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Reminding Myself, It is time for Silence

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"Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don't realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being."~Eckhart Tolle~

Amish Pumpkin Rolls

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One of my favorite things about fall time is all the pumpkin goodies to make. One of our families favorites is this recipe for Amish Pumpkin Rolls.
I make them slightly different than the recipe. I add the sugar to the milk and butter when I heat it up, and I add the warm milk mixture to the yeast and let it proof a bit then add the pumpkin and the eggs, but I am sure following the recipe would work.
I double the recipe, always do since they go so fast. I used all unbleached flour. Didn't have bread flour.
So here the recipe..... enjoy
Amish Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Pamela J Jacoby
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin or mashed cooked pumpkin
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1 package dry yeast ( 1 Tablespoon)
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. melted butter
Caramel frosting (recipe follows)In small saucepan, heat milk and 2 tbsp.butter just until warm (120-130degrees) and butter is almost melted, sti…

In The Stillness of the morning, a ramble

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It's not quite full light yet, the sun is just coming up over the horizion. Its the time of the morning where it almost looks like a rainy day, there is a grayness before the golden sun arrives for this new day. Already Emery is at work cutting down a tree that is dead. He will come in for breakfast in an hour or so. There are toys scattered all over my living room. It seems strange but good. It has been so many years since toys hid under the couch and on top of tables, or stuck between the cushions.
Mei-Ling is still sleeping. She played hard yesterday. I feel a bit greedy this morning, wishing Steven and Priscilla lived just down the road too, so I could see Elizabeth as much as I see Mei-Ling. I can so easily imagine tea parties with two wee girls sitting about the table with extra chairs for stuffed teddy bears and dolls. Grammie serving tea and tiny cakes all decorated with pink frosting. I hope for many many grandchildren, wondering if I have told my children enough times th…

Tiny Piano Player

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Miss Mei-Ling had fun discovering the piano today.

Almost An Entire Day of No Blogging

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Imagine, me going almost the whole day without blogging ! But, there is a good reason and her name happens to be Mei-Ling. Grammie and Grampie are babysitting for the weekend so Melanie and Casi can attend a convention in Dallas. This little one is now like a monkey and has discovered the joy of climbing, so Grammie is getting a work out keeping up with this wee one. The play pen is coming out tomorrow ! I forgot how much discovery takes place once they get walking and climbing. Its really exciting to watch her explore and figure things out.
We are having a great time, but I will confess that when Mei-Ling took a nap this afternoon, I too took a bit of a snooze on the sofa. I had intended to read but my eyes grew too heavy to stay open. My new GVS catalog arrived today and I never even got a chance to look at it. That is a sure sign of being busy. My little side kick and I did go out together and do some food shopping. She was as good as gold the entire time and I was good, I didn'…

The Joy In A Child's Day

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I see her mothers smile in her big grin and her aunties love of order in this wee one. I see her fathers hands in the way she holds hers. I see magic in the way she pretends as she plays and joy in the way she lavishes kisses on her dolls and feel pure joy when she reaches up for me to give me a kiss. Being a grandmother is so much more than I ever imagined. It is watching beauty unfold once again in the life of a child. It is seeing the connection of your own children in the face of the new generation. It is a blessing so far beyond words. All because of love !

An Ordinary Morning

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I stood in the milk barn, watching and listening to Cinnamon munch on her grain. My mind on a million things. Today I need to sew on some shopping bags I am making, dust the furniture, strip the bed in the guest room, do some baking, maybe cut out a new skirt and on and on the mental list of "to do's" plays out in my thoughts, when just out of the corner of my eye, I see on the milk house floor what looks like a few strands of gold Christmas tinsel. First thought, how in the world did that get there ? Then I realize it is a tiny ray of sunshine coming through a loose board and casting the most perfect golden glow on a few strands of hay laying on the floor. What beauty ! I am in awe at such a sight. My mind is quieted by this tiny miracle of spun gold laying on the barn floor. My eyes gaze out into the pasture through the gate and before me, two male cardinals chasing on another, dots of red fluttering from branch to branch. A female cardinal looks on, perhaps she is amu…

A Little Humor to Start The Day

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A bit funny, but also a bit of truth perhaps. Gas is about $3.39 here a gallon, so its gone down quite a bit. For so long Amish have been made fun of for their old fashioned ways, but seems like right now, they are the ones that seem the most insulated from the present state of the economy !

