Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

We seem to be in a busy season especially with our unexpected project.  I mentioned to Chuck that we needed to hit the pause button and have an evening of pumpkin fun.  He was in agreement so we began an evening that we referred to as pumpkin, pumpkin.

As I mentioned we are in a season of busy. The thought of going to the pumpkin patch to purchase a pumpkin was overwhelming at this time.  The pumpkin was purchased from the grocer. I wanted to make cookies, again no time, so they came from a local bakery. You know what; it's perfectly fine. It meet our need and it didn't add extra stress.  Sometimes you have to roll with what life is throwing at you.

One evening Megan and I were out and about running a couple of errands.  I asked her what she was carving into her pumpkin and she said "Daddy and I are going to try shading.  You know, where you don't carve the whole pumpkin away."  
 This picture cracked me up. Just like her mama with capturing life's moments on the camera! *smile*

 Once the messy insides were cleaned out it was time to move inside where it was warmer. 
 An inexpensive set of wood carving tools was used to help with the shading. They worked well!
 A Pac Man original by Megan. 

 The bakery cookies were plain so they were spruced up by adding a face using some gel icing. 

 Then it was time to settle down for the evening.  The cookies were munched on while a little Charlie Brown was viewed. 

It might not have been a Pinterest worthy evening, but we made memories. Honestly, this is real life and most of the time life isn't perfect. *smile* Laughs were shared, a new skill was mastered and memories were made. That, my friends, is what counts!  

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Food for Thought

Hello Friends!  We are still in project mode around here. My little closet office project has taken a back seat due to a water leak.  It has led to a bit of a remodel.  I'm trying to breath deep, remind myself I can do all things through Christ and hold on tight for the ride. ;)

I don't know about you but comparison is one of my struggles. I often feel that I am not enough. Brianna's family and ours use to attend church together and were in the same homegroup.  She is wise beyond her years and shared her thoughts on this subject. It helped me see some of my negative thoughts and struggles in a new light.  Until I return, I hope this brings you some encouragement. 

Looking to the Harvest

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Time Away

Hello! I wanted to pop in and let you all know I won't be posting. We are in the middle of doing some work in our little "office."  Which is truly no more than a closet! Anyway, my handy husband is running new electric and hiding some tech cables. All of that means that there may be times when our Internet is not connected.  

I hope that our technical difficulties will be resolved in a week, but it may be longer. As you know, we do our projects ourselves, as time and money permit. Of course, I will share pictures of our project upon my return.  Until then I hope you continue to find joy in your journey!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
 The past week was full of a variety of things. The first thing was cleaning out kitchen cabinets, organizing drawers and putting things back together after painting the cabinets. Of course there was plenty of time spent on school work.
 We took a nice drive down country roads. Harvest is in full swing.
 We had dinner out at a small town hole in the wall pizza place.  This place loads the toppings on.
 A quick trip was made to the pumpkin patch.
A day was spent working outside. The garden has been put to rest for the season and back porch was sprayed off. It felt nice to get some things accomplished.

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


My heart is heavy with the news out of Las Vegas. I imagine you are feeling the same way. I had planned to post this yesterday, but didn't have the desire after waking to the news. As my dad said we can't let it cause us to change the way we live; we need to live ready. When our hope lies in Christ, and not man, it's certainly easier to keep moving forward step by step.  As I see more and more things that grieve me I will go on with my day to day while I pray for Las Vegas, our country and the world.  

I had some less than stellar apples that I need to use. 
 I had some other things to do and couldn't babysit anything on the stove I decided to make cinnamon applesauce using the crock pot.
 I first peeled and cored the apples.  I threw the peels away but you could save them to make jelly. Here is the how to.  They were then quartered and tossed with 1 tbs lemon juice.

 I then placed them into the crock pot and add 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Stir to coat and then add 1/2 water. Cook on high for 4 hours.
 We like chunky applesauce so I used a potato masher to mush up the apples to the chunky consistency we prefer.
This make my home smell wonderful and taste yummy too!

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!