Friday, July 18, 2014

A Refreshing Recipe

We were grilling chicken last night and wanted something kind of sweet/tart to put on it. Over the weekend we had heard of someone putting a WHOLE lemon in the blender and adding some spices to it. We did a variation and it turned out GREAT. Thought I'd share this really simple, refreshing recipe with you.

We decided to call it...
Zingy Citrus Sauce
Wash 1 lemon (thoroughly; I use vinegar and water)
Peel 1/2 of the zest away, but leave plenty of zest on (to taste, I guess)
Slice lengthwise, simply so that you can get all seeds out
Put all in the blender with: (amounts are all relative, but the combination is great)
A splash of lime juice, if you have it
Another splash of water
A teaspoon or so of honey
A little salt and pepper
1 small handful of wild strawberries

Blend it up thoroughly and serve it cold over your grilled chicken (or pork would be good too)
We had done lightly curried chicken breasts. I wanted to do ginger chicken, but Syd had already sprinkled with curry before I caught him. It was really good and gave that chicken a Zing!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Bed For Ruger

When I was a little girl one of my very favorite books was, "A Bed For Bitsy". Bitsy came to live with the folks as a tiny little puppy and the story went through all the beds that Bitsy had as he got bigger and bigger. I would have Mom read it over and over to me. Today it was Ruger's turn for a new bed.

What a blessing a sewing machine is! My sweetie got me mine several years ago now and before that I had yard sale finds and then my mother in law's.

The bird book was there to remind me; today's bird was the Slate-colored Junco. He sat on a stump and trilled to us all through lunch.

Last night, as I lay in bed listening to Ruger shake his head, as his ear is "ailing" again...(he gets the dirtiest left ear, sometimes gets infected, though I try to flush it out at least once per week)...I got to thinking that, just MAYBE, he's allergic to foam. He had a really nice "nest" bed that Syd had fashioned for  him from a couch cushion, up until he decided to first scratch the cover away, then the poly covering, then play with Sturm so rough that the foamy pieces tore out more and more...strewing them into the corners of the bedroom, etc, etc...

This morning I decided that before the day was out, I'd make it one of today's goals to fix a new bed for him. After working for a couple hours at the office on the hill I came home and Mom and I did up a load of laundry & hung it out (what a BEAUTIFUL day for that!) then we came down to get started. I wish I'd taken pictures, as we started with THREE poly-filled bed pillows, old ones that I was using in pillow shams. As you can see, Ruger tends to like a hole in the middle of his bed with support around the edges, so Mom and I put our heads together with those three pillows. Using my machine, which was NOT an easy task, I ended up sewing the three pillows together so that the least of their stuffings were toward the middle. We then took an old sheet, folded in quarters and made a huge pillow case.

You don't actually see the clean "pillow case" here, as I couldn't bear to let him get his dirty feet on it yet. He'll do that tonight.
 When we got done we called Ruger in and he took one look and curled up on his new bed. He LOVES getting new things and he whined and cooed, with licks and tail wags. Even if he's not allergic to foam, at least all those little pieces of foam rubber won't be floating all over the corners of the bedroom anymore! You can see the pile that I swept up, in the little trashcan below. Now Sturm and Ruger each have their beds again intact. They'll likely fight over this new one, as they had done with the old one (until it got all chewed up, then Sturm didn't really desire it at all anymore).
After their night time snack they would RACE to bed to see who would get the "nest bed", though we could never figure out what made it so special.

While I made sandwiches & salad for lunch, Mom took Ruger for his walk along the road. I think the hydrangea bush is going to be quite full this year!

Then they picked a few strawberries. I wish I'd gotten the picture of Mom feeding Ruger one. It was so cute. We still have strawberries coming on. We've picked nearly three pints from that abundant wild berry patch. It doesn't get a lot of afternoon sunshine, I suppose that's why they're still doing so well. There are more to pick.

I guess it is time to head back to the top of the hill to see whether the clothes have finished drying. With this air today, they are likely perfect and smell so fresh. Mom is out in our woods, picking up sticks. I just took her some water and she told me that she and Ruger had gotten the pile pretty well stacked up! Thanks for stopping by to see what's going on on Darling Hill.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Challenge

If you would like a CHALLENGE today, listen to Mike Allison preaching, "How to Get Right with God" from Psalm 51, preached Sunday 7/13/14. There is a link to SermonAudio to the right side of the blog.
I couldn't begin to share all that the Lord worked in my own heart about. Our Father uses His Word to cleanse and to rebuke and chasten and challenge. What a wonderful God we serve.

II Timothy 3:16, 17

Casting and Resting

Special verses from the morning~

"Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you." 
I Peter 5:7

Often we talk, in our Sunday School class, about the promises of God. I pray that the young people just continue to grow up believing that God cannot LIE and always keeps His promises! As an adult, I must remember this too.
I am blessed to be a child of the God who created the world and to just know that when I cast all my care upon Him, He will take care of everything. 

I loved this little snapshot of 'resting'. Here is little Marigold, our neighborhood baby. Yesterday was a hot afternoon, and she was taking full advantage of the cool grass.
"...For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." I Samuel 16:7

How often I had this verse twisted in my mind, trying to use it to my own advantage, at times even as an excuse to not be the outward testimony that I should have been...when perhaps I should have viewed it as, No matter how GOOD I look on the outside; what matters is what God sees, on the inside!

Lord, please let me see things more and more as YOU see them.
"If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."  John 15:7

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blessings and the Wedding Day

“I am the Vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.” 
John 15:5

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one, as Thou, Father art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” John 17:20, 21

“And this I say then, walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”  Galatians 5:16

For several weeks now the Lord has been interweaving these three verses through daily quiet time, messages at church, Sunday school lessons and online messages. He has the most wonderful way of teaching, reminding, guiding us, "line upon line...precept upon a little, there a little". I marvel at God's patience with me. He is not in a hurry and as the Lord intercedes for me before God's throne, the Holy Spirit teaches me through God's Word. Christians are privileged to be adopted into the family of God, and called to tell others, "be ye reconciled to God."

This morning there was little time at my house to listen to an entire "kitchen sermon". Through WMUU radio I was able to hear to a podcast of one of their 7 minute devotionals. Again the Lord reminded me (as John 17 verse indicates) that the emphasis of my life should be on lovingly latching onto and maintaining that oneness with God and the Lord Jesus Christ through the truth of the Word. His promises are true. When the world sees a living oneness with God in the believer's life, it surely points them to see who the Lord Jesus is and can lead them to saving faith!

We witnessed the vows of our nephew, Nathan, to his new bride on Saturday.
A perfect day for a wedding!
Nathan and Maria, wed 7/12/14
And a gorgeous setting; on the lovely grounds of a History Museum

The music was given by a very talented violinist
A few last minute words from Dad, perhaps?
Mom did really well. It was lonnnnng day!

brother and sisters of the groom...

Bobbi Jo and Danny
A few last photos...

We all loved this one! Nathan and Grammy
couldn't resist snapping this one

A puzzling photo. Wonder what they were discussing here