame. I would buy glass blown pendants and hemp cord on Ebay, and make necklaces with them. I made pretty good money back then, haha.

But with Knot + Stitch, I’m not just doing macrame. I’m doing a combination of crochet and knit, as well.

 


Which do you like best – knit, crochet, or macrame?

I like them all for different reasons! Crocheting is definitely quicker, but I think knitting looks prettier. Macrame is easier than it looks, but it’s really time consuming and intricate work.

 


What are you making now? And what are you planning to make in the future?

I am working on my first knitted beanie. I’m not following a particular pattern, because I want it to be something I genuinely created. I’m really pleased with it so far, and I hope that it’ll be released into the shop soon!

I don’t have any macrame goods in the shop, so that’s in my sights for the future. I’d love to make some plant hangers, and wall hangings, but I’m a little tied up with yarn supplies right now. Once I finish those out, I can start working with macrame again.

 


Where do you get inspiration for your projects?

 

laughs* Honestly, I hate to mention it because it’s a cliche: I get my inspiration from Pinterest. There are so many amazing ideas there from all over the world. There’s no end to it.

 


Where do you hope Knot + Stitch will go in the future?

I’d love to get an Etsy store. But that’s not something I’m working on right now because I don’t feel that I have enough to sell just yet. And my product photos aren’t good enough for Etsy, so I really need to improve on that. Basically, there are a ton of things I need to get better at before I open an Etsy store.

 


Where can people go to find out more about Knot + Stitch, and you?

There’s my shop – here. (kindly hosted by HealingThroughout).

My Facebook page – I post what I’m working on and other exciting news.

My newsletter – You can sign up for to get notified when I add new items to the shop.

My Pinterest – If you want to see what’s inspiring me.

My Instagram – For behind-the-scenes look at my projects and what I’m working on.

 


Thank you for joining us on the Healing Throughout blog this month!

Thanks for having me! (Mom…hehehe)

 

 

 

 

Recipe // Gluten Free Flat Bread

For any of you who cook or bake gluten free, you know what a challenge it is to find recipes that remind you of all the stuff that isn’t gluten free! Often times, coconut flour is the main ingredient, and then you worry about the dough turning dry.

Our family has tried many, many recipes and discarded them just as many times.

But we finally found this one that doesn’t come out dry, doesn’t break when you try and fold it, and doesn’t taste excessively like “coconut”. We’d like to share it with you too.

This bread is made to be rolled flat and baked in skillet (see photos below). It can be wrapped like a tortilla or eaten with soup. The only thing is that the batter doesn’t hold well in the refrigerator, so you need to cook it all the same day. We haven’t tried freezing it, though, so you could try that.

Shalom,
Mama Bell

Preparing for Winter on the Homestead

Shalom and Greetings!
Our family has been zipping around all day, moving as we prepare for the winter ahead. Much work to be done and goals to be set. We started off this morning, thanking Our Creator for His mercy and joy, and the ability to work with our hands. Something we should never take for granted.
Winter is fast approaching and it is getting a bit chilly out side. Here in the high desert, season can come swiftly and there isn’t much time to prepare. So, when the sun is shinning bright out side,we take advantage of it and get out side and get busy. Milking when it is COLD outside is miserable. We knew it was time to update our goat pen to accommodate all the ladies and my shepherdess daughter.
Papa was a gem, and did all this labor for FREE. Well, I made him lunch.🥕 Feeding his hungry tummy was partial payment!  He had energy this morning despite a long night celebrating with friends at Sukkot and zipped thru this task in no time. Drinking his pink was essential in giving his body what he needed to make it thru the morning. And with all  the scraps we had around our property the supplies cost us nearly nothing, which made Papa very happy. 😊
 
My does are happy, my daughter is thrilled with the winter set up, and hubby is looking fine out there working on our homestead.
 
A very happy mama indeed!
 
P.S. and of course, Vagr did exceptionally well with his babies We are very impressed with his sweet personality and his patience with them. But Vagr was unfortunately given back to his owners. Hoping to find a suitable family to be with. He is an exceptional Gampr dog, with fantastic abilities as a live stock guard dog. He will make a great addition to a homestead or farm.
Hope you have an amazing rest of your day
Mama Bell, here bids you Shalom

Papa building a gate for our goat pen. Make live much easier with the new added fencing.

