A little list of thankfulness…

Giving thanks for all sorts of loveliness: stems of iris blooming in a glass little salvaged iris buds blooming at the kitchen sink that subtle iris fragrance stately, fragile iris unfurling from long oval buds the exquisitely arranged petals, so easily ripped to shreds  by wind and rain supper on the porch beautiful morning clouds…

Cool and Delicious: Cucumber Salad with Yogurt

I put this salad together after a friend surprised me with a lovely bunch of fresh dill last summer.  This spring after two years of failed dill crops, I have a nice little stand of dill seedlings, and I hope to be able to harvest some of my own this year! The recipe is as…

Thoughts on a Friday

I was familiar with the first part of Donne’s Meditation 17, but I had forgotten this latter part of it: Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.  No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by it and made fit for God by that affliction.  If a…

In vain we are in turmoil

You have given me a mere handful of days, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind. We walk about like a shadow, and in vain we are in turmoil… And now, what is my hope? O Lord, my hope is in…

Quick and Delicious: Corn and Black Bean Salad

To be honest, the photo above is of the Black Bean Salsa recipe that I posted awhile ago.  This recipe is a combination of that recipe and a salad recipe from Food to Live By.  Regardless of whether it’s called salsa or salad, I call it dinner!  😉 Ingredients: 2 cans (15 oz each) black…

Thoughts on a Friday

“But it isn’t easy,” said Pooh.  “Because Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you.  And all you can do is to go where they can find you.” ~A.A. Milne

International Flair: Vietnamese Spring Rolls

A Korean friend introduced me to this recipe.  When she invited me over to have spring rolls for dinner, I was a little concerned since I was only familiar with the fried version that are like little egg rolls.  These were a delightful surprise! This is a cool and interactive meal since all of the…

Good Friday Thoughts

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great…

Thanksgiving in April

A few of the blessings from the last week are: a cluster of red tulips lilacs in bloom violets! green grass nodding hyacinths trees in bloom an evening walk to the Korean grocery new books to read old books to revisit coconut curry with eggplant scents of spring in the air line-dried laundry surprise guests…