Friday, August 31, 2012


We had such a great meeting at Bible College this week, I even dreamt about it...
'the entrance of His word brings light and understanding'  ~ Ps 119

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A french baguette

A perfect lunch in our eyes... a baguette, good farmhouse butter and fruity jam! The key is to find a good baker or make it yourself.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Encouraging Diligence

'Being forced to work and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and contentment and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know'

~ Charles Kingsley   -    Priest,  Professor,  Historian,  Novelist


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Winter baking

Who wouldn't want to dunk this into their hot tea at mid-morning.

I baked our favourite Buttermilk and Raisin Rusks but Becca convinced me to also make a batch of Choc-Chip this time.  Well... her ones are flying out of the container!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

First tune, then play

'Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards.
Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first
of all into harmony with Him.'
~ Hudson Taylor

Sunday, August 19, 2012


The making's of a BLT with chicken... lovely and easy weekend fare.  I think the secret is a good bit of mayo, mustard and a grind of pepper on rye!

Saturday, August 18, 2012


After a beautiful morning at church with the girls, the balance of the day was spent in the garden with my parents.  My father still spends several hours every year pruning my many rose bushes.  I just run for bags, hats, water, plasters for his multiple scratches and the like.  Then afterwards, I offer coffee and some baked treat as a 'thank you'.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Necessary and good

The Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do... For I have chosen him, that
he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has promised him.
~ Gen 18.17-19

Neither will He hide what's necessary and good for us and our family... for He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness that we might live in His promises, living the life more abundant, that He might be famous in the earth!
"Grace us today Lord to love and kindly command our household in the ways of the Lord, Amen"

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The weather report

The last four days...

Starting on Saturday the 11th
We had so much rain, we could have rowed a boat across our 'lawn'

On Sunday the 12th ... the mountains were covered in snow

Monday the 13th was perfectly pleasant... as if it had no memory of the weekend.

Today, Tuesday the 14th... the clouds threatened all day and now its coming down in buckets.

So, as soup bubbled on the stove and teacups were regularly refilled, we attempted to keep warm as we went about our days.  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cape of Storms sustenance

We had such lovely weather earlier this week.... this weekend brought thunder, rain and hail.  So after breakfast in town, we left with a box of teatime treats to help abate the cold. Delicious!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Rebecca pulled out her recipe book this afternoon and made us a jug of lemonade... a very good recipe, just the right balance of sweet and sour, lovely on this sunny day!  All I had to do was procure the lemons from the tree for her.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Coming to sixteen

'Love is a command, not just a feeling. Somehow, in the romantic world of music and theater we have made love to be what it is not. We have so mixed it with beauty and charm and sensuality and contact that we have robbed it of its higher call of cherishing and nurturing.

Without the will, marriage is a mockery; without emotion, it is a drudgery. You need both.'

~ Ravi Zacharias

We are coming up to our 16 year anniversary on Friday...

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Baked Meatballs

So good and easy... a favourite!

In a jug / bowl mix:
1 tin chopped tomatoes
a splash of water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chutney
In another bowl mix the following together (with hands is easiest):
1 X 500g packet lean mince
1 egg
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup semolina / breadcrumbs
+- 3 tablespoons minced (very finely chopped) onion
1/2 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan / hard cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper

Roll the mince mixture into balls, about the size of golf balls.  Place them in the fridge for minimum 40 minutes (but you can leave all afternoon) covered with cling wrap.  Remove.  Sprinkle a little flour on them.  Place in a baking tray.  Take the jug of sauce and pour around the meatballs.  Bake for about 35-40 minutes... moving them gently about in the sauce about halfway through the cooking... will thicken and be simply delicious over spaghetti.