Vagr getting a quick hello from Papa

Family team works make life on a homestead much more easier. Community living at its finest

 Serun  keeping guard by the goat pen on a sunny desert day

Goat barn just about done. Last minute touches and the ladies have shelter for winter

Pink kept my man up and running while working hard. Fussed with pre and pro biotic to bring life to his gut and immune system. #Realmendrinkpink And this Papa sure does!

Co-op Kale Chips

Many of you may know we use to coordinated a co-op/buying club for about 8 years here in the high desert, called Bountiful Harvest. We actually founded it and grew it to over 100 strong. I have to say those where the best years my family had serving our community  in orchestrating this group of some finest families and local farms. I learned so much about our food, where it comes from, how to grow it, that I now have the Homesteading bug!

I recently made kale chips with some of the leftover stock we had with our small group on Tues. Yes, I started back up again.  On a smaller scale, but this is how our co-op got started in the beginning. I do sure enjoy helping families get the best quality organic produce at a fraction of the price. Hard work? In deed it is. But Scripture says, You don’t work you don’t eat! 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Here’s to leftover kale

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This is a simple way my family enjoys making Kale Chips. I know there are A  LOT of different kind of recipes out there.  Yet this one seems to work well for us

Hope you enjoy your next batch of raw kale chips

All the best,

Mama Bell

 

Family Creativity

Shalom and Greetings.

This latest blog post is about my children that The Father has blessed me with. As a homeschooling mama life is always exciting and each child has different paths they choose to take  Being creative is one of those paths. Whether is is drawing by hand or kitting, my boys and girls can sure show off their colors. I sit back and watch how these young-ins learn so quickly. I need repeated instructions to get me through a stitch.

Yet drawing is one of my passions. Although I haven’t picked up a pen or pencil in a while, I do enjoy it . I made most of a living prior to marriage as an artist. So it is in my blood. Maybe that is where my children get theirs from?

My eldest daughter does knitting and macrame. Now, her little sister is catching on and now wants to make her own crafty things. I love it when my children teach each other! She just started an Instagram and she’ll be launching a store really, really soon. I keep asking her when she’s going to do it, and she always says: “Mom, not yet. I want to make everything perfect.”

Maybe she has a slight perfectionist streak.

For my middle son, drawing is his thing. He is drawing nearly everyday after school (usually while listening to Adventures in Odyssey). He spends hours making each drawing as true to the original as possible. He was so inspired by The Bible Project, that he told me he wants to study illustrating. I can’t wait to see where he goes with it.

 

Shalom, Mama Bell

 

 

Zephy’s Homestead – September Goats & LGD’S

Baruch Ha’Shem Blessed His Name

And that is how it has been this month with many new additions to Zephy’s Homestead. From baby kids to Live Stock pups, we have been a busy family  This is hard work indeed. And I am on the small scale compared to some homesteaders I know.But the JOY of farm life is a dream come true. No matter what scale it is.

So much excitement happening,there is never a dull moment. Tons of extra chores to be done on top of training and feeling animals.  Always moving. Who needs a gym?

The two kidds born where born on Sept. 2 2017 around midnight.  Wake up call from mama as she was in full labor and dropped to kids in a welcoming cheer. A buck, named Dash and a doe named Lila. Both are doing very well, and growing quickly. LIla ended up being the runt of the duo, so my oldest has taken the role as her mama and the bond between them both is too precious. A learning experience for them both. Dash, the buck, is growing fast. Typical boy, who constantly eats and never leaves a drop of leftovers.

Both are up for purchase thru God’s Creatures in Apple Valley. You can reach Elisabeth for details

 

 

Mama Doe Matzia from Zephy’s Homestead in Apple Valley CaDaddy Buck from Snowdale Acre Farms in Phelan Ca

Along with new kidds on the block..we added a male Armenian Gampr Livestock Dog to our homestead. Meet Vagr-means Tiger in Armenian.  Serun-means beautiful in Armenian,  our female is adapting to him very well  These TWO as i call them. Two peas in a pod.

 Serun and Vagr being introduced to little Lila. Both are very gentle and are always making sure their family is being cared for

The DUO team!  Standing guard nearby the goat pen

I am very pleased with this breed. Never thought I would ever consider such large dogs for my family Yet the Gampr breed has proven me wrong in their gentle ability for my children and the animals and their fierce protective instincts to out side intruders.(the 2 and 4 legged kind!).  If you are ever wanting to know more about Armenian Gampr LGD see here.

Come Spring 2018, Serun will be breed and pups will be available.  Stay tuned!

