Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I was hoping to visit others blogs last night but I just didn't have the heart to do so.  My husband and I were watching the news in the wake of the Manchester attack.  So much hate and evil in the world.  My heart and prayers go out to the families.

I rarely post anything political or newsworthy and it even feels strange to post what I have.  I tend to shelter myself away from as much of it as I can.  I'm not sure if that is entirely healthy, but for me, it is what I can do.

May God grant peace, comfort, and justice for those who are suffering.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Wonder of the Woods

I love looking at the little touches of wonder in the woods.  Everywhere I look, there is something new.

I find mushrooms quite fascinating.  I know ~ Do Not Eat them! (although the strange man down the street showed me some mushrooms in his yard and said they were edible...  I was thinking no thanks).  I do enjoy looking at them.

I was remarking to my husband just last week that I hadn't seen very many mushrooms this year.  And then it rained a lot and BOOM!! Mushrooms!!

In my photograph above, I am especially fond of the big mushroom in the front.  It almost looks like a scone or possibly a meringue.  I imagine the fairies in the gardens are as delighted as I am.

Have you mushrooms in your garden, field, meadow, or woods?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

About the Sheltered Garden Ground

About the sheltered garden ground
The trees stand strangely still.
The vale ne'er seemed so deep before,
Nor yet so high the hill.

An awful sense of quietness,
A fulness of repose,
Breathes from the dewy garden-lawns,
The silent garden rows.

As the hoof-beats of a troop of horse
Heard far across a plain,
A nearer knowledge of great thoughts
Thrills vaguely through my brain.

I lean my head upon my arm,
My heart's too full to think;
Like the roar of seas, upon my heart
Doth the morning stillness sink.

Robert Louis Stevenson
beautiful photograph via pixabay

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happiness Blooms

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. ~Author Unknown

It seems I often find many of my favorite decor items either at a thrift store, a craft store, or an estate/garage sale.  I love this wooden sign that I found a few weeks ago.  I placed it in my entry way above the bench seat.

Happiness has bloomed in abundance for me this week.  Two days with little Sam, a day of church, and a day of Ladies Bible Study. Five or six days of sunshine. Countless cups of coffee. Mornings on the back porch. Strolls in the woods.

Did you have a blooming happy week?

Friday, May 19, 2017

this moment ~ Rustic Potatoes

this moment

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lullaby Time

Hush my baby, don't you cry
while your mama
sings a lullaby
Hoot owl murmuring
in a nearby tree
that tranquil evening melody

Peace, be still, the Lord is near
He will kiss away night tears, lay all your fears upon Him
By your side He will remain
And chase the misty night away and beckon golden dawning

Hush, now baby, close your eyes while your daddy sings a lullaby
Wind chimes dance beneath the starry sky
To a tranquil evening lullaby

Peace, be still, the Lord is near
He will kiss away night tears, lay all your fears upon Him
By your side He will remain
And chase the misty night away and beckon golden dawn in

Peace, be still, the Lord is near
He will kiss away night tears, lay all your fears upon Him
By your side He will remain
And chase the misty night away and beckon golden dawn in

Peace, be still, the Lord is near
Peace, be still, the Lord is near
Peace, be still

Jamie Owens-Collins, Peace Be Still

This evening I want to share with you my absolute favorite lullaby.  Jamie Owens-Collin wrote and sang it in the '80's.  I first heard it on a lullaby album that is no longer available.  I'm thinking it was around 1986 because I remember singing it to my third daughter.

I found a youtube video of the song sung by Jamie Owens-Collins but the pictures are really random and not so great.  Not nasty or anything, just not what I think works.  If you'd like to hear the song, you can listen to it here.

Do you have a favorite lullaby that you would sing to your baby?

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cookbook Countdown


I ordered three new cookbooks and I am excited to get started cooking. Have you ever seen the Taste of Home magazines?  I received it years ago and really enjoyed their simple delicious recipes. Since we've moved and found a lovely church family, we are going to be breaking bread with various groups of people on a regular basis. I need some new ideas!

The first cookbook is Taste of Home's Make It Freeze It.  There are 275+ freezer-friendly recipes for busy families.  I love the idea of making some meals ahead of time whether it be because I am too busy to cook or perhaps I want to make a meal for someone that is not well or just had a baby.  They can put it right in the freezer until they need it, thaw it out, and then bake it.

The second cookbook is Taste of Home's Ultimate 9x13 Cookbook. In this book there are 315 recipes for my 9x13 pan. There are main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and more.  I love this size pan because it's perfect for a potluck dinner ~ enough for a number of hungry people but not too much. All the pictures on the cover look so delicious. I've never made a 4th of July cake like the one picture but I've had one that looks like this and it was good.  I did look at this particular recipe and it is different than the one I tasted. Can the 4th of July just hurry up already!

