November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
Henry Alford-1844
Happy Thanksgiving from Iowa! Our dear daughter and my brother and his wife are on their way to our home even now. More family is on the way to Iowa to help celebrate my grandmother's 100th Thanksgiving - wow!! We're taking the turkeys, stuffing, and gravy, so there's a lot of cooking going on around here. It's a perfect Thanksgiving in the making. It's such a privilege to stop and purposely gather together to offer thanks on this lovely holiday, but truly, God is so good to us each and every day, that we offer prayers of thanks very naturally and hope that you do too.

One more thing to share with you at this troubling time in history for our nation, is this Thanksgiving Proclamation by George Washington on October 3, 1789 . I hope that it reminds you of what our country's foundation is all about and who these men were that founded it. May we all look to our Heavenly Father this year, who has always blessed this nation, and who will continue to be our source of hope if we trust in Him.

To all our dear family and dear friends who will not be here this year, we love you so much and pray for you at all times. May God bless you and keep you.

November 20, 2009

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Frosty morning? Not quite.

Look more closely - kinda yucky, but pretty fascinating since it covers a huge part of our front and side lawn.
From a Cook County Illinois website:
"The sheetlike webs that sometimes appear overnight on lawns and
meadows, especially in autumn, are built by the funnel-web or grass
spider. Each sheet extends outward from a funnel-like opening
beneath which the spider lurks in waiting for grasshoppers and other
insects that may alight upon It. She constantly enlarges the web and, if
undisturbed, it may become a square yard in area."

It became much more than a square yard! So now we know that we have lots of bugs out there that the spiders are going after, and obviously we have an amazing number of spiders. Like I said kinda yucky, but just an amazing creation. I wonder if these kinds of things are what made the legends of woodland fairies come to life? Makes sense huh? I also wonder what the Farmer's Almanac would say about this number of spiders and the coming winter. Brrrr.....

November 17, 2009

An Old Question

...marry me, that is! It's an old question in history and an old question for us - 25 years old to be exact. On this rainy November day, we are remembering the day my husband asked me to marry him. Well, technically he said, "So, when do you want to get married?" - Ha!!! He's often lamented the fact that he didn't do the more romantic style of asking, but the truth is that his question got my young heart skipping to a very happy beat. I was surprised and thrilled and even more in love at that moment - so I'd say the way he put that age old question was just fine! And in case you wonder, he does indeed have a few romantic bones in his body.

These 25 roses came floating into the bedroom this morning, at 5:30 am no less! He not only remembered the anniversary, but also the fact that it was 25 years ago, and he stopped yesterday to buy the flowers, hid them in the garage over night, and surprised me before he left for work today. Pretty commendable I'd say! I will add that he also remembered that I like a variety of colors in roses rather than all red, and there is even one lone pink bud in there, which I think is a nod to our lovely girl. So on this damp and gloomy day, I have the pleasure of looking at these gorgeous flowers, and the blessing of knowing that Lord willing, a man I've loved for more than 25 years will be coming home to me again tonight. I'm a thankful woman.

November 13, 2009

Seeing Orange

Last month we pulled up the rest of the carrots in the garden. DH did the hard work of cutting off the tops of the plants and digging a trench along side each of the rows. Then we both got to work lifting them up out of the dirt, wiping off as much mud as possible, and filling up the garden cart.

And boy did we ever fill it! Pounds and pounds of carrots in every size and shape imaginable too. Most were nicely shaped, medium sized carrots that are sweet and flavorful.

But then of course comes the reality that they're going to need to be peeled...


And made ready for the next step - whatever that may be. This colander full of carrots was just a drop in the bucket from the pile that we picked, and took about an hour to get cleaned up. My hands and fingernails were a festive orange color as well!

And here comes the payoff! These smaller, slender carrots are fantastic roasted in the oven with olive oil and a French blend seasoning. Tonight I'm serving them with roasted chicken that's stuffed with a little goat cheese and cooked in a cranberry sauce. Don't you love fall and winter cooking?!

And these two cups of grated carrots - thank you dear food processor - were made into the real reason that carrots were invented...

Carrot cake of course! These are actually carrot cake muffins and they'll be part of a brunch menu for tomorrow. I'll get the recipe posted soon, but for now it's back to the brunch prep! Hope you have a cozy weekend.