Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Have A Little Faith

I read this book at the beginning of summer for our book group. I've been meaning to post a review of it for any of you who might be looking for a good read. Have A Little Faith was an amazing and uplifting book. Non-fiction and autobiographical, it chronicles the struggles two men had in finding faith again. One grew up in a Jewish household and the other in the projects. I found it to be delicious to the soul and engaging to the mind.

Getting Crafty

With the start of school this week and the onset of a cooler spell of weather I've been feeling the fall crafting bug. I LOVE the fall season. It means that the holidays are coming along with cooler weather and however slight the chances are I always hope this year will bring a white Christmas.
Some friends and I get together once a month and try and learn a new craft or skill. In August we decided to make fall wreaths. They all turned out incredible and we had so much fun making them together! Our next project will be making flannel pajama pants.
Last summer I began learning how to knit. Since then I've completed a few simple projects. My newest attempt is a "denim blue" beanie. I was surprised how simple it was to knit in-the-round. I hope to finish it this week and begin learning how to knit mittens.
Rhubarb was on sale this week so I decided to make a strawberry-rhubarb pie (my dad's favorite). Rhubarb pie is sweet and tart - one of my nieces said it tastes like a Sour Patch Candy pie :)

Ingredients:
Pie crust for a two crust pie

4 cups of washed and sliced rhubarb
1 pint of strawberries, washed and sliced
1/3 C flour
3/4 C sugar

Combine above ingredients and allow to sit for 15 minutes until juices begin to flow.

Fill pie shell and cover with top crust. Crimp edges and slit top to allow steam to escape.

Bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes. Allow to completely cool before slicing

Enjoy!
I also did some random canning this week, finishing up the last of our pickles, carrots and green beans. I decided on spicy dill spears, spicy dilly beans utilizing the Thai Chilies Michael has been cultivating and sweet and sour pickled carrots.

As much as I love Autumn and wait in anticipation for the holiday season to be enjoyed with family and friends, I am trying this year to savor the last few drops of summer, to let it's warmth fill me up and tide me over until next year when it will begin all over again.



Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy's inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes

Go Giants!





A few months ago Michael went on a guys night to the Giants game with some friends. They got to sit on the club level and even met Giant's tv personality Amy G! One of the men snapped this pic of Mike and Amy G after she did a spot right next to them during the game. (We just got the pics in an email).

This was also the game where Michael caught his first Major League foul ball...Go Giants!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Stuff

What's been happening...
One of Michael's brothers, Matthew, came for a visit this week and along with family friend Paul these guys spent hours making each other laugh. Someday we hope to be able to visit Matt in N.Y., someday...
The garden is producing pumpkins. There are 4 right now and more growing...
Mike and I are serving in the Singles Branch in our Stake (at church) and are doing our best to show those kids that marriage is AWESOME :)

... that's about it for us these past few weeks.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Wuv...trwu wuv...

Doug & Aly
est. August 14, 2010
Last weekend Mike and I drove down to Los Angeles to attend Doug and Aly's wedding. We have both known Doug for many years and Micheal had the privilege of being one of his groomsmen. Doug introduced us to the kind, funny, smart, lovely Aly last year and we are so glad! They make a beautiful couple and their wedding was a fairytale.

They walked down the isle on a carpet of rose petals on the grounds of a swanky country club. The groom teared up when she came down the isle. His father officiated and spoke beautiful words of love and encouragement for both of them. The reception after the wedding was so much fun! We danced and ate amazing food and watched a slide show put together by the grooms sister about the happy couple. It was amazing and we are so happy to have shared in their happy day! Congratulations Doug and Aly :)

On the drive home we took Highway 1 for a few hours to see the coast line. Being in the car for that long reminded us of our yearly trip to New Mexico and we can't wait! We talked about how much we love those trips, not just the drive and the chance to have that time together but seeing our family whom we love so much and miss all year long. Can't wait to see you Albuquerque Turkeys!!