Monday, August 18, 2014

Karajan Piirakka, Finnish Pies

Karajan Piirakka, ready for the oven, just out of the oven and delivered to a very handsome guy so he would not have to wait until after work to enjoy some.   These little pies are a favorite of ours.  Not hard to make and quite tasty.   
This YouTube Video shows you how to make them  Karajan Piirakka

Home, Sweet Home

Home sweet home on this Monday morning...balsam incense burning, Värttinä on the playlist. Coffee, warm and sweet, the hum of the fan, harmony for the whirl of the spinning wheel. Life is good 

Reach for the quiet moments...

It has become a goal of mine to wake each morning with the idea of reaching for the quiet moments in life, the ones that stir something deep within our soul.  The things that money does not buy, but the things that nurture love and compassion in us.   Taking that first morning stroll around our land, prayer on my lips for those I love, or those I know of with needs.   To look up, view the clouds and see the divine beauty in them.  Acknowledge that the beauty of nature is a gift to us, a sign of deep love for us.   The world we are living in, is one of endless sounds of inventions.  Our peace of mind is precious.   Seeking out the quiet moments, lets us take in a deep breath and hear our own heartbeat.  It gives us time to reflect, to soak in the good in our lives and to see clearly the things we need to change.    

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Fun Week

Turning 60 seems to be painful for some people, as I hear a lot of complaints about aging, but for me, turning 60 yesterday was nothing less than marvelous.  I had a full week of celebration.  The girls had done lots of planning in secret and surprised me with a camping trip with the entire family.   Melissa and her family arrived last Friday night, completely surprising me and then gave me a gift bag with the big surprise all spelled out in lovely art work by Melanie.  The girls had reserved cabins at the state park for the weekend and had the food all planned and all I had to do was enjoy being with my family, doing the thing I love most, camping.  Steven brought Pizza on Saturday for all of us.  We had so much fun making s'mores, laughing, playing with the children, holding Axel and enjoying the peace and serenity of nature.  Sunday, after we came home, they had cake and ice cream for me.  It was wonderful and then there were surprises the entire week after that.  When my official birthday arrived yesterday, I was so blessed to be able to do more of my favorite things and embrace turning 60 with great joy.  How blessed I feel, to have a life so full of love.  

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A New Chapter

Its official !  We are entering into a new chapter of our life.  Emery is retiring !  This dear man of mine has worked so hard all his life, as a child growing up on a wheat farm, then being a very dedicated husband and father, working many long hours to provide for us.  Now, its his time to relax a bit, and enjoy the fruits of his labors.   We are so looking forward to sharing more time together.  We have lots of plans, simple things though.  Camping, hiking, finishing some projects on the house and of course, continuing to maintain our simple life.    We are so looking forward to this big change.   God has been so good to us and we are so very thankful for our health and vitality, which will make this new phase of life so much fun. 

Much To Catch Up....

In mid January, we saw the passing of my father and after nearly two years of caring for him, it was so hard to see him leave u...