Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Warm

Well,It happened as I thought... Lots of laughter, happy, noisey sounds. The hands on the pregnant belly? Yes, it happened too. Even have a picture to prove it but it's not on my camera. Posting that will come later. PLUS, we had NO electricity for four days because of an ice storm. The worst ice-storm ever remembered here. See Pictures We were declared a state of emergency. Anyway, with no electricity the children wanted to congregate home. So they did. With the help of some neighbors who had power we pulled together a big family Christmas meal. Darkness came early inside the house. Candles, flashlights, headlamps, babies, dogs, cat, woodstove. We were very warm. Warm from love, sharing the moment, wanting to be together. There is nothing on earth so holy as the love of the Father shared and understood with love of family. I am blessed.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Movement



It moves...so...it must be a vuh-vuh.(short u sound.. drawn out and repeated over and over like a motor) Last week my husband and I were eating lunch at a mall foodcourt with our grandson and our daughter(grandson's mom)when I heard him go vuh-vuh, vuh-vuh over and over with lots of gusto. I followed his stare to an older woman with a walker. We all got a laugh out of that one. Today he came to visit Oma at work. While there a very sweet elderly gentleman with a cane came up to talk to Malachi. Malachi was very social which engaged the gentleman in "conversation". Malachi began making his car motor sound of vuh-vuh over and over. I told the man this was his car sound. Malachi was staring and reaching for his cane. Mr gladly obliged the cane to Malachi. How Malachi has attached his big truck-car sound to walkers and canes is a mystery. Somewhere in his God given imagination he as connected movement to this sound. The open, unused,unprogrammed,no walls,mind of a one year old. Movement is movement. He didn't stop to see the bent over lady slowly walking, the elderly man who just had heart surgery that needed a cane, the possible danger of the eighteen wheeler, the garbage in the garbage truck. All he saw was movement. One and the same. ALL get called the vuh-vuh whether big and fast or old and slow. Beauty. Movement is Movement. Wheels or no wheels.
move·ment (mvmnt)
n.1. a. The act or an instance of moving; a change in place or position.
b. A particular manner of moving.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

fam-uh-lee, fam-lee

THEY ARE COMING!...
fam⋅i⋅ly[fam-uh-lee, fam-lee]
–noun 1. parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not.
Synonyms: birth, blood, brood, children, clan, descendants, folk, forebears, genealogy, generations, genre, group, household, in-laws, kindred, kith and kin, line,relationship, relatives, siblings,tribe

Sons, Daughters, Grandchildren... Will be at the home place for one day. All together... Five grown children,some with their brood,and some still single. There will be combinations "on a family theme" for a few days before and after Christmas... BUT.... THAT ONE DAY. Food, Laughter, LOTS of noise and commotion. Home will look and smell like Christmas. I will make the favorite food for each one. This makes a full table. Smiles, hugs, grandboys weaving in and out of legs, brothers laughing full and loud, and of course touches of the pregnant belly...I can hear/see it now, "LOOK, She's moving!" Like an orchestrated dance, all the sisters will run and lay hands like a prayer on the beautiful belly. FAMILY what a beautiful word.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Buy one GIVE one

I don't own a pair of Toms yet... I watched his story on CNN tonight and was inspired to go with your heart even when it "naturally" doesn't make sense.

Our Movement - Official Store - TOMS Shoes - A Pair of New Shoes is Given to a Child in Need With Every Pair Purchased - One for One - TOMSshoes.com

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

From Farm to Table

Got some pumpkins from a dear friends farm. Decided to try my hand at making pumpkin biscuits. The biscuits were light and tasty. Everyone seemed to enjoy them with a little honey and butter. It was fun to try a variation of sweet potato biscuits. The pumpkin biscuits were good but my vote goes to the sweet potato.









Pumpkin Biscuits Recipe



INGREDIENTS

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour or (combination of half whole wheat and unbleached)
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
optional 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 cup fresh pureed or canned pumpkin
1/2 cup buttermilk,or(regular milk,or soy milk)
3 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon sugar,(or honey,or maple syrup)

1. Preheat oven to 450F makes a dozen large or about 20 small.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and allspice in a large bowl

3. Combine pumpkin, milk, oil, and sugar or honey to dry ingredients

4.Mix just until the mixture holds together; avoid over mixing, or biscuits will be tough

5.Pinch off amount desired roll in palm of hand then pat on pan.

6. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, until tops are golden brown.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"Live simply. Love Generously. Care Deeply.
Speak Kindly. Leave the rest to God."

~Ronald Reagan

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What Happened to Grits?


