Posted by: Marisa Tolsma | January 17, 2010

Making Ox Tail Soup

Last week I made a sort of ‘different’ dish, ox tail soup.
The tails came from my very own beef steers which I
raised myself. The recipe I used came from the good
‘ol Fanny Farmer cookbook. As you’ll see, I didn’t
follow the recipe exactly.

The tails were frozen, so I put them in the oven for a bit.

I heated some olive oil in a pot.

I dusted the tails with flour.

This picture is pretty self-explanitory. 🙂

Bonny is hoping she’ll get a sample. She’s a good helper
in the kitchen, lol.

I took the tails out and drained the oil, and put broth
and water into the pot.

I put the tails back in,

…and let them simmer for quite a few hours.

About 3o minutes before serving, I added vegetables:
carrots, celery, leeks, etc. I also added salt and pepper at
this point. This soup needed quite a bit of salt.

Gracie made some wonderful biscuits to go with the soup.

Here it is, served in a gorgeous bowl!

Posted by: Marisa Tolsma | January 2, 2010

New Year Puritan Prayer

New Year

From The Valley of Vision


Length of days does not profit me

except the days are passed in Thy presence,

In Thy service, to Thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,

sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,

that I many not be one moment apart from Thee,

but may rely on Thy Spirit to supply every thought,

speak every word,

direct every step,

prosper every work,

build up every mote of faith,

and give me a desire to show for Thy praise,

testify Thy love,

advance Thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,

with Thee, O Father, as my harbour,

Thee, O Son, at my helm,

Thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,

my lamp burning,

my ear open to thy calls,

my heart full of love,

my soul free.

Give me Thy grace to sanctify me,

Thy comforts to cheer,

Thy wisdom to teach,

Thy right hand to guide,

Thy counsel to instruct,

Thy law to judge,

Thy presence to stabilize.

May Thy fear be my awe,

Thy triumphs my joy.

Posted by: Marisa Tolsma | September 28, 2009

Meet My Dog

She’s an australian shepherd.

Posted by: Marisa Tolsma | September 25, 2009

All great things must have a beginning…

This is my first post on this blog, as is quite obvious. Hopefully the next post will be more interesting and substantial!