Month: November 2013

Christmas greetings

Traditions enrich our lives. Traditions bond us with family and friends, and fill us with warm memories of time spent together. This is especially true at Christmas, when traditions are the heart of every gathering and celebration. Christmas at has always been a time of traditions, treasured and comfortably timeless. A nostalgic time when we leave…

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give thanks 2013

THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION President George Washington Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the…

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hope for tomorrow

Jesus said, ”  “That is why I say to you, don’t worry about living—wondering what you are going to eat or drink, or what you are going to wear. Surely life is more important than food, and the body more important than the clothes you wear. Look at the birds in the sky. They never…

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the best carmel sauce

Today was cool – finally, temps have been 10 to 15 degrees above average all fall – and D was BORED! It rained in the night so working in the garden was out…What to do? What to do? “Irish, will you make a pie crust? And I’ll do another apple pie.” When he’s in cooking…

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the best apple pie

As I told you earlier, we don’t go out too often. When we do, Tahoe Joe’s Steak House is a choice we enjoy, especially during the winter when they offer an exceptional apple pie a la mode with hot bourbon sauce. Yummy…! And expensive. Lately D’s been working on perfecting THE Best Homemade Apple Pie. As…

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safe ‘n sound

The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore. Psalm 121:7-8 (RSV) Get rid of the idea that your spiritual state and condition depend on yourself. It is Christ’s responsibility to keep you…

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great peace

Great peace have those who love thy law; nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165 (RSV) Great peace is always a result of LOVE for God and His Word. True observance of God’s Word will keep anyone from stumbling. Also read: Mt 5.29-30, 13-41, 18.6-9; James 3.2; Prov 3.2; Isa 26.3, 32.17

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the best pie crust

Crust for D’s better’n Joe’s Apple Pie We don’t indulge in dinner out too often. When we do, Tahoe Joe’s Steak House is a choice we enjoy, especially in winter when they offer an exceptional apple pie a la mode with hot bourbon sauce. Yummy! Lately D’s been perfecting THE Best Apple Pie.  It’s way…

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More than just a garnish for a plate of steak or fish –  Parsley is a pantry staple at the cottage. We use it when we make lasagna, in our tomato sauce for spaghetti with  meat balls, in a favorite chicken braise, and so on and so on…. Sometimes, like in the paprika chicken braise,…

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scents of the past

Walking into a house suffused with gentle fragrance is one of life’s little pleasures. Lovely scents not only impart a sense of peace, but they also let guests know that just as much care is given to the details of living as to the inhabitants within. _Emelie Tolley The way my home smells, as well…

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