The third and last cookbook is Taste of Home's Church Supper Recipes. There are a whopping 359 crowd pleasing favorites inside. Love the pictures, recipes, and inspirational Bible quotes that are in each chapter! There also are bonus chapters with holiday favorites and extra-large yields. I'm not sure what extra-large yields are but I'm guessing the recipe makes a LOT! (for some reason, I'm picturing a road worker with a really big YIELD sign!)

I would love to try a new recipe each week from at least one of these cookbooks. Practice makes perfect! ♥

Have you tried a new recipe lately?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Simply Rustic Frittata

The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you're not a traveler. You're a tourist.
~Guillermo del Toro

Love the quote from one of my favorite movie director/producers. Recipes, like journeys, sometimes need to be spontaneous. You need to mix it up a bit and see where you end up!

I decided to wonder off the beaten path with my latest frittata.  As you may remember, I made a delicious Ham & Asparagus Frittata. I had ham and asparagus left over from Easter and decided to whip up a frittata.  It was a hit with everyone. ♥

I was plumb out of asparagus and though I have some ham in the freezer, I decided to make a Spinach and Mushroom Frittata.  I picked a tomato from the garden and added that as well.  Oh my!  I think it was even better than the Ham & Asparagus Frittata.

I love cooking & baking in my big cast iron skillet.  And I absolutely love simple rustic dinners.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tired but Happy

I am exhausted!  In fact, I think I will be in bed before 8 pm.  I'm desperately trying to stay awake until then.

Today I had the joyful opportunity of taking care of baby Sam for several hours while my daughter slept.  Who would have thought that snuggling a sweet baby would be so exhausting?  He drifted off to dreamland after some quality lullaby time.  I put him in his little bed and had time for a cup of coffee before he awoke and needed to be changed.  A little more rocking and singing and he was down for the count.

I am tired but very very happy.  I could get used to this! ♥

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Mother's Day to Remember

If I could have anything, anything at all this Mother's Day, I would choose to relive as many beautiful moments with my children that I could remember.

I would spend the day at the Zoo with the twins.  They would be three years old.  I would push the double stroller and we would visit all the animals.  We would laugh at the monkeys ~ especially the orangutans who were especially interested in my purse.  We would eat crackers and drink from juice boxes.  We would watch the mice in the little bread house.  We would pet the soft downy fluff of the chicks.

I would spend an afternoon singing Bible rhymes with my third daughter.  She would be two years old.  God pushed up the mountains and rolled out the seas.  He painted the skies and then he made me.  We would make all the hand gestures together that matched the little songs and we would laugh.

I would march along with my son.  He would be almost two and have a large yellow mixing bowl on his head as he marched.  Then I would  sit on the floor and play trucks with him.

I would visit the library with all the children.  They would be all ages and so excited to explore other worlds with books.  We would carry armfuls home for a week, read them, and then return the following week to repeat the same.

I would read aloud to my children.  So many books ~ especially all the CS Lewis Narnia books. Their eyes sparkled at the wonder and beauty of the land beyond the wardrobe.

I would sing with them all the Donut Man songs we knew together.  I would listen to the Adventures in Odyssey cassette tapes again and again.

I would watch all the old Disney movies with them.  And then of course, we'd watch Star Wars.  We all loved the original Star Wars movies ~ especially my son who would pretend he was Luke.

I would play countless board games and card games and even the really noisy Hungry Hungry Hippos.

I would plant a garden with the children.  I would watch them grow as surely as the plants did. Water them with encouragement. Harvest their love for learning. Oh how they bloomed!

I would hold their hands as we walked.  I would hold them in my lap.  I would rock them to sleep.

So many things I would do again if I could relive those moments. But now is the time for grandchildren. And love begins again.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Popcorn & a Show ~ The Orphanage

I'd grab the camera and tell people what to do, and when I was 14, someone told me that it was called directing. ~ Guillermo del Toro

My goal is to watch and review one foreign film a month this year. So far this year, I've seen one Swedish film, one Korean film and two Persian films. This month, I chose a Spanish film.

The Orphanage is not a new film to me. It is one of my favorite movies, foreign or otherwise. I love the characters ~ especially the main character Laura (in Spanish pronounced La-or-a). The scenery is gorgeous. Guillermo del Toro is the executive producer/director. I am a big fan of all his films! And although the film is in the drama/horror genre, I didn't find it scary at all.

The Orphanage is a movie you will not soon forget.
Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simón tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simón has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery. (click on the link to see a trailer for this movie)

If you have never watched a foreign film before, the Orphanage is a great one to start with. Enjoy!

(You can find links to my other foreign film movie reviews in the right sidebar.)

Friday, May 12, 2017

this moment ~ Berry Hopeful

this moment A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember