Monday, November 30, 2009
O Lord, stir up your power and come! Rescue us from sin and all evil by your holy protection. Help us to prepare our hearts for your Son's new coming in grace this Christmas. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Roast Turkey stuffed with root vegetables & fresh rosemary (local)
Butternut squash (local) Pilaf
Steamed Green Beans (local)
Sweet Potato (local) Casserole
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Inspired by Thrifty Decor Chick, I transformed orange craft pumpkins found on clearance, into beautiful metallic pumpkins with a can of Rust-Oleum Burnished Copper spray paint. I finished the pumpkins off with monogram label tags printed on cardstock. These pumpkins are now ready for our Thanksgiving table!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Pastured pork maple sausage links (Mae Farm, Louisburg, NC)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Local honey, 3lbs grass-fed & finished ground beef, 1lb ground, pastured pork sausage, 2 dozen pastured eggs, 1lb Carolina style pastured pork BBQ, 2 green bell peppers, eggplant, sweet potatoes, kale, green beans, fresh rosemary & cilantro
Saturday marked the last day of the Midtown (North Hills) Farmer's Market for the year. Since May, our family has gone out every Saturday morning to partake of its local treasures. We've experienced the seasons like never before. And looked upon the faces of the people that grew our food. For me, the farmer's market has been more than just some trendy alternative to Whole Foods. It's evidence of God's provision. My own attempts at feeding our family organically-grown food from our backyard was anything but successful (unless you count an overabundance of fresh basil!). So I count it a blessing to have found such a wonderful place right in our community. To have people that care about providing responsibly grown, nourishing foods. That treat their animals ethically and allow them to roam and forage and eat in the way God intended. God bless those who fed my family during this market season. I can't wait for April!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Looking to move beyond stripes and dots, I turned to the internet for inspiration. I found this post from The Pleasures of Homemaking about decorating pumpkins with scrapbook stickers. Absolutely brilliant - and something I never would have thought of! Back to Michael's I went. I found the really cute crown Manuela used in her design, as well as a damask design similar to the textured wallpaper in our foyer.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Since it was very cold out this morning (in the 30s!), we left the kids at home with my Mom, warmly in bed. My husband and I stopped at a few yard sales (my newest obsession) before making our way to the farmers market. Today we picked up a dozen pastured eggs, rainbow chard, a small bag of salad greens, 2 butternut squash, 3lb grass-fed & finished ground beef, pastured pork sausage links, pastured pork bacon & a few red potatoes.
Only one Saturday left for the Midtown (North Hills) Market!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
But then it came to me, just as I spoke victory at work, I can also speak victory in my home. I could turn this mood around by looking at the positive. I'm so blessed to be in my kitchen making dinner for tomorrow. Some do not know where their next meal will come from. Some other mother, some where in this world is staring at bare cabinets and an empty fridge wondering how she's going to feed her babies. I'm so blessed!
I'm so blessed that God chose me to be the mother of these three children. Some woman out there would give anything just to have one child, but I've been blessed with three. Three healthy, vibrant kids. I'm so blessed!
From the widow's perspective, I'm so blessed to have my husband. And from the perspective of the daughter whose mother has passed on, I'm so blessed to still have my mother with me and in good health. I'm blessed to have our home, to have means to provide for our family and to have the physical ability to do all those things on my to do list.