Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A few of my favorite things

Today has been a cold & blustery day in the Heartland. The snow is falling while the wind howls around the house. In an effort to keep myself awake (this is the perfect day for a nap) I decided to take a trip around blog-land. While doing so, I found some tremendous writers, photographers, crafters, thinkers, and families.

Come see...

A Holy Experience : beauty for the eyes and soul

A Pretty Cool Life : check our her colorful & cute birthday banners!

Between Naps on the Porch : beautiful table-scapes for the holidays

Blue Cricket Design : mulling spice bags - perfect for a hostess gift

Childmade : eye candy for the crafter - young or old

Fish Food: decorative pie crusts

Little Bit Funky: a sugar scrub for someone sweet on your gift list

Mabel's House
: Martha Stewart vs Liz (the blog author) - funny stuff!

Monday, November 30, 2009


Outside my window: the sun is beginning to rise. There is frost on the deck and grass.
I am thinking: it would be nice to have a bit of snow. If it is going to be this cold and least let there be snow.
I am thankful for: a cozy warm house and sleeping children.
I am praying for: prosperity and security for my hubby's work situation.
From the kitchen: we made banana bread and snickerdoodles this weekend.
I am creating: new headboards for Em and Sarah's room.
I am going: I need to run to the bookstore today. I am saddened to hear that one of our local Christian boosktores is closing. They have been a constant in our neighborhood for many years.
I am reading: Bartholomew's Passage (for Advent).
Around the house: It is quiet. The Christmas trees are twinkling. The fire is warm. The coffee is hot. The kids are sleeping.
One of my favorite things: writing in my journal while the house is quiet. I get lots of thinking, praying and dreaming done this way.
A few plans for the upcoming week: we start back to lessons after a fall break. With the exception of routine errands and housekeeping, we will be focusing on school. Oh, and I need to get our Christmas card list pulled together.
A picture thought: want a fun and colorful for the kids to make? Check out Cheryl's Goody-Goody gumdrop wreath. Have fun!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Holiday Grand Plan

The Holiday Grand Plan begins on August 30.
It is an 18-week plan to organize your home for Christmas.
Join me!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Weekly reading list

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Summer days - 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

In the kitchen...

I had high hopes of spending the day making peach and/or strawberry jam today but I missed the mark. My favorite produce stand was out of strawberries and the Amish lady (who looked at me with a sigh) said jam quality peaches won't be ready until August. I guess I should have known that little fact?


I did pick up some fresh rhubarb, white potatoes, green beans and tomatoes. I hated to spend money on the tomatoes but my garden maters aren't quite ready. The rhubarb will be made into a few small jars of freezer jam for Jeff. He loves the stuff. Me? Not so much. The potatoes, beans and tomatoes will be part of dinner tonight. There is nothing better than fresh from the dirt produce.

This afternoon, the kids and I made homemade granola. I haven't made this in many, many months. A friend shared a great recipe so into the kitchen we scooted.

Apple Cranberry Granola
From: Kim's Kitchen courtesy of Gail Prather

6 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/4 cups frozen apple juice concentrate*
1/2 cup wheat germ*
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sweetened coconut*
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins

In a large bowl combine the first nine ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Spread evenly on 2 baking sheets, bake @ 350 for 20 mins. Cool, stir in cranberries and raisins.

*I used cinnamon applesauce in place of the concentrate. In place of the wheat germ, I used flax seeds. I added dried mango in place of the coconut. I added 1 cup of slivered almonds and dried apple pieces as well.

notes: This recipe is very forgiving. Great way to clean out little bits of 'this and that' in the pantry. I double the recipe...fills two large jars. Keeps well.

Happy cooking!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer time daybook

Outside my window: I can see the 5 peony bushes filled with fluffy pink and white flowers. They are a true favorite.
I am thinking: of choices. There is a lot going on in my head these days. Some of it is nonsense. Some of it demands full attention and a lot of prayer.
I am thankful for: warm sunshine and active kids.
I am praying for: clarity and wisdom.
From the kitchen: I just cleaned up from lunch. Dinner tonight will be taco salad or burgers. I may leave the decision up to the kids.
I am creating: a family journal. I am using an actual paper journal and pen. It feels good to actually use get thoughts, feelings and memories onto a clean sheet of paper.
I am going: to take Emily to her first day of volleyball try-outs. That is the only place the van needs to go today. Hooray.
I am reading: The Educated Child by Bennett.
I am hoping: to thoroughly weed the garden this week. It seems to be a losing battles most days.
I am hearing: the lawnmower brigade. There are lots of people taking care of their yard today.
Around the house: I am driven to distraction listening to the dogs 'clickety clack' all over the kitchen and den. They need their nails clipped. This will bring much drama. Listen for howls.
One of my favorite things: hugs
A few plans for the upcoming week: organize paperwork, catch up on emails, work in the garden, send out birthday invites and enjoy the sunshine.
A picture thought: