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Saturday, October 31, 2009

"I like to wear my Mommie's shoes.
I mean the pairs she doesn't use.
I pick the ones with highest heels,
You can't imagine how it feels
To walk around,go out the door,
Clump-clumping all across the floor. "

-Kate Cox Goddard
Ariana decided to see if she fit in Grammy's shoes! She stood still for quite awhile before I realized "why" ! The poem above came from a book given to Summer by Mrs. Kunz when Travis was born. The whole book is a favorite & this poem particularly so.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!! We ended up going trick or treating at the mall tonight with a friend who invited us. We were going to wait until next year and go with Daddy but since we were invited AND she had a costume that Ariana could wear- I decided why not!?! So while probably not my first choice of costume for our little princess- I introduce to you the very cutest and sweetest little monster ever!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What the kitchen really looks like when good thing are happening, like making rolls of chocolate chip dough for the freezer!!
Freezing pie crusts, I've never tried this before,hope it will be good.I made an apple pie with pecans,streusel & caramel-it was a big hit at church.Definitely going to make that one again!!
Happy girl pictures from my visit!
Our lil' Miss A !!
I have a verse for today that really spoke to my heart & goes along with what I've been learning in Bible Study. Ps. 78: 40-42. "How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again & again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy."
There are 2 things that really stood out to me. One; is that my actions & attitudes can limit the power of God in my own life. Which would also limit His power through me in anyone else's life.
Secondly, & this is key for me- They did not remember His Power.The great & mighty things He'd done in their not so distant past.
I'm like that sometimes, I can limit God by fears & worries, trying to figure out how all these situations will work out that seem so impossible..... The antidote is to remember what God has already done in my life. What impossible situations He's stepped into & made everything all right.
Hope today finds you remembering God's goodness & experiencing His Power & Love in your life.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Reader

The face of a budding reader.Some of the words are really tough!

It's really fun to get ALOT of books out till you find just the right read over & over & over....

Sometimes standing on my head helps me find just the right book!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Really. Truly. This should be the last post of the kitchen!At least of the building phase.

I'm sure there will always be FOOD blogs.
Of course!
And they will probably take place in the kitchen!!
So the kitchen will sink into the background. Right?!!
Except,maybe those little projects...!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Soup, marvelous soup!

I made a soup yesterday that is oh so yummy,tingle in your tummy good!! Gotta share it with you all!! I sauteed ( or for you Food Network folks-"sweated") onion,thin slices of carrot, celery and garlic in a smidge of olive oil. When they were tender I added chicken broth, cooked pinto beans (Any will do),chopped cabbage, dried red pepper flakes, pre-cooked hot turkey sausage slices & some barley. I simmered til done & froze some. Just some. The rest I am eating - last night for my supper, today, for my lunch......I resisted it for breakfast!!!
I know Ashley's had snow while Summer's been visiting......And so have we!!!
Who knows, Sum, you just might have snow still on your car when you get here!!

A touch of Fall

Here's my "Before".

And below, here's my" after's".

I've got all my little touches of Fall around the house. It makes it feel so home-y to me!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lil" Miss A is out in Dakota territory visiting her little cousins & Aunt Ashley & Uncle Miles. The word is-She likes to share. She shares food, clothing,toys,shoes. Not with the boys. Oh no. She likes to share with" BUBBA"; the dog!!!

Cookbooks. I have a weakness for them. I love to peruse them.Read every little comment the author/cook makes. Pick out recipes I'll make this week. Make lists of what I need to buy. It is one form of relaxation for me I can't resist.
I also can't seem to cook/bake enough lately. Is it the new kitchen ? Is it the cooler weather that invites me to have soups simmering on the stove? Desserts in the oven? Sauce in the crockpot?Is it some kind of pschyo therapy with having NO FAMILY in the area?? I don't know but the house sure smells good & there's plenty to eat!
In between times I was able to read this loaner from Sum. Intriguing. That's all I'll say.
Always. always, reading something to edify. I get to co-lead a Ladies Bible Study-"Finding
Fulfillment". I love my Bible Study group. We laugh with one another,we cry with one another. We encourage, we challenge. we pray for each other. I feel so privileged that I'm part of that.
Books-I Love 'em. Guess I always will! Hope you've got your hands on a good one!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ta Dah!!!

Here we are with the kitchen mostly done. I couldn't be more happy with my new cooking center!! I need to accessorize a little bit,so it feels finished-I think jarfuls of cookies make it home-y, don't you?!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ariana likes Grammy's rolls!

Summy & lil' Miss A were here for lunch the other day. It was a pleasure to cook in my new kitchen!! I made Cream of Broccoli soup, 90 minute dinner rolls & applesauce with brown sugar & cinnamon/nutmeg......All I can say is "yum"!!