Well time to get off this blog and back to the homestead.

Hope you enjoyed my read.

Till I share again. Blessings and Shalom

Mama Bell

Hangin Out in The Studio

As many of you know, my husband was impressed by Our Heavenly Father to start a radio ministry a few years back.  Really? Where? Being a musician at heart, he has always had a drive to do something, anything that is musically inclined. He is a bass player at heart  And after years of band rehearsals, giggin at local events, and church gatherings, he has come to the point in his life where the need to settle down and choose another avenue with music. Now, I don’t mean in stating this that he has chosen to hang up the guitar, sorta speak, he still loves to play, when asked, but being able to do something on a part time scale and at home is worth gold to him.

7 years ago Worship and Word Radio was created. A tiny studio in our garage brings the worship and the word to anyone in the world with an internet connection. Playing music and the Good News of The Kingdom and reaching to the lost sheep of Yis’rael.  Meeting the needs of many who come on the air to a live interview, sharing their story of hope and freedom they have found in Messiah. Reaching millions of people who have other options of listening to the Word and to praise music, but have chosen to pipe in to a little grass root internet radio ministry that speak directly to where they are at. WOW! to be a servant at heart – that’s my husband.

The radio has gone through many changes in the past 7 years, and we have seen the hand of YHWH move in directions like the shifting wind. We just follow along as He leads.

Up to speed to where we are today. WAW Radio now is hosting the Returning to Eden with Dr Dinah Dye and Jeff Morton on Wed at 6pm while still playing music and messages 24/7 through out the week.

Completely donated supported, WAW Radio makes just enough to take care of all the necessary bills it need to run a home studio. Isn’t that like our Creator? We never ask for funds to continue the ministry, yet Abba knows exactly who’s heart to put His radio show on. He leads. We just humbly receive. It is amazing when funds come through “just in the nick of time!”

My husband who is the servant operator he is called, runs this ministry while maintaining a full time job, being a husband and papa to his 5 children, homeschooling his children (especially in the math department!). He has trained our oldest daughter how to engineer and run the live shows, just in case he ges called in to work. She has done a fine job being a young radio engineer!

This past Wed with the recording of Returning back to Eden show, I was impressed to hang out with him in the studio. I normally don’t, being that it is recorded right during our dinner time. But this time i felt a nudge to do so. Having no idea who are guest was going to be, I grabbed a chair and listened on in.  Our guest was Dr Chris Greene and his new book God’s Healing Codes speaking on health, nutrition, and Hebrew lifestyle. What a show! Fabulous!  It was nice to see some familiar faces on screen as we had fellowship and shared the many true health principals from the Word of Elohim.

I hope you will enjoy these photos I took of the gang.

It was a refreshing and enjoyable time with everyone old and new.

Here are a few sites to check out of the many guest during our show!

Healing Throughout

Foundations In Torah

Worship and Word Radio

God’s Healing Codes

Enjoy the photos below.I sure did taking them!

Shelom Be happy and healthy!

You worth it

Mama Bell

 

All About Produce

Tuesday on at Zephy’s Homestead are beyond packed with all sorts of projects and scheduled events. With life at the homestead,  being a mama, schooling my children, working on business, I just had to get my hands in another project.  Well, those who know me, know I have a hard time “letting go!” Especially to things that not only benefit our family, but the community as well!

Many of you know that we had a community served co-op, called Bountiful Harvest that lasted, oh, 8 plus years in the High Desert.  It was the best 8 years of my life!  Well..one of the best. Getting married and having children are on the top of the list.  And of course surrendering to The Creator is tip top of the list!

I have always wanted to keep part of the co-op going by ordering case produce for a few of my close friends that I know would be blessed and appreciate the quality and freshness of organic produce. Mind you, this is not grocery shopping mentality. This is large volumes of produce that can be a bit overwhelming for some, but to those of us who have a high raw diet, or in my case juice fasting, buying bulk is the way to go. Plus the middle man is removed, and it is farm-to-consumer.

With so many ways I choose to feed and offer them healthy organic options, I need multiple sources to get my food! Gardening is the best and purest way, but sometimes having to wait until harvest can make tummies grumble a bit longer than needed. So with our AHO High Desert Box shares and now produce case ordering, my shelves and frig and well stocked and full to over flowing.

