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Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dreamin 'o' me Homeland



 Today my mind is   consumed with the  marvelous  trip we are planning to Ireland  in a few months.. this morning  I actually  enjoyed  a meeting with  several of our friends who are going on this trip with us, and just to be together and  chat about  our expectations  was  so  exciting.  I  didnt realize just how many great friends are going on this trip with us...One o f my favored places we will see is  Waterford.

Mainly because  one of  my family line hails from that  area...  the O'Higgins's!

  So no wonder when  I  picked out my  favorite  Waterford crystal it  was named for  this  gorgeous  Lismore castle.

But  when  we stop by  there I dont intend to    purchase more crystal...  because   we will also be stopping in  

Belleek....   and  I certainly would love to add to my very limited collection  which includes this  delicate  sugar and creamer

and the pitcher  seen above which was passed on to me by  a very dear cousin  before  she left this life.
To  truly commemorate our trip,  this   Bunratty Teapot 

would   be   perfection as we will be  enjoying  a medieval banquet at Bunratty.




Aw, the  glorious dreams and expectations of   a long awaited and longed for  experience of returning to  the homeland..the anticipation  makes the  trip that much more exciting!

A Return to Loveliness

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday


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Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
My dearest brings me my morning break fast everyday.... the first brew of our freshly ground arabica coffee and a gorgeous bowl of greek mixed with blueberry yogurt, topped off with fresh blueberries, sliced strawberries and sprinkled with oat and honey granola! I am one very fortunate lady!

Looking around the house::::
After we had our morning walk, Lynn went out to mow the grass while I have been catching up on chores, correspondence, and blogging.. life is so good!

On today's to do list::::
just a tad of laundry, marketing, correspondence catch-up, Bible Study, getting ready for some face time with our treasured girls! Did I say, life is so good!
Currently reading::::
A Gathering Place by Thomas Kincade and Katherine Spencer, and God's Word to the United States, a study of the book of Obadiah by Dr. James Tarter.
On the TV today::::
NO time for tv except an except of Ina Garten whom I love to catch as catch can!

The weather outside is::::
Glorious.... we slept with the bedroom window open last night... no A/C! Right now it is a seasonal 73 degrees and overcast... now that is my kind of day!

On the menu this week::::
I wish I was organized enough to do this, but alas, again, dinner is catch as catch can!

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
read, blog, do my nails

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Eggplant pasta from today's Barefoot Contessa show..... it looked amazing!

One of my simple pleasures::::
my all time favorite pleasures as always is facetime with our girls!


I love how Amanda sets up in the living room on the tv so we can enjoy Birdie in all her activities... She changes so much from week to week!
Favorite photo from the camera::::



How sweet it is when the guys in our senior group band together to cook and serve up breakfast each September... They are actually great chefs!!!! We have the best senior ministry at our church!!!! It makes getting older fun!!!

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
THis has been such a difficult week... just very little computer time! 

Praying for::::
Our family, our community, our church, the nation, and the world


Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 
I chose Obadiah because the United States is  a Modern day Edom.... unless  we, as a nation,  repent and return to God we will be just like  ancient Edom!  A lot to process here....
Obadiah
Obadiah’s Vision
1 The vision of Obadiah.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom—

We have heard a message from the Lord:
An envoy was sent to the nations to say,
“Rise, let us go against her for battle”

2 “See, I will make you small among the nations;
you will be utterly despised.
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks[a]
and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’
4 Though you soar like the eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,”
declares the Lord.
5 “If thieves came to you,
if robbers in the night—
oh, what a disaster awaits you!—
would they not steal only as much as they wanted?
If grape pickers came to you,
would they not leave a few grapes?
6 But how Esau will be ransacked,
his hidden treasures pillaged!
7 All your allies will force you to the border;
your friends will deceive and overpower you;
those who eat your bread will set a trap for you,[b]
but you will not detect it.
8 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
“will I not destroy the wise men of Edom,
those of understanding in the mountains of Esau?
9 Your warriors, Teman, will be terrified,
and everyone in Esau’s mountains
will be cut down in the slaughter.
10 Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, (Israel)
you will be covered with shame;
you will be destroyed forever.
11 On the day you stood aloof
while strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were like one of them.
12 You should not gloat over your brother
in the day of his misfortune,
nor rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction,
nor boast so much
in the day of their trouble.
13 You should not march through the gates of my people
in the day of their disaster,
nor gloat over them in their calamity
in the day of their disaster,
nor seize their wealth
in the day of their disaster.
14 You should not wait at the crossroads
to cut down their fugitives,
nor hand over their survivors
in the day of their trouble.
15 “The day of the Lord is near
for all nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you;
your deeds will return upon your own head.
16 Just as you drank on my holy hill,
so all the nations will drink continually;
they will drink and drink
and be as if they had never been.
17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance;
it will be holy,
and Jacob will possess his inheritance.
18 Jacob will be a fire
and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
and they will set him on fire and destroy him.
There will be no survivors
from Esau.”
The Lord has spoken.

