Consider the Earth

Our Earth

The Earth is ours to enjoy
For every little girl and boy.
But we must always be aware.
That all its beauty we must share
With all the children yet to come,
Who want to laugh and play and run
Around the trees and in the fields.
So we must keep our planet free
From messy trash and debris
With air that’s clean and fresh and clear
For all to breathe from year to year.
We must never ever abuse
Our sweet Earth that’s ours to use.

 

 The poem was part of a collection written for school teacher to use as part of an earth day celebration, no author was notated.

I have made several commitments this year to help conserve our resources. Here is a glimpse of my list:

hang laundry outside to dry

plant a small vegetable garden

continue to ride the commuter van

turn the faucet off

discover new ways to recycle(ideas I will share along the way)

buy organic

carry trash bags when I hike to clean up along the path

 

What are your ideas to recycle, reduce and/or reuse? Please share below…we may learn new ideas.

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Fun with the Foodies- Italian Night

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It’s time for another episode with The Foodies.

Let me reacquaint you with the cast of characters.

We have Hilary…

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Then there is Doug…he goes with Jo-Ann

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And then there is me…

IMG_0667 The group began last fall. We pick a theme for the evening, decide upon the menu, then decide who will prepare what. The ingredients are bought and we convene at one of our homes to prepare the meal, consume the wine, and share an evening of food, fun and laughter. Our previous themes include the Fall Harvest, Holiday Cheer and Fondue Night.

Saturday’s theme was Italian which was selected to prepare the way for Doug in Jo-Ann who will be indulging in authentic Italian cuisine later this month. The 3 of us gals being weight watchers try to select menu items that won’t be a Points Plus disaster, this month was no different. The evening would be hosted at my home with the food prepped to get underway around 4pm.

The table is set…

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The FOODIE Flashcards are making a debut this month. A birthday gift to Jo-Ann from her daughter.

On the menu is a colorful Antipasto. Beautiful as well as tasty.

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We nibbled on this while we prepared the main course and enjoyed our first couple bottles of wine.

In the kitchen at the cooktop Hilary prepares the main course. This may be the most scrumptious chicken recipe I have ever tasted. First the chicken is coated in fresh herbs and “sits” for a spell.IMG_0566

It is then pan cooked thoroughly. Fresh herbs of parsley, fennel, roasted pine nuts and dried cranberries are then sautéed until soft. A good dose of wine is added and cooked off. The chicken is then added back into the vegie laden broth. The result is absolutely fabulous.

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The accompaniment to the main course was Eggplant Rollitini. Thinly sliced eggplant with a dollop of ricotta cheese mixture rolled and covered with a marinara sauce and cheese. The result was quite tasty.

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What would an Italian feast be if there was no bread? Even weight watchers have to indulge a little bit.

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We are now ready to EAT!

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Some calories to burn we turn on Santana and head into the living room for a little dancing.

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No one thought to grab the camera when I grabbed my pink boa and coin skirt and started to salsa around the living room. That is the problem with being the photographer!

We head back to the kitchen to get dessert ready to go. My absolute yumminess. Lemoncello ice cream is the treat for the evening, now I know what you are thinking…there is no way this is on the Weight Watcher’s meal plan…well you are wrong. The recipe is straight out of Cooking Light magazine and made a perfectly delightful way to end the meal.

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We broke out the Foodie Flashcards while we indulged on the treat.

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The girls were better guessers and did better depictions of the clues. It was fun to watch those boys try.

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We tried to convince the guys that they should take a turn at being the “chefs” but so far no go. Given how challenged they were at the game maybe we should let it be.

We wrapped up the evening with a bottle of Sambuca. What a perfect ending to a great night.

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I hope you enjoyed this episode of Fun with Foodies. Perhaps you want to start your own Foodie group. I would highly recommend it.

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Simple Women’s Daybook

March 10, 2012 entry for the Simple Women’s Daybook.

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window…the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Looks warmer than it truly is according to the weather.com service. Next week will offer a real taste of Spring.

I am thinking…about a blog make-over. Maybe a bit more “themed” by day. I am discovering that I am so diverse and blogging gives an opportunity to develop my creativity or maybe better said, share my creative side.