Mamas, like me thrive when our children and home are well in abundance. To open up the frig and see and over flowing of bountiful beauty and life, give this mama a good heart feeling inside. I am happy to know I am investing in the health of my children and family homestead for the years to come. I am eternally grateful to The Creator for blessing me a few good friends who such beauty in life giving foods you can see below,. The pictures don’t do justice. Seeing and tasting the real thing, can make any mouth water!

Enjoy the photos below.

This is what came today in our Produce Club delivery. Lovely isn’t it?

Have an amazing joyfully filled day!

See all my AHO peeps this afternoon with a selection of organic produce from above to purchase if you so choose to!

AHO High Desert Info Flyer

Shalom, Mama Bell

Potato Beds and Mine Craft

Yes, you read the title right, Potato Beds and Mine Craft. Let me share the story of how my son and I did the old barter and trade.

About a month ago, a seed company donated live potato plants for our community garden. I didn’t have the best place to put them in my raise beds, and I knew they needed to go in the ground quickly. My garden isn’t that big, but I work with what I have with an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude. I LOVE to garden, folks.

Last week, when I went for a walk with a friend and noticed one of the homes on our street was for sale. In the front yard, I saw a bunch of cinder blocks and wooden polls just laying out in the sun. I knew exactly what I could use them for. I called the realtor and asked if the owner needed them and she messaged me on Facebook and said, “Come and get them!”  With the help of my older children, we headed over, and loaded up the back of the truck with my gold mind! Talk about a kid in a candy store.

My husband and my older boy used the polls to rig a shade cloth over my herb garden. The shade cloth was also a gift, so it cost me nothing! That’s the real the way to garden on a homestead!

As for the cinder blocks, I planned to use them for my potato beds. But cinder blocks are heavy, as you probably already know. So I decided to ask my middle boy if he wanted to help with the building in exchange for extra time on Mine Craft.

Now, I won’t go into a rant about Mind Craft, but I will say that I would prefer my children to frolic outside rather than play with digital characters on a screen. But my boy enjoys it, and so I let them play in the afternoons. They have a set time which my husband and I have agreed upon. But my boy is always asking me what he can do to “earn” extra time.

So when I offered this work-for-play exchange, he readily agreed! He did most of the work, and what a fabulous job he did! And his reward? An extra 30 minutes of Mine Craft. He is one happy little man.

PS The BONUS? .ALL FREE!!! What a blessing!

Shalom to you,

Mama Bell

P.S. What are you growing this year? Leave a comment below!

Coming Soon // handknitts by m.s.

One of the things we love most at Healing Throughout is supporting local businesses. And so we’re excited to give you a sneak peak into our newest feature – Handknitts by m.s.! They are 100% hand knitted, soft and strong, made with high-quality yarn that is 85% cotton, 15% polyester.

 

They are going to be available for purchase soon, so here’s just a sneak-peak at the sizes and prices.

 


Sizes + Specifications:

– Bath cloth: approx. 8 x 9″ – $2.50 ea.
– Face cloth: approx. 5.5 x 5″ – $6.00 ea.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to: Plant and Care for Succulents

Hope you’re all having a lovely May! These photos below show the newest additions to Zephy’s Homestead. Succulents! We got the cuttings from a friend, and we’re all anxious to see how they do. We planted them on Friday, and some of the leaves haven’t begun to sprout roots yet.

And since we’re all a bit new to the succulent world, I though it would be fun to research and put together a little guide for all of you. If you’re new, trust me, succulents are so easy! Just a little water, soil, and sunshine. : )

Succulents plants have thick, fleshy leaves and stems, adapted to storing water. They thrive in warm, dry climates, but very few species can tolerate freezing temperatures. Succulents are the kind of plants that inspire endless ideas for your garden, whether indoor or outdoor.
 

These are a few tips we found for keeping your succulents happy. : – )

1. Succulents need well-draining soil. This ensures that they won’t become overly moist. (We used a mixture of sand, potting soil, and peat moss to plant ours.)

2. You don’t need to water succulents as often as you would think. Succulent roots will actually rot if they are kept too moist. Let the soil dry out in-between waterings; but when you water, water thoroughly. Once the plant is firmly established, you can water even less.

3. Succulents need very little fertilizer, since they are slow-growing plants.

4. To keep the leaves from burning, place your succulents in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

 

And here are some ways we found to display those cute succulents! : )

 

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Shalom,
– Mama Bell

References:

What are Succulents?

