Thursday, August 26, 2010

It looks similar on my side of the fence

"We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty."
G. K Chesterton

I love that... I always say that we are more alike than we let on, but he says it way better that I could.

Happy Thursday!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weekends are for

slowing down... leisurely drinking tea with good books in our bathrobes... no pushing, no rushing, no schedule.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Finding refuge and relief in Him

"Thou hast commanded me to believe in Jesus,
and I would flee to no other refuge
wash in no other fountain
build on no other foundation
receive from no other fullness
rest in no other relief"

from The Valley of Vision

Monday, August 16, 2010

Anniversary thoughts

We celebrated our anniversary this past week and Wayne scored serious points... I had to pack a suitcase with all the essentials and meet him at the front door. Every year it is a surprise but this year was pretty wonderful. I love this celebration... the beginning of our family. He belonged to other folks but on that day it changed. Now he belongs with me, to me.

Most people pass through my life and that's fine. Like wind, you don't try to contain it. Then there are people in my life that are keepers. Having them around makes everything better... brighter! My husband is such a person. I like all time I spend with him, whether in a heated debate (we are as different as can be) or in stillness.

We met when I was twenty and next year I will be two decades older than that, but I still get excited when I hear the gate open and I know he is home at the end of the day. I want to run out and wrap my arms around him and tell him that an awesome part of my day has just begun.

I better go put on some lip gloss, its almost that time!
Have a great week with your loved ones!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mucking about

Today's heat drew us outdoors. I was giving my plants a good splash while Becca was planted in the dirt. Later, in the tub, she said that she loves mud and wants to study the history of mud. "Well, Becca, its basically always been on the earth" so that pretty much sums it up.

Nothing like dense chocolate earth and water to play with.

I wasn't kidding as you see - planted.

This hat is actually pink under all this muck.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Oh my, pie!

We love Pumpkin Pie around these parts. Eating it just makes you happy, happy, happy.
This recipe originates from my friend Cheryl. She is an excellent cook (I'm certain I've mentioned her before...) and my family always groans with pleasure when we eat at her house. I try not to be offended - actually, I groan right along with them. I have adjusted it to suit our tastes (a little less sugar etc... but still luscious).

Pumpkin Pie
1 very large butternut or 2 smaller ones
1/2 cup of flour
1 and 1/2 cup of milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup of cream, depending on how good I've been the week I make this
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 - 1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil / butter
3 eggs

Cut butternut in half and boil in water until cooked. Remove skin and mash. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk wet ingredients, including eggs, together in a jug.
Mix all together and then pour into an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar.
Bake at 180 degrees cel for +- 1 hour.

Beyond delicious in winter or anytime!!

My sister is one of the happy pie eaters in our family. You would be smiling too, if you were holding this pie!