Wednesday, November 28, 2018

slow moments - Goodbye Fall

...because I will miss this decor until next Fall.

...because Autumn Lodge burning is probably my favorite scent of the season.

...because a date day with hubby at the golf course was beautiful.

...because dear husband requested beef stew. 


...because these little helpers made light work and several batches of tortellini & sausage soup.

...because daughter and son-in-law shared this painful moment.

...because laundry was all done--for this moment.

...because I've left these pieces of leaf art up all year round!

...because these shoes brought comfort to my tender feet.

...because the girls spent a day going through scrapbooks.

...because a grey candle called Campfire Pumpkin - swoon!!!

Goodbye Fall - until next year!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Giving Thanks



 











 Family gathered, sharing a meal, giving thanks.... ~amen

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!


It's raining!  I'm awake in the dark and listening to rain.  A sweet dream of mine.  An answer to months of prayer for the needed rain.   It’s the midnight hour before Thanksgiving approaches in the morning. I am reminded in the midst of our heavy hearts and my body aches to give thanks in everything. Our hearts still grieve, and I’ve bumped my injured elbow more times than I can count. I’m icing it and praying that it allows to accomplish the upcoming tasks of gathering and nourishing family. I give praise among the pain. We have food, shelter, family and His undeserved grace.  I'm blessed.  I'm thankful.  

. . . and it's raining!  Praise for answered prayer.

“... in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

slow moments - Love in the Dust



...because we paused to remember Mom T.   We had Subway for dinner - her favorite.

...because homemade spaghetti sauce is delicious.

...because pomegranates are slowly eaten, seed by seed.  We have ordered these beautiful organic pomegranates for many years now and look forward to our annual delivery.

...because finding "I love you" in the dust is a sweet reminder of the love in our home.

...because chili is back on the menu.

...because cozy fires are lit almost daily now.

...because shopping at Hobby Lobby with my girls was a special outing.

And, now we enter a busy season.  May my heart remember to lace the slow into our days and see the Father's gifts all around me.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Shoebox Packing Party

 



 


 




We had an Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party at church.  We gathered together, watched a film on Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child and packed our boxes.  A picture was taken of each packer and included in the boxes.

After our boxes were done, we had a fellowship meal together of pizza and salad and then the candy came out.  A lady at our church made 50+ graham cracker gingerbread houses and provided trays of candy at each table for everyone to decorate their own little house.  It was a sweet beginning to start thinking about Christmas.

Packed with prayers

The gift of giving is really a gift that blesses my heart.  It puts the season into perspective and gently humbles my heart at the abundance surrounding us.  Packed with prayers - for the child receiving and for my heart to stay focused on the real Gift of the season during the busy of the upcoming weeks.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

In the hours of grief . . .


In the hours of grief, Lord, teach me to still give praise.


"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being."
Psalm 104:33

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Red Hots Applesauce


My girls have pretty much outgrown their appetites for applesauce, but I still felt the tug of my heart to keep tradition and find some of that normal rhythm that we desperately need.  I needed this canning moment.

The apples were bought alongside a few new canning jars and I began the task of peeling apples.  As I was peeling apples, I was trying to think outside of the box to make this batch of applesauce a little different - more colorful.  I remembered a family favorite spiced apple cider that has made the menu for Thanksgiving for a few years in a row now.  It's key ingredient is Red Hots candies and I happened to have a box on hand.  I decided I was up for the challenge to make some Red Hots applesauce.

Oh my!  It may not be the healthiest batch, but sooo good and the color is ahhhmazing!  Teenager approved!

Yields:  3-4 pints


Ingredients:

10 -12 medium apples - peeled and chopped
1/4 cup juice of freshly squeezed orange
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup Red Hots candies
1 cup boiling water


Directions:

  1. Add 1/2 cup Red Hots candies to 1 cup boiling water and set aside while peeling apples...about 20 minutes.

  2. In a medium dutch oven, add chopped apples, orange juice, cinnamon and cloves and stir together.

  3. Strain the remaining candy pieces out of the water, and pour the Red Hots water over the apples.

  4. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low flame for about 35-40 minutes.

  5. Carefully remove apple mixture into blender and blend until smooth or the texture you like.

  6. Ladle into pint jars and process in boiling water for about 10-15 minutes.  {We live in the mountains 4500ft., and our processing time is the full 15 minutes. Start with 10 minutes and add a minute for every 1000ft. above sea level.}
Special note:  To avoid jars from a white film that sometimes develops curing the canning process, you can add a pinch of cream of tartar to the canning water.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Canning Day - Apples







A seasonal rhythm.  Cozy baking smells, nourishing family, nurturing my soul . . . tradition.

This year was a little different.  Timing was off from our usual September apple picking.  The Honey Crisp apples were beautiful and went on sale and I decided to have a small apple canning day.  This year, I wanted to try canning some apple pie filling and then went a step further and made some Red Hots candy applesauce.

The Red Hots applesauce was a cinnamon fun twist!  The color is beautiful in the jars.

The apple pie filling proved to be overall too sweet for our liking - we prefer our homemade apple crumble over the super sweet pie filling.

It was good for my heart, though.  It kept me busy doing something I love.

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