Saturday, June 24, 2017

Memories Around The Kitchen Table

I've been doing a Bible Study this summer called "100 days of Pressing Pause".  This is a book written by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk which is made up of "100 Quiet Moments For Moms to Meet with Jesus."  

One of the devotions this week was called "Gathering Around The Table".   The Bible Verse was:

"When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of  God"  Luke 14:15.

This got me to thinking about all the memories associated with our kitchen table. 

Here's what I see today:

There are recent crayon marks made by a special two year old.  These will be easy to clean off.

A wooden tray made for me by my step son-in-law.



Round rattan place mats from Dollar General.



Pioneer Woman plates from Walmart.

Red and White checked cushions in the chairs.

But more important is what I see in my mind's eye.   There are bits and pieces of memories, traces of love, sad things, bittersweet things, happy things, and more, associated with the table.

I remember the day the table was delivered back in 1984.



I remember my children sitting around this table eating.  They ate lots of spaghetti!



My son, Josh, who died at age 2, sat in his high chair at this table.


Lots and lots of HOMEWORK was done at this table!!!!

The broken place that was glued back together.  Wood glue works good!
My son, Jacob, broke the table and it had to be glued back together.   You can't tell it now and its as sturdy as ever.  Bet you are wondering how that happened!



I've seen my husband wipe off this table about a million times! 



My daughter, Lori, played with a Christmas ornament at the table and accidentally broke it.  I wish I had not gotten upset with her... sigh.



My husband and I played lots of cards at the table, once upon a time.



Numerous holidays, birthdays, ordinary meals, decorations.  A baby shower.  A wedding shower.  The Thanksgiving turkey that I roasted with the bag of stuff still inside it.  Vases of flowers from loved ones, or zinnias picked from the yard. Grandkids eating watermelon. Lasagna.


Plates of food wrapped with plastic wrap, left for a loved one to eat when they got home late.


Doing taxes with a calculator borrowed from work.


There is no telling how many quilts I have pin basted on that table!



Holding hands with family while saying the blessing before a meal.

The thought has crossed my mind to replace the table with a more current style, but you know what?  I don't think so.  Now that I've thought about it, our table is a sacred space.

What about you?  Does your table bring back special memories? 


Monday, March 20, 2017

In The Kitchen With Debbie

What did we ever do before Pinterest?  We used cookbooks and ideas from friends, but looking things up on Pinterest is easier and really fun.

Here are a few St. Patrick's Day Brunch ideas I tried this weekend, even though it was after St. Patrick's Day since I was at work on that day.

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cake.  Mine was not nearly as pretty as the Pinterest one, but tasted really good!  This is a version of rice krispies treats, using Lucky Charms cereal and a bundt pan.


Green Deviled Eggs.  Turned out really good.  I used my own recipe for the yolks, but used green food coloring for the white part according to the Pinterest recipe.  I think this idea would be good for several different holidays using other colors.  The green ones would also be nice for Easter.


Rainbow fruit tray, complete with clouds (marshmallows) and a pot of gold (Rolos).


We had family over for Sunday brunch and these three foods were accompanied by a breakfast casserole.   I have a wonderful recipe for breakfast casserole that contains frozen hash brown potatoes, eggs, sausage and cheese.  Its very easy to make and its good for making the night before and then you just pop it into the oven the next morning.

Everyone loved our St. Patrick's Day theme brunch!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Glimpses of Home

Here are a few pictures from the farmhouse recently.

The cut flowers in the vase were picked out and given to me by two of my grandsons for my birthday.  They were so sweet to do that, with the help of their Mama, of course.  It made me want to always have some fresh flowers in the house and now that Spring and Summer are on the way, I hope to do this.  The long stem red rose was given to me at the restaurant where my hubby and I ate Valentine's Dinner.  All of these flowers have lasted a long time.


This plant was given to me by my hubby for Valentine's Day.  He knows I love cut flowers, but that I also really love plants that I can keep.  I love it because it is so colorful.  Its from the Bromeliad family and from what I read about it, will be easy to take care of.


In the sewing room, I have been working on a Double Irish Chain quilt.  These blocks are aqual blue, but  It will end up being made from all kinds of rainbow colors.



I really love Diet Coke, but I've got to start drinking more water.  So I am going to try to give them up.  I rarely drink plain water and some times at the end of the day I realize that all I've drank all day was coffee and Diet Cokes.  I know this is not good for me.  I used to drink lots of sweet tea and couldn't imagine ever giving it up, but I did since I knew how bad the sugar was for me.  I also gave up sweet liquid coffee creamers, which I thought I'd never be able to do.  So, I'm hoping that one day in the future, I'll look back and say that I gave up Diet Cokes, even though I thought I'd never be able to.


I hope your Monday is fantastic!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Some weekend Sewing

I spent some time in my sewing room Saturday.  This wall hanging is made from 12 six inch blocks that I made last year as part of the Splendid Sampler Quilt along.  I only made these 12, so I decided to put them to use.








Happy Valentine's Day!



Have a great Monday!

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Year 2017 is brought to you by the letter "E".

Good Morning!

 Lots of ladies choose a focus word of the year each year and I really like that idea. As I thought about what my word for the year 2017 should be, I just kept coming back to the word "early". I was feeling like I was always running late and feeling stressed out about all the things I was trying to get done. This is especially a problem on week day mornings. I get up plenty early enough, but I still seemed to leave home at the last minute and either got to work just barely on time, or a minute or 2 late.

 But the word "Early" didn't seem like a very important thing to focus on for a whole year. As I thought about this, lots of other words came to mind that begin with the letter "E". So I decided to focus each month on a different word that begins with "E".

Here are some I've come up with so far:

Early
Enjoy
Endurance
Edify
Encourage
Excitement

During the month of January I concentrated on being early. Every work day morning I worked toward being 5 to 10 minutes early and I am doing this consistently now. But, being early for work is not the only thing that I should be early for. If I am early for church, I can use that time to pray and just sit in the Lord's presence. Being ready early when I am going somewhere with my hubby is a good thing for our marriage. Being early to prepare for anything helps with my stress level. This would apply to holidays, birthdays, doing taxes, paying bills, etc. You name it, Early is a good habit!

In February my word is "Enjoy". My plan is to strive to enjoy life. A few things I am currently enjoying: Listening to Music, Reading and watching our current Netflix binge each night with hubby. If I take time to think about it, I am so blessed in big and small ways and I want to enjoy life. Each month I write the word I am concentrating on in my planner.

I rarely do a blog post without pictures, but if I am going to be early for work, I have to stop now!

PS: The current Netflix binge at our house is "Murdoch Mysteries". After you watch a couple of them, you will be hooked. At this point, I'm not sure if Murdoch and Julia will EVER get together!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A day in my life

My pallet flag is hanging out waiting for summer! I actually love winter, except for the short daylight hours.



One thing I love making in the winter, beside chili and hot chocolate, is roasted pecans. I made this pan full Saturday.







One of the great things about where I live: After a few days of temperatures below freezing, Friday it will be in the 70s! I love North Carolina!

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