For The Beauty of The Earth

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Sometimes, what I feel in my heart best expressed in a hymn or a text or a poem. This afternoon as the sun shone through the thickening clouds, casting a large ray down onto the earth, this old, well loved hymn came to mind. For The Beauty of The Earth
by Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1864
For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies;
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.
For the wonder of each hour,
Of the day and of the night;
Hill and vale and tree and flow'r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.
For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind's delight;
For the mystic harmony,
Linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.
For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child;
Friends on Earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hym…

An Example

A while back National Geographic had an article on Bhutan.... Bhutan's Enlightened Experiment
You can read the full text at that link. After reading it, I had some serious questions about how we as a modern world compare morally and ethically, to say 150 years ago. By looking at the transition Bhutan is going through, we might get an idea. Yes, we have gained so much in regards to medical advancement, and technology, but wow, are we are stressed out people now. The changes in society have many people counting the cost of the decay in morals that have come with it.
The tiny isolated country, once shut off from much of the rest of the world is gradually changing to a more modern country, but with a cost. I am going to quote a bit from the article...
"Bhutan’s traditionalists, however, see a darker force at play: the invasion by a materialistic global monoculture that is eroding their values. The government has banned channels deemed harmful, including MTV, Fashion TV, and a sport…

Enough photos Grammie !

Mei-Ling evidently had enough of Grammie and her camera...her solution, just put the lens cap on !

A Little Princess

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Mei-Ling had fun playing and dancing in her little princess dress today. A Goodwill thrift store find. Grammie and Grandpa were more than happy to baby sit so Melanie and Casi could have a date night to celebrate their anniversary.

Happy Anniversary Melanie & Casimir

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Happy Anniversary to Melanie and Casi.....you two have dealt with more in your first two years of marriage than most do in a life time.... ( between Melanie and Mei-Ling there have been nearly 20 hospital stays in the past 24 months !)Your love, strong and so full of a deep joy. Wishing you many many more love filled years. Cutting the cake two years ago today wedding rings....(their wedding rings have their last name written in Thai on them)

My Biggest Problem in Life

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Most of my readers know that I tend to think a lot. I want to figure out all that I can in life and at times its much like driving circles in a round about. The plain and simple truth to most of my wonderings has to do with spiritual things. I want to get it right, only "right" has a few shades of gray in it, if you measure it against modern thought, oh old thought too, but right now with the way information is spread so quickly, its all around us.
Here is my truth....If I decide to take the Bible literally, which I believe you should, then I really will live a very old fashioned, peculiar life compared to 99% of the population around me. That is hard, no one wants to be peculiar. If I decide to live with the mindset that "oh the Bible is not all that literal and much of it was written for that time period and blah blah blah", then I can pick and choose and be exactly what is comfortable for me. I don't have to do anything I don't really want to, because I c…

Sunday in Pictures

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Evening chores always gives us some sort of daily renewal for why we live as we do. The way the sun shines on the bark of the old cottonwood, the way the shadows stretch out so long, the way the chickens rush about their bug hunting, and the way the soil looks as we prepare it for fall planting. The way the birds sing all around us and the way the air smells and the breeze blows ever so gently. Sundays, when we spend the entire day together, it feels like an extra blessing to have such a simple life. The rush of modern life is just not a part of our day. Lamps are now lit, the quiet is beautiful. Its time for books and hand holding, glancing at each other with 30 years of love. It's nice.

Breakfast Casserole

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Here is a favorite breakfast casserole that I make for special occasions. Today I decided that I need to make it just to celebrate how good life is ! And to use up some of our many eggs : )
Breakfast Casserole serves 8-10 This savory casserole is a winner when you are having guests for breakfast or celebrating a birthday. 1 bunch green onions 1 large green pepper 4 Tablespoons butter 1 lb breakfast sausage (non-meat sausage works fine) 1 pint whole tomatoes (optional) 12-18 eggs 1/2 cup cream salt and pepper to taste
wash and mince green onions and green pepper. melt butter in a large flameproof casserole dish or heavy-bottom frying pan. Fry peppers and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add sausage and break up with a spoon. Halfway through, add the onions, stir and continue cooking until meat is browned and onions are soft. Add tomatoes and break up with the back of a spoon. Lower heat and cook uncovered for 15 minutes to evaporate some of the liquid. Stir frequently. Preheat oven to 400 F In a lar…

I Wish....

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This morning I woke wishing it was fall time already. Yes, I know that I had that post not long ago about rushing the seasons, but here I am eating my own words. I am weary of summer heat, weary of having the house shut up tight, wearing of thinking of quick suppers that don't heat up the kitchen. Weary of sweating while doing chores and then on there is the longing for...sweaters, wool socks pulled up to the knee under heavy flannel skirts. For cozy fires in the stove each morning with the kettle on top singing away. For the smell of clean crisp air, dancing with leaves. For the colors that decorate my living room, so bright and bold, yet soothing. For tucked away crafts, too hot to work on in summer, that once again make an appearance in the cool afternoons. For the excitement of the first cold morning when the floor shocks you for the chillness of if and the rush it creates in getting the fire going. For thoughts of wool hats and new socks to be knit, not just for pleasure,…

Mei-Ling visits Grammie and Grandpa

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Melanie and Casi had to run an errand so we had the privilege of watching Mei-Ling for a couple hours. What a joy she is to have visit. She played with her puzzles for over an hour, then played with her doll and finally climbed up into her favorite chair to "read". She jibber jabbers as she turns each page, just as if she was reading each one.
Lots of big kisses and lots of hugs made the evening so special.