Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A beautiful breakfast

My sweet husband is our breakfast chef.  Every day he faces the challenge of cooking something healthy and delicious.  We eat lots of oatmeal, in various incarnations, and all good.  But when he makes what we call "French Pancakes", I am a very happy girl!  These are made from an old recipe from our college/grad school days (from our dear Barbie J!)  What a lovely way to start the day!  (See the recipe below!)

French Pancakes:
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
3 TBS butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  While preheating, place the butter in a round cake pan.  (We use the non-stick, heavy cake pans from Pampered Chef and the cakes slide right out of them!) Whisk the eggs, milk, and flour together.

When the oven is preheated, remove the pans, swirling the butter to coat.  Pour in the batter and return to the oven for about 20 minutes.

Remove the golden brown deliciousness, slide onto a plate and cut.  Serve with lightly warmed, lightly sweetened fresh fruit or maple syrup or honey or anything else you like!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Recent Projects

It has been a while since I posted updates on projects, so here are a few things keeping us busy...

Below are some shots of Baby C's quilt, given to her in June.

Big E has a birthday coming up, so I thought a little sundress would be fun.

And in a few weeks we will be heading to Arizona for a long weekend, and we will all be together for a couple of days in Phoenix.  I thought it would be fun to make little matching outfits for the grand daughters (and i figure Little E won't mind being left out!)  Each outfit for the big girls has a little shirt, a simple skirt, and a kimono jacket.  Baby C has a sundress to go with her jacket.

Below, my dh sits doing the last parts of his latest project: dismantling the old sheds in the back yard.

Below, the old sheds on their way to the dump.

And the next project is turning the items in these boxes into a new shed!  He is a brave man! I will post pictures when it is all finished!

Friday, August 08, 2014

Spider identification, anyone?

Does anyone know what kind of spider this is?  It lived with a larger version that remained uncaught in the old shed Dave is tearing down today.  I can't find him in my insect book, or the couple of New Mexico insects sites I perused.  I would appreciate knowing if anyone can identify this guy...

Friday, August 01, 2014

Five for Friday

From my contemplations on my early morning walk, 5 things that prove to me the extravagant nature of God's love:

1. The love and laughter of grandchildren.
2. Constancy in marriage for 34 years.
3. The beauty in things that people never see-- just beautiful because their Creator is. And closely related: beauty everywhere.
4. Truth that stands no matter what.
5. Hummingbirds and butterflies.

Extravagant by Peter Kipley and Jared Anderson  
(Listen to Casting Crowns here
Your love is extravagant
Your friendship, it is intimate
I feel like moving to the rhythm of Your grace
Your fragrance is intoxicating in our secret place
Your love is extravagant
Spread wide in the arms of Christ is the love that covers sin
No greater love have I ever known You considered me a friend
Capture my heart again