7/23/2012 I am behind and still have so much to do!

The rocking chair behind the fern is calling my name.  Processing chickens for the freezer, gathering the last of the veggies, making 4 pints of the hottest hot sauce ever …( I think that the hotter the weather is the hotter the peppers) 8 pints of chicken broth with the bony pieces of the chicken for the freezer,  fried chicken, smothered cabbage, peas and noodles for supper.  Oh! I almost forgot, I worked today at my little part-time job!  Finished the wedding photos for our friends, Paul & Ginny and worked on the church website.  I couldn’t even begin to tell you what Jack did today…. I sure hope that I get to sit in that pretty rocker soon.  So much for retirement!

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7/22/2012 Sweet Pineapple Cheese

SWEET PINEAPPLE CHEESE

4-8oz cream cheese soften

1 large can crushed pineapple—drained

½ -3/4 cup chopped pecans

Sugar to taste—1/4 to ½ cup

1 tsp vanilla

Whole almond slices brown in butter (sliced almond—whole pieces)

Mix cream cheese, drained pineapple, nuts, vanilla and sugar.  Pour into 8” cake pan.  Chill until firm.  Place  browned almonds on top.  Serve with crackers.  I have the sweetest best friend who is the world’s best cook!  Ms. Pat made this delicious spread for a wedding this weekend and it was scrumpious…. When I grow up I want to just like her.  Follw her recipe blog… click here.

7/20/2012 Through the eyes of a child!

Through the eyes of a child…. does that mean  they see different or just clearer?  The Bible speaks of the eyes dimming with age and from my experience I know how true that is.  A little research on the internet revealed a song by Patsy Cline.  The lyrics of one verse says…”If I could see the world, Through the eyes of a child.  Smiling faces would greet me all the while.  Like a lovely work of art, It would warm my weary heart, Just to see through the eyes of a child.”  Thank you Lord for the gift of children.

7/19/2012 “Southern Belle”

 This little glowing jewel was in a very shady spot behind an Azalea at one of the parks that we went to in Japan. I did not know that Japan has an abundance of Hydrangea and  they are native to southern and eastern Asia.  Funny,  I have always thought that they were the ” Southern Belle” of the South.  I wonder how they migrated here from Japan and made themselves at home?

7/18/2012 Enjoy the sleeping baby!

The most cherished time when you have a new baby is those  blissful moments when they are sleeping.  When a new baby comes into the family there are more things to do, more responsibilities, more stresses and less sleep.  Soon they will  be walking, talking and into everything.  My precious mother-in-law would say “They are stepping on your toes now but  soon they will be stepping on your heart”.  Freida was so right and wise.  Enjoy the sleeping baby! 

7/17/2012 The fish seem to know…

Anchor Creek in Alaska is a beautiful winding river.  I was on the bridge above Jack and the fishermen when I took this picture.  (If I had my new camera lens then I could have snapped the fishes’ pictures) The most amazing thing was that I could see the King Salmon swimming in the clear water below.  The guys were not fishing for Kings ( you must have a tag and there are only certain days that you can fish for Kings).  The fish seem to know that they were safe and lazily swam around in the stream.   Jack  said that he could see the Kings moving back and forth in the shallow water.   I have said before “the right time at the right place” is what makes the difference  a lot of times in life.