Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Fall...

Happy Fall


From my garden to YOU!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Show and Tell...




Yesterday, we tried a new soup recipe.


So, without further adieu
I give you ...

Roasted Potato Leek Soup
by: Inna Garten the Barefoot Contessa

2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch chunks
4 cups leeks, white and light green parts
1/4 cup good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups baby arugula, lightly packed
1/2 cup dry white wine
6 to 7 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces creme fraiche
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine potatoes and leeks on a sheet pan in a single layer.
Add the olive oil, salt and pepper...toss to coat veggies.
Roast for 40 to45 minutes, until very tender.
Add the arugula and toss to combine.
Roast an additional 4 to 5 minutes, until arugula is wilted.
Remove and place sheet pan over two burners.
Stir in the wine and 1 cup chicken stock,
cook over low heat, scrapping up any crispy bits.
In batches, transfer veggies to a food processor
adding chicken stock (about 5 cups) to puree.
Pour the puree into a large pot.
Add enough of the remaining 1to 2 cups of stock
to make a thick soup.
Add the cream, creme fraiche, salt and pepper (to taste)
When ready to serve add 2 tablespoons white wine
and Parmesan cheese.
Serve hot with an extra grating of Parmesan cheese.



This recipe came from the book
back to basics
and I did not type the directions
word for word.
If you would like the directions
as she wrote them let me know
and I will get them to you.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Verse

"Make a joyful shout to the
LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is
It is He who has made us, and
not we ourselves;
We are His people and the
sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations."

Psalm 100

Thursday, September 23, 2010


What does one do when
one is waiting for carpets to dry
and one's stuff is
over the place.

Well...if you are here at the cottage
one might sit back and watch a movie
one might read a book
one might bind a quilt.

I love this quilt!
It is called Summer Breeze
and comes from the book

I made it for a friend
and can't wait to give it to her.

Have a splendid day!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sauce Day

Thank you so much for the very sweet
and encouraging words
about Carol.
I really do appreciate all of you!

This past Saturday was sauce day
at the cottage.
We made a trip to the farmers market
bringing home two bushels of tomatoes.
Kate came over and we got down to business!
I cored and peeled
she ran them through the press.
The cooking and canning was up to me
and Kate took care of dinner.
We made a great team!

Being the good blogger I am (ha)
I didn't take any pictures
we were almost finished!

We now have twenty one pints
five quarts of sauce.



Monday, September 20, 2010


I met Carol seventeen years ago.
We met at a meeting for
our girls preschool.
Through the years Carol and I
have lunched and brunched.
We have laughed and cried.
We have watched each others kids grow up
and attend different universities.
We have simply lived life.
My life has been blessed and
I am a better person for knowing Carol!
There are tears in my eyes and
an ache in my heart.
Today, I attended my sweet friends funeral.
Carol was such a sweet and gentle friend.
She will be missed deeply.
I will miss her beautiful smile,
her laugh and
her encouraging words.
(and her chocolate chip cookies)

Will you please join me in praying
for Carol's family.

Thank you


"And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding,
will guard you hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7

Friday, September 17, 2010

For The Love Of Plaid

A few years back the cute engineer and I were out shopping
and found some plaid Christmas dishes.
Now, we are suckers for anything plaid
and so we naturally had to buy a few pieces.

A few years later we wanted to add
to our small collection


they had been discontinued :(
Not one dish to be found.

Fast forward to last week
Again, that lovely brown truck
paid us a visit.
Now, I knew I hadn't ordered anything
and I also know that the cute engineer will
from time to time have work
related things delivered to our home.
So, I paid no attention to that little brown box.


the cute engineer opened it up
pulling out
none other than
two cups and two bowls
of our lovely plaid Christmas dishes.
What a wonderful surprise!
So, tonight you have found us
with the pumpkin candles burning,
a movie playing on netflix
and two plaid cups of
pumpkin lattes!


Have a great week end!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My New Quilt

For the past few days I have been busy
working on a new quilt.
It's the
Underground Railroad Sampler

The book is
by Eleanor Burns & Sue Bouchard

Not only is this a book giving instructions on specific blocks
it also gives a history lesson.

Love that!

So, my bloggy friends
what have you been up to?


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thankful Hearts

"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the
Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods,
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care."

Psalm 95:2-7

This morning you will find a few hearts that
are praising and thanking our Great God.
The last few days we have been walking
through life with our heads blissfully in the sand.
None of us had heard of the explosion
that took place in CA. until
yesterday, when we finally turned some news on.
We heard the words San Bruno and explosion,
our hearts dropped.
The cute engineer has one of sweetest great aunts
in the world
and guess where she lives.
San Bruno
We got word this morning that she is well
and back in her home.

Thank you LORD!!!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Changing Seasons

Since it has been fairly cool around the cottage
it put me in the mood to change a few things around here.

I pulled out the some of the fall decorations
bought a new candle
and have been enjoying the best pumpkin lattes.

I happen to love fall!

I am looking forward to...
Wednesday night at church with a room full of second graders
the trees changing colors
mums on my porch
picking apples
a good roaring fire

So thankful for the changing seasons
each and everyone of them.


Thursday, September 9, 2010


Today was such a lovely day!
I worked in the garden...mowing, trimming and weeding.
It's the simple things in life
(like dirt under my fingernails)
that make me happy.

Also tonight was the start of CBS
(Community Bible Study)
It was just so sweet to hug the necks of
some of the sweetest women I know and
meet some new friends.
Together we will be studying 1 & 2 Peter
to dig in!!!

So, what did you all do today?


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Special Delivery

This past Friday I heard the doorbell ring.
Excitement took over all logical thinking and
I raced up the basement stairs.


We were expecting a special delivery!
By the time I opened the door
that familiar brown truck was driving away.
Looking down, I scooped up the package, hurried inside
and tore open our special delivery.

Oooooh they smelled heavenly!
Now, to some this may be silly
but to us this special delivery brings
back tastes from our childhood.
Both of us spent some of our childhood
growing up in New Mexico and
we both love Mexican food!!!

So, with our mouths watering the cute engineer and
I began to wash, roast, peel and seed
our special delivery.

Carefully, we package this special treat
and put them in the freezer.
not all of them ended up in the freezer.

No sir-eeee

We had Green Chile Chicken Stew on the brain.
So out came the stew pot!

We chopped, we stewed, we tasted
we let our childhood memories flow.

What a sweet evening!
Thanks to a special delivery.