Little blessings

This bar of soap is one of two that my sister to moved far away gave to my mother months ago that unexpectedly made it into my house on the Saturday that I needed soap but was too busy to go to the store. And this is the project that kept me from going to…

Fall Favorites: Cranberry Bread

This is a modified version of a recipe from the VitaMix cookbook my family got years ago.  The tangy cranberries are a great contrast to the sweetness of the bread and the lemon undertones add a very nice touch. Ingredients: 1 egg 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup…

Thoughts on a Friday (dense but worth the pondering)

Conversion is, then, a response to God, Who invites us to a state of complete freedom, away from everything that is hostile to His goodness and mercy.  The call one hears is not primarily or simply an encouragement to amend one’s life or to follow a particular religious path…. We begin to acknowledge, accept and…

Fall Favorites: Ratatouille

If all that you know of ratatouille is the film, then you really need to give this a try (if you eat eggplant, that is).  It’s a heady mix of fresh veggies stewed together in their own juices.  It’s not necessarily a fall food, but it’s a great way to use up the last of…

Caught in the act

I’ve noticed the evidence over the last few weeks… …and then this morning, I caught sight of this little fellow. He nicely cleaned off the outer husk of the walnut, and then scampered away… …probably to bury it in the yard or one of the flowerpots! (Sorry for the foggy photos.  He put up with…

Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Bread

This recipe is from a long-time family friend so I’m not sure where it originated.  It’s always something I look forward to when autumn rolls around. Ingredients: 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 16-oz. can pumpkin 2/3 cup water 3 1/3 cup flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1 1/2 tsp. salt…

A Portrait of Stan (or how I read the news)

Six years ago, I wrote the story below.  I hadn’t though of it for some time until hearing from a friend of mine who is in the same city experiencing basically the same thing all over again.  In a way, the last paragraph sums up how I try to follow the news (especially since so…

Something to fall for

Inspired by the fall foliage and this link (from this post), I decided that people with kids aren’t the only ones who should get to have crafting fun.  The rest of us also need some hands-on connection with that beyond what we can comprehend. So now I’ve got my own little bowl of beautiful leaves…

Glory be

Glory be to God for dappled things– For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced–fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who…