{Day 11} Wonder.

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{Day 4} Light.

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“…let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.” Psalm 4:6

A Picnic.

This weekend

A picnic on our land

Loving butter and cornbread

Enjoying the quiet

Rustling of leaves

Thinking of house plans

Dreaming of family

Present and future.  

 

Discovering the Pumpkin Patch

With October comes a trip to the orchard to visit this year’s pumpkin patch.  We’re still in tank tops, shorts and flip flops here but Fall is definitely here!

 

We left with a pie pumpkin for me and a little tiny, child size pumpkin for her.  My husband and I are moving towards living more sustainably, so this year instead of buying pumpkins to decorate our porch then tossing them when the month is over, I thought I would actually use the pie pumpkin to bake with.  It is after all, fresh produce, is it not?  I want to thank blogger at Live.Learn.Eat.Love. for posting her instructions on how to make homemade pumpkin puree!

Out of the one pie pumpkin I got about 5 cups of pumpkin puree and about 1 cup of pumpkin seeds.  The seeds I soaked and then dried in a warm oven (150 degrees) for a few hours then stored in empty and clean jelly jar.  I’m thinking they will be great on salads, in granola or just to munch!  I used three cups of the pumpkin puree to make pumpkin casserole (see picture above).  I got the recipe from the book Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman and wanted to try it because it contains no flour and very little sugar.  The pumpkin puree combines with organic chopped apples, organic dried cranberries (or raisins), cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts (I used pecans) and two tablespoons of maple syrup then baked until hot.  It doesn’t hold together like a pumpkin bread, but I found it actually to be very good smeared on a piece of whole wheat toast, with a tiny drizzle of raw honey over the top.  I think “warm vegan pumpkin butter” is a more apt title!  I froze the rest of the pumpkin puree and can’t wait to make more goodies with it.  We loved going to the pumpkin patch this year!

 

 

 

By The Sea

Pictures from our trip to Scotland, when we were by the sea…

 

Our Weekend at Huntsville State Park

This weekend we packed up and took a trip along with my husband’s parents to Huntsville State Park in Huntsville, Texas.  Few times in my childhood I had been to a state park or camping so I was excited to have this outdoor adventure.  My husband and I had never been camping together; this was long overdue!  I’m not exactly an outdoor kind of girl, but after my adventure in Scotland, I was willing to try anything!  It sure was hot, but we all had a great time.  

she loved looking out the RV window

hiking through the woods

finding treasures to put in her bag

cooking our meal in the fire

of course there were marshmallows

the next day we went canoeing!

although Marlee did not enjoy it and we quickly had to turn back to shore

she loved swimming in the lake though!

feeling the sand

tired after such a long day!

The Nature…

we saw muscadine grapes almost everywhere

we also saw a lot of these beautiful purple berries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Sweet Home

We are finally home from our adventure in Scotland, and I am forever changed. I was sad to say goodbye to the first place I ever traveled outside my home country, but also glad to be coming back home to familiar faces.  It’s been a couple rocky days. We expected to come home and flop down into bed, but instead found our electricity had been turned off and let me just say that is not good in south Texas’ hot humid weather.  We are finally settled in again, but there’s been a lot of chores to do and the house is a mess.  Among all this busyness I took a few minutes to clear off the dining table, pour some fresh limes and lemons in a bowl and arrange a bouquet of flowers in the center.  All it takes is a few minutes and a couple dollars (flowers were on clearance) to make the whole house smile.  There’s still much to do to get our house back in order from such a long trip, but this clean pretty space makes me feel that all is right with the world.

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