I am thankful…I got to spend time with my beautiful daughter Jessica last night. We get to share so little time one on one. The conversation and meal we shared was delightful.

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In the kitchen…I don’t suspect much activity to occur this week as my husband is away.

I am wearing…more comfy robe and PJ’s and may just stay in them all day long! After all I am alone and how often does this happen?!

I am creating…the life I desire.

I am going…to have lunch and shop with my mom tomorrow. We haven’t spent time together in a few months so I am really looking forward to this outing.

I am wondering…what God has planned for my husband this week. He is off on an adventure as a short term missionary in Guatemala. The team has 3 focuses; medical, street evangelism and construction. Steven felt led by God to pursue the translation of a few easy worship songs to be shared. The initial thought was there would be opportunity to share during morning devotion time with the team. However he got a call a day prior to leaving from the FT missionary saying “I have led eleven trips now and have never had one come together like this. Plan to make as many copies of the music as you can bring, there will be 2 opportunities for worship with the villages. Oh I just know that God is up to something! I am so excited just writing this. Please pray for him and the team and the beautiful people of Guatemala. Below is the team that went last year. I am wearing the red shirt second from the left . Please also take a few minutes to explore the web page GO Ministries.

I am reading…a couple of books. Check my reviews on Goodreads.

Costly Grace                            The Immortal Life of Henriatta Lacks

I am hoping…to develop a faithful exercise regimen for myself this month. There I said it…that might help me make the commitment.

I am looking forward to…Spring! and the flowers that come with it.

I am learning…to make a plan and see it through to the end. I am pleased about this because earlier this year I realized I was not reaching my full potential by lack of follow through. In my post Destination I describe my ah-ha moment

Around the house…things are quiet. Only me and the pets here and they are both asleep. What a life!

I am pondering…what a blog make-over would look like.

A favorite quote for today…from this morning’s devotional reading…”Changing your luck means consciously ridding yourself of the obstacles you place in your own path- luck busters and luck blockers-such as your own thinking, which is the foundation for your belief system.” Taken from Romancing the Ordinary but originally sourced from Create Your Own Luck: 8 Principles of Attracting Good Fortune in Life, Love and work.

One of my favorite things…finding surprises along the way.

A few plans for the rest of the week: lunch and shopping tomorrow after Worship, another Tiara Tuesday event on March 13th, probably pretty quiet otherwise.

A peek into my day..if it is warm enough I think I may venture out with my new camera to explore for my next photo assignment.

Well it is almost noon. I better move along. Thanks for reading. Enjoy your day!

~Paige

International Women’s Day

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When we are born we are designed with personalities, talents and gifts to help us succeed in our God given purpose. The people that are placed into our lives whether it be for a lifetime or a season help to shape us.

In honor of International Women’s Day I have decided to write my blog today about two very important and special women in my life. My mother Helen and sister Kelly.

My relationships with each of them has changed over the years with the seasons of our lives. Most all of my memories are positive, for this I am very thankful.

Kelly and my relationship has been interesting over our adult life. She left CT as soon as she graduated HS to join the service. Shortly thereafter she was married and in rather quick succession had three beautiful kids. She lived “away” for nearly 10 years. Visiting occasionally but we were never really what I would define as “close”.

When she decided to move home to CT I offered to have her and her 3 kids come to live with us(husband and my 3 kids). She lived with us for 2 years. Our kids were young and became like siblings. She and I however still did not share that sacred sister bond that I longed for. I can remember in the summer of 2011 when I was away as a camp nurse for the summer I sent her an email and said something like, I want to be close, to which she replied ok let’s be close. I returned home and shortly thereafter Kelly and her children moved cross country. We did not keep that commitment.

Kelly came back again a few years later. Kids were bigger and she had plans to go to school. She moved in with mom. It was nice to have her back “home” again but we still didn’t have that sisterly relationship I hoped and longed for.

Almost 2 years ago my sister got some difficult news. I offered to help in any way I could. It was a stressful time for her but many decisions and appointments later she had the outcome we had been praying for. A few months later she sent me a note card. She joked about some of the unexpected discoveries during this painful season of her life and the positive things that had come of it…our relationship being the brightest star.

