Thursday, July 31, 2014

Purely Pears

It's so nice when somebody calls and asks if you'd like some fresh fruit! Oh yes! Right off the tree! So that's just what happened...and today my daughter helped me peel and can pears. Altogether we had a bit over 12 quarts. 

Now I'm no expert at this, but my Mom canned every year from her garden and the few fruit trees growing in our yard. She saved quart and pint salad dressing jars and bought new lids as needed to seal the yumminess she canned. She had a pressure canner for those veggies from the garden like corn, green beans, lima beans, squash, blackeyed peas, purple hull peas, and such. And at the end of the season when there were just random "dabs" of this and that, she would compile it altogether and add tomatoes to make a vegetable soup. Oh, that was good! She canned tomatoes, peaches, pears, applesauce, or grape juice without a pressure cooker or even a water bath. And it worked fine.

So I will tell you how we canned these pears today. I had my pressure canner pot almost 3/4 full of raw quartered pears. I poured water enough to come equal to the top of the fruit (I measured 5 quarts of water) and added 1 1/2 c. sugar per quart (which came to 7 1/2 cups, but I went ahead and rounded up to 8 cups :-) Then I added appx. 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, & 3 Tbs. vanilla to this. Just ever so subtle flavor added, and it is good. 

We cooked the pears till they were tender. Next we washed the jars, heated the lids, got out the funnel, filled the jars, cleaned the rim w/ a wet cloth, and sealed those jars. Just that easy! If there are any jars that don't seal, we will store them in the refrigerator or give them away to be eaten ASAP. Otherwise, they should keep till we can gobble them up! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On His Mind

If He Hung the Moon
 by Kirk Talley

In the beginning of time,
He was the Creator,
And into existence He spoke the heavenly blue,
And with one mighty swoop of His hand,
He threw out the stars,
He knew where they’d land,
So if you think, you’re just drifting along,
Then I have good news.

If He hung the moon,
I know He will help you,
And if He holds 

the sparrow in flight,
He’ll hold you too,
Consider the lilies of the field,
How much more 

He loves you,
In the beginning of time, you were on His mind,
When He hung the moon.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Animal Art

These are the colorful creatures my daughter 
painted for her baby's room. And I just love them! 
They look so fun and friendly!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Giraffes and Such

We found this fabric at Hobby Lobby last week, 
and made a giraffe-themed baby quilt. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In The Mirror

Just in the past few days 
our "little man" has 
discovered his image
in the mirror! 

(I already had the Bumbo seat...otherwise I would have chosen a boy color :-) 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pizza Ease

Just split a loaf of French Bread length-wise into three layers.
Mix together 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes & 6 oz. tomato paste. 
Season tomato mixture with a bit of sugar, salt, and Italian spices to suit your taste. 
Spread tomato mixture (or pizza sauce) on each length of bread. 
Layer pepperoni or other toppings. Cover all with generous layer of mozzarella. 
Bake @ 450 till cheese starts to get some luscious golden color.
Let cool a bit. Slice. Serve. Enjoy! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Another Recipe

Buttermilk Pie

 1 c. melted butter    ~   1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs   ~   1/2 c. flour  ~  1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. buttermilk  ~  1 Tbs. lemon juice

Mix all ingredients and pour into unbaked 9" pie shell. 
Bake at 350 - 375 degrees for 45 min. or until set. 

Find the Crust recipe here!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cast Down

Yesterday we had an amazing amount of rain...flash flood warnings, etc. 
I am thankful for the rain, and for the refuge from the rain, and also for my husband 
who mopped up the buckets of water that came into our house....

Today I walked around the squishy yard to survey the scene, and there is no damage 
other than a few dead limbs that were blown down, and some flowers that fell over. 

These Crocosmia were "cast down, but not destroyed", 
as they're still blooming beautifully, and the lizards are enjoying a new hide-out :-)

Thursday, July 17, 2014


We sure are enjoying
this grandbaby...

Today he actually 
laughed out loud! 
Several times!!!

So much to 
look forward to!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


 Vintage scraps
+ a bit of time and effort

= a nice set of 
quilted pillow covers

My daughter and I 
finished them today! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tiny Bouquet

A couple days ago, this lovely "bouquet" was just a tiny bud 
about the size of a pea. It burst open to reveal this cluster of flowers...
all on one stem, and with circumference only about as large as a nickel.
I wonder if when God designed this tiny blue Bachelor's Button, 
He may have said 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Snail's Pace

It seems like progress is crawling...
but it's still crawling at least :-) 
Will we ever be able to say the house 
is completely painted? Maybe so! 
But for now it's just a slow and steady pace...

One frustrating part of house repair and maintenance is:
the more you fix, the more you see that needs fixed!  

Such is life! When one area is refined, 
you then see another that needs improvement. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Herd

My daughter was determined that we should go to Chick-fil-A for supper
because today you could get a FREE meal if you dressed as a cow! She had 
alot of fun making costumes for her husband and herself, the baby (of course) 
and her brother (who works there)! My husband and I soon joined them. 
We all enjoyed the time together, and the food was so good! 
Thankful for Chick-fil-A and their Christian values!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Best Friends

Izzy (bigger) and Snuggles (smaller) are quite opposite in personality, 
but they have become friends, and they add quite a bit of humor to our days. 

Izzy, being laid back, and Snuggles, being quite hyper...
well, they are sooo good for each other :-) 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Rain, Rain....Oh Yay!!!

I so love a rainstorm with thunder and lightening! 
Today we enjoyed just such a treat at lunch-time!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Cinnamon, Coffee & Chocolate!!!

2 c. brown sugar,  2/3 c. cocoa,  2 Tbs. instant coffee
2 tsp. vanilla,  1 tsp. cinnamon
1 quart heavy whipping cream
milk (may also substitute evaporated, almond, soy, etc.)

Whisk first 5 ingredients with 1/2 c. milk till smooth. 
Then add whipping cream, and pour into 
5 quart ice cream freezer. 
Add milk to the fill line, 
and churn ice cream according to directions.

Makes 10 - 12 servings of yumminess!