Mind you, I live in the south AND in the southern Appalachians...I was doing some grocery shopping last evening and remembered we were out of grits. I proceed to the oatmeal, grits, area where I find all sorts of pre-packaged,sugared ,high fructosed ,"quick sample sized" expensive fake flavored packets in overly sized boxes...of grits, oatmeal... Where is the 5lb bag of grits we always purchase?? Finally down in a corner, on the bottom shelf I find a forgotten looking small 2 lb bag of JUST grits..This made me sad. What is this world coming to? I will try another not so citified grocery store in my search for 5 lbs of grits... Better yet, I think we will drive "across the border" to a local TN mill that grinds the real thing. So,all is not lost...We will be giving our money to a local mill for our grits!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Caring-Sharing

Ten Thousand Villages. One of my favorite stores. I especially like the one in Raleigh. I was first introduced to the Mennonite Central Committee through the cookbook More- with- Less. A copy given to me by my husband-friend on my birthday 28 years ago. The book is so much more than recipes. It brings awareness to the world hunger crisis and a call to eat better and consume less of the limited world's resources. To quote from the book,"The More-with-Less cookbook will best reach its goal of helping Christians respond in a caring-sharing way in a world with limited food resources when placed in full view of family members rather than simply adding it to the collection on the kitchen shelf. There is a way which gives not less but more. More joy, more peace, less guilt; more physical stamina, less overweight and obesity; more to share and less to hoard for ourselves."
A woman with a passion to serve and make a difference within the MCC was Edna Ruth Byler. If you have not met her, I would love to introduce her. Edna. Edna had a Spirit given passion and simply started with what she had where she was. I honor you Edna. Here is a recipe from the cookbook.
Edna Ruth Byler's Potato Dough Baked Goods
You can bake goods all at once (saving time and energy) and freeze baked goods to warm up for future meals or treats.
OR........
They can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Immediately after kneading, oil top of dough lightly, cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Refrigerate, punch down occasionally as needed. When you're ready to bake, simply take what you need for desired recipe, shape accordingly, let rise until doubled and bake.Usually about 2-21/2 hours for cold dough.
Dissolve:
3 pkg. dry yeast in
1 cup lukewarm water
Mix in large bowl
1 quart scalded milk
2 cups mashed potatoes (no milk added)
1 cup fat (half butter, half margarine)
1 cup sugar
Let Cool to luke warm, then add:
Yeast mixture
6 cups Flour
Let stand until mixture foams up (about 20 minutes).
Add:
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. Salt
11-12 Cups additional flour
A little more flour may be needed, but dough should be soft. Turn out on floured board and knead until satiny. Let raise in warm place until doubled in bulk or refrigerator for later use as stated above.

my well used, back and front fallin' off MWL cookbook.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fair Trade

The first post of which I will "chase many rabbits" on Fair Trade and social injustice. I am so glad God had much to say about this whole topic. A scripture I like that addresses the whole premise of Fair Trade is found in James. Fair Trade is not a new concept to the Body of Christ.

James 5:4 (The Message)
4-6All the workers you've exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of the Master Avenger. You've looted the earth and lived it up. But all you'll have to show for it is a fatter than usual corpse. In fact, what you've done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it.

James 5:4 (New Living Translation)
4 For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

James 5:4 (New American Standard Bible)
4Behold,the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.

We buy a few fair trade foods on a regular basis.. I bought some bananas and coffee today. Which always turns my thoughts toward FAIR TRADE and injustices. I think about injustices alot. I live in a small comfortable town, in a small, by American standards, home, on a small dead in road. I am a comfortable person.

to be continued............

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Everyday

Today felt like a day in... oh..1985. Canned some relish. Froze a few quarts of green beans and made a humongous pot of vegetable soup. Wanted to make some bread but that will have to be for tomorrow. So many of my days in the 80's consisted of bread making, canning or preserving food in some fashion with children pulling on me or playing around me. Today it was my grandson playing in the kitchen while Gram put up food. His mama did the same 19-20 years ago. We do the same things over and over but some how, some way, God brings life and joy into the everyday. I am so grateful He does.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Today's Bounty

We get by with a little help from our friends!.. Thank you Jesus for community and giving hearts!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Farmer's Market



There is something special about Farmer's Markets where ever you go. The types of people, the smell of coffee and baked goods, the sounds of music and happy voices...Well.... a Farmer's Market is just a happy place that makes you smile inside and out.










Fog

I don't like to drive in fog. I know if I can't see very far in front of me, other drivers can't either. If there can be a just right fog, it was this morning. It was the right thickness to see cars and road signs around me. It made the early morning quietness just a little softer, stiller... Clear patches opened up as I drove, revealing a thick mist clinging to the sides of the mountain, hovering in the valleys and a heavier soggy thickness hanging over the river. The fog was beautiful.


fog...a cloudlike mass or layer of minute water droplets or ice crystals near the surface of the earth, appreciably reducing visibility.

mist...a cloudlike aggregation of minute globules of water suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth's surface, reducing visibility to a lesser degree than fog.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New














There is bounty to be found in the everyday. Sometimes it feels so hidden and almost lost, but it's there. I like the everyday. The beauty, the sounds, the smells, the touch... To uncover them is bounty to the soul.. I hope to write my discoveries down.