Happy Monday! Most people don't like Mondays, but I do. Sort of like a "fresh start" day. :D I've been up since 5:15 a.m. when Noah came into my room, tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Mommy, my heart hurts." Poor baby...so I gave him a Tums and let him get into bed with Daddy. I came downstairs, turned on the coffee to brew, and had some quiet time to myself. I really love that quiet, dark time in the early morning hours. Gives me time to think, pray, and plan my day.
Do you have this magazine yet? If you don't, GET IT. Seriously...it is WONDERFUL! And best of all, it's only $6.99. I got it on Saturday at Barnes and Noble and can't put it down! It's full of fun questionnaires and quizzes for you to ask kids, family members, friends...anyone who you'll be scrapbooking. I think I'll choose one and ask Noah some questions today. :) How FUN to read these years from now!
Noah and I are going to have a fun day today. I told him the only thing I must do is laundry, so we might go to a movie or bowling. :) (something indoors!!)
I found this huge box on my porch Saturday morning. Yay! It contains supplies that I'll use for the class I'm teaching at the retreat in September. I guess it will just sit here in my dining room. Noah just wanted the bubble wrap, not the contents. Of course. :) I'll share the project soon, when it's posted on the retreat site.
Speaking of Noah..... He recently got a small Pirates of the Caribbean journal in a happy meal at McDonald's. He loved it and started writing in it. I told him, "this is for writing down things that are in your head that you want to remember." So the other day he was writing when he was mad at me (for not letting him do something he wanted to do). I peeked at it later and he had written..."I am KING of this house. P.S. I like to eat." Bahahaha! I decided right then that I'm going to buy him a real journal and let him write in it each day. He is going to love reading it when he's older! (me, too) :D
Saturday night I made one of our favorite desserts as a special treat. This is more of an autumn dessert, but so many fruits are in season right now that I decided to make it anyway. I used fresh cherries and Gala apples, but you can use other fruits like fresh peaches, blueberries, green apples, blackberries...whatever you like. (well, not watermelon)
Homemade Fruit Crisp
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/8 c. old-fashioned oats
1 1/8 c. packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 c. toasted walnuts
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" cubes and softened
4 1/2 lb. sweet-tart apples (like Gala) *(or 3-4 cups of any fresh fruit, cut and peeled)
2-3 Tbsp. white sugar
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a large casserole oval dish (3-3 1/2 quarts). Stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl, then blend in butter with your fingertips until mixture forms small clumps. Peel and core apples (or fruit you are using) and cut into 1/4" thick wedges. Toss with lemon juice, white sugar, and 2 Tbsp. flour in a large bowl. Transfer to baking dish, spreading evenly on the bottom. Crumble oat topping evenly over apple mixture and bake until topping is golden and apples are tender, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly and serve warm. (with vanilla ice cream or a little 1/2 and 1/2 poured over the top!)
We had this dessert at a bed and breakfast 2 years ago and I had them give me the recipe. :)
Thank you to all of you who tell me that my blog inspires you. There really is no bigger compliment. :D Have a blessed day!
"Cultivate your own capabilities, your own style. Appreciate the members of your family and your friends for who they are, even though their outlook or style may be miles different from yours. Rabbits don't fly. Eagles don't swim. Ducks look funny trying to climb. Squirrels don't have feathers. Stop comparing. There's plenty of room in the forest." - Charles (Chuck) Swindoll