Saturday, May 31, 2014

Like Mom Made

This is the way my Mom always made cobbler.  
Besides having a wonderful garden every year, my parents also grew strawberries, 
and had several fruit trees (apple, peach, cherry, pear, plum) and grape vines.
Mom used this same crust recipe with whatever fruit she had available.

Crust:   3/4 c. butter,   1 3/4 c. self-rising flour,   3/4 c. sugar 
Mix with your hands or a pastry blender till there are even crumbs.
This recipe would make crust for a 9 X 13 pyrex dish as shown in the picture.

Filling:  5 cups fresh or frozen blackberries (thawed)  + 1 1/4 c. sugar
Microwave for a couple minutes and stir till sugar dissolves and berries look juicy. 
(You could use this same fruit to sugar ratio with any kind of berries.)

Reserve approximately 1 1/2 c. - 2 c. of crust mixture for topping, and press the rest of the crust mixture into bottom and around sides of pan. Gently spoon the berries onto crust, then sprinkle topping over all. Bake @ 350 for 40 min. or until golden brown. Serve with ice cream (of course :-)

 It's not quite your typical cobbler...less juicy, more crust...
but in my mind, this is how cobbler is supposed to be made :-) 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Black & Blue

Added frozen blueberries to my fresh blackberries
and made Blackberry-Blueberry Jam today!
I will have to make biscuits soon!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sunshine Blooming

Love how the petals open, as if revealing a package of sunshine!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Caring and Conforming

Life is hard. Life is full of unexpected challenges. Life goes on.
God says He cares about the He must care about this seagull too.
And He cares even more for you and I who are created in His image.
He uses trials to conform us to the image of His Son.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.
 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the
image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."
Romans 8:28-29

Monday, May 19, 2014

I Trust His Heart

All things work for our good
Though sometimes we don't see how they could
Struggles that break our hearts in two
Sometimes blind us to the truth
Our Father knows what's best for us
His ways are not our own
So when your pathway grows dim
And you just don't see Him
Remember you're never alone

He sees the master plan
And He holds our future in His hand
So don't live as those who have no hope
All our hope is found in Him
We see the present clearly
But He sees the first and the last
And like a tapestry
He's weaving you and me
To someday be just like Him

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don't understand
When you don't see His plan
When you can't trace His hand
Trust His heart

He alone is faithful and true
He alone knows what is best for you

Saturday, May 17, 2014

If It Takes A Valley

"If It Takes A Valley"
by Brian Free and Assurance  from the album It's So God

"There’s been times when I’ve believed Your approval
Means a life that’s free from pain.
Yet how many saints I know about have served You
Without any earthly gain.
In their suffering they discovered your sufficiency
And maybe sacrifice is where your sweetest blessings wait for me.

Have I mentioned that I’m clinging to Your promise
That I’m safe within Your will
Have I told You how it feels to face the enemy
And know You are greater still
Guess I had to walk through danger, Lord, so You could show
The way You’d cover me with mercy and You’d never let me go.

I’m not saying circumstances never cause me fear
I’m just believing there is a purpose and even when it isn’t clear
If it takes a valley to really know your grace
Or if it’s in the desert where I’ll meet you face to face
Then turn the path I’m traveling to some dark and lonely place
Cause if it’s in the valley, then a valley’s what I’ll take."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

White Rock

It was a perfect evening...not too hot, or too cold, or too breezy.
The meal of battered fish and fries was lacking in nothing...oh so good!
And the company was sweet as we walked along the pier afterwards.
We even saw some purple starfish on the rocks just below the water's surface.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Vandusen Botanical Garden



May the Lord reward the dear folks who took of their time and resources to show a few
of the beautiful gardens here in Canada, to give tastes of other cultures, to teach
new games, to befriend me, and make this time so much fun.
I am sure I will never forget these days :-)  

Monday, May 12, 2014


We never know what's just around the corner in our lives.
The month here in Canada has been wonderful...
spending time with my daughter and son-in-law, waiting for a grandbaby,
finally welcoming him and holding him close, sharing with a son & daughter,
meeting new friends, exploring the beauty of nature, tasting new cuisines...
and even today I am off on another adventure with new friends!
However, my flight is scheduled this week to take me back to my
"real world" (as I always say when a vacation ends), and there I know
some tough decisions are waiting for me. I've prayed for God's wisdom,
and I know He has proven Himself so many times before. He will not fail me now.
I cannot see what's ahead for me or for those I love.
But I know I can trust my Savior's heart.
And that's enough. He is enough.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Beauty All Around

A day full of beauty.
These particular specimens were
at a lovely nursery we visited today...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

So Good

A daughter has to catch her flight back home...
it has been so good to be together!

Thanks to my son-in-law for photographing us :-)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Small Packages

My daughter captured this photo :-)

New Experience

My daughter and son-in-law have introduced us to new friends, and the friends have introduced us to new experiences. On this evening we sampled several tasty Ethiopian foods, which we ate with our hands...traditional Ethiopian style!
Wikipedia explains... "Ethiopian cuisine characteristically consists of vegetable and often very spicy meat dishes, usually in the form of wat, a thick stew, served atop injera, a large sourdough flatbread, which is about 20 inches in diameter and made out of fermented teff flour.  Ethiopians eat exclusively with their right hands, using pieces of injera to pick up bites of entrĂ©es and side dishes. Utensils are rarely used with Ethiopian cuisine."
A fun evening shared with such sweet people.
 Thanks to the owner for taking this picture of us!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Being Grandma

Remembering when mine were little, and all the new challenges that came with being a first-time Mommy.

I'm so thankful I can be here to share this time with my daughter and son-in-law.

Looking forward to many happy times as we watch this little one grow.

Thanks to my daughter for capturing the moment in this photo!

Tulips Everywhere!

Tulips abound here in British Columbia!
So many colors and shapes and sizes!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Of Parks and Gardens...

Hawthorne Gardens...a beautiful place to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.
Surrey has so many public parks with walking trails, big trees, and colorful loveliness.