Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Peaches, Peaches, get your freestone peaches! This was the sound that could be heard echoing through the stands once upon a time. Peach season is here. Time to make peach ice cream, peach sorbet, peach cobbler and peach jelly (my mom's favorite) It is also the new season of Top Chef which always invites me to be more creative in the kitchen. Recently, I prepared a peach salsa to be served atop grilled Mahi Mahi.
2 cups peaches, 1 sweet onion or 1/2 red onion (my fav), dash of cider vinegar or lime (needs a little acid) 2 tablespoons maple syrup, a small piece of fresh ginger finely minced (or a shake of ground ginger) toss in blender and serve over fish.
*tip* if you use the blender make sure your peaches are not overly ripe. I prefer a chunkier consistency and may just chop everything next time rather than blending. The onions can be left out if you prefer to use it as a dessert topping. P.S. I take full credit if your salsa is delicious...if not, well okay...it wasn't an exact recipe!
I love cookbooks, however, I rarely follow the recipes exactly (except when baking) or I make something like the peach salsa with no recipe. There are many fabulous websites with a variety of recipes. I plan to can peach jelly in the next day or two.
Several, very near and dear to my heart, ladies taught me the basics of canning fruits and vegetables. It is a labor intensive process however the sense of satisfaction over a row of freshly "canned" produce on the counter is immeasurable!
So thanks Betty for teaching Dot and me how to make pepper jelly and peach jelly. Sadly, we lost Dot to ovarian cancer several years ago. My dear Betty resides in a nearby nursing home and I am keeper of the memories.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Are you pining away for an exotic vacation, an exciting life, playing the WHEN _______ happens THEN I can _______. My friend Jayne and I always have the very best conversations during dinner. Jayne is so very well read, remembers everything and has taught psychology at the college level for a very long time. We have delicious conversations and the food isn't bad either! She recently joked (maybe) that she should start a WHEN/THEN support group. Are you guilty of when/then thinking? I certainly am. She reminded me and several others that if you do not follow up on your dream you may see, for example, your idea for a book written by someone else. I think she would have a LOT of takers on the when/then group. It was a poignant reminder that each moment is significant...that once it passes...it is lost. Do we/I really want to spend those precious moments in time playing the WHEN/THEN game?
Two of the granddarlings recently spent the entire weekend with me...apart from a beautiful shiner and pure exhaustion...we had a lot of fun! They remind me of those precious moments in time when a sprinkler system and a puddle of water rivals any grand resort...when the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Children live in the moment. Absolutely no WHEN/THEN thinking for them. How about you?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
So which one will you choose to feed? Sometimes, we feed "evil" unintentionally or unconsciously.
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Monday, June 21, 2010
A winner has been declared in the Apple Pancake and Cookbook giveaway! My grandchildren thought everyone should be selected as they kept pulling names out of the hat. How could you look at this face and not come up with a consolation prize or two?
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." Mother Teresa
I am very curious to know if you participate in random acts of kindness. Is it a natural part of your existence to be kind and giving? Or do you get busy, have good intentions or just forget? When I am in an expansive
mood being kind and giving comes very naturally to me without any actual forethought. When I am feeling shrinky (whiny, self centered etc) it is harder to be kind. Some actions are automatic for some people, opening and holding doors for others...picking up dropped items...allowing someone to merge into traffic...simple things. When I serve others my world expands and I feel great. As I said, this usually comes naturally to me, lately I have been feeling a little snarky and small...so with a little prompt from the Care 2 folks and this article in particular...I am joining the kindness revolution...29 acts of kindness for 29 days! The author of the article was prompted by a book entitled "29 Gifts". The following is a little insight as to how the book and the kindness revolution was launched.A friend of mine from blogland did something similar to this a year or so ago and for the most part found it to be quite easy to accomplish however did run into a snag or two on occasion. I think the biggest thing to remember is that "a gift" does not have to cost money. If you live in the spirit of love and giving, the spirit will prompt you to know what to do and when to do it. Personally, when the spirit prompts I listen.
My friend Christy of Christy Peake Photography (she also has a facebook page) captured some adorable best friend moments between her daughter and my granddaughter. Christy captures the essence of her subjects. She puts her whole heart into everything she does and is so generous with her talents. I thought it very fitting that one of her photos should appear in a post about Kindness!!!
Join me...29 days...29 "gifts" (or random acts of kindness)...29 suggestions below...or leave a suggestion for me!
*make that phone call*send an email just to say hi*sincerely compliment someone*smile often, sometimes that is all someone needs*bake cookies and leave them with a note or anonymously for a neighbor*cut your elderly neighbor's grass or water their lawn*bring flowers to a co-worker (secretly is more fun)*leave chocolate on your partner's pillow*sweet notes in a lunchbag*give someone a heart attack (cut out lots of hearts and festoon their space or car with them) *prepare a casserole for some very busy family*be the water/lemonade mom/person in the neighborhood*child care is always appreciated*pick up litter*donate pet food to the animal shelter*visit the nursing home...everyone goes at Christmas...some elderly do not have local family*offer prayers or postive thoughts*open/hold the door*buy breakfast*put a candy jar on your desk and SHARE*help your friend organize something*help someone pack for a move, offer to take stuff to Goodwill for them*take a friend or neighbor's pet for a walk (or play)*run errands*plant herbs in a pot and give to your favorite cook*clip articles you enjoy and pass them on to someone with the same interests*comment on someone's blog to encourage their writing*buy that starving artist's work, you know you love it*give that spare change away*leave a note in a library book that you enjoyed*SMILE OFTEN*
oops, more than 29...oh well...what will you do?
"Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."