Propagating Succulents from Leaves

How Not to Kill Your Succulents


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Growing Things

I truly enjoy Spring time on our homestead. The trees are blooming, babies are being born, and I choose to see green happen. Living in the desert can be tough when it comes to growing and having a garden; the elements make it hard to keep things alive. With lack of water, or the expense of city water, your romaine could just end up being the price of a diamond nugget. (well that’s a bit far-fetched, but you get where I am coming from)  I work hard to see life happen during this season. It makes me joyful and full of life to see things grow into a soon harvest.

Life on Zephy’s Garden Homestead has been busy this year. With caring to the daily duties and chores I have, keeping my seedlings and veggie starters happy  and alive takes time. (Yes, I do talk to my starters :)  They say it works, and by the pictures below, well you decide! My garden beds are doing very well. And I am looking forward to some amazing food come summer.

Every year for the past, oh I say five, I have been offering my seedlings  to our high desert community. Usually alongside our AHO pickup. Every Tuesday our Apple Valley members met at Desert Feed and pick up their produce boxes. Desert Feed has been so very kind to our family to allow us to have our AHO pickup at their business along with my starter plants at the shop. Come by and visit us!

Here are some of the photos of my seedlings and starters beginning to take life and soon to be food for many families including ours.

Aren’t these beautiful?! I love to see green life grow. Us desert folks don’t see enough of it.

Also for those of you who are in our High Desert community, consider participating with AHO -High Desert. Seasonal boxes from CA farmers.

And I have some good news!! Our mini-Nubian doe “finally” got pregnant! Boy has this been a year for her. With all the bucks she has at her beckon call, she just wouldn’t give in. So, then comes Sparky – a Nigerian buck, courtesy of Snowdale Acre Farms The romance began and kids should arrive early fall. Which means GOAT MILK soon! Oh, have we been waiting a long time!

Life will always be busy. This society is constantly racing and running at full speed. The old saying “stop and smell the roses” needs to be practiced more. I guess you can say I “stop and ground in the dirt.”

Thanks for enjoying life with us at Zephy’s Garden and Homestead

Shalom,

Mama Bell

Busy on The Homestead-Preparation Day

Every Friday, here at Bell Homestead, we are busy preparing for the Sabbath and one of our many chores is ours animals and garden. I used to have our family clean the stalls and tidy up on Sunday, but I decided to change things up a bit, (as seems I to do much of), and make our Homesteading Work Day the day before Sabbath.

One of the reason is to Honor His Day and to REST,and not be over loaded with work. That is why the day BEFORE  Sabbath is called Preparation Day We work so much during the week and have our hands in many fires, sometimes literally,, and I would rather have Sabbath be a day of REST for us all. Even our four and two legged critters. Now mind you, if their water is low in their trough or an aminal is injured, I will make sure they are taken care of. Kinda like the “donkey in the ditch”

The Creator gave us specific instructions in The Torah for us to “shema” hear and obey.  Let me back it up with Scripture..

John 14:21
Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” 1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome,

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

The list goes on..GOOGLE  it..I just did! :) As Torah disciples of the Messiah. I choose to honor Him in the way He instructed. It is a joy to do so.

Well back to the blog here:

So today was no exception. We pruned trees, cleaned stalls, gathers eggs, tended to the garden and even played with the dog. Well Serun, our Armenian Gampr LGD always gets petted and played with..a bit spoiled, should I say.?

It was a busy and productive day. Now comes the Sabbath rest, much needed after this family together worked hard!

Shabbat Shalom to those of you who choose to honor The King!

Lovingly,

Shalom, Mama Bell

My youngest got busy with cleaning and sweeping stalls..Look at them cute feet!

Making sure Barucha and Matzia bedding was well tending to for the coming night. And a little hay snack was a added treat!

Fresh eggs from this mornings gathering!

Credit where credit is due. Our laying hens. THANK you ladies!

Life spring forth..Future Spring garden cabbage.

Papa Bell trimming our orchard of Jujubee trees.

Hard working man. Cute too!

Oh, and did I mention CHOCOLATE? Well, that is our Sabbath desert!

If you missed our Shalom Pod Cast with Snowdale Acres, here is your opportunity to listen.

 

 

 

High Desert Farm Life!

MULTI-TASKING Love this …HUMAN multitasking.

Definition is as follows:

Human multitasking is an apparent human ability to perform more than one task, or activity, over a short period. An example of multitasking is taking phone calls while typing an email and reading a book. Multitasking can result in time wasted due to human context switching and apparently causing more errors due to insufficient attention. Studies have shown that it is impossible to focus on more than one task at a time. However, if one is proficient at one of the tasks at hand, then it is possible to do these tasks.

