Friday, October 12, 2018

It's Friday!

Friday has always been one of those days that I look forward to.  I'm not sure why, I don't work anymore, my husband is retired, but for some reason, Fridays just feel different than the other days of the week. 

I finally got around to putting up a few, Autumn decorations.  Nothing big, the older I get the less I feel like getting everything out...simple is best for me these days.


Of course I put up the wreath I made with my girls a few years ago...


and my cute little lit pumpkin that I made with my sister...


And because I will keep my decorations up until after Thanksgiving, I can't forget my little Pilgrim couple.


The weeds and shrubs along the ditch bank are all turning a beautiful rusty - red - brown...


and it won't be long before my lawn is covered with golden leafs, waiting for Bob to gather them up with the sweeper.  Another summer slipped quietly into fall, and old man winter waiting to make his appearance. 

Have a wonderful and safe week-end...and say a little prayer for those who are struggling today.  

Hugs and Love,
Barb


Friday, October 5, 2018

My October Daybook . . .



TODAY . . . It's October 5th 2018

LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW . . . It's just a gorgeous October afternoon.  There's a slight breeze, just enough to keep it cool outside.  The leafs are turning yellow, orange and red...it's my favorite time of year!!




I'M LISTENING TO . . . Because I'm feeling a little sad today . . . 


I'M THINKING . . . Today, a friend of mine lost her precious daughter to Spinal Meningitis.  She left behind a beautiful little boy, a sister, and a mom and dad who loved her so much.  I know that she is now with a sister who was lost years ago in a car accident on the night of her Junior Prom...I can only imagine that meeting!  Last month, another dear friend lost her son, who was in his 30's.  He was a wonderful young man and her only child.  He too is with a grandmother and grandfather who loved him so much.  Wonderful reunions, but such sad goodbyes.     

My sweet mother is still just barely hanging on, most days she just floats on the fringes of this world and the next.  It's a waiting game for us, as we just take it a day at a time.  I am comforted by my faith, and this quote...

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”  ~Winnie the Pooh~

I'M THANKFUL FOR . . . I find so much peace in the sunset...I know it's strange, but it's my favorite time of day.  I am so thankful that all of this beauty is just on the other side of my front door!






ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS . . . 


Nothing makes me happier than to crawl into bed and snuggle down with a good book.

I'M CREATING . . . I haven't felt very creative, but if I did . . . 




This is what I would make.  It's that time of year everyone, and I love these cute little elves.  I have thousands of pinecones in my yard that would be perfect to make these cute little guys.  Here is the website with the instructions - 
https://liagriffith.com/felt-and-pine-cone-elves/.  It would be a fun craft to do with my grands...very cute!

I'M LEARNING . . . That life is short, we need to cherish each day we have with those we love.  Never miss a chance to say, "I love you" to the people that are important to you.  Give tight hugs, and make sure they know how special they are.  

IN THE KITCHEN . . . My kitchen is so boring!  Tonight we are having chicken, baked winter squash and green beans.  I have a left over baked potato in the fridge, I guess I could put some onion with it and fry it...yum, maybe not such a boring kitchen after all.  I need comfort food.

JUST SAYIN' . . . Trying to remember this.



A PEEK INTO MY WEEK . . . Well maybe not my week, but a picture my daughter sent me from a trip they took to, Jackson Hole last week...just beautiful!


Be safe, sweet friends! XOXO



Hugs and Love,

Barb






Friday, September 21, 2018

Finally Friday . . .

I'm always so happy when Friday finally rolls around.  I'm not sure why, I think it's a throwback from when I was working!  But, nevertheless, it always makes me smile.

Hey, it's officially Fall!!  For me, that means it's time to break out the decorations, and start making all things pumpkin-spice...or at least, spicy.

Last week, I got a big box of pears, and they were beauties!


Sometimes I forget how much I love pears, until I cute one up take a bite into one,  and let the yummy juices just drip down my chin! I can remember my mother canning pears, it was never my favorite job, because of the drippiness!


Years ago, when my son was little, he had some kind of virus, and had terrible sores in his mouth.  I called the doctor and he told me that it was a tummy virus, and that pear juice was really good for the tummy.  It was in August, and pears were just coming on...they were a life saver, and helped clear up the sores in his mouth.  I'm not sure why, probably because they are a mild fruit and don't have a lot of acid in them, but they did the trick!


I canned most of the pears, about 14 quarts, and froze about 2 gallons to use later.  Of course I left some out to eat fresh... ;0)

Today, I'm going to make, Brown Butter Pear Crisp, doesn't that sound delicious?!  The recipe if from Life Made Simple - here's the recipe!

photograph from, Life Made Simple

Browned Butter Pear Crisp

Pear filling:
6 Bosc or Bartlett pears, cored and cut into 1/4" slices
1 Tbl. lemon juice
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tbl. corn starch
1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom (optional)

Topping:
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbl (1/2 stick) butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Set aside an 8x8 square baking dish or a medium size gratin dish.  IN a large mixing bowl, toss the pears in the lemon juice.  In a small mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and cardamom.  Sprinkle over the pears and toss to coat, pour into the baking dish.  In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar,  salt,  baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon; set aside.

In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add the butter.  Heart until the butter foams then begins to brown and become speckled ( about 3-5 minutes), whisking every so often.  Pour into the bowl with the topping ingredients and mix until crumbles form.  Sprinkle over the filling.  Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until pears are tender and topping is golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool 20 minutes, serve warm.

Have a wonderful week-end...be safe~


**  I made the pear crisp and it was amazing...its a keeper!


Hugs and Love,

Barb