Monday, November 30, 2009

A Good Quote

“Romance is not a science but an art, no less so than the art of eating well. And it takes cultivation and refinement if a relationship is to offer its fullest rewards.”
~Mireille Guiliano~

what a joyful art it is ! Next week Emery and I will celebrate 31 year of marriage, always mingled with romance and laughter.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Fall Garden Blessings

This is what I picked from the garden this morning and what good tasting broccoli it is. Soon, some of the cabbage will be ready to pick and collard will be ready too. Beats and lettuce ready now too. Rain is gently falling as is the temperature about to do. A wintry day is on the way and that suits me just fine. Perfect for writing my Christmas letter to go out with my cards.
Emery is busy stacking wood from a tree that lost large limbs in a storm this year at Melanie and Casi's house, it is a day of preparation around here, for the cold to come.

Quiet Sunday Morning

The house is quiet, Emery is off gathering more boxes of Christmas decorations for me, stacking them in the living room. He always moves with such care and purpose that its a joy to watch him just do simple tasks. Love is like that I guess, it makes us notice such small things about the person that holds our heart in theirs. I love Christmas and everything that goes along with it, the baking, the decorating, the excitement over finding the perfect gift for someone, the Christmas lights, the music, the traditional colors of red and green. Even addressing Christmas cards is fun for me. Emery had not really celebrated Christmas much before he met me, matter of fact our first Christmas brought to him the first Christmas stocking he had ever had and he was 32 ! I simply refuse to adopt a single second of that bah humbug attitude that seems to fly around this time of the year when people start complaining about the cost of Christmas etc, because it should never be about money, its about joy and celebration and even when you haven't got two nickles to rub together, you can find joy in making gifts from nature itself along with a bit of ribbon, glue and your imagination. Little log houses can be made from sticks and glue and made into bird houses or just uses as decorations. They can also be made from cinnamon sticks and that scents the house nicely for the holidays. I have seen little bird feeders made from millet sprays, creating that same log look.
Gather rose petals at the end of the rose season, dry them and glue them to craft balls and tie with ribbon to make pomander balls to be hung in closets. So many ways to make gifts without spending a fortune.
The holidays should be fun, should be simple and not full of stress and resentment over how much it costs to buy things for people. Step back a few generations in your thinking and consider making a gift or lowering the amount you plan to spend on each person. Most of us have way more than we will ever need which gives others opportunity to give their time as a gift to us, or give us something from their heart, which is all the better.
If we read back through history, or talk with some elders, we will find that joy can be found in the simple gifts and love still grew in the hearts of children when they got only a stick of candy and a pair of mittens.

This photo of my family's Christmas 1944, was no less exciting for the children as they opened the simple gifts, wrapped in white tissue paper, found under a rather straggly looking tree, sparsely decorated. Nor were the gifts of candy and fruit any less wonderful when they were found in the real stockings hung by the fireplace with care.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

More Craft Items

Its hard to remember that these things are made by the children of the community, the quality of workmanship is amazing.

More Photos From Homestead, Pottery

I collect the salt glaze with the wheat and blue trim. This year I bought just one small piece that I fell in love with, a small bowl. I also purchased a white glazed chamber candle stick that will add to my small collection of the same design.

Mei-Ling At Homestead Heritage Craft Fair

Thought before I headed off to bed I would post a few more pictures from our day at Homestead Heritage Craft Fair. Tomorrow I will post a few more. We had such a wonderful time, enjoying the beauty of the day, the amazing craft items and of course the fantastic food.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Quilts from Homestead Heritage Craft Fair

These quilts are all made by the young people from the community, some as young as 7 years old.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Homestead Heritage Craft Fair

This will be our 17th year attending the Homestead Heritage Craft Fair. Here is a link that will give you a history of the fair. Its well worth watching. I look forward to the fair each year at Thanksgiving time

Such Sweetness

The sweetest little girls in Grammie and Grandpa's life. What profound joy, what reward for our older years in life ! Truly we are blessed.

Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are a crown to the aged.

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Home to Yours

We all had a great laugh when we saw the expressions on every ones faces when I snapped the family photo. We look like a bunch of grouches : )
We had a wonderfully thankful day, happy to be together, happy to be healthy and thankful for a day to count our blessings. So much love in our family and although we miss not having Melissa and James here, it is only one more week until Melissa will be home for a whole week.
On the menu today ...
Turkey with stuffing
butternut squash, baked, mashed with brown sugar and butter
baked and mashed sweet potatoes
Mashed potatoes and gravy
cranberry sauce
pickles and olives
baby corn
Green bean casserole
Vermont Maple Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie with Meringue
Apple Pie
Apple cider to drink
and we all ended up with full tummies ~
The kitchen is full of dirty dishes still needing to be washed, maybe I am half done, a labor of love. And my sweet husband is busy bringing in the Christmas decorations from the loft of his workshop so I can start decorating tonight !

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tea With Teddy

Mei-Ling is having her own private Thanksgiving with Teddy today.

Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

So many of you have emailed and asked for my pie crust recipe so here it is

Twas The Day Before Thanksgiving ....

and all through the house, the aroma of pumpkin and apple pie filled each room. The house was all decorated with colorful leaves and Indian corn. The oven heating the kitchen and steaming up windows, just right for little fingers to draw on. My apron dusted with flour and sugar, a right perfect look for such a busy day. The dining room table all set with anticipation for the hungry folks that will join us in thankfulness for all of life's blessing.
By dawns early light, the turkey will roast and gravy will be made and mashed potatoes will fill a very big bowl. To all my readers, Happy Thanksgiving to all !

A Changing World

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