Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Can't we all just get along?

I found this quote over at Femina and I thought it worth posting here.
“There is a day coming, and it cannot be far from us, in which we shall meet lovingly in heaven, and sit at one feast: full fruition of God shall be the feast, and peace and love the sweet music that shall sound to it; and what folly it is for us to fight here who shall feast there!

Saturday, July 04, 2009


Here is a terrific recipe for guacamole. I have never had mine come out *just right*, but this one sure did. Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Beef Brisket

I made Pioneer Woman's Beef Brisket tonight and my husband said it is the best meat he has ever had in his life. I think he was really hungry at the time too so that helped that compliment along:0) But, this recipe is great, feeds a lot of people, is very easy, and does not require much last minute attention.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

You are what you eat?

An apple a day...

makes you a Super Hero!

I don't know what they ate here...

but it made them silly!

Cupcakes make you...

cute when you put the liner on your head!

Hard to be a Housewife?

It can be crazy being a stay at home mom sometimes, but we have to admit, we've got it pretty good. Check out this job description of a housewife from the middle ages. I found it in Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed. Thanks Lori for giving it to me!
You get up before sunrise to prepare meals, work with the men in the field, grow and harvest vegetables, gather wild nuts and berries,store food for winter, spin wool into yarn, weave cloth and make clothes for the family, milk the cow, make butter and cheese, gather eggs, clean house, collect the family's urine to sell to the tanner, nurse the baby, carry water, brew ale, make candles, and drop into bed with it's too dark to do anything more. You don't have time or energy to play with the children; you need them to help as soon as they can walk and talk. Sounds horrible, doesn't it? But hard physical work can be very satisfying and the housewife's tasks were often enjoyable in themselves. People today do many of the same things as hobbies. The housewife of the Middle Ages had no let-up, though. Her successes and failures affected the whole family.

The Mystery of Marriage

In the following quote from The Mystery of Marriage Mike Mason draws out the beauty of how marriage is the ultimate example of "iron sharpening iron."
What is most unique about the tenacious fidelity of marriage is that it allows for such a really brutal amount of "sharpening" to take place, yet in the gentlest way imaginable. Who ever heard of being sharpened against a warm, familiar body of loved flesh? Only the Lord could have devised such an awesomely tender and heartwarming means for men and women to be made into swords. Yet for all its gentleness, marriage is still a fire and a sword itself, a fire which brands, and a sword which inflicts a wound far deeper than any arrow of Cupid. For it is a wound in a person's pride, in a place which cannot be healed, and from the moment a man and woman first stand transfixed in one another's light they will begin to feel this wound of marriage opening up in them. The Lord God made woman out of part of man's side and closed up the place with flesh, but in marriage He reopens this empty, aching place in man and begins the process of putting the woman back again, if not literally IN the side, then certainly AT it: permanently there, intrusively there, a sudden lifelong resident of a space which until that point the man will have considered to be his own private territory, even his own body. But it marriage he will cleave to the woman, and the woman to him, the way his own flesh cleaves to his own bones.

Just so, says the Lord, do I Myself desire to invade your deepest privacy, binding you to Me all your life long and even into eternity with cords of blood.