Here's a quick video showing an idea of we wash clothes in van life.
Greetings to my Titus 2 sisters,
Here's a post from my old homestead blog about canning rice. I used to love canning (and dehydrating) anything I could get my hands on and now that we're in the van full time it's far in the past.
Canning rice is super simple and the most complicated thing about it is the information on the internet. You'll be told that it's impossible to can rice and it's dangerous. We've been doing it for years and so have the people that we got the recipe from. Please go do your own research and make your own decisions before doing any canning project. Usually caned goods last years on the shelves (I've heard of some people using them 30 years later although I don't personally recommend that myself) but for canned rice we like to use it up in less than 6 months mostly because it does soften up as it sits.
The consistency of home canned rice is not quite like when it's cooked on the stove. It does have some that sticks together and some that is a bit drier than the rest but once it's mixed and heated up, it does just fine for a fast lunch or dinner. I do recommend using a wide mouth jar as it is somewhat tricky to get it out of the jar.
This is not a 'how to can' post that gives all the specific details on canning basics and processes, this is a post for those who are already familiar with canning and are looking for recipes.
The process is simple and this recipe is for 1 pint jar.
* To each pint jar add 2/3 cup rice (I've used this recipe for brown rice)
* Fill with boiling water leaving 1 1/4" headspace. Try to be very accurate on this. Too much water and it will expand too much, not enough and it will be dry.
The recipe calls for venting for 7 minutes instead of the normal 10.
Using a 10 lb pressure, can for 17 minutes.
To use, just dig the rice out of the jar, break it apart and heat with a little water to steam it if you are looking for plain rice. One of our favorites is to mix the rice with beans and eat it with natural/organic tortilla chips that we find at our local dent/bent store. Or just mix it in with whatever liquid (tomatoes, broth, salsa etc) and heat until hot.
I usually only used my canned rice for those times when I was running behind on time or not feeling well. Having simple home cooked convenience foods on hand will help you resist the urge to run through the fast food restaurants or grab prepackaged freezer meals. As you train yourself in cooking from scratch and stock up your pantry to do so, you will find that as you mature in this learning process that when you walk through a grocery store you will resist the urge to purchase items that you can make at home for much less cost and much more nutrition.
I find it very satisfying knowing that I am doing my best as a godly wife to provide healthy foods as well as keeping them inexpensive and best of all hearing my husband say he would rather eat our home cooked food than eat out.
Titus 2 Time!
I made a video while I was cooking up some tuna pasta salad and some soup, from dried foods. (You'll see in the video I use instant potatoes to thicken the soup.)
I like to use the generator power in the most economical way so I cook enough for a few days and then cool them off with the fan before putting the left overs away in the cooler. I'm thankful for healthy blessings from the Lord.
Love to you all,
In van life I need to be very resourceful when it comes to washing clothes because water is not always available and even if it is, we can't always hang the clothes outside to drip (because of the location) before bringing them into the van . When I get the opportunity, I wash whatever I can and always try to keep ahead and not fall too far behind. There are bonuses though as we get to (sometimes) find waysides like this one in the video and the best part of this particular clothes washing event is this....
Right after we made this video a man walked up to brother James and asked him about the van and the gospel and a lot of biblical teaching went out to him. Praise God he was receptive and then down the road we went.
Glory to God!
Greetings sister saints!
I was sewing a tunic and we made a quick video for you, a glimpse into our day. Thankful to be able to do all sorts of works for the Lord. I'm so grateful to be a godly woman now and not the wicked worker I used to be in my sins.
We sister saints serve a wonderful Savior! Hope your day goes well and let me know how I can encourage you in the ways for women.
Love in Him,
Greetings sister saints!
I just thought I'd share a Titus 2 day in van life! I do the same things you all do except I have to do it in different ways and all depending on where we are, what's going on and sometimes doing more on one day than the next. This morning I found a great deal on eggs at a discount grocery store. Then we were blessed with a gas station that had a water spout for travelers so I washed clothes by the van, on the side of the parking lot, away from everyone going about their business. Brother James worked on filling up our hand wash station and making sure I had the water I needed. We then went to a park to hang them on the van to dry and what a day it was for it (windy, sunny and warm). After a yummy sweet potato lunch.....
...I walked to a thrift store down the road while the clothes dried. The park we were at offers power so once I got back I decided to cook up some food. Van life doesn't offer the opportunity to cook a lot of different things at once, in fact I usually can only cook one thing at a time so we keep our meals extremely simple which is a blessing in many ways....BUT it's a nice treat to have things cooked up ahead of time to just rewarm them when needed.
I boiled up some of the eggs I got this morning and while cooling them off in ice water....
...I boiled some water and tossed in some thawed broccoli and cauliflower.
When that was done, I scooped out the veggies and added pasta in the same water.
While the pasta cooked I peeled the eggs, saving the ice water for cooling off the pasta.
After cooling off the pasta I cooked up some chicken meat balls we found at the same discount store that I found the eggs.
Being at the park with the big tables was such a blessing because I wouldn't normally do all that in the van all at once like this. The wind helped cool things off before I stored them in the cooler, what a blessing.
In between it all, we charged up some batteries, I dug out some more supplies from the storage under the bed and read some women's audio bible readings for the website and worked on sewing another tunic for a brother.
Van life can be challenging in many ways but over the years, we've gotten used to it and just go along with what the day brings, being super thankful for blessings of days like this!
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, it shows an example of a frugal godly Titus 2 woman who loves the Lord, using resources wisely, working hard, taking care of my household, working the ministry I have and doing it all joyfully and thankfully unto the Lord.
2 Peter 3:9-14
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
We're not here to just live our lives for ourselves, there are many works for us godly woman to do and in doing them, we glorify our Father which is in heaven.
1 Peter 2:11-12
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Love to you all,
We were out on the streets in the rain, had some lunch (when we got totally rained out) and washed dishes in the downspout.) Van life teaches you to be creative!
We were in our night parking spot when a storm rolled in and over us. I said to a sister that I'm not sure how anyone couldn't fear the creator when watching the power of a storm. I can't imagine what it will be like upon Christ's return. Let us be like the 5 prepared virgins, not the 5 unwise.
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west;
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
Hope your day is joyous in the Lord.
Love to you all,
Just a quick note for those of you who might not know this...clove oil is good for tooth pain. (Just don't get it all over your lips or tongue when you apply it, ask me how I know!) It's simple to apply, just put some on a toothpick and spread it along the gums where the pain is. It won't last all day so you'll have to reapply it. Just a simple Titus 2 tip.
Have a joyous day sisters.