Thankful

for… beautiful new mittens a kind note from a friend a haloed gibbous moon a beautiful sunrise the low-hanging full moon the sound of rain on the roof organic grape tomatoes from Aldi prayers repaired hinges the effects of power steering fluid bargain shopping

Pasta with broccoli and sausage

This recipe basically comes from the All New All Purpose Joy of Cooking.  I was looking for a way to cook up some on-sale broccoli in a tasty, winter-friendly sort of way and this recipe sounded great.  (In the Joy it is “Orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe” — sounds much fancier that way, doesn’t…

Thoughts on a Friday

To convert is to embark on a process: in religious terms, this involves a decision to commit the whole life to God.  But this cannot be achieved by a single act of the will, nor does it occur in a day, or after a single event, however dramatic and life-altering that event may be.  Conversion,…

Thankful for…

fun with my new Slipper Genies dark, fair trade chocolate from Aldi a chance to go back to the Greek sunshine a paycheck time to rest sharing examples of courage and character

Pear, pecan, oatmeal, maple syrup scone success!

Well, I’ve got it!  A successful pear, pecan, oatmeal, and maple syrup scone.  I think these are just as delicious as the less-successful batch, and they’re my favorite scones in a long time.  There’s so much good stuff in them! The dough is still very sticky, but it should hold together enough to form into…

Thoughts on a Friday

Prayer makes your heart bigger, until it is capable of containing the gift of God himself. ~Mother Teresa

Thanks

Thankful for: chopped hazelnuts and pear sauce in my hot cereal a little rain glorious sunsets library books an unexpected gifts plenty to eat a thoughtful note from a friend birds in flight spaghetti and meatballs 10,000 Reasons the scent of citrus and cloves

Pear, pecan, oatmeal, maple syrup un-scones

So…  I liked the look of these scones when I was searching for ways to use up some pears.  But I was not wild about the idea of using cream cheese in scones, and I wanted to try to sweeten them only with maple syrup. I tried to think through how to get the proper…

Thoughts on a Friday

God is not an art critic who makes aesthetic judgments, nor is God a philosopher who issues metaphysical definitions or decrees.  Rather, God is more like a cantor who chants His Creation into existence and rejoices everlastingly over its beautiful harmony.  His song continues, and its melody moves and inspires humankind to restore beauty and…

Singing in the new year

It’s a little late for this post, but we’re still not far into the new year.  Just over a year ago, I came across this free family hymnal which you can download and print for your own use. It’s organized with one hymn for each week of the year, mostly traditional ones but with some…

New year’s thanksgiving

Thankful this new year for: time with family and friends still some snow! a week’s worth of pumpkin soup packed up for lunches new recipes time to think about things frosty beauty an afternoon of tea and letter writing

Crock pot apple sauce

I had the chance to pick some lovely apples last fall and wanted to make some applesauce.  Growing up, we used the Sqeezo, and it’s hard to find an easier way to turn apples into sauce than using it — quarter the apples, cook with a little water on the stove top until soft, run…