Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Pumpkin Post

We've got a lot of mileage out of the huge pumpkin that David was carving on the other day...
David's artwork

It was so big that Julia got to carve another face on the OTHER side!
Julia's artwork

This past Sunday we had our special 4th Sunday get-together at church, with 'dinner on the grounds' and an afternoon service, and no evening service. I made a casserole out of some of this big pumpkin, using a sweet potato casserole recipe that had brown sugar in it, and not using very much of the typical pumpkin-type seasoning.(I don't like a spicy pumpkin pie-  I like my pumpkin pies to be pretty mild)  I also froze a lot of the cooked pumpkin to use this winter for recipes like pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pie, what-have-you. Julia helped me cut up and peel and get the seeds out of this monster- she doesn't complain about helping me in the kitchen. We saved the seeds. A friend had told my husband that she "fries" her pumpkin seeds in olive oil...I decided to do mine in butter. I had dried them a little in the oven before putting them in the skillet. When they were getting done, they began to POP like firecrackers!!! Out of the pan, across the counter...I quickly removed them from the hot butter and salted them, and when they were just a little cool I got to taste them! They make a nice snack, but every now and then one will be bitter.

For our supper dessert, tonight we had pumpkin bread, made with pecans and raisins. Does everyone really realize the tremendous amount of time it takes to shell and pick out pecans?!! I have several brown grocery bags in my deepfreeze that need to be 'processed'...today I cut up probably 3 cups ENTIRELY BY HAND. I can never find a nut chopper that does anything but make a coarse flour out of the pecan meats hahaha.
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The recipe I used makes 2 loaves- - - and we practically ate one whole loaf tonight! David said, "I can't look at (the other loaf left), because then I'll want to sneak back and eat it when Mom says I can't!"

Friday, October 21, 2011

October Sun

My mother is living with us now- it was nice and warm today so I put her out on our front porch to sit in the sun a while...but it didn't last long! She said she was tired and needed to lie down- - - but still, it has been a lovely autumn day.
Her hair is not really that white- it's just the sun 
shining through!
My camera needs to be adjusted I guess,
the white balance seems to be off.
The grass is not really this yellow!

 David is outside carving on some of our pumpkins that we grew in the garden...

Sorry- this picture uploaded sideways

Julia is sitting under the apple tree at a wrought iron table with a glass top that I got at the Salvation Army Thrift Store for $13.00, working on her homework! She really doesn't have that much, it just takes her a long time to do it because she is very thorough.

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Luxury of A Walk

Here is a little Christian devotional from my treasured book, Devotions for Women At Home by Martha Meister Kiely, published in 1959. You will be able to tell from the content (and from the publishing date!) that this was written quite a while ago, but the message/content is still very applicable for today! I enjoyed it and wanted to share!

The Luxury of a Walk
"And when it was day He departed and went into a lonely place." Luke 4:42

Today I permitted myself the luxury of a long walk home from downtown. I usually develop such a case of baby-sitter jitters that I hop on the first bus and am at my door in a jiffy. But today I demonstrated my extragavance by sauntering home in the glistening snow.

As I kicked the white puffs ahead of me, I reveled in the sheer pleasure of health and a pain-free existence. One by one I snared the little worries that were scattered about my brain and aired them in the frosty breeze. Most of them blew away, and then there was room for the remembrance of blessings. God was closer than the snowflakes that melted on my face and more real than the people I passed on the sidewalk.

When I have thought of Jesus at prayer, I have pictured him withdrawn to a lonely place- the desert, a high mountain, the wilderness- and kneeling there in prayer. This afternoon it occurred to me that He must also have enjoyed long walks involved in those communing experiences and that He doubtless talked with His Father all along the way.

Today treat yourself to a walk.

"My Lord, to walk with Thee is such pure pleasure! As I plan my day, I will remember that 'getting there is half the fun,' and I will use my walking moments for fellowship with Thee. Amen"

I have posted about walking and talking with God before- - really it's something that I cannot help but do when I go out for a walk. Remember the song "My God And I" ? Here's a few of the lyrics:
My God and I walk through the fields together
We walk and talk as good friends should and do
We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter
My God and I walk through the meadow's dew.

I know, you don't always think of laughter when you are talking with God...but this expresses the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father- one of sharing everything, good and bad! Not all burdens and troubles, but happiness and joys too.

May YOU walk with God today...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Homework Sweet Homework Part 2

And...... my resourceful little Julia has come up with another relaxing way to do homework! This will only work on a calm Fall afternoon...

She is laying on our trampoline!