Its been 2 nearly year since that walk and our friendship has definitely grown. We talk or text pretty regularly. We get together as often as our schedules permit.

This for me is a reflection of the scripture Romans 8:28-And we know that in all things God works for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.

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From left to right- mom, me and sister. November 2010 celebrating their birthdays.

Happy Friday

 

How pleasant is Saturday night,
When I’ve tried all the week to be good,
And not spoke a word that was bad,
And obliged everyone that I could.
~Nancy Sproat

Most women are not very good at self care. As mothers, daughters, wives, & employees much of our lives are spent satisfying the needs of others. Yet we neglect ourselves and then wonder why we are tired all the time, lacking energy, creativity and ambition. Well I would like to give you permission to indulge yourself.

To indulge means to to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one’s will; to yield to, satisfy, or gratify; to yield to the wishes or whims of.

We often do not allow ourselves to indulge because we are “being good”, saving money, don’t have enough time. I want you to come along with me for a moment. Close your eyes and allow yourself to think dreamily about something you desire or a whim you have. *sigh…

Now permission has been granted by the Universe partake in an indulgence this weekend, who knows maybe you will get carried awaySmile.

Need some ideas~

~Soak in a bubble bath

~Have a massage

~Buy a new pair of shoes or socks if that is all you can afford this week

~Bake that fancy cake you saw in the magazine

~Feed the ducks

~Sip some Port wine or great cup of coffee

~Enjoy that art exhibit you have been thinking about

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! So take and hour and take care of yourself, Indulge.

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The Sabbath Day

Today is the Sabbath. Some have difficulty resting on the seventh day. Not me. My husband says that I can waste an entire afternoon reading a magazine which is precisely what I intend to spend an hour doing after I finish this post.

I rose early this morning and greeted the sun. I find it so refreshing to spend a quiet hour or two in my special space reading and sipping my favorite brew.

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It was my turn to greet this morning so we were at the house of worship a little earlier than usual. The message this week was about Making the Most of Opportunity.  The scripture verse is Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16. If you would like to listen I have added the link.

We then headed home for a very tasty lunch of homemade low fat clam chowder. I made this last night and I will say it was absolutely wonderful and only eight points if you are a weight watcher like me.

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Since the day was bright and sunny, temps in the mid forties we headed out with the dog for an adventure.

Let your curser dwell on the image for the title.

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I can see the sunset from the window where I sit to type. The winterscape is framed in pink. There should be a quarter moon hanging in the sky tonight.

The night will end magazine then a movie. A refreshing end to the week.

Thanks for reading.

Falls Harvest

We are a group of friends who love the joy of creating food as much eating it. As a result we started a Supper Club, or as we call it a Foodies Group.

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Last night we celebrated Fall’s Abundant Harvest.

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The afternoon started off with some hummus, cucumber yogurt dip and veggies.

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Who among us can cook a fine meal and not indulge in the sweet tastes of fall brews? Not us…

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The harvest brought us Butternut Squash Soup as the first course.

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The Cornish Game hens were grilled after a brush with a glaze made of apricot jelly and brandy.

Thanks guys for “manning” the grill.

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Our main course was accompanied by some mashed fall vegetables. Very tasty indeed.

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We laughed and danced all through the meal.

Laughter and dancing aboundsOnly the freshest ingredients

Whose Glasses are those anyway?Hilary and Paige

We did have one little mishap with the caramel topping for the dessert. It was still finger licking good.

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I am reminded of the stories of Jesus reclining at the table with his disciples enjoying the food and the wine. Isn’t fellowship SWEET?!

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Fall

We spent the afternoon enjoying the warmth and beautiful scenery.  Our destination was

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The smell of fresh pressed cider, kettle corn, and apple crisp permeated the air.

September Day at Clyde's Cider Mill

Clyde’s is the oldest operating steam powered cider mill in the U.S.

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These apples are picture perfect.

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Fall is a wonderful time of year. Many colors and scents that are unique to autumn. The season wouldn’t be complete without a full selection to savor.

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http://www.bfclydescidermill.com/index.html