Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pink Thursday

Sending my positive thoughts and prayers of hope....

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Friday, October 9, 2009

"Let God Bless You!"

Today is my birthday.
My little sweeties sang all the versions of 'Happy Birthday' they know over and over as I lay in bed early this morning.
It was precious.
During one of them, my four year old launches into the "how old are you" verse.
She gave me time to sing my part and finished up by singing,
"Let God bless you, let God bless you, let God bless you, let God bless you!"
My soon-to-be seven year old said, "No, it's may God bless you."

As they left my bed I began to think perhaps it should be 'let' instead of 'may.'
I mean, we're used to hearing and saying 'may' but that seems to
leave it up to some hope in the future.
And then I thought, "do I really let God bless me?"
He desires to. Do I let him?

So, for my next year of my life I'm going to purposely let God bless me!
And be thankful for however that comes.
(thank you for that, Kari! Out of the mouth of babes!)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pink Thursday

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month Christina of Soul Aperture has invited us to join her in sharing pink thoughts every Thursday in honor of those touched by breast cancer. I'm sending my positive thoughts, prayers and HOPE today. Won't you join us?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bread Making

Yes, we're busy today. I made some dough early Sunday morning and put it in the fridge. While I was working on applesauce with Kari & Melvin, Jaya was holding it down preparing our dinner rolls to be baked.


and rolling...

rolling some more.

The pan is almost filled up.

They've risen and are ready to enter the oven! I can't wait to have one!!!!

There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread...

She did it all by herself!!

Mmmm! Mmmm! Mmmm!

Don't they look good?

Putting butter on them.

Getting them out of the pan.

They are warm, soft and on so good!! Not sure if these will last until dinner time.
Perhaps I'll have to make some more dough.

Apples to Applesauce

So after picking all those apples we spend the weekend deciding what we'd do with all of them. Well we'll be making at least one pie. We looked through several cook books to see some of our options: Apple cake, apple bread, apple crisps, applesauce, apple juice, apple cider, apple muffins, apple dumplings, fried apples, and the list could go on....

Today we've decided to make apple sauce. Here is the process we used.

Washing the apples.

Nice and clean.

The apple corer/peeler/slicer.

We only used three apples to begin with for our first batch.

We put the sliced apples in boiling water. I ended up pouring out most of the water so that there was only enough to cover the bottom of the pot. After simmering for about 10 minutes I removed them from the heat.

We used a potato masher to mash the apples. We wanted chunky apple sauce so we only did this step (for smooth, you can put them in a blender/food processor).

This is our first batch of all natural (no sugar added) of chunky apple sauce!!

The end result was VERY tasty!!!

Book Sharing Monday

This Monday we're sharing the sequal to a previous book shared.
It's Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood.

I am enjoying this story as well...probably more than my children at the moment, but they have asked me to read several times since we got it. Here's the summary given in the book:
Earth is full of suffering and war until one little girl seeks Old Turtle, who tells her about a "broken truth" and how mending it will help her community to understand the common bond of all humanity.
I think this is a must read for any person/family who is seeking to live in harmony with their community/others.

Want to join in Book Sharing Monday or find a list of others who participate? Check out Alex @ Serendipity.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Apple Pickin'

For the first day of October we went apple picking at Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA with some of our friends. It was a very brisk...ok, cold, very windy day! But we had a great time!

We found an empty nest in one of the trees.

Kari asked if she could take it home....and we did. ;-)

The more apples we picked, the heavier the wagon become.

Not only did we pick apples, but I found some tomatoes left and got those too!


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