Well,I have to say..this is ME! Being a wife and mom, carrying many hats, I sure fit the bill of this definition. I didn’t realize there was a “human” side of multitasking. But, google says there is! LOL!  And honesty, I like being busy! I feel like I am accomplishing tasks at hand.

Other than health and wellness, homesteading is a true joy for me. I have to say I am ADDICTED!  When I was younger,my only animal friend I had was a gold fish. Far from homesteading, I took care of that fish till its last days. A very proud pet owner

Now, I have a beautiful set up of my four legged friends at our desert homestead. Well, chickens I guess would not be in the four legged category, but they are sure cute critters! And I do enjoy them!

With homesteading you met some neat like minded people. And this recent Shalom Pod cast with a dear sister, Ali Snowdale of Snowdale Acres, is one of my favorite interviews. I adore Ali, or as we call her Mrs. Snowdale. She is not only a homesteader, but a true friend indeed. I hope you all enjoy our Shalom Pod with Snowdale Acres.

 

Seeds, Seeds and More Seeds…

What an amazing winter we are having.  It sure feels like this year has been one of the coldest and wettest seasons we have had in a long, long  time  And The RAIN..oh, The RAIN….I am so thankful for the RAIN!  That may sound trivial, but for us Californians, we are surely thrilled,we got rain and plenty of it!  I know this Mama for sure is, No complaining here!

We have been in need of a wet winter due to the long drought our state has had. With water restrictions and limits on how much water your garden can have, my prayer is that this recent rain will give us homesteaders and gardeners some much need water and an enjoyment in gardening again. It is hard when you are limited, it can take the joy of seeing life appear. Yet I am thankful!

Do you know that we should never curse the rain or say anything negative about it?  Those words can and will come to pass in time. Scripture exhorts us to

If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Leviticus 26:4-5

The Creator made rain for our advantage, to  nourish and to clean the land.  Rain is a blessing!  A refreshing time of newness. to clean out the impurities that we breathe and to make the land clean and new. I am thankful we have had a WET season.

I am also very excited about my garden this year. I was blessed to have seeds donated to our community garden that we are hoping to start up again this year. Not sure on how big or small of a scale we will have, whether raise beds or rows, but I do know it will be something. And something special indeed!

Look at them seeds I got! Now, if that isn’t a favor from My Heavenly Father.  I am humbled and blessed by both Baker Creek Heriloom Seeds and High Mowing Organic Seeds for their donation to our community garden. I am just in awe of what came my way in a package just this past week.

I hope to plant some beautiful beds and rows of edible greens, squash, herbs, lettuce and more! Some of the seeds I have never even heard of. Those will be fun to  plant with my children.

Enjoy the photos of our blessed seeds

Happy Spring Gardening…

Lettuce, lettuce and more lettuce..

Of, course, GMO FREE Seeds!

Some new variety to plant this year…..an interesting seed, isn’t it?

The famous summer cucumber….We love our cukes!

An airplane view of the variety sent to us. Just  makes your mouth water and brings about a happy dance!  Ya, I am weird!

 

Feast of Tabernacles 2016

The Feast of Tabernacles in one of the “pilgrimage” festivals listed in Leviticus 23 in the Judaeo-Christian Bible.  Besides ‘Feast of Tabernacles’, the festival goes by a number of other names: Feast of Booths, Sukkot (Hebrew for ‘booths’), Feast of the Nations, and of course The Season of Our Joy!

This festival looks back at the forty year period of time when the Israelites lived in the wilderness of Sinai.  During that time the Hebrew people were isolated from the rest of the world in an almost “millennial” setting.  They could see the Presence of God dwelling in their midst. He covered them daily with His cloud, and at night He warmed them with His fiery presence.  During their 40 year “wilderness experience” their needs were taken care of, neither their shoes nor their clothes wore out, and they were judged righteously in accordance to God’s Torah by Moses and the judges.

The Feast of Tabernacles also looks forward to the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom when Yeshua will be dwelling in, and ruling from Jerusalem.  It will be a time when all the nations learn of the great things that happen when people follow the ways of the God of Israel.  As a consequence, shalom (peace) will spread out from the Great City and will eventually encompass the whole world.