19 People from the Negev will occupy
the mountains of Esau,
and people from the foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.
They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria,
and Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20 This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan
will possess the land as far as Zarephath;
the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the towns of the Negev.
21 Deliverers will go up on[c] Mount Zion
to govern the mountains of Esau.
And the kingdom will be the Lord’s.
  The Mountains of Esau are likened unto our corrupt government.... oh how  imperative it is that  everyone get out and vote in a new  godly  government... many senate seats are up  for the vote....  please encourage everyone you know to vote well!!!!!

Shadows and Lampglow

The Dedicated House
Last week I shared  about my  Apple  dishes  and latest  September  table setting!
How thrilling to be featured on Make it Pretty Monday!
SO  today  I  am  still thinking   of bringing the gorgeousness of   approaching autumn into  the house....\
 the same  colors as seen  outside   at dusk.
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I love the glow of evening lights  that   radiate welcome  as well as  the warmth of their  glow...
These colors translate here in  autumnal  mirth!
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 accented by   sublime details and shadow!
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Shadows and  lampglow.....  magnificent  symbols of  our home dressed for  fall!
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An Apple a Day

Ever since  beginning  teaching third grade,  ahem,  we wont  determine how long ago that was,   but anyway,  September meant it was time to do a Johnny Appleseed bulletin board.... the students names were  written on  laminated juicy red   apple cutouts,   and  that memory  sticks with me....
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so when  mom sold her house and I   inherited her  Fransiscan apple dishes out they come  every September!
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Mama had cut out and painted these adorable napkin rings,  and when I found  the  gorgeous blue fabric for napkins and  runner,   I decided what a lovely  way to use the  dishes  for other seasons besides  Thanksgiving   when Mama always used them....  Ive always loved  them so!

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These dishes  go  way back with me, at say over 50 years.... gee, I never thought of them as antiques,   but...   let's not go there!  Mama must have bought them  the very first time she saw them come out in the stores  for I remember growing up with them using them only  on special occasions...otherwise they always graced the shelves of mama's  pine hutch in the dining room!
Instead of    an apple arrangement  this time of year,  I prefer to  use this  amazing planter  that  Amanda gave me for my birthday a couple of years ago...  That was such a God thing.... I first saw this planter  while on a bus trip to Lancaster, PA and loved it so much, but  it is heavy and I  hesitated  having to care for it on the bus,  so I  just  decided to live without it. Imagine my surprise  when unknowingly
Amanda saw it, ordered it and sent to me in the post  from  Boston a few months later. God is so good!  photo 2013-08-27223244_zpsbae41f19.jpg
The    wonderful  teacups are  such a delight in which to savor apple spice tea, cider, or  coffee!
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Just to let you know  I am planning  a  gathering this month with  an  apple theme...  one of my favorite appetizers  for fall  is 
                      

Three-Cheese Walnut Spread

You can use light cream cheese
Ingredients: 
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted 
package (8 ounces) cream cheese 
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese 
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese 
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
tablespoon snipped fresh parsley
Apple wedges, pear wedges or assorted crackers (optional)
Directions: 
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place walnuts in a Baker.
 Bake 18-20 minutes or until lightly toasted.
2. Meanwhile, in Bowl, microwave cream cheese
 on HIGH 1 minute or until softened. Add blue cheese,
 mozzarella cheese and black pepper; mix well. 
3. Remove baker from oven to Cooling Rack.
 Carefully pour walnuts into cheese mixture;
 mix well. Spoon cheese mixture back into baker,
 spreading evenly.
4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted.
 Garnish with parsley. Place baker on serving platter; 
surround with apple or pear wedges or assorted
 crackers, if desired. Serve spread using Spreader. 
Yield: 16 servings 
©The Pampered Chef, Ltd. 2003 
This  hot spread  is delicious on crackers 
 and fruit slices....  it always gets rave reviews
                                    Make it Pretty 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday


