For those in Iowa......

Vote NO on the Activist Supreme Court Justices

   In April 2009, we witnessed the Supreme Court of Iowa blatantly take 
and use power that did not belong to them.  The Court legislated from 
the bench and in effect changed our constitution as they invented what 
they called a “previously unimagined” right and declared Iowa a “same- 
sex” marriage state.  Even if the current law had been legitimately found 
to be unconstitutional, we then would be legally bound to revert to prior 
established law, which was one-man/one-woman common-law marriage. 
The court clearly overstepped its bounds, because it is the Legislature 
that makes the law, the Governor that executes the law, and only “we 
the people” can amend the constitution. 
   Our law allows for a check and balance of the Supreme Court through 
a retention vote by we, the citizens.  These justices were wrong to 
effectively amend the constitution without the consent of  “we the 
people.” Do you want justices in office who clearly do not regard the 
opinion of the people of their state and who have no desire to uphold 
160 years of Iowa law and preserve our constitution?  If it is not your 
desire to have officials such as these running our state, then please 
vote NO for the retention of these justices on Nov.  2. 
   This election is crucial to the future of our state.  If  courts can  redefine 
marriage as they have done in Iowa, ignore constitutional amendments 
as they did in California, and strike down illegal immigration law as they 
did in Arizona, then they can redefine who should pay taxes and how 
much, how we educate our children, who can own and carry a gun and 
whose private property rights get protected – or do not. 
   If you vote NO on all three Supreme Court justices who are on the ballot 
Nov. 2, not only will you be saying that you do not want the current 
justices to retain their power, but you will be sending the message to 
other elected officials that “we the people” will hold them responsible 
for their actions. 
This election will greatly impact the future of the citizens of Iowa.  
Please remember this and consider what principles you are standing 
for as you vote on Nov. 2. 


Fellowship with friends

Hudson, Elizabeth, and Jullianne

While in Indiana, we were blessed to visit the Brubacher family for a short time.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch and the few hours of fellowship.  Thank you, Brubacher family, for your sweet hospitality! 


Daily Life on the Farm

This gives all of you, our dear blog readers, a peek into a normal, typical day on the farm.
People wonder what we do that makes us SO busy?
(I know, I shouldn't be laughing at that often-asked question....but if you all lived on our farm, you would laugh, too!)


Indiana Memories

Last week we spent several days singing in Shipshewanna, Indiana.  While there, we sang twice per day, and somehow, managed to come away without any pictures that capture the craziness that was sandwhiched in between it all.  What Chelsy did manage to photograph were some of the special memories we made.  So, as you look at these, try to imaging us getting ready for two concerts per day, going to bed at midnight (our evening concert was at 9:30), setting up and tearing down instruments and other equipment, and driving back and forth from town and the cabin we stayed at.

 Liz and Rebecca posed for some pictures with their friend, the bear.

 Denver and Hudson are HUGE fans of anything and everything f o o d related!

 =It was so special to spend some time with "Aunt Dee", our officially adopted aunt and most wonderful "Super-Nanny" at the Bluegate!

 This is one of our newly discovered "favorite spots on earth".  Pictured is the view from the back porch of the cabin.

Glorious fall colors!


Lovely Little Ladies

Chelsy snapped these pictures several Sundays ago when Rebecca and her friend, Bria, happened to be matching for church.  

Rebecca (3 yrs) & Bria (4 yrs) 


How thankful I am for little girls.......their happy giggles and sweet smiles are such a joy! 

Doughnut Recipe

As requested, we are posting the recipe we love for doughnuts!

Turn on some music, pull out the aprons, get the family together, and have fun!  Don't worry if there's powdered sugar all over the kitchen, or if you burn a few doughnuts in the process of finding the correct oil temperature!  This is such a fun activity and a great way to involve family members who don't normally "cook". Because the oil is very hot, frying the doughnuts is best done by Mom, Dad, or the older children.  But even your toddlers can help roll out the doughnuts or dust them with powdered sugar.
Without farther ado, here is the recipe.

~Bontrager's favorite Doughnuts~

Soak for 12-20 hours:
3 cups yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil
10 cups flour (We used mostly hard flour wheat flour and a little spelt)

After soaking add:
1/2 cup warm water mixed with 2 tbs. yeast
2 tsp. salt
4 eggs, beaten
enough flour to make a nice dough-at least 4-8 cups (We used unbleached white flour.)

Knead dough and then let it set until double in size.  Roll out on floured surface and cut into doughnuts.  Put on trays and let set until double in size.  And don't forget the holes!  We think they are the best!  Fry doughnuts (and holes!) in safflower oil (at 365 degrees) until golden on top, then flip and fry the other side until golden.  (Another kind of oil could be used, as well.)  Once fried, we like to roll the doughnuts in powdered sugar.  They are wonderful eaten fresh with milk or apple cider.  

This recipe makes approximately 70 doughnuts.  We enjoy making plenty to share with neighbors and friends.  Left-overs are also great for breakfast the next morning!
If you make these, we'd love to hear about it! 

posted by Allison



~ d o u g h n u t s !~

Each fall, we have this tradition.  When the weather starts getting chillier and the leaves begin to fall from the trees, we mix up some dough, pull out the oil, kettle, and pans, and make some doughnuts!  
Here are some pictures of "doughnut-making day."  It was such fun........that "hissing and bubbling" when you drop the doughnuts into the scalding hot oil, the powdered sugar all over the kitchen, the discussions about why the doughnuts are too dark and if the oil is too hot or not hot enough, the reminders from Mother to "not lick your fingers" while you roll the doughnuts in powdered sugar, the delicious taste of a fresh and hot doughnut with a cup of milk, the fun of sharing the finished products with others, the utterly "fried" (like MacDonalds?) smell you are left with.................it all combines for wonderful memories! 

Elizabeth helped to cut the doughnuts out.

-working together-

Don't those look "scrummy"? (scrumptious/yummy= a word that I heard from a dear friend.  It seems to be a wonderful description!)  Needless to say, we ate plenty of these delicious treats before the end of the day!  

~posted by Allison