A Wilderness Experience:  God’s people are called to observe all of His festivals – Passover, Pentecost, and of course – the Feast of Tabernacles; but during the fall festival of Sukkot, we are also instructed to dwell in “booths”.  Dwelling in booths – little huts that are nothing more than temporary shelters – reminds us that like Abraham, we are “sojourners” in this world; and so for this 8 day period we are to separate ourselves from that world.  The Feast of Tabernacles is to be our yearly “wilderness experience” where we can commune with God and each other in as much of a “millennial” setting as possible.  In a sense, it’s our opportunity to “go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob . . .” so that He can “teach us His ways” whereby we can better “. . . walk in his paths“.  (Isaiah 2:3)

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Our family, including 6 other families just returned from 8 days of Sukkot at a nearby campground. It was an amazing time of fellowship, joy, laughter (boy, did we do plenty of that!), bible study, campfires with kosher marshmallows, bike riding,dancing (and I brought my flags which I danced with) and just plain ole fun!  This is our 5 years of celebrating Feast Of Tabernacles at it is also called, yet only the last three have we spend with an amazing group of people who are choosing to pull away form the normality of life within the church and seek the Father with all our hearts. We are tight-knit group that has a desire to do what Scriptures says. Do we all agree at times, nope, but the common thread of YHVH’s love prevails.

It is good to be back home after sleeping in a temporary dwelling for 8 days with the last two of the days with rain.  But I have to admit, I do miss the technology free environment, gathering with my family and friends, late nights at the campfire, no set schedule, no phone ringing and checking for messages (although when we got home, my inbox was slammed), just simple life living.  I know that this is just a temporary set up for the final production in eternity.  So for now, I’ll deal with the bug bits, leaky tents and burnt bread for the sake of being obedient to the TORAH and my love for the Father and the Messiah.

Till then, here are some of our pictures to enjoy on how we celebrated this commanded Moedim (feast).

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Our Sukkot Tent..We had two of them. One for my husband and three children and then the other for my eldest daughter who wanted her OWN dwelling

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One of our families set up camp right in front of us with lights and the works. Isn’t that beautiful?

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Shabbat mid-day study time. We talked about the parables and celebrating His feast by the moon.  So cool to be able to just share how The Father has revealed to us how to celebrate His feast by how we believe we are to. We are all on a journey to do our best while on earth It was so freeing to just be ONE body with no one “leading it” and just discuss.

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Blessings for the children. Yup that is ME, I was instructed by my husband to be included!

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One body, one table to break bread and a campfire to keep us all warm.

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Some of the finest ladies of this years Sukkot. Love these gals!

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And of course, OUR men who where our covering in so many ways during the 8 days! Amazing men of YAH!

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And of course, the Air-Soft Team, who without them, our campsite would be in ruins!

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The famous crew of ducks and geese and the lake.They made sure we welcomed them when we visited the playground with the children

Sukkot 2016 and amazing time with amazing group of people who I call “family”

Blessings and Sweet Shalom

Mama Bell

 

 

Bell Adventures – Pistachio Harvesting

Our family loves to barter and trade. Well, let’s just say Mama Bell LOVES to barter and trade. My family also reaps the benefits. This adventure was no exception.

Monday I got a call from a sister-friend of ours who wanted to know if our family would be interested in harvesting organic pistachios in exchange for harvesting. We would receive 40% of what we gathered. Come on now, you think I had to think about it. Nope, this Mama jumped on board, and said a BIG YES!

I have known Old Pass Assembly for years, even before our family learned about Torah and following the Messiah. I became friends with a beautiful family who spent Shabbat at their congregation for years and always wondered why she called Jesus Yaheshua.  Go figure, right?  We stayed in contact with this family and would visit Old Pass when they had health events at their fellowship hall. One particular time was when Paul Nison had spoken about health and he had just come into Torah after his years of being a raw foodist.  I was intrigued. At the time I was on a 100% raw diet (and currently I am high raw) and didn’t want to miss this one. So I went and history started.

I became friends with many of the congregation and staff including Paul Nison and still to this day. Now full circle as we are following Torah and the Father’s way, our relationship with these beautiful families are so much more meaningful since we “saw the light.”

Back to the phone call. After my excitement mellowed out from saying yes, we planned a day to visit Old Pass and their beautiful homestead farm to begin pistachio harvesting. These folks are on board. Many of them are the older generation so our youngins were able to complete harvesting the entire orchard. We had our work cut out for us! Mama and Papa Bell didn’t do so bad either. Just needed to take a few breaks here and there. The kids did spectacular!