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Today:
perfect weather for me...  with a definite    change in the weather.....  today it wasnt quite a humid as yesterday..
Right now I am:::
I am reveling in the  simplicity yet deliciousness of our   supper....  fresh  green beans cooked with  slivers of  sugar cured ham and new potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh sliced tomatoes,  and  hot cornbread straight from the oven with melted  butter...  Lynn eve  stopped  at the market to pick up a half gallon of  sweet milk....something we rarely enjoy....   and  because I cooked such a grand  supper,  Lynn is   cheerfully doing the dishes.....  I'd say that was a great trade-off!
Thinking and pondering::: Meteorologists Predict Record Shattering Snowfalls Coming Soon; Bread & Milk Prices Expected To Soar
I suppose many of you saw this on facebook today....
can't help but ponder over  this one....  I wonder if anyone could  really be prepared  for   such a winter!   Good time to be  retired and  not have to get out in it!

On my bedside table:::

Trumpet and Torch  Bible devotionals

On my tv tonight:::   probably watch something on youtube.... like yesterday I watched all 6  parts of the PBS Pride and Prejudice....
Listening to:::
Pandora....   The Dan Gibson Channel.....A dreamy Kevin Kern  composition  from The Enchanted Garden is playing!

On the menu for this week:::
simple home cookin'
On my to do list:::
laundry
marketing
doctor's visit
 real cooking
   
 Plans for this week:::
 face time with my Dears!!!!
 Prayer Ministry and meeting
take mother to dentist
phone  appt
doctor's appt
Senior breakfast(YUM)


What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
who has time

My simple pleasure:::
facetime with Amanda and Birdie
Little Miss  was  walking   back and forth    with  both arms flapping   happy as a lark!
Mommie and child  enjoying   their time together...Birdie  showed me  "Kitty cat" and    "soft and rough!"
  Did I say she is  brilliant!
And she isnt even 1 yet!

Lessons learned:
Life is short!
Looking around the house::  A change in the dining room   incorporating the  gorgeous blue  plates  I found  this summer  a lovely backdrop to  the   golden   sunflowers
A couple of close-ups  of the simplicity of the mantel
 

Of course,  I have to incorporate  Birdies   in every room!


From the camera

I   love this wall  floral  hanging  vase....  like a  medieval quiver,   I love its handsome  motif...  a  simple addition  of  cut   twigs from the miniature sunflower sprays  I purchased Saturday at the Dollar Tree! Sometime I  will create a seasonal collage of the various arrangements this  vase  has afforded me  over the years!




Prayer List:::
Our  home, family,    church, the Middle East, the government and nation  and it's   schools and teachers




     Bible verse, Devotional::: 
Jeremiah 33:3

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.





Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sunflower Dreams



"Crown'd with the sickle, and the sheaten sheaf, 
While Autumn, nodding o'er the yellow plain, 
Comes jovial on." 
- James Thomson
I love  sunflowers....   a country lea  smattered with golden  smiling faces!
  You cant blame me for  smattering   their cheer  around the house!
How about a sunshiny sunflower breakfast plate....  this morning  we had  poached eggs and     english muffins with our   coffee!
  A sunflower luncheon awaits   my visiting clan...  simple fare with   fresh  country  veggies and    hot cornbread  with  melting butter....
 How about a  teeatime setting  reminding us all that    a  gracious tea  is always "Steeped in Charm"!
 Next time  I serve    my special friends  tea... it will include  Ina Garten's  latest Bistro Apple Tarts...   looks so easy.. I think I could even do them...


Home Party@ Sandi's   Rose Chintz Cottage     
and   

Grace at Home  @ Imparting Grace

 Home Sweet Home@The Charm of Home

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