Something smells good!

Posted by [email protected] on October 20, 2011 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (1)

A cinnamon broom, Pumpkin bread, flavorful soups, crusty bread straight from the oven, and the musty warmth of chimney smoke.  Fall smells wonderful.  Yes, even in sunny Southern California we indulge in the morning mist brought inland from the Ocean, and cooler evening temps.  Who can resist Autumn?

I can't decie what I love most about the Fall... the seasonal flavors that come out of our kitchen, giving us a little more insulation for the coming winter months, or the outdoor family fun visiting the pumpkin patch and local apple orchards.  

This is the post where I share a picture of one and a recipe from the other... wishing you the warmest, sweetest, tastiest, most memorable Autumn of all.

Pumpkin Curry Soup

1/4 stick butter

1 cup chopped onion

2 large cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

1 1/2 tsp. curry powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. whte pepper

3 cups chicken  broth

1- 15oz. can of Libby's Solid Packed Pumpkin

1- 12oz. can of Carnation Evaporated Milk

Melt butter.  Add onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in curry powder, salt and pepper and cook another minute.  Add broth adn pumpkin.  Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in Evaporated milk.  Transfer to blender adn blend until smooth.  Serve warm.

I like to serve this in sourdough bread bowls (preferrably the ones from Panera!)  As a matter of fact they were served that way at my babyshower for my first born boy.  Since then I've served them at four other fall showers and celebrations.  This is a memorable dinner and pairs nicely with a fresh green salad complete with pears and candied pecans.

Happy Fall Y'all!


Posted by [email protected] on September 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (1)

I'm writing this post from my son's bedroom floor.  He has been struggling with night terrors and simply can't close his eyes peacefully without one of us by his side.  So here I sit, encouraging him without words... just by my nearness.

Encouragement is such a powerful thing and we all need it.  For us moms it's especially true when times are most challenging; when finances have added stress to an already tense marriage, when sleep deprivation has taken it's toll both physically and emotionally, when negative self talk has replaced all that is true and left you feeling broken, empty and unloved.  Have you ever received a casual hug from a friend and turned to a puddle of tears?  Encouragement.  We need the nearness of a friend by our allegorical bedsides when night terrors come calling.  

How blessed I am to have a small army of Encouraging friends;  they are partners in this journey we are all on, as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, and women...

Today I gratefully celebrated many of them with my annual "Barnabas Tea."

Barnabas was the man who brought Paul to the apostles after his conversion, then Barnabas continued to encourage Paul throughout his ministry.  The ladies I served tea to this afternoon have been Barnabas' in my life this past year, bringing me back to good teaching when needed it, and supporting me as I step out in ministry.   

We had scones, creme and curd; a mixed green salad with balsamic pecans, crimson raisins, and rotisserie chicken; egg salad with bacon and brie; and for dessert pear pie and chocolate fudge.

Since there are so many others who should have been around my table this afternoon, I've included my pear pie recipe below - it's sure to encourage your taste buds in the very least.  

I also want to encourage my first two Giveaway book recipients, Laurie W. and Nora H. Your books will be sent tomorrow!  Thank you one and all for posting your comments, encouraging my heart with your feedback, and allowing me to feel a sense of community as I write my way through this blessed journey.


1 unbaked pie shell

3-4 ripe pears (peeled and sliced)

2 large eggs

3/4 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup butter (melted) 

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

Beat eggs until frothy.

Mix sugar and flour and add to eggs, beating well.

Beat in vanilla and butter.

Layer pears in bottom of pie crust and pour mixture over the top.

Bake @ 325 for 50 minutes.  

If pie is still jiggly, turn oven off and let sit for an additional 15 minutes.