We started early to beat the heat, and harvested until way past noon. Got our dose of Vitamin D, that might last us a few days. We were sure tired after harvesting at least 15 trees! But, it was a GOOD, healthy tuckered out. We all slept very well that night. Being off the internet and no cell phone coverage was an added benefit.

I have to say this farming business (which, mind you, I am no where near), is WORK!  I may have a few trees, three goats, chickens, and live-stock dog, but that is nothing compared to what I have seen families care for. Old Pass is a larger scale farm, and the work that our family did was a great lesson to us. Homesteading is A LOT of work. But look at how you are providing for your family and how you are experiencing the joy of being able to raise your own food. Big scale, small scale is doesn’t matter. Get a passion for this kind of lifestyle – you wont go back!

So there, we harvested our FIRST pick and got two 5-gallon buckets of fresh TRULY RAW organic pistachios! For the second harvest, which we have already committed to come and do again, we will get 60% of the harvest. Not bad for us youngins eh? And the cool thing about this adventure is that, our family will have a memory to look back on. And the fun we had in being together is worth more than gold, well worth more than pistachios. LOL

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These where the buckets we harvested and our 40% worth! NICE!

DSCF6767All organic TRULY RAW Pistachio tree..Lovely!

DSCF6750It is amazing how this powerful super food is protected in an outer skin, keeping the moisture in for a sweet tasting nut

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Beautiful photo shot….All these lovely pictures where taken by my eldest daughter.who is studying photography

DSCF6768Monkey son in a tree.

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Tarps had to be placed around the base of the trees, so when we “gently shacked” the branches and leaves of the tree, the nuts would fall on ground being caught on the tarp.

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A process of layers of skin to get thru to enter the “meat of the nut” We ate so many of these. Oh, my they where so good!

 

Raw pistachio ice cream, here we come…

Enjoy the pictures!

Scripture for the Day 1 John 5:1-5

Blessings and favor from Above

 Mama Bell k12929142

 

Flowering on the Homestead

Homesteading is A LOT of work. Early mornings and late nights preparing to tend to the outside world in your backyard. Well that is your TYPICAL homesteader. This mama is opposite. Late mornings, yawning as I milk our mini Nubian goat, hair all in a mess, children bopping around finding their latest Lego project in shambles, and no breakfast made till late afternoon. Well…give or take a few here and there!

I am not a get up and go when the rooster calls this homesteading mama. I have a variety of hats I wear. Running a small business, schooling my children, tending to the ins and outs of a busy family, gardening and pulling weeds, and so much more!  Be nice to start my day early, but with my current health I  am still not on board with a morning jump start, I ease my self into my day and start as best as I can.

Having a large clan here, is a BIG help!  All hands on deck. Although am I small compared to some of my Midwestern friends, even the little homestead we have surely keeps us busy!  There is always something to do.  Boredom is not an option here.

I am enjoying this years gardening. It has taken off very well. In spite of the water shortage (don’t get me started!) the Father has provided a way to make up for the difference. As you can see from these pictures below, everything looks healthy and lively!

I am currently looking for a someone to offer these beauties in exchange for herbal remedies or other homemade items. I am hoping to work with a few locals in our area to provide them organic herbs from starters. I have a lot more  planned for my herbal garden, and I am excited to get started late summer. Currently we are offering our herbs at the AHO pickups in our area.

DSCF4365Hyssop has begun to flower. I can’t wait to dry this herb.

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Family favorite here…Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate.  A true beauty.

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Com fry (a medicinal herb) is doing fabulous. Makes a great poultice.

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Of course, the most popular herb of all…lovely lavender.

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Our melons are coming up strong. Gonna have a BIG late harvest.

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Found one this morning for a late breakfast. It was amazingly sweet!

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Last years seedlings popped up for an early squash pumpkin harvest.

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My 10 year old and I decided to grow gourds we can turn into birdhouse when they are harvested and dried. I saw some amazing pictures and they are beautiful!  Looking forward to this future project.

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This was taken this past fall when our spring mix was amazing and so tasty!  I am hoping to grow them again in our green house.

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Sunflowers are always part of our garden homestead.  I so enjoy the beauty of this beast! My neighbors know when we are gardening when they see the flowers bloom.

Our home has a seasonal landmark!

Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share with you our little family homestead!

Till then,

Shalom, Mama Bell