Sunday, July 27, 2014

herb summer refreshment

Herbal Lemonade Station // HonestlyYUM


  • 4 cups lemon juice
  • 12 cups sparkling water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup dried lavender
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme
  • 5 cups sugar for syrup (or 1 cup for each syrup you plan on making)
  • 5 cups water for syrup (or 1 cup for each syrup you plan on making)


Herbal Lemonade Station | HonestlyYUM

Thursday, July 24, 2014


It is so good to have tomatoes and peaches and some mango in the house .
Then get a bunch of cilantro. 


Here is one recipe for any Stone fruit. I am making it now. You let the onions
sit in lime juice for 10 -60 minutes. THAT should tell you they will soak up flavor. 

Thinking you could do the same with tomatoes. 
Add green peppers or corn or black beans. Whatever you have.

SO then there are avocados. 
DO you know how to cut it apart?
I do most of this but not getting the stone out or making a fan:

Jamie Oliver:

Easy dish here and some neat tricks.My guys would love this;

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

frogs & veils

I do sound like one. 
But I am much better. 
You can ask my sister who called today and heard me. 
 Summer cold and lost my voice but there is mending.
It gives rest and slows  time down. 
Time becomes like a monastery.

These words from The Rabbit Room are perfect for my 
"monastic " quiet these last 5 days: 

... a place I had found time and again to be what Celtic spirituality would describe as “thin”—where the veil between heaven and earth becomes so translucent, both become more luminous.

I was just at a monastery two weeks ago to see the Abbey. 
It was like this:

...the immense silence of it all. Pace yourself and breathe. Notice small things.

Spirituality that is thin is strong. It can see through the veil and things become
more luminous.  I had a moment today. This was my first day out since Saturday morning. 
I did run into a young girl who is going across the world for 2 years to be a teacher with a mission organization. We hugged from afar. I have this summer cold. You can hear it. She hugged my daughter. (She had dated one of my sons. He is married now!)

The thin veil of the Spirit.
  No mistaking the timing. 
All in Target.
( and praying  t she will not catch my summer cold even without hugging goodbye)

Belmont Abbey 
with Charlotte in the background


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

love that WInslow Homer painting

Working on next year's school plans for my class and doing 
Winslow Homer in the Spring. I adore his work. I stood in the
National Gallery in Washington , DC and just stared at his works 
in a special exhibit years ago. I was struck by beauty.

Been looking up Newberry Award books. 
Have you ever seen the list?
Look here
Read the runner ups. 
The books that got Honors. 

The library should carry all or most of them. 
I am checking on the older ones right now. 
May see if they are there but not for checking out. 










Sun out after a wet Monday

Getting to organizing books on these wet days that now have turned
into summer. Sun is out. Laundry out. This book from yesterday's 

Also if you have little ones who have a younger sister , these books 
are worth looking for by Dorothy Edwards and ilustrated by Shirley Hughes.
I first heard them read by Susan Schaeffer Macaualay at a L'Abri conference.

Monday, July 21, 2014


There's a new site up about books by Sarah Clarkson called


Check it out whether you have little ones or older ones or just read yourself.

Her main blog is good too: Thoroughly Alive.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Glory Be by Rebecca Reynolds

Glory Be (I)
Glory Be (II)

Stunning poetry , especially to prepare for the Sabbath.