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Monday, 15 January 2018

the larder

The pantry floor is old wooden pine

Everything good comes from it's creamy white shelves...

cans of pumpkin, unsweetened applesauce, maple syrup... raw honey

baked into muffins on a rather chilly Sunday afternoon...

the kitchen is the warmest room in the house 

and it's filled with the spice of warm blueberries and vanilla.

I always like to have the makings for a few quick meals 

tucked away in the larder.

When time is short or we haven't been to market

it's nice to have a can of tuna or some crisp crackers 

to snack on.

Monday: Rib-eye, turnip, green salad, dairy free vanilla custard

Tuesday: Mushroom, bacon, and cauliflower casserole, roasted squash

Wednesday: veggie fritata, crispy parsnip fries with maple syrup

Thursday: Artichoke and garlic chicken thighs

Friday: zucchini tacos

Saturday: Shepard's pie with sweet potatoes and green beans

Sunday: Caramelized onion, apple and sausage stuffed acorn squash

I will also be making some paleo blueberry muffins and some paleo vanilla muffins

and some blender smoothies for breakfasts on the go.

Lunches are usually leftovers unless I discover an extra pocket of time somewhere...

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Wheels on the Bus

My favorite aunts texted me last week.

Joe and I drive past their house on the way home from work every day.

They said, Kara, dear-heart, there is a package for you on the steps.

So...we pulled over to the curb when we got to their house

and Joe ran out and grabbed the box and off we drove toward home.


When I opened the box I found this sweet little school bus pin!

I work with toddlers and sing

The wheels on the bus song at least 3 times a day.

It's perfect!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

a winter's frost

"Our houses are such unwieldy property

that we are often imprisoned by them

rather than housed by them."

Henry David Thoreau

the random

Frost on the porch door...that is the Atlantic 

which you can just see

beyond the safety and warmth 

of my home.

the good

Tucker Huckleberry Finn 

likes a morning nap on the stool 

at the sunny kitchen window.

He is there soaking in the warmth

as I sip my morning coffee at the table

and he is there when I sweep the old wooden floors some time later.

the fun

The thing about old houses on the sea

is that even though you have every door and window

battened down against the storm

the sand still manages to slip through and must be swept up the following day.

There's something quietly satisfying about a freshly swept floor.

Monday ~Turkey Soup

Tuesday ~crustless quiche, salad

Wednesday ~
Shrimp, garlic, and zucchini with roasted spaghetti squash

Thursday ~Pulled pork in the crock pot,  green beans, sweet potatoes

Friday ~tomato sauce, sausage and roasted spaghetti squash

Saturday ~left overs

Sunday ~bell pepper nacho's

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Keeping Sabbath


She is not afraid of snow for her household,

for all her household are clothed in scarlet.

~ ~ ~

We ran out of heating oil during a huge blizzard on Thursday.

I am typing on Saturday wearing three layers, 

fingerless gloves, and a woolen scarf...

while under 2 down blankets, a flannel-wool quilt, 

and my cat, Tucker, curled upon my feet.

We have a space heater going in the bedroom and it is 42 degrees in the living room!

The wind is absolutely howling outside and I can see it

moving my curtains even through the new-ish windows. 

I am waiting on the oil guy.

They told me they would be here yesterday so I waited all day....

They tell me they will be here by 2 today....and so I wait. 

They are busy and working straight through till midnight.

I find some comfort that we are not alone.

According to Alexa it's 6 degrees but is expected to go down to -7 tonight.

That doesn't include the wind chill which, I am told, puts it down to about -13.

We should have checked the oil tank at the beginning of the week.

We knew of the upcoming storm.

We knew that it had been very cold so we were going through the oil 

much faster than usual. 

We just didn't think we were going through it that quickly!

Never again.

From now on I will be wearing strength and dignity 

(while I check the oil tank)

and laughing at the time to come.....

Scripture and a Snapshot


We have oil of Saturday evening.

There were tankers of oil lined up on the horizon

waiting to for the seas to calm down enough

to come into port safely.

thank you so much for all your kind wishes. 

peace blogger

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