Category Archives: Bible Verses

Christmas at Hills Homestead

We are having Christmas lunch in our home with extended family this year, and the children and I have been busy with decorating and baking and putting together homemade / homegrown gifts.

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Some of the gifts this year ….

  1. Home grown cherries – our tree was laden this year with rich red cherries!!
  2. Raspberry Couli and Raspberry Jams – this is our 2nd year having raspberry bushes and the kids loved picking them – (and eating 1/2 of them!).  ‘Child Picked’ raspberries are perfect for couli or jam as they are a bit squished!!  I picked some ‘non squished’ raspberries to put on top of our pavlova tomorrow.
  3. Free range eggs – we get about a dozen eggs a day, too many to sell and people love getting fresh eggs (or they say they do anyway!!)
  4. Homemade Vanilla Extract – I’ve now posted the recipe  – I started it about 6 months ago, and it’s now ready to put into little jars for gifts.  It’s too easy, and I wish I’d started making my own vanilla extract years ago!!  It’s basically just vodka and vanilla beans in a bottle.  You leave it in the pantry and give it a gentle shake every day for a while, then every week or so…. not too much effort, cost effective, and so much healthier and nicer that vanilla flavour/essence …
  5. Kefir grains – for people I know are interested in getting more probiotics into their diets, I’ve popped some kefir grains and printed out my ‘Kefir Daily Routine’ for their gift.
  6. Gingerbread – last night I did 3 batches of this gingerbread recipe in my thermomix, had it in the fridge overnight, and this morning it’s ready for the kids to make gingerbread angels, stars and hearts.
  7. We are also making these little packages to put as table settings tomorrow.

 Thank you Ann Voscamp at A Holy Experience for the envelope template.  The packages will be folded and tied with red ribbon, and the verse below will be inside.

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son,

and they will call Him


which means “God with us”


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Free Printable / Desktop Background for the week – Psalm 9

I do love taking photos.

I love God’s creation.

I put my photos/verses onto USB and get them developed (for 15cents), then stick them onto cards for people.

I also stick them all over my study.

I right click on the photo and click on ‘desktop background’ and have a verse right there on my computer screen each week to memorise.

I function better when God’s Word is all around me, infiltrating my life.

This is mine for the week…

Picture and text …..  click to open, right click to ‘Save As’, pop it onto a USB and the photo/verse card can then be developed (or you could print on home printer – it would use lots of ink though!!!)


Text only …. click to open, right click ‘Save As’ and print.

Psalm 9 – text only verse

My ‘1000 Gifts’ list continues …..   ( I was inspired to hand write my own list of gifts by Ann Voscamp and her amazing book “One Thousand Gifts” – thank you for the book Karen!)

693.  A 3 year old singing “Huppy Bird-day TO me” around the cake…

694.  Pink Spring Roses – 8 year old asking “ohhhh, mum can I put some in my room, it will smell BEAUTIFUL and it will remind me of Nan”…

695.  Sharing bread and curry with friends, hospitality blesses …

696.  Dishwasher working while I type …

697.  3 loads of laundry dry in the sun today before rain tomorrow!…

698.  Cool gully breeze

699.  Wow, 17 eggs today, collected by 4 year old in an old tissue box

700.  Friends like Amy 🙂