Monday, October 22, 2012

Encouragement for Today...

I have a sweet blog friend, Carissa, who posted this the other day.
She was kind enough to let me share it with all of you:).
I hope this poem brightens your day.
You are so important to your children...even when you don't think they are watching.

We have some pretty big events happening right now in our life, and this was such a good reminder that my children are watching how I handle the good, the hurt, and the challenges in life!


WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING

      When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my
first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately
wanted to paint another one.


When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed the
birds in winter, and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.


When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my
favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.


When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a
prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make a
meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you take care
of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have
to take care of what we are given.



When you thought I wasn't looking I saw how you
handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't
feel good, and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hold
the door open for others and heard 'thank you' and
'you're welcome', and I learned respect for others.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come
from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it's all right to cry.





When you thought I wasn't looking I saw that you
cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be...

When you thought I wasn't looking I learned most of
life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and
wanted to say, "Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn't looking."

~Mary Rita Schilke Korzan

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Yummies...Ginger Raisin Cookies

Fall is here and these cookies were just what we needed today.
Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside...they are perfect gingery goodness.



Chewy Ginger Raisin Cookies
{Originally from a Martha recipe}

2 cups flour
1TBS ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 stick butter, room temp.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
1 cup raisins

Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, ginger and nutmeg until fluffy. Add egg and molasses and mix well. Add flour, salt, baking soda, and raisins. Mix well. Cover and let sit in fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll balls of dough in sugar and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet lined with parchment.
Bake for 16 minutes just until centers are set.. Let cool.
Store in airtight container for up to a week.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall in Pictures

The summer-flower has run to seed,
And yellow is the woodland bough;
And every leaf of bush and weed
Is tipt with autumn’s pencil now.

And I do love the varied hue,
And I do love the browning plain;
And I do love each scene to view,
That’s mark’d with beauties of her reign.
From "Autumn" by John Clare, 1821


Fall is here and the mornings have been in the 20's making the ice heavy around the wheel lines.


It is like God gives you mini glimpses of the months yet to come.
Little signs to get ready.
 A reminder that cold weather and snow are not far off.










So I am cleaning out the garden and piling pumpkins to welcome us home on the front porch.



We took a walk this morning...to see some of the Fall inching its way in around us...



 Some of the leaves are still green, but the dense hedges of wild rose bushes are giving way to bright red rose hips.


 The canal is high right now, but soon will be rather empty as most farmers are almost ready to turn off their irrigation.

 See the hazy smoke filled hills. We have a very unusual fire season this year and have been plagued by smoke. Today was actually OK...some days my kids have to wear masks outside.


 We like to observe parts of the canal because it is like a wildlife refuge...so many birds to identify.


 Snow Berry... another beautiful Fall sight.
More rose hips...I like to gather them and use them for Christmas decor.








 I love the sweet nutty aroma of changing leaves.

 Next year, I am planting more of this variety of Sedum. It lasts so long and has such lush foliage and blooms.

I am hoping to have one last meal outside at our farm table before the warm afternoons leave us.



Are you in love with Autumn too?

~Julia

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