Saturday, August 19, 2017

avocado pits in a glass

I just can't throw the avocado pits away - they look like burnished wood.

I'll keep them for a while.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Miss Prim

"It would be utopian to imagine that the present-day world could go into reverse and completely reorganize itself.  

We have...come to believe that contemporary life wears women out, debases the family, and crushes the human capacity for thought."

On whose blog did I first see this book? All I remember is that, curious, I sent out for an inter-library loan, it came quickly, and I couldn't put it down.

It's a story of a well-educated, modern woman who gets a job in a town that may as well be from the past, as far as beliefs and outlooks go. It takes her a while to see the value of this way of living. The author has something definite she wants to say, and I am just amazed that such a book can have been written today. A light, pleasant read with a serious message.

Friday, August 11, 2017

inspiration from Anna

Anna's blog has been such an inspiration to me over the years, and when Debra needed help planning the decoration for her reception, she came instantly to mind.

Anna is a busy person, but she seems to take on what comes her way with gladness, as coming from the Lord. And she uses what's available as if it came from God's hand, too. She hasn't said this to me, but that's my take on it - and I think I'm right. She doesn't want to waste time, so she won't be found wringing her hands over things; she just does what she can and then enjoys the rest. No looking back, like Lot's wife.  ; )  So I told Deb to just look around at Pleasantview Schoolhouse and she'd find plenty of inspiration. 

We ended up pooling our tablecloths, fabric squares and sheets together for table covers and the whole effect was so much prettier than we ever imagined. I gave up all my pint mason jars and Debra cut wildflowers the night before - each table got two of those.

She works full time and cooking all the food wasn't possible, so she got our favorite luncheon spot to cater - we made the appetizers. But, get a load of this salad - they know the importance of presentation:

They also put a nasturtium on the pasta salad! (that's why we love going there)

gluten-free lemon cupcakes from a local health food store - there was a cake, too

Entertaining on that scale was new to both of us, very interesting, and original, thanks to blogging friends. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

the importance of mornings

"You see, here our philosophy is that everything important happens in the morning."

                                                    -  The Awakening of Miss Prim,  Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

retro appetizer

Debra's son was married a few hundred miles away this spring. Saturday was the reception here for those who couldn't attend the wedding, and I helped her out with a few things.

Looking for a simple yet appealing appetizer recipe is daunting - most are not simple at all, so we went with the gut and served bite sizes of assorted fruits, skewers with mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes and I forget what else (not my department) and those very small date nut bread/cream cheese "sandwiches" (my department).  Sensible!

Monday, August 7, 2017

almost perfect

Our apples are quite small, but getting some red on them. The other day I picked one, then braced myself to cut it open. They're always imperfect in some way - gnarly on the outside, streaky on the inside, but this year they're so smooth-skinned, I had to ease my curiosity about the insides.  It was normal! I hope they stay that way.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

perky wildflowers

Several mason jars of wildflowers for the kitchen. A perk for helping Debra plan and set up a reception for her son and his bride. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

"a condition of the Divine energizing"

"In every department of life, physical or spiritual,... there must be a stretching forth of the withered arm before it receives strength."

                                                            - Charlotte Mason