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Come and Meet Us At The Reservoir

EileenI am a combination of Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman (except for the accidental country girl part), MaryJane Butters (the original real country girl) ... and Julia Child, the whole-chicken, knife-wielding, wine-imbibing queen of the kitchen! Throw in an occasional dream of being as effective a billboard for God as Kathryn Kuhlman was, and how could I NOT embark on a stab at doing a blog?

Tomatoes Reservoir Sign
Bounty in the making and a sign of the times.

My love for God, food and farm life (in that order) runs my endless reservoir of passion for them all. And, oh by the way, "the reservoir" I speak of is exactly what brought me to these keys as I type what will prayerfully become many more blurbs and bloops of sheer conversational stories, recipes, and photos.

My husband, Pastor Russ, and I own/operate/mow/grow/pray/plow/sweat/eat/sleep and downright love this 4-acre piece of paradise called "The Reservoir," outside Clinton, Wisconsin. We grow organic food, nurture our "sheep" (not of the four-legged variety just yet) and delight daily in the tasks God presents to us.

And we EAT … My husband – the ever-ready willing to try, best MMMMMMM soundmaker ever, does-the-dishes guy – is the permanent fixture at the table. With that being said there's our ever present, always polite (unless she's hungry), "cuter than a speckled pup," Rez" (short for reservoir). She's my favorite color too ... orange. Yep, she's a tangerine lab … REALLY! She mans the under-the-table mission!

Rez is unsure of this new "employee" on The Reservoir Farm.

Bithian and Goshen
Bithian and Goshen, The Reservoir's resident mousers.

As the consummate, ascribing cookbook writer, I'm acknowledging these two "warriors of the kitchen testing ground," commending them for their mmmms and woofing of experiments.

We, along with our hardy band of eclectic Midwestern worshipers, gather each Sunday in our barn for "Gospel and Grub." A dose of scripture with a dose of nourishment for a fueling of all love tanks, bellies and souls. It's an uplifting of spirits, a rejuvenation of simpler fulfilling times. Yes, through wind and snow and sleet and hail, through ice and mud … they come and leave peace-filled and full.

Gospel Grub cookbook
My cookbook in the making.

We "keep it real" here. No sugar coating. (We leave that to the lovelies who help with the grub part on Sundays.) Whether a conversation in life, love or the pursuit of happiness, we offer scripture as a means of help. We're fans of being a man/woman of your word, with fresh-dirt-filled handshakes as contracts, bartering for things, caring for our elders, and looking into the eyes of our children as they talk to us.

Bean Plants
Beans from east to west.

We'll laugh with you, cry when necessary (and sometimes even when it's not), listen and respond.

We'll feed you and love you through the storms that may threaten to throw you out of the boat. We will be the constant in your time of peril. We are shepherds, stewards, servants and friends of God – we are The Reservoir.

1/20/2015 9:47:38 PM

Real life example of walking by the Spirit , very refreshing !

1/19/2015 1:24:44 PM

To my true sister-in-Christ, who also happens to be my sister-in-law, my prayer is that God blesses both you and Russ in overflowing measure -- the model you've both given while developing The Reservoir and in your faithful service to others. You've always been an inspiration with your food, passion, and wisdom. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! With God's love into Eternity. Congratulations too.

1/19/2015 9:25:19 AM

Hi Eileen, I love your blog and as for your cooking I'm with my brother Pastor Russ in saying MMMMMMMMMM... Over the years I have found many things to love about you guys, the thing I love the most is your unwavering love of our Lord Jesus Christ! May that love bless all who visit the Reservoir. Many happy blogs. -Rob-

1/16/2015 8:39:02 AM

Hi Eileen, What a beautiful blog! Glad I finally found it...getting old I guess. Good luck and hope to see you soon!

1/16/2015 8:32:16 AM

Eileen, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. You have a great life philosophy and life style. Mine is mixed. My early life was spend on the farm until technology caught my attention my senior year in high school. I spent a 41 year career never regretting leaving the farm but the genetic seeds of my ancestors lay dormant until I retired six year ago. Those seeds grow and bloomed in an unusual way. I started gardening in the back yard and expanded to vacant lot garden in the heart of the inner city. I now have a back yard garden and two vacant lots for gardening. The total area is close to a full acre of garden. ***** I believe that God, family, work, nature and all other facets of life are all contained in a lifestyle. There is no order of importance for me. They are all intertwined into one life style which is very similar to what your philosophy is. ***** Have a great Reservoir homestead day.