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Friday, August 31, 2012

snapshots from lately

My cute doggie laying on my bed    &    planning for September... Yay!!

I have been knitting a lot more lately... This hat is for a special little girl!! :)

Last Sunday, my church had a "church in the park" day! It was perfect!

I am excited for fall, but it still feels very much like summer around here.

The simple pleasures... watercoloring fall leaves  &  eating dark chocolates...

And... taking pictures of roses  &  eating mini-muffins!!  :)

This week I decided to bake cinnamon-swirl bread!! It turned out good, but I want to try it again before I share the recipe... 

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

week thirty-five memory verse

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

freelensing peach roses

I don't have a tilt-shift lens, so to get these pretty focus effects I played with freelensing...
It's really fun & I love the soft pretty look of these photos! 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

oh, happy day

"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, 
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days."
{ Psalm 90:14 }

I hope you are having a HAPPY DAY!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

snapshots from lately

Found these amazing colored pencils & the cute notepad at TJ Max! 

I love the back of my new sweater that I got for $7! Yay!!

Wearing my ring that I got in Mexico in 2006.

Love this cutie!! She is my favorite!! :)
My sister & little Ren! 

Favorite old photos of my grandmas!
Listening to Frank Sinatra on Pandora, while cleaning the house!

These almonds are one of my favorite snacks!!
Saw "The Odd Life of Timothy Green"... really cute!

Peaches from my grandparent's tree!
My daily vitamins... so thankful for gummies! 

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

week thirty-four memory verse

...continuing on with the beatitudes this week!

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

homemade peach pie

Because peaches are my favorite fruit right now, I decided it was time to make a peach pie!!

Peach Pie Filling...
8-10 peaches, sliced & pealed
1/2 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Flour
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Peal & slice your peaches into a bowl. Carefully mix in the sugar, flour & cinnamon.
Put the peaches in the refrigerator, while you make the crust.

In my family, we always make our own pie crust!!
I find it pretty simple to make & it tastes so much better than store-bought.
So, here is the basic recipe that we always use... Just 3 ingredients!

Favorite Pie Crust...
3/4 C. Shortening 
(keep your shortening in the refrigerator for the best results)
2 C. Flour
Ice Water

Fork together the chilled shortening & flour until it resembles coarse meal.
(or you could use a food processor to pulse the shortening & flour together)
Mix in the ice water, about a tablespoon at a time, until the dough starts to combine. 
Place the dough on to a floured surface & use your hands to form the dough together.
Be careful not to overwork it.
Divide the dough into two sections & set one aside.
Roll out the first half, until it is big enough for the pie plate.
Carefully fold the dough in half & transfer it to the pie plate.
Gently fit the dough around the bottom & sides.
Trim the access dough.

Then... Roll out the second half of the dough for the top of the pie.
Pour the peach filling into the pie shell & top it with the dough.
Of course, you can cut strips or any other design you'd like... 
If you put the whole crust on top, be sure to poke holes through it for ventilation.
Brush the top with water & sprinkle with plenty of cinnamon-sugar!
Bake in a 425 degree oven, for 45-55 minutes.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

locally grown produce

I can't believe we are in the middle of August already... Wow!!
Lately, I have been trying to soak up what is left of summer!
Last week, I went to a little farmer's market that is along the riverwalk, where I live...
They had some unique things for sale & of course, lots of locally grown produce.
I love fresh fruits & veggies, and it's even better when I know they were grown in my own state!
So, lately I have been enjoying lots of corn on the cob, watermelon, green & red peppers, 
AND my absolute favorite... peaches!!!!
Earlier today I made a peach pie & it turned out so good!!
The photos & recipe will be coming soon....

What are your favorite summer fruits & veggies?

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Monday, August 13, 2012

week thirty-three memory verse

see my verses from weeks...
one & two  ||  three  ||  four  || five  || six || seven  ||  eight  || nine || ten  || eleven || twelve || thirteen 
fourteen || fifteen || sixteen || seventeen || eighteen || nineteen || twenty || twenty-one || twenty-two  

Friday, August 10, 2012

great is thy faithfulness

"Great is Thy faithfulness," O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not; Thy compassions, they fail not,
As Thou hast been Thou forever will be.

"Great is Thy faithfulness!" 
"Great is Thy faithfulness!"
  Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
"Great is Thy faithfulness," 
Lord, unto me!

{ written by Thomas Chisholm }

At church last Sunday we sang this hymn. The words have stayed with me since then...
It is why I picked Lamentations 3:22-23 for my verses this week. 
As I have grown, I have come to see how truly faithful God is! 
When I change, He doesn't. When I am all over the place, He is always faithful. 
No matter what happens... His love is steady & true every single day.
Today, I am so thankful for that!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

featured on pocket change

I just wanted to say thank you to Pocket Change for featuring my blog in their "Best of the Web" series!
YAY!!! :)
There are several other great blogs that they have shared, so be sure to check them out too!! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

snapshots from lately

Trying new Lemon Tea! I love the box it came in!

I got back to work on my granny-squares after taking a bit of a break.

Sadly, it has been too hot to play much tennis lately, but last night was perfect!

I discovered a pretty new font for my blog yesterday! Found here...

Love this old piano at the flea market!

Currently I am reading Northanger Abbey.

Of course, there has been a lot of Olympic-watching lately...
I have really loved swimming & gymnastics!

Homemade teriyaki chicken with steamed veggies & rice! Yumm!

A stormy August sky.

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