Monday, May 6, 2024

Pretty in Pink

 While pink is not a color I would choose to wear or to decorate my home, seeing it outdoors is a different story. Here in the Northwest pink shows up in full glory during the spring.

It's rhododendron time and the bushes are decked out in a variety of pinks, from pink tipped white to deep rose.





 It's also apple blossom time.

 While walking along the lake a couple of weeks ago, I came upon this gorgeous flowering cherry tree all dressed in delicate pink.


 

Here is another variety of flowering cherry I found standing on the hillside overlooking Puget Sound from the Legion Park in Everett.




 The last of the pink tulips are still standing tall in my mother's garden.
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 While pink is the primary color in the neighborhood at the moment, it wouldn't be spring without a splash of contrasting color.  So here is my Golden Chain Tree with its sunny yellow blossoms cascading over the white petals on the bushes below.

 

This is where I leave you for now. All blessings to each one who stops by.

Adieu!

 

 



 

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Catching Up

 It has felt like a very long winter for me this year.  Three and a half months of watching over my mom has left me physically and emotionally drained.  Life has been a bit of a roller coaster, not unlike the way my early plants struggled to rise from the ground throughout the uncertain Spring weather. 

 Early Spring sunshine in late February encouraged the crocus to surge through in a burst of lavender and purple.



Only to see the ground frozen once again under a light covering of snow a few days later.

More snow fell the beginning of March, surprising my iris shoots.


 It's important though, to remember God is always present, especially in the hard things.


We celebrated Good Friday with our youngest son and wife at their church this year.  The church provided a bountiful feast, followed by communion and a Tenebrae service which was very moving.

 

The body and blood of Christ broken and shed for us!

 

Easter came. He has risen! He has risen indeed!




I didn't have the energy to put together a traditional Easter Dinner this year.  However, my DIL arranged this lovely snack board to go along with the simple meal everyone helped to prepare for the family. I am always impressed by her creative zeal.


As the month of April has gone along, I have slowly been catching up with myself.  My mother is safely back in her home with some extra help.  I am recovering from a heart procedure I had been putting off since the beginning of the year.  It had been weighing on my mind.  So I am very glad to have it behind me.  My emotions have been considerably lightened, and I am looking forward to the late spring and summer months ahead.

I hope to be able to visit here more often in the near future, but for now I will leave you with this picture of the flowers I placed on the church alter last week in celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary.  God is always good. May you know his blessings every day.


  Adieu!

 


Thursday, March 14, 2024

Coconut Lemon Squares

 There has been very little time for baking at my house the past couple of months.  However, I came across this recipe from my mother's box of recipes recently and when it was my turn to bring the goodies for after church coffee hour a couple of weeks ago, I decided to give them a try.

My grandmother loved to bake and this was one of her cookies. You can see that this recipe was well used and well loved.   Seeing it in my mom's recipe box brought back some wonderful memories.  My mom loves to bake too and since she has been staying here with us she was able to walk me through my first time making them for myself.  

Coconut Lemon Squares

First Layer:

1 1/2 cups flour            1 cup brown sugar         1/2 cup soft butter

Mix together and pat down firmly in a 9x13 pan. Bake at 275 degrees for 10 min. Remove from oven and top with filling.

Filling: 

2 eggs      1 cup brown sugar     1 1/2 cup coconut     1 cup chopped walnuts

2 tbsp flour     1/2 tsp baking powder     1/4 tsp salt     1 tsp vanilla

Beat the eggs in a large bowl.  Then add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  Spread evenly over the baked bottom mixture and return to the oven.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly,  While still warm spread lemon glaze over the top.

Lemon Glaze:

1 cup confectioner's sugar     1tbsp melted butter     juice from one lemon  (3 tbsp)

Cool completely before cutting into squares.


They were as delicious as I remembered! When I brought them to church not a crumb was left.  By the way, I baked up the Amish Sugar Cookies above as well.  That's another scrumptious recipe,  If you have never baked them you can probably find the recipe for those on line.  If you like coconut and lemon, give these squares a try. I don't think you will be disappointed. 



Adieu!

 



 

 

 

 



Saturday, February 17, 2024

Birthday Celebrations

 My youngest son and I both share the same birthday. We celebrated together last week with the family.  My sweet and newest daughter-in-law knows how much I love the color yellow.  Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers.  She put together this lovely and colorful bouquet for me.


My husband brought me roses in celebration of both my birthday and Valentines Day.


And we both enjoyed our own special cheesecake for dessert.


I am truly grateful and blessed!


  You make known to me the path of life;

 in your presence there is fullness of joy

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 Psalm 16:11


Adieu!


 

 

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The Old Fashioned Way

 Years ago before there were food processors and kitchen Aids, fancy blenders and juicers, our grandmothers, and perhaps our mothers mixed and juiced and blended their ingredients by hand. I was recently going through a kitchen cabinet at my mother's house when I came across this little vintage kitchen tool.  It had belonged to my grandmother before she gave it to my mom.

I don't remember ever seeing my grandmother using it, but I do remember watching my mom as she would screw it to her pull out bread board, something that every kitchen seem to have back in the day.  She would grind up leftover roast beef, ham or chicken into a bowl.  Then chunks of onion and pickles would be put through the grinder as well, all to be mixed together to make a meat spread to put into sandwiches.  Nothing was ever wasted when I was growing up.  Mom would save all the crusts and ends of the bread loaf and when she had a large amount collected she would put it into the oven to toast.  My job was to take all the toasted pieces of bread and push them through the grinder to turn them into bread crumbs that could be used in other dishes. I remember really enjoying the process of cranking that handle round and round and watching the food or crumbs spill out into the waiting bowl.

 

 My mother is now giving it to me.  My kitchen doesn't have a pull out bread board, but hopefully it will work on this heavy chopping board I keep on my counter. Maybe I will use it to grind up nuts.  Wait a minute, I think I have a mini food processor for that. Shall I do it the modern or the old fashioned way? hmm..

 

Here is another little vintage kitchen tool I found in my mother's cupboard, a metal fruit press.



 Growing up in Southern California in the time before most of the orange groves were plowed over to make room for huge housing developments, citrus fruit was inexpensive and easy to find.  I remember pressing many an orange or a lemon to make lemonade or juice to drink or use in some tasty dessert,  When we lived in the desert we had friends who owned a pomegranate orchard on their farm.  They would gift us with large grocery bags filled to the brim with fruit at harvest time.  My mother would cut them in half and use this nifty little squeezer to make juice for pomegranate jelly.  Yum!  

I truly appreciate all my modern kitchen aids, but somehow using them doesn't quite conjure up that same sense of satisfaction that watching my mother and grandmother put together delicious meals and treats the old fashioned way, using a knife, a cutting board and a couple of simple cast iron tools. Feeling a bit nostalgic but in a good way.  

Adieu!